“I know you won’t jump off,” Ahmad told him, “No matter how far you get to tiptoeing off that ledge, you won’t.” “And why is that?” Reza asked, earnestly. Ahmad simply shook his head, joining Reza past the railings that held them back. The rugged man sat on it in a relaxed manner, while Reza clutched onto it like he’d slip if a pinkie was misplaced. Construction workers. Too confident for their own good. “Because dying is for people like me,” Ahmad answered, “You’re too selfish to die.” Reza shook his head. “You don’t understand, Ahmad. It’s too much. This building, this project, this hollow sky,” he looked up at the heavens, “You--” “You should’ve worked in the theatre, Reza. You’d make a killer Broadway show,” Ahmad laughed, glaring at him. “You know, I thought you’d outgrow your melodrama. I’m glad you’re still the … [Read more...] about Short Story: The Men Who Stole The Stars
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SAN FRANCISCO (NYTIMES) - Ms Sheryl Sandberg was seething. Inside Facebook's Menlo Park, California, headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mr Mark Zuckerberg. It was September 2017, more than a year after Facebook engineers discovered suspicious Russia-linked activity on its site, an early warning of the Kremlin campaign to disrupt the 2016 US election. Congressional and federal investigators were closing in on evidence that would implicate the company. But it wasn't the looming disaster at Facebook that angered Ms Sandberg. It was the social network's security chief, Mr Alex Stamos, who had informed company board members the day before that Facebook had yet to contain the Russian infestation. Mr Stamos' briefing had prompted a humiliating boardroom interrogation of Ms Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, and her billionaire boss. She appeared to regard the admission as a betrayal. "You threw us under the bus!" she yelled at … [Read more...] about ‘Slow, pause, determined’: How Facebook’s leaders delayed, denied and deflected to fight through a crisis
By Tanya Talaga Staff Reporter Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 Twenty years ago, Mike Metatawabin went to Wunnumin Lake First Nation to act as a translator for the Elders coming inland from the James Bay coast to attend a summer meeting of Nishnawbe Aski Nation leadership . It was during this trip that Mike first met a Ralph Rowe survivor. The encounter altered the course of his life. He had been sitting in the community hall and remembers being overwhelmed by the odd, unsettling feeling that he needed to leave. The cold rain soaked through his shoes as he made his way to the modest cabin where he was staying. He hoped the wood stove would be on but the cabin was dark and chilly. He could feel someone’s eyes on him. A young man was sitting in the corner. A small leather hand drum was on the table in front of him. The noose was near. Mike took a seat and began to beat the drum. He told the young man of the pain he was holding after the sudden death of his infant … [Read more...] about When you grow up surrounded by suicide, it seems normal. How do you heal a ‘broken spirit’?
By Paul Hunter Feature Writer Fri., June 15, 2018 Home, Jon Friel understands more clearly than ever, is not the house he owns on an acre of land just outside Port Perry; it hasn’t been since November. Nor is it the two-bedroom apartment at Ronald McDonald House where his wife beds down each night after kissing him goodnight. Home now, as it has been for months, is 200 square feet or so on the 8th floor of Sick Kids Hospital in the haematology/oncology unit. In this room the 35-year-old eats his meals, usually with plastic cutlery from a cardboard takeout box, welcomes visitors and gets a fitful sleep on a hard vinyl mattress. This is where Jon now lives. His heart is here because his ailing daughter Harper is here also. He rarely leaves. Harper, 4, was diagnosed with brain cancer in November. She had a golf-ball sized tumour removed during six hours of emergency surgery the day after she arrived at the hospital. She has undergone five rounds of … [Read more...] about When home is a hospital room: A daughter’s fight, a father’s love
Michael Alexander Ang will always be grateful to his family for allowing him to spread his wings somewhat farther from what they are known to do. The third child of The Manila Times Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Dante Arevalo Ang, Michael has spent the last 12 years of his life in foreign service as Honorary Consul of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This year, he brings added prestige and worthwhile responsibilities to his office as the elected Dean of the Consular Corps of the Philippines—the organization of Consulates, Consulate Generals and Honorary Consulates of various countries in the Philippines who work toward the advancement of cultural and economic relations. This is not to say, however, that Michael refused to get his feet wet in the family’s publishing business, although he and his siblings—Anna Marie [now Thompson]and The Manila Times President and CEO Dante “Klink” 2nd—were away for a time when their father was running their earliest titles. … [Read more...] about Back to basics with the Dean of the Consular Corps of the Philippines