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Pilot charged following woman’s hang-gliding death Fatality. Man accused of obstructing justice phylicia Torrevillas

William Jonathan Orders, the pilot in a fatal hang-gliding incident over the weekend.

The pilot in Saturday’s fatal hang-gliding incident has been charged with obstructing justice. Lenami Godinez, 27, detached from a tandem hangglide shortly after takeoff in Mount Woodside, just west of Agassiz, and plummeted 300 metres to her death. The pilot of the glider, William Jonathan Orders, 50, of Burnaby, has been charged for allegedly withholding “potential key evidence which could help determine whether he played a role in any wrongdoing.” “We are also hoping that the investigation will answer the question that everybody has as to why she fell and how everything happened,” said RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth. Godinez grabbed onto the

Lenami Godinez

pilot’s feet as she was falling but couldn’t hang on. Her body was recovered seven hours later in a logged area, 20 metres away from the pilot’s shoe. The Vancouver woman, who was originally from Mexico, had worked in administration for the B.C. Ministry of Environment and lived in Canada for nine years. Orders is the owner and operator of Vancouver Hang Gliding, which offers tandem flights in the Vancouver area and has been flying clients for 16 years, according to the company’s website.

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He has also competed in the Canadian Hang Gliding Nationals for the last 10 years and consistently placed in the top six. Jason Warner, safety officer for the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada, said the pilot recognized something was wrong after they took off. Warner said the trip was an anniversary gift from Godinez’s boyfriend and it was the couple’s first time trying out the sport. Follow Phylicia Torrevillas on Twitter @ptorrevillas

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Northern Gateway

Oilsands pipeline ‘not in the public interest’: NDP NDP Leader Adrian Dix said he doesn’t fear backlash from oil giants after submitting a lengthy letter arguing against Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. The letter, filed on Monday with the project’s joint review panel, says the pipeline “is not in the public interest and will cause significant adverse environmental effects.” The official Opposition has been surging ahead of the governing Liberals in polls and recently stole two seats in the Port MoodyCoquitlam and ChilliwackHope byelections. Should his party win the general election next year, Dix said he isn’t worried the NDP’s stance on Northern Gateway would make relations with oil companies and the federal government — which supports the pipeline — difficult. “There are a lot of downsides and very little upside for British Columbians,” Dix said. “We’ve consistently been in support of economic development in B.C. Coastal First Nations have a strong understanding of what economic development looks like, and this isn’t it.” The party believes the pipeline carries considerable environmental risk, violates a long-standing moratorium on tanker traffic and would make oil more expensive for Canadian consumers. The joint review panel, an independent body mandated by the environment ministry and the National Energy Board, is holding public hearings into the $5.5-billion pipeline development. MATT KIELTYKA/METRO

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Don’t fly low over these birds

Dr. Peter’s sister, Nancy Hennessy, left, and their parents, Shirley and Bob Young, accepted Dr. Peter Jepson-Young’s posthumous AccolAIDS Legacy Award on Sunday at the Vancouver Convention Centre. CONTRIBUTED

Dr. Peter hailed as hero

HIV-AIDS trailblazer. Peter Jepson-Young honoured 20 years after his death MATT KIELTYKA

He’s an international symbol in the fight against HIV-AIDS, but there was a time when Dr. Peter Jepson-Young’s family feared his brave step into the public spotlight would come at great peril. Fondly known to most as, simply, Dr. Peter, JepsonYoung hosted a weekly CBC television segment on his fatal fight with AIDS in 1990, educating people about the disease, putting a human face on the struggle, and breaking down barriers at a time when AIDS patients and gay men were stigmatized. His mother, Shirley Young,

Dr. Peter Jepson-Young. CONTRIBUTED

said Jepson-Young never had a doubt about the series, but some family members and friends had misgivings. “In the beginning, we tried very had to discourage him,” said Young, who on Sunday accepted an AccolAIDS Legacy Award on behalf of her son from the Positive Living Society of B.C. “We felt (the show) wouldn’t be well received

and would open him up for gay bashing. Even his medical colleagues were concerned, because he was really laying himself bare.” The Dr. Peter Diaries aired as planned, largely because of Jepson-Young’s determination. “As a physician, he hated how badly AIDS patients were being treated,” Young recalled. Within the first week, all trepidation was cast aside.

Teasy does it. Burlesque fest is bigger, brighter, bolder Tassels will be twirling and feather boas will be shed: The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival returns for its seventh year this week, with one of three nights devoted to live music and striptease. “It looks fantastic on stage,” said festival board member Blue Morris. “Normally, you would just have that one dancer on stage, but in this case, you have the dancer and the band actually playing behind them.” Headlining the festival is Miss Exotic World’s reigning queen of burlesque, Miss Indigo Blue; Tiffany Carter, Miss Nude Universe 1975; the “No-Pantser Romancer” Jett Adore; and B.C.’s own burlesque legend Judith Stein.


“Vancouver is not a very big city, but for some reason there’s a lot of interest in burlesque here, and we have one of the biggest burlesque scenes in North America,” said Morris, the producer of Beatles Burlesque — a livemusic show inspired by the Fab Four, strawberry fields and yellow submarines. “Burlesque gives so many different things to people, or people can see it in many different ways,” he added. “It’s about dance, music and costumes. In some ways, it’s counterculture. It can be humorous, sexy and sometimes political.” The festival takes place Thursday at the Rio and the next two days at the Vogue,

Beatles Burlesque features music and striptease inspired by the Fab Four. CONTRIBUTED/VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL BURLESQUE FESTIVAL

with a sexy pyjama party on Sunday night for festival members only.

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The segments were a major hit with the public and became a cultural turning point. The world-renowned Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and Dr. Peter Centre remain testaments to that legacy, 20 years after Jepson-Young’s death. “He was certainly a hero,” said Maxine Davis, executive director of the foundation. “He helped change people’s attitude and acceptance for people with AIDS. It’s a remarkable thing for Positive Living to honour him with a legacy award on this particular year.” Jepson-Young died of AIDS in 1992. Despite the loss, Young is able to look past the hardship and cherish her son’s accomplishments. “I never imagined he would go on to leave such a great legacy,” she said. “It fills you with pride.”

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Withdrawal after leaving the womb The number of newborns going through withdrawal has tripled in the past decade as more mothers abuse painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and even heroin. Get the full story at

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Motorcycle safety

Helmet law goes into effect in June Beanies and skullcaps worn by some motorcyclists will no longer be legal in B.C. Starting June 1, only helmets that meet industry standards will be allowed. The new law will also require passengers to place their feet on foot pegs or floorboards to prevent them from being thrown off balance and causing a crash. The justice ministry says that while motorcycles make up about three per cent of insured vehicles in B.C., they account for about 10 per cent of road fatalities. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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100 crimes to know a man’s heart Vancouver police have issued a public warning about a chronic offender who will be released from jail today after receiving a sentence of time served for his 100th conviction. Tracy Lloyd Caza had been in custody since January for a sexual-assault charge. Police say his lengthy criminal history involves violence, and that he is known to befriend elderly people who live in residential-care homes, hospital facilities and private homes. Fifty-one-year-old Caza’s convictions date back more than 20 years. He’s best known for stealing an elderly woman’s ring as she lay in a hospital bed. The Canadian Press

Second-degree murder

Charges laid in woman’s death A Surrey woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 23-year-old. Tashina Rae Sutherland was pronounced dead Thursday at a home in the 10600 block of 138th Street. Police and paramedics had been called to the residence around 5 p.m. Mounties said the woman appeared to have met with foul play. In a release, Sgt. Jennifer Pound, spokeswoman for the integrated homicide investigation team, said it is believed that the arrested woman and the victim had known each other for an “extensive” amount of time. Jessica Ashley Hanley, 23, of Surrey, is charged with one count of seconddegree murder. metro

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet tells the story of the legendary guitarist, who joined the likes of David Lee Roth and Van Halen at age 20, and his life after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Technology and nature examined at DOXA Metro/Handout/DOXA

Film. Documentary festival runs May 4 to 13 KATE WEBB

A grizzly bear, a Chinese dissident, a potent hallucinogen and a dying guitar god are just some of the scintillating subjects that will illuminate screens at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival, which kicks off Friday.

Festival programmer Dorothy Woodend said with more than 100 films in five different venues, this year’s roster is as diverse as it is engaging. “A thing that we try very conscientiously to do at DOXA is to have a mix of both the dark and the light, so there are films that run the gamut from pretty profound and difficult subject matter to stuff that’s actually just fun and joyous and happy,” she said. Friday’s opening film, Bear 71, features a mother grizzly

who was caught on grainy, 7-11-style surveillance video in Banff National Park for most of her life. Through her, the doc examines human interaction with the natural world through systems of surveillance and technology. It will be shown inside beautiful St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, followed by an opening-night party at the CBC. The festival’s closing film, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, stays with the technology and surveillance theme. It tells the story of a Chi-

nese artist who used his Twitter account to expose government corruption and censorship surrounding seismic stability of schools in Sichuan province. It will be screened May 12, the fourth anniversary of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 86,633 people there, including over 5,000 schoolchildren. Woodend is also excited to expose audiences to The Substance, a film about the discovery of LSD and its eventual approval for medicinal use in

Labour activists collaborate with Occupy

May 1 is May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, which began in the late 1800s when workers fought for the eight-hour work day. Courtesy of Jim Gorman/for VDLC

Union activists, labour supporters of all stripes, anarchists and Occupiers plan to rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 3 p.m. onward Tuesday to mark May Day, a.k.a. the labour day you can wear white to. Born from the violent struggles in the U.S. for the eighthour workday in the late 19th century, International Workers’ Day is celebrated as a national holiday in more than 80 countries. Since it’s not a holiday here — most workers will have to wait until September for their state-sanctioned day off — Vancouver’s event will culmin-

ate with speeches from 4 to 6 p.m. by the B.C. Federation of Labour, Vancouver & District Labour Council, and Occupy Vancouver. “You’re going to see a lot of Occupiers, and hopefully we’ll see a lot of union members,” said protester Tosh Hyodo, noting Occupy Vancouver stopped short of echoing calls in the U.S. for a general strike Tuesday because of the heavy fines unions here would face. Instead, Occupy is urging people not to go to work or school, or buy anything nonessential. “We did move the schedule

to later in the day to accommodate those who have to work, so I’m hoping to see all kinds of people, including people in suits, and hopefully some families because we’re going to have a little kids’ area and have some fun.” After speeches the crowd is expected to march from the gallery to W2 around 6:15 p.m. Hyodo said the route will loop the Art Gallery clockwise, turn north on Burrard and then east on Hastings. The protest party kee ps going at 7:30 p.m. with the Mayworks Festival at W2 at 111 W. Hastings St. Kate Webb/Metro

Switzerland in 2007, and Not Dead Yet, which delves into guitar superstar Jason Becker’s struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). “It really, really stays with you, because he’s so hard to shake, and I think everyone that watches it falls a little bit in love with Jason Becker,” Woodend said. For more info, visit

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What’s Occupy been up to? Since being evicted from the Vancouver Art Gallery last fall, Occupy Vancouver has secured a rental space at W2 for $1,200 a month and been holding regular meetings. Recently, they’ve been organizing a free market every other Sunday in Grandview Park. Park Board vice-chair Aaron Jasper said the city will be checking on them in the coming weeks as it did last fall to ensure their activities in the park aren’t bothering other users.

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Conrad Black faces battle for citizenship From mogul to inmate to lord. Canadian citizenship uncertain for soon-tobe-released Black.

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Immigration lawyers say Conrad Black faces yet another long legal battle if he hopes to return to Canada. The disgraced former media baron, who renounced his Canadian citizenship to become a British lord, is due to be released Friday after serving three and a half years in prison. Black has suggested he would like to reclaim his citizenship, but immigration lawyers say that would be no easy feat. Black’s fraud and obstruction-of-justice convictions make him inadmissible for permanent residency in Canada, despite the fact he’s married to a Canadian citizen, Barbara Amiel. They say Black’s only hope



Israeli PM’s activist father dies

Ups and downs • Assets. Black led Hollinger International Inc., which published The Daily Telegraph, Chicago Sun Times, Jerusalem Post, National Post and hundreds of community newspapers in North America. • Charges. Black was charged in 2005 with 17 counts of misconduct and of defrauding Hollinger of $60 million. • Convictions. Black was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007.

is a temporary-residency permit, which essentially stands as permission from the immigration minister or his delegates. A recent Supreme Court ruling says Black would require such a permit to come back, but lawyers say it’s anyone’s guess as to whether he’ll receive it. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Prince and duchess to have a ‘jubilant’ visit Prince Charles gestures while chatting with performers at the Cirque du soleil headquarters in Montreal in 2009 as his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, looks on. Charles and Camilla are coming to Canada next month as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The royal couple will visit Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in Oromocto, N.B., Saint John, Toronto and Regina from May 20 to 23. Graham Hughes /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ben-Zion Netanyahu, the historian and Zionist activist whose skepticism about peacemaking with the Arabs helped to shape the world outlook of his son, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, died on Monday. He was 102. The prime minister’s office said in a statement that he died at home. It did not give a cause of death, but he had been ill recently. He was best known in academic circles for his research into the medieval inquisition against the Jews of Spain. His academic career had his family shuttling between the United States and Israel. He met with many Jewish leaders of the period, as well as with U.S. senators, Congressional representatives, poets and leaders, including Dwight D. Eisenhower. Netanyahu and his wife, Tzila, had three sons: Yonatan, Benjamin and Iddo, all of whom served in the same elite military commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. the associated press



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Activist’s escape strains U.S.-China diplomatic ties

This undated photo shows blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangchen with his son, Chen Kerui, and his wife, Yuan Weijing, in Shandong province. Associated Press


New Titanic: Made in China An Australian billionaire said Monday he’ll build a high-tech replica of the Titanic at a Chinese shipyard and its maiden voyage in late 2016 will be from England to New York, just like its namesake planned. Weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking

of the original Titanic, Clive Palmer announced that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with stateowned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the Titanic II. “It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but ... will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems,” Palmer said in a statement. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

U.S. and Chinese officials are ironing out a deal to secure American asylum for a blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest. An agreement is likely to be finalized before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives this week, a U.S. rights campaigner said Monday. Bob Fu of the Texas-based rights group ChinaAid said that China and the U.S. want to reach agreement on the fate of Chen Guangcheng before the annual high-level talks with Clinton and other U.S. officials begin in Beijing on Thursday. “The Chinese top leaders are deliberating a decision to be made very soon, maybe in the next 24 to Nigeria

48 hours,” Fu said, citing a source close to the U.S. and Chinese governments. Both sides are “eager to solve this issue,” said Fu, a former teacher at a Communist Party academy in Beijing whose advocacy group focuses on the rights of Christians in China and who maintains a network of contacts in the country. “It really depends on China’s willingness to facilitate Chen’s exit,” Fu said. Chen, a well-known dissident who angered authorities in rural China by exposing forced abortions, made a surprise escape from house arrest a week ago into what activists say is the protection of U.S. diplomats in Beijing, Uganda

Bomb kills at least 10

Kony backed by Sudan: Officials

A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber drove into a convoy carrying a top police official in northeast Nigeria on Monday, detonating his explosives and killing at least 10 people, rescue officials said.

Ugandan officials are renewing a claim made with some frequency over the years: that rebel leader Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army are receiving backing from the government of Sudan. Ugandan forces


posing a delicate diplomatic crisis for both governments. At a briefing in Washington on Monday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined to comment on Chen’s case. She gave the first U.S. government confirmation that Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell is currently in Beijing, but described his visit as preparation for Clinton’s trip. She said the U.S.-China Strategic Dialogue is planned to go ahead. Both sides want the annual talks to provide ballast to a relationship that is often rocky and to provide ways of working out disputes on trade, Taiwan, Syria, Iran commander Gen. Aronda Nyakairima said Monday he found credible a report from a captured LRA fighter saying that Kony was recently in southern Sudan. Col. Felix Kulayigye, the military’s spokesman, said some of the LRA rebels captured by the Ugandan military wore uniforms supplied by Sudan, though Nyakairima said officials have not found fighters with weapons supplied by Sudan. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

and North Korea. In a video made after Chen escaped from his village and released last Friday, the activist made no mention of wanting to go abroad. Instead he beseeched Premier Wen Jiabao to investigate the beatings, harassment and other mistreatment he, his wife and daughter suffered at the hands of local officials during 20 months of house arrest. If Chen was willing to leave China, Washington could ill afford to turn him away. Clinton and other senior officials have repeatedly raised his case in meetings with Chinese officials. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Ferry capsizes A packed ferry boat capsized in heavy winds and rain in India Monday, leaving at least 35 people dead and 165 others feared missing, police said. Police chief J.N. Choudhury said the boat was carrying about 350 passengers. About 150 were rescued or swam to safety. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Banks got billions during financial crisis: Think tank Federal funds. Ottawa maintains Canada’s banks did not require a bailout during the 2008-09 economic crash Canada’s big banks received billions in support from the federal government and the Bank of Canada during the 2008-09 financial crisis, a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says. “While these funds were repaid in full, it is clear that the banks benefited enormously from public financing when private funds were unavailable,” wrote David Macdonald, author of the report released Monday. “In addition, had the rapid and enormous deployment of public funds not been available, most, if not all, Canadian banks would have encountered serious difficulty.”

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The left-leaning thinktank estimated the country’s largest financial institutions borrowed nearly $75 billion in short-term collateralized loans from the Bank of Canada and the U.S. Federal Reserve, peaking at $41 billion

and $33 billion respectively. The banks also sold a total of some $69 billion worth of insured mortgage-backed securities to the government, the report estimated. The Centre for Policy Alternatives based its report on information provided by Canadian public institutions and analysis of the banks’ financial reports. The report noted that much of its work was based on estimates because the federal government and the Bank of Canada have refused requests for a detailed accounting. “A healthy financial system cannot be based on massive government support for which the details remain secret,” the report said. Ottawa has said repeatedly that Canada has one of the soundest banking sectors in the world and the country’s banks did not require a bailout during the 2008-09 financial crisis.

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a trip abroad is the ultimate relationship barometer Travelling together is an important rite of passage she for all couples. And I’m not says... referring Jessica Napier to the at-someall-inclusive-resort kind of “travelling”; I’m talking about real globe-trotting. While traversing foreign continents can mean sharing some wonderfully romantic moments together, it can also (and somehow simultaneously) be a complete and utter nightmare. Seeing the world hand-in-hand is an eye-opening experience that can bring you closer together or tear you apart. You really don’t know if you’re going to be good together forever until you’ve seen each other at your worst. Dating in second gear This usually happens after 18 hours in transit or in a You’ll quickly learn that cockroach-infested hostel there is such a thing as in Southeast Asia. So taking relations on the road — “too much time togeth- your whether by car, bus, train, er.” You will get on each plane or boat — can be an other’s nerves and there excellent compatibility test. Being together for an won’t be any means of extended period of time escape. requires a whole new level of intimacy. Bad habits are exposed and there’s no hiding your true colours from one another. You will discover all of your sweetie’s idiosyncrasies (over-packing, tardiness, disorganization, bad hygiene), and your patience will be tested to the very edge. You’ll quickly learn that there is such a thing as “too much time together.” You will get on each other’s nerves and there won’t be any means of escape. A couple of years ago, I went on a three-week European vacation with my boyfriend. During that trip, I often found myself hiding out in the bathroom just so I could have some proper alone time. The most important thing you should pack on any trip together — other than your passport — is a sense of humour. There will be times when you’ll feel overwhelmingly hungry or sick, or tired. Things will go wrong — you’ll miss a train, lose your Visa card, eat questionable seafood, break your camera — and you will have to keep going. The most important thing for couples to remember is that you will fight; it is inevitable and unavoidable. Eventually, those “we’ll laugh about this later” incidents will get to you and you’ll reach your breaking point. You’ll scream, cry and have a miserable sort of breakdown that makes you look like a complete crazy person. Here’s the thing: if you do all that and your partner STILL wants to sit next to you on the plane ride home, well, then you know it’s meant to last. Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Buzz on bees not optimistic

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Bee yourself

On Canadian soil

State of honeybees up in the air

Population has depleted recently

A bee works on collecting nectar from a fruit tree in West Bath, Maine, Monday. A state bee expert says conditions are perfect for another honeybee die-off. A mild winter and unseasonably warm early spring have created conditions reminiscent of 2010, when an explosion in the mite populations killed off many colonies.

The health of the bee population in Canada has been a concern in recent years due to the infestation of mites. In the last seven years or so, the over-winter loss rate of hives has fluctuated between 20 and 30 per cent. Before that, it was generally five to a maximum of 15 per cent. There is also a worry the mites will become resistant to the products used to treat them. the canadian press

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So far, so good • This year in Canada is so far, so good. Although it’s still early in the season, anecdotal reports from beekeepers and provincial apiarists across the country indicate this spring the survival rate for bees in Canada seems to be fairly good.

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Canada is the fifth-largest honey producer in the world, with about 7,000 beekeepers operating a total of 600,000 honeybee colonies, says Rod Scarlett, executive director of the Canadian Honey Council, based in Sherwood Park, Alta.

• It could be because beekeepers are addressing the mite problem better than they have in the past and it could be a function of the mild winter across much of the nation.

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Beauty and the Bond film Despite being a serial womanizer, 007 is actually more particular about his women than his martinis. In order to share the screen and the sheets with the suave secret agent there are stiff prerequisites: 1) Possess a rocking body worthy of a triple-take 2) Pull off a name dripping with giggly double entendres. 3) Point two can be overlooked provided the answer to one is “complete knockout.” We reminisce and catch up a little with five of James’ ex gal-pals. MIKE DOJC

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Racing to measure the heavens

On June 5 or 6, depending on the time zone, millions of people around the globe will watch Venus glide across the sun in a rare celestial event that won’t happen again until 2117. Because the planet is just 1/32nd the diameter of the sun, its silhouette will appear as a black speck during its six-plus hour passage. Observers must guard their eyes from dangerous solar rays lest they go blind in an instant. So why go to the trouble, you ask? Because not that long ago, the Transit of Venus was the key to unlocking the distance between Earth and the sun — and by extension, the size of our solar system. And also because the strenuous efforts of 18th-century astronomers to measure the exact time and duration of this singular event represent one of the most thrilling chapters in the history of science. In a fitting homage to those courageous and dedicated souls, British design historian Andrea Wulf has written an absorbing account of their expeditions to do so in 1761 and 1769. (Transits come in pairs that are eight years apart and separated by over a century.) Check out Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens (Alfred A. Knopf), by Andrea Wulf. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Age: 46 Bond girl name: Xenia Onatopp Movie: GoldenEye

Age: 51 Bond girl name: Pam Bouvier Movie: License to Kill

Age: 61 Bond girl name: Solitaire Movie: Live and Let Die

Age: 76 Bond girl name: Honey Rider Movie: Dr. No

Onatopp first gets Pierce Bronson’s motor sputtering when he sees her burning rubber in a Ferrari 355 GTS. While the ex-KGB agent’s predilection for street racing and baccarat intrigue Bond, when he finds out crushing men to death with her thighs whilst making love is also a hobby of hers he draws the line.

An ex-army pilot turned CIA informant, this statuesque looker can handle herself in hairy situations often outshining Timothy Dalton in the taking care of bad guys business. In the documentary Bond Girls Are Forever Lowell shared that Dalton provided detailed instructions on how she should lock lips with him.

The smart and saucy British bombshell helped ease Roger Moore into his role as the dashing MI6 operative. Moore slyly ups the odds of getting with this sexy psychic by stacking her tarot deck with lovers cards. While Bond’s caddish behaviour and games of deceit can sometimes paint women as naive, Solitaire herself was a card shark, getting James to draw the fool in their first encounter. So just maybe she played him just as much as he played her.

Age: 73 Bond girl name: Tracy di Vicenzo Movie: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Convincing a perpetual playboy to stick around for breakfast after a roll in the hay takes some doing, throw in an engagement ring and you know this must be love. Taming George Lazenby was a plot point made more believable to audiences as Rigg already dwarfed the one-movie Bond for spy-cred, having played Emma Peel on The Avengers. Being one of the first Bond girls with a name that didn’t elicit schoolboy snickers also surely helped matters.

They say you never forget your first love. Well your first extended movie ogle also belongs in the top drawer of the mental filing cabinet. Honey Ryder’s white bikini clad entrance remains the fifty-year old franchise’s most iconic scene. It’s also a testament to the magic of movies as her Swiss-German accent was so thick her lines had to be dubbed. Andress’ sexy sea to shore saunter was later paid homage to by Halle Berry in Die Another Day and Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.

Post Bond: Her turn as Jean Grey in the X-Men flicks is what the Danish actress is now best known for. This fall she’ll reprise her role as Liam Neeson’s wife in Taken 2.

Post Bond: Starred in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman in the 1990s and played the randy mom in Wedding Crashers.

Post Bond: Won a Tony for playing the title character in Medea and hosted Masterpiece Mystery from 1989-2004.

Post Bond: Played Aphrodite in Clash of the Titans.

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When the model and TV actress first heard that Skyfall auditions were to be held Paris, she became obsessed. “I sent my reel to anyone on Facebook related to the movie,” Bérénice

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Marlohe recalls. But after the casting director got in touch and she found herself testing scenes with Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, the pressure hit home. “There were moments when I felt scared and trapped by this huge concept of Bond girl”, the 32-year-old admits. Marlohe’s first passions were

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art and the piano, and as a selfconfessed “paranoid” — starring in a $150 million blockbuster represented a departure from her comfort zone. The 32-year-old was helped in her role as the mysterious Severine by studying Famke Janssen’s dominatrix Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. “It’s so original to have a character


who kills and has an orgasm at the same time, that’s what we go to movies for.” In the end, a sense of responsibility pacified Marlohe. Of Cambodian descent, she

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Actor has a sweet side (it involves cupcakes) Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Actor is a softie, even if he plays seriously bad dudes in his latest gigs Amber Ray

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau understands the art of the badass. The Danish actor can currently be seen in the role of Jaime ‘The Kingslayer’ Lannister, a knight on HBO’s fantasy-drama Game of Thrones, and as Clas Greve, a former mercenary who specializes in tracking — aka killing — people, in the Norwegian film Headhunters. But as readily as the actor is willing to face down a man-eating direwolf, he’s just as likely to show his sensitive side — or at least his good humour. You’re known for some pretty tough characters. Do you actively go after these roles? No, no, not at all. It was just

Yeah. Well, I can’t tell you anything else. Then they will put me in chains.”

one of those things — (Game of Thrones and Headhunters) happened to come at the same time. Jaime is tough, a soldier, but he’s not a psychopath. I think Clas is borderline psychopathic. He will do anything; he has a disturbing lack of morals. And Jaime has strong morals. We might not share his morals, but he has really strong morality. Both are a lot of fun to play, I have to say.

What do you enjoy the most about playing these guys? Well, a guy like Clas, he doesn’t follow the rules. I guess it’s also one of the reasons why it’s fun to watch these characters. Most of us — I mean, I know myself, anyway, I’m a law-abiding citizen. If a police guy comes and tells me to stop, I’ll stop and I’ll be very polite. When you finally get to see someone who just breaks the rules, it can be liberating. Do you actually have a hidden sensitive side that we don’t see on-camera? Like you foster kittens or bake cookies? Cupcakes. All the time. You wouldn’t believe. Masterful cupcakes, beautiful, a lot of pink. (Laughs.) No, I mean, I think I have normal sensitivities. No kittens right now. Love, and lack of it, is a topic explored in the film. Did Clas ever love anything? I think he has been in love with himself for a long time. What’s happened in

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his life (as a mercenary) is of such a nature that he has lost a lot of that part of the human experience, unfortunately. How do you play someone who is so cut off from such a deep emotion? You try to find what you can identify with. He is very driven, he’s very charming, he’s very confident. When he gets into the chase (tracking the film’s protagonist), he becomes this maniac. You just imagine what it would be like, and try


to make it as believable as possible. I didn’t go through like, months of method acting to get there. That would have been weird. [Laughs.] Jaime, too, might be in love with himself. What is his definition of love? It’s certainly an odd one, considering his incestuous relationship with his sister, Queen Cersei. It’s very complicated. I think there’s a lot of self-hatred with him. When he says, “the things I do for love” (and then pushes a

child out a window), he knows it’s just horrible, but he’d never give anyone the satisfaction of saying, “Oh my God, I’m so sorry,” because it’s his actions. He did it. But he truly loves his sister. He loves his family. I think early on in their lives he was almost obsessed with her. And because they’re twins, they’re so close. Now I think he knows that it’s not a healthy situation but there’s no alternative. He doesn’t know or want to know how to not be with her.

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Adrien Brody goes back to school Detachment. Academy Award winning actor tries to inspire youth in his latest role as a public school teacher Adrien Brody is an emotionally arrested substitute teacher in Detachment. handout

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Oscar-winner Adrien Brody has been particularly choosy when it comes to roles lately, popping up in very few movies in recent years — in fact, in 2011, he didn’t do much besides his cameo as Salvador Dali in Midnight in Paris. That level of pickiness makes him a good match for the equally choosy writer-director Tony Kaye, whose Detachment — in which Brody stars — is only his third feature film, after American History X and Black Water Transit. The son of a teacher, Brody felt a special connection to the project, in which he plays an emotionally arrested long-term substitute teacher facing a gruelling assignment at a public high school. What initially drew you to the project, to working with Tony? Well, I look to find material that has some social relevance, that has something greater than being merely entertaining, and this film touches on such important matters that affect all of us and our future, and the importance educating young people and giving them a sense of guidance that I feel so many young people are missing. And I also know how valuable that is, just knowing my parents have provided the right influence on me. I surely would’ve turned out

very differently without that. I also went to public school, and I know that it’s filled with challenges for both the teachers and the administrators and the students. I think it’s just a complex, relevant story, and I wanted to be a part of it. It does seem an important story to tell, the perspective of the teachers. The film also to me is a reminder that you can’t have that expectation of your teachers to just make everything right, and that it has to begin in the home. The education and the guidance and the sense of a greater understanding of the world around us has to come from home. Did you have any teachers in your own life that had an impact on you? Well sure. A lot of young kids don’t have a tremendous amount of patience, and some teachers really have a knack for getting your attention and keeping it. But unfortunately many don’t. I have a few that were real gems, and the greatest of them all would be my father. Even though he wasn’t my teacher in a school, my father was the one who really instilled the most in me. I know that his students loved him. He has a profound patience and generous nature and thoughtfulness. At a very young age he really made me understand accountability and taught me a great deal about history and the world around me, so I’m grateful for that.

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A house. A car. A career. A spouse and 2.5 kids. Should you choose to live conventionally, you probably spend your days in pursuit of all of the above. Most are within your control. If you want a car, you save and buy one. If you want a spouse, you have a drink, and then meet friends of friends. But the 2.5 kids — what happens if your body can’t produce a child? Infertility is something you don’t hear a lot about, among people in their 20s, but experts are aiming to get more people accepting of the


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issue. Barbara Collura, Executive Director of RESOLVE: The U.S. National Infertility Association, says there’s a stigma and shame attached to infertility that’s prevented it from being discussed properly. “Anyone in the AIDS world will tell you how 25 years ago people thought it was contagious — now, everyone speaks about it,” she says. “But with infertility, we haven’t gotten to the point where people are ready to open up.” Until society normalizes infertility, don’t expect to see people running marathons shouting ‘woo hoo! I’m infertile!’ So why is infertility such a sensitive subject? One reason is because it revolves around sex. “The moment someone finds out they can’t reproduce, they feel let down by their body. The way they see it is that it’s not performing the way it ‘should’ be,” ex-

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plains Collura, who also believes that getting people talking about their reproductive system the way they do about sex is the only way to increase public awareness. Giuliana Rancic, the 37-year-old E! News presenter and reality star, is one of the rare celebrities to have opened up about her battle with infertility. Rancic and husband Bill’s journey into parenthood and attempt at IVF (in vitro fertilization) was aired on their reality TV show Giuliana and Bill and watched by millions of people world-

wide. The show took a dramatic twist when Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer, further jeopardizing her chances of becoming a mother. “For some of the women in their twenties and thirties watching Rancic’s show, it was the first they had ever heard about infertility—and the only place they had heard about it,” says Collura. “This is not where we want people to be getting this sort of information, but at least they’re getting something.” So where else should those afflicted go for information? Facebook, Twitter, blogs like The Infertility Voice, whose founder wrote the column on this page. Social media often allows you to be anonymous. “You could be in the place where you are willing to share your story but not your name,” says Collura. Either way, it’s the conversation that’s important.

It’s a puzzle, a metaphor and a hit toy — and in a couple of years, the Rubik’s Cube will be a museum exhibition in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The toy’s creator, Erno Rubik, 67, was being honoured at a gala at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. He has travelled from his native Budapest, to help develop the exhibit, which will open in April 2014. The exhibit is scheduled to travel for seven years to design science museums around the world. Rubik was an architect teaching a class at the Budapest College of Applied Arts in 1974 when he decided to build a cube to teach students about 3D space. He soon realized it could become a hit toy when students and fellow teachers couldn’t put it down. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Tips to ensure a ‘child-free’ wedding Charles The butler

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Hello Charles the Butler! I’m really hoping you can help. My niece & her fiancĂŠ are trying to figure out how to create their wedding invitations, making the “no childrenâ€? very clear. I was thinking that if the invitation is addressed to only “John and Janeâ€? with the reply card also only having their names on it, that might suffice. They are worried that some in the family will still not get it. Do they write “adults only pleaseâ€? right on the invitation? We appreciate any advice that you can provide. Thank you, Sydney Hello Sydney, I just dealt with this question for my dear friend Julie who is getting married in July. 1. You are correct in that the envelope should only be addressed with the names of who is invited to the event. 2. The reply card should be left blank for people to write the names in them-

selves. Why? Because this will help as most people thinking of bringing their children would likely write their names too, so that they are included for dinner, and this method will allow you to catch this early. 3. Finally make sure all family members like parents, brothers, sisters, wedding party, etc., know you want an adult-only party and so they can bring this up in conversation with those who have children. They can say, “So have you organized your child care for the wedding yet?� or “I bet you’re looking forward to a nice adult evening at John and Jane’s wedding!� I believe this is the best approach. Now what to do if someone shows up with children in tow despite all of the above? As grumpy and disappointed as you have every right to be, remember that these are your guests — just be gracious and get through the event. Starting a fight or mentioning how this is “adults only� will inflame the situation and cause a scene, which is the last thing you want! Good Luck to the couple.

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Give me a break on my mortgage break fee! Fun and frugal

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I recently sold my house and have decided to get a new mortgage through a mortgage broker rather than my bank. So, I met with my bank last week to discuss the transaction and learned that the cost to break my existing mortgage is nearly $5,000! Hogwash! For $5,000 I could take a three-week European vacation or contribute the annual maximum amount to my tax-free savings account. Mortgage prepayment charges are the costs to “break� your existing fixedrate mortgage contract. They exist because the lender has to borrow the funds needed for the mortgage from the market. When a borrower “breaks� a mortgage, the lender is charged a “breakage cost,� which is passed along to the borrow-

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er to offset the cost that the lender is charged. Prepayment charges are typically calculated based on the greater of three months interest penalty or interest for the remainder of the term on the amount prepaid calculated using the interest rate differential. The interest rate differential is the difference in the interest payable on your existing mortgage versus that payable on a replacement mortgage, calculated on the time remaining in your existing mortgage term. To determine whether

it’s worth switching lenders, I’ve followed these steps: 1) Take emotion out of the equation and let math dictate the decision. 2) Evaluate whether the new lender has a more attractive interest rate, term and flexible repayment schedule (such as accelerated payments, double-up payments or annual lump sum contributions up to 10 per cent). 3) Using a free online banking mortgage calculator (available at any major bank or mortgage website), calculate the break-even rate needed to make it worth switching. 4) Confirm with the existing lender, by phone or in person, the exact fee. Present this information to the new lender and begin negotiating for either the fee to be lowered or to have the new lender pick up part of the tab. Switching mortgage lenders only makes financial sense when a borrower can save money. In my case, I’ll save thousands of dollars (over the lifetime of the new mortgage) by making the switch, but I still have more negotiating to do before I can pull the pin on my existing mortgage.

Higher interest rates are an opportunity to tackle debt Your money

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What every consumer has been waiting for — and either dreading or celebrating — has finally happened. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada, has flung open the door on interest rate hikes. A rate increase, on its own, would also strengthen the loonie. Just witness what happened last week when Carney simply ruminated on higher interest rates — the loonie promptly shot up a cent. And that’s not desirable for most Canadian businesses, especially manufacturers. Since we might face a raise in rates as early as the fall and almost certainly by the end of the year, everyone with debt should embark on a protective strategy. Live the increase Among the most vulnerable to the interest rate hikes are those with large personal or home equity lines of credit. Those rates will rise in tandem with the prime rate.

Use an online calculator and add half to three-quarters of a per cent to your LOC rate. Then pay the higher monthly amount. If rates don’t rise you’re ahead. If they do you are prepared. And if you can’t make the extra payment you need to re-visit your budget and find something to cut.

Delay spending Whether it’s a new smartphone, e-reader, car or wardrobe you hanker for, put off all unnecessary expenses — especially if you have non-mortgage debt hanging around. It’s easy to cloak our wants as needs, so delay spending on those nonessential items.

Boost e-savings The last thing you want to face is an unexpected expense and be forced to pay it with a credit card. Emergency savings are critical, especially for families. Even setting aside an extra $50 each month will help.

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“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a game like that ... but it’s just one game.” Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin on Monday, after his Clippers finished Game 1 of their first-round playoff series in Memphis on Sunday night with a 28-3 run to top the Grizzlies 99-98. Memphis had a 24-point advantage with 9:13 left in the fourth quarter before the Clippers comeback began.

“They got more aggressive defensively, and we took some bad shots and we made some turnovers.” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.




Ovechkin great late as Caps even up series in N.Y. Alex Ovechkin silenced the Madison Square Garden crowd that has been taunting him for two games. If he can fire up the fans back at home, too, the Washington Capitals could be in store for a deep playoff run. Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with 7:27 remaining to snap a tie and gave the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that squared the Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1 on Monday night. Just under six minutes after Ryan Callahan got the Rangers even with a powerplay goal, Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead for good. Whether Ovechkin heard the derisive chants that greeted him every time there were eight minutes left — matching his uniform number — in each period or not, they certainly didn’t knock him off his game. Despite diminished minutes in the playoffs, Ovechkin is still every bit as dangerous during crunch time. “He has been real fresh for the power play,” said Capitals coach Dale Hunter. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin falls in front of Ryan Callahan on Monday in New York. FRANK FRANKLIN II/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

On the web

After a first-round flameout last season, San Antonio point guard Tony Parker told journalists in his native France in the summer that the Spurs’ aging dynasty appeared to be coming to an end. Now with Parker taking over the offensive catalyst role from Tim Duncan, there is renewed hope in San Antonio. Scan the code for the story. Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kings blitz Blues to claim 2-0 series lead Anze Kopitar scores a goal against Brian Elliott Monday in St. Louis, Mo.

NHL. Four-goal first period helps L.A. to fifth straight road win Anze Kopitar scored twice in a four-goal, first-period blitz as the Los Angeles Kings embarrassed the Blues from the opening faceoff, whipping St. Louis 5-2 Monday night for their fifth straight road win this post-season. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter had a goal apiece and Dustin Penner and Dustin Brown each had a pair of assists in a period that was one goal shy of the franchise playoff record of five in 1993 against Vancouver. Brown assisted on Kopitar’s short-handed goal and has a hand in all four of the Kings’

MLB. Rangers’ Darvish delivers in Canadian debut Yu Darvish continued to live up to the hype as the Texas Rangers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Monday. Darvish held the Blue Jays to four hits and one run while striking out nine in seven innings, improving to 4-0 in five starts. Toronto designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion homered for the fourth consecutive game in the fourth inning and singled in the seventh against Darvish, who was signed by the Rangers from Japan in the off-season. It was the first homer al-


lowed this season by Darvish. The right-hander’s earnedrun average is 2.18. THE CANADIAN PRESS


short-handed goals in the playoffs. Andy McDonald scored 18 seconds into the second for St. Louis but Justin Williams squashed thoughts of a comeback when he scored on the Kings’ first shot of the period, then they sat on that cushion, taking five shots the last two periods. Matt D’Agostini scored in the third for St. Louis, which was 0 for 9 on the power play. Kopitar has three goals and three assists in the playoffs, and has scored in five straight playoff games after leading the Kings in scoring for the fifth straight season with 25 goals and 76 points. Brown added a third assist in the second period and has a team-leading nine points in the post-season. The Blues are 1-16 in franNBA

Thunder win another duel with Mavericks Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 26 in an off-shooting performance and the Oklahoma City Thunder clawed out a 102-99 victory over defending champion Dallas on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Jason Terry missed two 3-point attempts from the left wing in the final five seconds that could have tied it. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Game 2

Road warriors





chise history when facing a 2-0 series deficit, the lone exception in the first round against Minnesota in 1972 when they rallied to win in seven games. St. Louis had the NHL’s stingiest defence in the regular season, with goalies Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak combining for 15 shutouts and each blanking the Kings once. They surrendered more goals in the first period of Game 2 than in any regular season period, with

The Kings have won seven straight on the road in the playoffs counting a pair against San Jose last spring and are in an enviable spot taking the series back to Los Angeles, with Game 3 Thursday night.

They opened the first round with a pair of victories at Vancouver, taking out the Presidents’ Trophy winners in five games. Before that, they held just one 2-0 series lead, back in 1968, when they lost in seven in the first round to Minnesota.

Elliott usually on his own. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NBA. Heat handle New York’s best in Game 2 As the Miami Heat expected, the New York Knicks were much improved in Game 2. Better, yes — but not good enough. Dwyane Wade scored 25 points, Chris Bosh added 21 and the Heat beat New York 104-94 on Monday night. LeBron James finished with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Heat, who lead the first-round series 2-0. Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points on 12-for-26 shooting for New York, which got 18 points from Amare Stoudemire and 13 apiece from Tyson

Lin nearing return?

The Knicks sound hopeful that Jeremy Lin’s return to the lineup may come sooner than expected. •

The Knicks could have a better feel for how Lin’s recovery from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee is going after practices this week.

Chandler and J.R. Smith. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Taurus | April 21 - May 21.

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Gemini | May 22 - June 20.

Your mind is super sharp right now and you will find it easy enough to outsmart your rivals.

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