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One of the most expensive houses in Canada -- a waterfront Uplands home listed for sale a year ago at more than $28 million -- is now a consulate for St. Kitts and Nevis, two lush Caribbean Islands.

The 15,900-square-foot house, called Sweet Pea, is set on a hectare of land with more than 450 metres of waterfront. The house at 3195 Humber Rd. has seven bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool and spa, doors covered in gold leaf, manicured grounds, a desalination plant and an enhanced security system that slides shutters over windows at the touch of a button. When it was listed by Sotheby's International, it was advertised as having a media room that would suit the likes of movie mogul Steven Spielberg

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Uplands+home+Caribbean+consulate/3101577/story.html#ixzz0pkuBxJCi

ah wonder if day go let eeenn ah trinbagonian for a little fresh water swim in de pool ;D

Now, why would a small country like them need a $28 million home as their consulate??
oh by the way that is $71,332,500 ECD

General Discussion / Kamla did it
« on: May 24, 2010, 10:18:42 PM »
my congratulations to the FIRST FEMALE Prime Minister for TnT
Well done Kamla :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

"Three new albino killings have been reported in Tanzania and Burundi amid signs that the lucrative trade in their body parts has not waned despite international outrage, an NGO said Thursday.

In the same three month period from February to April, four attempted murders of albinos were reported, said Canadian NGO Under the Same Sun."

more here.......

Football / TrinBagonians in Action ???
« on: May 15, 2010, 09:58:40 PM »
Where de "TrinBagonians in Action" Thread this week ;D

Brown ya see, I hopin ta geh ah "Atta Boy" eh :rotfl:
How ya ent notice that indiscretion before :devil:

Jokes / Let us ALL put our support behind Manning
« on: April 23, 2010, 06:27:52 PM »
As a rule, I don't pass along these "add your name" lists that  appear in
emails, BUT this one is important.  It has been circulating for  months and
has been sent to over 2 million people.
   We don't want to lose any names
on the list so just hit forward  and send it on.

Please keep it going!

To show your support for  Patrick  Manning  please go to the end of the
list below and add your name.

1.  Mrs  Manning

General Discussion / MicroFIT - Ontario's Solar Opportunity
« on: April 09, 2010, 06:29:13 PM »
MicroFIT is a program open to Ontario residents to receive payments for solar electricity generated on their properties and delivered to the utility. The Ontario Power Authority will pay 0.80 per kilowatt hour delivered. This opens an opportunity for Ontario residents to invest in solar equipment with a very attractive rate of return. A contract with the OPA is valid for 20 years.

If you install a solar system rated from 1000W to 10,000W or less, each kilowatt (1000W) of solar should deliver revenues of $1000 per year. An installed system can pay for itself in about 8 years, and offers continuous cash flows for 20 years. Check out www.retscreen.net to run your own system........


I REAL jealous of allya living in Ontario.
If this program was available here in BC I would get on board now for now

General Discussion / The "Right" to bear arms ?
« on: March 29, 2010, 05:47:44 PM »
Check this story

Feds: Militia members sought to spark uprising
Eight arrested, one on the run; they allegedly plotted to attack police

DETROIT - Nine alleged members of a Christian militia group that was girding for battle with the Antichrist were charged Monday with plotting to kill a police officer and slaughter scores more by bombing the funeral — all in hopes of touching off an uprising against the U.S. government.

more here http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36075836/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/

Who writes Wikipedia articles?
Contributors who can perform a range of roles are key to quality articles
By Cristen Conger
Discovery Channel
updated 8:31 a.m. PT, Mon., March. 22, 2010
It takes a village of contributors — adding paragraphs here, inserting references there — to craft a quality Wikipedia article, according to a new study that identifies the types of contributors who initiate and dominate the process to separate the Wikipedia wheat from chaff.

"What we found was that there are many different people playing many different roles, and they don't always play the same role in every article," said Sudha Ram, management information systems professor at the University of Arizona, who conducted the analysis with graduate student Jun Liu.

Ram and Liu first identified six types of contributor roles for individual articles, along with casual contributors who made four or fewer edits to entries.

They then analyzed the types of contributors involved and their levels of engagement in a set of high-, medium- and low-quality Wikipedia articles.

Entries largely built by "all-round editors," who are active in all angles of writing, editing and linking, garnered the most top-quality ratings. Those composed by "sentence starters" and casual contributors, which generally lack source references, fell toward the opposite end of the spectrum.

Ram largely attributes this division to all-round editors' self-policing habits of not only spotting other contributors' errors, but also their own.

"Cleaning up other people's mistakes is obviously important as well, but self-policing seems to be really important because when you write something, you want to go in and justify it yourself," Ram said.

While certain collaborative patterns predict different levels of quality, the findings don't undermine the importance of copy editors, fact-checkers and other contributor roles in the Wikipedia universe.

"Even if we limit ourselves to this study, one shouldn't conclude that casual users are of no worth, only that high-quality articles tend to be correlated with all-round (editors)," said Joseph Reagle, an adjunct professor at New York University who has written a forthcoming book on Wikipedia. "An implication then for improving the quality of Wikipedia is to help more contributors become well-rounded contributors."

To that end, the University of Arizona study suggests developing wiki software that would guide contributors through article-specific roles, such as writing or copy editing, and prompt them to justify claims with links and references instead of relying as heavily on peer review.

After all, while collaboration is king in the wiki world, it doesn't always guarantee quality results.

"In previous work we've found that having more contributors is associated with higher quality articles only when they coordinate well with each other," said Niki Kittur, a Carnegie Melon University assistant professor who has studied Wikipedia collaboration. "When they don't, adding more contributors doesn't help and can even hurt."

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I just dont understand this story

Bus tunnel beating video prompts outcry
Video shows security guards standing by as 15-year-old girl is beaten


February 10, 2010
Forces in 'shock' over colonel's arrest
By CBC News

Canada's military is in a "state of shock" after the head of CFB Trenton was charged with murder and two violent home invasions, Canada's chief of defence staff says.
Canada's military is in a "state of shock" after the head of CFB Trenton was charged with murder and two violent home invasions, Gen. Walter Natynczyk, the chief of defence staff, said Wednesday.

Natynczyk spoke at a news conference after he and Lt.-Gen André Deschamps, chief of air staff for the Canadian Forces, addressed troops at Trenton, where Col. Russell Williams was base commander.

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Williams, 46, of Tweed, Ont., was arrested Sunday in Ottawa. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jessica Lloyd, 27, and Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 38.

Williams was also charged with two sexual assaults that happened in Tweed in September.

Natynczyk said it felt like a "body blow" when he heard a senior officer had been charged with murder.

"We've put additional rigour over the past five years into the selection of our leadership. ? it's a sacred trust."

He added that some military personnel at the Trenton base are reluctant to go into the community in uniform now, but he has told them they can still be proud.

"We can't go back, we go forward," Natynczyk said. "And we are proud, proud to wear our uniform."

He himself went in uniform to a local Tim Hortons on Wednesday to make that point.

Natynczyk said his thoughts went out to the community and to the family and friends of Lloyd and Comeau, and he praised local officials for their continued support of the troops at CFB Trenton.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay was not available for comment Wednesday, but a spokesman said the minister?s thoughts are with the families of the victims, adding the Canadian Forces are co-operating fully with the investigation.

A career military man who's been stationed in various cities across Canada and internationally, Williams was arraigned and remanded into custody Monday and is scheduled to appear in court via video on Feb. 18.

The investigation is ongoing, and police are focusing on the "collection, preservation and examination" of evidence in all four cases, the Ontario Provincial Police said in a release.

The OPP are also working with other police services to examine unsolved cases in other jurisdictions, adding that investigators can't discuss "evidentiary or investigative matters" to ensure the integrity of the case.

Background checks done
Lt.-Gen Angus Watt, a retired air force commander, told CBC News on Tuesday that Williams once worked for him and was a "very impressive" officer.

" He was very dedicated, very hard working," Watt said. "I'm astonished and astounded by the events here. None of us saw this coming."

Watt said all military officers go through annual performance reviews, and Williams would have been required to go through a "fairly rigorous" background check before he got high-level security clearance.
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mad people everywhere
I know that there is at least one misogynist lurking on here

General Discussion / I and I, IGrow
« on: January 29, 2010, 06:03:57 PM »
IGrow: Walmart of weed opens in Oakland
Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, January 28, 2010

    Call it the Walmart of weed.

In a 15,000-square-foot warehouse just down the road from the Oakland Airport, an entrepreneur is opening a one-stop shop for medicinal marijuana cultivation that's believed to be the largest in the state.

Don't know the first thing about growing pot? The folks at iGrow have a doctor on site to get you a cannabis card and sell you all the necessary equipment for indoor, hydroponic cultivation - from pumps, nutrients and tubing to lights and fans.

Don't know how to set it up? For a fee, on-site technicians will show you how to build it in your home and even maintain it weekly.

"A lot of people don't know much about growing pot," said Dhar Mann, 25, the owner, who stood in front of an array of Ikea-like displays, showing different rooms of cannabis cultivation systems. "Since there are no full-service resources like us, they take risks, like electrical fires."

This is hardly a fringe business. When iGrow opens today, at least three City Council members will attend. So will most of the leaders of the cannabis industry in Oakland, a city long at the vanguard of medicinal marijuana.

Today's opening also comes on a key day for proponents of a statewide ballot measure to allow recreational marijuana. They plan to turn in about twice as many signatures as needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

The supporters of that measure are being led by Richard Lee, owner of Oaksterdam University, an Oakland-based business that trains people for work in the cannabis industry.

The medicinal marijuana world is still unsettled. Cities from Los Angeles to Berkeley are grappling with how to permit and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.

Oakland, where voters last summer agreed to have the city to tax and regulate "cannabis businesses," has allowed only four licensed dispensaries.

Though iGrow provides all the supplies and know-how for cannabis cultivation, they don't sell the seedlings - only dispensaries can. And even some of the vendors tread a delicate line.

Gabriel Goodhart, the owner of Easy Feed Systems based in West Oakland, was setting up one of the system displays at iGrow on Wednesday. His company has an explicit policy of not setting up any system where marijuana is visible when they show up - or even mentioning the word "marijuana."

"Liability is shifting," said Goodhart, a libertarian who is a registered Republican. "A small business like ours can't take the risk."

But, he believes, the issue is a moral one.

"It's not fair to medical patients to put them in a gray area where they have to be involved in criminal activity to stay healthy," he said. "That's like not having health insurance."

The cost of creating your own cultivation system or relying solely on a dispensary is vast.

At a dispensary, a patient might spend $120 a week for a quarter-ounce of marijuana.

However, it might cost $1,000 to set up an eight-plant system, said Zeta Ceti, one of iGrow's "indoor growing technicians." But in the course of a year, they might only use half of their harvest and be able to sell the remaining 3 pounds for $12,000 to a dispensary.

E-mail Matthai Kuruvila at mkuruvila@sfchronicle.com.


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Jokes / Interesting Stats
« on: January 22, 2010, 05:28:20 PM »
Interesting year 1981

1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer champions of Europe.
3. Australia lost the ashes.
4. The Pope died.

Interesting Year 2005

1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer champions of Europe.
3. Australia lost the Ashes.
4. The Pope died.

Lesson to be learned:

The next time Charles gets married, somebody warn the Pope!!!

China tells banks to halt lending
By Jamil Anderlini in Beijing and Sundeep Tucker in Hong Kong and Jennifer Hughes in London

Published: January 20 2010 05:43 | Last updated: January 20 2010 20:07

Chinese regulators have told some banks temporarily to halt lending amid growing fears of asset bubbles and inflation.

The renewed efforts to rein in credit growth after a burst of frantic lending activity by Chinese banks that have raised concerns about overheating in the Chinese economy.

The crackdown prompted stock market falls around the world as investors worried that China’s tightening could cool its strong growth and dent expectations for the global recovery.

“This sort of baby step tightening doesn’t look like much but when you’ve had such rampant credit growth, it doesn’t take much for it all to end in tears,” said Albert Edwards, global strategist at Société Générale.

Traders said the China concerns added to fears over the outlook for Greece, which is struggling to convince investors it can fund the eurozone’s biggest deficit. Greek bond yields leapt dramatically on Wednesday, sharply raising the country’s borrowing costs. The jitters sent the euro to a five-month low against the dollar and sterling at $1.4115 and 86.7p respectively.

In the first two weeks of January alone, Chinese banks extended as much as Rmb1,100bn ($161bn) in new loans, analysts and bankers told the Financial Times. If banks were to sustain that pace of lending, they would pump nearly Rmb30,000bn into the economy this year. That would equate to four times the Rmb7,500bn annual target for new loans announced on Wednesday by Liu Mingkang, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission.

In response to the lending spike, the regulator has issued verbal “guidance” to all banks, imposing lending quotas and warning the most aggressive lenders temporarily to halt loans, according to several banking executives.

Mr Liu said Chinese banks needed to prepare for “the wrong kind of borrowers and the wrong kind of weather”.

At least two banks – Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China – have issued orders to lower level branches to stop issuing loans to corporate customers without explicit approval from their headquarters, employees at those banks told the FT.

Stocks in Shanghai fell almost 3 per cent and in Europe, the FTSE Eurofirst 300 dropped 1.6 per cent to 1,052.53.

A Chinese state-run newspaper cited un-named sources as saying that Bank of China, which has been the most active lender among the large state banks, had switched off its internal electronic loan approval system.

BoC issued what amounted to a self-criticism, admitting in a statement that it had issued an unusually large volume of new loans in the first 20 days of January. It promised to return to a more sustainable and even lending pace while optimising and adjusting its credit structure and obeying government rules.

The bank did not disclose how much it had lent or answer questions about whether it had suspended lending operations.

Analysts said Beijing had also raised the required amount of capital some banks must hold in reserve with the central bank, leaving them less money to hand out as loans.

That news came after China’s central bank last week raised the reserve requirements on all large lenders – the first increase in 18 months.

Chinese lenders extended Rmb9,600bn in new loans last year, more than double the amount in 2008, following government orders to support the economic stimulus programme and boost flagging growth in the face of the global crisis.

The flood of credit has led to soaring asset prices, particularly in the property market, and fears that inflation could take hold in the coming months.

“Banks are frontloading their loans in expectation of harsher tightening in the second half of the year but the regulators are also wary of higher inflation expectations that could be triggered by this spike of new lending,” according to Dorris Chen, an analyst at BNP Paribas.

“We’re not seeing interest rate hikes but more administrative interference, with regulators ordering banks to smooth out the seasonality pattern and avoid a spike of new credit at the beginning of the year.”

In a speech published late on Tuesday night, Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, appeared to lend high-level support to tougher measures aimed at reining in surging lending.

“China will maintain reasonable and ample growth in money supply and credit, focus on optimising the credit structure and carefully manage the pace of lending to reduce financial risks,” Mr Wen said.

Speaking in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Liu Mingkang, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, forecast that banks would issue Rmb7,500bn in new loans this year. That would mean a rise of 16-18 per cent in total outstanding loans on an annual basis and would mark a sharp deceleration from the 32 per cent rise in 2009.

Last year’s massive rise in lending has raised concerns that the credit expansion would fuel asset bubbles in real estate and stock market investments, which in turn could spark a damaging rise in banks’ non-performing loans ratios.

Mr Liu said Chinese banks had been told to “heighten vigilance” against a rise in credit risks. He added that the regulator was increasing scrutiny of second loans, in particular those relating to local government-sponsored projects, and was taking action against those banks that were concentrating lending risks.

He also said the commission had placed 190 banking institutions under better examination, although he did not name them, and said some banks had been asked to limit lending because they had failed to meet certain requirements, including capital.

Mr Liu stressed, however, that China had a large aggregate provisioning cushion: “We are confident that the risks envisaged can be absorbed.”

On regulation, he said the regulator would soon issue new leverage and liquidity ratios and prevent banks from guaranteeing corporate bonds.

China’s central bank last week unexpectedly raised the reserve requirements on its lenders – the first increase in 18 months. The ratio for big banks was raised this week by 50 basis points to 16 per cent.

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General Discussion / Any of Allya want a Chinese son-in-law
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:07:48 PM »
Study: China faces 24M bride shortage by 2020

China's Communist Party implemented the one-child rule three decades ago
Sex-specific abortions have led to a large male population born since the 1980s
China Daily: The policy has prevented about 400 million births
U.S. State Department: Population expected to peak at 1.6 billion by 2050

(CNN) -- Some 24 million Chinese men of marrying age will find themselves lacking wives in 2020, partly because of the country's one-child policy, which has led to the abortion of female fetuses, state media said Monday.

Sex-specific abortions have led to a large male population born since the 1980s, the China Daily newspaper said, citing a study conducted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

The gender imbalance means that the next decade will see many intergenerational marriages: young men married to women much older than them, the study said.

China's Communist Party implemented the one-child rule three decades ago, amid fears that the country would not be able to feed a skyrocketing population. The policy has prevented about 400 million births, China Daily said.

Couples living in cities are barred from having more than one child, unless neither parent has siblings. In rural areas, the law allows for a second child under certain circumstances. And the guidelines are looser for ethnic minorities with small populations.

Enforcement varies, but usually takes the form of fines to discourage extra births.

The policy has curbed population growth, and has led to forced sterilization in some parts of the country, the U.S. State Department said. Because of a traditional preference for male heirs, many Chinese also have aborted female fetuses, according to human rights groups.

Even within the country, calls to overhaul the law have increased in recent years, China Daily said.

But China has said it will maintain its one-child policy for at least another decade.

Nearly 200 million Chinese will enter child-bearing age in the next 10 years, Minister Zhang Weiqing told China Daily two years ago. He said abandoning the policy during this period would cause "serious problems and add extra pressure on social and economic development."

"After the new birth peak ends, we may adjust the policy if there is a need," he said.

China's population, which stands at about 1.3 billion, is growing at the rate of 0.6 percent. It is expected to peak around 1.6 billion by 2050, the U.S. State Department said.
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General Discussion / Queen's Christmas Merssage 2009
« on: December 25, 2009, 09:52:08 PM »
Anyone here know anyone in this Video? ;D
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/oldI0UrizQM" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/oldI0UrizQM</a>

aye aye like Manning sittin on an ants nest :devil:

General Discussion / Thou shall steal after all!
« on: December 22, 2009, 03:01:22 PM »
Thou shall steal after all! :o
Holy row greets fatherly advice from York vicarChurch of England priest Tim Jones preaches it's OK to shoplift, though it's best from a big retail company not family business
Adam Gabbatt and agencies guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 22 December 2009 10.09 GMT

Flagship stores line London's Oxford Street. Father Tim Jones said vulnerable people should steal from large national businesses. Photograph: David Levene

In issuing the 10 commandments to Moses atop Mount Sinai, God was pretty unequivocal: "Thou shalt not steal."

However, there's good news for anyone whose passion for pilfering has hitherto been tempered by the eighth commandment: according to one Church of England vicar, we can steal after all.

Father Tim Jones, the parish priest of St Lawrence and St Hilda in York, told his congregation on Sunday that certain vulnerable people face difficult situations.

"My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift," he said. "I do not offer such advice because I think that stealing is a good thing, or because I think it is harmless, for it is neither."

The reverend did set some parameters for anyone planning a shoplifting binge.

"I would ask that they do not steal from small, family businesses, but from large national businesses, knowing that the costs are ultimately passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher prices," he said, adding: "I would ask them not to take any more than they need, for any longer than they need."

Jones, whose description on his church's website says he has served as chaplain at a prison, said his words should not be "misrepresented as a simplistic call for people to shoplift". He said some people have little option but to turn to crime.

However, his comments were not endorsed by the Venerable Richard Seed, Archdeacon of York.

"The Church of England does not advise anyone to shoplift, or break the law in any way," he said.

"Father Tim Jones is raising important issues about the difficulties people face when benefits are not forthcoming, but shoplifting is not the way to overcome these difficulties."

A spokesman for North Yorkshire police was unconvinced by Father Jones's advice.

"First and foremost, shoplifting is a criminal offence and to justify this course of action under any circumstances is highly irresponsible. Turning or returning to crime will only make matters worse, that is a guarantee."

Clarifying his position on GMTV today Jones, who made headlines last year when he protested against the sale of Playboy stationery, said stealing from bigger retailers would have less of an impact than theft from smaller businesses.

"I have never said it is OK to steal. It is a dreadful thing to steal," he said.

He told BBC Radio York that his intention had not been to encourage theft, rather to urge parishioners to give to charity.

Just Imagine de HORRORS if fadda Gilbert, said that eh

General Discussion / What say you all, about this?
« on: December 20, 2009, 11:54:28 PM »
Israel admits harvesting organs in ’90s
Military confirms informal practice, claims it ‘does not happen anymore’
The Associated Press
updated 6:03 p.m. PT, Sun., Dec . 20, 2009
JERUSALEM - Israel has admitted that in the 1990s, its forensic pathologists harvested organs from dead bodies, including Palestinians, without permission of their families.

The issue emerged with publication of an interview with the then-head of Israel's Abu Kabir forensic institute, Dr. Jehuda Hiss. The interview was conducted in 2000 by an American academic, who released it because of a huge controversy last summer over an allegation by a Swedish newspaper that Israel was killing Palestinians in order to harvest their organs. Israel hotly denied the charge.

Parts of the interview were broadcast on Israel's Channel 2 TV over the weekend. In it, Hiss said, "We started to harvest corneas ... Whatever was done was highly informal. No permission was asked from the family."

The Channel 2 report said that in the 1990s, forensic specialists at Abu Kabir harvested skin, corneas, heart valves and bones from the bodies of Israeli soldiers, Israeli citizens, Palestinians and foreign workers, often without permission from relatives.

In a response to the TV report, the Israeli military confirmed that the practice took place. "This activity ended a decade ago and does not happen any longer," the military said in a statement quoted by Channel 2.

'We'd glue eyelid shut'
In the interview, Hiss described how his doctors would mask the removal of corneas from bodies. "We'd glue the eyelid shut," he said. "We wouldn't take corneas from families we knew would open the eyelids."

Many of the details in the interview first came to light in 2004, when Hiss was dismissed as head of the forensic institute because of irregularities over use of organs there. Israel's attorney general dropped criminal charges against him, and Hiss still works as chief pathologist at the institute. He had no comment on the TV report.

Hiss became director of the institute in 1988. He said in the interview that the practice of harvesting organs without permission began in the "early 1990s." However, he also said that military surgeons removed a thin layer of skin from bodies as early as 1987 to treat burn victims. Hiss said he believed that was done with family consent. The harvesting ended in 2000, he said.

Complaints against the institute, where autopsies of dead bodies are performed, at the time of Hiss' dismissal came from relatives of Israeli soldiers and civilians as well as Palestinians. The bodies belonged to people who died from various causes, including diseases, accidents and Israeli-Palestinian violence, but there has been no evidence to back up the claim in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that Israeli soldiers killed Palestinians for their organs. Angry Israeli officials called the report "anti-Semitic."

The academic, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a professor of anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley, said she decided to make the interview public in the wake of the Aftonbladet controversy, which raised diplomatic tensions between Israel and Sweden and prompted Sweden's foreign minister to call off a visit to the Jewish state.

Scheper-Hughes said that while Palestinians were "by a long shot" not the only ones affected by the practice in the 1990s, she felt the interview must be made public now because "the symbolism, you know, of taking skin of the population considered to be the enemy, (is) something, just in terms of its symbolic weight, that has to be reconsidered."

While insisting that all organ harvesting was done with permission, Israel's Health Ministry told Channel 2, "The guidelines at that time were not clear." It added, "For the last 10 years, Abu Kabir has been working according to ethics and Jewish law."

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Any of allya could do this kinda sfx
« on: December 18, 2009, 08:21:44 AM »
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my boy gettin interest from Hollywood

General Discussion / Try this
« on: December 09, 2009, 09:00:28 PM »

take quite a few oysters on the half shell
scoop dem out and put in a glass
add Mott's Clamato juice and lots of pepper sauce (tabasco habanero)
Tell meh what ya have :D

General Discussion / Who Livin Cabbage Town in TO
« on: December 08, 2009, 07:32:11 PM »
Could I get de 411 on livin in cabbage tong in TO for those who know
Please and Tanks

Jokes / Out of Town
« on: November 28, 2009, 11:23:28 AM »
The husband was watching TV as his wife was out cutting the grass during the hot summer. He finally worked up the energy To go out and ask his wife, "What's for supper?"
"WHAT?!? You sit in the air conditioning all day while I'm out
Here working?!? I can't believe you have the nerve to ask me
About supper right now! Tell you what -- imagine I'm out of town.
Go inside and figure out dinner for yourself."
The husband went back in the house and fixed himself a big steak
With potatoes, garlic bread and a tall glass of iced tea.
The wife finally finished the lawn and walked in about the time he
Was finishing up. "You fixed something to eat? So where is mine?"
"Huh? I thought you were out of town."
His viewing is Monday from 2-4 and 7-9. His funeral is Tuesday.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Muslim Punk
« on: October 13, 2009, 10:04:58 PM »
When Michael Muhammad Knight wrote his book The Taqwacores, he thought it was a fantasy.
The book, about a group of Muslim punk wannabes living a rock 'n' roll lifestyle in Buffalo, N.Y., has since come to life in a number of ways.

'We're not going to be spoon-fed our Islam. We're going to decide what it means to us.'
— Michael Muhammad Knight


Jokes / Trinbagonian gets the job
« on: September 23, 2009, 09:19:02 PM »
 My Brethren, Ginnal, applied for an
   engineering position at a Kingston based firm.
   A Trini Engineer applied for the same job and both
   applicants having the same qualifications were asked to take
   a test by the department manager.

   Upon completion of the test, the manager went to Ginnal and
   said,"Thank you for your interest, but we've
   decided to give the man from Trinidad the job."

   Ginnal asked, "Suh why yu do dat? Boat a wi get nine
   questions rite. Dis is Jumaika, and me is Jumaikan, A me
   shudd a get de wuk!"

   The manager said, "We have made our decision, not on
   the correct answers, but rather on the question that you
   both missed."

   Ginnal asked, "An how in the name of Jesus yu decide
   sey one wrong answer betta dan de adda?"
   The manager replied, "Simple. The Trini boy put down
   on question #5, 'I don't know.' You put down,
   'Me no know eeda.'"

General Discussion / Ato and/or any other Reporters out there
« on: September 11, 2009, 05:37:23 PM »
If you were in this position how would you handle it?
and What would happen if you were interviewing someone in IAAF who was acting this way, what would be the outcome?
and this
then this
and finally this
am just curious

Enrolment up at Africentric school

Kindergarten teacher Ms. Heather Mark takes attendance Tuesday morning outside of Canada's first Africentric Public School in Toronto. (September 8, 2009) September 08, 2009
Louise Brown
Education Reporter

Canada's first Africentric alternative school opened this morning with 115 students - 30 of them new in the past five days.

If enrolment continues to surge - there is room for up to 150 - the school may have to add another teacher and will try hard to find a male to join the current all-female staff, said school trustee James Pasternak, who represents the North York school hosting the program.

"We hire on the basis of ability, but we do need a male role model, so we are going to be actively recruiting male talent," said Pasternak of the Toronto District School Board, standing outside Sheppard Public School on Sheppard Ave. west of Keele St.

Sporting the school uniform of white shirt, black pants or skirt and vests of vibrant cloth from Ghana, children from kindergarten to Grade 5 were led into the school by teachers wearing African-inspired fabric and head scarfs. Inside the gym, west African drummers were warming up for the opening assembly, where children sang O Canada as well as the Black National Anthem, and read out a school pledge that starts with a vow to be "the best possible me."

"I like seeing the posters of Martin Luther King on the wall, and other famous black people - and I want to play the African instruments," said Asmaa Mohamed, 9, whose parents will drive her in each day from their home in Mississauga to take part in the historic program.

"Kids have to know their culture or they won't have a feeling of dignity - it's the confusion many kids feel that makes some of the violence," said her father Omer Mohamed, who came to Canada more than 20 years ago from Ethiopia.

Dorrell Stone brought her daughter Nickeshia to start Grade 5 at the school "to learn about our culture, especially things done by the people of Jamaica."

Long-time supporters of the controversial school, which won approval by a slim margin over critics' fears of segregation, were clearly emotional today to see the school finally open its doors.

"It feels like all my children are here today," said Donna Harrow, one of two mothers who pushed for the school, first proposed in 1994 by Ontario's Royal Commission on Learning, as a way to combat a 40 per cent dropout rate among black students.

"I remember the outrage when I suggested we try it as a pilot project back in 2005," said Lloyd McKell, the Toronto board's executive officer of equity, as parents, children and media clustered outside the school.

Today's opening assembly began with a traditional African "libation" ceremony, where children watched water poured in memory of their ancestors. They also learned to respond to statements with the Yoruba word "Ashe!" (Amen!)

Audrey Nakintu is sending her Grade 1 child to the school, "because obviously the public system grossly under-educates children about the people of the African diaspora. Black History Month is just a footnote; it's an insult."

Mothers Rebeckah Price and Tamara Griffith have organized bussing to the school for families as far-flung as Mississauga and Scarborough, for about $275 per month.

"We've had five more parents sign up in the last few minutes," said Price today. The school is open to children of all backgrounds.

"We're also starting to organize a parent council," said Price, whose great-great grandfather was a runaway slave who established a community in Jamaica that continues to this day, she said.

"I want my son to understand what black people have contributed, not just in Canada but the world in general."

General Discussion / Asylumseeker ???
« on: September 03, 2009, 09:30:27 PM »
This fella try ah ting and now it ent lookin good for him.....

Government appeals asylum ruling for South African
September 03, 2009
Bruce Campion-Smith
Ottawa bureau chief

OTTAWA – The federal government is appealing a controversial decision by an independent tribunal to grant asylum to a white South African because he feared black persecution in his homeland.

Ottawa announced the rare move today to challenge the decision by the Immigration and Refugee Board after growing condemnation and worldwide publicity of the asylum ruling.

"Our department's lawyers as well as those from (Department of Justice) reviewed the IRB decision. The government decided to appeal the IRB decision. Further details will be provided in our various submissions to the courts," said Alykhan Velshi, spokesperson for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

Brandon Huntley, 31, of Ottawa, had argued that his life and his livelihood were threatened in the African National Congress's South Africa.

Huntley demonstrated "a picture of indifference and inability or unwillingness" by South Africa to protect "white South Africans from persecution by African South Africans," William Davis, a member of the refugee protection division of the IRB wrote in his decision.

However, the decision sparked some outcry. The South African government had branded the decision as "racist" and "alarming" and warned it could impact its relations with Ottawa.

another article...

SA demanding judicial review after Canada gives white man asylum

Cape Town – South Africa will demand a judicial review of Canada’s decision to grant a local man refugee status because he is white, Deputy International Relations Minister Sue van der Merwe said yesterday.
She said Canadian authorities told South Africa’s high commissioner in Ottowa the decision was taken by a quasi-independent immigration board and the government could not interfere. But this would not deter Pretoria.
The government has rejected the decision to grant Cape Town-born Brandon Huntley, 31, refugee status – on the basis that he was victimised because of his race – as “disgusting”.
“We are of the view, however, that the relevant minister in Canada has the ability to hold a judicial review and the South African government will be urging the Canadian government to do so,” Van der Merwe told the National Assembly. “We will continue to pursue this matter until it is resolved.”
She said Canadian authorities should have consulted the South African government – which was not asked to make a presentation in the case – before deciding to grant Huntley asylum. “We think it shows a lack of familiarisation with the facts and reality of the South African situation.”
The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada found that Huntley, allegedly attacked seven times, “was a victim because of his race rather than because of criminality”.
It accused the South African government of being unable or unwilling to protect white nationals from “persecution by African South Africans”.
Police chief Bheki Cele, meanwhile, said at a Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation meeting in Johannesburg that criminals did not target people because of their skin colour.
“Criminals in South Africa, they look at what you have rather than looking at your face,” Cele said.
“My house was broken into and some stuff was taken, and I remain black. Surely my house was never broken into because I am black?”
Huntley told immigration officials in Canada that black people had attacked him seven times – including thrice being stabbed while subjected to verbal racial abuse – and that white people were not safe in South Africa.
He did not lay any charges, The Star reported yesterday. “I’ve opened people’s eyes,” Huntley said, adding he would not talk to local authorities about the matter. “I refuse to talk to the government,” he said.
In his ruling, Canadian immigration board chairman William Davis said Huntley “was a victim because of his race rather than a victim of criminality”, concluding that “the evidence shows a picture of indifference and inability or unwillingness of the government and the security forces to protect white South Africans from persecution by African South Africans”.
Home Affairs Department spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said the Canadian decision was based on “absolute rubbish”, while the ruling ANC described it as “racist”. – Sapa

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Japan opposition crushes conservatives in historic election
Linda Sieg and Chisa Fujioka,  Reuters 

Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images
TOKYO -- Japanese voters swept the opposition to a historic victory in an election on Sunday, ousting the long-ruling conservative party and handing the novice Democrats the job of reviving a struggling economy.

The win by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) ends a half-century of almost unbroken rule by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and breaks a deadlock in parliament, ushering in a government that has promised to focus spending on consumers, cut wasteful budget outlays and reduce the power of bureaucrats.

But the untested party will have to move quickly to keep support among voters worried about a record jobless rate and a rapidly ageing society that is inflating social security costs.

"The people are angry with politics now and the ruling coalition. We felt a great sense of people wanting change for their livelihoods and we fought this election for a change in government," said Democratic Party leader Yukio Hatoyama.

Media projections showed the Democrats set for a landslide win, possibly taking two-thirds of the seats in parliament's powerful 480-member lower house. That matched earlier forecasts of a drubbing for Prime Minister Taro Aso's LDP.

The ruling party loss ended a three-way partnership between the LDP, big business and bureaucrats that turned Japan into an economic juggernaut after the country's defeat in World War Two. That strategy foundered when Japan's "bubble" economy burst in the late 1980s and growth has stagnated since.

"This is about the end of the post-war political system in Japan," said Gerry Curtis, a Japanese expert at Columbia University. "It marks the end of one long era, and the beginning of another one about which there is a lot of uncertainty."

Financial markets wanted an end to a stalemate in parliament, where the Democrats and their allies control the less powerful upper chamber and can delay bills. However but bond yields may rise if a new government increases spending.

Media exit polls showed the Democratic Party had won around 320 lower house seats -- almost triple its 115 before the election. The LDP slumped to just over 100 seats from 300.

Aso said he took responsibility for the defeat, adding an LDP leadership race to pick a successor should be held soon.

Support for the LDP, which swept to a huge election win in 2005 on charismatic leader Junichiro Koizumi's pledges of reform, has crumbled due to scandals, policy flip-flops and a perceived inability to address the problems of a fast-ageing population.

But voter backing for the Democrats is less than exuberant.

"It's going to be challenging for the DPJ to allocate money properly, but I think we should give them a shot," said 38-year-old restaurant owner Yasuhiro Kumazawa. "If it doesn't work out, we can re-elect the LDP again in four years."

Hatoyama, 62, the wealthy grandson of a former prime minister, often invoked change during the campaign, a theme that resonated with voters, even if they were unsure his party would pull Japan out of its worst recession in 60 years.

"I don't like what's going on now in this country. Things have to change," said Kazuya Tsuda, a 78-year-old retired doctor in Tokyo who voted for the Democratic Party.

The Democrats have pledged to refocus spending on households with child allowances and aid for farmers while taking control of policy from bureaucrats, often blamed for Japan's failure to tackle problems such as a creaking pension system.

"[The Democrats] are saying that they will escape from bureaucratic dominance of politics, but they must also skilfully use bureaucrats to implement their policies," said Norihiko Narita, a professor at Surugadai University near Tokyo.

Hatoyama said he wanted to form a coalition with smaller parties whose cooperation is needed in the upper house, but said he wouldn't decide personnel in his new government right away.

The Democrats want to forge a diplomatic stance more independent of the United States, raising concerns about possible friction in the alliance.

"The LDP is probably going to be missed more in Washington than in Japan," said Michael Auslin at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

The party has vowed to build better ties with the rest of Asia, often strained by bitter wartime memories.

"The Democrats have a positive attitude towards relations with China," said Liu Jiangyong, a Japan expert at Tsinghua University in Beijing. "But there are still problems in bilateral relations, which need hard work from both sides to resolve."

Economic experts worry spending plans by the Democrats, a mix of former LDP members, ex-Socialists and younger conservatives founded in 1998, will inflate Japan's massive public debt and push up government bond yields.

The party has vowed not to raise the 5% sales tax for four years while it focuses on cutting wasteful spending and tackling problems such as a shrinking and greying population.

"The biggest reason was that the LDP wasn't able to fully deliver clear policies to deal with the unprecedented ageing, shrinking population and bring comfort to voters," said Yoshihide Suga, deputy chairman of the LDP's Election Strategy Council.

Japan is ageing more quickly than any other rich country, inflating social security costs. More than a quarter of Japanese will be 65 or older by 2015.

The economy returned to growth in the second quarter, mostly because of short-term stimulus around the world, but the jobless rate rose to a record 5.7% in July.

©Thomson Reuters 2009

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Great Race 2009
« on: August 29, 2009, 01:15:44 PM »
It took place today
any video or pictures available?
maybe my brudda will have some later

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