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first_imgLeaders have vowed to overhaul the country’s security apparatus after acknowledging that some intelligence units were aware of possible attacks before the Easter bombings.U.S. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz told reporters that “clearly there was some failure in the system,” but said the U.S. had no prior knowledge of a threat before the attacks, the worst violence in the South Asian island nation since its civil war ended a decade ago.Teplitz called that breakdown in communication “incredibly tragic.”Government statements about the attacks have been confused and sometimes contradictory, with police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara telling reporters Wednesday that there were nine suicide bombers — two more than officials said one day earlier.File Photo: Sri Lankan police officers clear the road as an ambulance drives through carrying injured of Church blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. A Sri Lanka hospital spokesman said several blasts on Easter Sunday killed dozens of people. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)One of the additional suicide bombers was the wife of another bomber, Gunasekara said. The woman, two children and three policemen died in an explosion as authorities closed in on her late Sunday, hours after attacks were launched against three churches and three hotels. The ninth suicide bomber has not been identified, though two more suspects were killed in a later explosion on the outskirts of Colombo.Gunasekara said 60 people have been arrested so far. A team of FBI agents and U.S. military officials were helping in the investigation, Teplitz said.Officials say all of the main suicide bombers were Sri Lankan.“We are conducting investigations at the moment to see if there is any direct link to any international organizations,” Wijewardene said.The Islamic State group’s Aamaq news agency released an image it said showed the attackers’ leader standing amid seven others with covered faces. It provided no other evidence for its claim.The group, which has lost all the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria, has made a series of unsupported claims of responsibility for various attacks around the world.Sri Lankan authorities had earlier blamed a local extremist group, National Towheed Jamaar, whose leader, alternately named Mohammed Zahran or Zahran Hashmi, became known to Muslim leaders three years ago for his incendiary online speeches. On Wednesday, Wijewardene said the attackers had broken away from National Towheed Jamaar and another group, which he identified only as “JMI.”A priest conducts religious rituals during a mass burial for Easter Sunday bomb blast victims in Negombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)Teplitz declined to discuss whether U.S. officials knew about National Towheed Jamaar or its leader before the attack. “If we had heard something, we would have tried to do something about this,” Teplitz said.The country has been on heightened alert since the attacks, with police setting off a series of controlled explosions of suspicious objects. No more bombs were found Wednesday.On Tuesday, in an address to Parliament, Wijewardene said “weakness” within Sri Lanka’s security system had led to the failure to prevent the bombings.“By now it has been established that the intelligence units were aware of this attack and a group of responsible people were informed about the impending attack,” Wijewardene said. “However, this information has been circulated among only a few officials.”In a live address to the nation late Tuesday, President Maithripala Sirisena said he also was kept in the dark on the intelligence about the planned attacks and vowed to “take stern action” against officials who failed to share the information. He also pledged “a complete restructuring” of the security forces.Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Wijewardene also edged away from Tuesday comments that the bombings were retaliation for the March 15 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 people. He told reporters Wednesday that the mosque attack may have been a motivation for the bombings, but that there was no direct evidence of that.An Australian white supremacist was arrested in the Christchurch shootings.While Sri Lanka’s recent history has been rife with ethnic and sectarian conflict, the Easter Sunday attacks came as a shock.Sri Lanka is dominated by Sinhalese Buddhists, but the country of 21 million also has a significant Tamil minority, most of whom are Hindu, Muslim or Christian.Tamil Tiger rebels were known for staging suicide bombings during their 26-year civil war for independence, but religion had little role in that fighting. The Tigers were crushed by the government in 2009. Anti-Muslim bigotry fed by Buddhist nationalists has swept the country since the war ended but Sri Lanka has no history of Islamic militancy. Its small Christian community has seen only scattered incidents of harassment.___Associated Press journalists Bharatha Mallawarachi and Jon Gambrell contributed to this report. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief, a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, the president’s office said Wednesday.It wasn’t immediately clear who would be replacing them, but President Maithripala Sirisena said during a televised speech Tuesday that he planned to change the head of the defense forces within 24 hours.The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which struck Christians worshipping in three churches and people at three luxury hotels. Authorities remain unsure of its involvement, though many suspect experienced foreign militants were advising, funding or guiding the attackers.Sri Lanka’s junior defense minister has blamed breakaway members of two obscure local extremist Muslim groups, and said many of the suicide bombers were highly educated and came from well-off families.“Their thinking is that Islam can be the only religion in this country,” Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters. “They are quite well-educated people,” he said, adding that at least one had a law degree and some may have studied in the UK and Australia.last_img read more

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first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsConservationists and First Nation communities in Alberta are calling in the United Nations to help stop a proposed dam from destroying parts of the Wood Buffalo National Park.They’re already concerned about how 2 existing hydro dams in British Columbia are affecting the park.And they want this third project stopped.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

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first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you have any bottles of Stella Artois in your fridge, don’t drink it.The brewer has issued a voluntary recall of select packages containing 11.2-ounce bottles of its beer over concerns of broken glass.The recall applies to Stella Artois 6-packs, 12-packs, 18-packs, 24-packs, “Best of Belgium” multi-packs sold in the US and Canada. It also applies to Stella Artois Légère 6-packs and 12-packs sold in the US.“This recall impacts less than 1% of Stella Artois glass bottles sold in North America annually, and affected bottles will be far less than this,” says a news release from the brewer.The recall does not affect cans or draft.The company says a “glass packaging flaw” in some bottles may cause “a small piece” of glass to break off and possibly fall into the beer.This recall includes cases of Stella Artois with specific packaging dates. To check if your beer is affected, you should check codes that are found on the back label of the bottles and on the side of the cardboard cartons for multi-packs. The company says if you have a “Best of Belgium” multi-pack, you should check the Stella Artois bottle inside it.Click here to find out which codes are affectedIf you have bottles that is affected by this recall, the company says you will be reimbursed.last_img read more

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first_imgBig coastal cities have some of the highest house prices in the country. In comparison, medium-size cities are often relative bargains. But not always.Each quarter, NerdWallet calculates home affordability for 172 metropolitan areas for which the National Association of Realtors publishes home prices. NerdWallet narrowed its focus this quarter to 87 medium-size metros with populations between 250,000 and 1 million. They range from Yakima, Washington (population 250,193), to Tulsa, Oklahoma (990,706).Affordability for buying a home was estimated by comparing each metro area’s median household income with the monthly principal-and-interest payment for a median-priced single-family home in the third quarter. After a 20 per cent down payment, house payments were calculated at 4.74 per cent, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the third quarter in NerdWallet’s daily mortgage rates survey. Payments exclude insurance and property taxes.Rankings were compiled using data from the National Association of Realtors, the U.S. Census Bureau and NerdWallet surveys. Even medium-size cities can boast a touch of Hollywood, so we’ve mentioned movies and TV shows that were filmed or set in each of these.MOST AFFORDABLE MEDIUM-SIZE METRO AREAS IN 3Q1. YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN-BOARDMAN, OHIO-PENNSYLVANIAMedian home price: $97,600 (national median price: $266,900)Median household income: $45,382Principal and interest payment: $407 (10.8 per cent of median monthly income)Population: 541,926Low house prices make Youngstown affordable, although typical household income is well below the national median of $60,336. Youngstown was the filming location for portions of the 1978 movie “The Deer Hunter.”2. PEORIA, ILLINOISMedian home price: $131,300Median household income: $57,453Principal and interest payment: $547 (11.4 per cent of monthly income)Population: 372,427Peoria had the highest median household income among the five most affordable metros on this list. Parts of the 1986 Richard Pryor movie “Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling” were filmed here.3. ROCKFORD, ILLINOISMedian home price: $131,600Median household income: $55,484Principal and interest payment: $549 (11.9 per cent of monthly income)Population: 338,291This city was home to the Rockford Peaches, a women’s professional baseball team in the 1940s and 1950s that was fictionalized in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.”4. ERIE, PENNSYLVANIAMedian home price: $123,200Median household income: $50,614Principal and interest payment: $514 (12.2 per cent of monthly income)Population: 274,541Erie lies on the shore of Lake Erie. Portions of 2009’s “The Road” were filmed in Presque Isle State Park, offshore from downtown.5. DAVENPORT-MOLINE-ROCK ISLAND, IOWA-ILLINOISMedian home price: $133,900Median household income: $54,173Principal and interest payment: $558 (12.4 per cent of monthly income)Population: 382,263This metro area, called the Quad Cities, straddles the Mississippi River. The 1991 biopic “Bix,” about Davenport native and jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, was filmed partly here.LEAST AFFORDABLE MEDIUM-SIZE METRO AREAS IN 3Q1. HONOLULU, HAWAIIMedian home price: $818,600Median household income: $81,284Principal and interest payment: $3,412 (50.4 per cent of monthly income)Population: 988,650Honolulu’s high household incomes are matched by high house prices. Parts of the 2004-2010 TV series “Lost” were made in Honolulu.2. BOULDER, COLORADOMedian home price: $604,200Median household income: $80,834Principal and interest payment: $2,519 (37.4 per cent of monthly income)Population: 322,514Boulder is home to the University of Colorado. In the 1980 horror classic “The Shining,” the exterior of the Torrance family’s apartment was filmed in Boulder.3. NAPLES-IMMOKALEE-MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDAMedian home price: $425,000Median household income: $66,048Principal and interest payment: $1,772 (32.2 per cent of monthly income)Population: 372,880This area is known for its fishing. Part of the 1997 comedy “Gone Fishin’” starring Danny Glover and Joe Pesci was filmed on Marco Island.4. RENO, NEVADAMedian home price: $385,800Median household income: $61,360Principal and interest payment: $1,608 (31.5 per cent of monthly income)Population: 464,593Reno calls itself “The Biggest Little City in the World” and has big-city housing prices, dealing it a bad hand for affordability. Some of “Sister Act,” the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy, was filmed in Reno.5. EUGENE, OREGONMedian home price: $302,700Median household income: $50,654Principal and interest payment: $1,262 (29.9 per cent of monthly income)Population: 374,748Eugene is home to the University of Oregon, where much of the 1978 comedy “Animal House” was filmed.This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Holden Lewis is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: hlewis@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @HoldenL.RELATED LINKSNerdWallet: Tips for first-time home buyershttps://nerd.me/tips-first-time-home-buyersHolden Lewis, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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“Particularly abhorrent are terrorist attacks against markets and mosques and the killing of religious pilgrims,” the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in its latest human rights report, adding that a spike in sectarian and revenge attacks took place in July.It cited the lack of centralized control over the use of force as a cause for terrorist attacks, the growth of militias and the emergence of organized crime, resulting in indiscriminate killings of civilians, with hundreds of bodies appearing throughout the country bearing signs of severe torture and execution style killing. Extra-judicial executions of former members of the armed forces or those associated with the former regime and the targeting of judges and lawyers because of their work have continued. “Such violence against judges is keenly felt because of their already acute shortage throughout Iraq, a fact that further undermines the establishment of the rule of law in the country” the report noted, adding that UNAMI was also concerned at ongoing threats to freedom of expression from the continuous targeting of journalists and news publications. Intimidation, threats and kidnappings for ransom continue to affect the life of ordinary Iraqis. Such incidents have a sectarian connotation and many continue to be carried out by criminal gangs sometimes wearing police or Special Forces’ uniforms, the study said.Women also remain particularly vulnerable and exposed to great risks, it noted. “The security situation and the militancy of intolerant groups are increasingly limiting women’s ability to move freely outside their homes while progressively restricting their access to health services and education as well as their ability to participate in public life,” it said.It cited the case of two boys and a girl of 14 to 15 years of age who were killed in northern Iraq purportedly after the girl established a relationship with one of the boys. No criminal investigation appears to have been initiated by the authorities to identify and punish those who committed such murders.But so-called honour crimes affect women in a disproportionate manner, violating fundamental rights guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), to which Iraq is party, it added, noting that in the first six months of this year 275 women were killed just in the Governorates of Erbil and Sulaymaniya.“In their fight against generalized violence, central, regional and local authorities should provide greater protection to women from crimes committed within the family, including all types of violence against women and girls on the grounds of honour,” it declared.Turning to military operations, UNAMI said it has continued to receive reports of involvement by the United States-led Multinational Forcers in incidents of excessive use of force and of restrictions imposed on the movement of civilians. It also noted that thousands of detainees continue to be held outside the existing legal framework partly because Iraqi courts do not have the capacity to adjudicate such a high number of cases.UNAMI has consistently documented the widespread use of torture, particularly during interrogation, both in official and extra-judicial detention centres. “Detainees’ bodies show signs of beating using electrical cables, wounds in different parts of their bodies, including in the head and genitals, broken bones of legs and hands, electric and cigarette burns,” it said.“Bodies found at the Medico-legal Institute often bear signs of severe torture including acid-induced injuries and burns caused by chemical substances, missing skin, broken bones (back, hands and legs), missing eyes, missing teeth and wounds caused by power drills or nails.“Individuals who escaped death in such incidents reported that saw others being tortured to get information about their sect,” it added, noting that many such detainees had been held by Sunni extremists or Shi’a militias. read more

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As I wrote Monday, over the past decade or so, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers — who are playing in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals — transformed themselves from a down-on-their-luck former champions to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders; both did this largely through shrewd drafting. One of Montreal’s most successful draft picks put on a fine show in Game 2 on Monday night, notching a goal and an assist.Unfortunately for Montreal, that player was defenseman Ryan McDonagh, and he was wearing a Rangers uniform in the Rangers’ 3-1 win (New York leads the series 2-0).In response to my article, a few FiveThirtyEight readers astutely pointed out that McDonagh ties together the parallel rebuilding stories of the Rangers and Canadiens. He was drafted 12th overall by the Canadiens in 2007, the top prize in a banner haul for Montreal that also included Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban. Pacioretty and Subban, along with 2005 first-rounder Carey Price, are currently three of the Canadiens’ best players (according to the modified version of point shares I described Monday).In his four-year NHL career, McDonagh has produced 28.1 modified point shares, a number in line with Subban (34.6) and Pacioretty (23.4) at similar points in their careers.The fact that he hasn’t produced any of that value for the Canadiens, though, traces back to a major blunder in the summer of 2009, when Montreal traded McDonagh (as part of a package of several players) to the Rangers for center Scott Gomez.Two years prior, New York had signed Gomez to a rather ill-advised seven-year, $51.5 million contract, and the returns had been disappointing; his 14 modified point shares in 2007-08 and 2008-09 (combined) ranked 60th among NHL forwards over that span. Rangers general manager Glen Sather was anxious to rid himself of Gomez’s albatross deal, so the media’s contemporary view of the Gomez-to-Montreal trade was essentially that of a salary dump, billing the Rangers’ primary return as nondescript forward Chris Higgins. Some NHL insiders knew better, however: Yahoo’s excellent hockey blogger Greg Wyshynski wondered at the time how the Rangers managed to unload the Gomez millstone and pick up a promising prospect like McDonagh.As a Canadien, Gomez played decent hockey for one season (6.2 modified point shares), then rapidly declined. He went on a notable goalless streak of 370 consecutive days. His contract was bought out by Montreal during the 2011-12 season, and he’s bounced around as a journeyman the past few seasons. Meanwhile, McDonagh has blossomed in New York; only six other defensemen have produced more modified point shares over the past three seasons. McDonagh even became the subject of Norris Trophy talk late this season. On top of his offensive numbers, McDonagh often finds himself matching up against the opponent’s toughest forwards and is on the ice for a disproportionate number of face-offs in the Rangers’ zone, both marks of a defensive workhorse on the blue line.Without McDonagh, it’s unlikely the Rangers would be sitting where they are, with a 2-0 series lead on the cusp of a Stanley Cup Final berth. The Canadiens have their own pair of good defensemen in Subban and Andrei Markov, but they have to regret letting McDonagh slip away — especially on nights like Monday, when he made them pay for their mistake in a direct way. read more

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The Berbice Cricket Board on Thursday January 2, 2019 bowled off its much hectic 2019 cricket season with the hosting of the New York Business Group Under-19 Tournament. A vibrant Berbice Cricket Board in December, 2018 had already started the 2019 edition of the Mike’s Pharmacy Under-15 and Ramnaresh Sarwan Under-17 tournaments. Technically this under-19 tournament is the third for 2019 as the BCB strives to start early preparation for the Guyana Cricket Board Inter-County Tournaments at the junior levels.Kevlon Anderson (Brandon Corlette photo)The Tournament is being sponsored by a group of overseas based Guyanese businessmen who reside in New York. Albion Community Centre Cricket Club over the years has been responsible for obtaining the sponsorship and handling the finances for this auspicious tournament.Sixteen teams will participate in the Tournament dividing into three Zones. Zone ‘A’ consists: Blairmont Community Centre Cricket Club, Achievers Cricket Club, D’Edward Cricket Club and Paradise Cricket Club. Zone ‘B’ will feature Tucber Park Cricket Club, Mt Sinai Cricket Club, Edinburgh Cricket Club, Kendall’s Union Cricket Club, Young Warriors Cricket Club and Rose Hall Canje Cricket Club. The final zone, Zone ‘C’ comprises: Albion Community Centre Cricket Club ‘A’, Albion Community Centre Cricket Club ‘B’, RHT Pepsi Cricket Club ‘A’. RHT Pepsi Cricket Club ‘B’, Port Mourant Cricket Club and No. 73 Cricket Club.Three teams from Zones B and C will advance to the Quarterfinals along with two from Zone A.The first two editions of the tournament were won by Rose Hall Town Pepsi ‘A’ who easily defeated Albion Community Centre and Blairmont Community Centre in respective years. Defending champions, Rose Hall Town Pepsi will once more start as favorites with players like Junior Sinclair Kevlon Anderson, Jonathan Rampersaud, Chanderpaul Govindan and Jeremy Sandia in their powerful lineup. Players like Kevin Umroa, Seon Glasgow, Nigel Deodat, Isaiah Thorne, Alex Algoo, Gevon Schultz, Garfield Benjamin, and Leon Swammy have the experience to dominate this year’s tournament for their respective teams. The Berbice Cricket Board will be using the early rounds of the Tournament to select a 30 man training squad for the upcoming GCB Inter-county Tournament based on performances. Fixtures for the first two rounds are Thursday 3rd and Friday 5th January, 2019. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRising star Hetmyer teams up with BCB to launch Intermediate Cricket TournamentJanuary 12, 2019In “latest news”CPL 2019: 5 Berbicians in Warriors’ power-packed teamMay 31, 2019In “latest news”Elisabeth Styles renews sponsorship with BCBMarch 17, 2014In “Sports” read more

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first_img A NEW REPORT from the ESRI on the medium-term outlook for the Irish economy says that while the outlook for the economy is generally good, threats to foreign direct investment, post-Brexit, and the problems with the supply of housing could pose big risks.According to the think-tank, the Irish economy can sustainably grow by 3% each year until 2025.The report warns, however, that Britain leaving the EU is likely to have a “significant negative impact” on the Irish economy.Additionally, a gap between the amount of deposits in banks and the expected level of credit required for housing could give rise to “concerns about the emergence of another credit fuelled bubble”.GrowthThe ESRI said that the “sustainable long-term real growth rate” of the Irish economy was around 3%, despite recent warnings from watchdog body the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council that growth projections for were “far from assured”.This predicted growth will be underpinned by the continued increase in the number of people working, which is expected to rise by 2% each year.The demand for workers will also reduce the unemployment rate to just over 6% in the medium term, according to the ESRI.Inflation, meanwhile, is expected to remain “relatively low” at 2% per year.WarningsThe latest ESRI report looked at the opportunities and threats that Brexit could throw up for Ireland, especially in terms of foreign direct investment.It said that while there was potential for Ireland to benefit from foreign direct investment relocation from the UK after Brexit, this was entirely dependent on global demand.If the world economy continued to perform well and firms relocated their operations and investment from the UK to Ireland post-Brexit, then GDP could increase by 3%.However, if Brexit was to be accompanied by a downturn in the global economy, these positive effects would be negligible.Similarly, proposed changes to corporate tax rules across Europe could damage Ireland’s competitiveness.HousingThe ESRI estimates that, by 2024, housing demand could reach up to 30,000 units per annum. Currently, the demand for housing is around 23,000 per year.As part of Minister Simon Coveney’s Rebuilding Ireland Plan, the the Build More Homes initiative has ambitious targets to double the annual level of houses being built to 25,000 homes.However, this increase is likely to place a significant strain on the banking sector, as ESRI analysis suggests that the “traditional deposit base” in Irish banks will be “unable to fund the level of credit required to meet the housing demands of the economy”.The report said:Given the calamitous events of the past decade, a significant expansion in the lending capacity of the domestic banking sector will immediately give rise to concerns about the emergence of another credit fuelled bubble.The ESRI added that prudent measures can be adopted to “reflect the changing circumstances in the market” to prevent such a bubble occurring again.Read: Fiscal watchdog warns of “loss of momentum” of economic growthRead: These international problems could seriously wreck Ireland’s economic plans 10,482 Views Image: Shutterstock/rozbyshaka By Sean Murray As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Monday 5 Dec 2016, 8:15 AM http://jrnl.ie/3119751 20 Comments center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/rozbyshaka The medium-term outlook for Ireland is good – but Brexit and housing bubble are looming risks A new ESRI report looks at how the possible Brexit scenarios will affect Ireland. Dec 5th 2016, 8:15 AM Share27 Tweet Email Short URLlast_img read more

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first_imgLe chocolat permettrait de soulager les toux persistantesSelon une nouvelle étude, le chocolat pourrait aider à combattre les toux persistantes, ceci grâce à un composé particulier. Appelé théobromine, cet ingrédient serait même un anti-tussif plus efficace que la codéine. Vous souffrez d’une toux qui ne vous quitte plus depuis plusieurs jours ? Eh bien essayez le chocolat ! Si l’on en croit une nouvelle étude réalisée par des chercheurs britanniques, le chocolat serait en effet un très bon remède contre les toux persistantes. Plus précisément, c’est l’un des composés contenus dans le chocolat qui aurait de telles propriétés : la théobromine. En vérité, ce composé est déjà bien connu dans le milieu de la médecine où il est utilisé comme diurétique et vasodilatateur notamment. De précédentes études avaient ainsi suggéré que la théobromine pouvait aussi être un anti-tussif intéressant. Une propriété que la nouvelle étude semble confirmer. Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, les scientifiques de la Cough Clinc de l’Université d’Hull ont suivi pendant plusieurs semaines 300 personnes souffrant d’une toux persistante. Durant 14 jours, ils leur ont donné à prendre 1 gramme de théobromine en une seule prise par jour, tout en surveillant l’intensité de leur toux. Ils ont alors constaté qu’environ 60% des sujets avaient tendance à moins tousser et rapportaient un soulagement. “Cette nouvelle capsule [à base de théobromine] que nous utilisons semble très efficace”, a commenté le professeur Alyn Morice, principal auteur de l’étude. Au vu de ce résultat, les chercheurs estiment qu’une barre de chocolat noir pourrait donc contenir assez de théobromine pour avoir un réel effet sur la toux chronique. En effet, si le composé est présent dans tous les chocolats, sa teneur varie. Ainsi, elle est de moins de 0,1 mg pour 100g dans le chocolat blanc, de 150 à 220 mg pour 100g dans le chocolat au lait et de plus de 450 mg pour 100g dans le chocolat noir.  Un remède qui soulage mais ne soigne pas À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour réellement expérimenter les propriétés anti-tussives de la théobromine, mieux vaut donc se tourner vers le noir, ont expliqué les chercheurs. D’après les chercheurs, la molécule agirait en fait par l’intermédiaire du nerf vague dont elle diminuerait l’activité. Grâce à cela, elle serait même plus efficace que la codéine. Mais des recherches supplémentaires seraient nécessaires pour en savoir plus. Par ailleurs, les scientifiques soulignent que, bien que le chocolat semble efficace, il ne traite pas vraiment la toux : dès que le “traitement” est interrompu, les symptômes réapparaissent.Ils rappellent également que malgré ses propriétés intéressantes, ce doux remède doit être utilisé avec modération. “Manger une barre de chocolat noir par jour qui contient de fortes teneurs en ce composé, pourrait être efficace chez les personnes avec des toux persistantes diagnostiquées, bien que manger du chocolat au quotidien puisse avoir d’autres effets indésirables, incluant la prise de poids et ainsi de suite”, a ajouté Alyn Morice citée par le Daily Mail. Le 10 décembre 2012 à 13:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Court says Trump cannot dodge emoluments suit WWE Star Shares ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Cosplay WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) Now Playing Up Next Melania Trump To Attend Washington Monument’s Re-Opening Ceremony Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Star Shares ‘Dragon Ball Z’ CosplayVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Former NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley has issued an apology for using a homophobic slur on a recent live stream.Ripley was recently part of a live stream where users could pay $15 to be insulted in either Spanish or Australian. According to the apology she issued on Twitter, her filter came down and she said some words that are “a big no no to a lot of people.”There is no word on any further punishment from WWE. pic.twitter.com/A9eHvfjLZz— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) April 25, 2019 NXT UK Results – 9/11/19 (NXT UK Tag Team Championships rematch, Tegan Nox in action) Now Playing Up Next Google+ Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Trump Administration to Revoke Obama-Era Clean Water Act Warren gains on Biden, Sanders: Reuters/Ipsos Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Visualsoft offered its 200 employees free therapeutic massages and flu vaccination vouchers as part of an initiative to highlight National Stress Awareness Day on 4 November.The web development organisation also provided its employees with free vitamins, supplied by the Boots Employee Wellbeing Scheme, as part of the initiative, which was held at its Stockton-On-Tees and London offices.A total of 67 staff requested a free flu vaccination voucher and 32 received therapeutic workplace massages, which were provided by local therapists.Visualsoft communicated the initiative to its employees via social media throughout the day. It also handed out leaflets from mental health charity Mind in order to highlight the importance of stress awareness at work.Emma Hart, HR manager at Visualsoft, said: “It’s gone down very well so we are thinking of making this a regular event.“We had lots more requests from staff [for the massages, vitamins and flu vaccinations], so we are also planning to continue [offering them] so that everyone who wants one gets one.“At Visualsoft we are passionate about our employees’ wellbeing at work, and we’ve done this to help raise awareness of stress within the workplace.”last_img read more

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first_imgMore than half (58%) of teacher respondents say that they do not have employee benefits, according to research by fleet management firm Tusker.Its survey of 330 teachers also found that just 9% of respondents are satisfied with their current employee benefits package.The research also found:41% of respondents name pay as a contributing factor if they were to leave the teaching profession, and 30% cite their employee benefits package.36% consider their employee benefits package as important to their remuneration as a teacher.Just over a quarter (27%) of respondents are currently very dissatisfied with their employee benefits.92% of respondents say they would consider getting a salary sacrifice car if they were offered it as a benefit. At present teachers are excluded from accessing salary sacrifice car schemes.last_img read more

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first_img“The opportunity to integrate the magazine’s editorial assets with our digital properties will help build audience,” says Eric Johnson, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Interactive’s technology, games and media unit, in a release.According to terms of the deal, TV Guide Magazine content will be featured in a newly created section on TV.com and TVGuide.com properties, which combined attract more than 24 million unique visitors every month. That would double the current digital reach of TV Guide Magazine’s online content.In addition, in an effort to lift print subscriptions, TV Guide Magazine subscriptions will be promoted online via CBS Interactive properties TVGuide.com, TV.com, Metacritic, CNET, CHOW and GameSpot.“We’re excited to work with CBS Interactive to strengthen the TV Guide Magazine brand across platforms and serve our advertisers better,” says Jack Kliger, CEO of TV Guide Magazine, in a statement. “It also allows us to cost-effectively support our subscription business.”The magazine maintains a readership of more than 12 million adults weekly. [This story originally appeared on FOLIO: sister site min.] In a deal with CBS Interactive, a subsidiary of the CBS Corp., TV Guide Magazine LLC plans to cross-promote to readers of TV Guide Magazine across CBS Interactive’s varied portfolio of online media brands. The move would significantly boost TV Guide’s digital presence and, ideally, increase subscriptions to the weekly print magazine.Print and digital TV Guide properties are separate entities owned by two companies: CBS Corp. and OpenGate Capital. The circuitous story of ownership behind TV Guide’s portfolio of properties is rather involved.Investment firm OpenGate Capital owns TV Guide Magazine LLC, which publishes TV Guide Magazine, via a 2008 acquisition for $1 from then-owner Macrovision. Macrovision kept the TV Guide Network and TVGuide.com, which it later sold to Lionsgate in 2009 for $255 million who then unloaded half its ownership of both properties to One Equity Partners about five months after the initial purchase. CBS Corp. first acquired the TV Guide trademark and TV Guide Digital, which includes TVGuide.com and TV Guide Mobile, in March 2013 via a 50/50 joint-venture deal with Lionsgate. In May 2013, CBS Corp. bought out Lionsgate’s half and now maintain sole ownership.last_img read more

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first_imgA grizzly checks out visitors in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Photo by Florian Schulz/Anchorage Museum)The U.S. Senate today voted to overturn an Obama Administration rule that banned certain methods of killing predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.Listen nowThe vote was 52 to 47.The Obama administration wanted to ban killing bear cubs and wolves in their dens, killing brown bears over bait and other practices that opponents deem inhumane.Many of the would-be banned methods aren’t broadly allowed in Alaska anyway, but the state Game Board said they’re tools that it should be able to deploy, when needed, to restore a balance between predator and prey species.Alaska’s congressional delegation argued that the state has the right to manage hunting throughout Alaska and that the rule violated the statehood compact and other federal laws.The House has already voted to overturn the regulation. President Trump is expected to sign the repeal.An identical Park Service regulation remains on the books related to hunting on Alaska’s national preserves.Correction: A previous version of this story mischaracterized state hunting rules on killing bears over bait. Bear baiting is legal in multiple Alaska game management units.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Huge traffic congestion occurred at Ultadanga, following a road blockade against the tyranny of auto drivers of the Ultadanga-Salt Lake route. According to the police, passengers became furious as auto drivers have been demanding excessive fare for any destination within the route.The situation worsened after some auto drivers demanded Rs 50 instead of the usual fare of Rs 10. When some passengers protested and tried to board a bus, the auto drivers allegedly prevented them from doing so. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to some passengers, auto drivers were using filthy language. “Auto drivers were demanding excessive fare for Viswakarma Puja. But it is unfair to increase fares in such a manner. When we protested and tried to get a bus, auto drivers forced us against doing the same. This tyranny must come to an end,” said a passenger.Police sources informed that there are two kind of autos which run between Ultandanga and Salt Lake. Autos which operate using a queue do not take random passengers while taking a U-turn near the Ultadanga bus terminus. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe other autos start taking passengers immediately after taking the U-turn. They often charge more than the normal fare.On Tuesday, some autos demanded up to Rs 200 for several destinations, citing Viswakarma Puja. This sparked the ire of the passengers. Almost after an hour, the road blockade was removed. Three protesters were detained and later released.Directions have been given to lodge an FIR against those who were involved in the incident. At the same time, additional buses are also being plied at Ultadanga.last_img read more

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first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free David Chang wants to do for food delivery what he has already done for ramen noodles.The celebrated chef and restaurateur, who amassed a cult-like following for his gourmet version of the cheap college snack, is officially launching Maple, a food-delivery startup that aims to uplevel the takeout process.The company claims it will get your carefully prepared food to you in under 30 minutes, hot, and looking just as it did in the photo on Maple’s app or website. A countdown clock starts ticking when you place your order; you will receive a push notification on your phone when your order is a few minutes away. Bike messengers are scattered throughout delivery zones, each with their own 5-minute radius territory.Image credit: MapleEfficiency and affordability are hallmarks of the service. Only three meal options are available daily for either lunch or dinner, all prepared in a local commissary kitchen. The cost is $12 for lunch and $15 for dinner, tax and tip included.Related: Pump Up Your Food Porn Game With This 3-D Photo AppThe startup, which has received $26 million in funding so far, is launching today in lower Manhattan but plans to expand within the city and its outer boroughs.Food delivery is not novel. Neither is food delivery via bike messenger ordered from your smartphone. What Maple has that other companies don’t have is the entire supply chain: kitchen to delivery. And it’s betting that owning every step of the process from chopping ingredients to delivering a meal to your desk at work, means that Maple will be able to control the outcomes in a way that say, Seamless, which facilitates online ordering from local takeout restaurants, or the local pizzeria that uses Seamless to take orders, can’t.  Image credit: MapleRelated: Healthy Restaurant Chain Dig Inn Raises $15 Million, Looks to Expand Beyond NYCChef Soa Davies, a veteran of elite eateries including Le Bernardin and Splendid at the Chateau, will oversee the food preparation at the first Maple kitchen. Then, from specially tailored delivery containers to tech-enabled, maximally efficient delivery routes, Maple will get your salad to you fresh and your salmon still hot.And while Maple has some heavyweight chops in the kitchen with Chang and Davies, the three co-founders — Caleb Merkl, Akshay Navle, and Will Gaybrick — all come from some pretty impressive ecommerce, tech and business backgrounds. That’s where the logistic prowess is coming from. Maple will track the success of every delivery and the algorithm will “learn” from it so that the process effectively “gets smarter” the more deliveries are made.No matter how talented your chefs and how savvy your technology, though, there are a lot of bits and pieces of chaos that are par for the course in the New York City lunchtime rush. Launching a business that tries to make organized, efficient grace in that kind of bumper-to-bumper, traffic, hungry, harried-worker mayhem certainly is no small order.Image credit: MapleRelated: Shyp Wants to Make Online Shopping Returns Easy PeasyRelated Book: Start Your Own Food Truck Business Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img April 28, 2015 3 min readlast_img read more

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first_img Share The Danube’s newest addition: Uniworld’s S.S. Beatrice Waheeda Harris Posted by Tags: Uniworld << Previous PostNext Post >> BUDAPEST — It took 140 days to transform Uniworld’s River Beatrice into the S.S. Beatrice, renovated from bow to stern for her inaugural, and Travelweek got to see the results on a spring cruise just as the season’s white and pink blossoms were adorning trees throughout Eastern Europe.Uniworld Cruises launched its fifth super ship last month, taking passengers on a ‘Highlights of Eastern Europe’ sailing along the Danube River from Budapest, Hungary, through Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and ending in Bucharest, Romania. All in all the S.S. Beatrice will sail on six Uniworld itineraries in Eastern Europe this season.Onboard the cruise with Travelweek, CEO and President Ellen Bettridge was part of the S.S. Beatrice’s debut, spending two weeks onboard prior to the first sail, working with the crew to get her ready for passengers. “I saw how much our team cares and how excited and proud they are of the ship,” said Bettridge. She’s also proud to boast that 93% of Uniworld staff return every season.At the helm of Uniworld Cruises since 2016, Bettridge was previously with Silversea and Azamara Cruises, and appreciates the differences of working with river cruise ships. “It’s more accessible since the majority of our ships are in Europe … and I feel like I am more connected with the brand and the people.”The Uniworld experience is a unique balance of modern, inviting and comfortable, says Bettridge, which each ship having its own distinctive décor and featuring cuisine inspired by the destinations as well as locally-sourced wine.Floral arrangementsOne of the hallmarks of Uniworld Cruises is the art displayed on board, on loan from Uniworld owner the Tollman family’s private collection. On the S.S. Beatrice, guests can view works by Picasso, Signoretto and Calder.Boutique shoppingThe new décor features light wood, shades of blue, marble floors and mirrored walls, like with the new mid-ship staircase and Murano chandelier. This elegant lobby area includes reception, concierge and gift shop, connects to the stateroom hallways lined with Picasso prints and access to onboard options such as the fitness centre, Serenity Spa, sun deck and Wolfgang’s bar and lounge, where passengers can enjoy libations and evening entertainment such as lectures, dance groups and live music.Grand entranceAll staterooms have been refreshed with new linens, textiles, furniture and feature Savoir Beds from the UK company of the same name, just like sister brand Red Carnation Hotels.Suite accomodationsThere are now connecting staterooms, a welcome option for families and friends, and the addition of three new suites: two 310 square foot Grand Suites and an Owner’s/Royal Suite, at 390 square feet, with a Matisse displayed on its newly-wallpapered walls. Each room includes details such as refillable water carafes and bottles, candy dishes and fresh flowers.Grand suiteOverseen by Director of Culinary Operations Bernhard Zorn, S.S. Beatrice’s dining options include Mozart’s, the ship’s main restaurant with a menu reflecting seasonal flavours and recipes from Mrs. Tollman herself.Mozart’s, the ship’s main restaurantThere are also two new dining options: the 18-seat Schubert’s for afternoon tea and Austrian cuisine for lunch and dinner; and Max’s, a steakhouse with its own dry ager (an additional cost of 50 euros for dinner), which is also used for cooking classes.Cooking class at seaGuests can also choose a progressive dinner option during their voyage (only offered on super ships), an extra-charge experience that enables passengers to dine in different areas of the ship hosted by the captain.Wolfgang’s bar and loungeThe fertile fields of Eastern Europe are in abundance after a few days spent in Budapest. Highlights include the old town of Osijek, Croatia, one of the most heavily bombed regions during the 1990s civil war, where passengers learn local history and visit an organic farm for a traditional Croatian lunch.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThis kind of inclusion is de rigeur for Uniworld tours, which for each port usually includes options for a coach, walking and cycling tour. Bikes are onboard and can be used at any port by passengers. Altogether Uniworld offers 75 exclusive tour experiences for passengers.The next days are in Serbia, visiting Belgrade with lectures from a local historian to detail the complicated history of the Balkans. The second port makes history as the S.S. Beatrice is the first river cruise ship to dock at the medieval castle of Golubac Fortress. The afternoon is spent sailing through the Iron Gates, the memorable gorge area of the Danube which leads to Bulgaria.Stopping in Vidin, passengers can hike the rock formations of Belogradchik or visit Port Cetate, a Romanian art and cultural centre while the next day is in Rousse, Bulgaria, nicknamed ‘Little Vienna’ because of its 19th century architecture or hike the nearby hill towns and monasteries.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”On the last day the ship docks in Giurgiu, Romania and passengers are transported to Bucharest to explore history and the Art Nouveau and Baroque architecture, the last destination on the Highlights of Eastern Europe journey. About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. Latest posts by Waheeda Harris (see all) Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Edge stars of JetSet3 fam – April 23, 2019 Unleash the power of cross-company digital transformation to revolutionize your CX – February 8, 2019 On location: Cabo San Lucas welcomes the stylish Riu Palace Baja California – December 20, 2018 Thursday, May 31, 2018 last_img read more

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first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2adb9/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.F A proposed Tasman alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin will reduce competitiveness and negatively impact Wellington’s tourism industry and economy, according to Wellington Airport.The airport has made a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after concerns that New Zealand’s regulatory approach is unable to properly assess what impacts a loss of competition may have.Competition and net benefit claims made by the airlines will be tested by the ACCC, something from which they have been exempted from under competition law by New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Act. Wellington Airport CEO Steven Fitzgerald said he is concerned about the likely impact a concentrated market will have on tourism and the Wellington economy.There are currently three airlines operating scheduled trans-Tasman services from Wellington. An alliance would leave only two competitors on the Wellington-Sydney route, and only one airline operating the Wellington-Brisbane route.Fitzgerald admits that the alliance proposal states benefits for business travellers, such as better connectivity, but warns of the adverse effects it will have on more budget-conscious travellers.“Affordable travel is critical to the wellington region’s economy, and a reduction in passengers on the Tasman would have a direct impact on the tourism industry, especially on inbound tourists who are very sensitive to price and are critical to Wellington’s economy,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgAmanresorts has announced the debut of Amanikan, a custom-built 105-foot coastal cruiser that fuses the romance of spice trading vessels with luxurious modern amenities. Based out of Amanwana, a luxury tented hideaway on Moyo Island in Indonesia, Amanikan hosts the 2009 Komodo Expedition, a seven-night adventure through the pristine wilderness and waters of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park.Amanikan, built in the style of traditional Indonesian vessels of wood known as Phinisi, features three above-deck cabins, a foredeck with an outdoor dining and bar area, as well as extensive dive facilities. A large master cabin with king-sized bed sits at the stern of the upper deck and offers sweeping 270° views from wraparound windows and a private sun deck. The second spacious double cabin on the main deck features a queen bed and spectacular views from both inside the cabin and a private balcony with built-in daybed. Both air-conditioned cabins feature oversized en-suite bathrooms with double vanities, double wardrobes, showers and separate toilets. A third smaller cabin on the main deck has a semi-private sun deck in front of the wheelhouse and offers a queen-sized bed that can be converted to two single beds. Amanikan’s principal lounge is built into the bow and serves as the main gathering spot for sunbathing, drinks, or even a night sleeping under the stars.The Komodo Expedition highlights a five-night excursion on Amanikan capped by a two-night stay at Amanwana where guests enjoy wall dives from the beach and treks to jungle waterfalls, as well as spa treatments and a range of water- and nature-based activities. During the cruise, guests encounter antediluvian creatures unchanged since prehistoric times on a visit to the only two islands in the world where the infamous Komodo dragon can still be found. The journey cruises through the Nusa Tenggara island chain to some of the world’s most biologically diverse and acclaimed snorkel and dive sites.The Komodo National Park is a World Heritage Site where park rangers escort guests to view Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. Other wildlife on Rinca and Komodo Islands includes buffalo, deer, monkeys and wild horses. From the colorful reefs of Tatawa Island to the seductive setting and colors of Komodo’s Pink Beach, Amanikan’s island-hopping itinerary takes guests to some of the world’s most pristine marine environments.www.amanresorts.comlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2019 9:41 am PDT FILE – In this May 14, 2019 file photo, actors Chloe Sevigny, from right, Selena Gomez, Adam Driver, Luka Sabbat, Tilda Swinton, Sara Driver, director Jim Jarmusch, and actor Bill Murray, left, pose for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film “The Dead Don’t Die” at the 72nd international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. Murray and Jarmusch have made three films together, starting with the 2003 black-and-white vignette anthology “Coffee and Cigarettes” and followed by the 2005 drama “Broken Flowers,” a high point for both, in which Murray played “an over-the-hill Don Juan.” They’ve now reunited again in “The Dead Don’t Die,” Jarmusch’s wry but impassioned zombie tale. Murray plays the veteran sheriff of a small town called Centerville populated by Jarmusch regulars. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File) Q&A: Coffee with Bill Murray and Jim Jarmusch CANNES, France — Jim Jarmusch and Bill Murray’s long-running relationship began, fittingly, with a cup of coffee.In the early ’90s, Jarmusch was walking north on Manhattan’s Columbus Avenue (“not my neighbourhood,” he notes) when he noticed a guy walking toward him. That’s Bill bleeping Murray, Jarmusch said to himself.“Bill walked right up to me and said, ‘You’re Jim, right?’” Jarmusch recalls. “And I said, “Yeah. You’re Bill Murray.” And then he said, “You want to get a cup of coffee?”They popped into a diner and after chatting for half an hour, Murray announced, “I gotta go. Nice talking to you.” Jarmusch was gobsmacked by the random meeting.“We didn’t talk again for years but I told my friends: I met Bill Murray,” he says.Murray, who has had enough chance encounters in his life to last a thousand Groundhog Days, grants some “tingling” in his brain at Jarmusch’s memory. But Murray long ago gave up remembering how he knows who he knows.“I don’t recollect much,” Murray says. “When somebody asks me ‘How’d you meet?’ I say I really don’t know.”That Murray and Jarmusch would find each other was probably fated. Both have made deadpan a high art form, finding sublimity in the bone-dry. You wouldn’t want to play either of them in poker.They’ve made three films together, starting with the 2003 black-and-white vignette anthology “Coffee and Cigarettes.” Murray played a waiter whose two customers, the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and GZA, enthusiastically recognize him. Then came the 2005 drama “Broken Flowers,” a high point for both, in which Murray played, in Julie Delpy’s words, “an over-the-hill Don Juan” whose idleness is shattered by the news that he fathered a son 20 years ago.Now, in “The Dead Don’t Die,” Jarmusch’s wry but impassioned zombie tale, Murray plays the veteran sheriff of a small town called Centerville populated by Jarmusch regulars, among them Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tom Waits and Steve Buscemi. Jarmusch said he was moved to write something like “Coffee and Cigarettes” with “a kind of ridiculousness to it.” But it’s also a zombie parable about issues of urgent seriousness to Jarmusch : digital-age distraction and climate change. The film opens in theatres Friday.Shortly after “The Dead Don’t Die” opened last month’s Cannes Film Festival , Jarmusch and Murray sat down to discuss their collaborations together. They drank coffee.___AP: Your first film together was “Coffee and Cigarettes.” Did you know you had something good together?Murray: My memory of it was RZA and GZA. They were free thinkers at the time.Jarmusch: Still are.Murray: Still are. They were blazing weed through the day, sort of maintenance level, all the time. I thought, OK. We had lines but they weren’t necessarily written in stone because they never said the same thing twice, which I had no problem with. But I remember taking them to lunch. I took them down the street to a Japanese place. They had never had sake, and I said, “What? You’ve never had sake?” So I got a big bottle of sake, which we drank. I thought, “Oh, God, I’m going to get in trouble.”Jarmusch: I didn’t know this story.Murray: Well, how would you know that they’re high? So we went back and it affected them. But they didn’t panic. They just immediately started smoking another joint or two just to completely obscure any sake. And then they went on a crazy riff and it was funny. That’s what ended up in the movie, their crazier stuff.Jarmusch: When I’m talking with GZA or RZA, they always ask me, “Yo, what’s up with Bill Murray? You seen Bill Murray, man?” And they’ll tell me, “We ran into Bill Murray in Texas, man. We got to hang out with Bill Murray. Send our best to Bill Murray.” They love Bill Murray.AP: How did you get together again on “Broken Flowers”?Jarmusch: I wrote a script thinking specifically of Bill. Then I had to get the script to him. At one point, I brought it to your house and left it on that front table. Then two weeks later, Bill called and said, “Where did you put that script?” He hadn’t found it, so I had to get him another one. Then he was like, “Yeah, yeah, it’s good. Let’s do it. You’re going to have to negotiate with my family as to when we shoot.”Murray: I had a situation. I couldn’t spend the whole day driving all over the state. I said, “I gotta stay within an hour of my house.” And he went, “OK,” and found amazing locations.Jarmusch: He gave us limitations that helped us.Murray: I’m not supposed to have a favourite movie but I really stopped after that movie. I didn’t think I could do any better. I started thinking I’d find something else to do, but I guess (laughs) I didn’t find anything else to do.Jarmusch: I was so attracted to Bill’s subtlety. He’s a master at being subtly human.AP: It’s a Buster Keaton-like talent. How do you do it?Murray: I try to get as quiet as I can. There’s a lot of noise inside. So I just try to get the tension out of the way so the noise can come out. If you’re really quiet, like Jim says, it can very little. Your actions are able to show finer details if you get the tension out of the way.AP: For “The Dead Don’t Die,” Jim again wrote a part specifically for you. What was your first impression?Murray: I didn’t know which part was mine. I kept thinking: I hope it’s this police chief guy because I thought it was so funny. Then when I started doing the movie, I realized, “Holy God, I missed this completely. Adam’s stuff is the funny stuff.” I realized I had it all wrong and I had to play it straight here. And I love playing straight. It’s the most serving thing you can do. You just lob them out there and don’t cash in your chips.AP: The premise of “The Dead Don’t Die,” in which the Earth is irrepealably damaged by “polar fracking” doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Do you each think much about the future of the planet?Jarmusch: All of this other stuff is basically meaningless. All these politics, all this stuff doesn’t mean anything when in 12 years you’ll be trying to get water for your child to drink. It’s very bad. Everyone’s just oblivious. They’re distracted, I guess. That makes me very sad. We have consciousness, we’re here. We have beautiful things to still appreciate but for how much longer I’m not sure.Murray: To me, the apocalypse is if the human fabric just continues to shred itself by this divisiveness, this opposition mentality that’s developed. It’s basically maintaining manners as much as you can, politeness with people. If people are arguing, I get just myself in the middle of it as a complete clown, just to stop it. I try to be this neutralizing force that jumps in and takes all the focus. ‘Cause I can take it. I can dish it out, too. But I can take it. But imagining the worst doesn’t help me. I’ve found that for me, it’s an energy I can put someplace else. Like the man said, it’s in the details, taking care of the little things. I started picking up trash on the street. If it’s right next to me, I pick it up and put it in the trash. Some sort of maintenance. It’s a little thing but it makes me feel like a citizen.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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