Emma Watson and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau go for a Vespa ride

24/07/2019 Posted by admin

Actress and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson says meeting Sophie Grégoire Trudeau during a recent trip to Ottawa was “a highlight of my year.”

Watson was in the nation’s capital in late September to discuss women’s issues with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and promote her “He For She” campaign. Trudeau has agreed to become an ambassador for the UN-backed project, which aims to get men involved in the global fight for gender equality.

But Watson also got to spend time with Trudeau’s wife, who scooped the Harry Potter actress up on a Vespa and took her on a tour of the city before her afternoon meetings.

“Definitely a highlight of my year was meeting this person,” Watson said in an Instagram post featuring an image of the two women laughing on the scooter.

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    “It was one of the most free and inspiring mornings I have had all year – not what I expected from someone who is as busy as she must be.”

    Watson added that both of them wore helmets, and Grégoire Trudeau drove.

    She also took the opportunity to plug Grégoire Trudeau’s own Instagram account, which she launched this week.

    “I’m looking forward to being able to see your adventures and especially witness the work you do on behalf of women and girls,” Watson wrote.

    Watson also posted a short video of she and Grégoire Trudeau speeding through what looked like a rural area of Ottawa.

    The prime minister’s wife has prioritized issues linked to women and girls in her charity work. Last spring, she attended an event in Washington with U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama that promoted education among American teenage girls.

Shailene Woodley speaks out after being released from jail

24/07/2019 Posted by admin

Shailene Woodley is finally speaking out after being released from jail in North Dakota on Monday.

She was arrested earlier that day while participating in a protest against the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and despite her arrest, Woodley isn’t giving up her fight.

The Divergent star shared a message with her fellow protesters on Instagram.

READ MORE: Shailene Woodley, ‘Divergent’ star, livestreams own arrest at North Dakota pipeline protest

“One day, baby, we’ll sing our poetry. The words dripping from our tongues wet with ripened patience,” she wrote. “And the lyrics, the sweet fruits born from seeds our aging hands are now sowing. #alwaysinallways #heartforward #uptous #NoDAPL #protectcleanwater #iamonyourside.”

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one day, baby, we’ll sing our poetry. the words dripping from our tongues wet with ripened patience. and the lyrics, the sweet fruits born from the seeds our aging hands are now sowing. #alwaysinallways #heartforward #uptous #NoDAPL #protectcleanwater #iamonyourside

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After Woodley was released, the star’s rep confirmed the news with People.

“Shailene Woodley has been released from the Morton County Jail in North Dakota. She appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline,” said the rep.

The Fault in Our Stars actress, who streamed her arrest via Facebook live, was charged with criminal trespassing. Woodley was only a few feet from her vehicle when she was stopped by police.

“I don’t know if you guys just heard me, but I was walking back to my RV, which is right there so that we can go back to camp peacefully and they grabbed me by my jacket and said that I was not allowed to continue,” she said. “And they had giant guns and batons and zip ties and they’re not letting me go.”

When Woodley tried to ask the officer a question, he responded, “We can’t talk right here, but you’re going to be placed under arrest for criminal trespassing.” After waiting a few minutes she was arrested.

The video, which shows what appeared to be a peaceful protest, has been viewed more than three million times.

WATCH BELOW: ‘I’m being arrested’: actress Shailene Woodley arrested at pipeline protest

The Morton County Sheriff later confirmed to E! News that Woodley and 26 other people were arrested.

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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued the US Army Corps of Engineers, who approved the project and granted final permits in July, saying the pipeline “threatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the Tribe.”

An advocacy group says the tribe’s claims are misleading, claiming the pipeline “does not cross into the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation.”

Since May, thousands of people have camped near the pipeline’s proposed route to oppose its construction.

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In a press conference on Monday afternoon, Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney defended police activity on the construction site.

“We don’t know what’s in that crowd. They are not peaceful and prayerful. It’s unlawful — that’s what’s happening here. The courts have spoken and the rule of law governs our land,” he started.

“People with an ideology and agenda not from here are bringing it here. What started as a North Dakota issue has gone well beyond that,” Laney continued. “They were intentionally violating the law, a peaceful protest is getting word out. Today was very tense — it was a tense and dangerous situation.”

According to the sheriff, two campaigners chained themselves to construction equipment, and it was this small group which prompted the wider protest with a fleet of vehicles — including Woodley in an RV.

Protesters parked their vehicles and marched on the private construction site, according to police.

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Woodley received support from stars like Rosario Dawson, who was arrested herself last April at a political protest.

Woodley also received support from her Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars co-star Ansel Elgort, as well as Avengers actor Mark Ruffalo.

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Plane Talk with Navdeep Bains: On opening doors and shutting down the U.S. president

24/07/2019 Posted by admin

Growing up Sikh in Canada, Navdeep Bains knew he looked different than most of his peers. So in his mind, he had two choices: “When I go into a room, I get a little bit of attention. Either I take advantage of that attention and do something good, or I shy away from it.”

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Bains came from humble beginnings, born in Brampton, Ont. to Sikh immigrants. Twenty-six years later, after completing a master’s in business administration and receiving his Certified Management Accounting designation, Bains entered federal politics. When he won his riding in the 2004 federal election, he became the youngest Liberal MP in cabinet.

Although he lost the 2011 election, he rallied in 2015, winning his seat and a spot in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

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“I think being a Sikh, at least on a personal level, has opened a lot of doors for me,” he told The West Block’s Tom Clark during a Plane Talk segment. “My grandparents raised me, taught me a lot about my faith, taught me a lot about my identity. I think that created a lot of confidence, which enabled me to do well in school, which now has enabled me to do well in politics, but also in sports as well.”

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His love of sports, particularly playing basketball, comes second to his work and family – but it was the first topic of conversation in March when he met U.S. President Barack Obama, an avid Chicago Bulls fan; a story he casually brought up while flying high above the National Capital Region.

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“When I went to the U.S. and had the chance to meet the American president … the only thing I talked to the president about was sports and basketball,” Bains said. “I put down the Chicago Bulls and picked up our Toronto Raptors.”

Despite his casual tone, the singularity of the experience is not lost on Bains.

“I tried to act cool, but inside, my heart was pounding,” he said. “My dad came here from a remote village in India … [He had] a few dollars, worked hard, and now to be a member of Parliament, to be the minister of innovation, to represent Canada at the White House, it’s a big deal. I don’t take it lightly. It was a very, very special moment for me.”

Sex after childbirth: everything you need to know

24/07/2019 Posted by admin

To all new and prospective parents worried about sex (and not having enough of it): “You’re not alone.”

That’s the message from Natalie Rosen, a Halifax-based couples’ therapist and researcher at Dalhousie University, who recently led two studies on the sex lives of North American couples transitioning into parenthood.

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    Her latest work, published this month in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, takes a look at the top sexual stresses linked to a new baby in the bedroom.

    It’s no secret sex is usually the last thing on a mom’s mind after giving birth. She’s likely exhausted and might be so sore she can barely sit.

    Dads, according to Rosen’s findings, tend to be more worried about their partners’ lowered libidos and heightened mood swings (both are normal, by the way). The “baby blues” affect up to 80 per cent of women. It’s a response to the major drop in estrogen and progesterone following labour.  If the irritability persists, it may be a sign of postpartum depression.

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    Another common query for couples is when to resume birth control. The answer, according to experts, is right away. Don’t be fooled into believing breastfeeding will protect you. You can still ovulate even before your first menstrual cycle.

    Here’s how the other sex troubles break down by gender, based on a survey of 239 new-parent couples of healthy infants aged three to 12 months old:

    New mothers’ top 10 sexual concerns

      Frequency and body image (tie) — 96%Lack of time — 93%Sleep deprivation — 93%Physical recovery — 92%Sore breasts — 92%Less sexual desire than partner — 91% Mood swings — 89% Not knowing when it’s OK to have sex again — 87% When to resume birth control — 84% How they view their sexuality now that they’re a parent — 78%

    New fathers’ top 10 sexual concerns

       Partner’s mood swings — 92% Frequency —  92% Partner has less desire — 91% Partner’s sore breasts and body image (tie) — 91% When is it OK to have sex again and sleep deprivation (tie) — 89% Lack of time due to child-rearing duties — 88% When to resume birth control — 87% How they view their partner’s sexuality now that she’s a parent — 83% Vaginal dryness — 81% How to get or show affection when intercourse isn’t happening — 76%

    Nearly 90 per cent of those surveyed reported 10 or more different concerns about sex after childbirth. All that distress can take a toll on a relationship.

    Can empathy be bad for your sex life?

    Rosen’s other recent study, published this summer in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, found that as beneficial as a father’s empathy is in most cases — it can sometimes backfire and actually lower a woman’s desire.

    The reasoning is that when sex is avoided, it could come off as being no longer important. A woman, especially one who’s getting used to her new body, may feel less desirable when her partner doesn’t bring it up.

    The best thing you can do is communicate with your partner and perhaps adjust expectations accordingly.

    When can you start having sex after having a baby?

    Having sex too soon can not only be painful for a woman but also increases her risk of infection, says UBC nursing professor Wendy Hall.

    “It just takes time for things to get back to normal and heal.”

    Hall, who specializes in maternal child health, recommends women use a mirror to see if stitches have fallen off before having sex. She’s seen sutures broken apart when intercourse happened just a few days after childbirth.

    She also advises couples to wait for the post-childbirth discharge (called lochia) to subside and change from red to white. This signifies the area where the placenta was attached has healed.

    Recovery time can vary.

    A 2013 study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that:

    41% of women resumed sex six weeks after childbirth65% of women by eight weeks78% by 12 weeks.94% by six months.

    The healing time is generally less for vaginal births (if there’s no tearing or surgical cuts) than a C-section, which is a major abdominal surgery.

    It’s not a bad idea to wait for your six-week check-up to get the all-clear from your doctor, Hall says. But even once you have that, sexologist Jessica O’Reilly points out that just because you might be physically ready doesn’t mean you need to have sex.

    “There are emotional and practical considerations and you’re the ultimate expert,” O’Reilly says.

    What to do while you wait

    Rather than count the days, remember you can still be intimate without intercourse.

    “Use your hands and mouths,” O’Reilly urges. “Touch, kiss, cuddle, play and try to get some sleep — sleep is more important than sex.”

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    She encourages women to ask their doctor when they can get back to a fitness routine, because studies show “exercise is essential to boosting your mood, improving your sexual response, increasing energy levels, promoting restful sleep and of course, revving up your libido.”

    Post-baby pain

    Hall warns that when couples do feel ready to have sex again, they should be cautious about certain positions. Missionary may not be the most comfortable at first.

    Partners should be mindful as well that breastfeeding can make a woman’s breasts super sensitive and contribute to vaginal dryness. Applying nipple cream or lubrication could be one way to sexually connect, though, Hall suggests.

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    Gynecologist Jennifer Gunter writes that sex can sometimes be more painful for breastfeeding women due to:

    Low estrogen (which can be remedied through a small amount of vaginal estrogen if lube doesn’t work).Problems with the scar (which should be evaluated if it hasn’t healed by eight weeks).Muscle spasm associated with pelvic floor muscles.

    Those can be tightened and toned through Kegels. They can also help with post-pregnancy incontinence — something even Chrissy Tiegen confessed she struggled with.

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    Can sex ever be better after childbirth?

    O’Reilly says almost every couple she meets finds that sex declines — in both quantity and quality — once kids are born, especially in the early years.

    But that’s definitely not always the case. Some women have told her “they’re more sensitive and aware of their pelvic region post-childbirth.”

    One British parenting site found nearly 60 per cent of 1,000 parents surveyed believed sex improved after childbirth.

    While it may seem like an urban legend (that experts can’t really explain), there are plenty of online testimonials to back up the phenomenon.

    “I rarely reached [orgasm] before and it was a lot of work … and never from intercourse,” Jamie B. wrote on the Mothering forum. “Now it happens from intercourse every time, without a lot of effort.”

    She added her sex drive “is through the roof,” as a result.

    Other women echoed her experience, saying their G-spot was more easily stimulated after childbirth.

    “I also feel sexier, even though I have some stretch marks, I feel more self-confident after having a child,” one woman added.

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    “Everything utterly totally wonderful despite what media tells us about needing to be tight and neat,” another user wrote.

    “Things are not like they were before giving birth at all but in the most wonderful way.”

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Black doctor says she was told ‘we are looking for actual physicians’ after offering to help during in-flight medical emergency

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

A black female doctor named Tamika Cross has accused Delta Air Lines of “blatant discrimination” after a flight attendant allegedly refused to believe she was a physician and blocked her from helping a sick passenger.

Cross, who is a resident physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center alleges the flight attendant told her:

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“Oh no sweetie put your hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses,” when she tried to help during the medical emergency.

Cross said someone was screaming for help two rows in front of her on a flight from Detroit to Houston on Oct. 9, when she noticed a man was unresponsive.

According to Facebook post describing the incident, which has now been shared almost 40,000 times, Cross once again volunteered to help when the flight crew paged,  “any physician on board please press your button.”

“I stare at (the flight attendant) as I go to press my button. She said “oh wow you’re an actual physician?” I reply yes. She said “let me see your credentials,” Cross wrote on Facebook.

At this point, Cross wrote that the airline employee was blocking the row bombarding her with questions while the passed out passenger was still in need of help.

Cross went on to write that another passenger, a “seasoned” white male, who “fit the description of a doctor,” ending up helping the man who’d been unresponsive.

“I’m sure many of my fellow young, corporate America working women of color can all understand my frustration when I say I’m sick of being disrespected,” Cross wrote.

On Thursday, Delta announced an investigation into the matter after the news spread through social media.

“Discrimination of any kind is never acceptable,” Delta spokeswoman Catherine Sirna said in a statement. “We’ve been in contact with Dr. Cross and one of our senior leaders is reaching out to assure her that we’re completing a full investigation.”

Cross alleges after the unresponsive man woke up, the flight attendant finally asked for her help. Cross said the flight attendant later apologized several times mid-flight and asked if she wanted credit for extra air miles.

“I kindly refused,” Cross said. “This is going higher than her. I don’t want sky miles in exchange for blatant discrimination. Whether this was race, age, gender discrimination, it’s not right.”

Now, hashtags #WhatADoctorLooksLike started trending in response to Delta Air Lines incident.

Cross, meanwhile, told NBC News Thursday that she thinks the flight attendant could benefit from sensitivity training.

“Someone’s life was on the line,” she said, noting that the outcome could have been much worse. “Luckily the man was okay.”

New poll reveals Michael Fougere is in lead for Regina Mayor

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

We’re now less than two weeks from when Regina voters head to the polls but new numbers out this morning predict Michael Fougere is set for victory in the upcoming election.

According to the Mainstreet Research-Postmedia poll, incumbent Fougere has 73 per cent of decided and leaning voters support.

The remaining candidates are relatively even with Tony Fiacco coming in second at nine per cent support.

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    Mainstreet’s vice president David Valentin said it appears few residents are actually aware an election is taking place at all with a noticeable absence of lawn signs and campaign events.

    “It looks like Michael Fougere is headed towards a landslide win,” said Valentin.

    “The only question at this point is exactly how much he will win by.”

    Forty-six per cent of the more than 600 residents polled remain undecided.

    Perhaps that number is due to the low number of pollers who are paying attention to the municipal election.

    When asked, ‘to which election process do you pay the most attention?’ 42 per cent said federal, 23 per cent said provincial and only 13 percent said municipal.  The remaining 22 per cent weighed in as ‘not sure.’

    Voters head to the polls on October 26th.

Storm moving across southern B.C. knocks out power, downs trees

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

The second storm in a trio of powerful storms to hit southern B.C. is currently moving across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

The storm was expected to be here late Thursday night, but didn’t arrive until Friday morning. The winds and rain have picked up significantly Friday afternoon.

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There are currently over 75,000 customers without power across the region. BC Hydro is warning additional lines may come down and more power outages are likely.

A wind warning has been issued for Greater Victoria. Winds gusting to 90 km/h are expected in that area. A gale warning is also in effect for the Strait of Georgia.

Environment Canada says top wind speeds of over 70 km/h were recorded at YVR today, and speeds of over 80 km/h were recorded in Abbotsford and Howe Sound.

A tree also fell onto a car at Burnaby Mountain golf course.

TransLink says the storm is beginning to have an impact on transit service on certain bus routes, with falling trees and branches requiring diversions.

A tree that has fallen on trolley wires at Cambie and Dunsmuir in downtown Vancouver this afternoon, impacting service on the Cambie Street Bridge. Trolley overhead crew and transit supervisors are on scene and monitoring the service. City crews have been contacted to help remove the tree.

Another tree fell on trolley wires on Kingsway in Vancouver.

A 15-year-old boy died after being struck by a falling tree in a wooded area next to Clayton Heights Secondary Friday afternoon.

Strong winds have shut down Van Dusen Gardens and the Ghost Train in Stanley Park. All outdoor playing fields in Vancouver have also been closed due to inclement weather.

The weather is also affecting some ferry routes at this time.

The weather caused some havoc on the roads during the Friday morning commute, leading to a number of accidents, including on Knight Street and the Alex Fraser Bridge. Weather may also have been a factor in a fatal crash on the Barnet Highway.

In Mission, a creek burst its bank, flooding some businesses.

WATCH: Metro Vancouver homeowners anxiously wait for the second storm to hit B.C.’s south coast

Hillary Clinton vowed to ‘ring’ China with missiles over North Korea threat: WikiLeaks

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

BEIJING —; Hillary Clinton privately said the U.S. would “ring China with missile defence” if the Chinese government failed to curb North Korea’s nuclear program, a potential hint at how the former secretary of state would act if elected president.

Clinton’s remarks were revealed by WikiLeaks in a hack of the Clinton campaign chairman’s personal account. The emails include a document excerpting Clinton’s private speech transcripts, which she has refused to release.

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A section on China features several issues in which Clinton said she confronted the Chinese while leading the U.S. State Department.

China has harshly criticized the U.S. and South Korea’s planned deployment of a missile-defense system against North Korea, which conducted its fifth nuclear test this year. But Clinton said she told Chinese officials that the U.S. might deploy additional ships to the region to contain the North Korean missile threat.

If North Korea successfully obtains a ballistic missile, it could threaten not just American allies in the Pacific, “but they could actually reach Hawaii and the west coast theoretically,” Clinton said.

“We’re going to ring China with missile defence. We’re going to put more of our fleet in the area,” Clinton said in a 2013 speech. “So China, come on. You either control them or we’re going to have to defend against them.”

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China is North Korea’s economic lifeline and the closest thing it has to a diplomatic ally, and has been criticized by the U.S. and others for not doing enough to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Chinese officials and state media have responded by saying North Korea is not solely China’s responsibility and say Beijing’s has limited influence with secretive leader Kim Jong Un’s hardline communist regime

Clinton also privately criticized China’s position on another sensitive issue, the South China Sea. China claims almost the entirety of the strategically vital waterbody has lashed out at an international tribunal’s rejection of its claims in a July ruling.

By China’s logic, Clinton told a different audience in 2013, the U.S. after World War II could have labelled the Pacific Ocean the “American Sea.”

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“My counterpart sat up very straight and goes, ‘Well, you can’t do that,’” she said. “And I said, ‘Well, we have as much right to claim that as you do. I mean, you claim (the South China Sea) based on pottery shards from, you know, some fishing vessel that ran aground in an atoll somewhere.”

In another remark revealed in the Wikileaks hack, Clinton called Xi “a more sophisticated, more effective public leader” than his predecessor, Hu Jintao. She noted Xi’s plans for economic and social reforms, but blamed what she called “a resurgence of nationalism” on the Chinese government.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not immediately respond Friday to faxed questions about Clinton’s remarks.

As secretary of state, Clinton visited China seven times and engineered Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, which has long been viewed with suspicion by Beijing. The policy shift has seen a tighter focus on the region along with an increased military presence and fortified alliances with allies such as Australia and the Philippines, although the latter has been cast in doubt with the election of China-friendly President Rodrigo Duterte.

She also drew condemnation from Chinese state media last year after describing Xi as “shameless” as he prepared to speak on women’s rights at the United Nations, shortly after China detained five young feminists who’d campaigned against domestic violence.

Obama administration removes limits on Cuban rum and cigars

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

The Obama administration announced Friday that it is eliminating a $100 limit on the value of Cuban rum and cigars that American travellers can bring back from the island.

The administration is also lifting limits on cargo ship travel between the U.S. and Cuba and easing U.S. and Cuban researchers’ ability to conduct joint medical research. The measures are contained in a package of relatively small-scale regulatory changes meant to ease U.S. trade with Cuba.

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The Obama administration has now made six sets of changes loosening the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in the hopes that the normalization of relations with the island will not be reversed by a future administration. This round is expected to be the last before President Barack Obama leaves office.

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Cuban rum and cigars will now be subject to the same duties as alcohol and tobacco from other countries, meaning most travellers will be able to bring back as many as 100 cigars and several bottles of rum. Because high-end Cuban cigars can sell for more than $100 apiece outside Cuba, every U.S. traveller can now legally bring back many thousands of dollars of Cuban products, potentially generating hundreds of millions of dollars in new annual revenue for the Cuban state.

The change does not mean that Cuban rum and cigars will be available for sale in the U.S. — the change is aimed at tobacco and alcohol brought home for personal use.

WATCH BELOW: A Cuban cigar roller beat his own record on Friday for the world’s longest hand rolled cigar, creating a 90-metre specimen in honour of former leader Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday, which falls this Saturday.

The previous limit restricted travellers to a combined value of $100 in rum and cigars, although enforcement of the limit notably declined after President Barack Obama declared detente with Cuba on Dec. 17, 2014.

The administration has described its policy goal as aimed at helping the Cuban people improve their lives by winning greater economic and political freedom from the single-party state.

“Challenges remain – and very real differences between our governments persist on issues of democracy and human rights – but I believe that engagement is the best way to address those differences and make progress on behalf of our interests and values,” Obama said in a statement announcing the changes.

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Rum and cigar production is entirely government-run under Cuba’s centrally planned communist economy. While the first regulatory changes focused narrowly on helping Cuba’s growing private sector, Friday’s new rules are almost entirely aimed at similarly state-run industries including shipping and medical products.

The package of regulatory changes announced Friday also allows cargo ships to visit U.S. ports directly after docking in Cuba. They had been barred from U.S. ports for 180 days after visiting Cuba. Cuba blamed that measure for harming its ability to import and export and dampening hopes that a new military-run port in the city of Mariel could serve as a major link in the regional cargo shipping system.

A senior Obama administration official said the new regulations’ focus on Cuban state enterprise should not be interpreted as a shift away from helping ordinary Cubans.

“We have designed the policy very much to have the maximum benefit to the Cuban people, broadly, but in so doing we are not restricting engagement with the Cuban state. That has been clear since Dec. 17, 2014,” the official said in a conference call with reporters held on condition of anonymity. “The Cuban people continue to be at the centre of everything we’re doing.”

More than 160,000 American travellers visited Cuba last year and that figure is expected to double this year. Hundreds of thousands of Cuban-Americans visit family on the island each year and will also be able to take advantage of the new measure, which comes a month and a half before the restart of commercial flights to Havana after more than 50 years.

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Macleod Trail divergent diamond interchange project hits major milestone

24/05/2019 Posted by admin

City officials are celebrating the completion of a major milestone in an innovative new interchange that will be unlike anything Calgarians have ever seen.

Calgary’s first-ever divergent diamond interchange will be located at Macleod Trail and 162 Avenue South.

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    A diverging diamond interchange (DDI) is designed in such a way that the two directions of traffic on 162 Avenue will briefly cross to the opposite side of each other on bridges over Macleod Trail. This allows for more effective traffic flow at the signalized intersections within the interchange, and for left-turning vehicles to proceed without crossing opposing traffic.

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    On Friday, the City of Calgary will mark the opening of the south side overpass bridge detour, which – because of the removal of traffic lights on Macleod Trail – will result in the free flow of traffic at that location.

    The completed south side overpass will handle both east and west traffic over the next 12 months while crews construct the north-side overpass. It officially opens on the weekend.

    WATCH: This YouTube video shows the design for an innovative new diamond interchange for Macleod Trail and 162 Ave, South.

    The interchange design, first seen in North America in the state of Missouri, was once hailed by Popular Science magazine as one of the “100 best innovations of 2009.” Since then, it has been used in a number of locations in the United States, and in various countries around the world.

    When completed, Calgary’s DDI will be the first built in any urban centre in Canada.

    The estimated cost for the project is $65 million.