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Connections with 10 Janpath, leading criteria for for appointment of cabinet secretary

first_imgWhile merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay. “The RSS has maintained it can do business with the Congress. What is,While merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay.”The RSS has maintained it can do business with the Congress. What is left unsaid is that the BJP can support the Congress if they discard the Left.” Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) Politburo member”Dawood is involved in the Mumbai blasts, Quattrochi siphoned off the country’s money. The Congress president owes moral and political explanations.” L.K. Advani, leader of the Opposition”The Congress has earmarked quotas for Muslims in jobs and education to get their votes.” Rajnath Singh, BJP president”The whole social sector is skewed in favour of the urban elite. That is responsible for our poor performance in the Commonwealth Games.” Mani Shankar Aiyar, sports minister”At 33, if I am forced to come out and play a (Davis Cup) singles match, that is something we definitely have got to look into.” Leander Paes, tennis playerlast_img read more

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Govt, RBI monitoring Brexit fallout, taking calibrated steps

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) Government and RBI are closely monitoring emerging external situation following the UKs decision to exit the EU to take calibrated and appropriate policies as and when required, Parliament was informed today. “The government and RBI are closely monitoring the emerging external situation due to exit of Britain from the European Union to take calibrated appropriate policies as and when required,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. Jaitley further said Brexit is a long-drawn process and may take more than two years. “Even with Brexit, EU rules will continue to apply to the UK units until the Article 50 negotiations are complete. So, the UK would not be able to change its immigration policies or adopt its own trade polices till then,” the minister said. Accordingly to Article 50 of the EU treaty, the negotiations can last up to two years and may be extended if 27 remaining states agree, he added. Last month, in a historic development, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). PTI BKS ARDlast_img read more

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Djokovic halted by rain after Nadal beats Federer and Konta misses out on final – as it happened

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Photos: Former Michigan State Star Magic Johnson Is At The Spartans’ Game vs. Georgia

first_imgMagic Johnson cheers on the Spartans.SYRACUSE, NY – MARCH 27: Former Basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson claps in the second half of the game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Oklahoma Sooners during the East Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 27, 2015 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Magic Johnson, perhaps the greatest player in the history of the Michigan State men’s basketball program, is in attendance at the Spartans’ NCAA Tournament game vs. Georgia this afternoon. Johnson, who starred in Lansing from 1977-79, leading MSU to a national championship his final season, is watching No. 7 seed MSU take on No. 10 seed Georgia in the Second Round. The 55-year-old NBA legend had quite an audience around him at halftime. .@MagicJohnson, your thoughts on the first half? #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/UBzuQ8LSKV— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 20, 2015@MagicJohnson taking time to sign autographs and photos at the half of MSU game #classact #gospartans pic.twitter.com/Y863b05KFD— Chris Brislin (@brizbear13) March 20, 2015Magic Johnson spending halftime with some Michigan State fans pic.twitter.com/g0azEcLtC0— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) March 20, 2015Johnson witnessed a pretty impressive performance by the Spartans in the first half, as they lead the Bulldogs, 35-22, after 20 minutes. Michigan State and Georgia’s game is being televised on truTV.last_img read more

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Trump floats twostep plan for gun control More guns more control

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is floating a unique two-step move on gun control. It involves both more guns and more controls.The additional guns would be inside schools.The president made clear Thursday that he believes additional security in schools is a key to halting America’s mass-shooting scourge. In his view, the solution includes pay bonuses for teachers willing to pack weapons.“We have to harden our schools, not soften them. A gun-free zone to a killer or somebody who wants to be a killer, that’s like going in for the ice cream. That’s like, ‘Here I am, take me.’ We have to get smart on gun-free zones,” the president said.“They’re not going to walk into a school if 20 per cent of the teachers have guns. It may be 10 per cent, it may be 40 per cent. Now what I’d recommend doing is the people that do carry … we give them a bonus.”That’s consistent with the view of the National Rifle Association — the gun lobby has a program that funds schools willing to add security, including more firearms.The idea faces potentially insurmountable resistance. Members of Trump’s own party have said they’re not interested in taking this up legislatively — Sen. Marco Rubio brushed it off during a heated town-hall debate on CNN.Some teachers have expressed mortification over the idea and questioned how it might work in practice. The questions included training, and liability issues in the event a student were killed by friendly crossfire.When Trump first raised the idea this week at a meeting with shooting survivors, one parent criticized it and drew applause from others in the room.But that’s only half of his proposed solution.The other half involves more controls — with four new proposals: additional background checks, mental-health screening, a ban on so-called bump stocks and raising the age limit on certain purchases to 21 from 18.These ideas face challenges from the right.The NRA, for example, is dead-set against raising the age limit. In a statement, it questioned why a single mother aged 20 should be deprived of the same constitutional right to bear arms as everyone else.The conservative Breitbart website also ran a story expressing concern about the background checks, saying they would lead to a national gun registry.Trump sounded confident of his ability to get the NRA onside.“I don’t think I’ll be going up against them. … I mean, they’re very close to me, I’m very close to them, they’re very, very great people. They love this country. They’re patriots,” Trump said.A number of Republicans are interested in the other proposals — background checks, mental-health screening, and banning bump stocks. Rubio expressed support for all three on live TV as survivors of the Florida school shooting grilled him.Polls suggest widespread support for such limited measures — over 80 per cent, and in some cases over 95 per cent, far higher than the roughly two-thirds of Americans who favour a broader gun ban.But those more modest measures have been thwarted in the past by opposition on the right.That opposition was evident just outside Washington on Thursday. Supporters of the president’s party gathered for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Two speakers from the NRA railed against gun control and against the news media for allegedly creating a phoney debate in the wake of last week’s massacre.Spokeswoman Dana Loesch pointed to the journalists in back of the room.“Many in the legacy media love mass-shootings. You guys love it,” she said.“I’m not saying you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold… Where’s the CNN town hall for (black mothers in) Chicago?”The organization’s Wayne LaPierre also emphasized the organization’s project called National School Shield. Created in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the program provides advice and funding for schools to beef up security measures.“It should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank, or a jewelry store, or some Hollywood gala… Evil must be confronted immediately with all necessary force to protect our kids.”A top Democrat tweeted about his fear that, under heat from the gun lobby, the president will melt. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer noted that the president had supported gun measures in the past and dropped them.“(He’s) pushing for action on things … the NRA opposes,” Schumer wrote. “Last time he showed support for sensible gun reform … he quickly dropped his support once the NRA opposed it.“I hope this time will be different.”last_img read more

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US president cheers new USMCA trade deal heralds end of NAFTA era

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump is taking a victory lap at the White House, cheering Sunday’s last-minute free trade deal, pronouncing the death of the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement — and playing down “tensions” with Justin Trudeau.Trump acknowledged he and the prime minister have been at odds in recent weeks — but said it was all because of NAFTA, and is over now that the two countries have agreed to a new continental trade pact, christened the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.“There was a lot of tension between he and I … but it all ended around 12 o’clock last night” when the new deal was reached, Trump told a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.“The only problem with Justin is he loves his people, and he’s fighting hard for his people. I think Justin’s a good person who’s doing a good job.”Trump also refused to be pinned down on whether he intends to ease Section 232 tariffs on Canadian exports of steel and aluminum, saying at once that the tariffs remain in place, but they won’t be necessary as long as Canada and Mexico honour the terms of the new agreement.The tariff measure “is still staying where it is,” he said, adding, “but I don’t think you will need to use the tariffs.”Trump, flanked by trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer, adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and a who’s who of his inner circle, called the new agreement the most important trade deal the U.S. has ever made.The deal, reached late Sunday, will govern $1.2 trillion US in trade, making it the biggest agreement in the country’s history, and marks the end of an era during which the U.S. has been “treated so badly” on trade by other countries around the world, the president said.He said the new deal treats American workers with “fairness and reciprocity,” unlike NAFTA, which he again described as the worst deal ever agreed to by the United States.And he cheered the fact it will give American farmers and dairy producers greater access to markets in Canada and Mexico, protect auto manufacturing jobs and encourage innovation on U.S. soil.Trump said he spoke earlier today with Trudeau and outgoing Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, and also extended thanks to Pena Nieto’s replacement, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.Like all negotiations, there was horse trading, but for the Canada there were elements of the new pact that could be viewed as victories.Canada, along with Mexico, took a “do no harm” approach to the talks, and there were early indications the Trudeau government succeeded in preserving the status quo in key areas, even though it faced criticism for giving the U.S. concessions on dairy.The deal preserved the key dispute-resolution provisions — Chapter 19 — which allow for independent panels to resolve disputes involving companies and governments, as well as Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute-settlement mechanism.For Canada, this was a hill to die on — as it was for former prime minister Brian Mulroney during the original 1988 Canada-U.S. free trade deal — because, Trudeau argued, there needs to be some rules for settling disputes when dealing with the current U.S. president.Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau spoke this morning with President @realDonaldTrump about the new USMCA (new name of NAFTA) #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/rDHsrKXymC— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 1, 2018Other contentious, so-called U.S. poison pills — which would have limited Canada and Mexico’s ability to bid on lucrative U.S. procurement projects — are gone.The United States “finally came to their senses” and created an environment conducive to reaching an agreement with Canada, said Jerry Dias, head of the major Canadian union Unifor, a key player in the negotiation drama.“Things started to change when the United States understood that we weren’t moving on the dispute mechanism, Canada’s cultural exemption needed to be in place, we weren’t going to bend on the auto industry,” he said today on Parliament Hill.Dias said he is not thrilled by what Canada conceded in the dairy sector, but he believes there will be a solution out of discussions between the government and the dairy lobby.Canadian dairy farmers immediately panned the renegotiated deal, saying it will undercut the industry by limiting exports and opening up the market to more American products.Dairy Farmers of Canada issued a terse statement saying the deal would grant an expanded 3.6-per-cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate competitive dairy classes, which the group says will shrink the Canadian industry.It said the measures will have “a dramatic impact not only for dairy farmers but for the whole sector.”RELATED: Canadian dairy farmers’ group pans new trade pact with U.S., Mexico “This has happened, despite assurances that our government would not sign a bad deal for Canadians,” Pierre Lampron, the organization’s president, said in the statement. “We fail to see how this deal can be good for the 220,000 Canadian families that depend on dairy for their livelihood.”Canada had previously offered the U.S. a 3.25-per-cent market share under the old Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which Trump also derided — and pulled the U.S. from — after he took office in 2017.Canada also agreed to get rid of its two-year-old Class 7 pricing agreement that has restricted U.S. exports of ultra-filtered milk used to make dairy products. Dairy Farmers objected to this, too, but the once-obscure dairy classification had become a lightning rod of discontent for Trump.Trump said it was unfair and economically crippling to dairy farmers. U.S. administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Sunday night that this was a win for farmers in Wisconsin, New York and elsewhere.Trudeau would only say it was a “good day for Canada” as he left a late-night cabinet meeting in Ottawa that capped several days of frenetic long-distance talks.Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau says it’s a “good day for Canada” and he will talk tomorrow. This follows a cabinet meeting on news of a NAFTA deal. #cdnpoli #sorryforthebadvideo pic.twitter.com/rjQgy1dAav— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 1, 2018A side letter published along with the main text of the agreement exempts a percentage of eligible auto exports from tariffs. A similar agreement between Mexico and the U.S. preserves duty-free access to the U.S. market for vehicles that comply with the agreement’s rules of origin.Canada fought hard to retain Chapter 19, a holdover from NAFTA that U.S. trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer worked tooth-and-nail to eliminate.“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” Lighthizer and Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister, said in a joint statement.On the matter of Section 232 tariffs, Trump’s trade weapon of choice, U.S. officials told a late-night conference call with reporters that the two sides had “reached an accommodation” on the issue.The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said it was relieved that an agreement in principle had been reached. But chamber president Perrin Beatty said the details of the text needed a closer look before a final verdict could be rendered.– With files from Mike Blanchfield, James McCarten and Kristy Kirkuplast_img read more

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BlackBerry to get 40M in federal funds to support selfdriving car development

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is giving $40 million in federal money to BlackBerry to help the company develop self-driving car technologies.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata on Friday to announce the support for BlackBerry, the one-time smartphone leader that is now working on advanced software for autonomous vehicles.BlackBerry says its QNX software is already in tens of millions of cars, guiding systems related to driver assistance, hands-free features and entertainment consoles.A government official says the federal money, to come from the Strategic Innovation Fund, will go toward software development and skills training for workers.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the coming announcement publicly.The company is putting $300 million of its own money into the initiative, expected to create 800 jobs over the next decade at BlackBerry’s Kanata campus as well as support 300 existing jobs there.The Canadian Press read more

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RUSSELL PETERS ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF HIS SECOND CHILD A STRONG BIG ASS

first_img Facebook Russell Peters and his daughter Crystianna, born in 2010, are seen on Peters’ Instagram account with his newborn son, also named Russell. (INSTAGRAM @RUSSELLPETERS) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Russell Peters says his girlfriend has delivered his second child. The Brampton-raised standup-comedy global superstar took to Instagram early Tuesday to post pictures and celebrate the event.“My beautiful girlfriend @jenniferandrade_ delivered me a handsome, strong, big ass, healthy, baby boy!!!” the 48-year-old comic wrote, following with a bawdy remark on the boy’s conception. He asked his followers to say hello to “Russell Santiago Peters!!! His big sister is in love with him and so are we!!”center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Shubenacadie casino development under fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s a new casino development going up in Shubenacadie territory, in the heart of Nova Scotia — and residents are concerned.The council is considering a proposal that would see the developers take 34% of the casino’s revenue. Residents say that money could be better used in the community, and they’re asking to be part of the planning process.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della has the story.last_img

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5 month old boy fighting for his life in an Edmonton hospital

first_imgAPTN National NewsA five-month old boy from the Yukon is fighting for his life in an Edmonton hospital.Emmett Smith was diagnosed with liver cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.APTN’s Chris Stewart has his story.last_img

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India UN envoy lauds 520 million boost from World Bank to fight

The new $520.75 million scheme – designed by the Indian Government, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – will provide prevention services through bed nets and spraying and treatment to over 100 million people in India.More than 2 million cases of the disease are reported yearly in the South Asian nation, causing India to lose nearly 80 million days in productivity annually.In a statement, Special Envoy Roy Chambers congratulated both the World Bank and the Indian Government for their “tremendous commitment” to combating malaria.The funding provided by the World Bank – which comes in the form of a credit from its concessionary lending branch, the International Development Association – is the body’s largest-ever project for malaria control in any one country.“Malaria continues to be a major threat to the lives of millions of poor Indians through premature death, disability, and unnecessary suffering,” said Isabel Guerrero, the World Bank’s Vice President for South Asia, when the body’s new initiative was announced on 31 July.Falciparum malaria, a severe form of the disease which is often fatal, is on the rise in India due to increased resistance to chloroquine treatment, which was previously the primary anti-malaria drug.“This project uses the latest science on malaria control, including a new highly effective drug regimen, to effectively address this problem,” Ms. Guerrero noted. 7 August 2008The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Malaria today welcomed the World Bank’s recent announcement that it would supply over $500 million to help India combat malaria and other diseases. read more

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Haitian reconstruction the focus of talks between Ban and UN envoy Clinton

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has already employed almost 400 Haitians to give the local economy a boost and swiftly deliver urgently-needed humanitarian aid following the 7.0-magnitude quake, which struck Haiti on 12 January.By week’s end, the cash-for-work programme will be expanded to include another 700 people to remove rubble and bring essential infrastructure, such as electricity, back online.“It’s really important to try to continue to get the immediate emergency aid up to scale,” Mr. Clinton, who serves as UN Special Envoy for Haiti, told reporters following a meeting with Mr. Ban at UN Headquarters. “The cash-for-work programme is the next step,” he said. “It’s really important to give young people something positive to do and a lot of people there want to be a part of rebuilding their country.”The quake is estimated to have affected one third of the 9 million citizens of Haiti, already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Clinton and the Secretary-General, both of whom have visited the capital, Port-au-Prince, in the wake of the disaster, stressed the need to get people back to work as quickly as possible.“Through this cash-for-work programme, we can employ many young men and women who can really devote themselves to the early phase of recovery,” said Mr. Ban, urging generous support for the $41 million appeal launched by UNDP to support the cash-for-work programme. The Secretary-General added that he is sending Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark to Montreal to attend a ministerial conference on Haiti next Monday. In addition, the UN, together with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Commission, are planning a post-disaster assessment mission for reconstruction purposes. In a related development, the World Bank announced today that, due to the crisis caused by the earthquake, it is waiving any payments on Haiti’s $38 million debt to the Bank for the next five years. At the same time, it is working to find a way forward to cancel the remaining debt. 21 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations Special Envoy Bill Clinton today stressed the need to help get the Haitian economy back on its feet as soon as possible in the aftermath of last week’s devastating earthquake, as emergency humanitarian assistance continued in the hardest-hit areas. read more

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New Brunswick takes goslow approach on offshore energy accord with Ottawa

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Brunswick takes go-slow approach on offshore energy accord with Ottawa FREDERICTON – The federal and New Brunswick governments have not entered formal negotiations to develop an offshore energy accord, nearly a year after the former premier said talks to draft such an agreement have begun.Briefing notes for provincial Energy Minister Donald Arseneault say talks with Ottawa have been at a preliminary stage during the past year.“However, the federal government has yet to provide NRCan (Natural Resources Canada) officials with a formal mandate to negotiate,” say the briefing notes, obtained by The Canadian Press under a right-to-information request.A spokeswoman for Natural Resources Canada said in an email that the provincial government has not made a request to its federal counterparts to initiate formal discussions.Arseneault said he wants a better understanding of potential development before entering into such talks.“We believe in developing our natural resource in a safe and responsible manner so we want to make sure if we’re going to enter into such agreements, those principles don’t change,” the Liberal energy minister said.It’s unclear whether there is a commercially viable reservoir of oil or gas under New Brunswick’s 2.3-million hectare offshore. Some seismic exploration work was carried out in the 1960s into the early 1980s, but that’s as far as it went.“The province of New Brunswick is quite far from even developing its offshore resources if there is some,” Arseneault said. “This is a long process and we’re going to make sure we’re going to be able to do it.”He said his government needs to better understand what it is looking for before entering into formal talks with the federal government, including looking at the Atlantic Accords for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.“You have jurisdictions around us who have signed offshore deals and we want to make sure they don’t impede on our territory either, so this is very important for the province of New Brunswick, but we’re going to make sure it’s done the right way so that we protect the interests of New Brunswick moving forward,” he said.“Almost half of the province is surrounded by water and everybody around us is getting an offshore deal, so it is just a matter of time when New Brunswick is at the table.”Last January, then-premier David Alward announced before a business audience his intentions to develop an offshore accord. At the time, it was estimated that the Atlantic Accords had given more than $5 billion to Newfoundland and Labrador and about $1.1 billion to Nova Scotia.The agreements shelter Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador from offshore resource revenue clawbacks in equalization, though Newfoundland and Labrador stopped receiving payments from the federal wealth-sharing program in 2008.The provincial Opposition said the New Brunswick government should make an offshore accord a higher priority.“The current government’s lack of interest in our offshore is a continuation of the lip service they give to resource development,” said Tory energy critic Jake Stewart.“The fact they are not aggressively pursuing this opportunity simply confirms their dismissal of growth through energy development in New Brunswick.”Follow @KevinBissett on Twitter. Donald Arseneault responds to the budget in the legislature, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in Fredericton. _ The federal and New Brunswick governments have not entered formal negotiations to develop an offshore energy accord, nearly a year after the former premier said talks to draft such an agreement have begun. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ David Smith by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 20, 2015 1:00 pm MDT read more

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As global crises multiply UN official urges rethink for overstretched humanitarian system

“In addition to the ongoing Syria crisis, new conflicts in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ukraine and most recently Iraq have caused terrible suffering and massive displacement,” António Guterres told the annual meeting of his agency’s Executive Committee. “The international humanitarian community has scrambled to respond to these needs. But with every new crisis, we get close to the limits of how much we can do, and we are clearly no longer able to do enough.”According to the refugee agency (UNCHR), 2014 has witnessed a “dramatic” growth in mass displacement from wars and conflict with numbers now reaching levels not seen since the end of the Second World War. In June, the agency announced that 51.2 million people were now forcibly displaced. The past year has also seen UNHCR and its partners cope with five “full-blow humanitarian emergencies,” requiring a widening of operations such as the deployments of 670 new emergency staff members, urgent recruitment of hundreds more people to help, and the shifting of staff members between existing and new operations. In addition to the conflicts in Syria, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ukraine and Iraq, Mr. Guterres also drew attention to the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing by boat across the Mediterranean, the Bay of Bengal and the Gulf of Aden and added that the increasing number of “unpredictable and increasingly interlinked” crises would “only lead to further enormous increases in humanitarian needs in the years to come.”In his meeting with the Executive Committee, he informed them that the record-breaking $22 billion in humanitarian funding collected in 2013 was no longer sufficient to keep up with accelerating demands and called for a fundamental rethink of the status quo. “This clearly puts in question the adequacy and sustainability of the resources available for humanitarian response,” the High Commissioner continued. “Already today, with the exponential increase in needs we have seen just in the last three years, the humanitarian financing system is nearly bankrupt.”Mr. Guterres called on all Member States to work with stakeholders to better resolve those tensions that inevitably lead to humanitarian tragedies, suggesting that prevention was ultimately the best philosophy. “We humanitarians can no longer clean up the mess,” he lamented. “Someone has to stop it from happening in the first place.” read more

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Get it together Sydney

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A visiting Greek MP has taken a swipe at the division in the Sydney Greek community, saying that Greece will not send representatives to Greek National Independence Day events in the city, until the rift is healed. According to reports aired on the SBS Greek Language Program, the former Greek Deputy Minister for Health, Marios Salmas, told a meeting of New Democracy members in New South Wales that, “members of the Greek parliament are not likely to visit Sydney as long as the church issue is pending”. Mr Salmas was on a private trip to Sydney when he made the comments, after having attended 25th March celebrations in Melbourne as part of an official Greek Parliamentary delegation that included the Chair of the Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad, Dr Ilias Karanikas (PASOK). “The Sydney Greek community holds two separate celebrations. Once, we tolerated the separate celebrations, today we do not,” he told the New Democracy meeting. The rift in the community stems from a disagreement between the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales that dates back to the 1960s, a problem in which Greece says it is attempting to mediate. Prior to this year’s celebrations the disputing parties said they were closer than ever to resolving the disagreement and are hopeful that a solution will be found soon. At the same event Mr Salmas said that the leader of the New Democracy party, Mr Antonis Samaras, “will try to visit Australia as soon as possible”.last_img read more

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Des vaches génétiquement modifiées pour produire du lait maternel

first_imgDes vaches génétiquement modifiées pour produire du lait maternelDes chercheurs de l’Université agricole de Chine sont parvenus à introduire des gènes humains dans 300 vaches laitières pour que celles-ci produisent du lait aux mêmes propriétés que le lait maternel humain.Les vaches pourraient bientôt nourrir les nouveaux-nés chinois. C’est du moins ce que laisse présager le professeur Li Ning, directeur du Laboratoire d’État pour l’agriculture biotechnologique. Selon lui, ce lait serait une bonne alternative à celui maternel et artificiel souvent critiqués pour leur pauvreté en matière d’éléments renforçant le système immunitaire. Pour remédier au problème, les scientifiques ont eu l’idée d’injecter dans l’ADN de vaches laitières, des gènes humains. Les animaux génétiquement modifiés sont désormais capables de produire du lait aux caractéristiques similaires au produit maternel humain.À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasToutefois, le produit a été enrichi d’éléments tels que la protéine humaine lysozyme aux capacités antimicrobiennes ou la lactoferrine réputée pour renforcer les cellules du système immunitaire chez les nouveaux-nés. Les chercheurs ont également affirmé avoir augmenté la teneur en matières grasses d’environ 20 % pour renforcer ces propriétés spécifiques. Les applications de ces recherches ne concernent pour le moment que le territoire chinois, plus permissif que l’Europe en matière de législation sur les organismes génétiquement modifiés. Ainsi, l’étude bénéficie du soutien d’une puissante société biotechnologique qui aimerait pouvoir proposer le produit à la vente d’ici une dizaine d’années.Pour l’heure, le projet a provoqué la colère des opposants aux organismes génétiquement modifiés et les groupes de protection des animaux. Ceux-ci estiment que le lait produit par les bovins génétiquement modifiés n’a pas encore été exempté des risques possibles sur la santé humaine. De plus, il existe très certainement des effets sur la santé du bétail.Le 17 avril 2011 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy SII bientôt une mise à jour Android 41 Jelly Bean

first_imgSamsung Galaxy SII : bientôt une mise à jour Android 4.1 Jelly BeanC’est confirmé, le Samsung Galaxy SII passera sur Jelly Bean d’ici peu. Alors que la mise à jour est déjà disponible sur le Galaxy SIII, le géant coréen a annoncé lundi sur la version coréenne de son site son update et dévoile ses caractéristiques.Alors que le Samsung Galaxy S3 retenait toute l’attention de Samsung concernant la résolution des failles du smartphone, Samsung se penche désormais vers le S2 et sa mise à jour vers le système d’exploitation Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Malgré s’être fait volé la vedette par son successeur, plus de 28 millions de Galaxy SII ont été vendus dans le monde un an après sa sortie. C’est donc une update très attendue par ses possesseurs, et qui, selon plusieurs sources, devrait arriver pour cette semaine.Le contenu de la mise à jour Cette version d’Android inclut bien des améliorations, avec notamment des nouvelles applications pré-chargées telles que Google Plus, Chat+, Easy et Block Mode, Pop-Up Play, Play Book ou encore Play Movie. Ces innovations pourraient offrir une seconde jeunesse à l’ex-smartphone star de Samsung. Le Block Mode, par exemple, permet à l’utilisateur de bloquer les appels de certains numéros, tandis que l’application Pop-up Play permet de visionner des vidéos pendant la rédaction de messages.D’autre nouveautés se feront avec un écran d’accueil optimisé, tout comme le défilement des écrans, qui sera plus fluide. Jelly Bean introduira également une fonction permettant de mettre pause lors d’un enregistrement vidéo ainsi que la fonction très originale Smart Stay qui, via la caméra frontale, détecte le regard de l’utilisateur, gardant ainsi l’écran allumé sans avoir à le toucher (très pratique pour la lecture d’e-books).Une date encore inconnue À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cependant, la mise à jour prend de la place : elle nécessite 1 GB de mémoire de stockage. Cela implique une restructuration du stockage interne, puisque la capacité totale du téléphone ne sera plus que de 11GB, au lieu de 12 GB. Autre contrainte, la venue de Jelly Bean devra nécessairement passer par le logiciel Kies, en branchant le smartphone à l’ordinateur par son port USB.Pour l’heure, la date de la mise à jour sur Samsung Galaxy SII vers Jelly Bean reste inconnue, mais gageons, pour ses utilisateurs, qu’il n’aient plus beaucoups de temps à attendre.Le 8 janvier 2013 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Veterans find horse care riding therapeutic

first_imgWhen Kate Hudgin left the Army in 2010, after working as a mechanic, she could barely walk unassisted. She had trouble recovering after she was hurt, badly, in training, and often faced crippling depression after leaving the service.Then she found Windhaven Therapeutic Riding in La Center.“It changed my life,” she said. “Everybody that’s in the program has the same story to tell. There are people that don’t leave their houses unless it to come up and work with the horses.”Hudgin and other program staff spoke about the program, with Windhaven horse Diesel in tow, Sunday at the Washington State Horse Expo.Hudgin started helping out with Windhaven late last year and started participating with their classes about 1 1/2 months ago.She said her medication has dropped from a handful of pills with each meal to a few per day, and now she’s working on becoming a full-time instructor for other veterans who come to Windhaven.“There are people who don’t sleep at night,” she said. “Since they’ve been working with the program, they’re able to sleep at night because they have something to focus on.”Windhaven, a riding and horse care program aimed at veterans, was there with the mounted archery performances, fancy riding displays, horsemanship tip sessions and hundreds of vendors.last_img read more

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Roma hero Nicolo Zaniolo stunned by his twogoal haul

first_img19-year-old Nicolo Zaniolo was lost for words after scoring both of AS Roma’s goals in their 2-1 first win over FC Porto in their last-16 Champions League tie.The Italian midfielder, who arrived at Roma last summer from Inter Milan as part of a trade deal for Radja Nainggolan, proved to be the difference at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night for the Giallorossi with two second-half goals.Zaniolo got his first of the game in the 70th-minute after controlling Edin Dzeko’s pass and then slotting the ball past former Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas.The teenager got his second six minutes later after Dzeko’s effort from 20 yards out hit the post for Zaniolo to then put it away to become the youngest Italian player to score a double in a Champions League match and help seal Roma a 2-1 first leg win over Porto.“I have no words, it’s a memorable day. I’ll never forget it in my life,” Zaniolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Now I want to focus on the return leg because the goal we gave up can be bothersome. We have to play like we did today without conceding anything to the opponents.“We had prepared it this way. I ran a lot, but I’m happy for the result. It’s a unique emotion to score under the Curva Sud, I can’t describe it. I hope to score many more.”Roma captain Daniele De Rossi also paid tribute to the youngster in what was also his first knockout Champions League game.“It’s another small milestone, perhaps not even a small one, that adds to what he is showing game after game and even training session after training session,” De Rossi said.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“He has an incredible natural physique for someone who is only 19 and also has great technical quality.“In my opinion, as perhaps with everyone now, he is already a very good player – and can become a great one.”Substitute Adrian Lopez capitalised on Tiquinho Soares’ mis-hit shot to score a crucial away goal for Porto to settle the scoreline at 2-1.The return leg between Porto and Roma will take place at the Estádio do Dragão in Portugal on March 6.😮 Remember the name!🇮🇹 Nicolò Zaniolo = youngest Italian player to score 2 goals in a #UCL match ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/VUyYpQ1Xop— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 12, 2019last_img read more

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Vancouver Public Schools schedules lastminute meeting

first_imgVancouver Public Schools announced today that the school board has scheduled a work session at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Jim Parsley Center board room, 2901 Falk Road. The stated purpose is to discuss a school improvement plan and school performance scorecard. No formal action will take place.last_img

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