No surprise libertarian Tory leadership candidate Maxime Bernier comes from Beauce

first_imgSAINT-GEORGES, Que. – Back in the early settler days, Quebec City residents would quickly spot the Beauce farmers among them because they were covered in mud from the long trek up the shores of the Chaudiere River — often on foot — to sell their animals and produce.They were called the “Jarrets Noirs” (muddy legs) and instead of feeling shame, modern-day citizens living along the same river south of the provincial capital have assumed the moniker and wear it with pride.It is from this region of Canada that Tory leadership contender Maxime Bernier hails, and it is not surprising the race’s most libertarian candidate comes from arguably the most libertarian part of Quebec.“When we showed up to the city and they saw us all full of mud — they knew exactly who we were,” said Claude Morin, mayor of Saint-Georges, a city whose population of 30,000 belies its influence across the province.Saint-Georges is the biggest and richest town in Beauce, which stretches from south of Quebec City down to the Maine border.Its people talk of common values such as solidarity, personal independence, and hard work.Morin boasts the total property assessment in the town is valued at $3 billion.“There isn’t another city in Quebec whose property is as valuable as ours with a population this small,” he said.Bernier, whose hometown is Saint-Georges, has stood out among the 12 other leadership contenders with policies that attack the way the country has been governed for decades.He wants to abolish the capital gains tax, stop federal payments to big companies such as Bombardier and end the federal government’s role in funding health care by transferring the tax points to the provinces.Bernier is seeking to end what he calls the “maple syrup cartel” that sets production quotas and price. He has also campaigned to liberalize the egg, poultry and dairy industry, which is also under a supply management system and protected from foreign competition.“Les Beaucerons” may not believe in all his policies, but locals say they are rooted in the values of the region, which sets itself apart from the rest of the province by a strong aversion to waiting — or asking — for government help.“We feel responsible for what happens to us,” said Marc Dutil, president and CEO of Canam Group, the multinational company headquartered in the small town and whose steel and other construction products can be found in structures across the continent.“There is a certain non-dependence here,” he added. “Maybe not full independence, but a non-dependence.”Canam’s offices are located in possibly the most imposing building in the town, a large, rectangular glass structure horizontally striped with white panels that curve into the shape of a ship’s bow.The building look likes a glimmering multi-storey cruise ship towering over the Chaudiere River, where the Jarrets Noirs used to begin their voyage to Quebec City.“We call it the White House,” Morin said with a chuckle, “but yes, it does look like a big boat.”Statistics back up the locals’ bravado about their entrepreneurial spirit.The Beauce and surrounding areas have an unemployment rate of 4.6 per cent, the best in Quebec, and almost two full points lower than the national rate of 6.5 per cent.According to the local economic council, there are 431 manufacturing companies in the region, which produced $4.6 billion worth of products in 2015.Helene Latulippe, who is head of the council, says roughly 50 per cent of all the region’s manufacturing companies are exporters.What’s noticeably absent in Saint-Georges is a large number of franchise companies that line the streets of other cities across the country.“It wouldn’t be seen favourably if a big company installed a branch plant here, with their big salaries,” said Morin. “They can just pick up and leave (if revenues fall). They would have a lot of trouble doing that.”Instead, Beauce is full of companies and businesspeople from the region who help one another, donate generously to charities and help develop society, he said.Dutil has done his part, including founding the Beauce Entrepreneurship School, where the province’s most prominent business leaders donate their time to share their experiences running and growing successful companies.The school has seen roughly 500 people graduate so far, Dutil said.Another important part of Beauce’s business culture stems from the region’s proximity to the United States.When entrepreneurs consider exporting, they look to the north-south corridor, Dutil said, adding, “it’s much more natural for a Beauceron to export to New England than to think of Ontario.”last_img read more

Prairie police chiefs call on Ottawa for help as methfuelled crime skyrockets

first_imgOTTAWA — Police chiefs say methamphetamine is fuelling a crime wave in some of western Canada’s biggest cities as use of the highly addictive drug skyrockets across the Prairies.Calgary’s interim police Chief Steve Barlow told a House of Commons health committee this morning the city’s crime rate is going through the roof as the price of meth drops.He says drugs are a factor in almost half of police-involved shootings.Winnipeg’s police Chief Danny Smyth told the committee meth is causing a big backlog because officers are tied up in health-care facilities with meth users.Winnipeg police have seized more than 20 kilograms of meth this year — nearly double what was seized the year before.Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman told the committee Ottawa must create a national strategy on illicit drugs including meth, as well as strengthen border protection and provide more resources for mental health.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Experts concerned about global rise of facial recognition technology

first_imgTORONTO – Based on recent announcements by the likes of Facebook, Live Nation and a U.K. police force, Canadians may need to get used to the idea of facial recognition technology permeating their everyday lives.Many smartphone users are already used to having their devices unlocked with facial recognition and no longer think twice about it.Then Facebook announced in April that it would be enabling a facial recognition feature in Canada and Europe that was already active elsewhere in the world. The feature automatically tags Facebook users in uploaded photos and is being framed as a tool against false impersonation on the social network.And concertgoers did a double take earlier this month when Live Nation hinted that facial recognition technology might allow attendees to pre-register a photo and then waltz into a venue without presenting a ticket.It sounded like a sci-fi future to many — and more than a little creepy to some — but a Canadian company already pulled off a similar feat at a recent high-profile event.Winnipeg-based Mexia One partnered with the Mobile World Congress trade show in Spain in February to allow the 107,000 attendees to opt-into an entry line powered by facial recognition technology. Some 4,225 attendees agreed to getting their faces scanned by the company in exchange for easy access.Beyond the technological challenges to contend with, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in convincing users that their biometric data will not be misused, said Mexia One founder and CEO Glenn Tinley.“But we firmly believe facial recognition to be the state of where things move going forward,” Tinley said, adding that some airports are beginning to test similar concepts.Recent news involving the South Wales Police offered a cautionary tale about the current state of the technology and how it could be used to fight crime.The police force said it began using facial recognition technology with public security cameras last year in connection with the UEFA Champions League finals and called the subsequent months of testing “a resounding success.”But police statistics revealed that during the soccer event the facial recognition technology accurately identified only 173 people of the 2,470 that were flagged, a 93 per cent false positive rate.“You’re talking about over 2,000 people falsely accused of something, who would be inconvenienced, and it’s unclear if those false accusations disappear,” said David Murakami Wood, a Canada Research Chair in surveillance studies and associate professor at Queen’s University.“What it shows is that side of the technology in those types of contexts is still not a mature technology you can actually rely on. And you can’t just dismiss that as the police have.”The facial recognition software has since been used by South Wales Police at other sporting events and concerts and “with each deployment of the technology we have gained confidence,” the police force said in a statement posted on its website.“Since we introduced the facial recognition technology no individual has been arrested where a false positive alert has led to an intervention and no members of the public have complained.”While Wood said the situation in South Wales still pales in comparison to the kind of public surveillance that takes place in China, cautiousness about that kind of technology making its way to Canada is warranted.“China is a warning, it’s not something we should be complacent about to say, ‘Well, they’re so different from us.’ No. Thank God we’re not an authoritarian (state) like China … and Canada is very much behind the times in these areas, that’s a good thing too. We don’t have comprehensive video surveillance in most cities in Canada — long may it continue.”Some privacy experts have expressed concerns about the undisclosed plans for a proposed high-tech community in Toronto being prepared by Sidewalk Labs, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet.Sidewalk Labs has revealed very little of its vision for Toronto but has publicly mused about tying video cameras to traffic lights, which could extend green lights as needed to allow elderly citizens to safely cross the street.Andrew Clement, a professor emeritus with the University of Toronto and member of an arms-length panel of advisers on the project, said the state of public surveillance in China should inform discussions about the Sidewalk Labs plan.“We should be thinking about what China is showing it’s technically capable of. I don’t want to exaggerate and conflate the Chinese government with these corporations but I think we do need to be very mindful of them and we need now, at this stage, to be building robust protections that will prevent slippages in the future,” Clement said.“We can see how quickly, surprisingly, disturbingly political winds can shift in the West.”last_img read more

State Panchayats dept draws up measures to increase production and sale of

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride to ensure a better livelihood for the fish farmers in the state, the Panchayats and Rural Development department is taking a slew of measures to develop infrastructure for cultivation, storage and quality control of fish, the most favourite delicacy of the Bengalis. Come Saturday and the department is kickstarting a new project ‘Meen Mitra’ at Tamluk in East Midnapore to provide the fish farmers knowledge and technical knowhow on augmentation of production and handling problems associated with the cultivation of the species. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”There will be a 15 days’ hands-on training for 34 members of the Self-Help Groups who are associated with fish cultivation in the area. They will be reaching out to other fish farmers in the state and will impart knowledge and technical knowhow on the nature of cultivation depending upon the quality of water and how to address problems associated with cultivation. They will be acting as a catalyst for the fish producers at the block level,” a senior official of the department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja164 people from nine places in North and South 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah, South Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, Siliguri and Darjeeling and of course East Midnapore will come under the project in the first phase. The department will also provide equipment needed for soil testing, water testing and other requisites. According to the official, there are broadly four types of water — fresh, brackish, marine and cold water . The training will be imparted on the nature of the waterbodies available in a particular area for scientific breeding of fishes. The department for the first time in the state is also boosting the infrastructure for better storage and quality control. “We will come up with solar dehydrated units in certain earmarked areas so that fishermen do not dry fish under the sun beside the sea or the river. The funds for five such units priced at around Rs 2 lakh per unit have already been placed,” the official said. The department is also coming up with mini ice plants for storage of fish and funds for five such units have already been placed. “We are also procuring 20 cool boxes which will retain the freshness of fish for a longer period. The equipment are being procured from the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) in Hyderabad through the West Bengal Comprehensive Area Development Corporation that comes under the aegis of our department,” the official maintained.last_img read more

World must help Africa reap rewards from its economic efforts – Migiro

12 March 2009Now that African countries have made great strides in adapting to globalization through economic reform, the international community must help them transform their gains into real reductions in poverty, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said. “African countries have committed themselves to globalization,” Asha-Rose Migiro said yesterday in her keynote address in Dar es Salaam at a conference entitled, “Changes: Successful Partnerships For Africa’s Growth Challenge,” co-hosted by the Government of Tanzania and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“They have put their macroeconomic houses in order. They have designed not one but two generations of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers. The world needs to match these efforts with increased aid and better technical assistance,” Ms. Migiro said.She said that prudent policy decisions have played an important role in Africa’s strong performance, even as Africa benefited from the demand for commodities, debt relief and investors’ search for yield. Governance indicators have improved steadily, with the number of democracies in Africa having almost tripled, and more than half of the remaining countries on the continent in democratic transitions, she added.In addition, she pointed to major improvements in policies and institutions, noting that, for the past seven years, Africa’s scores under the World Bank’s Country Policy and Institutional Assessment have been rising. Despite such progress, however, no country in Africa is on track to reach all of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally-agreed targets to slash extreme poverty and other ills by 2015.For that to occur, Ms. Migiro maintained, international assistance was needed.Unfortunately, she noted, previously-pledged development assistance is in doubt because of the economic crisis, and what she called “tried-and-true projects and programmes” lack financing. “Africa’s development partners need to deliver with scaled-up aid,” she maintained. “The credibility of international commitments depends on it,” she said, adding that an increase in resources at the IMF and a check on resurgent protectionism was also needed.The IMF conference in Tanzania ran from 10 to 11 March. read more

The Devil vs Richard Sherman

From the middle of the second millennium to the pontificate of John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church had an office of the promotor fidei (“promoter of the faith”). While this prelate’s role varied slightly from century to century, his primary function remained consistent: to ensure no one was elevated to the sainthood injudiciously. This meant seeking out and presenting the best possible arguments against each Servant of God, no matter how revered he or she may have been. Thus the office earned the nickname advocatus diaboli — the devil’s advocate.On Friday, my colleague Neil Paine laid out a compelling argument for why the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman is likely a better cornerback than the Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson, who has lately been claiming otherwise.Paine primarily uses four pieces of evidence:Pro Football Focus’s play-by-play ratings favor Sherman.Passes thrown toward Sherman have had much worse outcomes (by a variety of metrics, including how often they’ve been intercepted) than passes thrown toward Peterson.Teams throw fewer passes toward Sherman.Seattle’s pass defense is better than Arizona’s.This is about as open and shut as statistical arguments in the NFL get (though I might add that Sherman has had four forced fumbles to Peterson’s zero). And let’s not forget that Sherman also made probably the greatest individual play by a cornerback in recent memory, accompanied by the greatest post-game interview.But before we canonize the man, let me play advocatus diaboli.Peterson claims his job is harder than Sherman’s. Paine puts this aside to focus on tangible statistical outcomes, which is probably the right approach to establish who is objectively more likely to be the better cornerback (especially with the balance of evidence so decidedly in Sherman’s favor).But while we may not be able to test a counterfactual — How would Sherman do on Arizona’s defense, and vice versa? — we can examine the stats for hints that Peterson’s theory is at least plausible.I found one particularly  interesting stat: Peterson made 151 of his career 161 tackles (94 percent) by himself, compared to 138 of 167 (83 percent) for Sherman. This suggests the possibility that Peterson carries a heavier individual burden than Sherman, which could be one reason why Peterson’s stats don’t seem as impressive.Pretty thin gruel, I know, but that’s the point: Statistical arguments in football often rest on a razor’s edge. That’s partly because nearly every statistical sample in the NFL is tiny (these two players have played only 48 regular-season games each). Beyond that, there are three major reasons to be skeptical of statistical comparisons, even open-and-shut ones, between players:Opponents adapt their strategies to the quality and types of players they’re facing. For example, they may throw toward a tough cornerback less often, or only in certain situations.Teams sometimes ask for more from certain players. Better cornerbacks may be given added responsibilities so the rest of the defense can focus on other things. To give an absurd scenario, imagine if one corner could cover two receivers adequately but not spectacularly. His stats might not look impressive, yet you’d be able to send a free blitzer on every down. How valuable would that be?One player’s stats are highly dependent on others. All the others. A cornerback’s stats depend on support from the rest of the secondary, but also on how well the defense pressures the quarterback (into making bad throws, for example). Shutting down the running game forces opponents to pass in less-efficient situations, such as third and long. A good offense also helps a defense. It creates more late leads, and thus more desperate and obvious plays by the opposing offense as it takes (necessary) risks to try to get back into the game.To sum up: Statistics are extremely unreliable indicators of player value, especially over short periods of time and in limited situations. How many flash-in-the-pan defensive standouts have we seen? How many free-agent signings go sour because the player is nowhere near as effective in a different system? (Other than quarterbacks and Deion Sanders, I’d like to say most of them.)In this case, both Sherman and Peterson have only three years of play for us to evaluate, and each has played in only one situation on one team. Thus, a single confounding possibility — that Peterson has considerably more difficult responsibilities than Sherman — if established, could make the entire multifaceted case for Sherman collapse.With that, the devil rests. read more

Appeal for witnesses after 23yearold seriously injured in overnight crash

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses after a 23-year-old man was seriously injured in a crash in Donegal overnight.The incident happened shortly before 1am when the car the man was driving crashed into a stone wall at Drumnohoagh, 2 kilometres outside Letterkenny.The man was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. Gardaí said his condition is serious.The road has been closed while a forensic examination of the scene is carried out.Gardaí in Letterkenny have called on anyone who was on the Letterkenny to Derry Road between 12.30am and 1am to contact them.last_img read more

Sony takes us on a hexacopter drone tour of Battleship Island

first_imgAfter the latest Bond film, Skyfall, came out the internet became briefly obsessed with Hashima Island. The tiny land mass off the coast of Japan was featured prominently in the film, serving as the hideout for the movie’s villain, the vaguely menacing Raoul Silva. The island, which was once densely populated, is now bereft of inhabitants, serving only as a reminder of the mining operation that existed there from the late 19th century to the 1970s. Bond’s trip to Hashima Island, or Battleship Island as it is known, resulted in a number of documentaries but more recently Sony used it as test center for their ruggedized Action Cam.To create the video Sony mounted the Action Cam to a hexacopter. The remote-controlled hexacopter, which looks like quite a high-end model, was outfitted with carbon fiber, self-stabilizing rig for attaching the camera. The design of the mount did not allow for tilting or panning, but it was able to hold the cam steady during flight. And the hexacopter seems to have been maneuverable enough that the lack of camera control wasn’t a problem — it got great shots high above the island, touring through buildings, skipping over the surface of the water, and navigating terrain that no person would be capable of exploring.The Action Cam (which you may not be in the market for, but you’ll have to admit it handled itself well in the video) is a GoPro competitor that sells for about $270, or a more reasonable $199 if you don’t need built-in WiFi. It shoots at 1080p, can do 4x video slowdown, has a 170-degree viewing angle — which is useful when flying high above depopulated, yet scenic, landmasses — and uses both Sony’s Steadyshot and Shake Cancellation to cut down on blurs and bumps. The Action Cam is also waterproof, as the video demonstrates.The cam weight 3.2 ounces (with a battery) so lift should not have been a problem for the drone. Sony didn’t mention which drone was used, but a good-sized hexacopter like that is usually able to lift a DSLR with a reasonably large lens affixed to it.Ultimately the tour is more about the island and the drone than it is the Action Cam, but a lesser product would not have been able to take such a nice video. So kudos to Sony for a making capable cam, finding a great location, and recruiting a talented drone pilot.last_img read more

Man admitted that he sought out pornographic material of babies online court

first_img Share46 Tweet Email1 Warning: This story contains content that readers may find distressingA 42-YEAR-OLD married Co Clare man admitted to gardaí that he is sexually attracted to babies and toddlers aged under three and sought out pornographic material of babies online.At Ennis Circuit Court today, the man admitted to gardaí that he was a Nepiophile or ‘Nepi’ – a person who is sexually attracted to children aged under three.In the interview in August 2017, the man admitted that he had sought out pornographic content of girls and boys aged between zero and five.Asked did he seek out pornographic material of babies, the man said: “That is fair to say.”The man – who was accompanied to court by his mother today – also admitted to creating child porn by taking photos of two young girls he had come into contact with in Co Clare and sharing images of one of the children with other paedophiles online in a file sharing system.The man’s online user name was kinderlove82. In one online exchange, a paedophile, ‘babytoddler123′ asked him had he sexually abused a two-year-old girl he had come into contact locally with and the Clare man replied: “Maybe – but try to have our own now so hopefully” on 18 April 2018.The man told gardaí that his wife had no knowledge of his Nepiophilia and his online activity.Concerning the man distributing child pornography, Detective Garda Michael Fitzgerald from the National Cybercrime Bureau said that an examination of the man’s two PCs show that he had distributed 29 unique images in 39 messages to other users.In one message from the man’s kinderlove82 account, he wrote ‘Baby 0-5 B or G’ and Detective Fitzgerald said that it indicated baby content from zero to five boy or girl.Detective Fitzgerald said that one user came back to ‘kinderlove82′ with the comment “Awesome baby pics”.Detective Fitzgerald said that gardaí were able to retrieve 337 chat-logs on the online platform sharing the child pornography.Asked at his Garda interview in August 2017 had he ever acted offline over his sexual attraction to children, the man said that he had taken photos of two young girls for his own sexual gratification.Detective Fitzgerald said that the case “is one of the more serious” he has come across due to the age range of the content and the distribution aspect.Detective Fitzgerald said that four images found on one of the man’s computers are of children under one year old and are of a sexual nature.Guilty pleaIn the case, the man has pleaded guilty to on 4 September 2013 of knowingly distributing child pornography for the purpose of distribution, publication and exportation contrary to Section 5(1) of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998.The man has also pleaded guilty to knowingly having in his possession the 7,606 child pornography images and 139 video files at a Clare address on the same date contrary to Section 6 (1) of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998.Detective Fitzgerald said that the man told him that he had been sexually abused from age three to 14.Detective Fitzgerald said that the man – who has no previous convictions – told him that he didn’t know how he came across the material but that he was surprised that he found it exciting.The detective said that the man knew that what he did was wholeheartedly wrong and he said “I apologise”.Detective Sergeant Daragh O’Sullivan said that gardaí searched the man’s home in September 2013 as a result of intelligence as part of an international investigation between the FBI in the US and the National Criminal Bureau here.Detective Sergeant O’Sullivan said that the material seized wasn’t sent forward to the Cyber Crime unit until December 2016 and the delay was due to resource issues at the Cyber Crime unit at the time.‘Quite disturbing’Counsel for the State, Lorcan Connolly BL said that the accused can be named and Judge Gerald Keys said that he will rule on identifying the man at the sentencing date but ordered that the man not be identified at this time.Counsel for the accused, Mark Nicholas SC said: “This is a very unsavoury tale, there is no doubt about it. It is quite disturbing.”Nicholas said that his client has pleaded guilty and contributed to the Garda investigation.Nicholas said that his client has a good history of work and no previous convictions. He said that his client “has taken great steps to deal” with his condition.He said that the man hasn’t come under Garda notice since 2013.Nicholas asked that Judge Keys be as lenient and proportionate when imposing sentence.Judge Keys remanded the man on continuing bail to 20 May for sentence.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing By Gordon Deegan File photo 21,618 Views Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 10:18 PM https://jrnl.ie/4586541 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img No Comments Apr 10th 2019, 10:18 PM Image: Shutterstock/silvabom Man admitted that he sought out pornographic material of babies online, court hears At Ennis Circuit Court today, the man admitted to gardaí that he was a Nepiophile. 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Church of Greece Patriarchate converge on StateChurch Agreement

first_imgThe Ecumenical Patriarchate met with Greek Orthodox Church delegations in Athens on 12 February. The meeting was held to discuss the revision of the Greek Constitution that aims to pave the way for a clearer distinction between the powers of the Church and State.The State-Church Agreement was first announced in principle by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Archbishop Ieronymos last November.The deal would remove some 10,000 priests and auxiliary staff from the state payroll. Instead, the government would transfer an annual state subsidy to a special church fund created to pay priests’ salaries.The agreement would also foresee a settlement to a decades-old dispute over Church property, bearing in mind that the Greek Orthodox Church is one of the country’s largest real estate owners. For this reason, Greece’s creditors have urged the government to sell assets and reduce the number of public sector employees.The Patriarchate and Athens Church were in full agreement on the proposals for the revision of the Constitution and the preservation of the current salary status of the Orthodox clergy.Following Tuesday’s meeting, a statement was issued:“Two delegations met today at the headquarters of the Church of Greece Holy Synod. The Church of Greece delegation, chaired by His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece; and the Ecumenical Patriarchate delegation, chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan Geron Demetrios of Prigiponisa. The meeting was conducted in a climate of mutual understanding, cooperation, and unity. There was absolute agreement and identical views between both Churches, on the proposals regarding the revision of the Constitution, and on maintaining the existing system to pay the salaries of the Orthodox clergy.”Churches of the diaspora are not affected by the agreement as clerics are not paid by the Greek state. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Séisme au Chili il a raccourci la durée des journées terrestres

first_imgSéisme au Chili : il a raccourci la durée des journées terrestresChili – Le violent séisme survenu au Chili dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi a raccourci la durée des journées. Cette amputation est toutefois plus que minime, puisque nous n’avons perdu que 1,26 microseconde (1,26 millionième de seconde).Selon la Nasa, la violence du séisme chilien du 27 février (8,8 sur l’échelle de Richter) a probablement déplacé l’axe de la Terre de 8 cm, entraînant une modification de la période de rotation de la Terre et donc, de la durée du jour. Le rapprochement des terres affaissées du centre de la Terre dû au séisme a entraîné une modification de la rotation de celle-ci, et donc une diminution de la durée du jour. À lire aussiL’astronaute Thomas Pesquet offre un splendide survol de la Terre depuis l’ISSOlivier de Viron, chercheur en géophysique à l’Institut de physique du globe, explique dans une interview accordée à TF1 News que ce changement est “un peu comparable au geste du patineur qui rapproche ses bras de son buste et accélère”.Ce n’est pas la première fois que ce phénomène se produit. Lors de la plupart des séismes, la rotation de la Terre change mais de façon infime. Lors des séismes violents, comme celui du Chili, la différence devient perceptible. Avec le séisme de Sumatra, survenu en 2004 et qui a provoqué un tsunami géant, la journée avait raccourci de 6,8 microsecondes. Toutefois, cela ne modifiera jamais vraiment la durée de nos journées de 24 heures.Le 3 mars 2010 à 15:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jake Roberts agrees to drop charges against Harry Smith Mike Mooneyham on

first_img Jake Roberts agrees to drop charges against Harry SmithWWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts has reportedly agreed to drop all charges against Harry Smith (Davey Boy Smith/DH Smith) following an incident at WrestleCon during WrestleMania 34 weekend in New Orleans.According to a report by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online, Roberts dropped the charges after a phone conversation setup by WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart. Both privately apologized to each other over the phone about the incident.As reported earlier, Smith reportedly threw coffee in the face of Roberts over comments Roberts made about his father (the late British Bulldog) who passed away in May of 2002. Roberts made the negative comments on a podcast with the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.Smith issued the following statement this weekend:“I’d like to announce publicly and officially that I spoke with Jake Roberts on the phone today and we squashed heat we have for what happened at the WrestleCon event. I apologized and said I would apologize publicly as Jake agreed he would be dropping any charges pressed against me. I’m a man of my word and I’d like to say sorry to any fans that I stressed with this situation also. I wish Jake all the best and glad that we squashed the heat. I actually had spoken to Roddy Piper before he passed away about the podcast Jake and he did. I’m certainly glad we worked things out, as Roddy died [not] long after.”Mike Mooneyham on Bruno SammartinoMike Mooneyham of The Post and Courier is featuring an article looking at the life and career of the late WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino.Sammartino spoke at length back in 2015 about his mother being his hero, something the new “Bruno” documentary by WWE covered in great detail.“She was absolutely my hero. She would do without if she could help somebody else. My mom showed the courage of the lion to keep her kids alive, and the sacrifices she made were incredible. I don’t know if I would have been man enough to do what she did.”Mooneyham also spoke at length about Sammartino’s impact on wrestling.“He was professional wrestling’s ultimate good guy, achieving a status that few others in the history of the industry ever came close to attaining. His blue-collar style attracted the sizable and fiercely loyal immigrant and ethnic populations in one of the biggest markets in the country. Bruno connected with not only fellow Italians, but also Latinos, Greeks and Jews, and he became their champion, fighting for everyone who rooted him on.” Twitter Former WWE star Big Cass reportedly has incident at WrestlePro Event in New Jersey Google+ Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart set to appear at the SummerSlam meet and greet Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Network to stream documentary about lost match between Bret Hart and Tom Mageelast_img read more

Jaguars station wagon has an uncertain future in the US report says

first_img Jaguar 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 30 Photos Update, 4:06 p.m.: Jaguar representatives clarified that the XF Sportbrake model wasn’t being discontinued, but that wagons and other less popular variants of cars would likely cease to be offered in the US. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 71 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Jaguar,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Car Industry 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Tags 69 Photos Wagons Car Industry 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 81 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 18 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Baby got back null 68 Photos 49 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Enlarge ImageThe big Jag wagon didn’t sell in robust enough numbers to justify its continued stateside existence. Emme Hall/Roadshow America has a complicated relationship with station wagons. The car nerds of the internet tend to love them, and because we’re a loud bunch, once in a while a manufacturer will take a chance and try to sell one here. Inevitably this lasts a couple of years, few people buy them new, and they go away, to the soundtrack of angry neckbeards griping on Twitter.Unfortunately, this sad story could be playing out with the Jaguar’s station wagons (or estates or shooting brakes, whatever you want to call them) in the US. This is in spite of the fact that the current-generation XF Sportbrake makes up 20 percent of XF sales, according to Jaguar. This news came courtesy of Jaguar’s US boss Joe Eberhardt during an interview with The Detroit Bureau that was published earlier in March. It’s not only US-market wagons that are on the chopping block either. Eberhardt went on to say that even longtime brand flagships like the XJ sedan and other non-SUV models might be on their way out as the brand tries to stay afloat amid talks of increased tariffs and an uncertain future at home as Brexit looms. Other casualties include diesel engines and manual transmissions.Jaguar representatives confirmed to Roadshow that although the Sportbrake will live at least through the 2020 model year, it’s hard to say just how long beyond that this cat will hunt on our shores. So, while the current-generation Sportbrake isn’t exactly a fire-breather in the way that the E63 wagon is (or CTS-V wagon was), it’s still a cool car and we should enjoy it while we’ve got it. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck More From Roadshow Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. More From Roadshow 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 12 Photos 10 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 26 Photos 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Capability and hustle combine 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Post a comment Tags 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2020 Jaguar XE first drive: Even more reasons to consider the underdog 52 Photos Share your voice 0 0 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 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On Capitol Hill persecuted Muslims unite to protect religious minorities rights

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! TagsAhmadi Muslims China homepage featured international religious freedom Rohingya Muslims Uighur Uighur Muslim,You may also like News Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Lodging for spouses becomes Anglicans’ latest battleground over LGBT clergy Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — More than 125 members of the minority Ahmadi Muslim sect spent Monday (April 1) on Capitol Hill advocating for international religious freedom causes — particularly lending their voices on behalf of beleaguered Uighur Muslims.As part of its ninth annual Day on the Hill project, Ahmadi delegates from around the country met with more than 200 members of Congress or their staffers in Washington to encourage support for the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019.“Islam teaches absolute justice and human rights for all,” said Amjad Mahmood Khan, national director of public affairs for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “Our faith asks of us not to rest until the international community protects the rights of all people of faith, including the Uighur community, who have endured unspeakable cruelties.”Delegates also brought attention to the rights of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and Middle Eastern Christians, whose persecution has been the focus of Hill visits in previous years.“As a community that is persecuted ourselves in some parts of the Muslim world, we are obligated to stand up for our brothers and sisters in faith who are suffering,” said Khan.Rep. Tom Suozzi, left, attended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus’ reception April 1, 2019, at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington and met with Ahmadi and Uighur Muslim representatives. Photo courtesy of Harris ZafarAhmadi Muslims, who belong to a sect that began in South Asia in the late 1800s, are subject to severe state-sanctioned persecution.In Pakistan, the constitution forbids Ahmadis from calling themselves Muslim and the penal code imposes the death penalty for Ahmadis who practice their faith freely. Just last month, after years of advocacy from human rights advocates and U.S. political leaders, Pakistan released an 83-year-old Ahmadi bookseller partway through his eight-year prison sentence for propagating his faith.“What we want for ourselves, we also want for everybody to have that,” explained Mansura Minhas, an Ahmadi woman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who visited four congressional offices during her visit. “Hearing these personal accounts of Uighurs was simply harrowing. We also understand the repercussions of having religious freedom taken away, so we stand with all our brothers and sisters, regardless of their faith.”Reports suggest that China has systematically detained more than 1 million members of the largely Muslim Uighur ethnic minority in western parts of the country, confining them in a massive network of extralegal detention camps.Authorities insist the camps are for vocational training, but eyewitnesses say detainees are subjected to psychological indoctrination, forced labor, sleep and food deprivation, beatings, waterboarding and other forms of torture, and have been forced to renounce their religion. China’s rapidly expanding surveillance state has also been deployed as part of the brutal crackdown on Uighur and Islamic culture.“Everything that makes the Uighurs unique has been treated as an abnormality and targeted: language, culture, history, religion and ethnic identity,” said Rushan Abbas, founder and director of Campaign for Uyghurs. Abbas says her aunt and sister vanished in Xinjiang six days after she publicly spoke out about her in-laws’ disappearance.“Where is the outrage against such horrendous, repugnant catastrophe that is happening on our watch?” Abbas asked at a reception held Monday for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, a 5-year-old group made up of members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. “Isn’t anyone seeing that Uighurs are facing cultural and physical genocide today because of their identity and religion?”Ahmadi and Uighur representatives met with Rep. Jim McGovern, center, co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington. Photo courtesy Amjad KhanAbbas and other Uighurs — including a woman whose husband, scholar Yalqun Rozi, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his Uighur-language writings — joined Ahmadi delegates at the reception, as did human rights leaders and several members of Congress.“It’s very unusual that a group that is under siege themselves takes the time to reach out on behalf of another community and realizes that religious freedom must be truly universal,” said Rep. Pete King, co-chair of the 32-member caucus, which formed in 2014 to focus on global religious freedom and remains the only Muslim caucus in Congress.In February, a coalition of more than 130 U.S. Muslim leaders and scholars signed an open letter calling for the release of Uighur detainees from internment camps in Xinjiang. But Muslim leaders and governments of Muslim-majority countries around the world have largely remained silent in the face of mass detention of Uighurs.“The violation of human rights at this scale is a crime against humanity requiring immediate intervention,” Harris Zafar, assistant director of public affairs for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, told Religion News Service. “Muslim countries have been surprisingly silent on the extreme treatment of Uighur Muslims. Some have even forcibly returned Uighurs to China.”In the U.S., bipartisan political leaders have been increasingly taking up the Uighur cause. Four U.S. representatives published an open letter last month calling on the White House to make good on its promise to explore sanctions on China for its human rights abuses.Two bills in the House and Senate, which the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus is rallying support for, would direct federal resources to address China’s human rights violations, including the intimidation and threats reported by U.S. Uighurs like Abbas.“China seems to be at war with faith, and it’s a war they will not win,” noted Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, at the reception. “Governments come and go, but faith stays.”Brownback, who attended an Ahmadi convention over the summer and met with the group’s international faith leader in October, urged all Americans to bring the Uighur crisis to lawmakers’ attention.“We need to push this and we need to push this aggressively,” he said. “Advocate, advocate, advocate. Push, push, push. And then also include these issues in your prayers. Put them up in front of God.”About 400 Muslims from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations were also on Capitol Hill on Monday, hosting their fifth annual National Muslim Advocacy Day to discuss domestic issues affecting Muslim communities. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Ronnie Floyd, Arkansas megachurch pastor, elected to head SBC executive committee Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhanlast_img read more

Soccer needs new guardians not Old Guard

first_imgRelated posts:Former Brazil football chief Jose Maria Marin appears in US court in FIFA corruption case Top US sponsors of FIFA urge football body to enact reforms Prosecutors begin to close in on Eduardo Li and other FIFA officials Platini withdraws bid for FIFA presidency Swiss authorities announced on Friday that they had opened a criminal investigation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter. It seems the probe into corruption at soccer’s global governing body is finally working its way up to the top. FIFA’s independent ethics committee has opened its own investigation of Blatter. That’s led to rumors that he might step down sooner than his planned February resignation, though he quickly rebutted those notions Monday and said he’s done “nothing illegal or improper.”But while Blatter is the main focus of the investigation and coverage, the more immediate concern in soccer is Michel Platini, president of soccer’s governing body in Europe and the person most likely to succeed Blatter. The Swiss Attorney General’s office is accusing Blatter of making a “disloyal payment” — one that works against the interests of the association — of around $2.1 million to Platini in 2011, just weeks before Platini dropped his bid to challenge Blatter in FIFA’s presidential elections. Platini maintains that the payment was declared to authorities “in accordance with Swiss law,” and was compensation for consulting work he did between 1998 and 2002. If that’s true, we have yet to receive an explanation for why the payment was delayed nine years.Each development in the FIFA probe seems to emphasize just how wide international soccer’s web of corruption is, and the revelation about the Platini payment is no exception. It also shows how far-fetched it is to imagine that a successor to Blatter who comes from within FIFA’s inner circle would represent reform, as opposed to business as usual. When Blatter announced that he would step down after a special election next year, critics scoffed at the wisdom of putting Platini in the top job, noting that he was instrumental in helping Qatar win a tainted bid for the 2022 World Cup.Platini has pushed for some financial reform, but he’s also been a close friend of Blatter’s and is deeply embedded in FIFA’s power structure. There are some parallels between the situation at the soccer association and at Volkswagen, which also finds its leader embroiled in corporate scandal. Amid revelations that the company falsified diesel-engine emissions data, Martin Winterkorn stepped down as CEO last week, with former Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller named as his successor.Mueller is a VW veteran, with 40 years at the company. Furthermore, Bloomberg’s Chris Reiter and Christoph Rauwald report, Winterkorn will continue to supervise Mueller by remaining the top executive at Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Volkswagen’s dominant shareholder. Just as Blatter’s lingering presence blemishes FIFA, Winterkorn’s “raises questions about whether VW can truly reform itself with old-guard insiders in key positions,” Reiter and Rauwald write.Perhaps FIFA can take a cue from VW as both try to restore their shattered credibility. Last week, the Volkswagen Group announced it was restructuring the company as part of a plan that “strengthens the brands and regions.” Any real move to reform FIFA must similarly start with decentralizing power. That goal was the linchpin of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein’s candidacy when he challenged Blatter in FIFA’s leadership election in May. His reform proposals included presidential term limits and drastic increases in revenue payouts to national associations, from $250,000 to $1 million per association per year. “You cannot run everything simply from Zurich,” he said at the time.The latest investigation into Blatter and Platini shows that you also can’t run everything from within FIFA in its current form. The association needs to look elsewhere for potential successors to Blatter and break with its old guard. Perhaps choosing a woman might be a good place to start.— Kavitha Davidson writes about sports for Bloomberg View.© 2015, Bloomberg View Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on nominations for the Tony Awards (all times local):3:30 p.m.Tony-winner George C. Wolfe is happy with the vast diversity of shows on Broadway, many of which have earned Tony Award nominations.The director earned another nomination for his work on “The Iceman Cometh,” which captured eight nods, including for lead actor Denzel Washington.Nominations on Tuesday went to shows with a singing squid, one about high school nerds, a play about the grown-up wizard Harry Potter and a revival of a play exploring the lives of people diagnosed with AIDS in 1980s New York.Says Wolfe: “It’s what Broadway should be. It’s what New York should be. It’s what America should be.”___10:30 a.m.Tony nominees are checking their text messages and counting their blessings after the nods were announced Tuesday morning.Katrina Lenk, receiving her first nomination for the musical “The Band’s Visit,” calls it “a deep joy.” She’s planning to take a nap — and then she gets to do the show again. She says “the best way to celebrate is just to come back and do it.”Tina Fey and her husband, Jeff Richmond, nominated for writing and composing the musical version of “Mean Girls,” say they awaited the early-morning announcement with bated breath. Richmond says the couple is delighted; the show got 12 nods.Taylor Louderman earned her first nomination for playing a high school queen bee in “Mean Girls.” She says the young version of herself “would be freaking out right now.”___9 a.m.The musicals “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” have each gotten 12 Tony nominations, leading the pack for the 2018 awards to be given out in June.“The Band’s Visit,” ”Carousel” and “Angels in America” closely follow with 11 nods each.Critic and audience favourite “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has garnered 10, along with the revival of “My Fair Lady.”Best musical nominees are “The Band’s Visit,” ”Frozen,” ”Mean Girls,” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”Best play nominees are “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” ”The Children,” “‘Farinelli and the King,” ”Junk” and “Latin History for Morons.”Among the prominent names given acting nods are Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane for “Angels in America,” Denzel Washington for “The Iceman Cometh,” Glenda Jackson for “Three Tall Women,” Amy Schumer for “Meteor Shower,” Mark Rylance for “Farinelli and the King,” and Katrina Lenk for “The Band’s Visit.” The announcement was co-hosted by “Hamilton” alum Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee, currently starring in “Waitress.”___3 a.m.The Tony Awards race this year seems to be dominated by big established brands — Disney’s “Frozen,” J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter,” Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls” and Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants.”The nominations are set for Tuesday morning, co-hosted by “Hamilton” alum Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee, currently starring in “Waitress.”Possible best musical nominees include “Mean Girls,” ”Frozen,” ”SpongeBob SquarePants,” ”Escape to Margaritaville” and “The Band’s Visit.” All are derived from a film, TV or music.Top play nominees may include “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” ”The Children,” ”Meteor Shower,” ”Farinelli and the King” and “Junk.”The best musical revival will likely include “Carousel” and “My Fair Lady,” while the best play revival will probably be led by “Angels in America,” ”Three Tall Women” and “The Iceman Cometh.” by The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2018 6:13 am PDT Last Updated May 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: George C. Wolfe pleased with scope of Tony nodslast_img read more

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