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Inuk woman over hospitals after second discharge since transplant rejection

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – An Inuk activist has been released from hospital for a second time since her health struggles raised awareness about an Ontario rule that requires alcoholics to be sober for six months before they can be eligible for a liver transplant.Delilah Saunders, 25, posted to Facebook on Sunday saying she feels better and is ready to go home after spending several days at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s, N.L.Saunders, a prominent Indigenous women’s activist from Labrador, was diagnosed with pancreatitis on Wednesday night, just a few days after she was released from a Toronto hospital where she was being treated for acute liver failure.She has said doctors initially told her she was ineligible for a liver transplant because she had not abstained from alcohol for the prior six months, but later said it appeared the procedure wouldn’t be necessary.Her case put a spotlight on an Ontario transplant program’s six-month abstinence policy, which doctors have defended by citing research that suggests some alcoholics return to drinking after the procedure.Saunders told her social media followers that she is “over hospitals,” but says the nurses and doctors in St. John’s could not have provided her with better care.She told The Canadian Press in a Facebook message that she has been in touch with other advocates about reforming the Ontario rule.last_img read more

Montreal mayor to meet with investors hoping to bring back baseball

first_imgMONTREAL – Mayor Valerie Plante will meet with the potential investors who hope to bring major league baseball back to Montreal.Plante said this week she will sit down with businessmen Stephen Bronfman and Mitch Garber on Friday to gather information on the project and see what role the city may play in getting a team.Montreal has been without a franchise since the Expos were moved to Washington D.C., and renamed the Nationals after the 2004 season. Bronfman and Garber lead a group looking to land a team either through expansion or the relocation of an existing club.Bringing back the Expos was a pet project of former mayor Denis Coderre, but Plante vowed during her successful election campaign last fall not to commit any money to a baseball team without a referendum.Plante’s stance may have softened after Bronfman said last week they were not seeking money from city hall but need its support in other areas.“Already it’s a better deal,” Plante said after an executive committee meeting this week.While the meeting has stirred hope for baseball’s return, Garber played down the importance of the meeting on Twitter.“There is a lot of speculation about the meeting with @Val_Plante,” he wrote. “The (mayor) has never met Stephen Bronfman and has communicated a desire to get to know a cross-section of Montreal business leaders and also to hear about the potential for baseball in Montreal. Nothing more.”Bringing back baseball would be a major investment, not only in paying for a team but also building a stadium.Major League Baseball is considering expansion, while teams that may be contemplating relocation include Oakland and Tampa Bay.Plante did not attend a pair of pre-season games at Olympic Stadium last week between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals, but city representatives were present.Robert Beaudry, the executive committee member responsible for economic development, said the city would also be open to a National Basketball Association team if investors are found. The city’s chamber of commerce indicated this week it would collaborate with a group led by former federal cabinet minister Michael Fortier that is studying the possibility of landing an NBA team.An NBA franchise could play at the Bell Centre, saving the cost of building a venue, but several cities are reportedly looking for a team and expansion fees would likely be steep.last_img read more

Conservatives seek criminal investigation of PMs trips to Aga Khans island

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Conservatives want the RCMP to look into whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke the law by accepting family vacations on the Aga Khan’s private Caribbean island.In a letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Conservative MP Peter Kent says a thorough investigation should be conducted to ensure Canadians have confidence in the integrity of government.Kent’s 26-page letter notes that members of Trudeau’s family visited the private retreat of the Aga Khan, a billionaire philanthropist, on three occasions from 2014 to 2017.In December 2017, then-federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson found Trudeau contravened four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to a Christmas 2016 stay on the island, saying the holiday could reasonably be seen as a gift designed to influence the prime minister.In his letter, Kent cites a Criminal Code provision that prohibits a government official from accepting a benefit of any kind from someone who has dealings with the government.Dawson’s report said the federal government had supported projects of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada by contributing nearly $330 million to initiatives in various countries.The government also regularly consulted foundation representatives on current and emerging development trends and priorities, she noted.Following Dawson’s 2017 findings, opposition parties argued Trudeau should refund the treasury for all or part of the transportation and security costs related to the Christmas 2016 trip.Trudeau acknowledged at the time he should have checked with the ethics commissioner’s office before accepting the holiday, and said he would now clear all family vacations with the commissioner.“I’ve always considered the Aga Khan a close family friend, which is why I didn’t clear this family trip in the first place, but given the commissioner’s report, I will be taking all precautions in the future.”In September 2017, then-lobbying commissioner Karen Shepherd said there was no basis to a complaint that the Aga Khan violated the code for lobbyists by allowing Trudeau and his family to stay on the island.However, a Federal Court judge recently ordered Shepherd’s successor, Nancy Belanger, to take a fresh look at the matter.The court said that as a board member of the foundation, the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims was directly and legally connected to the organization bearing his name and was acting as its representative in giving a gift to the prime minister.Ottawa is contesting the ruling in the Federal Court of Appeal.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Just For Laughs marks its milestone 35th edition with a comedy cavalcade

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook  TWO OF COMEDY’S BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL COMEDIC TITANSJust For Laughs and JS Touring are thrilled to announce that America’s premier comedian Jerry Seinfeld and France’s biggest and most loved comedic star Gad Elmaleh will share the stage for the first time as co-headliners with an exclusive one night only event to commemorate JFL’s 35th Anniversary.This exceptional concert will mark Seinfeld’s return to Montreal Just For Laughs Festival since first performing back in 1989; and Gad’s second English appearance at the festival following sold out performances and rave reviews for the premier of his first English one person show run at last year’s festival.These two international icons and friends will come together Wednesday, July 26, at 8:00 PM at the Bell Centre for one night of guaranteed laughter from beginning to end.THE BIGGEST COMEDIANS PERFORMING LIVE IN CONCERTTrevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Trevor Noah released his 9th new comedy special Afraid of The Dark in February on Netflix and in November 2016, he released his first book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which was an instant New York Times bestseller. His Born a Crime audiobook is Audible’s highest rated since its release in 2016. He brings his standup show live to Montreal for one night only on Friday, July 28 with two performances at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts.In addition to his concerts, JFL ComedyPRO will host In Conversation with Trevor Noah. Join Trevor for a conversation touching on his life and experiences, and whatever else comes to the mind of this brilliant comedian, on Saturday, July 29 at 12:00 pm (noon) at the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.Judd Apatow returns to his stand-up comedy roots. The prolific writer/director of such films as Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the director of Trainwreck, as well as executive producer of HBO’s Girls and Crashing and Netflix’s Love, is considered one of the most sought-after comedy minds in the business. Don’t miss your chance to see the one and only Judd Apatow perform his new stand-up show being recorded live for Netflix with four performances this summer on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at 5ieme Salle at Place des Arts.Ali Wong is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles. Her Netflix stand-up special Baby Cobra was filmed when she was 7 months pregnant and according to the New York Magazine, “The special’s arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans.” Catch Ali Wong live on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts. Act fast, her headlining live shows are now known to sell out within two minutes!John Mulaney, Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian, adds a second performance to his previously announced return to the festival due to popular demand. Mulaney recently starred in the Broadway hit, Oh, Hello on Broadway alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015, he released his Netflix Original special titled The Comeback Kid preceding a very successful stint at Saturday Night Live where he wrote and appeared as a Weekend Update correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader.  He brings his new standup comedy tour, John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous to Montreal for one night only, Saturday, July 29, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at L’Olympia.Chris D’Elia continues to cement his status as a comedic force of nature. From his role as Danny on NBC’s Undateable, to the countless sold-out shows he absolutely muuuurders, and his hilarious Youtube videos, Chris D’Elia is without a doubt one of the funniest men in the world. Performing this special concert show live Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm at L’Olympia.You know Tom Segura from his Netflix specials Completely Normal and Mostly Stories, or from one of his many appearances on the biggest podcasts in comedy, including The Joe Rogan Experience and WTF with Marc Maron. We’re thrilled to announce he’s coming to Montreal with his No Teeth, No Entry Tour on Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm at L’Olympia.HOMETOWN BOY’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO JUST FOR LAUGHS TO HOSTSUGAR SAMMY’S INTERNATIONAL GALAOn one of the most electric nights of last year’s Festival, Sugar Sammy capped off his 420-show tour with one last performance of his hit show You’re Gonna Rire in front of a crowd of 115,000.After performing 1,500 shows in 29 countries and in 4 different languages, Sugar Sammy has teamed up with Just For Laughs to select the best stand-up acts from around the world for his Gala, each performer a star in their own country.Sugar Sammy’s International Gala promises to be one of the most original nights you’ll experience at the Festival. Comedic perspectives from around the world will converge on Montreal for a night of cultural exchange you won’t want to miss!“In hosting a Just For Laughs gala, Sugar Sammy joins legends and comedy stars such as Don Rickles, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher and Bill Burr. We couldn’t be happier to add to the fold, a homegrown star who is making a name for himself around the world “, said Bruce Hills, JFL’s Chief Operating Officer.Sugar Sammy’s International Videotron Gala presented by Air Canada will feature some of the best international stand-ups on the planet on Friday, July 28 at 9:45 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.VIDEOTRON GALAS PRESENTED BY AIR CANADA SOAR WITH STAR-STUDDED TALENTVideotron Galas presented by Air Canada return with this high-distinguished series of special Galas taking place over six evenings at the prestigious Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.This year’s superlative lineup kicks off with Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee, comedian/actor David Spade. One of the funniest men to burst onto the comedy scene with a 5-year run on NBC’s iconic Saturday Night Live, Spade went on to star in some of the top tent pole comedies as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and most recently Grown Ups. Spade is sure to bring his signature sarcastic style as host of The David Spade Gala, featuring a line up of hilarious comedians and special guests on Wednesday July 26 at 7:00 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Emmy-Award-nominee, Laverne Cox didn’t have any problem standing out in the cast of Netlfix’s Orange is the New Black. That’s not the last time she’ll shine as part of an ensemble of super talented performers as we’re welcoming Laverne to Montreal as the host of her own gala! She will channel her years of hosting reality television on VH1 when she hosts The Laverne Cox Gala, a multi-comic line-up of some of the best stand-up comedians in the world on Saturday, July 29, 9:45 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Canadian television personality and political satirist, luminary Rick Mercer will once again take his rightful place in the spotlight of Canadian comedy to host this night of top class stand-up comedy featuring a lineup of some of the best comedians. One of the creators, performers, and writers of CBC’s seminal This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mercer keeps the flame of healthy skepticism alive with his hugely popular show The Rick Mercer Report. The Rick Mercer Gala will take place Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Canadian celebrity, television personality and host, Howie Mandel, returns this summer for his third installment of his highly-rated, multi-comic Gala featuring a lineup of some of the best comedians and unbelievable special guests for an exclusive 90-minute special being filmed for The CW Network. Mandel thrives in the spotlight, from TV hits Deal or No Deal to America’s Got Talent; he’s been an unstoppable force in show business for over 30 years. The Howie Mandel Gala will channel that magnetic energy into this one-of-a-kind evening on Saturday, July 29 at 6:30 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.More than just traditional stand-up, the Just For Laughs Galas are hilariously inclusive evenings of comedy and theatrics packed with uproarious surprises from start to finish.Additional Galas will be announced in the coming weeks.KEVIN HART’S LAUGH OUT LOUD PRESENTS: JUST FOR LAUGHS EAT MY SHORTSKevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network and Just For Laughs have joined forces in search of the funniest short films from the US and Canada with Laugh Out Loud Network Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts, a new initiative between the world’s biggest comedy star and the world’s biggest comedy festival.From submissions received, twenty films that speak to a diverse, multicultural audience will be selected to stream on the LOL website when it launches this summer, where fans will have the chance to vote on their favorites. The top five films selected and more will be screened at the Just For Laughs Festival on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Imperial, where Kevin Hart will present a development deal to one lucky winner followed by a post Q&A.JACK ASTOR’S SERVES UP THE COOLEST SOLO AND CLUB SERIES OF THE SUMMER Looking for great comedy, up close? Join the club! Just For Laughs is delighted to bring back the ever-so-popular solo and club series presented by Jack Astor’s, sure to bring any room to raucous laughter with this unprecedented lineup of audience favourites and impulsive drop-by sets by some of the best in the industry.One of the industry more unrestrained, bold comedians Jim Norton returns to Montreal bringing a brand-new hour of his refreshingly unapologetic stand-up with him.Following up on Mouthful of Shame (now streaming on Netflix), Norton’s new show Far from Delightful is sure to be an audience hit with his sharp transgressive wit he’s loved for, on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 9:30 pm at Gesù.A must-see All Access Live is back and brings a killer line-up of hosts this year taking over Club Soda for four consecutive nights. Every night, audiences are guaranteed laughter with comedic juggernaut hosts, and lineups of stacked comedians guaranteed to delight.Selling out tours across North America, the charismatic comedic storyteller Mike Birbiglia is sure to mix it up when he hosts Wednesday, July 26. Moshe Kasher, comedian, actor and host of the Comedy Central popular show Problematic, will be overseeing hosting duties Thursday, July 27; and Natasha Leggero, writer, actor and comedian, and a regular on the Comedy Central Roast series, will take the stage as host to charm and spar with the room on Friday, July 28. The host will change each night. The lineup changes each show. The nightly show times 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm at Club Soda stay the same.We knew you would want more of him…. tickets have been in demand since announcing Montreal would be treated to the hilarious, clever wit and skillful observational humour of Mike Birbiglia’s latest solo show, The New One. In The New One, the award-winning comedian approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Do not miss The New One. It may be the best one. Shows runs Monday, July 24, Tuesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 27 through to Saturday, July 29, nightly show times at 7:00 pm at Le Gesù Theatre.Brexit may have some people up in arms, but we’re unifying audiences with Brit(ish) hosted by Gina Yashere, starring Aisling Bea, Joe Lycett, James Acaster, Seann Walsh, and featuring special guest Sarah Millican. You’ll laugh so hard, the Queen on your money will silently judge you for being so improper when you catch this club series Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm, and Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, at L’Astral.Elon Gold will be making his 11th appearance at Just For Laughs this summer, performing his new solo show Elon Gold: Pro-Semite. A favoured son in the proud tradition of Jewish-American comedy, Gold has never stopped being one of the funniest, most charming guys in the room. Audiences can see for themselves starting Monday, July 24 through to Thursday, July 27, one performance each night at 7:00 pm at Maison Theatre.Don’t miss this recording of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld’s hit podcast If I Were You, performed LIVE just for you! If I Were You offers up advice to its listeners in areas Jake and Amir are qualified to talk about… also quite a few areas they’re not at all. If you’re really lucky they might even have some advice for you when you can catch them LIVE on Tuesday, July 25 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre. They didn’t stop there! Jake and Amir founded the podcast network HeadGum to produce and promote the best podcasting talent in the world. Join the pair as they host a night featuring live recordings of 3 of their favourite HeadGum podcasts: High and Mighty with Jon Gabrus, Twinnovation with Jeff Rosenberg, Dave Rosenberg and Mike Karnell, and Black Men Can’t Jump with Jerah Milligan, Jon Braylock, and James III on Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre.WHEN THE CONVERSATION TURNS TO FUNNY BUSINESSThe Just For Laughs ComedyPRO conference is back, bringing the best of the industry together for a 4-day event, attracting everyone from leaders to groundbreakers, to explore all facets of humour at the foreground of entertainment. Amongst Kevin Hart and Trevor Noah, this year’s JFL ComedyPRO will also include some of the hottest cast panels, podcasts and showcases of the best up-and-coming comedians.HBO PRESENTS VICE PRINCIPALS LIVE AT JUST FOR LAUGHSHBO’s Vice Principals tells the story of two school administrators locked in an epic struggle to ascend to their rightful place at North Jackson High School – to be school principal. Sit down with the stars and creators of Vice Principals as they discuss the darkest comedy on television and talk to us about what’s in store for Season 2! The cast panel will feature Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Walton Goggins, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Georgia King and Edi Patterson on Friday, July 28 at 1:00 pm at the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.CNN PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF COMEDY LIVE AT JUST FOR LAUGHSJoin us for a special screening of the “Spark of Madness” episode from the CNN Original Series, The History of Comedy.  “Spark of Madness” explores the fascinating mind of comedians, as well as the difficult road of mental illness and substance abuse that so many seemed destined to take. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Kliph Nesteroff with executive producers Mark Herzog and Todd Milliner and comedian W. Kamau Bell on Thursday, July 27 at 4:00 pm at Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.The stand-up megastars that have been born at Just For Laughs’ New Faces of Comedy include Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin, Ali Wong and Kevin Hart. Not a bad list, if we do say so ourselves. Come see the genuinely thrilling moment a young comic steps up and becomes a star with our New Faces of Comedy, New Faces: Characters, and New Faces: Unrepped showcases taking place on Wednesday, July 26; and Thursday July 27 at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National. The best of the next generation of comedians and solo sketch acts will give you a serious dose of comedic street cred by catching them now before they are household names.Speaking of new, this year, JFL is adding New Faces: Creators, a showcase of the up-and-coming influencers and creators who, through digital content creation, are contributing to the evolution of the comedy landscape on Thursday, July 27 at 1:45 pm at the Hyatt Grand Salon Opera, Level 4.Mark Critch is returning this fall to co-star in the 25th season of the venerable Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes, so who better to host a celebration of the future of Canadian comedy? See the next generation of great Canadian comics as they strut their stuff in a showcase of the best talent, hand-picked from across The Great White North in our 19th edition of Homegrown Comics, with special guest, comedian K. Trevor Wilson, presented by Sirius XM, taking place on Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National.Save-the Date: one of the biggest events in the comedy world each year is the unveiling of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” which recognizes stand-up, sketch artists and web content creators making the most impact in the industry this year. Catch the best and brightest “10 Comics To Watch” as they hit the stage and show you why they made the 2017 list, on Friday, July 28, 9:30 pm, at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National.BREAKING DOWN STEREOTYPES AND BOUNDARIES IS WHAT WE DO BEST JFL’s tradition continues with The Ethnic Show, returning for its 9th Edition presented as part of the Jack Astor’s Club Series. This cultural melting pot for comedy features today’s buzz worthy comics, hosted by outspoken comedian Iranian-American Maz Jobrani. Maz is best known for numerous appearances on the late night talk show circuit, many movies and television appearances. Joining Maz, sharing the humorous side of their diverse backgrounds, Jewish-American Jessica Kirson returning after highly praised performances in 2016; international comedian and one of the most sought-after performers, Korean Irish-American Steve Byrne; their return to the Festival, audience favourite Italian-Canadians The Doo Wops, comprised of John Catucci and David Mesiano; rising star Portuguese-Canadian Mike Rita; and staple of the New York comedy scene Dominican-American Vlad Caamaño. We’re tearing down barriers to speak forthright while laughing at our differences and similarities, starting Wednesday, July 12 through to Thursday, July 27 with 19 performances at Club Soda and Metropolis.One of the most talked about series in the fest, The Nasty Show returns with a masterful line-up of outspoken, candid and daring standup comics guaranteed to push the boundaries of what is taboo to joke about. The series features heavy hitters such as Jimmy Carr with his mastery of amusing deadpan, edgy-one liner deliveries; unfiltered comedian Godfrey with his high-energy range of voices and personas and hilarious expletive-studded tirades. Big Jay Oakerson dubbed recently by the New York Times as a “Master of the Dirty Joke,” most notable with fans as the co-host of The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder; along with his keen eye for the life’s absurdities, Robert Kelly‘s honest, abrasively funny, yet refreshingly vulnerable take on life has been winning over audiences for years. Audiences will need to relinquish judgment at the door to enjoy this uncensored night of indulgent laughs starting Wednesday, July 19 through to Friday, July 28 with 10 performances at Métropolis.VIDEOTRON PRESENTS OFF-JFL & ZOOFESTIN COLLABORATION WITH PABST BLUE RIBBONSometimes your alternative, edgy sibling can be a great influence…. at least that’s the case with OFF-JFL & Zoofest this year. This series features 60 + distinctive shows spanning intimate venues around Montreal, appealing to a young, vibrant demographic thanks to its risqué nature and affordability. Some of the biggest names in comedy made surprise appearances in the past from Louis C.K. and Bill Burr; to Judd Apatow and Dave Chappelle. This year will be no exception with some of the hippest acts planning to take the stage.Notables from their recent TV appearances include HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, comedian Arj Barker; FXX famed-animated hit Lucas Bros Moving Co., comedians The Lucas Bros; NBC’s Powerless comedian/actor Ron Funches; to Canada’s own Sabrina Jalees who recently guest-starred on Amazon’s Transparent; and comedian, writer, actor and TV host on the BBC Katherine Ryan. Comedian, screenwriter, actor, seen on Netflix and E!’s Chelsea Lately, Jen Kirkman joins; as well, Socio-Political Comedian and TV host of FXX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, W. Kamau Bell. Comedian and actor, most recently seen as everyone’s favourite brash coach on ABC’s The Goldbergs, podcast legend Bryan Callen shares his no holds barred approach to standup.The hottest comedians and shows emerging on the circuit will be featured in this series, including Cristela Alonzo, Kate Berlant, Vir Das, Mark Forward, Erik Griffin, Dan Soder, Barry Rothbart, Emily Heller, James Adomian, K. Trevor Wilson, Orny Adams, Debra DiGiovanni, Sasheer Zamata, Krystyna Hutchinson, Corinne Fisher, Wil Anderson, Ian Karmel, Big Jay Oakersons’ What’s Your F*cking Deal?, Best of the Fest, Hosts with the Most and the insanely popular Midnight Surprise.Oh one more thing…. we can’t forget the quintessential comic’s comic Andy Kindler returns to OFF-JFL to host the beloved Alternative Show for five nights.Just For Laughs continues to draw the biggest talent in the industry, putting the audience in the middle of the action. Many comedians got their “big break” in Montreal over the last 35 years. In a span of 20 days, audiences will have the opportunity to see everyone from their stand up idols, while also having the ability to discover the industry’s next breakout star.Be prepared for more the premium lineups to be announced in the coming weeks.Pre-sale tickets will be available starting today, Wednesday May 3, 2017 as of 12:00 pm; and to the general public Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00 am at www.hahaha.comLooking for the best way to experience the Just For Laughs Festival? Get a JFLMTL Pass! Passes available include: the JFL 2-Show Pass for $99.99, 3-Show Pass for $139.99 and 5-Show Pass for $215. Each pass includes one free ticket every day from July 25-29 (some restrictions apply).The Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 12 – 31, 2017 in Montréal, Canada.Find us on social #JFLMTL  #JFL35Facebook: @justforlaughsTwitter: @justforlaughsInstagram: @justforlaughsThe Just For Laughs Festival would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal for their support..THE 2017 EDITION OFTHE JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY VIDEOTRONIN ASSOCIATION WITH LOTO-QUÉBECFor tickets by phone, online or in person:The Just For Laughs Box Office, 514-845-2322, presented by Videotron Advertisement The Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec is excited to announce the first slate of this year’s unrivaled, extraordinary line up of comedians who will descend upon Montreal, turning the city into the epicenter of comedy for its annual celebration. The diversity and quality of performers is unsurpassable, deserving the title of the best-curated festival in the world.From stand up Galas and concert shows to intimate club series, live TV tapings, cast panels and live podcast recordings, Just For Laughs gives comedy enthusiasts the opportunity to get up close and personal to the top comedic titans of today.ONE NIGHT, ONE STAGElast_img read more

‘Migration is Beneficial for the World’: UN Chief

Rabat – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on the world to celebrate migration and acknowledge its benefits. The UN top official believes that the UN’s “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration,” which will be adopted in Morocco in December this year, provides an opportunity to “maximize the benefits of migration.”In “Making Migration Work for All,” a report published Thursday, Guterres urges the world’s leaders and governments to embrace and promote foreign labor.“The basic challenge before us is to maximize the benefits of migration rather than obsess about minimizing risks.”   Speaking in defense of migration, Guterres said that it is “beneficial both for migrants and host communities in economic and social terms – our overarching task is to broaden the opportunities that migration offers to us all.”The Global Compact on migration will be adopted in the intergovernmental conference on international migration to be held in Morocco in December 2018.Guterres referred to migration as a “positive global phenomenon” that strengthens “economic growth, reduces inequalities, connects diverse societies and helps us ride the demographic waves of population growth and decline.”Guterres hailed the world’s migrants as agents of “international development – both by their work as well as through remittances back to their home countries,” valued at “nearly $600 billion, three times all development aid.”Guterres added that the majority of migrants “live and work legally.” Speaking about the migrants seeking a better life in foreign countries, Guterres said that “ a “desperate majority” risks their lives to reach countries, where they face suspicion and abuse.On December 24, the UN announced that Morocco will host the 2018 Intergovernmental Conference on International Migration. The North African country will also host the 11th Global Forum on Migration and Development to be co-chaired by Morocco and Germany. The symposium will also take place in December 2018.The Global Compact for Migration aims to address humanitarian, human rights-related, and developmental aspects of international migration, according to International Organization for Migration (IOM).It also aims to protect the safety and dignity for all migrants, regardless of their documents’ status. The compact vows to ease pressures on countries that welcome and host refugees; build the self-reliance of refugees; expand access to resettlement in developing countries and other complementary pathways; and foster conditions that enable refugees voluntarily to return to their home countries.In recent years, Morocco has established itself as a country of destination rather than simply a transit country for refugees and migrants traveling to Europe.In October 2017, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Turk told Morocco World News that while “Morocco remains a transit country for refugees and migrants, it is also fast becoming a country of destination.”He added that the North African country is attempting to offer protection to refugees under its National Policy on Immigration and Asylum (NPIA) which was launched in September 2013, under the instructions of King Mohammed VI.Morocco has also set up a regularization campaign for migrants and refugees aiming to settle in the country. read more

Quick progress on Millennium Development Goals obviously possible – Migiro

Although many countries remain off track in meeting the ambitious Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to slash hunger poverty and a host of other social ills by 2015, quick and significant progress is obviously possible, according to Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro.“Many countries are proving this,” Ms. Migiro told a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa, citing increased public school enrolment, reduced child mortality thanks to massive vaccination campaigns, with 3 million more children surviving annually compared with the year 2000.“And we know the ingredients for success. Strong government leadership. Good policies that support private investment. And sound strategies for scaling up public investments. “The international community must back these favourable conditions with financial and technical assistance,” she said. “Our ambitious vision for a better world is still within reach, but we need all States to follow through on their commitments. Developing countries, yes, but especially those which are already more developed,” she added, calling for immediate rigorous and concerted national and international action to push back the frontiers of poverty, especially in light of skyrocketing food prices.Ms. Migiro noted that parliaments are key to achieving the MDGs, by showing political will in legislation and budget allocations. In developed countries in the North, parliaments should contribute to government efforts to honour their commitment to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross national income to official development assistance whose latest figures are in steep decrease.In the developing countries of the South, parliaments should not only be preoccupied by domestic issues but relate to what is taking place at the regional as well as the global level, she said. “They must press to ensure that their governments mobilize resources, set strategies and adopt policies geared toward reaching the MDGs. And they should participate in formulating poverty reduction strategies and monitoring efforts to carry them out,” she added, stressing the importance of accountability, good governance and human rights.Turning to climate change, Ms. Migiro noted that negotiations in Bangkok earlier this month agreed on a work programme to move forward towards crafting a new international climate change agreement.“Now is when the real work begins, and given the magnitude of the challenge ahead, actors from across the spectrum – not just government negotiators – need to be involved,” she said.“Governments at the national and local level need to work closely with intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, the media, civil society and individuals from around the world. As we seek to galvanize public opinion, Parliaments are uniquely poised to assist in this global alliance for action,” she added. 14 April 2008Although many countries remain off track in meeting the ambitious Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to slash hunger poverty and a host of other social ills by 2015, quick and significant progress is obviously possible, according to Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro. read more

Children with disabilities in former Soviet countries face discrimination – UN

27 September 2011Some 1.1 million children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union are hidden away at home or in institutions, the United Nations reported today, calling on States that have not yet done so to sign a UN treaty guaranteeing their social inclusion. These children are likely to be out of school and among those most vulnerable to neglect, abuse and exploitation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said at the start in Moscow of a three-day conference on the issue which it has organized with support from the city government.Eighteen of the 22 countries and entities across the region have signed and 12 have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which guarantees children with disabilities access to inclusive, quality and free primary and secondary education on an equal basis with others in the communities in which they live. “For too many years, people with disability have been cast as bystanders or objects of pity and charity,” said UNICEF’s representative for Russia, Bertrand Bainvel, praising the country for signing the convention in 2008. Experts and government officials from 20 countries are participating in the conference, which is focusing on sharing of good practices such as the appropriate legal framework, suitable policies and financing. “A sustained effort should be made to reduce prejudice, stigma and discrimination against children with disabilities,” UNICEF Senior Adviser on Children with Disabilities Rosangela Berman-Bieler said.“To address societal perceptions and change attitudes towards them advocacy, social mobilization and communication for behaviour and social change interventions are necessary.”A WHO benchmark places the number of children who have disabilities at 2.5 per cent of the population or 2.6 million children in the region, but national statistics record only 1.5 million, most of whom are likely to be out of school. This figure seriously underestimates the scope of the problem and suggests another 1.1 million children are unaccounted for, UNICEF said.They remain invisible; most likely hidden away at home or joining more than 600,000 people currently placed in institutions, which is a common policy approach in many of the countries. Research shows that long-term placement in institutions damages children’s health and development. When children with disabilities are not hidden away in institutions but live in their homes and are educated in mainstream schools, they are often placed in segregated classes. They are either taught a remedial curriculum or not taught at all. They are not offered the support that some may need to be able to thrive with their classmates.But UNICEF stressed, research also shows that inclusive education can lead to better learning outcomes for all children, not just children with disabilities. Inclusive education promotes tolerance and enables social cohesion as it fosters a cohesive social culture and promotes equal participation in society. Inclusive education is more cost effective than separated schooling. It also provides for inclusive labour markets which lead to a more efficient social economy.Leaders were urged to take government-wide measures to end the placement of all children in institutions, prioritizing those younger than three years of age. They were also urged to put in place education policies and strategies to promote the right to access and full participation in quality education, and the respect for rights within learning environments. read more

Air Canada to purchase up to 75 Bombardier CS300 aircraft

Air Canada to purchase up to 75 Bombardier CS300 aircraft by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2016 4:17 am MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Bombardier CS300 is shown making it’s maiden test flight in Mirabel, Que., on Friday, February 27, 2015. Bombardier says it will cut its workforce by 7,000 positions over two years, including 2,000 contractors. The job cuts were announced along with a major order for Bombardier’s new CSeries jets being purchased by Air Canada as well as financial results for Bombardier’s latest quarter and the 2015 financial year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz MONTREAL – Air Canada has signed a letter of intent to purchase 45 of Bombardier’s CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 planes.Based on the list price of the CS300, Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) says a firm order would be worth about $3.8 billion.Once a firm purchase agreement is in place, Bombardier says Air Canada (TSX:AC) will become the first mainline, international North America-based carrier for the C Series family of aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2019.With this agreement, Bombardier says it now has orders and commitments for a total of 678 C Series planes.The agreement with Air Canada was announced by Bombardier at the same time it said it would cut its workforce by 7,000 positions over two years, including 2,000 contractors.The job losses will be partly offset by hiring in certain areas, including the C Series project. read more

Its Judgment Day in World Cup Groups G and H

Belgium has clinched advancement but would do so as the second-place team if it loses to South Korea and Algeria beats Russia. Any other outcome advances the Belgians in first.Algeria clinches advancement by beating Russia, or if it draws Russia and Belgium beats or draws with South Korea. If Algeria draws Russia and South Korea beats Belgium, then Algeria and South Korea would be in a second-place tie — although Algeria would be strongly favored to advance on the basis of goal differential. If Algeria loses to Russia, Algeria is out of the tournament.Russia can advance only if it beats Algeria. In fact, it almost certainly will advance if it beats Algeria. The exception would require South Korea to beat Belgium by multiple goals.South Korea is not technically eliminated, but its chances of advancing are only about 1 percent. Its prospects require it, among other things, to beat Belgium by at least three goals in the event of an Algeria-Russia draw, or by at least two goals in the event of a Russian win.An interesting scenario might unfold in Group H if the U.S. beats Germany. Then Belgium might have an incentive to lose to South Korea and hope that Algeria overtakes it. That would set the Red Devils up with a Round of 16 match against the Americans instead of the Germans. The World Cup has been a roller-coaster for the United States, which nearly drew with Ghana before beating it and nearly won against Portugal before drawing it. But overall, the Americans’ position is improved. It has about a 76 percent chance of advancing to the knockout stage — slightly more than double its odds before the tournament began.The U.S. will kick off against Germany at noon Eastern time in Recife, Brazil. By 2 p.m., its fate will be determined. If the Americans beat Germany, the math is simple: They’ll win Group G and will face the second-place team from Group H in the Round of 16. Their opponent would probably be either Algeria, whom the U.S. would be favored against — or Russia, against whom they would have about even odds.Draw with Germany, and the U.S. will also advance — but as the second-place team from Group G likely to face Belgium in the Round of 16. (The 2-1 and 1-1 scores in the chart below are some of the most common for wins and draws, respectively.)If the Americans lose, they’ll have to sweat the results of the other Group G match between Ghana and Portugal, which will take place simultaneously in Brasilia. They’ll get a reprieve if the Ghana-Portugal match is drawn, in which case the U.S. is guaranteed to advance in second. But a U.S. loss in Recife, coupled with a victor in Brasilia, could knock them out of the tournament.The table below describes what will happen if the U.S. loses its match, for all losing scores up to 4-0 Germany, and for all possible outcomes in Brasilia up to four goals scored by each team. For example, if the U.S. loses to Germany 2-0 and Portugal beats Ghana 3-1, the U.S. will advance over Portugal on the basis of FIFA’s goal-differential tiebreaker. Portugal, still disadvantaged from its 4-0 loss to Germany in its opening game, has to make up a net of five goals with the U.S. to make the knockout round.Although Cristiano Ronaldo might think otherwise, we can’t put it completely past Portugal to accomplish this: The Portuguese can score goals in bunches when in good form, and they have about a 5 percent chance of backing into the knockout stage. There’s even a remote chance that FIFA would have to draw lots to resolve a tie between the U.S. and Portugal: If Portugal beats Ghana 2-0 and the U.S. loses to Germany 3-0, both teams would be stuck on four goals scored and six allowed, and FIFA would resort to the luck of the draw.However, the bigger problem for the U.S. would be if it loses in Recife and Ghana wins in Brasilia. Then, any Ghana win by more than one goal, or any U.S. loss by more than one goal, would send Ghana forward. The U.S. does have the head-to-head tiebreaker against Ghana by virtue of having beaten it, but that will come into play only if the two matches finish with the same score line (there’s about a 2 percent chance of that happening).This could yield some interesting strategy and psychology at each venue. Say, for example, that about 75 minutes into Thursday’s matches, the U.S. trails Germany 2-1 while Ghana leads Portugal by the same margin. If those scores held, the U.S. would advance — so it might want to play quite defensively rather than seek an equalizer. But in Brasilia, the Portuguese would have almost nothing left to play for (merely drawing their match against Ghana or even winning it by one goal wouldn’t do them any good), and the Ghanaians would. If Ghana added a garbage-time goal against an indifferent Portuguese back line, the U.S. would be out.Incidentally, the Germans also have something to play for Thursday — at least in theory. They have not technically clinched advancement: They could be out of the tournament if they lose to the U.S. and there is a victor in Brasilia. However, the outcomes would need to be exceptionally lopsided given Germany’s +4 goal differential so far, which is why Germany has a 99.7 percent chance of going forward.Later Thursday, the final matches of Group H will take place. read more

British scientists in race to find lost shipwreck of Ernest Shackletons Endurance

first_img“If the expedition finds the wreck we will survey, photograph and film it and document its condition,” said Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, who is leading the team.“If there are deep-water marine species colonising the wreck, the marine biologists may try to obtain scientific samples using the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), if that can be deployed above the site from the ship.“However, we will not remove any items from the wreck.” When on 21st November 1915 the polar explorer ship Endurance finally yielded to the Antarctic pack ice, Ernest Shackleton and his crew began one of the most gruelling survival attempts in history.Their five-month ordeal on the ice floes followed by the all-or-nothing 720-nautical-mile dash to South Georgia has since become the stuff of legend, pored over by scholars and adventurers for more than a century.But of the ship itself, no trace has been detected since the day it went down.On Monday, a British-led team announced it was setting out to find the wreck of Endurance, thought to be at rest nearly two miles beneath the Larsen C Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea.Operating from the research vessel SA Agulhas II, the expedition will use the most advanced unmanned submarines in the world to scour the sea bed. S.A. Agulhas II But they will also arrive armed with an equally important tool – information from the diary of Captain Frank Worsley, the renowned navigator who was busy recording precise sextant readings even as the ship went down.At least three previous plans to find the stricken Endurance have failed.If the new Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 succeeds, the ship will be listed as a historic monument, protected under international law. Ernest Shackleton, British explorer, Antarctica, 1909Credit:Print Collector/Hulton Archive The effort to locate the Endurance will be undertaken alongside a detailed scientific study of the Larsen C Ice Shelf, which is acutely susceptible to atmospheric warming from above and ocean warming from below.The fourth largest ice shelf in Antarctica, the body was 17,000 square miles in area in July 2017.“Our expedition will be the first to use autonomous underwater vehicles,” said Professor Dowdeswell.“Because AUVs can free swim, it is not necessary for the vessel to be directly above the wreck location.“So long as we can get close enough to the location with the ship, we can deploy the AUVs under the ice and conduct the search.”When the Endurance became trapped it was sailing to drop Shackleton off for the beginning of his bid to cross Antarctica.In 2016 Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Worsley, a distant relation of the ship’s master, Captain Frank Worsley died just 30 miles short of achieving the feat himself. Built in Norway in 1912, the Endurance was arguably the strongest wooden ship ever constructed, with a 85-inch keel made from four pieces of soil oak.But unlike some “bowl-bottomed” ships of the period, it was not designed to rise out of the ice when it closed in.It meant that when the ship became beset amid the polar pack ice, the pressure was taken by the hull, which gave up after ten months.Shackleton and his 27 crew members subsequently spent weeks surviving on the ice, hoping it would drift them towards safety.center_img Ernest Shackleton, British explorer, Antarctica, 1909 Eventually they used three lifeboats to reach Elephant Island. Shackleton and five others then set sail for South Georgia in search of help, arriving two weeks later. It was not until August 1916 that the last of his crew were rescued.Funded by the Flotilla Foundation, the new expedition will send drones ahead of the SA Agulhas II to chart the best route through the ice. In 2013, scientists at London’s Natural History Museum said they believed the ship may have been preserved from wood-boring worms by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. S.A. Agulhas II Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Full scale Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII brought to life

first_imgFans of the Final Fantasy video game series are no strangers to characters wielding really big swords, like Cloud Strife’s Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII, for example. But could you imagine what a real-life full scale version of such a legendary weapon would look like? It would look impressive undoubtedly, but would it be too heavy to wield by normal mortals? You might think so.Thanks to a knife and sword builder extraordinaire by the name of Michael Craughwell, we have a very impressive real life replica of a FFVII Buster Sword measuring over 8-feet tall and weighing in at a hefty 54 pounds. But what is even more impressive is that we get to see this beast of a sword in action, taking it’s fury out on an unsuspecting wood pallet.Read more at YouTube, via Geekologie.last_img

Water well bursts in Dania Beach floods street

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An old water well burst in Dania Beach, causing some flooding in a residential neighborhood, Thursday evening.The rupture sent water into the street along Southwest 40th Avenue near 54th Street.The well was no longer being used at the time it burst.The water in area homes was not affected.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Beirut Share Story Behind Gallipoli From Upcoming Album Announce Tour

first_imgWriting and recording “Gallipoli” in Italy “seemed to return me to the old joys of music as a visceral experience,” Beirut’s Zach Condon sharesAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 22, 2018 – 6:02 pm Indie group Beirut, led by Zach Condon, have released the lead single and title track for their upcoming album set to be released on Feb. 1, 2019. The band will also launch a tour in support of the album that month. News Beirut Share Story Of “Gallipoli,” Announce Tour beirut-share-story-behind-gallipoli-upcoming-album-announce-tour Email Twitter center_img Facebook Beirut Share Story Behind “Gallipoli” From Upcoming Album, Announce Tour Our new album GALLIPOLI will be released February 1st, 2019, via 4AD. Tour dates:— Beirut (@bandBeirut) October 22, 2018 “Gallipoli” is a joyful, bright track led by celebratory-sounding horns and organ notes, with Condon’s vocals floating amongst them as he sings, “We tell tales to be known/or be spared the sorrow.” The song was written by Condon after the group visited the small island town of the same name in Southern Italy while working on the then-unnamed album at a studio in a nearby town.In a long note from Condon on the band’s website, he shares that “Gallipoli started, in my mind, when I finally had my old Farfisa organ shipped to New York from my parent’s home in Santa Fe, NM.” It was with this old, previously-abandoned organ that he used almost exclusively to write the majority of Beirut’s first two albums, while still living in Santa Fe. After the organ arrived in Brooklyn at his home at the time in 2016, he began writing the first songs for Galliopoli, also using it for the first time in the studio.After Condon moved from Brooklyn to Berlin in 2017, the group resumed working on the album, this time in a rural part of Southern Italy. It was there that Condon, along with two of his bandmates, Nick Petree and Paul Collins, and producer Gabe Wax had a strange and inspiring encounter.”We stumbled into a medieval-fortressed island town of Gallipoli one night and followed a brass band procession fronted by priests carrying a statue of the town’s saint through the winding narrow streets behind what seemed like the entire town, before returning late to Sudestudio. The next day I wrote the song I ended up calling ‘Gallipoli’ entirely in one sitting, pausing only to eat. I eventually dragged Nick and Paul in to add some percussion and bass,” he shares.The creativity and inspiration he felt that night and the following day gave him the beautiful title track, and soon enough the rest of the album.”I was quite pleased with the result. It felt to me like a cathartic mix of all the old and new records and seemed to return me to the old joys of music as a visceral experience,” Condon said. “This seemed to be the guiding logic behind much of the album, of which I only realized fully at that point.”On NPR’s All Songs Considered, Condon furthers the story of the night in Gallipoli:”[Sound] was bouncing off the walls, and simultaneously every church bell in town was ringing, which just made for utter chaos. And the city is just claustrophobic, streets winding—you would have to live there your whole life to know where you’re going.”Shortly after the album is released on Feb 1, Beirut will embark on a U.S. tour beginning Feb. 10 in Brooklyn and ending March 5 in Los Angeles. The European leg will follow, beginning in Berlin on March 30. More information on the tour can be found on the band’s website.SXSW Announces First Wave Of Artists For Music Festival In Spring 2019Read morelast_img read more

Texas House Lawmaker Vows To Stop Feral Hog Poisoning

first_imgTEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENTSome House lawmakers are aiming to stop the Agriculture Commissioner’s feral hog poisoning program at all costs and that includes adjusting the state’s budget so that funds cannot be used for a warfarin-based poisoning program in Texas.As heard on Texas Public RadioThis month, Ag Commissioner Sid Miller announced he was bringing a “Hog Apocalypse” to Texas with the creation of a program that would allow farmers and ranchers to use the product, Kaput Feral Hog Bait, to poison feral hogs on their property.A lawsuit that challenges Miller’s emergency rule-making has put the program on hold until the end of this month.  But Rep. Lynn Stucky, a Denton County Republican wants to take this effort a step further.   “My bill basically says we need to do more studies, more trials before we use this in our environment to kill hogs and probably other animals at the same time,” Stucky says.But Miller says federal regulators with the Environmental Protection Agency have already approved the sale of Kaput Feral Hog Bait.“I think what he is perplexed or what people are perplexed about is that there is no public information about the study, that’s their propriety information and that study met all the requirements of the EPA,” Miller says.Stucky and other House lawmakers also have added a “rider” to the House’s version of the state’s two-year budget.  It excludes Miller and his department from any state funding related to a feral hog poisoning program.“The “rider” basically takes the money that was being used for those type of activities away and does not allow it to be used for that.  And again I am a farmer and a rancher, but this is not the answer,” Stucky says.Miller says the $900,000 his department requested for the feral hog poison program is no longer needed for that effort.Copyright 2017 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. Sharelast_img read more

Google affected by another bug 52M users compromised shut down within 90

first_imgIt has been only two months since Google reported a bug discovery in one of the Google+ People APIs, which affected up to 500,000 Google+ accounts, initiating the shutdown of Google+. Yesterday, Google+ suffered another massive data leak that has impacted approximately 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API. This has led Google to expedite the process of shutting down Google+. The access to the Google+ API network will be cut off in the next 90 days and it will shut down completely in April, rather than August next year. In a blog post on Google, David Thacker VP, Product Management, GSuite stated that this bug was added as a part of a software update introduced in November and immediately fixed. However, people are upset that the data leak was disclosed now. The software bug allowed apps that requested permission to view profile information of a Google+ user (name, email address, occupation, age etc), were granted permission even when set to not-public. In addition, Thacker mentions, “apps with access to a user’s Google+ profile data also had access to the profile data that had been shared with the consenting user by another Google+ user but that was not shared publicly.” However, user financial data, national identification numbers, passwords, or similar data typically used for fraud or identity theft, was not given access to. Google discovered the bug as part of its standard testing procedure and says there is “no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused.” Google says it’s begun notifying users and enterprise customers who were impacted by the bug. Thacker also says maintaining users’ privacy is Google’s top concern. “We have always taken this seriously, and we continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs.” People on Hacker news were highly critical of this data leak and expressed concerns on the kind of organization Google is turning out to be. “I’ve been online since Google was a new up and coming company. There is a world of difference between the civic-mindedness of Google back then and Google now. Google has gone from something genuinely idealistic to something scary and totalitarian. If you aren’t of the same “tribe” as the typical Googler, then basically, you’re a subject.” “So, how does Google, which we all trust with our precious data end up messing up like this several times in a row?If this is the company with the best security team in the world does that mean we should simply abandon all hope” “They could have done soo much more with Google+ … The hype was real up until launch. Really wish they had done things a little differently. Oh well… With all these leaks, I’m actually really glad they weren’t successful with this.” Read Next Google reveals an undisclosed bug that left 500K Google+ accounts vulnerable in early 2018; plans to sunset Google+ consumer version. Google bypassed its own security and privacy teams for Project Dragonfly reveals Intercept Marriott’s Starwood guest database faces a massive data breach affecting 500 million user datalast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters, which on Monday came after the team’s practice.“No news injury-wise. I think Carson (Palmer), Larry (Fitzgerald), Frostee (Rucker), Karlos (Dansby) will take another day tomorrow. Day-to-day. Those guys will all have off tomorrow. I thought it was very lethargic offensively. Not very pleased with our wide receiver room. I must have been seeing things back in the spring when I said we had 12 guys that could play in the NFL. I think we might have two, but we’ll look around and see who’s available. The defense, I thought, came out ready to practice. I thought Carson came out ready to practice, and the guys around him didn’t help him very much. Can’t criticize too much without watching the film.” Was it assignment errors or effort that is the problem?“It’s not effort. Assignments, catching the ball. The main things receivers have to do, they’re not doing.”Was that a flip from the game against Oakland?“Yes. It was better in the game. It was not very good in practice last week, and to start this week. They’ve been warned.”Have you decided how the snaps will work for the first team against the Bears?“We’ll shoot for the first quarter, see how the game goes. We got 15 and I think 14 defensively — some guys got eight. Twenty will probably be the max.”What’s your level of concern regarding John Brown’s injury issues?“It’s a concern. He’s not available. You’re only as good when you’re available.”Is Jaron Brown one of the receivers who has been consistent?“As good as you can get. He and Larry (Fitzgerald).”What did you think of Kerwynn Williams as a returner?“I thought he was very decisive. Took it north. If he was 35 and 13 for the year, he’d probably lead the league. So just continue doing what he’s doing.”What did you think of Josh Bynes’ game? Top Stories “Heck of a game. Statistically he was right there. Made another interception today. He’s been a really good find.”How is a guy like that still available late in the offseason?“You never know. There’s been guys every year, you never know why they’re on the street. Might not have fit in a new system or they had a change of plans wherever they were. Injuries, I think he had some injuries last year but he also played eight games. I don’t know. He looks good for us. I don’t really care how he gets here.”What do you think of (Robert) Nkemdiche after watching the tape?“I thought he was solid. He got knocked back a few times. Played a little high jumping around some, but he’s penetrating, making plays. Again, just pretty solid. Just continue doing what he’s doing. He’s doing really well.”How do you feel about home stadium being taken over by visiting fans?“I don’t give a crap in the preseason. It hasn’t happened very often in the regular season, except for Seattle a couple years ago. Do I expect Dallas fans? Yeah. I don’t like our guys selling their tickets, but they’re their tickets.” “Fine. He reverted back to a couple things, but he wasn’t going against Khalil Mack, either. Hopefully this week he’ll get tested pretty good. He gets tested every day by two of the best there are, so it hasn’t been a concern so far.”How did John Wetzel look?“Solid. He always plays solid.”Is Wetzel one of the guys who really benefited from your injury situation last year?“Oh there’s no doubt. He was on the roster bubble and ended up starting, playing really well as a guard in San Francisco, tackle down the road in Seattle. He’s earned his stripes, we trust him.”Where is the difference in Ulrick John this season, did he get stronger?“Yeah, a little bit. He had the shoulder, he was fixing the shoulder, so he’s still getting stronger. He had a good game. He had a much better game than he has practices.”Did you see Haason Reddick improving with his eyes?“I would like to see him, when he blitzes, do some more. He’s not doing crap — just running into whoever’s blocking him. We have to do a better job in practice of putting him in pass rush situations.”center_img How much stock to you put into a big game like the one Bynes had Saturday?“He’s got tape, he’s got a resume. So as long as he fulfills his resume, you know what you’ve got. You don’t know what you’ve got in unknown quantities, rookies, a guy that doesn’t have a resume. But he’s got a resume.”What part of Saturday’s game bothered you most?“I think we outkicked our coverage a couple times. The net was OK because we made a couple tackles against average returners. 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