Prudence recommandée pendant le nettoyage

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial demande aux résidents de faire de la sécurité une priorité alors que les eaux se retirent, que les routes sont réparées, que les ponts sont inspectés et que les efforts de nettoyage se poursuivent aujourd’hui 11 septembre dans le comté de Colchester. « Lundi a été une journée difficile pour les résidents de Truro. Je l’ai vu de première main, a dit Ross Landry, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Comme l’a dit le premier ministre ce matin, le gouvernement provincial rencontrera bientôt les représentants municipaux et les experts afin d’élaborer un plan d’action qui aborde le problème croissant des inondations dans la région centrale de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Aucune nouvelle inondation n’a été signalée dans la région de Truro aujourd’hui, et de nombreuses routes sont maintenant ouvertes. On demande aux résidents de vérifier les conditions routières avant de se déplacer. « Soyez prudent aujourd’hui et continuez à vous aider les uns les autres alors que tout le monde s’efforce de nettoyer les propriétés et les communautés », a dit M. Landry. Les plages provinciales, les parcs d’utilisation diurne et les parcs de camping seront ouverts à compter de 8 h le mercredi 12 septembre, sauf dans deux cas. Le parc faunique Shubenacadie sera ouvert à l’heure habituelle de 9 h, et le parc provincial de l’île McNabs doit faire l’objet d’une inspection par le personnel du ministère des Ressources naturelles. Des mises à jour seront publiées au www.novascotiaparks.ca. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences rappelle les conseils suivants aux propriétaires de maison et aux résidents : Une fois les eaux retirées, on encourage les propriétaires à vérifier leur système septique et à communiquer avec le bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de la région si le système ne fonctionne pas. Il faut également s’assurer que les réservoirs à mazout sont bien solides. Toute personne qui a besoin d’aide financière pour répondre à ses besoins essentiels peut présenter une demande d’aide au revenu en communiquant avec le bureau du ministère des Services communautaires de leur région. Les demandes sont évaluées de façon individuelle afin de déterminer le besoin. Si le demandeur n’est pas admissible, le personnel peut le diriger vers d’autres soutiens communautaires qui pourraient lui offrir de l’aide. M. Landry a applaudi les efforts des intervenants locaux. « Je félicite tous les membres du personnel de soutien municipal et provincial ainsi que les premiers intervenants des services d’urgence, qui ont réagi à cet événement avec professionnalisme et compassion. Ils ont bien planifié et ils étaient prêts », dit-il. Au cours des prochains jours, des renseignements sur l’ampleur des dommages causés par la tempête seront recueillis. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le nettoyage et la sécurité en cas d’inondation, consultez le http://emo.gov.ns.ca (en anglais seulement). Communiquez avec votre compagnie d’assurance dès que possible si vous avez subi des dommages. Faites une liste et incluez des photos ou des vidéos des dommages et des articles qui doivent être jetés. Conservez un dossier des activités liées à l’inondation, par exemple le temps passé à nettoyer, et conservez des copies des factures et des reçus. N’utilisez pas les appareils ménagers, les prises de courant, les boîtes d’interrupteurs, les boîtes à fusibles ou les panneaux de distribution avant de les faire vérifier par une personne qualifiée du service public. Faites appel à des professionnels qualifiés pour rebrancher l’alimentation en gaz ou en électricité. Si vous sentez une odeur de gaz, quittez la maison et communiquez immédiatement avec votre fournisseur de gaz. Rincez toute contamination à l’intérieur de la maison et éliminez l’eau de rinçage. Nettoyez et faites sécher votre maison et vos biens récupérables dès que possible. Les articles ménagers qui ont été contaminés par des eaux usées ou qui sont restés trempés pendant une longue période devront être mis dans des sacs étiquetés et jetés conformément aux règlements locaux. La nourriture qui entre en contact avec les eaux de crue doit être jetée. Les boîtes de conserve peuvent être nettoyées. D’abord, enlevez les étiquettes, puis nettoyez les boîtes de conserve à l’aide d’un mélange d’une cuillerée à table d’eau de Javel pour chaque litre d’eau. Ensuite, écrivez sur les boîtes de conserve nettoyées à l’aide d’un marqueur. Jetez toute boîte de conserve bombée, endommagée ou ouverte. Les propriétaires qui utilisent un puits privé comme source d’eau potable doivent faire vérifier le puits et éviter de consommer l’eau avant d’être certains qu’elle ne soit pas contaminée. Des trousses d’analyse sont disponibles aux bureaux régionaux du ministère de l’Environnement. Le ministère travaille en collaboration avec les municipalités afin d’offrir les trousses dans les bureaux municipaux.last_img read more

Steve Aoki To Perform At Best Buddies Miami Gala

first_imgBest Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce its 19th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala at The Ice Palace Studios in Miami, FL, on Friday, November 20.This year’s Gala will celebrate and highlight the organization’s student volunteer movement and school programs where the organization first began. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies International has grown from one original chapter to nearly 1,900 middle school, high school, and university campuses across the United States and 55 countries.“I am so incredibly proud to celebrate Best Buddies’ student leaders and volunteers who are actively engaged in our school programs all across the globe,” says Anthony K. Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. “As we continue to work to create friendships and employment opportunities for individuals with IDD, I look forward to watching a whole new generation of young leaders step up to the plate to guide us. I was only in my early 20s when all of this began, and I have never lost faith in the unlimited creativity, leadership, and power that young people have. We need many more of them to lead our movement as we progress into the future.”This year’s Gala will also feature a fabulous cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, exclusive live and silent auctions and a special performance by musical guest and Best Buddies Global Ambassador Steve Aoki.Each year, the Gala brings together Miami’s most notable residents and celebrities from around the globe. Among those expected to attend this year are: Gala Co-Chairs Jackie Soffer Robbins and Craig Robbins, Alina and Anthony K. Shriver; Actor John Lewis; Actress Vivica A. Fox; Former MLB Player Sammy Sosa; Pop Artist Romero Britto; Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan and Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik.There will also be a number of one-of-a-kind items up for auction, including a limited edition Hublot Best Buddies Cycling Timepiece, a custom-made Cannondale Best Buddies EVO Bicycle, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to see the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, a one-of-a-kind Romero Britto Portrait, a luxurious trip to the Montage in Deer Valley in both ski season and the summer time with a total of 10 nights during two seasons, the ultimate vacation getaway on a 144 ft. yacht and a Starbase One Jet Card that allows you to fly private to your destination of choice within the continental United States.The day’s festivities will kick-off bright and early with the Best Buddies Challenge: Miami, a 62-mile charity ride through the streets of the Magic City, led by Pro Cyclists George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and Cameron Wurf. This world-class cycling event begins and ends at Marlins Park and is limited to just 50 riders. This ride features a Tour de France-style police escorted peloton with road and intersection closures, support vehicles, and three fully-stocked rest stops.Sterling Foundation Management is the title sponsor of the event, with The Ferraro Law Firm as Exclusive Sponsor, and Carnival Cruise Line as the Presenting Sponsor. Other donors are Abdo Eick, & Meyers, Braman, Capital Trust Group, Compañía de elaborados de café, The GEO Group Foundation, Grupo RHUO, Klingman & Associates, FIJI Water, Mack Cycle and Fitness, Seminole Hard Rock & Casino, Sun Capital Partners, Tracfone Wireless, Wells Fargo, Watermill Institutional Trading, Mark Fisher, Christina Griffith, Nancy & Mark Holowesko, Jackie Soffer Robins & Craig Robins, Ron & Amira Simkins, Michele King Soffer & Don Soffer, Sandy & Tony Tamer and Denise & Walter Robinson. In-kind and Media sponsors are Aventura Worldwide Transportation Service, Courthouse Express, MadisonSouth, Romero Britto, Getty Images – Official Photography Sponsor of Best Buddies International, Niche Media – Premiere Magazine Sponsor of Best Buddies International, and Southern Wine and Spirits.last_img read more

Lutheran Church accused of securities violations in failed housing investment

first_imgCALGARY – The president of the Lutheran Church of Canada said Thursday it will move away from the use of locally administered church funds after Alberta’s securities regulator accused it and its Alberta-B.C. district church of misleading investors.The Alberta Securities Commission issued a notice of hearing Thursday into allegations against the national and district churches, a related company called Alberta-British Columbia District Investments Ltd. and five individuals.They are accused of misleading investors who put more than $130 million into funds that backed a residential development east of Calgary that sought court insolvency protection in 2015.“It’s caused a lot of hurt and bitterness, anger,” Rev. Tim Teuscher, president of the Lutheran Church of Canada, said in an interview from the Winnipeg head office.“This precipitated a decision of restructuring at our synod last year, actually. Instead of having separate corporate groups within the church body that kind of do their own thing corporately, we decided we’re going to get rid of that.”He said the church has never previously had problems with its extension funds, which have been used for decades to provide a return to investors while raising money for capital projects such as churches and schools.The Ontario Lutheran district has such a fund that has operated without problems, but it is in the process of being retired, he said.In its notice, the Alberta Securities Commission alleges that operators of the investment program failed to tell investors — many of whom were church members — what their money was being used for and at what risk.The ASC alleges that more than $95 million had been invested by more than 2,600 investors in the Church Extension Fund (CEF) and over $37 million was invested by over 900 investors in the separate District Investments Ltd. fund as of Nov. 30, 2014.A series of loans resulted in about 75 per cent of the combined funds being placed in a development called Encharis that included a school, church and seniors’ housing complex east of Calgary, the ASC said.ASC staff allege that investors were never told about the high concentration of funding going into one project, nor did they find out about persistent loan defaults or cash flow problems.The commission is set to meet with the parties on Aug. 13 to set a date for a hearing regarding the allegations of securities law violations. The charges have not been proven.The list of respondents include the national and district churches, as well as company officers or directors Donald Robert Schiemann, Kurtis Francis Robinson, James Theodore Kentel, Mark David Ruf and Harold Carl Schmidt.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitterlast_img read more

Vancouver expects to collect 38 million from vacancy tax in first year

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — The City of Vancouver says it has collected $21 million in the first full year of its empty homes tax and another $17 million could still flow into its coffers.The city says in a news release that it expects to generate about $38 million from the first year of the tax which is applied to vacant residential properties in a bid to ease Vancouver’s one per cent vacancy rate.The city says there just over 186,000 residential properties declared and 2,538 of those were vacant.It says the declaration period for the second year of the tax is open with a deadline of Feb. 4.City staff will continue to monitor the impact of the tax on housing supply and affordability, and the release says revenue generated by the tax will be used for affordable housing initiatives in Vancouver.The city says $8 million raised by the tax last year has already been earmarked for specific affordable housing initiatives.last_img read more

The Santa Parade date has changed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN B.C. – There are new changes to the date and time for the Santa Claus Parade.The Parade will now be held on Saturday, December 1 starting at 5 p.m.  The parade will run south on 100 St from 108 Ave to 96 Ave, and there will be a variety of Christmas themed floats.  After the parade you can join the City of Fort St. John in Centennial Park for hot dogs and hot chocolate, the annual tree light up, and of course a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.The change will have this event closer to Christmas by starting at the beginning of December. The Parade will now lead the festive spirit of the holiday season. The change of the date will also provide a safer event as the Parade will not be competing with traffic and allows participants and spectators more time to prepare and get to the parade route.In years previous the parade was scheduled for the third Friday of November.  The City felt moving the date and time of the event would be better due to safety concerns with after work vehicle traffic and the Parades proximity to Remembrance Day.The City intends to keep this new date and time for future Santa parades.last_img read more

Report: 53 % of Moroccans Think Corruption Is on the Rise In…

Rabat – The report also shows that 31% of public service users have paid a bribe, while 74 % think the government is doing a bad job of tackling corruption. The survey reveals, however, that 49 % think that ordinary citizens can make a difference in the fight against corruption.The survey, which is the largest and the most detailed in the world, covered 47,000 African citizens from 35 different African countries, including 1,200 Moroccans. The intent was to highlight the attitudes and experiences of bribery and corruption in their countries.  The report indicates that Moroccans think bribery is most prevalent among members of Parliament with 41% saying that MPs receive bribes. MPs were closely followed by the Prime Minister at 39 %, Local government officials at 38%, and Government officials at 37%.  Outside politics, 28% said that Business Executives receive bribes, judges and traditional leaders came in at 26%, police at 24%,  and Government Organizations 22%. Religious leaders had the lowest rate at only 11%.In terms of Public service users, 32 % have paid a bribe to the health service, and  31 % to police,  while the lowest percentage was recorded in Public schools ( 6%). The highest rates of bribery in the African continent were recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (80%), followed by Liberia (53%), and Sierra Leone (52%). The lowest rates were recorded in Mauritius (5%), Botswana (7%) and Cape Verde (8%) Even though 49% think that ordinary people can make a difference in fighting it, the report’s key findings indicate that corruption in Africa is on the rise. The statistics through the integrity of public officials into doubt, despite government efforts to change the trend. read more

South Sudan UN urges end to cycle of violence after deadly ethnic

22 August 2011The top United Nations official in South Sudan today called for an end to the “cycle of violence” engulfing the newly independent country’s state of Jonglei, where hundreds of people have been killed in recent days in fighting between ethnic groups. At least 600 people have reportedly died and unconfirmed reports indicate almost 1,000 others were wounded during clashes between the Murle and Lou Nuer communities in Jonglei, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a press release.The attacks have followed large-scale cattle raids – a persistent problem in South Sudan – by members of the two groups which have led to the theft of between 26,000 and 30,000 cattle.Many homes have also been destroyed during the fighting, UNMISS said, and local authorities have reported that nearly 200 people may have been abducted and thousands of others displaced.Voicing deep concern about the attacks, Hilde Johnson, the head of UNMISS and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, urged all ethnic communities to exercise restraint.“This cycle of violence must stop,” she said. “That so many people have been killed and injured again in such wanton destruction is unacceptable.”Ms. Johnson said reconciliation efforts are urgently needed and she pledged the mission’s willingness to support such a process.An assessment and verification team from UNMISS has already visited the areas where the clashes took place and will return today to help local authorities facilitate reconciliation efforts.“The security of all South Sudanese people must come first,” Ms. Johnson stressed, adding her condemnation of the looting and destruction of humanitarian facilities in Jonglei. read more

Dorel Industries says poor weather put a damper on Q1 revenue earnings

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dorel Industries says poor weather put a damper on Q1 revenue; earnings by The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2013 12:14 pm MDT MONTREAL – Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX:DII.B) says poor weather in North America and Europe helped put a damper on what was already expected to be a soft first quarter.The manufacturer of infant car seats, bicycles and furniture said Thursday revenue fell 4.3 per cent in its most recent period to US$594.2 million from US$621.1 million in the same 2012 period.Net profits fell 23.2 per cent to US$22.3 million or 70 cents per diluted share from US$29.1 million or 90 cents in the year-earlier period.President and CEO Martin Schwartz said the company’s forecast of a weaker quarter for its recreation and leisure products segment had been compounded by “exceptionally poor weather in both North America and Europe.”“Below normal temperatures and persistent rain and snow resulted in a 25 per cent decrease in U.S. bicycle industry sales in March compared with last year” and down 30 per cent in the independent bicycle dealers channel.“This was in stark contrast to a year ago when abnormally mild weather in March drove higher . . . levels at retail. We remain confident that the decline is a timing issue and still expect the full- year earnings to exceed last year.”Operating profit in the Dorel’s juvenile segment was also lower than last year, Schwartz said, citing challenges in the economy generally and lower consumer confidence in more mature markets.However, Latin America as a whole produced increased profits as Dorel Chile’s revenues grew substantially and Dorel Brazil had its best operating results since 2010.Meanwhile, home furnishings had one of its best quarters since 2011 as the continued growth in on-line sales helped deliver a substantial increase in earnings. read more

PepsiCo CEO criticizes NFL handling of domestic violence backs Goodell as man

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2014 8:29 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – PepsiCo Inc.’s CEO Indra Nooyi has made a double-edged statement on the NFL’s problems handling domestic violence, calling some players’ behaviour “repugnant” but saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell is “a man of integrity.”The boss of the maker of Pepsi, Gatorade and Doritos, one of the league’s biggest advertisers and sponsor of last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, issued a statement late Wednesday that criticized the league but also expressed optimism that it can fix its problems.The league and its teams have come under fire over the past two weeks over how it is dealing with several players with domestic violence allegations against them. An investigation has been launched into whether Commissioner Roger Goodell knew about or saw a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee earlier than he said.The praise from a woman CEO of one of the largest food-and-drink makers in the world could give Goodell a boost as he faces continued calls for his resignation.Manish Tripathi, assistant marketing professor at Emory University in Atlanta, said Nooyi’s support of Goodell was actually more risky than other sponsors’ statements.“It’s such a no-risk thing to come out against domestic violence, waving their finger but not pulling any money,” he said. “What Pepsi did is a little more interesting, they waved the finger but supported Roger Goodell. … If you’re Roger Goodell, this is definitely helpful.”Nooyi also decried the “repugnant behaviour of a few players and the NFL’s acknowledged mishandling of these issues,” in a statement late Wednesday.Most major sponsors have voiced disapproval, with Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch, another one of the biggest, saying it was “increasingly concerned” about the situation.But despite the lip service, it would be difficult for a sponsor to actually give up on the NFL’s power as a marketing machine. An average of 17.4 million people tune in during a regular season NFL game, about 65 per cent men and 35 per cent women, according to Nielsen. During the Super Bowl, that ratchets up to 111.5 million watchers.In addition to the support for Goodell, Nooyi praised the decision to hire three women executives to help shape its domestic violence policies.“The reality for Commissioner Goodell and the NFL is that they now have an opportunity to effect positive change with the situation presented to them,” she said in a statement.__AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman in New York contributed to this report. PepsiCo CEO criticizes NFL handling of domestic violence, backs Goodell as ‘man of integrity’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Tech sector deciding how best to invest expected Liberal support

Tech sector deciding how best to invest expected Liberal support Jim Balsillie is shown in Toronto on May 8, 2008. Balsillie, the former co-CEO of BlackBerry, has called for major changes in Canada’s tech industry that reconsider some of the ways the sector invests capital. THE CANADIAN PRESS/J.P. Moczulski by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Leaders in Canada’s burgeoning technology sector could see a wave of new federal support from the incoming Liberal government, but that doesn’t mean they all agree on how the money would be best spent.About $900 million has been earmarked by Justin Trudeau for the country’s tech community, and over the coming weeks some of the most prominent figures in the sector will begin to make a case for where those funds should be invested.With only so much to go around, a clash of interests could be on the horizon.“It’s a rocking sector, and one we can lose quickly if we’re not careful,” said Bruce Lazenby, the president and chief executive of Invest Ottawa.Lazenby heads one of many regional organizations throughout the country that function as a support system for technological growth. Like most of those organizations, Invest Ottawa could get a share of the new federal backing.Over three years, Trudeau has committed to an investment of $200 million annually for local incubator and accelerator programs, which foster the growth of small tech startups in various regions of the country.Another $100 million a year will go to the Industrial Research Assistance Program, which encourages innovation and small- and medium-sized businesses.It’s a welcome wad of cash for an industry that grew from the failure of former heavyweight Nortel Networks and a severely downsized BlackBerry (TSX:BB), two companies that faltered via their own missteps. This time around, some of the country’s most prominent tech names want to ensure more than just a handful of giants rise above the rest.Whether all of the money is going into the right places is up for debate for some.Jim Balsillie, the former co-CEO of BlackBerry, has called for major changes in Canada’s tech industry that reconsider some of the ways the sector invests capital.“Let’s acknowledge that what we have done over the past 30 years hasn’t worked,” he said. “We need to take a laser focus to having a complete infrastructure.”Balsillie wants to see Ottawa create an office dedicated to turning profits on Canadian technology, a move that would mimic the commercialization project launched by U.S. President Barack Obama.“We have nothing like that in Canada,” Balsillie said.He also wants stricter guidelines on the incubators some have suggested are ushering in the new wave of startup success stories, only rewarding them with financial support when they’ve met clearly established performance metrics.“If you’re going to give more to incubation, create an accountability framework that’s based on real business output,” Balsillie said.“We’ve never had any performance metrics — there’s a lot of spin and hype. Which part of it is real outcome and which part is pixie dust?”Balsillie is overseeing the foundation of a new lobby group for Canadian technology interests alongside John Ruffolo of OMERS Ventures, a technology investment firm.The two men will likely meet with Trudeau over the next few weeks to discuss priorities for the industry and the foundation of their new lobbyist organization, which will represent a membership of nearly 40 domestic tech companies that meet certain revenue criteria.Among the flurry of other priorities being championed by members of the technology industry is an extension of British Columbia’s small business tax credit to the entire country. The credit gives a 30-per cent refund to investors who put their money into a new company.Those incentives can encourage Canadians, who are notoriously risk-averse investors, to enter the volatile world of technology.“(It’s) a great model and one we think the feds could adopt across the country to really move the needle without costing taxpayers very much money,” Lazenby said.Iain Klugman, head of incubator Communitech in Waterloo, Ont., said companies would benefit from an easing of barriers for immigration.“Certainly we know that it’s often painful and difficult for (companies) to even bring people into this country,” he said.“Talent and capital are always the two things that seem to be the biggest challenges.”Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. read more

Humanitarian needs could rise if situation in eastern DR Congo remains unresolved

“Until the underlying causes of the crisis have been addressed, there is really a great potential for further violence, which can lead to further displacement,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the DRC, Moustapha Soumaré, told a news conference in New York, via video-link from the DRC capital of Kinshasa.Mr. Soumaré noted that the current emergency is occurring within the context of an existing humanitarian crisis in eastern DRC. There were already 2.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country, including more than 1.6 million in North and South Kivu provinces. UN humanitarian agencies and their partners have been working to provide assistance, including food, water and shelter, to around 140,000 people uprooted in North Kivu province – of which Goma is the capital – over the last week by the upsurge in fighting between government troops and the 23 March Movement (M23). Fighters with the M23 – a rebel group composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – occupied Goma last week. Some of the people who have been uprooted amid the latest fighting were already displaced before and were forced to flee again during the past 10 days, added Mr. Soumaré, who is also the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO).What makes the current crisis particularly challenging, he noted, is that people have remained constantly on the move. “Therefore, it was very difficult for them to find help and it can be challenging for the humanitarian [community] to keep up with the needs of distressed people constantly moving,” he said. The official stated that the humanitarian community has already started addressing the most urgent needs of about 110,000 displaced people around Goma, including providing water, hygiene and food. “Immediate humanitarian needs for those near Goma more or less are under control in the short term, but we do have serious concern for the medium and long term,” he said, noting that, even if the situation stabilizes, people will need assistance to cultivate their lands, rebuild schools and repair medical centres. Peacekeepers with MONUSCO, which is mandated to protect civilians, are closely monitoring M23 movements, covering all important entry and exit routes into Goma. “Reports indicate movements of small groups of M23 troops in and out of Goma, but the Mission has not yet been able to ascertain whether there is a net reduction of M23 troops in the city,” a UN spokesperson, Eduardo del Buey, told reporters in New York. Mr. Soumaré added that while the focus right now is very much on Goma, there are others parts of North Kivu and the rest of DRC that are in “great distress,” where violence has had a major impact on civilians and led to considerable humanitarian needs. read more

Lunchtime Fix 6 things you need to know

first_img Source: GoodLaughz.com4. The situation in Iraq has got so tense that even Iran and the US are considering talking to each other about it. Need to catch up? Our explainer is here. And news of those horrific photos that emerged yesterday is here. Source: AP Photo via militants’ website5. Manchester Fire Service has released previously unseen images of the devastation after the 1996 IRA bombing of the city.6. Let’s finish on some good news. The sun is coming. Be careful out there, folks. Source: ImgurRead all of today’s news here> WHAT’S THE STORY?1. Michael Schumacher is out of his coma and has left hospital. The F1 champion now starts his “long phase of rehabilitation”. Source: James Moy Photography/Press Association Images2. International media outlets are pointing to Ireland’s tax laws (again). Reuters says Medtronic’s €32 billion buy-out of Covidien is “the latest move by US firms to harvest lower corporate tax rates”.3. The banking inquiry is still all over the place. Micheál Martin now wants a judge-led probe, while Sinn Féin still wants to boot two senators off it.last_img read more

A full gestation and still no delivery When will Article 50 be

first_img Image: Victoria Jones/PA Images WHEN WILL ARTICLE 50 be triggered?Once the paragraph of legislation is enacted, it officially begins the process that will allow the UK to leave the European Union.When it’s triggered, it marks two years of negotiations between the UK and the EU (some say that technically those talks have already begun, and it will in reality take years to complete Brexit talks).“It’s been nine months now since that joyous morning on June 24th when we realised that Brexit had won the referendum,” ‘Brexiteer’ Nigel Farage said during a Sky News interview this morning. Yesterday, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday that she would be asking Westminster to approve a second Scottish independence referendum so that the people of Scotland would have the option of choosing to remain in the UK outside the EU, or becoming an independent country as part of the EU. Source: Ben Stansall/PA ImagesMany analysts said that May’s statement suggested she wasn’t expecting the announcement, as it mirrored a similar announcement from months ago released upon the issuing a Scottish poll showing a rise in favour of independence.“We don’t believe that there should be a second referendum,” a spokesperson for Theresa May said in February.“There has been a referendum, it was clear, decisive, it was legal, and both sides agreed to abide by the results of that referendum.” ‘A full gestation and still no delivery’: When will Article 50 be triggered? Article 50 was expected to be triggered today, but Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement yesterday has muddied the waters. 10,832 Views http://jrnl.ie/3286219 UK government says no need for another Scottish independence referendum and it would be “divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty”. pic.twitter.com/vI5YbgLxSh— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 13, 2017 Nine months, a full gestation, and still no delivery.It’s expected that Queen Elizabeth will give her Royal Assent for Article 50 today, which will mean Prime Minister Theresa May will be free to begin Brexit officially.But May’s spokesperson yesterday played down speculation that she would send her notification letter to the European Council today.“We have been clear that the prime minister will trigger Article 50 by the end of March,” her spokesperson said ahead of the vote, heavily emphasising the word “end”.The latest reports suggest that the government is now looking to trigger Article 50 after a summit in Rome on 25 March to mark the EU’s 60th birthday. Source: PA ImagesYesterday, the parliament passed the Brexit bill (or the EU Withdrawal Bill), rejecting amendments that would have given a more certain status to EU immigrants, and would have allowed the parliament to veto Brexit.Surprisingly shocked“Of course I’m disappointed,” Nigel Farage said today about the delay of triggering Article 50. 39 Comments Short URL The British government has the power to block Sturgeon’s request, but this would likely only energise the Scottish nationalists’ cause.What a delay meansAlthough there were no official plans for the piece of legislation to be triggered, it had been expected that it would happen today.Now reports suggest that those negotiations will be pushed back until the end of the month, prolonging the uncertainty in an already very confusing process.This morning, Nigel Farage said the delay would mean that they wouldn’t be able to discuss Brexit at the Summit of European Leaders on the 6 April. According to Farage, those discussions now won’t happen until May.With reporting from AFPOne step closer: Theresa May gets green light to start Brexit processRead: Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for a second Scottish independence referendum I’m pleased we’re through all these endless hurdles, but I’m just a bit surprised that Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement should have put the Prime Minister off. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha Source: Jim Waterson/Twitter Image: Victoria Jones/PA Images Mar 14th 2017, 10:39 AM Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 10:39 AMlast_img read more

Church groups urge EU to help Greece in crisis

first_imgGreece is facing a humanitarian crisis and growing racism, two international church groups said on Thursday, and appealed to the European Union to help the struggling nation. In an open letter from Greece, the secretaries-general of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) said the country faced youth unemployment of over 50 percent and basic services were at risk. Noting the EU had been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, they said: «The economic and humanitarian tragedy today in Greece challenges the EU as a peace builder for the next generation.” Olav Fyske Tveit of the WCC and Guy Liagre of the CEC urged EU leaders to give «urgent and proper attention to the emerging humanitarian crisis in Greece.” The Geneva-based WCC and CEC represent Christian churches in the world and in Europe respectively, with the exception of the Roman Catholic Church. Their leaders met government officials and Greek Orthodox Church leaders during their visit. European leaders were due to meet in Brussels from Thursday for difficult negotiations over EU spending in the period 2014-2020. “In Greece, basic human services such as health care and even the availability of medicines are at severe risk,» the letter from the WCC and CEC said. “Together with the Church of Greece, we also take seriously the political and societal implications of growing racism and extremism in Greece,» it said. «These are storm clouds on the horizon that cannot be ignored or wished away.” Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Video Napoli launch new kit in weird Panther cartoon

first_imgThe World Cup is now officially over with heads now turned towards the domestic season once more with clubs now releasing their new kits and Napoli have become the latest to launch their’s in an unusual waySerie A supporters are in for an exciting time this season with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus and Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as the new Napoli boss just a taste of what to expect.The fixtures for the 2018/19 campaign will be released on Friday with the opening games set to begin on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of August.And it appears that the fans are not the only getting worked up with Napoli having now shared a teaser of what their players will be wearing for the new season.The panther kit was released in both a weird and wonderful cartoon, which saw a very muscular version of captain Marek Hamsik appearing before the panther in his new gear, along with his teammates.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Napoli were very close last season to ending their 28-year wait for glory in the Serie A since the Diego Maradona days.But the Lights Blues finished four points behind winners Juventus after leading the league table for most of the campaign and were largely unlucky following a difficult end to the season.While head coach Maurizio Sarri and star playmaker Jorginho have both left for Chelsea, there is still plenty of optimism around the Napoli camp with Ancelotti’s arrivals and Hamsik opting to remain with the club – despite a lucrative offer from China.The New 2018/19 jersey. #ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/oDJB2mj69s— Everything Napoli (@NaplesAndNapoli) July 18, 2018last_img read more

Authorities still searching for sexual assault suspect in Pacific Beach

first_img , KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities Wednesday reached out to the public for help identifying and locating a man suspected of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman at her Pacific Beach home.It happened around 1:45 a.m. Monday at a residence in the 900 block of Chalcedony Street, located off Mission Boulevard, San Diego police Officer Mark Herring said.The suspect entered the house through an open window and sexually assaulted the victim while she was sleeping, Herring said.When confronted, the suspect fled the area in an unknown direction, he said.The suspect was described as a white man who is bald and believed to be in his 40s. He was last seen wearing a short sleeve shirt.Anyone who might be able to help investigators determine the suspect’s identity is asked to call San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Authorities still searching for sexual assault suspect in Pacific Beach October 3, 2018 Posted: October 3, 2018 , KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

First batch of Haj pilgrims to depart on July 31

first_imgVijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh Haj Committee has made arrangements for conducting the Haj pilgrimage from the State to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The first flight of Haj pilgrims will depart from Shamshabad Airport, Hyderabad. A total of 342 Haj pilgrims from the State begin the journey at 3 pm on July 31 by an Air India flight. The Haj pilgrims can avail the Haj House facility at Hyderabad. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Due to political differences between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Haj pilgrims of AP were reluctant to stay at the Hyderabad Haj House for the last few years. Now, the Haj pilgrims can avail the flight booking confirmation facility in their mobile numbers. Consequently, the Haj pilgrims from coastal and Rayalaseema districts can begin their journey even before 10-12 hours after confirmation of their ticket. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Earlier, the pilgrims used to stay 48 hours in Hyderabad before boarding the flight. Now, due to latest technology, the pilgrims can get their ticket confirmation message hours before boarding the flight, said Amjad Basha, Minister for Minority Welfare, in a press release on Sunday. He said if the pilgrims did not get ticket confirmation message, they can visit any internet centre to get information or take the help of Haj society offices in the respective districts. Advertise With Us Andhra Pradesh State Haj Committee Executive officer Tajuddin Arif said all arrangements were made for the pilgrimage to Mecca. He said 207 pilgrims from Guntur district, 113 pilgrims from Krishna district, two from Visakhapatnam and 20 from West Godavari totalling 342 will depart on July 31 from Hyderabad. He said the flights to Mecca will depart from Hyderabad regularly from August 1 to 3.last_img read more

Amul files case against trademark offices for allowing other brands to use

first_img[Representational Image]TwitterIndian dairy cooperative Amul has filed a case against the country’s five trademark registry offices for allowing other companies to use the brand name. It is alleged that companies which make underwear, tractors and other items are advertising products under the Amul brand name.The case has been filed in the Gujarat High Court against the registries in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Ahmedabad for permitting the registration of Amul or similar sounding names as trademarks, the Economic Times reported.According to the report, the petition alleges that these trademark offices continue to allow the registration of name or some mark deceptively similar to the Amul brand name.Other companies copying Amul’s name comes despite the company’s fight against companies adopting the brand name. According to legal experts, a decision against the registries on Amul’s trademarks case will have severe implications for all the other companies.The trademark is owned by Kaira District Co-Operative Milk Producers Union Ltd (KDCMPU) since 1955. It is also owned by another top marketing organisation, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF), to sell products under the Amul brand name.This case has been filed by both Amul and GCMMF. An Amul outletamul.com”The applicants submit that they have written letters to the respondents (trademark office) requesting them not to accept advertisement applications by imitators. However, despite such requests, the respondents continue to accept such advertisements,” read the court document.Earlier in 2013, Amul had also won a case against the Registrar of Trademark, Kolkata, for registering the brand name ‘Imul,’ holding that it sounds similar to Amul.Besides selling milk and butter, Amul also sells products such as ice-cream, yoghurt, cheese, chocolates, health drinks, ghee and other items.last_img read more

Pope to meet Rohingyas in Bangladesh camps

first_imgPope Francis looks on at the end of the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter`s square at the Vatican. ReutersPope Francis will meet the head of Myanmar’s army and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, both late additions to a tour of the two countries next week.Human rights monitors and UN officials have accused Myanmar’s military of atrocities, including mass rape, against the stateless Rohingya during operations that followed insurgent attacks on 30 police posts and an army base.Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said on Wednesday that the pope would meet army head Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on 30 November in a church residence in Yangon.Myanmar Cardinal Charles Maung Bo had talks with the pope in Rome on Saturday and suggested that he add a meeting with the general to the schedule for a trip that is proving to be one of the most politically sensitive since Francis was elected in 2013. Both the pope and the general agreed.Some 600,000 Rohingya refugees, most of them Muslim and from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, have fled to Bangladesh.Burke said a small group of Rohingya refugees would be present at an inter-religious meeting for peace in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka on 1 December.Myanmar’s government has denied most of the claims of atrocities against the Rohingya, and the army last week said its own investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing by troops.The pope will separately meet the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, in the capital Naypyitaw, on Nov. 28 in an encounter that was already on the schedule.Briefing reporters on the trip, Burke gave no details of how the Rohingya who will meet the pope would be chosen. A source in Dhaka said the refugees would be able to tell the pope about their experiences.Both events were not on the original schedule of the 26 November-2 December trip.Bo, the cardinal from Myanmar, has advised the pope not to use the word Rohingya while in Myanmar because it is incendiary in the country where they are not recognised as an ethnic group.Burke said the pope took the advice seriously but added: “We will find out together during the trip … it is not a forbidden word”.last_img

US team creates diamond aerogel in lab by emulating Mother Nature

first_img An amorphous carbon aerogel can be transformed into a nanodiamond aerogel at pressures of 20GPa. Video credit: ChemistryWorldUK Possible applications for the new material are diverse; ranging from flat panel television screens to highly efficient thermal window coatings, to possibly being used as a component in a quantum computer. It’s also possible they could make their way towards being used as part of medical implants due to diamonds being more highly biocompatible than other materials currently in use.All of that will have to wait though, at least for a while, as the current technique was only able to produce diamond aerogel in sample sizes on the order of twice the size of a human hair’s thickness. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers working out of Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, have devised a process whereby an ordinary carbon aerogel is used as a base to create a new type aerogel comprised of diamond, making it not only denser, but translucent. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (PNAS), the team describes a process where a carbon aerogel is set in a pool of neon gas, then subjected to pressure and then heat, causing diamond crystals to form, resulting in a diamond aerogel. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com An aerogel is a highly porous material that is created by replacing the liquid in a gel substance, with gas, which results in a solid. In the new process, carbon aerogel is used to replicate the means by which diamonds are created in a natural environment. Here the carbon aerogel is placed in a diamond cell cavity where it is infused with neon gas (to keep the pores from collapsing). The whole works is then encased in a diamond shell and pressurized to 20GPa followed by a blasting from a laser that heats it to 1200K; once again to simulate the way that diamonds are formed naturally at great geological depths. The key to the process was keeping the pores from collapsing; neon gas was used because at pressures greater than 5GPa, it becomes a solid, thereby holding the walls of the pores in place as pressure and heat are added. The result is crystalline diamond with the lowest density ever created, (approximately 40 milligrams per cubic centimeter) according to team member, Peter Pauzauskie. He also said in a recent interview that diamond aerogel could likely be made that could be molded, like plastic to form whatever shape was desired. Seeing stardust: New image shows speck of comet dust from NASA missioncenter_img More information: Synthesis and characterization of a nanocrystalline diamond aerogel, PNAS, Published online before print May 9, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1010600108AbstractAerogel materials have myriad scientific and technological applications due to their large intrinsic surface areas and ultralow densities. However, creating a nanodiamond aerogel matrix has remained an outstanding and intriguing challenge. Here we report the high-pressure, high-temperature synthesis of a diamond aerogel from an amorphous carbon aerogel precursor using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell. Neon is used as a chemically inert, near-hydrostatic pressure medium that prevents collapse of the aerogel under pressure by conformally filling the aerogel’s void volume. Electron and X-ray spectromicroscopy confirm the aerogel morphology and composition of the nanodiamond matrix. Time-resolved photoluminescence measurements of recovered material reveal the formation of both nitrogen- and silicon- vacancy point-defects, suggesting a broad range of applications for this nanocrystalline diamond aerogel. High resolution SEM image of recovered diamond aerogel showing fine grain and pore sizes. Image (c) PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1010600108 Citation: U.S. team creates diamond aerogel in lab by emulating Mother Nature (2011, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-team-diamond-aerogel-lab-emulating.html Explore furtherlast_img read more