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"Buongiorno, Anne. Buon anno".
"Buongiorno, Valentin. Buon anno anche a te. Novità?"
"Sì. Un nuovo arrivo. Sabato notte. Hai il colloquio già fissato per le undici. Trovi tutti i dettagli in agenda".
Anne Dupont, psicologa del Centro di Prima Accoglienza di Calais, entrò nel suo ufficio, accese il terminale e consultò la sua agenda elettronica.

Lunedì 5 gennaio 2011, ore 11,00. Colloquio con Monsieur Philip Brasser. Cittadino britannico. Età 38. Celibe. Operazione di salvataggio in mare, Canale della Manica, acque internazionali, 3 gennaio u.s. Condizioni fisiche buone. Non parla francese. Attribuzione provvisoria: codice blu.

Bene, pensò Anne. Un rifugiato politico. Iniziare l'anno nuovo con un codice blu era di buon auspicio. Il colloquio era di lì a due ore. Non c'erano altri impegni per la giornata. Completò con calma alcuni referti clinici iniziati la settimana precedente, fece una partita a Tetris, chattò con alcuni amici in Internet. Quando fu il momento, si aggiustò il make-up e si recò in sala colloqui.

Era una stanza non troppo ampia, arredata come un normale studio specialistico ma con qualche accorgimento per mettere gli ospiti a proprio agio: colori pastello, luci soffuse, lettino basso, comoda poltrona. Su quest'ultima, di fronte alla scrivania della dottoressa, era già seduto il signor Brasser.

"Good morning, Mr. Brasser. Prima di tutto, come sta?"
La domanda non era solo formale. L'uomo appariva molto provato. I tanti capelli bianchi, la pelle del viso magro solcata da numerose rughe, le profonde occhiaie dietro le lenti spesse, lo facevano sembrare più vecchio di dieci anni rispetto alla sua età anagrafica. Al posto degli abiti che indossava al momento del suo salvataggio, fradici e inservibili, gli avevano fornito un nuovo completo, che era tuttavia di due numeri più largo e accentuava la gracilità del suo fisico. Gli tremavano le mani.
Quegli scafisti maledetti, pensò Anne.
"Adesso sto meglio, grazie. Certo, suppongo che la notte passata all'addiaccio su quel canotto non abbia migliorato granché la mia cera. Ma ho fatto una buona dormita, qui da voi, e la vostra cucina è ottima". La sua voce era ferma, con una sfumatura d'ironia. "Solamente, non sono riuscito a procurarmi neppure una sigaretta, dottoressa..."
"Dupont. Ma può chiamarmi Anne. Temo che non ne troverà neppure in futuro. Nell'Unione non se ne producono più. Fino a qualche tempo fa, le importavamo dal suo paese".
"Oh, già, ora ricordo. Le esportazioni cessarono sei anni fa. Troppo pochi fumatori, qui da voi. Non c'era abbastanza profitto. Lo so perché all'epoca lavoravo in un'agenzia di rating".
"Lei è analista finanziario?"
Il signor Brasser rise. "No. Laureato in agraria. Da Troody's ero operatore al call center. Ogni grande compagnia ha il suo. E' la mansione che ho sempre svolto, durante tutta la mia carriera. Ho lavorato per almeno trenta società diverse, ogni volta per non più di sei mesi. Si imparano tante cose, sa?"
"Non ho dubbi. Ma veniamo al punto. Lei ha chiesto lo status di rifugiato politico. Data la sua provenienza, certamente la sua richiesta sarà accettata. Lei diventerà fra breve, a tutti gli effetti, cittadino dell'Unione delle Repubbliche Socialiste d'Europa. Già adesso, comunque, lei è libero di circolare in tutto il territorio dell'Unione, ed eventualmente anche di tornare da dove è venuto..."
"No grazie! Non ci tengo affatto".
"Dicevo per dire. In genere, qui da noi i rifugiati si integrano abbastanza in fretta. Tuttavia, non si può escludere che, all'inizio, lei si trovi un po' spaesato. Il nostro sistema sociale è molto diverso da quello da cui lei proviene. A sua richiesta, lei può fruire di adeguata assistenza psicologica e culturale, per superare eventuali difficoltà di adattamento. In questa fase iniziale, se vuole, mi consideri pure come suo referente".
"Oh. E quanto dura questa... fase iniziale?"
"Può finire anche subito, se crede. L'unico suo obbligo, se intende rimanere nell'Unione, è di iscriversi nelle liste di collocamento e nelle graduatorie per gli alloggi. Non credo che le sarà difficile trovare un lavoro e una casa. Se lei non ha esigenze particolari, penso che troverà una sistemazione accettabile nel giro di un paio di settimane. Fino ad allora, comunque, può rimanere qui, o spostarsi in una delle altre strutture di prima accoglienza nel territorio dell'Unione".
"Sembra magnifico. Dov'è la fregatura?"
"Ecco. Era proprio ciò che intendevo. Non c'è nessuna fregatura, per quanto lei sia abituato a pensare che debba per forza esserci. Non pretendo che lei mi creda. Presto se ne accorgerà da sé".

Non c'erano straordinari da fare, quel giorno. Alle tredici, Anne spense il computer, salutò i colleghi che arrivavano per il turno pomeridiano e, senza passare dalla mensa, prese l'elio-tram che, serpeggiando silenziosamente lungo la costa, la portò a casa sua in dieci minuti. Era una magnifica giornata di sole. Il mare era inusualmente calmo, in quei giorni. Una fortuna, per Brasser. Aveva evitato il triste destino di tanti boat-people che partivano clandestinamente dalla riva inglese ma non riuscivano a raggiungere i nostri mezzi di soccorso nelle acque internazionali.

Anne abitava da sola. Si preparò un leggero pranzo macrobiotico, poi un caffé d'orzo. Accese la radio; la spense. Si guardò nello specchio del soggiorno. Sorrise. Tutto sommato, si piaceva. Si chiese come sarebbe stato il suo sembiante, alla sua età, se anziché in Europa continentale fosse vissuta in quell'inferno che doveva essere Londra. I profughi le avevano raccontato storie orribili. Inquinamento, degrado. Se andava bene, orari lavorativi di dieci o dodici ore. Altrimenti, la disoccupazione, l'emarginazione e la pazzia. Oppure, per una ristretta minoranza, la ricchezza e il potere, ma a costo di rinunciare a qualsiasi barlume d'umanità. Un'altra forma di follia, in fondo.

Mercoledì 7 gennaio, ore 10,00. Secondo colloquio con Monsieur Brasser.

Quella mattina l'aspetto di Mr. Brasser era molto migliorato. Anne glielo disse.
"Grazie, Dottoressa. Lei è gentile quanto bella".
Anne Dupont ignorò il complimento.
"Se ho chiesto un nuovo colloquio" continuò Brasser, "non è per ottenere assistenza psicologica".
"Davvero? E perché, allora?"
"Ho due domande da porle".
"Le risponderò, se posso. Ma prima, permetta che le faccia io una domanda. Cosa sa, lei, dell'Unione?"
"Poco, in realtà. So che dapprima ci fu la Rivoluzione d'Ottobre, in Russia, nel 1917. Poi, tra il '18 e il '20, il capitalismo fu abbattuto in Germania, in Ungheria e in Italia. In rapida successione, tutte le colonie europee in Asia e in Africa conquistarono l'indipendenza. L'India nel 1925, la Cina nel '27, e così via. Poco dopo fu la volta dell'Algeria e del Marocco, e a quel punto la rivoluzione scoppiò anche in Francia e in Spagna. Alla fine degli anni '30, tutta l'Europa continentale era socialista.
Frattanto, il crollo di Wall Street nel 1929 aveva gettato l'America nella crisi più nera. Le elezioni presidenziali del 1940 furono vinte da Charles Lindbergh, un fanatico antisemita che instaurò negli U.S.A. una dittatura razzista, appoggiata dal grande capitale. Presto quel regime si circondò di una serie di stati-satellite che coprivano tutta l'America del Sud e del Nord.
Negli anni '80, quelle dittature iniziarono ad implodere, dapprima in America Latina e poi in Canada. Quando nel 1989 cadde il Muro di Tijuana, finalmente il capitalismo crollò negli stessi Stati Uniti. Da allora, secondo la nostra propaganda, il Regno Unito di Gran Bretagna è rimasto l'ultimo baluardo del libero mercato e della civiltà, contro la barbarie socialista che ha travolto tutto il resto del globo. Questo è quanto".
"Bene - disse la dottoressa - a parte la faccenda del baluardo, il quadro storico è corretto. Non le sarà stato facile ricostruirlo..."
"No, infatti. Da noi, formalmente, la cultura è libera, e ognuno può leggere ciò che vuole. Si possono prendere in prestito, nelle poche biblioteche rimaste, anche testi di Marx o di Lenin, e persino di Fabio Volo. Non è vietato. Di fatto, però, ci sono materie che non conviene approfondire troppo. Se si viene a sapere che lei fa certe letture e che ha determinate idee (e si viene a sapere sempre), non speri di trovare lavoro tanto facilmente. Io me la sono cavata con i call center, solo perché le mie origini non sono troppo umili. Quando avevo vent'anni, i miei riuscirono persino a mandarmi all'università. Certo, oggi non potrei più frequentarla. Da allora le rette sono decuplicate."
"Ah, lei ha letto Fabio Volo? Complimenti. Da noi, molti lo considerano un autore troppo difficile".
"Sì, è molto rigoroso e denso, ma se si ha tempo da dedicargli, è un pensatore affascinante. Le consiglio la Critica del tempo unidimensionale, se non l'ha ancora letta. A me ha aperto la mente. In realtà, uno dei motivi per cui mi sono deciso ad espatriare è che anche studiare per conto proprio da noi è diventato impossibile. Troppo costoso, da quando il dizionario è stato privatizzato".
"Il dizionario?"
"Sì. Tutti i sostantivi che iniziano per vocale appartengono alla Mircosoft. Quelli che iniziano per consonante sono del gruppo Murdogh. Gli avverbi sono di Merdaset, e così via. Per leggere o per usare comunque le parole bisogna pagare il noleggio ai legittimi proprietari. Quando lei scrive una e-mail, oppure quando chatta o quando telefona, un sistema di contatori automatici calcola la cifra e l'addebita sul suo conto. Ottimo sistema, fra l'altro, per controllare i contenuti della comunicazione. Io, per esempio, ho fatto quindici giorni di carcere per uso illecito di marchio registrato, la volta che in una mia mail ho scritto che la Cocca Colla mi faceva schifo".
"Senta, Mr. Brasser. Quali sono i suoi progetti? Cosa intende fare, ora che è venuto qui da noi?"
"Primo, togliermi una curiosità che mi ha tormentato a lungo. Ed è la prima delle due domande che volevo farle, si ricorda?"
La dottoressa Dupont sbuffò. "Va bene. Spari".
"La domanda è: perché non ci avete invaso? Come avete potuto lasciarci a mollo in quella fogna?"
Anne si appoggiò sullo schienale della sedia. "Beh, alcuni partiti in seno all'Internazionale erano per dichiarare guerra. Ma infine prevalse l'idea che il socialismo non può essere imposto con i carri armati. Se ci avessero attaccato, ci saremmo difesi. Per fortuna non accadde. Oggi, poi, molti sostengono che una pluralità di sistemi sociali diversi non è necessariamente un male. In India, in Giappone e in Sud America, dove la transizione al comunismo è molto avanzata, stanno già smantellando le strutture dello Stato, per sostituirle con vari tipi di organizzazione non statuale. In Europa e in Africa ci troviamo ancora nella fase socialista, in vari stadi di sviluppo a seconda dei territori. Forse è bene che ci siano delle zone dove ancora vige il capitalismo."
"Sarà un bene per voi, che ci osservate dall'esterno come se fossimo allo zoo! Ma per noi che siamo in gabbia è un altro discorso".
"Lei ora non è più in gabbia. Comunque, mi sembra che il suo atteggiamento nei confronti del suo paese d'origine sia un po' troppo negativo, non crede?"
"Mi dica lei cosa ci vede di bello, in quel letamaio", ribatté Brasser.
"Beh, che so... Avete una scena musicale molto vivace. Un sacco di gruppi pop, rock, punk, post-punk... Wim Wenders ci ha fatto anche un film. Poi, comunque, il vostro sistema ha ancora una base di consenso popolare".
"Si riferisce a West End London Social Club, vero? Quel film mi dà la nausea! Le televisioni del regime lo replicano senza tregua. L'unico film d'autore trasmesso in prima serata, e senza interruzioni pubblicitarie."
"Ecco, ad esempio - lo interruppe la dottoressa - Perché lei parla di televisioni di regime? Da voi ci sono sei o sette canali, se non sbaglio, tutti privati e in concorrenza fra loro..."
"... e trasmettono tutti le stesse schifezze. Non si distinguono l'uno dall'altro. Anne, lei non ha capito: da noi l'economia è allo sfascio, la società è in piena decadenza, la cultura è morta e sepolta. L'unica attività che va a gonfie vele è la manipolazione del consenso per mezzo dei mass-media. Quella è l'unica industria che non conosce crisi!"
"Non volevo farla arrabbiare. Si calmi. Lei ora è al sicuro. Andrà tutto bene. Respiri profondamente, e mi faccia la seconda domanda che voleva pormi".
"Mi scusi. La domanda è questa. Lei è libera stasera? Ho letto sul giornale che in un cinema d'essai a Dunkerque proiettano L'Atalante di Jean Vigo. E' una vita che desidero vedere quel film, e mi chiedevo se... lei volesse venire con me a vederlo, ecco."


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          AT&T Includes Data Throttling To GoPhone Prepaid Plans        
ATT Includes Data Throttling To GoPhone Prepaid Plans

AT&T has made changes to two its high-end GoPhone prepaid smartphone plans. The carrier's $60 and $45 prepaid smartphone plans now include unlimited calls and text messaging, plus 2.5 gigabytes and 1 gigabytes of data, respectively. 

Previously, subscribers would have to pay $10 for 1 gigabyte or 500 megabytes of extra data. But now with the latest changes in the GoPhone prepaid plans, once subscribers use up all of their high-speed allotment, they will still continue to get data -- it is just going to be throttled at speeds of up to 128 kbps (unlike before wherein the data gets completely cut off). 

AT&T's prepaid plan will keep on listing those $10 for 1 gigabyte/500 megabyte options, which means subscribers can still pay extra to add more high-speed data to their plans. 

We know, we know -- 128 kbps is certainly not much. Still, it is a better deal compared to having your data discontinued entirely if you do not want to or can not pay extra for additional data usage. 

So if you are currently under any one of AT&T's high-end prepaid smartphone plans, you no longer have to worry about your data getting cut off as your megabyte allotment is about to be used up, even if you still have a number of days left on your bill. 

Say, for example, you are currently under a 1 gigabyte data plan and you have already reached 1 gigabyte but still have 8 days left on the bill. Before, you wouldn't be able to get any additional data, and even if you did, you would be charged with the overage. 

Well, that changes now with AT&T's latest tweaks on its GoPhone prepaid smartphone plans. Instead of getting cut off, you simply get throttled data, down to speeds of up to 128 kbps. 

Let's face it -- 128 kbps is definitely slow by today's standards. But it is still unlimited, which means you can still download to your heart's content, just not as fast as you would prefer.

In related news, AT&T has also announced a new monthly plan for those in the United States, Canada,and Mexico. In this plan, users in those regions can enjoy unlimited calls, text messaging, and data with 1 gigabyte of high-speed data when in the US, for $55 per month. 

If you take your device and plan across the border to either Canada or Mexico, you can make calls at $0.01 per minute, send unlimited text, picture and video messages, and even purchase a $25 1 gigabyte data plan. 

If you are within the US, you get to enjoy unlimited text messaging to Canada, Mexico, and to more than 100 other countries.

Know more about AT&T deals -- start comparing AT&T plans here.

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          Edna Buchanan, Henry Lee in new documentary about wood chipper case and the movie Fargo #theSHOCKINGTRUTH series        

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    Who’s Who
    What’s What

    In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors




    NEW BOOK:

    The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
    By WAYNE MADSEN
    ISBN: 978-1-365-11196-9


    Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].

    EXCERPTS:

    From the Introduction


    One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate – all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agency’s payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.

    *

    An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIA’s use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:

    “I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—CIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.

    "I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.”

    *

    The 21st century’s CIA’s partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIA’s top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.

    *

    As this book went to press, the smart phone game application Pokémon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line game’s avid fan’s was the connection of the game’s developers to the CIA’s venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.

    SELECTED ENTRIES

    Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.

    American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.

    American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the institute’s director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.

    AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the “first in” at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

    Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym “Fletcher M. Knight,” among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a “secret arm” of the CIA, Bechtel’s executives included those who would join President Reagan’s Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.

    Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.

    Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in King’s Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.

    Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.

    Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

    Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.

    DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.

    Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran “Wild Bill” Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.

    Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIA’s MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.

    Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enron’s payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIA’s Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.

    Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.

    In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.

    General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

    General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIA’s Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.

    Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford University’s Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the “google project.”

    Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC “connected” law firm.

    Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banister’s own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.

    Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIA’s New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIA’s Independence and Brown Foundations.

    Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the world’s largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.

    Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.

    Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Hussein’s missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.

    Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowlton’s numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.

    Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.

    Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.

    Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.

    Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Kroll’s Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John O’Neill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

    Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.

    Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.

    Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.

    Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Black’s Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsanto’s agri-business operations worldwide.

    National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloid’s founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIA’s psychological warfare unit and the agency’s Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.

    Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweek’s stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.

    Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.

    Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called “DC Madam.” During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfrey’s request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.

    Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazine’s co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.

    Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.

    Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.

    Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.

    Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that “the Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.”

    Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUE’s board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.

    Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Harold’s Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIA’s Glomar Explorer project.

    Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdings’s intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.

    Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his father’s presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.

    Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.

    The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughes’s Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.

    United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIA’s training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

    U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.

    U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.

    Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIA’s coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhut’s outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.

    Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.

    Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agency’s media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nation’s capital.

    W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.

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  •           Maple & Fig         
    Maple & Fig

    On our way back to Clil, we sat down by the Dan creek in Kibbutz Dafna. The creek goes through the centre of the kibbutz, and there is a beautiful park alongside, where people, dogs and little children came to enjoy quietly at the end of a hot day. We cooled off in the creek, and set up our last tea party for this trip. After all the caffeine of the day, I opted for an herbal tea - a blend from all the different dried plants I brought with me, including sage, lavender, lemongrass, savory, wild oregano (za'atar), and more. We deconstructed a box of cherries that we picked that morning, and finished up the very last bit of the precious ka'akat isfar. All good things come to an end. Sigh...

    Tea by the Creek

    A little girl approached us, followed by her parents, and gifted us with flat bark of some tree that she found. I again regretted not inviting everyone I see for a tea party, but realized I was inviting her just being there and radiating our tea-infused calm. I drew a tea cup on one piece of bark, and a heart on the other and gave them back to her.

    Under the trees, there was that sweet and balmy, almost like styrax - we were sitting under a tree that looked like a cultivated sweetgum tree of one kind or another (they have leaves a little similar to maple). It was comforting to find a smell that is similar to Canada right here in the upper galilee. A smell I would have not even known its origin - or perhaps would have not even notice the smell - if it weren't for my arbourous friends from the far away land. I will always have both the maple and the fig in my heart - and my nostrils.

    Herbal Tea



              Sweat        
    Preparing for the Sweat Lodge

    Before a journey, there is preparation. And ours, though not stretching very far (we were set to go to Mount Hermon the next day) - had a purpose of cleansing and freeing one's mind from past heartbreak - I felt a strong urge to join a sweat lodge in the neighbouring community, on the way to Jath, called Adama.

    It is strange that in all my years in Canada I never entered a sweat lodge, and even stranger that my first one would be lead by someone who is not from the First Nations. But I had a good feeling about the lady leading the ceremony. She learned the traditions from teachers in the Sierra Nevada, and so the plants were very different from those I'm familiar with from the West Coast that were burnt in some ceremonies I've attended. Cedar from the Sierra Nevada mountains is a completely different tree than the redcedar I learned to associate with the West Coast incense. There were also copious amounts of copal, both white and black and at times mingled with rose, that were burnt on the hot lava rocks. We were so close to the earth, and our hearts, and the very centre of the earth. We were a group of (mostly) strangers, yet felt so together and supported, safe and connected.

    It's hard to explain the process of a sweat lodge. It is all very physical, yet at the same time works so deeply on the emotional, psychic and spiritual level. It was very challenging for me to take part in it - I hate to sweat, and I suffer from heat more than most people. But it was exactly the healing, cleansing and purifying thing I had to experience at that point in time. Coming out of it was almost like being reborn into the fresh air again, with new lungs and a new heart.
              Yurt Life         
    We are moving into my mom's charming little yurt today!

    While waiting for our permanent home to be renovated (which, as it turns out, takes even longer than building a new home) - we've been living semi-nomadic life for close to four months now, about three of them in a yurt.

    Life in the yurt is different. There is no way around it (pun intended). For one thing, it provides a round space, that encompasses most of life's functions in one area: cooking, eating, reading, puzzling, snuggling, cat-feeding (an extra duty we've picked up on the way to freedom - not unlike an unwanted pregnancy that you just can't get herself to terminate), office work (whenever my MacBook Air has enough power to work for me - not to mention its battered battery now needs replacement, which turns out to be a HUGE ordeal in the land of milk and honey), Pilates practice, and even occasional entertaining (when it rains even my dear family avoids it like the plague). It's not truly all in one space, because it actually has an annex to the north, with the washroom (including a shower and a compost toilet - a killer combination for dirt and cleanliness), as well as a sleeping den which has beautiful greenery all around it, as it is built from old wooden windows.

    That beauty comes with the price of this space being as cold as the outdoors in the winter. In the summer this room is actually a lifesaver, because the yurt collects way too much heat, although it is much better insulated than the sleeping den - even when its skylight is open. We don't have an oven, but were able to pull together delicious and nourishing meals from the two-flamed gas stove, and have even prepared some raw treats for our daily tea parties. To be perfectly frank - mostly, we've been lazy and buying baklava and cookies whenever we are in the vicinity of a bakery - so I am now in the know of where to get good baked goods. I'm sure this knowledge will come in handy in the not so far future, even after we're back to our productive baking life. When it comes to baking, it's always good to have a good back-up plan.

    Of course, that did not stop us from being experimental in the kitchen, trying new ingredients such as nigella seed spread and authentic freekeh, which is an amazing way of preparing green wheatberries by burning them off the wheat chaff. The result is a smoky, nutty grain that is delicious and easy to cook (and digest) and really gives unmistakable character to dishes (the one I bought in Canada was actually stale wheat dyed green). More on that in another post!

    To sum it up - living in a yurt is "an experience". Just like camping is an experience. In camping terms this is a five star facility. I'm sure with its running water and gas-operated refrigerator it is also considered a luxury in comparison to straw huts in Africa or yurts in the Mongolian steppes. You get the picture. It's an experience. And we're three months into it and can't wait to experience something else.

    To lift the edge off the nervous anticipation for proper housing, I've decided to compile a little list of fragrances (both mundane and wearable) that will let you into this experience, even if just a little... This compilation is a random array of fragrance fit for yurt life, even though I imagine most people who choose to live in this humble abode would rather dab some animal fat and cooked cabbage juice behind their ear than any designer's fragrance. Nevertheless, I find the task amusing, and I hope it will make for a fun read.

    We are moving into my mom's charming little yurt today! Here is a view of the inside.

    I also hope that my mom does not get hurt because apparently in our parts of the world, patience ("Savlanut") is considered a virtue (which very few uphold), and also belongs grammatical to the same root as the word suffering ("Sevel"). And in this part of the world, stating the facts is considered complaining... I'm sure those who choose to live in a yurt or even just stay in it for a short amount of time will thoroughly enjoy it - it is cute, rustic, pretty, calm and completely in tune with nature. You get to experience all the elements - fire (sun), air (wind), water (we have running water, and thankfully also very little of water leakage despite its very temporary feel); and last but not least - you can't get any closer to earth than this. It is a very, very earthy dwelling and you really feel Mother earth's belly as you tickle it with your slippers walking to and fro. Last but not least: nothing compares to coming out of the yurt at night and seeing the clear black skies dotted with bright stars.

    Muscs Kublai Khan - for the obvious body odour effect - musk-enhanced unwashed hair and sweaty armpits with hints of rose and aldehydes.

    Kiehl's Fig Leaf & Sage - milky herbacous weirdness. It's unusual yet very easy to wear and has a freshness without being boring. It also goes well with the cucumber and parsley scented products we currently have in the house - hand wash, shampoo and conditioner. Something green and clear-smelling yet non pretentious.

    Aromatics Elixir - an earthy, big sage scent that is sophisticated yet at the same time rustic enough to wear in the wilderness. Especially grateful for it on cold wintry days.

    Arabie - the spice market, sweat and dusty cobblestones - and all the spices I have in storage (and don't have in my kitchen) kvetched into one bottle. Awesome.

    Coco Noir - the opposite of yurt life: polished, elegant, artificial and urban. Jasmine, berries and plums, rose, patchouli, musk and vetiver with a a dusting of cocoa.

    Poivre Samarkand - because I heard that there are also yurts in Samarkand (Uzbekistan). Can't find any perfume inspired by Mongolia (which is where the yurts supposedly originate). Besides, it's a perfect sprinkle of heat on those chilly nights when the shower runs only boiling water or ice cold ones, and when you step out of the shower it's the same temperatures as outside (not as extreme as in Canada, but 5-11c is cold enough to feel like real winter).

    Musc Nomade (Annick Goutal) - I'm picking this one because of the name alone. I remember smelling it very vaguely and that is was vegetal and delicate... Admittedly I'm also too lazy to go digging in my shipping container now and find the little box where I "filed" all my music samples but I'm pretty sure I've only tried it once when I was in Paris.

    Tam Dao - if you've ever encountered compost toilet, you know that it's the human equivalent of hamster cage. pine or cedar shavings are used to cover up the mess, and the result is a more subdued version of human waste, that eventually turns into a nice scent of the forest floor. Anyway, this explanation made me think of Tam Dao, which is a fine sandalwood and cedar fragrance and also has some clean smelling musks underneath, to make you forget all the other business.

    Tea for Two - We've been enjoying my limited selection of teas that I make a point of finishing off. True to form, we've been brewing lots of chai, which I've been already giving you plenty of recipes for... And of course Hulnejan - the wonderful root brew of galangal, dried ginger and cassia bark.
    Zangvil also reminds me of this "witch brew" with its notes of fresh and dried ginger, honey, amber, jasmine and ginger lily.

    Finjan - we've been drinking lots of espresso on the stove top mocha machine, and lots of Arabic/Druze/Turkish coffee (each nationality claims it as their own - but essentially this is very dark roasted coffee with cardamom that is brewed on the stove). The latter is well represented in the perfuem I created titled Finjan (the name of the little porcelain "shot" cups that you sip the coffee from; mistakenly, most Israelis refer to the little pot used to brew it as "finjan" - but its real name is "Ralai").

    Mastic - Whenever it rains or gets really chilly, the mastica bushes and wild ivy behind the yurt release their fresh, green-balsamic scent. Grin's smell encompasses this verdant freshness with its notes of galbanum, violet, oakmoss and a classic floral bouquet.

    Geranium and Wild Oranges - My citrus orchard was overcome by wild orange shoots, and I've really let it go. We finally pruned the orchard this fall, which mean an overwhelming amount of wild oranges that had to be put into use somehow. The result? An orange cello with a touch of herbs from the yurt's garden, among them rose geranium. One sip of this liquor is enough to uplift the spirits.





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              Â¿Es la actividad física la píldora de la felicidad?        
    Aumenta tus emociones y disfruta la vida con el ejercicio | Elena del Mar
    Ya lo has escuchado antes: “esta sí es la píldora de la felicidad”, ¿verdad? Por supuesto, das clic porque todos queremos conocer esa fórmula mágica que da felicidad. Según un último estudio científico se ha encontrado la relación entre la sensación de satisfacción, tranquilidad y confianza cuando se llevan a cabo actividades físicas y de ejercicio periódicamente. Elena del Mar no te dirá que esta es la fórmula de la felicidad pero sí te hablará al respecto. ¿Cuáles son tus conclusiones?

    Cuando se practica ejercicio… ¿qué sucede?


    Diferentes personas encuentran en sus rutinas y actividades físicas la manera de encontrarse consigo mismas. Y es que en medio de vidas afanadas, largas y extenuantes jornadas laborales, muchas actividades por culminar, responsabilidades, reuniones familiares o con amigos son pocos los espacios que se pueden dedicar así mismos. ¿Tú qué elijes? ¿Cuál es tu momento? ¿Cuál es tu ritmo?

    Algunas personas han decidido el deporte y las actividades físicas practicadas en gimnasios en Bogotá y han encontrado en esos tiempos su felicidad, sus momentos de intimidad, soledad y reencuentros. Importante es destacar que según una encuesta de salud realizada en Canadá y publicada en septiembre de 2016 en la Biblioteca del Instituto Nacional de Salud de Estados Unidos, declaró que los niños que dedican su tiempo a la práctica de actividades físicas se sienten vigorosos y son menos propensos a actividades sedentarias. Lo mismo podemos afirmar para los más adultos.

    ¿Por qué ocurre esto?


    La práctica de ejercicio aumenta los niveles de serotonina, neurotransmisores que se localizan en el sistema nervioso central y que tienen entre sus funciones regular el deseo de saciedad después de ingeridos los alimentos, equilibra el deseo sexual, ayuda a estabilizar y controlar las emociones (angustia, depresión, ansiedad o agresividad). El ejercicio es la actividad que permite mantenerlos en equilibrio. Está comprobado que estimular la producción de serotonina genera bienestar, concentración y sensación de más energía.

    Atrévete. Toma retos y empieza tus rutinas de ejercicio


    Hacer ejercicio hasta convertirlo en rutina influye directamente en tu autoconfianza, autopercepción y en la disciplina para enfrentar y superar retos. Entonces, ¿las recomendaciones? Si estás pensado en empezar a moverte es que debes hacerlo de manera progresiva. Inicia con aquello que te motiva: podrían ser las clases grupales que te invitan a esforzarte de manera diferente y divertida. Elena del Mar te ofrece diferentes actividades en grupo y planes económicos de gimnasios en Bogotá. Conócelos aquí.  

    Después podrías seguir con pequeñas actividades que no te agoten o sobrecarguen de lo contrario, estarás pensando que no lo lograrás y será agobiante. No en vano, los médicos recomiendan que ante situaciones y emociones adversas como la angustia o depresión decidas dedicarte tiempo y, la manera más saludable y oportuna para hacerlo es por medio del ejercicio, donde se producirá la serotonina para que te dé más energía.

    Elena del Mar como un spa – gimnasio te ofrece espacios oportunos para que lleves a cabo cada una de tus rutinas físicas además de grandiosos y asequibles precios de gimnasios en Bogotá para que empieces hoy. Asimismo, pone a tu disposición centros de estética para que te relajes y dediques tiempo. Hoy no solo dijimos que la actividad física aumentará tu estado de ánimo sino que se convierte en uno de los factores para que encuentres tu felicidad. ¿Tú qué crees? ¿Puede el ejercicio apoyar tu felicidad? Comparte para ver que dicen tus amigos al respecto. Además te invitamos a ponerte en contacto con nosotros por medio de nuestra línea de atención al 344 1436 o visitar nuestras instalaciones para que inicies tus rutinas de ejercicio.

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              Ohhhhh Canada! (Best of Canada 2014)        

    Nate discusses the Best of Canada 2014. This list includes ten of his favorite albums by Canadian bands / musicians and other favorite Canadian things.

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              BLACK BEAR MEETS REMINGTON R-25        

    It was a warm sunny late September afternoon when I pulled into the Canadian Border Customs in Lewiston several weeks ago in route to Port Loring, Ontario where I hoped to shoot my seventh black bear. Little did I know then that this would be the last ray of sunshine I would see for the next 5 days. Having my gun registration paper work completed prior to my arrival helped to expedite the process; however when I opened my gun case and the Canadian officer saw my new fully camouflaged Remington R-25 .308 caliber modular repeating rifle, he was quite impressed as were several of his fellow officers who also came over to look. Once across the border I knew that I would not reach Port Loring until the wee hours of the night and decided to drive until about 9 p.m. and find a motel to spend the night; which I did in Trey, Ontario. And by mid-morning the next day I was knocking on Hermann and Lise Stroeher’s door. It was really good to see them again since my last visit 4 or 5 years ago and they were as warm and friendly as ever. But Hermann was all business and told me we can talk later and to follow him to where I would be staying. He wanted me to get unpacked and back to his house by 1:30 p.m. so I would be in my treestand by 2:30 p.m. I could feel the adrenaline already starting to boil just thinking about the hunt. My accommodations this year were at Wright Point Resort, a beautiful spot on the banks of the Pigeon Lake which is actually is part of the Pickerel River system; and it is loaded with small and largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye(they call them pickerel). The owners, Dianne and Dan Feasby, had set me up in one of their 4 motel rooms which, like their 7 lake-side cottages were fully furnished with all modern appliances, dishes, pans, etc. and they had boats and motor rentals right there. What a place to spend a week’s vacation, fishing and/or hunting. And if you are a snowmobiler, they showed me an Ontario trail map with thousands of miles of snowmobile trails. Unfortunately I only got to fish the lake for about two hours; in which time I caught and released 31 nice bass. The majority were smallies, the largest measuring 20 inches and two of the largemouth were over 3 pounds. All were taken on a Stick-O-Worm rigged wacky style. I did leave the rest of these worms with Dan and one of his campers. The hospitality here was outstanding and if you would like to see more go to their web site at, wrightpointresort.com. DAY 1 At 1:30 p.m. I was following Hermann in my truck headed to my treestand site and I was anxious. It was a long ride, approximately 25 miles on a paved road and another 6 miles into the bush on a dirt road where I parked my truck and Hermann walked me in on a small trail to the site got me settled, then headed back to camp. There were dark clouds beginning to roll in but I was hoping the rain would hold off until dark. It didn’t. Perhaps and hour or so after I climbed into the stand I heard thunder in the distance behind me; but it sounded like it was going away from me. It wasn’t. The rains came first but I was ready for that and quickly slipped into my rain suit and used another light rain jacket to cover my gun. The winds followed shortly and I found out later that they were upward of 40; which at times felt like I was on the high seas. Within 45 minutes of the start of the rain the thunder began, and with it the lightning. Now my choices were climb out of the stand and go sit in the truck until it passed and then sneak back in, which would probably ruin the hunt. So I chose the second option of staying in the tree. An hour or so later the thunder and lighting did stop, but the heavy rain and high winds didn’t. And at 7:50 p.m., the end of legal shooting time, I climbed down from the stand and sloshed my way back to the truck. Did not see a bear. Back at camp no one else had seen a bear either and Hermann said that the combination of the heavy rain, high winds and thunder and lightning makes them very nervous. All we could do is go back out again the next morning. DAY 2 I was in my stand an hour before sunup and when I looked through my scope I could see that the bait had not been touched; so there was still a chance that the bear would come in this morning. Forgot to mention it was still raining and the wind was about 20-25 mph. At 10:30 a.m. I climbed down and headed back to camp. After breakfast and a short nap I was sitting in the stand in full rain gear hoping that tonight was the night. The rain continued along with the heavy winds all evening and once again there were no bear visits. But I did have 4 grouse cooing around under my stand for about an hour. The grouse season was open but the .308 was a little overkill for grouse hunting. DAY 3 After another morning of rain, wind and no bear I met up with Hermann who suggested that after breakfast I join him on his morning baiting trips and we could check the activity at several of the sites, and I could pick the one I liked for the afternoon hunt. We visited 5 sites, all of which were hit since the last time he checked them. The site that I choose had plenty of activity signs but the real draw for me was the timber wolf tracks I saw in the mud on the way in that got me excited. Only once, years ago while sitting in a treestand at Hermann’s, I had a timber wolf appear about 150 yards from me. I did get to look at him through my binoculars but he quickly disappeared. That evening the rain continued and it was then that I realized the value of good equipment. Other than my hands and face the only thing that got a little wet and cold during these long sits in the nasty weather was my nose. The camouflaged Red Head Squaltex Bone Dry rain gear totally protected my body from the rain and the wind and the Burris Full Field II, in all this nasty rain, never once fogged up on me. Actually I did get a bit wet the next day when climbing down from my stand in the morning I caught my jacket on a nail and ripped a big chuck out of it. As for the bear this particular evening; nothing came it. DAY 4 The final day, my last chance. The morning hunt went too quickly and the rain did stop for an hour or so and, the sun did shine for perhaps an hour. But there were no bears. It was going down to the wire again. That afternoon I was in the stand earlier than usual but knew this was it; because tomorrow I was heading home. The weather was actually fairly pleasant; for awhile. Then about 3 p.m. the winds began followed by the rain, and with each hour both increased and by 6 p.m. things were back to normal; heavy rains and gusting winds that were causing my treestand to move a good six inches from side to side. I must have looked at my watch at least a dozen times; and time was running out. I remember checking my watch at it 7:35 p.m. and saying to myself, just 10 more minutes of legal shooting time left; it looks like it is over. But when I looked up there he was coming in, 70 yards away in the opening. Quickly I shouldered the gun and put the crosshair on the bear’s shoulder and clicked off the safety. My only problem now was that the 40 plus mph wind was again rocking the stand side to side. It seemed like forever that I held the horizontal crosshair of the scope on target just waiting for the wind to stop. And when it did I set the crosshairs on its shoulder and tapped the R-25 trigger and the Remington 150 grain Ultra Bonded PSP put him down. To say I was relieved and excited would be an understatement as I scrambled down the steps and trotted to the bear. A tap on his nose with the rifle barrel told me what I already knew; it was over. Quickly I unloaded my rifle, put it in its case, which is required when leaving the woods after legal shooting time in Canada, and quickly headed to my truck to go get Hermann. He was as happy as I was about the news and he had already put the ATV on the back of his pickup; and we headed back to get my bear. Once again I watched Hermann’s skill with the Outdoor Edge cutlery(Kodi-Pak) I had given him years ago. But the fun really began when we had to drag the bear about 20 yards over a number of brush piles and stumps to the ATV. Two old men pulling on a bear would have made a great photo, but we got it there and loaded on the back of the ATV. And yes, it was still raining and windy; but I really did not care. This was another great hunt with some very special old and new friends; and I have to rate it as my most memorable bear hunt. If you would like to see more photos of the bear you can go to, fishguydblog.blogspot.com/
              COMPLETION OF THE NWTF CANADIAN SLAM        

    Last week I traveled to the Canadian Province of British Columbia where I hoped to fulfill my final requirement for the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) Canadian Slam by harvesting a Merriam turkey. According to NWTF’s record book only one person, Kathleen Neault, Colorado, has completed this Slam; and I was hoping to become the second. In October last year I had harvested an Eastern turkey in Hastings County, Ontario. These are the only two turkeys needed to qualify for this recognition. This past winter I surfed the net for turkey hunting outfitters in Canada that guided for Merriam and found out that there were very few. Turkey hunting in Canada is fairly new and generally there is little interest in hunting them; but that has been rapidly changing with the continuing increase in the Canada populations of wild turkeys. My choice for this hunt was the Kettle River Guides/Outfitters operated by Tami and Melvin Kilback who have been in business for over 33 years for whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose, bear, cougar, lynx and bobcat. And their trophy wall of successful clients was extremely impressive. And they were eager to add some turkey photos to this collection. Upon my arrival at the base camp I was greeted by my guide, Jamie York who helped me settle in to my cabin and then sat down to discuss the morning’s strategies. We would be hunting the high ground on a vast piece of Crown(public) hunting land and based on what Jamie had scouted we decided that we would get there early and walk and talk our way along the trails trying to solicit gobbles from a love sick tom. As for calling, I handed him a Wilson’s Game Call black walnut box call and told him he could call and I would shoot. According to Jamie 10 years ago in this area turkey sightings were very rare but now the population has increased significantly. Little did we know just how big this population really was. What I liked immediately about the hunt was the fact that we could legally hunt from sunup(5 a.m.) until a little past 8 p.m. And he also said that turkeys could hunt with either a shotgun or a rimfire rifle. And in the spring the limit was just one bearded bird. My choice of gun for this Slam was a new Mossberg model 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun which, for the first time in my turkey hunting career, I topped off with a fixed power, circle and cross hair reticle Maine Vue scope. I was very impressed with this combination at the range. It had worked well on my Ontario turkey hunt and I also used it to shoot several coyotes this past winter. In fact I also shot a dozen or so Canada geese with it during the early September season hunt. So my confidence level with this gun was extremely high. When that target was in that circle it was history. It seemed like I had just closed my eyes when the alarm announce sounded my 3 a.m. wake-up. The things a hunter will do just to chase a wild turkey; but what a beautiful country to do it in. Coffee to go and a banana, and we were headed up a narrow dirt road to Crown (public) land where Jamie had seen a number of Merriam a few day before. We never got a chance to use our walk and talk plan because the birds began to gobble before he had gone 50 yards from the truck and it was still 20 minutes before legal shooting time. There were 4 gobbles coming from 4 different directions so we thought it best to set up as soon as we were out of sight of the truck. With our two decoy hens in place we started to yelp softly and the double-gobbling responses were immediate. I never expected this type of a greeting but I will admit I had visions of calling the airlines that afternoon after the photo shoot of my tom, to see if I could get an early flight home. No such luck because those toms, which continued to gobble for about an hour never came close to us; they just went silent. Something was wrong and I did not know what it was. Moving farther up the ridge about a half mile we called again and got several more responses which sent us scrambling to get set up. And the results were an exact duplicate of our first encounter - they would not come in. For the next several hours we had toms gobbling all over this high country and never got one to come to us. When we headed back at 10 a.m. for breakfast we had 17 responding toms and not one sighting. Now breakfast was a real SLAM prepared by our camp cook, Jeannie. Her breakfast menu was right out of the weight watchers cook book. It included pancakes with 4 kinds of syrup, eggs over easy, home fries, sausage and bacon. And that evening at dinner it too was a 5 star meal. And that is the way it was for the rest of my stay. I never left the table hungry. When we returned to the turkey woods that afternoon it was like a repeat of the morning with plenty of turkey talking and responses but no appearances. The total gobblers heard that day we estimated to be 22. On Day two we awoke to find the ground covered with about 1-2 inches of snow and a very cold biting wind; but it had little or no effect on the turkeys. They were again gobbling and responding to our calls all morning and still no incoming toms. I was beginning to loose my confidence and was definitely confused at what was happening. I did however believe that from what we were experiencing, that perhaps the breeding season was over. Moving on we found an area where we could see where turkey had been feeding and I decided to take off on one set of tracks that headed down the hill. Tracking a turkey in the snow is something I had never done in all my years of hunting turkeys. It was definitely different but unfortunately the trail ended at the edge of a brook after three-quarters of a mile. And at day’s end we had spoken with 16 more toms, and not once did I release the safety on my Mossberg. FINAL DAY If it did not happen today I would have to re-book and wait a whole year to get another chance at completing my Canadian Slam. And to add to the pressure, the blinding snow and occasional rain was constant. I told Jamie to stay warm and dry and just drop me off a quarter of mile from where we had found the tracks the day before. I planned on setting up and sitting there all day in hopes of their return. At sunup they were talking but not moving and after 4 ½ hours of sitting and shivering I called Jamie to be picked up. Time to ride and call and until be got a response. And I will admit that my confidence level was extremely low and I believed it was over until next Spring. But we were not ready to call it quits just yet. At our third stop we got a chorus of gobbling response but again they would not come in. Jamie, who knew this country better than anyone, suggested be try a drive. He would get above the birds and try to move them down to me. I am not confident in turkey drives but, at this point it couldn’t hurt to try. When he got there I heard him softly calling and the turkeys answering but nothing was coming down to me. I was wondering why he had stopped calling when I heard the truck coming. “Ed, I think they are roosted up there,” he said; “want to see if we can sneak them?” Now sneaking and peeking a group of turkeys is next to impossible to do without being busted. But “Why not?” Back up on top we slowly began to move down the snow-covered hill towards what sounded like a flock of toms gobbling; even though we were not calling them. After each step I took I expected to hear the putt, putt alarm and the flapping of wings as they flew off. But Jamie had and idea, which I believe was the whole key to the final success of this hunt, when he moved off to the right of ,me and then down out of sight of the turkey continuing to work the box call softly all the way. By doing this the turkeys were looking in his direction which allowed me a little more freedom to make my move. My plan was to reach a large fallen pine tree which I estimated to be about 20 yards from the birds. When I reached it I shouldered the Mossberg, put my thumb on the safety, took a deep breath and stepped around the tree. My plan was to take the first tom that I saw. But when I did step out I did not expect to see what probably was close to 20 toms; some roosting and others on the ground. Picking out the closest one I got him in the scope and squeezed the trigger. In seconds there were turkeys in the air everywhere; except for the one 2 year old tom who lay on the ground. My quest for the Canadian Slam had ended. When Jamie retrieved my turkey he said that the shot was actually 45 yards. It was a great hunt, in a great setting with some great people. I can assure you that the turkey woods of Kettle River Guides/Outfitters have an abundance of Merriam turkeys. You can check them out at kettleriverguides.com. If possible, I plan on returning to British Columbia next April; and if you are interested in coming along drop me an email (enoonan@nycap.rr.com).

              NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE - SCI SILVER AWARD        


    PART I - THE BEGINNING
    Have you ever flipped through the pages of Field & Stream or watched an exciting big game hunt on the Outdoor Channel and said to yourself, “Someday I would like to do that?” I guess all hunters have a specific species they dream about pursuing and mine has always been a moose. In terms of my “bucket list” for animals I want to hunt, the moose has always been number one. For years, I have sent my check to Vermont and Maine in hopes of getting drawn in their moose hunting lottery; but it never was. But last Fall I received an email from Amsterdam hunters Dick Andrews and Marshall Knapik and Rich Kraus(Ballston Spa) about their Newfoundland moose hunt that finally lit the fire under me. And the results is that in 3 weeks my dream hunt will finally become a reality.

    The moose, which is derived from the Algonkian name meaning “eater of twigs,” was not native to Newfoundland. They were introduced, two bulls and two cows from New Brunswick, in 1904 and today it is estimated that there is a population of 120,000. Moose are the largest member of the deer family with a weak eyesight but their most acute sense is their hearing. Their habitat is includes swampy areas as well as forested higher ground around lakes.

    The destination, which I choose mainly because of Dick’s recommendation and the fact that he has hunted there successfully five times already and will be returning in 2010, is Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps located in Portland Creek, Newfoundland, Canada. Owned and operated by Sam and Hebbert Caines, they have over 30 years of experience guiding and outfitting hunters. Sam’s has three hunting camps located in Area No. 3 on the Northern Peninsula: St. Paul’s Big Pond, where I will be hunting, which is one-half mile from Gros Morne National Park which is 35 miles from Deer Lake; Long Range Mountains at Trophy Lake and High Pond which are each 60 miles from Deer Lake which is the pick up point for all Sam’s hunters. Now although we will be hunting from fly-in remote sites, which I am looking forward to, it is comforting to know that there is two-way radio and cell telephone contact with these camps.

    There are two ways to get to Deer Lake; driving and flying. If you drive there is a 5 - 8 hour ferry crossing depending upon the weather or, my choice, drive to Montreal and fly into Deer Lake. Here I will spend the night, be picked up early the next morning and flown in to camp by helicopter. And this, the helicopter ride, is something I am looking forward to also. All the camps are built to Newfoundland Tourism specifications and include indoor toilets, showers, two bedroom with two single beds in each, a large dining room and a kitchen. And each camp has a full time cook. Each hunter has his/her own guide. The actual hunting is done by spot and stalk, which is walking and glassing a variety of terrains, and/or sometimes glassing from elevated blinds.

    Now when choosing a guide/outfitter success rate should always be a major consideration. In the case of Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps he has a 90 percent success rate for moose and 100 percent for caribou. Unfortunately, I applied for a Woodland caribou hunting tag but did not receive one; but I did get a black bear permit which I hopefully will be able to fill during this hunt. As for the caribou, I will try again next year.

    BORDER CROSSING
    When hunting in Canada there are a number of forms and documents that are needed when crossing the border. The easiest way to travel to and from Canada is with a passport. As for your firearm, this too is fairly simple and most of the paperwork can be competed before you go. You cannot bring a fully automatic weapon, handgun or pepper spray into Canada. Your regular hunting rifle/shotgun is not a problem as long as complete a Nonresident Firearms Declaration(CAFC909EF) form. Sam sent this form to me when I confirmed my hunt with him in February. The form is very simple to complete and on it you can register up to 3 firearms and the cost is $25(Canadian) which you pay at the time of crossing. The registration is good for 60 days. Do not sign and date the form until you are at customs. In all the times I have traveled to Canada with a firearm(s) to hunt it has been a very simple process which usually will take no more than 30 minutes. To download this form Goggle “Canadian firearms declaration form.”

    With regards to transporting firearms to Canada , which they may or may not inspect at the border, is in a protective and lockable case, and obviously, unloaded. It is wise if your gun is a bolt action to remove the bolt, and if it a clip remove the clip.

    CLOTHING
    Weather-wise, during September it is usually very pleasant in the mid - 40s which is good hunting weather. But Dick and other hunters who have been to Newfoundland in September all agree that things can change very quickly. “You will hunt in the rain,” they tell me and things will get damp and therefore layering you clothing is the best method. The absolute must for this trip is quality rain gear which should include quality rubber boots that are 16 or 17 inches high and with aggressive tread.


    THE GUN/AMMO
    Now those of you who know me are probably saying: “First moose hunt; he will surely have to buy a new gun.” That’s what my wife thought also. Well, believe it or not, the gun that I will be using is one that is already in my gun cabinet. In fact I have had it for at least 7 years now and never really shot anything with it. It is a ported Remington Model 700 BDL in the .300 Win Mag caliber. I told you I knew that one day I would be making this hunt and actually bought the gun solely for the purpose of hunting moose with it. The only action it has seen up until now has been a twice a year complete cleaning and oiling. But now that my dream hunt is going to be a reality I have added a quality optic and spent some range time getting acquainted with this gun; and I am very impressed with its performance and power; just what is needed to bring down a large bull moose that stands higher than a large saddle horse and can weigh as much as 1500 pounds.

    When I asked Sam and Hebbert what to expect in terms of the range of shooting distance he said that it could be anywhere from 50 yards to 400 yards; which was another reason I chose the .300 win mag cartridge.

    With the number of quality scopes offered today my selection of the right one for this rifle and especially this hunt was difficult. At the Shot Show in January I spent one day visiting optic manufacturers booths and reviewing what they were offering in scopes. One in particular impressed me; Hawke Optics. And when Brad Bonar, their Sales Manager, let me look through their Endurance 30 series 3-12x50 L3 Dot IR reticle scope all I could think about was placing that red dot on the shoulder of my Newfoundland bull moose. Other important features include a 30mm matt black mono tube, it is fog and waterproof, shockproof and has an 11 setting rheostat to adjust the Dot’s intensity to any light condition.

    After mounting and bore sighting the scope I headed for the range where I tested 3 brands of ammunition shooting from a Caldwell Lead Sled shooting rest which is the only way to sight in a firearm for two reasons: one is that you get the best accuracy and two, it absorbs almost all of the felt recoil. My 3-shot grouping with the Endurance was quite impressive(one-half inch) and the best results were with the Winchester Supreme Elite XP3, 180 grain 2-stage expansion bullet with delayed controlled expansion, deep penetration and high weight retention. Ballistically it has a muzzle velocity of 3000 feet per second and energy of 3597 foot pounds. Just the right medicine for taking a moose down. Zeroed at 200 yards it will be 1.4 inches high at 100 yards and 6.4 inches low at 300 yards. And should I get that 400 yard shot, my holdover will be 18.5 inches.

    One other service I found helpful when dealing with Hawke Optics was their Ballistic Reticle Calculator(BRC) which is a free software package that will help you to choose the right ammunition for your gun and print a copy of the results. This program covers calibers from a 177 air rifle, up to a 300 Weatherby magnum and even will calculate the best crossbow bolt for your crossbow. To get the BRC go to their web at hawkeoptics, click on “Hawke BRC” and they will email it to you. And while you are there click on “NEW Reticle Information” and see how my L3 DOT IR looks when sighting in a bull elk in the field.

    PART II - THE HUNT

    Forty five years ago when I realized how much I enjoyed big game hunting I promised myself that someday I was going to go on a moose hunt. And two weeks ago my wish came true in Newfoundland at Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps; and I can honestly say it was the most exciting hunting adventures I have ever experienced.

    It was 2a.m. when I stepped off the plane in Deer Lake along with several other camo clad passengers and headed for the baggage claim conveyor. Now if you have ever traveled with a firearm on a hunting trip you know how good you feel when you see that gun case come out on the conveyor; and mine did. But my suitcase, with all my hunting clothes, boots and other accessories, didn’t. Now I had a real problem because in just 4 hours my outfitter Sam Caines was going to pick me up and take me to the helicopter that would fly me into St. Paul’s Big Pond; which was the only access to the camp.

    At the airline desk I completed the missing baggage claim form and explained the situation and asked how, when they found my bag, they would get it to me. They would have to send it to the outfitter who would then have it flown out to me at the camp. So when I climbed into that helicopter later that morning I was wearing my hunting clothes: jeans, Nike shoes, long sleeve cotton shirt, baseball cap and a photographer’s vest. Not exactly what I needed for the spot and stalk hunting in wet bogs in the wind and rain and temperatures in the low 40s.

    The helicopter ride was great and I got a chance to see just how beautiful the Newfoundland wilderness really is; and it was then that I felt the excitement of the upcoming hunt despite the knot in my stomach because of my lost luggage. I could not hunt like this and all I thought about was having to stay in camp for 7 days and not being able to hunt; something I waited a lifetime to do.

    After settling in, which did not take long for me, I got to meet the other three hunters: Oscar Primelles, my roommate from Florida; and Victor Chandler and Wayne Cleveland who were both from Nova Scotia. The staff included guides Hebbert, Sherman and Harrison Caines, Ralph House and Derrick Kelly our camp cook. Each hunter at Sam’s has his/her own guide. Ironically all had heard of my problem with the airlines and they all said “they would dress me.” Each one of them contributed to my hunting outfit and when I dressed for hunting on Monday morning the only piece of clothing I was wearing that was mine was my underwear; which by the way, I washed each evening and hung over the wood stove to dry.

    That evening before the hunt I felt lot better knowing I would be able to hunt comfortably and thoroughly enjoyed Derrick’s ham dinner with all the trimmings which we all found out was equally outstanding all week. And that included the home made bread, pies and cakes.

    MONDAY
    It rained all night and it was raining at 7 a.m. with 5-10 ph winds and temperatures in the mid - 30s when Sherman, my guide, and I along with Oscar and his guide Hebbert, all climbed into an 18 foot aluminum boat and headed for the other end of the pond. This “pond” by the way was the size of Saratoga Lake.

    Once on shore we all started up 12 STOP mountain which is the name I gave it because it required 12 rest stops where I would catch my breath before I reached the top. Sherman and I stayed on one side of the top while Oscar and Hebbert went over the top to the other side to set up. Each of the guides would call, using only their mouths, but nothing came in.

    By 9 a.m. the wind had picked up considerably and that combined with the heavy rains made sitting difficult; and at by 11:00 we were back in the boat and headed for camp. And when we got there Derrick’s homemade turkey vegetable soup was just what we all needed. No one that morning had seen a moose.

    The afternoon watch took us up another steep incline( 10 Stop mountain) and the bad weather conditions were the same. I remember reading that moose do not move much when it is rainy and windy and they didn’t this evening either. Victor and Ralph reported seeing two cow moose that evening but they were about 500 yards across the bog.

    TUESDAY
    Anticipation was high that morning despite the fact that conditions had actually gotten tougher and we had to wait about an hour for the fog to lift before we left camp. This time Sherman and I headed out behind the camp for an area they called the Waiting Rock stand. It was an 8 stops climb for me and we climbed into the 20 foot high tower. These towers are quite unique. They(guides) find four 10 - 12 inch trees that are in a square about 5 or 6 feet apart, trim the branches from the ground up, cut the tops off the trees, and build a platform blind enclosing the sides with canvas and with seats. It is quite comfortable but I found out that temperatures were a bit colder at this height. And at times the high winds would create horizontal rains which added to our discomfort. But that’s hunting. And again, by 10 a.m. we were headed back to camp without sighting a single moose.

    It was on this trip back to camp that I found out about what Newfoundlanders call a bog hole, and why they told me to always watch and duplicate where your guide steps; which I did on the first day. However on this day I got caught up in looking at the beautiful scenery and my right foot with the 18 inch high boot found its way into a 24 in hole full f water. I knew than that I was done hunting for the day. But as it turned out, because of the bad weather no one went out that afternoon.

    WEDNESDAY
    Finally Mother Nature turned off the water, reduced the wind and replaced them with chilly 34 degree temperatures. At daybreak Sherman and I headed back up for the Waiting Rock tower; but we never made it. The evening before Hebbert had told me that in the history of this camp Waiting Rock had produced at least 100 moose harvests and on this day I was about to make it 101.

    Several hundred yards from camp we stopped and Sherman made a few cow calls but got no response. Continuing up the hill we were just about 100 yards from the bog that the tower was located in when Sherman stopped, tapped his ear and pointed at the thick spruce off to our left. I heard the scraping and then saw those large palmated antlers thrashing the trees and brush about 80 yards from us. I think I froze momentarily in awe. It is one thing to watch something like this on the Outdoor Channel, but it is nothing like actually being there. Quickly and quietly I chambered a round and turned the Hawke scopes power down to 4. I don’t remember being nervous but I am sure I was.

    By watching the movement of the bushes and trees we could see the bull was heading parallel to us and hopefully he would cross a 15 foot opening about 50 yards from me. Sherman motioned me up a few yards where I set up on a small rise in the trail, got down on one knee, clicked off my safety and laid my cheek on the stock.

    All the time I could feel the chill running up and down my spine and my heart was pounding. To keep the bull headed in our direction Sherman cleverly turned his back on the bull and called again making it sound like this love sick cow was leaving. It worked.

    Not only did the bull step into the opening but he started to turn down the trail towards me. I don’t know remember my feelings or even pulling the trigger when that big bull was just 40 yards from me slowly tossing his head from side to side. I knew I had hit him, but I am not sure he knew. Shot number two got the reaction I was looking for and shot number three put him on the ground. It was then that I remember what the veteran hunters and guides in camp said; “ shoot until he is down.”

    My knees were a bit shaky when I stood up and so were my hands as Sherman and I waited a few minutes before moving cautiously toward the fallen bull. And when we were sure he was dead the high 5s, hoots, hugs and handshakes began. I don’t know exactly how many times I thanked Sherman, my 27 year old guide, for my first bull; and he thanked me also; because I was actually the first client he had guided.

    I believe I stood over my bull for at least 15 minutes just admiring his rack, head, swollen neck and shoulders. Everything about him was “BIG.”

    Now the real work was about to begin for Sherman. That big half ton at least animal had to be rolled over and not only field dressed but boned, quartered and carried out on a pack frame.

    Back in camp that afternoon after another long photo shoot Hebbert gave me my bulls statistics. He estimated that the bull weighed 1500 pounds, was 7-8 years old, had 22 measurable points, 13 inch palms, a 48 3/4 inch spread and the bases of his antlers measured 9 3/4 inches around.

    As for the other hunters in camp they too tagged out by the end of the week. My cabin roommate Oscar, shot a 10 point bull, called in by Hebbert, just about 550 yards from where I took my bull on the Waiting Rock watch. On the next morning, Thursday, Harrison called in a 3 point bull and a cow moose to Victor, who chose to shoot the cow. And at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, the final day of hunting, I was in camp when Ralph called in to report he had called in a 4 point bull at the Waiting Rock tower, which Wayne dropped with just one shot at 158 yards. It was this 73 year old gentleman’s 10 th bull and his 10 th year of hunting with Sam. The first week of the 2009 moose hunt at St. Paul’s Big Pond was 100 percent successful. And I later found out that only one hunter in all three of Sam’s outpost camps had not taken a moose this week.

    If you have ever considered a moose hunt I highly recommend that you contact Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps(709-898-2535).



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    BirdsMerlin by John Picken

    Merlin. Photo Â© John Picken / www.picken.com

    Last week, the Field Museum Bird Collection received a batch of specimens from Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation facility in the Chicago suburbs that has been a long-time partner of ours. Not every animal that enters the rehab facility survives, and when they don't, they end up as research specimens at the Field Museum. Among the specimens was a hatchling raptor that was picked up alive, but underweight and in poor health, by Willowbrook volunteer Hans Lim on July 22 in Mt. Prospect, in northwest Cook County. Despite Willowbrook's efforts, the bird didn't survive. The bird was so young that it still had some of its natal down and its primaries were not fully grown, indicating that it couldn't fly, or at least couldn't fly far. The bird, understandably, was originally thought to be a Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus), a local and uncommon breeding species in northeast Illinois, but not unheard of. It's a species that we infrequently add to the collection, averaging fewer than one per year from Illinois over the last decade (almost all of which came to us from Willowbrook). Even rarer is getting such a young bird, even though all birds, raptors included, have high rates of mortality in their first year of life.

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    Merlin chick in Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    This Merlin chick seemed to have fallen out of nest. It was in poor health and was taken to Willowbrook Wildlife Center, but it didn't survive. It represents the first nesting record for the state of Illinois. Photo by Hans Lim.

    Because of the specimen's rarity, we prioritized it for preparation. As I walked through the prep lab on Wednesday, I saw it sitting out, waiting for Tom Gnoske to prepare it as a study skin. But it immediately struck me as off for a Broad-winged Hawk. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a Merlin!

    Merlin (Falco columbarius) is a small falcon that typically breeds in the boreal forests well to our north and has never before been confirmed nesting in Illinois. However, they have been seen a few times in summer in the state in recent years and they've been expanding their breeding range south in recent decades. Over that same period of time, much like Cooper's Hawk and Peregrine Falcon, they have been adapting to urban landscapes. Many birders predicted that it wouldn't be long before Merlins were confirmed breeding in Illinois, and it has finally happened. In the 2013 volume of the Illinois state ornithological journal, Meadowlark, Steven D. Bailey discussed this very scenario:

    One species that appears to have Illinois in its crosshairs for expanding its breeding range southward is the boreal-nesting Merlin...This year [2012], two Merlins were well-documented with photos, both in July, and one as far south as central Illinois. As I write this, a female and two juvenile Merlins have been discovered at Pokogan State Park in Indiana near its border with Michigan, likely representing that state’s first nesting record. Merlins showed the largest increase in population in a recent study group of boreal-nesting bird species (Niven et al. 2004), and the species has made a fairly rapid movement into urban and suburban city breeding locales over a large part of their range relatively recently (Warkentin et al. 2005), including agricultural and urban areas of nearby Wisconsin (Cutright et al. 2006). In Ontario, Canada, only one urban nesting Merlin was found during their first breeding bird atlas project in 1986, but by the time their next atlas project was completed in 2006, the Merlin had become the most common breeding raptor in some Ontario cities, including Ottawa (Cadman et al. 2007). Illinois birders should be on the lookout for nesting Merlins in the years to come. They don’t build their own nests but often choose old American Crow (and so also likely old Cooper’s Hawk nests), often near water, especially wetlands.

    Merlins have become more common in winter in Illinois, as well, and no doubt they will be found nesting again in our state. In Massachusetts, for example, Merlin was first found nesting in 2008, and has since become a regular breeding species there. In the case of the Mt. Prospect nest, just one young bird was found on the ground. Given that the average number of chicks per nest is 3.5-4 (Sodhi et al. 2005), we can hope its siblings survived and will come back to breed in the area next year. 

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    Merlin chick in the prep lab
    The Merlin chick in the Field Museum's prep lab, before being prepared as a research specimen. In the photo you can see the remaining fluffy white natal feathers as well as the partially-grown primaries. Photo by Josh Engel.

    Thanks to Hans Lim for providing photos of the bird and details about the circumstances around picking it up, Ron Skleney for providing additional details, and John Picken for providing the banner image. 

    Literature cited

    Bailey, S.D. 2013. Field Notes: The 2012 Breeding Season. Meadowlark: A Journal of Illinois Birds. 22: 9-44. 

    Cadman, M.D., D.A.Sutherland, G.G. Beck, D. LePage, and A.R. Couturier (eds.). 2007. Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, 2001-2005. Toronto: Birds Studies Canada et al. 706 pp. 

    Cutright, N.J., B.R. Harriman, and R.W. Howe (eds.). 2006. Atlas of the breeding birds of Wisconsin. Madison: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. 602 pp.

    Niven, D.K., J.R. Sauer, G.S. Butcher, and W.A. Link. 2004. Christmas Bird Count provides insights into population chance in land birds that breed in the boreal forest. American Birds. 58: 10-20. 

    Warkentin, I.G., N.S. Sodhi, R.H.M. Espie, A.F. Poole, L.W. Oliphant, and P.C. James. 2005. Merlin (Falco columbarius). The Birds of North America (P.R. Rodewald, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from The Birds of North America: https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/merlin/ DOI: 10.2173/bna.44

     

     

     


              Of Ivory Gulls and Parasites        
    BirdsIvory Gull by Nathan Goldberg

    Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) photo by Nathan Goldberg.

    On the morning of January 7, I received a phone call from our former intern Nathan Goldberg, currently a student at Cornell University, who was birding in northeast Minnesota. "I just found a roadkill Spruce Grouse, do you guys want it?" That was an easy question: "Of course we do," I replied. Spruce Grouse is a bird of the North Woods, far from Chicago, so this was an excellent opportunity to get a fresh specimen of a species that rarely comes into the collection. Plus we have all of the necessary permits to receive specimens from Minnesota.

    That was just the beginning of the story. One of the main reasons Nathan was in that area, along with dozens of other birders, was to see the rare Ivory Gull that showed up a week earlier on the Duluth lakefront and was being seen daily.

    Not long after his phone call, I saw a distressing message on Facebook--an Ivory Gull had been found dead, mostly eaten by a mammal, just across the border in Wisconsin. Only the head and wings remained. Laura Erickson, a birder who lives in Duluth, went out and salvaged what was left of the specimen after learning of the bird's demise. As is the norm these days, all of this was known in real-time thanks to social media.  Nathan then contacted Laura to ask if, while he was at it, he could take the Ivory Gull remains to the Field Museum along with the Spruce Grouse that was already in his trunk. She agreed. In the meantime, a living, breathing Ivory Gull was seen again in Duluth! (I highly recommend reading Laura’s account of the remarkable situation). Late the following night, Nathan, knowing that his mother wouldn't approve of a big bag of dead birds in her freezer, stopped by my apartment on his way home from Minnesota to drop off the specimens.

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    Nathan Goldberg ruffling
    Nathan Goldberg and I examine the Ivory Gull specimen for ectoparasites. Photo by Lynne Remington.

    As an intern at the Museum, Nathan had worked with Jason Weckstein, a former staff scientist whose research focuses on birds and their associated parasites. Not wanting to miss an opportunity for further study, Nathan asked that we wait a week to prepare the specimens so he could come in to the museum and examine them himself for lice. That wasn't a problem, and we both knew Jason would be thrilled to receive anything that he found. 

    The following week Nathan came to the museum to do just this. We had pulled the birds out of one of the Bird Collection’s many freezers that morning, so they were thawed and ready to be "ruffled," the term for rummaging through a bird’s plumage to collect its ectoparasites: lice, mites, fleas, and ticks in particular. We find ectos, as we call them, on roughly 50% of the birds we check; today, however, the success rate was 100%. Nathan found lice on both the Ivory Gull and the Spruce Grouse as well as a mite on the gull. It's entirely possible that some of the parasites represent new species. We checked the “Bird Louse Bible,” and it turns out that several louse species have been found on Ivory Gulls—the first was described way back in 1780! Just one species is known from Spruce Grouse.

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    The Ivory Gull's louse, in the genus Quadraceps. Photo by Nathan Goldberg.

    Tom Gnoske, our Assistant Collections Manager, then prepared both birds as specimens. The Ivory Gull specimen consists of one wing, the head feathering, the skull, plus additional feathers. The Spruce Grouse was prepared as a study skin, with a partial skeleton saved as well. As we do for every specimen that comes through the prep lab, tissue samples were saved from both birds to preserve their DNA. A quick search of VertNet, the online database of museum bird collections, shows that the Ivory Gull tissue sample may be only the second one in a museum collection. 

    Ivory Gull is a rare bird, making this a unique opportunity to study its parasite fauna and collect a tissue sample that can be used for genetic studies in the future. It is classified as Near-threatened by BirdLife International because it “has declined rapidly in part of its range,” indeed by as much as 80% in Canada over the last thirty years. Part of the problem may be mercury poisoning, which increased in their systems by 45 times in 130 years. Whether or not this is related to birds showing up so far out of range is yet to be studied. But thanks to the quick work of birders and the wonders of social media, when it is studied there is no doubt that this specimen will be used.

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    Ivory Gull and Spruce Grouse specimens
    The prepared specimens: the Ivory Gull's wing and head feathers, along with the Spruce Grouse and a Least Bittern.

     


              Northerly Island reopens!        
    Birds

    It's been a long time coming: after more than two years of construction, this morning Northerly Island officially reopened. Although not "officially" open until 10am, many people were out early this morning enjoying the new paved walkway that loops through the southern 40 acres of the park. I was one of those people, hoping for some interesting migrants and checking out the site's birding potential. 

    Every bit of open space on the lakefront is important for the birds themselves as a place to rest and refuel, and Northerly Island's location--jutting out into the lake--makes it an especially important site. According to eBird, no fewer than 241 species have been reported there. It has been particularly good for grassland migrants, birds like Nelson's and Le Conte's Sparrows, Bobolink, Sedge Wren, and Short-eared Owl. It's also attracted some great rarities over the years, most recently Brewer's Sparrow and Sage Thrasher. But what does the future hold for birding here?

    This morning was very quiet, with virtually no migrants. That's not an indictment of the habitat, however; it just wasn't a good day for migrants. In fact, the new Northerly Island has the potential to be just as good, if not better, as a birding destination than it was previously. The southern forty acres, where the construction took place and where most birders will focus their efforts, is primarily made up of two habitats--grasslands and pond. The grasslands (which lie on small hills) will undoubtedly attract good numbers of sparrows and other grassland migrants, just as the old Northerly did, but it may take some time until the vegetation has matured enough for the birds to arrive. The vegetation is still sparse in some places, however, and even this morning there were contractors out spraying invasive species. There are also plans to add 400 trees and 12,000 shrubs by 2017, which should enhance the habitat and make it attractive to a greater diversity of migrating birds. 

    The pond--which this morning had a couple of cormorants, small groups of Mallards and Canada Geese, and a Great Blue Heron--is particularly intriguing. The edges are lined with wetland vegetation, and although the water levels are currently too high for shorebirds, I can imagine large shorebirds, interesting waterfowl, or even an ibis dropping in at some point. They'd have to be tolerant of people to stick around for long, however, given how close the paved trail is to much of the pond. The edges of the pond could attract rails, Marsh Wrens, and other migrants that like wetter grasslands, so long as that vegetation doesn't get trampled by fishermen and others wanting to get close to the water. 

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    A panoramic view of the Northerly Island pond, looking west. 

    The biggest downside of the new development is the fact that from most of the path, you can see neither Lake Michigan nor Burnham Harbor. One of the great things about the old Northerly was the expansive view of the lake, so that while tromping through the grasslands for sparrows you could also be watching for migrating ducks, shorebirds, and terns flying over the lake (not to mention the lake is simply nice to look at!). Now you will have to climb up on the rip-rap for a view of the lake. The once-expansive views of the sky are also more limited now due to the addition of hills, so watching for migrants coming from the north will be a little more difficult. 

    As of now, there is fence lining the entire trail, understandably preventing access to the grasslands and pond edge while the vegetation takes hold. It also prevents access to the lakeshore rip-rap and the west side of the park, preventing views of the harbor. You can get good views of the pond, which will be worth keeping an eye on this fall, even if the fence will make birding difficult otherwise.  The northern half of the island remains open and is still worth checking, too, especially the east side with its weedy vegetation, shrubs, and cottonwoods. It will be some time--years even--until the full birding potential of the new Northerly Island is realized, but in the meantime the birding will be good and I plan on checking it regularly. 

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    Northerly Island is best known among birders for its grassland migrants, like this Sedge Wren. I took this photo at Northerly Island in September 2012.


              Vinyl Black and White Wooden Ruler Growth Chart by KimsSister        

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    For the contemporary home, a digital reproduction of an old black and white wooden ruler (found at the Brimfield Fair in Massachusetts), made into a full-size growth chart, printed on vinyl and backed with cotton muslin. A simple and permanent way to keep track of your family's growth that can be hung in any room (not just the kids' rooms) and moves with you!

    I recommend using a brown ultrafine Sharpie-type felt pen to mark heights on the chart as it gives the illusion of having been carved into the wood (but black works just as well). If you are buying this for older children, your doctor should have records of the children's heights from year one!

    Please note the colour in the photos does not show true on the screen -- the colour is more of an off-white with hints of greys and a green-beige as seen in the last photo.

    Printed on vinyl and backed with cotton muslin.

    Comes ready to hang. 78" high by 7 1/2" wide.

    Rolled into a cylinder for easy shipping. Please allow at least 2-3 weeks from date of mailing (about 10-15 working days). For rush orders, or for orders outside North America, please convo me for prices.

    Printed and made in Canada in a smoke-free home.


              Re: Whats Your Favorite "Treat"?        

    Stuffgamer1 wrote:

    @Sean Aaron: Neither of those links worked. I got "page not found" errors from Hershey's website. :P
    A quick search of "Reese's Nutrageous" shows that you're right, though. I wonder how I'd missed that before? I guess I just don't usually go for that one, so I didn't pay any attention to it. :P

    I think I'd heard Hershey's was unpopular in the UK, but I have no idea why, 'cause their stuff ROCKS! Isn't Cadbury one of (if not THE) main chocolate companies over there? They barely represent themselves over here, mostly with the creme eggs at Easter.

    Try this link and then click products: http://www.hersheys.com/products/chocolate.asp

    I think some Hershey's stuff is good, but their chocolate bars are pretty waxy and probably wouldn't qualify as "chocolate" in Europe given they have little in the way of actual cocoa mass in them (probably more cocoa butter and flavouring). The Reeses stuff gets imported (what a fate for them to be owned by Hershey's!) because of the novelty peanut butter factor, though I do find it amusing that Nestle sells a peanut butter Chunky Kit Kat here, but not in the States.

    Cadbury's is massive, but they seem to sell mainly to Commonwealth nations like Canada and Australia and not to the States as you've noted. Cadbury-Schweppes does own a number of American soft drinks companies as well like Dr. Pepper/7-Up, Stewart's (lovely classic sodas) and IBC (also lovely, though it seems odd they own these guys and Stewarts due to the product overlap).


              Allied Universal turns 1        
    08/02/2017

    Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and one of the largest security forces in North America, marked its one-year anniversary this week after forming a year ago via the merger of AlliedBarton Security Services and Universal Services of America.

    In the announcement, Steve Jones, Allied Universal CEO, thanked all of the company’s 150,000 employees and its clients “for their continued support and commitment that contributed to a phenomenal first year as our new company! I look forward to our continued success in the security and services industries."

    Over the past year the company has made several acquisitions, as it continues to transform to a full-service security company, moving beyond the manguarding services the it has been known for.

    Jones told Security Systems News, after the company’s most recent acquisition of ALERT Protective Services in May, that the company continues to look at acquisitions as a way to diversify its offerings.

    “We’ve got a pretty robust pipeline of deals that we are looking at—some in the technology space and some in the traditional manguarding space—and we hope to announce a few more before the year is over that will help us to diversify our company and bring more value to our clients.”

    In the press release announcing the one-year milestone, the company outlined some additional organizational achievements since the merger:

    •    Became the unequivocal leader in guarding services throughout North America. Our security professionals and our company play a major role in keeping the U.S. and Canada safe and secure.

    •    Provided service to over half of the Fortune 500 companies and nearly every major retail mall in the U.S. From healthcare facilities, commercial office buildings, manufacturing and industrial plants, residential communities, transportation facilities and government services, Allied Universal has a significant security presence.

    •    Managed the integration of a workforce of over 150,000 security professionals to perform our jobs on a daily basis and serve our growing customer base.

    •    Implemented a world-class training program, the AU Institute, which offers over 1,000 training assets and professional development programs to enhance our security professionals' delivery of service and protection.

    •    Introduced several technological innovations to expand our physical and operational security solutions and service offerings to enhance the protection of client properties and assets.

     


              A Christian Response to Racism        
    One common thread throughout mankind is the endemic ugliness of racism. Human history is rife with examples: early Romans subjugated the Jews; slavery was rampant; India’s caste system ostracizes the untouchables; Japanese immigrants to Canada and the United States were rounded up and forced into internment camps; indigenous peoples in Canada, Australia, the United States … Continue reading A Christian Response to Racism
              Por mais Miss Canadá        

    Tudo bem, Divas? Espero que estejam ótimas!
    Essa semana acabei preparando de última hora esse post. Como aconteceu no começo da semana o concurso de Miss Universo que foi tão comentado, não podia deixar de falar sobre.
    Vou ser sincera: não assisti! Mas vi tanto comentário sobre o assunto que fui conferir. Antigamente não perdia um concurso sequer. Adorava ver as moças desfilando seus vestidos, sempre um mais lindo que o outro. Na época em que as Misses eram mulheres lindíssimas, cheias de curvas, com seus cabelos naturais e narizes não plastificados.
    Continuam lindas, mas a cara da Miss mudou. Mudou tanto que muitas vezes acabam perdendo a própria identidade.
    Há quem diga “Não se faz miss como antigamente, faz-se ainda melhor!”
    Melhor? Será? Aliás, como podemos dizer quem é melhor ou mais bonita? Pensando bem, que propósito há num concurso que exige perfeição?
    O que é perfeito para mim, pode não ser para outros milhares de pessoas.
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              Tea Party Pennsylvania Bill would give patients more privacy control over health care        
    The bill also seeks to protect the rights of patients to buy health insurance, or make any other arrangements to pay for their own health care.





    New federal legislation seeks to prevent government bureaucrats from interfering in private health care and guarantee patient rights to control health care decisions.





    Republican Congressman Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, R-15, and Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk are the cosponsors of the Medical Rights Act of 2009 bill, which was introduced Wednesday. The lawmakers co-chair the centrist GOP Tuesday Group.





    "As Congress begins to discuss how best to address America's health care challenges, we must protect the sacrosanct relationship between a patient and a doctor," Dent said. "One of the greatest strengths of our health care system is that Americans can rely on getting the care that they need when they need it."





    The bill prevents the government from rationing private health care and actions that interfere in the doctor-patient relationship, the congressman contends. It also would prevent the federal government from regulating the hiring practices of organizations that provide health care, such as hospitals and clinics.





    The bill protects the rights of patients to buy health insurance, or make any other arrangements to pay for their own health care. Several foreign countries and several current health care reform proposals substantially restrict this right, according to the bill.





    Additionally, the proposed bill would give Americans who get care under government health programs, such as Medicare, the ability to obtain health care outside the program.





    In the U.S., if a Medicare-participating doctor accepts payment for a service that would otherwise be covered under Medicare, the doctor is suspended from participating in the federal health program for the elderly for two years, according to the bill.





    "This substantially restricts the ability of Medicare patients to pay on their own if Medicare decides they are ineligible for a particular service normally covered by the program," according to the bill. "Not many doctors are willing to take that penalty, so this substantially (if indirectly) restricts the right of seniors and the disabled to access the health care of their choice."





    With Congress preparing to debate health care reform this summer, the men warned legislation allowing government involvement in health care decisions could have "dire consequences." They cite other public health programs in Canada and Britain as examples of how government involvement compromises quality.





    Long waits for care elsewhere





    In a news release, the men cited a 2008 Commonwealth Fund International survey that found most Canadians and British adults waited longer than four weeks to see a medical specialist compared with only 26 percent of Americans.





    They also cited long waits for care, based on a Heritage Foundation study that found 43 percent of Canadian patients and 15 percent of British patients received hip replacements within six months, compared with more than 90 percent of American senior citizens.





    About 30 percent of Canadians' health care is paid for through the private sector, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a group of 30 countries that meets regularly to discuss global issues and make economic and social policies.





    The private payments are mostly for services not covered or partially covered by Canada's health program, such as prescription drugs and dentistry, according to the OECD.





    About 65 percent of Canadians have some form of supplementary private health insurance and many receive it through their employers.





    Canada spends less of its gross domestic product on health care (10.4 percent, versus 16 percent in the U.S.) and performs better on two commonly cited health outcome measures - the infant mortality rate and life expectancy.





    A 2007 National Bureau of Economic Research report found the U.S. experienced a higher incidence of chronic health conditions than Canada, but Americans had somewhat better access to treatment for the conditions. Also, a significantly higher percentage of U.S. residents were screened for major forms of cancer.





    The need to ration health care resources in Canada is the reason most Canadians cited for unmet medical needs, where in the U.S., more than half of those surveyed cited health care costs as the reason for unmet needs, the agency found.


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              my journey to Quebec Canada 2582.61 miles to go starting today (virtual walk group)        
    SO I joined the virtual walk challenge that I found on another persons blog this person is from Quebec Canada so I have a lot of miles to log should be able to log it all under a year (hopefully)

    5 miles under my belt (thanks Leslie Sansone) 2577.61 left
              Canadians Advocate Boosting Vitamin D in Pregnancy        

    A Canadian medical society recommends pregnant women and nursing moms boost their intake of vitamin D dramatically

    Food for Thought

    Canadian pediatricians certainly aren't shirking controversy when it comes to a vitamin guideline they've developed for pregnant women and nursing moms. They're asking these women to boost their intake of vitamin D dramatically—to 10 times the daily doses advocated by most health organizations in the States. This new prescription is aimed at combating rickets—leg deformations caused by soft bones—in youngsters who get too little of the sunshine vitamin.

    Vitamin D helps build strong bones by helping the body absorb calcium. Getting pregnant and nursing women to take more of the vitamin ensures that plenty will reach developing children.

    In the past, most people had little trouble getting enough vitamin D—they just went outdoors where ultraviolet rays from the sun trigger chemical reactions in skin to make this vital nutrient. However, some people always had trouble making enough. Canadian kids at highest risk of vitamin deficits generally live in First Nations and Inuit communities. With sun-filtering pigments in their skin, and living at high latitudes, they must glean most of their vitamin D from the diet—generally a poor source—not the sun.

    Most North American women—including those in the United States—eat diets delivering only about 100 international units, or IU, of vitamin D daily, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in Washington, D.C. That is half of what IOM recommends and a mere 5 percent of what Canadian pediatricians are now advocating for new and soon-to-be moms.

    Although IOM's dietary recommendations are for the United States, the Canadian health establishment has tended to rubber stamp them. In this case, though, Canada's health agency took the unusual tack of signing off on a Canadian Paediatric Society proposal to boost the recommended intake by women who are pregnant or breast feeding to 2,000 IU per day. This new guideline appears in a consensus statement published in September by the society in its journal, Paediatrics & Child Health.

    Soon the society will begin sending its new guideline to every provincial, territorial, and aboriginal health department across Canada, notes Marie Adèle Davis, the group's executive director. The goal, she told Science News Online, is to make sure all public health officials learn about it—not just pediatricians.

    The higher recommendation equals the amount that IOM has designated as the safe upper limit for vitamin D's daily consumption. Most nutritionists don't really consider that value is a true ceiling for safe intake—especially since sunbathing on a bright summer day can generate 10,000 to 20,000 IU in the body without harm. Still, for political and legal reasons, most organizations shy away from advocating intakes near what IOM has flagged as a potential maximum for safe consumption.

    Now a number of researchers suspect that intakes by pregnant and lactating women much below 2,000 IU per day could actually prove unsafe for child health.

    Reinhold Vieth of the University of Toronto explained why, recently, to officials with Health Canada, a counterpart to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To prevent rickets, he argued, a baby needs 400 IU of vitamin D per day. And in many parts of Canada, he said, nursing women may require several thousand IU of vitamin D per day to get 400 IU into their breast milk. Vieth had been recruited by the Canadian Paediatric Society to help defend its proposed guideline to government officials.

    U.S. physicians won't quibble over the 400 IU figure for babies and young children, notes pediatrician Frank R. Greer, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) committee on nutrition. Although the 1997 IOM report says 200 IU of vitamin D per day should be sufficient for anyone under 50—including children—few researchers buy that. "Everybody feels that we should be taking more than 200 IU," says Greer, of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

    Unlike the Canadian Paediatric Society, though, "We [at AAP] don't really have any influence on what pregnant and lactating women take," Greer says. "However, I can say that AAP's committee on nutrition has recommended to the board that we go back to [recommending] 400 IU for all children." That's the amount in a teaspoon of cod liver oil—the vitamin D supplement of choice throughout the early 20th century. Greer expects his committee's recommendation to be approved by AAP's board, perhaps within the next month.

    Optimal needs vary

    For most of the past century, nutrient guidelines have been set to prevent gross deficiencies—shortfalls that could cause disease. Those recommendations tended to represent minimally adequate intakes. Over the past decade, however, considerable debate has surrounded what vitamin D consumption levels would be optimal versus merely adequate.

    The controversy has been fueled by a steady stream of studies that have emerged since the IOM set its vitamin D guidelines. Nearly all demonstrate substantial health benefits from relatively high intakes of vitamin D—amounts well in excess of what most individuals now get. Moreover, those benefits extend well beyond protecting bone. More vitamin D seems to diminish the risk of cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, muscle loss, viral infections—even gum disease.

    Researchers gauge vitamin D sufficiency on the basis of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-HD). This is not the form of the vitamin that is consumed—nor the hormonal form that the body actually uses—but an intermediary. To achieve optimal concentrations of 25-HD, growing numbers of nutrition and health scientists suggest, most of us would need intakes of 800 to 4,000 IU per day (see Vitamin D: What's Enough?).

    How much vitamin D someone needs can vary widely, largely depending on the amount of skin that gets exposed to the sun each day—and for how long. Further complicating the picture, some skin is heavily pigmented, filtering sunlight out. Many people cover up with clothes or sunblock when they go outdoors. Still others live at high latitudes—as Canadians do—where little ultraviolet radiation makes it through the atmosphere during much of the year.

    Even for women in the southern United States, however, "we've found that lactating women need about 6,000 IU a day to transfer enough vitamin D into their milk to supply adequate amounts to a nursing infant," says Bruce W. Hollis of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

    Nor are nursing moms the only individuals who may need relatively large doses of the vitamin. Hollis' research has shown that black women may sometimes need 4,000 IU a day for months at a time to compensate for little time outdoors, heavy skin pigmentation, and/or obesity—a factor that appears to diminish the body's ability to use vitamin D efficiently (see Understanding Vitamin D Deficiency).

    Another reason for moms' supplementation?

    In March, researchers at Harvard Medical School reported evidence that ample vitamin D diminishes the chance a child will develop asthma, a scourge who's incidence has been rising, especially in black and low-income communities (see Childhood Vitamin D—A New Benefit?). Recently, an additional putative benefit has emerged for pregnant women and their developing babies.

    A study linked elevated risk of preeclampsia—high blood pressure that develops in some women during the last half of pregnancy—with low intakes of vitamin D. This condition, which can lead to miscarriage and even the death of the mother—ordinarily develops in some three to seven percent of first pregnancies.

    Pittsburgh researchers enrolled 1,198 women who were pregnant for the first time and measured their blood concentrations of vitamin D within the first 22 weeks of gestation. Subsequently, 59 women developed preeclampsia. Blood values from all but four were compared to a similar group of recruits who maintained normal blood pressure throughout their pregnancies.

    The higher a woman's blood concentrations of 25-HD, the lower her chance of developing preeclampsia—and that risk fell steadily and "strikingly" with increasing vitamin D values, Lisa M. Bodnar of the University of Pittsburgh and her colleagues found.

    Moreover, babies whose moms had developed preeclampsia were far more likely to have low vitamin-D values than were children whose moms had maintained normal blood pressure. "These differences were found in our population despite widespread prenatal/multivitamin use in the 3 months before delivery," Bodnar's group reports in the September Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

    Black women face far higher risks of developing this hypertensive syndrome. Overall, black women are also far likelier than other ethnic or racial groups to have low blood levels of vitamin D. Against this backdrop, Bodnar's group says, "our data linking vitamin D deficiency and preeclampsia risk raises the intriguing possibility that vitamin D may contribute to racial disparities in this [syndrome]."

    "The story of deficiency begins with vitamin D itself and its primary mode of synthesis, which is from sunlight," argue Adekunle Dawodu of the University of Cincinnati and Carol L. Wagner of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In a commentary in the September Archives of Disease in Childhood, they report a resurgence of rickets around the world, not only in children at high latitudes, but also in the Arab world and Asia where culture or excessive temperatures may keep women and children indoors or covered up.

    A shift from vitamin-D sufficiency to widespread deficiency has occurred rapidly—mostly throughout a half-century. The reason for it is clear, Dawodu and Wagner say: "insufficient sun exposure and inadequate corrective vitamin-D supplementation." They conclude, much as the Canadian Paediatric Society just has, that dosing moms during pregnancy and lactation "would achieve the double effect of preventing vitamin-D deficiency in both mothers and children." But unlike the Canadian society, they note that doses considerably higher than 2,000 IU may be necessary for some individuals and communities.

    As a goal, achieving population-wide vitamin D sufficiency "may be one of the more important preventative public health initiatives," conclude Dawodu and Wagner.


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    Citations

    American Academy of Pediatrics

    141 Northwest Point Boulevard

    Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098


    Lisa M. Bodnar

    Department of Epidemiology

    University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

    A742 Crabtree Hall

    130 DeSoto Street

    Pittsburgh, PA 15261


    John J. Cannell

    Psychiatry Department

    Atascadero State Hospital

    10333 El Camino Real

    Atascadero, CA 93423

    Marie Adèle Davis

    Canadian Paediatric Society

    2305 St. Laurent Boulevard

    Ottawa, Ont. K1G 4J8

    Canada

    Frank R. Greer

    Department of Pediatrics

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Madison, WI 53792

    Bruce W. Hollis

    Department of Pediatrics

    Medical University of South Carolina

    P.O. Box 250917

    171 Ashley Avenue, Room BM326

    Charleston, SC 29425


    Reinhold Vieth

    Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

    Mount Sinai Hospital

    600 University Avenue

    Toronto, ON M5G 1X5

    Canada
    Further Reading

    Cannell, J.J. In press. Autism and vitamin D. Medical Hypotheses. Abstract available at [Go to].

    Dijkstra, S.H., et al. 2007. High prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in newborn infants of high-risk mothers. Archives of Disease in Childhood 92(September):750-753. Available at [Go to].

    Moore, C.E., M.M. Murphy, and M.F. Holick. 2005. Vitamin D intakes by children and adults in the United States differ among ethnic groups. Journal of Nutrition 135(October):2478-2485. Available at [Go to].

    Raloff, J. 2007. Childhood vitamin D—A new benefit? Science News Online (May 19). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2007. Childhood vitamin D—A dark side? Science News Online (May 12). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2006. The antibiotic vitamin. Science News 170(Nov. 11):312-317. Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2005. Breathing easier with vitamin D. Science News Online (Dec. 17). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2005. Vitamin D boosts calcium potency. Science News Online (Nov. 12). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2005. Understanding vitamin D deficiency. Science News Online (April 30). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2004. Vitamin D: What's enough? Science News 166(Oct. 16):248-249. Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2004. Vitamin boost. Science News 166(Oct. 9):232-233. Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2004. Should foods be fortified even more? Science News Online (Sept. 11). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2000. Calcium may become a dieter's best friend. Science News 157(April 29):277. Available at [Go to].

    Williams, A.F. 2007. Vitamin D in pregnancy: An old problem still to be solved? Archives of Disease in Childhood 92(September):740-741. Available at [Go to].

              Fattening Carbs—Some Promote Obesity and Worse        

    Food for Thought

    Nutritionists call them carbohydrates. To most of us, they're simply sugars and starches. And although the fructose in soft drinks and the refined flour in white bread taste quite different, "nutritionally and metabolically they're the same as table sugar," explains endocrinologist David S. Ludwig. That's because the body digests all carbohydrate-rich foods into glucose, or blood sugar.

    However, all carbs don't break down at the same rate. The body digests those in many whole-grain products quite slowly. Others become converted to glucose almost immediately.

    Rapidly digested carbs aren't healthy for people with diabetes and others watching their blood sugar. A new study by Ludwig and his colleagues at Children's Hospital Boston suggests that such carbs are also problematic for people looking to shed body fat. Indeed, the findings indicate that consumption of the wrong carbs can spur the development of body fat, even with no gain in weight.

    In the study, mice that chowed down on a type of rapidly digestible starch didn't gain any more weight than did animals eating a starch that digests slowly. But the first group did accumulate lots of excess fat. The data indicate that something about rapidly digesting carbs signaled the body to convert more of a meal's energy into body fat, into fatty lipids that circulate in blood, and into deposits of fat throughout the liver.

    Ludwig considers the observed effect on the animals' livers the most troubling one. Fatty-liver disease has traditionally been regarded as the first stage of damage from alcoholism that can progress to hepatitis, cirrhosis, and death. But researchers in recent years have discerned the beginnings of an epidemic of fatty-liver disease unrelated to alcoholism but correlated strongly with being overweight. Recent data suggest that as much as one-third of children and even a higher proportion of adults have the condition. Ludwig told Science News Online that he suspects that "up to half of the [U.S.] population" now has fatty-liver disease.

    The question has been what's fueling this epidemic. Because the disease so often accompanies obesity, many researchers have suspected that high-fat diets and junk foods are responsible. Ludwig's group had another idea.

    In recent years, the mushrooming incidence of obesity in the United States has led to a push to get people to lower their intakes of fat. However, reducing fat consumption almost always translates into increasing the intake of carbs (see Counting Carbs). Moreover, the carbs most people reach for first are the refined—easy to digest—types found in white flour, white rice, pasta, and potatoes.

    Ludwig's team decided to see whether a diet rich in a similar carb promotes fat buildup. They used a proportion of carbs that people on a low-fat diet might eat and compared its effects with that of a diet equal in all respects except that its carbs were mainly a slowly digested starch.

    In the September Obesity, the researchers show that animals eating rapidly digested carbs accumulated more fat throughout their bodies—including their livers—than did animals eating primarily the slow-to-digest starch.

    Says Ludwig, "This is the first study in which a single dietary factor—varied within normal ranges—affected whether the liver remained normal or accumulated seriously elevated levels of fat."

    Recipe for pudge

    In the new study, Ludwig's team fed 18 recently weaned mice food pellets containing 13 percent fat, 19 percent protein, and 68 percent carbohydrates from corn starch. Half the animals got pellets containing the starch called amylopectin, which is made up of a string of glucose molecules that the gut easily degrades into sugar. The remaining mice ate pellets containing some amylopectin but mostly the starch called amylose. That type of corn starch resists breakdown in the gut.

    All the animals ate and drank as much as they wanted for 25 weeks. Throughout the study, the researchers charted weight gain, body fat, fecal excretion of starch, and blood concentrations of glucose and insulin. At the end, the researchers killed the animals and measured their livers' fat contents.

    Weight gain didn't differ between the two groups of animals, suggesting that the mice found the diets comparably palatable. However, the animals' bodies responded differently to the two food-pellet recipes. Mice dining on amylopectin-enriched chow became twice as fat as those eating the slower-digested amylose recipe. Mice eating this starch grew a little longer in body, so they looked leaner that the "roly-poly" mice eating easily digested starch, Ludwig says. The latter mice "felt squishy," whereas the slow-digested-starch eaters felt firm, he adds.

    Although blood sugar concentrations didn't differ between the two groups, mice on the amylopectin-rich food developed higher insulin values after a meal. The body uses the hormone to shepherd energy into its cells. Higher blood insulin after a meal, Ludwig explains, indicates that an animal needs more insulin to fully use the food it's eaten. Needing more of the hormone can be a first sign of insulin resistance and impending diabetes.

    Ludwig notes, "Insulin is a powerful anabolic hormone, meaning it promotes the storage of fat. In fact, that's arguably one of [the hormone's] main roles." One of the first places newly made insulin ends up is in the liver, where it can trigger the localized creation and stockpiling of fat.

    Although the rodents' livers weighed the same whether they ate fast- or slow-digested starch, fat made up 12 percent of the liver in mice fed the amylopectin-rich diet. That's double the fat content of livers in animals that had eaten the slow-digested starch. For perspective, Ludwig notes, people whose livers contain 10 percent fat are considered to be suffering from "advanced" nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease.

    What about people?

    This isn't the first study to indicate that foods that rapidly break down to glucose in the body—characterized as having a "high glycemic index" (see The New GI Tracts)—can fuel nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease. For instance, last year Silvia Valtueña of the University of Parma in Italy and her colleagues reported findings from a study of 247 apparently healthy men and women. The volunteers' diets were evaluated and given a glycemic-index (GI) rating.

    Low GI foods included corn, dairy products, and fruit. High GI fare included bread, pizza, and baked snacks. The volunteers were grouped into four categories based on the ascending GI rankings of their diets.

    Participants with the highest-GI diets were twice as likely to have undiagnosed fatty-liver disease as were other study participants. People in the highest group were also far likelier to be insulin resistant, the researcher reported in the July 2006 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

    In an editorial accompanying the Valtueña report, David J.A. Jenkins and his colleagues at the University of Toronto argued that the "implication of this study is that a low-GI diet, or selection of lower-GI rather than higher-GI foods, may benefit persons with nonalcoholic fatty liver." Indeed, the commenters suggested, it might be possible for doctors to treat nonalcoholic fatty liver by lowering the glycemic index of an individuals' diets.

    That's what Ludwig's group is now investigating: "We hope to enroll 46 kids to a diet for 6 months," he says. The 8- to 17-year-olds and their parents will receive dietary counseling. Half of the recruits will be assigned to a low-fat diet. The rest will receive counseling to lower the glycemic index of their diets. The general guidelines for a low-GI diet call for substituting whole-grain foods for ones made from highly processed cereal fibers and reducing refined sugars in favor of sweet fruits.

    "Conceptually," Ludwig says, "fatty liver should be reversible—we've seen it anecdotally in practice many times, such as when someone loses weight or changes the quality of their diet."


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    Citations

    David J.A. Jenkins

    Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center

    St. Michael's Hospital

    61 Queen Street, East

    Toronto, ON M5C 3E2

    Canada


    David S. Ludwig

    Children's Hospital Boston

    Department of Medicine

    333 Longwood Avenue

    Boston, MA 02115


    Silvia Valtueña

    Department of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    University of Parma

    43100 Parma

    Italy
    Further Reading

    Pawlak, D.B., et al. 2001. High glycemic index starch promotes hypersecretion of insulin and higher body fat in rats without affecting insulin sensitivity. Journal of Nutrition 131(January):99-104. Available at [Go to].

    Raloff, J. 2007. Super-size mice—Fast food hurts rodents. Science News Online (June 9). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2004. Counting carbs. Science News 166(July 17):40-42. Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2004. Coming soon—Spud lite. Science News Online (June 19). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2000. The new GI tracts. Science News 157(April 8):236-238. Available at [Go to].

    Sloth, I., et al. 2004. No difference in body weight decrease between a low-glycemic-index and a high-glycemic-index diet but reduced LDL cholesterol after 10-wk ad libitum intake of the low-glycemic-index diet. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 80(Aug. 1):337-347. Available at [Go to].

              A COPA DAS CONFEDERAÇÕES        

    Seleção Brasileira: maior vencedora da Copa das Confederações




    Vai começar o evento que serve de "esquenta" para a Copa do Mundo. A partir de junho a Copa das Confederações acontecerá em solo brasileiro, como ocorre sempre de 4 em 4 anos antecedendo o torneio principal. Oito seleções dos 5 continentes vão disputar o título que pode não ter o gostinho de um Mundial, mas que certamente servirá de cartão de visitas para o público que vai acompanhar a competição.

    A Copa das Confederações já vai entrar em sua 9ª edição. No início, em 1992, até o nome era diferente, Copa do Rei Fahd, já que era organizada pelo monarca em seu país, a Arábia Saudita. Na ocasião apenas 4 equipes participaram do torneio: Argentina (campeã da Copa América de 1991), Estados Unidos (Campeão da CONCACAF de 1991), Costa do Marfim (campeã da Copa Africana de Nações de 1992) e Arábia Saudita (país-sede). Os argentinos foram os primeiros campeões da história da competição ao bater os donos da casa por 3 a 1 na decisão.

    O segundo campeonato ocorreu 3 anos depois também na Arábia Saudita e com o mesmo nome "Copa do Rei Fahd", mas o formato da disputa foi alterado para 6 participantes divididos em 2 grupos de 3 seleções. A Europa foi representada no certame pela primeira vez com a Dinamarca, campeã continental de 1992. Os nórdicos acabaram ficando com o título ao baterem a Argentina por 2 a 0 na final.

    A partir de então a FIFA tomou as rédeas da organização com mais mudanças: o torneio passou a se chamar Copa das Confederações; ao invés de apenas 6 seleções, o número de participantes aumentou para 8 em dois grupos de 4 cada; além dos campeões de todos os continentes e do país-sede, o último campeão mundial também passou a fazer parte da lista de classificados; e, por fim, a peridiocidade de 2 em 2 anos até a alteração final para 4 em 4 depois da edição de 2005. A Arábia Saudita foi a primeira sede do campeonato organizado pela entidade maior do futebol e o Brasil, seu primeiro campeão.

    Desde então o formato de disputa é o mesmo, só a sede e o período de realização é que sofreram novas alterações. Depois de 2005, quando ocorreu na Alemanha, a Copa passou a ser realizada nos países anfitriões do Mundial subsequente e num período de 4 em 4 anos.

    Em 2013 o Brasil será sede da Copa das Confederações, que receberá além dos anfitriões o México (campeão da CONCACAF de 2011), o Japão (campeão da Copa da Ásia de 2011) e a Itália (vice-campeã da Europa em 2012) no Grupo A, e Espanha (campeão do mundo e da Europa em 2012), Uruguai (campeão da Copa América de 2011), Nigéria (campeã da Copa Africana de Nações de 2013) e o surpreendente - e exótico - Tahiti (campeão da Copa das Nações da Oceania de 2012) no B. O evento ocorrerá no período de 15 a 30 de junho em 6 sedes: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio da Janeiro e Salvador.

    O maior vencedor do torneio é o Brasil com 3 títulos, seguido da França com 2. O mexicano Cuauhtémoc Blanco e o brasileiro Ronaldinho Gaúcho são os maiores artilheiros de todas as edições com 9 gols cada. Já o "Baixinho" Romário é o maior artiheiro de uma única edição com 7 gols em 1997.

    Abaixo, dados e estatísticas das 8 edições realizadas do torneio que esquenta os tamborins da Copa do Mundo.


    COPA DAS CONFEDERAÇÕES (originalmente Copa do Rei Fahd)


    * Peridiocidade: 4 em 4 anos (desde 2005)

    * Maior vencedor: Brasil (3 vezes)

    * Maiores artilheiros: Cuauhtémoc Blanco/MEX e Ronaldinho Gaúcho/BRA (9 gols)

    * Seleção que mais participou: Brasil (7 vezes, contando a de 2013)

    * Maior vitória: Brasil 6 x 0 Austrália em 21/12/1997 no estádio Rei Fahd em Ryad/ASA pela final

    * Maior público: México 4 x 3 Brasil em 04/08/1999 no estádio Azteca na Cidade do México/MEX pela final (110 mil pessoas)

    * Edições:

    1992 (sede: Arábia Saudita)

    - Participantes: Arábia Saudita, Argentina, Costa do Marfim e Estados Unidos
    - Campeã: Argentina
    - Vice: Arábia Saudita
    - Final: Argentina 3 x 1 Arábia Saudita
    - Artilheiros: Batistuta/ARG e Murray/EUA - 2 gols

    1995 (sede: Arábia Saudita)

    - Participantes: Arábia Saudita, Argentina, Dinamarca, Japão, México e Nigéria
    - Campeã: Dinamarca
    - Vice: Argentina
    - Final: Dinamarca 2 x 0 Argentina
    - Artilheiro: Luis García/MEX - 3 gols

    1997 (sede: Arábia Saudita)

    - Participantes: África do Sul, Arábia Saudita, Austrália, Brasil, Emirados Árabes Unidos, México, República Tcheca e Uruguai
    - Campeão: Brasil
    - Vice: Austrália
    - Final: Brasil 6 x 0 Austrália
    - Artilheiro: Romário/BRA - 7 gols

    1999 (sede: México)

    - Participantes: Alemanha, Arábia Saudita, Brasil, Bolívia, Egito, Estados Unidos, México e Nova Zelândia
    - Campeão: México
    - Vice: Brasil
    - Final: México 4 x 3 Brasil
    - Artilheiros: Blanco/MEX, Ronaldinho Gaúcho/BRA e Al-Otaibi/ASA - 6 gols

    2001 (sedes: Japão e Coréia do Sul)

    - Participantes: Austrália, Brasil, Camarões, Canadá, Coréia do Sul, França, Japão e México
    - Campeã: França
    - Vice: Japão
    - Final: Japão 0 x 1 França
    - Artilheiros: Murphy/AUS, Carrière/FRA, Wiltord/FRA, Pirès/FRA, Vieira/FRA, Sun-Hong/CRS e Suzuki/JAP - 2 gols

    2003 (sede: França)

    Participantes: Brasil, Camarões, Colômbia, Estados Unidos, França, Nova Zelândia e Turquia
    Campeã: França
    Vice: Camarões
    Final: França 1 x 0 Camarões
    Artilheiro: Henry/FRA - 4 gols

    2005 (sede: Alemanha)

    - Participantes: Argentina, Austrália, Alemanha, Brasil, Grécia, Japão, México e Tunísia
    - Campeão: Brasil
    - Vice: Argentina
    - Final: Brasil 4 x 1 Argentina
    - Artilheiro: Adriano/BRA - 5 gols

    2009 (sede: África do Sul)

    - Participantes: África do Sul, Brasil, Egito, Espanha, Estados Unidos, Iraque, Itália e Nova Zelândia
    - Campeão: Brasil
    - Vice: Estados Unidos
    - Final: Estados Unidos 2 x 3 Brasil
    - Artilheiro: Luís Fabiano/BRA - 5 gols






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    Being that we’ve barely entered summer, it might sound strange to start thinking about winter vacations. But this is exactly the time to start planning for that cold-weather getaway. Not only does booking early give you prime choice over itinerary […]
              Me Time for moms often involves Netflix, says survey        
    Pat St. Germain Hands up if your mom sent you outside to play while she watched her “stories” on weekday afternoons. Once upon a time, daytime soap operas provided a daily dose of escapist entertainment for stay-at-home moms while the […]
              Global Voices: Why Canada should do business with Africa        
    Nola Kianza is a man on a mission. The founder and CEO of the Canadian Council on Africa is travelling across Canada, meeting politicians and fellow businessmen to deliver a message: “Africa is not just about aid. Africa is the […]
              Female musicians earn their wings in Canada and abroad        
    James W. Wood The media can be full of stereotypes wherever we look: from the beatnik jazz poet with dark glasses and beret to some sultry R&B vixen showing out on the video for her latest track. Indeed, female musicians […]
              Pop Forecast for July 10: War for the Planet of the Apes and more        
    Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]
              Small-ship expedition becomes a big environmental exploration        
    Take a journey through West Coast wonders aboard Outer Shores’ six-passenger Passing Cloud This is one of those cruises I’m almost hesitant to tell you about, for the simple reason that I think it is one of British Columbia’s best-kept […]
              Queen Mary 2 remastered and raring to go        
    From upgraded staterooms, bar menus to on-board kennels, Cunard’s flagship liner vastly improves on-board sailing experience   Today’s article comes to you direct from the North Atlantic, from the gently swaying decks of Cunard Line’s superlative flagship, Queen Mary 2. […]
              Plenty of pacific voyages for your sailing adventure        
    Cruises to Alaska dominate the offerings, but itineraries also include such destinations as California, Hawaii and Japan   As much as I love travelling overseas to Europe, Asia and abroad, I have to admit that it’s really nice to be […]
              One Vista visit and you’ll be back for more        
    Carnival. All I have to do is type that one word and, chances are, you’ve already formed an opinion of what it is to take a Carnival (cruise.center/carnival) cruise. Unless you’ve sailed with the line recently, I’d be willing to […]
              European river cruises get a makeover        
    I probably shouldn’t admit this since I’m a purveyor of all things cruise, but I really like river cruising. Europe, Asia, North America – the destination isn’t so important. River cruising is just an incredible, immersive vacation that offers all […]
              Holland America bound for Cuba        
      New sailings for Nieuw Statendam, pair of Vista-class vessels also on line’s voyage agenda   It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for Holland America Line (cruise.center/holland) — so much so that this is the third time I’m updating […]
              Global Voices: Toronto school builds bridge to reconciliation        
    Singing O Canada is a morning ritual familiar to every Canadian student. But at one Toronto school, they’ve added another tradition. Recently, Craig and former Prime Minister Paul Martin visited Eastview Public School in Scarborough, Ont. They were ushered into […]
              Pop Forecast for July 3: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Snowfall and more        
    Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]
              The Amazing Race Canada players ‘so competitive’ in Season 5, says showrunner        
    Barrelling around the corner in a blur of backpacks and Spandex, the teams battling it out on The Amazing Race Canada scan Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for a falconer with a clue to their next destination. Each team’s camera crew […]
              Global Voices: What’s your gift to Canada?        
    As Canada Day approaches, there is a lingering question for many. What does 150 years of Canada mean and how do we properly mark it? This anniversary is about more than giant rubber ducks, a travelling red couch, and red-and-white […]
              Pop Forecast for June 26: Despicable Me 3, Becoming Canadian and more        
    Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]
              Telly With Melly for June 5: Brother vs. Brother, Hot Girls Wanted        
    There’s brotherly love — as in putting up with a sibling who steals your secret candy stash. And then there’s brotherly love — as in teaming up with him to build a home-renovation empire and land among the most recognized […]
              Reality Check: America’s Got Talent, Bachelorette and more        
    America has definitely Got Talent This week’s water-cooler worthy moment is brought to you by the adorable Darci Lynne Farmer of Oklahoma City. The 12-year-old’s mission: Keep the art of ventriloquism alive (and move on to the show’s next round) […]
              Telly With Melly: Canadian ratings for the week of May 15-21        
    How about that NCIS finale? In a week packed with season-enders, the cliffhanger episode on May 16 had the most Canadians gripping their sofa armrests. It started with a Navy SEAL going missing and ended up with Gibbs (Mark Harmon), […]
              Telly With Melly for June 1: Life Below Zero, Scripps National Spelling Bee        
    Focusing on folks who inhabit notoriously inhabitable areas, Life Below Zero visits Alaska on Thursday. Hardy fella Glenn Villeneuve lives in a one-room cabin with no running water. His only fuel for heating and cooking is the firewood he chops […]
              Telly With Melly for May 31: The Carmichael Show, Food Delicious Science        
    The Carmichael Show — a comedy that’s been reverently described as Norman Lear-like for its grasp on the cultural zeitgeist — is back Wednesday with season 3. And though the show has already tackled tinderbox topics like religion, guns, death, […]
              Telly With Melly for May 30: SpongeBob SquarePants, Fear Factor        
    It’s a good day for fans of quadrilateral clothing. Nickelodeon has announced that SpongeBob SquarePants has been renewed through to its 12th season. The animated show set in Bikini Bottom is currently in its 10th season. In Canada it airs […]
              Reality Check for May 27: The Bachelorette, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars        
    Whaboom or bust. If you need proof that some reality TV shows may in fact be stretching reality (shocking, we know), look no further than Monday’s premiere episode of The Bachelorette. How else to explain why gorgeous, intelligent Bachelorette Rachel […]
              Telly With Melly: Canadian ratings for the week of May 8-14        
    No doubt, Saturday Night Live has had a stellar season. Alec Baldwin’s pouting buffoonery as U.S. President Donald Trump was a driving force, as well as Melissa McCarthy’s unbridled aggression as press secretary Sean Spicer. The May 13 episode, however, […]
              Telly With Melly for May 25: Live With Kelly and Ryan comes to Canada        
    Live With Kelly and Ryan is going Canadian again — just in time for the country’s 150th birthday. Fresh off the addition of Ryan Seacrest as its new co-host, the morning talk show will trot across the border for two […]
              Telly with Melly for May 24: 12 Monkeys, Archer and more        
    In an ideal world, 12 Monkeys would be a tinderbox drama set deep in an African jungle, where poop-throwing triggers societal unrest on a daily basis. But until then, we have the Showcase sci-fi series based on the like-named 1995 […]
              Urban Vegetarian’s Desiree Nielsen busts 4 myths about plant-eaters        
    When it comes to being a vegetarian, sometimes it’s just not that easy being green. And it doesn’t help that saying you eat a plant-based diet can get you shunned quicker than pasta at a supermodel’s dress fitting. Researchers at […]
              Musicians that define our country: Part 2        
    Chris Lackner O Canada, we stand in ovation for thee. As the nation turns 150, we asked Canadian music industry experts — from musicians and label executives to major event organizers — to discuss the artists that planted their own […]
              Musicians that define our country: Part 1        
    Chris Lackner O Canada, we stand in ovation for thee. As the nation turns 150, we asked Canadian music industry experts — from musicians and label executives to major event organizers — to discuss the artists that planted their own […]
              Global Voices: Accessibility more than an afterthought        
    Chris Pratt knew he’d made a mistake. The Guardians of the Galaxy star shared a video on social media, asking his followers to ignore the subtitles and turn up the volume. He didn’t realize how insulting that was for the […]
              Pop Forecast: Transformers: The Last Knight, Glow and more        
    Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]
              Global Voices: New fathers at high risk for baby blues        
    Craig and Marc Kielburger With newborn twin daughters, sleep was a rare occurrence for our friend Kevin.* But as mornings became harder, it wasn’t just new-parent fatigue. Kevin felt listless. He stopped attending meetings of the local historical recreation society, […]
              Moneris and ATB Financial Announce Five-Year Contract Extension        
    PRZOOM - Newswire (press release) - 2016/11/15, Toronto, Ontario Canada - New agreement builds upon a 14-year history of Moneris providing merchant services support to ATB - ATB.com / Moneris.com
              Evaluating the Effectiveness of First-Time Methadone Maintenance Therapy Across Northern, Rural, and Urban Regions of Ontario, Canada        
    imageObjectives: Our objective was to determine the impact that a patient's geographic status has on the efficacy of first-time methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) retention. Methods: We conducted an observational cohort study using administrative health care databases for patients who commenced methadone therapy between 2003 and 2012. Patients were stratified on the basis of their location of residence into 1 of 4 groups—Southern Urban, Southern Rural, Northern Urban, or Northern Rural. The primary outcome was continuous retention in treatment, defined as 1 year of uninterrupted therapy on the basis of prescription refill data. Mortality was measured as a secondary outcome. Results: We identified 17,211 patients initiating first-time MMT during this 10-year period. Nearly half of patients initiating therapy in northern regions completed 1 year of treatment (48.9%; N = 258 and 47.0%; N = 761 in Northern Rural and Urban regions, respectively), whereas lower rates of 40.6% (N = 410) and 39.3% (N = 5,518) occurred in Southern Rural and Urban regions, respectively. Patients residing in Northern Rural and Northern Urban regions were 31% (adjusted odds ratio = 1.31; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.09%–1.58%] and 14% (adjusted odds ratio = 1.14; 95% CI, 1.02%–1.27%] more likely to be retained in treatment compared with those residing in Southern Urban regions. There was no significant difference in treatment retention between those residing in Southern Rural and Southern Urban regions. A mortality rate of 3% was observed within 1 year of patients initiating treatment, with patients in the Southern Rural region having the highest rate (4.85%). Conclusions: Our study identified regional differences in retention rates and mortality of first-time MMT. These findings may relate to geographic isolation and limited methadone program availability experienced in northern regions. We interpret the data to suggest that patients who have reduced access to treatment experience higher retention rates when they are able to access therapy.
              University of Notre Dame Archives        

    Established in 1793 as the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas, it took in all the territory from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean and from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico except the territory of the Diocese of Baltimore (i.e., territory belonging to the United States). Before 1793 Louisiana had been under the juristiction of the Diocese of Santiago de Cuba, before 1762 under the authority of the Diocese of Quebec.


    Chiefly papers of bishops Luis Penalver y Cardenas, 1793- 1810; Louis Guillaume-Valentin Dubourg, 1815-1826; Joseph Rosati, CM, apostolic administrator, 1827-1829; Leo Raymond de Neckere, 1829-1833; Anthony Blanc, 1835-1860; Jean Marie Odin, 1861-1870; Napoleon J. Perché, 1870- 1883; Francis X. Leray, 1883-1887; and Francis Janssens, 1888-1897.

    Other correspondents include the Capuchin bishop, Cyril Antonio Sieni, better known as Bishop Cyril of Barcelona, who was the first resident bishop to have jurisdiction over Louisiana, 1784-1793; Rev. Thomas Hassett, administrator of Louisiana, 1801-1803; Father Antonio de Sedella, auxiliary vicar and pastor of the parish of St. Louis, New Orleans, who was a leader in the power disputes that plagued the new diocese in the first years of the 19th century; and Frederick Lacheze of Guadelope, West Indies (1820s & 1830s).


    See http://archives.nd.edu/calendar.htm



              Q&A: What kind of adapter do I need to keep my electronics charged in Ireland?        

    We’re from the U.S., and we’ll be traveling Ireland with our iphones and ipad. What kind of adapter do we need? — Marie There are two things you need to know before “plugging” in your devices in Ireland: Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets deliver 220 volts (countries like the US and Canada only use 110 volts). Ireland’s […]

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    Must be able to have a criminal backcheck done, and be legally able to work in Canada. Full time positions available for Richmond*....
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              Tell the Truth, All the Time, with Compassion        
    David Wood
    I'm not sure I'm allowed to use this picture of David Wood, but I'm going to do it anyway, and I suspect David will not sue me for it. He's not that kind of guy.

    I discovered David Wood via Dean Dwyer, who interviewed him about his remarkable life - growing up in England, leaving school at 15, working as a window washer, then travelling the world for over 10 years before settling in Canada and becoming a multi-millionaire.

    David is a "trainer's trainer" - he discovered that his passion lay in helping people lead the lives they want, and that is a quest I am quite serious about these days (heck, I'm fifty years old and STILL not sure what I want to be when I grow up, although I'm getting a better idea thanks to people like Dean and David). I've been listening to his podcast The Kickass Life for a few months now, and enjoying it very much. So why am I blogging about it now?

    I got a little behind with the podcasts, what with the holidays and all, and was listening to Podcast number 053,  released on October 30th, while doing my Shabbat cooking yesterday. I was stunned to hear him read out and praise a review that I'd left on iTunes a little while back. It's about 4 minutes in. In particular, I'd forgotten that I'd mentioned one line of his, which had caught Dean Dwyer's attention and also mine. Here it is:
    Tell the truth, all the time, with compassion.
     Now, I don't think of  myself as a liar, but you know those casual little white lies we all indulge in - saying we were caught in traffic when we really left the house too late, for example. It really is a trivial thing, but I think it shows a deeper mindfulness to find a way to apologise for being late without lying or being hurtful.

    It's also a matter of courage, of taking responsibility for your decisions. If I decide to keep one of my kids home from school because I think they need the day off, I don't say they are sick. I don't hide receipts from my husband and I don't sneak things into my kids' food.

    Sometimes life is harder when you decide to tell the truth all the time, but so far I haven't regretted it. My late grandmother was the kind to rub your face in her version of the truth whether you wanted it or not, and that's not what I'm doing. I might choose not to volunteer information if I can't think of a compassionate way of sharing it. But I think it is a great maxim to live by.

    What do you think?
              Milk kefir bliss!        
    Strawberry-infused kefir I know that a lot of people claim that dairy is too Neolithic to have any place in a paleo-style diet - in fact, I have seen claims that anything you can't pull off a bush or kill with a sharp stick does not belong in our diet. Hmm, a little extreme much? While 10,000 years are a mere blink of an eye in evolutionary terms, the fact remains that many people, especially of dairy-herding heritage, are able to digest dairy products into adulthood with no apparent ill effects. Especially fermented products such as cheese, yoghurt and the subject of today's blog post - kefir.

    We are blessed here in Canada with a government that does not permit the use of rBGH (or any other hormones, to my knowledge) in the dairy herd, so that is not an issue. While I would love to buy raw milk, unfortunately that is not legally available in Manitoba (time for a campaign, maybe??). I have to make do with pasteurised milk, but at least it is not ultra-pasteurised (another USAmerican food industry innovation we are blessedly spared), and I can get local whole organic milk at my local health food store. It costs an arm and a leg, of course, but it is worth it to me not to have my boys chugging down antibiotics they don't need.

    I myself cannot tolerate plain milk, but I do very well with yoghurt that has been fermented for 24 hours, according to the rules of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I therefore decided to experiment with milk kefir, which also ferments for 24 hours.

    Milk kefir grains
    The main difference between them is the starter - you can make yoghurt from a previous batch of yoghurt (although commercial yoghurt really only has a couple of strains of lactobacilli in it - it would be nice to be able to find more!), but for traditional kefir, you need kefir grains. Those aren't really grains - in fact, they are a SCOBY - a Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. If the word seems familiar, I have rhapsodised here before about my kombucha SCOBY. The kefir SCOBY looks much friendlier than the kombucha one, as you can see in this picture. They really do look like grains.

    You can make kefir using a starter from the health food store, but those aren't grains - it's a powder that contains dried bacteria and yeast in a specific combination. It makes decent kefir, but it is self-limiting - it won't grow grains, and after a few iterations you will have to put in more starter. It's from the same company that makes the dried yoghurt starter, and the results are similar - decent, but not comparable to using real, live food.

    I was fortunate enough to be given some grains by a lovely lady I met in the Traditional Foods Manitoba Facebook group - and if you are interested in traditional foods and live in Manitoba, I strongly recommend joining that group. Such kind, helpful, welcoming people - friendly Manitobans all. I love it. I met her on a Friday morning, and by Friday noon my grains were luxuriating in a jar of whole milk on my counter. I checked them again after Shabbat went out, so about 30 hours later.

    I should warn you that the grains are living things - don't expect them to do their best work as soon as you plop them down in a jar of milk. Mine had been sleeping in a refrigerator for a few months, and it took a couple of rounds before they woke up and really did their job. In fact, the first milk bath I gave them smelled downright awful, and I sent it down the sink. But the grains looked a little plumper and healthier than they had when I first got them, so I was hopeful. The same was true of the second bath, but the third one was just divine, especially once I flavoured it with strawberries.

    The way I did that is called a second ferment - I strained the grains out of the thickened kefir (you can tell it is ready when it pulls away from the sides of the jar) and put them safely away in the fridge to nap in a small jar of milk. Then I put the kefir back on the counter, with a few sliced fresh strawberries in it, and left it there for 12 hours.

    I cannot begin to tell you how awesome my strawberry-infused kefir tasted, especially after it had been chilled in the fridge. I also got all the goodness of a fermented food, with no ill effects - and trust me, I know about dairy-related ill effects.

    How about you, have you tried making something new and exciting recently?



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              AASL Post: 3 Reasons Why You Need to Attend Your State Conference        

    The very first conference I ever attended was my state conference, FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education) back in 2010. I was a brand new librarian and soaked up all the new information, ideas, and connections. It only took one conference to get me hooked. Since then, I’ve attended and presented at conferences all over North America, including ISTE, FETC, AASL, and more. But I still go back to my state conference every year, because I consider it a vital part of my profession. AASL Post: Why We Need to Be Attending Our State Conference I feel pretty passionately about professional development and I love going to conferences.  They’re such awesome opportunities to grow, connect and share. I’ve been all over the country and Canada, but the one conference I still never miss is my state conference.  That’s where everything started for me and I still see it as a vital part of my professional growth. Check out my post over on AASL Knowledge Quest to hear about how state conferences: Let you connect with other librarians from your state Give you a space to share your voice Equip you with resources for advocacy Bonus: This post can also help you advocate for funds if you’re having trouble getting financial support to attend your state conference.

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              This is what privatisation did to Australia's household electricity bills        

    When three eastern and one southern state formed the National Electricity Market in December 1998 Australia had the lowest retail prices in the world along with the United States and Canada.

    The rules which underpin this National Electricity Market are created by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) set up by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) - through the COAG Energy Council - for that purpose and to advise federal & state governments on how best to develop energy markets over time.

    The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) sets the amount of revenue that network businesses can recover from customers for using networks (electricity poles and wires and gas pipelines) that transport energy.

    So far so good. There's a defined market and there are rules.

    Then the privatisation of electricity supply and infrastructure began in earnest.

    It should come as no surprise that this push towards full privatisation, with its downhill spiral in service delivery and uphill climb in cost to retail customers, began and was progressed during the term of Liberal Prime Minister John Howard.

    By 2017 the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government has almost completed its three-stage privatisation of state power infrastructure by selling off poles and wires and, it goes without saying that the retail cost of electricity is expected to rise again next year.

    This is where we stand today……………………

    [Graphs in Financial Review, 4 August 2017]
    The Financial Review, 4 Augut 2017:

    The annual cost to households of accepting a standing offer from one of the big three retailers instead of the best offer in the market has been estimated at $830 in Victoria, $900 in Queensland and $1400-$1500 in NSW and SA by the St Vincent de Paul Society.

    Mr Mountain said power bills are constructed in such a complex way that ordinary customers without sophisticated spreadsheet and analytical skills have little hope of analysing competing offers to work out which offers them the best deal.

    Private comparison websites do not include all market offers and charge retailers for switching customers, while the websites offered by the Australian Energy Regulator and the Victorian government do not provide the tools customers need to discriminate among offers.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to conduct an inquiry into electricity supply, costs and pricing, including retail pricing.

    The Treasurer should have a preliminary report from the ACCC in his hands by the end of September this year, however this body does not submit a final report until 30 June 2018 with no guarantee that any recommendations will be adopted by government and industry.

    Quite frankly, it appears the privatisation train left the platform some time ago and there is no way to halt or divert it in order to genuinely benefit household consumers.


              Still feel unhappy with the Turnbull Government's policies on underground, land surface and marine waters? So you should        

    “Dead zones are hypoxic (low-oxygen) areas in the world's oceans and large lakes, caused by "excessive nutrient pollution from human activities coupled with other factors that deplete the oxygen required to support most marine life in bottom and near-bottom water.” [US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration]

    Every Northern Hemisphere Spring this dead zone occurs in the Gulf of Mexico and increases in size over time.



    It is only one of more than 400 hypoxic areas world-wide which were mapped in 2008.


    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Andrew H. Altieri et al, 2017, Tropical dead zones and mass mortalities on coral reefs:

    Oxygen-starved coastal waters are rapidly increasing in prevalence worldwide. However, little is known about the impacts of these “dead zones” in tropical ecosystems or their potential threat to coral reefs. We document the deleterious effects of such an anoxic event on coral habitat and biodiversity, and show that the risk of dead-zone events to reefs worldwide likely has been seriously underestimated. Awareness of, and research on, reef hypoxia is needed to address the threat posed by dead zones to coral reefs.

    Degradation of coastal water quality in the form of low dissolved oxygen levels (hypoxia) can harm biodiversity, ecosystem function, and human wellbeing. Extreme hypoxic conditions along the coast, leading to what are often referred to as “dead zones,” are known primarily from temperate regions. However, little is known about the potential threat of hypoxia in the tropics, even though the known risk factors, including eutrophication and elevated temperatures, are common. Here we document an unprecedented hypoxic event on the Caribbean coast of Panama and assess the risk of dead zones to coral reefs worldwide. The event caused coral bleaching and massive mortality of corals and other reef-associated organisms, but observed shifts in community structure combined with laboratory experiments revealed that not all coral species are equally sensitive to hypoxia. Analyses of global databases showed that coral reefs are associated with more than half of the known tropical dead zones worldwide, with >10% of all coral reefs at elevated risk for hypoxia based on local and global risk factors. Hypoxic events in the tropics and associated mortality events have likely been underreported, perhaps by an order of magnitude, because of the lack of local scientific capacity for their detection. Monitoring and management plans for coral reef resilience should incorporate the growing threat of coastal hypoxia and include support for increased detection and research capacity.

    Anyone still in favour of allowing an expansion of coal mining in the Galilee Basin, Queensland?

    Anyone still comfortable with the amount of agricultural/industrial run-off into the Great Barrier Reef, marine protected areas and Australian coastal waters, which is allowed under state and federal policies?

    It’s not just our rivers and aquifers which are suffering from political inaction and vested interest greed.

    BACKGROUND

    The Australian Government’s OzCoasts website states:

    A reduction in dissolved oxygen concentrations is amongst the most important effects of eutrophication on aquatic organisms [4]. Hypoxia can cause direct mortality, reduced growth rates and altered behaviour and distributions of fish [4] and other organisms. In addition, bottom-water hypoxia can interact with elevated water temperatures at the surface to produce a "temperature-oxygen squeeze" effect, which can greatly reduce the amount of summer habitat available for some species [12]. Eggs and larvae of fish (and crustaceans) may be particularly susceptible to this effect because these life history stages are less able to avoid unfavourable conditions, and because they live in near shore areas, such as estuaries, where too-high water temperatures and too-low oxygen conditions often occur [5]. Changes in fish assemblages and crustaceans in response to hypoxia and & anoxia can render these organisms more susceptible to fishing pressure, and can increase the abundance of non-targeted species in by-catch [4].

    Dissolved oxygen status also influences the uptake or release of nutrients from sediment. When oxygen is depleted, the nitrification pathway is blocked, and efficiencies may be lowered. As a consequence, more nutrients (e.g. nitrogen and phosphorous) are released from the sediment in bio-available forms [7]. These nutrients help to sustain algal blooms, and therefore continue the supply organic matter to the sediments [7]. With organic matter (energy) diverted from invertebrate consumption to microbial decomposition, the natural pattern of energy flow is altered, and pelagic and opportunistic species are favoured [8]. Indeed, an increased ratio of planktivore:demersal fish biomass is an important effect of eutrophication [11]. Low bottom water oxygen concentrations are also conducive to the build-up of toxic compounds such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia gas, which can also be harmful to benthic organisms and fish. Even short-lived anoxic events can cause the mass mortality of fish and benthic organisms [10].

    Overall, anoxic and hypoxic events can cause large reductions in the abundance, diversity and harvest of fish in affected waters [4], and can contribute to an overall loss of bio-diversity[9]. However, the extent to which bottom water anoxia causes declines in overall fish production depends on a balanced between the negative and positive and effects of eutrophication in the full spectrum of habitats within the system [4]……

    Major research institutions, universities and government (local and State) agencies gather oxygen data for specific research studies. Some information on anoxic and hypoxic events in Australian coastal waterways was compiled during the National Land & Water Resources Audit. In most cases, no data was available. However, localised or short-lived periods of hypoxia were reported in the Derwent and Huon estuaries (TAS) and in the Tuggerah Lakes (NSW). Prolonged and extensive anoxia is experienced in the Gippsland Lakes.

    Note:

    Anoxia is an extreme form of hypoxia.

              That Friday Feeling        
    Don't you just love Fridays? I think it's that feeling of anticipation that makes them so special- the thought that you have two whole days of freedom before the drudge and monotony of Monday morning returns. Even if you work on weekends- or know you have to get up early the next day- there is still just something special about Friday night. It reminds me of the end of the school week when I was younger, of getting ready to go out with friends to the local youth club or to hang around someone's free house, of sitting in with your best friend doing face masks and wishing you knew some boys you could make flirtatious calls to on your mobile, of singing along to 'Moulin Rouge!' at sleepovers or of sitting in by yourself when there was nothing better to do, watching Mean Girls.

    Nowadays, even if my boyfriend is busy and I'm not doing anything or going out, and I know I should use my free night to make a start on that essay or do that important reading- I can't. On a Friday night in, the TV and my pink duvet and the Ben 'n' Jerries calls, and it is impossible to resist. Sad? Yeah, I probably am, but I don't care what anyone says; Friday nights with Half Baked and a girly film can be pretty damn amazing! Even if all I'm doing is swooning over Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries instead of dancing the night away, it's cool because it's Friday- and no matter how you spend it- Friday is the best day of the week. Nothing can take away it's sparkle.

    My regular Friday afternoon routine has lately been to spend some time happily vintage shopping in Greenwich after my class finishes at three, then to catch the train home, new purchases in hand (even if it's just a 99p necklace!) to spend a cosy night in with my boyfriend on the sofa. This Friday just gone was extra fun, as my mum came up to meet me and joined me in my weekly treasure-hunt around the shops and market. I was all too happy to introduce her to some of my long-time Friday shopping friends, such as 360 Degrees Vintage and my favourite vintage market stall :-)

    Here we are having Fashionable Friday Fun:

        Having a panini, coffees and scones to give us the energy to shop til we dropped!
    My mum working 70s chic in 360 Degrees Vintage!

    I love slips and sundresses!
    I love the displays in this shop...
    How adorable is this!? (P.S, I want the black bralet which is hanging up! It would look cool with black shiny leggings, a half-way done up denim shirt and heaps of ghetto-gold, non?)
    Little touches like this really add to the atmosphere!
    It's all about trying on a crazy church-hat.
     Floppy floral hat, anyone?

    Love this stall! I bought two cute headscarves for only a pound each!
    Gotta love the £3.00 pile!
    Can I just draw your attention to this lovely cream blouse? My boyfriend managed to sniff out a thrift store when he went skiing to Canada recently, and found this and a cute beige jumper. Isn't he the sweetest for rifling through a vintage shop for me to find something I would like?? Thankyou Michael! :-) x
    Trying on a top (which I bought!) in Vintage Emporium
     This top is so cute and different- I think I'd wear it with my grey bodycon skirt, some black opaques and some leopard print flats? Or maybe some grey high-waisted shorts? Hmm decisions, decisions...

    I didn't buy this but am going to go back and get it- it will be just perfect for camping in the summer :-)

    Well, I hope you enjoyed this little account of one of my Friday shopping trips, and I hope you all had a very happy Friday, whatever you got up to...
    love and kisses,
    The Porcelain Princess xoxoxoxo
              Tradurre dall’italiano all’inglese: quale varietà utilizzare per quale mercato anglofono        

    traduzione italiano-ingleseVuoi tradurre il tuo sito web, una brochure o una campagna pubblicitaria inglese? Ma non sai quale inglese scegliere? L'inglese degli Stati Uniti, dell'Inghilterra, dell'Australia o del Canada?

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              Connecting to an international cause close to home        
    I was born in Bangladesh. I lived most of my early childhood in Kuwait. I then immigrated to Canada when I was 12 years old. Our family struggled upon our arrival in Canada as my dad worked to get himself established and give us the opportunity we needed to live comfortably. It was because of […]
          

              An Escape from Reality – Childhood Cancer Canada and Softchoice Cares Day        
    Softchoice has been working with Childhood Cancer Canada on a number of events, one of which was hosted at Softchoice’s Toronto office as part of our first ever, company-wide volunteer day Softchoice Cares Day. It was an opportunity for kids diagnosed with cancer to escape from their hospital surroundings and have fun being exactly that – […]
          

              Something BIG for someone small        
    May 25, 2016 marked the 6th annual IT4CC fundraising event, where people from the local IT community come together for a common goal – raise funds to improve the lives of children with cancer. Over the last six years, IT4CC has raised more than $639,000 for Childhood Cancer Canada. Among the 25 teams and 85 […]
          

              10 reasons why Softchoice has been a ‘Great Place to Work’ for 10 years        
    The Great Place to Work Institute just named Softchoice to its list of “Best Workplaces in Canada” for the 10th year in a row! We are just one of four organizations to make the list all 10 years it has been in Canada. To celebrate a decade of recognition as one of Canada’s top corporate […]
          

              Dogs with Heart: Eliminating Heart Disease & Stroke One Paw at a Time        
    Every seven minutes in Canada, one person dies from heart disease and stroke. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in North America. Chances are, you’ve likely been affected by heart disease or stroke, if not directly, then through someone you know. What can we do to eliminate these killers? A good start is to […]
          

              Four simple ways to encourage employees to bike to work!        
    Joseph Byer leading the pack to celebrate Softchoice’s 2012 listing as one of Canada’s Greenest Workplaces by Maclean’s magazine! It’s no secret that in North America, more and more commuters are choosing two wheels instead of four, or giving up their transit pass to avoid the crowded subways and busses. There are many more reasons […]
          

              8 Reasons why Softchoice is a Best Workplace for 8 Years Running        
    It’s official! Softchoice has been named a Best Place to Work in Canada by the Great Place to Work Institute for the eighth year in a row! To celebrate, we decided to take a trip down memory-lane and reflect on what has made these past eight years so memorable. What do our employees value most […]
          

              CSR Programs: Why some thrive and others nose-dive.        
    Your sustainability plan isn’t worth a beaver dam if your employees aren’t engaged in the strategy. This year when Softchoice was named to Canada’s Green 30, I wondered if there was a common thread among the organizations recognized. After reading more about them, I found that their employees’ feedback not only put them on the […]
          

              Power 2 the People        
    Many companies give back to their communities using the same approach: decisions are generally made by one team or department managing the company’s overall philanthropic activities. Very few involve employees in deciding where their efforts should be focused or even encourage them to get involved. According to an Imagine Canada survey, in 2009 only 18% […]
          

              Don't Bring Back Glass-Steagall        

    An issue that has a tendency to come into the public consciousness from time to time is bringing back Glass-Steagall. Initially repealed in 1999 by the Financial Services Modernization Act, primarily known as the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act, the law that separated commercial and investment banking has received renewed support with both party platforms during last year’s presidential election calling for it to be reinstated.

    There may be good intentions behind this desire, but the belief that the law would reduce recessions or prevent banks from becoming “too big to fail” is at best misguided and unnecessary while at worst it will cause unforeseen problems for the financial system.

    As stated above, Glass-Steagall is a law that requires a separation between commercial and investment banking in the financial sector. It was instituted in the 1930s during the great depression by Sen. Carter Glass (D-Va.) and Rep. Henry Steagall (D-Ala.) in the hopes that it would prevent banks from making risky decisions in the market. At the time, “more than 600 banks failed each year between 1921 and 1929,” so there was a serious desire to curb that.

    However, from the 1960s onward, the legislation faced erosion with congressional legislation and the Supreme Court rulings changing key sections of the bill, including reducing limitations on security purchases, the abolition of interest caps, and increased deference to regulatory agencies for the legislation. The most prominent and controversial change to the legislation came from the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which repealed sections 20 and 32 of the legislation.

    To be clear, it did not eliminate many security limitations put on banks, but it did eliminate several restrictions by “allow[ing] for affiliations between commercial banks and firms engaged principally in securities underwriting, as well as interlocking management and employee relationships between banks and securities firms.”

    Such a move has received heavy criticism since Democratic President Bill Clinton signed it into law. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has held the repeal and alleged deregulation of the financial sector as responsible for the 2008 recession. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has also stated, “Since core provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act were repealed in 1999, a culture of excessive risk-taking has taken root in the banking world, placing the financial security of millions of hardworking American taxpayers at risk.”

    Unfortunately, there are certain problems with the narrative that deregulation and the repeal of Glass-Steagall specifically caused the recession. First off, there is no history of deregulation in the past two decades in the financial sector. As was noted by the Mercatus Center, the number of banking regulations actually consistently grew between 1999 and 2008 despite the Glass-Steagall repeal which puts a major hole in the deregulation narrative.

    With that in mind, the Glass-Steagall legislation itself had very little to do with the 2008 financial recession. However, many of the institutions that had failed were not actually affected by the legislation period. Also, most of the institutions that did fail either received government incentives to provide risky loans (especially in providing housing loans to people who could not afford them), were still heavily regulated, and received guidelines or incentives from the central government for those risky loans.

    In addition, there is also evidence that Glass-Steagall did not reduce the banking failures during the depression which it was allegedly supposed to address. For an example, Canada did not pass a Glass-Steagall law during the recession despite facing similar issues to the US. Overall, Canada saw its GDP fall by 40 percent between 1929 and 1939, but not a single bank failed during the depression years and its banking system remained mostly intact.

    Another important point to keep in mind is that Glass-Steagall barely impacted the failing banks. Most of the banks that were failing were smaller in nature and had trouble diversifying due to government regulation. The banks that Glass-Steagall would have impacted were not the ones going under. In the end, Glass-Steagall would barely have the impact its proponents claim it would.

    Beyond that, the most replacing Glass-Steagall could do is stifle the banking industry. Some economists have speculated that the repeal softened the blow because it allowed more diversification of the market. Since less diversified firms made up for a larger number of failures during the 2008 financial crisis and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco credited diversification with being the reason Canada did not face bank failures during the depression, this does provide evidence that may have been a possibility.

    At the same time, the increased diversification has allowed more opportunities. Economists Jeffrey Rogers Hummel and Warren Gibson noted that banks like Wells Fargo and discount broker Charles Schwab opened up more services and opportunities for their customers at lower prices while former Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Illi.) noted that it would limit liquidity and make it harder to buy and sale assets. Overall, the unproven benefits of the legislation seem to not be worth the potential cost.

    This may seem surprising, but the US was the only country in the industrialized world to separate investment and commercial banking. The desire remains to prevent the creation of banks that are “too big to fail” but it seems to have largely failed to address that and has prevented useful diversification. Bringing it back will not prevent another crisis nor prevent banks from going under.


              Abren puente aéreo agroalimentario GDL-Vancouver        
    Anteriormente, el envío de productos a Canadá se hacía hasta en 11 días, mientras que con este puente se reducirá a cinco horas
              UPDATE: BBM for Android updated; BBM video chat now in beta        
    UPDATE: “The beta video feature will only be available in U.S. and Canada, coming first to Android users, followed closely by iOS. At that time, U.S. and Canadian BBM users will be able to enjoy cross-platform video calling with each other. We plan to launch the feature globally in our July release.” BlackBerry has just […]
              Divorce and Money Troubles        
    The divorce rates have gradually climbed up over the years due to various reasons. It has created a greater level of social challenges the society must cope up with. Getting divorced is mostly an agonizing experience for the entire family, and more heartbreaking if there are youngsters from the marriage. Except for the mental injury and pain that everyone involved goes through, there are serious money implications of getting divorced.

    Before going ahead with divorce events, an individual or a pair must assess the financial aspects of such a call. If it is contested, both parties might need to hire the services of lawyers. The legal expenses of filing along with the service charges of the lawyer can finish up to be a very big amount, and may place the involved parties under the burden of liabilities.

    At the outset of proceeding, you may set aside a budget for the case. If the case goes to trial, it may drain both sides mentally, physically and financially.

    Most likely you won't be in a position to abandon the case in the middle of it, so if your budget is exhausted, you will be left with no option but to raise liabilities and continue to battle your case. This may cause grim financial tax on one or both the parties involved.

    Furthermore, if just one of the 2 parties was an earning member of the family, then after being divorced it becomes essential for the second member to find a work to run the household expenses. The one employed may be required to pay spousal support charges to the other, which is a long-term cost that has got to be kept in mind while going for a divorce.

    The earning of the family gets reduced if the partner had no job experience or is incapable of getting a well paying job.

    Considering the financial challenges and disruption to the normal life that getting divorced could cause for the whole family, it's a smart move on part of both spouses to think about the situation carefully, and choose divorce only if there's no other option left. Additionally, both parties should try and settle with an uncontested divorce in order to reduce their mental, physical as well as fiscal distress.

    See also:
    Divorce and Denial of Access
    How to choose a lawyer for your divorce
    How to get divorced in Canada
              50 ans plus tard, l’incident du lac Falcon au Canada reste un mystère et il s’agit du cas OVNI le mieux documenté        

    Son père est rentré à la maison malade et blessé depuis les forêts du lac Falcon au Manitoba le long week-end de mai 1967. C’est ainsi que Stan Michalak peut encore se souvenir du mystère qui a bouleversé la vie...
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              December 2014 Printed Matter!        


    The latest installment of printed matter was mailed out early this month and, thanks to the US postal service (and those in the UK, Iceland, New Zealand and Canada), should be in the hands of the PLL members.


    The matter includes the latest PLL anniversary poster (yes, five years!) and a lovely poster of Smithsonite. 


    Also included: a letterpress print, Some Quasi-Versions of Pastoral, an homage to Robert Smithson, after Ian Hamilton Finlay's print Some Versions of Pastoral (an homage to William Empson and his book, Some Version of Pastoral).


    All members receive packets of printed matter twice a year. If you would like to join the Library and receive this matter too, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.
              Jan/Feb DC 2013 challenge - Cured, smoked & cooked salamis and sausages         
    Cured, smoked & cooked salami and sausages that was what this challenge was all about. I have to much work on at the moment this will have to be a very short posting  Thank so much to to our hosts I think the best way is to use their introduction

    "I am Carol, a non-blogging member from Canada and I have been a member of the Daring Kitchen since January 2009.... And I am Jenni, and I blog at The Gingered Whisk! I have been a member of the Daring Kitchen since June 2009. This challenge evolved rather organically. Carol was doing a book review on “Salumi”, and Jenni sent Lisa an email saying that “someone” should do a challenge on making your own sausage. The timing was just too perfect, and so we decided to combine the book review and the sausage making into one awesome challenge! We are both really excited to bring this challenge to you - we feel this is a great technique to know how to do, and not only is it fairly easy, but is very rewarding. ...."

    See here for the full challenge

    Berkshire pork and roasted fennel seed bangers
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    I got hold of some Berkshire pork shoulder and pork belly off-cuts from friends in NZ this is a very old breed of pig that is prized for its juicy moist fatty (and very pink coloured) meat that is prefect for bangers I couldn't resist and I teamed this with roasted fennel seeds with a dash of chilli powder and a shake of seed-weed powder. This challenge was so much fun to do, I used a piping bag to fill my casings.
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    Some photos of the cooked bangers. As you can see the cooked home made sausages have a very different look to the shop brought versions, I was surprised that you can see small bubbles of fat (i.e. flavour) appear on the casings that explode when eaten which is a very pleasurable experience. The smell while cooking was amazing and the flavour is stunning.   
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              January, 2012 Daring Baker Challenge: Back to Basics:Scones (Biscuits)        
    Introduction:  Hi my name is Audax from Audax Artifex (yes this web site). Whenever I visit my sister and her family in S.E. Queensland Australia she always welcomes me with a fresh batch of my favourite baked treat which we devour gleefully with cups of tea while we chat and catch up with the events in our lives.

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    The treat that I'm talking about is the basic scone (also know as baking powder biscuits in North America) my sister really knows how to make them, they are wondrously light with soft sides and a lovely airy crumb – superb with jam and cream. This month I want the Daring Bakers' to share my delight and I invite you to bake a batch of scones to enjoy with friends and family.

    For our North American members I wish to clarify what this challenge is all about and try to avoid any confusions. Scones in North American are nearly always triangular in shape have a slightly crisp crust usually covered in sugar and have a soft interior crumb and sometimes are laced with dried fruit (these baked goods in Australia and England are called “rock cakes” since they are usually made to look like “rocky” cakes not wedges), meanwhile biscuits in North American are a round shaped buttery slightly flaky baked good usually eaten with meals (these items in Australia and England are called “scones” and are eaten with butter and jam usually with cups of tea or coffee as a sweet snack). So this challenge (using the North American name) is to make biscuits. Or using the Australian or English name this challenge is to make scones.

    To further clarify for our North American bakers this month's challenge is to make biscuits (also called baking powder biscuits) if you choose to make your biscuits using buttermilk as the liquid you are making what are known as “Southern” Biscuits which are one of the most famous examples of home cooking in the Southern States of America (that is they are a baking powder biscuit made with buttermilk). In Australia and England “Southern” Biscuits would be called buttermilk scones. So restating the above, the challenge is to make scones (using the Australian/English name) or to make  biscuits (using the North American name). Incidentally if you use cream as your liquid in the challenge recipe the final baked good would be called a cream biscuit in North America or a cream scone in Australia and England.  

    Scones (biscuits) contain only a small number of ingredients they are fast to make, quick to bake, only cost cents per batch and most importantly are super FUN to eat. In England and Australia scones are eaten with jam and butter usually with cups of tea or coffee mostly as a sweet snack, while in North America they are usually eaten with meals as a savoury side.

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    Of course scones (biscuits) have a notorious reputation as being difficult for some people to make  comments like “hockey pucks”, “These made great door-stops ” and the like fill the comment sections of most recipe websites. You see scones (can be said as a rhyme with cone and also can be said as a rhyme with gone) are a type of quick bread that is a white flour dough that is raised using chemical agents usually baking powder and/or baking soda. Basic scones contain flour, raising agent(s), butter (or shortening or lard), salt, and milk (or buttermilk or soured milk or cream). Most recipes just say to “rub the fat into the flour” then combine the dry and wet ingredients until “gathered together” and then “lightly knead” the gathered mixture until a soft dough forms, then “roll or pat” out this dough and then “cut” out rounds and bake them in a hot oven. Well how hard could it really be I thought uh-mm as you can see below my first batch wasn't the greatest success … they didn't raise at all and the texture was barely OK I thought … I was left wondered what I had done wrong …   

    My first attempt at scones (really pretty terrible I thought, no height no tenderness and no flakiness)

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    So after studying many many (288 websites bookmarked) scone/biscuit recipes and the bakers' comments about these recipes and after doing 16 batches! myself I have acquired a lot of information to help you master the techniques involved I hope that at the end of this challenge that you will be able to make a good if not great scone (biscuit).

    After much research and many attempts …  finally some scones (the 14th, 15th and 16th batches) that I wouldn't mind sharing with my sister.

    The Classic Australian scone ring (Aussie Damper) – the crumb is very similar to bread
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    Cheese and chives scones – a “sky-high” light and tender scone flavoured with cheese and chives
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    The classic Southern Biscuit (buttermilk scone) – a superbly flaky scone made with buttermilk and laminated to form distinct layers when baked
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    Fairy Ring
    As I mentioned in the challenge posting in Australia and England scones are usually eaten as a sweet treat (with butter and jam) with cups of tea on that theme while doing my research for this challenge I thought I would do a variation on the sweet side of the scone. Here is one recipe that is suitable for kids and adults when you want something special and sweet yet can be made at a moment's notice.

    In Australia one of the most popular children's party food item is fairy bread. This is a variation of fairy bread called Fairy Ring made with an Aussie Scone (Damper) ring laced with 100s and 1000s then iced (with some icing sugar and a touch of lemon juice made into a sticky paste) then sprinkled with more 100s and 1000s (coloured sprinkles). My 9 year old niece went crazy with delight and literally squealed with glee when I showed her this Fairy Ring and say I made it especially for her.

    Normal (Damper) Scone Ring
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    Fairy Ring straight from the oven
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    Completed Fairy Ring
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    Hot Dog Buns
    Here is a savoury variation, I made hot dog buns using the basic scone recipe. They worked out great I couldn't believe the crumb and they tasted great with the hot dog and relishes and I made them in under 15 minutes (once the oven was hot enough). I was very surprised how well the basic scone dough complimented savoury food.  
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    Touch of Grace Scones
    (Click on the title to go to a great posting about this recipe)
    Here is the answer to dry biscuits this recipe is called "touch of grace" biscuits which uses a few simple techniques to create a super moist crumb. These scones are all about tenderness everything is designed to obtain the softest and most tender crumb possible. These are very different from the normal bread-like scones that Australians like with jam and cream. These would be perfect with a savoury meal. They were so buttery with a soft creamy crumb that literally melts in your mouth, the mouth feel is like clouds. As one reviewer lovingly opined "They're squat little puffs you'll want to grab, steaming, from a basket passed over fried chicken or bacon and eggs". The way I make them is slightly adapted from the original recipe,  I use a lot of very large pieces of butter and all buttermilk with very low gluten cake flour and some resting time in the fridge. Resting the dough after the buttermilk is stirred into the dry ingredients is essential you would never be able to form the soft balls of dough coated in flour that are the "rounds" in this case and keeping everything cold helps the baking process. While baking the large pieces of butter melt into the flour causing large air holes to form in the baked dough and since we use soft flour (6%) which cannot form flaky layers we thus obtain a feather-light creamy tender crumb infused with the maximum amount of butter that the dough can hold.
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    These scones are made entirely from cake flour (6% gluten), I used 1 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 cup very large-sized butter pieces, about 1/2 cup buttermilk and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. I rubbed in butter making sure most of the fat/flour where large pea sized pieces. I rested the dough after I mixed in the wet ingredients for 10 minutes until cold, during this time the dough "firms" up making it possible to turn it out in one cohesive dough ball onto a lightly floured board. I formed a rectangle of the soft dough floured the top lightly then I stamped out rounds. You could feel the pieces of butter in the formed round The rounds are very soft but can be picked up and placed into the baking dish. Then I place the baking dish with all the formed rounds back in the fridge for 10 minutes until cold then bake. (This procedure is much easier than the original recipe's method and it gives as good results I think). As you can see the crumb is saturated with butter and has masses of large airy pockets to trap your favourite topping. Absolutely delicious.
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    Raisin Scones
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    I wanted to make one batch of flavoured scones I went with sweet raisins and some molasses in the dough. I rubbed in the butter until it was like fine sand and I used "OO" cake flour about 7% protein and some cornflour (cornstarch), I was very happy with the look of the baked scones and the crumb was very tender very much like bread which is what I wanted. These were very cute looking but to be honest I like plain scones much better.
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    The bread like crumb of the scone so so tasty and soft.
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    As you can see scones (biscuits) are all about technique since the scones pictured above used the same basic recipe. 

    Recipe Source:  The challenge scone (biscuit) recipe has been especially formulated by Audax Artifex after a large amount of research and experimentation. It is designed to help you master the techniques involved in making scones (biscuits) exactly the way you like them. 

    Blog-checking lines: Audax Artifex was our January 2012 Daring Bakers’ host. Aud worked tirelessly to master light and fluffy scones (a/k/a biscuits) to help us create delicious and perfect batches in our own kitchens!

    Posting Date:  January 27, 2012

    Challenge Notes:
    The Ingredients – since scones contain only a small number of ingredients each should be of the highest quality
    Flour – lower gluten (i.e. soft) flours (about 9% or less protein) produce taller and lighter scones than normal plain (all-purpose) flour (about 10%+ protein). But to be honest it wasn't that great a difference so long you sifted the dry ingredients thoroughly at least three times. That is always triple sift the dry ingredients this will ensure that the flour is well aerated and the raising agents are evenly distributed so resulting in light scones. I found that finely milled soft “OO” flour gave the best results but don't worry you can get excellent results with sifted plain (all-purpose) flour. You can use self-raising flour if you wish (remember to leave out the raising agents and salt) in the recipe below it is important to triple sift the self-raising flour as well I like to add about ½ teaspoon of extra fresh baking powder per cup of self-raising flour to ensure a good lift in my scones. In the northern states of America and most of Canada all-purpose flour is generally very hard (high in protein) you can replace for each cup 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour with cake flour  OR for each cup replace 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour with cornflour (cornstarch). Or you can let the scones rest (20 mins) in the fridge before baking. 
    Fat – unsalted butter gives the best flavour while lard gives the flakiest texture since it has a much higher melting point than butter so promoting a flaky texture in the final scones. The best compromise is to use a combination of the two in equal measure. I usually use all (unsalted) butter for flavour and health reasons. In most recipes the fat is rubbed into the flour using fingers or a pastry cutter (don't use two knives or forks since it takes too long to cut in the fat using this method). It is best to grate the butter using the coarse side of a box-grater and then freeze it until you need it. Freezing the butter prevents the fat from melting into the flour. The idea is to coat the fat particles with the flour. You are looking for a fat/flour combination that looks like very coarse bread crumbs with a few pieces of butter about the size of peas, the finer you make your fat pieces the more tender the crumb of your final scones. If you want very flaky scones then make the fat pieces large like Lima beans and only lightly coat them in the flour. If your kitchen is very hot you can refrigerate your flour so helping to keep the fat from melting. Don't freeze your flour as this will make it too difficult to rub the fat into the flour. (Typical usage about 1 to 8 tablespoons of fat per cup of flour).
    Chemical raising agents – always use fresh raising agents, baking powder deteriorates within two months once the jar is opened, typical usage 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup. Baking powder nowadays is double action – there is an initial release of gas once the dry and wet ingredients are combined and there is another release of gas from the high heat of the oven. If you are using acidic ingredients (such as buttermilk, soured milk, honey, citrus juice, yoghurt, tomato sauce etc) then use an additional ¼ teaspoon of baking soda per cup of liquid to help neutralise the acid and make the final baked product raise correctly. Baking soda is much stronger (x4) in raising power than baking powder. You can make you own single action baking powder by triple sifting together one part baking soda and two parts cream of tartar store in an airtight container. To check if your double action baking powder is fresh place 1/4 teaspoon in 1/2 cup of water it should bubble a lot, then microwave it for 30 secs it should bubble it again. To check your baking soda place 1/8 teaspoon into 1 tablespoon of vinegar (or lemon juice) it should bubble a lot. 
    Liquid – you can use milk (any sort), buttermilk, soured milk, yoghurt, half-and-half, cream, coconut cream, soda water, even lemon-flavoured soda pop (soft drink) or a combination of these as the liquid in your scones. You can sour regular milk with a tablespoon of cider vinegar or lemon juice for every cup. Just stir it in and let it sit for 10 minutes or so to curdle. Typical usage is 1/3 to 1/2 cup of liquid per cup of flour.
    Salt – a small amount of salt (about ¼ teaspoon per cup of flour)  helps improve the action of the raising agents and enhances the flavour of the scones.

    The Equipment
    Baking pans – use dark coloured heavy weight baking pans as these have the best heat distribution and really give a great raise to your baked goods. Many people like to use cast iron skillets for best results.
    Measuring cups and spoons – try to accurately measure all ingredients especially if this is your first attempt at making scones (biscuits) remember to scoop the ingredient into the measure and level with a knife. If you can weigh the flour using scales even better.
    Scone (biscuit) cutters – use a cutter that is made of sharp thin metal with straight sides and is open at both ends this ensures that the scone will raise straight and evenly and ensures the cut scone is easy to remove from the cutter without compressing the dough. Try to avoid using cutters with wavy sides, thick walled cups, glasses, metal lids, small jars or any cutter with only one opening since it is difficult to remove the cut scones from these without compressing the dough therefore leading to 'tougher' scones. If you cannot get a good cutter you can cut out squares or wedges etc using a sharp knife if you wish.
    Rolling pins – most scone doughs are very soft (and wet) so can be easily patted out using your fingers. For a large amount of dough you can use a rolling pin remember to use light pressure from the centre outwards to form an even thickness of dough ready to be cut into scones. Avoid rolling back and forth over the same area as this can overwork the dough.    

    The Techniques
    Triple sift the dry ingredients – sift your dry ingredients from a height this permits plenty of air to be incorporated into the mixture which allows for maximum lightness in your scones and ensures even distribution of all the raising agents and other ingredients.
    Rubbing in the fat – this is the stage where you can control how tender or flaky your final scone crumb will be. The more you coat your fat with flour and the smaller the particles of the final mixture, the more tender the end product because you’re retarding gluten formation in the flour (unfortunately the price you pay for this tenderness is that the final dough will be soft and might not raise very well since the gluten isn't developed enough to form a stable structure to trap the gases that are released when the dough is baked). Conversely the larger you leave the pieces of fat (the infamous "pea-sized" direction you always see in scone/biscuit recipes), the flakier the final scones will be (that is the gluten in this case is more developed but you might find that the final baked product is dry and the mouth feel of crumb could be too firm i.e. tough). So summarising the tenderness/flakiness of your scone is achieved in this stage by manipulating the size of the fat particles and how much of the flour is used to coat the fat (the more flour used to coat the fat promotes more tenderness while larger fat pieces promote more flakiness).  Either way quickly rub in the grated frozen fat into the dry ingredients using
    1)your finger tips – as you lightly rub and pinch the fat into the flour, lift it up high and let it fall back down into the bowl, this means that air is being incorporated all the time, and air is what makes scones light, continue this until you have the desired sized flour/fat particles in the mixture, or
    2)a cold pastry cutter – begin by rocking the pastry cutter into the fat and flour mixture continue rocking until all the fat is coated in flour and the desired sized flour/fat particles are obtained.
    Moistening and bringing the dough together -  add nearly all of the liquid at once to the rubbed-in dry ingredients.  When mixing the dough (I use a soft plastic spatula, my sister uses a knife), stir with some vigour from the bottom to the top and mix just until the dough is well-moistened and begins to just come together it will be wet (and sticky). And remember the old saying – the wetter the dough the lighter the scones (biscuits)!  
    Handling the dough – as most people know it is important not to overwork the dough but what isn't appreciated is that under-working is almost as common a mistake as overworking. Look at my first attempt (the first photo in this article) at making the challenge recipe it is crumbly and a bit leaden and the crumb isn't flaky at all this is due to under-working the dough and making the flour/fat particles too small, it took me about six batches to understand this and not be afraid to handle the dough so the scone (biscuit) would raise correctly. Under-working causes as many problems as overworking. Overworking leads to tough, dry and heavy scones while under-working leads to crumbly leaden ones. If you are not happy with your baked goods look carefully at your final scones (biscuits) and decide if you have under- or over-worked your dough.
    Kneading or folding/turning the dough – this is the stage where you can control whether or not your scone has distinct layers by 1) only kneading the dough (for no layering effect) or 2) only turning and folding the dough (for a layering effect).  As mentioned above given the same amounts of flour and fat, leaving larger pieces of fat equals more gluten formation and, therefore, flakiness. Leaving smaller pieces of fat equals less gluten formation and, therefore, tenderness. Your dough at this stage of the recipe will be a mixture of different gluten strengths since it is almost impossible to make a totally homogeneous dough at home. The major idea at this stage of the process is to exploit these gluten differences to achieve a desired degree of lamination (layering) in the final baked good. That is at this stage your dough (after you have added the liquid and mixed it until it just holds together), will have different layers of relatively gluten-rich (tougher) dough (the more floury parts of the dough), and layers of relatively gluten-free (tender-er) dough with small pieces of fat (the more fatty parts of the dough). So at this point if we only lightly knead the dough these layers will become less distinct which means the dough will become more homogeneous so producing a more even and more tender crumb when baked. But if at this stage you only fold and turn the dough (as shown below in pictures) over itself, these different layers will remain intact but will get thinner and thinner with each fold and turn, so when the fat melts and the liquid turns to steam in the oven, this steam pushes the tougher layers apart, leading to an overall flakiness and a layering effect in the scone crumb (see picture of the buttermilk biscuit above). So if you want an even more tender crumb just lightly knead (much like you would knead bread but with a very very light touch) the turned-out dough a few times until it looks smooth. If you want to form layers (laminations) in your final baked goods do a few folds and turns until it looks smooth. Always do at least one light knead to make the final dough structurally strong enough to raise and hold its shape whether you are aiming for a smooth tender crumb or a flaky layered crumb.
    Pat or roll out the dough – since most scone (biscuit) doughs are soft (and sticky) it is best to use your fingers to gently pat out the dough once it has been kneaded or folded and turned. Use a very light touch with little pressure while forming the dough rectangle to be cut into rounds for the scones. If you want tall scones then pat out the dough tall, about 3/4 inch to 1 inch (2 cm to 2½ cm) thick is about right.
    Cutting out your scones – use a well-floured scone (biscuit) cutter for each round that you stamp out from the dough. That is dip your cleaned cutter into fresh plain flour before each separate cut. Do not twist the cutter while stamping out the scone, push down firmly until you can feel the board then lift the cutter the round should stay inside the cutter then gently remove it from the cutter  and place the round onto the baking dish. You can use a sharp knife to cut out other shapes if you wish from the dough, also the knife should be floured before each cut as well. 
    Baking your scones – always preheat your oven when baking scones. Place each scone almost touching onto the baking dish this encourages the scones to raise and also keeps the sides soft and moist. If you want crisp sides widely space your scones on the baking dish. Don’t over-bake your scones. Over-baking for even a minute or two will dry your scones out. As soon as the sides begin to turn brown and are set, remove them from the oven. Immediately, place the scones on a wire rack—the hot pan will continue to dry the scones.
    Extra comments about resting the dough – I found in my researches that a number of respected sources mentioned resting the dough in various stages in the recipe. Surprisingly this advice is sound. I found that if you rested the just mixed dough (in the fridge) for 20 minutes there was a huge improvement in the dough's handling qualities and the final scones height, lightness and crumb were outstanding. Also I found that if you rest your patted out dough covered in plastic for 10 minutes in the fridge that the rounds are easier to stamp out and the final baked goods raise higher and have a better crumb. Also you can rest your stamped out rounds in the fridge for a couple of hours without harm so you can make your scones place them into the fridge and then at your leisure bake them later great for dinner parties etc. This is possible because modern baking powder is double action, i.e. there is another release of gas when you bake the rounds in the heat of the oven.

    Troubleshooting  
    Problems with bitter after-taste or dry chalky mouth-feel

    The biggest problem that scone/biscuits can sometimes have is an after-taste (sometimes described as metallic or a salty chemical taste) or the mouthfeel is dry and chalky (i.e. the crumb is tough and doesn't have enough moisture).

    If the problem is the after-taste try these tips
    • use freshly opened raising agents, many people claim old baking powder has a stronger taste
    • look for a single action baking powder (that only uses baking soda and cream of tar tar with a little cornflour) or make your own, since some double action baking powders can have metallic salts in them which some people can taste even in small quantities. Also keep in mind that homemade baking powder works faster and at a lower temperature, so put your recipe together quickly
    • look for a double action baking powder that uses non-metallic ingredients in it, check the ingredients listing on the packet.
    • use less baking powder
    • if you used an acidic liquid (buttermilk etc) and did not use some baking soda with the normal baking powder then some of the acid in the liquid wouldn't have been neutralised so leaving some salts behind causing the salty aftertase, that is make sure you are using the correct combination of agents for the liquids that you use, see the link below for full details about this. 
    • use only baking soda and an acidic liquid (buttermilk) like in the famous Irish Soda bread which very few people complain about having an aftertaste
    • use bakers' ammonium (available from King Arthur's flour) it was one of the most common chemical raising agents in the old days before modern baking powder, it smells like ammonia when baking but the ammonia smell totally dissipates and this chemical leaves nothing behind. I use it a lot in my baking it really gives baked goods that old-fashioned taste that people really can pick up on also it gives cookies extra crispness when baked.   

    See here for a comprehensive posting on baking powder/baking soda and how to use them in recipes.
    See here for the most interesting discussion on the use of baking soda and baking powder

    If the problem is the mouthfeel try these tips
    • try smaller sized scones and bake them quickly in a very hot oven and make the dough wetter since large sized scones using a drier dough baked in a moderate oven will give you a dryer crumb therefore a dry chalky mouthfeel
    • over-handled dough will lead to a dry mouth
    • eat them immediately fresh out of the oven, scones do really suffer (they become dry and tough) when stored for any length of time
    • try using more fat about 1/4 cup+ per cup of flour - more fat gives moister crumb. Also try using all shortening, since shortening contains no water or milk solids it gives a very tender crumb.
    • use this great recipe they are called "a touch of grace" biscuits they are the most tender and moist biscuits (scones) that I have had.
    • some people claim that a very hot oven is best to start the baking process then lower the temperature to moderate to finish baking the scones

    The problem lopsided scones
    About lop-sided scones this is usually caused by uneven cutting out of the scone. Some hints
    1. Clean and flour the scone cutter (by rubbing off any wet dough and then dipping the cutter into fresh flour the entire height of the cutter) every time you stamp out each round. Remember not to twist when you are stamping out the scones. If you are using a knife remember to clean and flour it for each cut.
    2. Try to pat out or roll out the dough as evenly as possible.
    3. Did you sift the dry ingredients three times? (uneven distribution of ingredients can lead to uneven scones).
    4. Try to get the scone out of the cutter by applying gentle even pressure on the entire scone circumference that way you do not compress just one place so making that area less tender so raising less when cooked.
    5. Turn the cut scone upside down onto the baking dish, since this side will be flatter than the patted out top surface.
    6. Only glaze the tops of the scone, a small amount of liquid on the sides will inhibit raise in that area.
    7. Some people like to use a fork and prick some holes in the top of the unbaked scones supposedly this helps the scone raise evenly.
    8. Also some people like to use their thumb and press a small hollow into the top of the scone supposedly this helps the scone raise evenly.
    9. A good article about "making the perfect scone" see here it goes through a lot of the best scone recipes by master bakers.
    10. Try this recipe and its method from Bakers' 911 which seems to make straight-sided scones even from wavy-sided cutters

    How to test baking soda
    1. Place a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda into a tablespoon of vinegar it should bubble a lot.

    How to test your single action baking powder
    1. Place a teaspoon of baking powder into a cup, add 1/4 cup room temperature water it should bubble a lot.

    How to test your double action baking powder
    1. Place a teaspoon of baking powder into a cup, add 1/4 cup room temperature water it should bubble a lot.
    2. Wait 30 secs and then place your cup into the microwave heat for about 30 secs until about 180F it should bubble again.
    3. If it doesn't then discard and buy a new jar.

    How to test your self-raising flour - add one tablespoon of S.R. flour into some hot water it should bubble a bit. Or try adding some vinegar and see if it bubbles. Usually SR flour is only good for about three months.

    The problem an unreliable oven
    1. Try and use heavy grade dark metal baking dishes which give the best heat distribution.
    2. If your oven heating cycle is unreliable (varies the temperature a lot) lower the temperature to hot 220C (430F), preheat the oven along with a heavy metal baking dish for a good 20 mins then bake the scones on the baking dish which acts as a heat sink helping to bake the scones more evenly. Try to bake smaller sized scones which helps with a constantly varying temperature.
    3. If your oven has hot spots which mine does just rotate the dish at about 3/4 of the total baking time.

    The problem my dairy-free margarine doesn't do a good job of cutting in
    1. Just melt the margarine and add it to the liquid and proceed as normal (this is the best you can do if the margarine is "bad for cutting-in or just bad for scones" in the first place).

    Mandatory Items: You must make one batch of basic scones (i.e. basic biscuits using the North American name). The challenge recipe has been designed to be fast, very cheap and easy to follow so allowing for multiple attempts to be made until you can achieve your desired result. I encourage you to make a couple of batches to see how small changes in technique can obtain vastly different final baked products. I estimate all of my 16 experimental batches cost less than $4 and took about four hours, so please do take this opportunity to explore the possibilities of the different techniques and advice that have been presented here in this challenge. I have included a number of links to the most popular scone (biscuit) recipes (and variations) in a number of countries feel free to use these if you can make a good basic scone (biscuit) already.  

    Variations allowed:  A number of variations (cheese and chives, herb, etc) on the basic challenge recipe are included use them if you wish.  

    Preparation time: Scones: Preparation time less than 10 minutes. Baking time about 10 minutes.

    Equipment required:
    Large mixing bowl
    Baking dish
    Measuring cups and  spoons (optional)
    Flour Sifter (optional)
    Board (optional)
    Scone (biscuit) cutter (optional) or knife (optional)
    Dough scraper (optional)
    Spatula (optional)
    Weighing scale (optional)
    Cooling rack (optional)
    Pastry brush (optional)

    Basic Scones (a.k.a. Basic Biscuits)
    Servings: about eight 2-inch (5 cm) scones or five 3-inch (7½ cm) scones
    Recipe can be doubled

    Ingredients:
    1 cup (240 ml) (140 gm/5 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
    2 teaspoons (10 ml) (10 gm) (⅓ oz) fresh baking powder
    ¼ teaspoon (1¼ ml) (1½ gm) salt
    2 tablespoons (30 gm/1 oz) frozen grated butter (or a combination of lard and butter)
    approximately ½ cup (120 ml) cold milk
    optional 1 tablespoon milk, for glazing the tops of the scones

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to very hot 475°F/240°C/gas mark 9. 
    2. Triple sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. (If your room temperature is very hot refrigerate the sifted ingredients until cold.)
    3. Rub the frozen grated butter (or combination of fats) into the dry ingredients until it resembles very coarse bread crumbs with some pea-sized pieces if you want flaky scones or until it resembles coarse beach sand if you want tender scones.
    4. Add nearly all of the liquid at once into the rubbed-in flour/fat mixture and mix until it just forms a sticky dough (add the remaining liquid if needed). The wetter the dough the lighter the scones (biscuits) will be!
    5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board, lightly flour the top of the dough. To achieve an even homogeneous crumb to your scones knead very gently about 4 or 5 times (do not press too firmly) the dough until it is smooth. To achieve a layered effect in your scones knead very gently once (do not press too firmly) then fold and turn the kneaded dough about 3 or 4 times until the dough has formed a smooth texture. (Use a floured plastic scraper to help you knead and/or fold and turn the dough if you wish.)
    6. Pat or roll out the dough into a 6 inch by 4 inch rectangle by about ¾ inch thick (15¼ cm by 10 cm by 2 cm thick). Using a well-floured 2-inch (5 cm) scone cutter (biscuit cutter), stamp out without twisting six 2-inch (5 cm) rounds, gently reform the scraps into another ¾ inch (2 cm) layer and cut two more scones (these two scones will not raise as well as the others since the extra handling will slightly toughen the dough).  Or use a well-floured sharp knife to form squares or wedges as you desire.
    7. Place the rounds just touching on a baking dish if you wish to have soft-sided scones or place the rounds spaced widely apart on the baking dish if you wish to have crisp-sided scones. Glaze the tops with milk if you want a golden colour on your scones or lightly flour if you want a more traditional look to your scones.
    8. Bake in the preheated very hot oven for about 10 minutes  (check at 8 minutes since home ovens at these high temperatures are very unreliable) until the scones are well risen and are lightly coloured on the tops. The scones are ready when the sides are set.
    9. Immediately place onto cooling rack to stop the cooking process, serve while still warm.

    Variations on the Basic recipe
    Buttermilk – follow the Basic recipe above but replace the milk with buttermilk, add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, increase the fat to 4 tablespoons, in Step 3 aim of pea-sized pieces of fat coated in flour, in Step 5 fold and turn the dough, rounds are just touching in the baking dish, glaze with buttermilk.
    Australian Scone Ring (Damper Ring) – follow the Basic recipe above but decrease the fat to 1 tablespoon, in Step 3 aim of fine beach sand sized pieces of fat coated in flour, in Step 5 knead the dough, in Step 7 form seven rounds into a ring shape with the eighth round as the centre, glaze with milk.
    Cream – follow the Basic recipe above but replace the milk with cream, add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, in Step 3 aim of beach sand sized pieces of fat coated in flour, in Step 5 knead the dough, rounds are just touching in the baking dish, glaze with cream.
    Cheese and Chive – follow the Basic recipe above but add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, after Step 2 add ½ teaspoon sifted mustard powder, ¼ teaspoon sifted cayenne pepper (optional), ½ cup (60 gm/2 oz) grated cheese and 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives into the sifted ingredients, in Step 3 aim of beach sand sized pieces of fat coated in flour, in Step 5 knead the dough, rounds are widely spaced in the baking dish, sprinkle the rounds with cracked pepper.
    Fresh Herb – follow the Basic recipe above but after Step 3 add 3 tablespoons finely chopped herbs (such as parsley, dill, chives etc).
    Sweet Fruit – follow the Basic recipe above but after Step 3 add ¼ cup (45 gm) dried fruit (e.g. sultanas, raisins, currents, cranberries, cherries etc) and 1 tablespoon (15 gm) sugar.
    Wholemeal –  follow the Basic recipe above but replace half of the plain flour with wholemeal flour.
    Wholemeal and date – follow the Basic recipe above but replace half of the plain flour with wholemeal flour and after Step 3 add ¼ cup (45 gm) chopped dates and 1 tablespoon (15 gm) sugar.     
       
    Pictorial guide to the challenge recipe
    I was at my brother's house and we had a hankering for a baked treat so I decided to make the challenge recipe also I needed some photos of the challenge recipe being made for this posting. My brother isn't a cook, all he had to hand as equipment was concerned was a mixing bowl,a thin walled 20 cm (8 inch) cake tin and a knife, he didn't even have a cup measure only mugs so I improvised.

    As you can see in the collage below I roughly chopped some butter (I eye-balled about 2 tablespoons) and froze it. Then I throw the frozen cubed butter onto one mug of cold self-raising flour I couldn't sift the flour since my brother doesn't own a sifter. Then I proceeded to rub in the butter with my fingers until I got pea-sized fat pieces coated in flour.
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    I added the liquid (½ mug of cold lite-milk) to the rubbed-in fat/flour mixture until I got a sticky dough I turned this out onto a floured board, I lightly floured the top of the sticky dough then I kneaded it once  then I patted it out into a rectangular shape then I proceeded to fold and turn the dough. Notice that you fold 1/3 of the dough over itself then the other 1/3 over that and turn it 90° degrees. Notice the lines on the broad this will help you understand how to do the folding and the turning.
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    I did a couple more folds and turns and used a well-floured knife to cut out squares of prepared dough.
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    Here is a close-up of the finish patted-out dough notice how you can see the fat particles in the dough this is what causes flakiness in the final baked scone.
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    I used the inverted cake tin as my baking dish and baked the scones in a very hot oven for 10 minutes they worked out really well I thought. Notice the nice central lamination in the scone and the great crumb and how well they rose in height.
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    I placed two unbaked scones in the fridge to test whether resting them for 20 minutes helped improve the raise of the final baked product. As you can see the left scone and the middle scone are taller than the right scone which was baked immediately after it was cut out from the dough. So don't worry if you cannot bake the scones straight away they do better with a little resting time. 
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    Videos of my sister making scones (baking powder biscuits) – using a very popular Australian recipe
    (http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/8163/basic+scones) 
    Part 1 – my sister making the scones (baking powder biscuits)
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF9YJiHZ1K0)
    Part 2 – my sister showing off her scones (baking powder biscuits)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GorStLKSoMo)
    Pictures of my sister's scones
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    Storage & Freezing Instructions/Tips:
    Scones are best eaten warm. Scones (biscuits) are really easy to store – bag the cooked and cooled scones and freeze until needed then reheat in a moderate hot for a few minutes.


    Additional Information: 
    Australia’s most popular scone recipe uses lemon-flavoured soda pop and cream as the liquid
    (http://figjamandlimecordial.com/2010/08/08/lemonade-scones/)
    A great English scone recipe this uses more sugar and fat and has an egg
    (http://www.instructables.com/id/Perfect-English-Scones/)
    Classic Southern Buttermilk Biscuits recipe by Alton Brown
    (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/southern-biscuits-recipe/index.html)
    An index of North American recipes
    (http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Bread/Biscuits-and-Scones/Biscuits/Top.aspx)
    Another index of North American recipes
    (http://www.breadexperience.com/biscuit-recipes.html)
    Three great Australian recipes
    (http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/homestyle/blogs/tried-and-tasted/how-to-bake-the-perfect-scone-20110504-1e7xn.html)
    An index of Irish recipes
    (http://www.littleshamrocks.com/Irish-Bread-Scone-Recipes.html)
    An interesting discussion on “what makes a scone a scone”
    (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/810928)  
    Videos of Alton Brown making biscuits (scones) with his granny (super cute to watch)
    Episode one ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3QuQSdjMVE)
    Episode two (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcz4JQUwY9Q)
    Links to advice about chemical raising agents
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/06/what-is-the-difference-between-baking-powder-and-baking-soda-in-pancakes.html
    http://www.kingarthurflour.com/tips/quick-bread-primer.html 

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              DESCUBRO EN LA RED: Helen Dardik y Lia Griffith        
    mcompany style: DESCUBRO EN LA RED: Helen Dardik y Lia Griffith DESCUBRO EN LA RED: Helen Dardik y Lia Griffith Buenos días!Este martes vuelvo con un nuevo “Descubro en la red”, esta sección más o menos mensual donde me gusta mostrar aquellas páginas, blogs, diseñadores o tiendas que me gustan y son dignas de compartir.Esta vez con dos diseñadoras gráficas, una dedicada al diseño e ilustración y otra al mundo hand-madeHelen Dardik es Diseñadora gráfica de origen ruso y afincada en Canadá, mamá de tres niñas que seguro le inspiran la cantidad de cosas bonitas que realiza. Láminas e ilustraciones llenas de color, optimismo, perfectas para decorar cualquier rincón infantil (yo me quedaría con cualquiera)Me encantan sus patterns y los vinilos; de hecho creo que a mis niños les voy a poner el del zoo, no puede ser más bonito. Y atención a sus vajillas y matrioskas…En su blog Orange you lucky, puedes ver día a día todo lo que realiza; un mundo fantástico y colorido que no te puedes perder.
    Lia Griffith es también diseñadora gráfica, fotógrafa y estilista, colaboradora de Martha Stewart y además ha diseñado interiores.Con este curriculim no es de extrañar la cantidad de cosas bonitas que pueden verse en su blog. Te van a dar ganas de imprimir etiquetas, papeles y flores sin parar. O de hacer cualquiera de los DIY que propone, porque son todos maravillosos!En su blog puedes encontrar freebies, ideas de decoración, fiestas de todo tipo...hasta recetasAquí te dejo una pequeña muestra de su trabajo; si te gusta el hand-made, las manualidades, te vas a pasar horas mirando su blog.
    ¿Conocías estas diseñadoras? Espero haberte descubierto algo más el día de hoy.Feliz martes!Otros descubriendo en la red:Cova RiosMiss Lavanda y OhMother Mine10 websde compras para niños
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              A Rhinoplasty Procedure Will Boost Your Self-confidence        
    By Adriana Noton

    You may be someone who thinks that your nose is really horrible. Looking at popular college kids with their perfect features and athletic bodies, you feel ugly. You spend hours in front of the mirror looking at your flaws ' especially your nose. Perhaps someone has said cruel things about your appearance. If you search online about nose surgery, the word rhinoplasty will come up.

    "You have an exotic look, " your family and friends might say, amongst other cliches that do nothing to make you feel better. You've seen yourself in photos, and it is always there ' standing out like a beacon on your face. You try everything to make your nose look smaller, to no avail.

    After doing some research online, you have found out all these is to know about rhinoplasty. You know that you would qualify to have the surgery. Now you have to go and face your family to tell them about your decision.

    Your family may, at first, be horrified when you tell them that you have going to have rhinoplasty. However, if you can explain how severely this is affecting your self-confidence, they are sure to see your side. You will first need to see a plastic surgeon to talk to about the surgery.

    The surgeon will take photographs of your nose and explain what changes can be made during the procedure. He or she will tell with you and your family about what the surgery entails. The cost of the surgery as well as the recovery period will also be explained.

    Rhinoplasty is one of the most common male cosmetic surgery performed today. It can be done in an outpatient surgery, or in a hospital. You will either be under local or general anesthesia, depending on your surgeon who does your nose surgery.

    Local anesthesia means you are slightly sedated and your nose area is numbed. You are aware what is happening, but cannot feel any pain. General anesthesia is when you go into theatre completely asleep and wake up some time after the surgery.

    The operation is commonly done through the nostrils. The surgeon will chisel away at the bone and cartilage and reduce the size of your nostrils if necessary. There will be no visible scarring when you have healed.

    Most surgeries will cause a certain amount of pain. After your procedure, you will have puffiness and bruising around your face. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication and give you other instructions which you must take heed of. Don't miss any follow up appointments.

    It is important not to blow your nose during the first week of your operation because you might injure your healing nose. Within about 10 days the stitches will be removed and the bruising should almost be gone. Your nose will still be slightly swollen for some time.

    Once your face has healed up nicely, you will be able to really see what a difference the rhinoplasty has made. Your confidence will soar and you will soon be out and about feeling like a million dollars. This small procedure can make a big difference in your world. - 29851

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              19th Century Writing        
    Inside the 19th Century Writing EduKit, available for schools and educational groups to rent

    Students use a quill pen, inkwell, slate and a slate pencil in this examination of writing in a 19th century Canadian school. Exercises include learning about proper school etiquette, practicing perfect handwriting and making a quill pen.

    Contents: 

    Seven writing utensils, photocards, student activity booklets and teacher's notes.

    Activity Centre Titles: 

    Part I - What did you use?
    Part II - How did you learn?

    Level: 

    Junior

    Best Grade Connections: 

    Grade 3

    Subject: 

    History
    Social Studies

    Available Languages: 

    French
    English

    Case Category: 

    A - Mini

    Case Size Information: 

    46 cm x 38 cm x 16 cm

    Weight: 

    12 lbs

              General Labour - AFIMAC - Toronto, PE        
    Loading and unloading materials. Quality checking products and materials for retail. AFIMAC Canada Inc.... $18 an hour
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              Route Relief Driver - Canada Bread - New Liskeard, ON        
    Ensure security of vehicle, materials and products. Merchandise accounts and affixing Point of Sale material according to company standards....
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              Where the Heck have I Been?        
    Hope the above thumbnail photo collage got your attention. That's a preview of my 2014 Charity Photography Calendar in support of Parachute, Canada's leading injury prevention organization, which is hot off the presses. As always, some pretty cool cars, shot...
              Business Development Manager - Travelport - Remote        
    Primary responsibility is to develop and execute strategies to increase Travelport share in Canada. This is achieved through a variety of means, including but
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              Top 10 Lagu EDM 2015 Spinnin' Records Yearmix        
    Hi Guys, hari ini saya akan memberikan artikel menarik seputar musik , Oke ... artikel ini berjudul "Top 10 Lagu EDM 2015 Spinnin' Records" Lagu EDM dari tahun ke tahun selalu berkembang, apalagi sekarang sering sekali bermunculan lagu lagu baru yakni lagu lagu EDM, tidak kalah dengan tahun 2014 di akhir tahun 2015 ini spinnin records (label rekaman asal belanda) telah meremix seluruh hasil karya producer roducer musik yang telah di ciptakan di tahun 2015.

    Banyak sekali nama nama electronik musik produser yang bermunculan di remix tahunan dari spinnin records ini, untuk itu di artikel ini saya akan lagu lagu yang top di tahun 2015 milik spinnin' records, apa saja lagunya ? berikut.

    Top 10 Lagu EDM 2015 Spinnin' Records


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    1. Sam Feldt feat. Kimberly Anne - Show Me Love 

    Lagu yang top pertama versi saya yang dianggap top leh spinnin records d tahun 2015 adalah Sam Feldt feat. Kimberly Anne - Show Me Love , lagu ini merupakan lagu elektronik musik dengan genre tropical house, tidak hanya genre tropica huse, terdapat juga genre deep house yang di remix oleh "edx indian summer remix" 

    Lagu Sam Feldt feat. Kimberly Anne - Show Me Love di youtube di upload pada tanggal 8 Mei 2015  Sampai saat ini sudah di tontong sebanyak kurang lebih 7.507.820 Viewers . Yang mau dengerin lagunya berikut lagunya yang diremix oleh edx indian summer remix.




    2. Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank feat. Delaney Jane - Shades Of Grey

    Wow Oliver Heldens , Oliver heldens merupakan musik produser asal netherlands, lagu yang tela ia ciptakan tetunya tidak kalah enak dari lagu lagu hasil produser musik lainya. Untuk genre dari Oliver Heldens ini adalah Future House, lagu Shades Of grey ini sudah ada sejak bulan juni tepatnya  22 Jun 2015 yang pada tangga itu video clip dari shades of grey telah di terbitkan di youtube.

    Bagi yang mau dengerin lagu dari Shades Of grey ini bisa kamu dengerin di bawah ini, lagu ini cocok buat santai juga, ngga kalah sama tropical house menurut saya... 


    3. Sam Feldt & The Him feat. The Donnies The Amys - Drive You Home

    Wow Wow , Lagu Favorit saya 2015 di Spinnin records ini judulnya adalah Drive You Home, dari Sam Feldt, Lagu ini bergenre Deep house, manteb banget lagu ini di dengerin waktu berpergian sob, kamu dijamin tidak bosan waktu berpergian saat mendengarkan lagu ini. 

    Lagu dari Sam Feldt dengan judul Drive You home ini di youtube sudah di terbitkan sejak tanggal  31 Agt 2015, walaupun viewers nya hanya 1,1 juta, lagu ini memang enak sob. 



    4. Martin Solveig feat. Sam White - +1 (Plus One) 

    Martin solveig dengan lagunya plus one ini yang bergenre Future house juga telah mengisi lagu top Spinnin records di tahun 2015 ini, tidak kalah dengan lagu  lagu lalinya, lagu ini cocok didengerin waktu party, ataupun diputer di mobil juga cocok banget.

    Lagu martin solveig dengan judul plus one telah di unggah di youtube pada tanggal 8 Juni 2015 yang sudah ada tayangan lebih dari 9 juta tayang.


    5. Oliver Heldens - Melody 

    Lagi agi Oliver heldens, lagu berikutnya dari oliver heldens berjudul melody, tidak ada lirik dalam lagu ini, ada campuran biola dan piano di dalamnya, yang disatukan dan keren banget menurut saya. bagi yang ingin mendengarkan lagunya berikut adalah lagunya yang sudahh diterbitkan di youtube dan tayang sekitar 15 juta tayangan. 


    6. Oliver Heldens - Bunnydance

    Lagu Oliver Heldnes berikutnyaa Bunnydance, juga tidak kalah terkenal di 2015 ini dibandingkan lagu lagu lainya oliver heldnes, lagu yang berjudul bunnydance ini sangatlah keren sekali, lagu dengan genre future house telah di dengarkan dan dilihat videonya sekitar 9 juta tayangan. 


    7. Shaun Frank & KSHMR feat. Delaney Jane - Heaven

    Ada 2 Dj top favorit saya , Sahun Frank dan KSHMR , kedua dj ini telah menciptakan lagu dengan judul Heaven yang gila keren banget.... Shaun Frank yang merupakan Dj kelahiran Canada serta KSHMR (Niles Hollowell-Dhar) Telah mencipatakan lagu heaven ini yang telah diterbitkan di youtube ini sejak tanggal 19 Okt 2015 yang Sudah di tonton sebanyak 3juta tayangan.

    Yang ingin mendengarkan lagunya berikut adalah lagu dari  Shaun Frank & KSHMR feat. Delaney Jane - Heaven. 


    8. Vicetone feat. Kat Nestel - No Way Out

    Yang ke 8 sob, ini merupaan lagu dari Viceton . Viceton yang merupakan EDM dengan genre Electro House ini menciptakan lagu di 2015 ini dengan judul "No Way Out" . Lagu ini Saya rekomendasi untuk anda yang bisa digunakan sebagai soundtrack video liburan anda.

    Lagu No Way Out di Youtube sudah di tonton sebanyak 1,7 juta tayangan. Walaupun cuman sejuta, lagu ini tidak kalah enak dari lagu lagu yang tayangannya di youtube sebanyak 10 jutaan. 


    9. Tiësto & Don Diablo feat. Thomas Troelsen - Chemicals 

    Dj Favorite saya juga Don Diablo dan Tiesto ini menciptakan lagu di tahun 2015 ini dengan judul Chemicals, entah mengapa mereka menciptakan lagu dengan judul Chemicals. Lagu ini RECOMENDED banget buat kamu yang lagi seneng seneng. 

    Tiesto dan Don diablo tentunya kamu sebagai pencinta EDM sudah tahu apa ciri khas beberapa beat dari kedua DJ tersebut. bagi yang ingin mendengar lagunnya berkut adalah lagunya : 



    10. Martin Garrix & Matisse & Sadko - Dragon

    Wuhuuuu..... Martin Garrix DKK ini menciptakan lagu di 2015 ini berjudul "Dragon" , Manteb banget lagu yang sudah lama terdengar di telinga saya ini memang keren banget.  Tidak ada Lirik di lagu ini bukan menjadi masalah, lagu ini bisa buat kamu seneng seneng dan buat soundtrack video kegembiraan kamu. 

    Lagu ini saya taruh di nomor 10 ini merupakan lagu yang recomended bagi pencinta EDM di tahun 2015 ini, berikut adalah lagunya . 



    Other song (RECOMENDED) 2015 akhir taun : 
    • Martin Garrix vs Matisse & Sadko - Break Through The Silence  
    • Jay Hardway - Wake Up 
    • DubVision & Firebeatz feat. Ruby Prophet - Invincible 
    • Tiësto & KSHMR feat. Vassy - Secrets

    BONUS : 

    DVBBS - Never Leave 





    Wah  sekian sob saya telah memberikan artikel baru saya akhir tahun ini dengan judul "Top 10 Lagu EDM 2015 dari Label Spinnin' Records Yearmix"  Mohon maaf kurang banyak lagu yang saya berikan , mungkin di hari hari berikutnya saya dapat memberikan artikel tentng lagu EDM lagi. tentunya selain saya memberikan judulnya saya akan menjelaskan terlebih dahulu. 


              The Last Resort Review        
    Norm Foster has been described as Canada’s Neil Simon. At times like this, I wonder if it isn’t the other way around. Maybe Neil Simon is America’s Norm Foster. I say “at times like this” because Globe Theatre has launched a brand new season with a wonderful production of The Last Resort, one of Foster’s […]
              Crappie Fishing Basics: Details Here, Simple Steps To Crappies Catching Success!        
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              Aquasource (Degrémont S.A) nomme Eric Dehouck en tant que Directeur Général        
    Aquasource, leader mondial en Ultrafiltration, filiale du Groupe Degrémont S.A, nomme Eric Dehouck au poste de Directeur General (COO)

    Agé de 33 ans, Eric Dehouck, diplômé des Arts et Métiers et de HEC, a occupé diverses fonctions au sein du Groupe Degrémont notamment dans les filiales Infilco aux USA, Anderson Water System au Canada, et au siège de Degrémont, où il a largement participé à leur croissance commerciale.

    Fort de ses précédents succès et de son expertise internationale des problématiques et enjeux des marchés, Eric Dehouck entend rapprocher encore davantage les pôles ventes et marketing afin de poursuivre la croissance de Aquasource notamment en Europe et en Asie , « Aquasource vise deux objectifs fondamentaux : premièrement, renforcer la sacrosainte Coût/Qualité/Livraison garante de notre compétitivité sur le marché et deuxièmement, poursuivre notre croissance en plaçant les besoins et attentes de nos clients au cœur de notre stratégie » déclare t-il.

    A propos de Aquasource
    Pionnier de l'ultrafiltration Aquasource, filiale du groupe Degrémont (SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT), participe activement aux avancées technologiques du secteur en plaçant les problématiques industrielles et environnementales au cœur de ses préoccupations. Son laboratoire de recherche développe des solutions d'ultrafiltration innovantes, performantes et écologiques pour le traitement des eaux potables, des eaux industrielles ou le recyclage des eaux. Les usines de traitement utilisant les membranes Aquasource sont installées dans plus de 25 pays dans le monde répartis sur plus de 260 sites. www.aquasource.com


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              Volunteering: Gray whale research in Canada!!        

    SEACR MARINE RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS SUMMER 2010

    The Society for Ecological and Coastal Research - SEACR - is a non-profit organization, established in 1998, dedicated to scientific research on the ecology of near-shore marine systems. SEACR is sponsoring several long-term ongoing research projects on gray whale ecology in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Canada. The projects are organized and run by the Whale Research Lab of the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (http://www.geog.uvic.ca/whalelab/ ).

    INTERNSHIPS

    Enthusiastic individuals with a keen interest in nature and science are invited to discover the challenges of marine field research along Canada's coastal rainforest through SEACR's Marine Research Intern Program!

    MRIP is a volunteer program where Research Interns assist experienced and dedicated marine biologists and ecologists with their field research. Through MRIP, Research Interns will live and work at a remote research field-station in the coastal rainforest of Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, to aid researchers with ongoing field research related to coastal and marine ecology.

    Internships are offered on a competitive basis, at cost and provide invaluable exposure to boat based field work, the Pacific coastal ocean environment, marine mammal research, intensive training and mentoring in marine ecology, and encouragement to work and play hard!

    We are offering 2 or 4 week Marine Research Internships for June 2010. There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first serve basis and spaces are quite limited.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    This internship is an excellent opportunity for an individual working toward a career in marine science to gain practical experience in the field. Ideal candidates possess a personal interest in marine ecology and a commitment to conservation research.

    Marine research is difficult and challenging work, so being a Research Intern is not for everyone! Those who wish to participate in MRIP must be in good physical health, especially free of back and leg injuries, as the field hours (in the boat and in the lab) can be long - though very satisfying! This is not a program that certifies individuals in field research. It is, however, an experience that delivers a unique opportunity for education, development of field ecology research skills, travel, and enjoyment of wildlife.

    THE RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

    Flores Island is the home of the Ahousaht First Nations peoples and is nestled in world-famous Clayoquot Sound, in the Pacific Coast rainforest. Flores is an excellent place to learn about marine ecology and the study of nature. Along with learning field and technical skills during the course of work, when the opportunity arises Research Interns may engage in informal talks with graduate students, take hikes along the Wild Side Trail, have beach campfires, and interact with the Ahousaht First Nations peoples. Professors from the University of Victoria, local scientists and previous MRIP researchers will be frequent visitors to the field research station.

    Flores Island's natural beauty, sandy beaches, and abundant wildlife will keep you enthralled. Being here is the experience of a lifetime.

    APPLICATION PROCESS & COSTS

    To qualify as a candidate for the MRIP, see the preaplication process on our website: http://www.geog.uvic.ca/whalelab/seacr-application.html

    Unlike many other volunteer internship opportunities, SEACR provides and organizes the room and board for our interns at cost. The internship package includes basic accommodations and three meals per day at the research station. Interns and research staff live together and are responsible for cooking and cleaning duties. Rooms are shared with at least one other person. The internship costs do not include transportation to and from the research camp on Flores Island, personal items, or special dietary requirements. A non-refundable $500 deposit is required upon acceptance to MRIP.

    Two week Internship - $ 2200 Cdn
    Four week Internship - $ 3400 Cdn

    If you are interested in applying for a position, please see the details of our application process on our website http://www.geog.uvic.ca/whalelab/seacr-application.html


    Questions regarding the MRIP application or internships can be directed by email to: UVICwhalelab@gmail.com

    **************************
    Christina Tombach Wright
    Intern Coordinator
    Society for Ecological and Coastal Research
    P.O. Box 35052
    Victoria, British Columbia
    CANADA V8T 5G2
    UVICwhalelab@gmail.com


              17 Things To Do In Charlottetown, PEI        
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              Planning a solo trip in Canada – Infographic        
    Planning a solo trip can be a daunting task, especially for first timers. From the itinerary of the trip to scheduling the time off of work to finding someone to take care of your cat when you go, there is a lot to consider to ensure everything goes smoothly. I’ve offered some tips in the […]
              Experience Luxury Mountain Life in Whistler British Columbia        
    Whistler is home to countless luxurious hotels to stay in, along with some of the most expensive and high end estates, partially due to the proximity to nearby Vancouver, partially due to the jaw-dropping backdrop that living in Whistler provides. As I approach my 30’s, I have to admit that I appreciate those occasional opportunities […]
              Your Camping Grill Sucks, This One Doesn’t. Fund It On Kickstarter And Save Your Food Forever        
    You know that gross metal grill you got ten years ago that’s a pain to use? You remember, the one that you’ve never officially “cleaned” per se, on account of the logic that flames kill bacteria? We all have that clunky grill that doesn’t pack away nicely. That charred, somewhat rusty grill that ends up […]
              18 Things To Do In Montreal, Quebec        
    The city of Montreal is one of the most uniquely Canadian cities in the entire country. This bilingual city may lean more towards the French side of things, it’s easy to get by with a bastardized “Bonjour” and “Merci”. There are so many incredible things to do in Montreal, Quebec, from outdoor events, historical neighbourhoods, […]
              The Top Things to See and Do in Nunavut        
    Auyuittuq nunavutThough Canada’s Confederation was in 1867, Nunavut was not named a territory until 1999. It is a territory that covers most of the Canadian Arctic. Its name means “Our Land” in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit people who reside there. From birdwatching and boating to dog sledding and visits to the floe edge, Nunavut […]
              Best way to travel across Canada        
    Canada is the second largest country in the world by size, bested only by Russia. With a country this large, you can imagine it has some of the best tourist attraction sites for its travelers. People love Canada for its rich and stable economy, which often compares to its neighbouring country America, but its the […]
              10 Things To Do In Tofino, British Columbia        
    water sports tofino things to doTofino is a cute little surf town located on Vancouver Island. It’s a popular destination for backpackers, surfers, hippies, and nature lovers. It reminds me a bit of Byron Bay, Australia if it had a baby with Raglan, New Zealand. With long stretching beaches, consistent surf breaks, countless hiking trails, there are tons of things […]
              Pé Grande do Canadá        
    Vídeo filmado nas montanhas remotas do Canadá, mostra uma grande e pesada criatura, aparentemente coberto de pelo escuro e grosso ao redor de uma colina arborizada.

    O filme foi visto no YouTube mais de 40 mil vezes desde que foi carregado última quarta-feira, embora não esteja claro quando ele foi filmado.




              L’entrepreneuriat au Cégep de Trois-Rivières : faire le point, consolider et… se développer!        
    Depuis 2013, le développement de l’entrepreneuriat éducatif et de l’accompagnement des jeunes entrepreneurs fait partie des priorités au Cégep de Trois-Rivières. Deux séries de raisons nous y ont poussés : celles qui sont relatives aux bénéfices pédagogiques de l’activité entrepreneuriale et celles qui concernent notre mission complémentaire régionale. De nombreuses réalisations en témoignent, mais la création de La Zone entrepreneuriale en a certainement été le point d’orgue, en avril 2015. D’autres initiatives ponctuent ce parcours : la création de la démarche de codéveloppement pour entrepreneurs,l’entreprise école Vision C3R, les Happenings entrepreneuriaux, le cours complémentaire en entrepreneuriat (en modehybride) offert chaque session, l’élaboration d’un parcours entrepreneurial, le projet de Centre d’innovation des systèmes, avec le partenariat d’IDE, la participation au colloque d’Agadir, le CIFEPME, les écoles entrepreneuriales en Tunisie et en Martinique, notre participation au colloque de Collèges et instituts Canada, etc. Certes les derniers mois ont été ponctués de difficultés et les compressions budgétaires récentes, de même que le démantèlement de certaines structures régionales (la CRÉ par exemple) ont créé un contexte peu favorable. Face à ces obstacles ne devons-nous pas nous-mêmes faire preuve d’initiative entrepreneuriale? C’est du moins l’attitude que j’ai pu observer parmi les membres de la Table de concertation pour la promotion de l’entrepreneuriat et chez d’autres intervenants du cégep. Si elle était souvent remise en question au début, notre place dans le dispositif de développement de l’entrepreneuriat dans la région n’est plus contestée. Avec la création de la Zone, nous sommes désormais des acteurs incontournables et chacun a compris que notre ambition est centrée sur notre communauté étudiante, nos partenaires et les entreprises que nous souhaitons desservir. 2016 sera une année riche en événements : aboutissements souhaités de nos efforts afin de consolider le financement de […]
              Trois-Rivières parmi les 10 villes canadiennes les mieux cotées (catégorie grandes villes) pour ses politiques entrepreneuriales selon la FCEI        
    La Fédération canadienne de l’entreprise indépendante (FCEI) publiait cette semaine un rapport présentant les résultats d’une analyse dans laquelle elle a évalué, à l’aide d’indicateurs précis, la façon dont 121 villes et régions économiques du Canada génèrent et favorisent l’entrepreneuriat. Trois-Rivières se glisse dans le top 10 pour ses politiques entrepreneuriales dans la catégorie des grandes villes. Selon Martine Hébert, vice-présidente principale et porte-parole nationale de la FCEI, il est encourageant de voir que certaines villes « semblent déployer des efforts soutenus pour mettre en place un climat fiscal et réglementaire favorable aux PME et à l’entrepreneuriat au sein de leur collectivité. C’est l’un des éléments clés pour contribuer à la création d’emplois et au développement économique des régions ». Voir le communiqué de la FCEI
              Entreprendre dans les collèges : une voie d’avenir!        
    Le premier symposium canadien « Les collèges et les instituts favorisent l’entrepreneuriat », tenu au Cégep Garneau du 8 au 10 mars, a été un succès. Près de 150 participants provenant de 28 collèges étaient présents, dont le quart provenant du Québec, de même qu’une douzaine d’entreprises, plusieurs organisations et représentants de gouvernements et une présence autochtone remarquée. Ce symposium bilingue a permis de dégager de nombreuses pistes de développement pour les collèges et cégeps désireux de promouvoir l’entrepreneuriat éducatif. Organisée par le Cégep Garneau, indéniablement un « leader » dans le domaine, en collaboration avec Collèges et Instituts Canada (CICan), la rencontre a permis de partager dans les deux langues, avec traduction simultanée, sur la contribution des collèges au développement de l’entrepreneuriat étudiant et au développement économique de leurs communautés respectives. Très bien organisé, l’évènement fut entièrement diffusé sur le Web. Il a porté sur différents thèmes : le succès entrepreneurial, l’entrepreneuriat social, les entreprises d’entrainement, les incubateurs d’entreprises étudiantes, l’investissement dans les jeunes entreprises, l’entrepreneuriat des autochtones et plusieurs autres sujets semblables. Denise Trudeau, directrice générale du Cégep Garneau, a prononcé un discours ambitieux, présentant ses divers projets comme Garneau au travail, ses entreprises d’entrainement pédagogique et son Espace Entreprendre, un investissement de 3 millions de dollars, qu’elle souhaite consentir avec l’appui d’entreprises et de divers bailleurs de fonds de Québec. Pour sa part, l’inspirante PDG de CICan, Denise Amyot, a insisté sur la contribution des collèges et instituts au développement des compétences pour les jeunes et les adultes, dans le contexte d’un pays qui doit renouveler sa main d’œuvre et a besoin d’initiatives entrepreneuriales pour favoriser l’innovation. Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières a été très présent à ce symposium avec la participation de membres du personnel et de […]
              Les chroniques d’Agadir en entrepreneuriat – La planification de la sortie entrepreneuriale des dirigeants de PME : mythe ou réalité?        
    Résumé d’atelier : Marie-Josée Drapeau, Université Laval, Canada Pourquoi les dirigeants de petites entreprises sont-ils encore confus quant au processus de transmission d’entreprise? Se pourrait-il que les processus proposés ne soient pas adaptés à leur contexte et réalité? La planification formelle du transfert d’entreprise, est-elle l’outil idéal à considérer? Autant de questions que cette recherche tente d’explorer. Plusieurs études confirment l’urgence de la planification de la relève dans les PME. Par exemple, les PME n’ayant pas de plan de relève 51 % (FCEI, 2011), 58% (BMO, 2012). En outre, 48% pensent vendre leur entreprise d’ici 5 ans (FCEI, 2011). La PME possède des caractéristiques qui lui sont propres.  Elle a une structure souple et simple. Elle est le reflet de la personnalité et des valeurs de L’entrepreneur. La stratégie à moyen et long terme est influencée par les intérêts de l’entrepreneur (Julien et Marchesnay, 2001). La PME dépend en grande partie de la vision d’un seul individu (intuitif) en opposition avec la grande entreprise qui planifie plus. «Plusieurs entrepreneurs sont méfiants envers la planification formelle. Ils peuvent voir le plan écrit comme restrictif et sentir que cela réduit leur marge de manœuvre. Ils peuvent être préoccupés du fait qu’en définissant les actions futures cela limite leurs options» (traduction libre de P.A. Wickam, 2004). Les résistances à la planification du transfert peuvent provenir du dirigeant, de la relation entre le dirigeant et le repreneur, de l’entreprise et de l’environnement (Handler et Kram, 1998). Également, les dirigeants affirment que ce serait le manque d’appui et le manque de connaissances dans le domaine qui freineraient les petites entreprises à implanter un processus de relève formel. D’autres auteurs suggèrent que la personnalité du dirigeant constituerait le premier facteur explicatif du […]
              The Wisher        
    Produzione:Canada, 2002 Regia:Gavin Wilding Cast:Ron Silver, Liane Balaban, Drew Lachey, Siri Baruc TRAMA:Mary, appassionata di film horror, ha spesso incubi notturni ed è colpita da attacchi di sonnambulismo. Ma la sua passione è talmente grande che accetta di andare con le sue amiche al cinema a vedere _The Wisher_. La storia narra di uno spirito che soddisfa i desideri di chi lo evoca. Da quel momento Mary viene perseguitata da una figura misteriosa, pronta ad esaudire in modo decisamente macabro, ogni suo volere. La ragazza deve riuscire a scoprire chi sia questo individuo e soprattutto come poterlo fermare. La soluzione forse si trova tra i fotogrammi della pellicola.

    L' ho visto qualche sera fa su Sky, dalla trama sembrava carino......mi sono sbagliato, era una mezza cazzata

    Voto: 6,5 scarso

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              Solid Concepts Collaborates with AVEDA Congress 2013        

    Solid Concepts collaborated with Ray Civello, CEO of Aveda Canada, and designer Stephen Ma to manufacture 3D printed headpieces for AVEDA Congress 2013.

    (PRWeb October 30, 2013)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11278666.htm


              Experiment in fear        

    This sounds brilliant. A tv show based on exposing the mental influence of the tabloids Not just tabloids in general, with their z-list celebs and soap opera stars, but the most mind-sapping terror-inducing tabloid – the Daily Mail.

    The film Supersize Me showed you are what you eat, but is it true that you are what you read?
    New documentary The Daily Mail Diet aims to find out as it follows film maker Nick Angel giving up all TV, radio, print and online news sources for 28 days – except for the Daily Mail.

    Mr Angel said: “It’s important to know what the Mail thinks, because it’s a lightning rod (or so it claims) to ‘Middle England’ – that ill-defined and slightly scary mass of people whose various incarnations include the ‘Moral Majority’ and ‘All Right Thinking People’.
    “And in a sense, there’s a little bit of Daily Mail in all of us – who hasn’t felt their cheeks flush and blood boil when snapped by a speed camera or confronted with some maddening example of NHS bureaucracy?
    “That’s what makes the Mail such a potent force – because while it’s loathsome, it’s also weirdly attuned to the dark heart of the British psyche.”

    If you can get to see this programme, it sounds really worth watching.

    By coincidence, it’s particularly relevant today. Following on from yesterday’s post here and Xanderg’s (of badnewsbible’s) excellent comments, the Daily Mail seems intent on lowering the bar below its even its own usual ant-limboing level.

    The Tory leader is calling for the repeal of the Human Rights Act and the government is doing its best to pull the despotism rug from under the Tories by itself challenging the operation of the courts. Scenting success for its worldview, the Daily Mail has redoubled its attack, over the Chindamo case.

    Here are three headlines from pages linking to today’s main Stephen Lawrence storyMail’s pages which carries the title ‘He’s no risk’: why jail boss backed Lawrence killer (I’m selflessly ploughing through this rubbish so you don’t have to. You can get the flavour of it from the headlines. But if you want to try an experimental diet of the Daily Mail, the link will take you to enough pages to undermine your will to live):
    The quangocrats who let Chindamo stay (They are referring to the Immigration Appeals Tribunal, not previously known as liberal trailblazers.)
    Chindamo’s Mafia gangster father awaiting trial for murder in Spain (Guilt by association, even though it seems the boy has barely seen his father since he was three.)
    COMMENTARY: Has the law deprived Frances Lawrence of justice?

    The Commentary refers to an editorial piece which tugs at the reader’s sympathy and emotions but signally fails to make any logical connection between sympathy for Frances Lawrence and their case for overriding EC law to deport Chindamo.

    Why does justice for Frances Lawrence require that her husband’s killer doesn’t live in Britain? I know that Great Britain is a small island (compared to the land mass of Canada, say) but there are still about 65 million of us living here. The chance of accidentally bumping into him in Tesco’s is statistically pretty slim.

    Just in case you think we are all certifiably mad in the UK, there’s a reasoned piece by Katie Ghose in the Guardian. This human rights hysteria threatens every one of us.

    Once again we are in the grip of human rights hysteria. Variously blamed for allowing prisoners access to porn and preventing police forces from publishing photographs of suspects, the latest attack on the Human Rights Act relates to the decision not to deport Learco Chindamo, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of head-teacher Philip Lawrence in 1995.
    Human rights have never been a passport to porn – nor were they an obstacle to the conviction or sentence of Chindamo, who is serving a minimum of 12 years for his brutal attack. But the truth takes a back seat when there are juicy headlines to be made out of human rights “lunacy”.


              Cannabis Digest Issue 53 Cover Art        

    Check out this beautiful artwork depicting Cannabis across Canada for the Cover of Summer Issue #53 by the talented Carly Neigum. Find a copy of the Summer print edition in a cannabis friendly business near you!

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              420 Origami Cranes For The Healing Of Canada With Cannabis        

    (Editors Note: While this project is near its conclusion, you are encouraged to start similar art projects in your own town or city.) Julia Veintrop  “Love From The Cannabis Business Community Of Victoria and the people supporting it” To Whom It May Concern, Canada is in need of some healing socially, economically and environmentally.  Alongside […]

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              Meet Canada’s ‘Dabbing Granny’ Miss Majick        

    Anna James Victoria-based internet personality talks activism, hardships and dabbing. To her online fans, 57-year-old Miss Majick is Canada’s ‘Dabbing Granny’; Insta-famous for smoking concentrated THC and yelling “Yabbadabbadoozie”, her smile curling around red tortoiseshell glasses. As I wait at The Green Garage dispensary for Majick, another person arrives to meet her to whom she’s […]

    The post Meet Canada’s ‘Dabbing Granny’ Miss Majick appeared first on Cannabis Digest.


              Extraction and Concentrates Panel at the CHCE 2017        

    Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo (CHCE) The NEST, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada May 6-7th, 2017 Watch more conference videos and stay informed by signing up at: CannabisHempConference.com Extraction and Concentrates Panel at Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo, Vancouver, Canada, 2017 Esteemed Panelists: AC Braddock-CEO of Eden Labs, the industry’s most innovative and respected […]

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              Netflix Streaming Coming To Canada        
    Netflix has announced plans to bring the popular Netflix Streaming service to Canada later this year, the move marks the first availability for the service outside of the United States. The service will initially launch only in English although support for French will arrive at a later date. The service will allow Canadian users to [...]
              A RIVA DEL GARDA I CAMPIONATI EUROPEI JUNIORES 420 E 470        
    RIVA DEL GARDA – Iniziano ufficialmente oggi con la cerimonia d’apertura i Campionati Europei Juniores delle classi 420 e 470 in Italia, a Riva del Garda.Più di 200 gli iscritti nelle due classi, provenienti da ben 23 Nazioni – molte delle quali extra-Europee, come Brasile, USA, Uruguay, Argentina e Canada. Più numerosa la flotta dei [...]
              A Life Shaped by Books        
    Last week at SBC Voices, Dave Miller asked the question, "What are the books that have formed your views on ministry or have helped you to be more effective in what you do?" The Title of the post was "Books that Shaped My Life and Ministry." Taking those two together, I essentially posted on the books that have shaped me as a person and therefore as a minister. As I said in the comments, "There are a lot of books I could include in my top 5, but as far as shaping my life and ministry, there are very few." Here are some that came to mind in no specific order:

    1) God Came Near by Max Lucado - this book is what actually got me into reading Christian books on my own, without being forced to because of some teacher. Though today it wouldn't be considered one of my favorite books, it certainly started me down the path of reading Christian Living books.

    2) Desiring God by John Piper - Piper opened by eyes to how theology truth could profoundly affect me both emotionally and spiritually. His concept of "Christian Hedonism" showed me how I could pursue happiness by pursuing God.

    3) A combination of The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur, The Race Set Before Us by Tom Schriener and Ardel Canaday, and Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan - Starting with MacArthur's book, during my time just after seminary, I started to understand what salvation was actually supposed to look like and how our behaviors should affect how we perceive our perseverance and assurance.

    4) Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem - This book, combined with the 2 theology courses I took under Dr. Stan Norman at NOBTS led me to inerrancy and a deep love for theology. It also drew me away from Dispensationalism. I think it is probably the best basic, Baptist Systematic ever written.

    5) Power in the Pulpit by Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix - This book, combined with the "Proclaiming the Bible" class I took with Dr. Shaddix at NOBTS is essentially how I was taught to preach. I refer to it often and the method is deeply inscribed in my preparation each week, though I am not nearly as organized in presentation as Shaddix or Vines advocate.

    There are so many more I could list that have had big influences on me like, The Pursuit of God by Tozer, Knowing God by Packer, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by Piper/Grudem, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Cymbala and Brothers, We are Not Professionals by Piper. Recently, I can say that
    Father, Son, & Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, & Relevance by Bruce Ware has been extremely impactful to my ministry.

    What books have shaped your life and ministry?

              Comment on Banners Design for Mobile Unlock Base by MichaelImmed        
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              Judge chides Transport Canada in safety case        
    A Sunwing Boeing 737-800 passenger plane prepares to land at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. A national union representing thousands of flight attendants is using a recent court ruling to push the federal government to tighten airline passenger safety rules.A Federal Court of Appeal judge ruled last week that Transport Canada couldn't have reasonably concluded that passenger or crew safety wasn't compromised when it allowed Sunwing Airlines to increase the ratio of passengers to flight attendants on its aircraft. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

    CUPE uses court ruling to push feds to tighten airline passenger safety rules


              Mini-cake pomme-vanille        

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    Je vous propose une petite gourmandise très simple à réaliser. Des mini-cakes pomme-vanille.


    Ces petits cakes sont délicieux et très moelleux. La pomme apporte un fondant irrésistible et la vanille des souvenirs d'enfance.

    Ingr_dients

    • 250g de farine
    • 165g de beurre
    • 125g de sucre
    • 3 oeufs
    • 1 pincée de sel
    • 8g de levure
    • 1 cc de vanille en poudre
    • 2 pommes type canada

    Pr_paration

    • Faire ramollir le beurre. Le travailler avec le sucre, puis les oeufs entiers (les ajouter l'un après l'autre)
    • Mettre d'un seul coup la farine et la vanille et travailler énergiquement pour alléger la pate.
    • Incorporer alors les pommes coupées en brunoise ainsi que la levure
    • Verser dans les empruntes
    • Faire cuire à four doux (th 5) pendant 5mn, puis chaud (th 7), pendant 25 mn.

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              Comment on RBC first bank in Canada to enable bill payments using Siri by Willam Hugh Murray, CISSP        
    Now that Apple makes a Siri API available to apps, we can expect to see a great deal of voice activation inovation. This is just one early example. 'That said, "slowly slowly catchy monkey."
              Mother Nature Knows Best        
    In a recent study by University of Colorado, researchers found that after a week of camping (staying in tents, an RV, cabins, or a yurt) a camper’s circadian rhythm reset to follow Mother Nature’s sunrise and sunset. That means a better night’s sleep … which means happy campers! If you want the full experience of being out in nature without the hassle and expense of buying all of the equipment required like a tent, cooler, or cots, maybe renting a yurt is just the ticket! It’s the newest trend in recreational opportunities: “glamping!” You read that right: glamorous + camping! A recent survey indicated that the most important features a modern day “glamper” wants is the ability to wash or shower followed by the comforts of AC/heating, power, or electricity (undoubtedly for WiFi and GPS), a toilet, mattress, stove, chairs, table, and refrigeration. Well, most yurt rentals have those luxuries! If you enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, outdoor photography, mountain biking, climbing or just hanging out around the lake or mountain trail a yurt rental vacation could be just the ticket! And here is a great tip: don’t wait until the last minute to book it! The best spots book early, and because the average price is very affordable (averaging around $60 per night for a small unit that sleeps 5) the summer season fills up fast. Let’s face it; the hassle of setting up shop in the great outdoors (rain or shine) is being replaced with less demanding alternatives with the same appreciation for nature.  Today’s camper, like so much else in modern society, wants instant gratification, noticeably less hassle, with more time for relaxation, convening with nature and spending time with family and friends. More and more private communities and state and county parks are offering yurt rentals as an alternative to tent camping and most will be booked solid for upcoming spring and summer weekends! Don’t wait, book your glamping weekend now to secure your “glamp-site” and get out there with Mother Nature. ***If you’re looking for a recommendation, here are a few favorite spots where you can rent a Rainier Yurt! My Favorite! Grayland Beach State Park (Grayland, WA) : http://www.stateparks.com/grayland_beach.html Snohomish County Parks: http://snohomishcountywa.gov/Search/Results?searchPhrase=yurt Coulee Playland Resort (Electric City, WA) : http://www.couleeplayland.com/yurt.htm Upper Michigan Porcupine State Park: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10365_24196-158770–,00.html Another websites that might be able to help locate a yurt rental is: http://yurtlodging.com/stay.htm If you’re interested in finding a yurt rental in a different destination than I’ve listed here, give me a call. I would be happy to help you find a yurt – they’re located all over the US and Canada! Sweet Yurt Dreams!
              Insomnia Radio #182 – Around The World        
    A marathon episode of Insomnia Radio, with bands from Canada, USA, Australia, Spain, The Dominican Republic, Argentina, Italy, Holland and Sweden. And there is a BIG announcement. TRT: 1:18:35 Rating: Probably Work Safe Track Listing and Links Pigeon Park: Lovelight Web Site | Bandcamp FINS: Lawnmower Bandcamp | Facebook Half Film: Machines, Hawks And The […]
              Calgary To Hold Major Canadian Petrochemicals Conference        

    On May 11th-12th the Canadian Petrochemicals Conference & Exhibition will be taking place at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. This conference, organized by Petrochemical Update and supported by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, Polyolefins Consulting, PetroChemCentral and ENR, offers a forum for over 150 executives from the entire oil and gas value-chain to meet and discuss the future of the petrochemical industry in Canada.

    (PRWeb March 09, 2015)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/03/prweb12569988.htm


              New Tax Treatment Rules for LNG Facilities in Canada Set To Drive Investment and Growth        

    The Government of Canada has announced that it will establish new Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) rates to help support investment in liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Canada. FC Gas Intelligence has put together the Natural Gas for Off Road Applications Canada Summit 2015 which will address the new legislation in the LNG industry.

    (PRWeb February 26, 2015)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12546399.htm


              Roszady w zarządach sieci handlowych - podsumowanie pierwszego kwartału 2017 r.        
    Pierwszy kwartał 2017 r. obfitował w zmiany personalne na szczeblach kierowniczych sieci handlowych. Najważniejsza z nich to odejście Adama Manikowskiego z Tesco Polska i przejście do Walmart Canada. Sporym zaskoczeniem było również odejście Andrzeja Falińskiego z POHiD po 16 latach pracy w tej organizacji.
              One of a kind        

    Under bright, bluebird skies, 18 of the world’s most notable up-and-comers alongside the icons of snowboarding progressed the sport to a new level, as Red Bull Supernatural ran at Baldface Lodge outside of Nelson, B.C., Canada. From the first rider to drop, Scotty Lago, through Travis Rice’s final run, the never before ridden Red Bull […]
              Update        
    I just wanted to give a small update. I've already got in touch with the To Kill a Mockingbird winners. If you didn't win, then there will always be more chances to win. :P

    Last week, I went on vacation to Washington D.C. and New York City. The trip was exhausting, but fun. In NYC, I went to The Strand, which is a HUUUGE bookstore. I fell in love with it. :P I highly recommend anyone visiting NYC and love books to check it out.

    My cousins from Canada are coming over today and are staying for about two weeks, so my posts will probably be minimal. Afterwards, I plan on posting more. I still need to write my reveiw for Forget You by Jennifer Echols. I also will try to schedule some posts because I know once my college starts, I will be super busy! If you're wondering, I'm going to be a freshman at Georgia Tech. Go Jackets! :D

    Oh, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below or email me at towerofbooks(at)gmail(dot)com. I like getting to know my readers. ;)
              Air-Ads 14M 45ft RC Zeppelin Giant Blimp        
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              Guide d’intervention : Introduction aux mécanismes de l’assurance-emploi        

    Ce guide s’adresse aux conseillers, conseillères, dirigeants et dirigeantes des syndicats locaux affiliés à la FTQ qui font face à des situations où leurs membres doivent faire appel au Programme d’assurance-emploi du Canada (PAEC). Il traite, entre autres, de l’admissibilité, du nombre de semaines de prestations, du montant des prestations et du processus de contestation. Communiquez avec le service de l’éducation pour vous procurez […]

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              Canadian Genealogy...        
    The people in the photo, are James Tyrrell & his first wife Sarah Coulbeck.
    James Tyrrell was born 17 Mar 1865 in Bayham, Ontario, Canada the son of Ambrose Tyrrell & Mary Lane. He married Sarah Coulbeck on 19 Oct 1885 in Tilsonburg, Oxford, Ontario, Canada. Sarah was born Abt 1859-1860 in Ashby cum Fenby, Lincolnshire, England. In 1861 she is in the England Census in Eastville, Lincolnshire, England. She died sometime between 1891-1895 in Ontario, Canada. Sarah was the daughter of Charles Coulbeck & Hannah Blythe.
    * Looking for more information on Sarah Coulbeck.
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    Post Card sent on Sep 14, 1908 (9 AM)
    To Mrs. Bert Webster, Lawton, Mich.
    Reads:"Lizzie--This is view of our house. Mother is one in black-the short one. Jip is sitting beside her. It is I on the top step. Pa happened to be down town so wasn't in it. F. N. T."

    F. N. T. could be Nora.
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              Canada Is “Spocking Fives” to Honor Leonard Nimoy        
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    Genuine product knowledge and dedication to stay informed on fashion trends and developments in the retail industry....
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    You like fashion…no actually, you love fashion. Join our team and let your passion for fashion show. Their key focus is to support the store management team...
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              Sales Associate - Laura Canada - Moncton, NB        
    Minimum of 2 years previous retail experience required in a similar field. With over 160 stores in Canada, Laura Canada is a leading national women's fashion...
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              Melody Rose Christmas        
    We are getting ready for Christmas and thought we’d let you know, we’ve updated our last posting dates for you here. LAST CHRISTMAS POSTING DATES   UK – Dec 21st 2016 or 22nd Dec 2016 for Express Delivery Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg – December 16th 2016 USA/Canada/Finland for Christmas 2016 – 15th Dec […]
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    October 31st, one of our favourite days. Today is Halloween and also the Day of the Dead celebrations start taking place. Growing up in Canada, trick or treating was a big deal. Planning the costume could take weeks.  Who would be what?  Scary or cute, or a little of both? Deciding which streets to go […]
              Driving to Chile from Canada with a dog        
    hello, hello! my name is devo and i'm Canadian wanting to plan a trip to Chile next year. I'd like to drive down over aprx. 8 weeks or so and was thinking on getting a dog for company/ security. we so far will be alone and i was looking for any information about what papers, vaccinations, costs, places to see and stay away from, roads to take (or not..) cities to get Toyota parts in if necessary, basics to take (or what NOT to take), how many types of documentation to have, etc....

    this will not be my first trip out of north America but will be my first road trip down to south America.
    i'm planning it for next oct./ nov. and will be learning Spanish with in this time too.

    thnx for your time and input.
    namast'e
    devo
              Converting a geodatabase file        

    Has anyone had experience converting geodatabase files like the ones imported in Canada? The city of Roseville, California has opened up their data to be used in OSM. Most of their layers are in shapefiles, which is fine. But one of the potentially most valuable layers is the building layer which includes all the city's buildings. The problem is that it is only in geobase format meaning it can only currently be viewed with ESRI's proprietary software. Would anyone be able to convert the building file at http://www.roseville.ca.us/services/maps_n_data/data_clearinghouse.asp to either a shapefile or an osm file using geobase2osm.py and email it to me so I can review it? Thanks in advance


              When U.S. taxes go low, we should go lower        
    Canada could benefit from economic growth sparked in the U.S. But by the same token, U.S. tax changes could have a magnetic effect, drawing Canadian businesses and would-be investors down south. Certainly, a dramatically reduced business tax rate makes Canada less competitive.
              Fukushima hot particle update        
    SUBHEAD: New study of hot particles shows full radiation risks from Fukushima meltdowns are not recorded.

    By Arne Gundersen on 27 July 2017 for Fairwinds Associates -
    (http://www.fairewinds.org/newsletter-archive//press-release-radioactively-hot-particles-in-japan)


    Image above: Scientist gathers particle sample along curb in Japan for radioactive analysis. Photo by Mikeo Kawasaki. From (http://audioslides.elsevier.com/viewersmall.aspx?doi=10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.091&source=0).

    Today, the scientific journal Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) published a peer-reviewed article entitled: Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan by combination of gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and SEM/EDS analysis and implications in radiation risk assessment.

    Co-authored by Dr. Marco Kaltofen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education, the article details the analysis of radioactively hot particles collected in Japan following the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns.                          

    Highlights

    • Radioactive particles from Fukushima are tracked via dusts, soils, and sediments.
    • Radioactive dust impacts are tracked in both Japan and the United States/Canada.
    • Atypically-radioactive particles from reactor cores are identified in house dusts.
    • Scanning electron microscopy with X-ray analysis is used for forensic examinations.

    Based on 415 samples of radioactive dust from Japan, the USA, and Canada, the study identified a statistically meaningful number of samples that were considerably more radioactive than current radiation models anticipated. If ingested, these more radioactive particles increase the risk of suffering a future health problem.

    “Measuring radioactive dust exposures can be like sitting by a fireplace,” Dr. Kaltofen said. “Near the fire you get a little warm, but once in a while the fire throws off a spark that can actually burn you.”
    The same level of risk exists in Japan. While most people have an average level of risk, a few people get an extra spark from a hot particle.

    According to Dr. Kaltofen, “The average radiation exposures we found in Japan matched-up nicely with other researchers.  We weren’t trying to see just somebody’s theoretical average result.  We looked at how people actually encounter radioactive dust in their real lives.

    Combining microanalytical methods with traditional health physics models,” he added, “we found that some people were breathing or ingesting enough radioactive dust to have a real increase in their risk of suffering a future health problem.

    This was especially true of children and younger people, who inhale or ingest proportionately more dust than adults.”

    Fairewinds’ book Fukushima Dai-ichi: The Truth and the Way Forward was published in Japan by Shueisha Publishing, just prior to the one-year commemoration of the tsunami and meltdowns. “Our book,”

    Mr. Gundersen said, “which is a step-by-step factual account of the reactor meltdowns, was a best seller in Japan and enabled us to build amazing relations with people actually living in Japan, who are the source of the samples we analyzed.

    We measured things like house dusts, air filters, and even car floor mats.  Collecting such accurate data shows the importance of citizen science, crowd sourcing, and the necessity of open, public domain data for accurate scientific analysis.”

    Fairewinds Energy Education founder Maggie Gundersen said, “We are very thankful to the scientists and citizen scientists in Japan, who sought our assistance in collecting and analyzing this data. We will continue to support ongoing scientific projects examining how people in Japan and throughout the world experience radioactive dust in their daily lives."

    The complete peer reviewed report and project audio description by Dr. Kaltofen are available here at the Science of the Total Environment website.  

    Interactive data and the supporting materials are available here at the Fairewinds Energy Education website.

    Also see slide presentation by Dr. Marco Kaltofen (http://audioslides.elsevier.com/viewersmall.aspx?doi=10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.091&source=0


    Video above: Arne Gundersen about hot particles. Tokyo soil samples would be considered nuclear waste in the USA. From (https://vimeo.com/38995781).

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    Canada’s auto finance market is worth $120Billion annually.  That means there are a lot of us that, for one reason or another, cannot afford to pay cash for a car purchase.  Cost of living being what it is, it can be quite difficult to save up $30,000+ required to buy a new car outright.  For a good late model used vehicle it can be the same story, with a total cost in excess of $20,000.  Not many of us have that kind of cake just lying around and if we did, we probably would find better things to invest it in other than a new car (or at least I hope we would). 

    That puts many of us in a position where we need to borrow money to purchase a car and then pay that money back over a predetermined term.  Breaking up the cost this way over time can make a car purchase more affordable since you only pay a small percentage of the overall price on a monthly basis (or whatever your payment frequency is). 

    There are some pitfalls to this though – the major one being negative equity.  Also known as being upside down or underwater, negative equity is when your car is worth less than the remaining balance of your loan.  If you have financed a new car in the last three to five years, chances are you owe more on the car than what you can expect to sell it for.  Cars depreciate fast, and unless you applied a hefty down payment to your purchase, you’re going to experience some negative equity.  And generally speaking, the longer the term of the loan (regardless of the interest rate), the more upside down on the vehicle you can expect to be.

    This really isn’t too big a deal if you plan on keeping a car for a very long time, especially beyond the term of the loan.  By the time you go to sell the car (or scrap it), you won’t owe more than what it’s worth.  At the very least, you can break even.  However, if something comes up and you need to get rid of the car, it may be too cost prohibitive to make sense. 

    For instance, when I went back to school I was unable to apply for a Government sponsored student loan (and was therefore ineligible for a number of bursaries and scholarships) because I was deemed to have too many assets that I could potentially sell to finance my education.  One of those “assets” was my car (another one was my house, but the thought of selling a house to become eligible for student debt is so ludicrous that I’m not even going to go into it here).  However, because I had only purchased the car a year ago, even if I had sold the vehicle for top dollar to the biggest sucker on the planet I still would have owed thousands to my lender.  And this was at a 0% APR.  Therefore, I calculated that even if I got the loan AND some of the bursaries I would have been eligible for because I was able to secure a loan, I likely wasn’t going to recoup the costs of selling the car – let alone have any money left over to apply towards school. 

    Yeah, some asset that is.  Thanks, OSAP.        

    So what’s my point?  Well, there is an alternative to going into debt for a new or late model used vehicle but it’s not for the faint of heart: buy an old car for cash. 

    There are tons of decent vehicles out there that are perfectly serviceable and will get the job done for a wide range of driving needs.  Plus you can get them for less than the cost of a new sofa set. 

    I’m referring to your late 1990s to early 2000s grandparent mobiles that can be picked up for a song and still have lots of life left in them.  They have names like Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Mercury are often big, well maintained and beige.  And, if you play your cards right, they will be the best financial decision you ever made. 

    Generally speaking, the cost of ownership is very low on these vehicles.  Chances are you can buy it for less than $3000, your insurance costs will drop significantly and the parts will be cheap and plentiful.  Over the course of a couple of years, if you add up the costs of new car ownership vs Grandma’s beater ownership, you will likely find yourself ahead a few grand. 

    What if the car breaks down?  So what?  Every car breaks eventually.  And let’s say you’ve driven your newer car out of warranty.   You’ll be on the hook for any repairs that car needs anyway, plus you may still have payments on top that.  You’ll be stuck in a situation where you have to pay potentially thousands of dollars because you’ll be so financially committed to the vehicle that you really have no other option.  In a worst case scenario with a cheap car – i.e. the repair is way more than what your car is worth – you can just sell the car on to the next person and pocket a few hundred dollars.  Best case scenario, you can get the parts cheap and do the work yourself.

    What about maintenance costs?  All cars need tires, brakes, hoses, spark plugs, fluids, suspension components and filters to keep them running happy and safely.  Sure you’re older car will likely be at the stage in its life where it will be due for new examples of many of these components.  Granted, this will cost more money on top of what you already paid for the car.  It may even get you to that point where what you have into the car is more than what it is worth.  However, remember that your financed vehicle will need many of these components replaced at some point as well.  Will you still be dolling out regular payments when these maintenance items become due?  Probably.  Will you owe more on your car than what it’s worth AND have to pay more money to maintain it?  Likely. 

    When you total it all up, would you rather be spending $1200 a year on maintaining and fixing a car you owe nothing on or paying $1200 a year on maintaining and fixing a car your spending thousands of dollars a year to repay?  What are you out at the end of the year?  What are you out after 5 years (or even as much as eight or nine years depending on the term of your loan)?  Even if you have to go through a couple old cars in the same time you would have paid for a new car, you will still be further ahead in terms of money saved.

    There is a downside to this though.  You do need to have enough knowledge of the mechanical aspects of cars in order to be able to pick out the gems from the crud.  It also helps if you are mechanically inclined enough to do as much work yourself as possible.  This is time consuming and can be stressful if your car needs a repair and you need to be somewhere the next day.  Therefore, this strategy is admittedly not the best idea for folks who commute to work every day and need to have the most reliable transportation possible.  Statistically speaking, like any machine, new cars are generally more reliable than older cars. 

    Also, if you absolutely need to have the latest tech and gadgets you may never be satisfied driving an older car.  Furthermore, newer cars are usually more fuel efficient and produce fewer emissions than older cars.  So if you’re environmentally inclined, you will probably have some ethical concerns about driving an older car – then again, maybe the fact that you’re reusing an older car makes sense on that front given the resources required to produce a new car?  Maybe you just like that new car smell?    

    There may be many reasons why an older car doesn’t work for you.  At the end of the day, you need to make the right decision for yourself.  If you can swing it though, the financial rewards can considerable. 

    Finally, here are some tips I’ve used/wish I had used when checking out an older used car (or any car for that matter):

    1.       Low mileage isn’t always an indicator of low cost.  Lack of use can be just as bad as over use, especially for things like gaskets, electrical components and hoses.  I bought a low mileage car that been sitting for a while and had to put more money in repairs than what I paid for it within the first 10 months.  While this meant I got on good terms with the local mechanic, I really could have saved a ton of cash if I had just purchased something that had regular use and a little higher mileage.  Personally, I aim for something in the 5,000 – 10,000 km a year range (about 3k-6k miles).  Not over used and not neglected.  And food for thought – how many miles do you think a poorly maintained car will last for?  It’s a good bet that high mileage car in clean condition has been well loved and properly maintained. 

    2.       Be thorough in your inspection.  Check the frame/sub frame, body panels, floors, trunk, doors and all seams for rust and rot.  These may be obvious holes or subtle paint differences.  Also, make sure the all of the body panels line up and have consistent gaps.  If these things don’t check out, it could be an indication that the car was in a collision at some point in its history.  While this isn’t necessarily the end of the world, you should be aware of it. 

    3.       Check the brake and fuel lines.  Replacing these could be big bucks, so make sure they are in good shape. 

    4.       Make sure the tires are in good condition/match.  Tires can be expensive to replace.  If the car is otherwise perfect, a new set of tires is not going to break the bank.  However, if there are other repairs required, the costs can add up.

    5.       Check to see all of the features of the car work (heat, AC, cruise, lights, etc.). 

    6.       If the car has a scan port, bring a scanner with you to see if there are any MIL codes or if the test cycle is incomplete (which would indicate a code has recently been cleared).  Again, depending on the code, not the end of the world, but all good things to know when buying. 

    7.       Take the car for a drive.  Make sure it runs well, there are no weird noises or fun colours of smoke coming out of the tail pipe (or other areas).  Make sure the exhaust isn’t blowing out of a hole somewhere in the system (especially the catalytic converters… pipes and mufflers are cheap to replace, exhaust manifolds and cats are not).  Make sure the car shifts smoothly.  Make sure the brakes stop the car.  Make sure the steering wheel steers the car.  Keep an ear out for bumps and clunks in the suspension and differentials.   

    8.       When driving the car do some hard acceleration and braking tests.  See if there are any problems with the engine bogging down, the transmission responding to throttle input, dead spots in the power band, etc.  Make sure the brakes don’t fade quickly, that the ABS works (if so equipped), peddle feel is good, etc. 

    9.       Do some steering tests to make sure the suspension and steering components are in good order.  Go to an open parking lot or something and do some full lock turns both left and right.  Then do some figure eights.  Listen and feel for clunks, shudders and other anomalies.  This could indicate that some suspension components are worn or broken and need replacing.

    10.   Research the car beforehand.  In the age of the internet, there’s no reason why you can’t know pretty much everything there is to know about almost any car.  Between online databases, YouTube videos, forums and consumer reviews, there is probably more information online about the car you’re interested in than you can ever read.  Pay particular attention to the car’s trouble spots, how to do common repairs/maintenance and the cost/availability of parts. 

     

    While this isn’t an exhaustive list it will certainly give you an idea of what to look for.  And if at all possible, bring the car to a trusted mechanic to give it the once over.  They’ll be able to effectively advise you on the car’s overall condition, and likely for less than $100 (or the cost of a tow).  Good piece of mind, I say. 

     

    To sum up:

    1.       New and late model used car loans can be financially debilitating.

    2.       Paying cash for an older car in good condition can save you thousands of dollars every year. 

    3.       Do what makes sense for your situation.

    4.       Inspect and research any potential vehicle purchase. 

     

    TTFN        

              Jaguar's awesome new Station Wagon!!         
    Some mornings are better than others.  Today was a good morning - I got to sleep in, had a good breakfast and found out that Jaguar is making a new station wagon!  Since we all know I a love of awesome wagons, let's take a look at what Jag has to offer in this unduly unappreciated utility segment.
    This new wagon, dubbed the XFR-S Sportbrake, looks beautiful.  To back the high performance good looks are specs that don't disappoint.  A supercharged 5.0L V8 puts out 550 horsepower and 501 foot pounds of torque all going to the rear wheels via a ZF eight speed automatic transmission.  The supercharger is sure to give this beast a nice broad torque curve which will be perfect for getting the kids to soccer practice on time (not to mention shredding tires on aggressive supermarket parking lot maneuvers).

    Unfortunately, this great wagon comes at a great price (over $135,000).  But that doesn't really matter because unless you live in Europe you can't buy it anyway.  As per usual, I have been disappointed by savvy business people who don't want to spend tons of capital to market and prepare a vehicle no one will buy in North America.  You win again!

    If we all remember though, the first Jaguar wagon wasn't anything to write home about.  I'm speaking of course about the poor, misunderstood X-Type Estate.  Although it never made it to the USA (as far as I know), it was sold in Canada. 

    The X-type was developed when Jaguar was under Ford's ownership and was underpinned by the architecture used in the Ford Mondeo (and Ford Fusion, and Mazda6 and Lincoln MKZ...).  Being a front wheel drive platform, it didn't exude the typical Jaguar sport-luxury feel.  Also, the Ford folks marketed the X-Type as a BMW 3-Series fighter... which it had no hope at actually realizing since the Bimmer outclassed the X-Type in almost every possible measure of performance.  This is kind of a tragedy since the Mondeo platform was quite good when compared to other front wheel drive mid-sized sedans at the time.

    As a result, most critics panned the X-Type and it's wagon derivative.  Strangely though, Jeremy Clarkson seemed to love it, as evidenced in the video below:

    At first, Elisa enters the elevator and apparently presses all of its buttons. She then waits for something to happen but, for some reason, the elevator door doesn’t shut. She starts to look around, as if she is expecting (or hiding from) someone. At 1:57, her arms and hands start moving in a very strange matter (almost not human) as she appears to be talking to someone, something … or nothing at all. She then walks away. The elevator door then shuts and appears to start working again.
    Seeing the surveillance footage, most people would conclude that she was under the influence of drugs. However, Elisa did not have a history of drug use and her autopsy concluded that no drugs were involved. When one looks at the context and the circumstances of this death, things become even more mysterious.

    Cecil Hotel’s Dark History

    Built in the 1920s to cater to “businessmen to come into town and spend a night or two”, Cecil Hotel was quickly upstaged by more glamorous hotels. Located near the infamous Skid Row area, the hotel began renting rooms on a long-term basis for cheap prices, a policy that attracted a shiftier crowd. The hotel’s reputation quickly went from “shifty” to “morbid” when it became notorious for numerous suicides and murders, as well as lodging famous serial killers.
    “Part of its sordid history, involves two serial killers,  Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger.
    Now on death row, Ramirez, labeled “the Nightstalker”, was living at the Cecil Hotel in 1985, in a top floor room.  He was charged 14 dollars a night.  In a building filled with transients, he remained unnoticed as he stalked and killed his 13 female victims. Richard Schave, said “He was dumping his bloody clothes in the Dumpster, at the end of his evening and returned via the back entrance.”
    Jack Unterweger, was a journalist covering crime in Los Angeles for an Austrian magazine in 1991.  “We believe he was living at the Cecil Hotel in homage to Ramirez,” Schave said.
    He is blamed with killing three prostitutes in Los Angeles, while being a guest at the Cecil.
    In the 50’s and 60’s the Cecil was known as a place that people would go to jump out of one of the hotel’s windows to commit suicide.
    Helen Gurnee, in her 50s, leaped from a seventh floor window, landing on the Cecil Hotel marquee, on October 22, 1954.
    Julia Moore jumped from her eighth floor room window, on February 11, 1962.
    Pauline Otton, 27, jumped from a ninth floor window after an argument with her estranged husband, on October 12, 1962.  Otton landed on George Gianinni, 65, who was walking on the side walk, 90 feet below. Both were killed instantly.
    There was also a murder of one of the residents.  “Pigeon Goldie” Osgood, a retired telephone operator, known for protecting and feeding pigeons in a nearby park, was found dead in his ransacked room on June 4, 1964.  He had been stabbed, strangled, and raped.  The crime still remains unsolved.”
    Elisa Lam’s case is yet another sordid addition to the hotel’s history and can lead us to ask: “What the hell is wrong with that place”?

    The Movie “Dark Water”

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    The story of Elisa Lam is eerily similar to the 2005 horror movie Dark Water. Dahlia, the main protagonist of the movie moves into an apartment building with her young daughter Cecilia. Both of these names are relevant. Black Dahlia is the nickname given to Elizabeth Short, a woman who was the victim of a gruesome murder in 1947 – one that appeared to be particularly ritualistic. The case was never solved. According to LA Observed, it is rumored that Black Dahlia was at Cecil Hotel right before she lost her life.
    “The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, is alleged in at least one book to have hung out at the Cecil and drank at the bar next door before she disappeared in 1947, though cultural historians Kim Cooper and Richard Schave of Esotouric say that’s just rumor.”
    - LA Observed, Serial Killer Central
    In the movie, the daughter’s name, Cecilia, is, obviously, quite similar to the name Cecil Hotel.
    After moving into her apartment, Dahlia notices dark water leaking from the ceiling in her bathroom. She ultimately discovers that a young girl named Natasha Rimsky drowned in the building’s rooftop water tank, which caused the water to turn black. The owner of the apartment building knew about this fact but refused to take action. Elisa Lam’s body was  in the water tank for over two weeks, causing hotel guests to complain about foul tasting “black water”.
    The ending of the movie is also eerily relevant: The apartment buildings elevator malfunctions and the ghost of Cecilia’s mother braids her hair. Is Elisa Lam’s death one of those ritualistic murders that are synchronistically mirrored in a Hollywood movie?

    Another Strange Coincidence

    Shortly after the discovery of Elisa Lam’s body, a deadly outbreak of tuberculosis occurred in Skid Row, near Cecil Hotel. You probably won’t believe the name of the test kit used in these kinds of situations: LAM-ELISA. That is hardcore synchronicity.

    No Foul Play?

    LA authorities ruled in June 2013 that Elisa Lam’s death was accidental and that she was “probably bi-polar”. That being said, some questions remain unanswered. How did Elisa, who was obviously not in her right mind, end up in the hotel’s water tank, an area that is difficult to access? Here’s a news report describing the water tank area.
     As the reporter states in the video, the rooftop area is protected by an alarm system and the water tank is difficult to reach. How did Elisa reach that area? Also, how did she close the water tank lid?
    As is usually the case for strange deaths, authorities have been incredibly secretive and non-transparent during this investigation. What truly happened here? Why are there so many strange coincidences? Why was Elisa Lam acting so strange in the elevator? Was there a ritualistic aspect to this death? Why is the Cecil Hotel a hotbed for these kinds of stories? Is there some paranormal stuff going on there involving dark entities? The mystery appears to be whole and authorities do not seem to be wanting to probe further. Maybe I should cite here the slogan that appears on Dark Water movie posters : “Some mysteries are not meant to be solved”.
    Read more at http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mysterious-case-elisa-lam/#FZs5Pi7g3Eb2zD3o.99
              Chinese megacity, PRD, already has a population bigger than Canada, Australia, and Argentina        

       #Business Insider writes: China’s Pearl River Delta is swallowing up nearby cities. As the largest urban area in the world, the region features a population of roughly 42 million housed inside a 2,700-square-mile perimeter. The Pearl River Delta is made up of nine cities, each boasting populations above 1 million. And China is combining them all ...

    The post Chinese megacity, PRD, already has a population bigger than Canada, Australia, and Argentina appeared first on Annansi.com.


              Comment on That Star Trek economy thing by Canada +150: Energy fuels Star Trek economy | Em News        
    […] that people work to make their children better off. In other words, I continue to place weight on a Star Trek-like economy of the future even if 150 years only takes us to the beginning of the Final Frontier — and I am far from alone […]
              Comment on Can economists forecast technological progress? by Canada +150: Energy fuels Star Trek economy | Em News        
    […] all of the fun. Moreover, I don’t want to pretend to forecast technological progress, otherwise I might end up saying stuff like Paul Krugman did in 1998: “By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no […]
              Watch LIVE Sports Anywhere, Anytime with fuboTV – The leading legal Sports Streaming service in the US and Canada        
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              Ã–ver Atlanten i lastbÃ¥t        
    Över Atlanten i Lastbåt
    av
    Lena Blom


    Lena Blom går ombord

    Att resa till Kanada utan att flyga eller anlita dyrt passagerarfartyg var lättare än vi trodde.
    Min man Kjell satte sig vid datorn och sökte efter resor med lastbåt från Europa. Han fick snart napp. Förmedlingsföretaget Cruise People i London gav oss prisuppgifter och avgångstider för olika fartyg.
    
    Vänta pÃ¥ mig! Jag vill ocksÃ¥ följa med...
     Detta var i september 2007 och i maj 2008 skulle vÃ¥rt val, containerfartyget M/S Flottbek, avgÃ¥ frÃ¥n Antwerpen.
    Vi betalade genast in anmälningssumman och sedan började papperna dyka upp. Vi fick försäkra rederiet om ditt och datt, bland annat att inte ställa ekonomiska krav vid eventuella missförhållanden.
    Vi fick också skicka läkarintyg på att vi var friska – lastbåtar har till skillnad från de stora passagerarfartygen ingen läkare ombord och resan beräknades till tio dagar.
    Ett par månader före avresan betalade vi slutsumman och var därmed garanterade hytt med måltider ombord.

    VÃ¥r hytt
    Vi kom sent en kväll till Antwerpen, övernattade på ett vandrarhem och dagen därpå tog vi taxi till
    hamnen. Efter diverse kontroller skjutsades vi vidare till båten där några filippinska besättningsmän tog emot oss och visade, kånkande på vårt bagage, vägen till vår hytt uppe i den höga akterbyggnaden.
     Framför den sträckte sig det långa däcket – båten var nära 170 meter
     â€“ där lastningen av containrar pÃ¥gick.
    Vår hytt var större än vi väntat oss och det gick lätt att installera sig i den. Äntligen var vi på plats för resan över havet!

    Strax efter oss dök ett tyskt passagerarpar i trettioårsåldern upp. De hade cyklar med sig och tänkte när de kommit fram cykla tvärs över Kanada; från Montreal till Vancouver!
    
    Kommandobryggans
    manöverutrustning
    
    PÃ¥ bryggan...
    Vår båt lämnade Antwerpen i nattmörker för en avstickare till Liverpool, England, där ytterligare containrar lastades. I Liverpool anslöt ett pensionerat engelskt par och vi blev nu sex passagerare. Det engelska paret var mycket miljömedvetna och vägrade flyga, de var också imponerade av Sveriges insatser i miljöfrågor.

    
    Fartyget går sakta in i "the lock" i Liverpool. Millimeterpassning!
    
    Bye, bye Liverpool!
    Från en old shanty = an´ I was a gaddam
    fool, in the port of Liverpool, at the first time
    that I came home from sea -
    Oh, dirty Maggie May, you lov´d my heart away...

    Från Liverpool sattes så kurs på Kanada. Besättningen var övervägande filippinsk, förutom två tyskar, en lett och en rumän. Den trettionioårige tyske kaptenen hade bland annat semestrat i Sverige på motorcykel och var mycket förtjust i vårt land.
    Alla måltider intog vi i officersmässen och den lille tjänstvillige filippinske stewarden frågade varje morgon hur vi ville ha de stekta äggen – ”sunny side up”? Han var så söt. Vi fick röra oss fritt på båten så länge vi inte var i vägen för arbetande sjömän. Efter någon dag ute på öppet hav gick larmet i vår hytt, dock bara för en livbåtsövning. I full mundering; varma kläder, hjälm och flytväst fick vi dubbelvikta ta oss in i den täckta livbåten som hängde med fören lutande nedåt en bit över vattnet. Vi fick god hjälp av besättningen men hade det varit på riktigt vet jag inte hur det skulle ha känts.
    
    Den tyske kaptenen
    Dagarna liksom det lugna havet flöt förbi, allt under givande och intressant samvaro med
    besättningen och de andra passagerarna. Under hela resan besvarade kaptenen gärna våra frågor och berättade själv en och annan episod från sitt sjömansliv. Två kvällar ordnade manskapet glada karaoke-kvällar i sin mäss. Många av dem var fantastiska sångare och det serverades öl och vin. De unga männen bjöd flitigt upp oss tre kvinnliga passagerare till dans och var mycket artiga. Över huvud taget var de mycket lättsamma i det dagliga livet ombord och skrattade ofta. Särskilt när de under frivakter tittade på den kultförklarade filmkomedin ”S/S Martha” (med engelsk text), vilken Kjell köpt från Sjömansservice Media och gett dem.
    När vi slutligen närmade oss den amerikanska kontinentens fastland gick vi in i ett par dagars dimma. Här fanns också risk för drivande isberg och på bryggan hade man extra bevakning. När dimman lättat sprang vi dit upp och såg mötande fartyg, delfiner och valar som tumlade om i vattnet och massor av fåglar som omgav oss. Fastlandet framträdde allt tydligare och sista kvällen ombord gled vi förbi ett upplyst Quebeck, en magnifik syn. På morgonen var vi vid kaj i Montreal och två tull- och immigrationsofficerare kom ombord. De kontrollerade pass och frågade ut oss passagerarpar var för sig. När de frågade mig och min man vad vi tänkte göra i Kanada visade Kjell dem ett gruppfoto av alla hans nio kusiner där och förklarade att vi skulle besöka dem. Det blev inga fler frågor, bara några stämplar och ett ”Welcome to Canada”…
    Vi tog farväl av våra vänner ombord. Efter ett par byten i en hypermodern tunnelbana kunde vi kliva på en Greyhoundbuss som trettiofyra timmar senare släppte av oss i Winnipeg, i hjärtat av indianernas och präriernas land, där den första kusinen väntade. Men det är en annan historia.

    Tack Lena!

              Covert Operations Remote Repair Agent - Best Buy Canada - St. John's, NL        
    And Pacific Sales. Facilitate the complete solution of product repair, upgrades, installations and other services using an online portal and remote desktop...
    From Best Buy - Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:49:35 GMT - View all St. John's, NL jobs
              Technical Support - Telephone - Best Buy Canada - St. John's, NL        
    And Pacific Sales. The Technical Support - Telephone acts as the initial point of contact when a client connects for Online Support by phone through the online...
    From Best Buy - Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:41:33 GMT - View all St. John's, NL jobs
              SPO MH 25 (CYMH), NURSE 7, LP5A/B - CYMH Clinician Inventory - BC Public Service - Canada        
    Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition. CHILD AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN INVENTORY INTAKE.... $62,049 a year
    From BC Public Service - Tue, 08 Aug 2017 20:07:02 GMT - View all Canada jobs
              Manager, Service Standards and Programs - Metrolinx - Canada        
    Works collaboratively with consultants, other transit properties, Canadian National Rail (CN), Canadian Pacific Rail (CP) and VIA Rail, contractors, landlords...
    From Metrolinx - Fri, 04 Aug 2017 22:00:43 GMT - View all Canada jobs
              Service Technician - Atlas Copco Canada Inc. - Canada        
    Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west and northward into the Arctic...
    From Atlas Copco - Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:07:59 GMT - View all Canada jobs
              Sales Manager - UAV Market Segment - Applanix - Canada        
    SUMMARY: The Sales Manager for the UAV Market Segment is responsible for coordinating, managing, and executing all sales activity and strategies for the
    From Applanix - Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:07:18 GMT - View all Canada jobs
              ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT COORDINATOR - Port of Prince Rupert - Canada        
    Canada’s second largest West Coast port, the Port is strategically situated on the Pacific. ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT COORDINATOR....
    From Port of Prince Rupert - Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:44:23 GMT - View all Canada jobs
              Account Manager - Global Pacific Financial Services Ltd. - Canada        
    Global Pacific Financial Services Ltd. The purpose of the Account Manager is to partner with financial advisors to coordinate and expedite Life,....
    From Global Pacific Financial Services Ltd. - Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:02:04 GMT - View all Canada jobs
              Life and Health Insurance Agent & Financial Advisor - Global Pacific Financial Services Ltd. - Canada        
    Global Pacific Financial Services Ltd. Global Pacific is contracting licensed agents at competitive compensation....
    From Global Pacific Financial Services Ltd. - Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:02:04 GMT - View all Canada jobs
              Musician - Canadian Armed Forces - Canada        
    The Naden Band of the Maritime Forces Pacific, Victoria, British Columbia. Musicians provide musical support for all aspects of military life, including... $57,000 a year
    From Canadian Armed Forces - Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:40:36 GMT - View all Canada jobs
              Comment on Rossini does Trump by dycker        
    Ernst Zündel, Holocaust Denier Tried for Spreading His Message, Dies at 78 - No he didn't https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/world/europe/ernst-zundel-canada-germany-holocaust-denial.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=11&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F08%2F07%2Fworld%2Feurope%2Fernst-zundel-canada-germany-holocaust-denial.html&eventName=Watching-article-click
              International Students Adapt to American Life at SNC        

    Sierra Nevada College is the temporary home of international students from 25 different countries, including Italy, Canada, England, Colombia, Brazil, Sweden, Croatia, and China. The flags of the students’ nations are proudly hung in Campbell-Friedman Hall. But these students face many challenges that American-born students never have to worry about. Getting a job in order […]

    The post International Students Adapt to American Life at SNC appeared first on Eagle's Eye.


              Travelpro Products        

    Travelpro is a marketer and supplier of luggage, assorted bags, and travel accessories sold predominantly in the United States and Canada.

    The post Travelpro Products appeared first on Triangle Capital Corporation.


              Triangle Invests in Travelpro Products, Inc. and TP-Holiday Group Limited        

    $20.9 Million in Second Lien Debt and Equity Travelpro is a marketer and supplier of luggage, assorted bags, and travel accessories sold predominantly in the United States and Canada.

    The post Triangle Invests in Travelpro Products, Inc. and TP-Holiday Group Limited appeared first on Triangle Capital Corporation.


              Happy Canada Day 150! Festival Pets Rock.        
    If you haven’t heard it’s Canada’s 150th Anniversary, you haven’t been anywhere near Canada this year.  It’s everywhere. You can’t avoid it. One hundred and fifty years ago the Confederation document was signed declaring Canada’s nationhood. So July 1, 2017 – Canada Day is a big deal. I had big plans to take my terrier […]
              Park Quest #5: Southwold Earthworks Historic Site (and dog run?)        
    Southwold Earthworks near St. Thomas, Ontario, is a strange serene off-the-beaten path locale you’ll likely have all to yourself if you can find it. Completely enclosed by a fence, it’s also an ideal dog park. But don’t tell Parks Canada I said that. Southwold Earthworks is a free Parks Canada National Historic Site located along […]
              Fiji se mueve a un .travel        
    El Gobierno de Fiji, ha registrado Fiji.travel, que mantiene como su web oficial para el turismo. Otros países también tienen Germany.travel, Colombia.travel, Egypt.travel, Ecuador.travel o Canada.travel.
              ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE        
    Best Version Media - Waterloo, ON - Job Description Join one of the Fastest Growing, Private, Media Companies in Canada Best Version Media (BVM) is looking nationwide for entrepreneurs and professionals who desire an exciting opportunity to be in business for themselves, but not by themselves. About Us: Bes...
              Cashier        
    Sobeys - Waterloo, ON - Requisition ID: 17239 Career Group: [[Corporate]] Job Category: [[Front-End]] Travel Requirements: [[0%]] Country: [[Canada]] Province: [[Ontario]] City: [[Waterloo]] Location: [[Northfield]] Postal Code: [[N2C0C7]] A proudly Canadian retail company, Sobeys ...
              Clerk Meat        
    Sobeys - Waterloo, ON - Requisition ID: 19270 Career Group: Store Careers Job Category: Meat Department Travel Requirements: Country: Canada Province: ON City: Waterloo Location: Columbia Sobeys 878 Postal Code: N2T 2W1 A proudly Canadian retail company, Sobeys began in 1907 as a small...
              DevOps Specialist        
    Sunlife of Canada - Waterloo, ON - You believe life is about aiming high and making an impact. At Sun Life Financial, we work together, share common values and help each other grow and achieve goals. With roots tracing back to 1865 in Canada, Sun Life Financial has grown to become an established and trusted name i...
              Customer Service Representative (Inbound)        
    Arvato Canada CRM - Waterloo, ON - About our company: arvato - the spirit of solutions! We at arvato provide a comprehensive range of services and solutions to our business partners in the consumer electronics, high-tech, telecommunication, networking and industrial sectors. With more than five decades of exper...
              Vision Center Manager- Waterloo, ON        
    Walmart - Waterloo, ON - Req ID 879580BR Company Summary Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 390 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada's flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 400,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Wa...
              Delivery Manager        
    Sunlife of Canada - Waterloo, ON - Toronto, ON - Role Summary: As a member of the AOS Imaging and Workflow (IW) team, the Delivery Manager plays an integral part of the relationship management, planning, and delivery leadership for the Imaging and Workflow portfolio of projects. This role will be accountable to initiate, plan...
              8月8日(火)のつぶやき その2        

    村道を封鎖し検問していた基地移設反対派の男女を殴りけがさせる 依田啓示役員を傷害罪で起訴 我那覇真子さん「地元民だから通してくれと言ったのに一方的にUターンを命じられた。過激派の私的検問は許されるの?」… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — 産経ニュース (@Sankei_news) 2017年8月6日 - 12:20

    ネットの力はやはり凄い。拉致被害者奪還の署名活動をしていて、TwitterなどSNSを見て来ましたという方が何人も。土曜に大阪でコンビニに入ったら、店員の方が声をかけてくださった。ネットで私をご覧いただいているとのこと。本当に有難… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — 和田 政宗 (@wadamasamune) 2017年8月7日 - 12:19

    拡散希望
    依田さんの件が産経yahooニュースに!よそからやって来た活動家に対して地元の人が声を上げています。正当防衛も認められない、"反戦平和は免罪符"こんな沖縄はおかしい。依田さんを皆で守り、左翼から沖縄を取り返しましょう!
    headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170806-…

    — 我那覇真子 (@ganaha_masako) 2017年8月7日 - 11:24

    NOUVEAUハワイ VOL.8 ノースショア特集 ノース在住の日本人女性のナビゲーションによるオススメのショップ、レストラン、カフェ、ファーマーズマーケットを一挙掲載。また、ノースの美しいビーチもご紹介。 bit.ly/12iW2o8

    — ハワイ情報 (@hawaii_infoJP) 2017年8月7日 - 15:43

    皆さん、こんばんは😊
    定時で退社し、無事に帰宅できました😃ライルさんはこんな感じでお出迎えしてくれました😁
    「おかえりにゃ〜🐱お尻ぽんぽんしてにゃ〜!」

    #猫 #ネコ #ねこ #cat #スコティッシュフォールド… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — 赤(通知不具合中😖) (@RS_yy) 2017年8月7日 - 20:35

    「カローラ」全国行脚ゴール 宮城、発売50年記念 sankei.com/photo/daily/ne… pic.twitter.com/E0foguKEih

    — 産経ニュース (@Sankei_news) 2017年8月7日 - 20:36

    PC分解野郎に必須のアイテムがこれ。ギターのピック

    サポート担当「内爪部分を外すのにこれ以上硬くても柔らかくてもダメです。ノートPCの液晶周辺フレームとか慣れると2分で外せます。」
    ほえ~すっごい… pic.twitter.com/E4xnCDA2g2

    — ツクモ池袋店 (@TIkebukuro) 2017年8月7日 - 20:25

    台風…早く過ぎ去ってにゃ! pic.twitter.com/O5HmAl927D

    — そら (@mosacya) 2017年8月7日 - 19:18

    今日あったワカモノは昨年福島に行ったそう。そこで会ったお寺のお坊さんが「もし復興しても100年も200年も空気は汚れたままだ」と言ったらしい。そこで半減期の話をしました。そして、「戦後100年は草も生えない、と言われた広島の空気は汚れてると思う?」と訊いてみたら「ああ〜」と

    — kokoKOMINE (@kokoKOMINE) 2017年8月6日 - 22:37

    加計問題など、2回の閉会中審査を見れば、説明する必要すらないのに、わざわざ櫻井さんに説明させるなんて、、、ほんと、時間の無駄にしか思えません。もっと、日本の前向きな議論をして欲しいのに。この手の説明を改めてしないと駄目なほど、他のメディアが腐りきっている。

    #primenews

    — 彷徨える日本人 (@sumeragi_iyaska) 2017年8月7日 - 20:36

    まさしく。前川を支持するリベラル勢はそこのところで致命的な勘違いをしている。前川のような反乱官僚とマスメディアが結託して内閣を自由に潰せるようになったら、それこそ軍靴の音が近づいてくる。 twitter.com/CatNewsAgency/…

    — whitefox3138 (@whitefox3138) 2017年8月8日 - 00:10

    そのうち手旗信号くるで。 twitter.com/ReutersWorld/s…

    — 中東ニュース速報 (@chutoislam) 2017年8月8日 - 00:26

    視聴者の会が加計問題閉会中審査を、テレビがどのように報道したかの調査結果を公表してるけど、あらためて見てもテレビの偏向報道は酷いなwww日本も先進各国が導入してる偏向捏造報道への訂正放送命令や罰則許可の法案を作るべきだねwww… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — 500円 (@_500yen) 2017年8月7日 - 22:01

    「日本ファーストの会」?? まだ都政でほとんど何も成果を出していない人たちが、国政に進出とは笑わせる。若狭氏の語った立ち上げの理由も支離滅裂。かつての維新と違い、国政に乗り出す理由は何も読み取れなかった。都議選で大勝ちして何か勘違いしているのではないか?

    — 竹田恒泰 (@takenoma) 2017年8月7日 - 21:10

    今夜、日付が変わって8/8未明に満月が欠けて見える部分月食が起こります。
    欠け始めは2:23頃、最も大きく欠けて見えるのが3:20頃、欠け終わりが4:18頃です。
    全国で肉眼で見えます。月は南西の方角。雲間からも見えるかもしれませ… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — KAGAYA (@KAGAYA_11949) 2017年8月7日 - 20:17

    【キチンと報道しない】櫻井よしこ氏「閉会中審査後の30番組を調べた。全部で8時間40分位の放送でその内6分間は加戸さん、前川さんは2時間半。前川さんのストーリーに沿ってテレビは報道。偏った報道された側は支持率下がりますよ」
    ここま… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — Mi2 (@YES777777777) 2017年8月7日 - 20:49

    昭和32年 とんかつ屋のテレビに集まる人たち (撮影:長野重一氏) pic.twitter.com/odpyD71jHC

    — 昭和スポット巡り (@showaspotmegri) 2017年8月8日 - 00:39

    METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Says IRON MAIDEN's STEVE HARRIS Is 'A Super-Down-To-Earth, Really Cool Guy'… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — BLABBERMOUTH.NET (@BLABBERMOUTHNET) 2017年8月8日 - 07:07

    #50YearsAgoToday 7AUG1967 “when the phone rang, this friend of mine goes, 'George Harrison's at Hippie Hill!”… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) 2017年8月8日 - 00:49

    大好き
    【ドリームマッチ】“ピッカリ投法”佐野ら、ハゲ5人が乱闘「豊田議員は見てないでしょうね」(スポーツ報知) - Yahoo!ニュース headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170807-… @YahooNewsTopics

    — 為末 大 (@daijapan) 2017年8月8日 - 05:34

    Happening now: we’re about to dive right between #Saturn and the rings. Follow along here: go.nasa.gov/2aNCy6t pic.twitter.com/THoy2fqVNs

    — CassiniSaturn (@CassiniSaturn) 2017年8月8日 - 01:12

    ちょっといい話です> BBC News - Toronto police officer buys shoplifter suit he tried to steal bbc.com/news/world-us-…

    — モーリー・ロバートソン (@gjmorley) 2017年8月8日 - 01:11

    広島に原爆が投下され「今後70年草木も生えない」と言われた。でも実はかなり早い段階で、焼けこげたガレキの間から赤いカンナが花を開く。一番最初に被曝デマが駆逐された瞬間だ。画像は昭和21年2月の広島。バラック小屋をバックに子供は笑っ… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — もりちゃん(CV:毒蝮三太夫) (@mollichane) 2017年8月7日 - 22:10

    【今日は #ヒゲの日 】巨匠ダリの遺体、トレードマークの口ひげは「10時10分」の位置のまま afpbb.com/articles/-/313…

    — AFPBB News (@afpbbcom) 2017年8月8日 - 07:03

    台風による大雨で増水していた滋賀県長浜市を流れる姉川が、同市の大井橋付近で氾濫しました。滋賀県北部では明け方頃まで断続的に強い雨が降る恐れがあり、さらなる河川の増水や氾濫の拡大などに警戒が必要です。… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — ウェザーニュース (@wni_jp) 2017年8月8日 - 03:16

    櫻井よしこ氏「とりわけテレビ、ニュース、ワイドショー、先進国のメディアとして資格を欠いてる。世論調査は政治家は信じなくていい。この世論調査に導くまでの報道が物凄く偏っている。朝日も毎日もメディア史に残る汚点を残した」
    今の日本のメ… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — Mi2 (@YES777777777) 2017年8月7日 - 20:44

    櫻井よしこ氏のプライムニュース

    しばらく呆然とした。
    櫻井氏が、心底、訴えていた言葉が頭から離れない

    「日本人は賢いんです。
    国民が必要としているのはバランスのとれた情報です。
    一方的な情報だけ与えられて、私たち日本人はどうや… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — Chieko Nagayama (@RibbonChieko) 2017年8月8日 - 01:17

    玉木議員を呼んでおいて獣医師会の献金に触れないのか。それどころか玉木議員はモリカケで気持ちよく政権批判をしてる。この番組も終わったな。
    #橋下羽鳥
    #tvasahi

    — もりちゃん(CV:毒蝮三太夫) (@mollichane) 2017年8月8日 - 06:18

    河野太郎@konotarogomame外務大臣、天晴れ!シナの王毅外交部長は駐日シナ大使時代は慇懃無礼で今は傍若無人と言っていい。そんな王毅へカウンターを見舞ったのは美事。近年の外相の中でも一番の立ち振舞い。朝日とNHKはどうする?
    sankei.com/world/news/170…

    — 西村幸祐 (@kohyu1952) 2017年8月8日 - 00:44

    今、東京にて撮影した部分月食(雨天の雲間から撮影)
    晴れていれば全国で肉眼で見ることができます。
    方角は南西、満月の左下の部分が欠けているのがわかります。
    この欠けた黒い部分は地球の影です。 pic.twitter.com/C1UFaiHH4q

    — KAGAYA (@KAGAYA_11949) 2017年8月8日 - 03:26
              De Laatste Spreker - Liakat Mahawatkhan        

    Paramaribo - Al als puber raakte Liakat Mahawatkhan in de ban van de kermis rondom de VHP. Als stonfutu van de VHP bleek hij niet meer bruikbaar als parlementariër. Niet vanwege gehak en gebeuk stapte hij uit de partij maar vanwege ‘belediging'. Hij wilde slechts aanblijven als ‘integere VHP'er'. "Wijlen voorzitter Lachmon heeft me nooit kunnen betrappen op liegen. Maar hij zei altijd: ‘Sardjoe, jij gaat nérgens heen'."

    Tekst Iwan Brave/dWT foto Hijn Bijnen - de Ware Tijd 12 april 2005


    Mohamed Liakat Alikhan Mahawatkhan is zijn volledige en juist gespelde naam. Hij ontvangt ons in het ‘appartotel' Mercurius, tegenover het jongensinternaat van Elizabethshof. Hij toont zijn bescheiden appartementje met een zitruimte, slaapruimte, een keukenblok en een toilet/badruimte. "Hier kook ik zelf, doe de afwas en maak zelf schoon, terwijl ik thuis drie diensten heb en tuinlieden", zegt hij. Al elf jaar huurt Mahawatkhan het tegen 350 euro per maand, en maakt geen gebruik van de mogelijkheid om als afgevaardigde uit Nickerie in Hotel Torarica te zitten, wat al gauw komt op 600 euro per week. "Dus als mensen zeggen dat ik gehaaid ben, dan toont dit het tegendeel aan. Zo zijn er veel van dit soort dingen." EBS laat het weer afweten, dus zitten we niet airco gekoeld binnen, maar op het buitenterras. Gelukkig is het weer grijs en koel. We kijken tegen witte muren, decoratief afgezet met authentieke rode dakpannen. Als een burcht op een Caribisch vakantie- eiland. Als Mahawatkhan uit Nickerie komt, doet hij ook meteen het nodige ‘sociaal werk'. "Soms vraag ik na bij een overheidsdienst waarom het zo lang duurt bepaalde stukken zo lang op zich laten wachten." Mensen vragen van alles aan hem als parlementariër: een bijdrage voor de voetbalvereniging, een bijdrage voor de tempel tot aan: "Yu ab' wan lekkers, fu wan batra biri."
    Zowel Mahawatkhan als Ramlal Mahabier werd als stonfutu van de VHP te kennen gegeven niet langer bruikbaar te zijn als DNA-lid. "Hem hebben ze gouden bergen beloofd", zegt hij over het aanblijven van Mahabier. "Maar hij heeft ook tegen me gezegd: ik kan er niet uit, want ik ben vanaf kleine jongen VHP'er." Mahawatkhan stapt eruit ‘wegens belediging'. "Ram Sardjoe weet als voorzitter wat mijn bijdrage is aan de partij en ik hem gewaarschuwd mij niet te beledigen. Dat heeft hij toch gedaan door mij een post van onderminister aan te bieden; een post waarbij je niks mag zeggen. En daarna hebben ze kenbaar gemaakt dat Imro Manglie hun dierbaarder is." Volgens Mahawatkhan is de omstreden rijstmagnaat Manglie nu de grote financierder achter de schermen. Mohamed Liakat Alikhan Mahawatkhan is zijn volledige en juist gespelde naam. Hij ontvangt ons in het ‘appartotel' Mercurius, tegenover het jongensinternaat van Elizabethshof. Hij toont zijn bescheiden appartementje met een zitruimte, slaapruimte, een keukenblok en een toilet/badruimte. "Hier kook ik zelf, doe de afwas en maak zelf schoon, terwijl ik thuis drie diensten heb en tuinlieden", zegt hij. Al elf jaar huurt Mahawatkhan het tegen 350 euro per maand, en maakt geen gebruik van de mogelijkheid om als afgevaardigde uit Nickerie in Hotel Torarica te zitten, wat al gauw komt op 600 euro per week. "Dus als mensen zeggen dat ik gehaaid ben, dan toont dit het tegendeel aan. Zo zijn er veel van dit soort dingen."
    EBS laat het weer afweten, dus zitten we niet airco gekoeld binnen, maar op het buitenterras. Gelukkig is het weer grijs en koel. We kijken tegen witte muren, decoratief afgezet met authentieke rode dakpannen. Als een burcht op een Caribisch vakantie- eiland. Als Mahawatkhan uit Nickerie komt, doet hij ook meteen het nodige ‘sociaal werk'. "Soms vraag ik na bij een overheidsdienst waarom het zo lang duurt bepaalde stukken zo lang op zich laten wachten." Mensen vragen van alles aan hem als parlementariër: een bijdrage voor de voetbalvereniging, een bijdrage voor de tempel tot aan: "Yu ab' wan lekkers, fu wan batra biri."
    Zowel Mahawatkhan als Ramlal Mahabier werd als stonfutu van de VHP te kennen gegeven niet langer bruikbaar te zijn als DNA-lid. "Hem hebben ze gouden bergen beloofd", zegt hij over het aanblijven van Mahabier. "Maar hij heeft ook tegen me gezegd: ik kan er niet uit, want ik ben vanaf kleine jongen VHP'er." Mahawatkhan stapt eruit ‘wegens belediging'. "Ram Sardjoe weet als voorzitter wat mijn bijdrage is aan de partij en ik hem gewaarschuwd mij niet te beledigen. Dat heeft hij toch gedaan door mij een post van onderminister aan te bieden; een post waarbij je niks mag zeggen. En daarna hebben ze kenbaar gemaakt dat Imro Manglie hun dierbaarder is." Volgens Mahawatkhan is de omstreden rijstmagnaat Manglie nu de grote financierder achter de schermen.

    Altijd onder vuur
    Mahawatkhan lag ‘altijd onder vuur', maar het was de toenmalige voorzitter, wijlen Jagernath Lachmon, die hem altijd in bescherming nam. "Nu voel ik me niet meer geroepen om te dansen naar de pijpen van deze leiders." Hij had graag willen blijven, maar dan wel als ‘integere VHP'er'. "Lachmon kon mij nooit pakken op liegen. Maar Sardjoe mocht nooit een speech houden. Lachmon zei altijd: ‘Sardjoe, jij gaat nérgens'." Hij vertelt over een vergadering voor de verkiezing van 2000 aan de Dageraadweg, waar Sardjoe het woord voerde. "Van 51 verlieten 35 de vergadering, hun moeder overhalend. Maar Sardjoe vertelde de voorzitter over hoe druk de vergadering was bezocht. Maar ik vertelde voorzitter hoe het precies aan toe ging, want je kan toch niet op basis van leugens een goede analyse van de politieke situatie maken."
    Ook Mahawatkhan was pas 13 jaar toen hij in de ban raakte van de VHP. "Die vlaggen, die olifant, de tamtam en de kermis rondom de partij vond ik leuk als jongetje. Ik reed op de bromfiets en Mahabier, die een stukje ouder is, had de leidende rol over de bromfietsers. Ik reed op een Magneet en hij op een Zundapp. We gingen voorop met de vlaggen, dan direct de volgwagen met Lachmon en daarna die lange stoet van de VHP. ‘De voorzitter is naar Nickerie gekomen; VHP is een grote partij en ik ben geen kleine man', moest dat vooral afstralen. Daarna gingen ze naar het toenmalige Logeergebouw in Nickerie. Ik kroop toen achter een bankstel. Ik vond het boeiend om te horen hoe dat politieke spel werd besproken; over wie naar voren geschoven gaat worden. Langzaam, langzaam ben ik opgeklommen."
    Op 28-jarige leeftijd gaf hij zijn eerste speech op het VHP-podium. Hij was wijlen professor Baal Oemrawsing vooruitgegaan op een vergadering. Toen Oemrawsing maar niet arriveerde, werd tegen Mahawatkhan gevraagd wat te zeggen, omdat hij liep ‘al zo lang' meeliep. "Hij hoorde een vreemde stem", vertelt Mahawatkhan trots over de verlate binnenkomst van Oemrawsing. "Hij kwam binnen en was trots toen hij zag dat ik het was. Later heeft hij voorzitter Lachmon geadviseerd: ‘Deze man kunnen we gebruiken'. Oemrawsing heeft me toen vanaf 1979 gevraagd op alle podia in Nickerie op te treden als één voor laatste spreker. Toen kwam de coup en was het afgelopen met de politiek." Na de mysterieuze dood van Oemrawsing – wiens broer een van de 15 slachtoffers was van de decembermoorden in 1982 – werd Mahawatkhan laatste spreker.
    Toen Lachmon hem op 1 april 1987 opbelde met mededeling ‘Kom naar Paramaribo, we gaan beginnen met de verkiezingscampagne', dacht Mahawatkhan serieus dat het om een 1 april-grap ging. Dictator Desi Bouterse had op 31 maart verkondigd dat op 31 september een nieuwe grondwet door middel van een referendum zou worden aangenomen en dat 25 november verkiezingen zouden worden gehouden. Maar dat nieuws was hem helemaal ontgaan, omdat tv in Nickerie nog niets voorstelde. Ondanks de politiekloze periode had hij ‘dagelijks contact' met Lachmon, want die was president-commissaris van zijn bedrijf, tevens juridisch adviseur. Bij het nauwe contact was ook wijlen Abdul Islam Alibux (ook al ‘géén familie van') betrokken; ‘penningmeester achter de schermen' van de VHP. Diens bedrijf Cultuur Onderneming Nickerie lag naast dat van Mahawatkhan.

    Lelijke dingen
    Velen hadden hem afgeraden weer aan de politiek te beginnen. "Anders zou Bouterse mij doodschieten, werd er gezegd, maar dat was onzin. Ik zei: ‘wie niet durft blijft thuis'. De enige die ook durfde was Kris Mahadewsingh, minister van Onderwijs onder Bosje." Luisterend naar Mahawatkhan, is zijn politieke loopbaan bij de VHP gekenmerkt door tegenwerking. Hij spreekt sceptisch over de ‘Verenigde Hindoepartij'. "Er is geen enkele moslim meer over, die zijn allemaal weggewerkt", zegt hij. In 1987 kreeg Mahawatkhan naar zijn zeggen slechts de vijfde plaats in Nickerie toebedeeld omdat Alwin Mungra ‘lelijke dingen' zei over hem, zoals: "Hij is moslim." Maar Lachmon zou hebben geantwoord: "Alwin, je gaat zien: die jongen komt binnen." En inderdaad. De VHP haalde op eclatante wijze alle vijf Nickeriaanse zetels. De strijd ging tussen ‘uitsluitend Front en NDP', want de kansen van Palu waren te verwaarlozen. Mahawatkhan kreeg 961 voorkeurstemmen.
    "In 1991 kreeg ik weer de vijfde plaats, weer met hetzelfde verhaal dat ik niet gekozen zou worden. Nu kreeg ik 1.071 voorkeurstemmen ondanks het gebod: ‘uitsluitend stemmen op de lijsttrekker'." Toen Mahawatkhan in 1996 wederom de vijfde plaats toebedeeld kreeg en ‘laatste spreker' was, bedankte hij voor de eer. Daarvan kreeg hij naderhand spijt, want toen volgde wat hij noemt ‘de verkoop van de assembleeleden': een deel van de VHP-parlementariërs liep over als BVD naar het kamp van Bouterse- Wijdenbosch. "Ik voelde schuldig. In tête à tête-gesprek met voorzitter Lachmon op 1 december 1996 zei ik alles te zullen doen om het weer goed te maken. In 2000 circuleerden weer allerlei verhalen over mij, maar toen heeft Lachmon gezegd: ‘Nee, hij wordt lijsttrekker'. Toen Sardjoe hem dit ontraadde en een vijfde plaats aanbeval, heeft Lachmon hem geantwoord: ‘Hij wil niet eens de eerste plaats en dan praat je over de vijfde'. Ook dat jaar was ik laatste spreker en we hebben vier stoelen in de wacht gesleept."

    Knopendraaiers
    Nu zijn het weer dezelfde mensen die hem ‘dwarsliggen', op hem ‘beuken' en ‘inhakken'. Hij doelt op Sardjoe, vice-president Jules Ajodhia en huidig penningmeester Radjen Pahladsingh. "Pahladsingh was in 1987 en 1991 nergens te bespeuren en Ajodhia was in volle NDP-tenue, uit vrees want hij was regionaal commissaris," spuwt hij zijn gal. "Pahladsingh was bij steeds bij de Index (Centrum voor Industriële ontwikkelingen en Exportbevordering …red) om bij Bouterse stukken grond los te krijgen. Toen Sardjoe hem in 1996 binnenhaalde, kwam voorzitter Lachmon naar mij toe en zei: ‘Deze man is penningmeester maar hij weet geen moer van de politiek'. Bovendien was zijn hele familie eeuwig tegen de VHP. In 1963 was er een actiefront tegen partij onder leiding van een Pahladsingh, die zijn oudere broer was."
    Tegenover Dagblad Suriname maakte hij zijn dwarsliggers uit voor ‘knopendraaiers'. "Ze vernietigen alles wat Lachmon heeft opgebouwd", licht hij toe. "Die kwam met de verbroederingpolitiek, zij komen met de verloederingspolitiek. Sardjoe zegt dat ik een opportunist ben, maar zijn vrouw en kinderen zijn Nederlander, terwijl een zoon onderdirecteur bij de Belastingen is, een andere commissaris bij de SLM en zijn dochter directeur bij de RGD. Voor Ajodhia geldt hetzelfde verhaal; zijn kinderen zitten bij Staatsolie en op andere posten. Dat geldt ook voor Pahladsingh en een aantal anderen binnen de partij. Ik vind het niet correct als je je paspoort pas inlevert als je een hoge functie krijgt, zoals minister Stanley Raghoebarsing heeft gedaan en Kris Brindaban Panday die directeur is van het MCP."
    Mahawatkhan ziet zichzelf wel als een ware nationalist. Zijn ongeschoolde vader, die als zes dagen oude baby wees werd, trouwde een Guyanese met wie hij vijf zonen en drie dochter kreeg. "Ik ben de oudste en de enige die nog in Suriname is. Een broer is ingenieur, een andere doctorandus bestuurskunde en een zus is socioloog. Ze zijn allemaal in het buitenland. Mijn moeder woont in Toronto, Canada."

    Niet luisteren
    Het is hem ten voeten uit: ongezouten en onversneden kritiek op partijgenoten. Vooral landbouwminister Geetapersad Gangaram Panday moest het ontgelden. "Als zaken verkeerd gaan en je meent het met de partij dan moet je erop wijzen", verdedigt Mahawatkhan zich. "Gangaram Panday was geen VHP in 1996, toen zat hij zat hij te rommelen in DA'91", klinkt het weer rauw. "Hij had de attitude van een advocaat in een rechtszaak, maar vandaag is hij ervan de oorzaak dat de rijstsector in elkaar is gedonderd. Hij wil gewoon niet luisteren naar oplossingen."
    Hij rakelt de perikelen rondom de oprichting van de Surinaamse Padie Boeren Associatie (SPBA) weer op. "Wij hadden Ashok Kalloe, ex-VHP maar overgestapt naar de BVD in 2000, gevraagd het voortouw te nemen. Hij had veel werk verzet. Toen de minister na een maand terugkwam, werd Kalloe voorgesteld als voorzitter en mijn persoon als ondervoorzitter. Dit schoot direct in het verkeerde keelgat van VHP'ers die niets met de rijstsector te maken hebben. Toen heeft de vice-president geluisterd zijn handlangers en alles on hold gezet. In plaats van de SPBA kwam het ‘Comité redt de rijstsector' met drie mannen die niet eens in de rijstsector zitten. Ik heb toen gezegd: ‘Je straft niet Kalloe maar de rijstsector'.
    Toen zaken daarna verkeerd liepen, kwam de minister met hangende pootjes terug. Kalloe heeft een rapport geschreven en mij drie dagen lang opgezocht in het ziekenhuis voor technische zaken. We gingen net zo laat door totdat de artsen zeiden: ‘Heren ophouden'. Op basis van dit rapport is de regering gekomen tot een zachte lening van vijf miljard SRG voor de rijstboeren."
    De rijstsector staat er ‘slechter voor' dan voordat deze regering aantrad. Mahawatkhan pleit voor structurele aanpak. De leenrente moet omlaag en worden gelijkgetrokken worden met Guyana, waar het op 12 procent ligt tegenover 21 in Suriname. Ook pleit hij voor invoerrechtenvrije en omzetbelastingvrije kunstmest, chemicaliën en onderdelen van landbouwmachines. "Als je door de IDB en het IMF onder druk wordt gezet de rijstsector niet te subsidiëren, doe het dan verdekt", aldus Mahawatkhan.

    Hij denkt dat het Alternatief 1 (A1) – waar hij vijfde op de kandidatenlijst staat in Nickerie – met zijn komst er ‘overal beter van wordt': Nickerie, Saramacca, Wanica en Commewijne, somt hij op. "Mensen die niet eens zijn het Nieuw Front sluiten aan." Over A1-lijsttrekker Soedeshchand Jairam in Nickerie zegt hij: "Hij heeft veel verstand van de rijstsector en vecht voor de Nickerianen: op basis daarvan join ik hem. Om zo een bijdrage leveren de rijstsector in het bijzonder en andere sectoren in het algemeen, want 's land belang is ons belang." Over de kansen van politieke opponenten zegt hij: "Bouterse heeft een idee, maar kan beter een stapje achteruit doen en Jenny Simons naar voren schuiven. Hij mag wel goede bedoelingen hebben maar de buitenlandse druk komt om de hoek kijken. Tegelijkertijd is een NDP zonder Bouterse nauwelijks denkbaar. Venetiaan moet op pensioen. Ook hij moet iemand anders naar voren schuiven, zoals Ruth Wijdenbosch als je het genderbeleid serieus laat meewegen."
    Over zijn vertrek bij de VHP zegt Mahawatkhan: "Ik had al gehoord: ‘ze gaan je droppen'. Maar ik nam het niet serieus. Mensen zeggen dat ik in het parlement moet blijven. Goed, dan maar weg, want je kan niet eeuwig ruzie blijven maken. Laat die buitenlanders maar blijven. Als zaken verkeerd gaan, zullen ze wel te zijner tijd het hazenpad nemen. In elk geval moeten de jongeren van Suriname een voorbeeld nemen aan mij; ze moeten niet ingaan op de zoete verhalen van politieke leiders die reeds verroest zijn in hun denken. Ze moeten zich niet laten misleiden, maar altijd kritisch begeleiden, vooruitstrevend denken en enge partijpolitiek achterwege laten."


              Is San Diego cruise business making a comeback?        

    San Diego, which continues to rebuild its once robust cruise business, has been named one of the top ports in the U.S. and Canada.

    In a ranking compiled by the online cruising resource, Cruise Critic, San Diego was rated by passengers as the fourth best port among destinations throughout the United...


              Exclusive Interview: Actor Robin Ward on the ‘Lost’ Frankenstein Flick ‘DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS’!        
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    Exclusive Interview: Actor Robin Ward on the ‘Lost’ Frankenstein Flick ‘DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS’!

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    SHOCK tracks down actor Robin Ward to reflect on the ultra-obscure 1970 psychedelic horror film, DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS.

    With the unfortunate VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN setting new highs for low box office openings (shame, really as the movie is really rather good) we decided to assume the role of the good Dr. Frankenstein. ourselves, sifting not into the soft dirt for corpses, but rather digging deep into horror’s maniacal past to find a film that time has seemingly forgot…

    Indeed, a mere week or so before VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN saw release, SHOCK decided to stick our tongue deep into cheek and roll out a list of 5 Frankenstein films that failed to make the grade or effectively trade on the visions birthed during that fateful ‘haunted summer’ by Mary Shelley and her famous kinky friends. Sitting at number 3 on that list was the ‘lost’ Canadian psychedelic horror romp DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS, a totally daft 1970 melodrama about mad science, substances, sex and silliness that was in fact the first film funded by the Canadian government!

    Free healthcare AND z-grade horror movies financed by tax dollars. Aint Canada grand?

    Originally titled FLICK (we know this because the word FLICK remains on the bottom corner of the screen for the entire opening of the picture), DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS stars future Canadian TV weatherman Robin Ward as a young Baron Frankenstein, blacklisted from his native Austria and hiding out as a student at the University of Toronto. There, he conducts brain experiments on cats and dogs and has weird psychedelic sex with his comely girlfriend before launching a reign of terror on his classmates and the faculty. Oddly, the similarities between this and RE-ANIMATOR are interesting (and almost certainly accidental).

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    Briefly released theatrically in the US under its “FRANKENSTEIN” handle on a double bill with the skeezy NIGHT OF THE WITCHES, director Gilbert W. Taylor’s mad movie appeared occasionally on Canadian television but otherwise is about as obscure a horror film as you’re likely to (not) find. And while it’s not a great Frankenstein film, it is just so insane, so bizarre and so…so…Canadian, that watching it truly is a singular experience.

    Ward is well known in Canada for his stint as a weatherman on National network CTV but he has had a long and interesting career in Canadian film and television including prominent roles in a slew of interesting genre projects like the noted Sci-Fi series THE STARLOST creepy “twinsanity” thriller MARK OF CAIN and SAW II; he even once channeled Rod Serling, serving as the narrator of the third season of the 1980’s revamp of THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

    After penning that piece, the spirit moved me enough to make an effort to locate Ward and, with a little bit of effort, I did. The actor is currently in rehearsals for a new play but spared us some moments to chat about his stint making cinema’s strangest Frankie “flick”: DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS.

    SHOCK: It’s rather amusing to think that DR. FRANKENTSEIN ON CAMPUS was funded by the Government, especially since it deals with mind control….

    WARD: Yes the film was the first to get CFDC (Canadian Film Development Corporation) backing, which I think was ultimately a mistake because it set a doubtful tone. Because DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS was of course a ‘B’ horror film and would not normally have received the scrutiny or the reviews or respect that a pioneer CFDC project would and should have inspired. Consequently it was castigated by all and sundry…

    SHOCK: How did you end up in the film?

    WARD: I can’t remember how I got the role, whether I auditioned or just met the director. I was quite inexperienced as an actor, but I guess my work at the time suggested something that wasn’t quite real, hence my suitability for the role, perhaps?

    SHOCK: The film opens with you fencing in Austria. Where were these sequences shot?

    WARD: The Austrian scenes were all shot in and around Toronto, with the Scarborough bluffs substituting for the Alps!

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    SHOCK: It’s a demented film, truly. Was it always supposed to be sold as a horror movie?

    WARD: God knows what the film was supposed to be! None of us really knew. I guess it was a horror film. It was certainly horrible.

    SHOCK: Why did they change the title?

    WARD: At some point it went from FLICK to DR. FRANK…I think they thought FLICK was too ironic and artsy. It got a limited release in the theaters, but went on to become a cult favorite on university campuses where it’s previously undetected satirical aspects were much appreciated.

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    SHOCK: The film is an extra curio in that noted Canadian rock band Lighthouse is the house band in the movie! Did you get to hang out with them?

    WARD: We did see members of Lighthouse occasionally, especially Paul and Skip, who sometimes appeared during the shoot.

    SHOCK: Any funny stories to tell from the shoot?

    WARD: Well, I was supposed to wear an electroencephalogram on my head which they jerry-built from masking tape and which reduced the cast to tears of helpless laughter when they saw it perched on my head like an inverted jock strap. I remember we did take after take on a scene that had me wearing it because we kept breaking up.

    SHOCK: What do you think of the movie now?

    WARD: I haven’t seen the movie for decades. Years of therapy had almost erased it from my memory till you reminded me of its existence. As I said the film did have a kind of cult following and I sometimes am recognized for my part in creating one of the silliest films ever made. An honor I am not worthy of. It was a lot of fun to make; I think I laughed a lot during the film…especially during some of the actual takes when I wasn’t supposed to. Now it’s back to the shrink, I guess…

    Here’s hoping that someone, somewhere puts some effort into making DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS available to strange cinema enthusiasts everywhere. It most certainly is a film that needs to be seen. And, once seen, I promise you…it cannot be unseen!

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              Event Report: BLACK CHRISTMAS Reunion at the Hamilton Film Expo        
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    Event Report: BLACK CHRISTMAS Reunion at the Hamilton Film Expo

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    BChrist4To time with Anchor Bay’s new Blu-ray release, SHOCK reports on the BLACK CHRISTMAS reunion in Hamilton, Canada.

    We all know what an Expo or fan Convention is about. A wild, fun adventure filled with Vendors, Celebs, Cosplay, pop culture and more! In our first year doing the Hamilton Film Expo, and going forward, we wanted to earn our name. “Hamilton” is not just the city the event is staged in, it’s where I live and work. “Film Expo” is not just a way to drop all of pop culture on people. “Movie Stuff” is our tagline and that is what we wanted to deliver. Year 1, we accomplished that with our All-Canadian celebrity guests, & movie-themed vendors.

    Backing up one day, the night before the Expo, Anchor Bay Canada gave us permission to screen BLACK CHRISTMAS for a free midnight screening to raise awareness and items for the Eva Rothwell Centre. All week, the 10th Annual Hamilton Film Festival had been running a promo for the ‘Season’s Greivings Editon’ of BLACK CHRISTMAS on Blu-ray. Basically, we were getting pumped…

    Backing up to August 2015, I had a Facebook conversation with actor Art Hindle. I had never met him but we had mutual “friends.” I reached out and asked him if a) he would be interested in doing an introduction at the 10th Annual Hamilton Film Festival for a showcase of Michelle Latimer’s work (art had worked with her on the syndicated TV show PARADISE FALLS), and b) would he be interested in being a part of our first Film Expo. He did his research, got back to me and his response to me was “I want to help you grow this.”

    Not only is that a massive compliment to the years of work we have put in, but a real example of a good person who is interested in giving back to the film & TV community. “Just doing my part” is how he worded it. This lead almost immediately to two more guests. BLACK CHRISTMAS co-stars Lynne Griffin and Doug McGrath. In the matter of a few days I had a mini BLACK CHRISTMAS reunion!

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    During the panel discussion (moderated by Aaron Allen of Hamilton’s Fright Night Theatre Film Festival, pictured above), Doug discussed the importance of his early work in Canadian cinema, but not in an egotistical way. It was in a way that a teacher is proud of seeing a student become successful. BLACK CHRISTMAS, PORKY’S and GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD all paved the way for films that hadn’t been made yet. Doug was very optimistic that Canadian cinema has, and will continue to have, it’s own identity but more importantly that it has this vast legacy of movies to point to.

    Lynn Griffin (who also starred in Canadian slasher classic CURTAINS) is a warm soul with a genuine smile and a passion for the arts. It’s obvious when you first meet her. She recalled Bob (Clark) asking her to imagine that she was hearing some scary things on the phone. Then when she saw the movie, had no idea it would be so disturbing! She talked about “the bag” and went on to explain that she was a swimmer and could hold her breath for a long time. “Probably why I got the part.” She said.

    A lesson for filmmakers in the horror genre, came from Art Hindle. He never missed a chance to bring a laugh into the conversation, and said as much about horror filmmaking. “Bring humour into your films.” The “fellatio” scene comes (ahem)  to mind across the panel. Later on, a question was asked to the panel, “what prop would you most like to have from the movie?” Art Hindle, without missing a beat said “Olivia Hussey.”

    An nice addition to the panel, or audience I should say, was when a question regarding the audio of that scary scream from Olivia at the banister, was asked. The panel wasn’t 100% sure…but an audience member was certain. Bruce Craig worked on the film 40 years ago doing sound special effects work out of a studio (Mirrophonic) at King and Spadina streets in Toronto. The scream was also a mix of their receptionist’s screams! He talked fondly about mixing the film while Bob Clark bounced his new bride on his knee. Bruce also remembered being scared at the premiere, even after seeing it so many times while editing. Bruce is also optimistic about the future. “We felt we were leading edge at that time, but with the equipment and personnel now smaller productions can have longer reaches around the world.”

    What was an incredible, intimate, meeting of these wonderful Black Christmas alumni, also turned out to be a great discussion about the Canadian film industry. That is something that we can truly be proud of.

    Nathan Fleet is an award winning filmmaker / composer and is the director of the 10th annual Hamilton Film Festival and the organizer of the 1st annual Hamilton Film Expo.

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              â€˜Chris Alexander’s SHOCK TREATMENT’: In Praise of LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF        
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    ‘Chris Alexander’s SHOCK TREATMENT’: In Praise of LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF

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    ShockTreatment!  In this ongoing SHOCK column, editor Chris Alexander muses on classic and contemporary films and music worthy of a deeper discussion.

    PETER CUSHING RON MOODY AND DAVID RINTOUL STAR IN TYBURN FILMS LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF THE UK PETER CUSHING APPRECIATION SICIETY FACEBOOK GROUP

    One of the rarest of lycanthrope-centric films is the unfortunately late, Oscar-winning British cinematographer (David Lynch’s THE ELEPHANT MAN) and noted horror filmmaker (DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, TALES FROM THE CRYPT) Freddie Francis’ little discussed1975 Hammer-esque wolfman shocker LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF. And really, I have to ask why it’s so obscure, because the movie is rather fantastic.

    As the films’ star Peter Cushing (whose work here is first rate as always) so helpfully explains in LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF’s weird opening sequence, it has been said that the beasts of the forest shall watch over and protect human children on Christmas Eve, because, well, their forefathers and mothers did it for Jesus, so if they didn’t do it too they’d be jerks. This bit of made up myth provides credibility for the ensuing tale of poor little Etoile, a baby who, after his immigrant parents are chomped on by a pack of starving wolves, is inexplicably adopted by the now sated pack. He grows up like a sort of lupine Tarzan, a wild untamed thing who is eventually ‘rescued’ by a sleazy carny (the amazing, wild eyed actor Hugh Griffith from, among many, many other fine films, Ben Hur) and top billed in his skid row circus as the feral ‘Wolf Boy’. Eventually Etoile grows into a strapping young lad (played by veteran actor David Rintoul who recently appeared in Polanski’s excellent thriller THE GHOST WRITER) who makes the rather startling discovery that, when under pressure of full moon, he grows fangs, sprouts fur, pops his shirt and end up looking a lot like Oliver Reed did in Terrance Fisher’s 1961 Hammer horror classic CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF.

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    In fact Jimmy Evans’s Roy Ashton-esque make up schemes for Etoile’s furry face and transformations and the idea of a Christmas curse aren’t the only things that recall that admittedly superior film. See, Etoile ends up ditching his promising career as a rabid roustabout and flees to late 19th century Paris (the Fisher film was based on Guy Endore’s novel “The Werewolf Of Paris” and both pics were penned by Anthony Hinds, under his pseudonym John Elder) where he gets a gig working at a zoo run by OLIVER! heavy Ron Moody and falls in love with a beautiful whore, a woman who – like Reed’s squeeze in CURSE- seems to temper his inner lycanthrope. Of course all goes sour when a jealous Etoile turns wolfy and rips the throats out of the local bordello’s patrons (complete with red optical effects, the kind that Francis was fond of playing with) and it falls on the narrow shoulders of Peter Cushing, here playing an intrepid police pathologist, to line Etoile’s homicidal cloud with a sweet silver lining.

    LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF was produced by Tyburn Films, a tiny, short-lived UK studio founded by Francis’s son Kevin and one that sought to capitalize on Hammer’s massive, decade spanning, international success. Problem was, by 1974 Hammer Horror was already passé and, after one more picture (1975’s fine John Hurt/Ian McCulloch vehicle THE GHOUL) took a permanent dive.

    In Canada (where I was born, raised and still live) a little budget video distro outfit called Interglobal Home Video (which I raved about HERE) ended up distributing LEGEND in the 1980’s. I bought that VHS cassette for $10 at a local Kmart and I’m certainly glad I did. Because I’ve never, ever seen the film legitimately available in any other format on these shores. Needless to say, I treasure my copy…

    Though hampered by its low budget, and aforementioned plot familiarity, and though its not necessarily Francis’s best work (though it’s about a gazillion times better than his worst film, 1970’s awesomely insane caveman vs. Joan Crawford opus TROG) -LEGEND is a well paced, blackly humorous, creepy and oh-so-very British slice of rough-around-the -edges, modestly budgeted Gothic horror. And Hammer vet Harry Robinson’s brash, often romantic score amplifies the production value considerably.

    You should find it. That beaten up tape of mine has seen the insides of no less than 7 VCR’s and it still goes strong, it still pulls it’s LP recorded weight with blood dripping, hairy backed finesse and flesh shredding, electro-magnetic grace. A muddy rip of that VHS is on YouTube and it’s a perfectly acceptable (though faded and fuzzy) version to at least get the sense of the film. Here’s hoping someone cleans this wonderful little flick up and dresses it up for Blu-ray someday…

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              History's First Current-Neutral 100-Mile Swim         
    Courtesy of Elaine Howley, Lake Champlain, New York-Vermont.

    A few days after Caroline Block attempted a two-way crossing of the North Channel, fighting gallantly for 28 hours 55 minutes, and the same day that Chloë McCardel announced her four-way 136 km English Channel crossing between August 29th and September 2nd, Sarah Thomas walked into calm water of Lake Champlain situation along the Canada-United States border.

    After swimming 80 miles (128.7 km) in a solo crossing of Lake Powell along the Arizona-Utah border in the USA in October 2016, a swim that took her 56 hours 5 minutes, Thomas is upping the ante and pushing herself to cross the 100-mile threshold.

    "She's doing really well [so far], reported Elaine Howley of the Marathon Swimmers Federation. "The water is glassy, almost no wind at all. We got rained on a little this afternoon, but the storms we'd been concerned about never materialized."

    So far, so good on the first day of the potential 72-hour swim.

    The Marathon Swimmers Federation described her 104.6 mile (168.3 km) course in Lake Champlain. "This is a loop-style course starting in Rouses Point, New York, proceeding south and around Gardiner Island near Charlotte, Vermont without landing, and returning to the start."

    In Lake Powell last year, even after over 56 hours swimming constantly, Thomas looked remarkably fresh as if she had at least 20 miles left in her. Her stroke looked good and her pace held strong and steady. She was smiling and talking and even joking a bit with the crowd that had witnessed the longest lake swim in history.

    "Anyone who knows me and who saw me finish last year's Lake Powell swim had to know one thing: 80 miles wasn't my limit. For me, swimming is about testing myself mentally and physically. It's about doing things that are fun, but also hard and sometimes scary with a huge possibility of failure," Thomas posted online.

    She described her motivation to crack the mythical 100-mile mark. "Once, I thought my limit was a 10k open water swim. With each swim I've done, I've learned something that has made me stronger and after finishing Lake Powell last year, I knew without a doubt - I could have gone further. We barely made it home before my husband and I were talking about the impossible - 100 miles. With a little (ok a lot) of a nudge from my friend Jamie Patrick, we committed."

    Her support team of 13 include observers Evan Morrison and Elaine Howley, husband Ryan Willis, mother Becky, sister Melody, cousin Alex, kayaker Scott Olson, photographer Ken Classen, pilot Phil White, navigators Andrew Malinak and Craig Lenning, and chief encouragement officer Cathy Delneo, and researcher and course coordinator Karl Kingery.

    Follow her course here.

    Additional articles on her swim include Swimming Through The Night With Vampires, Dramatic Data On Sarah Thomas' Century Swim, and Sarah Thomas' Beamonesque Century Swim.

    Copyright © 2008-2017 by World Open Water Swimming Association

              Embrace The Challenge With Everyday Heroes        
    Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

    Embrace The Challenge: Erie Crossing is a 20 km cross border swim for solo swimmers and relays across Lake Erie between Canada and the USA.

    Organized as a joint venture between Embrace Open Water Swimming and North Shore Swimmers and run by Miguel Vadillo [shown above] and Joshua Reid, the 12.4-mile Embrace the Challenge requires athletes to traverse between Eastern Lake Erie from Sturgeon Point, New York (USA) to Crystal Beach, Ontario (Canada). Sanctioned by the Great Lakes Crossing Organization, it is part of the Global Swim Series.

    Relays require four swimmers minimum and a maximum of six. Each participant must swim at least once for a 30-minute period in either category:

    • Naked Relay: All swimmers who do not use wetsuits. Swimmers make exchanges with the next swimmer every 30 minutes that is signaled by a siren from the zodiac boats. After every swimmer has completed 30 minutes in the water, the order of the swimmers can change at the discretion of the team.

    • Wetsuit Relay: At least one (but possibly all) swimmers use a wetsuit. Swimmers make exchanges with the next swimmer every 30 minutes that is signaled by a siren from the zodiac boats. After every swimmer has completed 30 minutes in the water, the order of the swimmers can change at the discretion of the team. But, there are no GSS points given to swimmers who participate in a relay.

    In the solo swimmer categories, there are two different categories:

    • Naked Solo Crossing: swimmers who use standard swimwear, have no physical contact with support crew or crafts, and will utilize no assistive or pacing tools. Swimmers will receive an Official Lake Erie Crosser certificates from the Great Lakes Crossing Organization and will have their swims sanctioned as official Great Lakes Solo Swims. GSS points will be assigned to finishers in this category.

    • Wetsuit Solo Crossing: swimmers who use a wetsuit or assistive tools (solo swim bag, pacing tools, etc.) will not be recognized as an official solo crosser.

    The solo categories will be further divided by gender, but the relays will have Male, Female, and Mixed divisions.

    For more information about the event, visit here.

    Copyright © 2008-2017 by World Open Water Swimming Association

              Somalia: Six Projects Totaling $1.04 Million Committed in July        
    Source: Canadian Foodgrains Bank
    Country: Canada, India, Kenya, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania

    Over 53,000 people in four countries will benefit; includes emergency nutrition response in Somalia

    Over 53,000 people in four countries will benefit from six projects totaling $1.04 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in July.

    The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members Development and Peace—Caritas Canada, Canadian Baptist Ministries, World Relief Canada and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.

    One project, through Development and Peace, is responding to the crisis in Somalia.

    Somalia is suffering from its worst drought in 40 years. The crippling effects of the drought are compounded by militant violence and lack of response from a young and struggling government.

    Over six million people are in need of urgent help.

    According to the United Nations, the country is on the verge of famine.

    Through the project, implemented locally by Trocaire Somalia, existing nutrition centres and nutrition programming responding to the needs of young children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are being scaled up.

    The project, which totals $388,000, is benefitting 2,700 children and 2,760 women.

    Another project, through Canadian Baptist Ministries in Embu County, Kenya, is responding to chronic, ongoing hunger.

    Farming households in Embu struggle to grow enough food to support their families year-round due to unreliable rainfall, a lack of access to quality seeds, and depleted soil.

    In response, CBM, through its partner African Christian Churches & Schools, is training farmers in conservation agriculture methods.

    Conservation agriculture methods help farmers make best use of erratic rainfall, restore nutrients to their soil, and ultimately, increase their crop yields.

    1,200 families are benefitting from the project, which totals $125,000.

    Other projects committed in July include:

    • An agriculture and livelihoods project in India through World Relief Canada, totaling $115,000 and benefitting 2,400 people.

    • An agriculture and livelihoods project in Tanzania through World Relief Canada, totaling $192,000 and benefitting 20,000 people.

    • An agriculture and livelihoods project in Tanzania through World Renew, totaling $120,000 and benefitting 12,000 people.

    • An agriculture and livelihoods project in Tanzania through World Renew, totaling $96,000 and benefitting 7,000 people.

    Projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada.

    --Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator


              Top 10 Most Famous New York State Landmarks Travelers Talk About        

    The state of New York is enormous and stretches from the Great Lakes region in its west, a tad northward towards parts of Canada and then all the way East to the Atlantic Ocean. In between, the long miles that comprise one of the country’s early states can be found a great many famous New

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              Map of the Day – The Cost of Living Everywhere        
    Today’s Map of the Day (MOTD) is a clever data visualization that tells the story of the cost of living Some interesting trends appear upon first glance at the map including: Canada costs more than the USA, Greenland is very high, and some of the least costly places to live are found in India, Mexico, […]
              Pepsi and Coke Deals        

    This post contains affiliate links and any purchase made using my links helps support PPP. Check out these deals on Pepsi and Coke products! Target exp 8/12 Pepsi Products (12 pk 12 oz) – $3 wyb 4 Use 25% cartwheel exp 9/2  $2.25 after coupon CVS exp 8/12 Buy 3 Coke, 7UP, Canada Dry, A&W or […]

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              What is the pedal configuration in a manual car from Great Britan? Is it the same as North America?        
    I am going to England soon and will be renting a car. All of the rental cars are manual transmission. I have no problem with the manual part, what I would like to know, is the pedal configuration the same as here in Canada? Control gas and Brake with right foot, and control clutch with left. I ask this because you are driving on the right side of the car, changing gears with your left hand, just wondering if the pedals are backward too? Anyone who has ever driven in Great Britan please respond and let me know, it will take a load off my shoulders, and may help me prepare for driving in that country...if driving on the right side isn't confusing enough. Thanks!
    What is the pedal configuration in a manual car from Great Britan? Is it the same as North America?
    The pedal layout and gear positions are the same both sides of the Atlantic. Getting used to the layout of the car controls will be the first of the issues that you'll have to cope with.



    I used to work at a large airport outside London and have seen some of the daft things that US drivers do as soon as they collect their hire cars. They seem to think that everything is same as %26quot;at home%26quot;. Please accept the following in the spirit of helpfulness...

    A few things to note, or you may have %26quot;difficulties%26quot; when driving in the UK:



    Get the terminology right (English is a slightly different language from American).

    In the UK only very specially adapted cars run on 'gas'. Your fuel will be diesel or petrol (don't mix them up, it would be an expensive mistake). What you call the %26quot;gas pedal%26quot; is the %26quot;Accellerator%26quot;.



    There are commonly two grades of petrol, their names vary by company: normal/regular/super and Premium. Unless you have a souped-up sporty car then don't waste your money on Premium.

    Most car diesel is very much the same these days (low sulphur etc) regardless of what label the garage gives it. In some places you can buy bio-diesel if your car will take it and you're feeling %26quot;eco-friendly%26quot;.



    As a general rule at roundabouts (and many other junctions) - unless signs indicate otherwise - you should give way to traffic approaching from your right (unless you're already on the major road).



    Most garages are self-service and Petrol is sold in litres. It is very expensive (about 97pence/litre) so drive carefully or your fuel bills will be shockingly high. The further from London you are the cheaper it gets, unless you're in a very rural area. Don't buy it from a motorway service station because it's even more expensive. The cheapest places to refuel are in supermarkets.



    People are generally tolerant at road junctions etc. but if you make a mistake and proceed as if you were driving on the right then people will not accept %26quot;US tourist%26quot; as an excuse when you bend their car.



    At all times keep in the left lane on motorways unless you are overtaking. You'll see lots of idiots who think that they have a God given right to hog the centre lane. Don't be one of them, they cause jams and bad tempers.



    Keep to speed limits at all times (as usual, you should ignore the idiots who think the rules don't apply to them). The UK is liberally covered with automatic cameras, which you won't see untill it's too late, and your car will be traced to you via your hire company. They'll have a nice collection of fines for you to pay.



    Trains always have right of way at level crossings. There are not many of these in England but there do seem to be plenty of people who %26quot;play chicken%26quot; and usually lose. Bumping a train could affect your collision damage insurance.



    Familiarise yourself with UK driving rules, road signs and terminology. Many are not the same as in the US (especially at junctions). To keep yourself out of trouble you should read the Highway Code BEFORE you come. It's not long and will save you a lot of grief. The link below should help you.



    Enjoy your stay.
    What is the pedal configuration in a manual car from Great Britan? Is it the same as North America?
    I haven't driven in Great Britain, but I have driven in Japan which also has right-hand drive cars. The gas is on the right, brake in the middle and clutch on the left just like you are used to with a left-hand drive car.



    The hardest thing to get used to is looking to the right first when crossing an intersection (and when crossing the street when you are walking).
    I am American and went to the UK in May. The pedals are the same as cars in North America - gas on the right, brake in the middle, clutch on the left. The gear shaft is also the same as cars in north America in that 1st gears is the upper left corner of the shaft, 2nd gear is the lower left corner, etc. But you will have to use the gear shaft with your left hand which is strange. You may bump the curb a few times since your perception of the width of the car will seem odd from the right side but you will get used to it. Driving on the left side of the road will be odd but you will get used to it. Just a note - Unless you are in a city, the roads in the UK are very confusing if you are from North America. They are very narrow and most are not labeled. My buddy and I drove around Somerset County and we were so lost even with a map. Both of us have a great sense of direction but the signs were either non-existent or came up so fast that you missed them. When we would ask people for directions, they didn't even know the names of the streets on the map - they would say,%26quot;Just drive up the road and take a left go to the third roundabout and take a right drive straight and take a left after that.%26quot; We were so lost and we just got more lost as the day went on. But it was an adventure. Just be sure to have the passenger navigating while you drive. You will need it. Have a great time : )



    PS - Don't bring a car into London unless you are used to heavy city driving. My buddy and I are from NYC so we are used to it but if you aren't, park the car out of town and take the train into the city center.
    You should be able to get an automatic if you ask for it in advance. However, the pedals are exactly the same, gas/throttle/accelerator on the right, brake in the middle and clutch on the left. I'd agree with The Tank, and have a look at the Highway Code he recommends. Remember roundabouts work clockwise and you give way to traffic from the right on these (usually). And if you dodge around the barriers on a level crossing you'll be explaining yourself to a higher authority that the police!
    yes, just the same, its surprisingly easy, i drive on right in France regularly, the only thing is when youv'e had a break leave a note on the wheel to say drive on the %26quot;right%26quot; to remind you, once your'e going its no problem, don't worry , enjoy, the thing that will amaze you over here is the speed and overtaking- good luck
    Yes.!!!
    The pedal layout is the same in the UK as the US / europe.

    And the gear stick layout is the same - reverse position may vary if its 5 or 6 speed.

    You should be able to get an automatic car to hire though...
    Our cars are powered by engines in Britain, only our bicycles have pedals!
    you have got it from GB
    exactly the same.all cars over here are right hand drive though so should be taken into consideration.most hire companies have automatic cars so insist or try another.welcome to britain.
    yes its the same
              Cameron Todd Willingham Guilty        
    No doubts: Those closest to case shed no tears for Willingham
    By Janet Jacobs, Corsicana Daily Sun
    published: September 07, 2009 05:08 pm    
     
    expired, original link
    http://www.corsicanadailysun.com/thewillinghamfiles/local_story_250180658.html  
     
    The undeniable facts of the Cameron Todd Willingham case are these:
     
    • On Dec. 23, 1991, 2-year-old Amber Louise Kuykendall, and 1-year-old twins Karmon Diane Willingham and Kameron Marie Willingham died in a mid-morning house fire at 1213 W. 11th Ave. in Corsicana.
     
    • Willingham, 23, the children’s father, and the only adult home at the time of the fire, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death on Aug. 21, 1992.
     
    • After five appeals and 12 years on death row, he was put to death by lethal injection on Feb. 17, 2004.
     
     Everything else is controversial.
     
     Carrying the torch
     
    To people opposed to the death penalty under any circumstances, the holy grail is an innocent man who was executed, preferably in Texas, home of the nation’s busiest death row. Some argue Todd Willingham is that innocent man.
     
    The latest argument for Willingham’s innocence comes from a report by Craig Beyler, of Hughes Associates in Baltimore, Md., and submitted Aug. 17 to the Texas Forensic Science Commission, a panel formed in 2005 to deal with forensic errors.
     
    Beyler was contracted to review the case following a complaint by the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is best known for using DNA analysis to exonerate wrongly convicted men.
     
    The report claims the Texas investigators didn’t understand fire science, and didn’t use modern methods in the Willingham case. Because one of the investigators was with the Texas fire marshal’s office, the marshal’s office will have a chance to respond to Beyler’s findings, and the commission should deliver a verdict next spring.
     
    This week, the New Yorker published an article by David Grann which condemns the science and the system which sent a seemingly innocent man to his death. Part of the article is based on Willingham’s relationship with a woman who visited him on death row, and became an amateur sleuth on his behalf. Previous articles questioning the Willingham verdict have also appeared in the Dallas Morning News and the Chicago Tribune.
     
    Leaders of the Innocence Project say this is proof of a failed death-penalty system.
     
    “There can no longer be any doubt that an innocent person has been executed,” said Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project, in a release. “The question now turns to how we can stop it from happening again.
     
    “As long as our system of justice makes mistakes — including the ultimate mistake — we cannot continue executing people,” Scheck stated.
     
    In Corsicana, the attempts to make Todd Willingham into a martyr aren’t well-received.
     
    “He’s not a poster child for anybody,” said Sgt. Jimmie Hensley of the Corsicana Police Department.
     
    First impressions
     
    Doug Fogg, a Corsicana firefighter for 31 years, was the first responder to arrive at 1213 W. 11th Ave. in Corsicana that Monday morning. He conducted the local arson investigation.
     
    Fogg calls Beyler an “armchair quarterback” and riles at the accusation that Corsicana and state detectives used nothing more than folklore to come to their conclusions.
     
    “A lot of this stuff (in Beyler’s report) is misspoken or misinterpreted,” Fogg said.
     
    The report accuses state arson investigator Manuel Vasquez, now deceased, of not securing the scene, of missing or mishandling crucial evidence that might have exonerated Willingham, and not using scientific fire analysis.
     
    Willingham had a lot of excuses for the fire, Fogg recalled, including that a stranger entered the house and set the fire, that the 2-year-old started it, that a ceiling fan or squirrels in the attic caused an electrical short, or the gas space heaters in the children’s bedroom sparked it.
     
    The investigators searched for electrical shorts, but found none; the gas-powered space heaters were off because the family’s gas supply had been cut off at the meter; and “we didn’t find a ceiling fan. Willingham said there was one, but we didn’t find any signs of one,” Fogg said.
     
    The other explanations just didn’t add up, Fogg said, adding: “We eliminated all accidental causes.”
     
    Evidence of accelerants was found, but Willingham had an excuse for that, too. Willingham told investigators he poured cologne on the children’s floor “because the babies liked the smell,” he blamed a kerosene lamp for any accelerant in the hallway, and said spilled charcoal-lighter fluid happened while he was grilling, Fogg recalled.
     
    Fogg agreed that there was a damaged bottle of charcoal lighter fluid on the other end of the porch away from the door, but the grill was in the side yard not on the porch when firefighters arrived. Fogg remembered four empty bottles of charcoal lighter were found just outside the front door.
     
    Beyler acknowledges that one sample did have accelerant in it, but said it was unidentified, a claim Fogg disputes.
     
    Local investigators didn’t leave the house until midnight, spending over 12 hours sifting through the debris by hand, taking videotape and more than 80 photographs of the scene, cutting up flooring for the lab, bagging and dating each sample and recording where it came from in the house, Fogg said. Samples were contaminated by melted plastic toys, fire-damaged carpet and floor tiles, but it wasn’t because of investigator’s incompetence, Fogg said.
     
    Beyler theorized it was a flashover, and said investigators didn’t see the difference between the intense heat of a flashover and an accelerant-driven fire. Fogg laughed at the notion.
     
    If it had been a flashover, it would have taken out the thin layer of sheetrock on the walls, he argued.
     
    “That house was box construction,” Fogg said. “The only sheetrock that came down was what was hit with water. The paper backing wasn’t even scorched.”
     
    As well, the fire damage was worse at the floor level than at the ceilings, which is the opposite of typical fire, Fogg said.
     
    “(Beyler) thought we were total idiots,” Fogg said.
     
    Beyond the fire
     
    Sgt. Jimmie Hensley of the Corsicana Police Department was the lead investigator on the Willingham murder case back in 1992.
     
    For Hensley, the most damning evidence came from Willingham, who told officers that 2-year-old Amber woke him up. Firefighters later found her in his bed, with burns on the soles of her feet. Yet, Willingham didn’t take the girl with him when he fled, nor did he receive burns walking down that same hallway, Hensley pointed out.
     
    Willingham was taken to the hospital where doctors did a blood-gas analysis on him, a standard test for someone who’s been inside a burning house.
     
    “He had no more (carbon monoxide) than somebody who had just smoked a cigarette,” Hensley said.
     
    Hensley has since become a cer