14 Oct
2019

Manitobas cigarette battle with Dakotas could end with blockades Nelson

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA battle between Manitoba and Dakota communities over cigarette taxes could spread across the province and ignite rail blockades and other actions, says one of the candidates running for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.A Manitoba court on Wednesday handed down a temporary injunction against the Dakota to shut down their smoke shop which has been selling tax-free cigarettes manufactured by Mohawk company Rainbow Tobacco, of Kahnawake Territory in Quebec.The Dakota, however, said they would ignore Manitoba’s injunction and keep the Chundee Smoke Shop open because the Dakota never signed any treaties giving Manitoba jurisdiction over their territory.“There is no turning back,” said Canupawakpa Dakota Chief Frank Brown. “Where is the legal documentation on provincial jurisdiction over the Dakotas?”Brown said he is willing to go to jail if the province and the RCMP attempt to shut down the smoke shop, near Pipestone, Man.“If the province wants to use the RCMP illegally, to illegally arrest us and illegally put us in jail, that is their doing and the world is going to know that,” said Brown. “They are like organized crime.”Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson, who is running for national chief of the AFN, said he is planning on selling Mohawk cigarettes informally throughout Winnipeg in support of the Dakota.“Now we are going to look at the 700,000 people in Winnipeg as our market,” said Nelson.Nelson wouldn’t say how the cigarettes would be sold throughout the city which would go for about $20 a carton.“We are not in it for the money, we are in it for the point,” said Nelson.Nelson said the Ojibway under Treaty 1, which covers Winnipeg, have a right to sell tobacco which he said was stolen from Indigenous people by the “white man.”A carton of cigarettes in Winnipeg goes for about $108 a carton, he said.Nelson also said there will be swift reaction if the RCMP is sent in to enforce the injunction against the Dakotas.“If these guys start using the RCMP and guns to shut them down, there is going to be retaliation and the blocking of railway lines,” said Nelson. “If something happens to them, if someone gets killed, hauled away in handcuffs and dragged or women are getting beaten then the RCMP have a hell of a problem. That is when you will see cars on the railway tracks, because that’s the end of treaty.”Nelson said any bloodshed initiated by authorities would ignite a national backlash.The Chundee Smoke Shop has been raided five times and the province has laid over 60 charges alleging the cigarettes are not licensed for sale in Manitoba. Despite the repeated crackdowns, the Dakota remain defiant.They showed their defiance on Wednesday, as Dakotas on horseback led about 100 protestors to the court house in Winnipeg. Brown and Dakota Wahpeton Plains Chief Orville Smoke refused to participate in the proceedings. The chiefs arrived without lawyers.“The lawyers are in a conflict of interest and the courts are in a conflict of interest, everything is one-sided,” said Brown. “It’s their provincial court, their lawyers and their judges.”Brown said revenue from the smoke shop has allowed them to buy a fire truck and bison meat for their communities, which suffer from 90 per cent unemployment. The money has also been used to pay for post-secondary education for some of the communities’ youth, said Brown.The Dakota have also been seeking international support for their cause.Brown and Smoke both met with officials from the Iranian embassy in Ottawa this past March along with Nelson. They both sent representatives to accompany Nelson when the former Roseau River chief announced his candidacy for AFN national chief at a mosque in April.Brown said the Dakota follow the “law of the land,” and called the provincial government a “corporation” that follows “admiralty law,” in reference to thinking associated with the sovereign citizen movement.“Admiralty law is the law of the sea, it is the people that are on ships and they have a different law on water and the ones on water follow that law. That admiralty was brought into our land and it is being used,” said Brown. “That law belongs to the sea, to the water. The courtroom represents the ship and we are not stepping into that.”The ideas associated with viewing provinces and Canada as corporations that only have authority over individuals who allow themselves to be controlled have gained traction in many First Nations communities over the years, including in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne.The sovereign citizen movement has also flourished in the U.S.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

UN agencies assist thousands affected by Georgian conflict

11 August 2008United Nations agencies have begun providing emergency aid to thousands of people affected by the escalating conflict in Georgia, as a senior UN official told the Security Council today that Russian forces have now entered Georgian areas outside the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The World Food Programme (WFP) said it has begun providing critical humanitarian aid to more than 2,000 people displaced by the violence in South Ossetia, where the fighting first erupted last week. In response to a request from the Georgian Government, WFP distributed a 10-day food ration to more than 1,900 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in shelters in the capital, Tbilisi, with more distributions taking place today. “The number of people in need of our help is rising by the hour,” said WFP Georgia Country Director Lola Castro, adding that so far, 2,750 IDPs had been registered in Tbilisi alone. Many more people were living with relatives or in unofficial shelters. WFP said today’s distributions are mainly targeted at people outside the capital. However, access to them is restricted by continuing Russian air raids, making it extremely dangerous for WFP staff trying to reach them. In addition to food aid, the agency is also offering its logistical support to other humanitarian organisations.Heavy fighting began on Thursday night between Georgian and South Ossetian forces, leading to a large number of casualties and the displacement of thousands. Russian forces have since become involved in that region, and in Abkhazia in the northwest, where a UN observer mission (UNOMIG) monitors a separate 1994 ceasefire accord.The crisis has led to an international outcry from senior UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has voiced grave concern at the mounting humanitarian toll and called for an immediate end to the fighting. Mr. Ban has discussed the issue over the past few days with European Union High Representative Javier Solana, United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The violence has also prompted the Security Council to meet five times since Friday morning. At a closed-door meeting today, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet briefed Council members on the latest developments.Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said Mr. Mulet informed the meeting that Russian troops had entered areas of Georgia outside South Ossetia and Abkhazia.WFP reports that tens of thousands of people have fled South Ossetia over the past four days, most of them to other parts of Georgia. Russia says about 30,000 people have crossed the border into neighbouring North Ossetia, Russia, where the Government says it will take care of the humanitarian needs. A joint assessment carried out on Sunday by WFP and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Gori, which has also been affected by the conflict, found the Georgian town – with a population of about 40,000 – to be almost deserted. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today welcomed reports that two humanitarian corridors out of South Ossetia – one reportedly to North Ossetia and one to the south to Georgia proper – will be established for civilians caught up in the ongoing conflict. Mr. Guterres said humanitarian access and safe passage for uprooted civilians and the aid workers trying to help them was now crucial. “The conflict has caused civilian casualties and more are at risk,” he said. “Many people need help and many are seeking safety elsewhere. It is essential that humanitarian agencies be able to reach the affected and the displaced, and that those trapped in conflict areas be granted passage to safer areas as soon as possible.” The number of IDPs is expected to rise to as many as 20,000, according to UNHCR, while about 5,000 South Ossetians have already fled to the neighbouring North Ossetia-Alania region.UNHCR, which has an office in the North Ossetian city of Vladikavkaz, said it stands ready to provide humanitarian support should Russian authorities request it. The agency has some aid stockpiles in both Georgia and Russia.Some 300 of the most vulnerable new arrivals from South Ossetia, including women and children, were transferred over the weekend from Gori to safer quarters near Tbilisi, where they received immediate assistance from UNHCR, WFP and other humanitarian agencies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is also working closely with UN agencies on the ground, assessing the situation and immediate needs. The agency added its voice to those calling for an immediate end to hostilities and appealed to all parties to ensure the safety and protection of all civilians, particularly women and children. read more

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7 Oct
2019

Howard Staff was a loyal friend to Brock

In March 2009, Howard Staff helped the University launch its Campaign for a Bold New Brock. Many in the Brock community were shocked and saddened to learn of the death on June 27 of Howard Staff, a longtime friend of the University who was well known throughout the Niagara region as a community builder and an iconic figure in Ontario’s grape-growing industry.Staff, who was 71, was the sixth generation to operate the family farm that has been a vineyard since the 19th century, and today encompasses more than 800 acres of grapes along the escarpment bench in the Town of Lincoln.The Staff family has had a close relationship with Brock. In the 1990s, Howard joined other grape and wine industry leaders in forming the founders committee that helped create Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. Since its launch, CCOVI has gone on to become a national centre of research that greatly supports Canada’s grape-growers and wineries.Howard’s wife, Wendy Staff, was a member of Brock’s Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2008, and for several years has been on the organizing committee of the President’s Golf Tournament, which raises thousands of dollars to support student athletes. Their daughter Sue-Ann Staff is one of Canada’s top winemakers, and is a former Winemaker of the Year in Ontario.Brock President Jack Lightstone said the University owes much to the Staff family.“Howard and Wendy’s lives have been intertwined with Brock for years,” he said. “I remember Howard’s stories about going to farm after farm as a young man, helping to raise money for Brock’s founding. He will be sorely missed by the Brock community.”Debbie Inglis, Director of CCOVI and herself a grape grower, praised Howard Staff’s commitment to his friends and to the industry that he worked tirelessly to help shape and lead for half a century.“He was an inspiration to so many, including myself,” said Inglis. “His generosity, sense of values and genuine nature will be sadly missed. I take comfort in knowing the qualities we all so admired in Howard live on through his children and grandchildren.Staff was one of the longest-serving members of the Grape Growers of Ontario, spending 38 years on its growers committee and 10 as a board member. He also sat on the Niagara Escarpment Commission, and was president of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Assn. read more

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3 Oct
2019

Dominion Diamond Corp moving head office from Yellowknife to Calgary

Dominion Diamond Corp. moving head office from Yellowknife to Calgary CALGARY – Dominion Diamond Corp. says it’s moving its head office from Yellowknife to Calgary as part of broader cost-cutting efforts.The company, part owner of the Ekati and Diavik diamond mines in the Northwest Territories, said Monday the move would save an estimated $19 million a year.Dominion (TSX:DDC) said about 100 employees in the Northwest Territories would be impacted by the move, but did not clarify if it would result in job losses.De Beers Canada made a similar move earlier this year, opening its new head office in Calgary in July after a move from Toronto.The diamond industry as a whole has been looking to cut costs after diamond prices dropped significantly last year and the market continues to show softness.Dominion said it remains committed to Northern communities and to the US$647 million Jay expansion project at its Ekati mine that it approved in July. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2016 1:55 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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28 Sep
2019

Commentary Cincinnati Bengals must look to younger players after loss to Dolphins

Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for a game-winning safety in overtime at Sun Life Stadium Oct. 31. The Dolphins won, 22-20. Credit: Courtesy of MCTAfter four straight wins the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) fell to the Miami Dolphins (4-4)  in overtime, 22-20, which also ended Miami’s four-game losing streak.Quarterback Andy Dalton was hot coming into the game, having thrown 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions in his previous three games. But against Miami, he turned the ball over four times, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble.The Dolphins raced to an early 17-3 lead behind a strong ground game, gaining 142 rushing yards in the first half. To make matters worse, in the second quarter, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins went down with an injury to his right ACL. This came less than two weeks after Cincinnati lost its top cornerback, Leon Hall, to an Achilles tear.Cincinnati rookie running back Giovani Bernard (nine carries, 79 yards) stepped up and scored twice for the Bengals on the ground. The second one was an electrifying 35-yard run early in the fourth quarter in which he was nearly tackled for a significant loss before shedding tacklers, turning outside to the left and then finally cutting back to the right to tie the game. But soon after, Bernard would also leave the game with a rib injury.Cincinnati and Miami exchanged field goals in the last two minutes, sending the game to overtime. After the Dolphins failed to score, the Bengals moved the ball to Miami’s 39-yard line. But instead of attempting a 56-yard field goal, Cincinnati opted to punt.It was a questionable move as kicker Mike Nugent had already nailed a 54-yard field goal with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter. Also, two games earlier, he hit a game winning 54-yard against the Detroit Lions as time expired.After the Dolphins failed to score again, the Bengals received the ball again at their own eight-yard line. On third and 10, Dalton went back to pass but was quickly sacked for the fifth time in the game, this one in the end zone to end the game on a safety. Wake (three sacks) shot up the middle almost untouched for the game winner.With Dalton and the offense once again struggling and the defense limping, Cincinnati can only hope young players like Bernard step up to change the dynamic of the team. read more

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25 Sep
2019

Swinging sixtysomethings see swell in sexually transmitted diseases

first_imgThe new report suggests messages about sexually transmitted infections are not aimed at older people  Sexually transmitted infections are soaring among baby boomers, the country’s most senior doctor has warned, with rising divorce rates and unsafe sex fuelling the surge.Prof Dame Sally Davies said older women without fear of pregnancy and men who had undergone vasectomies were increasingly putting themselves at risk of infections.Official figures show a 38 per cent rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in just four years among those aged 50 to 70. Phil Collins and his tour: Not Dead Yet beatles  The vast majority of older men and women have dangerously large waistlines, the report suggests  Rising divorce rates among the over-40s mean that more older people may find themselves re-partnering and potentially having sex with new partners,” it says. Singing and dancing should not be left to the young, health watchdogs suggest beer gut The advice also says older people should consider working until their 70s for the good of their health.Prof Dame Sally Davies  said those aged 50 to 70 that they are better off staying in work, or else taking up new hobbies to keep physically and mentally active in retirement. Ed Balls  But Collins, who has previously spoken about his battle with the bottle following a divorce fight with his third wife – with whom he later got back together – told a press conference that retirement was “a funny word”.He said: “I stopped work because I wanted to be a dad at home. As bad luck would have it, as soon as I retired, my family split up.”I didn’t have anyone to go home to. That’s why I started drinking.”But the drummer and singer said of his retirement: “I’ve changed my mind.”I’m living with my young kids. They want me to go out on the road and do my thing, and why not?” Divorce was the key reason that men were left living alone, the report says.“From a policy perspective, the rise in living alone in their 50s and 60s is of concern since those who are living alone in later life are less likely to receive support from informal sources, having no co-residential partner, and display a higher use of formal services than those who are not living alone. Moreover, living alone is itself related to poor physical health,” the report warns. “Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer. The health benefits of this should not be underestimated.”By 2020, a third of British workers will be aged over 50, estimates show.More than three quarters of people aged between 50 and pension age are still in active employment, along with 12 per cent of those over pension age, which is 62 for women and 65 for men.Not the retiring typeThe report will say that while many pensioners enjoy the benefits of retirement, in many it brings feelings of social isolation.Dame Sally has previously caused controversy with strict advice, counselling drinkers to “do as I do” and think about the risks of cancer before having a glass of wine.Last month she urged parents to stop children from helping themselves to snacks from the fridge, in a bid to tackle the obesity crisis. On Monday health watchdogs published advice, saying GPs should encourage widows and divorcees to take up singing and dancing to stave off dementia and stay physically healthy.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said more should be done to prevent loneliness in retirement. “It is possible that women, particularly post-menopause, do not use condoms because they equate condom use with preventing unwanted pregnancy rather than prevention of STIs.“Similarly, men over 50 who may have had a vasectomy in their 30s or 40s may not consider using condoms with a new sexual partner,” Dame Sally says.Diabetes riskThe report also warns that the figures may be an underestimate as older people may be unwilling to seek treatment or seek help outside the NHS to avoid the stigma of attending Genitourinary Medicine clinics.The report also warns that a “startling” eight in 10 older women are so fat they are at risk of diabetes.Figures show 80 per cent of female baby boomers and 75 per cent of men of this age have waistlines so large they put them at risk of the condition.A waist larger than 35 inches for women or 40 inches for men is considered a risk factor for diabetes.The figures show that morbidity from diabetes has risen by 97 per cent among men and 57 per cent among women aged 50 to 69 between 1990 and 2013.Risks linked to lifestyle factors such as obesity, diet and low physical activity rose by 70 per cent over the period, with 45 per cent of all cases linked to “modifiable” factors.center_img “These statistics are staggering,” Dame Sally said. “If these adults are to reduce their current risk and maintain their health through older age, it is critical that this is addressed.”She also expressed concern that drinking among women in their 50s and 60s has risen substantially, although it has fallen among men of the same age.Social isolationAnd the report highlights concerns about social isolation, with increasing numbers of baby boomers living alone, with no one to rely on for help.“Solo living in one’s 50s and 60s, especially among men, has become more common among successive cohorts,” the report states. “in 1985, 9.6 per cent of men aged 60–64 were living alone; by 2009, this had risen to 21.8 per cent within the same age group.” sex ad The annual report from the chief medical officer says two thirds of those in the age group are sexually active, with increasing numbers contracting STIs after unsafe sex.The figures show 15,726 new diagnoses among 50 to 70 year olds in 2014 compared with 11,366 cases in 2010.The report states: “Among those aged 50 to 70 years, over two-thirds report at least one sexual partner in the past year. However, society’s prevailing view still considers that older people are not particularly sexually active or interested in intimate sexual relationships.”“Changing social and behavioural patterns” of those who grew up in the post-war era and swinging sixties may be fuelling the rise in STIs, the report suggests. Society’s prevailing view still considers that older people are not particularly sexually active or interested in intimate sexual relationships The chief medical officer, who is 67, said she had no plans to retire, as she urged others to follow suit.Her annual report on the state of the public’s health will urge people not to slow down the pace of life as they hit their 60s.The report is expected to suggest that people who remain in paid employment past retirement age or involved in community and voluntary work improve their chances of staying healthier for longer.Dame Sally will say: “People are living longer than ever and so retirement presents a real opportunity for baby boomers to be more active than ever before. For many people it is a chance to take on new challenges, it is certainly not the start of a slower pace of life it once was.” The guidance from Nice says family doctors should be told to offer “tailored community-based physical activity programmes” to older people most “at risk of a decline in their independence and well being”.Research suggests that social isolation increases the risk of dementia, while more active lifestyles have been shown to protect against a host of diseases and the advance of frailty.The new quality standard from Nice urges doctors to identify those – such as the recently bereaved, divorced or retired – who might lose opportunities to socialise.It also says GPs should target those who have recently had to give up driving, and those who are caring for others as those who might not be getting the chance to take part in social activities. Those who grew up in the swinging sixties expect to stay sexually active Credit:Getty  Phil Collins and his tour: Not Dead YetCredit:PA Doctors should offer such patients a range of activities, the guidance suggests.Dancing and swimming clubs, singing programmes run by choirs, volunteering and helping children with reading in schools are all singled out as hobbies which could prevent isolation.In October the pop star Phil Collins announced plans to come out of retirement.The 65-year-old former Genesis frontman will play five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall next summer as well as dates in Cologne and Paris.The former Genesis drummer officially retired in 2002. She said staying in work was one way to boost health – but that taking up new activities on retirement was another way to boost the health. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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22 Sep
2019

Draw for Mens EHF EURO 2020 qual in Trondheim

← Previous Story AIR FRANCE goes to legend: Daniel Narcisse to finish career! Next Story → Groups decided on the road to EHF EURO 2020 Draw for the Men’s EHF EURO 2020 qualifications will be held in Trondheim at 19.00 hrs.For the first time in history of handball, European championship will be held in three countries – Norway, Austria and Sweden.Here are the pots.Pot 1: France, Croatia, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Belarus, Hungary, FYR MacedoniaPot 2: Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Iceland, Serbia, MontenegroPot 3: Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Israel, TurkeyPot 2 or 3: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Netherlands, Portugal (Ranked equally according to national team rankingPot 4: Finland, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Romania, Italy, Kos, Faroe Islands

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22 Sep
2019

Nobel Prize season kicks off with medicine award

first_imgSOME OF THE world’s top scholars will be thrust into the global spotlight this week as award committees in Stockholm and Oslo announce the 2012 Nobel Prizes, starting with the medicine award Monday.The prestigious prizes, created by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, were first awarded in 1901 to honour ground-breaking achievements in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace work.The economics prize was not among the original awards, but was established by the Swedish central bank in 1968.The Nobel Foundation this year lowered the prize money 20 per cent to 8 million Swedish kronor, citing turmoil on financial markets. All prizes will be handed out 10 December, the anniversary of Nobel’s death in 1896.Read: Nobel Prize winning writer to speak at free event in Dublin>last_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

The Taoiseach and his partner have welcomed Mike Pence to Farmleigh ahead

first_imgThe Vice President, a former governor of Indiana, has long been criticised for his views on LGBT rights and abortion. The demonstration was organised by Amnesty Ireland. – With reporting by Andrew Roberts  The Taoiseach and his partner have welcomed Mike Pence to Farmleigh ahead of a family lunch The US Vice President stopped by the Áras earlier this morning. Source: Leo Varadkar/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/4793407 @AmnestyIreland are holding a ‘disco’ protest outside the Daìl at US VP Mike Pence’s visit. pic.twitter.com/WtYEDlHuwq— Andrew Roberts (@AndrewNRoberts) September 3, 2019 Sep 3rd 2019, 11:19 AM 37,477 Views Source: Andrew Roberts/Twitter Short URL The Taoiseach’s parents are joining them for a family lunch at the Phoenix Park mansion, which serves as the state’s official guest house.After their arrival at Farmleigh, the Vice President and his mother were also shown the military service record of his grandfather. The Taoiseach tweeted that Cawley “served with distinction” during the Civil War. The two leaders are due to make statements to the press later this afternoon.About 50 protesters, carrying rainbow flags and playing music, held a ‘Disco at the Dáil’ on Kildare Street this afternoon to mark Pence’s presence in the country.  There he is now. pic.twitter.com/GsjwF3HUWy— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) September 3, 2019 Source: Daragh Brophy/Twitter The president’s spokesman said afterwards that Higgins “acknowledged long-standing US support for the peace process in Northern Ireland” in his talks with Pence, and “highlighted the importance of human rights and equality legislation in resolving the conflict and promoting social change on the island of Ireland”.The spokesperson’s statement added:“The President spoke of the two nations’ shared concerns about the challenges posed by Brexit and stressed the important role of multilateral cooperation in addressing complex global issues such as conflict, poverty, food insecurity and climate change.”Brexit will also be top of the agenda for talks between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Pence.The Vice President said yesterday at Shannon that the US wanted to support a Brexit plan that encourages stability and keeps the “strong foundation forged by the Good Friday Agreement”.The Taoiseach has said he will use today’s meeting to further outline and explain Ireland’s position on Brexit.Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett welcomed Pence and his family to Farmleigh shortly before noon. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It’s a pleasure to welcome Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen to Ireland. pic.twitter.com/RZJHPujnfA— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) September 3, 2019 Source: Jacob KingThe couple are being accompanied on the trip by Pence’s mother Nancy Pence-Fritsch and his sister Ann Poynter. Retired lieutenant general Keith Kellogg, Pence’s top national security aide, is also joining the Vice President on his Irish visit.He began his engagements this morning with a courtesy call to President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Áras an Uachtaráin.The visiting delegation were greeted outside the Áras by the President’s Secretary General Art O’Leary and escorted to the State Drawing Room where the Vice President and Second Lady signed the Visitors’ Book.In his message, Pence wrote that he was signing the book in honour of “a great Irishman Richard Michael Cawley” – his maternal grandfather, who moved to the US in 1923 after serving with the Free State Army. US VICE PRESIDENT Mike Pence and his wife Karen have arrived in Dublin, after being welcomed into Shannon by Tánaiste Simon Coveney yesterday afternoon. Share15 Tweet Email Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 12:30 PM By Daragh Brophy 65 Comments last_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

Senator Xenophon paves way for genocide recognition

first_imgIndependent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon spoke in parliament last week to raise awareness of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian genocides, challenging the Senate to avoid shying away from the issue for fear of straining diplomatic ties with Turkey. The Senator spoke of the crimes against humanity, which took place from 1915 to 1923, during which an estimated 3.5 million people died, “as a result of deliberate, systematic actions by the Ottoman Empire.” It is understood that Australia has not formally acknowledged the genocide due to the nation’s diplomatic bonds with Turkey. But Mr Xenophon has chosen to approach the issue with a ‘now or never attitude’, calling for Australia to choose a clear moral position on the matter. During his Senate address last week, Mr Xenophon thanked the Armenian National Committee and the Australian Hellenic Council for bringing the genocides to the forefront. He added that he will be working with both organisations to formulate a motion to the Senate in the coming months. The Australian Hellenic Council Coordinator for New South Wales, George Vellis, welcomed Mr Xenophon’s parliamentary address on the issue. “More and more of our elected representatives are pressing the Australian government to adopt a position on this issue which is reflective of Australia’s moral integrity,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2019

Lexcès de CO2 dans latmosphère fertilise les déserts

first_imgL’excès de CO2 dans l’atmosphère fertilise les désertsPubliée dans la revue Geophysical Research Letters, une étude australienne a mis en corrélation, grâce à des données satellitaires, une augmentation du couvert végétal des zones arides de la planète avec le surcroit de CO2 observé dans l’air ces 30 dernières années.Selon une étude menée par la Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) et l’Université nationale australienne (ANU), l’augmentation du taux de dioxyde de carbone dans l’atmosphère enregistré ces 30 dernières années n’aurait pas que des effets négatifs. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si l’on en croit les observations réalisées par satellite et analysées durant ces travaux, cette hausse aurait entrainé une ‘fertilisation au CO2’ des déserts. Un phénomène qui aurait lui même entrainé une augmentation de 11% de la couverture végétale de certaines zones arides d’Australie, d’Amérique du Nord, du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique entre 1982 et 2010. “Bien que l’effet du CO2 sur le développement du feuillage ait longtemps été supposé, jusqu’à présent, il a été difficile à démontrer”, relève le Dr Randall Donohue, du CSIRO. Mais “notre travail a pu montrer l’effet fertilisant du CO2 en utilisant la modélisation mathématique et les données satellitaires, ajustées pour écarter les effets observés d’autres influences telles que les précipitations, la température de l’air, la quantité de lumière et les changements d’utilisation des terres”.Une bonne nouvelle… avec des effets secondairesLe surcroît de CO2 booste le rendement de la photosynthèse, dont il est l’un des ‘carburants’, permettant à la plante, via le complexe métabolisme de celle-ci, de réduire la consommation d’eau de chacune de ses feuilles et donc, en milieu aride, d’en faire pousser davantage. “Bonne nouvelle”, souligne le Dr Donohue. “Mais il y aura des effets secondaires qui sont susceptibles d’influer sur la disponibilité en eau, le cycle du carbone, les régimes des incendies et la biodiversité”, avertit-il cependant.Le 13 juillet 2013 à 14:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2019

Grossesse lhygiène de vie du père influerait aussi sur le développement du

first_imgGrossesse : l’hygiène de vie du père influerait aussi sur le développement du fœtus Publiée dans Nature Communications, une étude expérimentale canadienne menée sur des souris suggère que le mode de vie et d’alimentation du père avant la conception peut affecter la santé de l’enfant à naître. En cause : la qualité de l’épigénome du spermatozoïde.  Quelle que soit l’espèce, il est aujourd’hui évident que l’hygiène de vie et l’alimentation de la mère ont une forte influence sur le développement de l’embryon et la santé du futur bébé. Mais qu’en est-il du père ? Contrairement à une idée bien établie, il se pourrait bien que le père, de son côté, ne soit pas affranchi de toute obligation en ce domaine s’il veut mettre toutes les chances de son côté d’avoir une progéniture saine. Une équipe de l’Université McGill dirigée par Sarah Kimmins vient en effet de mettre en évidence, dans le spermatozoïde du géniteur, le rôle de l’épigénétique. Ce système moléculaire gère la ‘marche/arrêt’ des gènes et est situé en-dehors de ceux-ci. Or, contrairement aux gènes, ce système est influencé par l’environnement et le mode de vie. Afin d’évaluer l’impact de l’alimentation du père sur sa descendance, les chercheurs ont utilisé 2 lots de souris mâles. L’un bénéficiait d’une nourriture contenant un apport satisfaisant en vitamine B9 (également appelée acide folique ou folate), présente dans les fruits et légumes et recommandée aux futures mères pour éviter fausses couches et malformations. L’autre groupe de mâles était privé de cette vitamine. Les résultats ont alors révélé des différences nettes.Des malformations détectées “Nous avons été très surpris de voir qu’il y avait près de 30 % d’augmentation des malformations congénitales dans les portées engendrées par les pères dont les niveaux de folates étaient insuffisants. Nous avons vu des anomalies squelettiques assez graves qui comprenaient à la fois des malformations crânio-faciales et des malformations de la colonne vertébrale”, dit le Dr Romain Lambrot, du Département des sciences animales de l’Université McGill.Des données que Sarah Kimmins extrapole pour parler de l’être humain : “Les pères qui mangent des choses riches en matières grasses, [des produits] de la restauration rapide ou qui sont obèses peuvent ne pas être en mesure […] de métaboliser l’acide folique de la même manière que ceux ayant des niveaux adéquats de la vitamine. Les gens qui vivent dans le Nord canadien ou dans d’autres parties du monde où il y a de l’insécurité alimentaire peuvent être particulièrement [exposés] au risque de déficience concernant les folates”.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Avec cette nouvelle recherche, “nous savons maintenant que cette information sera transmise par le père à l’embryon, avec des conséquences qui peuvent être très graves”, explique-t-elle. “Notre recherche suggère que les pères doivent réfléchir à ce qu’ils mangent, à ce qu’ils fument et à ce qu’ils boivent et se rappeler qu’ils sont les gardiens des générations à venir”, souligne encore la chercheuse.D’autres études à venirNéanmoins, elle relève que d’autres études devront être réalisées sur l’être humain pour confirmer l’impact de ces facteurs sur la santé du futur enfant. “Si tout se passe comme nous l’espérons, notre prochaine étape sera de travailler, avec des collaborateurs, dans une clinique de la fertilité, de sorte que nous puissions commencer à évaluer, chez les hommes, les liens entre l’alimentation, l’excès de poids et la façon dont cette information concerne la santé de leurs enfants”, détaille t-elle.De précédentes études avaient déjà établi l’importance du mode de vie et de l’alimentation du père mais cela concernait alors surtout l’étape de la conception. En effet, certains facteurs comme le surpoids, peuvent affecter la qualité et la quantité des spermatozoïdes. Le 11 décembre 2013 à 19:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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16 Sep
2019

Cain says he was falsely accused of harassment

first_imgWASHINGTON — Denying he ever sexually harassed anyone, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain declared Monday he was falsely accused in the 1990s while he was head of the National Restaurant Association and the allegations are surfacing now as part of a “witch hunt.”The former pizza company executive was responding to a Politico report that said the trade group gave financial settlements to at least two female employees who had accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior. But throughout the day, Cain offered conflicting responses as to whether he remembered the specifics of the allegations or the existence of settlements with the women. That raised new questions about the candidate who now is at or near the top in many polls on the GOP race.At an appearance at the National Press Club Monday afternoon, Cain said he did not know if the trade association provided any settlements, and he declined to address specifics of the accusations or any resolution. “I am unaware of any sort of settlement. I hope it wasn’t for much, because I didn’t do anything,” he said.But in an interview later with Fox News, Cain said he did know about it. “Yes, there was some sort of settlement or termination,” he said.last_img read more

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6 Sep
2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Saudi rulers on Iran

first_imgJEDDAH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Monday with Saudi Arabia’s rulers as he sought to coordinate with allies over soaring tensions with Iran. On a day trip scheduled after Iran shot down a US drone, Pompeo flew into the Red Sea city of Jeddah and met with King Salman at his palace. “You are a dear friend,” the king told Pompeo as he shook hands with the top US diplomat and his aides. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us Pompeo later opened talks with the powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The top US diplomat was due to fly later Monday to the United Arab Emirates. Both Saudi and Emirati leaders advocate a tough US approach against regional rival Iran, whose downing of the unmanned drone prompted President Donald Trump to order a military strike before changing his mind. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Pompeo, speaking to reporters as he left Washington, called Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates “two great allies in the challenge that Iran presents”. “We’ll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned and how we can build out a global coalition,” Pompeo said. He said the United States sought a coalition “not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe that understands this challenge and that is prepared to push back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror”. Advertise With Us But the hawkish US stance has drawn limited support among its allies in Europe, which still support a denuclearisation deal negotiated under former president Barack Obama from which Trump pulled out last year, triggering tensions. Iran says that the US drone encroached its airspace — a charge that Washington denies — and accuses Washington of waging economic warfare by unilaterally imposing sanctions, including trying to stop all its oil exports. The US pointman on Iran, Brian Hook, on Monday held his own talks in Oman, which has often served as a go-between for Washington and Tehran. Pompeo’s trip comes despite growing controversy inside the United States over the Trump administration’s cosy relationship with Mohammed bin Salman after US-based dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. Pompeo used rare emergency powers, citing Iran as a threat, to authorise $8.1 billion in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, despite concerns in the US Congress that the arms will go to kill civilians in the devastating war in Yemen. Pompeo added the Middle East stops on his way to a previously scheduled visit to India.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Shoe hurled at Kamal Haasan during rally in Tamil Nadus Madurai

first_imgThe chappal attack came three days after Kamal Haasan kicked up a controversy.Slippers were hurled at actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan when he was campaigning in Tirupparankundram assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai on Wednesday (May 15) evening. The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief was campaigning for his party candidate P Sakthivel.Around 11 people, including BJP workers and members of another outfit, Hanuman Sena, have been named in the police complaint. Luckily, none of the slippers hit Haasan and fell on the crowd gathered at the gathering.According to a police officer, one person related to the incident has been detained.The chappal attack came three days after Haasan kicked up a controversy, saying that “independent India’s first extremist was a Hindu”, referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.O May 19, bypolls will be held in Aravakurichi, Ottapidaram, Sulur and Tirupparankundram Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam have fielded candidates from these seats.The Bharatiya Janata Party was quick enough to slam the MNM chief. “We strongly condemn Kamal Haasan for talking about Hindu extremism in his poll campaign. He is triggering communal violence in a place where there are a lot of minorities. The Election Commission must take stringent action against Kamal Haasan for this speech,” Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan tweeted in Tamil soon after Haasan’s speech.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

HC orders to destroy expired medicines in 30 days

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to remove expired medicines from pharmacy shelves across the country and destroy those within 30 days.The HC bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a writ petition, reports UNB.The court also asked the relevant authorities to take action against those involved in preserving and selling expired medicines and submit a progress report in this regard.On 10 June, Manjur Mohammad Shahrier, director general of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection’s (DNCRP), said 93 per cent pharmacies in the capital kept date-expired drugs. The report was published in different newspapers the following day.Supreme Court lawyer Mahfuzur Rahman Milon, on behalf of Justice Watch Foundation, filed a writ petition with the High Court after attaching the reports published in national dailies on 17 June.Lawyer ABM Altaf Hossain stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the ineffectiveness of the defendant should not be declared illegal.Secretaries to the home ministry, health and family welfare ministry, law ministry, commerce ministry, industries ministry, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), director general of Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) and director general of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection’s (DNCRP), its deputy director, IGP, president of Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) and its general secretary have been made respondents to the rule.Milon, the SC lawyer, said the HC also asked the health secretary, Director General of DGHS, director general of DGDA, director general of DNCRP, to form separate probe bodies for identifying those involved in selling, preserving and supplying expired medicines and submit a progressive report to the court.Besides, the court asked the DNCRP director general and its deputy general to submit a report about the comment of its deputy director Manjur Mohammad Shahrier, said Milon.According to the report published in daily newspapers on 10 June, Manjur Mohammad Shahrier, director general of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection’s (DNCRP), said 93 per cent pharmacies in Dhaka keep date-expired medicines.He made the remarks while speaking at a programme at Khamarbari arranged by Bangladesh Supermarket Owners Association marking ‘World Food Safety Day’.last_img read more

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18 Aug
2019

Berlin show to mark centenary of Nefertiti find

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The show will include some 600 objects, many of which have been held in the Berlin museum’s stores and which organizers hope will illustrate everyday life in ancient Egypt. They include some 200 being restored in time for the exhibition.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img BERLIN (AP) – Berlin is to honor the centenary of the discovery of a famed bust of Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti _ one of the city’s top tourist attractions _ with an exhibition of works from the Amarna site where she was found, many of them freshly restored.The Egyptian Museum said Monday that the show, “In the Light of Amarna,” will open Dec. 6 _ the 100th anniversary of the day when a German excavator unearthed the 3,300-year old limestone bust of Nefertiti, wife of Pharaoh Akhenaton, at Amarna in southern Egypt. Check your body, save your life Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more

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16 Aug
2019

Tourism Minister inaugurates Bharat Parv to mark Republic Day celebrations

first_imgBharat Parv, a national festival showcasing the country’s diverse culture, cuisines, handicrafts and catch glimpses of a progressive India was inaugurated by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism and Culture at Red Fort, Delhi.Bharat Parv event was organised by the Government of India at the Red Fort, Delhi from January 26-31, 2017, as part of the Republic Day 2017 celebrations. The primary reason behind organising the event is to generate patriotism, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country, to ensure wider participation of the general public and to popularise the idea of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.The Ministry of Tourism had been designated as the nodal Ministry for the event, the highlights of which included display of the Republic Day Parade Tableaux, Performances by the Armed Forces Bands (static and moving), a Multi-Cuisine Food Court, Crafts Mela, Cultural Performances from different regions of the country and a Photo Exhibition on the theme ‘Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai, Aage Badh Raha Hai’ by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.The participating States and Union Territories in the event were Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Dadra– Nagar Haveli, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more

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12 Aug
2019

adventure travelAgent GuideG AdventuresG Adventure

first_imgadventure travelAgent GuideG AdventuresG Adventures tour companyResponsible tourismTravel agents Pictured: John Digiorgio, Global Purpose Specialist and Ingrid Kocijan, Director of Sales for G Adventures Australia and New Zealand. The world’s largest, independently-owned small group adventure travel company G Adventures has launched a new Agent Guide into the Australian and New Zealand market.Travel Monitor attended the Sydney launch last night where about 60 agents gathered to hear about the new guide.The Agent Guide was designed to help agents learn more about G Adventures and make it easier for agents to help change lives through the power of travel.Ingrid Kocijan, Director of Sales for G Adventures Australia and New Zealand presented at the Sydney event.In a media pre-briefing, Kocijan explained that G Adventures felt there was a gap in the market to help agents understand adventure travel.“When we say adventure we don’t mean active adventure, we mean culturally immersive experiences,” said Kocijan.The guide starts at the beginning, with the story of the company’s founder Bruce Poon Tip maxing out two credit cards to fund his start up.Today G Adventures operate more than 700 tours in more than 100 countries. The company has 28 offices worldwide with 2,200 employees.With a desire to change the world through travel, G Adventures has integrated self-sustaining G Adventures for Good initiatives into more than 180 of their itineraries. The G Adventures for Good projects are implemented by their non-profit partner, the Planeterra Foundation. The company also offers an exclusive selection of 20 wildlife-focussed tours endorsed by highly-regarded primatologist Dr Jane Goodall.“This is a big thing for G Adventures. It’s not just about us, we want to educate and empower the entire industry. We love changing people’s lives through travel,” said Kocijan.The Guide took about one year to pull together and drew on feedback from all departments across the organisation to be as useful to agents as possible. It includes interesting facts and demographics about their travellers and their top five destinations which are Peru, Costa Rica, India, Ecuador and New Zealand.Their top five fastest growing destinations are Morocco, Iceland, Japan, Sri Lanka and South Africa.It outlines the different styles of travel available with G Adventures which includes Classic, National Geographic journeys, Rail, Marine and Family.The launch events will be running in capital cities throughout Australia and are open to all agents. The events include a short presentation by G Adventures, as well as an opportunity for any agent to win a free spot on one of G Adventures’ 2019 international famils.Agents wishing to attend the remaining events can register at the following links:Melbourne on 28 AugustAuckland on 28 AugustBrisbane on 29 August.The company’s Global Purpose Specialists will be distributing guides to travel professionals. A digital version will also be available on the G Adventures website.last_img read more

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11 Aug
2019

LISTEN Steve Keim AZ Cardinals GM

first_imgLISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals GM Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Last season, the Arizona Cardinals addressed a need at the right tackle position very late in the game.The day before training camp opened in July, general manager Steve Keim signed veteran Eric Winston to a one-year deal to man the spot. Winston was adequate — he started all 16 games and helped the Cardinals to a 10-6 record, tying the best mark since the team moved to the Valley in 1988.But Winston wasn’t re-signed in the offseason, leaving a bit of a question mark at right tackle, especially since Arizona didn’t select any offensive lineman in the draft for the first time since 2011. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories center_img Despite the questions, Keim feels confident about the personnel currently on the roster, but didn’t rule out bringing in additional help as the season approaches.“It’s been a good battle so far with Bradley Sowell and Bobby Massie,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Tuesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Those guys have done a nice job and we will continue to comb the free agents that are out on the market and any time that there are potentially June 1st cuts, we’ll look at those guys just like we did last year.”Sowell played 14 games on the Cardinals’ offensive line a year ago, primarily at left tackle after the team traded veteran Levi Brown to Pittsburgh early in the season. Sowell struggled at times and was actually ProFootballFocus.com’s lowest-rated tackle of the 76 they reviewed in 2013. Massie, a fourth-round pick in 2012, started all 16 games at right tackle as a rookie but played sparingly in 2013.Of course Winston is still available too, and Keim and his staff are aware of his presence on the market.“We’ve talked about Eric, but at this time right now, we want to see what Bradley and Bobby have to offer,” he said. “Both of those guys have a lot of upside and potential, and more than anything, they need reps. This is the time of year where we can get a good look at both of those players and see where they are in terms of their development progress.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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