The broken blocks of concrete that fell from his house during the earthquake killed Vladimir Desir’s wife and child, and split open the top of his head. Bleeding badly, he tried to find medical help in Port-au-Prince. There wasn’t any. Desir gambled that he’d have a better chance of receiving care in Jacmel, a city 60 km to the southwest.By MICHAEL PETROU
Another virtual brick has been added to what has been dubbed “The Great Firewall of China.” According to the state-run China Daily, police will provide mobile phone companies with a set of “key words” deemed “unhealthy.” Text messages will then be searched by the cell companies for those phrases.By KATIE ENGELHART
When looking for clues about a recovery, economists generally pore over data on factory orders, housing starts, and even something called the Baltic Dry Index, which measures shipping volumes of coal and iron ore, among other things.By CHRIS SORENSEN
“She told me this morning that the snow is cold. And mom is putting a new winter coat on them and cleaning them up. It looks like to me they got a lot of sleep. I am just grateful they are here and safe.”—New Brunswick resident Gerry Naugler speaking about his adoptive daughter and other Haitian children, who were among the first to arrive in Canada for a fast-tracked adoption after the earthquake that devastated their country
CATHY GULLI’S excellent article “The scary truth about airport security” (National, Jan. 25) illustrates that we are evolving into a police state where everyone is expected to spy on everyone else. Only that can never work: even the ghastly nightmare George Orwell depicted in 1984 would require literally a one-to-one surveillance: half of society would spend 24 hours a day spying on the other half.
Q: Has having a bunch of Europeans on the Raptors’ roster helped you learn a new language or two? A: I’m picking up Spanish. Q: Swearing in another language doesn’t count. A: No, I’m a student. I have tutoring today. I’ve been taking it since October. Twice a week, depending on the schedule.By JOHN INTINI
Warm weather and a lack of snowfall on Vancouver’s North Shore mountains, where some Olympic events will be staged, have forced organizers to dig out their contingency plans, which include scraping, shovelling and heli-lifting snow in from higher elevations.By CHRIS SORENSEN
Ever since Stephen Harper anointed Stockwell Day as his cost-cutter-in-chief last week, the Prime Minister’s Office has been going out of its way to highlight the significance of shifting Day to head the Treasury Board in an otherwise hohum cabinet shuffle.By NANCY MACDONALD
Bobsled pilot Helen Upperton has elevated the pre-competition ritual to the standard of high voodoo. Her brakeman, Shelley-Ann Brown, twists her hair into elaborate “speed braids” that Upperton swears make her faster. She paints her fingernails black.By NICHOLAS KÖHLER
Russian champion ice dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin wowed European judges with their program based on Australian Aboriginal music and dress, but they face an uncertain welcome at Olympic competition in Vancouver. Their costumes, dark-toned bodysuits decorated with paint, eucalyptus leaves and red loincloths, have enraged Australian Aboriginal leaders.
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