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first_imgOTTAWA — Canada enlisted citizens who travelled to Communist countries during the Cold War to gather needed intelligence — a shadowy element of a little-known government program detailed in a newly declassified history.Officials became sufficiently nervous about the tasking of Canadians — and the prospect of being caught snooping overseas — that they had John Diefenbaker, prime minister at the time, give his blessing, reveals a study by intelligence expert Wesley Wark.Wark began work in the late 1990s on the government-commissioned study of how Canada’s intelligence community evolved in the years following the Second World War. Much of the book-length manuscript, based on classified files, was released under the Access to Information Act in 2005, but considerable portions were considered too sensitive to disclose.Additional details of the intelligence effort to conscript travellers were released to The Canadian Press following a complaint to the information commissioner.Canada decided against creating a secret intelligence service to spy abroad in the early phase of the Cold War. But officials were conscious of the value of trying to provide some Canadian intelligence from human sources, especially to ensure favour with Canada’s more powerful partners, such as the U.S. and Britain, notes Wark, who teaches at the University of Ottawa.An interview program was established in 1953 within Canada’s Joint Intelligence Bureau, which handled a steady flow of secret information on economic and military matters.In the beginning, officials collected intelligence largely from defectors and recent immigrants from the Soviet Union and East Bloc countries. The program got a boost in 1956 with the influx to Canada of refugees fleeing the aftermath of the failed Hungarian uprising, Wark notes.In mid-1958 the program turned to the potential value of intelligence gleaned from travellers, mostly business people and scientists, who ventured to Communist countries, he writes.Initially, the Joint Intelligence Bureau limited the collection effort to debriefing people upon their return to Canada. But soon it realized there might be greater value in advising travellers, in advance of their visits, of the sort of information desired, the study says.“This was tricky ground, for it raised the spectre of Canadian citizens abroad being caught and accused of espionage without the protection of any diplomatic status and with attendant political risks and embarrassment.”In February 1961, Robert Bryce, then secretary to the cabinet, informed Diefenbaker about the practice of gathering interview intelligence — including advance requests for information in “a very few cases” following specific approval of the federal government.Safeguards in place were “designed to ensure that the more gung-ho travellers did not engage in anything approaching espionage — no field notes, no photographs, no specialized intelligence equipment were to be allowed,” Wark writes.Selected travellers who received briefings were told not to discuss their activities with anyone, including Canadian diplomatic representatives in the country being visited, Bryce’s memo said. Only “thoroughly reliable and trustworthy” Canadians would be approached to undertake such missions.“What John Diefenbaker made of such shenanigans is hard to say, but Bryce’s memo records a simple ‘approved by the Prime Minister’ dated 1 March, 1961,” Wark writes.It was one of the few instances during the period when prime ministerial approval of an intelligence-collection program was sought, the study adds.“There was always a distinction in the program between tasking travellers prior to their visits abroad, where the dangers of being accused of spying lurked, and more passively receiving information from returned travellers,” Wark told The Canadian Press.Kurt Jensen, a former employee of Canada’s foreign ministry, noted in a 2004 journal article that Canadians who went to the Soviet Bloc, China and Cuba were of particular interest to the program in its early days. However, Jensen found the government files silent on the number of individuals who might have received pre-visit briefings and the extent to which “tasked” intelligence-gathering operations actually occurred.“The danger of sending untrained observers into hostile areas with specific intelligence collection requirements is self-evident. Such a program could not have survived long before disclosure,” Jensen writes.“All indications suggest that this facet of the program was short-lived and, at best, involved a handful of individuals before ceasing altogether.”— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgBarrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, will help raise funds for charities supporting U.S. veterans, children and medical research during the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, to be held Jan. 14-22, 2017, at WestWorld of Scottsdale in Arizona.Steven Tyler is auctioning his 2012 Hennessey Venom GT SpyderAmong the most anticipated vehicles crossing the block for charity is Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (Lot #3003), with 100 percent of the hammer price benefiting Janie’s Fund.“To date, Barrett-Jackson has helped raise in excess of $91 million for charity,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “But almost as important as the funds we help raise is the awareness we bring to the organizations that are bringing so much good to our communities. Giving these amazing charities a chance to tell their story on live, international TV inspires all of us. We’re grateful to be a part of such a powerful movement for good, and look forward to the goodwill that will come from the sale of our charity vehicles in Scottsdale.”Celebrity personalities including Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith and former judge on American Idol, will be onstage Friday, Jan. 20, to help sell his 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (Lot #3003). Offered from his personal collection, this Venom GT is five of 12 created and the first of the Spyder convertibles. This 7.0-liter V8 mid-engine, rear-wheel drive supercar produces 1,244 horsepower that sprints from 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 0-200 mph in 14.5 seconds. One hundred percent of the hammer price will benefit Janie’s Fund, which is dedicated to providing resources to help abused girls.Dale Earnhardt, Jr., world-champion pro stock car driver and team owner, is coming to the Barrett-Jackson stage on Saturday, Jan. 21, to help sell two vehicles that will each benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a leading pediatric care facility and research institute. Donated by Chevrolet, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle (Lot #3006) that Earnhardt helped design is a contemporary Resto-Mod muscle car that uses a new GM Restoration Parts-licensed Dynacorn reproduction body and modern coilover suspension system. Lot #3006.1 is Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS that he raced in six NASCAR Cup Series races between 2014 and 2015.“What an amazing opportunity we have to come together as a car community to help out these great charities,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Each one has a unique mission to help people who are struggling and in need of our combined efforts.”Other vehicles that are crossing the block in Scottsdale in support of charity include: • 2016 GMC Sierra Custom Pickup (Lot #3000) – GMC commissioned this one-of-a-kind Sierra All Terrain from renowned artist Mickey Harris. All proceeds will benefit Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Building for America’s Bravest. • 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (Lot #3001) – This very original and fully documented Camaro retains its original interior, door, panels, dash and headliner. All proceeds will benefit Childhelp. • 2017 Chevrolet Camaro COPO #001 (Lot #3002) – This SEMA show car represents Serial #001 of 69 COPO Camaros that will be produced for the 2017 model year. All proceeds from its sale will benefit United Way. • 2017 Ford Raptor Pickup (Lot #3004) – This 2017 Raptor takes years of Ford performance and engineering to the next level. It is the last VIN produced for 2017 and finished in a unique one-of-one color. All proceeds from its sale will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. • 1930 Cord L29 4-Door Brougham (Lot #3005) – One of only 5,010 produced, this L29 Cord was a very high-tech vehicle for its day and was the first American front-wheel drive production car. All proceeds from its sale will benefit Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. • 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback (Lot #3007) – This “Jack Roush Tribute” Mustang brings together classic nostalgia of the past with all the styling and performance of the present. All proceeds from its sale will benefit Military Assistance Mission, Inc.For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to Experience the 46th Annual Scottsdale Auction in style with a Barrett-Jackson VIP Experience Package. Information on available packages and how to be a part of this world-class lifestyle event is available here.last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Dolores O’Riordan, the defiant voice of Irish rock band the Cranberries who died Monday at 46, found a certain solace in her second home — a remote town in Ontario. When she wasn’t performing rock anthems like “Zombie,” “Linger” and “Dreams” before audiences of thousands, O’Riordan was often at her cottage north of Peterborough, Ont., about 90 minutes northeast of Toronto.It was there she escaped from her sometimes relentless global fame and lived for years with her family. The region was also fruitful grounds for her two solo albums.bye bye Gio. We’re off to Ireland ?— Dolores O’Riordan (@DolORiordan) January 4, 2018“I’m half a Canuck,” she said in a 2009 interview with The Canadian Press. “I’ve spent half my life here now.”O’Riordan was found dead Monday at a hotel in London, where she was recording new music. Her publicist said the singer’s family is “devastated.” The cause of her death wasn’t immediately available.With her former husband Don Burton, their two kids and a child from Burton’s previous relationship, they spent years dividing time between Ireland and their Ontario cottage.When they met, the Toronto-born Burton was the tour manager for Duran Duran but he wound up taking on O’Riordan’s career.Though they eventually separated, O’Riordan kept her connections to Canada. On Boxing Day, she posted on social media that she was headed to Ontario to spend time with her family.She frequently talked about how she enjoyed the province. Whether it was riding a Sea-Doo or a snowmobile she was known for exploring the great outdoors.“You can really get lost here, and I like that,” she said.“The seasons are so dramatic here — from the snow in the winter to the beauty of the autumn, the colours of the leaves falling — so I have a piano outside my window and sometimes I start off there with ideas, just using nature as a backdrop.”O’Riordan released two solo albums that were recorded in Canada. “Are You Listening,” in 2007, was produced at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ont., and EMAC Recording Studios in London, Ont.Her 2009 followup, “No Baggage,” was recorded solely at EMAC. The album cover features O’Riordan sitting on a bench atop the frozen Big Bald Lake in the backyard of her home.Robert Nation, owner of the EMAC studio, remembers O’Riordan’s unabating sense of self whenever she was working.“She had to be totally inspired and in the moment. If she wasn’t she’d say, ‘I’m going to go out for a while, get outside and let you know what I’m doing later,”‘ Nation said.“She knew when she was feeling right and when she was comfortable. It was the first time I came across (someone) like that.”Dolores O’Riordan, the defiant voice of Irish rock band the Cranberries who died Monday at 46, found a certain solace in her second home — a remote town in Ontario.By David Friend, The Canadian Press Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver the years APTN National News has spoken with many residential school survivors from across Canada.Many have complained about being victimized again during the claims process and being short-changed when it came to their settlement.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf recently sat down with one man who has been fighting for years for his claim.last_img

Rabat – Several Moroccan regions will witness heavy rainstorms with strong winds on Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Meteorological Directorate.The same source said that the northern region, particularly Nador, Driouch and Al Hoceima will witness heavy rain that may reach 150 mm in the next 48 hours.Up to 40 and 60 mm of rain is also expected in Agadir, Essaouira, Safi, Taroudant, Ait Baha-Chtouka, Chichester, Taza, Sefrou and Boulemane during the same period.The same source stated that the rainfall is likely to exceed 80 mm in Agadir and Taroudant. The Directorate also expect the rainfall to reach 40 and 60 mm in the regions of Taza Berkane, Oujda, Fnid’q, Mdi’q, Chefchaouen and Fahs Anjra.“Moderate” rains are expected in the afternoon of October 19 in Larache, Asilah, Tetouan, El Jadida and “probably” in Casablanca.Strong winds of up to 70 km / h are expected in El Jadida and Safi during the next two a result of the rainfall, several regions of the Kingdom will witness a significant decrease in temperature.The National Meteorological Directorate called on people and road users to be more cautious.Last November, heavy showers in the south, particularly in Sidi Ifni and Guelmim, had caused devastating floods, which claimed the life of more than thirty people and destroyed infrastructure. read more

6 January 2009The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has urged all parties to the ongoing conflict in Somalia to ensure the safety of humanitarian aid workers after one of the agency’s staff members was gunned down while monitoring a school feeding programme in the southern part of the war-torn nation. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has urged all parties to the ongoing conflict in Somalia to ensure the safety of humanitarian aid workers after one of the agency’s staff members was gunned down while monitoring a school feeding programme in the southern part of the war-torn nation. WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran condemned the killing of 44-year-old Somali national Ibrahim Hussein Duale, calling it a “shocking attack on one of our staff while he was doing his job.”Mr. Duale was shot by three masked gunmen while he was monitoring school feeding in a WFP-supported school in Yubsan village, six kilometres from the Gedo region capital of Garbahare in southern Somalia. Witnesses say the gunmen approached him while he was seated, ordered him to stand up and then shot him. Mr. Duale, who joined WFP in 2006, leaves behind a wife and five children. He is the third WFP staff member killed since August 2008 in Somalia, one of the most dangerous places in the world for humanitarian workers. Five WFP-contracted transport staff were killed in Somalia in 2008. Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government since 1991, has been plagued by fighting and humanitarian suffering for decades. Continuing instability, coupled with drought, high food prices and the collapse of the local currency have only worsened the dire humanitarian situation in recent months.The UN estimates that some 3.2 million people, or 40 per cent of the population, are in need of assistance. “We call on all parties to allow us to do our job – providing food to feed the hungry at this critical time,” said Ms. Sheeran. “We are an impartial international organization and we need a minimum of security to serve the Somali people.” Despite the precarious security situation, WFP has been feeding more than 1.5 million people every month in Somalia. Some 90 percent of the agency’s food aid for Somalia arrives by sea on ships currently escorted by European Union naval vessels to protect them from piracy. read more

BURNABY, B.C. — A Vancouver-area city is launching a court challenge over its long-standing opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline.The City of Burnaby has filed a notice with B.C. Supreme Court asking for temporary and permanent injunctions to prevent Kinder Morgan from cutting down trees in a conservation area on Burnaby Mountain.The court challenge is the latest step in an escalating battle between the city, the company, and the National Energy board over both the pipeline and the jurisdiction of the national energy regulator to determine its route.The National Energy Board ruled last month that the company doesn’t need the city’s permission to access Burnaby Mountain, which is also home to Simon Fraser University.The city then accused the company of breaking local parks bylaws by cutting down trees, which in turn prompted the company to go back to the National Energy Board asking for another order allowing its work to proceed.The $5.4-billion pipeline expansion would almost triple the current pipeline’s capacity, moving about 900,000 barrels a day of crude oil or refined products between Alberta’s oilsands and the B.C. coast. read more

“The global economy is not delivering enough decent jobs that people need,” International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia told the Agency’s annual conference in Geneva yesterday. “Despite the many benefits of globalization, we see again and again how the dignity of work has been devalued. Economic optimism for some is matched with profound social pessimism for many. This is why we must put in place policies that replace jobless growth with quality, ‘job-rich’ growth,” he added, noting that 80 per cent of the world’s work force live in developing countries. “That job creation challenge comes on top of the pressure of a continuing large-scale shift out of agriculture and rural areas towards cities, pushed by poverty and pulled by the hope of a better job, he told more than 4,000 delegates representing governments, workers and employers from ILO member States as the meeting entered its second week. The conference is to focus on a wide range of issues, including changing patterns in the world of work, child labour, occupational safety and health, the employment relationship, labour inspection and a review of labour standards in a number of countries. Mr. Somavia cited the service economy as a “major growth area for employment,” linking it to “another virtually global phenomenon – skill shortages side-by-side with rising unemployment.” “The hardware of the new technologies is spreading much faster than the human software of manager and worker skills to make full use of its potential,” he said. Among other challenges facing the global economy is the need to come to terms with an ageing population, discrimination, migration and the fact that six out of 10 workers in the world lack social protection. Mr. Somavia cited the final outcome statement of the UN World Summit in September 2005, in which 150 leaders agreed to place full and productive employment and decent work as a central objective of relevant national and international policies. This “marked an unprecedented leap in global recognition at the highest political level of the relevance and centrality of the ILO’s decent work agenda for the entire international community,” he said. “We can mainstream these issues within the UN system,” he told the delegates. read more

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Two-time Olympic champion Simone Manuel completed a sweep of the sprint freestyles at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals, winning the 100-meter race Saturday.Manuel touched in 53.38 seconds to beat Margo Geer by a second. Katie Ledecky, the 800, 400 and 200 free winner this week, finished fifth in in 54.76.Manuel, who holds the American record in the event at 52.27, tied for the gold medal in the 100 free at the Rio Olympics. She won the 50 free Thursday night and finished second Friday in the 200 free against Ledecky, her teammate and training partner.Manuel met the time qualifying standards in all three of her events this week for the 2020 Olympic Trials, which will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 2020.“I’m pleased with my week and am happy with the performance in all three of my races,” Manuel said. “I have gotten some good feedback so that I can hopefully get faster for the rest of the year. I think a lot of the positives were that I was able to execute well on some of the technical aspects of my stroke that I’ve been focusing on in practice and be able to do that in a race. There are good things that will come from this meet. It was nice to come off the long gap from racing.”For Ledecky, the Winter Nationals served as a jumping off point as she prepares for next year’s World Championships in Gwanju, South Korea, in July. Ledecky, who won five gold medals and one silver in her Olympic debut in Rio, qualified for Olympic Trials in all four events she swam this week.“I’m happy with all of my swims,” Ledecky said. “There were a lot of good things that I learned, and I feel like I’m in a good place in my training. It’s good to have a meet like this at the end of the year, knowing that as we turn the calendar to 2019, things will get serious pretty quickly. I kind of feel like I get a head start for 2019 by competing in a meet like this.”Eight-time Olympic medal winner Nathan Adrian qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 50 free and 100 free based on his times.Adrian won the 50 free on Thursday night and followed that up with a runner-up finish in the 100 free Saturday, touching two-hundredths of a second behind Michael Chadwick (48.57).“I’m in a good place and I’m really excited about that,” Adrian said. “I’ve been training for about eight and a half weeks now, so I’ve never come to a Winter Nationals with such a small window of training in place. I didn’t love getting second (in the 100), but I’m coming away with a 48.59, which I think is as good as any of my times in season last year. We’ll go off that and not try to get any slower than that as we move into 2019.”A total of 106 swimmers qualifed for Olympic Trials.Hali Flickinger, a member of the 2016 Olympic team, qualified for the Olympic Trials in five events (200 free, 400 free, 400 IM, 200 back, 200 fly), and 14-year old Claire Curzan was the youngest qualifier in three events (the 50 free, 100 fly, and 100 back).Marc Pruitt, The Associated Press read more

first_imgAt around 4.40pm, the Coastguard confirmed that all casualties had been “safely recovered” and all rescue teams were in the process of being stood down.  An Army spokesperson said:​ “We can confirm that all Army cadets caught in today’s inclement weather on the Mourne Mountains are safe and accounted for.”Last year, the Mourne Mountains were voted Britain’s best view in a survey.The jagged mountains form one of the backdrops to Game Of Thrones, the hit fantasy series.  The Coastguard said in a statement on Facebook that it had received requests for assistance after receiving “several reports that a large number of people were in difficulty after being caught out in inclement weather”.Coastguard, ambulance and helicopter crews launched an emergency mission shortly after midday. VIDEO: Reports of a large group of cadets in difficulty in the Mournes. Numerous emergency teams seen at Carrick Little, near Annalong.— U105 (@U105radio) August 2, 2017 A major rescue mission was launched after dozens of Army cadets got into difficulties in poor weather while training in mountains in Northern Ireland.Sixty-three cadets aged between 12 and 17 as well as ten leaders had been camping in the Mourne Mountains, County Down.The group is said to have got into difficulties amid poor weather conditions on Wednesday morning. Mountain rescue The scene near Annalong in the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down where a number of young Army Cadets were taken off the mountains after getting into Porter A large emergency services operation was launched to get them off the Jonathan Porter Colin McGrath, an SDLP MLA, posted on Twitter: “Please God all will be ok.” Emergency workers at the base of the Mourne MountainsCredit:Press Eye A Mourne Mountain Rescue spokesman said they group has been “caught out” by the weather. The Coastguard said that a total of 73 people were evacuated from the mountains during the “large scale” operation.  Mountain rescue team at Carrick-Little car park near AnnalongCredit:Press Eye  Medical staff are reported to have treated several children at the scene, in the Annalong Valley,  and 16 of the group were later treated for hypothermia. A Mourne Mountain Rescue spokesman said only a small number of people required assistance – for ankle injuries from slipping on stones and exposure to the poor weather conditions.Young people from Middlesbrough were at their annual camp in Northern Ireland, carrying out adventure training and cultural visits. The Coastguard sent three rescue helicopters and three land-based teams to the scene. Police crews and the Mourne Mountain Rescue Service were also dispatched.The cadets were on a summer camp based at Ballykinlar, an old military camp in County Down. The scene near Annalong in the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down where a number of young Army Cadets were taken off the mountains after getting into difficulties Ken Johnston, the Ministry of Defence’s chief press officer in Northern Ireland, said that the evacuation was a “precautionary measure”.“They’ve been here for a number of days, undertakings adventure training and cultural visits. This morning they were on the Mourne Mountains nearby and we have had very bad weather,” he told The Daily Telegraph.  Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland The Mourne Mountains were last year named Britain’s best A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) spokesperson  said: “Sixteen of the group are suffering from hypothermia and some with minor injuries. NIAS declared a major incident at 13:21.”An RRV, five Officers, a doctor, 10 A&E crews, a Hazardous Area Response Team and Mountain Rescue are in attendance at the scene. An A&E crew have set up at Annalong Community Hall to treat the walking wounded.” Major emergency incident in mournes with helicopter, coastguard, medical and ambulance responding. Please God all will be ok. @UTVNews— Colin McGrath (@ColinSDLP) August 2, 2017 Emergency workers at the base of the Mourne Mountains A large emergency services operation was launched to get them off the mountains “A small number of the cadets suffered ankle injuries, slipped on stones, and some were complaining of cold. So a decision was taken to withdraw.“We must admit that a huge support operation swung into help, we are very grateful to the police, search and rescue, and the ambulance service.“My understanding is now all the young people are now off the mountain and are being assessed.” 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.last_img read more

first_imgMobile casual gamers, rejoice: 2D Boy has delivered World of Goo for the iPhone and iPod touch! After a delay of almost two years, you can finally head to the App Store and pick up the wildly addictive, physics-powered puzzler. Eventually, World of Goo will sell for $2.99, but right now you can pick it up for the paltry sum of $0.99. It’s an absolute steal at that price, and definitely worth every penny.As is usually the case, the game isn’t available in all App Stores just yet. It’ll continue to roll out gradually across the globe, so keep your eyes peeled. For those of you with an iPhone 4 and its fancy Retina Display (or an iPad), you can also grab World of Goo HD as it’s now a universal app. It’s a bit pricier at $4.99, but worth the upgrade.In case you’re not familiar with World of Goo, the object of the game is to chain together blobs of goo (of course) and reach an exit pipe. It sounds simple enough, but real-world physics and precariously placed obstacles make it hair-pullingly frustrating at times. The lighthearted, cell-shaded graphics and cheery soundtrack make it easy enough to solider on through the game’s dozens of levels.Now all we’re waiting on is that mysterious “profanity pack.” Wonder if it’ll ever materialize…It’s 99 cents at iTunes.last_img read more

first_imgOXI or OHI – whatever way you spell the word, it still means NO. On the 28 October 1940, one lone voice in the European wilderness, Ioannis Metaxas, the Hellenic Republic Prime Minister, took courage from his ancestors, the ancient Greeks and denied Mussolini of Italy the right of any free passage through Hellenic territory. It was at a time when the Allied powers were desperately seeking a champion or a victory no matter how small against the axis powers comprising of Nazi Germany and a Fascist Italy in Europe, and a belligerent Japan in Asia. Despite the Hellenic rejection, Mussolini unleashed the Italian Army against the tiny Greek nation through Albania. The Hellenic response was ferocious, unexpected and with such deadly force that half a million Italian soldiers were forced to retreat throughout Albania. The shock of the Italian defeat created great concern for their Nazi ally Hitler, who speculated on the effect that the ill fated Italian sojourn in Greece was to have on his Plan Barbarossa attack on Russia. In early April of 1941, Hitler invaded Greece and thus relieved the pressure on Mussolini, forcing the Greek Army to retreat from the Albanian front as they were unable to sustain battles on two fronts. Despite Allied support that had been rushed to the aid of the Greeks, the Greek army surrendered to the Nazis on the 20 April 1941. The Greek Army may have surrendered, but the people did not give up hope and went on to aid the allied Army still in their midst until the end of WWII. Although it’s debatable whether the battles against the Italians and Nazis in Albania, Greece and Crete played a major role in delaying Hitler’s plans against Russia; military historians agree that it certainly laid the foundations for the cruel and unforgiving Russian winter and its people to bring the Nazi aggressors to their knees. Memories fade with time but we that grow old still remember the sacrifices of that tiny Hellenic nation who like David of biblical times stood up against not one but two Goliaths and shouted freedom rather than slavery. As such, its embedded within the Hellenic psyche that those of Hellenic blood or origins celebrate the 28 October every year to remember and commemorate the sacrifices of that tiny Hellenic nation, we all refer to as Greece. No matter where Greeks reside, no matter what country or customs they have adopted, one day of the year they can all stand proud in the knowledge that their countrymen and women stood against an aggressor intent on making them slaves. What is of interest is that the 28 October does not alone belong to the Greeks, but to all individuals and countries that hold sacred the freedoms we take for granted this day. OXI day is for all mankind a perpetual reminder that without vigilance ad sacrifice, freedom is but a word. This year in the Domain Gardens of Melbourne under the shade of a maple and eucalyptus tree stands the Australian Hellenic memorial dedicated to Australians and Greeks who served their respective countries in aiding each other against an aggressor intent on enslavement. Those passing by the gathering of about a 100 people each looking in the direction of the memorial may have wondered the significance of the gathering of people. Some stopped and listened along with their families to understand what it was all about. While at the Shrine of Remembrance, the Hellenic Flag flew proudly beside the Australian flag, reminiscent of 1941 when soldiers’ fought side by side during the Battle of Greece and Crete. At the Australian Hellenic Memorial the Hellenic RSL of Melbourne and Victoria once again flew the banner for all Australians and those of Greek heritage to commemorate the 28 October. Under the leadership of Steve Kyritsis and his loyal RSL staff, once again lay wreathes on behalf of the fallen. The Master of Ceremonies was Emmanuel Karvelas, the Hellenic RSL Senior Vice President who coordinated the days activities. As in each case, the memorial was blessed by the Greek Orthodox priest, followed by a brief speech on what OXI Day meant and the laying of wreaths by the many dignitaries from government, military and civilian representation. Those dignitaries present on the day were: Mr Dimitris Tsilikis – representing the Greek Consul General to Melbourne, Ms Eleni Lianidou, Mr Steve Kyritsis – President, Hellenic RSL Sub Branch, Mr. Leo Hammond – representing John Geary Deputy Commissioner Department of Veteran Affairs, Mrs Galatia Samarias and Mr Stan Kayialikos – representing the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation, Mr Andrew Katos – MP for South Barwon, representing the Hon Nicholas Kotsiras Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Mr Lee Tarlamis – MP Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region, representing the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Daniel Andrews, Mr Bill Papastergiadis – President Greek Orthodox Community Melbourne Victoria, Mr Martin Folley – MP State Member for Albert Park, Mr Spiros Robotis – President AHEPA Victoria and Olga Black, Mrs Malama Varvara – President Lemnian Community Melbourne, representing the ITHACAN Philanthropic Society – the President Mr Anthony Drakopoulos and past President Mr Peter Paxinos, Mr Arthur Tsouhantaris – President of New Democracy Victoria, Mr John Kyritsis – representing Omospondia Dodecanese Islands, Mr Andreas Ballis – representing Silogos Halkidikeon Aristotelis, Mr Dimitris Varnas – President of Pan Ipirotic Omospondia Australia, Mr Kon Zagoritis – representing the Maniates Association. Also in Attendance were the brother (Menelaus) and sister (Galatea) of the late John Anagnostis, one of the founding members of the Australian Hellenic Memorial. The second part of the commemoration was the march up to the Shrine of Remembrance by dignitaries and civilian participants. With a bright blue sky in the heavens, the sun’s rays on their backs and flags of both nations flying in the breeze, the marchers proudly strode up the Shrine steps. Each silent and sombre in their approach, as they encountered the final step they were met by the Shrine staff who ushered them into the sacred area within the Shrine. Two Shrine guards resplendent in their military uniforms, sidearm’s and 303 rifle, stood to attention as the procession slowly filed through the entrance and into the sacred area. Once again the Greek Orthodox priest blessed the Shrine and its members followed by the laying of wreaths, and the playing of the Hellenic and Australian National Anthems. With the completion of the official ceremonies, all members were invited to return to the Hellenic RSL for light refreshments, which in the words of Steve Kyritsis means a “full meal in Greek”. On arrival at the Hellenic RSL in South Melbourne, it was like coming home again after an absence of some 15 years. The RSL members had made renovations to the kitchen, members area and the dining hall in the upper level of the building. Seated at the main table were the dignitaries while dotted around the room were RSL members., their families, friends and guests. One couple in their Salvation Army stood out amongst the others and after some enquiries it was found that they had also represented the Thirty Niners Association. A band of men and women who had formed an association after WW2, they were the first to take up arms and wear the uniform of Australia to go to war. True to his word, Steve Kyritsis was not wrong about the refreshments being provided and one was pleased to see that the hospitality of the Hellenic RSL members was alive and well. They made our visit to the RSL a pleasant and enjoyable one. During the President’s speech on OXI Day, Steve Kyritsis also made mention of those Australians who were currently serving in Afghanistan, or which some had their origins in Greece. Suffice to say, Steve Kyritsis rightly stated that he was not at liberty to name them, but that he wished all Australians serving overseas a safe and speedy journey home. With the commemorations, paying of respects and speeches over, it was time again to return home and enjoy the day, safe in the knowledge that the sacrifices of two nations were not in vain. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgLa tempête tropicale Alex fait dix morts et épargne le golfe du MexiqueAmérique centrale – La tempête tropicale Alex a touché dimanche le Nicaragua, le Guatemala et le Salvador, tuant au moins dix personnes et provoquant inondations et glissements de terrain. Alors qu’elle se dirige désormais vers le golfe du Mexique, le Centre national des ouragans américain (NHC) estime qu’Alex ne devrait pas toucher la zone sinistrée par la marée noire.Après avoir fait dix victimes lors de son passage au-dessus de l’Amérique centrale, la tempête dont les vents atteignaient 75 km/h ce lundi matin se renforce. Alex pourrait devenir un ouragan dans les prochaines 48 heures a averti le NHC.À lire aussiLe syndrome de Cotard, l’étrange maladie qui fait croire à une personne qu’elle est morteSi la zone touchée par la marée noire dans le golfe du Mexique devrait être épargnée, le Centre des ouragans indique qu’Alex pourrait malgré tout gêner les opérations de récupération du pétrole. “Des effets de vagues” sont en effet possibles.Le passage d’une telle tempête aurait pu avoir un impact catastrophique sur la marée noire. Selon l’amiral responsable des opérations de nettoyage, si la tempête était passée trop prêt de la zone sinistrée, elle aurait provoqué l’arrêt des opérations autour du puits de pétrole pendant 14 jours.Le 28 juin 2010 à 17:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Agents of Mayhem, the superheroic spin-off to Volition’s Saints Row series, is out now! I’ve been playing it for a few days and have mostly been enjoying myself. Granted, after the disappointing showing from the now-delayed Crackdown 3 at E3, maybe I was just especially hungry for a ridiculous open-world urban action game. It’s not like we’re getting another Sunset Overdrive anytime soon, thanks Microsoft. But so far Agents of Mayhem has been a really fun, colorful, brainless, and brawny late summer distraction.However, not everyone’s reaction has been this positive so far. Much of the criticism of Agents of Mayhem focuses on the game’s… unapologetic tone. In Agents of Mayhem you essentially play as multinational off-brand G.I. Joe action heroes (Rama the Indian bow-wielder, Yeti the Russian soldier with the power of ice) fighting an evil, over-the-top, off-brand Cobra cabal in a futuristic South Korea. Appropriately, the game is dripping with cheesy glowing 1980s schlock not unlike Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon or Double Dragon Neon. It also takes place in a rebooted universe from one of the endings of Saints Row IV’s “Gat Out of Hell” DLC but that’s a whole other discussion.But although the game has its roots in Saturday morning kids cartoons, Agents of Mayhem proudly features cursing and raunchy jokes those shows could never get away with. Many negative reviews believe this crude sense of humor doesn’t do the game any favors, even with a honestly progressive cast of heroes, and I wouldn’t disagree. Even as I enjoy playing Agents of Mayhem I don’t find it particularly funny. However, what if the real answer is that the Saints Row game have always been this obnoxious the whole time?Technically the franchise began with Red Faction and the Ultor Corporation in 2001, but the first Saints Row in 2006 was very much its in own thing. Well that’s not entirely true. The first two Saints Row games are pretty shameless Grand Theft Auto clones. They were by no means the only ones at the time, and they did make some mechanical improvements to Rockstar’s formula, but a big part of the appeal was that these were GTA-style games on the then-new PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.The opportunistic timing also helps explain those games’ tone. Saints Row was very much doubling down on the wacky ghetto hijinks of the mega-popular Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, at that point the most recent GTA game. It wasn’t until 2008 that GTA pivoted towards a more serious satirical atmosphere with its next-generation debut Grand Theft Auto IV. But instead of exposing Saints Row as a pretender, this contrast helped the franchise differentiate itself as a more comedic GTA alternative.And boy did Saints Row embrace that comedy. Throughout its entire existence Saints Row could never pass up the opportunity to crack a joke, no matter how lowbrow. But while Saints Row didn’t really change, for some reason audiences’ reactions to it did. Even people who liked Saints Row 2 on a gameplay-level couldn’t help but groan at missions where you spray poop out of a truck. But by Saints Row The Third you’re skydiving naked out of a plane next to Burt Reynolds wielding a purple dildo bat, and everyone loved it. What happened?Well when you compare those two examples, obviously Saints Row The Third is absurd on an entirely different, better level. As a parody it’s more gleeful than pandering. As a farce it’s more Doom 2016 than Duke Nukem Forever. But to me the end result was still as grating as previous games in the series, and no less grating than anything in Agents of Mayhem. Plus, there was now the added annoyance of seeing everyone else forget the irony of the thing they were ironically enjoying. It’s like legitimately wanting Fast & Furious to win Best Picture. It’s great, and it’s “great,” but come on.Saints Row the Third  is the peak of the series, but it built up enough goodwill to justify another surreal sequel. Saints Row IV actually began as a substantial DLC pack for Saints Row the Third called “Enter The Dominatrix.” But then-publisher THQ puffed up the expansion into a full sequel in a failed attempt to save themselves from bankruptcy. It didn’t work, and Deep Silver ended up publishing the meta virtual reality video game adventure about you playing as President Gimp Suit. The positive but slightly muted reaction to this arguable cash-grab was a clue that maybe the joke was over. Maybe nobody wanted famous human Poochie Johnny Gat in Divekick.That brings us back to the present and Agents of Mayhem. Some disappointed Saints Row fans have blamed the spin-off’s lackluster humor on the departure of key Volition staff. But to me this gun-filled, high-flying, urban open-world ode to obliteration, while fun to play, absolutely carries on those games’ somewhat obnoxious and annoying spirit. Maybe the spell just finally wore off for everyone else. Took you long enough.Buy Agents of MayhemView as: One Page Slides1/51. The first Saints Row was a pretty good but unremarkable Grand Theft Auto clone.2. As Grand Theft Auto got more serious, Saints Row doubled down on comedy, like Saints Row 2’s poop truck.3. Saints Row the Third reached new heights of absurdity that inexplicably won players over.4. Saints Row IV, originally a DLC expansion, was basically a parody video game about video games.5. Some have complained about the sense of humor in Saints Row spin-off Agents of Mayhem, but this is what the series has always been like.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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first_img Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams Videos Articles Pinterest Twitter November 7, 2016 at 6:35 pm Called it. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next RAW Preview: Steve Austin to moderate contract signing, KOTR Semi-Final Triple Threat WWE is currently taping tonight’s Monday Night RAW in Glasgow, Scotland and some spoilers are already out.Stephanie McMahon announced that Seth Rollins will be the fifth and final man to join Team RAW in the men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match against Team Smackdown Live.The RAW team will feature WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman and WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns.We will have full RAW spoilers soon.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.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.Replay the list Google+ WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Y’know what’s sad? There’s plenty of stories to play up with this match. The Shield are gonna be in a position to fight each other again, Braun Strowman is now gonna have to face his former leader in Bray Wyatt, Chris Jericho and AJ Styles might be looking to finally settle their old rivalry, as could be Seth Rollins and Randy Orton. But no, better to have the feud be all about Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon, while the individuals on their teams are shown only in not being able to get along. UGH. -_- November 7, 2016 at 7:00 pmcenter_img Facebook WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Shawn Michaels WWE announces new matches for RAW this Monday live at Madison Square Garden Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Seth Rollins Jeffery Adam Phillips Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Jeffery Adam Phillips Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns 2 COMMENTS WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgA man will spend close to six years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to 2016 crimes that included breaking into a home where he worked as a landscaper, attacking a woman whose bank cards he stole and ramming a pickup into a patrol car.Jose B. Giron-Padilla, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, attempting to elude police, second-degree identity theft, second-degree possession of stolen property, second-degree robbery and residential burglary.According to court records, Giron-Padilla, who is listed as transient in court records, blew though a stoplight on Fourth Plain Boulevard Sept. 2, 2016, and accelerated when a Vancouver police officer attempted to stop his pickup. Giron-Padilla led the officer on a chase that reached speeds of 80 mph.Eventually, Giron-Padilla turned into to a cul-de-sac, turned his truck around and rammed a patrol car on the driver’s side. Giron-Padilla then fled on foot and wasn’t found. No one was hurt badly.Passengers in the pickup identified Giron-Padilla as the driver, according to court records.Several days later, Vancouver police responded to a disturbance at a Mexican goods store, La Mexicanita, according to court documents. A woman there said someone had stolen her purse from her car that morning. She saw the thief, but he got away.last_img read more

first_imgClosed for all season due to high marine toxin levels, razor clam digging opens Wednesday on the Long Beach Peninsula, providing a big economic boost to a struggling coastal economy.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Tuesday announced the next round of open days for razor clams for four beaches including Wednesday through Sunday at Long Beach.Pending additional tests showing the clams are safe to eat, the state plans to open Long Beach again from April 24 through May 1.“It’s huge,’’ said Butch Smith, a Port of Ilwaco commissioner. “Clam digging got consistent the last few years, something people could plan on pretty much from the first of October to the first of May. Then we lost it this winter. It probably costs 10,000 to 15,000 people (visitors to the coast) each clam tide.’’The lack of visitors hurt the restaurants and motels on the Long Beach peninsula, he added.“There are new motels in Long Beach,’’ Smith said. “The Port of Ilwaco has a new restaurant. They were counting on clam season. It’s late, but it will certainly be a shot in the arm for business. They won’t have to wait for summer.’’last_img read more

first_imgMichigan soybean grower Jim Wilson describes how WISHH leverages state soybean checkoff investments to build new markets for U.S. soy.Michigan soybean grower Jim Wilson shares how the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) builds markets for U.S. soy in a new video for farmers.Wilson appreciates how state soybean checkoff dollars are wisely spent while WISHH leverages farmer investments with government or private-sector funds. He describes how WISHH grows U.S. soybean sales and then transitions programs in these countries to the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC).“We are down in the nitty gritty of developing markets in some of these very fragile and growing economies either in human foods or animal feeds or in aquaculture,” says Wilson, who serves on the WISHH Program Committee.last_img read more

first_img13:57 Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will be redeveloping an area along the waterfront of Lake Ontario for its Sidewalk Labs initiative. Sidewalk Labs Google’s parent company Alphabet will reportedly open its first smart city buildings in Toronto as early as 2023. Google will eventually move into the Canadian smart campus, the report said. Dan Doctoroff, founder and CEO of Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs — which focuses on innovation in urban environments — told the Collision Conference in Canada of the timeline for the project, according to CNBC. The report said Doctoroff will submit a proposal next month, and after negotiations is hoping to break ground on the buildings by the end of 2020. The buildings would open in either late 2023 or early 2024. “These things take time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t begin to see the real fruits from a quality of life benefit perspective within a few years after the place opens up,” Doctoroff is reported as saying. “We would significantly expand Google’s presence in Toronto and move the head Canadian headquarters down to the waterfront.” Sidewalk Toronto quoted Doctoroff as saying at the Collision Conference that the company is “very focused on bringing in Canadian partners from a real estate, infrastructure and technology perspective. Part of this is to encourage the local tech ecosystem to grow.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Alphabet’s smart campus project on the waterfront along Lake Ontario back in 2017. The development was originally designed to house just Sidewalk Labs, but Google later said it would join it. “This project offers unprecedented opportunities for Canadian innovators and will create thousands of good, middle class jobs,” Trudeau said at the announcement alongside Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. First published at 4:02 p.m. PT on May 22. Updated May 23 at 9:30 a.m. PT: Headline changed from “opening around 2023” to “could open around 2023” if it is approved. Share your voice Smart Google Alphabet Inc. Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Smart Home Tech Industry Internet Culturecenter_img How Smart Cities and 5G will improve health, public safety… Tags 1 Commentlast_img read more

first_imgA stock broker looks at a television screen in Mumbai as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents India’s first unified budget on February 1, 2017.IANSSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex rose 141 points or 0.41 percent to close at 34,297 on Thursday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Friday:1. Tech MahindraICICI Direct recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 623Current stock price: Rs 610About the company: Tech Mahindra Ltd. develops and markets computer software. The company markets software for telecommunications equipment manufacturers, telecom service providers, software vendors, and systems integrators.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 23 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 17 times forward earnings. Tech Mahindra has a market capitalization of Rs 593 billion.2. Ambuja CementsIIFL recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 240Current stock price: Rs 256About the company: Ambuja Cements Limited manufactures cement in India. The company owns specially designed ships and terminals for bulk transportation of its products.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 9 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 45 times forward earnings. Ambuja Cements has a market capitalization of Rs 503 billion.3. Punjab National BankMacquarie maintains ‘Underperform’Target Price: Rs 128Current stock price: Rs 128.25About the company: Punjab National Bank provides financial services such as corporate and personal banking, industrial finance, agricultural finance, financing of trade and international banking.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 9 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 43 times forward earnings. Punjab National Bank has a market capitalization of Rs 311 billion.4. Union Bank of IndiaICICI Direct recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 119Current stock price: Rs 120About the company: Union Bank provides banking services throughout India. The Company’s activities include retail banking, commercial and personal banking, investment management, treasury and NRI services, cash management and assorted ATM facilities.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 15 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 14.4 times forward earnings. Union Bank has a market capitalization of Rs 103 billion.5. Zee EntertainmentMorgan Stanley maintains ‘Overweight’Target Price: Rs 610Current stock price: Rs 570About the company: Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited produces and develops Hindi films, serials, game shows and children’s programs.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 11 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 25 times forward earnings. Zee Entertainment has a market capitalization of Rs 548 billion.6. Apollo HospitalsCredit Suisse upgrades to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Neutral’Target Price: Rs 1,450Current stock price: Rs 1,207About the company: Apollo Hospitals owns and operates hospitals in India. The Company also runs a 24-hour pharmacy network via over 120 outlets across India.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 3 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 76 times forward earnings. Apollo Hospitals has a market capitalization of Rs 168 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.last_img read more