Order of Canada marks 50 years with quintessential Canadian additions

first_imgOTTAWA – Peter McAuslan was 21 in 1967 when he took three weeks to hitchhike from Vancouver to Montreal, stopping in local pubs to watch the Stanley Cup final along the way.The trip across the country tied together hockey, beer and Canada’s centennial.Five decades later, McAuslan will be recognized for his efforts to grow the Canadian beer industry as his name is added to the cornerstone of the Canadian honours system, one that’s celebrating a milestone anniversary of its own on Saturday.It was on July 1, 1967, that the Order of Canada received its first members.This Canada Day, the list of appointees will grow by 99, including the Prince of Wales, soccer star Christine Sinclair, hockey legend Mark Messier, actor Mike Myers, actress Catherine O’Hara, musician Alan Doyle, and TV host Alex Trebek, making some 7,000 people who will have their names on the rolls of the decades-old honours program.There are actors and athletes, community and business leaders, and innovators and entrepreneurs, including the beer man McAuslan.“The whole Canadian-and-beer thing, it’s a romance that goes back a really long way,” the 71-year-old founder of McAuslan Brewery said in an interview.“They are a reflection of not only who we are, but where we’ve come from.”While the Order of Canada turns 50 this year, it could have easily been turning 150 if not for decades of political unease about creating a distinctly Canadian honours system, worried it would be seen as another symbol of political patronage.A royal commission headed by former Governor General Vincent Massey, which provided the foundation for modern arts and culture funding, recommended creating a Canadian honours system like the Order of Canada.Louis St-Laurent, the prime minister at the time, was adamantly opposed. That portion of the commission’s report was suppressed — technically a violation of parliamentary rules, said Christopher McCreery, who has studied the history of the Order of Canada.In the lead-up to Canada’s centennial in 1967, Lester Pearson’s government decided to move on the idea and quickly cobbled together everything needed to create the Order of Canada, including an insignia.Over the past half-century, Canada has gone from having no honours system to having one of the largest and most complicated in the world, McCreery said. Countries like New Zealand and Australia have tried to replicate the Canadian model in their own systems, he said.“That speaks to the success of the present system.”The list released Friday by Rideau Hall bears some similarities to the one from 50 years ago.In place of international renowned soprano Pierette Alaire, today there is opera star Tracy Dahl.In place of Massey and Laurent are former Supreme Court justice Marshall Rothstein, former Liberal heritage minister Liza Frulla and the country’s top bureaucrat, Wayne Wouters.Street nurse Catherine Crowe, Me to We founder Roxanne Joyal and Catherine Latimer, executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada, are being honoured, much as social advocates were in the first list released in 1967.And in place of David Bauer — instrumental in Canada’s national hockey program — and Montreal Canadiens great Maurice Richard, there is Messier, the ex-Edmonton Oiler forward with the quintessentially Canadian nickname, “Moose.”“I’ve always felt being a Canadian really meant something to me, and being able to represent Canada in the international competitions like I did was something that I’ll never forget,” Messier said in an interview.“This takes it to another level where it goes beyond the game of hockey, because (of what) the players that have been elected to this honour have done outside the game of hockey as well, which I think was a huge responsibility for all us and one not to be taken lightly.”“Humbling” is how recipients describe being named to the order. Just ask Alan Doyle, best known as the former lead singer of Newfoundland and Labrador folk-rock stalwarts Great Big Sea.“If you look into the list of people who get this award, are all exceptional people in their own work life and in their own artistic life or political life or business life or whatever, but then they’re almost always very community-minded people and people who have tried to give back to the place, their town, their city, their province, their country,” Doyle said.“It’s humbling to be in that company, in all honesty.“It’s also quite motivational. It makes me want to do more stuff becuase I feel like it’s important.”last_img read more

Notley threat to cut off oil to others not a new tactic

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s threat to reduce oil shipments to other provinces, the latest salvo in a recent pipeline dispute with British Columbia, carries on a provincial tradition of using its natural resources to reinforce its political positions.The energy-rich province has used its oil and gas exports as leverage at least three times in the past to win arguments with other levels of government, oilpatch historian and author David Finch said Friday.“Because the … premier represents the people of Alberta as owners of the natural resource, there’s always more at stake on these issues and the Alberta perspective is always different than the Ottawa perspective,” he said.Notley on Thursday said she would, if pushed, replicate the actions of former premier Peter Lougheed who in 1980-81 reduced oil flows over several months and cancelled two oilsands developments after the federal Liberals brought in the national energy program with its price controls, new taxes and revenue sharing.Finch said ex-premier Ernest Manning “flexed his muscles” and sent a shipment of natural gas to Montana in 1951 to assert the province’s right to control its exports. And then-Alberta energy minister Don Getty reduced natural gas shipments to Ontario in 1975 to protest federal policies he felt were discouraging establishing a petrochemical industry in the West.Alberta has been locked in an inter-provincial dispute with its western neighbour over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. It became more heated earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased oil flow until more research is completed on pipeline safety and spill response — B.C. backed down after Alberta suspended imports of B.C. wine.The Alberta government still has the legal right to restrict exports of oil and gas by withholding “removal permits,” said Bob Skinner, executive fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, whose career has included stints in the federal energy department, industry and academia.However, he thinks there’s a “very low chance” that Notley will actually implement export cuts because her threat echoes a previous suggestion by Opposition United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, who could be the next premier.“She does not have to do it because what she’s done is take an arrow from the quiver of Jason Kenney, so the signal to British Columbia and Premier (John) Horgan is, ‘If you think I’m a toughie, just you wait. I’m offering you a basis for negotiation. I don’t think you’ll get that if somebody else is here.’”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that the Alberta-B.C. dispute over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion plans isn’t the first time provinces have disagreed on a project, adding that it’s important the federal government show leadership now.“What I have been very clear about is that this project is in the national interest and it will get built,” Trudeau said in Regina.The Trudeau government approved the Kinder Morgan project in 2016, but the pipeline has since faced permit fights and challenges from the B.C. government. The $7.9-billion expansion would triple the amount of Alberta crude going from Edmonton to the port in Burnaby, B.C.Any reduction in shipments through the existing Trans Mountain line would likely affect operations of the 55,000-barrel-per-day Burnaby, B.C., refinery owned by Alberta-based Parkland Fuel Corp., which bought it from Chevron in November.“We are reaching out to both the Alberta and British Columbia governments to discuss this issue. We hope that they can resolve this issue in a way that is beneficial to Canada, and both provincial economies,” said Parkland spokeswoman Annie Cuerrier on Friday.“Any measure that restricts the supply of oil to British Columbia would be negative for both economies.”Parkland’s Burnaby refinery is currently down for maintenance, which is already putting the squeeze on drivers in B.C., where gas prices spiked as high as $1.50 per litre this week.The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors said in a statement Friday it supports Notley’s move.“An ongoing trade conflict with B.C. is not a desirable outcome for anyone, but tidewater access for Canadian crude products is just too important an issue to back down from,” said CAODC president Mark Scholz.Spokeswoman Chelsie Klassen said the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers opposes trade barriers between provinces and encouraged “collaboration between governments rather than divisiveness.”Environmentalists, meanwhile, said they were disappointed with the Notley’s brinkmanship.“It feels like a betrayal, it feels like they’re really going against the values of a lot of people who supported them,” said Claire Edwards, 23, an Albertan who said she helped with Notley’s election campaign.She was reached in Vancouver where she plans to take part in a pipeline protest march on Saturday holding a huge banner that reads “Albertans against Kinder Morgan.”She added it seems like the oil and gas industry is in charge in Alberta no matter which party is in power.—With files from Ryan McKenna in ReginaCompanies mentioned in this story: (TMX:KML)last_img read more

Sudan UN envoy calls on parties to abide by peace pact in

7 December 2009The top United Nations envoy in Sudan has voiced his concern over the detention and alleged beating of some prominent Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) leaders, opposition supporters and civil society activists during demonstrations earlier today, noting that they could impact negatively on the 2005 peace pact that ended the country’s north-south civil war. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), also expressed concern about the reported setting on fire of National Congress Party (NCP) offices, according to a statement. He noted that these developments come at a “very critical” stage in negotiations between the SPLM and the NCP on issues related to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which includes a provision for a referendum on independence for the south slated for 2011, following national elections next year.“He emphasized the central importance of political rights and freedoms, especially in the lead-up to elections and referendum,” said the statement.While welcoming the subsequent release of SPLM leaders as well as First Vice-President Salva Kiir’s call for calm and restraint, Mr. Qazi urged all concerned authorities to take measures to ensure that law and order is maintained and acts of political violence are prevented. “He called on both parties to give the highest priority to bringing about a conducive political environment for the successful implementation of the CPA.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated in a recent report that the key to implementing the CPA is the relationship between its signatories, the NCP and the SPLM, and called on both sides to boost cooperation. read more

New committee to help support DR Congos transition – UN

Chaired by former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, the Committee includes other high-profile officials, including the former President of Benin, Nicéphore Soglo, the former Prime Minister of Senegal, Mame Boye, and the former head of Tanzania’s electoral commission, Justice Lewis Makame. One or two other members are expected to be named to the body in the coming days. The Committee will work to foster democracy by lending its support to restoring an atmosphere of confidence and peace, with a view to a smooth electoral process; helping solve conflicts through mediation; and providing guidance on key issues of concern.The new body is an initiative of five Congolese institutions, including the Independent Electoral Commission, and is supported by the UN Secretary-General and the President of the African Union. The election in DRC, which is being supported by MONUC, involves some 25.7 million voters casting ballots for over 33 candidates for president and more than 9,700 candidates for the 500-seat National Assembly. read more

Oil jumps above 97 as US home prices rise and stocks chase

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2013 2:46 pm MDT Oil jumps above $97 as US home prices rise and stocks chase records NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil climbed above US$97 a barrel as home prices in the U.S. accelerated and stock markets resumed their rise toward record levels.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery rose US$1, or 1 per cent, to US$97.44 a barrel around midday on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil hasn’t closed above US$97 in New York since Sept. 14.Oil is now up more than US$5 a barrel this year.Signs of improvement in the global economy are driving the increase in oil prices.A report Tuesday showed U.S. home prices in November had the biggest year-over-year increase in six years. That added to evidence showing that the housing market is recovering and outweighed a separate report indicating that higher taxes and an uncertain economic picture are sapping consumers’ confidence.Those were the latest reports in a big week for U.S. economic indicators. The government will also this week release the latest numbers on weekly jobless claims, January unemployment and fourth-quarter growth. And the Federal Reserve’s policy committee is holding a two-day meeting that concludes on Wednesday.U.S. stocks are approaching record levels after a January rally that has pushed the Dow Jones industrial average 6.2 per cent higher this month. And the Standard & Poor’s 500 index is up 5.3 per cent, its highest level since December 2007.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, rose 57 cents to US$114.05 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex:— Wholesale gasoline rose 2 cents to US$2.96 per gallon (3.79 litres).— Natural gas lost 6 cents to US$3.25 per 1,000 cubic feet.— Heating oil gained 3 cents to US$3.09 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

US factory orders drop 15 per cent biggest setback since July as

FILE – In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, file photo, driver Kyle Woodroof loads packages in his delivery truck in Kansas City, Mo. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders in December on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2014 8:28 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturers saw orders for their products decline in December by the largest amount in five months although the setback for a key category that tracks business investment was not as large as first reported.Orders to U.S. factories fell 1.5 per cent in December, the biggest drop since July, with much of the weakness coming from a plunge in aircraft orders, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Orders had risen 1.5 per cent in November after a 0.5 per cent October decrease.Orders in a closely watched category that serves as a proxy for business investment declined 0.6 per cent, a smaller fall than the 1.3 per cent drop estimated in a preliminary report last week. The decrease followed a sizable 3 per cent jump in November, an increase spurred by an expiring tax break.Demand for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, fell 4.2 per cent, slightly less than the 4.3 per cent preliminary estimate. Orders for nondurable goods such as chemicals, paper and food rose 1.1 per cent in December following a 0.4 per cent November gain.Analysts say part of the weakness in December reflected a temporary slowdown following a rush to purchase capital goods in November to take advantage of expiring federal tax breaks.Orders for all of 2013 totalled $5.82 trillion, up 2.5 per cent from 2012, as manufacturing continued to recover from the Great Recession.For December, demand for commercial aircraft, a volatile category, fell 17.5 per cent after having risen 21.1 per cent in November. While the drop in airplane orders led the declines, there was weakness in a number of categories. Orders for iron and steel fell 10 per cent while demand for construction machinery was down 2.9 per cent and demand for computers and other electronic products fell 6.3 per cent.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 51.3 in January from 56.5 in December. It was the lowest reading since May although any reading above 50 signals growth in manufacturing.The January performance of the ISM index suggests that U.S. manufacturing slowed at the beginning of this year.Auto sales have decelerated and businesses are spending cautiously on machinery and other large factory goods.The slowdown could mean that economic growth in the first three months of this year will get less support from manufacturing.But some economists said that the weak ISM reading may reflect unusually bad weather in January.The Federal Reserve reported that factory output in December rose for a fifth straight month. Manufacturers produced more cars, trucks and appliances in December. US factory orders drop 1.5 per cent, biggest setback since July, as aircraft demand falls read more

BlackBerry Q1 results should shed light on shift from handsets to software

BlackBerry Q1 results should shed light on shift from handsets to software by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2015 11:33 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry reports first-quarter financial results on Tuesday, with expectations angled towards disappointment as the one time smartphone leader continues to shift focus from handsets to its software business.“All eyes will be on the software revenue line, which needs to show an upward trend to support management’s ambitious turnaround goals,” Bank of Montreal analyst Tim Long said in a recent note to investors.“Whether the numbers hit or not, we hope management provides enough metrics to get some transparency on the underlying trends in the software-oriented recovery.”Chief executive John Chen has been pushing forward with a plan to make Blackberry a sustainably profitable company again after years of losing ground to more innovative smartphones, particularly from Apple and Samsung.Chen has maintained a target of reaching US$600 million in revenue from BlackBerry’s software sales business, which includes a premium version of its BBM services and other offerings angled towards business customers.BlackBerry’s famous smartphones are a separate challenge for the company as it gradually shifts them to a lower priority even as it keeps the phones as an important piece of its larger business.Last month, Chen laid off an unspecified number of employees in its device operations, which make the hardware, software and applications for its phones.Those cuts came as a surprise to analysts because Chen had said less than a year ago that BlackBerry had come to the end of three years of layoffs.RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue highlighted the company’s ability to deliver new phones on time and make cost reductions, both of which he believes are short-term solutions.But he remained concerned about the company’s long-term trajectory.“It’s hard to cut your way to glory,” he said in a note.Smartphones like the reissue of the BlackBerry Bold, Classic and Passport haven’t been hot sellers, which has added extra pressure to make good on Chen’s turnaround plan.Raymond James tech analyst Steven Li estimates the company shipped 1.4 million units to stores, a decline of 13 per cent over the same time last year. BlackBerry doesn’t recognize revenue on those devices until they’re sold to customers.“The Passport remains a niche product and even a full quarter of contribution from both Passport and Classic may not have seen significant traction in a competitive market,” Li said.The company is expected to report revenues of US$646.82 million for the quarter, according the consensus estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.Adjusted earnings are forecast at a loss of US$15.9 million or two cents per share, with the net loss estimated at US$28.9 million or five cents per share.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter read more

Hes built for it Wexford star on his cousins AFL trial with

first_img 25,331 Views Wexford hurler Rory O’Connor and his cousin, county footballer Barry O’Connor. Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 9:30 PM Short URL Subscribe No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/4575464 center_img Wexford hurler Rory O’Connor and his cousin, county footballer Barry O’Connor. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 14 Irish players on the books of Australian Rules clubs, more than at any other stage in history.This month, five young GAA players will take part in trials Down Under as they look to forge careers as professional athletes and add to the growing number of Irish in the AFL.The latest batch of youngsters includes Barry O’Connor, son of Wexford hurling legend George, who was part of the Model County’s football squad during the league. O’Connor is one of five players who’ll partake in AFL trials, alongside fellow Wexford man Ronan Devereux, Sligo’s Luke Towey, Peadar Mogan of Donegal and Armagh’s Ross McQuillan.While the other four are set to take part in the two-week AFL international combine, O’Connor is in Sydney to trial exclusively with the Sydney Swans.A former club of Kerry forward Tommy Walsh, they currently have Tipperary native Colin O’Riordan on their books while Tadhg Kennelly is involved in the coaching set-up.“He landed there yesterday and he’s living with Sam Naismith one of the Swans players,” says Wexford hurler Rory O’Connor, Barry’s first cousin.“So he’s there for two weeks and he’s going to be immersed in the whole thing in how they live and their roles. It’s a great opportunity for him and hopefully he’ll actually get it.“He went through the combine in UCD with all the lads and was a top-four pick,” continues Rory, who lives with Sligo’s Towey in Dublin. Rory O’Connor of Wexford in attendance at the official launch of Physio Led Personal Training at Sports Physio Ireland. SPI gym was fitted out by Model Construction, Killeen Rd, Dublin. Source: Sam Barnes/SPORTSFILE“One of my best friends that I’m living with Luke Towey from Sligo and another fella from Wexford Ronan Devereux are gone over too.“There was a scout there from the Sydney Swans that took a liking to Barry so he asked him over for two weeks.“He’s built for it, he’s conditioned for it, he looks after himself very well and he knows how to kick a ball. It’s basically a rugby ball and we played rugby for years when we were younger. So he might be ahead of the Irish posse in terms of learning how to kick the ball.“He was with the Wexford footballers and they’re going through a rough patch at the moment. He sees it as an opportunity, anyone would. Even if you go over for only one or two years, it’s a great opportunity.”Meanwhile, O’Connor is hopeful the GAA don’t restrict the involvement of inter-county players in the Fitzgibbon Cup over the coming years.The 20-year-old was frustrated with Congress’s decision to change the All-Ireland U21 competition to the U20 grade, which meant he is overage for this campaign. “It’s annoying. They take a year on you. I’d be one of the lads U21 that would be playing with Wexford and we’ve never even been asked or surveyed to ask what’s your opinion on the whole thing – they just change it on you. Rory O’Connor’s DCU reached the Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final this year. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“My only fear is that the next thing they’ll do is take Fitzgibbon. I’m just waiting to see what they do but as players you can be playing away and then the next thing your season is gone.“There’s fellas finishing minor now and they’re just 18 and they need just one more year to make the step to U20 but they’re just idle. They can’t make the U20 team and they’re just out of minor.“I’ve hopefully three or four years left with Fitz. Hopefully, they don’t touch that. It’s a special tournament. Playing with lads you are actually having the craic.“Going down on the bus you are cut toe to leg with abuse, the best craic you will have. Generally, the winners of the Fitzgibbon are the team best bonded together. You are probably training the next day with Wexford or your county team anyway. “Not really training just going to a different college and hurling with lads you might never play with again. Lads in the same boat, doing the same travel just with a different county team.“It is the whole calendar year that might have to be looked at. I don’t have an alternative at the moment.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: By Kevin O’Brien ‘He’s built for it’ – Wexford star on his cousin’s AFL trial with Sydney Swans Barry O’Connor is one of five young GAA players set for trials in Australia this month. Share56 Tweet Email Apr 3rd 2019, 5:34 PM last_img read more

Xenophon refutes claim of courting farright

first_imgSenator Nick Xenophon has called assertions that NXT party candidates are seeking support from extreme-right voters as “laughable”, and that as the election draws nearer the Liberals are bent on using slurs and “cowardly” personal attacks in an effort to undermine his party.This week Nick Xenophon Team candidate Rebekha Sharkie was accused by The Australian newspaper of being “aligned” to an organisation that in the past allegedly promoted the views of One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, an accusation jumped on by SA Liberal senator Simon Birmingham.Ms Sharkie, a former Liberal staffer who will run for the Adelaide Hills seat of Mayo, said she was “gutted” that The Australian should suggest she was courting the extreme-right vote after giving a speech at a Food Producers Land Owners Action Group (FLAG) event in South Australia – an event largely attended by local farmers.“I completely refute this ‘courting’ statement. It is offensive and untrue and likely sourced back to the Liberal Party. They are running scared, but I refuse to join them in their race to the gutter,” said Ms Sharkie.“Mayo deserves better and I am not going to be discouraged or afraid of putting myself forward as an inclusive, engaged and compassionate alternative for the Mayo community.”The Nick Xenophon Team will field candidates in the Senate and House of Representatives across the country, but in South Australia – Xenophon’s power-base – the Liberal Party is acutely aware of the potential backlash against the government over auto closures and unemployment.The Australian article prompted Senator Birmingham to issue a press release describing NXT as a “cult” party whose candidates’ philosophies could be far removed from the party’s founder Nick Xenophon.“It is dealings like this that are part of the reason that ‘personality cult parties’, built around a single individual rather than a shared philosophy, usually end up divided and dysfunctional,” said the senator.“Mr Xenophon has failed before in trying to spread his brand to others for exactly these reasons – you are not voting for Nick, you’re voting for an unknown.”Speaking exclusively to Neos Kosmos, Nick Xenophon said the senator’s statements were “laughable” and a “cowardly personal attack”.“Senator Birmingham’s claims are totally false and an attempt to distract from the real issues at stake, those being jobs, health and education.“I’d be very happy to debate these issues in public with Senator Birmingham so his claims can be exposed for the nonsense they are.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Découverte dun cousin du T Rex il navait quun seul doigt

first_imgDécouverte d’un cousin du T. Rex : il n’avait qu’un seul doigtPubliée dans Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, la description du fossile d’une nouvelle espèce de dinosaure, découverte en Mongolie Intérieure (Chine) par une équipe américano-britannique, montre l’étrange évolution des doigts chez certains de ces animaux. Pas plus haut que votre hanche, pesant le poids d’un gros perroquet, doté de toutes petites dents et surtout d’un seul doigt (et donc d’une seule griffe), Linhenykus monodactylus était bien moins impressionnant que ses cousins Tyrannosaures ou Velociraptors, membres comme lui des dinosaures  théropodes.Mais c’est à un sous-groupe particulier, celui des Alvarezsauridaes, qu’appartient ce fossile – des vertèbres, les os des membres postérieurs et d’un membre antérieur, un bassin partiel- découvert dans des sédiments vieux de 75 à 85 millions d’années, près de la ville chinoise de Linhe, notamment par des chercheurs de l’University College de Londres.”Linhenykus met en évidence la complexité dans l’évolution de ces doigts rudimentaires”, explique  Jonah Choiniere, du Muséum américain d’histoire naturelle de New York. “Les Alvarezsauridaes sont déjà connus pour être un groupe inhabituel de théropodes, avec des “mains” très bizarres, utilisées principalement pour creuser, et cette nouvelle découverte confirme qu’il y avait une certaine variation concernant l’étrange évolution de ces mains”, renchérit le Dr Paul Barrett, du Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Londres. Le 25 janvier 2011 à 17:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a 125M oneoff inspired by the Atlantic

first_img 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster 62 Photos Bugatti spent the lead-up to the Geneva Motor Show talking about its Type 57 SC Atlantic, a car that’s been captivating people for the better part of 80 years. Bugatti is not reviving the Atlantic, but it did lean on that design to create a wild one-off. Bugatti revealed La Voiture Noire (which literally translates to the black car) on Tuesday, a one-of-one creation that is meant to incorporate the idea of grand touring into a car with immense amounts of power and equal amounts of luxury. It also costs an immense amount of money, with the final price tag from Bugatti coming in at a cool 11 million euros ($12.5 million) — before tax. That’s how you make an appearance at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.It’s not exactly hard to tell who built La Voiture Noire. The car is still quintessentially Bugatti, with a front end that’s closer to the aerodynamic Divo than the O.G. Chiron on which it’s based. However, the nose eschews the hardcore aero of the Divo in favor of some different vent arrangements, more pronounced front lights and dimples (or something) on the hood. Some folks were expecting some sort of wild Atlantic recreation, but it’s clear that Bugatti stayed rooted in modern design for La Voiture Noire.Enlarge ImageTake a good look now, because unless you happen to be the owner, you’ll probably never see this thing in the wild. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow The dorsal fin, which is a staple of the original Atlantic’s design, lives on here. It starts just above the grille and makes its way to the roof through a centrally-located windshield wiper, continuing down the car’s long body and terminating just ahead of the Bugatti badge. The rear end marks a serious departure from both the Divo and Chiron, with a single lighting element going from side to side. Everything beneath that light is a continuation of the front end’s grille design. There are six tailpipes and, in true 2019 fashion, the Bugatti script out back illuminates.Even though it has more tailpipes than the regular Chiron, the powertrain appears to be the same. Bugatti says that La Voiture Noire sports an 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine that’s good for a shade under 1,500 horsepower and about 1,180 pound-feet of torque, the same as the Chiron. The car is already sold and is rumored to be going to Ferdinand Piech, Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson and the chairman of VW Group from 1993 to 2002. Bugatti wouldn’t say who the lucky person is, naturally, saying only that the person in question is a “Bugatti enthusiast.” No duh. Will it carry the same cachet in 80 years’ time that the Atlantic does today, though? That’s perhaps the most interesting question of all.Originally published March 5 at 12:10 a.m. PT.Update, at 2:41 a.m. PT: Corrected the pre-tax price, which fell prey to a rounding error. Geneva Motor Show 2019 reading • Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a $12.5M one-off inspired by the Atlantic Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US La Voiture Noire is a $12.5M hypercar Preview • 2017 Bugatti Chiron: A velvet rocketship Now playing: Watch this: Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Tags Bugatti La Voiture Noire is ‘the most expensive new car of all time’ Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard More about 2017 Bugatti Chironcenter_img • See All Exotic Cars Superluxury Cars Performance Cars Coupes Geneva Motor Show 2019 2020 BMW Alpina B7 first drive: Big, bad, Bavarian ‘bahn-burner Comment 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell 1 Share your voice 2:14 Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s More From Roadshow Bugattilast_img read more

Walker Sketches Agenda In State Of State Address

first_img(Skip Gray/360North)In his first State of the State address to the Legislature, Gov. Bill Walker spoke broadly of the need to address the state’s financial shortfall and the importance of building a natural gas pipeline. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that while its spirit was praised, legislative leaders found it short on detail.In the 39 minutes he spoke, Gov. Bill Walker offered a few specifics on how he would he would approach his first session in office.He announced a special investigator tasked with looking into the Alaska National Guard would be named Thursday.“That investigator will have full access to all paper and electronic evidence to get to the bottom of the allegations of sexual assault, misconduct and cover-up. As the Commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard, let me assure you that the perpetrators will be brought to justice, face expulsion, incarceration or both.”Walker announced he would sign a bill known as “Erin’s Law” to educate children on what sexual abuse is and how to report it if they are victims.“Members of the Legislature: if you send this bill to my desk, I will sign it and we will take an important step toward protecting the lives of so many young, precious Alaskans,” said Walker.And Walker announced that Craig Fleener — his former running mate, who was bumped off the ticket when his campaign merged with that of Democratic candidate Byron Mallott — would be treated as a member of his Cabinet and given a portfolio of Arctic issues.The rest of his speech reprised many of his campaign themes, and outlined his goals as governor in looser terms. Unlike past governors, he did not preview specific pieces of legislation he planned to introduce.Walker committed to building a natural gas pipeline — a priority for Alaska lawmakers since the supply was discovered — and highlighted his work courting Asian buyers for the resource. He recommitted to accepting federal dollars for expanded Medicaid coverage in Alaska. Walker also said he wants to “protect” education funding to the “greatest extent “possible” as the state wrestles with a multi-billion-dollar shortfall. But he did not say it would be immune to cuts.“We will continue to invest in education as it is one of the highest priorities of this state,” said Walker. “But not at the rate we could have when oil was over $100 per barrel.”The response from the Legislature was cordial. As a governor who ran for office outside of the primary system, Walker does not have party ties to the Legislature’s Republican majorities. But lines about lowering energy prices and developing the state’s workforce triggered applause that spanned party lines. When talking about the state’s economy, mentions of the Alaskan Brewery and the Mat-Su’s carrots even prompted a couple of thumbs-up gestures.But after the speech, Republican leaders said the speech was too general.“We will not fix our problems on beer and carrots,” said House Rules Chair Craig Johnson.The Anchorage Republican said he “liked the optimism,” but he wanted more details from Walker. “He said we need to make a plan, and I kept waiting for it and waiting for it,” said Johnson, “Megaprojects, and it’s not there. Low cost energy. No plan there. Value added resources. No plan.”Senate Majority Leader John Coghill thought Walker might be too optimistic about some of his priorities, like Medicaid expansion.“I think he’s just going to find that’s going to be a very difficult thing to do,” said Coghill. “It does cost the State of Alaska money. It’s going to cost us new employees.” But House Speaker Mike Chenault softened some of the criticism by noting that Walker is new to the office.“We do have to give him a pass on some issues that we may feel is important, because we know the issue and it’s an issue that he doesn’t,” said Chenault.Meanwhile, Democrats were more complimentary. Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner described the speech as “inspirational,” and appreciated the call for Alaskans to come together regardless of party.“What I heard was a lot of confirmation of things we believed of him,” said Gardner.Walker will give a second speech devoted exclusively to the budget on Thursday night.last_img read more

Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground

first_img Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Theresa May closed the Conservative conference in Birmingham today (5 October) with a pitch to put the party in the centre ground of British politics.The Tory premier claimed Labour had abandoned the moderate position, while arguing that her government would step up and engineer an economy that works for everybody. Notably, May branded Labour as the nasty party, a slogan once used against the Conservatives.When we came to Birmingham this week, some big questions were hanging in the air.Do we have a plan for Brexit? We do.Are we ready for the effort it will take to see it through? We are.Can Boris Johnson stay on message for a full four days? Just about.But I know theres another big question people want me to answer.Whats my vision for Britain? My philosophy? My approach?Today I want to answer that question very directly.I want to set out my vision for Britain after Brexit.I want to lay out my approach – the things I believe.I want to explain what a country that works for everyone means.I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics…built on the values of fairness and opportunity…where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person – regardless of their background, or that of their parents – is given the chance to be all they want to be.And as I do so, I want to be clear about something else: that a vision is nothing without the determination to see it through.No vision ever built a business by itself. No vision ever clothed a family or fed a hungry child. No vision ever changed a country on its own.You need to put the hours in and the effort too.But if you do, great things can happen. Great changes can occur.And be in no doubt, thats what Britain needs today.Because in June people voted for change. And a change is going to come.BRITAINS QUIET REVOLUTIONChange has got to come because as we leave the European Union and take control of our own destiny, the task of tackling some of Britains long-standing challenges – like how to train enough people to do the jobs of the future – becomes ever more urgent.But change has got to come too because of the quiet revolution that took place in our country just three months ago – a revolution in which millions of our fellow citizens stood up and said they were not prepared to be ignored anymore.Because this is a turning point for our country.A once-in-a-generation chance to change the direction of our nation for good.To step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.Lets be clear: we have come a long way over the past six years.Weve brought the deficit down.Got more people into work than ever before.Taken the lowest paid out of income tax.Established a new National Living Wage.Helped nearly a million new business to set up and grow.Got almost one and a half million more children into good or outstanding schools.Put record investment into the NHS.Created nearly 3 million new apprenticeships.And brought crime down by more than a quarter to its lowest ever level.Thats a record of which we should all be proud.And this morning its right that we pause to say thank you to the man who made that possible. A man who challenged us to change and told us that if we did then we would win again.And he was right. We did change. We did win. The first majority Conservative Government in almost 25 years.A great leader of our party – a great servant to our country.David Cameron, thank you.But now we need to change again. For the referendum was not just a vote to withdraw from the EU. It was about something broader – something that the European Union had come to represent.It was about a sense – deep, profound and lets face it often justified – that many people have today that the world works well for a privileged few, but not for them.It was a vote not just to change Britains relationship with the European Union, but to call for a change in the way our country works – and the people for whom it works – forever.Knock on almost any door in almost any part of the country, and you will find the roots of the revolution laid bare.Our society should work for everyone, but if you cant afford to get onto the property ladder, or your child is stuck in a bad school, it doesnt feel like its working for you.Our economy should work for everyone, but if your pay has stagnated for several years in a row and fixed items of spending keep going up, it doesnt feel like its working for you.Our democracy should work for everyone, but if youve been trying to say things need to change for years and your complaints fall on deaf ears, it doesnt feel like its working for you.And the roots of the revolution run deep. Because it wasnt the wealthy who made the biggest sacrifices after the financial crash, but ordinary, working class families.And if youre one of those people who lost their job, who stayed in work but on reduced hours, took a pay cut as household bills rocketed, or – and I know a lot of people dont like to admit this – someone who finds themselves out of work or on lower wages because of low-skilled immigration, life simply doesnt seem fair.It feels like your dreams have been sacrificed in the service of others.So change has got to come.Because if we dont respond – if we dont take this opportunity to deliver the change people want – resentments will grow. Divisions will become entrenched.And that would be a disaster for Britain.Because the lesson of Britain is that we are a country built on the bonds of family, community, citizenship.Of strong institutions and a strong society.The country of my parents who instilled in me a sense of public service and of public servants everywhere who want to give something back.The parent who works hard all week but takes time out to coach the kids football team at the weekend.The local family business in my constituency thats been serving the community for more than 50 years.The servicemen and women I met last week who wear their uniform proudly at home and serve our nation with honour abroad.A country of decency, fairness and quiet resolve.And a successful country – small in size but large in stature – that with less than 1% of the worlds population boasts more Nobel Laureates than any country outside the United States… with three more added again just yesterday – two of whom worked here in this great city.A country that boasts three of the top ten universities in the world. The worlds leading financial capital. And institutions like the NHS and BBC whose reputations echo in some of the farthest corners of the globe.All possible because we are one United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and I will always fight to preserve our proud, historic Union and will never let divisive nationalists drive us apart.Yet within our society today, we see division and unfairness all around. Between a more prosperous older generation and a struggling younger generation. Between the wealth of London and the rest of the country.But perhaps most of all, between the rich, the successful and the powerful – and their fellow citizens.Now dont get me wrong. We applaud success. We want people to get on.But we also value something else: the spirit of citizenship.That spirit that means you respect the bonds and obligations that make our society work. That means a commitment to the men and women who live around you, who work for you, who buy the goods and services you sell.That spirit that means recognising the social contract that says you train up local young people before you take on cheap labour from overseas.That spirit that means you do as others do, and pay your fair share of tax.But today, too many people in positions of power behave as though they have more in common with international elites than with the people down the road, the people they employ, the people they pass in the street.But if you believe youre a citizen of the world, youre a citizen of nowhere. You dont understand what the very word citizenship means.So if youre a boss who earns a fortune but doesnt look after your staff…An international company that treats tax laws as an optional extra…A household name that refuses to work with the authorities even to fight terrorism…A director who takes out massive dividends while knowing that the company pension is about to go bust…Im putting you on warning. This cant go on anymore.A change has got to come. And this party – the Conservative Party – is going to make that change.BELIEVING IN THE GOOD THAT GOVERNMENT CAN DOSo today, I want to set out my plan for a Britain where everyone plays by the same rules and every person has the opportunity to be all they want to be.Its a plan to tackle the unfairness and injustice that divides us, so that we may build a new united Britain, rooted in the centre ground.A plan that will mean government stepping up. Righting wrongs. Challenging vested interests. Taking big decisions. Doing what we believe to be right. Getting the job done.Because thats the good that government can do. And its what Im in this for. To stand up for the weak and stand up to the strong.And to put the power of government squarely at the service of ordinary working-class people.Because too often that isnt how it works today.Just listen to the way a lot of politicians and commentators talk about the public.They find your patriotism distasteful, your concerns about immigration parochial, your views about crime illiberal, your attachment to your job security inconvenient.They find the fact that more than seventeen million voters decided to leave the European Union simply bewildering.Because if youre well off and comfortable, Britain is a different country and these concerns are not your concerns. Its easy to dismiss them – easy to say that all you want from government is for it to get out of the way.But a change has got to come. Its time to remember the good that government can do.Time for a new approach that says while government does not have all the answers, government can and should be a force for good;that the state exists to provide what individual people, communities and markets cannot;and that we should employ the power of government for the good of the people.Time to reject the ideological templates provided by the socialist left and the libertarian right and to embrace a new centre ground in which government steps up – and not back – to act on behalf of us all.Providing security from crime, but from ill health and unemployment too.Supporting free markets, but stepping in to repair them when they arent working as they should.Encouraging business and supporting free trade, but not accepting one set of rules for some and another for everyone else.And if we do – if we act to correct unfairness and injustice and put government at the service of ordinary working people – we can build that new united Britain in which everyone plays by the same rules, and in which the powerful and the privileged no longer ignore the interests of the people.Only we can do it. Because the main lesson I take from their conference last week is that the Labour Party is not just divided, but divisive.Determined to pit one against another. To pursue vendettas and settle scores. And to embrace the politics of pointless protest that simply pulls people further apart.Thats what Labour stands for today. Fighting among themselves. Abusing their own MPs. Threatening to end their careers. Tolerating anti-Semitism and supporting voices of hate.You know what some people call them?The nasty party.And with Labour divided, divisive and out-of-touch, we have a responsibility to step up, represent and govern for the whole nation.So where Labour build barriers, we will build bridges.That means tackling unfairness and injustice, and shifting the balance of Britain decisively in favour of ordinary working class people.Giving them access to the opportunities that are too often the preserve of the privileged few.Putting fairness at the heart of our agenda and creating a country in which hard work is rewarded and talent is welcome.A nation where contribution matters more than entitlement. Merit matters more than wealth.A confident global Britain that doesnt turn its back on globalisation but ensures the benefits are shared by all.A country that is prosperous and secure, so every person may share in the wealth of the nation and live their life free from fear.Thats what I mean by a country that works for everyone.A GLOBAL BRITAINAnd if we believe in the good that government can do, its important for people to trust us to deliver the change they need.We can start – as I said on Sunday – by doing something obvious. And that is to stop quibbling, respect what the people told us on the 23rd of June – and take Britain out of the European Union.Because it took that typically British quiet resolve for people to go out and vote as they did: to defy the establishment, to ignore the threats, to make their voice heard.So let us have that same resolve now.And lets be clear about what is going to happen.Article Fifty – triggered no later than the end of March.A Great Repeal Bill to get rid of the European Communities Act – introduced in the next Parliamentary session.Our laws made not in Brussels but in Westminster.Our judges sitting not in Luxembourg but in courts across the land.The authority of EU law in this country ended forever.The people told us they wanted these things – and this Conservative Government is going to deliver them.It is, of course, too early to say exactly what agreement we will reach with the EU. Its going to be a tough negotiation, it will require some give and take. And while there will always be pressure to give a running commentary, it will not be in our national interest to do so.But let me be clear about the agreement we seek.I want it to reflect the strong and mature relationships we enjoy with our European friends.I want it to include cooperation on law enforcement and counter-terrorism work.I want it to involve free trade, in goods and services.I want it to give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within the Single Market – and let European businesses do the same here.But lets state one thing loud and clear: we are not leaving the European Union only to give up control of immigration all over again. And we are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Thats not going to happen.We are leaving to become, once more, a fully sovereign and independent country – and the deal is going to have to work for Britain.And that Britain – the Britain we build after Brexit – is going to be a Global Britain.Because while we are leaving the European Union, we will not leave the continent of Europe. We will not abandon our friends and allies abroad. And we will not retreat from the world.In fact, now is the time to forge a bold, new, confident role for ourselves on the world stage.Keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world.Providing humanitarian support for refugees in need.Taking the lead on cracking down on modern slavery wherever it is found.Ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.Always acting as the strongest and most passionate advocate for free trade right across the globe.And always committed to a strong national defence and supporting the finest Armed Forces known to man.And this week, our excellent Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, proved not only that we will support them with our hearts and souls. Not only will we remain committed to spending two per cent of our national income on defence.But we will never again – in any future conflict – let those activist, left-wing human rights lawyers harangue and harass the bravest of the brave – the men and women of Britains Armed Forces.AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEIts about restoring fairness – something that must be at the heart of everything we do. Supporting those who do the right thing, who make a contribution.Helping those who give something back.And thats at the heart of my plan for our economy too.An economy thats fair and where everyone plays by the same rules.That means acting to tackle some of the economys structural problems that hold people back.Things like the shortage of affordable homes. The need to make big decisions on – and invest in – our infrastructure. The need to rebalance the economy across sectors and areas in order to spread wealth and prosperity around the country.Politicians have talked about this for years. But the trouble is that this kind of change will never just happen by itself. If thats what we want, we need the vision and determination to see it through.Thats why Philip Hammond and Greg Clark are working on a new industrial strategy to address those long-term structural challenges and get Britain firing on all cylinders again.Its not about picking winners, propping up failing industries, or bringing old companies back from the dead.Its about identifying the industries that are of strategic value to our economy and supporting and promoting them through policies on trade, tax, infrastructure, skills, training, and research and development.Its about doing what every other major and growing economy in the world does.Not just sitting back and seeing what happens – but putting in place a plan and getting on with the job.So we will identify the sectors of the economy – financial services, yes, but life sciences, tech, aerospace, car manufacturing, the creative industries and many others – that are of strategic importance to our economy, and do everything we can to encourage, develop and support them.And we will identify the places that have the potential to contribute to economic growth and become the homes to millions of new jobs.That means inspiring an economic and cultural revival of all of our great regional cities.We have made a start.Thanks to George Osbornes Northern Powerhouse, over the past year, foreign direct investment in the North has increased at double the rate of the rest of the country.Here in Birmingham, thanks to the incredible Jaguar Land Rover, the West Midlands is the only part of the country to run a trade surplus with China.And across the region, the Midlands Engine is on track to deliver 300,000 more jobs by 2020.Now its time to build on that success – in Birmingham and Manchester and in other cities across the country.And as we are here in Birmingham this week, let us show our support for the Conservative Partys candidate for next years mayoral election.A success in business running John Lewis. An action man in Birmingham, playing his part in transforming this city. A man to get things done, the future Mayor of the West Midlands – Andy Street.MAKING MARKETS WORK FOR WORKING PEOPLEAn economy that works for everyone is an economy where everyone plays by the same rules.I understand the frustration people feel when they see the rich and the powerful getting away with things that they themselves wouldnt dream of doing. And they wouldnt get away with if they tried.I understand that because I feel it too.Theres always an excuse – a reason why something cant be done – but when that is used as a basis for inaction, faith in capitalism and free markets falls.The Conservative Party will always believe in free markets. And thats precisely why its this party that should act to defend them.From Edmund Burke onwards, Conservatives have always understood that if you want to preserve something important, you need to be prepared to reform it. We must apply that same approach today.Thats why where markets are dysfunctional, we should be prepared to intervene.Where companies are exploiting the failures of the market in which they operate, where consumer choice is inhibited by deliberately complex pricing structures, we must set the market right.Its just not right, for example, that half of people living in rural areas, and so many small businesses, cant get a decent broadband connection.Its just not right that two thirds of energy customers are stuck on the most expensive tariffs.And its just not right that the housing market continues to fail working people either.Ask almost any question about social fairness or problems with our economy, and the answer so often comes back to housing.High housing costs – and the growing gap between those on the property ladder and those who are not – lie at the heart of falling social mobility, falling savings and low productivity.We will do everything we can to help people financially so they can buy their own home. Thats why Help to Buy and Right to Buy are the right things to do.But as Sajid said in his bold speech on Monday, there is an honest truth we need to address. We simply need to build more homes.This means using the power of government to step in and repair the dysfunctional housing market.It means using public sector land for more and faster house building.It means encouraging new technologies that will help us to get more houses built faster. And putting in more government investment too.It means stepping up and doing whats right for Britain.Making the market work for working people.Because thats what government can do.And something else we need to do: take big, sometimes even controversial, decisions about our countrys infrastructure.Because we need to get Britain firing in all areas again.It is why we will press ahead with plans for High Speed 2, linking London and Birmingham and, eventually, towns and cities in the North.Why we will shortly announce a decision on expanding Britains airport capacity.And why – having reviewed the evidence and added important new national security safeguards – we signed up to Hinkley Point.We will take the big decisions when theyre the right decisions for Britain.Because thats what government can do.And we can make these big decisions because our economy is strong and because of the fiscal discipline we have shown over the last six years.And we must continue to aim for a balanced budget.But to build an economy that works for everyone, we must also invest in the things that matter, the things with a long-term return.That is how we will address the weaknesses in our economy, improve our productivity, increase economic growth and ensure everyone gets a fair share.And thats not the only reason.Because while monetary policy – with super-low interest rates and quantitative easing – provided the necessary emergency medicine after the financial crash, we have to acknowledge there have been some bad side effects.People with assets have got richer. People without them have suffered. People with mortgages have found their debts cheaper. People with savings have found themselves poorer.A change has got to come. And we are going to deliver it.Because thats what a Conservative Government can do.A FAIRER ECONOMYThis party will always be the party of businesses large and small.But we must acknowledge that the way a small number of businesses behave fuels the frustration people feel.Its not the norm. I know that most businesses and the people who run them are hardworking, entrepreneurial and public spirited at heart.But the actions of a few tar the reputations of the many.So the party that believes in business is going to change things to help support it.Too often the people who are supposed to hold big business accountable are drawn from the same, narrow social and professional circles as the executive team.And too often the scrutiny they provide is not good enough.A change has got to come.So later this year we will publish our plans to have not just consumers represented on company boards, but workers as well.Because we are the party of workers. Of those who put in the effort. Those who contribute and give of their best.Thats why we announced on Saturday that were going to review our laws to make sure that, in our modern and flexible economy, people are properly protected at work.Thats right.Workers rights – not under threat from a Conservative government.Workers rights – protected and enhanced by a Conservative government.And let me say something about tax.Were all Conservatives here. We all believe in a low-tax economy. But we also know that tax is the price we pay for living in a civilised society.Nobody, no individual tycoon and no single business, however rich, has succeeded on their own.Their goods are transported by road, their workers are educated in schools, their customers are part of sophisticated networks taking in the private sector, the public sector and charities.Weve all played a part in that success.So it doesnt matter to me who you are.If youre a tax-dodger, were coming after you.If youre an accountant, a financial adviser or a middleman who helps people to avoid what they owe to society, were coming after you too.An economy that works for everyone is one where everyone plays by the same rules.So whoever you are you – however rich or powerful – you have a duty to pay your tax.And were going to make sure you do.A SOCIETY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEThis is a big agenda for change. But it is necessary and essential.It is a programme for government to act to create an economy that works for everyone – an economy thats on the side of ordinary working class people.And an economy that can support the vital public services and institutions upon which we all rely – to invest in the things we hold dear.Like the NHS – one of the finest health care systems anywhere in the world, and a vital national institution.An institution that reflects our values, our belief in fairness, and in which we all take enormous pride.And I mean all.Because there is complete cross-party support for the NHS.For its status as a provider of free-at-the-point-of-use health care. For the thousands of doctors and nurses that work around the clock to care for their patients.We all have a story about the nurse who cared for a loved one, or a surgeon who saved the life of a friend.So let us take this opportunity to say to those doctors and nurses – thank you.The NHS should unite us. But year after year, election after election, Labour try to use it to divide us.At every election since it was established, Labour have said the Tories would cut the NHS – and every time we have spent more on it.Every election, they say we want to privatise the NHS – and every time we have protected it.In fact, the party that expanded the use of the private sector in the NHS the fastest was not this party, but the Labour Party.The only party to ever cut spending on the NHS is not this party, but the Labour Party – thats what they did in Wales.And at the last election, it wasnt the Labour Party that pledged to give the NHS the money it asked for to meet its five-year plan – it was this party, the Conservative Party…investing an extra £10 billion in the NHS – more than its leaders asked for…and this year more patients are being treated, and more operations are being carried out, by more doctors and more nurses than ever before.Thats a tribute to everyone who works in the NHS.But also to one man – Jeremy Hunt – who is one of the most passionate advocates for patients and for the doctors, nurses and others who work in our health service that I have ever known.So lets have no more of Labours absurd belief that they have a monopoly on compassion.Lets put an end to their sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority.Lets make clear that they have given up the right to call themselves the party of the NHS, the party of the workers, the party of public servants.They gave up that right when they adopted the politics of division. When their extreme ideological fixations led them to simply stop listening to the country.When they abandoned the centre ground.And let us take this opportunity to show that we, the Conservative Party, truly are the party of the workers…the party of public servants…the party of the NHS.Because we believe in public service. We believe in investing in and supporting the institutions that make our country great.We believe in the good that government can do.Government cannot stand aside when it sees social injustice and unfairness. If we want to make sure Britain is a country that works for everyone, government has to act to make sure opportunity is fairly shared.And I want us to be a country where it doesnt matter where you were born, who your parents are, where you went to school, what your accent sounds like, what god you worship, whether youre a man or a woman, gay or straight, or black or white.All that should matter is the talent you have and how hard youre prepared to work.But if were honest well admit thats simply not the case for everyone today.Advancement in todays Britain is still too often determined by wealth or circumstance.By an accident of birth rather than talent.By privilege not merit.Rebalancing our economy is a start, but if were serious about overturning some of the longstanding injustices and barriers that stop working people from getting on, we need that economic reform to be allied with genuine and deep social reform too.Because a society that works for everyone is a society based on fairness. And only genuine social reform can deliver it.Genuine social reform means helping more people onto the housing ladder. It means making sure every child has access to a good school place.It means never writing off people who can work and consigning them to a life on benefits, but giving them the chance to go out and earn a living and to enjoy the dignity that comes with a job well done.But for those who cant work, we must offer our full support – which is why it was so important that Damian Green announced on Saturday that we will end the mandatory retesting of those with chronic health conditions that only induces stress but does nothing at all to help.And genuine social reform means addressing historic injustices that hold too many people back.Some of my proudest moments as Home Secretary came when we began to tackle deep-seated and long-standing problems that few had dared to tackle before.I introduced the first ever Modern Slavery Act, bringing in tough new penalties to put slave masters behind bars, with life sentences for the worst offenders.I cut the polices use of stop and search by almost two thirds and reduced the disproportionate targeting of young, black men.And I know our impressive new Home Secretary Amber Rudd is committed to carrying on that work.But injustices remain.If you are from a black Caribbean background, you are three times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than other children.If you are a black woman, you are seven times more likely to be detained under mental health legislation than a white woman.People in ethnic minority households are almost twice as likely to live in relative poverty as white people.But it is not just those from minority backgrounds who are affected.White working class boys are less likely to go to university than any other group in society.We cannot let this stand – not if a country that works for everyone is the principle that binds us all together.Thats why I have launched an unprecedented audit of public services to shine a light on these racial disparities and let us do something about them.Because they are all burning injustices, and I want this government – this Conservative Government – to fight every single one of them.A society that works for everyone is one of fairness and opportunity. A society in which everyone has the chance to go as far as their talents will take them.Thats why in one of the first speeches I gave as Prime Minister I set out my plans to transform Britain into a Great Meritocracy.And that starts in our schools.I want Britain to be a country in which every child has access to a good school place thats right for that individual child.Because Britain after Brexit will need to make use of all of the talent we have in this country.We have come a long way.Thanks to the free schools and academies programme and the efforts of teachers, heads and governors, there are now 1.4 million more children in good and outstanding schools compared with 2010.But we need to go further. Because there are still one and a quarter million children in schools that are just not good enough.And if you live in the Midlands or the North, you have less chance of attending a good school than children in the South.This simply cannot go on.Thats why Justine Greening and I have set out a new package of reforms, building on Michael Goves success, to increase the number of good school places across the country…so theres not just a school place for every child, but a good school place for every child. A school place that suits the skills, interests and abilities of every single pupil.That is why we want more of our great universities to set up or sponsor schools in the state sector – just as the University of Birmingham has done, a few miles from here.Its why we are saying to the great private schools that – in return for their charitable tax status – we want them to do more to take on children without the means to pay, or set up and sponsor good state schools.It is why we want more good faith schools for parents and pupils who want them.And it is why we have said – where there is demand from parents, where they will definitely take pupils from all backgrounds, where they will play a part in improving the quality of all schools in their area – we will lift the ban on establishing new grammar schools too.And here we see the challenge.Because for too long politicians have said to people and communities who are crying out for change that they cant have what they want.Theyve said we dont think you should have it, even though we might enjoy those very same things for ourselves.And you end up in the absurd situation where you stop these good, popular, life-changing schools from opening – by law.Imagine. Think of what that says.If youre rich or well off, you can have a selective education for your child. You can send them to a selective private school. You can move to a better catchment area or afford to send them long distances to get the education you want.But if youre not, you cant.I can think of no better illustration of the problem – why ordinary working class people think its one rule for them, and another for everyone else.Because the message we are sending them is this: we will not allow their children to have the same opportunities that wealthier children enjoy.That is a scandal and we – the Conservative Party – must bring it to an end.A COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONESo my vision is for Britain to be a Great Meritocracy.Thats what Ive always believed in. The cause that everything I have ever done in politics has been designed to serve.Because a country based on merit not privilege, is a country thats fair. And when we overcome unfairness and injustice, we can build that new united Britain that we need.And united, we can do great things.We saw that in the summer in Rio. We saw how individual success was powered by collective effort. How the dedication and talent of one was supported by a united team.And how a governments determination – John Majors Conservative Governments determination – to step up and back Britains sporting success contributed to such a remarkable result.We were honoured to welcome four members of the team – Helen Richardson-Walsh, Dame Sarah Storey, Vicky Thornley and Andrew Triggs-Hodge – to our conference on Monday.And to them – and to every athlete and every member of Team and Paralympics GB – we say, thank you. You did your country proud.It was a memorable summer for British sport, but one moment stood out for me above all other.It was not from Rio. It happened later. Just a couple of weeks ago on the sun-drenched streets of Cozumel in Mexico.There, our celebrated triathlon champion Jonny Brownlee was heading for glory, the finishing line in sight, when he faltered. Stopped. And was falling exhausted to the ground.And just behind him, his brother Alistair – a tough competitor who typically yields to no one – had the chance to run on and steal the prize.But seeing his brothers struggle, he didnt pass on by. As other competitors ran past, he stopped. Reached out his hand. And gently carried him home.And there in that moment, we saw revealed an essential truth. That we succeed or fail together. We achieve together or fall short together.And when one among us falters, our most basic human instinct is to put our own self-interest aside, to reach out our hand and help them over the line.Thats why the central tenet of my belief is that there is more to life than individualism and self-interest.We form families, communities, towns, cities, counties and nations. We have a responsibility to one another.And I firmly believe that government has a responsibility too.It is to act to encourage and nurture those relationships, networks and institutions – and to step up to correct injustices and tackle unfairness where it can – because these are the things that can drive us apart.Thats why I say today – as I have always said – that my mission – and the mission of this party – is to build a country that truly works for everyone, not just the privileged few.Its why when I stood on the steps of Number 10 for the first time as Prime Minister 84 days ago, I said that the Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the rich and powerful, but by the interests of ordinary, working class people.And this week, we have shown the country that we mean business.Not just protecting, but enhancing workers rights.Building an economy thats fair, where everyone plays by the same rules.Getting more houses built. More doctors in the NHS.Investing in things that will make our economy grow.Hundreds of great new schools. Universities and fee-paying schools helping state schools to improve.And yes, where parents want them and where theyll improve standards for children of whatever background – the first new grammar schools to open in England for fifty years.A DEMOCRACY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEThis is a bold plan to bring Britain together. To build a new united Britain, rooted in the centre ground.An agenda for a new modern Conservatism. That understands the good government can do. That will never hesitate to face down the powerful when they abuse their positions of privilege.That will always act in the interests of ordinary, working class people.Thats what governments about: action. Its about doing something, not being someone.About identifying injustices, finding solutions, driving change. Taking, not shirking, the big decisions. Having the courage to see things through.Its not always glamorous or exciting, but at its best its a noble calling.And where many just see government as the problem, I want to show it can be part of the solution too.And I know this to be true.For as I leave the door of my office at Number 10, I pass that famous staircase – the portraits of prime ministers past lined up along the wall.Men – and of course one woman – of consequence, who have steered this country through difficult times – and changed it for the better too.Theres Disraeli, who saw division and worked to heal it. Churchill, who confronted evil and had the strength to overcome. Attlee, with the vision to build a great national institution. And Lady Thatcher who taught us we could dream great dreams again.Those portraits remind me of the good that government can do.That nothing good comes easy.But with courage and vision and determination you can always see things through.And as I pass them every day, I remember that our nation has been shaped by those who stepped up to be counted when the big moments came.Such opportunities are rare, but we face such a moment today.A moment that calls us to respond and to reshape our nation once again.Not every generation is given this opportunity.Not every generation called to step up in such a way.But this is our generations moment.To write a new future upon the page.To bring power home and make decisions… here in Britain.To take back control and shape our future… here in Britain.To build an outward looking, confident, trading nation… here in Britain.To build a stronger, fairer, brighter future… here in Britain.That is the opportunity we have been given.And the responsibility to grasp it falls upon us all.So to everyone here this morning – and the millions beyond whether leavers or remain – I say:Come with me and well write that brighter future.Come with me and well make that change.Come with me as we rise to meet this moment.Come with me and together lets seize the day.last_img read more

Reallife Mario Kart is back for another race banana shoplifting too

first_imgFile this one under “Don’t try this at home”. French humorist Remi Gaillard is back for another real-life Mario Kart, which is exactly what you’d expect. Gaillard drives around in a go-kart throwing bananas under real cars (don’t worry, they are much less dangerous than in the game) and refilling his banana supply in a super market. As you probably guessed he is being chased by security most of the time, but he was sly enough that the gendarmerie didn’t get involved.And, luckily, he didn’t find any red turtles to throw at cars–that definitely would not have gone over well.The video is somewhat amusing, though not as funny as the original (below), and it’s not as clever as the Portland bike lane Mario Kart paint job, but I’m still glad I saw it.via Geeksaresexylast_img

7 Things We Want to See in Red Dead Redemption 2

first_imgAfter teasing us with pictures for the better part of a week, Rockstar Games finally revealed the first trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Much like with the Nintendo Switch, there had been no shortage of rumors and theories as to when we would finally get any official word on the follow up to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption. Now, not only do we know that the game is in production, but that it will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Fall of 2017 (sorry, PC gamers).Much like with Grand Theft Auto IV and GTA V, the trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 didn’t exactly shower us with information. We were treated to some gorgeous visuals that depicted life in the Old West along with fleeting glimpses of the game’s main characters. There wasn’t a lot happening, but the trailer contained just enough to get people who have been waiting to see anything Red Dead Redemption related excited for what Rockstar has in store.Since we’ll no doubt have to wait some time before Rockstar deems us worthy enough to get another trailer, now is the perfect time to think about what sort of content should be included in the upcoming sequel. Below are six things we want to see in Red Dead Redemption 2.HeistsAlthough it took Rockstar well over a year to finally implement them, one of the best modes in Grand Theft Auto Online were the heists. During heist missions, you and up to three of your friends would get together in order to pull off complex, multi-part robberies that required coordination from all participants in order to complete successfully.Having heists in Red Dead Redemption 2 seems like an instant win given the Wild West setting. Not only can players rob some old time-y banks, but they could also hijack trains or even steam boats. The possibilities are virtually endless and we should have little doubt that if Rockstar included heists in RDR2 that they would be the highlight of the online portion of the game.Co-opIn the second teaser image and first trailer, we see a band of outlaws who no doubt get themselves into a lot of trouble doing outlaw stuff. This already sounds like a blast, but wouldn’t it be better if these NPCs could be controlled by your friends? Adding a proper co-op mode not unlike what the Gears of War franchise has to offer would make playing the campaign of RDR2 that much better and enjoyable.The thing about getting co-op right is that it shouldn’t feel forced. Players should be able to drop in and out of co-op seamlessly and effortlessly. And of course, anyone who joins you shouldn’t be able to screw up your game inadvertently — though I suppose some players would like the option to have friendly fire turned on so they can screw with their buddies. I don’t know about you all, but I would much rather be mauled by a mountain lion in the company of a friend than by my lonesome. Rockstar has no excuse not to include co-op into the game.Manifest destinyThis one might sound strange considering that you play as an outlaw, but the ability to own your own land is something a lot of people want in RDR2. The previous game had small segments where you helped fix barns and herded cattle, but those were for the sake of others. Wouldn’t it be better to claim your own piece of land and grow it as you see fit?The game shouldn’t go full-on into RTS territory, but being able to build your own home and then expand its surroundings to include an entire town or city would add a whole new dimension to the game. In fact, managing and maintaining land could be a game in and of itself. Owning their own tavern, stable, and even sources of income would help let players feel that they are truly having an effect on the world.Crazy spin-off DLCOne of the best things about Red Dead Redemption was the Undead Nightmare DLC. In that, players had to survive a zombie plague and other apocalyptic horrors in an alternate reality scenario. This is something that Rockstar would be wise to replicate in RDR2 since it was extremely fun to see the game’s characters and locations re-purposed in such a unique way.I don’t want to speculate too much here since it is hard to say what direction Rockstar would take any DLC for RDR2 . I will say that like Undead Nightmare, it would be wise to release this expansion roughly around the time the inevitable game of the year edition drops. This way, those who bought the game on day one would finally get some new content and those who missed the boat initially can jump in and buy the game and its DLCs in one package.VR supportSony has partnered with Rockstar for Red Dead Redemption 2 which means that PlayStation 4 owners will be able to get DLC and other goodies before folks on Xbox One. This partnership could also mean having some sort of exclusive involving the PlayStation VR.The reason the Red Dead series is so successful is because it transports players into the Wild West and lets them live out their cowboy fantasies. This aspect could be fully realized in VR where a player would be immersed in the world. If Rockstar and Sony can have some sort of VR feature for RDR2 it would probably be smaller in scale when compared to the main game. Still, even getting to ride a horse, shoot bandits, and play poker in VR for an hour or two would be enough.A larger, living worldRed Dead Redemption was one of the very best open world games released last generation due in no small part to how impressive it looked. It featured a wide variety of different landscapes that would have been familiar to folks from the turn of the 20th century. While the game featured gorgeous graphics for its time, it is clear that the graphical horsepower of current-gen systems will deliver an even more vibrant and living world.The trailer we saw was running on the PlayStation 4. It was jaw dropping, but we have to keep in mind that the game will be released in 2017. Though it will be on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, we have to believe that better looking versions of the game will be found on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Project Scorpio — both of which will be released by then. If the game is already looking this breathtaking on a normal PlayStation 4, we can only imagine what it will look like on the more powerful systems.Red Dead Redemption 2 on PCMuch to the chagrin of PC players, the original Red Dead Redemption was never ported to home computers. This is something that shouldn’t be repeated with the sequel. RDR2 is looking spectacular on current-gen systems but on PC it would no doubt be one of the best looking games of all time.This is speculation on my part, but I suspect that we will see a PC port of RDR2 a year and a half after its console release. This is exactly what happened with Grand Theft Auto V. It was originally released in September of 2013 and its PC port came out in April of 2015. Do you know what happened then? Those with gaming PCs who purchased GTAV on console double dipped and purchased a second copy on PC. This strategy worked well with GTAV and I believe Rockstar is planning the same thing with RDR2.What else would you like to see in Red Dead Redemption 2? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

3D bioprinters to print skin and body parts

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: 3D bio-printers to print skin and body parts (2011, February 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-3d-bio-printers-skin-body.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 3D printers print by depositing material line by line and then vertically layer by layer. They have been used to make sculptures and repair sculptures, to make three-dimensional objects out of plastics and polymers, and even to print food.Professor James Yoo, from the Institute of Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) his group is developing a system that will allow them to print skin directly onto burn wounds.Yoo’s team were motivated to develop a portable bioprinting system by the injuries arising on battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, where around 30 percent of injuries involve the skin. Their research is funded by the US Department of Defense.The bioprinter has a built-in laser scanner that scans the wound and determines its depth and area. The scan is converted into three-dimensional digital images that enable the device to calculate how many layers of skin cells need to be printed on the wound to restore it to its original configuration. The system has successfully printed skin patches 10 cm square on a pig.Also at the AAAS meeting was the director of Cornell University’s Computational Synthesis Laboratory, Professor Hod Lipson, who demonstrated a bioprinter by printing an ear, working from a scan of a human ear and a computer file containing the three-dimensional coordinates. The ear was printed using silicone gel instead of real human ear cells.The Cornell team has already published results on their experiments to bioprint repairs to damaged animal bones, but Professor Lipson said there were a number of technical challenges still to overcome. He said the first use is likely to be repairs to cartilage, since it has a fairly simple internal structure with little vascularization. Bioprinting cartilage has been tried “fairly successfully” in animal models, and the team have successfully printed cartilage cells directly into the meniscus of an injured knee to reconstruct it.One of the major challenges to be faced in bioprinting is the connection between the bioprinted material and the rest of the body, especially with larger tissues, since any organ or body part that is printed will need to be connected to the body’s blood vessels, and this can be very difficult. Regardless of the challenges, Professor Lipson believes bioprinting will become a standard technique within a couple of decades. Ink-jet printers inspire scientists to make skincenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — The range of uses for three-dimensional printers is increasing all the time, but now scientists are developing 3D “bioprinters” that will be able to print out skin, cartilage, bone, and other body parts. Cornell University researchers have engineered an ear made of silicone using a 3D bio-printer. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Church appreciates its moms

first_imgWord Of Faith Children’s Ministry held a lovely Mother’s Day programme at their church on Sunday morning.The children performed plays, songs and dance items, and showed video clips.The mums were surprised and touched by their children’s loving and kind gesture.After a well-organised programme, the mothers, together with their children, had a photo session where snapshots were taken to cherish the special day for posterity.The morning ended with the dads and children spoiling the mums with a hot cup of tea or coffee and delicious treats.It certainly was a Mother’s Day to be remembered by all the moms!DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Romney seeks more assertive US policy on China

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy How China would respond may be swayed by its leadership transition. The new guard would not want to appear weak. But neither would China want the dispute to escalate as it relies on exports and faces its own economic slowdown. If that translates into major job losses at home it could affect social stability, which is Beijing’s biggest concern.Obama has consistently opted against designation of China as a currency manipulator. Like President George W. Bush before him, he has preferred to wait while economic forces encourage Beijing to allow its currency to strengthen _ which it has done, although most economists still believe it is undervalued.The Treasury is due to make its next six-month assessment on Monday, although it’s not yet clear if it will be announced on that date. China is likely to get a pass.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Those plans, though, could take years to implement. Addressing the currency issue on Day One would immediately affect relations.Romney says he would designate China as a manipulator unless it stops currency manipulation by his January inauguration. Romney trade policy adviser Oren Cass said this would set a new tone and show the U.S. is willing to take China to task over a range of trade violations, including intellectual property theft and restrictions on market access for U.S. companies in China.The designation itself would not mandate any sanctions, but would require that the U.S. hold consultations with China.Cass said that if Beijing doesn’t move toward changing its currency policies after consultations, the U.S. could impose so-called countervailing duties on Chinese products.But Matthew Goodman, former director of international economics in the National Security Council under Obama, said the U.S. discretion to unilaterally impose retaliatory tariffs ended when it joined the World Trade Organization in 1995, and in practice it is difficult to take a currency dispute to the WTO for settlement. Cass says that under domestic law, the U.S. could impose countervailing duties, and it’s an open legal question at the WTO whether member states can do so unilaterally to compensate for a currency subsidy. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories center_img How do cataracts affect your vision? China’s state media has weighed in with unusually direct criticism of a presidential candidate, suggesting that Beijing hopes Obama will win.News agency Xinhua has accused Romney of hypocrisy, saying much of his wealth was made doing business with Chinese companies and warning that his “mudslinging” policies could spark a trade war.Early in his presidency, Obama made warmer relations with China a priority, and ties have deepened. The two governments have navigated some rough patches _ such as the standoff over a blind activist, Chen Guangcheng, who sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and was then allowed to come to the U.S. to study. The Obama administration said that reflected a maturing relationship.But diplomacy has failed to bridge fundamental differences on issues such as climate change, the civil war in Syria and China’s territorial disputes with its neighbors. And as the U.S. has wound down its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, its modest moves to deploy more forces around Asia have irritated Beijing.Romney is calling for an even stronger U.S. presence in the Pacific. Wong said that would encourage the peaceful resolution of the region’s many maritime territorial disputes, including one flaring between U.S. ally Japan and China over islands both claim. He said Romney would make clear it has a treaty alliance with Japan that covers the islands and has the naval power to back it up. The U.S. seeks Chinese cooperation on international hot spots, such as North Korea and Iran, and wants to narrow differences over how to handle maritime territorial disputes in East Asia.Given the potential repercussions, some foreign policy experts doubt Romney would carry out the currency threat. Other presidential candidates have made similar promises in order to appeal to voters who have seen manufacturing jobs migrate to China. But, once elected, they soften their approach.“There’s probably been wisdom in administrations in the past, Republican and Democrat, of not wanting to go there,” said Jon Huntsman, who served as President Barack Obama’s first ambassador to China before a failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination.But the commitment to act on Inauguration Day doesn’t appear to leave much room to back down.Romney has also taken aim at Obama’s “pivot” to Asia _ a strategy of deploying more forces and shoring up U.S. alliances there, in part to counter China’s military buildup.In a speech this week, Romney said China’s recent assertiveness was “sending chills through the region.” He said the pivot is under-resourced and has alienated U.S. allies elsewhere. He outlined plans to expand U.S. naval power _ although it’s unclear how he’d pay for it since he also wants to slash government spending. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   “What we have seen from the Obama administration has been acquiescence to China, not just on trade issues and currency issues, but on issues of security and human rights,” said Romney foreign policy adviser Alex Wong. “To protect our interests and those of our small businesses and of our economy, we have to take measures to make sure China does play by the rules.”U.S.-Chinese relations are entering a critical juncture. Two days after the Nov. 6 vote, China will begin its own once-in-a-decade leadership transition. How the next U.S. administration gets on with the new guard in Beijing could determine whether the world’s pre-eminent military powers can cooperate in the Asia-Pacific region or head on a path to confrontation.Appreciation of those stakes tends to get lost in the fiercely fought election campaign.Both Romney and Obama have TV spots with China as a foil. Romney accuses Obama of being soft on China’s trade practices; Obama accuses Romney of outsourcing U.S. jobs to China when he ran the private equity firm Bain Capital.The tone of the debate, labeling China a “cheat,” has drawn withering criticism from the architect of U.S. re-engagement with Beijing 40 years ago, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has nonetheless endorsed Romney. Kissinger said that avoiding conflict between the powers is the most fundamental challenge for U.S. foreign policy. Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is promising to get tough on China to help American workers, but his plans could backfire.Romney is pledging, on his first day in office, to designate China a currency manipulator, a step no administration has taken against any country for 18 years.That could, eventually, lead to tariffs punishing China for policies that Americans believe unfairly keep Chinese products cheap, hurting U.S. manufacturers. Tariffs could trigger a trade war with a country that is the fastest-growing market for U.S. exports. Even if they don’t, the designation would instantly set back relations with Asia’s emerging superpower.last_img read more

Rise of Netflix met warily at Cannes Film Festival

first_imgNetflix hasn’t announced any purchases at Cannes yet, but it is shopping. The company has already had a large impact at other festivals, acquiring Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” at the Sundance Film Festival for a reported $12 million. At the Berlin Film Festival, it reportedly snagged Richie Smyth’s “Jadotville” for $17 million.Those acquisitions point to Netflix’s deep pockets — not a common quality in the largely tight-fisted independent film market. That, plus a reputation for allowing the creators to have creative control and the chance for a global audience, has made Netflix a very appealing option for filmmakers.Netflix, Sarandos said, will increase its push into original movies and continue in its attempt to revolutionize the movie industry.“Everything about how we consume entertainment has been changed by the Internet,” said Sarandos, “except windowing for movies.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Netflix has inked deals with the Weinstein Co. for a “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel, a new Pee-wee Herman movie with Judd Apatow, and a series of comedies with Adam Sandler. Other plans include a movie with Ricky Gervais, a documentary deal with Leonardo DiCapiro and a four-picture deal with Mark and Jay Duplass.Two documentaries (“The Square” and “Virunga”) have earned Netflix Oscar nominations in the last two years. Its growing prominence in the movie industry is now seen everywhere from the Academy Awards to Cannes.On Friday, Sarandos insisted that Netflix wasn’t “anti-theaters,” but “pro-movies.”“If you don’t want to put on your shoes, nothing in the theaters can compete with Netflix,” said Sarandos.Theater owners, however, have pushed back. All the major North American chains have refused to play “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend” on Aug. 28 when it’s to be released day-and-date, both online and in theaters.Sarandos said that movie budgets for Netflix range from below $10 million to more than $50 million, though TV shows still make up about 2/3 of its programming. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober A sign for the 68th international film festival inside the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The festival opens on Wednesday and runs until Sunday, May 24. (AP Photo/David Azia) CANNES, France (AP) — In Netflix’s first official visit to the Cannes Film Festival, the streaming service’s ambitions have been met warily at the Cote d’Azure cinema capital, a 68-year-old movie palace reverential to the theater-going experience.Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, appeared Friday as part of Cannes’ NEXT conference to tout Netflix’s global strategy and its desire to upend the traditional window release schedules of movies. Sarandos drew a packed theater in the Palais des Festivals, but not all in attendance were swayed by his prognostications. One French reporter shouted that Netflix will “destroy the film ecosystem in Europe.” Sarandos protested that Netflix would benefit European film. Weinstein Co. co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, a collaborator with Netflix who was sitting in the audience, also came to his defense, calling Netflix “a visionary company.”The confrontation illustrated the unease felt by some at the Cannes Film Festival about the encroachment of digital operators into an art form seen as hallowed in France, the birthplace of cinema.Cannes is a place where a trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “Hateful Eight,” drew applause when it advertises itself as shot “in glorious 70mm.” On the first day of the festival, jury co-presidents Joel and Ethan Coen were cheered for their disinterest in television.“How do we feel about people watching ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on their iPhone?” Joel Coen said, pointedly rephrasing a question about digital media. “There’s something special about sitting with a big crowd of people watching a movie on a big 80-foot screen.”But Netflix’s inroads into original movies has been celebrated by many viewers, has helped increase the streaming service’s 60 million-plus subscribers and has drawn a lineup of major names in Hollywood. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Autumn Deals Instaenviable but wont break your budget

first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, our autumn heralds the start of their spring. Considered a “shoulder season”, travelling now is calmer and more affordable. We know what you’re thinking: fewer crowds and amazing scenery, for less money – what’s the catch? The only downside is that in autumn you’ll rapidly lose daylight hours. Many visitors come in summer to experience the midnight sun (where it’s light 24/7), but by November, daylight hours are limited to 9am to 5:30pm. The silver lining – or, should we say, the many-coloured lining – is that you’re far more likely to catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights when it’s dark. New England claims to have the best ‘fall’ colours in the world. It’s a bold claim from the six constituent states, but they’re telling the truth. Thanks to the unique mix of soil and tree type, their landscapes blaze with vivid colour every year. The leaves start changing in the north from mid-September and the colours sweep south until around late October. This is prime time for travellers, or “leaf peepers” – as the locals call them – to arrive in their swarms. The most beautiful spots change yearly, but each state has a dedicated website and hotline (yes, really) with daily updates to help you track down Mother Nature’s finest. Patagonia, Chile Hotels in Munich Flights to Munich from £60 Flights to Santiago from £481 Why visit Iceland in autumn? Number one: from September the crowds tend to disappear. Which leads us nicely to number two: flights, car hire and hotel prices drop. The third reason is unique autumnal scenery: you’ll find deep purples and magentas alongside the traditional reds and yellows. Thingvellir National Park is particularly impressive this time of year, so make the most of that affordable car hire and take a day trip east of Reykjavík. Hotels in Boston Autumn is hands-down the most popular season for visitors, so advance booking is key.  Hotels fill up quickly, and smaller inns might ask for a two- or three-night minimum stay. Boston is considered the gateway to New England: most major airlines fly direct and it’s a good starting point to hire a car. Japanese tourists love autumn leaves as much as their blossoms, so book well in advance. Kyoto doesn’t have an airport, and there are no direct flights from the UK to nearby Osaka, but you can take the two-and-a-half hour shinkansen (included in a Japan Rail Pass) to and from Tokyo. New England, USA Hotels in Reykjavik Not only does Patagonia feel more serene and remote at this time of year, but with fewer tourists about, you’ll get more bang for your buck on flights, hotels and tours. Flights from London to Santiago will usually involve a stopover in the US, and then you’ll need a further flight south (to Punta Arenas if you’re heading for Torres del Paine). It can work out cheaper to book each leg of the journey separately. Flights to Reykjavik from £42 This landlocked state of mountains and fairy-tale castles is best experienced in autumn. Don’t miss Neuschwanstein Castle, a turreted wonder set on a lake, made all the more magical by its surrounding patchwork of autumnal forest. The castle is a doable day trip from Munich, but if you’re pushed for time, you can also experience the autumn colours in the city’s English Garden. Bavaria, Germany Flights to Tokyo from £405 RelatedAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peepingAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peepingThe BEST time to holiday in the most popular destinationsDeciding when you should jet off can make or break a holiday. After weeks or months of planning, the last thing you want is a holiday plagued by monsoon rains or unbearable heat and crowds. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and found the best times to visit all…Autumn leaf peeping? Ask SkyscannerAutumn leaf peeping? Ask Skyscanner Flights to Boston from £183 Time your stay right, and not only will you catch nature’s finest, but you can also experience the traditional beer, music and Bavarian clothing of Oktoberfest. The annual 16-18 day folk festival was first held in Munich, and is now celebrated all around the world. Getting here is pretty easy, there are plenty of flights to Munich, but it’s often cheaper to fly into alternative Bavarian airports like Memmingen or Nuremberg. Flight prices were correct based on a search at time of writing (4 Sep 2018) and are subject to change.  Hotels in Santiago Kyoto, Japan Rugged landscapes, mountains and glaciers are all characteristic of Patagonia’s wild beauty. From September onwards, the snow begins to melt and the national parks that were closed for their winter finally reopen, which means you can be one of the first footsteps on popular trails like the Paine Circuit in Torres del Paine. The flora and fauna are also at their best. Mountain landscapes swap blankets of snow for a spread of pretty alpine flowers, and you’re more likely to spot shy pumas and huemul deer, who disappear at the first signs of crowds come their summer. Hotels in Kyoto In the northern hemisphere, leaves are on the turn, busy painting landscapes in fiery shades of red and gold. This annual phenomenon makes autumn high season and you’ll likely be competing with locals too, especially on the weekends. Book now to get the best deals.  Iceland Think of the best time to visit Japan and cherry blossom season will probably spring to mind. But the autumn foliage – or koyo – is equally beautiful, just in a more modest way. (They’re much easier to catch than the fleeting floral displays too.) You’ll find famous spots all over the country, but Kyoto is a great base. Take in the views from the Tahoto Pagoda at Eikando Temple before wandering through the ruddy gardens. Or visit the famous golden pavilion, Kinkakuji Temple, and frame that iconic photo with russet leaves. Arrived late? No worries. Catch a train south to Nara for richly coloured maple trees and wandering deer. Ready to start planning your autumn getaway? Search flights below:last_img read more