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first_imgThe paramilitary Assam Rifles has stepped up vigil along the India-Myanmar border and asked the local people to travel with proper identity proof to and from Moreh, Manipur’s border trade town.Illegal campsThis follows a few cases of trafficking of Rohingya boys and girls detected in Manipur as well as illegal camps established by extremist groups such as the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland. Officials in Moreh said the border between Manipur and Myanmar has been sealed expect for two international gates used by people on both sides for trade and social visits. As per a bilateral agreement, local residents of both countries are allowed to travel up to 16 km from the border without travel documents.Elderly traders are complaining about the identity cards that they said were never required even during conflict situations in the past. “This is a security requirement based on inputs about possible trafficking of people and movement of extremists,” an official said.last_img read more


first_imgRelated LinksState Cup Welcomes Sharks There’s a new team with new uniforms gracing the New South Wales State Cup this year, with some very familiar faces. The red, white and black of Taren Point is now the blue, black and white of the Cronulla Sharks. Earlier this week NRL club the Cronulla Sharks announced that they were taking NRL pathways to another level in setting up quality structures for both male and female Touch Football players in an exciting new agreement between the Cronulla Sharks and Taren Point Touch Association which will see Cronulla Sharks elite Touch Football teams in all age groups.The benefits of the relationship are already on show for all to see this weekend, with the two Taren Point teams at this year’s New South Wales State Cup in Port Macquarie now named the Cronulla Sharks, also donning the Sharks uniform.   Sharks NRL squad members Valentine Holmes and Chad Townsend were on hand to launch the pathway on Wednesday at Remondis Stadium, which will culminate in a Cronulla Sharks Touch Academy to commence in April. Former Australian Men’s Open Touch Football representative, Jason Stanton has been appointed the Cronulla Sharks Touch Football Manager and says he is looking forward to seeing things progress. “I’m really excited about being involved with the Cronulla Sharks and Taren Point, particularly to see the boys and girls in the Shire have the opportunity to represent the Sharks at the highest level while playing Touch Fooball,” Stanton said.Cronulla Sharks Board of Director, Darren McConnell, who is also representing the Sharks in the Men’s 40’s division at this weekend’s State Cup, told Sharks TV earlier in the week about the benefits of the relationship. “It’s a great opportunity and a first in the NRL, so we are leading the way again. I’m really excited about being here as well, as a Board Member and a player, even though my playing days are coming to an end I think,” McConnell said. “It goes both ways for juniors in development in League, kids may start with tackle and move over to the non-contact version in Touch Football or vice versa. We see great opportunities for men and women, boys and girls, from under 6’s through to over 40’s.”“We’ve been working on this partnership for a number of years, it’s been a while in the making and we hope it goes well into the future. The Junior State Cup will be our junior’s opportunity, so in the next couple of months we’ll be doing trials with some really good coaches and getting some teams selected for Junior State Cup. “(I’m) looking forward to going up and playing Touch again, I’ve played Touch for 35 years, it keeps you fit, it keeps you involved and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to represent the Sharks.”Sharks GM of Engagement and Pathways, Tim Thorne said the club is ‘confident the partnership will open up an exciting new pathway for both male and female Touch Football players’. “It is an exciting new agreement between the Cronulla Sharks and Taren Point Touch Association, one which will see the implementation of an Elite Touch Academy and Cronulla Sharks elite Touch Football teams, both male and female, who will compete at a State level.“The Sharks thank Taren Point Touch Association and the NSW Touch Association for their fantastic support in helping us to get this program up and running,” Thorne added.  Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire said that the organisation was delighted to see the partnership between the Sharks and Taren Point come to fruition. “It’s great to see the commitment of both entities and NSW Touch to grow the game and participants across the Shire and between codes for male and female players of all age groups.“This builds significantly on the great work undertaken by other NRL clubs namely the Raiders and their strong partnership with Touch Football ACT; whereby the representative Touch Football teams are now branded and referred to as ‘ACT Raiders’ along with other joint partnership initiatives and activations there and at other clubs.“This announcement rounds out a big year for Touch Football in the Shire with the staging in January of the 2015 Youth Trans-Tasman series at Remondis Stadium and the Sharks and Shire community engagement in the lead-up to the event.“I am certain that from NSW Touch’s perspective it is wonderful to see the blue, black and white taking part at the State Cup event at Port this week under the Sharks banner and just the perfect impetus of a revival of the sport across the Shire,” Maguire said. For more coverage from Wednesday’s announcement, please visit www.sharks.com.au. last_img read more


first_imgDarrell StrangerAPTN NewsOvide Mercredi received an honourary doctorate from the University of Manitoba Thursday in Winnipeg.The former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations was among a number of dignitaries at the convocation.Mercredi’s message to the graduates is that you don’t have to lose yourself just because you get an education.dstranger@aptn.calast_img


Rabat – Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Portugal to develop bilateral cooperation on Thursday, October 25, in Lisbon.The speaker of Morocco’s House of Representatives, Habib El Malki, and the speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, signed the agreement.The two parties pledged to develop the political, economic, cultural, and scientific ties between Portugal and Morocco. They agreed to exchange information and good practices on legislative processes and to collaborate on initiatives to open up their legislative institutions to society.Rabat and Lisbon also agreed to encourage the exchange of experiences and mutual knowledge through visits by parliamentary delegations and bilateral meetings.Under the MoU, El Malki and Rodrigues also pledged to organize seminars and cultural initiatives on topics of common interest and to meet every two years, alternating between Lisbon and Rabat.Each meeting’s agenda will be proposed by the party hosting the meeting and defined by mutual agreement. read more


Startling figures contained in The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples include:In the United States, a Native American is 600 times more likely to contract tuberculosis and 62 per cent more likely to commit suicide than the general population.In Australia, an indigenous child can expect to die 20 years earlier than his non-native compatriot. The life expectancy gap is also 20 years in Nepal, while in Guatemala it is 13 years and in New Zealand it is 11. In parts of Ecuador, indigenous people have 30 times greater risk of throat cancer than the national average. Worldwide, more than 50 per cent of indigenous adults suffer from Type 2 diabetes – a number predicted to rise.“Every day, indigenous communities all over the world face issues of violence and brutality, continuing assimilation policies, dispossession of land, marginalization, forced removal or relocation, denial of land rights, impacts of large-scale development, abuses by military forces and a host of other abuses,” the report’s authors said in a news release.Although indigenous peoples make up only 5 per cent of the global population, they constitute around one third of the world’s 900 million extremely poor rural people. In both developed and developing countries, poor nutrition, limited access to care, lack of resources crucial to maintaining health and well-being and contamination of natural resources are all contributing factors to the terrible state of indigenous health worldwide.At the report’s launch at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Chairperson Vicki Tauli-Corpuz said its value would be far-reaching because it comprises for the first time very clearly aggregated data.“We believe this is going to be crucial for Governments and for the UN to address more seriously and comprehensively the issues of indigenous people,” she told a news briefing. “It’s very daring and bold in a sense because it does identify countries and the situation of indigenous peoples in various countries both in the developed world as well as in the developing world.”Indigenous peoples experience disproportionately high levels of maternal and infant mortality, malnutrition, cardiovascular illnesses, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis (TB), while suicide rates, particularly among youth, are considerably higher in many countries, for example up to 11 times the national average for the Inuit in Canada. The Inuit TB rate is over 150 times higher.The study repeatedly identifies displacement from lands, territories and resources as one of the most significant threats for indigenous peoples, citing many examples, including in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hawaii, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Colombia.“When indigenous peoples have reacted and tried to assert their rights, they have suffered physical abuse, imprisonment, torture and even death,” it says, stressing that their rights to their own lands and territories must be respected while they need to develop their own definitions and indicators of poverty and well-being. “Indigenous peoples suffer from the consequences of historic injustice, including colonization, dispossession of their lands, territories and resources, oppression and discrimination, as well as lack of control over their own ways of life. Their right to development has been largely denied by colonial and modern States in the pursuit of economic growth,” it adds, warning that the importance of land and territories to indigenous cultural identity cannot be stressed enough.Of the world’s 6,000 to 7,000 languages, a great majority are spoken by indigenous peoples, and many, if not most, are in danger of becoming extinct, with some 90 per cent possibly doomed within the next 100 years. About 97 per cent of the world’s population currently speaks 4 per cent of its languages, while only 3 per cent speaks 96 per cent of them.Indigenous peoples, who are the stewards of some of the most biologically diverse areas, accumulating an immeasurable amount of traditional knowledge about their ecosystems, also face the dual and somewhat contradictory threats of discrimination and commodification.They face racism and discrimination that sees them as inferior, yet they are increasingly recognized for their unique relationship with their environment, their traditional knowledge and their spirituality, leading to external efforts to profit from their culture which are frequently out of their control, providing them no benefits, and often a great deal of harm. 14 January 2010The world’s 370 million indigenous peoples suffer from disproportionately, often exponentially, higher rates of poverty, health problems, crime and human rights abuses, the first ever United Nations study on the issue reported today, stressing that self-determination and land rights are vital for their survival. read more


3 September 2010Although flood waters are receding in parts of Pakistan, conditions in the thousands of camps that have sprung up in recent weeks are still desperate, the United Nations refugee agency warned today. Of particular concern, said Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is the growing crisis in Balochistan province in southwest Pakistan.It “has had scant attention compared to areas closer to the Indus River,” he told reporters in Geneva, noting that 2 million people in Balochistan have been affected by floods, including 600,000 people who fled neighbouring Sindh province.Waterborne diseases, shelter shortages and limited quantities of food for children are persistent threats, he added.Yesterday, UNHCR representative Mengesha Kebede told a news conference in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, that there is a “humanitarian tragedy” unfolding in Balochistan.“We need to scale up our activities in the province. If not, I think we are heading for a major humanitarian disaster there,” he stressed.“I have worked in humanitarian situations globally and worked in refugee camps in Africa during emergencies, but to be honest I had never seen a situation as devastating as I saw in Balochistan,” said Mr. Kebede, who just returned from the province.Thousands of families are also now living on the streets in southern Sindh, lacking water and sanitation, UNHCR reported today.Some 20 per cent of those uprooted by floods are returning to their villages to salvage their belongings and protect their property, according to Pakistani authorities, but others are expected to remain displaced for months.“There is urgent need to improve conditions for the displaced and support people in returning home,” Mr. Edwards stressed.UNHCR is one of numerous UN agencies that are on the ground in Pakistan to try to provide relief to the victims of the disaster, which has left a fifth of the country under water and affected more than 17 million people.For its part, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it has reached 3 million people with monthly food rations in August, voicing hope that it will double that number this month.But urgent donor support is vital for the agency to accelerate its deliveries of special food for infants and young children, as well as to airlift supplies to hard-to-reach areas.“In times of trouble, food assistance promotes peace and stability, bringing calm in the face of volatility and meeting a fundamental human need,” WFP said in an update. read more


Troy Brooks, academic integrity officer, presents an iPod Touch to Jessica Jones.A second-year Child and Youth Studies student has won an iPod Touch for learning more about academic integrity.Jessica Jones won the iPod for completing Brock’s online Academic Integrity Tutorial. More than 1,400 students did the tutorial.The contest was part of Academic Integrity Month, which is every October at Brock.


For the first time in the history of such appeals in Ethiopia, an effort has been made to handle separately chronic and acute caseloads. The 2005 humanitarian appeal is expected to address the acute needs of the unpredictable caseload, while a “productive safety net programme” will tackle longer-term food security needs.Starting in January 2005, about 2.2 million people will receive emergency food assistance while more than 5 million chronically food insecure people will be provided assistance in the form of cash or food for labour intensive public works.Beyond food assistance, the appeal seeks to address needs in the areas of agriculture, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, especially in drought-affected parts of the country. It also attempts to mainstream cross-cutting themes such as child protection and HIV/AIDS in these sectors.In the health and nutrition category, 6.8 million children up to the age of 59 months will be targeted for measles vaccinations and vitamin A supplements. More than $83.7 million is needed this programme and for other initiatives, including those addressing malaria, meningitis, reproductive health, acute malnutrition, diarrhoea and other communicable diseases.The appeal also aims to provide access to improved water and sanitation services for more than 2 million people at a cost of $10 million, while a further $10.8 million is required for the crop and livestock sectors. read more


by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 5, 2016 6:37 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada served up two unsavoury batches of economic numbers Friday as the latest trade and jobs figures provided further evidence of the country’s struggles.On employment, Statistics Canada’s labour force survey said the market lost 31,200 net jobs in July, an unexpectedly steep decline that included the biggest one-month drop in full-time work in nearly five years.On trade, the fresh figures showed Canada’s deficit with the world — the balance between imports and exports — ballooned to a record level of $3.6 billion in June.“The overall story here is the Canadian economy is barely growing,” BMO chief economist Doug Porter said Friday.“And the drag on the economy is in the export sector, the one area of the economy where I think there were very high hopes. We’re basically still incredibly dependent on consumer spending and housing to keep pulling the economy along.”Combined, Porter said the disappointing jobs and trade numbers increase the likelihood that the Bank of Canada will decrease its already-low benchmark interest rate before the end of the year to help boost the economy.After Friday’s releases, Porter said he thinks the chances of a rate cut before January are 25 per cent, up from 10 per cent.Looking at the labour data, Statistics Canada’s survey found the national unemployment rate for July crept up to 6.9 per cent from 6.8 per cent the previous month.The country shed 71,400 net full-time jobs in July — a number partly offset by an increase of 40,200 in less desirable, part-time positions. Statistics Canada said full-time work hadn’t suffered a one-month blow that big since it lost 80,300 positions in October 2011.Public sector work plummeted by 42,000 positions, compared to the labour force’s addition of 13,600 private sector jobs.The survey also found that paid employee positions fell by 28,400 last month, while self-employed work — often considered more precarious — declined by 2,700.But Porter said the performance of the overall labour force may not have been quite as negative as the headline number suggests.Pointing to the July drop of 24,200 public administration jobs, he said the decline could have been directly tied to the roughly 25,000 temporary positions created in April and May for the census.Porter also underlined another possible “quirk” in the employment data. He noted that Ontario showed a drop last month of 37,800 positions in educational services, which could be due to a seasonal adjustment involving teachers that he has seen reflected in the data in the past.He expects those numbers to recover over the coming months.With the July decline in educational services jobs, Ontario suffered the biggest loss of any province. Its labour market lost 36,100 net positions, 18,900 of which were full time.In Alberta, where the economy has been hit hard by low oil prices and May wildfires that temporarily shuttered some crude production, the unemployment rate rose 0.7 percentage points to 8.6 per cent. The rate reached its highest mark since September 1994.Overall, the Canadian labour market had 0.4 per cent more jobs than 12 months earlier. During that same period, however, full-time work dropped 0.2 per cent while part-time jobs climbed 3.1 per cent.“Looking at it from a very big picture, the reality is that we’ve had very modest job growth over the last 12 months,” said Porter, who thought the trade numbers were evenmore “disturbing.”Statistics Canada said exports fell 4.7 per cent in the second quarter to $124 billion, the steepest slide since the second quarter of 2009 during the Great Recession.“The extent of the drop — that’s a bit surprising,” said Krishen Rangasamy, a National Bank senior economist.As a result, Canada’s quarterly trade deficit expanded to a record $10.7 billion in the second quarter, up from $6.4 billion in the first quarter.“Basically, what that means is that trade is going to subtract from growth in the second quarter and is basically reinforcing our view that Canadian GDP actually contracted about 1.5 per cent annualized in the second quarter,” he said.Rangasamy, however, is predicting a “strong rebound” in exports in the second half of 2016, thanks to the still-weak Canadian dollar and the strengthening United States economy.On Friday, the latest release of U.S. jobs data offered evidence of ongoing economic improvements south of the border.The country added 255,000 jobs last month as the unemployment rate stayed at 4.9 per cent, the U.S. Labor Department said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the one-month drop was the worst overall in five years. Canada loses most full-time jobs in nearly five years, sees record trade deficit read more


Every day, humanitarian aid workers stand on the front lines of war and disaster, braving great dangers to deliver assistance to those in need. To pay tribute to these unsung heroes, 19 August has been designated as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).As part of this year’s commemoration, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs launched a photography exhibition in New York entitled “When I Grow Up.” By photographing African children aged six to 18 – whose young lives have already been beleaguered with hardships – photographer Vincent Tremeau documented their aspirations by capturing each dressed in the clothing of the adult they aspire to be. ‹ › Related videos World Humanitarian Day 2016 – One Humanity Refugees And Migrants: Far From Home .add-this {display:none;} #PhotoHolder3 {display:none;} #sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:98% !important} #myCarousel {width:100% !important; background-color:#000000; color:#FFFFFF;} #fullstory p {font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.7em;} read more


Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball toward the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo creditThe Ohio State football team won its third straight matchup with Michigan, but the emotions were mixed as the Buckeyes left the field.OSU — ranked No. 6 in the College Football Playoff poll — lost redshirt-freshman quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate J.T. Barrett to a fractured ankle during the game, ruling him out for the remainder of the season. But after the injury, the Buckeyes found a way to post 14 fourth-quarter points on their way to a 42-28 win Saturday at Ohio Stadium.With the Big Ten Championship Game on the horizon, The Lantern sports editors picked five key takeaways as OSU tries to bounce back from losing its signal caller.1. It’s redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones’ time to shineWith Barrett out after undergoing surgery on Sunday, the Buckeyes have no choice but to turn to Jones.Listed at 6-feet, 5-inches and 250 pounds, the Glenville High School product is an imposing physical presence, but has very little collegiate game experience. Jones has attempted 17 passes this season and completed 10, totaling 118 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception. He also has 26 carries for 206 yards, for an average of 7.9 yards per rush.In a small sample size, the numbers are promising, but his playing experience during significant portions of a game is limited to almost none. Up until Saturday, he had only taken the field for extended stretches when the Buckeyes already had a big lead.With his first OSU start set to come in the conference title game, Jones might be expected to struggle — potentially harming the team’s shot at making the playoffs no matter if it wins or loses. But if he finds a way to shine, the Buckeyes should still be able to win and work their way into the final four come season’s end.2. With Jones under center, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott should carry the loadIn 12 games played — 11 as the starter — Elliott has run for 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns with an average of six yards per carry.Perhaps the best game of his young career came against the Wolverines when he ran for 121 yards on just 17 carries, and helped put the game away with a 44-yard touchdown run on fourth down in the fourth quarter.If OSU wants to win the Big Ten championship, it’ll have to find some success throwing the ball. But if Jones does struggle, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman should turn to Elliott to carry the load.If Elliott does see significant — as in 25-plus — carries, it will either mean Jones has been a bust, or Elliott is having a standout performance. If the latter is true, he has the natural ability to carry the Buckeyes to a win.3. The OSU defense is still a work in progressGiving up 28 points to Michigan isn’t necessarily a red flag, but when it comes against the 2014 Wolverines, there’s something going wrong.Michigan had a poor season — highlighted by the team missing out on bowl-game eligibility — and a lot of that can be attributed to the offense. Coming into the game, redshirt-senior quarterback Devin Gardner hadn’t thrown a touchdown pass on the road all season, but he managed to throw two at the Horseshoe.Overall, the Buckeyes gave up 372 yards of total offense, but also managed five sacks and 10 tackles for loss. OSU had a quick start to the game with an interception on the second play from scrimmage and a strong finish, but the time in between has to raise a red flag for coach Urban Meyer and his staff.Especially with a question mark at quarterback, the OSU defense will need to step up going forward.4. Jalin Marshall will need to be a bigger part of the OSU offenseWith OSU down to just two healthy scholarship quarterbacks, it is likely that the Buckeyes will need extra production from the redshirt-freshman H-back this week. That production might come from all over the field, including lining up behind center and taking reps at quarterback. Against Indiana, Marshall flexed his muscle and scored four touchdowns in the second half of an OSU win that clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game. With Barrett out, most expect Marshall to see extended minutes in addition to the playing time he was already getting with fellow H-back Dontre Wilson out with a broken foot. 5. The starting quarterback job in 2015 just got more interestingWith Barrett’s injury, OSU carries two hobbled Heisman candidate quarterbacks into the 2015 season. Meyer said during a Sunday teleconference that he expects Barrett to be back in time for spring practice in a limited role, and a timetable for senior quarterback Braxton Miller has not recently been discussed. The debate had been swinging in Barrett’s favor as to who should start for the Buckeyes next season, but now it becomes a matter of who is more healthy, rather than who has been more productive.The two are arguably the best two quarterbacks in the conference, and, for the time being, both reside in Columbus.The Buckeyes are set to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten title game on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. read more


first_img 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. She is getting ready for the tribute concert She is getting ready for the tribute concertCredit: Flynet Pictures For those who weren’t able to get their hands on tickets, the concert will be broadcast live on BBC One on Sunday night from 6.55pm to 10pm, and on BBC Radio and Capitol Radio networks.In a sign of solidarity to the concert, ITV yesterday announced it was bumping the finale of Britain’s Got Talent to Saturday night, rather than the previously-scheduled Sunday. Ariana Grande has been seen returning to the UK just over a week after the terror attack which caused tragedy after her Manchester concert.She has come back for the One Love show, held to raise money for the families of the victims of the attack.The singer was spotted at Stansted airport ahead of the tribute gig.center_img The tickets, worth £40 each, sold out in less than 20 minutes on Thursday, June 1 as the Ticketmaster website struggled under the weight of massive demand. Singer Perry, who paid tribute to the victims during her performance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend on Saturday, shared the announcement with her Twitter followers, saying: “The music community stands together with love and in solidarity. I am humbled to be a part of this show.”The gig was apparently the idea of Ariana Grande, who wanted to do something to give back to the families who lost their loved ones in the attack. The all-star benefit gig, which is taking place at Mancester’s Old Trafford cricket ground, will see some of the biggest names in music unite to raise money for the victims of the attack and their families.Acts performing at the event include Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Usher, Robbie Williams, Katy Perry, Niall Horan, The Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell Williams Take That and Little Mix.last_img read more


first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #GLASGOW A ninth body has been recovered from the wreckage of the Clutha Bar in Glasgow following Friday’s helicopter crash. An attempt will be made to remove the helicopter wreckage from the roof of the pub today.2. #NEW YORK Investigations continue into yesterday’s train derailment in the Bronx, which left four people dead and at least 63 injured. Some passengers were said to have been ‘impaled’ by debris. Police said that the train’s event recorder has been recovered.3. #PROPERTY TAX Council tenants will not have to pay the property tax in the new year, the Irish Independent reports. It says that all council houses were automatically valued at under €100,000 so they qualified for the lowest property tax rate, and were given a six-month respite.4. #RIFT Minister Joan Burton told TheJournal.ie she hasn’t talked with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore about an apparent ‘rift‘. Burton said that she and Gilmore have always had a “very good working relationship” and that he supports her.5. #TOP-UPS Meanwhile, Minister Burton has said a charities regulator must be a priority in the wake of the recent top-ups controversy. Former Fianna Fáil minister and Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) board member, Vincent Brady, told the Irish Times he will not resign over revelations about top-up payments from public donations to CRC.6. #JOBS Baxter Healthcare is to let 110 jobs go through voluntary redundancies. The American firm employs 1,000 people in Castlebar and Swinford, Mayo, but the jobs are to be cut in Castlebar.7. #COURTS Former solicitor Thomas Byrne (47) is due to be sentenced today in a trial which saw him found guilty of 50 charges of theft, fraud, deception and forgery. The case is the country’s largest-ever fraud trial.8. #RESIGNATION Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber is expected to give evidence in upcoming criminal trials, despite his recent resignation. Dr Jaber told the Irish Independent that a dispute at Dublin City Mortuary stemmed from bullying allegations against him, and he denied any wrongdoing.9. #HEADSTONES A priest in Donegal has warned parishioners that ‘gaudy’ headstones could be removed if they don’t conform to strict new rules, the Inishowen News reports. Fr John Walsh in Buncrana has also warned against people eating or talking loudly in cemeteries.last_img read more


first_img Oct 27th 2016, 9:07 PM 16,206 Views Short URL Share10 Tweet Email2 8 Comments Sesame seeds recalled over fears they may contain moth larvae The Food Standards Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued the warning today. By Garreth MacNamee http://jrnl.ie/3050664 Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 9:07 PM Image: FSAI A FOOD FIRM has recalled a batch of sesame seeds they fear may contain moth larvae.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said Pallas Foods issued a food alert for the Salamander Gourmet Food Co Sesame Seeds;,product code: PU300; pack size; one kilogram.The FSAI said the product originated in India.The Indian larvae can infest a large number of foodstuffs including vegetables, cereals, rice, flours and spices.The food they infest will often seem to be webbed together, according to international pest control bodies.Gardaí investigating after flasher exposes himself to two young women >Poll: Would ‘booze curtains’ make a difference to Irish people’s alcohol habits? > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: FSAIlast_img read more


first_img 8,204 Views Short URL Image: TINA MACINTYRE-YEE Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 7:24 AM By Associated Press New round of bomb threats to Jewish community centres across the US US President Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have condemned the attacks. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share8 Tweet Email Police officers investigate a bomb threat outside the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester in Brighton. Image: TINA MACINTYRE-YEE We denounce these latest anti-Semitic and hateful threats in the strongest terms. It is incredibly saddening that I have to continue to share these disturbing reports with you.“As long as they do continue, we will continue to condemn them and look at ways in which we can stop them.”On Friday, Missouri resident Juan Thompson was arrested on a cyberstalking charge and accused of making at least eight of the threats nationwide, including one to the ADL. Authorities said Thompson was trying to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend by pinning the threats on her.A criminal complaint said Thompson started making threats on 28 January. He claimed on Twitter that his ex-girlfriend was behind the calls. Thompson is scheduled to appear in court in St. Louis today for a hearing to determine if he should remain detained pending trial.Authorities are looking for other suspects in the threats.Read: Donald Trump is yet to select and Irish ambassador but a Texan is keeping the seat warm> http://jrnl.ie/3276110 33 Comments Mar 8th 2017, 7:24 AM THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE and several Jewish community centres across the country got a new round of bomb threats yesterday, adding to the scores they have been plagued with since January.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was at a Jewish community centre on Staten Island to denounce previous threats when he learned of the new ones.“This is a moment in time, in history, where forces of hate have been unleashed,” de Blasio said. “It is exceedingly unsettling.”Federal officials have been investigating more than 120 threats against Jewish organisations in three dozen states since 9 January and a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries. Over the course of Monday evening and yesterday, there were eight emailed or phoned-in bomb threats in six states plus Ontario, the JCC Association of North America said. Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson talks to reporters after a press briefing after a bomb threat was reported Source: TINA MACINTYRE-YEETwo suburban Jewish community centres in upstate New York were also shut down yesterday when someone phoned in bomb threats, authorities said. The Jewish Community Center in the Milwaukee suburb of Whitefish Bay was closed for almost two hours. A Jewish community centre in Portland, Oregon, received a bomb threat, too.In Providence, Rhode Island, an administrator at the Jewish Community Day School, attached to a synagogue, received a threat yesterday morning alleging there was a shooter with an assault rifle on the roof of the building, police said. Police and a K-9 team swept the building, no one was found.Chicago Jewish Day School on the city’s north side was evacuated for a few hours.In New York, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said there were five threats made, including to the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, which also received threats to its offices in Atlanta, Boston and Washington DC. The ADL said threats were also made in Florida and Maryland. A police officer stands in front of the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester after a bomb threat was reported in Brighton Source: TINA MACINTYRE-YEEWhite House spokesman Sean Spicer said he shared President Donald Trump’s hope that the threats subside. Police officers investigate a bomb threat outside the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester in Brighton.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Stella Theodore Manios is well-known amongst the community in Greenville, South Carolina namely for her charity work. Since the Great Depression she has been raising much-needed funds for the needy, her church, and local Greek festivals.“They’d see her coming and either hide or have their cheque books ready by the time she made her pitch,” family friend Jim Konduros told Independent Mail.But on Sunday it was a chance for the attention to be on Manios herself, celebrating her 100th birthday at the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Greenville surrounded by hundreds of her friends and family.Despite her age, the centenarian remains very active and after cutting her cake, hit the dance floor with her granddaughter Stacey Hester who says “We can’t keep up with her”.Aside from using a cane from time to time, she appears to be in good health with good genes running through the family.Amongst those gathered on the day to celebrate were Manios’ younger siblings Lula Theodore, 99, Georgia Pouler, 95. and brother Nick Theodore aged 88.But according to the matriarch, the secret to ageing gracefully is not what you might think. While her diet generally consists of traditional Greek dishes, she doesn’t shy away from bacon, processed food or sugary drinks, and instead puts her long life down to her state of mind.“I think positive,” Manios said. “If I’m in pain, I don’t think about it and I’m not in pain.”last_img read more


first_imgTanzanie : exploitation d’uranium dans un site classé par l’UNESCOLe ministère de l’Energie en Tanzanie a annoncé ce mardi l’exploitation d’une mine d’uranium dans le parc de Selous, seconde réserve animalière d’Afrique et site classé au patrimoine de l’humanité par l’Unesco.La Tanzanie, en Afrique de l’Est, va exploiter une mine d’uranium dans le parc de Selous, qui comprend l’une des plus grandes réserves animalières d’Afrique et qui est classé au patrimoine de l’humanité par l’Unesco, l’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation la science et la culture. Les réserves du parc de Selous, d’une superficie de 54.600 kilomètres carrés, sont estimées à 24.400 tonnes et l’exploitation de la mine aurait lieu dans la partie sud.   La société australienne Mantra Ressources compte débuter cette exploitation en 2012. “L’exploration et les préparatifs d’ouverture se poursuivent mais la mine ne sera opérationnelle entre la mi et la fin 2012, pour respecter plusieurs conditions posées par le comité de l’Unesco”, chargé du patrimoine mondial, a dit le ministre, William Ngeleja à l’AFP.Il s’agit d’évaluer l’impact de l’exploitation de la mine d’uranium sur l’environnement. De plus, le feu vert des autorités tanzaniennes de l’environnement est toujours attendu ainsi qu’une visite de l’Unesco pour effectuer des vérifications sur place.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les radiations produites par de l’uraniumSelon le ministre du Tourisme et des Ressources naturelles, Ezekiel Maige, le comité de l’Unesco a donné son accord conditionnel à l’ouverture de la mine de Selous lors d’une rencontre au siège de l’organisation à Paris, selon Sciences et Avenir. L’annonce de ces informations intervient alors que La Tanzanie vient de renoncer au projet  trans-Serengeti,  qui consistait en la construction d’une route à travers le parc du Serengeti, autre site protégé par l’organisation. L’uranium est un métal lourd radioactif qui participe aux processus géothermiques, c’est une énergie non renouvelable qui nécessite de bonnes conditions économiques pour son exploitation. Le 6 juillet 2011 à 11:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgEnlarge ImageThe Fit EV is long gone, but its battery packs are the subject of Honda’s research into battery recycling options. Honda As battery electric vehicles become increasingly common on our roads, the problem of what to do with their complicated, resource-intensive batteries becomes a much more significant concern.Some have proposed turning old EV batteries into domestic backup batteries, or municipal ones, or chargers for other EVs. Honda, alongside its partner American Electric Power (AEP), has some ideas and it’s currently conducting its own research into what should be done with end-of-life batteries, which it announced Wednesday.One of the biggest areas of Honda’s study is in using the batteries to supplement the power grid during high demand. For example, as EVs become more commonplace, it’s likely that early evening will be a time of high strain on the power grid as people come home from work and plug their cars in at home.A large array of these older EV batteries could store energy during the day when the system is under less demand or when renewable energy sources like solar or wind are making excess power, and act as a ballast for the grid when that demand ramps up.”Together with AEP, we are exploring opportunities to use the second life battery to improve energy security, reduce CO2 and prepare for broad scale electrification of the transportation ecosystem,” said Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business, American Honda, in a statement. “Neither automakers nor utilities can address these complex technical, policy and business issues alone.”Honda plans to use the batteries from its now-discontinued Fit EV to power its pilot program with AEP. 40 Photos 2017 Honda Clarity Electric quietly hits the road Tags Honda Auto Tech Electric Cars Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e: Luxury cruising with an electric edgecenter_img 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Honda Share your voice More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more


first_img Amazon Debuts Its New, Cute Autonomous Delivery Robot Named Scout Close Amazon India is likely to include the airline ticketing functionality to a super app that it is trying out on the Tapzo platform it acquired last year, media reports say. Amazon’s proposed super app, which is in line with Tencent’s We-Chat, is likely to offer an exhaustive bouquet of products and services.While Amazon is continuing with beta testing of flight bookings in collaboration with travel portal Cleartrip, the move is seen as the e-commerce giant’s strategic shift to incorporate product and services sale into one umbrella app, catching a new e-commerce trend early on, according to a report in the Economic Times.”These are all third-party application integrations with market leaders in their verticals,” the report cited a source as saying. Coding experts are busy developing application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow internet companies to interact with each other, allowing seamless data exchange among platforms. Amazon’s new super-app may heat up the e-commerce sceneReutersAmazon may be following the example of Paytm and Phonepe, the path that Flipkart and Ola are likely to take, to use their user base to provide goods and services across the board. They could include retail sales to recharge services of mobile phones and DTH as well as flight ticketing and grocery delivery and cab hire. Amazon’s customer base is an estimated 150 million with the monthly unique customers estimated at 20-25 million each for Amazon and Flipkart.Sequoia Capital-backed Tapzo that Amazon acquired last year aggregates into a single app the app-based services of Uber, Ola, food delivery services Swiggy and Zomato, BookMyShow, bill payment service BillDesk and more. Amazon already have recharge and bill payments on its app. Amazon’s best of Prime 2018 is the most used platform for Amazon Pay.Amazon Press Kit”E-commerce is no longer just about selling goods,” the report quoted Neil Shah, research director at Counterpoint Research, as saying. “A growing set of users are consuming services, so while Amazon knows what goods they buy, the company does not know how they consume offline-to-online services. This move will pave the way for Amazon to get access to this data.” Amazon Pay will serve as the backbone for the payment window for the functionalities that the company plans to introduce, according to an unidentified source in Amazon.The partners that Amazon Pay has struck deals with include Yatra, RedBus and Abhibus in travel; and Faasos, Box8, FreshMenu and Cafe Coffee Day in the food and beverages space, the report says. Haptik, BookMyShow and Niki.ai also accept Amazon Pay as an online payment window. Amazon promotes these brands on the Amazon Pay landing page on its app and website along with its promotional offers for using the payment channel.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:06Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:04?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more