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petition, which attracted international firms, would not be good for the city’s image. “I would expect a lot of those players to be looking at this and seeing it as extremely disrespectful,” she said. Mayor Don Iveson said he believes the city’s refined vision still meets all the goals of what the city wanted to create, but does so without taking on a financial risk. “I want to build a great neighbourhood. I want to change the housing market. I want to show environmental leadership, but I need to do that in a financially responsible way,” he said. Perkins and Will had declined to be part of the implementation team for the project 2 and Iveson said the city’s relationship with the firm had deteriorated. “I would say that they’ve not been co-operative and you saw some of that today.”

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Ignoring pleas from the original architects of the Blatchford neighbourhood, city councillors moved ahead a scaled-back version of the new community Tuesday. In a 10-2 vote, council approved moving forward on city administration’s recommended version of the redevelopment, which removed some of the sustainable features the original architects, Perkins and Will, had suggested. Council also voted for a report on some of the ideas city 1 administration left out that

might make the project more sustainable. City administration had done cost estimates on the Perkins and Will design and determined it would have seen the city lose $280 million. The city’s changes removed a proposed pneumatic garbage answer. system, a bio-mass energy facility and separate drainage system, while also changing some of the design, but estimated that when fully built, the project would net the city a $45-million profit. Representatives from Perkins and Will said they were stunned by the changes and stunned to see their plan rewritten. “We find ourselves disappointed by being put in this position of even comparing two plans,” said Joyce Drohan, director of urban planning for the firm. She said making such drastic changes after a design com-

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With the 34th year of the Edmonton Pride Festival set to wrap up Sunday, some Edmontonians want to keep the spirit alive through a local history venture. Called Edmonton Queer History project, project members are collecting archival photos, interviews and other memorabilia marking the history of Edmonton’s pride community since there are holes in the archival information. “There’s very little documented queer history in the City of Edmonton pre-1990 (...) and we’re concerned about losing that history as people age and pass away,” said Kristopher Wells, main organizer of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services-led project. Next year’s Pride celebrations marks 35 years, with the group members wanting Edmontonians to “remember the past and chart the future,” said Wells. Group members are asking Edmontonians to share their Pride memorabilia as part of the project by emailing EdmontonQueerHistoryProject@gmail.com.

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Edmonton’s public school district will consider adding 339 full-time teaching positions back to its staffing roster after cutting the same number last year. At an EPSB meeting Tuesday, the district trustees reviewed a proposed $1 billion budget for the 2014-2015 public school year, which board chairperson Sarah Hoffman called status quo. After cutting 339 full-time equivalent positions in last year’s budget, the district is looking to bring back 119 fulltime certified staff and 220 fulltime non-certified staff. “The reason we are able to do that is we have more kids coming,” Hoffman said about the new teaching positions. “I don’t want anyone to think we can drastically cut class sizes.” The district is expecting a 2.6 per cent enrolment increase next year — approximately 88,793 students in 202 public schools — while only working with a 2 per cent funding increase from the province. To address a funding shortfall, EPSB will be accessing $13.8 million in reserve operating funds to keep the budget balanced.

The Edmonton Public School Board chairperson Sarah Hoffman called the district’s proposed $1 billion budget “status quo.” METRO FILE

Hoffman said the budget reflects EPSB values, but it isn’t sustainable accessing surplus funds. “I’m glad we had a cushion this year, because we need it,” she added. Along with new teaching positions, the latest budget also includes a change to the First Nations, Metis and Inuit allocation, by hiring four specialized FNMI consultants at a cost of $450,000. Approximately $750,000 has also been set aside for security cameras at elementary schools. The board will vote on the budget June 24.

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Participants in Tuesday’s Transit Skills (Roadeo) competition had to do a series of manoeuvres, including coming as close as they could to the fictional “curb.” Stephanie Dubois/Metro

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When my mother sang “The Wheels on the Bus” to me when I was younger, she forgot to mention how hard it would actually be to drive said bus. On Tuesday, I was put to the test as I participated in the city’s Transit Skills (Roadeo) competition at Northlands. I was nervous. The biggest vehicle I’ve ever driven was a 26-foot-long U-Haul truck, which wasn’t nearly as scary as this mammoth bus that has a kick-back people always forget about, said city officials. Thankfully, no volunteers were hurt during my time on the bus. I wish I could say the same about some pylons and barrels along the course. Luckily, my instructor was patient and knew the mis-

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takes first-timers make when sitting behind the wheel. As I geared up to take the first right turn, I alternated between checking my side mirror and moving my sweaty hands to turn the steering wheel, yet I still squished two pylons. That was one of the easiest tasks, with the course later asking us to get our rear wheels through small pylons and then drive 30 km/h through a barrel-lined aisle. Operators were also welcomed to polish their turns and accuracy at the roadeo. “It gives operators a chance to test their skills against themselves and against their colleagues,” said Linda Kadatz, ETS Bus Operations Divisional Supervisor. The top-scoring operator will represent Edmonton at the international competition in Austin, Texas.

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Enter the gauntlet Volunteers lined the obstacle course at Northlands on Tuesday as councillors, bus operators and members of the media climbed aboard to drive through the obstacles listed below: • Serpentine through a series of pylons • Right-hand turn • Navigate around a barrel then park next to a “curb” as close as possible • Left-hand turn • Drive through narrow pylons • Get rear wheels lined up in between smaller pylons • Drive through a barrellined aisle doing 30 km/h • Stop at a high pylon as close as possible City officials say the hardest part of the test may be for drivers to get over their nerves before they tackle the course.


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Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Jonathan Denis announces funding Tuesday for a new mentorship program that links LGBTQ youth with adult mentors in Edmonton. Leah Germain/Metro

Cash confiscated from criminal acts throughout the province will be used to help fund a new mentorship program to support LGBTQ youth in Edmonton. Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Jonathan Denis made the announcement Tuesday, which slated $76,250 from the Civil Forfeiture Fund for the new program. The Civil Forfeiture Fund uses money taken from bad guys and uses it for good programs, said Denis. “This is one project we wanted to fund, because we

wanted to make sure LGBTQ youth make good choices and don’t get involved in negative influences,” he added. The one-time grant will be used to link LGBTQ youth in Edmonton with adult mentors over the next two years. Mickey Wilson of the Pride Centre said the mentorship program is a huge asset to young members of the city’s LGBTQ community. “It’s not simple being a teenager ever and when you add that extra layer of complexity, there aren’t a lot of role models in the community for them to look up to, so we’re going to give them that Growing up different

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Masked man. Woman awakes to find intruder Police are looking for a masked man who broke into a Mill Woods home Tuesday morning and attempted to sexually assault a woman. Shortly after 2 a.m., police responded to a home near 20 Avenue and 49 Street. According to EPS, a man entered the house wearing a balaclava while the occupants slept. The woman awoke when the suspect entered her bed-

room and threatened to sexually assault her. She was able to fight him off and escape with her son and mother, police said. The suspect, who was wearing blue jeans, black boots and black gloves, fled. Police ask anyone with information to contact EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. LEAH GERMAIN/METRO

Pregnancy. Program will get $1.4M to continue Jesse Jackson doesn’t know what would have happened had she not found the pregnancy program at the Boyle Street Community Services, but she does know that it helped turn her life around. “The main focus for me was sobriety and being a firsttime parent, I was scared,” she said. As she went through the Healthy, Empowered and Resilient (HER) Pregnancy program, she said, it opened her eyes. Jackson was on hand Tuesday for an announcement

by Minister of Health Fred Horne that the program, which helps at-risk pregnant women, will receive $1.4 million over the next three years. Staff have tracked fetal heart rates by a dumpster in a back alley and have helped deliver four babies in staff cars, said Marliss Taylor, Streetworks program manager. “We are convinced that support, compassion and appreciation of the strength of these women will always benefit them, their children and society at large,” she said. STEPHANIE DUBOIS/METRO

City ponders land development role The area around the Rossdale Power plant, in the city’s land holdings, is being considered for redevelopment into a new community. COURTESY CITY OF EDMONTON

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City councillors moved a step closer to creating an arm’slength development company

for the City of Edmonton. Councillors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to have administration report on how such a company could be set up and how it might be funded. Coun. Michael Oshry, who proposed the idea, said a company like this could pay the city a dividend and could also be used for city building. “We could spur some development in an area where maybe there are no developers willing to be the first ones through the door,” he said. Oshry said he’s not in fa-

vour of throwing all of the city’s land into the company’s hands, but he believes it could do a lot to improve the city. “This is just a tool in the toolbox,” he said. Coun. Mike Nickel said he believes the idea would be great for the city. “If we choose our board wisely and keep our hands off of it, I think it can do very, very well,” he said. “The taxpayers deserve a return on it.” Oshry’s motion came after a review of several other cities that have set up similar companies. He said he be-

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The owner of a British Columbia dairy farm where staff were captured on video beating and abusing cattle said he is shocked and saddened by what he saw happening in his own barn. • Jeff Kooyman said Tuesday that undercover video filmed at his Chilliwack Cattle Sales Ltd. is “horrifying to watch.” • Kooyman said he doesn’t know what got into the young men seen kicking, punching and beating the animals with pipes and chains.

statement. “This investigation proves that the dairy industry is incapable of self-regulation. The government must step in to create and enforce standards to protect farmed animals from needless cruelty.” The Vancouver Humane Society echoed that call, saying there should be random inspections and mandatory video surveillance of livestock operations. Chilliwack Cattle Sales is the largest dairy farm in the country with more than 3,500 animals. The farm is certified under the Canadian Quality Milk Program. the canadian press


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Sewol ferry’s crew appears in court Gwangju, South Korea. Nearly two months after the ferry sank, 292 bodies have been recovered and 12 people remain missing Fifteen crew members from the sunken South Korean ferry appeared in court Tuesday to enter pleas on charges of negligence and failing to save more than 300 dead or missing passengers. As the crew members stood with bowed heads before three Gwangju District Court judges, families of the victims struggled to contain their fury. Many wore yellow ribbons in memory of those killed in the April 16 accident, most of whom were students on a school trip. Nearly two months after the sinking, 292 bodies have been recovered and 12 people are still missing. Divers continue underwater searches for those believed trapped inside the sunken ship. Because of time constraints Tuesday, only 11 of the 15 entered pleas of not guilty. The remaining four are scheduled to appear at a hearing in one week. All surviving crew members responsible for the ship’s navigation have been charged with negligence and with failing to do their duty to protect passengers. Several

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“The defendants, who should have saved the passengers first, ran out first and lived.... The defendants not only killed the passengers, they also killed the souls of the families and basic trust in our society.” A statement by a committee of the ferry victims’ families, demanding strict punishment.

of the defendants acknowledged some responsibility at Tuesday’s hearing but denied that they caused the sinking, saying they had little control over the stability of the ferry. After expressing his condolences to victims’ families, Judge Lim Joung-youb emphasized the rights of the defendants to make their own arguments. The public hostility against the crew has raised questions

about the fairness of the trial. They are being defended by six state-appointed lawyers. Capt. Lee Joon-seok and three other crew members are charged with homicide, which could carry the death penalty. Prosecutors accuse them of tacitly colluding to abandon the ship while being aware that the passengers would be trapped and killed when the ship sank. The Associated Press

Radiation leak. Five more Afghanistan. Officials potentially explosive investigating friendly fire containers discovered in in death of five U.S. troops U.S. nuclear waste dump New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn says scientists investigating a radiation leak at the U.S. government’s underground nuclear waste dump have identified five other potentially explosive containers in West Texas. Flynn told a legislative panel on Tuesday that scientists investigating the Feb. 14 leak from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have been unable to replicate the chemical event believed to have caused a drum to breach. But he says they have found five other barrels

from the same waste stream from Los Alamos National Laboratory and are narrowing their focus on those because of their very high acidic content. Initially, three of those drums were thought to be at Los Alamos. But Flynn’s office late Tuesday says all five are being stored at Waste Control Specialists in Andrews, Texas. Flynn says the public should be concerned — but not worried — because proper precautions are being taken. The Associated Press

Five American special operations troops were killed by a U.S. airstrike called in to help them after they were ambushed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, in what appears to be one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents in 14 years of war, officials said Tuesday. “Investigators are looking into the likelihood that friendly fire was the cause. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these fallen,” said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby in a statement. The deaths occurred during a joint operation of Afghan and NATO forces in the Arghandab district of southern Zabul province ahead of Saturday’s presidential runoff election, said

provincial police chief Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rooghlawanay. After the operation was over, the troops came under attack from the Taliban and called in air support, he said. There was no way to independently confirm Rooghlawanay’s comments. The coalition would not comment and NATO headquarters in Brussels also declined to comment. One of the five American troops killed Monday was identified as 19-year-old Aaron Toppen of Mokena, Ill., who had deployed to Afghanistan in March, according to a family spokeswoman, Jennie Swartz. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday’s ambush in Zabul. The Associated Press


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Sexual violence. ‘Shame is on the aggressor,’ Angelina Jolie tells global summit Angelina Jolie appealed for a change in attitude on sexual violence in conflict Tuesday, bringing the power of her celebrity to an international summit on a topic she said has been taboo for too long. Opening the four-day London summit, the Hollywood star and United Nations envoy spoke with passion and conviction, recalling her meetings with rape victims who struggle with injustice and stigma long after their countries have emerged from

conflict. “We must send a message around the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence, that the shame is on the aggressor,” she said, to cheers from the audience. “We need to shatter that culture of impunity.” Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague are co-hosting the event, billed as the largest gathering on the subject ever. the associated press

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help he wanted in dealing with the cut. When asked if he heard any noises during this time, Jiang repeatedly said he didn’t. After checking the home’s upper levels, Jiang descended into the basement, where he discovered his mother in a dark room, leaning over Liu’s bloody and lifeless body, he told the court. “I saw that she has a knife and she was striking Ms. Liu’s head,” Jiang said, putting his head in his hand. “I did not hear my mother utter any noise and Ms. Liu, at least the person who was lying on the floor, did not have any sound and there was no movement.” The trial has heard from the Crown that Liu’s head showed more than 40 “choplike” wounds caused by a sharpedged object. the canadian press Poland

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The University of Reading in England issued a press release claiming a “historic milestone” had been reached for the famed Turing Test, but Artificial Intelligence experts are not buying it. The challenge that faced Eugene Goostman, the name of the computer program designed by a team of Russian and Ukrainian programmers, did not meet the standards of a true Turing Test, says a University of Toronto prof.

Poland’s prime minister, Donald Tusk, on Tuesday weighed into an abortion debate that is roiling emotions in the largely Catholic country, saying doctors have to put their obligation to the patient and the law above their religious beliefs. Tusk’s comment came after a well-known obstetrician in Warsaw, Bogdan Chazan, caused uproar by refusing to allow a woman to abort a fetus with serious head and brain defects. the associated press

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‘Unbearable sadness’ expressed at funeral for slain Mounties Farewell to the fallen. Police, public fill arena to pay final respects to Mounties Douglas James Larche, Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Dave Joseph Ross The brother of one of the three New Brunswick Mounties killed in the line of duty told a regimental funeral service Tuesday that the death of Const. Douglas James Larche has left him feeling an overwhelming despair. Daniel Larche, a master seaman in the Royal Canadian Navy, spoke of the bond he shared with his brother during his eulogy. “I stand here before you with an unbearable sadness,

disbelief, rage, because a great man was taken away from us far too soon,” he told mourners inside the Moncton Coliseum. “Never in my worst nightmare did I envision a stitch in time that I would be giving his eulogy.” Police and members of the public filled the hockey arena for the funeral service for Larche, 40, and fellow constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, and Dave Joseph Ross, 32. Ross’s brother-in-law, Adrian Vander Ploeg, recalled how the RCMP officer was making dinner but dropped everything, including leaving the barbecue lid up and the garage door open, to be among the first to respond to a report of a gunman last Wednesday evening. “For those closest to Dave, that barbecue left still open says everything about who

Dave was and his devotion to those around him,” Vander Ploeg said. Gevaudan was remembered by Geoffrey McLatchie, his spiritual adviser, as a doting husband and stepfather. “Fabrice lived a heart-centred life, a life of joy and happiness, a life where he connected to the community in which he lived,” McLatchie said. “He was very comfortable in his own skin and he was his own man.” RCMP pallbearers carried the flag-draped coffins of the slain officers into the arena. A beige RCMP Stetson sat atop each casket. Danny, a police dog that served with Ross, was led inside. Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged a “searing grief” that has enveloped New Brunswick, a province he said he’s proud to call his ancestral home. He said while

Police dog Danny sniffs the Stetson hat of his slain partner, Const. Dave Ross, during the funeral procession for Const. Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Const. Douglas James Larche, who were killed in a shooting spree last Wednesday. Andrew Vaughan/the canadian press

the justice system will establish what happened, one thing is certain. “We do not need a verdict to know that what happened here is an outrage,” he said. Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, the command-

ing officer of the RCMP in the province, saluted the dead officers as well as constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen, two other Mounties who were wounded in the shootings. “With the eyes of the nation upon us today, I want to pub-

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‘Searing grief’

“Together, we struggle for answers. We ask what in God’s name happened here and why. We may never know.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper ‘It’s a brotherhood’

Entire police community feels effect of shootings Before the funeral service began, people inside the arena stood and applauded for 45 minutes as police officers from across Canada and the U.S. arrived to take their places. In front of a stage were three large portraits of the slain officers in their dress uniforms. There were also three Canadian flags on the left and right sides of the stage. Before the service, a procession of about 2,700 police officers wound its way through the city with pipers and drummers leading the mourners. Four RCMP officers on

horseback followed the 1.6-kilometre-long procession, leading three hearses carrying the dead officers. Members of the RCMP and municipal police forces, as well as correctional officers and U.S. border patrol officers, were among those who marched to the Moncton Coliseum, which can hold about 7,000 people.Public transit buses picked up officers in advance of the televised service. Brenda Jaillet of Oromocto, N.B., said the shooting deaths have touched her husband, a retired RCMP officer. “It’s a brotherhood,” Jaillet said outside the coliseum before the service. “What has affected these three members has affected him. It could have been him at any time during his career.” the canadian press

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Fistfights could have shaped our faces: Study Minimizing injury. Man’s facial structure may have evolved as our ancestors took beatings, study says Human faces may have been shaped by violent fistfights. The University of Utah’s findings deal a heavy blow to previous research that suggests changes in bone structure were down to the dietary need to crush hard foods such as nuts. Lead researcher David Carrier explains to Metro why stronger bones were needed to act as a buttress against a new form of boxing.

A comparison of the human skull as it has evolved over time. Courtesy University of Utah

Some men have had their fair share of booze-fuelled scraps. But what were our ancestors fighting about? I think it would have been pretty much the same

as gorillas and chimpanzees: competition over females, territory and defence of one’s family and offspring. So in some ways it’s similar to today. How do the changes that occurred in hominins and australopiths — the ancestors of Homo sapiens — compare to gorillas? If you compare the face of a chimpanzee or a gorilla to that of an australopith, it’s more stout and robust. The mandible, molar teeth, brow ridges, orbit (socket of the skull), cheekbones and the pillars along the edge of the nose, which provide support, are much thicker. In the early australopiths these parts of the face were absolutely more robust than the same part of the face as male gorillas, which are four times the size. So why was there a need for such considerable facial re-

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construction? This evolution occurred at the same time that our hands were changing in proportion to allow us to make a fist-like club. The bones which are susceptible to fracturing during a fistfight have increased in both early australopiths and humans. And it’s the same bones that show the greatest difference between male and female australopiths and Homo lines, including Homo

sapiens. So if their hands were like a club, was their fighting technique more a battering motion than a punch? That’s possible, but we don’t know. The australopiths were the first to be capable of a forward striking punch or a modern human’s punch. The anatomy was there four to five million years ago. metro world news

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One dead, one injured in yet another U.S. school shooting Oregon. Police identify gunman but not releasing his name after latest campus rampage

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A gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher shortly after classes started at a U.S. school and was later found dead as police arrived, authorities in Oregon said. Authorities have tentatively identified the teen gunman, who was found slumped on a toilet in a bathroom, but weren’t ready to release the name, Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said. Authorities say the shooter likely killed himself. Anderson said the teacher, Todd Rispler, a 50-year-old physical education instructor, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene.

People comfort each other after a shooting at Reynolds H.S. on Tuesday in Troutdale, Ore. Faith Cathcart/the associated press

Authorities have also identified the student killed, saying that the 14-year-old victim was killed in the boys’ locker room. The attack panicked students, and a lockdown was ordered.

said. The first reports of shots fired came at 8 a.m. on the next-to-last-day of classes. Police initially seemed uncertain about whether there was a live shooter in the school.

Morgan Rose, 15, said she hid in a locker room with another student and two teachers. “It was scary in the moment. Now knowing everything’s OK I’m better,” she

President Barack Obama says his biggest frustration so far as president is that American society has not been willing to take steps to strengthen gun control. Obama is reflecting on frequent mass shootings during a question-andanswer session on social media site Tumblr. He says the U.S. should be ashamed. the associated press

Students were eventually led from the school with hands on their heads. Parents and students were reunited in a supermarket parking lot. the associated press

Privacy. Concerns raised about new bill The Conservative government’s cyberbullying bill would make too much information about Internet users more easily available to a wide array of authorities, Canada’s new privacy czar warns. Testifying Tuesday at the House of Commons justice committee, Daniel Therrien again urged the government to split the bill in two to allow for thorough examination of several measures that would expand online monitoring. The legislation would make it illegal to distribute “intimate images” without consent and remove barriers to getting such pictures scrubbed from the Internet — changes Therrien supports, calling them “largely uncontroversial.” Civil libertarians say the cyberbullying bill will erode Internet privacy and make it easier for government to spy on the activities of law-abiding Canadians. the canadian press

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fans gear up for soccer feast The wait is almost over. The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday and to get you in the game, Metro has you covered with the latest from Brazil.

Underdogs Australia looking for redemption in the beautiful game? A hot air balloon in the likeness of Brazil’s Christ The Redeemer statue, wearing the colours of Australia’s soccer team, floats over the Melbourne skyline Tuesday in this photo released by sportsbet.com.au. Australia will begin their 2014 soccer World Cup campaign with a match on Saturday against Chile, in Cuiaba. Dave Callow-sportsbet.com.au/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Messi’s mystery nausea foxes docs

Advertisers try to score with music

Social media tracking World Cup games

Shortly after coming on as a second-half sub in Argentina’s last World Cup warm-up, Lionel Messi doubled over and appeared to vomit on the pitch. He’s done it at least a half-dozen times with Argentina and club team Barcelona, mystifying doctors and fans alike. “Nerves,” says Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, and that’s a diagnosis as good as any. The Argentina captain and four-time world player of the year is under tremendous pressure to lead the Albiceleste to its first World Cup trophy since 1986. The team opens its campaign against BosniaHerzegovina on Sunday. Top athletes throwing up before, during or after a competition is not unusual. Sometimes it’s because of the physical stress on their bodies, sometimes because of performance anxiety. What’s unusual about Messi is that it seems to happen quite randomly, not when the pressure would seem the greatest or when he’s exhausted himself to the limit. Barcelona’s medical staff hasn’t been able to find the cause. Neither have Argentina’s team doctors, nor Messi himself. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Companies that are advertising for the World Cup are hoping music will strike a chord with fans globally. Because the FIFA World Cup is the most popular sports event on the planet, advertisers want to take advantage of the large viewing audience. But the World Cup poses problems for companies that are used to making a splash at big sporting events like the Super Bowl with a pricey 30-second spot. First off, soccer doesn’t have very many commercial breaks, with two 45-minutes halves played mostly straight through. Additionally, soccer is a global event, so it’s hard to make TV ads that translate across cultures. As a result, brands — both official sponsors and those that just want to capitalize on the event — increasingly are using music to get the world’s attention: Danone’s Activia yogurt teamed up with Shakira to update her wildly popular 2010 World Cup Song “Waka Waka,” about Africa, with a Brazil-centric video for “La La La.” Coca-Cola made a song in English, “The World is Ours,” and then created 32 local versions, each sung by a local artist in the native language. And Beats by Dre launched a splashy five-minute video “The Game Before the Game” that shows soccer stars like Neymar Jr. and many others preparing for game time by listening to “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons & The X Ambassadors. The move is an effort by companies to try to capture the attention of one of the largest global audiences for any event. In the last World Cup four years ago, 3.2 billion people tuned in, according to FIFA. That’s compared with the 111.5 million people who tuned into the Super Bowl this year. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This year’s World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. Nearly 40 per cent of Facebook’s 1.28 billion users are fans of soccer. On Tuesday, the world’s biggest online social network announced new features to help fans follow the World Cup — the world’s most widely viewed sporting event. Facebook users will be able to keep track of their favourite teams and players throughout the tournament in a special World Cup section, called “Trending World Cup.” Available on the web as well as mobile devices, the hub will include the latest scores, game highlights as well as a feed with tournament-related posts from friends, players and teams. The company is also launching a page called FacebookRef, where fans can see commentary about the matches from “The Ref,” Facebook’s official tournament commentator. Not to be outdone, Twitter touted in a blog post last week that fans can follow individual teams or players and use the hashtag #WorldCup to tweet about the matches, and follow official accounts such as @FIFAWorldCup and @ussoccer for the United States team, for example.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi wipes his mouth after appearing to vomit on the pitch during an international friendly soccer game in this March 5 file photo. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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This image from Facebook shows the social network’s “Trending World Cup” special feature. Facebook/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


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N.Y.C. settles with Occupy protesters Civil-rights lawsuit. City will pay $538,000 to 14 demonstrators who claim they were arrested in 2012 for ‘expressing their views’ New York City has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 US to settle allegations that police wrongfully arrested a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, marking the largest settlement to date in an Occupy-related civil rights lawsuit, the marchers’ lawyers said Tuesday. The protests against economic inequality inspired similar protests around the U.S. and the world. The $583,000 US pact involves 14 demonstrators who said police ordered them to

leave but prevented them from doing so and arrested them in lower Manhattan early on New Year’s Day 2012. The disorderly conduct cases got dismissed, according to the protesters’ federal lawsuit, which argues they were arrested “for expressing their views.” “We were out there to send a message, and our rights were suppressed,” one of the demonstrators, Garrett O’Connor, said Tuesday. The 34-year-old labour activist said police tackled him to the ground as he tried to follow their order to clear out. The city didn’t immediately comment Tuesday, but it has said the arrests were lawful. A city lawyer had said at a court conference in November that the arrests followed “a very rowdy and tumultuous march,” according to a transcript. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

New York City has settled with 14 Occupy Wall Street protesters for $583,000 US. Spencer Platt/Getty Images file

Pouches of tobacco

Swedish Match wants snus marked as ‘modified risk’

An unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a multi-spectral camera awaits takeoff at the Southeastern Agricultural Center’s research farm in Moultrie, Ga., in May. Johnny Clark/the associated press

A new, peaceful use for aerial drones sprouts up Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists on the other side of the globe, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what’s happening in their fields. In Georgia, a group of state and federal officials — along with members of industry and academia — has been working since 2009 to develop a drone that can save a farmer’s time and resources

during the growing season. The public got its first glimpse of the group’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at a flight demonstration last month at a research farm in Moultrie, Ga. By deploying a UAV with a multi-spectral camera to survey crops, farmers could spot water and nutrition issues, insect infestations and fungal infections. “The UAV saves a tremen-

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dous amount of time,” said Eric Corban, founder and chief technology officer for Guided Systems Technologies Inc., a Stockbridge, Ga., company that helped develop the software. “Traditionally you would walk the field, and you would only get a small portion of the field sample. The UAV can do it in a fraction of that time and cover the entire field.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match is asking the Food and Drug Administration to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes. The company with its North American headquarters in Richmond, Va., is filing an application with the FDA to approve the snus products as “modified risk.” Snus — teabag-like pouches that users stick between their cheek and gum to get their nicotine fix — are popular in Scandinavian countries and are part of a growing smokeless tobacco market in the U.S. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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WILE E. GOOSTMAN: MACHINE 1, MAN DUMB :( fooled 10 out of 30 judges last week at the UniHuman evolution lurched ahead the other day, versity of Reading. leaving Homo sapiens in the same dust that There was an immediate outcry that Eucovers the Neanderthals and other dead gene was a trick, that his programmers intenbranches on the tree of life. tionally portrayed him as a child, which Meet the future: Eugene Goostman. He’s a would explain his knowledge gaps. 13-year-old Ukrainian boy. His father is a Whatever the flaws in the test or the progynecologist and he owns a gerbil. (Eugene, gram, the point is that Eugene managed to that is, not his father.) fool some of the people in the room. This He’s also not a real boy, but a computer prodoesn’t surprise me. As computers are getting gram. A chatbot, to be precise. smarter, I swear people are getting dumber. If But this assemblage of hopped-up bits and you need evidence, just check out these exbytes managed to fool some real humans into JUST SAYIN' amples from a recent Buzzfeed piece in which believing he was one of us, thereby passing the real people incisively demonstrate their inlegendary milestone in the field of artificial Paul Sullivan feriority: intelligence known as the Turing Test, prometronews.ca “Just found out my birthday is the same posed by the British mathematician Alan Turday as when I was born! Life is crazy!” ing. Or: “Where’s the 2014 Brazil World Cup going to be held?” In 1950, Turing predicted that in 50 years a machine Or: “Wow, I can’t believe the titanic sunk and the people would be able to fool at least 30 per cent of interrogators into filming it didn’t even stop to help. :(” thinking they were talking to a human being. Well, it took a I could go on, but you get the idea. little bit longer than 50 years (64 to be precise), but Eugene

Siri-ously

No wonder Eugene Goostman sounds like a real boy. It ain’t nothin’ special. Yeah, it’s a little creepy getting overtaken by Little Boy Blue. Maybe not as creepy as Her, the recent Spike Jonze movie in which the world’s creepiest actor Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with an operating system. Although who can blame him … his operating system has the voice of Scarlett Johansson. Fool me once, twice, whatever. I haven’t fallen in love with my operating system. Yet. But I am fond of her. Siri tells me that right now, it would take me 29 minutes to drive home. That’s the word she/it uses. Home. Like we both live there. When Siri first did that, I admit to being touched. Not only did she/it suggest we go home, she gave me precise, accurate directions. It had been a long day. I was tired. I was just glad somebody … or something … knew the way.

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Stop dragon my rep around Breathing fire. Fearsome beast of myth tips scales as misunderstood creature

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“Always speak politely to an enraged dragon.” Author Steven Brust

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The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien described dragon Smaug as “a most specially greedy, strong and wicked worm.” The Flight of the Conchords have a song called Albi the Racist Dragon, and on Dragon Day at Cornell University, an effigy of one of the giant beasts is burned while students shout and dance. They can be fiery, fearsome creatures. “Noble dragons don’t have friends,” writes Terry Pratchett in Guards! Guards! “The nearest they can get to the idea is an enemy who is still alive.” It’s not hard to understand why the folks on Game of Thrones are wary of Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) brood of the beasts when she spouts off lines like, “When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!” Then there’s Bryagh, the serpentine villain of The Flight

How to Train Your Dragon hero, Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel.

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“Noble dragons don’t have friends. The nearest they can get to the idea is an enemy who is still alive.” Terry Pratchett in Guards! Guards!

of Dragons who not only insults the movie’s heroes before dispatching them, he also gobbles up the eggs of other dragons! Maybe if characters in movies paid more heed to

the advice given by author Steven Brust — “Always speak politely to an enraged dragon” — then movies and TV wouldn’t have to offer up such a wide array of ways to rid the world of dragons.

Look on IMDb, there are dozens of titles containing the phrase “dragon slayer.” The 2010 animated hit How to Train Your Dragon begins in a remote Viking village where killing a dragon is “everything.” It focuses on Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), a kind- hearted boy who captures one of the flying behemoths and discovers two things: One, he can’t bring himself to kill it, and two, that dragons aren’t the fearful monsters everyone

thinks they are. He becomes a Dragon Whisperer and the movie shows the serpentine creatures in a different light than the abysmal brutes usually seen on screen. This weekend, How to Train Your Dragon 2 adds to the list of cinematic dragons who are more misunderstood than actually evil. The 1941 Disney flick The Reluctant Dragon features a dragon that would rather recite poetry than cause havoc. “You’ve got to be mad to breathe fire,” he says, “but I’m not mad at anybody.” In the live-action DragonHeart, a fire-breather must team with a dragon-slaying knight (Dennis Quaid) to end an evil king’s rule. When the giant serpent is accused of eating an adversary, he is indignant. “I merely chewed in selfdefense, but I never swallowed.” Eddie Murphy lent some comedic relief to the 1998 animated movie Mulan as the tiny, blue-horned Mushu. He may be the size of the Geico gecko, but don’t mention it. “I’m a dragon, not lizard. I don’t do that tongue thing.”

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Always classy Franco’s fanfic plucks LiLo-est hanging fruit Kate Hudson all photos getty images

It’s-never-too-late Kate finally calls out former beaus for being dopes After dating both Lance Armstrong and Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, it’s surprising Kate Hudson hasn’t weighed in on the sports doping issue sooner. But better late than never. In an interview with InStyle magazine, Hudson says she was “as shocked as anyone” when Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing

drugs. “I personally think that you make the choices you make and you should reap the consequences,” she says. “Lance and Alex are phenomenal athletes who have made some bad choices and let a lot of people down. It’s a decision they made for themselves, and they’ve got to loathe it.”

All Blackbeard and no hair makes Jackman a sexy pirate

What happened to our beloved Hugh Jackman’s hair? Just this weekend he was looking mighty fine in all of his hirsute glory while hosting the Tony Awards. And now this photo appears on Instagram? Reportedly, there’s a good reason he’s shaved his head — he’s getting ready to play the role of Blackbeard in an upcoming movie called Pan.

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James Franco and Lindsay Lohan deserve each other, I think. Both of them seem addicted to the spotlight, and neither has any qualms about involving other people in their nonsense. Case in point: James Franco wrote a “short story” about Lohan for Vice’s fiction issue. It’s not just about Lohan — Franco fills the piece with anecdotes about his life in Hollywood, circa 2011. By calling it fiction, I’m sure he intends us to ask ourselves what’s real and what’s made up, which, to be fair, I totally am. The bulk of the piece is about Lindsay Lohan — I’m sorry, “Lindsay Lohan” — letting herself into “James Franco” the narrator’s Chateau Marmont bungalow to hit on him. He reads her stories instead of sleeping with her, until she falls asleep. That much Franco has relayed in interviews as fact. But what about the details we haven’t heard about before? Here are a few I’m curious about, despite knowing that my curiosity would please James Franco:

Ole! Ole! J.Lo! Diva decides to kick off World Cup, after all • Did Lindsay Lohan really pound on Franco’s door, yelling that he was a “bookworm punk blogger f—–?” • Did James Franco really turn in his sullen Oscar hosting performance because he wasn’t allowed to dress up as Cher and sing You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me? • Did Lindsay Lohan really spread false rumours that photographer Terry Richardson was shooting a sex book with Lohan and Franco? • Will Lindsay Lohan sue him? I don’t really approve of kissing and telling, but I have to admit that I’d get through a lot more New Yorker fiction if it was all like James Franco’s Lohan fanfic.

It turns out Jennifer Lopez will be helping kick off the World Cup after all, despite her reps telling CNN over the weekend that she wouldn’t perform as planned at the opening ceremony in Brazil. “The backlash was so significant that she decided she needed to attend,” a source tells the National Enquirer. So what caused her to pull out in the first place? Apparently it was all about the money. Lopez “was

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Portland hits the spot with its weird and wonderful food carts Would you like tarragon anchovy mayo on that? The city’s most famous food stalls combine comfort with courage STEVE GOW

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With over 500 eateries dotting the cityscape, Portland’s food carts have become a thing of legend. Unlike most cities’ roving food trucks however, most of Portland’s kitchens are stationed in so-called pods and serve up more than just uninspired frankfurters. In Portland, foodies can feast on everything from hummus to Himalayan fare. Here is a list of just five of the most farout food trucks to tempt you on your next trip to Oregon. Potato Champion Since 2008, this food cart has been serving up twice-fried Belgian-style pommes frites with a variety of sauces that include Rosemary Truffle Ketchup and Tarragon Anchovy Mayo. But if you’re interested in tasting their big signature dish, you’ll need to order the PB and J — fries topped with peanut satay and raspberry chipotle sauce. As one can imagine, Potato Champion is especially popular with late-night crowds. Visit potatochampion.com. 808 Grinds Aloha, foodies! Named “favourite food cart” in an

A patron orders food at Salmon Fusion, one of the many food carts that call downtown Portland home. ISTOCK

Oregonian reader’s poll, this award-winning eatery offers up an array of authentic Hawaiian cuisine, including kalua pig (a kind of pulled pork). For the experimental, you can also taste Spam Musubi (seared marinated spam over rice wrapped in seaweed) with their Garlic Furikake Fries. See 808grinds.com. Solar Waffle Works A very unique food cart, Solar Waffle Works is an all-volunteer, non-profit business that relies almost entirely on

solar energy to cook all sorts of sweet and savoury waffles from as low as $2.50. Toss in the fact that they manage a training program for at-risk youth in the community and Solar Waffle definitely works. Check out www.pps.k12. or.us/schools/solar-waffle.

but is most famous as the home of the famed, extinct Dodo bird. At Chez Dodo, you begin with a base of flat bread or noodles, add a sauce, and top with bean, potatoes, meat and, if you’re daring, the Island Fever spicy curry sauce. See facebook.com/chezdodo.

Chez Dodo Mauritius is a long way from Oregon, yet you can get the taste of the tiny Indian Ocean island right in the middle of Portland. The island itself is a mix of different cultures (Portuguese, Indian, African)

PBJ’s Grilled Founded by Las Vegas expatriates, PBJ’s serves all manner of popular grilled peanut butter and jam sandwiches — which can include applewood smoked bacon, hamburger, crispy coco-

nut shrimp and more. Who could have guessed jalapeno peppers would go so well with peanut butter? Visit pbjsgrilled.com. Plan a food quest

For the most comprehensive list of Portland’s exterior eateries, Food Carts Portland boasts a constantly updated list of carts, maps, cuisine categories and menus. In fact, they even offer tours. Visit foodcartsportland.com.

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The congregation lines up to enter Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, England. The Associated Press File

Canterbury has plenty of tales worth hearing Historical significance. After nearly 1,000 years, murder in the cathedral is still luring visitors to this English city It was in the Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 that Archbishop Thomas Becket was killed, viciously, by four knights who believed they were doing the bidding of King Henry II. As a result, Becket became a martyr and the cathedral a place of pilgrimage to his shrine. The homicide was the subject of Murder in the Cathedral, a verse drama by T.S. Eliot, and was more famously immortalized in Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th century work, The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer’s saga, told in Middle English, focused on one such journey in what had become an annual spring pilgrimage. It is said that 100,000 pilgrims made their way to the cathedral in 1420, including, as the poem says in its last line, the sick (seeke) whom the shrine cured (hath holpen, or helped). Today, Canterbury Cathedral draws one million visitors a year. Chaucer’s pilgrims made the journey on horseback; today’s visitors are more likely to arrive by plane and car, train or bus from London or Dover. With its sites, shops, and restaurants, pubs and tea rooms concentrated largely in its Old Town area, Canterbury is a comfortable walking city. It is relatively small, with a popula-

tion of about 150,000. The Stour river runs through the city and at some points is navigable for small boats. Rowboats and punts (flatbottomed boats like gondolas) can be hired, generally with a local university student serving as oarsman and guide. Kent University and other schools contribute to a large local student population. But by far the biggest tourist attraction is Canterbury Cathedral, founded in the year 597 (there is an entrance fee for visitors). It is a marvellous edifice on spacious property that also houses some buildings of the King’s School, a renowned secondary school. The exterior of the cathedral, an impressive 72 metres high, reflects Romanesque, English Gothic and Gothic architectural styles, with round and pointed arches, blind arcades, and pinnacles of the 14th-century perpendicular Gothic nave. The Trinity Chapel was built specifically for the Shrine of St. Thomas, which stood from

1220 to 1538, when it was destroyed on orders of King Henry VIII. The floor of the current chapel has a set of inlaid marble roundels representing zodiac signs, months, virtues and vices. A lone candle marks the spot of the shrine. UNESCO World Heritage sites in Canterbury include the cathedral along with St. Augustine’s Abbey (mostly the ruins of the monastery where St. Augustine’s monks lived) and St. Martin’s Church, England’s oldest working parish church. Another popular tourist site is the Norman Canterbury Castle, or at least its remains. The castle was one of three original royal castles of Kent, built soon after the Battle of Hastings on the main Roman road from Dover to London. This was the route taken by William the Conqueror in 1066. The medieval St. Margaret’s Church now houses The Canterbury Tales, an audio-visual presentation of five tales (in modern English) from Chaucer’s most colourful characters. the associated press

If you go...

Canterbury: London’s Heathrow Airport is about 96 kilometres northwest, and Gatwick Airport about an hour’s drive. Canterbury is 24 kilometres from Dover, where ferries depart for France. • Canterbury Cathedral: Open weekdays and Saturdays 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (closes at

5 p.m. in winter). For tour times, check canterburycathedral.org. • Audiovisual presentation of The Canterbury Tales at St. Margaret’s Church: Open daily, check the following website for times, which vary by month: canterburytales.org.uk.


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Prepping for Pomp and Circumstance Convocation. Keep these key points in mind while putting on your cap and gown Elias Da Silva-Powell TalentEgg.ca

If you’re soon to attend your convocation, then the last time you were handed a scroll on stage was probably at the end of high school, which may seem like a lifetime ago. Though you’ve seen dozens of graduation ceremonies in TV shows and movies, it’s easy to get caught off-guard by the reality of convocation. As a double grad with a host of multiple-degree-holding friends, I’ve heard a lot about graduation and its various pitfalls. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great day and an occasion to celebrate. But a little preparation can make a lot of difference. Here are key things you should keep in mind:

Put your best foot forward The only thing more risky than overdressing for your convocation is a bad footwear choice. Brand new shoes look great, but not when every step means the discovery of a new blister. Similarly, a height boost will only give you a confidence boost until you topple over.

High shoes, you lose

Heels should be no higher in inches than the number of years it took to complete your degree.

Tip: Unless you’re planning to ride a skateboard across the stage, leave your sneakers and running shoes at home. If you buy new shoes, break them in first. Heels should be no higher in inches than the number of years it took to complete your degree.

nowhere and discouraging school-of-hard-knocks type observations. Tip: Giving a speech at your ceremony? Don’t use the phrase, “It’s tough out there.” Everyone is tired of hearing that.

If it’s on, turn it off If your cellphone is on, turn it off. If it’s on silent, turn it off. If you’re “pretty sure” it’s off, turn it off. Tip: This isn’t funny. Even if the speeches are dull, your EDM ringtone isn’t going to solve anything. Get ready to see everyone The periods before and after the convocation ceremony can

Dress cool, dress smart. The robes are hot, and you’ll probably put them on at least an hour before you cross the stage. When you find yourself standing in an airless stairwell shoulder-to-shoulder with 140 other people, you’ll regret wearing more layers than were strictly necessary. flickr: loyolauniversitychicago

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Strained silence. You’ll cross paths with an endless array of these people. You’ll even be able to hear their less-than-enthusiastic clapping from the stage, no matter how big the crowd. Tip: Nod, smile, shake hands — and keep moving. Find (and stay with) your close friends. Consider having a less-problematic personal life the next time around. Brace for speeches As someone who has both given and listened to some terrible speeches, I recognize that fine speech-making is much like fine watch-making — a delicate, precise balance of minute parts, all working towards a simple yet elegant goal. The speeches at your ceremony may be rise-toyour-feet-and-cheer good or Oh-wow-I’m-watching-sunbeams-cross-the-walls bad, but

in either case, you should be prepared for awkward jokes, personal anecdotes that go It isn’t over just yet

There are a lot of “lasts” involved in finishing school: last lecture, last assignment, last exam. • Chances are, none of these experiences felt like the end of a chapter in your life. That’s because they weren’t — and convocation is no exception. • Though convocation comes with a stage and applause, your life isn’t a play, with neatly ordered scenes and cues. You won’t get a sense of a finished chapter until you find yourself moving through the next one.

Significant moments can also be incredibly uncomfortable When you boil it down, the whole “big day” is a backdrop to your moment: the moment when you cross the stage, seize your scroll and stomp gloriously down the stairs, accompanied by roars and cheers. That’s a TV/movie thing, though. For the average student, there’s only enough crowd-enthusiasm to carry you partway across the stage. If your ceremony involves multiple steps (get the degree, get a handshake, walk to centre stage, get another handshake, etc.) you may find your big moment has a backdrop of quiet coughing and the rustling noise of hundreds of people sweating quietly. Tip: At many ceremonies, the audience is specifically asked not to applaud, in an effort to keep the event on-pace. Prime your family and friends to disregard this directive — everyone else will. TalentEgg.ca is Canada’s leading job site and online career resource for college and university students and recent graduates.


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Dogs having their day in interview room Power to the puppy interviewer. A university in Scotland is using pooches to suss out the best candidates for a veterinary course Edward Thompson

Metro World News

A Scottish university is using dogs to sniff out the best candidates for a place on an oversubscribed veterinary course. Students who are applying to Edinburgh Napier University are judged on how they interact with the dog. Dr. Mary Fraser, who is a lecturer and owner of Belle (one of the pooches that vets potential candidates), finds that the dog relaxes nervous interviewees and provides an invaluable insight into their affinity with animals. Fraser tells Metro about the doggy detection interview process that is proving a hit with both students and lecturers.

Plan a plea in three Sell it with speed. Create the perfect elevator pitch with these four tips from Shark Tank survivor Kaeya Majmundar Lakshmi Gandhi

Metro World News

Ask any entrepreneur and they’ll say that one of the biggest keys to success is the ability to sell your product to a potential customer or investor in three minutes or less. A good “elevator pitch” is essential. Kaeya Majmundar knows all about the importance of a good pitch. Majmundar first came up with the idea for the BZBox, a collapsible

How do dogs sniff out the best candidates in an interview?

pathy with animals. How does the ideal candidate respond to the dog?

We’re just looking to see potential candidates’ reactions to the dog. Most will rush over to cuddle and play with the puppy, whereas the odd one or two tend to stay seated.

I’m happy if they’re paying the dog more attention than me. It’s great when a student sits on the floor and gets covered in hair. To me that’s great. Although, it’s a difficult one because they’re often in their best dress, so I can imagine their parents aren’t

That’s when you know that they have no em-

too pleased when they come home caked in hair. Do any of the students try a charm offensive with the dogs by bringing in some treats? Oohh, I don’t think so. We give out treats, so some of them take advantage of that and stick around after the interview to play around with the puppy.

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box that does not require any assembly, when she was helping a friend pack and a box suddenly fell apart. While building her product, she also became something of an elevator pitch expert, entering and winning a 2012 pitch com-

petition mounted by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Majmundar put those skills to good use recently when she was selected to appear on the season finale of ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, where she successfully convinced investor Lori Grenier to back the BZBox. Majmundar, a senior at Emory University, shares these pointers on how to create a great pitch. Draw your audience in “You have to hook them,” says Majmundar of potential investors. “I’d say the most important thing is to not get

bogged down with the technical details. They’ll ask the right questions if they are enticed.” Create a storyline It’s important to think of yourself as a storyteller, she says. A good story may convince people to overlook some shortcomings. Also, let your passion shine through. “I didn’t have the business savvy when I got started,” says Majmundar. “But people saw my enthusiasm and believed in me.” Remember, all feedback is good feedback Even people who react nega-

Kaeya Majmundar, at right, with Shark Tank’s Rob Herjavec, took thinking outside the box to a new level by creating a storing bin that essentially builds itself. facebook

tively to your idea can still teach you something. “I tend to focus more on the negative feedback than the praise because it motivates me,” says Majmundar. An iffy reception from a potential investor can lead you to come up with necessary tweaks to the product.

Be persistent “The biggest thing that I’ve learned is to stick with it,” says Majmundar. “I can’t even say the number of times people have turned me down. But there’s really no dead end. You can either take a left or a right.”


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It’s college graduation season, which means that celebrities are donning their caps and gowns to deliver words of wisdom to the Class of 2014. We’ve compiled some of the best advice from this year’s celebrity commencement speeches. Lakshmi Gandhi Metro World News

Grad advice from 4 celeb speakers Jimmy Page

Sheryl Sandberg

Addressing graduates at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the former Led Zeppelin guitarist reflected on his musical journey. “I’m sort of self-taught,” USA Today reports he told them. “I learned from records and trying to interpret playing my guitar heroes from there. Along the way, I became a session musician. ... I had to go in and have enough discipline to play — because, boy, if you made mistakes, you wouldn’t be seen again.”

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George Stephanopolous The Good Morning America anchor urged Franklin & Marshall College graduates to not let fears about the economy or the job market stand in the way of their dreams. “Try not to let the search for security stop you from doing work that stirs you up, the kind of work you think about even when you’re off the clock, the kind of work that you would do even if you weren’t paid,” Stephanopolous told the audience.

The Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead author’s address at the City Colleges of Chicago stressed the importance of ambition and developing strong leadership skills. “Don’t lean back ... lean in. The fact that you made this dream come true means you should be more ambitious,” Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer said. “This is only a start. Dream bigger — both for yourself and the world around you.”

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Jay Leno The recently retired Tonight Show host was among the celebs who returned to his alma mater to deliver his commencement speech. He gave Emerson College graduates a speech about working in show business, stressing the importance of hard work and dedication to one’s craft. “Work hard,” the comedian famed for his work ethic urged the class of 2014. “Remember, anybody can have a life. Careers are hard to come by.”


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A crunch that goes from appetizer to meatless dinner

o t th ar St i n i s 3 0 f ut s abo ut e min

Crunchy Vegetable and Lentil Salad. This dish, which is finished with a tasty pesto, is the perfect option for outdoor dining Dinner express

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I love making salads to serve up for dinner. They look amazing and are easy to prepare ahead. This Vegetable and Lentil Salad is a great one to pack along for a dinner picnic in the park. Bring along a baguette and some cheese with a bottle of your favourite wine to enjoy a quiet dinner outdoors. The lentils in this salad provide a meatless protein option and the perfect texture to enjoy along with the

Flash food From your fridge to your table in 30 minutes or less crunchy vegetables. Grown in Canada, lentils have become a popular addition to many kitchens. Not only canned varieties, which are pantry staples, but also dried lentils can be cooked up quickly with lots of flavour and textures. No matter what the cuisine, lentils find a place to be enjoyed throughout the dinner routine. Try adding them to your favourite salads, soups or burgers! Yes, lentil veggie burgers can become a big hit in your house, too. If you have leftover grilled chicken or a can of tuna or salmon, feel free to add it in for a heartier salad. Serve the Vegetable

Cooking tips

• White balsamic vinegar offers a slightly sweet flavour to this salad; for more tang, use a cider or white wine vinegar.

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In pot, combine the dry green or brown lentils, water and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well and place in large bowl. Stir in celery, carrot, pepper and mint.

2. Pesto Dressing: In a small

bowl, whisk together broth, vinegar, pesto, oil and pepper. Stir in feta cheese. Pour over top of salad and toss to coat.

Ingredients • 1/2 cup (125 ml) dry green or brown lentils • 2 cups (500 ml) water • 2 bay leaves • 1 large rib celery, diced • 1 large carrot, shredded • 1 red pepper, chopped

• 2 tbsp (30 ml) chopped fresh mint Pesto Dressing • 2 tbsp (30 ml) vegetable broth • 2 tbsp (30 ml) white balsamic vinegar • 1 tbsp (15 ml) basil or sundried

This recipe makes four to six servings. emily richards

Rice on the grill — yes, really Slate cooking, a rustic method popularized in France, makes outdoor grilling more versatile and entertaining.

Using a sizzling hot slate tile is a great way to grill chicken alongside a delicious side of brown rice, which is not often prepared

1. Wash natural (untreated)

Ingredients • 2-250 g boneless, skinless chicken breasts • 2 tsp (10 ml) olive oil • 1/2 cup (125 ml) lemon juice • 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon zest • 1 small clove garlic, minced • 1 tsp (5 ml) dried oregano, preferably Greek • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) pepper

on the barbecue. Using leftover, cooked brown rice speeds up the process making this an easy, healthy weeknight meal.

• 1/2 cup (125 ml) pitted and chopped mixed olives • 1 small Asian eggplant, diced • 1 small zucchini, diced 1 tbsp (15 ml) sumac • 2 cups (500 ml) cooked brown rice • 1/2 cup (125 ml) low fat tzatziki (optional)

slate tile and let dry completely overnight. Place 2-12×12 or 1-12X24 slate tile on cold BBQ grate, lightly oil the slate and turn BBQ on high; let heat for at least 1/2 hr to 45 minute with lid closed to get the tile very hot. Slate will pop and crackle, cracking or splitting may occur while heating.

2.

Cut chicken breasts in half, lengthwise through the middle. Season with 1 tsp olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, zest, garlic, oregano and pepper. Place on hot slate to cook, about 10 minutes per side.

3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss together 1 tsp olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, olives, eggplant, zucchini, sumac and cooked rice. Place rice on heated slate and grill until zucchini is cooked and eggplant has softened. Serve with tzatziki, if desired. USA Rice Federation, riceinfo.com

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Ex-Thrashers coach named Oilers assistant

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault speaks during a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday. The Kings have a 3-0 lead over the Rangers in the Stanley Cup final. KATHY WILLENS/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Reeling Rangers feeling rotten in the Big Apple Stanley Cup final. Down 3-0, New York finding it hard to hang on after crippling losses Sleep was understandably hard to come by for the New York Rangers on Monday. They had just lost Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final to the Los Angeles Kings in demoralizing fashion, falling into a 3-0 series hole that feels nearly impossible to dig out of. By Tuesday morning it was clear there was more tossing and turning than

turning the page. “I’m not going to lie to you, it’s pretty much impossible to be upbeat,” alternate captain Brad Richards said. Upbeat would be just about the last word anyone could use to describe the Rangers, who will find themselves on the eve of potential elimination in Game 4 Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Despondent, defeated and devastated would be more like it. Coach Alain Vigneault knows there’s no sense hiding from those emotions. “We’re down 3-0. We’re all lacking sleep. This is tough,”

Short on luck?

Showing up hasn’t been the issue for the Rangers. They led Games 1 and 2 by multiple goals and outshot the Kings 32-15 in Game 3.

Vigneault said. There isn’t much for the Rangers to be cheery about. Not after two overtime defeats in Los Angeles and one back home that included allowing a goal with 0.7 seconds left in the first period and being unable to crack Jonathan Quick.

Reality seemed to set in by the third period of Game 3 as many fans who paid a premium price to attend the first cup final game at the Garden in 20 years had already left. Even as players talked on Tuesday about bad bounces and the luck the Kings have enjoyed, there’s not much solace in being a couple of fortunate turns from maybe even leading this series. “However we might want to look at this, we could be up by two games to one instead of being down by three, etc., it doesn’t matter,” Vigneault said.

The Edmonton Oilers have hired Craig Ramsay as an assistant coach. The 63-year-old has over 40 years of NHL experience since being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres as a forward in 1971. After spending his entire playing career in Buffalo, Ramsay moved behind the Sabres’ bench. He served as an assistant with the team during the 1986-87 season and took over as interim head coach late that year. He also spent time as Buffalo’s assistant general manager and director of player personnel prior to his departure in 1993. The Weston, Ont., native served as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010-11. The team also announced that after spending the past six seasons behind the Oilers bench as an assistant coach, former Oilers captain Kelly Buchberger will transition into a new role in player personnel. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Machado appeals 5-game suspension for tossing bat

Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles argues with Stephen Vogt of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday in Baltimore. Machado was ejected from the game. Scan the image with your Metro News app to see a gallery of recent temper tantrums in the sports world. GREG FIUME/GETTY IMAGES

Manny Machado figured he might be suspended for intentionally throwing his bat on the field while at the plate. What the Baltimore Orioles third baseman didn’t expect is that the punishment would be so harsh. Machado received a fivegame suspension and an undisclosed fine Tuesday for tossing his bat in Sunday’s game against Oakland. He has appealed the suspension, which was slated to start immediately. Machado was in

Major-league scuffle

“I know what I did and he knows what he did. We both got to pay the consequences.” Manny Machado, on Fernando Abad

the starting lineup Tuesday against Boston. “I don’t want to be down for five days,” Machado said. “We’re just going to go ahead and get that down, and that’s

it. Need to try to help out this team in any way.” Machado let his bat fly toward third base after swinging at a pitch from Fernando Abad in the eighth inning. The bat-toss came during a plate appearance in which Abad threw successive high-and-tight pitches. After the bat went soaring, both benches emptied. Machado and Abad were ejected. Abad was fined but not suspended. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


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Stanley Cup final. Reeling Rangers feeling rotten in the Big Apple Sleep was understandably hard to come by for the New York Rangers on Monday. They had just lost Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final to the Los Angeles Kings in demoralizing fashion, falling into a 3-0 series hole that feels nearly impossible to dig out of. By Tuesday morning it was clear there was more tossing and turning than turning the page. “I’m not going to lie to you, it’s pretty much impossible to be upbeat,” alternate captain Brad Richards said. Upbeat would be just about the last word anyone could use to describe the Rangers, who will find themselves on the

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault Kathy Willens/the associated press

eve of potential elimination in Game 4 Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Despondent, defeated and devastated would be more like it. Coach Alain Vigneault knows there’s no sense hiding from those emotions. “We’re down 3-0. We’re all lacking sleep. This is tough,” Vigneault said. There isn’t much for the Rangers to be cheery about. Not after two overtime defeats in Los Angeles and one back home that included allowing a goal with 0.7 seconds left in the first period and being unable to crack Jonathan Quick. Even as players talked on Tuesday about bad bounces and the luck the Kings have enjoyed, there’s not much solace in being a couple of fortunate turns from maybe even leading this series. “However we might want to look at this, we could be up by two games to one instead of being down by three, etc., it doesn’t matter,” Vigneault said. The canadian press

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Kawhi finds his game in MIA as Spurs spank Heat NBA Finals. Young forward makes first six shots in first-half flurry to give team series lead Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs shot their way into history — and back into the lead in the NBA Finals. Leonard scored a careerhigh 29 points, and the Spurs made a finals-record 75.8 per cent of their shots in the first half in a 111-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night that gave them a 2-1 series lead. The Spurs made 19 of their first 21 shots and finished 25 of 33 in the first half, bettering the 75 per cent shooting by Orlando against the Lakers in the 2009 finals. They led by as much as 25 and were only briefly challenged in their second lopsided victory in the series.

Game 3

111 92 Spurs

Heat

Unlike Game 1, when they didn’t pull away until the final minutes, the Spurs were way ahead before halftime in this one. Leonard scored only 18 points in the first two games, looking frustrated while getting into foul trouble trying to defend LeBron James in Game 2. But he had his outside shot working early, and the effect on the Spurs’ offence was obvious. James and Dwyane Wade had 22 points each for the Heat, who host Game 4 on Thursday. The associated press

Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs dunks against Chris Andersen of the Heat during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday in Miami. Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Brazil can’t help but feel pressure to win World Cup

The Brazilian national soccer team practises on Tuesday in Teresopolis, Brazil. Buda Mendes/Getty Images

It’s almost time. The day Brazilians have been anxiously waiting for is finally arriving. Brazil plays Croatia on Thursday to get the home World Cup underway, beginning its quest for a sixth world title almost seven years after the nation was picked as host. After so much talk about delays, protests and problems, fans at last are getting a chance to cheer for the national team on home soil in football’s showcase tournament. If Brazil wins the opening

game, the fact that the stadium in Sao Paulo isn’t even fully finished yet will quickly be forgotten. A loss, quite simply, is unthinkable for a nation whose identity is so closely linked to its football team. Brazil hasn’t hosted the World Cup since 1950, when it endured a heartbreaking loss to Uruguay in the final. This time, everybody knows that only the title will be enough to please the home crowd. “We are all eager to get started, we are just counting

the days,” Brazil midfielder Ramires said Tuesday. “We know that the fans have confidence in our team and they are behind us. We have to do everything possible to try to win this World Cup. We know everybody is expecting us to do it.” Brazilians had been slow to get into the World Cup mood, but now streets are being painted with the green and yellow colours and local flags are being displayed on windows of homes across the country. The Associated Press

Hosts on a roll

Brazil begins the tournament having won 15 of its last 16 matches, the only loss a 1-0 result at Switzerland. • Brazil will start the World Cup with the same lineup that won the Confederations Cup, with 22-yearold Barcelona striker Neymar leading the team.


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• Type. Four-door, fourpassenger, rear-wheel drive hatchback

• Engines (hp). Electric motor with lithium-ion battery; optional 650cc range-extending gasoline engine

The i3 should resonate with those who want an emissions-free, city-sized car, but prefer a premium brand. Those with SUVs may find it a viable second car for errands and commutes, too.

• Base price (incl. destination). $44,950

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• The cabin contains environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo, naturally tanned leather, and a dash made from plants. • The navigation system can show the car’s range, including how traffic, hills or temperature will affect it, as well as nearby public charging stations. • The i3’s manufacturing process uses 50 per cent less

Front, side, curtain, and knee airbags; dynamic stability control; tire pressure warning; battery safety terminal; antiwhiplash head restraints; emergency calling system. The i3 has a range of about 160 kilometres on a charge.

energy, and 70 per cent less water, than that of a conventional car.

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Mention BMW, and most people think of sports cars or luxury cruisers. But the company’s newest model is something completely different: a funky little electric city car with the potential to change the way many people get from A to B. It’s called the i3, with the “i” standing for innovation. Small on the outside, but extremely roomy on the inside, it was designed from the ground up to be an electric car, rather than a conversion from a gasoline model. It’s on sale now, but will only be available from specific dealers in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver initially. Its unusual design consists of two modules: an aluminum frame that contains both the electric motor and lithiumion battery, and a passenger compartment formed from

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2 carbon fibre. These are costly materials, but their light weight allows BMW to use a smaller, less-expensive battery to power the car. The i3 has a range of approximately 160 kilometres on a charge, which takes about three hours on 240-volt current. BMW says that most Canadians only drive an average of 47 km per day, but for those who fear being stranded, an optional two-cylinder gasoline engine can be added.

When the battery runs down, the gas engine acts solely as a generator to make more electricity. Driving the i3 is a blast. This is no golf cart: Acceleration is snappy, and it’s capable of reaching 150 km/h. It captures energy when decelerating, feeding it back into the battery as electricity. This regenerative braking slows the car quickly, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll hardly touch the brakes in city traffic.

The steering is wellweighted, with fairly sporty handling. Even though it’s a featherweight, it feels substantial, and the comfortable seats have a premium feel. You’re treading lightly on the environment, but it never feels like a compromise. Electric vehicles are still a small sliver of the market, and probably will be for a while, but models like the i3 are a considerable step closer to making batteries the fuel of the future.

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Italy’s iconic Alfa Romeo rolls back into the North American limelight

Quantum of Solace features a pair of black Alfa 159s with gun-toting henchman. contributed

The lightweight 4C is built on a carbon-fibre monocoque and can accelerate 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds — and will leave sports car nuts quivering. contributed

Alfamania. The 4C Coupe leads the comeback charge after nearly two decades, with a slew of other Alfa models to follow mike dojc

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Alfa Romeo is making its return to the North American market after saying “Ciao” nearly two decades ago. This summer, the rearwheel-drive, mid-engine 2015 4C Coupe, unveiled at the New York auto show, leads the comeback charge. In the coming weeks, parent Fiat is expected to announce a timeline on when a slew of other Alfa models will join the fray.

Dustin Hoffman’s character drives a red Spider Duetto in The Graduate. contributed

While we await Alfamania to take hold on these shores again, let’s turn back the clock and examine the Italian icon’s pop culture ascendency. Alfa Romeo made a giant splash in The Graduate when Dustin Hoffman’s red Spider Duetto runs out of gas a few blocks from

the church, forcing him to ditch the sweet ride and sprint the last few blocks. He arrives in the nick of time, just as the bride and groom are about to kiss, and yells out “Elaine!” The scene sustained Alfa’s appeal for a generation; there was even an Alfa Graduate edition that came

out in the 1980s. The first series of Duettos was nicknamed Osso di Seppia, Italian for cuttlefish bone, after its elegantly rounded and tapered tail end. Battista “Pinin” Farina, the famed Ferrari designer, conceived the alluring esthetic and would pass away just a short while after the Duetto debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in 1966. Of course, Alfa’s appeal goes beyond petrolheads, public-access TV hosts, and its service as cougar-bait. Robbie, the Kellerman’s waiter and dancer impregnator who serves as the bad guy in 1987’s Dirty Dancing, quips in the movie that he’s saving up his hard-earned tips to buy one of Alfa’s sleek convertibles. Further cementing Alfa’s bad-boy cred, in the opening sequence of Quantum

of Solace, the sophomore Daniel Craig Bond flick, a pair of black Alfa 159s with machine gun-toting henchmen give James’ Aston Martin DBS V12 chase around Schwing!

In one of Wayne’s World 2’s countless “Schwing!” moments, Mike Myers’ Wayne hops into an Alfa Romeo Duetto en route to stop Cassandra’s wedding. Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson plays on the radio and the fuel gage reads “E,” spoofing Alfa’s Graduate scene.

a tight and twisting mountain stretch on the Eastern shores of Italy’s Lake Garda. While 007 could probably still elude a fleet of the new 4Cs, the lightweight stunner will nonetheless leave sports car nuts quivering. Built on a carbon-fibre monocoque (in which the chassis is integrated with the car body), and powered by an all-aluminum 1750 cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, it can accelerate 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. Hardcore Alfisti will want to get in line now to score one of the 500, limited-run, Launch Edition models. They come stocked with a flurry of special features — from a carbon-fibre rear spoiler and mirror caps to red-lacquered brake calipers. It will be available in June ahead of the regular 4C release.


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This new GM innovation could save your life This is from the “why-didn’t- someone-think-of-this-sooner” department. In a side impact, the far-side occupant has nothing holding his or her upper body in the seat. The result is that they could impact the person sitting beside them on the near side of the impact. According to General Motors, this causes a significant number of deaths, and thus, the front-centre airbag was born. It took three years to develop (in conjunction with GM technology supplier Takata) and is now either standard or available in a number of Buick, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles. JEFF MELNYCHUK Wheelbase Media

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No centre airbag: GM says driver’s upper body slips out of belt, contorting. Head contact with passenger is almost certain. With centre airbag: Provides both cushion and restraint, holding driver in the seat.

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Give your brake system a tune-up Road trip safety. Regular checkups and maintenance are key to ensuring that you don’t become a danger to yourself or fellow drivers You don’t need an automotive expert to tell you why your vehicle’s brakes are probably its most important safety system — or why they should be maintained regularly and not taken for granted. Ahead of the warm-weather travel season, an inspection of your vehicle’s brakes is a fantastic idea — especially if you’ll be travelling in a vehicle heavily loaded with passengers and gear. Operating a vehicle with poorly maintained brakes is a danger to you, your family and your fellow motorists. Plus, in many newer vehicles, healthy brakes are vital to proper operation of other safety systems like stability

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control, traction control, and trailer sway control. Remember: brakes often give off numerous warning signs that they’d like some attention when there’s a problem, and a mechanic can inspect and assess your vehicle’s braking system quickly, adding confidence ahead of a road trip. If you’re heading in for a pre-summer oil change or tune-up, be sure to have the mechanic give your ride’s brakes a look-over. Like most other systems in your vehicle, brakes use fluid and components and consumable parts that should be inspected, serviced and replaced from time to time. Pads and rotors provide the all-important friction required to slow or stop your ride. When the friction-generating pads are nearly worn out, a small metal tab attached to each one contacts the surface of that brake rotor to create an annoying, high-pitched

squeal. That’s your cue to call the garage and book a brake job as soon as possible. Ignoring the squeal is a bad idea which can result in dangerously low levels of stopping power, along with brake rotor damage. Brake fluid, which transfers pedal pressure to those pads and rotors via brake

lines attached to calipers at each wheel, should be inspected for level and quality on a regular basis — just like the fluid in your transmission or engine. As brake fluid ages, it collects contaminants and wears out, reducing the life and effectiveness of other brake system components and even accelerating the

rusting of your brake lines. Ask your mechanic to assess the condition of your brake fluid and brake lines, and ask whether they’d recommend a brake fluid flush. This procedure is fairly simple and ensures that new, topquality fluid is being utilized by your system. As it is with other automotive systems,

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New-car financing scores points in ongoing used-versus-new debate Factors to consider. The fairly recent arrival of new-car incentives like cut-rate interest rates is shifting the balance of power Auto pilot

Mike Goetz drive@metronews.ca

In the greater world, the eternal debate tends to be about Star Wars or Star Trek, boxers or briefs, or should Justin Bieber take a break from his celebrity-induced shenanigans or ... should Justin Bieber take a longer break from his celebrity-induced shenanigans. In the vehicular world, the eternal debate tends to be, “Should I buy a used vehicle, or a new vehicle?”

I’ve always been more a “used” guy, because I don’t like paying interest and older vehicles speak to me, though not always politely. New or used is an eternal debate because obviously there is no right or wrong answer. It depends on circumstance and personal preference. The buying service Unhaggle.com recently developed a checklist to help customers go through the decision-making process (available on its website), because it felt many customers don’t consider all the variables that should go into making an informed decision. Also, the fairly recent arrival of new-car incentives, in the form of either cut-rate finance interest rates or cash incentives to lower the selling price, has shaken things up a bit. “Car buyers often don’t realize they can afford a new

vehicle that fits within their budget,” notes Radek Garbowski, COO and co-founder of Unhaggle.com. In addition to manufacturer and dealer price reductions, new-car customers have access to lower finance rates. According to Unhaggle.com, the average three-year rate is 3.4 per cent, which is lower than most customers can get for used car loans, and lots of companies often jump in at various times with “zero per cent” deals. These incentives are funded by the marketing departments of the respective car companies, and are off-limits to used-car buyers. But always remember that zero interest is not actually zero. Taking the zero interest rate option often means not taking the cash discount option. The amount of that cash discount is essentially your interest charge. Another factor shifting fa-

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“Car buyers often don’t realize they can afford a new vehicle that fits within their budget.” Radek Garbowski, COO of Unhaggle.com

vour to the new vehicle purchase is the big jump that has occurred in the last few years in fuel economy, safety, and connectivity. For example, Unhaggle.com notes that a 2008 Toyota Corolla is rated at 8.11 L/100 km, while the 2014 version is rated at 7.58 L/100 km. But technology has also helped the used-car cause. A well-maintained modern vehicle can rack up an incredible number of kilometres before it’s ready to be scrapped. So while the balance of power may have shifted slightly, the debate rages on.

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Horoscopes

Libra

Aries

Sept. 24 - Oct. 23 Don’t pay much attention to material things today. What matters is not how much you earn but how happy you are on the inside. Bank accounts are one thing — spiritual accounts quite another.

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Scorpio

Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 You may want to tear everything down and start again from scratch but is that necessary? You may regret it in the long-term if you destroy what you have created.

April 21 - May 21 You seem to have retreated into your shell and in doing so have lost contact with a number of people. Make it a priority today to look them up and let them know you still exist — and care.

Gemini

Sagittarius

Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 Even a Sagittarius gets it wrong now and again so don’t take it to heart if you have made some kind of mistake. And don’t try to cover it up either. You are always bold in your successes, so be bold in your failures too.

May 22 - June 21 You could make an issue of something that annoys you but is it worth the effort? There are so many things going right that you can afford to let minor annoyances pass you by.

Cancer

Capricorn

June 22 - July 23 Something that once seemed beyond you is within reach and you can easily make it your own over the next 24 hours. Once you’ve got it, don’t hold it too tightly. Too much possessiveness is rarely a good thing.

Dec. 22 - Jan. 20 If you live in dread of things that might never happen you will almost certainly miss out on something that would have made life a lot more exciting and a lot more rewarding.

Leo

Aquarius

July 24 - Aug. 23 Much as you’d like to help a loved one today if they signal that they want you to keep your distance, respect that. You’ll make matters worse if you interfere where you’re not invited.

Jan. 21 - Feb. 19 Push yourself forward today and let people in positions of power know who you are and what you can do. Most likely they know already but it won’t hurt to remind them. Be keen.

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Pisces

Aug. 24 - Sept. 23 Someone you have not seen for a while will come back into your life over the next 24 hours. You may still be a bit sore that they walked out on you without reason but let it pass. You were made to be together.

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