mercredi 31 août 2016

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dimanche 21 août 2016

How Omran Daqneesh, 5, Became a Symbol of Aleppo’s Suffering

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In the images, he sits alone, a small boy coated with gray dust and encrusted blood. His little feet barely extend beyond his seat. He stares, bewildered, shocked and, above all, weary, as if channeling the mood of Syria.

The boy, identified by medical workers as Omran Daqneesh, 5, was pulled from a damaged building after a Syrian government or Russian airstrike in the northern city of Aleppo. He was one of 12 children under the age of 15 treated on Wednesday — not a particularly unusual figure — at one of the hospitals in the city’s rebel-held eastern section, according to doctors there.

But some images strike a particular nerve, for reasons both obvious and unknowable, jarring even a public numbed to disaster. Omran’s is one.
Within minutes of being posted by witnesses and journalists, a photograph and a video of Omran began rocketing around the world on social media. Unwittingly, Omran — like Alan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who drowned last September and whose body washed up on a Turkish beach — is bringing new attention to the thousands upon thousands of children killed and injured during five years of war and the inability or unwillingness of global powers to stop the carnage.
Maybe it was his haircut, long and floppy up top; or his rumpled T-shirt showing the Nickelodeon cartoon character CatDog; or his tentative, confused movements in the video. Or the instant and inescapable question of whether either of his parents was left alive.
In any event, by Thursday morning, Omran’s image had been broadcast and published around the world, and Syrians were sharing mock-ups of his photograph in memes that both cried for help and darkly mocked the futile repetitiveness of such pleas.
One, riffing on Omran’s officelike chair, showed him at a desk as if representing his country to the world.
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samedi 6 août 2016

The US women lost their first-ever Olympic rugby match


The silver lining to the US women's rugby team's losing its first-ever Olympic game is that it gets a chance at redemption later on Saturday.
In the Olympic debut for both teams, Fiji edged the Americans 12-7 on the first day of the Rio de Janeiro games.
Rugby has been absent from the Olympics since 1924 and women's rugby had never been included.
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Bomb squad probing possible blast near cycling finish line

RIO DE JANEIRO — A bomb squad is investigating after an apparent blast shook the area near the finish line of the men's cycling road race.
Reporters could hear a loud boom on the press tribune and felt the ground shake as the cyclists had about 70 kilometres to go Saturday.
An officer assigned to the event said it was a controlled explosion of an unattended bag. He did not give his name because he was not authorized to speak.
A half dozen military police were cordoning off the area. No one was immediately evacuated, and it did not appear that anyone was injured. The race was continuing and had not been rerouted.
There is heavy security all over the city amid concerns about safety as the Olympics begin
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Canada Post employees protest at Trudeau's Montreal office


MONTREAL — Hundreds of unionized postal workers and their supporters marched to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Montreal office today hoping to push forward negotiations with Canada Post.
An official with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says talks with the Crown corporation remain stalled on key issues such as pensions and wage parity.
The union says it wants the Liberal government to pressure Canada Post to negotiate in good faith with its workers.

Most of the protesters were from the Montreal area but others were bussed in from Ottawa and Quebec City.
The two sides have been negotiating since late 2015.
Canada Post withdrew a threat to lock out its workers in early July, saying it wanted to allow both parties to focus on negotiations.
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Jimmy Kimmel on Donald Trump/Rob Ford comparisons

Enough with all the Donald Trump and Rob Ford comparisons, says Jimmy Kimmel.
The talk show host was in Montreal this past week for the Just for Laughs comedy festival and to be a judge on "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle" (available for streaming at thecomedynetwork.ca).
Like a few other comedians, he drew the line at comparing the Republican presidential candidate to the late Toronto mayor.
"Canadians like to say that," says Kimmel, "but let's not forget that Rob Ford was smoking crack. When Donald Trump picks up a crack pipe, then we'll have a comparison."
Kimmel did concede that, like Ford, Trump has been "a gift from the comedy gods." He has a theory as to why the campaigning billionaire seems to get away with one outrageous statement after another.
"He does two crazy things every day," says Kimmel. "Nothing sticks to him because we can't keep up with all this stuff. You can't even focus on one of them because by five o'clock that afternoon he's done something else."
Kimmel was saddened by the news of Ford's passing. The former mayor of Toronto died on March 22 at age 46. Ford and his brother Doug had flown to Los Angeles to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 2014.
"I did get to know him and I did get to know his brother," says Kimmel. "Whatever you want to say about the guy, he really cared about being mayor and he really cared about doing a good job. Obviously he had his demons."
When the Fords landed at Los Angeles International Airport en route to Kimmel's show, the host, dressed as a chauffeur, picked them up in a limo.
"I don't think he knew who I was," says Kimmel. "I do remember he spent the whole car ride on the phone, calling back constituents who had left him phone messages."
That was impressive, says Kimmel. "I wish his spirit would somehow fill the potholes on my drive to work."
Kimmel made his first appearance at Just for Laughs 19 years ago and says he "immediately fell deeply in love" with Montreal.
"It's hard for people in America to understand that restaurants turn into nightclubs at the end of the meal. We usually have dessert and go home. In our restaurants, they don't move the tables and start dancing."
At 48, Kimmel is now one of the veteran players on the late-night scene. He's entering his 14th season hosting "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (weeknights at midnight on The Comedy Network).
"We're all working so much harder than anyone ever used to," he says, suggesting one of his idols, Johnny Carson, "played a lot of tennis back in his day.
"I think we ruined the job for everyone by adding these viral videos and these sketches to the mix," says Kimmel. "It used to be a reasonable job that you could go home at 6 o'clock at night and not think about the show until the next day. That has definitely changed."
One "Kimmel" sketch that played for weeks on Facebook and YouTube — a song and dance number starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane — likened Trump's campaign to the Broadway farce "The Producers." It looks like it took days to shoot but Kimmel says it was pulled together in an afternoon.
"It makes you realize how much money they waste making these movies when you put something together so quickly."
Kimmel's next challenge will come Sept. 18 when he'll be hosting the Emmy awards, airing on ABC and CTV. The trick to hosting awards shows, he says, is not to get "too inside" by assuming that the audience has seen your show.
"I think if you approach it as if it's your show, instead of a show you're hosting, you're automatically getting off on the wrong foot."

— Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont. While in Montreal, Brioux was a guest of The Comedy Network.
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Roundup: Victoria's Ryan Cochrane out of men's 400-metre freestyle swimming

RIO DE JANEIRO — Victoria's Ryan Cochrane failed to qualify for the finals of the men's 400-metre freestyle on Saturday at the Rio Games, falling short of the medal round for a third straight Olympics.
Cochrane finished his heat in 3:45.83 to place 11th overall. The top eight swimmers advance to Saturday night's final. 
"It's frustrating, but I know I'm fortunate enough to have two chances at the Olympics and not a lot of people get that second chance," said Cochrane, who will race in the 1,500 freestyle — his best event — on Friday. "I'm an old-enough athlete to know where to see what I need to work on and I have six days to do that."
Cochrane won silver in the 1,500 at the London Games four years ago and bronze in Beijing in 2008 in the same event. He finished ninth in the 400 in both previous Olympics.
Cochrane was denied a spot in the 400 final in London, missing out by one-hundredth of a second when gold medallist Park Tae-hwan had his disqualification overturned.
Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C., and Sydney Pickrem failed to advance in their respective events. Thomas placed in a tie for 18th in the 100 butterfly while Pickrem finished 12th overall in the 400 individual medley.
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Canada's Carling Zeeman advanced to the quarter-finals in the women's single sculls as the Olympic rowing competition kicked off in windy conditions. Two other Canadian crews failed to advance and will have to row in repechage rounds.
The 25-year-old Zeeman from Cambridge, Ont., won her heat in a time of 8:41.12. The top three in each heat advance. Ireland's Sanita Puspure was second followed by Nadia Negm of Egypt.
Brendan Hodge of South Delta, B.C., Maxwell Lattimer of Delta, B.C., Nicolas Pratt of Kingston, Ont., and Eric Woelfl of St. Catharines, Ont., will need to race in Sunday's repechage after finishing fourth in their heat and missing a chance to book a spot in the semifinals.
The men's quadruple sculls crew of Julien Bahain — who was born in France but now competes for Canada — Will Dean of Kelowna, B.C., Kingston's Rob Gibson and Pascal Lussier of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., finished fifth in their heat and will also have to row again Monday if they are to race in the final. They needed a top-two finish to advance.
The quad struggled with the conditions and couldn't recover after Gibson lost his grip on his oar.
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Tamara Tatham of Brampton, Ont., had 20 points as Canada opened preliminary round play in women's basketball with a 90-68 victory over China at the Youth Arena.
Team captain Kim Gaucher of Mission, B.C., led all players with 10 rebounds.
Canada won gold at the Pan Am Games last year but has never reached the Olympic podium in women's basketball.
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Ghislaine Landry had a pair of tries — including one 30 seconds into the match — as Canada's women's rugby sevens team beat Japan 45-0 to open their quest for an Olympic medal.
Bianca Farella also had a pair of tries to help Canada take a 26-0 lead at halftime. Kayla Moleschi, Brittany Benn and Natasha Watcham-Roy also scored.
Women's rugby is making its Olympic debut in Rio, while the men's game returns after a 92-year absence.
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