MEXICO CITY - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s interest in studying human rights around the world led to his meeting with relatives of the 43 college students who disappeared in southern Mexico in 2014. ( Claudio Cruz / " AP Photo )In Mexico, Ai chose a university museum to mount his exhibit dedicated to the case of the students from the teachers’ college at Ayotzinapa in Guerrero state. He used students to assemble Legos into big, colorful portraits of the 43 missing young people. The 43 Mexican students disappeared Sept. 14, 2014, in the Guerrero city of Iguala after local police allegedly turned them over to a local drug gang. But the students’ portraits are the most powerful element.
April 19, 2019 01:30 UTC
The attorneys cited a New York Daily News story that reports an unknown person had contacted TheBlast.com with footage of Kraft naked with another person, presumably the massage therapist. The attorneys said only police and prosecutors have access to the footage, which a judge has temporarily barred from release. The attorneys argued that releasing the footage would violate their clients’ rights to privacy and fair trials. He said his department has taken every precaution to secure the evidence, and he doesn’t believe anyone in the police department or State Attorney’s Office would leak the video. A message left with the State Attorney’s Office wasn’t immediately returned.
April 19, 2019 01:04 UTC
KLANG: Pakatan Harapan still enjoys strong support from the Indians, but some have become impatient with the delay in policy implementation relevant to the community at the Federal level. PKR Sentosa assemblyman Gunaraj George said some segments of the Indian community wanted instant change and did not want to wait any longer. One being the inability of Indian students who did well in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations, to get into matriculation programmes. Santiago added that the government and Pakatan could not take Indian support for granted. “The government has a duty to explain to the Indian community why these top students were left out," he said.
April 19, 2019 00:56 UTC
Just like people, I knew the perfect dog didn’t exist, but felt that preparing the groundwork would give ourselves the best chance. To ensure I had a well-socialized dog, I took Merlin on outings. I survived the relentless nipping and soiling of the puppy days, but it became apparent that, despite my efforts, Merlin appeared to hate everyone. I was envious of dog walkers wearing headphones in oblivion, people meeting for a chat while their dogs idly sniffed. To say you don't love your dog is the ultimate tabooAt home, visitors were not welcome.
April 19, 2019 00:45 UTC
The Bloedel Conservatory's tree echium were over three metres tall on April 15. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)For a short time only, Vancouver's Bloedel Conservatory is home to a stand of endangered tree echium, or snow tower flower. Readers will be forgiven for comparing this giant, phallus-shaped, plant to the Bloedel Conservatory's last flowering sensation — the titan arum or corpse flower. The Bloedel Conservatory's tree echiums tower over Vancouver Park Board marketing coordinator Emily Schultz. We have 5 rare tree echium (Echium pininana 'Snow Towers') over 10 feet high blooming now.
April 19, 2019 00:22 UTC
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State should have one of the most talented teams in school history. That won’t be easy considering that Butler and Montgomery each have an outside shot at being Iowa State’s first first-round pick in 46 years. Iowa State — which is coming off back-to-back 8-5 seasons after going nearly a decade without a winning one — opens Aug. 31 against Northern Iowa“There’s competition across the board. Iowa State will also lose Matt Eaton, who caught 27 passes for 304 yards a year ago. I trust those guys,” Campbell said.
April 19, 2019 00:00 UTC
“The proposed change would allow Ontario to use the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) database as its source list for creating juries for the 2020 jury roll. Of those, only three were composed of 50 per cent visible minority and 50 per cent white jurors. In most cases, white jurors represented the majority with as many as 11 of the 12 positions. From days 11 to 49, jurors are paid $40 each day rising to $100 a day from the 50th day onwards. Alberta jurors are paid $50 per day, are reimbursed for travel and child care and provided with parking.
April 18, 2019 23:37 UTC
St. Louis and Sacramento, California, have been invited to submit formal bids for franchises as Major League Soccer’s Board of Governors formally unveiled plans Thursday to expand to 30 teams. The board did not identify markets that would receive teams but groups in Sacramento and St. Louis were allowed to make formal presentations to the league’s expansion committee. MLS has set an expansion fee of $200 million for the league’s 28th and 29th teams. Sacramento’s hopes of landing a team were boosted in January when billionaire Ron Burkle became the new lead investor in the Sacramento Republic soccer team. The St. Louis group includes World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh and the Taylor family, owners of the rental car company Enterprise Holdings.
April 18, 2019 23:26 UTC
BOSTON — Former Vice-President Joe Biden attended a rally of striking supermarket workers in New England on Thursday, arguing that workers aren’t being treated with enough respect. Biden spoke at the gathering of unionized Stop & Shop employees outside a store in Boston’s Dorchester neighbourhood. The 76-year-old Biden, mulling a run for the Democratic nomination for president, said workers at the supermarket chain are “not being treated across the board with dignity.”“We’ve got to start recognizing what people do, because it matters to everybody,” Biden said. Biden called President Donald Trump’s tax cut “a scam,” and said Wall Street, bankers and CEOs did not build America. “You built America!” Biden said to the union crowd.
April 18, 2019 22:58 UTC
He finally showed that Thursday in the RBC Heritage, shooting a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead. Things changed for Lowry at Harbour Town Golf Links, where he birdied three of his first six holes. Seventh-ranked Francesco Molinari , who held a two-stroke lead at Augusta with seven holes left, struggled to a 3-over 74, which was also his final round score at the Masters. Masters winner Tiger Woods, who has played in just one RBC Heritage in 1999, was off. Lowry had a similarly strong first round of 66 the only other time he played here in 2017 before ballooning to a 75 in round two and eventually tying for 44th.
April 18, 2019 22:35 UTC
On Tuesday, Alberta voters chose Jason Kenney to be their next premier. Despite polls showing a tighter race, the final result was, in fact, a lopsided victory for the United Conservative Party that Kenney leads. The judgment of Alberta's voters could not be much clearerIn other words, this wasn’t just Kenney’s victory, it was a crushing defeat of Notley’s NDP. The judgment of Alberta’s voters could not be much clearer. It is outrageous that other Canadian provinces continue to impose so-called environmental restrictions on exports of Alberta’s oil, while importing massive quantities of oil from abroad.
April 18, 2019 22:25 UTC
With a laugh, she added: “My mom would love to know that, too.”Knight is suddenly one of some 100 players without a place to play after the six-team Canadian Women’s Hockey League last month abruptly announced it was ceasing operations as of May 1. Knight had just completed her first full season playing for the CWHL franchise in Montreal after spending two seasons with Boston of the U.S.-based National Women’s Hockey League. Players and CWHL executives have been communicating via email and text, and Knox expects those discussions to ramp up now that the world championships are over. Though the NHL financially supports women’s pro hockey, it has been cautious in taking a larger role. “I think it’s time for change in women’s sports, and we don’t know what that change is yet.
April 18, 2019 22:07 UTC
After a five-month search, Toronto has found its first “transit czar.” In a memo distributed to councillors and city staff Thursday, deputy city manager, Tracey Cook, announced the city had hired former Infrastructure Ontario executive vice-president Derrick Toigo to head up its new transit expansion office. He is tasked with overseeing the city’s efforts to advance new transit lines, and serve as the contact for all city divisions, the TTC, Metrolinx, and other levels of government. “Derrick’s prior experience and expertise will factor extensively into his new role, as he lays the foundation for the new transit expansion office,” Cook wrote. Article Continued BelowMayor John Tory announced last November the city was creating the office to speed up the construction of transit projects. A city spokesperson said it intended to fill the positions using city staff as much as possible.
April 18, 2019 22:07 UTC
In the other second-legged quarterfinal games, Valencia won 5-1 on aggregate after defeating Villarreal 2-0, and Eintracht Frankfurt overturned a two-goal deficit from the first leg. Chelsea plays Frankfurt in the semifinals, and Arsenal, which won 3-0 overall, meets Valencia. For all four semifinalists, winning the Europa League would secure a route into the Champions League outside of their domestic leagues. Here’s a look at Thursday’s games:HAZARD’S RARE STARTWith Eden Hazard in a rare Europa League start, Chelsea was flying from the start. Valencia also got past Villarreal in the semifinals of the 2004 UEFA Cup, a competition it went on to win.
April 18, 2019 21:56 UTC
If I have a litmus test for politicians, it might be this: if they don’t understand the value of public libraries, then I don’t trust them. Because a person who doesn’t understand public libraries doesn’t understand community, and doesn’t understand civilization. According to the Toronto Public Library, 70 per cent of Torontonians use the library regularly, which is an astonishingly high usage rate for a public service. Like cutting the provincial library service budget in half, overnight. Have your sayTo be clear — and fair — this isn’t a cut to the budgets of local library branches, which are generally run and operated by municipal or regional governments.
April 18, 2019 21:56 UTC