12 charged after protest of debate featuring exTrump aide Steve Bannon

first_imgTORONTO – Police said Saturday two officers were hurt and 12 people charged after a rally to protest a controversial debate featuring former White House strategist Steve Bannon in Toronto.Toronto police spokesman Gary Long said the charges include trespassing, disorderly conduct and assault of a police officer. He did not identify the accused or specify what each person had been charged with.Long said one officer was punched and another was hit with a stick during the protest, which delayed the start of the debate at Roy Thomson Hall by roughly half an hour.Chanting protesters gathered outside the downtown auditorium before the event which saw Bannon and conservative commentator David Frum debate the role of populism in politics as part of the Munk Debates.Videos posted on social media showed officers outside the auditorium using batons to hold back the crowd outside, and one photo showed an officer using pepper spray. Long declined to comment on the images, saying he hadn’t seen them.Critics had called on organizers to cancel the event, accusing Bannon of being a white supremacist and arguing he should not be given a platform to share his views.Bannon, 64, the former executive chairman of right-wing Breitbart News, helped Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election and was White House chief strategist for eight months until August 2017. Some of his detractors have branded him as a racist and anti-Semite, which Bannon has rejected.During the debate, Bannon further denied that Trump or his supporters are racist, and argued populists were the true anti-fascists because fascism looks to worship the state.Frum, 58, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine and a former speechwriter for ex-U.S. president George W. Bush, said Trump and populism should not be the answer to the issues plaguing Liberal democracy.He accused Bannon and Trump of using code words to incite antipathy toward Jews, blacks and immigrants, which Bannon denied.In the end, the debate was deemed to be a draw, with neither side swaying audience members.last_img read more

Klopp reveals his birthday present for Fabinho

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed his birthday gift for Fabinho was handing him a rare start in his favourite position in their 4-0 Champions League win over Red Star BelgradeThe Brazilian midfielder, who made only his second start at Liverpool following his summer arrival from AS Monaco, was in top form on Wednesday as the Reds stormed to a convincing 4-0 victory.Fabinho, who turned 25 on Tuesday, performed well alongside Georginio Wijnaldum at the heart of the Liverpool midfield in Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita’s absence.“Very good. Very, very good,” Klopp told reporters of Fabinho on the club website.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The present for his birthday was not that he was in the line-up, it was that we played his favourite system with a double-six!“He played really well and it was good to see. He was very aggressive and everything was there.“For his first game for a while, his second from the beginning, it was good, really good. It is quite impressive what people saw.”Klopp also backed Fabinho to continue the strong performances with Cardiff City awaiting them next at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

UPDATE Columbus ISD Says Juvenile That Made Shooting Threat Has Been Identified

first_img Share The Columbus Independent School District (CSID) announced Monday that a juvenile who had threatened with a shooting has been identified and “there is no longer a danger.”In a statement posted on its website, the CISD detailed that the suspect is a juvenile and, therefore, school officials can’t provide further information. Students reportedly alerted parents about the social media post regarding the threat and Columbus ISD Superintendent Brian Morris confirmed to News 88.7 it was made on Snapchat.The school district will have a strong police presence on Tuesday and is asking parents to continue to monitor their children’s social media.Columbus ISD is 80 miles west of Houston. last_img

Forests in literary imagination

first_imgFrom Snow White to Tarzan, Robin Hood to Alice, Lord Rama to the Pandavas, Ali Baba to Winnie the Pooh, Dorothy (of Oz) to Harry Potter, from works of Shakespeare to Henry David Thoreau, Rudyard Kipling to Bill Bryson and Enid Blyton to Cheryl Strayed, there is one common thread, wholly or partly, to some of our most remembered and favourite literature – forests as a setting for key action.Earth’s dominant terrestrial ecosystem, forests are commonly taken to mean a large area with trees or other woody vegetation though there isn’t any common global definition – 800 definitions are available around the world! What is however more acceptable and indisputable is their role in human imagination and culture, be it folklore, fantastic or legendary, and modern literature, whether children or adult. They can represent a place of refuge or menace, of succour or challenge, of restful contemplation or exciting adventure, a metaphor for nature at its most basic and untrammeled by human civilising, and a source of sustenance – or danger. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But best-served are those who take some benefit from their sojourn in the woods. As a Shakespearean character ruminates: “And this our life, exempt from public haunt,/Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,/Sermons in stones, and good in everything.”This was the Senior Duke, perfectly content in his exile in the Forest or Arden in “As You Like It” (Act II, Scene 1) but forests are not always that welcoming and instructive for the Bard’s other creations. In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, some unwelcome changes afflict various characters, especially poor Nick Bottom in the forest (though everything gets amicably and amenably solved in the end), while in another, the appearance of the Dunsinane forest (or a branch of it, excuse the  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixpun) before Macbeth’s castle spells his doom!In ancient Hindu epics, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman first exhibit their mettle by ridding some forests of demons before their eventful exile to the forest, as do the Pandavas who raise their capital after clearing a notorious forest and then spend part of their own exile in forests.But some of the most memorable and universally-known stories set in the woods – Snow White, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Briar Rose, Hansel and Gretel and many more of brave young princes and fair maidens.last_img read more

Heavy drinking may lead to breathing problems

first_imgDrinking too much alcohol may disrupt the healthy balance in the lungs and impact your breathing, a new study has warned. In the study, adults who drink excessively were found to have less nitric oxide in their exhaled breath than adults who do not drink.  The finding were published in the journal ‘Chest’, and is significant because nitric oxide helps protect against certain harmful bacteria that can cause respiratory infections.“Alcohol appears to disrupt the healthy balance in the lung,” said a researcher. Nitric oxide is a colourless gas produced by the body during respiration. The researchers examined data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES).  It conducts interviews and physical examinations to assess the health and nutritional status of Americans.For the study the researchers have examined data from 12,059 adults who participated in NHANES between the years 2007 and 2012. Excessive drinkers were defined as heavy drinkers (more than one drink per day on average for women and more than two drinks per day for men) and people who binge drink at least once per month (four or more drinks per occasion for women and five or more drinks for men).In the sample population researchers examined, 26.9 percent of the participants weto be excessive drinkers.  The researchers found that exhaled nitric oxide levels were lower in excessive drinkers than in adults who never drink, and the more alcohol an excessive drinker consumed, the lower the level of nitric oxide.In an asthma patient, the amount of exhaled nitric oxide in a breath test provides a good indication of how well the patient’s medication is working. “Excessive alcohol consumption might complicate the results of such tests. “Lung doctors may need to take this into consideration,” the researcher said.last_img read more

Google Just Made Glass More Useful Less Dorky

first_imgJanuary 28, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read For all its coolness, Google Glass is a somewhat awkward-looking device. If you’ve been lucky enough to see one of the many Google Glass-wearing techies strolling around places like New York City and San Francisco, then you know they tend to stick out like a sore thumb.But it looks like that’s about to change.Google has announced something called the Titanium Collection. It’s a new line of Google Glass that come with prescription glasses and sunglasses. In other words, Glass just got a whole lot more useful and stylish.Related: More People to Get Google Glass as Explorer Program ExpandsThe Titanium Collection will include four frame shapes in gray with subtle accent colors inside the frames. Each will cost $225. Google also plans on adding three options for sunglasses which will cost $150 each.And if you need prescription lenses and have vision insurance, your policy might even help cover your new frames, Google says. Related: 10 Reasons Why Google Glass Is Doomedcenter_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Canadian overnights in Germany up 73 forecast remains strong

first_img Thursday, August 17, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: FIT, Germany, Trend Watch Canadian overnights in Germany up 7.3%, forecast remains strongcenter_img Posted by TORONTO — The German National Tourist Board (DZT) has reported strong tourism growth from Canada in the first half of 2017, with FIT travellers in particular leading the charge.From January to and including May 2017, overnight figures show an overall increase of 7.3% over the same period in 2016. March and May 2017 were especially strong, both months breaking the 11% mark (11.8% and 11.9%, respectively).According to Antje Splettstoesser, the German National Tourist Office’s Director for Canada, contributing to these positive results are Canadian FIT travellers, who seem to like Germany’s well-developed tourism infrastructure.“We have also noticed increasing interest in Germany’s culinary scene, which with close to 300 Michelin stars extends well beyond our luscious bratwursts and distinctive beers. After busy hours of touring castles, towns and cities, or pedalling along one of Germany’s many meandering rivers, there is just nothing like sitting in a quiet restaurant or leafy beer garden to look back on the day with a glass of local wine or a cool brew,” she said. “Also, value for money has always stood us in good stead in Canadian eyes. For the end of the year, we look forward to the continuing upward travel trend from Canada for Destination Germany.”Overall, preliminary results from the German Federal Statistical Office for January to and including June indicate 36.7 million international overnight stays in accommodations with 10 or more beds, 1.2 million more than for the same period the previous year, an increase of 3%.Global tourism is forecast to continue to develop positively for the rest of the year. At the beginning of 2017, UNWTO predicted a growth potential of 3% to 4% for international arrivals worldwide, and 2% to 3% for Europe. And according to Forward Keys, international flight bookings to Germany for the third quarter, up to the beginning of August, are 5.6% higher than in the previous year.“With a growth of 3% and more than one million additional overnights in the first half of the year, Destination Germany presents a very good half-year result among the international competition. It would appear that Germany as a travel destination is more popular than ever,” said Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the DZT. Travelweek Group last_img read more