first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canada’s gun laws have been much more effective than loads of other nations, but recent events have made the government consider additional restrictions in parts of the country.In wake of the Toronto shooting that took place last month, Toronto city council passed a motion urging the federal government to allow the city to ban the sale of handguns and ammunition within the city limits.Conservative Party Member of Parliment Bob Zimmer explained that he believes Toronto is going after the wrong idea. “What does need to happen is they need to combat gangs getting guns,” said Zimmer. “They need to put more resources into capturing those firearms they brought through the border.”Zimmer added that stopping the smuggling of illegal guns into Canada was the biggest issue regarding the matter.“Stopping the smuggling of handguns into Canada is the problem. They need to crack down on that and I’d be more than happy to see resources put in to do that.”Zimmer mentioned that when in the proper hands, handguns are no more harmful than driving a car.“We have automobile accidents, so does that mean we are going to eliminate all automobiles?”“For some reason that gets attributed to firearms and people say okay. Well, its okay if you don’t use firearms but if you’re a firearms owner that does it lawfully, you use it for sport, some use it for their jobs.” Zimmer added that there are already loads of restrictions to legally acquire firearms and that adding more is not needed.“To own a handgun in Canada you need to be licensed, do training, have a background check and have to maintain that impeccable record just to own one. I don’t think we need to make any more laws to make it more difficult for lawful firearms owners.”Zimmer went on to say that it is unfortunate when shootings like Toronto and most recently Fredericton occur, but the focus should be on illegal firearms.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The stage is set as the national capital goes to Lok Sabha polls on Sunday where the incumbent BJP, Delhi’s ruling AAP and the Congress are locked in a fight on all seven seats. The Congress is looking to bounce back after ending up at the third spot in the 2014 elections. The lead up to the polls has not been without drama, with allegations and counter-allegations flying, and it had all the trappings of a soap opera that could give the daily shows a run for their money. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The high-octane poll campaigning in the national capital ended on Friday but not before it saw a plethora of stars descending here to campaign for their respective parties. If Hema Malini and Sunny Deol provided the Bollywood quotient to the saffron party’s campaign, Raj Babbar and Nagma added the star quotient to the Congress. Prakash Raj, Swara Bhaskar and Gul Panag campaigned for the AAP. From Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal being slapped to AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi breaking down at a press conference over “derogatory pamphlets” to BJP’s Udit Raj leaving the party and joining the Congress after being denied a ticket from northwest Delhi, the last two months been quite eventful and have kept everyone on their toes. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar The seven seats will see 164 candidates battling it out of which 18 are women. Prominent among them are former chief minister Sheila Dikshit from northeast Delhi, BJP’s incumbent MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who is contesting from New Delhi, and Atishi. BJP’s incumbent MP Manoj Tiwari is up against Dikshit for the Northeast Delhi seat and has already said that her entry has made the poll contest “one of the most interesting in the country”. AAP’s Dilip Pandey is also in the fray from the seat. Other prominent candidates in the race include veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, Olympian boxer Vijender Singh, who is making his electoral debut from South Delhi, Union minister Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir. Voting will begin at 7 am on May 12 and it is scheduled to go on till 6 am. The 48 hour-period from 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Sunday, known as the silence period, will also be observed as ‘dry day’. A total of 13,819 polling stations will be set up at 2,700 locations in Delhi, with one model polling station in each of the 70 assembly segments. Seventeen polling stations will be staffed only by women. As many as 523 polling locations have been identified as critical and 60,000 personnel, including those of the Delhi Police, Home Guards and paramilitary, will be on their toes to ensure that there is no untoward incident. The campaign got off to a slow start as alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress lingered on till the last days of nomination, but it gained momentum over the last fortnight with senior leaders drawing huge crowds at mega rallies and road shows in the national capital. The campaign reached a crescendo in its last lap, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a massive rally at the iconic Ramlila Maidan here, Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing two public meetings, and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra taking out two roadshows in the city. From trying to strike a personal chord with voters in parks at six am to holding door-to-door campaigns till late night, the candidates literally sweated it out in the oppressive heat as mercury crossed the 40-degree Celsius mark. While the BJP’s campaign revolved around the party’s high-pitched nationalism narrative and the popularity of Modi, the Congress kept him in the cross hairs and sought to hard sell its minimum income guarantee scheme, Nyay. The AAP, on the other hand, focussed on the demand for full statehood for Delhi. Candidates also tried to out-maneuver each other before the poll body. AAP candidates Atishi and Raghav Chadha sought rejection of nomination papers of their BJP rivals Gautam Gambhir and Ramesh Bidhuri, respectively. Poll officers were also hard-pressed as several violations of the Model Code of Conduct were reported. In a security breach, Kejriwal was slapped by a man during a road show in Moti Nagar and allegations of horse trading flew thick and fast as two AAP MLAs, Anil Bajpai and Devinder Sehrawat, crossed over to the BJP. The campaigning also saw South Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri allegedly using a Hindi slur against Kejriwal. On the penultimate day, the AAP and the BJP sparred over a derogatory pamphlet that targeted Atishi. The AAP alleged her rival Gautam Gambhir was behind it, a charge vehemently denied by him. According to the summary of the electoral roll published on April 23, there are over 1.43 crore voters in Delhi, 78,73,022 male and 64,42,762 female, while 669 belong to the third gender. While 2,54,723 voters are in the age group of 18 and 19, there are 40,532 electorate with disability who would be provided pick up and drop facility. Nearly 270 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries were registered against political parties and others here till date for violation of the poll code.last_img read more

Rebel attacks in recent weeks have forced more than 100,000 people from their homes in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).This brings the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in eastern DRC to over 1.4 million, mostly in North Kivu province, UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said.The raids by the so-called Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in east of Goma, North Kivu’s capital, have “left a trail of death and destruction and caused recurrent displacement,” he noted.The group is stepped up its attacks against civilians in North Kivu after the DRC and Rwanda ended their joint military offensive against it in January.Late last week, the FDLR raided the village of Luofu, killing seven people, five of whom were children, and burning some 250 homes, according to authorities. This caused panic among the area’s residents, who fled to the bush or the nearby town of Kirumba, which has reportedly been surrounded by the rebels who are threatening to overrun it.The crumbling security situation, exacerbated by the FDLR tactic of attacking commercial vehicles on main roads, is preventing humanitarian agencies from distributing vital aid, Mr. Redmond told reporters in Geneva yesterday.IDPs in North Kivu have typically been uprooted more than once, with families often being separated, UNHCR said.Currently, the agency runs 11 camps and monitors the human right situation of the uprooted in eastern DRC. 22 April 2009Rebel attacks in recent weeks have forced more than 100,000 people from their homes in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). read more

Premachandran said the protest was scheduled to take place on September 14 but the date is yet to be confirmed. He also insisted that the protest had no connection with the visit to Sri Lanka by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (Colombo Gazette) He said that among the issues which will be highlighted during the protest is the failure of the government to release land held by the army and release political prisoners. The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) is to hold a mass protest next month in the North against the government, TPC member Suresh Premachandran said.He said that the protest will draw light to the failure of the government to fulfill its pledges to the UN Human Rights Council.Premachandran said that the protest will look to put pressure on the government during the September session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. read more

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser is trying to play down fears of a looming recession after last week’s sharp drop in the financial markets. Larry Kudlow says the economy will perform well in the second half of 2019.Kudlow says consumers are seeing higher wages and are able to spend and save more. He calls such a scenario “an ideal situation.A strong economy is key to Trump’s reelection prospects. Kudlow acknowledges a slowing energy sector, but says low interest rates will help housing, construction and auto sales.Kudlow is also defending the president’s use of tariffs on goods coming from China, saying “we cannot let China pursue these unfair and unreciprocal trading practices.”Kudlow was interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday.”Kevin Freking, The Associated Press read more

EDMONTON — A first-quarter fiscal update from the Alberta government is reporting consistent revenues compared with the same period last year.The province says it brought in $13.4 billion from April to June — almost identical to the number in 2018.Resource revenue was $164 million higher, mainly from a narrower oil price differential. Income tax revenue was also up $166 million due to growth in household income and corporate profits.The three-month deficit was $835 million — $365 million lower than in the first quarter last year. Alberta extends oil curtailments through 2020 as pipeline delays drag on Alberta’s oil production limits finally seem to be working — for now Alberta natural gas producers propose limiting production in exchange for royalty credits But Finance Minister Travis Toews said he’s concerned overall, since operating expenses grew $270 million and debt-servicing costs increased $93 million.“These numbers do not paint a rosy picture,” Toews told a news conference Tuesday.“Our year-over-year revenue has remained flat, but we’re burdened with cost pressures and compounding debt left by previous governments.”Toews said the province’s overall debt has grown to almost $63 billion. He said most of that was accumulated in the last four years under the NDP government.“We have flat revenues. We have increasing expenses, all on a trajectory that the previous government put us on that would reach $100 billion in debt in the very, not too distant future.”He said Alberta needs to find ways to “exercise restraint” and his goal is to balance the budget each year, then work to erase the debt.Premier Jason Kenney has said he won’t release his United Conservative government’s first budget until the fall.A panel, headed by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon, was to complete a report about Alberta’s finances earlier this month. The province has said it plans to release the report in early September.Kenney has said he expects the report will show the province’s economy is spiralling.The Opposition NDP has said the report is likely to give Kenney cover if he introduces wage and job cuts to public-sector workers. read more

Ambassador Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins of Angola, this month’s President of the Council, told the press after a closed-door meeting the situation in Liberia “is still fragile.”Instead, he said, the Council had asked its sanctions committee “to do a more thorough and more comprehensive review,” of the security situation in Liberia for further examination by the full 15-member body.The sanctions are aimed at blocking arms imports to Liberia, diamond exports, and the travel of senior members of the government.On 1 October the United Nations took over control of 3,500 soldiers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), stationed in Liberia since the government and rebels signed a ceasefire in August. The troops are the vanguard of what will eventually swell to a 16,000-strong UN peacekeeping operation.Although the troop strength has increased with the addition of a battalion from Bangladesh, a UN spokesman in New York said Thursday the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) “is still not in a position to deploy troops throughout Liberia.”The spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said UNMIL “reports that the overall security situation in Monrovia is stable and improving, while the situation in other parts of the country, particularly in the areas still controlled by the two major rebel groups, remains volatile.”In Liberia, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Jacques Paul Klein, noted “with great concern and dismay” reports of skirmishes between various warring factions, and of serious atrocities against civilians in the western county of Nimba. Mr. Klein said in a statement that it was clear that the fighting is between former Liberian Government militias and fighters from the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL).Mr. Klein said that atrocities being committed against civilians constituted war crimes, for which all perpetrators would be held accountable, “since there is no amnesty for such crimes.”UNMIL is keeping a record of all those who commit atrocities against civilians for possible future prosecution, Mr. Klein added. read more

Young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to beat the clock and put their business ideas to the test this weekend.BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator run by the Goodman School of Business, and Niagara College’s ncTakeOff program have partnered to host the fourth annual Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend from Friday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 5.The fourth-annual event is modelled after Startup Weekend, a worldwide event model that has entrepreneurs working overtime to form teams, create business ideas and pitch them in a competition format against a ticking clock.Brock’s event begins Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. with a public lecture featuring inspirational speaker Talli Osborne, who will share her story of overcoming adversity.Her motivational presentation, which is open to the public and takes place in Brock’s Pond Inlet, will focus on conquering challenges and obstacles.While working as a social media specialist at Virgin Mobile Canada, Osborne was named the best customer service agent in the Americas, as well as third best in the world.Following the keynote, entrepreneurs will form teams and the timer will start. Teams will have until Sunday to build a solid business idea before then making a pitch to a panel of judges. Throughout the weekend, participants will also be mentored by local entrepreneurs and experts, and will receive training on entrepreneurial topics.The event is open to Niagara residents aged 18 to 29, including entrepreneurs who have an early business idea, those looking for a business co-founder or those hoping to refine their business pitch.Cost to participate in the full weekend is $15, including meals.Registration is available online.The public can also register online to attend the free Friday night event featuring Osborne. read more

first_imgPerhaps that is because Mr Oakes works in political “influencing” with an affiliate of the now notorious Cambridge Analytica (CA), which stands accused of harvesting the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users to help Donald Trump win the last US presidential election.  But perhaps Oakes’s avoidance of… In America, his efforts have caused such concern that the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has just demanded a personal briefing about the protection of user data – in a letter addressed jointly to Oakes and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.center_img Nigel Oakes doesn’t like to draw attention to himself. He’s that rare thing – a publicity man who doesn’t like publicity. last_img

first_imgLes orques emprisonnées dans les glaces au Canada ont réussi à se libérerOnze orques qui étaient prisonnières des glaces dans la baie d’Hudson, au nord du Québec sont finalement parvenues à se libérer jeudi sans qu’aucune intervention ne soit menée. L’alerte avait été donnée il y a deux jours. Dans la baie d’Hudson au nord du Québec, des villageois avaient découvert que deux orques épaulards adultes et neuf jeunes étaient prisonniers des glaces. Pour survivre, les baleines étaient ainsi contraintes de respirer à la surface de l’eau à tour de rôle par un trou dans la glace. Mais ce dernier risquant de se refermer, les orques étaient en danger de mort et “dans un état de panique”, comme en témoignaient les vidéos filmées sur les lieux.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le maire du village inuit voisin, Inukjuak, avait ainsi tiré la sonnette d’alarme en prévenant le Service canadien des Pêches et des Océans. Il souhaitait que le gouvernement fédéral envoie un brise-glace pour créer un chenal dans la banquise et libérer les cétacés mais le navire le plus proche était à 10 jours de mer de là. L’inquiétude était donc grande jeudi dans la région où la nouvelle s’était répandue. Mais finalement, c’est la nature elle-même qui a libéré les orques ! Avant que toute intervention ait pu être menée, “la nouvelle lune a activé un courant marin” qui a ouvert la banquise et créé un chenal jusqu’aux eaux libres de glace, à environ 35 km de là. Ni une, ni deux, les orques ont alors filé en direction de l’ouverture et se sont retrouvées libérées “grâce à Mère nature”, s’est réjoui par téléphone Peter Inukpuk, l’édile d’Inukjuak, communauté de 1.200 habitants située à 1.500 km au nord de Montréal.Si le piégeage est l’une des principales causes de mortalité des mammifères marins dans l’arctique canadien, il est très rare que des orques se laissent prendre. En effet, ces cétacés n’apprécient pas tellement la glace et se tiennent généralement éloignés de cette région en hiver.  Le 11 janvier 2013 à 12:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgNearly a year after the closure of the Cameo Main Street Loan and Pawn Shop, the central wing of the downtown Vancouver Schofield Building is showing new signs of life.The front windows and doors have been covered with plywood, masking a large-scale and long-awaited renovation project taking place inside, intended to overhaul what is — at least in part — the oldest commercial building in downtown Vancouver.But while the project aims to modernize the building’s structure and uses, it also seeks to emphasize the building’s legacy and preserve its historical value. When the restoration is completed, the goal is for the building’s exterior to look just like it did in the early 1900s.Restoration in phasesThe restoration is being led by Robert Aschieris and other members of the Schofield family, who collectively own the building through Schofield Properties. Aschieris serves as the general manager of the company, representing the fifth generation of family ownership; he says he can remember his grandfather taking him on a tour of the building when he was just 5 years old.The Schofield Building has technically been under renovation for four years, but that’s because the term “Schofield Building” refers to the entire contiguous block of single-story storefronts along the north side of West Sixth Street from Washington Street to Main Street, as well as the two-story building that wraps around the corner and continues halfway up the block on Main Street.last_img read more

first_imgBholaLocal fishermen caught 12 pirates with some indigenous arms from Meghna River in Monpura Island of Bhola on Tuesday night, reports UNB.Fishermen Liton Mazi, Rased Mazi and Hemuz Mazi said pirates with two trawlers attacked them while they were netting fish in the river area around 9:30pm.As the attacked fishermen cried for help, at least 15 trawlers of the fishermen came forward and caught the pirates from one trawler, they added.On information, members of coastguard and police arrested them and brought them to Monpura police station, said Abdul Aziz, commander of Monpura coastguard station.The arrested pirates are Md Hatem, 48, Monirul Islam, 35, Shadat, 38, Mosleahuddin, 45, Chadek, 49, Nuruddin, 40, Abul Hossain, 45, Mofizul Islam, 46, Rafiqul Islam, 77, Ismail, 42, Nur Islam, 45, and Rahim, 19, residents of different upazilas of Laxmipur district.A case was filed with the police station in this connection, the commander added.last_img read more

first_imgWorld Joyland, a Chinese theme park known in the West for rather shamelessly ripping off Blizzard properties, has opened to its first visitors, and some English speakers have written a detailed diary of their trip.Located in Jiangsu province, World Joyland claims to be the first game-themed park. With 600,000 square meters of territory to cover, early visitors reporting for English-language site Shanghaiist found plenty homage paid to Chinese clones of World of Warcraft and StarCraft.As it is a theme park, our reporter heroes focused on the ride experience and found ridiculous descriptions for each (in both Chinese and English) and a rating on the Splendor Index, Happiness Index or Thrill Index. A typical log ride was described as a “beast-bloody journey” as it took participants through an uphill tunnel filled with orcs before dropping them into inevitable wetness. Afterwards, other park patrons inserted coins into water gun machines to keep spraying riders.“Massive copyright infringement” abounds. The area themed on the WoW clone shows no distinction between Horde and Alliance as Tauren, Night Elves and humans are found mingling with one another, and with dragons and mermaids as well. Staff, on the other hand, wore “glorified Bam-Bam outfits.”For our experimental patrons, the WoW zone gave way to a StarCraft area by way of a change in color palette, as the Azeroth-esque reds and browns shifted to a more Protoss-ian blue and yellow.Joyland’s alleged dedication to games goes beyond the rides. The park was built for 200 million yuan (approximately $30 million) and includes “anime-and-game” expo pavilions and R&D facilities, a technology training center, and even an eSports Competition Center.The Shanghaiist reporters noted with some concern that after only being open for less than two months, handrails were already rusty and paint cracks were abundant.Read more at Shanghaiistlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterVirgin Australia today announced it has become the first airline outside North America to launch voice check-in through Amazon Alexa, allowing passengers to check in to their flight with the power of their voice.From next week, passengers who have linked their Velocity membership to Alexa can say, “Alexa, ask Virgin Australia to check me in,” enabling a seamless start to their journey with Virgin Australia. Guests will then be sent their boarding passes to a nominated mobile number.Virgin Australia Chief Information Officer, Cameron Stone said: “Since Amazon Echo and Alexa-enabled devices launched in Australia, Virgin Australia has been exploring new ways to make it easier for our customers to travel with us through emerging technology.“Allowing our passengers to check in for their flight with Amazon Alexa is a very exciting addition to our existing skill in the Alexa Skills Store. Using technology to streamline the customer journey is a huge priority for us and we look forward to announcing some new initiatives in this space in the near future,” Mr Stone said.In addition to the new voice check-in capability, the Virgin Australia Alexa skill expands the information available to guests who have linked their Velocity accounts. Passengers travelling can now obtain their flight departure time, Velocity number, flight number and booking reference, for example:“Alexa, ask Virgin Australia what time my flight departs”“Alexa, ask Virgin Australia what my membership number is”“Alexa, ask Virgin Australia what my flight number is”“Alexa, ask Virgin Australia for my booking reference”Amazon Country Manager, Alexa Skills, Kate Burleigh said: “We’re thrilled by the continued collaboration with Virgin Australia.“The ability to check in to a flight by simply asking Alexa is a great example of an engaging voice-first experience that is genuinely helpful to Virgin Australia’s customers.”Virgin Australia first launched in the Alexa Skills Store in February this year and, since then, the most-used feature has been guests finding out their flight status, followed by asking about their Velocity Points balance.More information on how to use Alexa with Virgin Australia can be found here.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_img FILE – In this May 16, 2016 file photo Samantha Bee attends the Turner Network 2016 Upfronts in New York. Bee is back on television, saying she’s angry that the controversy over her use of a crude epithet to describe Ivanka Trump distracted from more important issues. Bee apologized again on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the start of her TBS show “Full Frontal.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2018 9:18 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comedian Samantha Bee returned to her TBS show Wednesday, apologizing again for using a crude epithet to describe Ivanka Trump but expressing anger that the ensuing controversy distracted from more important issues.President Donald Trump had called for her to be fired for what she said on last week’s episode of “Full Frontal,” but TBS accepted her apology.Immediately addressing the issue at the opening of her show, Bee said she hated to “contribute to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we’re all white-knuckling through.”“I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting … than this juvenile immigration policy,” she said.Bee had called Ivanka Trump a vulgar term in an attempt to encourage her to speak to her father about changing a policy where children of people entering the country illegally are being detained.To drive her point home, Bee finished her monologue and went directly into another segment about immigration, knowing that she would have a curious audience tuning in to see her reaction.Cameras showed four dour-looking men dressed in suits with their hands on red buttons, who she introduced as her show’s new censors.“Civility is just nice words,” she said. “Maybe we should all worry about the civility of our actions.”The former cast member on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart now has one of TBS’ most popular shows. After Bee apologized in a statement last week, TBS said the network also was at fault for letting the word through. “Full Frontal” does not air live, so the network has time to edit it.“It is a word I have used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it,” Bee said on Wednesday. “I used it as an insult, I crossed a line, I regret it and I do apologize for that. The problem is that many women have heard that word in the worst moments of their lives. A lot of them don’t want it reclaimed. They want it gone, and I don’t blame them.“I don’t want to inflict more pain on them,” she said. “I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest and I never intended to hurt anyone, except Ted Cruz.”After drawing a laugh at the mention of the Texas senator, Bee said that many men also were offended by her language. “I do not care about that,” she said.center_img Samantha Bee is back, both angry and apologeticlast_img read more

first_imgBC artist Brian Jungen plays with First Nations traditions, sports imagery TORONTO — A massive new art exhibit melds Indigenous traditions with modern art, pop culture and basketball.B.C. artist Brian Jungen is known for large-scale installations and sports-inspired sculptures, including a series that resembles Northwest Coast masks made from ripped-apart Nike Air Jordan sneakers.The largest-ever display of his work unfolds this week at the Art Gallery of Ontario. It’s named after Jungen’s piece “Friendship Centre,” in which he has transformed one of the AGO gallery rooms into a colourful basketball court.Other pieces include golf-bag towers that resemble totem poles in an allusion to land-use disputes, a massive turtle made from fragments of white plastic stools, a whale skeleton fashioned from cut-up pieces of patio chairs and a group of Air Jordan sculptures made to look like ceremonial headdresses.The 49-year-old Jungen says he likes to mix arts and sports, and uses mass-produced goods as a way to create familiar, accessible art pieces.Brian Jungen: Friendship Centre opens to the public on Thursday, and is on view through Aug. 25.The basketball fan says he was especially delighted to preview his work the same day as a massive parade took over the streets of downtown Toronto to celebrate the Raptors’ NBA championship win.As thousands of sports fans roared just blocks away from Jungen’s media preview Monday, the Fort St. John, B.C.-born artist said he’s always looking for ways to connect to audiences.“They’re usually mutually exclusive things, arts and sports, but not always. I’d like to see more mixing of the two,” said Jungen, who is of European and Indigenous heritage.“I think sports really fulfills a big, maybe ancient, human need to gather and to have some sort of collective ceremony. So that’s kind of what some of my work is talking about.”Jungen says his early work, especially, dealt with the public’s perception of First Nations art and that he’s driven by a mission to push Indigenous art in new directions.He notes that his collection of shredded and resewn golf bags reference totem poles while alluding to land occupation disputes in Canada. That includes the 1990 Oka Crisis in which a developer wanted to expand a golf course on contested land that included a Mohawk burial ground.“I don’t make traditional work, at all, but I use traditional technology in some of my work. I like to think that people can access my work in an unusual way because I use materials that they see everyday,” said Jungen.Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 17, 2019 12:30 pm PDT Artist Brian Jungen’s piece “Prototype for New Understanding #5, 1999” is seen in this undated handout photo. A massive new art exhibit melds Indigenous traditions with modern art, pop culture and basketball. B.C. artist Brian Jungen is known for large-scale installations and sports-inspired sculptures that include a series that resembles Northwest Coast masks made from ripped-apart Nike Air Jordan sneakers. The largest-ever display of his work unfolds this week at the Art Gallery of Ontario. It’s named after Jungen’s large-scale piece “Friendship Centre,” in which he has transformed one of the AGO gallery rooms into a colourful basketball court. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Brian Jungen, Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery *MANDATORY CREDIT* AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe European Commission said on Thursday it was expecting the Cypriot economy to grow 3.6 per cent this year and 3.3 per cent in 2019, slightly below the finance ministry’s forecasts also published today.“Economic growth is expected to be strong, fuelled by foreign-funded investment and solid private consumption,” the Commission said in a statement on its website on Thursday. “Unemployment has fallen below 10 per cent and is expected to continue decreasing. Inflation remains very low and is set to stay moderate”.“The budget surplus is projected to further improve, although risks to the fiscal outlook remain,” it added. “Public debt is expected to increase in 2018 but to decline again in 2019”.The Commission’s forecast came hours after the finance ministry published its Stability Programme covering the period ending in 2021, in which it also said that it expects a strong growth for 2018 which will drop to 3.6 per cent next year and weaken gradually over the following years.The European Commission said it expects the unemployment rate to drop from 11 per cent last year to 9 per cent this year and 7.1 per cent in 2019. The ministry of finance on the other hand is more reserved with its unemployment forecasts, expecting the jobless rate to fall to 9.5 per cent in 2018 before falling to 8 per cent in 2019.The European Commission said that it expects the “subdued” harmonised inflation rate to remain unchanged at 0.7 per cent this year as in 2017 before it accelerates to 1.2 per cent in 2019. The finance ministry on the other hand, expects the both the national and harmonised consumer price index to increase only 0.5 per cent this year before accelerating to 1 per cent in 2019.“Recent developments in the financial sector have widened the risks to the outlook,” the Commission said in reference to last month’s issue €2.35bn in bonds by the government in an attempt to soothe Cyprus Cooperative Bank depositors’ concern amid uncertainty over the lender’s future, following its decision in March to put its operations up for sale.“Tourism faces both upside and downside risks,” the Commission continued. “While the recently expanded air transport and accommodation capacity brightens the sector’s prospects, the reopening of neighbouring markets for this season increases competition. At the same time, even stronger investment than currently foreseen and advancement of gas exploration projects could further support the outlook in the short to medium term”.The EU Commission added that it expects the government which last year posted a fiscal surplus of 1.8 per cent of the economy to continue generating more revenue than what it spends. This year’s budget will produce a surplus of 2 per cent which will increase to 2.2 per cent next year, it added.In the Stability Programme, the finance ministry is more conservative in fiscal forecast expecting a budget surplus 1.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) both this and next year.The bond issue in favour of the Co-op, into which the government had injected in 2014 and 2015 €1.5bn and €175m in fresh capital, will increase Cyprus’s government debt to 105.7 per cent of GDP before it falls to 99.5 per cent next year, the Commission said. The finance ministry expects public debt to rise to 105.7 this year from 97.5 per cent in 2017 before it falls to 94.6 per cent next year.“Downside risks to public finances stem from the absence of a mechanism regulating public sector payroll growth from 2019 onwards, the potential additional costs of the national health system reform and the contingent risks from the high proportion of non-performing loans in the banking sector,” the Commission commented. “The forecast is also subject to uncertainties on the budgetary impact of the government’s transaction on 3rd April 2018 related to the Cyprus Cooperative Bank”.The ministry said that downside risks for the economy are seen in the possible outcome of Brexit negotiations, a probable faster than expected rebound of oil prices, a negative impact on economic growth in Europe resulting from US policy, amid fears of a trade war erupting after US President Donald Trump announced his intention to impose tariffs on steel. In addition, the performance of the Russian economy, and a probable impact on it from the already deteriorated relations to the West, may also affect the Cypriot economy negatively via a weaker Russian currency.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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