Late homage for US slave from ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

12 Apr

His life may have inspired the landmark novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” but 150 years after the abolition of slavery in the US, Josiah Henson remains a controversial figure, and efforts to turn his onetime home outside Washington into a museum are slow at be…

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Malala Yousafzai becomes honorary Canadian citizen

12 Apr

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai became only the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship Wednesday, before advocating in a speech to parliament for women and girls’ education — a cause dear to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Wearing a…

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Rising protectionism, uncertainty threatens global growth: Lagarde

12 Apr

The growing temptation to resort to protectionism and uncertainty in Europe linked to the French elections pose “risks” to the global economy, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday. In a speech in Brussels ahead of next we…

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Rio’s ex-mayor denies Olympics corruption

12 Apr

Rio de Janeiro’s ex-mayor Eduardo Paes has denied allegations that he took millions of dollars in bribes from construction giant Odebrecht in the run-up to last year’s Olympic Games.Paes oversaw preparations for the hosting of South America’s first Oly…

Ewing & Ewing Air Conditioning Offers Rheem Replacements

12 Apr

With each passing week, the threat of warmer temperatures continues to go up for the South Florida area. That means it is time to make sure that your air conditioner is running smoothly and efficiently.

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Committed Carter says turbulent times behind him

12 Apr

An upbeat Dan Carter says he has put all this season’s distractions behind him and his sole focus now is to help Racing 92 make the Top 14 play-offs, starting with this weekend’s trip to Toulouse.

A high profile drink driving incident, lengthy time off with a groin injury, and dealing with the aftermath of a positive drugs test have all conspired to test the New Zealander’s resolve.

Those personal issues combined with the hiatus over his club’s aborted merger with Stade Francais have in the All Black legend’s words made it “a bizarre season”.

“When the season started we were on a bit of a high after last year’s success. So if you’d said before about all the things that were going to happen I wouldn’t have believed you,” the 35-year-old fly-half told a press conference on Wednesday.

“There were a lot of distractions, a lot of set backs. But one thing through all of this — we’ve stayed tight as a team, with a wonderful spirit. It goes to show the strength of characters we’ve got on the team.”

The 2011 and 2015 World Cup champion, who lost sponsor Land Rover after being caught drink driving in Paris in February, helped Racing lift the Top 14 championship last season.

But defending their crown has proved a turbulent business, and they take on Toulouse occupying the sixth and final play-off spot.

“It’s the biggest game of our season,” commented Carter who was definitively cleared of wrongdoing this month after testing positive for corticosteroids following last season’s Top 14 final.

“Our season depends on the result of this match. We are going to have to do something pretty special to come out with a win and keep our play-off hopes alive.”

He says he is happy with his fitness.

“It’s been three matches since I came back from injury, I was out for about six weeks in total.

“It takes a few games to get your rhythm and confidence back — I’ve felt like I’ve got better each of these three games,” he said.

“There have been a few distractions this year but that’s all behind me. I’m just looking forward now, the focus is on the play-offs, I want to try and contribute to a huge game on Sunday.”

Despite his difficult season Carter told reporters he was settled and content in France.

“I’ve got a contract until the end of next season, I’ve got no thoughts about running back to New Zealand.

“I’m more than happy here, I’m really enjoying living in France. The people have been extremely kind to me and my family.

“I no longer feel like a tourist, no longer feel as shy and like a new schoolboy as when I first arrived.

“I love travelling, visiting châteaux and historical landmarks that are older than my country New Zealand.

“I want to make the most of the experience living in this part of the world.”

On Racing’s prospects of salvaging their season he said: “People have written Racing off.

“I’d love to be able to prove a lot of these people wrong — we are still confident we can still turn things around.”

Italians, Brits drink more while pregnant: study

12 Apr

Five percent of Italian women, and four percent of Britons, admitted to drinking alcohol at least once or twice a week during pregnancy, researchers said Wednesday. Only 0.1 percent of expectant women in Sweden — along with 0.2 and 0.5 percent in Norw…

Trump aide offers fresh apology over Hitler reference

12 Apr

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday offered a fresh apology for minimizing the atrocities of Adolf Hitler in his comments on Syria, amid a wave of indignation at home and abroad.”I made a mistake, there is no other way to say it,” Spicer tol…

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United Airlines CEO won’t resign

12 Apr

United Continental chief executive Oscar Munoz said Wednesday he would not resign his position, and again apologized for forcibly removing a customer from an overbooked flight.Munoz was asked about calls for his resignation as leader of the embattled a…

San Francisco gets a taste of robotic food delivery

12 Apr

San Francisco startup Marble on Wednesday began giving its home town a taste of restaurant orders delivered by robot, confident that appetite for such service will grow around the world.Marble partnered with take-away meal ordering mobile application Y…

Trump gave Syria attack order ‘during dessert’

12 Apr

US President Donald Trump gave the order to strike Syria with dozens of cruise missiles “during dessert” with visiting Chinese leader Xi Jinping, he said in an interview aired Wednesday.”We had finished dinner. We’re now having dessert. And we had the …

Brisbane stay alive in Asian Champions League, Bluewings soar

12 Apr

Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Ro…

Guinea seizes shark fins from Chinese ships

12 Apr

Guinea has seized a haul of shark fins and carcasses from Chinese ships fishing illegally off the coast of the west African country and fined the owners. The seizure was part of a push launched in February to crack down on illegal fishing in West Afric…

Brazilian government reels from corruption probes

12 Apr

Brazil’s government tried to brush off a growing corruption crisis Wednesday after the Supreme Court ordered 108 graft investigations, targeting at least eight ministers and a third of the Senate.The scandal, likened by Brazilian commentators to a poli…