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first_imgAll convicts in the jails of Uttar Pradesh, whether petty criminals or notorious mafia dons, should get the same food and treatment, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has told state officials.The Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s remarks came at a review meeting of the state’s Home, Vigilance and Jails department late last night.There have often been reports and allegations in the past about certain prisoners enjoying privileges in jails including the use of phones etc.He said the same food should be given to all convicts -petty criminals or mafia dons — lodged in jails and ordered installation of mobile phone jammers, an official spokesman said.He has also warned officials of the jails department against any leniency shown towards notorious criminals and asserted that they should not be allowed to use medical treatment as an excuse.In the meeting, the chief minister stressed on effective checks on corruption in all cells of the police and identification of staff members having links with criminals and anti—social elements, the spokesperson said.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy:The BCCI recently announced the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates in September. The 16-man squad led by Rohit Sharma, saw the exclusion of Suresh Raina and Umesh Yadav along with Virat Kohli who has been rested for the tour keeping the tour to Australia in mind.While the selection panel opted to bring in domestic stars such as Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari for the final two tests against England, several noticed a major name being missed in the squad for the upcoming tournament.Racking up runs in the domestic circuit, Mayank Agarwal is currently embarking on a dream run with impeccable consistency. Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was one of many who was not happy with the exclusion of the Kings XI Punjab batsman. The Turbanator expressed his displeasure through a tweet which read:Where is Mayank Agarwal ??? After scoring so many runs I don’t see him in the squad … different rules for different people I guess..— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 5, 2018The Chennai Super Kings’ star took a sly dig at the selection panel by accusing them of partiality. Selection panel chairman MSK Prasad had earlier commented on the exclusion of the 27-year-old from the squad by stating that the batsman is very close to a call-up for the national team.Despite notching up the runs across all formats, Agarwal showed his class yet again after a solitary knock of 80 in the fourth innings against the touring Australia A. However, the knock fell in vain as the other batsmen failed to contribute and collapsing for 163.Averaging above 50 in First Class and List A cricket, it is high time that the selection staff take a step to include Agarwal in the squad rather than experimenting with the same line-up, keeping the World Cup 2019 in mind.Asia Cup begins on September 15 with defending champions India slated to face the qualifying team on September 18 at Dubai.Read Also:England vs India: Indian legend calls for the axing of three players from the Indian squadThe Indian Cricket team will have a stern test before the Australian series! Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndia today registered their biggest Test series victory on the Caribbean soil with a 2-0 win over the West Indies following a washout in the fourth match but ended up losing the No.1 rank to Pakistan in the ICC rankings. (Scorecard)Only 22 overs of play was possible on the opening day of the final Test, which turned out to be the third shortest ever Test match in the history of the longer format.For the fourth successive day, not a single ball could be bowled, forcing the umpires to call off the match.India became the top-ranked Test nation after Sri Lanka thrashed Australia 3-0 at home while Pakistan, after their creditable 2-2 draw against England, were No.2 in the rankings.India required to win the series against the West Indies 3-0 to retain the number one spot but inclement weather along with deplorable drainage facility at the Queens Park Oval prevented play.Pakistan are now on top of ICC Test rankings.West Indies were 62/2 in those 22 overs of play. The worst part was that the West Indies Cricket Board and the local authorities did not pay heed to proper drainage and recovery facilities.August is considered to be a rainy season in Trinidad and Tobago and there was heavy rainfall prior to the Test match.The groundsmen also did not cover the entire field after a heavy downpour which led to the bowlers’ run-up being very soggy and it could not be dried up.The other inexplicable factor was the absence of a super sopper, which is a mandatory feature in all top international cricket ground across the globe.advertisementFor India, Virat Kohli with 251 runs, including a maiden double hundred, was the top-scorer followed by Ajinkya Rahane (243 runs) and KL Rahul (236 runs).The best all-round performer was Ravichandran Ashwin, who scored 235 runs with two centuries and claimed 17 wickets.Fast bowler Mohammed Shami also had a successful comeback post his knee surgery, getting 11 wickets in the process.The two teams now move to Florida in the United States to play two T20 Internationals on August 27 and 28.(With PTI Inputs)last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona forward Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as his side thrashed arch-rivals Real Madrid 5-1 on Sunday in a highly entertaining ‘Clasico’ which surely will signal the end of hapless coach Julen Lopetegui’s spell in charge of Real.Barca’s Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 11th minute following a slick team move and Suarez doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark by converting a penalty awarded after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR).Real had looked lifeless in the first half but produced a courageous display after the break following a tactical switch from Lopetegui.They deservedly pulled a goal back through Marcelo and came close to grabbing an equaliser as Luka Modric struck the post and Sergio Ramos headed narrowly over.Barca reasserted their authority and ran riot in the final 15 minutes with two more goals from Suarez, while a header from substitute Arturo Vidal further twisted the knife into Real, who have lost their last three league games and are seven points behind Barca in the La Liga standings in ninth position.last_img read more

first_img The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups Editors’ Recommendations 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer For Sale: The Stunning Bahamian Island Where Fyre Festival Didn’t Happen They may swear a lot, but Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway, the founders of that bad a*s vegan food blog Thug Kitchen, are really only after your best interest. Like many Manual readers, they grew up in homes were process food was kept in the fridge — you know, purple ketchup, green drinks, blue fruit snacks — that sort of thing. So they created Thug Kitchen, a blog that uses a whole lot of swearing, and only vegan ingredients, later following up with a cookbook that we posted about on The Manual.Their newest cookbook, “Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherfuckers,” follows the same premise as the original one — a lot of swearing and lots of good food — except for one thing: it’s made for party people! According to the founders, “’Thug Kitchen: Party Grub’ is full of more than 100 never-before-seen recipes for any occasion: birthdays, holidays, block parties, pajama parties, Mario parties, whatthefuckever. We’ve got your grub handled.”In it, you’ll find appetizers like Deviled Chickpea Bites, and mains like Mexican Lasagna that serve a large amount of people. It has everything from recipes to wake and bake to (literally, not for you potheads), canapés to pre-party to, lots of potluck and main dishes, and for those of you who love making desserts and drinking, an entire chapter devoted just to that, so you’ll have everything covered next time you’re throwing that big bash, whether it’s a birthday, and anniversary or even a wedding. You’ll be eating delicious food while being good to both your body and the environment!“Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherfuckers,” $15.99 at read more

first_img Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Capitalism has worked pretty well for a long time. For one, it’s done an excellent job driving innovation as companies jockey for consumer attention and paychecks. Still, it’s hard to deny the system’s shortcomings.Though capitalism has blessed us with several animatronic Elmo dolls, it’s somewhat inefficient; instead of encouraging us to chase our bliss, it urges us to amass imaginary wealth that we hope will someday turn into happiness. In our quest for sweet, sweet money, many of us grow indifferent — or even hostile — to each other.Related: 3 Productivity Apps You “Appsolutely” Need Helpfulpeeps, a new social networking site, seeks to establish a “karma economy.” Though it probably won’t bring about the end of capitalism, helpfulpeeps is making a noble effort to connect people through good deeds rather than money.Like any good social networking site, helpfulpeeps is very simple. All you have to do is create a profile, ask the helpfulpeeps community for help via an easy-to-use interface, and reach out to others you think you can help. Each time you help someone, you earn “karma,” an important indicator of your reputation on the site. What kind of help can you ask for? Just about anything that’s legal. For instance, you might ask for an extra pair of arms during your next move, guitar lessons, or just someone to watch the game with. The currencies of choice are time and effort — unlike almost everything else on the planet, helpfulpeeps wants you to keep your money. Founded in 2014 by Saf Nazeer and Simon Hills, helpfulpeeps already has thousands of users in more than 40 countries. The epicenter is Bristol, UK; where users swap good deeds on a daily basis. We urge you to give helpfulpeeps a try — if you like it, consider spreading the word. The more peeps who use it, the more helpful it becomes.  Social media is supposedly meant to bring us closer together; ironically, many platforms serve as pits of narcissism, cruelty, and isolation. Helpfulpeeps is in a position to deliver on the promise of social media, making it easier to practice selflessness, kindness, and community. Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Editors’ Recommendations The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passportlast_img read more

first_imgCrime is down in Nova Scotia for the third year in a row, a sign that the province’s anti-crime agenda is working. According to figures released by Statistics Canada today, July 17, overall crime was down eight per cent in 2007 compared with 2006. Violent crime has gone down six per cent and property crime, was down by 12 per cent. Large decreases were noted in robberies, which were down by 25 per cent, and motor vehicle thefts which were down 23 per cent. Nova Scotia led the country with its drop in motor vehicle theft, the lowest in the province since 1995. There were 12 per cent fewer property crimes last year. That was below the national average and the lowest rate in the province in 30 years. Youth crime was also down by four per cent, especially in property crime and motor vehicle theft. “These numbers are very encouraging, especially with youth crime decreasing,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Cecil Clarke. “We’ve implemented all of the Nunn Commission recommendations and that, along with our crime strategy and the enactment of the Safer Communities Act, are all signs that we are continuing to make streets and communities safer for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Clarke. The government plans to have 250 extra enforcement officers in place by 2010. It began in 2007 with the addition of 80 new police officers funded to target certain crimes across the province. This year, 70 new officers were allocated across Nova Scotia. The Halifax Regional Municipality, which placed seventh out of 18 metropolitan areas of similar size, saw significant declines with the overall crime rate down nine per cent. Halifax saw large drops in robberies with a decrease of 29 per cent and car theft with a decrease of 27 per cent. “We have a crime reduction strategy that is working and the additional resources from both the municipality and the province are having a positive effect,” said Halifax Police Chief Frank Beazley. “It’s great to see this drop is building on similar reductions in 2005 and 2006.” The Statistics Canada report is available on the website at .last_img read more

first_imgNEW WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge on Highway 104, east of Antigonish, is closed during replacement of the bridge and approaches. A detour bridge is in place until the project is completed on Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-7085 KINGS COUNTY: Shore Road, Oglivie Wharf Shore Road will be closed for repairs to Oglivie Wharf until Friday, Aug. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-670-0762 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, west for six kilometres to the start of the twinned highway section will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site and delays are possible. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed for repairs until further notice.A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road.-Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125 between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3.Drivers should expect slow moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from West Dalhousie Road north to Trout Lake Road, about eight kilometres, for ditching, driveway pipe installation, paving and patching until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control persons are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 CUMBERLAND: Road Closure The Allen Hill Road is closed from Route 209 to South Branch Road to allow for the replacement of two bridges. The road will be closed until Monday, Oct. 1. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 GUYSBOROUGH: Route 316 Traffic on sections of Route 316, west of the intersection of Whitehead Road, is reduced to one lane during repaving. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Drivers should travel with extra care until the project is completed on Wednesday, Oct. 31. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, from Route 214 north to Barney’s Brook, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and there is a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project The continuing work to twin Highway 104 near Sutherlands River means that traffic on Route 245, Trunk 4, and Thorburn Road, will be occasionally reduced to one lane during paving work. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Traffic control people will be on site. Construction is expected to be finished by Friday, Aug. 17. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road will have two bridges, Morrison’s Siding and MacDonald’s Gulch, reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, August 31. Traffic control signals are in place. Local Area office: 902-625-1946 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106, from Exit 2 north to the Pictou Rotary, for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signals are on site. The speed limit is reduced in the work zone and delays are expected. Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about two kilometres north of Creignish Mountain Road, north for about seven kilomoetres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. 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first_imgREGINA – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan says concerns about suicide rates among farmers and mental health supports are starting to get some attention.On the weekend, Kim Keller, a farmer from Gronlid, Sask., sent out a tweet urging the agriculture community to do more on the issue, saying “farm stress is real, suicide is real.”Keller, a co-founder of Saskatchewan Women in Ag, says she felt compelled to speak out after being contacted by an industry professional looking for resources to help the family of a client who had taken his life.Her tweet was shared 37 times, received over 100 likes and prompted dozens of people to respond and continue the discussion over the next several days.Keller says she was also approached by Premier Brad Wall, asking she meet with the Department of Agriculture to discuss the issue.She says she has lost count of the messages, texts and phone calls she’s received from people sharing their stories and offering to help.“This shows me that as an industry we are ready to tackle this issue head on,” she says.APAS president Todd Lewis agrees that the conversation is long overdue and says the mental health of the province’s young producers is of particular concern.“For some, this is the first time they’ve experienced a drought or a spring harvest. It’s been a tough year,” he says. “We need to keep talking about this. We know our producers are feeling the pressure.”Lewis adds that APAS is working to incorporate the issue of mental health and suicide into its upcoming midterm meeting, and will be looking at addressing the gaps in policy and supports available.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The assault trial of former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle faces a possible delay of several months due to legal wrangling over allowable evidence.Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty in Ontario court to offences against his wife Caitlan Coleman including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement.The offences are alleged to have occurred in late 2017 after the couple returned to Canada following five years as hostages at the hands of extremists who seized them during a backpacking trip to Asia.Coleman’s lawyer, Ian Carter, says he will ask the Supreme Court of Canada for permission to challenge a ruling handed down Wednesday that allows Boyle to introduce evidence concerning certain consensual sexual activity with his wife.The ruling is important because the law sets out limits on the extent to which an accused person can bring up an alleged victim’s sexual history during a trial.Carter plans to ask the judge presiding over Boyle’s trial for a stay of the ruling while the Supreme Court process plays out — a move that could effectively put the criminal proceedings on hold for several months.Coleman has testified her husband spanked, punched and slapped her during their captivity, and that his violent ways resumed shortly after release.Boyle was arrested in Ottawa in the early hours of Dec. 31, 2017, after Coleman told police he had assaulted her on numerous occasions.During cross-examination, Boyle’s lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, has meticulously dissected Coleman’s allegations. However, uncertainty arose as to whether certain elements could be raised during the trial.Judge Peter Doody ruled Wednesday that Boyle will be permitted to introduce evidence that he and Coleman engaged in “prior acts of consensual anal intercourse, consensual vaginal intercourse from the rear, sexual acts involving ropes and consensual biting as acts of sexual play.”Doody said the evidence will be limited to the general nature of such acts, and will not include significant details of any particular act.Carter said he plans to ask Doody at a hearing next Wednesday for a stay of the ruling while Coleman’s appeal proceeds.Given that the Supreme Court can take months to decide whether to hear an appeal, “even on an expedited basis, it would appear it would delay matters for at least a number of months,” Carter said.— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMartha TroianAPTN NewsA Crown corporation at the centre of sexual abuse allegations against Indigenous women in northern Manitoba did not begin to formally record incidents of abuse, harassment or discrimination by its project workers until a little over five years ago, APTN News has learned.Serious allegations were raised last summer against Manitoba Hydro by an arms-length agency of the Manitoba government but the corporation did not systematically monitor negative worker interactions until as late as 2012, according to documents accessed through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).Recently, nine cases of sexual assault at Hydro’s Keeyask generating station were investigated by RCMP, leading to four men being charged with sexual assault.All of this comes after a 165-page report was released by the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission, reporting that Hydro workers allegedly sexually assaulted nearby Fox Lake community members in the 1960s.(MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee at a rally in Winnipeg. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN) “It is shocking that [Hydro] only started taking records in 2012. And the history of these projects go back 50 years. Why did it take so long to begin recording incidents?” said Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief Garrison Settee.“It is shocking to know that they only started recording that.”MKO is the political organization that represents northern Manitoba First Nations. Four of those communities partnered with Keeyask Hydropower, a hydroelectric generating station on the lower Nelson River.“I seen women raped” — Report alleges hydro development led to abuse in ManitobaPeople march on Manitoba legislature demanding changes to how Manitoba Hydro does businessMKO is calling on the province to hold a public inquiry into the historical and current allegations of sexual violence, racism and discrimination at past and present hydroelectric projects in the north.Sexual abuse and discrimination not “formally or systematically recorded”Prior to 2012, Hydro did not formally or systematically record allegations of abuse, harassment, or discrimination by project workers.“Hydro employees might have received, been aware of, or even acted upon an incident or allegation. It is clear that there was no standard operating procedure, instruction, or program related to these incidents. Any records created would have been in transitory and likely destroyed once a project was complete,” according to the FIPPA documents.In addition, record management practices and legal requirements have changed dramatically since the 1980s.Sandra D. Phillips from Manitoba Hydro Legal Services prepared the response.(Manitoba Hydro building in Winnipeg. Photo: Jesse Andrushko/APTN)APTN initially asked for a list of all senior management and board of directors from 1950 to 1980 who may have been involved in any or all complaints to do with any of the allegations.It was told publication of any individuals employed as managers with connection to any historical allegations of abuse could inappropriately and unfairly damage their reputations and expose them to public condemnation, ridicule and harm. It could also threaten or harm their mental health, well-being and physical safety.“Hydro does not have a readily available record identifying all of the individuals employed as department or division managers, or the equivalent predecessor roles or titles [for the time period],” Phillips wrote.Power Failure: The impacts of hydro dams in Northern Manitoba$21,000 retrieval fees for documentsManitoba Hydro also informed APTN it has more than 2,400 boxes of paper records pertaining to the construction of generating stations in northern Manitoba, which are kept in an off-site storage facility. Since none of those documents have any specific reference to complaints of abuse, discrimination, or harassment in their index, a manual search would be required.Phillips estimated the cost of going through those documents would be $21,000, adding conducting such a search would unreasonably interfere with its operations.“It’s sad. Not everyone can come up with $21,000 to pursue that information,” said Settee.“For anyone to access this information, it should be free.”Manitoba Hydro president designated head under FIPPAAPTN filed several FIPPA requests related to this matter. One of them asked who was behind the decision-making process to not fully comply with its request.(Kelvin Shepherd, President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro)In its response, Phillips wrote that under FIPPA, the ”head” of a public body is responsible for the administration of the act, including the processing of requests and decisions to grant or refuse access.In the case of Hydro, its president is the designated head under FIPPA.“Every access decision of Manitoba Hydro is reviewed and approved by the president prior to release,” Phillips wrote.Dean Beeby, a journalist and expert in freedom-of-information laws, is not surprised by the lawyer’s response, given a minister or president may be responsible for the operations of the access to information act.Still, he questions its practicality.“Those decisions are never run by the minister. The minister just turns over the entire file to the authorized delegated person to make those decisions,” said Beeby.“And that’s not how it works in practice. Nobody heading up a major organization would have enough time and concentration to deal with that kind of freedom of information issue.”(Nathan Neckoway says there are many cases of abuse of men and women. Photo courtesy Nathan Neckoway)Nathan Neckoway, a councillor with Tataskweyak First Nation, which is one of the partners with Keeyask Hydropower, said it is not over when it comes to addressing all of these allegations and First Nations members concerns.“There are so many cases that occur, [and] not only with the women but with the guys. This discrimination, harassment and abuse happens at all levels, and to all members,” said Neckoway.“Our voices are finally being heard and we’re in a position of trying to push it even more.” read more

Mr. Ban stressed that governments should build on agreements reached at the United Nations climate change conference in Cancún, Mexico, last year where progress was made on addressing deforestation, climate change adaptation, technology sharing and short- and long-term financing.“Scores of countries are making impressive progress – from preserving forests to bolstering energy efficiency, from improving disaster preparedness to promoting greener urban planning,” Mr. Ban said, addressing the Leaders’ Dialogue on Climate Change on the eve of the High-level Session of the General Assembly.“They do this because it is good for their economies and good for the health and well-being of their people. In every case, the key ingredient for success is not money or technology, though clearly these can help. The crucial ingredient is leadership,” said the Secretary-General.He called for a clear plan on the future of the Kyoto Protocol, an addition to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that contains legally binding measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and whose first commitment period is due to expire next year.Mr. Ban pointed out that the current climate change mitigation pledges represented only 60 per cent of what is needed to have a minimum chance of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.“We must do better – and soon. Governments need to dramatically increase their level of ambition. Developed countries must take the lead in this effort, but all countries must do their part,” he said.He told the leaders that he was counting on their commitment to agreement at the Conference of Parties to UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, later this year, and at the Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil next year.“I appeal to you; help us to achieve success in Durban. Use every ounce of your experience, skills, and influence to advance action on climate change. Help us defend the science that shows we are destabilizing our climate and stretching planetary boundaries to a perilous degree,” said the Secretary-General.“Help us to identify the new alliances – among public officials, business, civil society and faith communities – that will make sustainability the rallying point for action in the 21st century. Together, we can build a low-carbon, more sustainable economy – one that can protect the most vulnerable and result in a cleaner, safer, healthier world for all,” he added. 20 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders to step up the international effort to find solutions to climate change, saying that governments needed to show greater commitment to achieving success at global negotiations on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases and strengthening adaptation measures. read more

“I wish to reiterate the United Nations’ solidarity with the abducted schoolgirls and their families, the people and Government of Nigeria,” declared Said Djinnit, wrapping up his first visit to the country after being tapped by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as his High-Level Representative. In a statement issued from the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Mr. Djinnit said the abduction of the more than 200 girls from their school in Chibok on 14 April has been widely condemned by the UN, including the Secretary-General and the Security Council. “I wish to reiterate the strong condemnation by the United Nations of this unacceptable act of abduction of innocent girls,” he added.Pledging the Organization’s commitment to assist the Nigerian authorities, he announced that the UN has initiated the preparation of an integrated support package that includes immediate support to the affected families, the population and the girls after their release, in particular with psycho-social counselling and helping them reintegrate with their families and communities. “The package will also include response to emergency needs both in food and non-food items, early recovery support by promoting alternative livelihood, and activities geared towards addressing the long-term structural challenges through capacity building,” he added. As for the security situation, Mr. Djinnit expressed deep concern at the lingering insecurity in north-eastern Nigeria and noted the UN’s support to the country’s efforts to restore security in the affected areas, while stressing the importance of due respect for human rights and addressing the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the north-east.During his four-day visit, Mr. Djinnit met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and other senior Government officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Justice. He also met with the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the abducted girls, and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). read more

With 140,000 expected attendees, Fan Expo Canada is the third-largest pop culture event in North America. It’s also a gold mine for Brock University’s recruitment team.For the first time, Brock will have a significant presence at the annual four-day convention Sept. 1-4 in Toronto. Fan Expo Canada is similar to ComicCon shows that appeal to fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming.The vast majority of show-goers are high school or early post-secondary-aged people — exactly the target audience for Brock.“It’s a big prospective student market,” said Joseph Gottli, multimedia web specialist in Recruitment and Liaison Services. “It’s early in the cycle for choosing a university, so it’s a good way for us to get our name out there and to get them thinking about Brock before the application cycle begins.”The show takes place in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, but the massive crowds — many of whom arrive in full costume — take over much of the downtown core. This year’s Fan Expo Canada includes appearances by Margaret Atwood, Mark Hamill, William Shatner, Stan Lee, Gillian Anderson and many other celebrities.Brock has a booth in the MTCC’s south building, where it will be in a high-traffic area close to EB Games and Sony PlayStation. The booth is 20 feet by 20 feet and includes two large video screens.The recruitment team has designed both an eight-page comic book that tells the Brock story, as well as Cube Pals, three-dimensional paper figures of Isaac Brock, Boomer the Badger and the Schmon Tower.“The comic outlines the top reasons why you should choose Brock University, such as the location, exceptional student experience, the programs that would be of most interest to the attendees, and our dedication to co-op and experiential learning,” Gottli said.The focus will be on the programs and departments at Brock that would appeal to typical Fan Expo goers the most, such as the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Communication, Pop Culture and Film, Computer Science and the new programs in Game Design and Game Programming.“There’s a great fit between the Fan Expo Canada target market and the programs we offer at Brock University,” Gottli said.Fan Expo Canada is the first of two major recruiting events in Toronto for the Brock. The Ontario Universities’ Fair will also be held at MTCC Sept. 23-25 and is a hugely important event that draws all 21 Ontario universities.To increase Brock’s presence during and between both events, Marketing and Communications is launching a bold advertising campaign that will see Brock branding dominating the Skywalk between Union Station, the MTCC and Rogers Centre.An artist’s rendering of Brock University’s booth for Fan Expo Canada. read more

first_imgDriver’s attempt to skip traffic jam backfires mortifyingly>The 11 most annoying people in a traffic jam> A STICKY SITUATION occurred when a delivery van containing fruit jam and juices ran into difficulty in Sweden causing it to spill its cargo all over the the road. Source: Sunne Emergency ServicesThe incident happened on the E45 outside Sunne on Tuesday, and caused the road to become unusable and led to traffic problems.The door of the van is said to have opened, spilling a pallet of preserves, jellies and juices onto the road.“There was a lot of jam and juices which went down the drain,” Tommy Lindh, spokesperson for the Värmland police told Source: Sunne Emergency ServicesThe road had to be sealed off in order to flush the entire road of the sticky substances and shattered glass. Emergency services were called in to divert the building traffic to alternative routes.Sunne firefighter Fredrik Persson told The Local, “It’s a mixed compote, common pancake jam. We have a stretch of 70 to 100 metres that is just full of jam.”Nobody was hurt in the incident and traffic reopened shortly after the clean up. Pure jammy.last_img read more

first_img Bring it on! We’ve worked together to repeal the 8th, pass the Public Health Alcohol Bill, help our CF patients access new medicines, introduce the HPV vaccine for boys & develop a cross party 10 year plan to reform our health service. So much more to do! Looking forward to it— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) February 20, 2019 The minister’s tweet attracted harsh criticism from the opposition benches, with Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath calling it “childish” and Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher appealing to the minister to show some “contrition”. While the confidence motion was centred on Harris, much of the focus this evening was between Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin, with constant sniping across the chamber. Mary Lou McDonald called the confidence and supply deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil a “grubby deal” stating that it is utter hypocrisy for Fianna Fáil to abstain from the vote tonight.  49,177 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen said his party would not engage in political “sabotage and treason” in voting against the minister. He said support in the motion would result in a general election in the run up to Brexit. One member of Fianna Fáil, John McGuinness, who has been highly critical of the minister, as well as his own party’s continuous support to Fine Gael, questioned why Fianna Fáil continue to “sit on their hands”. He said had this motion of no confidence been in the government, he could support it. However, he said he did not think Harris is solely to blame in the NCH failings. Labour’s Alan Kelly called tonight’s motion the “most bizarre motion of no confidence” the House has ever seen, stating that the focus is more on Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil than Minister Harris.‘Political arse-covering’He added that he was fed up of ’”political arse covering” in health, which has not served the people well. Kelly also told the minister his tweet today did not serve him well. Independent TD Michael Harty, who is also the chair of the health committee, had previously indicated that he would be supporting the motion. Harty said he gave Harris space to grow into the job, but said he had failed to do so. Over the last year, he said he has witnessed the minister’s complete misunderstanding of the dysfunction in the health service. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney lead the defence of Harris today. Varadkar said being health minister is the most important job, adding that it is also good training for higher office.Listing off Harris’ achievements, like the passing of the abortion referendum, he said  progress is being made on trolley numbers as well as waiting lists.Defending his record, Harris said he wants to make progress on a number of issues this year, including rolling out HPV vaccine for boys, implementing an opt-out organ donation system as well as enacting the human reproduction Bill which will help with IVF for couples. He told the Dáil he wants to “get on with the job”, adding that the government will get to the bottom of what went wrong with the overspend in the NCH.Focus on who knew what when in terms of the hospital overspend remains tonight, as Róisín Shortall said she received two different answers to a parliamentary question. Share172 Tweet Email2 Feb 20th 2019, 6:46 AM Simon Harris can continue in his role as health minister following tonight’s vote. Simon Harris can continue in his role as health minister following tonight’s vote. Image: Screengrab/ 209 Comments center_img Image: Screengrab/ By Christina Finn Short URL Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 7:15 PM Source: Simon Harris TD/Twitter Ministers @SimonHarrisTD and @Paschald have given me contradictory answers to the same Dáil question I raised about the role of the head of the OGP. They can’t both be right! We need clarity on this urgently.— Roisin Shortall (@RoisinShortall) February 20, 2019 Source: Roisin Shortall/Twitter Updated Feb 20th 2019, 7:15 PM THE MOTION OF no confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris has been defeated by votes by 53 to 58, with 37 abstentions.The Sinn Féin motion of no-confidence in the minister was tabled in response to the controversy surrounding the increasing costs of constructing the National Children’s Hospital. The government estimates the new hospital will now cost €1.7 billion, however there is speculation it could rise to above €2 billion.Harris and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have both said the government will not re-tender the National Children’s Hospital project, despite the contractor behind the hospital, BAM, saying it would co-operate with the hospital board if they wanted it to opt out of the contract. Launching the motion today, Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly said her party are not going to stand on the sidelines and let government waste money.AccountabilityHitting out at Fianna Fáil for abstaining from today’s vote, she said the party don’t understand public accountability, adding that they are simply afraid of it.Reading out a long list of health crises the minister has presided over, she asked how anyone can defend such failings, not least the massive overrun of the children’s hospital and withholding information from his own government colleagues Earlier today, the health minister sent a defiant tweet stating “Bring it on ahead of the Dáil motion of no-confidence.Harris’ tweet includes a motivational image stating: “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.” Simon Harris survives motion of no confidence, as Fianna Fáil abstains The Sinn Féin motion was tabled in response to the controversy surrounding the increasing costs of constructing the National Children’s Hospital. last_img read more

first_imgUne start-up teste une nouvelle classe d’anti-douleurs Une start-up française propose une nouvelle classe d’anti-douleurs fonctionnant sur un mécanisme naturel. Présentés hier, les premiers résultats, encourageants, laissent espérer une commercialisation d’ici 2017.La toute nouvelle société Pharmaleads, une start-up française, est en train de valider une  nouvelle molécule (PL37) destinée à traiter les douleurs neuropathiques. Il s’agit de douleurs consécutives à une souffrance des nerfs périphériques, comme l’explique le PDG de la société Thierry Bourbié. Ce type de douleur est déclenché par des maladies métaboliques (comme le diabète, par exemple), virales (le zona), par la compression d’un nerf (par une tumeur ou une lésion) ou encore par un traitement contre le cancer ou le sida. Or, ces douleurs sont mal prises en charge par les médicaments actuels tels que le paracétamol et les anti-inflammatoires. Même les dérivés morphiniques ne les traitent pas suffisamment. Le Dr Michel Wurm, directeur du développement de Pharmaleads explique ainsi que ces douleurs sont aujourd’hui essentiellement “traitée par des anti-dépresseurs et des anti-épileptiques qui n’ont pas été élaborés à l’origine pour cet usage”. Mais ces produits “sont pleins d’effets secondaires et ne sont pas très efficaces, avec 50% des patients non soulagés”, précise-t-il cité par l’AFP. C’est la raison pour laquelle sa société met au point deux autres classes de médicaments, basés sur le même principe. L’objectif est de pouvoir répondre d’ici 2017 à tout l’éventail des douleurs (post-opératoires, cancéreuses, arthrosiques, etc.) sur un “marché global de la douleur” en forte expansion et évalué à 40 milliards de dollars par an. Le principe d’action de la nouvelle molécule PL37 actuellement à l’étude se base sur les enképhalines, des sortes de “morphines internes”. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Naturellement secrétées par le corps, les enképhalines “donnent la même réponse analgésique” que la morphine, mais présentent le désavantage d’avoir “un temps de vie extrêmement court car elles sont dégradées très rapidement par deux enzymes”, comme l’explique à l’AFP le Pr Roques qui travaille dessus depuis 30 ans.”L’avantage de la morphine sans les effets secondaires””L’idée très simple” de la molécule mise au point par Pharmaleads, “c’est d’inhiber complètement ces deux enzymes, ce qui va augmenter la concentration des enképhalines dans le corps avec un effet puissant, un temps de vie très long et une réponse de type morphinique. Soit l’avantage de la morphine sans ses “effets secondaires” : “sédation, constipation, dépression respiratoire en cas de surdosage et problèmes de dépendance”, énumère le Pr Roques.D’après les résultats des deux premières études réalisées sur des sujets volontaires, les enképhalines endogènes n’entrainent pas ce type de réactions. Elles sont, en outre, particulièrement bien tolérées comme l’indique la publication qui paraît dans la revue spécialisée Nature Review Drug Discovery. Un des tests de phase I réalisé “a permis d’obtenir une première preuve d’efficacité du produit”, souligne Pharmaleads. Les essais de phase II débuteront à la mi-2012.Le 8 mars 2012 à 11:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThere are few things more heralded in the Pacific Northwest than bicycles and microbreweries.Perhaps it’s no wonder then that Hopworks Urban Brewery — known as HUB — already seems to be gaining traction at its newest brewpub at 17707 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. Co-founder Christian Ettinger said Tuesday that business has been almost nonstop since its Dec. 30 opening.“I’ve been here open to close,” Ettinger said. “We’ve been so flattered with the response.”The brewpub is the brewery’s first outside of Portland and third overall. Ettinger said they picked east Vancouver for its mix of up-and-coming neighborhoods with relatively slim competition from other gastropubs.“Vancouver and Washington represents a wonderful community, and when we look at new opportunities, we look to strong neighborhoods that don’t have an overabundance of beer,” he said.But its success obviously hinges on people who, as Ettinger puts it, “vote with their dollar.” Customers who were there Tuesday said they’d anticipated HUB’s opening since its announcement in July. Some had enjoyed the beer but never wanted to journey to Portland.“I’ve been here twice since it opened,” said Adam Luedy, a 31-year-old Vancouver resident. “I’d never been to one, but I liked their beers. I always wanted to go, but I just never got over to Portland.”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 17, 2019:Manager at RMA Fitness on Burlington Avenue reported a construction truck was blocking the entrance, not allowing vehicles to enter or exit. Police responded. Police assisted truck in getting out of a lot. (9:21am)A walk-in party reported a male party made inappropriate comments on a third party’s Facebook page. (10:05am)Fire Department responded to fire alarm at Benevento Sand & Stone on Salem Street. Alarm was caused by burnt toast. (10:17am)A caller reported a goose was struck on Salem Street. Animal Control Officer retrieved goose. (2:26pm)Keolis requested an officer meet the incoming train due to a male passenger threatening the customer. Police responded. Passenger got off the train and will wait for next train. Passenger was given name of company to file a report if he wishes. (2:28pm)Police received report of a suspicious man in the Market Basket parking lot attempting to sell gift cards to customers. Police sent man on his way and contacted store management. (4:40pm)A caller reported an erratic operator traveling north on Main Street. Police spoke with operator at his home. Operator claimed he has food poisoning and will be in for the evening. (6:24pm)An intoxicated woman was reported on the train tracks at Middlesex Avenue and Main Street. Fire Department transported woman. (8:26pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 4: Police Help Make Bus Stop Safer; Hit & Run at Cumberland Farms; Garbage Truck Takes Down WiresIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”last_img read more