Worry for China as industrial growth falters

first_imgBeijing: China’s economy showed further signs of weakness last month, with industrial output posting its slowest growth in 17 years, placing further pressure on the government as it tries to steady the ship while battling a trade war with the US. The authorities have for years been attempting to transition the world’s number two economy from a reliance on state investment and exports to a more stable model driven by consumption, with the tariffs stand-off complicating that mission of late. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepRetail sales actually beat expectations, rising 8.6 per cent year-on-year in May, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Friday. That compares to an 8.1 per cent increase forecast in a Bloomberg poll of analysts. But the National Bureau of Statistics also said industrial output rose just 5.0 per cent, the slowest increase since 2002, and missing a 5.4 percent analyst forecast. Fixed-asset investment growth also underwhelmed with 5.6 per cent growth. The readings are likely to fan speculation that authorities may launch another round of stimulus. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsBeijing has rolled out huge tax cuts and other measures this year to try to blunt the impact of a trade war, which has seen the US impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods, causing worries for exporters. China’s exports beat gloomy forecasts to rebound somewhat in May, though imports sank more than expected, according to official data released earlier in the week. But the overall downward trend gives Xi little room to fight back forcefully against the United States, which is using tariffs as leverage to try to force China into opening up its economy. ANZ Research said it expected further gloom ahead and revised down its 2019 estimate for Chinese economic growth. “The economic data coming out of China over the past two months have not lived up to our expectations,” it said in a commentary on Friday. It had adjusted its gross domestic product growth forecast to 6.2 per cent for 2019, from a previous estimate of 6.4 per cent.last_img read more

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Fire breaks out at Fort Nelson Automotive shop and Building Supply store

first_imgBoth buildings are located on 50th avenue north in Fort Nelson, which is one of the frontage roads for the Alaska Highway.If you have any information to share about the fire, including pictures and video email news@moosefm.caSince the Fort Nelson Fire Department is currently fighting the fire, information is limited at this time.  As we get more information, we will post updates. FORT NELSON, B.C. – A large fire broke out early Tuesday morning in Fort Nelson.According to eye-witnesses, the fire has affected ED’s Ace Building Supplies and and Dalex Automotive.  We understand only vehicles in the Dalex lot have been affected by the fire.Shawna Badine who is staying across the highway in a local hotel says a loud bang woke her up at 4:45 a.m. “I was staying in a hotel across from the scene . I woke up to the sound of an explosion and the hotel shaking. Looked out the window to an unreal scene, of one vehicle after another exploding.”last_img read more

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Tuition fees ballooning in Canada report

OTTAWA — A new report suggests tuition fees are becoming less affordable for many Canadians, forcing an increasing number of students to take on heavy debt loads.The report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that since 1990, average tuition and compulsory fees for undergraduates have risen by 6.2 % annually — three times the rate of inflation.It now costs, on average, $6,186 a year to study at a Canadian university, and that doesn’t include the cost of books or food or lodging.The left-leaning think-tank adds that extrapolating from past growth and announced government intentions, that number will rise to $7,330 in four years.The report also shows there is wide divergence in the cost of post-secondary education across the country.It ranges from low-cost provinces such as Newfoundland and Labrador ($2,861) and Quebec ($3,278), to high-cost jurisdictions like Ontario ($7,513) and Alberta ($7,061).In four years, tuition for undergraduates will vary from a low of $2,893 in Newfoundland to a high of $9,231 in Ontario.[np-related]For Quebec, the report shows fees would have gone up to $4,472 if the recently defeated Liberal government’s controversial proposals for increases were adopted. That would move the province from the second least expensive to third, behind Manitoba and Newfoundland.The proposed fee hikes triggered massive protests during the spring, including class cancellations, but are now in question with the election of a Parti Quebecois minority government.Using what the CCPA calls its “cost of learning” index, which measures increases in tuition against the rise of income for the average family, the group says university education is most affordable in Newfoundland and Quebec, and least affordable in Nova Scotia and Ontario.Co-author Erika Shaker said the intent of the paper was to track what provincial governments are doing to make higher education more affordable for families of modest means.The findings, she said, show that most provinces have opted not to keep costs down, but rather turn to schemes to offer students loans on favourable terms, or easy repayment options.Students are graduating with debt and that has a lasting impact on how they can start their livesThe problem with that approach, Shaker said, is that 60% of undergraduate students go into the working world with an average debt of $27,000, and that is likely larger if private debt is included.“Yes university enrolment is increasing and that is frequently used as an argument to say people can bear the costs,” she said.“But students are graduating with debt and that has a lasting impact on how they can start their lives.”According to Statistics Canada, about half of youth from families with incomes in the top 25 percentile attend university by age 19, compared to less than a third for those from families in the bottom quartile.Shaker says young Canadians are constantly being warned they must get a university education to have a chance at good jobs, but many provincial governments are off-loading more of the cost of university to families and students.For instance, the proportion of provincial support as a percentage of total university expenditures has declined from 84% to 58% between 1979 and 2009, while tuition has increased from 12% to 35% in that time, the report states.Add stagnant incomes and soaring household debt to the mix and “we’re looking to graduate a generation that starts out on very shaky ground,” said Shaker.She added that the high cost of post-secondary education is also putting stress on families, with some having to take out second mortgages or delay retirement to pay for their children’s tuition.The Canadian Press Find FP Personal Finance on Facebook read more

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Drugs cash and guns seized by police in St Catharines

A 33-year-old man has been charged after police seized more than $2,000 worth of drugs, guns, and cash from a home in St. Catharines.Officers executed a search warrant at the home on Tuesday and seized cocaine, methamphetamine, and three guns, two of which had been modified. Police also found “several hundred dollars” in proceeds of crime.Jeffrey Allard, of St. Catharines, is facing a number of charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance and unauthorized possession of a firearm.He was held in custody and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday. read more

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Worlds interest in small island problems and solutions must be sustained Annan

Addressing a parallel event at the five-day conference in Port Louis that is assessing progress towards meeting development goals laid out 10 years ago, he said the 26 December tsunami that created a terrible catastrophe in the Indian Ocean countries showed “more clearly not only the challenges facing small islands, but their relevance for the entire world.””The list of challenges is long,” he told the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), according to a text released at UN Headquarters in New York.”It includes familiar questions such as the risk of natural disasters, isolation from global markets, and high costs for energy and transport. More recently, other issues have come to the fore, such as the impact of climate change, the spread of HIV/AIDS, the threat of terrorism and the potential of information and communication technologies.”With the 2005 theme “small islands, big stakes,” the conference is officially called the International Meeting for the 10-year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. Included in its agenda are discussions of island efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) designed to halve extreme poverty by 2015.Noting the solidarity that the islands have formed, Mr. Annan said, “You may be small in size, but your potential is big.”In that vein, he said he hoped they would be active in the General Assembly’s consideration of the report of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.The 16-member panel comprises prominent politicians, diplomats and development experts Mr. Annan appointed more than a year ago to assess how the UN might transform itself to deal with the major threats facing the world in the 21st century. It submitted 101 proposals for the GA’s deliberations.Meanwhile, in finalizing a Mauritius document that all participants could support and implement, the islands would have to establish clear priorities for the years ahead, he said.”You will have to deepen partnerships at all levels – through South-South cooperation; through closer cooperation with developed countries; by engaging more actively with civil society; and by tapping the knowledge and capacities of regional organizations, such as CARICOM (the Caribbean Community), the Pacific Islands Forum and the Indian Ocean Commission.”Earlier in the day, the Secretary-General and Mrs. Annan visited “the Community Vilaj,” a conference exhibition showing sustainable development efforts and innovations at the community level in small islands worldwide.Mr. Annan also opened the final session of the parallel youth forum of the conference, with the theme “Youth Island Visioning.”Yesterday in a panel discussion on trade, a senior economist with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Deep Forde, said small island economies had been badly hit by changes in world trading regimes for sugar, bananas and fish.While the small island states accounted for 15 per cent of the sugar exported, many of these nations had had to shut down factories and bankable assurances were being threatened, while their banana exports had dropped to $21 million from $37 million between 2000 and 2002, he said.In the Caribbean, agricultural production had declined so much that the region had moved from being a major net exporter to a net importer, Mr. Forde noted. read more

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In Iran Ban holds range of meetings with leaders of NonAligned Movement

Earlier Friday, Mr. Ban met with his counter-part at the League of Arab States, Secretary-General Nabil El-Araby. The two men discussed recent developments concerning Syria, including the intensified violence and mounting humanitarian crisis, according to information provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. The humanitarian crisis in Syria was also the main topic of discussion between Mr. Ban and the Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid Al-Moualem, with Mr. Ban urging the Syrian official to allow a greater number of humanitarian partners to operate so that aid can reach those who desperately need it. In addition, Mr. Ban told Mr. Al Moualem that he was “extremely concerned” about the extent of destruction in Syria and the scale of civilian suffering, and reiterated that violence from all sides must stop immediately so that a political solution can be found. Also on Friday morning, the UN chief met with the Malian Foreign Minister, Tieman Coulibaly, and expressed his hope that the remaining transitional mechanisms announced by the Interim President would soon be in place to allow for a swift and full restoration of State authority in the country, which has experienced conflict and drought in recent months. On Thursday, the Secretary-General met with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Aliakbar Salehi, with whom he shared his concern about Iran’s nuclear programme and underscored the importance of transparency in this matter, as well as the need for Iran to fully comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Iran’s nuclear activities have been of international concern since the discovery, in 2003, that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years, in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran has repeatedly stated that its nuclear programme is for the peaceful purpose of providing energy, but many countries contend it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Regarding the talks with the P5+1 grouping, which is made up of the five Security Council permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – along with Germany, Mr. Ban and Mr. Salehi agreed on the need for positive momentum that would advance the talks, according to the Secretary-General’s spokesperson. On Thursday, Mr. Ban also met with the President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsy, whom he congratulated for his recent victory in the country’s election. Mr. Ban reiterated the UN’s readiness to continue supporting Egypt’s transition, and underlined the importance of Egypt’s leadership on questions of regional peace and security. During a Thursday meeting with the President of the Presidium of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Yong Nam, Mr. Ban voiced his concern about the food and nutrition situation in the country, particularly following the long dry spell in the spring and the recent flooding. He also said he was disturbed about the humanitarian situation and emphasized the importance of ongoing contact between the UN and DPRK. Mr. Ban also added that he hoped for an improvement in cross-border relation with the Republic of Korea (ROK), which would also lead to an improvement of ties between DPRK and the United States. Mr. Ban met with the Nepalese Prime Minister, Baburam Bhattarai, on Thursday. He urged him to continue efforts to find consensus so that constitution-making and reconciliation process can resume and be completed without delay. The 16th NAM summit, under the chairmanship of the Government of Iran, began in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Sunday and ends today. Some 120 representatives from its Member States are in attendance, as well as from various associated observer countries. Mr. Ban is due back in New York on Saturday. read more

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Breastfeeding is smartest investment families communities and countries can make – UN

Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, the United Nations today stressed that although breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for infants and mothers, investment shortcomings impede the practice. “Breastfeeding gives babies the best possible start in life,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). He added that breastmilk works like a baby’s first vaccine, protecting infants from potentially deadly diseases and giving them all the nourishment they need to survive and thrive. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, a new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective – an initiative launched today that aims to increase global breastfeeding rates – points out that breastfeeding not only helps prevent diarrhoea and pneumonia, two major causes of death in infants, it also helps reduce mothers’ risk of ovarian and breast cancer, two leading causes of death among women. Yet, the scorecard, which evaluated 194 nations, reveals that no country in the world fully meets recommended breastfeeding standards. It found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are given nothing but breastmilk and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent. Global investment in breastfeeding ‘far too low,’ says UN The scorecard was released at the start of World Breastfeeding Week alongside a new analysis, Nurturing the Health and Wealth of Nations: The Investment Case for Breastfeeding, demonstrating that an annual investment of only $4.70 per newborn is required to increase the global rate of exclusive breastfeeding among children under six months to 50 per cent by 2025. The analysis suggests that meeting this target could save the lives of 520,000 children under the age of five and potentially generate $300 billion in economic gains over 10 years, as a result of reduced illness and health care costs and increased productivity. “Breastfeeding is one of the most effective – and cost effective – investments nations can make in the health of their youngest members and the future health of their economies and societies,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “By failing to invest in breastfeeding, we are failing mothers and their babies – and paying a double price: in lost lives and in lost opportunity.” The investment case shows that in five of the world’s largest emerging economies, namely China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Nigeria, the lack of investment in breastfeeding has resulted in an estimated 236,000 child deaths per year and $119 billion in economic losses. Globally, investment in breastfeeding is far too low. Each year, governments in lower- and middle-income countries spend approximately $250 million on breastfeeding promotion – donors provide only an additional $85 million. Co-led by UNICEF and WHO, the Global Breastfeeding Collective is calling on countries to increase funding to raise breastfeeding rates from birth through two years of age; enact paid family leave and workplace breastfeeding policies, building on the UN International Labour Organization’s maternity protection guidelines as a minimum requirement; improve access to skilled breastfeeding counselling as part of comprehensive breastfeeding policies and programmes in health facilities; and strengthen links between health facilities and communities, and encourage community networks that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. Both UN agencies emphasize that breastfeeding is critical to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), asserting that it improves nutrition, SDG 2; prevents child mortality and decreases the risk of non-communicable diseases, SDG 3; and supports cognitive development and education, SDG 4. Breastfeeding is also an enabler to ending poverty, promoting economic growth and reducing inequalities. read more

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The mining equipment technology and services sector Australias quiet achiever

first_imgSid Marris, Director – Industry Policy, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) notes “Australia’s resources boom has sparked a quiet revolution in Mining Equipment, Technology and Services with the METS sector now valued at more than A$71 billion a new paper shows. A public policy monograph by Don Scott-Kemmis, an innovation management and policy consultant and Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, shows that the rise of Australia’s METS sector has been an untold success story from the wider mining boom.”“With sales exceeding A$71 billion in 2012 and total employment estimated at around 265,000 people, the rise of the METS sector has multiplied and diversified the benefits Australia derives from its natural resource endowment. Export revenues from the sector substantially exceed those of the wine industry and, on some measures, the automotive industry,” Professor Scott-Kemmis says.“METS sector exports exceed A$12 billion and offshore sales (including exports and offshore business) make up over a third of the METS sector’s income, making it one of the most internationalised Australian sectors.”The development and growth of a home-grown METS sector has helped spread the benefits of the mining boom across Australia and particularly to the domestic the manufacturing industry.Many of Australia’s thriving METS companies are based in larger cities and towns; creating thousands of jobs in manufacturing and service industries. METS companies are also providing a significant boost to Government revenues outside the direct and significant taxation contribution from commodity exporters.“Surveys indicate that Australia’s METS sector has grown roughly five-fold over the past 15 years so that today there are well over 270 firms, many leaders in their niche. Driven by the expansion of mining investment and production both within and outside Australia, the sector has achieved a remarkable level of internationalisation, with the majority of firms having offshore offices or subsidiaries,” Scott-Kemmis says.The scale and importance of Australia’s METS sector also puts to rest the notion held by some in Australia that mining is a low-tech enterprise. As Scott-Kemmis says: “The wider constellation of mining-related research and innovation organisations, and the links between them, have been characterised as a “dynamic minerals innovation complex”. This is an area of international strength in the national innovation system, not well recognised due to perceptions of mining as a ‘commodity’ industry.”Professor Scott-Kemmis’ monograph titled How about those METS? Leveraging Australia’s mining equipment, technology and services sector is available at www.minerals.org.aulast_img read more

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Gilmore to meet John Kerry in Washington today

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE is to meet the newly-installed US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington later today.The Labour leader and Minister for Foreign Affairs is expected to discuss America’s plans to radically overhaul its strict immigration laws and how this will affect the tens of thousands of Irish people living and working illegally in the United States.Earlier this month it was revealed that Gilmore has been ringing senior US politicians to push hard for a reform of the laws which will allow undocumented Irish workers to remain in the country.Gilmore and Kerry will also discuss Northern Ireland, plans for an EU-US trade agreement, and Syria.Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow where the Taoiseach will present Obama with the traditional bowl of shamrock to mark the ties between Ireland and the US.Read: 19 ministers set for overseas travel for St Patrick’s Day > Read: 32 great pictures from St Patrick’s Day 2013 > Poll: Do St Patrick’s Day celebrations portray Ireland in a positive way? >last_img read more

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Why the PlayStation 4 should have Microsoft worried

first_imgCan the Xbox 720 match the PS Vita screen-sharing feature?Nvidia garnered attention last month with its Project Shield handheld announcement. With Project Shield you can stream PC games to the handheld device, or use Shield as a controller and play using a large-screen TV. It’s an interesting idea, and one Sony decided to copy.If you own a PS4 and a PS Vita you will be able to stream your PS4 games, movies, and music to the PS Vita, meaning the TV is freed up to do something else. It’s one of the better features Nintendo included on the Wii U GamePad, and it’s something Microsoft will have to scramble to compete with if the Xbox team hasn’t already done so.There’s a good chance the Xbox 720 will have a similar ability made available through smartphones and tablets, but Microsoft doesn’t have a handheld gaming device. That’s key, because if you stream a PS4 game to PS Vita you have access to a control set similar to a DualShock. Microsoft doing the same to touchscreen devices means limiting the player to using touchscreen controls. That’s not going to work well for a lot of titles.Verdict: By having a dedicated handheld gaming device Sony has a clear advantage over Microsoft for remote play game streaming.The PS4 is not an always-connected consoleRumors have been circulating that the new Xbox 720 is going to require an internet connection in order to function. There was also a worry Sony would require the same for the PS4. However, even though there’s a strong focus on online and social integration, Sony has confirmed you can use the PS4 offline.If the Xbox 720 does turn out to be an always-connected device, this is a big plus point in Sony’s favor. Nobody likes being forced to maintain a connection in order to play.Verdict: The PlayStation 4 is not an always-connected console. If the Xbox 720 is, Microsoft is at a clear disadvantage.Sony had Bungie and Blizzard working on PS4 gamesA few years ago talk of Bungie appearing at a Sony event would of had you laughed out the room. But yesterday that’s what happened. Bungie used to be a developer Microsoft could count on for exclusive, multi-million-selling games. Now it has to share them with a rival. To rub salt into the wound, Bungie also announced that they would be producing exclusive content for Destiny on PS4. It may be the case that the Xbox 720 also gets exclusive content, but Sony got to announce it first.Another first came in the form of Blizzard appearing on stage. Unfortunately, it was only to announce Diablo III is coming to PS4, but this is still a positive because this looks to be more than just a one-game deal. Blizzard stated a “strategic partnership” had been formed with Sony, paving the way for StarCraft and maybe even an MMO to appear on Sony’s console from the studio. With Sony’s embrace of streaming live feeds and game spectating at the push of a button, I can see StarCraft tournaments turning into a major event watched on a PS4 in the future.Verdict: Sony convinced Bungie and Blizzard to back PS4, removing any chance of Microsoft getting either studios’ games signed as exclusives for Xbox 720.A very healthy selection of exclusive gamesIt doesn’t matter how good your hardware looks, if you’re launching a console and don’t have any games people want to play your machine is dead on arrival. The good news is, Sony looks like it has a pretty strong line-up of games, and importantly, some strong exclusives, too.All the bases seem to have been covered — FPS (Killzone: Shadow Fall, Destiny), 3rd person action (Watch Dogs, InFamous Second Son, Deep Down), driving (Driveclub), indie (The Witness), action RPG (Diablo III), and a first-party title that can appeal to all age ranges (Knack). If they are all launch titles, we can already count Sony as having a strong launch.Alongside the games mentioned above, we also got to see some interesting games for the future. Quantic Dream demonstrated what the PS4 hardware could achieve in terms of believable character rendering, where as Media Molecule had a demo that seemed to excite the most people as well as managing to use the PS Move controller effectively.I’m sure many more PS4 games will be revealed over the coming months (such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt which was confirmed as coming to Sony’s new console today). There’s no killer blow here for Microsoft, but Sony has some very strong exclusives that importantly cover a range of genres. That should help attract more gamers to the platform. It’s also a given that Sony will match Microsoft on the multi-format releases due to the hardware platforms being so similar.Verdict: Sony looks to have a strong line-up of games coming, including a number of exclusives that cover a range of genres. Microsoft needs to have a similarly strong line-up of Xbox-only games.No price announcement is a clever move by SonyWhen the PlayStation Meeting ended last night without Sony showing us what the PS4 console looked like or how much it cost, I was initially a little angry. Having slept on it, I’m still upset they didn’t show us the console, but not telling us a price actually make a lot of sense and is a clever move.The PS4 is using x86 components and doesn’t include any dedicated hardware simply to support backwards compatibility. That should keep costs down, and will certainly allow the machine to be cheaper than the PS3 was when it first launched. A cheaper machine gives Sony more room to maneuver on price point, which can be set much closer to the Holiday 2013 launch date.By waiting to announce a price, Sony can play a wait-and-see game and counter whatever price Microsoft sets for the Xbox 720. Depending on what that is, Sony may be able to undercut Microsoft, or at least match its rival. Announcing a price now would offer Microsoft that advantage and therefore makes no sense to reveal.Verdict: By not announcing a price Sony is attempting to force Microsoft to jump first and then potentially undercut the Xbox 720. A clever tactic that could really pay off at launch.Sony has succeeded in putting all the pressure and focus on MicrosoftThe PS4 announcement can only be seen as a successful introduction to the new machine. I think most people will watch the presentation and walk away hopeful Sony has produced a console we all want to buy. And that’s all Sony could have hoped to achieve beyond announcing a price and a launch date.The pressure and focus is now firmly on Microsoft to not just equal, but exceed what Sony has promised. Can the Xbox 720 better the PS4? In terms of hardware I think Microsoft can only equal Sony. In terms of game streaming, sharing, and remote play I don’t think they have an equivalent to Gaikai, and for games, we have to hope Microsoft has signed some great exclusives to sit alongside the inevitable Halo and Gears of War titles.Verdict: Sony has set the bar high. Microsoft really needs to have a killer Xbox 720 launch event planned. The PlayStation 4 announcement yesterday was, for the most part, quite positive both for Sony and gamers. In fact, it’s fair to say Sony presented a compelling new platform, unlike Nintendo who left us scratching our heads after that initial Wii U announcement last year.Have no doubt that Microsoft was watching last night. The PS4 is sure to have the Xbox team worried because Sony seems to have delivered, and delivered potentially beyond what Microsoft can achieve with the Xbox 720.Lets take a look at what Sony did right and what should make the PS4 more than a match for whatever new Xbox Microsoft roles out in the next few months.The PS4 is a true next-gen machine in terms of its hardwareThe hardware specs of the PS4 have still to be revealed, but what Sony did detail paints a picture of a very capable, future-proof machine.Think about your high-end PCs today. They carry a 4- to 8-core processor, a graphics card with 1-4GB RAM on board, and 4-16GB of system memory. The PS4 uses an AMD 8-core CPU, a custom high-end Radeon GPU, and 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory. So it should easily cope with anything thrown at today’s gaming PCs and then some.An 8-core processor, high-end Radeon GPU, and GDDR5 memory is at the top end of what is affordable to include in a system today. You can spend a lot of money on a PC and not get better. It’s therefore highly unlikely Microsoft can better that, so at best they will match it. In fact, that’s what the rumors about the Xbox 720 have been predicting — an 8-core CPU, custom DX11 GPU, and 8GB RAM.Verdict: Performance of the PS4 and Xbox 720 is going to be very similar, neither system will have a clear advantage.Developing games for PS4 will be relatively easySony has dumped the Cell architecture and moved to x86, which will be music to the ears of developers. Developing games for the PS4 will be much easier because of this shift, and easy development means shorter development cycles, less reliance on getting actual PS4 dev kits for those all important early game releases, and therefore lower costs involved overall.For the larger publishers and developers out there, it’s not just important to have access to performance hardware, they also want development of a single title on different systems simultaneously to be as easy as possible. With the hardware in both the PS4 and Xbox 720 expected to be very similar, developing a game to launch on both systems should be much easier than current gen machines. Sony wins big here though, because it suffered early in the life of the PS3 when the same game was compared on both system and the PS3 usually came up short due to its complex architecture and difficult development process.Verdict: By moving to x86 Sony has leveled the playing field for developers. Expect multi-format releases to look and perform the same on the PS4 and Xbox 720.Gaikai offers features Microsoft simply doesn’t have access toIt came as a surprise when Sony decided to pay $380 million to acquire Gaikai last year, but yesterday’s unveiling made the reason why very clear. Simply put, Gaikai offers Sony access to technology that allows for some unique features on the PS4.The most compelling of these was outlined by Dave Perry: the ability to instantly play a game without the need to download or even purchase it. Stream-before-you-buy is sure to be very popular with gamers, and it’s something Microsoft won’t be able to offer for the Xbox 720. Unless they’ve been hard at work creating their own solution using Azure, Microsoft simply doesn’t have the equivalent technology Gaikai offers Sony.Backwards compatibility, although not a launch feature, was promised by Perry, too. And not just compatibility with some previous generation games, Sony wants all PS1, 2, 3, and PS Mobile titles available on PS4. Can Microsoft offer the same on Xbox 720? If it can, it certainly won’t be as easy or cheap as simply streaming games.Verdict: Gaikai offers PS4 something unique that it would be surprising to see Microsoft come anywhere near emulating on the Xbox.Next page: Xbox 720 vs. Vita screen-sharing…last_img read more

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Nicola Sturgeon calls large Tory win in UK election a horrifying prospect

first_imgNicola Sturgeon calls large Tory win in UK election ‘a horrifying prospect’ Meanwhile, Theresa May has said a potential alliance of opposition parties would be a “coalition of chaos”. Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 9:07 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Share Tweet Email British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech in Walmsley Parish Hall, Bolton Source: ANDREW YATES PA Wire/PA Images“The only way to guarantee stability and certainty for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take,” May said.The Lib Dems, who were in power with the Conservatives until 2015, have ruled out a coalition with Labour.Corbyn, meanwhile, has criticised May’s decision to not take part in TV debates in the run-up to the election.“She cannot be allowed to run away from her duty to democracy and refuse to let the British people hear the arguments directly,” he said.Read: The House of Commons has voted by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on 8 JuneRead: Snap election to be held in UK on 8 June Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3348545 Short URL Apr 20th 2017, 9:07 AM Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Source: John Linton PA Wire/PA ImagesNICOLA STURGEON HAS described the prospect of a large Conservative win in the UK election as “horrifying”.Writing in the Scotsman newspaper today, the Scottish National Party leader said: “A virtual one-party Tory state is a horrifying prospect – but given how weak Labour is, and the Lib Dems’ past record of propping up a Tory government, it is clear that only the SNP can offer strong and credible opposition in the House of Commons…“Every Tory vote risks a strengthened Tory government and we should be in no doubt what that would mean. It would mean not just the hardest possible Brexit, but also further austerity and deeper cuts.”The Scottish First Minister’s comments come amid talk of the SNP, Labour and the Liberal Democrats forming an informal alliance in a bid to stop the Tories securing a landslide victory.UK Prime Minister and Conservative leader Theresa May described the potential alliance as a “coalition of chaos”.Delivering a speech in Bolton North East yesterday, the Telegraph reports that May said voters had to choose between the Conservative Party’s “strong and stable” leadership and a coalition formed to “prop up” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Source: Neil Henderson/TwitterMay asked the electorate to “put their trust in me” and “give me the mandate to fight for Britain” ahead of Brexit negotiations.Surprise announcement On Tuesday, May shocked many people by announcing that a snap general election would be held on 8 June.She said she reached the decision “only recently and reluctantly” as it is necessary “to see us through Brexit and beyond”. 82 Comments 15,996 Views By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

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Seventh man arrested over Strokestown eviction incident released without charge

first_img Mar 25th 2019, 11:43 AM https://jrnl.ie/4559410 Monday 25 Mar 2019, 10:27 PM Seventh man arrested over Strokestown eviction incident released without charge The events in December followed the repossession of a property by private security personnel days earlier. No Comments Image: The Democrat By Órla Ryan Short URLcenter_img Screengrab of footage from the incident Image: The Democrat Share57 Tweet Email Screengrab of footage from the incident Updated Mar 25th 2019, 10:27 PM A MAN IN his 50s, arrested this morning as part of an investigation into a number of incidents which took place on a farm in Co Roscommon in December, has been released without charge. A garda spokesperson said that a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.He is the seventh person arrested as part of the investigation into the incidents which took place at a farm in Falsk, Strokestown, on 16 December 2018. Two men have been charged to date.The events in December followed the repossession of a property by private security personnel days earlier.There were scuffles with the family who lived in the house and among a group of people who were present to support them. During a subsequent incident at the property, eight people were injured, three of whom required hospital treatment, while vehicles were set on fire and a dog that was seriously injured had to be put down.The eviction led to a number of protests and the issue was raised in the Dáil. Gardaí said investigations are ongoing.With reporting from Adam Daly Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings.  16,009 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Port Pacific Shredding tussle over land price

first_imgA property dispute between the Port of Vancouver and Pacific Coast Shredding has intensified, with the two parties landing in Clark County Superior Court even as they exchange pointed words over how each side is handling the matter.At issue is how much the port should pay the company, a port tenant since 1997, for acquiring a piece of its property to build a key segment of the port’s $275 million freight-rail expansion project.Neither party will discuss what’s been offered or counter-offered for the roughly 1.1 acres of the nearly 14 acres Pacific Coast Shredding leases from the port.Both sides have said they’d prefer to settle on a price rather than have a court decide it under eminent domain rules, and they are still talking. Those discussions will include a March 6 tour of the company’s site that port commissioners have agreed to takeChris Marr, a government affairs consultant for Pacific Coast Shredding, said the company wants to show commissioners that the operational and financial impacts of the port’s property acquisition are much bigger than they think. “If we can make the facts known out there,” Marr said, “that will allow the negotiation process to move forward.”last_img read more

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Police search for Miami bakery bandits caught on camera

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a group of bakery bandits after a surveillance camera caught two of them running from the business.Police said a total of five men broke into the New Latin American Bakery near Northwest 11th Street and 22nd Avenue in Miami, May 18.According to investigators, the men were prowling around the front of the bakery during non-operational hours before the burglary. Once the coast was clear, one of the men threw an object at the glass door, which caused it to shatter.According to officials, the men stole a cash register with $500 inside and a piece of baking equipment.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Angoon mayor unsatisfied with state response to tainted subsistence seal

first_imgDownload AudioAngoon’s Mayor Albert Howard is trying to protect his village’s way of life. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Hawk Inlet is healthy according to state officials. That’s the message Angoon received about three weeks after concerns were raised about high levels of mercury found in a subsistence seal. But Angoon’s mayor doesn’t feel comforted by the report.In the 20-page document, the state agencies say they appreciate the “citizen science” used to determine the seal had high levels of mercury.The letter cautions children, the elderly and pregnant woman against eating certain parts of of an older seal, like the liver. For everyone else, the department recommends limiting consumption. Other traditional foods, it says, are safe to eat.But Angoon’s Mayor Albert Howard said he doesn’t feel heard by the agencies, and the information isn’t practical.“When you spend 40-something dollars for gas in Angoon to go hunting, you’re going to make the most of it,” Albert said. “If you see one seal and it happens to be the older one, that’s a risk people are taking and no one’s going to eat only 4 ounces of seal meat.”Ali Hamad, an environmental public health program manager with the health department, said older seals store up more mercury in their organs. They can swim far distances.“So chances are that seal picked up some of the mercury from Hawk Inlet and from outside Hawk Inlet, depending on where that seal spent its life,” Hamad said. “Most of the mercury leaves the body but some of it stays in the body and with age it keeps accumulating.”The place where the seal was harvested is also home to Hecla’s Greens Creek Mine, which, according to the letter, is meeting its permitted conditions. But it doesn’t discount the origin of the metals could have came from there — historical mining could be a factor. So could natural occurrences, like drainages and streams.K.J. Metcalf says he found some parts of the letter puzzling. He’s part of the environmental advocacy group that took the tissue sample of the seal. And he said some of his concerns weren’t addressed. His group and Angoon questioned why a 1981 baseline study, before the mine was up and running, isn’t being reproduced to test the quality of the water.“And I’m really curious as to why there’s such reluctance to use it because I think it’s the gold standard that’s going to be the gold standard that’s going to give a definitive determination as to the health of the inlet,” Metcalf said.Metcalf said the study, which was lost and rediscovered in an old Forest Service files, offers a better glimpse of the pre-mining conditions.“I’m not discounting the value of a baseline study of this nature,” said Allan Nakanishi. He oversees wastewater discharge permitting for mining facilities for the state’s water division.He said the testing that’s done now is more streamlined, less broad. The 1981 version would require more resources, and the state could have difficulty imposing and monitoring it under the mine’s current permit.“And at this point we feel that, based on the data that we have on hand, that the environmental monitoring required under that permit is adequate to make the determination if harm is being caused,” Nakanishi said.He said the 1981 baseline study wasn’t brought up in the letter because it’s been addressed in the past. The letter’s focal point was the safety of subsistence food, gathered near Hawk Inlet.But when it comes to where the seal picked up so much mercury, Nakanishi isn’t sure.“That’s a difficult question.”He said yes, the most obvious source appears to be the Greens Creek mine. But mercury is persistent, and the mercury that ended up in this seal could have come from almost any discharge into the Pacific Ocean.“Some of which probably isn’t under U.S. jurisdiction for regulation under the Clean Water Act. It’s difficult to say or pinpoint what is the source,” Nakanishi said. “It could be an accumulative source from other countries, from the United States, from illegal dumping, it’s difficult to pinpoint.”The Alaska Environmental Public Health Program has offered hair sample tests to Angoon’s residents to determine their levels of mercury. The state is considering the possibility of testing more seals.last_img read more

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BSE closes points 27777 down on Jan 2

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 277.77 points down to stand at 20,862.71. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 80.50 points down to stand at 6,215.40. Power grid corporation of India Ltd. and Ashok Leyland were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 2.47% and 2.33% along with Strides Arcolab Ltd. and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. with an increase of 1.57% and 1.16% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JPINFRATEC and Century Tex with a decrease of 7.00% and 6.61% along with Adani Power and Suzlon Energy with a decrease of 6.45% and 6.43% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 120.29 points at 12,154.28 while the banking sector is down 264.05 points at 12,746.34 and the realty sector is down 44.95 points at 1,429.84. The Indian currency is down 0.34% at Rs 62.11 per dollar.last_img read more

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How to watch Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 in India

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 3 promo detailsGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” aired earlier this week and broke all-time viewing records. At the same time, the episode was illegally downloaded for millions of times from different torrent websites. With the next episode approaching, Indian fans are wondering where and how they are going to watch Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 uncensored in India online.As earlier reported, just around the time of the release of Game of Thrones’ episodes, hackers were quick to get hold to the file and uploaded 720p and full-HD versions on torrent websites. Illegal sharing and downloading of the copyrighted material is a crime in most of the countries and downloading Game of Thrones from the torrent website would put you in a lot of trouble.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 is going to be smaller in length than episode 3 but will be an important episode. From the recently released promo, we are sure that it will begin after the events depicted in the previous episode. Entire Winterfell will be celebrating and mourning at the same time after the defeat of Night King. In the previous episode, we lost several of our favorite characters and Jon Snow will be burning all the dead bodies. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)At the same time, after two whole episodes, we will be finally seeing Cersei Lannister and Euron Greyjoy back in action. There were speculations that Cersei will march with her army to fight alongside the Starks but that did not happen. The Lannister queen chose to stay in the King’s Landing and now she will wait for Daenerys Targaryen to come at her door with her fever army.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last War” will air on Hotstar on May 6, at 6:30 am. Viewers in the USA will be able to stream it on Sunday, May 5, at 9 pm on HBO. Whereas, UK fans will stream it on Sky Atlantic at 2 am on May 6. Fans have been wondering if the show will ever get available on other streaming services, as of now we can simply wait and see if Game of Thrones ever streams on Netflix.last_img read more

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How to LiveStream Times Square New Years Eve 2019 Free Online

first_imgHere’s how to live-stream the Times Square New Year’s Eve festivities for free online — no TV required — including the iconic ball drop and performances by Bebe Rexha and Lovelytheband.The six-hour New Year’s Eve live-stream from New York City will be available free worldwide on mobile devices and the web, including at TimesSquareNYC.org and TimesSquareBall.net. In addition, it will be live-streamed free on Facebook (at facebook.com/TimesSquareNYC) and Twitter (at twitter.com/TimesSquareNYC). Coverage kicks off on Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. ET and runs through the midnight ball drop.The Times Square New Year’s Eve event, co-produced by the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, will be hosted again by TV and radio personality Allison Hagendorf with correspondents Andrea Boehlke and Jeremy Hassel. The live stream, powered by Vimeo’s Livestream division, is set to include the hourly countdowns, ball-raising ceremony, stage performances and special guests, culminating in the descent of the crystal ball atop the roof of One Times Square. The evening’s lineup is slated to include musical performances by Bebe Rexha (“Meant to Be,” “Me, Myself & I,”  “I’m a Mess” and John Lennon’s “Imagine”) and alt-pop band Lovelytheband (“Broken,” “These Are My Friends” and “Maybe, I’m Afraid”).For TV specials on New Year’s Eve, other artists and musical acts scheduled to perform in Times Square include Christina Aguilera, Bastille, New Kids On The Block, and Dan + Shay on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest”; Sting, Snoop Dogg and Robin Thicke on Fox’s “New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey”; and Mau & Ricky and Paulina Rubio on Univision’s “¡Feliz 2019!”This year, the Times Square New Year’s Eve event will officially celebrate journalism and press freedom by honoring the Committee to Protect Journalists as its official charity honoree. Several journalists will be invited on the Times Square main stage at midnight, joining New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and CPJ executive director Joel Simon to push the button that triggers the lowering the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball and the 60-second countdown ringing in 2019. Those scheduled to participate include ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, NBC News’ Lester Holt, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Fox News Channel’s Jon Scott, the Washington Post’s Karen Attiah, Wall Street Journal’s Matt Murray, Time’s Edward Felsenthal, the New York Times’ Rebecca Blumenstein.“Americans are united in their belief that press freedom and independent journalism are at the heart of our democracy,” Simon said in a statement. “At CPJ, we are humbled to represent the journalists who bring us the news each day. We are inspired to #CelebratePressFreedom on New Year’s Eve and throughout the year ahead.”RELATED VIDEO: The Best Films of 2018Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpBebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale00:47 twitter facebook reddit Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/times-square-new-years-eve-2019-live-stream-1203095911/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0005:0505:05More Videos00:47Bebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale02:16Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Working With Quentin Tarantino09:01Marvel Panel Recap at San Diego Comic-Con 201902:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses04:09Hollywood Celebrities Who Died in 201900:49Wyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award TitleCloselast_img read more

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VIDEO Gordon Hayward announced he was leaving Utah for eSports in 2011

first_imgFollowing an afternoon of conflicting reports and confusion regarding his free agency decision, Gordon Hayward opted to announce his move to the Boston Celtics with the now customary article in the Player’s Tribune.Even though Hayward passed on a ‘Decision’ style announcement in favor of the article, it turns out the video game enthusiast previously parodied the famous LeBron James announcement for an eSports promotion back in 2011.In the video, he announces he’s leaving Utah to join an eSports league, and laments how hard it will be to leave.It’s not particularly well done, and Hayward looks like a bat boy for the Red Sox, but considering the hype surrounding his free agency, it’s a funny to hear him say he’s leaving he’s leaving Utah.  Life imitates art.Back in 2011, Gordon Hayward parodied LeBron’s “Decision” when he joined a professional eSports league. Seems like a good time re-post… pic.twitter.com/gFH688K9bB— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 4, 2017last_img read more

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Flowers ritual horse race mark Day of the Dead

first_imgA “rezador” or prayer man whispered The Lord’s Prayer at a cemetery in Pomuch in the southeastern state of Campeche, while Paula Maria Cuc Euan, dusted off the bones of her parents.“I’ve been doing this since they died,” Cuc Euan said as she returned a femur to a wooden crate lined with padded fabric decorated with hand-knitted flowers. “My mom died 32 years ago, and I have been doing this ever since.”Across the border in Guatemala, jockeys drank alcohol before mounting horses on a ride known as “The Death Race.” It is celebrated every year in Huehuetenango state, some 168 miles (270 kilometers) from the capital, and tradition holds that if a rider falls during the race it’s a sign that farmers will enjoy an abundant harvest.Peruvians flocked to cemeteries, from low-lying ones on the coast overlooking the Pacific to graveyards high in the snow-capped Andes.Thousands crowded Lima’s Virgen de Lourdes cemetery, the country’s largest, to leave flower offerings and dance to Andean music. Hilarion Ramos, 79, left a bouquet of Incan lilies at the grave of his son who died in 1979 at age 2.“My little boy left 33 years ago, but I don’t forget him. I still have the memory of his little face in my mind,” said Ramos, who walked a mile (two kilometers) to take his offering to the cemetery. The combined celebration known in many places as the Day of the Dead is a particularly colorful and macabre festival in Mexico that harks back to the Aztecs but has become part of Roman Catholic traditions.“In the European-Christian notion of death, our loved ones go far away and we’re left to survive on our own. But in the Mexican case, in Andean countries, the world of the living and the dead co-exist,” said Elio Masferrer, an anthropologist who focuses on religious studies in Mexico.“The living seek help and protection from the dead, especially on the Day of the Dead,” Masferrer said.And while in the Judeo-Christian traditions, the dead go to either heaven or hell based on their behavior on Earth, many in Mesoamerica and Andean countries believe they work for the Gods and are supported by their family members still on Earth, he said.“It’s none of this playing a harp in a cloud, family members have to feed them and between today and tomorrow they will leave their favorite food at the table and leave the door open so they can walk in,” Masferrer said.Families across Mexico took picnics to cemeteries, decorated graves with marigolds and sprinkled holy water on the tombs of their loved ones. Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexicans cleaned the bones of dead relatives and decorated their graves with flowers and candy skulls. In Haiti, voodoo practitioners circled an iron cross at a cemetery and poured moonshine to honor their ancestors. Some Guatemalans held a wild race of horses to remember the dead.Across the Western Hemisphere, people are paying homage to lost relatives in observances that began Thursday on All Saints Day and continue Friday with All Souls Day. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 “Today is the day we come to celebrate the people who have died, the people we haven’t seen in a long time,” voodoo priest Jean-Robert Pierre said as he carried a bottle of rum. “We’re celebrating our ancestors.”Day of the Dead festivities in Haiti are often used as an excuse to act out against social norms, for the voodoo spirits associated with the event are widely seen as rowdy and impulsive.At a major cemetery in Port-Au-Prince, men and women dressed in top hats and wore ghostly makeup representing the entity Gede, a well-known voddoo spirit. A sign outside the burial site in Creole read: “Remember that you are dust.”__Associated Press writers Franklin Briceno in Lima, Peru; Carlos Valdez in La Paz, Bolivia; and Trenton Daniel in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, contributed to this report.__Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuisAndresHenao How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img Musicians played nearby while Lucila Mamani, 62, and her three brothers danced around the grave of her mother.“Death is very sad so this allows me to remember with joy (the life) of the deceased. That’s how we Andeans are. That’s why I hire the musicians to play here,” Mamani said.Food played a big role in Bolivia where many people celebrated the “return” of loved ones with full tables.Fruit, bread and wine were set on a white tablecloth for Blanca Jimenez’s dead family members, who were represented by framed photographs next to lit candles.“It’s a re-encounter with our loved ones,” Jimenez said.The celebration permeates all social circles in Bolivia, including the very top of the government. Officials at the foreign relations department set up a large table with paintings of indigenous heroes and social leaders to “welcome their souls.”In Haiti, hundreds of voodoo, or Vodou, practitioners gathered at cemeteries, then marched in street processions to honor their ancestors in Day of the Dead, or “Fet Gede,” ceremonies.Circling an iron cross at a cemetery on the eastern end of the capital, Port-au-Prince, dozens of young men and women took turns pouring rum, moonshine and other libations. 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