DAWSON CITY, Yn – A mummified human toe that is the key ingredient in a strange drinking ritual in Dawson City has been stolen.RCMP are searching for the suspects as well as the misappropriated member.The shrivelled, brown toe vanished Saturday after being added to an infamous sourtoe cocktail served by the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon.Hotel manager Geri Colbourne says a couple came in late that night and requested the unique drink but the waitress was called away after pouring two shots. The toe was gone when she returned.The shrivelled brown toe is included in a shot of alcohol and, according to tradition, drinkers must allow it to touch their lips in order to join the Sourtoe Cocktail Club.There are spares, Colbourne said, but the donated toes can be difficult to come by.“We get people from all over the world coming here wanting to do the toe and it’s well known everywhere and it’s such a huge thing for Dawson City and for the Downtown Hotel,” Colbourne said. “Why would someone want to ruin that, you know? It just makes no sense to me at all.”RCMP Cpl. Jeff Myke says a theft investigation is underway, adding the toe represents a tradition that has been an important part of community history“It’s not every day that we investigate incidents like this, but the sourtoe represents a Dawson City tradition that has been an important part of the history here for many years,” he added.Paul Robitaille, manager of the Klondike Visitors Association, said reactions to the drink vary wildly.“There are strange things done in the midnight sun and the sourtoe is one of those things,” said Robitaille, who previously worked as a “captain” serving the sourtoe cocktail.“You get 85-year-old little old ladies that come in and do it without blinking an eye, and then you get macho men who cringe and can’t do it,” he said. “It’s a funny thing to see how people react to a sourtoe.”When not sitting in a shot glass, the toe rests on a bed of salt, which helps to keep it mummified. Despite the drink’s name, the petrified appendage doesn’t really add a unique taste, Robitaille said.“Generally, it almost makes a shot stronger because, you’ve got to think, it’s been in thousands of shots, right? So it’s kind of soaking up all the booze from the one before it and then it is sitting in the salt so it just adds a little bit of the saltiness to it. It’s not a repulsive taste at all.”Once it’s been used many, many times, a toe is retired and a new one is introduced into the rotation, explained Robitaille, who couldn’t put a precise figure on the number of times a single toe may be used.“That’s just a judgement call,” he said.This isn’t the first time a toe has gone missing, Robitaille said, adding several were swallowed when smaller digits, such as pinky toes, were used in the cocktails back in the 1990s.The hotel is offering a reward for the toe’s safe return and RCMP are searching for the suspects, as well as the misappropriated member. (The Canadian Press, CKRW)
CALGARY – It’s been 40 years since Foreigner released its first album and now the songs of the legendary rock group are being made into a musical.“Jukebox Hero” will tell the story of the hard-hit town of Blaydon, Pa., that is saved with the emergence of a rock group that helps bring in new industry.“This is sort of based in the Rust Belt of America. A lot of areas were once mighty producers of steel and now are undercut by the march of the future,” Mick Jones, the founder of Foreigner, said at a news conference in Calgary on Wednesday.Jones said he ran into singer Diana Ross 20 years ago and she suggested to him that the song “Jukebox Hero” should be made into a musical. He said it’s been on his mind ever since.“In an era where there have been a lot of jukebox musicals, I figured I’d like to squeeze ours in there and make it the musical of all musicals as far as our aspirations go.”Jones said about a dozen of the group’s songs will be in the musical, including “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Hot Blooded.” “Urgent” and “Jukebox Hero.”He will have a say in making sure the musicians in the show will be able to handle the range in some of the songs.“I will probably be part of that decision to make sure (they’ve) got the lungs to carry it off because they are demanding songs,” Jones said.“Even Frank Sinatra tried ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You’ and there’s a three-octave range in there.”Jeff Parry, founder and CEO of Annerin Productions, said the musical is based on a screenplay written by the prolific duo of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who are responsible for the movies “The Commitments” and “Across the Universe.”Parry has been working for the last three years to get “Jukebox Hero” to fruition and has decided to start off in Alberta.“We’ve tried to mount this in various different scenarios and finally decided to do it right here in Alberta,” Parry said.“As crazy as that sounds, we’re going to develop this musical with intentions of going to Broadway and the West End and the rest of the world.”The musical is to open in Calgary next Aug. 10-12 and then moves to Edmonton on Aug. 16-19. Organizers hope to take it to Toronto and across the rest of the country if it gets a warm reception.Jones said he is thrilled the musical will be starting out in Canada since he almost immigrated here when he was 10 years old.“I’ve got a little affinity for Canada. It means something to me.“Whenever I come here, I kind of … wonder what would have happened?”— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the musical tour was to begin next October
“I liked his face,” said Ware, pointing in the programme at a young blond actor named Elliot Baxter. “I thought he could be a good Chernobylly-type soldier.”“Yes!” said Gold. “I thought he could be a Chernobylly type too.”Gold was midway through working on an epic Sky-HBO five-parter called Chernobyl, about the 1986 nuclear disaster, which had more than 100 speaking parts. (“Whoops,” the screenwriter Craig Mazin told me, “these things pile up.”) Gold had been casting it since last September and it was due to start filming in April. Although she had already confirmed the actors Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgård for the three lead roles, there were still plenty of unfilled parts. The exact number kept changing – 102 one week, 109 the next – as the script was still being revised. Gold and Robert Sterne, with whom she was casting the show, were hunting for mostly British actors who could convincingly play 1980s Soviet soldiers and firemen facing near-certain death by exposure to radiation. So far, most had been too chatty, too gestural, too cheerful.Chernobyl was one of many tasks that required attention. Gold was also firming up who would play Prince Philip in the third series of The Crown, calling in actors to audition for a movie about Nell Gwynn, casting a remake of Shogun, and starting work on the next Star Wars instalment, for which she kept being summoned to secretive meetings at Pinewood Studios. Sitting by her desk, which has two drawers, one labelled “home/family/personal” and the other “CASTING”, Gold tried to count how many projects she was working on. “It would be the end of my career if I admit I’m doing eight at once,” she said, serious and entirely unserious at the same time, a typical mode. “Let’s say six … Maybe we should just say four. One at a time!” She paused. “Things stagger around in an annoying manner.” Advertisement Earlier this year, the casting director Nina Gold sat at the back of the stalls of the Criterion theatre in the West End and watched a group of students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland perform their showcase. After three years at drama school, each actor had a couple of three-minute scenes to impress a silent audience of agents and casting directors on their lunch hour. Gold slid down in her seat, as if wanting to remain unseen. Every now and then, she scribbled something next to a name in her programme, drew a circle around a face.At the end, Gold bolted through the foyer, past piles of photographs of the students laid out like market wares, and drove vigorously across London in her tiny electric car. “How the fuck do they do it?” she said. “You look at those kids, even the ones who weren’t that brilliant, and they were really giving it their all, weren’t they? They had to get up there. I mean, can you imagine?” Over 30-odd years, Gold has become the most powerful casting director in the UK, her taste shaping everything from Game of Thrones to Bridget Jones’s Baby, yet she can still be mystified by what actors do and why they do it.Back in her office, which occupies the front room of her large Edwardian house in north-west London, Gold and her assistant Martin Ware discussed the showcase. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Many Canadian workplaces aren’t nearly ready for the fast-approaching legalization of marijuana, the World Cannabis Congress has been told.Jason Fleming, vice-president of human resources for Ontario marijuana producer MedReleaf, said there’s still a lack of definitive testing, and many employers have not educated staff on new policies.“Employers are having to write policies and have to prepare, but in many cases they are still using really outdated, anecdotal information,” he said Monday in Saint John, N.B.“Step one is to definitely get prepared, get educated and understand the differences between these products, and recreational versus medical products, and I think that absence of information can be difficult for a lot of employers,” he said.Urine and saliva tests can detect THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — but that doesn’t indicate active impairment, and it can take between 24 and 48 hours for THC to clear the system.A worker can test positive if they’ve been exposed to second-hand smoke in a poorly ventilated room, according to a recent study at the University of Calgary.There are currently no federal labour rules about drug and alcohol testing outside the military, and successive governments from the late 1980s have stayed away from the issue.The Canadian Union of Public Employees cautions employers from using legalization as an excuse to pursue a more aggressive policy around random drug testing, which is rarely permitted and requires a high legal bar to protect workers’ human rights.Fleming said companies that routinely throw liquor-fuelled holiday parties now have to grapple with recreational cannabis use.“The question is, will an employer allow for that? That is where we will definitely be dealing with holiday season 2018. Employers are going to have to make a call one way or another. That is going to be pretty polarizing,” he said.Patrick Oland, CFO of Moosehead Breweries, said at the congress that the key issue is safety. He said his company has a number of positions that require staff to sample beer on the job — but zero tolerance for anyone operating vehicles.“Cannabis is a whole new area and ultimately comes down to policy that can evaluate for impairment and discipline for it,” said Oland — adding the simpler that testing can be, the better.Fleming said writing a policy is half the battle. The other half is making sure it is properly administered.“So just having something written the week before there’s recreational cannabis for sale in Canada, to me is not sufficient,” he said.“I think you’re going to want to have had at least a month or more of time to properly communicate, to train, to sign off, and I think we’re underestimating that right now.”The World Cannabis Congress wraps up Tuesday.
The majority of Canadian companies are not closely watching differences in pay or advancement between men and women and other key measures of progress, according to a report on gender equality in corporate Canada and the U.S.The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders’ commissioned a survey of human resources professionals in Canada and the U.S. and found that just 39 per cent of Canadian companies had accurate data on gender pay differences.The survey of 150 human resources executives in Canada and 250 in the U.S. also found that 48 per cent of Canadian companies said they do not have accurate data on the percentage of women at the management level.While corporate commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high, these survey results point to a “critical gap” between intention and action, the cross-border council said.“Many companies want to see women advance, but do not approach the goal with rigour and discipline as they would any other business priority,” it wrote in its report released last week.Pressure to improve gender equality in Canadian workplaces has long been mounting but women continue to be paid less than their male counterparts and are vastly underrepresented in companies top ranks.Canadian women make on average 74 cents for every dollar of annual salary made by men among the entire working population, according to the most recent Statistics Canada data. Among the companies on the TSX 60 index, none listed a woman as its chief executive officer in their compensation disclosures for the most recent financial year, according to a Canadian Press analysis of management information circulars. There were only 25 women out of the more than 300 named executive officers — defined by regulators as a company’s most highly compensated roles, which companies must disclose — of TSX 60 companies, and they were paid on average 64 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.It is against this backdrop that the cross-border council was created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump last year. The council has 10 female executives — half from Canadian companies and the other half from American companies — and its aim is to help women-owned businesses contribute to economic growth, competitiveness, and the integration of the two economies.The council’s fifth and final report released on Oct. 31 outlined survey findings that showed that many Canadian and American companies have “a lack of essential data that could measure progress and identify potential obstacles to the advancement of women.”The survey found that just 36 per cent of Canadian companies have a plan to advance women to senior leadership roles, compared to 40 per cent south of the border.“Equal pay for all is within reach, as it does not require an overhaul of the organization’s goals or a cultural change,” the council said in its report. “The solution is to put in place a thoughtful process that reviews pay and fixes any inequalities identified.”Meanwhile, it has been just over one year since the emergence of the Me Too movement, which began as a reaction to allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, that has also put additional pressure on companies to ensure fair treatment of women in the workplace.The Me Too movement has led to a surge of harassment and discrimination complaints to the Law Society of Ontario, according to a recent report.Between January 1 and June 30 of this year, the law society’s Discrimination and Harassment Counsel — a service which confidentially assists anyone who may have experienced this from a lawyer or paralegal — saw 125 complaints, up 58 per cent increase from 79 during the same six-month period in 2017.“The number of contacts to the DHC office increased noticeably beginning in the fall of 2017 as the #MeToo movement emerged,” the counsel wrote in its latest report. “That higher level of contact has been sustained, with a number of callers citing the #MeToo movement as giving them confidence to come forward to report.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated that less than half of Canadian companies had data on women in management.
NEW YORK — Much of the New York City neighbourhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal “opportunity zone,” a designation created by President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul. The designation offers developers potentially millions of dollars in capital gains tax breaks to invest in high-poverty, low-income areas.Critics question whether Long Island City in Queens needs such breaks. Median income around Amazon’s planned campus is $130,000, poverty is half the city average and new buildings were going up long before the tax overhaul.Under the new tax law, officials in each state designated 8,700 such zones across the country that have high poverty and unemployment, and are in need of development.The site of Amazon’s other new headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, was not in an opportunity zone.Bernard Condon And Stephen Braun, The Associated Press
K-9 residents joining the celebration at Centennial Park. Photo by John Luke Kieper.North Peace Pride Society Treasurer Don McMillan explained that he expected lots of residents to come to the event, but he never thought there would be that many.“I think we’ve done really well, were quite excited about it, and we hope to build from here.” McMillan said. “As for the City itself, I thinks its just an important component in the community we live in. It shows support for inclusion and diversity in Fort St. John.”A crowded Centennial Park after the Pride March. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Councillor Trevor Bolin was on hand representing the City of Fort St. John. Bolin spoke to the crowd about how important the march was to the city.Councillor Trevor Bolin motivating the audience. Photo by John Luke Kieper.“Its a very, very strong message from the city of Fort St. John that we are accepting, we are open to all different ideas of life, cultures, religions and beliefs.” said Bolin. “It doesn’t matter what you believe in, or where your from. Fort St. John is open, Fort St. John is welcome, and it’s a great place to have a family.”“This screams the fact that Fort St. John is not what it was 40 years ago, this is the new Fort St. John. Its the new way of the community celebrating people.”McMillan said the North Peace Pride Society doesn’t have any scheduled events coming up in Fort St. John, but that members may head to Dawson Creek in October to help the Mile ‘0’ City’s Pride Society with their Halloween Dance. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Pride Society held its third annual Pride Walk on Saturday afternoon.Residents marching the streets. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Urban Systems in Fort St. John said it counted 300 residents taking part in the event near their office on 100th St., while many more joined the celebration at Centennial Park afterwards. Saturday’s walk was the largest the Pride Society has hosted thus far, with residents from all walks of life joining the cause.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Thursday as energy stocks backed off amid data that showed worsening economic conditions in Europe and earnings disappointments.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,721.79 -53.49 -0.42%S&P 500 — 1,521.38 +1.05 0.07%Dow — 13,973.39 -9.52 -0.07%Nasdaq — 3,198.66 +1.78 0.06%The S&P/TSX composite index fell 53.49 points to 12,721.79 while the TSX Venture Exchange was down 7.72 points to 1,196.56.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.06 of a cent at 99.88 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed after Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said the eurozone economy shrank by 0.6% in the final quarter of 2012 from the previous three-month period. The decline was bigger than the 0.4% drop expected by markets and represented the biggest fall since the first quarter of 2009 when the global economy was in its deepest recession since the Second World War.The Dow Jones industrials was off 9.52 points to 13,973.39 , the Nasdaq composite index was up 1.78 points to 3,198.66 and the S&P 500 was up 1.05 points to 1,521.38.The eurozone has now contracted for three straight quarters, weighed down by weak, debt-laden countries such as Greece and Spain, where governments have been aggressively increasing taxes and cutting spending.Especially worrisome was worsening conditions in Europe’s biggest economy. The German economy shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.6% in the fourth quarter as demand for its exports fell.“About a year ago… Germany looked pretty strong but what I was saying at that time was that, eventually the impacts of the rest of the eurozone will also hurt Germany at some point. And we’re seeing evidence of that,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Financial.On a positive note, he added that the worsening economic conditions could persuade Germany to do more to help their heavily-indebted neighbours.“Or on the other hand, they may say, we don’t have any more money to help out because we need to help our own economy.”There was also major acquisition activity in the U.S. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway and investment company 3G are buying food giant Heinz in a deal valued at $23.3 billion, excluding debt. Heinz shareholders will receive $72.50 in cash for each share of common stock they own, a 20% premium to Heinz’s closing price of $60.48 on Wednesday.The energy sector led decliners, down 1.6% while the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 30 cents to US$97.31 a barrel.Cenovus Energy posted a net loss of C$118 million or 16 cents per share, a big turnaround from the year-earlier profit of $266 million or 35 cents per share. Cash flow fell to $697 million or 92 cents per share, down from $851 million or $1.12 per share. Cenovus shares declined 81 cents to $31.79.Gas giant Encana Corp. reported a fourth-quarter loss of $80 million, an improvement over a shortfall of $476 million a year ago. Encana expects its oil and natural gas production in 2013 to be between 50,000 to 60,000 barrels per day and capital investment to be about $3 billion to $3.2 billion. But that’s below an earlier forecast of 60,000 to 70,000 bpd. And its previous target for capital investment had been $4 to $5 billion and its shares fell $1.28 or 6.57% to $18.20.Utilities also contributed to the poor TSX showing as Just Energy Group dropped 71 cents or 8.47% to $7.67. The stock has been under pressure since last Friday, with its stock plunging 13% that day after the natural gas and electricity retailer slashed its dividend, missed analyst revenue expectations, and announced that it wants to put in place a shareholder rights plan.The tech sector was the leading sector, about 1.25% with BlackBerry up $1.05 or 7.5% to C$15.05, a day after dropping more than eight% as the sheen continued to wear off from the company’s smartphone product launch two weeks ago. Shares had been negative earlier in the session when it was revealed that former CEO James Balsillie no longer owns a stake in the company.The rest of the sector was mixed with Constellation Software down $3.54 or 2.94% to $117.The gold sector was up about 0.4% as April bullion surrendered early gains and moved down $9.60 to US$1,635.50 an ounce, its lowest close since Aug. 20.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) is cutting or delaying US$4 billion in previously budgeted capital spending and writing down the value of its copper business unit by US$4.2 billion after taxes. Toronto-based Barrick made the announcement as it posted a $3.06-billion net loss in the fourth quarter and its shares gained 72 cents to C$32.44.Kinross Gold Corp. reported a quarterly net loss of $2.99 billion, or $2.62 per share, compared with a net loss of $2.79 billion, or $2.45 per share in the year-earlier period. On an adjusted basis, Kinross reported net earnings of $276.5 million, or 24 cents per share, which beat analyst estimates by a penny and its shares gained 43 cents to C$8.34.The base metals sector was ahead 0.11% while copper for March delivery on the Nymex was unchanged at US$3.74 a pound. Turquoise Hill Resources gave back 13 cents to C$7.40.In other earnings news, Sun Life Financial reported after markets closed Wednesday that its quarterly earnings were $395 million, or 65 cents per share, compared with a loss of $525 million, or 90 cents per share, a year ago. Operating earnings, which excludes items that the company believes are not ongoing, came in at 76 cents per share, outdoing analyst expectations of 63 cents per share, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters. Its shares were down $1.14 to $28.86.In the U.S., General Motors said it made US$898 million or 54 cents a share in the latest quarter, up from $468 million in 2011. The fourth-quarter profit included billions in one-time accounting gains and losses in which the company came out $100 million ahead. Without it the company earned 48 cents per share. That was short of analyst estimates of 51 cents and GM stock declined 92 cents to $27.75.Here’s the news investors were watching today:RIM’s former co-CEO Jim Balsillie cuts his stake in BlackBerryWarren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, 3G Capital to buy Heinz for US$28-billion in the biggest deal in food industry historyBarrick Gold takes $4.2-billion hit as costs soar at Lumwana copper mineAmerican Airlines, US Airways announce $11B merger to create world’s biggest carrierON DECK FRIDAYG20 finance ministers and central bankers meet in Moscow ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Manufacturing sales & orders (Dec): Economists expect a decline of 0.8% 9 a.m.Existing home sales MLS home price index UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Empire State manufacturing survey: Economists expect a reading of -2 9 a.m.Foreign purchases of U.S. securities (Dec): Economists expect US$35-billion9:15 a.m.Industrial production and capacity utilization (Jan): Economists expect 0.2% rise in production with utilization of 74.8% 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan consumer sentiment index CORPORATE NEWSCANADARogers Communications Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 73¢ a share Telus Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 86¢ Brookfield Asset Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 29¢
Five Police officers had been arrested over the incident and were immediately interdicted. (Colombo Gazette) Five policemen who had been arrested over a shooting incident in Jaffna were further remanded till December 2 by the Jaffna Magistrate today.The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) had commenced an investigation into the deaths of two Jaffna University students, who were killed after being shot at by the police when they were travelling on a motorcycle in Kankasanturai recently.
(Photo courtesy Ottawa Redblacks)Veteran Henry Burris led the Ottawa Redblacks to their first Grey Cup title in franchise history.The City of Ottawa captured its first professional football championship in 40 years thanks to the 39-33 win over the Calgary Stampeders in the 104th Grey Cup in Toronto.That happened…🍾#RNation #GreyCup pic.twitter.com/oWhOpPOhEN— Ottawa REDBLACKS (@REDBLACKS) November 28, 2016Burris overcame a knee injury scare during warm-ups that left him limping off the field before the game had even started.The 41-year-old went on to earn game MVP after completing 35-of-46 passes for a total of 461 yards, making him the first quarterback since Danny McManus in 1996 to break 400 passing yards in a Grey Cup.An overtime touchdown by Ernest Jackson was the difference-maker for Ottawa, in a game that is being called one of the most thrilling Grey Cup matches in history.Ernest Jackson comes up with a huge juggling touchdown in overtime! A defensive stop wins the game! #GreyCup pic.twitter.com/fIK25IPXOm— CFL on TSN (@CFLonTSN) November 28, 2016
Police are investigating the sudden death of a nine-year-old girl at her home in Glasgow.Emergency services were called to the property, a semi-detached sandstone villa on the south side of the city, on Thursday afternoon and police said the schoolgirl’s death was being treated as “unexplained”.The girl’s uncle said later that she was found dead by another child and had “passed away in her sleep”.He told the Daily Record: “There is nothing suspicious, the police are doing their job, they need to investigate these things.“She has actually been discovered by another child who thought she was sleeping. An adult tried to wake her and found she was unconscious, perhaps from some seizure.”Friends and relatives were said to have been comforting the girl’s family at the property in Dumbreck Road, Pollokshields. One neighbour said they were a “really nice family” with “two beautiful daughters”.A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Around 1.45pm on Thursday, police were called to a report of the sudden death of a nine-year-old girl within a property in Dumbreck Road, Glasgow.”Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact cause of death, which officers are treating as unexplained at this time.”A post mortem examination will be carried out in due course and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
He really didn’t have to degut the Judiciary. To this the President retorted, “If you can show me the Article of the Constitution which requires me to give reasons, I will comply with the Constitution; but I will not do what the Constitution does not require me to do”. Meaning, he will continue to reject any and everybody Mr Jagdeo proposes — solely on his whims and fancies. …Ministerial demotions What’s this we’re hearing? Exxon balked at the press attending an event organised by a government dept? Say it ain’t true. Minister Rupert Roopnaraine’s resignation raises some interesting issues. Firstly, matters are still a bit hazy after his removal as Minister of Education — as to what he would’ve been responsible for as a Minister within the Ministry of the Presidency. Educational “innovation”? What the heck is that? NCERD on steroids? If this rule is broken by the Executive, what we have in Guyana is a dictatorship — short and simple. To begin with, in Guyana and other parliamentary democracies, the President, in addition to being head of the Executive, is effectively the head of the Legislature — which makes the law. The Prime Minister, his Ministers, and all the other MPs who’re salivating at the prospect of becoming Ministers are merely doing his bidding. This is unlike in the US, where Congress is separate from the Executive — as seen by some Republican Congressmen and Senators willing to buck some of President Trump’s policies. So if Guyana is now to have a President who insists HIS interpretation of the Constitution trumps the Judiciary’s, what else does such a President become but a “dictator”? We will once again have one individual in whom all the powers of the State reside, and who, like Louis XIV and Burnham, can say with no irony, “I am the State!!” Oops!! Roopnaraine’s mind was just changed!! But they did suss out Prezzie and had him confirm the WPA has to get a Ministry. So who’ll it be? Can’t be their new Chair Tabitha-Halley….she’ll have to explain her $3M scholarship!! Anyhow, the more interesting development is the WPA interjecting itself into the appointment of Dr Roopnaraine’s successor. Whether to “innovate” (“bloviate”? “titivate”??) in education and improve on the miracle in NGSA Maths — or in some other Ministry. We now know Prezzie hadn’t engaged the WPA brain trust on Roopnarine’s initial appointment, but they’d swallowed hard and accepted the imposition. Jagan hadn’t been treated so kindly back in ’92!! But what the heck? It’s now ‘all in the family”! The funny thing (not “ha, ha” funny, but “strange”) is the CJ had already given Prezzie a backdoor to appointing his (preordained?) choice. …oily matters …Executive’s shoulder The question, of course, is: Who decides what the Constitution is “saying” on any given exercise of power — the Executive or Judiciary? In Guyana, we don’t have to guess; it’s trite law that it’s the Judiciary that interprets the Constitution under the separation of powers doctrine we follow. Judicial review is an example of the separation of powers in a modern governmental system – the doctrine under which legislative and executive actions are subject to review by the Judiciary. Maybe the Donald has problems with the American media. But Guyana’s?? Jeez, we’re pussycats!! And suckers for an American accent! In a rather extraordinary statement, President David Granger reacted to the CJ’s judgment on the GECOM Chair’s appointment thusly: “I will continue to act in accordance with my perception of the Constitution.” The CJ, of course, had ruled that the individuals proposed by the Opposition Leader in accordance with Art 161 (2) didn’t have to be a “judge” or a “possible judge”. She’d advised the President to give reasons for his rejection of individuals – especially as to how he’d provided “criteria”. Now, this is a very serious situation, since the President insists he can arrogate the function of the Judiciary to interpret the Constitution!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair impasse: President brushes aside CJ’s ruling, says will continue to act with his ‘perception’July 19, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Court ruling: State should abide by CJ’s declaratory orders- Bar CouncilJuly 22, 2017In “Court”GECOM Chair: President infers 2nd list had only 1 suitable personJune 23, 2017In “latest news”
It was only a week and one day ago, but it feels so distant now. This is an English version of my impressions of last Sunday’s epic achievement by Brazil’s #Guerreiras. A team that has accomplished something even greater than being World Champions: gaining the support and admiration of people outside Brazil, including Argentinians As I walked back to my apartment from Republic Square, in Belgrade, I would think about how to put in words what I had experienced only hours before. Mission impossible. I knew words would never be enough to describe what had happened in Kombank Arena.Denmark and Poland had fought for the bronze medal on the first game of the day, but I barely remembered it. The battle was tough and both teams were fierce on the court. The Polish lead on the first half and the Danish made a great effort on the second half to overcome the result and with a fantastic Kristina Kristiansen (MVP of the game) took the lead and stole the medal from the team commanded by Kim Rasmussen.19.467 spectators showed up at Kombank Arena to support Serbia in the fight for the World Championship title. It was a new world record of attendance for a women’s handball match. The crowd was overwhelmingly loud and we all knew it would be an exciting game. Brazil was the rival. The South Americans had already made history and chased away what they called “the ghost of quarter finals”. They had been eliminated on that stage in both the World Championship in Brazil 2011 (against Spain) and on the London 2012 Olympic Games (against eventual champions, Norway). This time they beat Hungary in QFs (in double extra time, incredible game) and Denmark in SFs. They were one if the few non-European teams that had made it into the final of a WC.19,467 spectators. New attendance world record for a Women’s handball game in WC. AMAZING ATMOSPHERE.I hurried to the media tribune to find a spot next to the Brazilian journalists, as usual. I found a seat in front of them, right behind Serbia’s bench, and sat down to enjoy the final of the World Championship. Not bad, huh? Security staff forced some spectators to move away from the Media tribune to allocate the Danish team; so I watched the game sitting right next to the bronze medalists. It was the place to be on that Sunday night in Belgrade, the place where Brazil would make history, once again.Serbian fans were not shouting, they were roaring. The screams were deafening. The atmosphere was simply amazing. The teams finished their warm up and left the court to line up on one of the corners for the presentation. I could still see the fire in the eyes of the Brazilians. That fire that Dani Piedade had described in the press conference after having beaten Hungary, the South Americans were hungry for glory, just like the Serbians; but their inner fire made them stronger, they were ready to rumble. I personally think that the Norwegians and Polish suffered the harassment of the roars of the home crowd, but the girls coached by Danish Morten Soubak had no fear.The IHF flag marched past first, then Andrea Lekić lead the parade of the Serbian team, followed by Brazil, whistled by the almost 20,000 spectators. The Balkans looked happy, nervous and excited; while the South Americans looked fierce and confident. I’m sure they were also nervous, but their eagerness to get the gold and the need to upset those local supporters was greater than any other thing. They had come to this final battle unbeaten, and they had not made it this far to fall on the last match…I remember that the announcer read a fair play statement, something about not whistling the rival and paying respect to all players on court. He first read it in English and the crowd was calm, but when he read it in Serbian, they all started to whistle. Too obvious. How can you possible tame a home crowd, a packed stadium, when their team is only 60 minutes away from becoming World champion? They were, indeed, the eighth player. Serbia had a powerful team, but maybe not as much as the Brazilian.Spanish referees Marín and García blew their whistles and the final match began. The roaring was so overwhelmingly loud that Ana Paula (Brazil’s CB) had to shout the play to Deonise (BRA’s RB) right into her ears. Duda, on the other side, had already understood the signals and nodded. I have no other words to describe the atmosphere but ‘unforgettable’. I couldn’t stop smiling as I was sitting behind the bars on the first row of the media tribune. Soubak’s girls had a great start but Serbia showed why they had made it this far as well. It was an intense game, a fantastic fight, exciting from the very first minute, two teams that showed their quality and left their hearts on every play. Serbia gave their best, but, as coaches usually say in press conferences after being defeated, Brazil was the better team on court.The announcer encouraged the crowd every time Brazil had the ball and deafening screams made Kombank Arena tremble again. I was there to witness it all. They sounded as strong as thunder. I never imagined I would experience something like this in a handball match. I remember thinking that the Brazilians must have imagined that they were playing in their backyard or in an silent stadium. They looked so focused that it was evident that the whistling had no effect on them. I was quite right and I proved it when I heard captain Dara in the mixed zone after the game: “I told the girls in the dressing rooms: ‘Imagine this stadium as if it was empty and only the sound of our national anthem was playing’”. That’s when it all made sense.There’s no doubt that the mental strength and confidence of this team was unbreakable, a very important part of the achievement. The pressure of the audience did not make Brazil hesitate and even when they were behind on the score they had the patience and intelligence to take the lead again, only minutes before the final whistle. Here’s how the IHF described the last moments: “90 seconds on the clock. Brazil scores for 21:20, missed shot by tragic hero Cvijic, Rodrigues hitting the net for 22:20, Pessoa saves again – the match was decided 55 seconds before the end. And while the audience was shocked, Brazil started their gold medal party.” World’s best player, Alê! Handball bloglaura agena Just for that moment, I really wished I was Brazilian, to justify those tears streaming down my face. It is hard to describe such happiness for a team that is not my own, the pride I felt for them. As a South American, I felt represented by them and their courage, their hunger and their passion for the game and to defend their colors. This was the result of years and years of hard work, determination, sacrifice, perseverance. I must say I felt a bit jealous for their success, but in a good way; I clapped at their enormous achievement in complete admiration. Larissa, one of the press members from Brazil, was jumping right behind me while screaming ‘ACABOOOOOOOOU, ACABOOOOOOOOOOOU!!! SOMOS CAMPEÕES!!!!’ (it’s over!, it’s over! We are the champions!). I couldn’t help feeling happy for her too, and for the very few Brazilians that had flown to Serbia to witness an unforgettable moment for the handball of their nation, and for the history of handball itself. This alone was worth more than all the dinars and euros I had spent so far. This was priceless.The players were in tears, of course. Some couldn’t even stand up from the floor. They all embraced each other and looked in awe, they jumped, laughed (as usual). They had just made history, they had just become World champions for the first time in a soil with a much bigger handball tradition than Brazil. World champions. WORLD. CHAMPIONS. After a few moments of celebration all players were invited to leave the court so that the podium could be built and the medal ceremony could rapidly begin. The Brazilians were extremely happy while the Serbians couldn’t stop crying. I remembered Lekić leaving the stadium hobbling only two days before, after beating Poland in the semifinals. The captain wanted to be a hero for the team and the nation and she played as if she wasn’t in pain. I wonder if she knows that she’s already a hero an idol to all handball lovers and to new generations that will look up to her. Role model just like Damnjanović (best LB of the tournament), Tomasević and Cvijić (best LP of the WC), kids will want to be like them and that’s worth more than a silver medal.A medal ceremony is always emotional. All three teams appeared on court, all players holding hands and walking in line. Tears were now uncontrollable. I looked at some of the most experienced girls like Alê, Deonise, Dara and Dani and they just couldn’t stop smiling and crying, their happiness was contagious. The trophy was handed out by IHF president Hassan Moustafa and “We are the champions”, by Queen, was played as usual, right before we heard the national anthem of Brazil for the last time that night. The South Americans also did the A capella version of “Celebrar”, a song that had accompanied them and gave them courage throughout the tournament.I ran down to the mixed zone right after the ceremony. All players were supposed to walk that way to find their way to the dressing rooms. All volunteers lined up against a wall and clapped at each of the players that walked past by. Standing next to me was Malu, Brazil’s press chief, whom I had met in Spain in January during the men’s WC. All Brazilian players stopped to hug her before they ran to the showers. I was standing strategically next to her. Babi Arenhart, best goalkeeper of the tournament, couldn’t help but crying after she saw Malu, she gave her an endless hug, they were both in tears. She even gave me a hug and thanked me for having supported them. I was speechless; I was the one to thank to them.I was waiting for someone very special at the end of that mixed zone. Once again, just like the days before, I received a huge hug from a true champion, Dani Piedade. Long story short, I met the LP for the first time in London 2012, where I was a Games Maker (volunteer). After a press conference I took a photo with her talked to her on the way back to the dressing rooms. This time after the QFs game against Hungary she was the designated player to attend the press conference and she told me that she remembered me from last July. From that day on, I hugged her in the mixed zone after every game and she would tell me ‘you’re our lucky charm!’. It was clear to me that they didn’t need any lucky charms to accomplish such an achievement, but she repeated it after the final: ‘I told you! You’re brought us good luck!’. Of course, this final hug was the most special one, a gold medal hanged from her neck; 15 months after having suffered an ischemic stroke that endangered her career. She’s what we could call a true ‘guerreira’.Mayssa, a hero in the final match (4/8 saves, in key moments of the game), stood there talking to me too. I had seen most of the players on the previous days, after each game, so they all knew me by then. She kept on repeating: ‘I still can’t believe this, this must be a dream!’. She was as happy as a girl who visits Disney for the first time, her eyes no longer looked fierce and defiant. She still had a bandage on her hand. Only days before she had had a cut in her palm in a silly accident at the hotel. And yes, she’s a goalkeeper; those saves must have hurt like hell, but the medal on her chest was now more important than that cut.Dara, the great captain, talked to the press while holding the trophy, she wouldn’t let go of it. Alê, World’s best player of the year, spoke to media from every nation. And I was right there, incredulous, feeling completely privileged. Duda, MVP of the tournament was running toward the dressing rooms from the press conference room. I had to stop her for a photo. Almost everyone who was still there did the same.I met a Spanish journalist/student who was haunting players for photos. I took her with me down the corridor that led to the locker rooms. We were both looking for local hero Andrea Lekić. After waiting for almost an hour, we got the desired photo. The center back was happy with the silver medal hanging from her neck, and she was hobbling again. She said it was quite painful, I could see it in her eyes. She was almost hopping when she left the stadium to meet an excited crowd outside, asking for photos and autographs. Just like she wrote in her blog after the final, it will take a couple of days for the sadness to go away and only then she (they) will realize the magnitude of their achievement. A whole new generation has just been inspired by them.I never imagined I would experience something as amazing as this World Championship. Although this post shows the opposite I’m really speechless. It will be hard to fall down to Earth again, to accept that it’s over! This whole experience was even greater than I thought it would be. I met some amazing people, saw Argentina playing better than ever against some of the World’s most powerful teams, I enjoyed Norway’s elegant and perfect handball, I got goosebumps watching the home team play in front of almost 20,000 people and I celebrated Brazil’s victory as if I was Brazilian, among other things. 2014, I’m waiting for you, bring it on!My name is Laura Agena and I’m a 25 year old sports journalist. My passion for sport has taken me around the globe to volunteer in big sports events such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, two IHF World Championships (Spain 2013 and Serbia 2013), an IOC Session and even the Olympic Games in London in 2012. Working in these events has opened my eyes to a whole new world of sports organization and has certainly left me thousands of anecdotes. Ypu can read about them in iamagamesmaker.wordpress.com and flotadora.insanejournal.com. ← Previous Story Montpellier deducted two points in LNH Next Story → Kielce scores 48 against Lubin!
The German national team ended Japanese tour on which they played two matches against home team. Germans showed a difference between European and Asian handball in both clashes – in Tokushima (37:24) and Tokyo 31:22 in front of 5.000 fans.Japan – Germany 22:31 (9:18)Japan: Yoshino (5), Watanabe (4), Doi (3/1), Agarie (3), Kochi (2), Baig (2), Tokuda (1), Sugioka (1), Kasahara(1)Germany: Gensheimer (8/5), Groetzki (4), Wiencek (3), Böhm (3), Hornke (3), Suton (2), Kühn (2), Michalczik (2), Pekeler (1), Weinhold (1), Häfner (1), Musche (1) The head-coach of Japan is Dagur Sigurdsson, former German coach with whom they won European gold medal (2016) and Olympic bronze medal (Rio 2016). ← Previous Story GERMANY 2024: Modern infrastructure, huge capacity and very beneficial for handball in Europe Next Story → Kristjan Andresson to replace Jacobsen on RNL’s bench in 2019! Dagur SigurdssonGerman handballJapan handball
11,402 Views Oct 30th 2016, 7:30 AM Source: Shutterstock/SJ Travel Photo and VideoThat’s about all there is to say on this subject – anyone who’s spent a year on the planet knows how this works, right?Here’s a time-related track from David Bowie’s difficult middle period to play us out… Source: emimusic/YouTubeRead: Joe Duffy a big winner in a very nice three months indeed for RTÉ Radio One > By Daragh Brophy http://jrnl.ie/3047859 Share58 Tweet Email Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 7:30 AM DO I NEED to put the time on my device back, or did it happen automatically? We can’t answer that question for you, we’re afraid, but what we can do is remind you that summertime officially ended overnight. Anything that displays the time (most things, these days) should have been set back to 1am, at 2am.Also – we’re aware it’s Sunday morning and that you may be feeling a little fragile, so it may also be worth reminding you that it will get darker earlier this evening.The clocks won’t wind forward again until 26 March 2017. 20 Comments Did you remember to put your clocks back? Do it now ALL of your clocks. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Nec Lifetouch L : deux nouvelles tablettes sous Android 4.0Nec vient d’annoncer la prochaine commercialisation de deux nouvelles tablettes, ses toutes premières embarquant Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Toutes deux baptisées Lifetouch L, elle se différencieront par leurs destinataires : l’une cible les particuliers, et l’autre les professionnels.Le géant japonais Nec s’apprête à lancer une nouvelle tablette. Baptisée Lifetouch L, elle sera déclinée sous deux modèles : le premier sera en effet destiné aux particuliers, tandis que le second visera les professionnels.Ce n’est pas par leurs performances que les deux terminaux se différencieront, mais par les logiciels qu’ils embarqueront, note le site Ubergizmo. La version “business” sera en effet livrée avec une suite de logiciels de sécurité supplémentaire pour prévenir le vol ou la perte de l’adoise numérique. Les particuliers, eux, se verront offrir une suite destinée aux parents pour bloquer l’accès de leurs enfants à certains sites web.Mais en matière de caractéristiques matérielles, les deux tablettes Lifetouch L seront identiques. Elles seront équipées d’un processeur Texas Istruments OMAP 4460 cadencé à 1,5 GHz, et afficheront un écran IPS 10.1 pouces d’une résolution de 1280 × 800. Dotées du WiFi, et disposant de 16 ou 32 Go de capacité de stockage, leur batterie bénéficiera d’une autonomie pouvant aller jusqu’à 13 heures. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ces deux tablettes embarqueront Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, et seront ainsi les premières de Nec à fonctionner sous la dernière version de l’OS de Google. Commercialisées sur l’archipel nippon dès le mois de juillet, elles seront, d’après le site akihabaranews.com, vendues 40.000 (400 euros) pour la version 16 GB, et 50.000 yens (500 euros) pour la 32 GB.Le 19 juin 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
How do you end a story like Legion‘s first season? Over the last eight weeks, we’ve been treated to a surreal, expectations-defying head-trip of a show. Legion has opened up new ideas about what a Marvel superhero show can be. It’s been unafraid to confuse and overwhelm its audience to put us in David Haller’s shoes. Now that David’s more in control, it starts to feel more like what we all assumed an X-Men TV series would be. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Legion‘s season finale was still an exciting and satisfying conclusion. It just didn’t reach the highs of the episodes leading up to it.The finale at least opened in a surprising and refreshing way. Remember Clark, the Division 3 interrogator from the first episode? We get to see what happened after he got caught up in the explosion. He spent some time in the hospital with nearly half of his body covered in burns. We see his husband and their adopted son try to comfort him. He may have seemed like a soulless government villain in the pilot, but Legion went out of its way to show us that he had a life and a family that cares about him. Allowing us to empathize with an antagonist, no matter how minor, is a rare, interesting move for a superhero show.We see Clark insist on going back into the field, which leads us to the end of last week’s episode. The Division 3 soldiers have stormed Summerland, with Clark ordering them to kill everyone but David. But there was nothing to worry about. David is more in control of his mind than he’s ever been. With a flick of his fingers, all the soldiers are knocked into a pile. This sequence wouldn’t be out of place in any other comic adaptation, but it signals a noticeable change in tone for Legion.Hamish Linklater as The Interrogator (Photo via FX)Clark and the SummerLand team spend a decent portion of the episode talking out their differences. It’s more interesting than it sounds. Melanie suggests that it’s time for the human race to evolve, meaning Clark and his cohorts had better accept that mutants exist. Over the course of the episode, Clark appears to begin to understand. He sees what the Shadow King is doing to David and realizes, at least for now, that they should all be working together. Whether the rest of Division 3 sees that is another story.It soon becomes clear that it’s time for the Shadow King to come out. There’s one problem. Because Syd was in David’s body for a time, the Shadow King can communicate with her. He knows what the Summerland team is planning to do. Appearing in Syd’s mind as a decaying Lenny, the Shadow King threatens to destroy David mind if they try to force him/her out. The threat comes with a stomach-churning metaphor about trying to unmake soup. The only way David survives Lenny’s departure is if Syd helps him/her escape unscathed.The team straps David down in Cary’s lab, and the treatment begins. For a while, it seems to be working. We see David relive all his memories from early childhood to Clockworks. Lenny is slowly removed from each image. It’s not long before the Shadow King starts to fight back. Surrounded by images of himself as a baby, David tries to talk to the zombified Lenny. It’s a testament to what a strange, fun ride this series has been that a sequence like this can feel like a step closer to normal superhero fare.Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett, Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace, Dan Stevens as David Haller. (Photo via FX)As Lenny begins to fight the extraction, hurting David in the process, Syd decides she has to save him. She runs into the room and kisses him, which transfers the Shadow King into her body. Kerry runs in behind her, and with a touch of Syd’s hand, the Shadow King is now in her body. Apparently satisfied with Kerry’s abilities, he stays in her body, attacking Cary and knocking him to the ground. Ptonomy comes in firing his tommy gun, in the dumbest, most nonsensical moment of the entire episode. Sure, I guess a gun firing wildly into the air adds some tension, but there was no reason for it. No one gets hit, and it isn’t even clear what he was trying to accomplish. It’s just a stupid, pointless sequence that is thankfully over as soon as it starts.After psychically knocking Melanie to the floor, the possessed Kerry meets David in the hallway. The two charge at each other, psychic energy building around them. It almost looks more like a live-action Dragonball Z scene than anything X-Men related. They collide, and the blast sends them both flying backward. It also knocks the Shadow King out of Kerry’s body. David and Kerry make sure everyone is OK, which they all are. Except for one person. Oliver is unaccounted for. It doesn’t take long to figure out that the Shadow King hopped into Oliver’s mind and escaped. Just before the end credits, we see Oliver driving away from Summerland in a left-hand drive car. He’s alone until the camera pans past the windshield and looks into the passenger window. There’s Lenny. It appears Aubrey Plaza and Jemaine Clement will be co-villains for season two.Jemaine Clement as Oliver and Aubrey Plaza as Lenny. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)Or maybe not. Like every Marvel superhero adaptation, Legion ends with a post-credits scene. As David and Syd stand together on a deck, a strange ball floats up to them. They don’t have long to wonder what it is before it scans David and traps him inside. Noah Hawley just had to mess with our minds one last time, didn’t he? I guess we’ll have to wait until next year before we find out just what the hell that was.After all the big reveals in last week’s episode, it makes sense that this show would be dedicated to battling the Shadow King. I was just hoping the final showdown between David and Farouk would look more like the rest of the season has. Instead, it looked like a superhero battle. Not the same, but not altogether too different from what other TV shows and movies have given us. Again, that’s not to say the finale was bad. Even when Legion gives us straightforward superhero TV, it’s some of the best, most visually engrossing superhero action out there. That’s just not the reason I fell in love with this show. And hey, I have no idea what a “better” conclusion would be, or if one was even possible. Endings are hard. Especially for a show like Legion.
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An estimated 125 farmers and state soybean leaders met in Nashville, Tenn. this week for the 14th annual ASA Soybean Leadership College at the Hutton Hotel. Attendees had the chance to network with others in the soybean industry while developing their organizational leadership skills at the three day conference.The Soybean Leadership College opened Monday afternoon with popular ag TV host of RFD-TV’s U.S. Farm Report, John Phipps. Phipps presented “What Could Possibly Go Right? Agriculture is doomed. Or Maybe Not,” addressing grain prices, international and national market demands and how growers and associations can prepare for future trends. To end the evening, leaders headed to Honky Tonk Central for dinner and live music.ASA President Ray Gaesser welcomed the crowd on Tuesday morning and introduced speaker Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, who spoke about overcoming growing consumer skepticism in the industry. Arnot explored why consumers mistrust today’s food system and shared insights on how we can build trust in today’s agriculture.On Tuesday, the Soybean Leadership College also showcased breakout education sessions on leadership, communications and the latest issues impacting the soybean industry.Steve Hughes from Hit Your Stride presented “Influence: The Art and Science of Changing Minds,” focusing on practical ideas drawing from latest psychological research to illustrate how to influence clients, understand how they make decisions and utilizing the “six P’s” of persuasion. LCDR Chip Lutz, a retired veteran of the United States Navy, presented “Fair Winds By Following the ‘C’s’ Leading Tomorrow’s Association.” His presentation focused on leadership, providing tools to break communication barriers, connect with other team members and collaboration.At lunch, USB Vice Chairman Bob Haselwood presented before leaders broke into the second half of the leadership and communication sessions on Tuesday.Agriculture speaker and comedian Damian Mason concluded the evening with a humorous, yet insightful discussion on agriculture trends and look at issues facing the business of food production.After a day of learning, Soybean Leadership College attendees met up for an evening of Wii games, poker, Ping-Pong and dinner. BASF Project Manager Nathan Borgmeyer kicked off Wednesday morning with a breakfast presentation on weed control practices.Bestselling author Mary Byers spoke during the general session on Wednesday morning. Byers is co-author of” Race for Relevance” and “Road to Relevance.”Her presentation featured insights from “Road to Relevance” to help move soybean organizations to greater discipline, focus and value. Framed by five key strategies illustrated by examples, she presented a guide to competitive advantage.To close the 14th annual ASA Soybean Leadership College, Cathy Enright, executive director of Council for Biotechnology Information and head of GMO Answers, presented “A New Conversation about GMOs and How our Food is Grown.”Enright discussed how the biotech industry stands behind the health and safety of GM crops on the market today, but acknowledges that a better job could be done on communicating what they are, how they are made, what the safety data says. Enright’s presentation is a step towards a different approach, to open up a new conversation and welcome the toughest questions about GMOs and how food is grown.ASA Soybean Leadership College provides opportunities for future and current soybean industry grower-leaders and state staff to learn how to engage soybean producers, consumers, legislators, government officials and media, to more effectively tell the story of agriculture.ASA thanks the sponsors of the 2014 Soybean Leadership College:BASF, United Soybean Board, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, Delaware Soybean Board, Illinois Soybean Board, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Iowa Soybean Association, Kansas Soybean Commission, Maryland Soybean Board, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Nebraska Soybean Board, New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association, North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, North Dakota Soybean Council, Ohio Soybean Council, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council, Virginia Soybean and the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.