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‘YOU CAN MAKE HIS LIFE’S WORK YOUR OWN’ U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg on Tuesday. World leaders, celebrities and citizens from all walks of life gathered to pay respects and remember the anti-apartheid icon. More coverage, pages 8, 14 and 16. EVAN VUCCI/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Bob Vandergrift, with the House of Refuge mission, stands in the empty field along 95 Street where the mission stood until it was gutted by a fire earlier this year. Inset: The fire completely destroyed the former mission site where Vandergrift and other volunteers dispensed soup and Christian messages.

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It appears there could be no room for the refuge, as the House of Refuge mission faces zoning challenges and insurance problems in attempting to rebuild from a fall fire. The mission was gutted by a fire in late October and because the lot is now zoned for residential development, the city is telling them they likely won’t be allowed to rebuild

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on the site. “We’re still doing what we’re doing, but we are looking for a place,” said the mission’s Bob Vandergrift. Since the fire, Vandergrift said the mission has been serving soup along with Christian messages nightly on the sidewalk across the street from the former site. Vandergrift added it’s important for the mission to stay in the downtown core, which is why they want to rebuild

where they are. “We have always basically been in the inner city; that’s where a lot of these people have been for many years,” he said. Thim Choy, who owned the building and rented it to the mission, said his insurance company has been clear he needs to rebuild on the site, complicating the situation. Scott Mackie, manager of the city’s current planning de-

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A 20-year-old man has been charged with seconddegree murder in connection to the homicide of an Indonesian man living in Edmonton on a work visa. With help from Calgary police and Canadian border security, Edmonton’s Marcel Cristian Niculae was arrested on Dec. 8 shortly after he arrived at the Calgary International Airport. “We don’t know exactly where he fled to,” said Det. André Francois, noting police do not know the nature of the trip abroad. “We believe he left the country and went to Europe, but we are not sure where he ended up after that.” Police said Niculae had left Canada following the murder of Jon Syah Ribut, who was found dead on Nov. 24 in a west-end hotel room by staff. He had died from blunt-force trauma. Ribut had been operating as a sex-trade worker prior to his death. Police confirmed that the victim and Niculae had been in contact by phone prior to the homicide. Police would not comment on whether Niculae had been soliciting sex from Ribut. The victim had been living in the country for 15 months and had a job at a city 7-Eleven convenience store. Police are asking anyone with additional information to contact the EPS at 780-424-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.

partment, confirmed the mission is located on land zoned primarily for low-rise residential apartments. He said when the mission first set up shop in 2003, they appealed the land-use zoning after being initially denied, and they were granted a permit. He said they could go through that process again. “If the development officer ruled a non-conforming use, they could go to the appeal board again,” he said. Mackie said the mission hasn’t yet submitted a development permit, but they have been in discussions with the city. He said the mission’s clientele would not be a factor. “We don’t approve permits based on who is going to live there.”

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Fitness centre temporarily closed Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre is temporarily closed to the public as repairs on damaged light lenses in the pool and water leakage into the fitness centre are being done. City officials said in a release it’s estimated the repairs will take up to two weeks to complete. Metro

St. Albert police looking for sexual assault suspect St. Albert RCMP are looking for a male suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted after leaving work. The Fountain Park Pool employee was leaving work at around 10 p.m. on Nov. 6 when she was

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‘Good news to deliver’. Edmonton police spread cheer as Blue Santa Millwoods resident Shanna Vizconde was not sure what to expect as she peaked out her front window and watched two police officers approached her home. Balancing her one-year old daughter Francine on her hip, Vizconde opened the door to two smiling faces bearing gifts. As part of EPS Blue Santa Initiative, Sgt. Elli McEvoy and Sgt. Travis Peever spent Tuesday afternoon delivering gifts from Santas Anonymous to families in need, including Vizconde’s. “Usually when we see police they are in crisis,” McEvoy said about the people she meets through Blue Santa. “They call police when they are in trouble or something is wrong. It’s nice to be able to go out and see people when we have some good news to deliver.” Through the campaign, each EPS division will help deliver between 30 and 60 hampers of toys and ChristRelieved ‘without pay’

Edmonton Police detective charged with assault A 25-year veteran of the Edmonton police has been charged with assault against a co-worker. In a press release, EPS said that after an internal investigation, Det. Thomas Wilson was charged with assault stemming from an incident that took place in April 2011. The incident reportedly involved the accused and a subordinate.

Sgt. Travis Peever and Sgt. Elli McEvoy delivered gifts to local Edmonton families on behalf of Santas Anonymous Tuesday. Leah Germain/Metro

mas gifts to families in need throughout the city. “For me, it’s nice to interact with the people and get to know people and just to say hi,” McEvoy added. “It was nice to see them in a different scenario when they were not in crisis. They were surprised.” The campaign kicked off Dec. 10. Leah Germain/Metro “There is very little (EPS) can say on this matter. He was relieved from his duties, without pay,” said Clair Seyler, spokesperson for EPS. Wilson has been relieved from duty without pay because of this charge and another internal incident that EPS say they are still reviewing. “Every incident is looked at in its totality,” said Seyler. EPS also said in the release they could offer no further comment, because the case is before the courts. metro

New app keeps you at front of the line LUX Beauty Boutique is the only store in the world to now use SelfPay, which allows customers to pay for their own items using an iPhone. Stephanie Dubois/Metro

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One Edmonton business is taking the wait out of shopping this holiday season thanks to a new self-pay iPhone app. LUX Beauty Boutique is the only store in the world to now use SelfPay, an app which al-

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lows customers to scan product barcodes, scan their credit card and pay for their products without having to wait for a cashier. “The idea is we are so used to self-service nowadays so why should we necessarily go through the lengthy steps to get what we want,” said Wendy MacKinnon Keith, CEO of Digital Retail App, producer of the SelfPay app. The store started using the app Friday, and over the weekend during busy times, had about six per cent of their cus-

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New EPL digital space boasts 3D printers Make something. Technology encourages public to get creative STEPHANIE DUBOIS

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Makerspace assistant Danielle Gajewski demonstrates the banana piano. You can now print a book, Users can touch the bananas to make musical notes at the Stanley A. MilnerT:6.614” make a vase and play a banana Library. Stephanie Dubois/Metro piano in one space.

The new Edmonton Public Library (EPL) initiative, Makerspace, allows the public to access high-end technology such as a 3D printer, Espresso book printing machine and a green screen equipped with a camera and photo-editing software. “The idea is most people don’t have all of this at home. This (gives) the average Edmontonians the chance to get their hands on basic to mid-level and

in some cases, pro-level tools and really try something,” said Peter Schoenberg, manager of digital literacy initiatives and web services with EPL. The area — on the first floor of the Stanley A. Milner Library — is open to members and nonmembers of the library, with many of the digital stations free for use. Minimal fees for both the 3D printer and book-making machine apply.

“This innovative digital creation hub is the ultimate digital space,” said Linda Cook, chief executive officer. The Espresso book machine is the only of its kind in Edmonton allowing individuals to print a book for a minimal cost by simply emailing their book to Makerspace assistants. The area had a soft opening a few weeks ago, and will officially open in January.

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CheckStop leads to drug seizure Police arrested two women after finding various drugs in a vehicle in south Edmonton Monday. Edmonton Police found 12 grams of methamphetamine, 250 various prescription pills, one gram of crack cocaine, one litre of GHB as well as cell phones, and other drug paraphernalia in a Toyota 4-Runner after conducting a routine CheckStop Dec. 9 around 1:20 p.m. in the area of 12 Ave. and 101 St. S.W. Jennifer Adshead, 24 and Amy Hogg, 32 are facing an assortment of charges. metro

Premier Alison Redford was in South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday. Metro file

“He always had a sense of humour and I think that’s what kept him on track.” The premier says the service was sadness mixed with joy. She says the crowd was particularly excited to hear U.S. President Barack Obama call Mandela one of the leaders that put him on the path to politics and eventually to the White House. The Canadian press Identification

Police seek suspect Edmonton police have identified a man they believe has targeted seniors in retirement homes. Warrants for forgery, being unlawfully in a dwelling house and mischief have been filed against Preston Lee Carpenter, 29. The charges relate to incidents in which a man has impersonated maintenance personnel or family to gain access to seniors. Police are hoping anyone who can help locate Carpenter will call them. Anyone who can help police locate Carpenter is asked to contact Edmonton Police Service at 780-4234567. metro


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Ford stands by word he didn’t want to say ‘Beyond the pale.’ Toronto mayor doubles down on insinuation about Star reporter A defiant Toronto Mayor Rob Ford refused Tuesday to apologize or explain televised comments in which he sparked a threat of legal action by appearing to accuse a reporter of being a pedophile. Asked if he would say sorry to Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale or clarify the comments he made during a Vision TV interview with former media baron and convicted felon Conrad Black, Ford was emphatic. “I stand by my words, what I said with Conrad Black,” Ford told a news conference. “I stand by every word I said.” Black had asked Ford in the interview broadcast Monday about media intrusion on his family’s privacy, and Ford singled out Dale for an incident that happened in May 2012. “Daniel Dale is in my backyard taking pictures. I have little kids. He’s taking pictures of little kids,” Ford told Black in the interview, taped Friday. “I don’t want to say that

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Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize accepted by daughter Jenny Jenny Munro, daughter of the 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature Alice Munro, receives the Nobel in her place from Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm Tuesday. Alice Munro, a Canadian short-story legend, is only the 13th woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, and the first Canadian-based author to receive it. Frank Augstein/the associated press

The Public Safety Department for Fredericton, N.B., says a Mountie who complained about not being able to smoke medicinal marijuana on the job was subdued with a stun gun and charged with assaulting another RCMP officer. Alycia Morehouse, a spokeswoman for the department, says Cpl. Ron Francis is undergoing a psychiatric assessment after he was arrested last week. He is due back in provincial court on Jan. 6. An RCMP spokeswoman says the Mounties were concerned about Francis’s well-being when they found him Friday on a street in downtown Fredericton. She says Francis was hit with a stun gun at one point, but she couldn’t offer further details, saying the matter is before the courts. the canadian press


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E-copter gets $1.65M through crowdfunding Volocopter. Creators hope to start selling them in 2015 for delivery in 2016 Fresh from completing the first electric flight, the German engineers at E-Volo have scooped $1.65 million US in a crowdfunding campaign for

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love it. Also, the launch and landing are key with flights and electric aircraft can be controlled better. When will they hit the market? We will get the license next year — so far we have not even flown in it. After that we can start to sell them in 2015 for delivery in 2016. At this point we are only producing ultra light class for two

people but in theory it can be scaled to any size, even powered only by batteries. Will this be the future of drones? The term is a bit military but of course it is possible. We have remote-controlled a small model so it is perfectly realistic to build drones, but at the moment we are thinking of manned aircraft. Metro World News

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From prisoner to peacemaker Nelson Mandela. In eulogy to late leader, Obama implores people to embrace universal message of peace and justice Amid cheers and song for the prisoner who became peacemaker, President Barack Obama energized tens of thousands of spectators and nearly 100 visiting heads of state Tuesday with a plea for the world to emulate Nelson Mandela, “the last great liberator of the 20th century.” Obama’s eulogy was the rhetorical highlight of a memorial service in which South Africans celebrated Mandela’s life with singing and dancing, often during dignitaries’ speeches. Lashing rain lent a freewheeling aspect to the memorial, with people taking shelter in the stadium’s wide hallways, where they sang anti-apartheid anthems from the 1970s and 1980s. Foul weather kept many away, and the 95,000-capacity stadium was only two-thirds full. Obama implored people to embrace Mandela’s universal message of peace and justice, comparing the South African leader to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. Mandela spent 27 years in prison under a racist regime, and promoted forgiveness and reconciliation when he was finally freed. Obama, who like Mandela became the first black president of his country, said he was inspired by Mandela as a student. The speech was greeted with thunderous applause, and many gave a standing ovation. the associated press

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In contrast to the wild applause given to Obama, South African President Jacob Zuma was booed. Many South Africans are unhappy with Zuma because of state corruption scandals, though his ruling African National Congress, once led by Mandela, remains the front-runner ahead of elections next year. Thabo Mbeki, who succeeded Mandela as president, got a rousing cheer as he entered the stands. • A dazzling mix of royalty, statesmen and celebrities was in attendance. • Among the heads of state and government were some from countries like Cuba that don’t hold fully democratic elections.

Two girls dance in the rain outside of the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/the associated press

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Canadians pay tribute to a ‘giant of history’ South Africa. Memorial was more a celebration than a funeral, Harper says A teeming, colourful sea of mourners danced and sang under a cold, exhilarating South African downpour Tuesday as tens of thousands of people — including political leaders from around the world — gathered to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. A powerful coalition of politically diverse emissaries from across Canada was on hand for the four-hour ceremony, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and four of his predecessors: Jean Chretien, Kim Campbell, Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark. “Today was more a celebration than a funeral,” Harper said as the ceremony came to a close. “A celebration of a very long life, but a very important life.” He called Mandela “one of the giants of history.” A steady, cold rain appeared to keep many away from the Soweto soccer stadium, where those who did brave the elements heard stirring calls to action from the likes of U.S. President Barack Obama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen, stand next to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Tuesday, in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the memorial for Nelson Mandela. Adrian Wyld/the canadian press

Chretien said the exuberance made it unlike any memorial he has seen. “It is a great occasion of respect because he’s admired by everybody,” he said. Campbell said on Twitter: “We are cold, wet but still exhilarated!” THE CANADIAN PRESS

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U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raúl Castro Tuesday at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that signalled possible thawing between the leaders of two Cold War foes. The brief encounter between the U.S. and Cuban presidents came during a ceremony that celebrated the former South African president’s legacy of reconciliation. Obama was greeting a line of world leaders attending the memorial in Johannesburg before delivering his own eulogy in which he urged a new generation to embrace Mandela’s life work as their own.

Obama adviser Ben Rhodes said the handshakes with Castro and other world leaders weren’t planned in advance and didn’t involve any substantive discussion, but were simply an exchange of greetings as the U.S. leader made his way to the podium to speak. Still, more than half a century after the U.S. cut off diplomatic relations with Cuba, such exchanges between American and Cuban leaders are exceedingly rare. U.S. officials often have gone to great lengths to avoid having presidents meet Cuban leaders, even in passing. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is pawing the snow over Canada’s claim to the North Pole. A day after Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed Canada is extending its Arctic territorial claim beyond the area mapped by federal scientists, Putin responded Tuesday with a highly visible message to the Russian military. “I would like you to devote special attention to deploying San Francisco

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infrastructure and military units in the Arctic,” Putin was quoted saying in televised comments at a meeting of the Defence Ministry Board in Moscow. The country requires “every lever for the protection of its security and national interests there,” Putin said for the cameras. Baird held a news conference Monday on Parliament Hill where he asserted the Arctic claim will include the North Pole, although Canada has yet to do the mapping work to support its bid. Russia is already drilling for oil in the high Arctic, and in 2007 a Russian team planted the country’s flag on the

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Uruguay. Senate expected to approve weed market Uruguay’s Senate was finishing its final debate Tuesday before voting on an audacious and risky plan to create the world’s first national marijuana market, with the state regulating the entire process of growing, selling and using a drug that is illegal almost everywhere else. Approval late Tuesday was all but assured, given the ruling coalition’s majority and support from President Jose Mujica, who says he’s convinced the global drug war is a failure and that state regulations can do a better job than weapons to contain addictions and defeat a thriving illegal market.

Former Health Minister Alfredo Solari, a Colorado Party senator, warned that children and adolescents will more easily get their hands on pot, and that “the effects of this policy on public health will be terrible.” But Sen. Roberto Conde, a former deputy foreign minister with the ruling Broad Front, said marijuana “is already established in Uruguay. It’s a drug that is already seen as very low risk and enormously easy to get.” Constanza Moreira, a fellow Broad Front senator, said, “This law will return us to the vanguard of Latin America.” The Associated Press


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of the alleged crimes. The director of the army’s communications division, DIRPA, denied he made the calls. Sega Diarrah, the editor of Maliactu.net, said that on Tuesday he published a summary of the AP story, which detailed how a team of AP reporters spent six months tracking down the graves of six civilians said to have been killed by the military in the

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wake of France’s intervention to drive out al-Qaida in its former colony. An internal report by the Malian ministry of defence that was described to the AP but never made public said that the civilians were killed by a rogue unit of five Malian soldiers. The ministry of defence has denied the killings.

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world, including New Delhi, Cairo and Kigali, Rwanda. The program has led to the inclusion of women’s safety audits in urban planning in some of the cities and the banning of sexual harassment in public places in others. In Winnipeg, police plan to team up with community groups to identify which parts of the city need immediate attention. Some aboriginal leaders are hoping the initiative will focus on sexual and racial violence facing native women, including the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Manitoba. Leslie Spillett, executive director of the native or-

ganization Ka Ni Kanichihk, said the province has the third-highest number of such women in Canada. “Currently, there are 79 documented cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women,” she said Tuesday. “This initiative will help to shine the light on the underlying factors that replicate this alarming and increasing rate of violence but, more importantly, we hope that it will identify appropriate and long-term prevention strategies.” Spillett noted that most of the other cities identified to participate in the UN campaign are in the developing world. The Canadian press

Scratching out Santa’s hit list The Abbotsford, B.C., police is admitting “even Santa makes mistakes” with its greeting card that features a bad Santa writing “I will not play with guns.” Last year’s card, featuring Chief Bob Rich as Santa in full tactical gear, drew a massive response, said Const. Ian MacDonald. MacDonald said response to last year’s card was 90 per cent positive, but added it was “probably over the top” to send a card with Santa dressed in SWAT gear to 80 prolific offenders, property offenders, and people involved in drugs, gangs and domestic abuse. COURTESY ABBOTSFORD POLICE

Suicides. Military searching for answers Former soldiers, veterans advocates and lawmakers were presented with duelling theories about what might be at the heart of a sudden chain of suicides and attempted suicides this fall among serving members of the Canadian military. Testimony before two Parliamentary committees Tuesday struggled to explain

what some say is inexplicable — the tragic, deeply personal decision of someone to end their own life. Although the Harper government has invested millions of dollars into bolstering mental-health services at National Defence, the House of Commons defence committee was told scant attention is paid to helping soldiers tran-

sition to civilian life. The veterans affairs committee also heard that the perceived financial uncertainty of veterans benefits is driving some soldiers to the brink. The debate is taking place against the backdrop of at least four apparent military suicides within a week in different parts of the country. The Canadian press


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Altruism? Silicon Valley fights to protect personal data ... and the bottom line Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government’s surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people’s online habits. The industry’s profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency digs deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers. As a result, companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are becoming more aggressive in their attempts to counter any perception that they voluntarily give the government access to users’ email and other sensitive information.

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Lululemon founder out after women’s bodies comment Stretching in new Sheer madness directions. The “Quite frankly, some Vancouver-based bodies just company names a new women’s actually don’t work for it.’’ CEO as it moves on Lululemon founder Chip Wilson, in an interlast month ignited a storm of criticism by from its annus horribilis view suggesting to Bloomberg TV that production issues may not be the only issue regarding the sheerness of its Luon yoga pants.

Lululemon Athletica named a new chief executive Tuesday and announced founder Chip Wilson is stepping down as chairman as the athletic clothing retailer looked to put a difficult 2013 behind it. The changes mark the end

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over as chief executive next month. Potdevin, who began his career at luxury retailer LVMH, most recently served as president of Toms Shoes. Day has overseen the company’s expansion beyond yoga clothes to all manner of workout gear, more than tripling the company’s share value since she took over as chief executive in 2008. However, Lululemon has struggled this year with its first major stumble when it pulled its black Luon pants from store shelves after customer complaints that the pants were too sheer. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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HYPNAGOGIA SOUNDS LIKE A SNOOZE ably knocks off a few power zzzzs when he’s all OK, it’s time to get up close and personal. cosy in the Fortress of Solitude. Nobody calls Do you take naps? Superman senile, although there is that giant I’m not sure what prompted that question, ‘s’ on his chest. but it occurred to me during a session in the There is some research to suggest power “thinking chair” in my office. naps help prevent heart attacks, although that Some of my best ideas happen in the thinkcould be because people who engage in cardioing chair, usually just before someone starts vascular exercise have a tendency to get calm snoring and the walls start to reverberate. If I and drowsy after their workout. The jury is still ever find out who’s doing it… out … like a light. Turns out I’m not the only one who becomes If you’ve tried power napping and only end inspired in that twilight zone between sleeping up feeling groggy afterwards, it’s probably beand waking, that place where you’re starting to JUST SAYIN' cause you’re not doing it right. I know, I know, dream but haven’t fallen asleep yet. what’s to learn? Close your eyes, count to 10 ... That state, which is called hypnagogia, was Paul Sullivan how long was I out? visited frequently by Edison, Einstein, Aristotle metronews.ca If you go past Hypnagogia Land into the and Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali, he realms of deeper sleep lasting longer than 20 minutes, that’s of the landscapes featuring melting clocks. Hypnagogic, dude. not good, as you could end up with sleep inertia, which makes So, napping is not a sign of increasing senility, but a poweryou groggy and grumpy. ful creative tool. Hence the term “power nap.” Superman prob-

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Dali, he of the hypnagogic melting clocks, had a trick that prevented him from succumbing to the rapture of the depths. He would hold a key in his right hand, which he would then dangle over a plate. As soon as he started to heed the call of the Sandman, the key would drop out of his hand and clatter on the plate. Then he’d be up, refreshed, and back to his melting clocks. He called it “just the necessary amount of repose.” If you’re still worried what everyone will think if you catnap at the controls of your 747, remember that entire cultures are based on the nap, only they call it the siesta, which sounds poetic, lyrical. People who take siestas never drool, for example. The siesta is associated with the twin drivers of leisurely noonday meals and warm summer afternoons characteristic of Mediterranean climates, but you can try it here too, where it’s all fast food and frost. And if you start to do your best work immediately after a power nap, remember that it worked for Edison and Einstein. OK, maybe you have to try a little harder. Five more minutes? Clickbait

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“It all began following a life-threatening accident. Despite using reflective gear, the horse ridden by my friend was hit from behind by a car as we were approaching the barn around dusk.” Sami Gros, founder of Tail Lights

‘An attractive visual presence on the road’ The system consists of six water-resistant LED strips in the shape of a horse’s tail. The LED strands are attached to the base of the tail by a specially designed neoprene tail wrap. According to its designers, the lights do not emit heat, are water resistant and allow for free movement of the tail — and make “an attractive visual presence on the road.” METRO

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Forget Middle-earth, movies are overrun with strange elves IN FOCUS

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When we think of elves at this time of year visions of Santa’s helpers fill our heads. The cute, industrious and diminutive creatures from the North Pole can be seen everywhere in December in Christmas TV specials, greeting cards and movies l i k e Arthur Christmas and Santa Claus: The Movie. One of the most famous movie elves is Buddy, played by Will Ferrell, in the neoclassic Elf. “ Yo u ’ r e not an elf,” says Leon the Snowm a n . “ Yo u ’ r e six-foott h r e e

Evangeline Lilly stars in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. CONTRIBUTED

and had a beard since you were 15.” So technically he’s not really an elf, just a human raised by elves, but he has more Christmas spirit than Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen put

together. This weekend, just weeks before Dec. 25, Buddy is joined on the big screen by a very different kind of elf. “She’s slightly reckless and totally ruthless and doesn’t hesitate to kill.” That’s how Evangeline Lilly describes the 600-yearold “she-elf” Tauriel from this weekend’s The Hobbit: The

Will Ferrell became a neoclassic elf in the Christmas movie Elf. CONTRIBUTED

Desolation of Smaug. The bow-and-arrow wielding character is new to the J.R.R. Tolkien movie franchise, created by director Peter Jackson and his co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. “She’s our redhead,” says Boyens. “We created her for that reason. To bring that energy into the film, that feminine energy. We believe it’s com-

pletely within the spirit of Tolkien.” Buddy and Tauriel are just two of the many kinds of movie elves. Elves (or Gelfling as they’re called in the flick), are the main focus of the Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal. Dobby the House Elf was voted the No. 1 favourite magical creature in the Harry Potter series by NextMovie. com and Thor: The Dark World featured Dark Elves, an ancient race of dangerous beings whose spaceships are powered by black holes. The cheese-ball B-movie Elves features the tag line, “They’re Not Working for Santa ... Anymore.” Well, if not Santa, then who? Nazis, that’s who. Finally Tom Cruise consorted with an elf named Honeythorn Gump in Legend, the Ridley Scott film The New York Times called “a slapdash amalgam of Old Testament, King Arthur, The Lord of the Rings and any number of comic books.” Swiss actor David Bennett played the feisty elfin sidekick who not only is the protector of the world’s last two unicorns but, along with elves Screwball, Brown Tom and Oona, helps Cruise’s character save the world from the nasty Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry).

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Luke Evans no longer waiting in the wings New movie. His work as Bard the Bowman was shot ages ago but it’s just finally coming to audiences with the latest installment of The Hobbit Ned Ehrbar

Metro World News in Hollywood

Last year, as the first Hobbit installment raked in more than $1 billion worldwide, Welsh actor Luke Evans sat quietly by as Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage got all the attention, since his work as Bard the Bowman wouldn’t turn up until the second film, The Desolation of Smaug. Well, Evans has to wait no longer.

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After three Lord of the Rings films and the first Hobbit, it’s kind of a foregone conclusion that New Zealand is a beautiful place, isn’t it? Yeah, I think we need to just

give up now. We all know this. Maybe we should just say, ‘Actually, it’s a s---hole,’ (laughs). No, it’s great. The Kiwis, they’re very proud of their country and how

they’ve preserved it in a really beautiful way, especially the South Island. It’s so unspoiled. You filmed your part before

even the first Hobbit had come out. What was it like last year watching the reactions and box office come in for that one, knowing that to audiences you still weren’t quite a part of it? It was enjoyable, but it was also a bit of, ‘Aw, shame I’m not part of this,’ you know? But I’ve been very patient, I’ve bided my time, and now my turn has come and now I’m in the story and I’m not going anywhere now, I’m here till the end. But it was exciting to watch. Do you have an action figure yet? I have a Lego character,

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“I have a Lego character, that’s quite cool. It’s not so much action, he can’t bend his arms, but he looks quite cool” Luke Evans Talking about getting an action figure in his image

that’s quite cool. It’s not so much action, he can’t bend his arms, but he looks quite cool. And he has a Lego Laketown as well, and a little plastic bow and arrow. And he’s got a really angry face.

So you didn’t have any input on the Lego face? No, no, obviously not. But it’s great. I mean, it’s a lovely thing, isn’t it? That’s the fun thing about being part of something as big as The Hobbit, things like that happen. Apparently Denny’s, the cafe, have a whole Laketown menu. They have, like, the Bard’s Brew and the Bowman’s Pumpkin Pie. I’m tempted to go down there and order it all and just sit there munching through a Denny’s breakfast. I wouldn’t recommend that, actually. No, no, of course.

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Peter Jackson insists: ‘We’re being pretty generous with one year’ load and hopefully for years to come. That is where they are going to find their ultimate resting place. So you are telling a continuous story. It’s three movies but it is telling one narrative arc and you are trying to make each film work individually. This is the part in the middle where you pick up your foot and put it the gas pedal.” With the latest installment, Jackson is well aware some viewers might find its cliffhanger ending a bit unsatisfying, with a full year to wait for the conclusion. “We did have a discussion about it. It was just a chance that was very rare where you do films back to back, three films back-to-back, to be able to end on a cliffhanger,” he says. “I remember when I was 17, 19 years old, I remember the big Empire Strikes Back cliffhanger. It was, like, three years before the next one came out. We’re being pretty generous with one year.”

Interview. Director of The Hobbit trilogy understands why fans might be upset by this edition’s cliffhanger but points to others who have done worse Ned Ehrbar

Metro World News in Hollywood

While the first Hobbit film turned in huge business at the box office, Peter Jackson faced some harsh criticism from fans and reviewers with his return to Middle-earth. And as much as he would have liked to course-correct, there wasn’t much wiggle room going into the second installment. “There wasn’t really any ability to respond too much because we had already shot everything pretty much, apart from the 10 weeks of pick-ups we did this year, which half of that was the third movie,” he says. “By the time we were done with pick-ups I was just getting in my groove.” Some things have changed this year, though. From Jackson and the film company. There’s less chest-pumping about high frame rates — in fact Jackson and company apparently aren’t eager to bring up 48 frames per second this time around,

Peter Jackson is being much more reserved about the latest installment’s 48 frames per second this time around. Matt Sayles/the associated press

though it will be offered at select screenings. And the story is bigger, with more interweaving plot threads to give audiences a break periodically from Bilbo and the dwarfs. “The good thing with the middle film is that you don’t have to set things up, you can

just drop into the story assuming that no one is going to see this film that didn’t see the first one,” he says. “Unfortunately, (despite) the romance of the big screen, the 3-D and everything else, the ultimate life of these movies is going to be one on Blu-rays, down-

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Richard Armitage. It’s hard out there for a dwarf in Middle-earth As Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the 13-dwarf team out to best a dragon and return their people to power, Richard Armitage has his work cut out for him in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But the British actor probably wasn’t expecting that work to be quite so harrowing, like when they filmed an elaborate action sequence involving the dwarfs riding in barrels down a raging river. “I think the most dangerous part of filming the barrel sequence was when we were in these little cutoff Flintstones-style barrels which were powered by our feet. It was like dodgems and we were bumping into each other,” Armitage says. “It came together in quite a few different places on the Pelorus River, which was an extremely fast-flowing river. I did end up getting dragged under by that very current.” And if the forces of nature trying to drown him weren’t enough, he also had director

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Peter Jackson’s best technicians trying their hands at it as well. “They were dumping tons of water on us and trying to get us to go under the water. But I think Martin had the most difficult role in that, because he wasn’t in a barrel. But I think it was worth it.” ned ehrbar/mwn


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Tila Tequila takes a turn for the worse THE WORD

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Last year, Tila Tequila was rushed to the hospital for some terrible reason or another (news sites said it was either a brain aneurysm, a drug overdose or a suicide attempt). Radar Online claimed a brain aneurysm made her “think irrationally” and ingest “two bottles of unspecified heavy prescription drugs.” Sources told Radar Online that as a result of whatever happened, she probably suffered “permanent brain damage.” Well, that alleged brain damage may have been on display early Monday morning with the faded reality TV star posting some crazy-pants rants on Facebook (over 12 in a 24-hour period). So crazy, it is hard to write about it in a sensible manner.

“I never said I hated anyone, but just because I feel sympathy, compassion, and forgiveness for others such as Hitler means I am now a monster? All for trying to open your eyes to the truth that Hitler was NOT as bad as he was painted out to be?” she wrote. She then posted a photo to prove that “EVERY ETHNIC PERSON WAS INVOLVED IN WWII… NOT JUST GERMAN PEOPLE!” See? Crazy. “Blacks, Asians, Jews, Middle Easterners and so

on… ALL WERE NAZIS!!! But did you ever hear about this? NO! Because the Zionist Cabal doesn’t want you to know the truth but I will speak the truth for GOD since NO ONE ELSE HAS THE BALLS TO!” Well then! Crazy online ranting is nothing new to Tequila this week. Over the weekend, she first raised eyebrows when she blamed Paul Walker’s death on a “ritualistic murder” rather than what it was — a tragic car accident. “I believe I am the only person on this entire planet who knows what happened I have just kept my mouth shut because there is a lot more to it and of course ... cases like this,” Tila wrote about the mysterious case of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old University of British Columbia student whose body was found in a water tank at a downtown Los Angeles hotel this year. She then equated that death with Walker’s. “I just did not want to draw any attention to myself but I know exactly why they did it and yes it was indeed a ritualistic murder. Just like Paul Walker’s.”

Perry pans parents’ presidential politics Katy Perry tries to not let politics come between her and her conservative parents — except when an invitation to Barack Obama’s inauguration is involved. “My parents are Republicans, and I’m not,” she tells Marie Claire. “They didn’t vote for Obama, but when I was asked to sing at the inauguration, they were like, ‘We can come.’ And I was like, No, you can’t. I love you so much, but that — on principle.’ They understood, but I was like, ‘How dare you?’ in a way.”

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Harry and hook-up hang out in Hell’s Kitchen Maybe Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner were looking for an under-the-radar place to hang out, but a gay bar in New York City clearly wasn’t it. After Styles’ Saturday Night Live performance with One Direction, he and his rumoured girlfriend had a busy night of party-hopping, stopping for

a bit at Hell’s Kitchen gay bar Therapy, according to E! News. A source says Styles and Jenner “were having a great time” and “for sure looked like they were a couple. They had a blast.” The fact that Styles is 19 and Jenner is 18 — and the drinking age in the U.S. is 21 — didn’t seem to factor into their having a blast.

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Bradley Cooper and girlfriend Suki Waterhouse made their first official appearance together as a couple at the American Hustle premiere party in New York this weekend, according to TMZ. While they’ve been spotted out and about before, both have worked hard to keep mum about the relationship “because it’s boring,” Waterhouse recently told Elle U.K. “I’m not one of those girls who goes on about their boyfriends. I do think whatever I say will sound weird. But the truth is, if I start talking about him, I probably won’t be able to stop.”

B-lister brings beau to Bel Air It looks like Courteney Cox may have found some new romance for the holidays with Snow Courteney Cox Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, according to Life & Style. McDaid accompanied Cox to Jennifer Aniston’s Bel Air holiday party in November and wasn’t shy about her feelings. “Courteney definitely looked like she was on a date,” a source says. “They were holding hands during the party.”

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LIFE

You’ll love this Cancun resort to the Moon and back

Sun and fun. Winter’s icy grip is upon us, might we suggest beaches and bubbly?

For the kids

GINA ANGELOTTI

Metro World News in New York

Moon Palace Cancun is a sprawling all-inclusive waterfront resort minutes from Cancun International Airport. Divided into three sections — Sunrise, Nizuc and Grand — each has its own character, landscape, demographic, restaurants and amenities. Once you put on a guest bracelet at check-in, you’re not only given access to these “phases,” which while walkable are connected by a lobby-to-lobby bus service, but you’re also allowed to visit other Palace properties in the region. With seemingly limitless entertainment and dining options, the real party in Cancun happens here. As the bellman explained the extensive features of our deluxe room at Grand, it became apparent that this resort was built with newlyweds in mind. With an in-room jacuzzi — standard for all suites — and a furnished patio, our accommodations were quite large for a single person. But it wasn’t long before we took advantage of the cavernous marble shower, swim-suited up and set out for sunshine. While climbing stairs that led to the nearest pool, we almost stepped on one of dozens of sunbathing iguanas that would appear over three days.

Enjoy a cocktail by one of the resort’s beautiful pools. PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTED/MOON RESORT

Bored of the beach? Try your hand at the golf course.

Outstretched in a chaise under the shade of palm fronds and umbrellas, the heat was welcome. There were more chairs embedded in a shallow shelf of water along the pool’s perimeter, and these prime seats were often occupied. But when the water gets to be too much, guests will be happy to know that Moon Palace has a spa, two salons and

daily yoga in an on-site meditation garden. Even though it briefly rained each day, the side effects were positive: The loudest guests — mostly families — abandoned the deck, and the ocean breeze rolled in to whip our paperbacks’ pages and the napkins under our cocktails du jour. Wash, rinse, repeat: We pool-hopped like this for the

rest of the trip. One afternoon at the Sunrise pool’s coal-fired pizza oven, two newlyweds chit-chatted with other guests in line. An older woman advised the couple, “It only gets better.” Smiling, the husband of the pair responded: “We’ve been here three days and each one has gotten better.” Just beyond these pools is the quieter beachfront. Although a hefty bit of seaweed clutters the otherwise sea glass-green waters — not on par with the Mayan Riviera’s reputation for pristine beaches — the sandbars are the glorious temperature of bathwater and the sand itself is the softest we’ve bared our feet for. Each time we walked the shoreline between the phases, we shuffled through heart after heart etched in the sand. We eventually caved and drew one, too. “Have you ever been kissed by a Mexican?” asked

• While there are hoards of honeymooners — Moon Palace hosts more than a thousand weddings annually — the resort is actually bursting at the seams with families. The appeal is as strong for the under-18 set as it is for grown-ups. Parents relax poolside while their kids roam independently with minimal risk, and vice-versa. Plus, the allinclusive element means that, cost-wise, parents don’t need to utter the dreaded word “no” very often. Kids seem elated; adults look relieved.

Miguel, a trainer at Moon Palace’s own dolphinarium, where guests get a show and a wet smooch from one of eight bottlenose dolphins. A professional photographer on hand means that guests take home a souvenir portrait that’s a step up from a smartphone selfie. On the last evening of the trip, we had an unexpectedly exceptional meal at Los Tacos. At the poolside snack bar, surrounded by a ring of romantic canopied beds and mangroves, a flirtatious waiter brought to our table a heaping plate of nachos that we didn’t actually order. But it didn’t matter, because the tortilla chips swimming in cheese, grilled pork and pineapples were as gratifying as the tumbler of Dos Equis we washed them down with.


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On a sunny day, when the Grand Canal is a sparkling ribbon of aquamarine embossed with boats ancient and modern, Venice can steal your heart. And it can do a number on your wallet, too. Knocking back a Bellini at the Hemingway haunt of Harry’s Bar will cost you. And taking a gondola ride? You don’t want to know how much. But here are five things to do in La Serenissima — as the serene city is sometimes called — that don’t cost a dime, or a pound of flesh.

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The Square Centrally located, St. Mark’s Square — Piazza San Marco ­­— is lined with shops and restaurants and is a must-see. Go early or late to avoid the worst crowds. You can go into the church for free, although there are fees to see the museum and other areas. Completely free: window shopping, people-watching and posing for selfies.

Free things in Venice

The Bridges Venice is brimming with bridges. The Rialto, a stone arch lined with shops that crosses the Grand Canal at about the halfway point, is the most famous. The Academy Bridge — Ponte dell’ Accademia — between the Campo di San Vidal and Campo della Carita, also offers great views of the Grand Canal.

The Ghetto

The Basilica

The Music Museum

The word ghetto originated in Venice where a gated part of the city was designated as the Jewish quarter from the 16th century until 1797. A commonly cited explanation is that the word stems from an Italian word “getto” associated with an old foundry in the area. A bas relief sculpture by Arbit Blatas in the main square — Campo di Ghetto Nuovo in the Cannaregio district — commemorates the deaths of Venetian Jews killed in the Second World War.

The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute — St. Mary of Health — was built after an outbreak of the plague in 1630. Its ornate dome is a feature of the city skyline. Works inside include art by Tintoretto and Titian. Located in the Dorsoduro district, across the Grand Canal from St. Mark’s; take the No. 1 water bus to the Salute stop. Open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. most days.

Classical music enthusiasts will enjoy the Museum of Music — Museo della Musica — a collection of instruments from the 17th to 19th centuries. The museum is in the Church of St. Maurizio, about a 15-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square, and celebrates Venice’s history as a centre of instrument making. Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Metro’s travel myth busting Travel myths are like urban legends — there are lots of them and nobody really knows how they got started. Luckily, Metro’s resident travel expert Loren Christie is here to set the record straight.

Want to fly first class? Just ask! Myth: Ask nicely and you’ll get upgraded to first class. Reality: Sorry, you need more than manners to get seated with the pretty people. When it comes to upgrades, loyalty pays. With cost structures and loyalty programs in place, airlines reserve upgrades to first class to a very select few, such as passengers cashing in program points and higher-tier frequent fliers.

ON THE MOVE

Loren Christie life@metronews.ca

Calm down, it’s just a card! Myth: Your hotel key card can be used to steal your identity.

Travel deal Tuesdays Myth: Tuesdays are the best days to buy airfare. Reality: Historically, many airlines released fare sales on Tuesdays, which has led to this best day to buy myth, but the Internet jolted this pattern. When you fly is far more important than when you buy. Try flexible-dates shopping to determine when you can get the very best deal and go at mid-day and other off-peak business travel hours.

Reality: A hotel key card never has your personal information, such as your name, photo, or credit card number, attached to it. Even after you’ve checked out of the hotel, nobody can use it to pull any personal data. If you lose your hotel key card during your stay, you’re simply locked out of your room. The misplaced card is simply deactivated and becomes useless.

Being late to the party pays Myth: Booking at the last minute gets you the best deals. Reality: More often than not, travellers will pay a premium if they choose to book an airline ticket at the very last minute. You should try to book your airfare at least 21 days in advance. For hotels, you could get a good deal last minute but it is all about the supply and demand; there is no secret formula. There are some deals to be had by booking a last minute, prepackaged vacation, as long as you are flexible on the actual destination.


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Gone fishin’ — in a tiny Quebec town Put the cod on ice. River turns into a town of fishing huts when the temperature drops

Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year to fish in the river. the canadian press

days, because roads were closed during the winter, people came by train to fish and scoop up the tommycod, also known as tomcod. Horse-drawn sleigh carriages were used to bring the eager visitors to the fishing chalets. Steve Massicotte, a town councillor and president of the Sainte-Anne River Outfitters Association, says the woodheated chalets were originally quite small. “In the beginning, there

were chalets that could accommodate four, six, up to a maximum of eight people,” he said in an interview. “Since the ’80s, we have chalets that can accommodate 25 to 30 people.” Massicotte says 500 fishing huts are now set up each winter along one-and-a-half kilometres of the Sainte-Anne River and that more than 80,000 eager tourists drop by every year to enjoy the winter fishing.

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A fish tale that began 75 years ago has turned a small Quebec town into an international winter destination. Today, Sainte-Anne-de-laPerade boasts that it’s the world capital for tommycod fishing as it welcomes tens of thousands of visitors annually. As the story goes, it began in 1938, when a local grocer went out on the nearby Sainte-Anne River to cut up blocks of ice which he would put into boxes to keep his meat refrigerated. When he cut through the ice, he noticed small codfish in the river. The word spread and fishing huts soon began springing up every winter, turning part of the river into a small village on ice. During the early

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Lose the bread, add chicken but keep all the delicious flavours of a BLT Rose Reisman For more, visit rosereisman.com or follow her on twitter @rosereisman

No, it’s not a sandwich but a delicious salad with all the ingredients except for the bread. I don’t often use iceberg lettuce, but it goes so well in this salad. You can prepare the salad early in the day and dress just before serving.

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. 2. Combine the milk and egg

in one bowl. Combine the panko, Parmesan, and salt and pepper in another bowl.

3. Dip the chicken breast in

the egg mixture, then the panko mixture.

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Heat a small skillet until hot. Add the oil and sauté the chicken breast just until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Place in a 400 F oven and bake for 10 minutes, until the temperature reaches 165 F or until it’s no longer pink. Let cool, then slice thinly.

Ingredients • 1/2 cup 2% milk • 1 egg • 1/2 cup panko crumbs or unseasoned dry breadcrumbs • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese • pinch of salt and pepper • 8 oz boneless chicken breast

Nutritional information

BLT Salad

Per serving • Calories. 220 • Carbohydrates. 11.5 g

• Protein. 17.3 g • Total fat. 10 g • Saturated fat. 3.5 g • Cholesterol. 78 mg

let, cook the prosciutto until crisp (about 5 minutes). Dice and sprinkle over the lettuce wedges and sprinkle with the crumbled feta and tomatoes. Add chicken.

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6. Pour the dressing over top.

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This drink, inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas, is perfect for holiday parties.

Starting from bottom of rosemary sprig, remove approximately two thirds of leaves. Crush leaves to release aroma. Add, along with all other ingredients, into cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain into highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries.

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Kicking it old school: Retro Ham Salad

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These sandwiches make a great addition to a sandwich tray for an old-fashioned tea party.

1. In bowl, stir ham, cheese, pickles, mayonnaise, green onions, capers and mustard. 2.

Lay three slices of bread

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How to turn casual chatter into a chance Talk turned around. There’s no such thing as useless banter when you’re on the hunt for a hot job Tania DeSa

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Be an awesome listener Finding opportunities is an active process, just like networking, applying to jobs or marketing yourself in an interview. However, all of these steps start with good listening skills. You can’t learn without new information and you can’t acquire any if you’re talking about yourself. Maintain eye contact, acknowledge information with body language and ask followup questions based on the information you’ve just heard. Test your listening skills by thinking about a recent conversation. You’ll probably find that it’s much easier to recall what you said than what you heard. Get practicing!

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• @samboucher24: Do! even an email goes a long way • @voiceofjamesd: Be original, send an old fashioned card or a brief video message, rather than just an email thankyou

At the end of the day, great questions sprout from your genuine curiosity and fascination — so questions are a way for you to radiate authenticity and drive a conversation. Take cues from your conversation partner. If they seem bored with broad questions, get more specific. If you feel lost, don’t be afraid to let them choose the next topic. Be a problem detector If you listen carefully and pose engaged questions, you will soon find yourself immersed in a lively discussion. Once you’ve moved beyond questions and answers, your conversation partner will likely share things they wouldn’t have disclosed to you a handful of minutes earlier — not secrets

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Blues catch Jets on the ricochet Kevin Shattenkirk slammed a power-play goal through traffic Tuesday that was deflected into the Winnipeg Jets net to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 win. Bryan Little scored for the Jets (14-14-4), who started a little slow but more than held their own in the first period, outshooting the Blues (20-6-3) by an 8-2 margin. Four of those came during the Jets’ one power play late in the period. Winnipeg may have the worst power play in the league, but great saves by Brian Elliott kept the puck out of the St. Louis net. Alex Steen turned things around in the second with the Blues’ first goal. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Price deep-sixed by Kings in Montreal Kings forward Jordan Nolan scores on Carey Price on Tuesday night in Montreal. RICHARD WOLOWICZ/GETTY IMAGES

NHL. Canadiens’ 10-game point streak comes to screeching halt against Los Angeles Rookie Martin Jones made 30 saves for his second shutout in as many games, and six Los Angeles players found the back of the net in the Kings’ 6-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Jordan Nolan, Anze Kopitar, Alec Martinez, Tyler Toffoli, Jake Muzzin and Justin Williams scored for the Kings (20-7-4), who won their fourth straight.

UFC. St-Pierre to announce plans for future on Friday Georges St-Pierre will shed light on his future later this week in Quebec City. There has been a question mark hanging over the UFC welterweight champion since his win over No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks last month at UFC 167. St-Pierre said after the fight that he needed time away from his sport. It appears the 32-year-old

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Carey Price made 12 saves on 16 shots for the Canadiens (19-10-3) before being replaced by Peter Budaj, who stopped 12-of-14 shots. With the loss, Montreal snapped a 10-game point streak dating back to Nov. 16 when they were beaten 1-0 by the New York Rangers. NCAA basketball

The Canadiens came out of the gate with intense pressure, but couldn’t find an answer to Jones’ stellar play. Jones made seven saves on an early Habs power play, and remained lights out for the rest of the night. L.A. rewarded Jones’ early effort at 7:03 of the first period when Nolan beat Price to his left for his fourth of the year. Nolan jumped on a big rebound after a Willie Mitchell shot from the blue-line bounced off of Price’s pads and landed on Nolan’s stick. Kopitar added to the lead with only 13 seconds remaining in the period, catching Price out of position after winIOC recognition

ning the faceoff to his right. The Kings opened the second right where they left off. Martinez scored early in the period after Montreal defender Alexei Emelin lost the puck in his skates in front of the net. Toffoli put the Kings ahead 4-0 at 5:28, putting a big rebound past a sprawling Price, who was pulled after the goal. Muzzin added to the lead on the power play at 8:14, and Williams made it 6-0 with his team-leading 11th goal at 18:28. The Canadiens allowed more than three goals for the first time in 14 games. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Scottie Wilbekin scored a career-high 18 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 15 and No. 19 Florida held on to beat No. 13 Kansas 67-61 Tuesday night. Freshman Andrew Wiggins of Vaughan, Ont., led the Jayhawks (6-3) with 26 points and 11 rebounds — both career highs. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Football took a tiny step closer to potential inclusion in the Olympics on Tuesday. The IOC’s executive board granted provisional recognition to the International Federation of American Football. A vote on approving football for the Summer Games could take place in 2017.

Evan Lysacek will not defend his Olympic figure-skating title in Sochi because of a torn labrum in his left hip. After two months of aggressive treatment, doctors told Lysacek last week the injury was not going to improve and he was risking permanent damage if he kept training.

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2010: VW Golf GTI Volkswagen bookends our retrospective with two disparate generations of the worldly, front-drive Golf. The sixth-gen Golf, introduced in 2010, was a masterful reworking of the Mk5 car that landed here in 2006. The body was finessed with an angle grinder to make it more aerodynamic, while the cabin furnishings were raised to near-Audi standards. The GTI inherited Golf’s three- and five-door hatch configurations, but with some tuned suspension bits and wicked alloy wheels shod with low-profile rubber. Owners of pre-2010 GTIs did report several minor problems, but VW must have ironed out the bugs; the newest generation appears problem free. 2005: Ford Mustang To mark the 40th anniversary of Lee Iacocca’s groundbreaking Mustang, Ford put stylist J Mays on the job to cast the new coupe and convertible as “retro-future” iterations of the original. By adopting the reardrive chassis of the Lincoln LS — but with a solid rear axle to keep costs down — the car gained a stiff platform to promote adept handling. Assembled at the Ford-Mazda plant in Michigan, the Mustang benefited from Japanese-quality controls. Still, there were some unsettling problems revealed by owners, including faulty manual transmissions and rear differentials, fuelling issues, faulty emergency brakes, short-lived batteries, bad V8 throttle-position sensors and interior rattles. 2000: Ford Focus With its avant-garde styling and premium materials, the

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Ford Focus aspired to be more than just an econobox. And it came in lots of flavours: a four-door sedan, five-door wagon, three-door hatchback and, later, a five-door hatch. Every model was a ball to drive, thanks to its tight platform and sophisticated suspension geometry. The Focus got off to a rocky start in terms of reliability. Owners’ mailboxes filled up with recall notices, and the cars exhibited mechanical glitches such as fast-wearing brakes, wheelbearing failures, broken transmissions and ignition switches, faulty air conditioners, bad fuel pumps and numerous electrical problems. The quality improved in newer models. 1995: Plymouth/Dodge Neon When Chrysler unveiled its compact Neon to much fanfare in early 1994, the car was an instant hit, with its cheeky design, vivid colours and friendly pricing. What differentiated the Neon from other econoboxes was its “cabforward” architecture, which shoved the wheels out to the corners. Available in two- and four-door forms, stylists made one misstep by specifying frameless windows, which invited plenty of wind noise. As owners started racking up mileage, however, the Neon’s lustre faded. It was plagued by head-gasket failures, faulty transmissions, air-conditioning woes and engines that leaked. 1990: Nissan 300ZX The redesigned Nissan 300ZX graced a lot of lists: Car and Driver named it a 10 Best every year it was sold, while Automobile called it one of the 100 greatest cars of all time and amongst the most beautiful. Being one of the first production cars to be developed entirely by computer-aided design, it’s a wonder studios still

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• AJAC finalists and runners up. Mazda, Kia and General Motors lead the way in the battle to be named Canada’s 2014 car or truck of the year. The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada announced its 12 finalists for the awards last week, including three Mazda vehicles, and two each from Kia and GM. In October, a group of 80 AJAC journalists test drove 174 new vehicles during a week-long series of trials in Niagara Falls. AJAC’s annual Test Fest evaluates all new or redesigned vehicles in each of 12 categories on the same day, over the same route, including a high-speed test circuit and/or a simulated off-road course or cottage road, depending on the type of vehicle. The journalists ranked a wide range of attributes, including design, space, quality, performance, safety, economy and value. Transport Canada fuel consumption figures were also factored in, as was the vehicles’ price. Those 12 finalists will now compete to be named AJAC’s Car of the Year or Utility Vehicle of the Year, which will be announced on Feb. 13. 12 finalists + runners up

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order clay in bulk. In addition to the two-seater hatchback, there was an extended fourseater model and a convertible. Beneath its comely lines, the 300ZX was powered by two versions of a 3.0-L V6: naturally aspirated, it made 222 hp, while the twin-turbo firebrand put out 300 hp. The Z bristled with technology, including active rear-wheel steering to aid handling. Despite the complex machinery, the Japanese-built 300ZX proved to be an exceptionally reliable sports car. 1985: VW Golf/Jetta AJAC’s very first Car of the

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• Small Car (under $21k): Mazda 3 • Small Car (over $21k): Mazda 3 Sport • Family Car (under $30k): Kia Soul • Family Car (over $30k): Mazda 6 • Luxury Car (under $50k): Lexus IS 350 RWD • Luxury Car (over $50k): Infiniti Q50 Hybrid • Sports/Performance ($50k+): Chevrolet Corvette Stingray • Prestige Car (over $75k): Mercedes-Benz S Class • SUV/CUV (under $35k): Jeep Cherokee • SUV/CUV ($35k to $60k): Kia Sorento • SUV/CUV ($60k+): Acura MDX • Pickup: GMC Sierra • NOTABLE RUNNERS UP • Nissan Versa Note (small car under 21k), • Fiat 500L (family car under 30k) • Acura RLX (luxury car over 50k) • BMW X5 (SUV 60k+)

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The trouble with car-of-theyear awards is that they recognize fetching lines, nifty engineering and value for money, but fail to take into account the one factor shoppers say is paramount to their decision: reliability. As AJAC names its finalists for the 2014 Canadian car and utility vehicle of the year, we thought it would be instructive to look back at previous winners, in five-year increments, to see how they fared in the real world. Do our esteemed jurists end up picking the best vehicles for hard-working Canadians? You be the judge.

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Saturn’s big family hauler hit the road for 2007, just a few years before the demise of the GMowned brand. Packing seating for up to 8 and riding the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, Outlook packed a standard V6, plenty of size, and a long list of available feature content. Look for split-folding and sliding seats, as well as generous at-hand storage dotted throughout the cabin. Feature content included available heated leather, OnStar, a sunroof, navigation, automatic climate control and plenty more.

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Common issues

Check for wetness in the front passenger footwell areas or on the ceiling liner, which could indicate a leaky sunroof. Listen for any unwelcomed noises from under the hood, noting any that escalate when you’re steering. This could indicate a power steering pump that’s planning to act up. Put your ears on the lookout for any clunking or popping sounds from the suspension as you travel over bumps, which could indicate a

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Look for an automatic transmission and 3.6 litre V6 engine with around 265 horsepower on all models. Outlook packed a lengthy powertrain warranty, which is still being honored dealerships despite the discontinuation of the Saturn brand. All Wheel Drive (AWD) was available.

The verdict

Largely, it’s the size, capability and warranty coverage that make the Outlook look appealing as a used SUV buy. If you’re dead-set on one, be sure to seek out a clean mechanical bill of health and opt for any extended warranty coverage that may be available.

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James Newman, Sr., needs a ride. Well, actually, his 2010 Ford Escape needs a ride. Newman, a retired high school teacher, plans to spend the holidays and winter months at his son’s home in Phoenix, Ariz., and he needs transportation while he is staying there. But at 77 years of age, Newman is not up to driving the 3,800 kilometres from Syracuse, N.Y. And on a limited budget, he’s not interested in spending about $1,600 US to have his wagon professionally hauled cross-country. Renting a car for three months is also not a financial option. Facing an unusual vehiclerelocation situation, Newman turned to a transportation solution that he unexpectedly found while surfing the Internet for quotes to have

You’re taking a chance driving an old car, anyway, so putting it in the hands of a total stranger is likely just making things worse. Still, there might be an experienced driver online willing to take on the challenge.

his Escape delivered to him in Arizona; an “auto driveaway” service. “I didn’t know anything about (auto driveaways) until I started researching what it would cost to get my SUV to Arizona,” Newman said. “With the cost and convenience, this was the best option. Really, it was the only option for me.” An auto driveaway service essentially works as a barter system that matches people in need of vehicle relocation — but are neither able nor

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few tanks of gasoline, and for their time and effort, the two college students get free transportation back home for the holidays, though they’ll have to find their own way back to New York when classes resume in January. “There’s some risk involved,” Newman said of this unconventional relocation option. “But I’m confident there won’t be any problems.” Through cash deposits from the drivers, background checks, GPS tracking and common sense, some safeguards can be built in before handing over the keys to somebody you’ve only met via email. But trusting a total stranger to drive your vehicle for three or four days and deliver it a few thousand kilometres away naturally carries a level of worry and risk. And that’s where companies such as Professional Drivers Incorporated, Custom Auto Delivery and Auto Driveaway are often hired to help steady the nerves of relocation, and still keep costs down.

When you dial out the expense of a car hauler (truck) and a paid driver, your costs come down to fuel, a willingness to let the odometer pile up, vehicle wear and tear . . . and trusting a total stranger with your wheels. Quoted

“I didn’t know anything about (auto driveaways) until I started researching what it would cost to get my SUV to Arizona. With the cost and convenience, this was the best option. Really, it was the only option for me.” Retired school teacher James Newman Sr.

David Smaller, owneroperator of Canada Driveaway, said his business helps match vehicle owners and relocation drivers, most commonly during the winter months when retirees want to fly out of Canada and into warmer climates in the United States, but need to have their cars shipped. “The owners are our clients and the drivers know they can get a free road trip holiday,” Smaller said. “So they plan their trip according to the seasonality.” Smaller’s business works out every trip detail from arrival time to travel duration and the vehicle owner pays the fees associated with the service, the fuel and the compensation of the driver, which is typically not more than $500, Smaller said. “This is kind of a niche market but there is steady demand for the service this time of year . . . It’s enough to keep us busy but not enough for us to get rich.” Jill Pixley writes a travel blog for the popular freelance website examiner.com and she said the Internet is helping to drive the growing popularity of the auto driveaway service.

Pixley reported that through this barter method of vehicle relocation, the company Auto Driveaway alone provided transportation for about 10,000 travelers in more than 8,000 vehicles just last year. For the sake of research for a blog story on an auto driveaway, Pixley volunteered to drive a Toyota Camry from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles. The only eligibility requirements for the job were an online application through Auto Driveaway, a valid operator’s license, a clean driving record and a $350 deposit to be refunded upon vehicle delivery. “The advantage was that I got to roll through 10 states on someone else’s dime,” wrote Pixley, who agreed to pay for her own fuel on the trip. “I also had the freedom to leave the huge interstates behind and follow my own route along secondary roads and highways.” Pixley explained that an auto driveaway service is a great relocation option for those wanting to avoid hauling costs. But logistical problems can be difficult to overcome, especially in smaller cities and towns where matching an available driver at Point A with a desire to travel to a very specific Point B can take some negotiation. But at least for Mr. Newman, using an auto driveaway to move his vehicle crosscountry for only the price of fuel easily outweighed any potential inconvenience or obvious risks. “I suppose there is some worry involved, nothing is guaranteed,” he said. “But if you do your research and take the time to find the right drivers, this seems like a great way to go. I hope it is, anyway.”


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The Ford Mustang is an iconic American consumer product, not unlike the Fender Telecaster guitar, Campbell’s Soup, or the Colt 45 handgun (or if you prefer, Colt 45 malt liquor). Mustang’s all-new and sixth-

generation version, the 2015 model, was just revealed last week, in a simultaneous six-city debut extravaganza. The world has changed a lot since 1964, when the Mustang first debuted, but the original and archetypical “Pony Car” is still relevant and is still lusted after. Let’s take a quick “then and now” look, to appreciate the transformation of this American icon ...

Target audience Back then, the Mustang was targeted successfully at young people. Today, the average age of Mustang buyers is over 50. Back then, and right up until the 2014 model, the Mustang was only sold officially in North America. Ford says it will sell the 2015 model globally. As the most iconic, visible, and all-American-styled vehicle in its portfolio, it will help Ford announce its intentions in new markets as it works to raise its global presence.

Sales targets Back then, Mustang was a big-volume player, by any standard. In 1966, almost 450,000 units were sold in North America. Now, with annual North American sales at about 85,000, it’s no longer a mainstream product. But Ford really wants Mustang to outsell Camaro, something it doesn’t do now in the U.S. Curiously, Mustang easily outsells Camaro in Canada.

Styling Back then, Mustang styling was somewhat revolutionary. Now it’s retro-inspired with modern design elements. Ford hopes the new look will appeal to more younger buyers, and

The all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine.

to those international buyers. But the styling vibe remains very much “All American.”

Technology Back then, with a focus on younger, less-affluent buyers, Mustang was purposely devoid of lots of expensive technology (except for the obvious and many performance editions). Even up to the latest model, Mustang was famous for retaining an old-world “solid rear axle” suspension. The 2015 model is the first with a fully independent rear suspension. It’s also the first in decades to feature a four-cylinder engine option — the all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost, good for 305 horses and 300 “torques.” Those moves, and others, like more use of weight-saving aluminum and the new electronic launch control (a first for Ford), are all about making a better Mustang, and a nod to convincing foreign buyers that Mustang is no longer just an American sports car lump, as in, only fast in a straight line, and too big to be agile. But you really have to like how Ford retained the “analogue” nature of the Mustang. The cabin features lots of analogue-looking instruments and actual mechanical switches that should make actual mechanical noises when you use them.

Price Back then, Mustang was cheap and cheerful. Ford hasn’t released prices yet, but you just know it has too much technology, too much safety and performance, and too many modern accoutrements to ever be that cheap again. But what are you going to do? Go back to 1964?


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Nissan asks the ancient, baffling question: What do women want? Pathfinder. Automotive giant’s employees changed their research methods by immersing themselves in the lives of everyday ladies jil mcintosh

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Back in 1955, Dodge introduced a new model called the La Femme. Aimed at women, it was painted in pastel colours, and included a matching raincoat and umbrella. It failed, proving that it takes more than just a few “feminine touches” to appeal to female buyers. But while automakers generally know what won’t work, it’s an ongoing challenge to determine what does.

“I think women are misunderstood, and it’s because the industry assumes they’re disinterested in cars, and find them boring and onedimensional,” says Rachel Nguyen, director of exploratory and advanced product planning for Nissan’s head office in Los Angeles. “Instead, they see it in their lives, and if they will enjoy being in it. “When women walk into a dealership, they don’t say, ‘Wow, look at that new grille, it’s so great compared to the last generation.’ They look at the whole thing, and it’s more than just the product.” A lot of people are involved in the process. Nguyen works with teams of designers, engineers and planners to identify major trends and customer needs, and also with consumers. While discussion groups are important, the company also uses immersion research that can include going into

people’s homes. “We’re looking for insights,” she says. “It’s not typical market research. Immersing in these women’s lives is where we gain our insight and tells us what we need to do.” This research has led Nissan to incorporate such things as lighting and materials to improve the vehicle cabin’s appearance, along with practicality. On three-row SUVs, the second-row seat slides forward in such a way that if it has a car seat on it, it’s still easy to get into the third row. “We said, let’s finally get it right where I don’t have to move my kid out of the car seat to get my other kid into the back seat,” Nguyen says. “We put our foot down, and put a push on engineering for that.” Women also want technology as much as men do, but it needs to be intuitive and easy to use. The company is continually working on designs that take the enormous

Nissan used input from female drivers to help them build the new Pathfinder.

amount of information available, and present it in formats that are accessible, affordable, and also minimize distraction. Nguyen actually studied

the La Femme’s history, which led her to realize that while men and women can have differences in taste, a functional, well-designed vehicle works for

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April 21 - May 21 If you need to get something finished, step on the gas. Mars in the work area of your chart will boost your energy but you won’t get anywhere worth going unless you’re motivated.

Gemini

May 22 - June 21 If someone asks for your opinion on a personal matter, you will be happy to give it. However, if your sixth sense tells you they won’t be happy hearing the truth, maybe you should decline their request.

Cancer

June 22 - July 23 Feuds and power struggles are best avoided, even if it means you have to go off and be by yourself for a while. Do not, under any circumstances, make the mistake of taking sides.

Leo

July 24 - Aug. 23 You need to get your financial house in order — quickly. Be ruthless with yourself and make sure you know the difference between your needs and your desires. If something is not a necessity, live without it.

Libra

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Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 You may not be able to rely on certain people as much as you have done recently, but you no longer need them. There is a major luck factor working in your life at the moment.

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