By May Warren Staff Reporter Wed., April 10, 2019 The province is overhauling plans for the long-awaited downtown relief line, replacing the current version with the Ontario Line — which will travel farther than the city’s vision and be completed two years sooner, Premier Doug Ford announced Wednesday. Ford promised the “crown jewel” of a $28.5-billion transit announcement would use lighter rail technology and be completed by 2027. But what exactly is it and what does this mean for riders’ already crammed morning commute? The Star breaks down some the biggest questions on Wednesday’s transit news. What is the Ontario Line? The 15-kilometre line would run all the way from the Ontario Science Centre station on the Eglinton Crosstown in the north to Ontario Place/Exhibition in the southwest, hooking up with Queen and Osgoode stations on the TTC’s Line 1, and Pape on Line 2. Article Continued Below This replaces and … [Read more...] about What exactly is the Ontario Line and what does it mean for riders’ commutes?
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By Heather Mallick Star Columnist Tues., March 26, 2019 Either print books are a delight for the eye and a joy to hold — as beautiful and useful as the designer and craftsman William Morris recommended — or they are a social embarrassment to be disposed of by stealth in the dark of night. I can only say that I like them very much. Another American study reveals that reading to children from print books enthralls them while ebooks read on a tablet leave them distracted. Even when a digital “dog” barks when the word is tapped on a screen, or a “seagull” dutifully cries, children aren’t entranced. You can try this at home. Children like multicoloured images, turning the page and chatting about the story with the patient adult who cuddles them and who will read the story over again, and again, and again, if asked. But perhaps that is just ever-obedient me. But when it comes to adult books, print is mere ash. If you … [Read more...] about What does it mean when you can’t give books away?
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's administration has boasted that nearly all households in Indonesia have electricity, saying that the country had reached an electrification ratio of 98.05 percent as of September. However, does this mean that 98.05 percent of the nation’s households enjoy 24-hour electricity for all their electronics like residents in Java’s big cities enjoy? In early January, the ministry’s Twitter account got flooded with angry comments after it told a PLN customer, Lucky, who complained about a 10-hour blackout in Manado, North Sulawesi, that he should be “grateful”. “You should be grateful Pak Lucky that the blackout only lasted 10 hours. [Some of] our brothers and sisters in remote areas can’t even enjoy electricity. Minergi [the ministry account’s administrator] is sure that our friends over at @pln_123 have tried their best. If there are shortcomings, please understand. Thanks,” @KementerianESDM … [Read more...] about Govt says 98.05 percent of households have electricity. What does it mean?
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Tues., May 15, 2018 The camera moves in for a close-up of a shackled ankle. As if the orange jail jumpsuit hasn’t already set the dateline. Then back to the woman’s face. A pretty face, though scrubbed now of the gaudy makeup — scarlet lips and thick eyeliner — as seen on selfies that Jacqueline Ades posted on Instagram. A tour through her social media portfolio also shows Ades sitting on an ornate chair, wearing a push-up corset, long naked legs and stiletto-heeled f-k-me pumps. The commentary babble speaks of her obsession with the number “3” — the age of Jesus Christ at crucifixion (believed to be roughly 33), the year Hitler came to power (1933), the geographic co-ordinates of Atlantis and a Walt Disney club apparently called “33.” Some of this we’ll have to take on faith. Article Continued Below But the jailhouse video is deeply disturbing. Because it must … [Read more...] about What does it mean to love someone too much? How about 65,000 text messages
Here are five questions and answers on what it means: - Why did Duterte do it? - The ICC announced on February 9 a preliminary examination into allegations Philippine police have killed thousands of alleged users or dealers as part of Duterte's anti-drug war that he launched after taking office in mid-2016. Duterte had previously threatened to withdraw from the international body as a result of what he has called a politically slanted inquiry. - Can ICC still investigate? - Philippine lawyers say Duterte's withdrawal will not stop any ICC inquiry. "The withdrawal from the ICC only takes effect after a year from notification," said Celeste Mallari, a professor at the University of the Philippines Law College's Institute of International Legal Studies. This means that the ICC can continue looking into any acts that took place since Duterte took office … [Read more...] about Philippines moves to quit ICC: What does it mean?