Wife of Canadian man confined in Cuba considering legal action against Ottawa

first_imgMONTREAL – The wife of a Quebec man who has been stuck in Cuba for 14 months after being involved in a boating accident that killed a fellow tourist says she’s considering taking legal action against the Canadian government in a bid to help bring him home.Kahina Bensaadi said Cuban authorities have refused to allow her husband to return to his home near Montreal even though a conviction and four-year sentence stemming from the accident were overturned and he is no longer in custody.Her husband, Toufik Benhamiche, was driving a small boat as part of a tourist excursion in July 2017 in Cayo Coco when it veered out of control and fatally struck a woman from Ontario.A Cuban court found the Mascouche resident guilty of criminal negligence causing death and sentenced him to four years in prison.But in June, Cuba’s highest court found flaws in the lower court’s handling of the case and reversed all its decisions including the conviction, Bensaadi said.But the decision means the case needs to be reinvestigated from the beginning, which could take months or even years in the Cuban justice system.Bensaadi, who is struggling to care for the couple’s two young daughters, says she’s angry and disappointed that the Canadian government hasn’t done more to help despite her constant pleas.“They have never deigned to lift a finger, not even to help us in the choice of a competent lawyer to represent us,” she wrote in an email.“We had no choice but to fend for ourselves, because in any case all our attempts to solicit their help proved futile, and all ended with emails (or) letters stripped of compassion to tell us that they can do absolutely nothing and that Cuban justice must follow its course.”Human rights lawyer Julius Grey, who is representing the family, said they will decide in the next week whether to seek a declaratory action “similar to Khadr,” referring to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr.In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled the Canadian-born Khadr’s human rights were being violated at Guantanamo Bay.Bensaadi said the possible legal action would be aimed at compelling the Canadian government to meet what she sees as their obligations to help her husband.“I find it deplorable to have to think about starting a legal proceeding against one’s own government to oblige them to give assistance when that would normally be their primary mandate,” she said.Global Affairs Canada said in a statement that it is providing assistance to Benhamiche, “a Canadian facing travel restrictions in Cuba.”“Consular officials in Havana, Cuba, are in contact with local authorities to gather further information on the status of his case,” reads an emailed statement.The family has also filed a lawsuit in Canada against travel company Sunwing, alleging Benhamiche was given little instruction on how to operate the craft and was allegedly assured it was easy to use and by no means dangerous.last_img read more

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COUNTRYSINGING NOVA SCOTIA TWEEN HEADED TO DOLLYWOOD FOR AWARDS SHOW

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Xuan Trzebiatowski, 11, loves to sing country music and Dolly Parton is her idol. (Photo by Maria Weigl) Now, just a year after taking the stage at the Fox Mountain Country Music Festival in Aylesford, N.S., for the first time, she’s headed a little farther afield.Trzebiatowski is nominated for three awards at the Josie Music Awards, which are to be held in Tennessee in September: world artist, junior artist of the year and junior vocalist.The nods at the awards show for independent artists of all genres come after a whirlwind year for the young artist. She’s spent that time teaching herself guitar and performing at 20 local country jams. And in March, the tween won her first award for female vocalist of the year from the North America Country Music Associations International.But the Josies have a special significance for Trzebiatowski: they’re taking place at Dollywood, the theme park owned by one of her music idols.In this Aug. 21, 2013 file photo, Dolly Parton speaks during a news conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)In fact, she noted, the first time she took the stage, she sang one of Dolly Parton’s songs: “Silver and Gold” off of the 1991 album “Eagle When She Flies.”“I feel like Dolly has a different style from the other artists when she sings,” Trzebiatowski said. “But I do enjoy all kinds of country music, I just really like Dolly’s way of country music.”Trzebiatowski first started listening to country music with her parents, who say they’re happy to see their daughter chasing her passion.And as she racks up experience singing on stage, Trzebiatowski is also starting to learn how to write her own songs.“I’m just sticking to doing covers but sometimes I just jot down a little sentence,” she said. “I met some song writers and I’ve asked them, ‘how do you write a good song?’ and they say just jot little sentences down and in the future you’ll think ‘Oh I can write something out of this’ so I listened to that.”Trzebiatowski and her parents are hosting a fundraiser on July 28 at the Nine Mile River Community Centre in East Hants, N.S., to raise money for her trip to the awards ceremony in September.And when she gets to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., she’s holding out hope that she’ll run into Parton.“I would be, like, really excited and I’d be jumping around and squealing,” Trzebiatowski said. “I would also ask her if she would like to write a song with me.”By Olivia Blackmore ~ The Canadian Press Facebook Twittercenter_img HANTS COUNTY, N.S. — After watching others sing at a Nova Scotia country music festival nearly every year of her life, 11-year-old Xuan Trzebiatowski decided in 2018 that she was no longer satisfied just watching.“I think a lot of the time people would see me and my brother playing around in the campground and I just thought people (would think) it was very sweet,” the Elmsdale, N.S., native said. “I was actually good at that kind of music so I decided to get up on stage.” Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Fewer Canadians taking vacations this summer

We’re now into the peak summer travel season and a new survey shows nearly half of Canadians say they won’t be travelling very far.Niagara Falls’ Clifton Hill has been jammed with visitors, many of them from the GTA who say high gas prices, high room rates and a shaky economy are keeping them closer to home this summer.“I’ve been unemployed for the last 19 months and I’ve been applying for positions, unable to get any kind of position.”Shellene Ramkhelawan’s family from Mississauga stayed overnight in Niagara Falls. Last summer, they did a long road trip to Disney World.A survey done by the website RetailMeNot.ca shows 42% of Canadians are staying home this summer. Niagara Falls is seeing a drop in tourists from Ontario.“I’ve talked to mainly the attractions. Some of them are down as much as 20%, which would indicate people are not travelling,” says Wayne Thomson of Niagara Falls Tourism.If you live in the Niagara Peninsula you don’t have to spend a lot of money entertaining the family if you don’t want to. It’s sandwiched in between two Great Lakes. In Port Colborne, Nickel Beach is one of the best sandy beaches in the country.Meanwhile, if there’s some good economic news it’s that Niagara Falls is seeing more Americans this summer. Many people are visiting from states that are quite a distance away. They attribute that to Nik Wallenda and his walk over the Horseshoe Falls.Editor’s note: This article was updated July 23, 2014 to correct an error in the RetailMeNot website. read more

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Trump says hell move quickly on Keystone XL

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump suggests he’ll move quickly on resurrecting the proposed Keystone X-L pipeline after taking office.Trump is expected to reverse his predecessor’s ban on the proposed eight-billion-dollar-U-S cross-border project.He told ”Fox News Sunday” he expects a decision to come ”fairly quickly.”After years of political wrangling, President Barack Obama rejected the 19-hundred-kilometre pipeline.Trump’s support for it was part of his election campaign platform. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2016 7:54 am MDT Trump says he’ll ‘move quickly’ on Keystone XL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

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Where Did Jason Kidd Go Wrong

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 25, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down a week of drama in the NBA. First, we investigate ESPN’s reports of tension between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs as his recuperation from a quad injury takes longer than anticipated. We also take a look at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ tough season and assess what it might mean for their playoff chances. Next, Milwaukee has fired head coach Jason Kidd amid a disappointing slide for the Bucks. What went wrong for the once-promising team? Plus, a small-sample-size segment on LeBron James. Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright report on how Kawhi Leonard’s rehab created a chilling effect with the San Antonio Spurs.Despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s support and offer to intervene, the Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd on Monday. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner read more

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BATTLE FOR QATAR 2015 BiH in knockout stage – Four others are…

Qatar 2015Qatar handball Very exciting pre-qualification for the World Championship in Qatar 2015 coming to the end, but there is still no answer in four groups, where winner will be decided in the last Round! Only Bosnia and Herzegovina secured their place in “knock-out” stage next June.Group 1Georgia : Lithuania 26:23 ( 15:12 )Turkey : Finland 25:19 ( 11:9 )Standing :1 Lithuania  5 – 7 points2 Georgia 5-63 Turkey 5-44 Finland 5-3Group 2Wednesday, 8 January:Romania : Italy 34:29 ( 20:13 )Cyprus : Slovakia 18:20 ( 9:11 )Standing:1 Romania 5 – 10 points2 Slovakia 5-83 Italy 5-24 Cyprus 5-0Group 3Switzerland : Slovenia 23:31 ( 12:19 )Ukraine : Luxembourg 34:22 ( 15:12 )Standing:1 Ukraine  5 – 92 Slovenia 5-83 Switzerland 5-34 Luxembourg 5-0Group 4Wednesday, 8 January:Greece : The Netherlands 24:19 ( 11:7 )Israel : Belgium 27:25 ( 12:11 )Standing:1 Israel 5-62 Greece 5-63 Netherlands 5-44 Belgium 5-4Group 5Wednesday, 8 January:Bosnia : Estonia 28:26 ( 15:9 )Latvia : Portugal 24:26 ( 13:8 )Standing:1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 – 10 points2 Portugal 5-63 Latvia 5-44 Estonia 5-0 ← Previous Story “Green light” for Omeyer! Next Story → EHF EURO 2014: TOP 10 STARS read more

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Minister welcomes expansion plans at Capita

first_imgBUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT firm Capita has just opened a new office in Dublin, citing plans to recruit 800 people over the next three years.The move has been welcomed by a number of politicians, including Finance Minister Michael Noonan who attended the launch.Although Capita confirmed its “aspirations” to double its workforce to 1,600 by mid-2016, it could not clarify to TheJournal.ie how many people are currently being recruited.The hiring process has started in a number of areas, including loan administration and asset management, it said.The new offices are located at Grand Canal Square in Dublin.“The scale and ambition of the company’s investment in Ireland, and the announcement of their plans to employ 800 more people over the next three years, is a major vote of confidence in Ireland,” said Noonan.“The new office allows us to consolidate a number of business units in one location, as well as providing room for future growth,” added country manager Robbie Hughes.50 jobs lost as Citi Bank announce Waterford office closureFears for 136 jobs as Pfizer seeks buyer for Cork siteYoung people ‘bear burden of financial crisis’last_img read more

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Remembering Bernie Taft

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bernie Taft (1918-2013), a leading figure of the Australian left and former joint national secretary of the Communist Party of Australia, who passed away a few weeks ago, will be honoured on Sunday at a memorial service, at 11:00 am, at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Center, on the Corner of St Georges Rd & Bell St. in Preston.Bernie Taft was a friend of the Greek community and a close ally of the local Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Greece, during the period of the military junta (1967-1974).last_img

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National Selfdetermination in Greece and Balkans

first_imgThe lecture National Self-determination in the 21st Century: Implications for Greece and the Balkans will be given by Dr Aris Gounaris as part of season three (August – October 2013) of Greek History and Culture Seminars.Aris Gounaris holds a PhD from La Trobe University, Melbourne. His doctoral dissertation in philosophy and history examines theories of secession and self-determination. Case studies include Kosovo, Chechnya and Aceh.The seminars are held by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria.When: Thursday 19 September at 7:00 pmWhere: Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, opposite the Russell St Greater Union CinemasFor more information, contact GOCMV, at (03) 9662 2722 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Tesla takes interest in Greek islands

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Minister of Environment and Energy Giorgios Stathakis, has had a very productive meeting with executives of the gigantic American motor and energy company, Tesla.According to an Athens News Agency report, Tesla’s representatives expressed their interest in launching “smart islands” and “energy islands” initiatives across Greece.The main topics of the discussion were the reduction of dependency on fossil fuel, especially for islands not scheduled to join the mainland power grid in the coming years; and the gradual switch to Renewable Energy Sources (RES).By making use of solar, water and wind power, Greece is considering switching to RES not only for environmentally ethical purposes but also to sustain and boost the economy of the islands, as such a move will signal a significant reduction in the cost of storing and producing energy.This new approach has also been highlighted in the goals envisaged by the country’s National Energy and Climate Plan.last_img read more

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Alien origin gave Jesus the power of resurrection claims Ufologist

first_imgPixabaySeveral conspiracy theorists have long been alleging that aliens have visited earth regularly during the ancient days, and even now, they used to pay us a visit to monitor human activities. Adding heat to this theory, Dr Barry Downing, a popular Ufologist has now claimed that Jesus Christ is actually an alien from deep space.As per Downing, several incidents depicted in the Bible indicates that aliens used to visit the earth in the ancient days. Downing argues that the world’s purportedly oldest UFO sighting is mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel. He also revealed to Express.co.uk reports that evidence of extraterrestrial activity can be seen in the Gospel of St Matthew in the New Testament.Downing also believes that the embryo of Jesus Christ was planted in the womb of Mary by aliens using advanced technologies. Certain other people argue that Mary was inseminated with an alien sperm, and Jesus is actually an alien-human hybrid who possessed magical capabilities.The Ufologist claims that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is an irrefutable proof that substantiates the alien origin. Downing believes that Jesus Christ’s ascension from the earth is actually the return to his distant alien home planet.A few months ago, Giorgio Tsoukalos, the television host known for presenting ‘Ancient Aliens’ in History Channel had claimed that humans have misunderstood alien visitors as Gods. Tsoukalos made these remarks while talking about the origin of religion in the earth at the annual ‘Contact in the Desert’ UFO conference in Indiana Wells, California last year.As per Tsoukalos, ancient humans misrepresented alien visitors as deities and their advanced technology was interpreted as divine power. It should also be noted that several conspiracy theorists in the past had claimed that ancient gods, especially in the Hindu and Greek mythology, are interstellar aliens from deep space.last_img read more

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Khaleda undergoes medical tests

first_imgKhaleda ZiaBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday underwent some medical tests at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), reports UNB.Khaleda, who has been kept in a cabin on the sixth floor of the hospital, was taken to the ground floor for the tests.As part of regular health check-up, physicians conducted chest, lung tests and a City Scan, said brigadier general Abdullah Al Harun, director of BSMMU.Later, she was brought back to her cabin around 2:15pm.On 6 October, Khaleda Zia was admitted to the BSMMU after prison authorities shifted her there from the abandoned central jail in old Dhaka, following a court order.On 4 October, the High Court directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.Khaleda Zia was in the erstwhile abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February.On 16 September, a medical board formed by the government for jailed Khaleda, suggested admitting her to a hospital like BSMMU though they have found ‘no symptom of any serious disease’ in her.last_img read more

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Mubi Streaming Service Launches in Southeast Asia EXCLUSIVE

first_imgChinese OTT giants including Tencent Video and iQiyi have also targeted Southeast Asia as their first region for overseas expansion. But Mubi argues that, like the global streamers, these too are generalists seeking large volume, rather than targeted specialists. Film specialist streaming platform Mubi is to launch in Southeast Asia. The service kicks off with operation in Malaysia, and has plans to quickly launch in another half-dozen territories in the fast-developing region.Mubi will retain its highly curated approach of offering one new film title per day and retaining each for just 30 days. But to cope with the social, ethnic and cultural diversity in the region, the Southeast Asia launch requires a significant modification of the business model.“In Southeast Asia you cannot scale up a business that focuses on the Coen Brothers and the like,” Mubi founder Efe Cakarel told Variety. “It is a market that engages with local content and cinema from the region. One-size-fits-all does not work in Southeast Asia.”In addition to its, familiar offering of mostly Western festival films, Mubi will debut in Malaysia with two more VOD clusters that it describes as channels. South Asian movies, mostly in Hindi and Bengali, will be available on the Mubi Dekho! channel; films from the Nusantara region (Malaysia and Indonesia) will play on Mubi Sinema. Related In the near future, Mubi plans to add at least two further channels in Malaysia, one concentrating on Chinese-language and Korean films, and another with a tight focus on South Indian films in the Tamil and Telugu languages.Mubi quietly opened a regional office in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur in 2018. It begins operations having hooked up with two of the local telecommunications giants, Maxis and Digi. These will provide bandwidth and the billing relationship with end users, many of whom do not use credit cards for recurring payments. The service is priced at RM15 ($3.63) per month.It is in negotiations with telecoms providers in Indonesia, ahead of a launch aimed at early 2020. Expansion in other ASEAN countries is expected to follow.Mubi does not disclose its global or per-market subscriber numbers. Though the total is understood to be less than a million, the company says it is growing fast and has a positive cash flow. “It is incredibly hard to double revenue in a year and still be profitable,” said Cakarel. “This shows the business model is working well.”The company is privately held and owned by a mix of financial and strategic investors. These include Hong Kong-listed Huanxi Media, with which it previously sought to launch a Mubi-like service in mainland China. It has supply relationships with Hollywood studios including Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal and Paramount, as well as international indie groups Studiocanal, Pathe and eOne.“The Southeast Asia market is very fragmented with a lot of noise from a lot of players, but almost everyone is trying to do the same thing,” Cakarel said. “They are skewing heavily towards TV series, trying to find blockbuster content, and trying to reach as many households as possible in one go. The problem is that none have enough capital to amass enough content to provide a compelling offering. Netflix and Amazon are offering content that is focused on the Western market. In the mind of the consumer there is no clear winner.” Popular on Variety center_img MUBI Takes Worldwide Rights on Luca Guadagnino Short Drama ‘The Staggering Girl’ China’s iQIYI in Talks for Indonesia Expansion ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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NASA Telescope Oscar Trophy Tech Attracts Stars

first_img The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are not that different.Both attract hordes of viewers for star-studded events. And both use the same gold to coat telescopes and trophies, respectively.Gold is particularly useful in space, where it reflects infrared wavelengths of light and won’t tarnish—ideal for blocking absorption of radiant heat. (Plus, it’s super shiny!)AdChoices广告Which is why the James Webb Space Telescope team chose the chemical element to coat a 32-foot refrigerant tube that cools the Mid-Infrared Instrument, or MIRI.But such high-tech equipment requires more than the common vapor deposit method—heating metal in a vacuum until it becomes a gas, which condenses in a thin layer across a surface.The process is effective, according to NASA, but has drawbacks: The gold loses some reflectivity, becomes extremely delicate, and can peel off when bent; those flakes can interfere with sensitive instruments.So, the telescope’s designers turned to Brooklyn-based Epner Technology, which alleges its gold would never flake off. Hesitant, the Goddard Space Flight Center made them prove their claim.“And they did,” Goddard engineer John Gygax said in a statement.The company also boasted a significantly more reflective gold plating, created using an electroplating process it calls LaserGold. The result is a harder and more reflective coating than vapor-deposited gold.Gold is highly reflective and doesn’t tarnish—great for the James Webb Space Telescope’s main mirror (via NASA)NASA isn’t their only famous client, though. In 2016, Epner snagged the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, reportedly “awestruck” that Epner Technology could provide a plating technique used in space for 35 years, company president David Epner recalled.For more than three decades, a trophy manufacturer cast Oscars in a tin allow and then plated them with gold. They shone alright, but the coating eventually wore off.“We guaranteed that our gold coating will never come off,” Epner said.The firm has even offered a lifetime guarantee to replate—for free—any Oscar that shows wear.“That’s something I’ll never have to make good on,” Epner added. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Australian Finds ‘Monster’ $69,000 Gold Nugget With Metal DetectorLego Sets Might Be Better Investments Than Gold last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Valerian good?Yes. It’s messy, it’s awkward, it’s bizarrely constructed and at points verges over into weirdly “problematic;” but also ingenious, ambitious and occasionally brilliant. There are more ideas in a single chase sequence in this movie than in the entirety of most other films I’ve seen this Summer.What’s it about?Based on a long-running series of French-language graphic novels, Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevigne are Valerian and Laureline, a sort-of romantically partnered pair of special agents who discover that a magic MacGuffin they were tasked with fetching at the story’s beginning is at the center of shadowy dark-dealings surrounding a supposed “evil force” growing in the depths of the massive space-city Alpha – where hundreds of thousands of diverse species from across the galaxy exist in a chaotic but sustained relative peace that threatens to be ripped apart unless they can uncover exactly what’s going on – up to and including which “side” they’re actually supposed to be on.Is the plot confusing?Not really. The film is practically tripping over its own feet in a rush to reveal what’s actually going on, possibly because someone got worried that too many unanswered questions would distract from the main point. Instead, they opted for showing off all the different aliens, technology, “neighborhoods” and big cosmic ideas the film is clearly more interested in than the fairly standard-issue space-police story.  And even if you do get “lost” just remember that this is 21st Century sci-fi so whoever looks like an analog for a present-day Western military power is probably bad. And whoever looks like a (somewhat condescending) analog for indigenous victims of Colonialism is probably good, and you’ll be right back on track.Who’s behind it?French auteur and producer/mogul Luc Besson, a longtime fan of the original Valerian & Laureline comics for whom the film is a quasi-follow-up to his similar late-90s sci-fi cult-classic The Fifth Element. The film is one of the most expensive features in the history of France’s homegrown film industry, and was independently financed by a global team of investors to grant Besson full creative autonomy.What’s the best reason to see it?Honestly? The opening scene. The first five minutes or so are some of the most beautiful visual storytelling anyone has put to film in decades and one of the most forward-looking and optimistic streams of sound and imagery the medium has been used to depict – ever. Essentially an expository montage demonstrating how, over the course of centuries, the present-day Space Program might (through cooperation and mutual respect) grow beyond the borders of a nation. Species might ultimately form an idealized intergalactic melting-pot megalopolis of the title. It’s an all but wordless vision somewhere in tone between The Martian’s onward-and-upward futurism and Guardians of The Galaxy’s heartfelt humanism that seamlessly bridges the hopes of the Space Age with the dreams of pulp-era science fiction to a degree not even the best of Star Trek ever has ever quite managed. It’s the most visually beautiful and thematically awe-inspiring piece of pure cinema that Luc Besson has produced in the entirety of his career: His masterpiece. The single stretch of film he deserves to be remembered for.Wow! And the rest of it?Not as good. Not even close, really – but then nothing was going to be.What’s the biggest problem?“Valerian” himself, unfortunately: Dehaan doesn’t quite work in the lead. Granted, Besson has never been an actor’s director, and this feels very much like a movie where the instruction was “hit your mark, read your dialogue, affect a persona mostly via attitude” and – surprise! – Delevigne (a professional model) pulls it off where her co-star seems to struggle. Going with ultra young-looking leads for Valerian and Laureline also feels “off” at times. It seems designed to make the outdated pulp-hero tough-guy “aggressive flirting” play less dodgy than it might have with grown-ups in 2017 (Dehaan trying to do “roguish scoundrel” mostly looks like a ten-year-old doing his impression of Star Lord) but once the plot calls for him to play the jaded seen-it-all tough guy it doesn’t quite land. The seeds of a movie star are there with this kid, but he’s not there yet.How is Rihanna?Good, but underutilized. Her character (a shape-shifting jellyfish-like alien working as an exotic dancer) is a scene-stealer, but she’s only around for a few minutes in an unnecessary subplot that mostly feels added to include her character. Her backstory is also weirdly dark, and ends up feeling cruel and off-putting when paired with her role ultimately being a plot-device.But you recommend it?I do, yes. It’s a genuinely visionary work of art that falls short mainly by shooting higher than any one film could reasonably manage. It’s beautiful, imaginative, creative, ingenious and takes aesthetic risks that are worth applauding all on their own. Even when they contribute to some parts of the film being draggy and messy. Valerian is a pure-energy delight that feels like it should have been more but still brings more to the table than most other blockbusters you’re likely to see this year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Its Probably OK to Eat Raw Cookie Dough — As Long

first_imgLicking the spoon — harmless or not? (Credit: Diane Diederich/Shutterstock)For many people, the holiday ritual of baking cookies isn’t complete without also eating some of the raw dough. In my family, questions like “Who gets to lick the beaters?” and “Can I grab a piece of dough?” were always part of the cookie-making experience.Yet, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly issued warnings about the dangers of consuming raw dough. Specific statements have included: “The bottom line for you and your kids is don’t eat raw dough,” “Don’t give your kids raw dough or baking mixes that contain flour to play with” and “Don’t make homemade cookie dough ice cream.”In fact, the commissioner of the FDA tweeted a rhyme on the topic on Dec. 10, 2018: “You can not eat it in a house. You can not eat it with a mouse. We do not like it here or there. We do not like it anywhere.”While Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s “#FDA we are” rhyme was a fun reference to the “Sam I am!” of the Dr. Seuss’ original “Green Eggs and Ham,” the FDA’s message understandably raised confusion and concern among dough-loving consumers.So, this leads to two questions:1) Are there really risks of eating raw cookie dough?2) Is it appropriate for public health officials to imply that no one should eat cookie dough (something that I, and apparently many others, enjoy) because of this risk?Even cookie dough milkshakes, too? (Credit: Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock)An Important Safety Message — Or a Half-baked Idea?To answer the first question: Yes, there are indeed at least two kinds of potential risks related to consuming raw cookie dough.First, when most people think about health risks and cookie dough, they think about raw egg. Eggs can be contaminated with salmonella bacteria, and food safety recommendations encourage people to cook eggs until the white and yolk are firm in order to kill any bacteria.However, anyone making cookies can do things to reduce this risk by using pasteurized egg products. When my kids and I make cookie dough, we never use regular eggs. Instead, we use shell eggs that have been pasteurized to kill any harmful bacteria without actually cooking the egg itself. (A great public health innovation, if you ask me!) As a result, we don’t have to worry about the eggs in the cookie dough.The other, often underappreciated risk of raw cookie dough is the risk of the flour itself. While contamination of raw flour is rare, it can happen. Wheat grows in fields close to animals. When they “heed the call of nature,” as the FDA put it, wheat can become contaminated. In 2016, there was a nationwide recall of flour found to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria that led to dozens of people getting sick. Some were even hospitalized, and one went into kidney failure.Such recall notices are extremely important. When we know that a product is contaminated, we can and should make absolutely sure to get rid of it. As soon as I read the recall notice, I checked whether my extra flour was recalled. It wasn’t. If it had been, or even if I hadn’t been sure, I would have thrown it out, no questions.A Right to Choose?But, this takes us to the second of my questions: If we take steps to minimize risk (such as using nonrecalled flour and pasteurized eggs), do consumers really have to stop eating cookie dough because of these risks?I’m the last person to say that communications about public health risks are unimportant. Public health officials have a duty to warn people about the health risks associated with raw egg and even raw flour. When we have evidence that specific people are at risk, public health officials need to actively promote the actions that those people can take to minimize the identified risk. Doing so supports both public health objectives and individual decision-making.By contrast, when a public health agency unequivocally states “Don’t eat raw dough” (regardless of whether flour or other ingredients were affected by a recall or not), it is implying (falsely) that no one could rationally disagree.Well, I’m a public health faculty member, and I disagree.I know that some public health officials will be horrified by my statement. They will believe that I am undermining their message and giving people permission to put themselves at risk unnecessarily.But the key word of the previous sentence is “unnecessarily.” Whether something is necessary or not is not a scientific judgment. It is a value judgment. An FDA official may personally believe that eating raw cookie dough isn’t important and choose to never eat it. That is their choice. At the same time, I can believe that eating cookie dough (made from flour known to be not part of the recall and pasteurized eggs) is something that I enjoy enough that I’m willing to put myself and my children at (a very small) risk to do.A rare burger comes with risk on the side. (Credit: Florence-Joseph McGinn/Shutterstock)Of Life and RiskAs public health experts, we don’t want people to treat food recalls like math problems and estimate their likelihood of getting sick. If you have affected food, you need to act. Period.But if I know that my flour is not recalled, then there is no specific reason to believe that the flour is not OK to eat raw. The only risk is the very small, baseline risk – for example, that the flour has been contaminated by a different and as-of-yet unknown source.We can’t pretend that we live our lives without risk. I put myself and my children at risk every time we get into our car. Every time we eat sushi or rare hamburgers. Every time one of us takes medications. Every time we ride a bike or play soccer.Yet, many of us choose to do those things anyway, while minimizing risk when we can (for example, by wearing seat belts and bike helmets). We choose life and risk over safety and a life a little less enjoyable. It is not irrational to treat cookie dough the same way.So, to my fellow public health practitioners: Let’s keep working on informing the public about health risks that they may not anticipate or appreciate. Motivating people to take immediate action about specific food recalls. Encouraging people to minimize risks.At the same time, let’s all please remind ourselves that our goal is not to minimize all risk, no matter the cost. Our goal is to maximize life. Sometimes maximizing life means warning people that their flour is contaminated and making sure they throw it out. Sometimes maximizing life means letting them enjoy some (carefully prepared) cookie dough without shame.There is risk in eating raw cookie dough. Nonetheless, as I noted in my Twitter reply to Dr. Gottleib’s rhyme: “… if raw dough makes you rejoice, accepting risk might be a choice. … But it’s your choice re what to do. Neither FDA nor I are you.”This is an updated version of an article that was published originally on July 14, 2016.Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of MichiganThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more

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Home Prices Fall to Lowest Level Since 2002

first_img The Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes fell for the sixth straight month in February, with the 10- and 20-city indices each dropping 0.8 percent from January, according to Standard & Poor’s. [IMAGE]The 10-city index slid to its lowest level since May 2003 and the 20-city index dropped to its lowest level since October 2002.Prices fell in 16 of the 20 cities surveyed, improving month-over-month in only Miami, Phoenix, and San Diego. Prices were unchanged month-over-month in Dallas. Prices were down year-over-year in 15 of the 20 cities, improving only in Denver, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, and Phoenix. Since February 2011, the 10-city index fell 3.5 percent and the 20-city index has fallen 3.6 percent. Since peaking in June 2006, the 10-city index is down 50.1 percent. The 20-city index is off 49.6 percent since it peaked in July 2006.The month-over-month improvement in the price index for Phoenix was the fifth consecutive monthly gain and the eighth in the last 11 months. The month-over-month price increase in[COLUMN_BREAK]Miami was the third in a row.At the other end of the scale, prices have fallen month-over-month in Las Vegas for eight straight months and for 16 of the last 17 months. Prices have also dropped for seven straight months in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.The steepest month-over-month decline was 2.5 percent in both Chicago and Atlanta followed by 1.7 percent in Cleveland 1.1 percent in Boston and 1.0 percent in Minneapolis.The steepest year-over-year price decline was in Atlanta where prices are off 17.3 percent since February 2011, followed by Las Vegas down 8.5 percent, Chicago 6.9 percent and Los Angeles 5.2 percent.The January Case-Shiller Index reports were adjusted downward. January├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós reports ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô due to what Case Shiller described as data issues ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô did not include Charlotte. With that updated information, each index fell 1.0 percent in January, instead of the originally reported 0.8 percent. The revised year-over-year decline for January was 3.6 percent for the 10-city index and 3.5 percent for the 20-city index instead of the originally reported 3.9 percent and 3.8 percent respectively.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£[W]hile house prices seem to be moving through the trough, there is little prospect of a significant and sustained rebound,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø “”Paul Diggle””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/property-economics/paul-diggle.html, a property economist with “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, said in a note. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£After all,”” he added, “”if significant numbers of households take the opportunity of a price stabilisation to put their home on the market, the recent decline in the unsold inventory could come to a halt or even reverse.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Home Equity Home Prices Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers S & P Index Service Providers 2012-04-24 Mark Lieberman in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharecenter_img April 24, 2012 447 Views Home Prices Fall to Lowest Level Since 2002last_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill right

first_imgArizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, right, talks with general manager Steve Keim during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Both, however, have also been linked to the New York Giants head coaching vacancy.Despite the speculation and rumors surrounding the coaches the Cardinals have interviewed, Bidwill said he will not rush the process.“The process for me and for Steve, we want to have a thorough process,” he said. “That is going to include second interviews where we can dive down into a little bit more detail. We have now broken the ice with people we didn’t know before and we will have more of a relaxed setting in terms of getting to know people.”The Cardinals have interviewed coaches that have backgrounds in all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams. Bidwill explained that they are not looking for a specific background in particular, but does admit that someone with ties to quarterback development could be a factor.It’s quite possible the Cardinals will target a quarterback in the draft, and a new signal caller will likely be on the way regardless; after Carson Palmer’s retirement and Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert both becoming free agents, the Cardinals don’t have a quarterback on their roster for 2018.Related: The 5: Arizona Cardinals’ biggest 2018 roster questions Arians brought a unique personality to the Cardinals organization, a hard-nosed, straight-shooter who never feared to share his opinion. Arians was one-of-a-kind, and Bidwill knows that.“You could never find someone that can be just like BA because he is so unique,” Bidwill said on the Big Red Rage on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station Thursday. “That’s what we loved about him. Each one of these football coaches has their own leadership style. I am convinced that we have a great group here.”Bidwill remains focused on bringing in a coach that will develop a working relationship with all members of the organization, and someone that has a dominant personality to lead a roster filled with talent.Bidwill and Keim have interviewed a total of nine candidates, all of which have “great potential,” according to Bidwill.“It is the best group of candidates that I have ever had the opportunity to interview,” he added.Though Bidwill remained quiet on who the Cardinals would bring in for a second round of interviews, reports have surfaced that Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks are the front runners for the position. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 10 Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals are without a head coach for the first time in five years, as Bruce Arians announced his retirement shortly after the season finale win against the Seahawks.Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim wasted little time scouting potential successors to Arians, requesting to interview numerous coaches just hours after Arians announced his decision to step away from the game. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Shurmur has proven his ability to develop quarterbacks this season, as Vikings quarterback Case Keenum under Shurmer has led the team to the second overall seed in the NFC and a 13-3 record.Keenum is also a free agent after the season, along with other Vikings quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford. Shurmur becoming a head coach could be seen as a potential draw for one or all of the Vikings gun slingers if they are not signed to extensions before hand.Despite his defensive background, Wilks has been reportedly linked to Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who could become Wilks’ offensive coordinator should he be hired as a head coach. DeFilippo was also one of nine candidates the Cardinals interviewed.With the second round of interviews reportedly beginning in the next week for the Cardinals, Bidwill remains clear that the they will “leave no stone unturned” in the search for a coach that best fits the organization.“What I am trying to do is make the best decision for us,” he said. “To hire the next leader, head coach that will deliver championships to this team and to this town.” – / 9 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Washington defensive lineman Danny Shelton picks up NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as he celebrates after being selected by the Cleveland Browns as the 12th pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Round 1 of the draft will take place on April 26. Rounds 2 and 3 will occur on April 27, while the fourth through seventh rounds will close out the draft on April 28.Here’s a list of where the Cardinals are picking followed by the full order in the first round.Cardinals 2018 NFL Draft pick slot (round)15 (1st)47 (2nd)79 (3rd)97 (3rd) — Compensatory134 (4th) — Compensatory152 (5th)254 (7th) — CompensatoryRound 1, 2018 NFL Draft1. Cleveland Browns2. New York Giants3. Indianapolis Colts4. Cleveland Browns from Houston Texans5. Denver Broncos6. New York Jets7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers8. Chicago Bears9. San Francisco 49ers10. Oakland Raiders11. Miami Dolphins12. Cincinnati Bengals13. Washington Redskins14. Green Bay Packers15. Arizona Cardinals16. Baltimore Ravens17. Los Angeles Chargers18. Seattle Seahawks19. Dallas Cowboys20. Detroit Lions21. Buffalo Bills22. Buffalo Bills from Kansas City Chiefs23. Los Angeles Rams24. Carolina Panthers25. Tennessee Titans26. Atlanta Falcons27. New Orleans Saints28. Pittsburgh Steelers29. Jacksonville Jaguars30. Minnesota Vikings31. New England Patriots32. Philadelphia Eagles The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The full order for the 2018 NFL Draft was released on Tuesday, confirming the Arizona Cardinals’ slots for their seven selections.Barring a trade, general manager Steve Keim will make his first selection at No. 15 overall. That is potentially where Arizona could address its quarterback situation, though Keim has said the team will also be aggressive in mining the free agency and trade markets to staff their quarterback room. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 5 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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SantAgata BologneseLamborghini Launches The Matte

first_imgSant’Agata BologneseLamborghini Launches The Matte Trend, Proposing A New Dark Blue For Exteriors And Natural Tuscan Leather For Interiors As New Personalization OptionsAutomobili Lamborghini will present three brand-new examples of vehicle personalization, intentionally drawing inspiration from the most glamorous trends of the world of fashion, at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show on January 13-26, 2008.The proposed individualizations are part of the Ad Personam personalization program. The vehicles are based on the concept of “think of the impossible” and offers Lamborghini customers the ability to create their own “original”, perfectly tailor-made super sports car.The Gallardo Spyder will be presented in an innovative Ad Personam matte brown paint, Marrone Apus, now available on standard vehicles in the wake of the enormous success met by the Reventón, the very first Lamborghini offered with a matte finish.Marrone Apus, an elegant shade halfway between brown and black, gives off exquisite golden reflections in the sunlight due to a pigment able to imbue the paint with an iridescent look.The interior also exhibits a new shade of brown Alcantara, named Marrone Gaia which is used to upholster the seats. The fabric is combined with Marrone Janus and Bianco Polar leather, with the addition of Pianolac used to cover the center console and steering wheel.A new shade of light blue, Blu Cepheus, also joins the Ad Personam program. It is proposed for the exteriors of the Murciélago LP640 Coupé and Roadster in Detroit . This pale blue is reminiscent of the naturalistic environment and is deliberately inspired by the purity and transparency of polar ice, in addition to depicting one of the most glamorous shades in fashion today.This shade also benefits from the same iridescent effects of the matte paint. The same pigment selected for Marrone Apus is used in this case to attain and exalt a more primary blue when reflecting sunlight. Blu Cepheus is iridescent in the light just like icebergs, although it maintains its monochromatic nature.Another novelty of the Ad Personam program is the leather selected for the interiors of the Murciélago LP640 Roadster. This leather covers the elegant seats of this super sports car, an Italian leather,in keeping with Tuscany ’s prestigious tanning tradition. It is untreated, inspired by the natural leather found on horse saddles and leads to natural changes in color over time, a tendency that confirms its natural state and total absence of treatments.“Lamborghini is strongly focusing on the Ad Personam personalization program due to the importance of offering customers the widest range of possibilities for individualizing their cars. This allows them the ability to reflect their own personality and style,” states Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini . “Many of our customers take advantage of this program as a tool for owning an even more exclusive Lamborghini.”last_img read more

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