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Radio station back on the air after three-month suspension

first_imgSincerely,Robert MénardSecretary-General July 9, 2007 Find out more June 26, 2007 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Follow the news on Lesotho Reporters Without Borders notes that Lesotho’s only privately-owned radio station, Harvest FM, was allowed to resume broadcasting yesterday after being suspended for three months.The station was forced to close on 21 July as result of a complaint by a police commissioner and a communications ministry official, who accused it of trying “to damage their dignity as individuals.” The country’s telecommunications authority said it failed to comply with broadcasting regulations.Station manager Malichaba Lekhoaba said he was pleased to be back on the air. “We will in no way compromise with the truth and we will remain the same Harvest FM that everyone knows,” he said.———————-30.07.08 – Communications authority asked to rescind radio station’s closureReporters Without Borders has written to the head of the Lesotho Communications Authority asking him to reverse his decision to close privately-owned radio Harvest FM for three months.Percy Metsing MangoaelaChairperson Lesotho Communications AuthorityPO Box 15896Maseru 100, LesothoParis, 30 July 2008Dear Mr. Mangoaela,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, regrets your decision on 21 July to suspend privately-owned radio Harvest FM for three months as a result of a complaint by a police commissioner and a communications ministry official accusing the station of trying “to damage their dignity as individuals.” The station, which would be allowed to resume broadcasting on 21 October, has received threats in the past because of its reporting, which its openly critical of the government.The closure of Lesotho’s only privately-owned radio station is a serious violation of free speech. Suspending a news media because of what it has said or written does nothing to redress any defamation or offence that may have been caused. Harvest FM’s closure, which has been widely condemned by local and international press freedom activists, will only cause polarisation and foster a climate of hostility between the government and the media.For all these reasons, we urge you to rescind your order and allow Harvest FM to resume broadcasting.We hope you will give this matter your careful consideration. April 6, 2020 Find out more Radio host freed on bail, charged with failing to report subversive activity October 24, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio station back on the air after three-month suspension News Weekly’s survival threatened by state advertising boycott ordered by government News News RSF_en LesothoAfrica Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go further LesothoAfrica News Organisation last_img read more

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Borrowers Taking Advantage of More Lender Tech

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: ICE Mortgage Technology Joe Tyrrell Matt Daimler Nancy Alley Zillow Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: The Week Ahead: Servicers Brace for the Future Next: Forbearance Levels Improve, But Plan-Expirations Loom Large Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Borrowers Taking Advantage of More Lender Tech  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago ICE Mortgage Technology Joe Tyrrell Matt Daimler Nancy Alley Zillow 2021-05-14 Eric C. Peck Share Save 16 days ago 509 Views ICE Mortgage Technology’s latest Borrower and Lender Insights Survey found that more borrowers and homebuyers are taking advantage of tech tools to simplify the homebuying and search process.The survey found that 99.3% of lenders believe technology can help improve the mortgage application process in at least one way, with the most commonly cited benefits including simplifying the entire process (74%), reducing time to close (70%) and minimizing data entry (67%).”“Last year brought our industry a perfect storm,” said Joe Tyrrell, President, ICE Mortgage Technology. “You not only had COVID, which required lenders to shift to virtual workforces, but you also had to conduct business in a safe and socially distanced way with borrowers; at the same time, we were experiencing a historical increase in loan volume. This caused many lenders to reevaluate their technology partners, how they were leveraging technology, the systems that they employed, and the tools that they relied on. We heard many stories from our lenders across the country that had to completely and permanently shift the way they served borrowers.”According to the survey, the importance of lenders offering digital solutions to borrowers increased in 2020, with 58% saying the availability of an online application would likely impact their lender decision (up from 50% in 2018). The offering of a mobile app was found to less likely to influence a borrowers’ lender selection, with 47% saying the availability of one would factor into their decision in 2020, compared to 40% in 2018.Social distancing and virtual meetings became the new practice in 2020, as pandemic-related fears pushed more homebuyers to a more digital and less hand-on process.“From a borrower’s perspective, the pandemic has accelerated the demand for a consistent, digital first borrowing experience,” said Tyrrell. “Signing documents electronically is quickly becoming the minimum, and borrowers expect a seamless experience from start to finish. In 2020, many lenders cobbled together different solutions to meet borrower demands, but that often led to a more confusing, fragmented process. COVID highlighted the need for a single consistent digital experience for borrowers.”The report found that homeowners who used an online application appreciated the simpler application process (55%), reduced time to close (53%), and resulted in fewer in-person interactions (49%). Not surprisingly, decreased in-person interactions grew in importance in 2020, as just 37% of consumers in 2018 cited ‘no need to meet in person’ as something they liked about their online application process. Whether they had been through the mortgage loan process or not, 62.5% of consumers surveyed believe that an online mortgage process would make buying a home easier than an in-person process.The adoption of more digital tools caused lenders to pivot and develop new solutions to meet this growing need for a more “hands-off” process.“Due to the large scale of volume happening and an increase in consumer demand and expectations, a number of lenders in 2020 had to piece together different electronic closing solutions to keep up,” said Nancy Alley, VP of Product Strategy, ICE Mortgage Technology. “The survey results completely align with the growing need for one consistent and seamless automated platform that connects borrowers to lenders all the way to e-signing, and saves lenders time and money along the way.”Currently, online applications and online portals are the digital tools most offered among lenders, with more than nine in 10 offering both options to borrowers (91%), respectively. Of lenders who offer online applications, 60% said more than half of all loan applications are submitted online, while 38% said more than 80% of their applications were completed online in 2020. However, traditional loan application methods may be more common at larger organizations. Half of large institutional lenders, or those with 200 or more employees, indicated that less than 50% of their loan applications were submitted online.In addition to satisfying borrowers, ICE found that technology played a major role in the time to close all loans in Q1, from 58 days in January to 52 days in March. The time to close all purchase loans decreased over the quarter, from 57 days in January, to 53 days in February, and down to 51 days in March.A recent Zillow survey found that a majority of millennials (59%) said they would be at least somewhat confident making an offer on a home they toured virtually, while 39% would be comfortable buying a home online. The same survey found that more want digital tools available during the home shopping process.”It’s clear that strong demand from the next generation of buyers will keep real estate technology in place long after the pandemic is over,” said Zillow SVP of Product Matt Daimler. “Digital tools rapidly adopted during the pandemic not only make home shopping safer, they make it faster and easier.”Additional findings by the ICE Borrower and Lender Insights Survey included:Nearly nine in 10 lenders (86%) said borrowers should spend less than 30 minutes filling out a loan application, but 68% of borrowers said they actually spent 30 minutes or more completing their application.The majority of lenders (72%) felt borrowers were satisfied with the amount of communication from them. More than half of lenders (74.8%) said they contacted borrowers at least once per week to update them on the status of their loan after the application was filed.If they were to apply for a new mortgage within the next year, borrowers would most appreciate interacting with their lender through an equal blend of traditional and digital methods (26%), closely followed by interactions that have a more traditional focus (e.g., telephone) (25%), and purely traditional interactions (e.g., in-person) (24%).Homeowners who used an online application appreciated the simpler application process (55%), reduced time to close (53%), and fewer in-person interactions (49%)–a significant rise due to the pandemic. In 2018, only 37% of consumers cited ‘No need to meet in person’ as something they liked about their online application process. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Borrowers Taking Advantage of More Lender Tech About Author: Eric C. 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Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Virat Kohli’s woes mount, Royal Challengers Bangalore suffer sixth straight loss

first_imghighlights This is Royal Challengers Bangalore’s seventh straight loss, having lost their last game in IPL 2018.Kagiso Rabada’s 4/21 is his best haul in Twenty20 cricket.Virat Kohli top-scored for Royal Challengers Bangalore with 41. Marcus Stoinis tried to break the shackles by hammering Lamichhane for a six but he fell for 10 as he mistimed a short ball to long on where Rahul Tewatia took the catch. Moeen Ali revived the innings with a couple of sixes. After hitting his third six, he tried to slog Lamichhane out of the ground but was stumped for an aggressive 32 off 18 balls. The Nepal legspinner continued to leak runs, with Kohli blasting a boundary and two sixes in the 17th over which yielded 19 runs.However, Rabada changed the entire complexion of the game in the 18th over. First, he got rid of Kohli for 41 with a full ball bowled with a scrambled seam and the skipper holed out to long on. Akshdeep Nath (19) and Pawan Negi (0) fell in the same over as Rabada’s best-ever haul helped Delhi Capitals restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 149/8.In response, Delhi Capitals started badly with Shikhar Dhawan falling to Tim Southee for a golden duck. In the same over, Iyer edged an outswinger from Southee on 4 but Parthiv spilled the chance. Prithvi Shaw made Royal Challengers Bangalore pay by hammering five boundaries in one over bowled by the New Zealand pacer. Shaw and Iyer regularly found the boundaries and the partnership went past fifty.However, on 28, Shaw mistimed a short ball from Negi to be caught by Akshdeep Nath at deep backward square leg. Iyer once again benefited from a dropped catch by Parthiv on 42. This time, Colin Ingram made Kohli’s side pay by blasting a six and a four in the 11th over. Although Ingram was adjudged LBW off Moeen Ali with the batsman missing the ramp scoop, the Delhi Capitals skipper reached his fifty and almost sealed the game by launching Yuzvendra Chahal over wide long off for a big six.With six runs needed for victory, it was all over but once again Delhi Capitals threatened to repeat their spectacular implosion against Kings XI Punjab. Iyer (67) was undone by a sharp bouncer from Navdeep Saini and Chris Morris (0) fell in the same over. When Rishabh Pant holed out to mid-off, there were murmurs that Royal Challengers Bangalore could pull off a Kings XI Punjab-style escape but Axar Patel held his nerve to smash a boundary off Mohammed Siraj and seal the game.“There is nothing more to say to the team. We have asked the guys to take responsibility. It hasn’t happened so far and that is the reality. We need to accept it,” Kohli remarked after the end of the match. With this loss, Royal Challengers Bangalore might well kiss their prospects of a play-off spot goodbye. The loss will make Kohli think deep about what direction he needs to take, with the World Cup just over a month-and-a-half away. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Kagiso Rabada’s haul of 4/21, his best in Twenty20 cricket had restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore to 149/8. Shreyas Iyer hit a brilliant fifty and Delhi Capitals almost threatened a repeat of their spectacular collapse against Kings XI Punjab where they lost seven wickets for eight runs. However, Virat Kohli’s luck is not like Kings XI Punjab. His team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, continued their horrendous run in IPL 2019 by suffering their sixth straight defeat with a four-wicket loss against Delhi Capitals at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday. Batting collapse and dropped catches proved to be the bane of Royal Challengers Bangalore as this loss makes their play-off prospects even harder.It was Rabada’s spell that set up Delhi Capitals brilliantly after Shreyas Iyer had chosen to bowl on a dryish wicket in Bangalore. Parthiv Patel, who has been in decent form at the top, fell to Chris Morris for nine when he sliced a full and wide delivery to Sandeep Lamichhane at third man. AB de Villiers and Kohli attempted to rebuild the innings, with de Villiers launching Morris over deep midwicket for a six and hammering Ishant Sharma to the cover boundary.In Parthiv’s dismissal, the previous ball was a wide and Delhi Capitals had gotten the wicket thanks to the extra ball. In the case of de Villiers, this was repeated. After Rabada bowled a wide down the leg side, de Villiers miscued a full ball that was bowled with a scrambled seam to long on where Colin Ingram ran back and took a smart catch.last_img read more

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Angels add Justin Bour to the Albert Pujols-Shohei Ohtani lineup conversation

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros In his press conference at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, Ausmus began to give hints at what will happen when both Pujols and Ohtani are available.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“There’s going to be a balance,” Ausmus said. “We don’t expect Ohtani to be ready (on Opening Day). There will be DH at-bats earlier in the season more available to (Pujols). And hopefully, he gets off to a hot start.“But for me, the more delicate balance is how often can he go to first. That’s really the most important thing, based on the health of his knees.”Pujols had a cleanup surgery on his left knee in August. He is currently cleared for light lower body workouts, and will be brought along slowly in spring training, Ausmus said.Ausmus said he still holds Pujols in high regard as “one of the top five hitters ever in the game of baseball,” but indicated that history won’t play a role in determining playing time. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Ausmus has high hopes for Tyler Skaggs, who was off to the best start of his career before a groin injury spoiled his second half. “I talked to Skaggsy about it. I told him I’m going to put a little heat on it. I think he should be one of the best lefties in the league. His stuff is there. If he can stay healthy, he should be one of the best lefties in the league.” …Finding a catcher remains one of the Angels’ top priorities, as Ausmus views the situation. Currently, the Angels have just José Briceño and Kevan Smith on the 40-man roster. “Billy’s looking into the catching very strongly. So hopefully something works out well where we have a guy that can do a little of everything but, yes, make our pitching staff better. That should be their priority because that’s where the impact is.” …In his role as a special assistant to Eppler last year, Ausmus got several looks at players throughout the Angels farm system. He was particularly impressed with Rengifo, who he said is “very close” to being ready to be an everyday major-league infielder. Ausmus also had high praise for top prospect Jo Adell. “I’m not going to say he has power like Ohtani or (Miguel) Cabrera. He’s not far off. Different sound when the ball comes off the bat.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAS VEGAS — With Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani both coming off surgery, the Angels added a player to their depth chart to help fill in the gaps at first base and designated hitter.The Angels on Wednesday agreed to terms with Justin Bour, pending a physical. The move gives them some coverage around the limitations of Pujols and Ohtani, who will be the main players in what will be a closely scrutinized issue for new Manager Brad Ausmus.The Angels would like for Pujols to play first as much as possible, but he’s coming off knee surgery and will need time at DH to keep his legs fresh. Ohtani doesn’t play a position, so he’s going to be unable to get into the lineup at any spot other than DH.Although Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery, is not expected to be ready to hit when the season begins, he is likely to be available for the vast majority of the season. “This guy is a phenomenal talent,” Ausmus said. “But going forward, it’s just going to be his health and performance. It’s a performance-based game.”Pujols, who will be 39 in January, played 70 games at first base in 2018, making room for Ohtani to DH. That was more than twice as many games as he’d played in the previous two seasons combined. The extra work at first might have contributed to Pujols’ knee problems. He went on the DL in July, before having surgery in August.Around those injuries, Pujols hit .245 with 19 homers and a .700 OPS, in 498 plate appearances. Ohtani hit .285 with 21 homers and a .925 OPS, in 367 plate appearances.Now, if the Angels want Ohtani to start at DH and Pujols is not healthy enough or not performing well enough to play first, they have an alternative in Bour.Bour, 30, hit .227 with 20 homers and a .341 on-base percentage last season, split between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies. He was non-tendered two weeks ago by the Phillies.Bour has hit 20 homers in three of his four seasons in the majors. In 2017, he hit 25 homers with a .902 OPS.While Bour provides a safety net when Pujols or Ohtani are unavailable, the Angels will have limited flexibility when all three are on the roster. Ohtani doesn’t play a position, and Pujols and Bour can only play first.“It puts pressure on some of the other bench players to make sure they can really cover multiple spots,” said General Manager Billy Eppler, who would not address the Bour signing specifically because it’s not official.As of now, the Angels figure to have four outfielders, two catchers and Ohtani, which leaves, at most, six other infielders. Andrelton Simmons is the shortstop. Zack Cozart, David Fletcher and Luis Rengifo can all play second, third and shortstop. Tommy La Stella can play second and third, and he is expected to work out at first. Taylor Ward is a third baseman.Matt Thaiss and Jared Walsh are both first basemen, seemingly pushed down the depth chart by the addition of Bour.ALSOAusmus said he is currently leaning toward having Mike Trout bat second, although it’s obviously subject to change when the entire lineup is assembled. Trout has alternated between second and third for most of his career, depending mostly on the performance of the players around him. …Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

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Blues youngster linked with move to Spain

first_imgJosh McEachran could be heading to Spain, the Daily Mail suggest.It is claimed that Real Sociedad are looking to take the Chelsea midfielder on loan.Chelsea defender David Luiz is again linked with a move to Barcelona, this time by the Daily Mirror.McEachran spent last season at Middlesbroigh.Barca are said to be ready to make a last-ditch effort to buy the defender, who is apparently rated at £40m.Meanwhile, QPR want to sign Momo Sissoko, according to France Football.Everton are also reported to be interested in the former Liverpool player, who is expected to leave Paris St-Germain soon.The Mali midfielder is an international team-mate of R’s misfit Samba Diakite.Elsewhere, the Mail report that QPR are closing in on a £4m deal for Burnley striker Charlie Austin and hope to sign him before Saturday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.Related West London Sport story (25 July): QPR table bid for Burnley striker AustinThe Daily Star say Rangers also want France international defender Anthony Reveillere, 33, who is available on a free transfer and has previously been linked with a move to Loftus Road.Several papers, including The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, suggest Newcastle are looking to sign Loic Remy from the R’s.The Liverpool Echo say Everton are not interested in signing Joey Barton from QPR despite reports he would be willing to take a large pay cut in order to join his boyhood club.And the Mirror say Fulham are in talks to sign Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole ahead of a possible £2.5m move.Fulham are also widely reported to be favourites to buy striker Darren Bent from Aston Villa.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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All hands on deck

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We are playing terrific defense,” Compton said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFines were slapped and suspensions didn’t come, and Alaska will continue to square off with a full force Magnolia side when they break a 2-2 tie in their PBA Governors’ Cup title series on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Magnolia guard Mark Barroca escaped with a P50,000 fine for hitting Alaska’s Chris Banchero in the groin late in Game 4, while Alaska coach Alex Compton was slapped a P20,000 penalty for postgame statements the league called “detrimental.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Marcial said that the sanction on Barroca was the same as the Don Trollano incident. Trollano punched Arwind Santos and also wasn’t called for a foul, the infraction being spotted only on replays of the game tape.The commissioner, however, warned Magnolia guard that an act similar to what he did in Game 4 will merit an automatic suspension “whether it be Game 5 or Game 6.”A personality who got canned was referee Rolando Dacanay, who was supposed to be in position to spot Barroca but instead followed the movement of the ball, hence the missed call.Teams have won games in streaks in this series, with the Hotshots ruling the first two and the Aces going into Friday night trying to win a third straight.Compton’s defense is wreaking havoc on the Hotshots, whom the Aces have limited below 80 points in the last two contests.ADVERTISEMENT And with no one axed for even a game, both squads will have all hands on deck for the crucial tiff slated at 7 p.m.Compton had said after Wednesday’s physical game that he called the attention of the league so “that we can get back to playing basketball,” with the amiable Alaska coach reportedly to appeal the fine slapped by commissioner Willie Marcial.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMarcial, for his part, explained that no suspensions were handed out because the officials of that game failed to call an infraction on Barroca after he hit Banchero in the groin with 2:31 left in Game 4.“There’s no precedent suspending a player in a noncall situation,” Marcial told reporters in Filipino during the league’s Draft Combine on Thursday. “Had there been a precedent, I would have suspended Barroca.” LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img View comments MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ A star in college, Bolick prepared to go back to square one in the pros Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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New York activist injured at Standing Rock visits Alton Gas protest site

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsAn activist who was badly injured during a skirmish between water protectors and security forces in North Dakota is in Nova Scotia.Sophia Wilansky is talking to protestors at the site of a gas storage facility along the shores of the Shubenacadie [email protected]last_img

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Nondrinkers pushing bars for better nonalcoholic cocktails

first_imgFor years, Carolyn Rebeyka has met friends at the same Regina bar every Friday afternoon for drinks. Sometimes they’d be celebrating a birthday or triumph at work, other times it was just to catch up.Then, about three years ago, her doctor put her on medication and suggested she avoid drinking to better monitor her body’s reaction to the drug.“It wasn’t permanent, but I actually kind of liked not drinking,” Rebeyka said, adding she was never a heavy drinker, but enjoyed not feeling the effects of alcohol.“Even if you had a few drinks, you could still feel the difference the next morning,” she added. “It’s not that you’re hungover, but you can tell the difference.”Now Rebeyka rarely drinks, but going to bars and restaurants is still a big part of her social life.Like many others who have decided to cut back on drinking, Rebeyka has found there are often few interesting drink options that don’t include booze. Many of the traditional options are uninspired (juice, sparkling water) or overly sweet (Shirley Temples, virgin daiquiris).“The options for alcohol, those are almost unlimited,” she said. “It seems like bars don’t want to be as creative when they’re serving their non-drinkers.”It’s not completely commonplace yet, but there is a growing push from some establishments to offer more interesting and complex non-alcoholic drink options.Kate Boushel, a bartender at Montreal’s Atwater Cocktail Club, said customers come in asking for non-alcoholic drinks “every night” and she enjoys making them since it allows for creativity on her part.“I’ve had fun and made cocktails that look exactly like other cocktails on my menu, just instead of alcohol, I’ve replaced it with low-sugar fruit juice,” she said.“I’ll do apple juice with a touch of carrot and maybe some thyme syrup, with a little bit of our house tonic,” she added. “That will be refreshing, light, but it will still be more complex than, let’s say, a virgin mojito.”People ordering non-alcoholic drinks often don’t want to draw attention to the fact that they aren’t drinking, and in some cases, they’ll actually request Boushel’s help in not blowing their cover.This often happens with pregnant women, when it’s too early to make an announcement.“With women who are pregnant, funny enough, the bartender is one of the first people who finds out,” Boushel said. “They don’t want their friends to know, so (they ask), ‘Can you make me look like I’m drinking?’”A similar request also frequently comes from people who are “out and about with business partners, or clients,” she said. “Maybe they’ve had enough, but they want to keep up appearances.”The team at Pretty Ugly cocktail bar in Toronto have gone even further to accommodate patrons who don’t drink. They spent nearly a year developing “placebo” liquors: non-alcoholic concoctions intended to replace actual booze. Owner and bartender Robin Goodfellow has developed an alcohol-free amaro, a Campari, and a plum wine.“I don’t feel that a bar is a place that only should serve people who want to get drunk,” Goodfellow said, adding he likes drinking but hates being drunk, and that many of his friends abstain from alcohol. “You can enjoy the music, the decor, the conversations, the energy of a bar even if you’re not drinking.”He doesn’t want his drinks to completely replicate the taste of liquor, but instead provide an option that “has that feeling of a Negroni or a Manhattan.” He said his alcohol-free Negroni is “definitely for a mature palate, someone who maybe used to drink Campari.”Goodfellow has wondered about serving a non-alcoholic cocktail to someone with a drinking problem who might be at risk of a relapse. He’s asked his friend who coined the term “placebo drink,” chef Matty Matheson, if he thought the offering could be dangerous.“If I make something really similar-tasting to something he used to drink, is that going to trigger his same old habits that he’s trying to avoid?” Goodfellow wondered. “He told us no, but … I would love to hear what people think about that, because that’s something I’m concerned about.”Dr. Jonathan Bertram, an addictions specialist at Toronto’s Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, said there’s no one single answer. Addiction experts have isolated two major triggers that can cause relapse in people with alcoholism, Bertram explained.“There’s the very obvious chemical trigger, which is a result of alcohol initiating a dopamine release in the brain,” he said. “But then there’s also this sort of anticipatory excitement or euphoria that comes from a person engaging in the ritual of drinking.”In those cases, drinking something meant to resemble an alcoholic drink — or even being in a bar environment at all — can be a trigger.But that risk is “not an easy thing to standardize or isolate,” because it doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone, Bertram added.And sometimes, the option of a placebo drink can “make it a lot easier for a person to go out and socially integrate into the drinking exercise without having to use alcohol.”He urged people in recovery to consult their doctors before making the decision.When Cory Bagdon of Thunder Bay, Ont., decided to take a break from alcohol for a summer while in university about ten years ago, he found the social pressure to drink was “isolating.”“When I gave up drinking, I would be treated differently,” he said. “I’d go out with the same people, but they wouldn’t talk to me the same way.”He recalled friends seeming “offended” that he didn’t want to drink, and said an acquaintance once got physically aggressive when he refused a shot.Even now Bagdon sometimes feels pressure to drink more than he wants to at social gatherings. To avoid an awkward conversation he’ll sometimes order a bottled beer and fill it up with water once it’s empty.“It seems strange that even though I don’t want to be a part of the drinking culture, I can’t separate myself from the social component of drinking culture,” he said.Goodfellow said his ultimate goal in dreaming up new drinks and running his bar in general is to make it more welcoming for people who aren’t interested in getting drunk.“I very much promote alcohol consumption, done responsibly,” he said.“But I love that maybe we’re changing the way non-drinkers enjoy nightlife.”last_img read more

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Scheer unveils plane in Ottawa starts campaign with SNCLavalin reminder

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has formally launched his election campaign today in Ottawa, reviving attacks on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.Scheer went on the offensive in Ottawa after a report in the Globe and Mail that said the RCMP has been examining potential obstruction of justice in the handling of the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group, but has been limited by the federal government’s refusal to lift cabinet confidentiality for all witnesses.Scheer reiterated past criticism that Trudeau has lied to the public, and called on him to waive that confidentiality. While emphasizing the Tories’ main campaign slogan of being a party that will help Canadians get ahead, Scheer made clear that attacks on Trudeau’s credibility over his handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair will be central.“We made the case that he has lost the moral authority to govern. So over the next five weeks or so we’re going to be outlining our vision for the country to put more money back into the pockets of Canadians and let them get ahead,” Scheer said.Scheer was speaking in Ottawa before setting out for Quebec for a mid-day event ahead of an evening rally in Toronto.(The Quebec event is scheduled for Trois-Rivieres, between Montreal and Quebec City, but bad weather could force a change of plans.)Scheer was asked about Bill 21, Quebec’s new secularism legislation, which forbids some public-sector workers from wearing religious symbols on the job.“I’ve made my views of Bill 21 known. It’s not something that our party would ever consider at the federal level. We will always stand up for the rights of Canadians, and the rights for expression and the rights of freedom of religion,” Scheer said. Scheer begins the 40-day campaign with polls suggesting the Conservatives are essentially tied with the Liberals and the NDP and Greens are fighting for third.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mayhem in New Zealand mosques

first_imgChristchurch: An Australian gunman whose assaults on two New Zealand mosques Friday left at least 49 people dead, published a racist manifesto on Twitter before livestreaming his rampage. The New Zealand government said it could be illegal to share the video, which showed the gunman repeatedly shooting at worshippers from close range. The Facebook Live video, taken with a camera that appeared to be mounted on the gunman’s body, shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHe enters the building and fires repeatedly at worshippers as he moves from room to room. AFP determined the video was genuine through a digital investigation that included matching screenshots of the mosque taken from the gunman’s footage with images available online showing the same areas. The “manifesto” detailing motivations for the attack was posted on Friday morning onto a Twitter account with the same name and profile image as the Facebook page that streamed the attack. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpIn the video, the shooter parks his car next to the mosque and gets out of the vehicle with a rifle. He slowly goes to the boot of his car and retrieves another firearm. He then walks into the compound of the mosque and fires at a person standing near the doorway before dropping the rifle and shooting repeatedly with the second weapon as he moves inside. The gunman fires dozens of bullets at people trying to run away or lying down in huddled groups in corners of the rooms. In the excerpt of the video viewed by AFP, which did not appear to be the full clip, he can be seen changing cartridges three times in just under two minutes. The framing of the video, which shows only the gunman’s hands holding the gun as he shoots and reloads, is eerily similar to the style of a first-person shooter video game. AFP is not publishing the footage. In the 74-page manifesto entitled “The Great Replacement”, the gunman details his intention to attack Muslims. The title of the document has the same name as a conspiracy theory originating in France that believes European populations are being displaced in their homelands by immigrant groups with higher birth rates. The gunman identified himself as an Australia-born, 28-year-old white male from a low-income, working-class family. He said that key points in his radicalisation were the defeat of the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in 2017 elections, and the death of 11-year-old Ebba Akerlund in the 2017 Stockholm truck attack. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday confirmed the attacker at the Masjid al Noor mosque was an Australian. “We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,” Morrison said. New Zealand authorities said that three people had been arrested, but their identities were not made public. They later announced one man, aged in his late 20s, had been charged with murder and would appear in court on Saturday. The gunman spoke only occasionally while in the car, with what sounded like an Australian accent. Satellite navigational audio could also be heard in the video as he drove to the mosque. Distinctive writing on his weapons was seen in the footage as well as images posted on the Twitter account. Scrawled in English and several Eastern European languages were the names of numerous historical military figures — many of them Europeans involved in fighting the Ottoman forces in the 15th and 16th centuries. A few took part in the Crusades, centuries earlier. The Facebook account that posted the video was no longer available shortly after the shooting. The Twitter account of the same name was quickly suspended. “Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video,” Facebook said in a tweet. “We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.” A spokesman for New Zealand’s interior ministry said the video is likely to be classified as objectionable content under local law, and could be illegal to share. “The content of the video is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see,” he said. “This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the video.”last_img read more

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