Just For Laughs Sold To Howie Mandel And US Talent Agency

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first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MONTREAL, March 21, 2018 – Howie Mandel, a native Canadian, and ICM Partners are a leading an investor group that has acquired Just For Laughs Group / Groupe Juste pour rire, the global comedy enterprise who produce the world’s largest comedy festival annually in Montreal, multiple international comedy tours, television specials and annual festivals around the world including in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney.  Furthermore, the new owners are in talks with prominent local Quebec players to join the investment group. Facebook Advertisement The announcement was made by Howie Mandel, Chris Silbermann, Managing Director, ICM Partners, and Pierre-Marc Johnson, chairman of the board of the Just For Laughs Festival. The acquisition will enable Just For Laughs to continue to thrive and grow on a worldwide basis.  The plan calls for Just For Laughs and its French counterpart, Festival Juste pour rire, to be run exactly as they have, with all the same leadership and personnel in place.Just For Laughs has grown and diversified in a major way since its inception as a French comedy festival in Montreal in 1983.  Today, it is a global group with subsidiaries in the United States and France. It has production and distribution businesses in more than 135 countries and its programming is seen on more than 100 airlines worldwide.center_img “I have always been a big fan of Montreal and the Just For Laughs festival. I have performed at JFL many times over the last 10 years, and I have nothing but love for this event. I consider it to be a cultural treasure not only for the Montrealand Quebec communities, but also for Canada; and I am very excited to be part of this group of investors that will ensure the Festival’s long term success, while growing their global comedy brand,” added Howie Mandel.“Just For Laughs has done a phenomenal job of producing the world’s most respected comedy festival for decades and have built that into a very successful global comedy business,” said Chris Silbermann, Managing Director, ICM Partners.  “We see a great opportunity to work with them to grow the global comedy brand, in both French and English speaking comedy, while allowing the team on the ground in Montreal to continue to produce the festival as they have so successfully for all these years.”“This strategic alliance with Howie Mandel and ICM Partners is the best of all worlds for JFL, and ensures it has the resources to continue to thrive,” said Mr. Pierre-Marc Johnson. “Since the announcement of the sale process, JFL staff and their families have been amazing in demonstrating their support for our mission.  We thank them for their hard work and patience through this process and are thrilled to begin this new chapter, starting with the 2018 edition of the Festival.”This year’s 36th annual Festival Juste pour rire – Just For Laughs Festival will run in Montreal from July 14 to July 28, 2018.JOINT STATEMENT FROM HOWIE MANDEL, CHRIS SILBERMANN, AND JUST FOR LAUGHS“The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival is part of Montreal’s DNA, and we are looking forward to perpetuating this great cultural legacy. The Festival will continue to be held in Montreal each summer, and jobs and offices will remain inMontreal. We will be counting on the local team’s expertise as well as on partners and governments who have supported the Festival for decades and made it the Canadian flagship that it is. We are excited to put together a phenomenal 2018 edition, and we will continue to work closely with local talent for years to come. JFL’s history of success will be continued: its outdoor component, its French and English components, and the amazing talent, both from Quebec and from around the world, that makes this Festival so unique.”ABOUT ICM PARTNERSICM Partners is one of the world’s leading talent agencies.  Many of the biggest hits in motion pictures, television, music, theatre and publishing were created on the page, on the stage, in front of and behind the camera, by the agency’s clients.  The company has the expertise of a legacy agency, with over six decades in the business, coupled with the entrepreneurial spirit of its agent owners who bought the company in 2012 and changed the name from ICM to ICM Partners.  The firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., and London. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rumours cast shadow on Buddhajayanti celebrations

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first_imgDarjeeling: Rumours have cast a shadow on Buddhajayanti commemorations in the Hills. An intelligence alert sent to the army got leakedand is doing the rounds in social media. The near viral messages claim that female suicide bombers were planning an attack. Picture of a girl were also circulated sparking panic. “Rumours are being spun based on the general alert that usually come during festivals from IB headquarters and sent to security and intelligence agencies. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It is being spread in social media that bombers from Nepal and Bangladesh are going to bomb monasteries in Darjeeling. There are no such specific reports. However, from the day the input was received we have been conducting checks on home-stays and hotels. We are keeping a close watch,” stated Amarnath K, Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling. The police have made all necessary arrangements. Extra force will be deployed. Anti sabotage measures will be in place in all important monasteries and in the procession. “There is no need to panic. We appeal that we should commemorate Buddhajayanti like the past years,” added the SP. The police have appealed to all to abstain from forwarding messages on social messages without verifying.last_img read more

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Haiti can get back on its feet with the right support UN

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28 April 2010The coming year will be a very challenging one for Haiti as it seeks to recover and rebuild from January’s tragic earthquake, but with the right international support the country can embark on a new era of stability and growth, the top United Nations official there said today. “I believe the next 12 to 18 months are a period of great challenge and risk in Haiti, but one which we can help the Government to weather,” Edmond Mulet, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), told a Security Council meeting.“What Haiti needs now is a supporting arm of a companion on which it can lean as it gets back on its feet. That is the role which we, the international community, can play,” he added.Dozens of nations and organizations are assisting the small Caribbean country in the wake of the 12 January quake, which killed more than 200,000 people – including 101 UN staff members – and left 1.3 million more homeless, in addition to damaging Government buildings and vital infrastructure.Mr. Mulet said Haiti’s path to stability following this tragedy depends above all on adherence to the political and electoral timetable to enable a constitutional hand-over of power in February 2011. Falling behind in this regard would “seriously undermine the stability we have been working towards in Haiti for many years,” he stated.The coming year will also witness new security pressures, including from criminals who are now at large again in the wake of the earthquake, as well as economic risks with millions living in very vulnerable conditions, and the risk of new natural disasters. “However, I believe there is good reason to think that Haiti and its international partners can manage and mitigate those risks,” said Mr. Mulet. “If we do so, I hope that within two years, we could again be in the position we had reached in 2009 – a Haiti that is relatively stable and growing economically.”To manage this critical period, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his latest report on MINUSTAH, asks the Council to endorse a strengthening of the mission to enable it provide better support to recovery efforts. This includes a surge in the mission’s police presence to help ensure their visibility on the streets and in camps for displaced people.Mr. Ban noted that much of the required “surge” can be achieved by scaling up activities within the current mandate, while a few areas of the mission should provide greater technical, operational and logistical assistance to Haiti’s Government and State institutions.“Whereas before the earthquake, the mission was entering a period of consolidation, a surge effort is now needed for the next 18 months to two years, in which the mission will help the Government preserve the gains of stabilization to date and enable a smooth transition to long-term reconstruction,” he wrote. Echoing the Secretary-General’s call, Mr. Mulet said that with just a little more of the support that the UN is already providing, Haiti will make its own way forward. “That would be the best end to the terrible story of 12 January 2010, and a necessary, fitting tribute to the lives of those we have lost.”Haiti’s Prime Minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, thanked Council members for the solidarity shown in the wake of the earthquake, noting that the tragedy has profoundly changed the context in which MINUSTAH is working. The coming 18 months will present his Government with new risks within the framework of reconstruction and post-disaster management, during which the presence of MINUSTAH will remain necessary. This is particularly true with regard to the holding of free and fair elections. Challenges that were already great before the earthquake are greater today, but the solidarity of the international community provides the people and Government of Haiti with the hope that a brighter future is possible, he told the 15-member body.Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro announced that the UN, working with the Haitian Government and other partners, is planning a nationwide movement for learning in the country.“In the aftermath of disaster, school does more than promote learning. It gives children a sense of normalcy amid the chaos. It is a place of security and sanctuary. Above all, it offers hope for the future,” the Deputy Secretary-General wrote in an opinion piece published today in Mexico’s El Sol.She added that in her native Tanzania, the founding president was known by the highest title bestowed, “Teacher.”“President Julius ‘Mwalimu’ Nyerere’s first principle of self-reliance was grounded on education, for girls as well as boys – a legacy of gender equality that paved the way for my own career,” Ms. Migiro wrote.The international community raised nearly $10 billion for Haiti at last month’s donors’ conference in New York. It is not clear yet how much of the money will be allocated for education.Some 38,000 students and 1,300 teachers and other education personnel lost their lives in the quake, which also destroyed more than 4,000 schools as well as the Ministry of Education’s headquarters, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The UN agency and its partners have been working with the Haitian Government to provide 3,000 school tents, educational materials, recreational items and furniture for children whose schools were destroyed or who are seeking refuge in camps. read more

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Duffys second cheque causes gasps

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(Update)It wasn’t about ethics, it was about politics. So says ex-Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, over the spending scandal that has enveloped him, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau. Duffy threw a new bombshell in the Senate Monday afternoon.He continues to blast the Conservative caucus, saying he’s the victim of monstrous defamation and hideous distortion by the Senate Committee. Duffy, announcing that not only did Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Harper’s Chief of Staff, write a cheque for $90,000 to cover Duffy’s disputed housing expense claim, he claims that Wright also wrote him a second cheque: “Nigel Wright not one payment, but two!”Duffy, along with Wallin and Brazeau, are at the centre of a motion to have the trio suspended for their expense claims.Stephen Harper appears to be contradicting his earlier claim that his former Chief of Staff resigned. Harper told a Halifax radio station Monday morning that Nigel Wright was “dismissed” after writing the cheque to pay back Mike Duffy’s inappropriate expenses. During question period in the Commons, opposition members wanted to know was Wright fired, or did he quit? Harper left a Parliamentary Secretary to field the questions.Megan Leslie, Halifax MP:  “Mr. Speaker, the ever-changing stories of the Prime Minister are doing nothing to help his credibility on the Senate scandal. Nor is the Prime Minister being clear in his office s actions in the attempted cover up. This morning, the Prime Minister said he dismissed Nigel Wright after finding out about the $90,000 payoff. But just last Thursday, he told this House that Wright quote to his credit recognized that his decision was totally wrong and he has resigned. So, which version of the events are true. ”Paul Calandra, Parliamentary Secretary:   “Mr. Speaker, what is clear is that Nigel Wright has accepted sole and full responsibility for his actions. He knows what he did was wrong, it was inappropriate. He also knows it would have been smart to let the Prime Minister know. Had the Prime Minister known, he would have, of course, never accepted it.  And Mr. Speaker, Nigel Wright no longer works in the office of the Prime Minister.Harper initially praised Nigel Wright last spring, before appearing to regretfully accept his top lieutenant’s resignation several days later. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

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Shell halts new Arctic drilling as ice moves toward companys ship off

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Royal Dutch Shell has halted its drilling in the Arctic one day after the work began because sea ice is moving toward the company’s drill ship off Alaska, putting what the company has called a historic move on temporary hold.Drilling was stopped as a “precautionary measure,” and drilling will resume when the ice, which measures about 30 miles (48 kilometres) by 12 miles (19 kilometres), has moved on, Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith told The Associated Press in an email. The delay could be a couple of days or more, Smith said.Sunday’s start of Arctic Ocean drilling came after years of lobbying by Shell and plenty of bitter opposition from environmental groups, which say oil companies have not shown they can clean up an oil spill in ice-choked water.“It’s the first time a drill bit has touched the sea floor in the U.S. Chukchi Sea in more than two decades,” Shell Alaska vice-president Pete Slaiby said in a prepared statement Sunday.The oil giant was given permission last month to begin preliminary work on an exploratory well. The company’s oil spill response barge has not been certified, but Shell is authorized to drill pilot holes that do not descend into oil reservoirs.Shell’s Burger Prospect is 70 miles (112 kilometres) off the northwest coast of Alaska.Shell officials began monitoring the vast piece of ice Sunday when it was 105 miles (168 kilometres) away, Smith said. The decision to halt drilling was made Sunday. At noon Monday, the drill ship was still detaching from eight massive anchors. Smith said he did not know how far away the ice was at that time. The ice was moving at .5 knots, or .575 mph.“We’re using satellite images, we’re using radar images, we’re also using onsite reconnaissance to watch this ice so there are no surprises,” Smith said.“Part of working in ice is having the ability to temporarily relocate,” Smith added, saying changing winds could blow the ice back even after it passes. “You never want to stop operations when your crews and your equipment are working smoothly, but this is what it means to work safely in the Arctic.”Shell has spent upward of $4.5 billion for Arctic Ocean drilling but had been thwarted by environmental lawsuits, regulatory requirements and short open-water drilling seasons.Environmental groups that a spill of the magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 would be catastrophic in a region hammered by climate warming and home to endangered or threatened marine mammals such as bowhead whales, polar bear and walrus.___Online:www.shell.us/alaska by News Staff Posted Sep 10, 2012 6:07 pm MDT Shell halts new Arctic drilling as ice moves toward company’s ship off Alaska read more

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Exsoldier says he feels betrayed by IRA murder probe

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first_imgA former paratrooper who is facing prosecution over the alleged murder of an IRA commander has said he feels betrayed by the British Government.The unnamed widowed soldier, 67, known as Soldier A, was with a group of soldiers when Joe McCann, a senior leader in the Official IRA at the time, was shot and killed in 1972. A criminal investigation into his death was reopened in 2012. The ex-soldier said he felt he was now being treated “like a terrorist”.He said the Government was “doing nothing” about the “witch-hunt”, adding: “I feel betrayed.””To be told you will be charged with murder 44 years after the incident has been a shock to the system,” he told the Sun. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more The retired grandfather added: “Until last week I was looking forward to retiring and taking a few holidays abroad. But life’s on hold now. I’d like a minister to stand up in Parliament and say something.”It was revealed earlier this week that the criminal investigation into McCann’s death has been unable to locate or question two undercover policemen who may have opened fire during the incident, because files identifying the anonymous officers have been lost.Another soldier involved in the incident has since died.The prosecution of Soldier A and another man, known as Soldier C, has prompted outrage and raises the prospect of other British troops who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles also being charged. It emerged earlier this month that as many as 1,000 are being investigated over 302 killings which took place from 1969. McCann, 24, was shot as he tried to flee a Belfast security checkpoint. The incident was investigated at the time and both soldiers were cleared, but the file has since been reopened by the Historical Enquiries Team, which was set up in 2005 by the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The two soldiers are likely to appear in court next year, after the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland said it had decided to prosecute the men for murder. When the decision was announced, a Public Prosecution Service (PPS) spokesman said: “The decision was reached following an objective and impartial application of the test for prosecution that was conducted in accordance with the code for prosecutors and with the benefit of advice from senior counsel.” Soldier A, who served 23 years in the Armed Forces, said he had received a letter at the time saying no action would be taken. “Now I’ve been treated with contempt by the Northern Ireland prosecution system,” he said. center_img Ann (left) with Nuala McCann the widow and daughter of Joe McCann, at a press conference in Belfast Credit:Paul Faith /PA I’ve been treated with contempt by the Northern Ireland prosecution systemSoldier A Ann (left) with Nuala McCann the widow and daughter of Joe McCann, at a press conference in Belfast last_img read more

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Delays at UK airports will be 44 times worse by 2030

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first_imgNew technologies could help reduce fuel waste, says NATSCredit:ALAMY “While modern aircraft are fitted with the latest satellite navigation technology, most of our airspace arrangements are half a century old,” he said.“Without action, flight delays will increase enormously in the next few years. This wouldn’t just be damaging for passengers, but also for the economy and the environment.” Grayling said he would be launching a consultation on measures to support airspace modernisation, but campaigners say increasing capacity is not the answer.“With catastrophic climate change one of the biggest threats looming over us today, a minister joyously heralding a doubling of the world’s aircraft is deeply misguided,” said Simon Bullock, a senior campaigner at Friends of the Earth.“Airport expansion will likely mean more noise, pollution and misery for local communities and makes a complete mockery of government commitments to tackle climate change.” Campaigners have voiced concerns over an increase in air traffic According to a report by National Air Traffic Services (NATS) passengers in the UK are currently delayed by 90,000 minutes annually. However, NATS claims that figure will rise 44-fold to 4 million minutes – or 2,778 days – by the end of the next decade unless action is taken.“Modernising our airspace will enable us to deliver many of the benefits we know our airline customers and local communities want to see,” said Martin Rolfe, chief executive officer at NATS. “It’s a very tough balancing act to provide an infrastructure that enables airlines to reduce their fuel burn and CO2 emission, maximises our finite airspace capacity, keeps the UK connected to the rest of the world and reduces the noise impact on people on the ground.“But we are committed to working with our airline customers, local communities, and Government to achieve an outcome that delivers for all.” Campaigners have voiced concerns over an increase in air trafficCredit:Daniel Leal-Olivas New technologies could help reduce fuel waste, says NATS Delays at UK airports will “increase enormously” without a radical shake-up of the country’s airspace, the transport secretary has warned.  Chris Grayling said Britain’s outdated airspace was in urgent need of reform if it is to cope with an expected two-fold increase in air traffic by 2030.last_img read more

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Grenfell Tower fire victims given £200000 from emergency fund

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first_imgThere are also 16 Red Cross staff and volunteers who have been on-the-ground and helping at the at the Westway Centre. GRT said in a statement: “Work is taking place to assess the housing needs of all Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk families to identify suitable accommodation in Kensington and Chelsea and neighbouring boroughs.”They added: “We have endeavoured to keep accommodation as local as possible, and we completely accept residents’ wishes to remain close to the community.” The GRT includes London-wide local and regional government, central government, British Red Cross, Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img The GRT said 50 families, who wished to work with the authorities, have been given a key worker.There are another 43 social workers from across London who have started to help assess and support the affected families. A total of £202,000 of government money has been handed out to 180 families who were directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.The payouts were recorded, as of lunchtime on Monday, by the newly set-up Grenfell Response Team (GRT) which is now managing the official response and support operation to the tragedy.The payments are being made up of £500 cash and £5,000, which is to go into bank accounts. So far, 126 hotel places have been found for residents of Grenfell Towers and Grenfell Walk.There are also 78 families who have been assessed and are on course to be placed in properties that are local or in the neighbouring borough by the end of the day. None of these properties are in tower blocks.last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Monday

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first_img http://jrnl.ie/3332419 Apr 10th 2017, 8:48 AM The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. 2 Comments 13,140 Views Image: Shutterstock/portumen EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #BUS ÉIREANN: All sides in the Bus Éireann dispute are said to be committed to a successful conclusion to negotiations within 24 hours.2. #GARDAÍ: Middle-ranking members of An Garda Síochána are calling for people who share pictures of them online with the aim of identifying them to be criminally sanctioned.3. #TUAM: Letters released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act show how Minister Katherine Zappone was informed that a significant number of human remains were discovered at the site of a former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway.4. #EGYPT: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the so-called Islamic State group that killed dozens of people yesterday.5. #CORK: A man in his early 40s has become the sixth person in a week to be arrested in connection with the murder of former Real IRA chief Aidan O’Driscoll.6. #COLD CASES: TheJournal.ie is taking a look at Ireland’s unsolved homicides. Read the first part of the series here.7. #WEXFORD: Gardaí have made a fresh appeal for witnesses following a single-car crash that left a man with serious injuries in New Ross, Co Wexford.8. #GREAT BARRIER REEF: Coral bleached for two consecutive years at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has “zero prospect” of recovery, scientists warned today, as they confirmed the site has again been hit by warming sea temperatures.9. #GOLF: Sergio Garcia won the Masters yesterday, his first major title. Short URL By Órla Ryan Image: Shutterstock/portumen Monday 10 Apr 2017, 8:48 AM Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Even some German MPs think reparations should be paid

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Several senior Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens have for the first time said Germany should consider paying reparations to Greece for Nazi crimes committed during World War II, breaking ranks with Angela Merkel’s government which has ruled this out.Relations between Germany and Greece are deteriorating by the day as Athens tries to renegotiate its bailout terms and Berlin fears it will ditch previously agreed financial promises.Leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, has accused Germany of using tricks to avoid reparations. One of his ministers raised the prospect of seizing German property to compensate victims of a Nazi massacre.While Berlin says it has honoured its obligations, including a 115-million-deutschemark payment to Greece in 1960, some mainstream politicians have contradicted the government and say it is impossible to draw a line under the highly-charged issue.“We should make a financial approach to victims and their families,” said Gesine Schwan, a respected member of the Social Democrats (SPD) who share power with Merkel’s conservatives.“It would be good for us Germans to sweep up after ourselves in terms of our history,” she told Spiegel Online. “Victims and descendants have longer memories than perpetrators and descendants,” said Schwan, twice nominated as a candidate for German president.Germany, keen to avoid setting a precedent by reopening the issue, argues that the 1990 “Two Plus Four Treaty” signed by then-East Germany and West Germany and the four World War II allies before German reunification drew a line under future claims.Resentment runs deep. Nazi forces destroyed scores of Greek villages and killed more than 20,000 civilians between 1941 and 1944.In a chat show on ARD television on Sunday, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said it was about morals, not money.“Personally I would be happy if one euro is paid. As long as there was a recognition that this moral debt has been settled,” he said, adding that he was speaking as an individual.A further question hangs over an “occupation loan” forced on the Bank of Greece which some experts put at 11 billion euros.Schwan said the occupation loan must “of course be repaid.”SPD deputy chairman Ralf Stegner, representing the party’s left, said reparations should not be linked to the euro crisis.“But independently, we must have a discussion about reparations,” Ralf Stegner told Spiegel Online. “After decades, there are still international legal questions to be resolved.”Greens co-leader Anton Hofreiter said the issue could not be brushed off as it was “neither morally nor legally closed.”Source: Reuters.last_img read more

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Se réfugier dans une grotte pour échapper aux ondes

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first_imgSe réfugier dans une grotte pour échapper aux ondesDeux femmes souffrant d’électro-hypersensibilité ont décidé de passer l’hiver dans une grotte des Hautes-Alpes pour fuire les ondes émises par les téléphones portables et internet.Pour la troisième année consécutive, Anne Cautain s’apprête à passer l’hiver dans une grotte reculée des Hautes-Alpes, à Beaumugne. Avec Bernadette Touloumond, elles ont décidé de se réfugier dans cet endroit isolé pour échapper aux ondes qu’elles ne peuvent plus supporter du fait de leur électro-hypersensibilité (EHS). L’association Robin des Toits, qui milite entre autres pour la reconnaissance de la maladie, estime à quelques dizaines les cas extrêmes “d’intolérance” dont souffrent les deux femmes. Mais environ 3% de la population française souffrirait d’EHS, d’après leurs données.À lire aussi3G dans le métro, un danger pour la santé ?Anne Cautain, 55 ans, explique comment elle s’est mise à ressentir des “brûlures dans le crâne et sur la peau”, en janvier 2009. Selon elle, sa vie s’est alors transformée en celle d’un “animal traqué”. Elle a cherché à se protéger des radiofréquences, sources de ses “maux de tête insupportables”, en dormant dans des zones telles que le coffre d’une voiture, une cave de restaurant, en passant par des parkings souterrains et les champs de la campagne bourguignonne.”Aucune preuve scientifique d’une relation de causalité entre l’exposition aux radiofréquences et l’hypersensibilité électromagnétique n’a pu être apportée”, indique l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire dans un rapport de 2009. Une assertion démentie par Dominique Belpomme,  professeur en cancérologie, qui assure que des études cliniques ont prouvé les effets des champs électromagnétiques sur la santé.Entreposées dans des cagettes soigneusement rangées à l’entrée de la grotte, les courges, pommes et poires issues de l’agriculture biologique sont “érigées comme une thérapie destinée à nous aider à tenir le coup”, affirment les deux femmes, qui refusent d’être considérées comme des marginales. Elles réclament simplement la création de “zones blanches”, même si elles savent que leur demande va à l’encontre de la tendance actuelle  qui vise à couvrir l’intégralité du territoire français par les réseaux de téléphonie mobile.Le 31 octobre 2011 à 12:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Des traces de pollution au plomb vieilles de 8 000 ans en

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first_imgDes traces de pollution au plomb vieilles de 8 000 ans en Amérique du NordPubliée dans la revue Environmental Science & Technology, une étude américaine a mis en évidence, dans des sédiments lacustres provenant de la région du lac Michigan, des traces de plomb vieilles de 8.000 ans. Elles attestent d’une activité minière polluante dès cette époque préagricole.Dès le 19e siècle, des fouilles archéologiques menées dans le pays de cuivre, près des grands lacs nord-américains, avaient mis au jour des outils et des échelles dans des mines à ciel ouvert, preuves d’une activité minière millénaire dans la région. Aujourd’hui, des chercheurs de l’Université de Pittsburgh (Pennsylvanie) ont pu mettre en évidence l’empreinte de cette activité sur l’environnement : les plus anciennes traces connues de pollution due à l’homme, qui remontent à pas moins de 8.000 ans !À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?C’est près d’anciens puits de mine de cuivre de la Péninsule de Keweenaw (nord de la péninsule supérieure du Michigan, dans l’état du même nom) que les scientifiques ont extrait des carottes de sédiments lacustres qui, à l’analyse, ont révélé une pollution au plomb très ancienne. “Ces données suggèrent que des niveaux mesurables de plomb ont été émis par une exploitation minière du cuivre par les sociétés préagricoles (…) à partir d’il y a 8.000 ans”, a expliqué le Dr David Pompeani, auteur principal de l’étude.”L’héritage environnemental de l’humanité s’étend sur des milliers d’années, depuis l’époque traditionnellement associée aux chasseurs-cueilleurs. Nos résultats indiquent que l’influence des Amérindiens anciens sur l’environnement peut être détectée dans les sédiments lacustres. En revanche, les reconstructions de la pollution métallique dans d’autres parties du monde, comme l’Asie, l’Europe et l’Amérique du Sud, ne fournissent des preuves de pollution par le plomb qu’au cours des 3.000 dernières années”, a précisé le chercheur.Le 24 juin 2013 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Sommeil les enfants qui dorment à heure fixe montrent de meilleures performances

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first_imgSommeil : les enfants qui dorment à heure fixe montrent de meilleures performancesSelon une importante étude, les enfants qui se couchent à heure fixe ont de meilleurs résultats en lecture, en maths et parviennent mieux à s’orienter dans l’espace que les autres. Une différence qui serait encore plus marquée chez les filles.Alors que de nombreux spécialistes dénoncent de plus en plus les risques du manque de sommeil chez les enfants, c’est une nouvelle étude qui souligne l’importance de l’horaire du coucher. Menée par l’University College de Londres, celle-ci affirme en effet que cet élément pourrait contribuer à optimiser l’intelligence des enfants.Pour en arriver là, les scientifiques ont mené une étude sur 11.178 enfants britanniques âgés de 7 ans. Ces derniers ont été soumis à des tests de lecture, de mathématiques et d’aptitude de repérage dans l’espace. En parallèle, leurs parents ont été interrogés afin d’estimer la régularité des horaires de coucher de ces mêmes enfants à trois, cinq et sept ans. Ceci a permis de constater que c’est à trois ans que la plupart des enfants ne vont pas au lit à heure fixe (19,5%). Puis avec les années, une régularité s’installe et chez les enfants de sept ans seuls 8,2%  ne vont pas se coucher à heure fixe. Néanmoins, les chercheurs ont aussi constaté que les enfants de sept ans qui n’étaient pas habitués à aller au lit tôt et à heure fixe quotidiennement, ont obtenu de moins bons résultats aux tests de lecture, de mathématiques ou d’aptitude de repérage dans l’espace que les autres, d’après les résultats parus dans la revue Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Une régularité du sommeil déterminante, surtout chez les filles À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?L’étude indique également que plus le fait de se coucher à horaires variables se prolonge, plus les performances s’écartent de celles des dormeurs réguliers. Curieusement, les scientifiques ont également constaté que les filles semblent encore plus sensibles à cette irrégularité que les garçons. Des résultats qui se sont avérés indépendants du statut professionnel des parents, du temps consacré aux enfants, de leurs activités de loisirs ou de la durée passée devant la télé.De fait, il semble que ce soit bien la régularité du sommeil qui soit déterminant, d’après les auteurs de l’étude. Ces derniers estiment que modifier l’heure du coucher pourrait interrompre ou raccourcir le temps de sommeil, ce qui perturberait le rythme jour-nuit. De plus, ce changement aurait un impact sur la plasticité cérébrale et sur la concentration des enfants ce qui, en définitive, se traduit par une diminution des capacités cognitives. Ces conclusions vont ainsi dans le sens des études selon lesquelles les meilleurs élèves à l’école sont souvent ceux qui bénéficient de longs temps de sommeil.Le 15 juillet 2013 à 12:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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WSU Vancouver hosts civility conference

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first_imgWashington State University Vancouver will host a statewide conference on remaining civil in times of political polarization.High school students, college students and faculty are invited to participate in “Revitalizing Dialogue: Strategies for Engaging in a Polarized Society.” The conference, sponsored by WSU Vancouver’s Initiative for Public Deliberation, will run Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 at the Salmon Creek campus. Registration is $25 and includes meals, parking and conference materials.Registration is open through Feb. 9 at bit.ly/IPDconference, or facebook.com/ipdwsu.last_img read more

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Drake Announces Aubrey And The Three Amigos Tour With Migos

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first_imgWith his highly anticipated album ‘Scorpion’ due out in June, the Canadian rapper announces an extensive 41-date North American tour with MigosNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 14, 2018 – 7:35 am Summer 2018 is shaping up to be Drake’s for the taking. The GRAMMY-winning rapper has announced his new album, Scorpion, will arrive in June (exact date is still TBA), he’s teed up the album and the season with two hit singles so far this year, “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” and now he’s announced a massive summer and fall tour with Migos aptly titled The Aubrey And The Three Amigos Tour.The extensive 41-date trek will kick off July 6 in Salt Lake City and stretch across arenas in North America through November, when it wraps in Atlanta on Nov. 17. Notable cities in its path include Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Drizzy’s hometown of Toronto, where the tour will stop for two shows at the Air Canada Center Aug. 10 and 11.So far this year, Drake has dropped his Scary Hours EP in January, followed by the single “God’s Plan” in February, which made him the first solo artist in history to keep more than one song in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for double-digit weeks. In April, Drake dropped “Nice For What,” complete with a Lauryn Hill sample and star-studded music video. The song bested “God’s Plan” on the Billboard 100, replacing it in the No. 1 slot where it has stayed since entering the chart. All of this success makes his fifth LP, Scorpion, one of the most anticipated albums of the year.Migos have been busy, too, releasing their third studio album, Culture II in January. The album has spent 14 weeks on the Billboard 200, earning the No. 1 spot in Feb. 18. The Atlanta-based trio will make a series of festival appearances this summer prior to hitting the road with Drake.Tickets for The Aubrey And The Three Amigos Tour go on sale to the general public on May 18 via Ticketmaster with early access sales beginning May 15. A full list of tour dates and information can be found at Drake’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Drake And Migos Team Up For 2018 Tour drake-announces-aubrey-and-three-amigos-tour-migos Email News Twitter Facebook Drake Announces Aubrey And The Three Amigos Tour With Migos last_img read more

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Instagram password fiasco shows Facebook doesnt understand privacy or security

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first_img Facebook typically hashes and encrypts passwords so that even its own employees can’t see them. That helps ensure that user passwords are protected. The company discovered that hundreds of millions of passwords were stored in plain text after a routine security review in January. Separately, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed that 1.5 million people’s contacts had been collected without users giving permission since May 2016.”Last month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “When we looked into the steps people were going through to verify their accounts we found that in some cases people’s email contacts were also unintentionally uploaded to Facebook when they created their account.”We’ve fixed the underlying issue and are notifying people whose contacts were imported,” Facebook said, adding that the contacts weren’t shared with anyone and are being deleted. It also pointed out that users can review and manage the contacts they share with Facebook in their settings.Facebook is also notifying hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users and tens of millions of other Facebook users who had their passwords exposed internally. As the world’s largest social network, Facebook controls data on more than 2 billion people, and who has access to it. The company’s data-handling practices were called into question in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, during which the personal information on up to 87 million Facebook users was improperly accessed. Tags 4:25 7 Another day, another Facebook privacy problem. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook’s reputation for privacy protection, already much maligned, just took two more critical hits. On Thursday, the social network said it found that millions of Instagram passwords had been stored in plain text, an insecure format that would allow the tech giant’s employees to read them if they wanted to. The new figure is orders of magnitude greater than an initial estimate of tens of thousands of unsecured passwords that was revealed in March.The news, which was overshadowed but not obscured by the release of the Mueller report, followed an article saying that Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, had “unintentionally” harvested the email contacts of about 1.5 million of its users over the past three years. The activity was discovered when a security researcher noticed Facebook asking users to enter their email passwords to verify their identities when signing up for accounts, according to Business Insider, which previously reported on the practice. Those who entered their passwords saw a pop-up message saying Facebook was “importing” their contacts, even though the service hadn’t asked permission, according to BI.The incidents mark just the latest in a raft of bad news for the social media giant, which is struggling to fight the perception that it can’t grasph the concept of protecting your information. Facebook has made a pitch to lean more into privacy and messaging, but continues to be plagued by one screw-up after another. Facebook acknowledged both lapses.”We will be notifying these users as we did the others,” Pedro Canahuati, Facebook’s vice president of engineering, security and privacy, said of the unsecured Instagram passwords by updating a month-old blog post. “Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed.” Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Security Tech Industry Comments Privacy Facebook Yes, Facebook is still tracking you (The 3:59, Ep. 541)last_img read more

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Wrangell boater found dead

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first_imgKenneth Trammel left on the Thalassa Nov. 5.A missing Wrangell boater was found dead Wednesday afternoon, according to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers.Searchers saw a body floating in Earl West Cove, about 12 air miles southeast of Wrangell.Next of kin positively identified the body as Kenneth Trammel, a 53-year-old Wrangell resident.Trammel’s 38-foot Bayliner, the Thalassa, had not been located as of Wednesday afternoon.Trammel left Wrangell in his boat Nov. 5 and was scheduled to return Nov. 10.Wrangell Search and Rescue conducted an aerial search Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and Good Samaritans joined the search Monday, and continued search efforts Tuesday and Wednesday.Trammel’s body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.last_img read more

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Hyderabad HC stays municipal elections in Miryalaguda

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first_imgThe state High Court on Wednesday issued stay orders directing the EC against holding elections in Miryalaguda municipality due to the discrepancies in the voter list and delimitation of wards. While hearing the plea filed by Congress leader Chilukuru Balu, the Court directed the EC to hold the elections. On June 12, the High Court stayed the elections in Shamshabad municipality due to the same reason after a petition was filed by three people challenging the draft notification issued by the municipal administration on July 5.last_img read more

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Who is Pinaki Chandra Ghose Former SC judge to be Indias first

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first_imgPinaki Chandra GhoseIANSFormer Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose is set to become the first Lokpal of India. His name was earlier recommended for the post and the same was cleared by a high-level selection committee, which met on Friday, March 15.”His name has been finalised,” the Hindu quoted a top official as saying. Sources also told the daily that other Lokpal members had also been decided. The committee comprised Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and jurist Mukul Rohatgi and was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.However, leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Congress member Mallikarjun Kharge, who is also part of the committee, did not attend the meeting after expressing his displeasure on being invited as “special invitee.” He had refused to attend the meetings for the same reason earlier as well.While the appointment may not be looked at too kindly by Kharge or the Congress, the decision to appoint a Lokpal and Ghose’s name had been welcomed by social activist Anna Hazare. “I welcome the decision of appointing the country’s first Lokpal. The people’s movement for it, going on for 48 years now, has finally won,” the Press Trust of India quoted Hazare as saying earlier.Who is Pinaki Chandra Ghose?Born on May 28, 1952, Pinaki Chandra Ghose is a retired judge of the Supreme Court.He comes from a renowned family from the northern provinces of the City of Calcutta and is the son of Late Justice Sambhu Chandra Ghose, who was the former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.Ghose went to St Xavier’s College in Kolkata and obtained a degree in law and attorney-at-law from Calcutta University.In 1976, he was enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of West Bengal.In 1997, he was appointed as a judge of the Calcutta High Court, where he served for several years.Ghose was transferred to Andhra Pradesh High Court in June 2012 and in December he was appointed as the Chief Justice of the same court.He was named as the judge of the Supreme Court in March 2013 and retired in May 2017.One of Ghose’s most talked-about verdicts is that of the prosecution of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and her friend V K Sasikala for misusing public funds.Colleagues are known to look up to Ghose and Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, a Calcutta High Court and Supreme Court advocate, once said that he was someone of a friendly nature and a cool temperament. “He was extremely fast in delivery of judgment and had an extremely good memory. He was an outstanding judge,” the Indian Express quoted Bhattacharya as saying.Ghose is currently a member of National Human Rights Commission.What does a Lokpal do?The word “Lokpal” is derived from the sanskrit word “loka” meaning people and “pala” that means protector or caretaker. As a whole, the word Lokpal means “protector of people.”A Lokpal, an idea known to have have come from Sweden, is an anti-corruption ombudsman or authority who works for public interest. The Lokpal has jurisdiction over all Members of Parliament and central government employees in cases of corruption. The Lokpal has powers over the CBI and can also give directions to the agency in terms of search and seizure operations.The Lokpal has powers of confiscation of assets, proceeds, and any benefits from corrupt means and can recommend transfer or suspension of public servant connected to a case of corruption. The Lokpal is also responsible for judging whether a case of corruption is genuine or fake and can impose fines on a fake complaint. In case the case cannot be proved legally, it can even order a short jail time.While a Lokpal enquires into corruption charges at a national level, the same responsibility falls on the Lokayukta on the state level.last_img read more

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Jesse Jackson to Speak at Morgan State Winter Commencement

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first_imgRev. Jesse Jackson Sr.The 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be observed at Morgan State University’s winter commencement on Dec. 18, and—fittingly—civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. will offer the keynote address.Nearly 370 graduates will cross the stage at Talmadge Hill Field House on Morgan’s campus, receiving their reward for years of study. Undoubtedly, however, Jackson’s speech will be the high point of the ceremony.An accomplished orator and two-time presidential candidate, Jackson has a storied history that is a source of inspiration for many. But it is his work as a human and civil rights activist, including his tireless advocacy for legislation such as the Voting Rights Act, that makes him so renowned.“Fifty years ago, this important legislation made it possible for all people in this country, particularly African Americans, to exercise their right to vote, many for the first time,” said Morgan President David Wilson in a statement. “And as we pause to celebrate the 50 years since enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we are fortunate that our students are able to share in this milestone with one of the nation’s long-time champions of civil rights.“Rev. Jackson’s messages of hope and inspiration are appropriate at this time in America’s history and for these young people who are celebrating the launch of a new chapter in their lives,” Wilson added.Jackson founded Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) in Chicago in 1971 as an engine of economic empowerment and self-help for the Black community, according to Biography.com. The group became more encompassing in 1996 when it merged with Jackson’s National Rainbow Coalition, which lobbied for equal rights for women and homosexuals in addition to African-Americans.Since the 1970s Jackson has also traveled internationally to places like South Africa, Haiti and the Middle East to act as a mediator and to highlight pressing human rights issues. And, more recently, he has been an outspoken voice on the issue of police violence and poverty within the Black community in Chicago.“While a lot of focus is on policing, development is the answer,” Jackson told CNN on Dec.11. “There are more jobs to be had in the ghetto than there are people.”In 2000, then-President Bill Clinton awarded Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one among several honors. And at Morgan’s graduation services he will receive another: He and Autherine Lucy Foster, who helped to desegregate the University of Alabama will receive honorary degrees.The university will confer its highest honor—the Doctor of Laws degree—on Morgan students from 1947 to 1963 who were responsible for desegregating theaters and lunch counters in Baltimore, including at the Northwood Shopping Center, across from the Morgan campus.last_img read more

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