Coke Ovens Begins Water Containment Project

first_imgThe first steps to collect, control and treat groundwater at the Coke Ovens site will begin in September. The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency announced today, Aug. 12, that Hazco Environmental Services of Sydney has been awarded the contract to build underground cut-off walls to keep water from reaching and leaving the property. “This project represents the start of remediation at the Coke Ovens site,” said Frank Potter, president of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. “More clean-up opportunities are on the way.” The walls will be built along the north and south sides of the 68-hectare property. The north wall will be made from betonite/soil slurry, which is a soft clay and water mixture. The south wall will be made from clay. The $800,000 project is expected to take about three months. Other clean-up activities beginning soon are the installation of a groundwater collection system and a water-treatment facility. Completed work includes the removal of all above-ground buildings and structures, and building two channels that direct water from contaminated areas. Hazco Environmental Services established an office in Sydney more than two years ago.last_img read more

Ottawa putting financial squeeze on Mikmaq over antifracking protests councillor

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsOttawa is starting to put the financial squeeze on a Mi’kmaq First Nation in retribution for ongoing anti-fracking protests that have led to a looming confrontation at a highway blockade in New Brunswick, according to a band councillor.The Canada Revenue Agency is pressuring the Elsipogtog First Nation to pay back $1.2 million and Aboriginal Affairs is threatening to hold back funds until the band agrees to pay the money, APTN National News has learned.Elsipogtog band councillor Scott Sanipass said the debt goes back about three years and is for taxes owed from the salaries of non-First Nation people who have worked for the band.“It is too coincidental. It popped up all of a sudden when everyone started protesting,” said Sanipass. “They could have done it six months ago, two years ago, but it just shows up now.”The debt stems from a decision initiated by a previous co-manager of the band who chose to redirect payments destined to CRA into social services. The band is still under co-management.Aboriginal Affairs has since informed the band it would hold back $800,000 owed the band plus 15 per cent of the band’s block funding until the department gets a letter from CRA confirming it has made arrangements with Elsipogtog to get the money back, according to information obtained by APTN National News.The band is proposing to pay back the tax agency about $10,000 a week.Aboriginal Affairs is also holding about $2 million in tuition payments owed the band.“They are really pulling the financial strings on it bad,” said Sanipass.Meanwhile, the blockade on Route 134 continues near Rexton, NB, despite a Court of Queen’s Bench granting an injunction against the protestors on Thursday. The injunction was requested by SWN Resources which has been trying to conduct shale gas exploration in the area.An RCMP spokesperson said the injunction is directed at the protestors and does not impose any timelines on the police’s operations in the area.“It does not order the police to remove individuals within a certain time period,” said Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh. “We are working toward a peaceful resolution and we are continuing to talk to those participating in the blockade and hope to come to a peaceful resolution.”Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock handed SWN an eviction notice Tuesday after his band council passed a resolution giving the community control over all unoccupied Crown lands in their territory.Dozens of people have been arrested by the RCMP during the ongoing protests that began in the summer. The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society is also on the scene and previously attempted to seek help from the Canadian military based in Oromocto, NB.New Brunswick Premier David Alward, who also handles his province’s Aboriginal affairs file, is trying to arrange a meeting with the Elsipogtog chief and council. A provincial official said a planned meeting Thursday fell through. He said the situation is “just too sensitive” to provide any more details.Mi’kmaq and Maliseet protestors have been reinforced by Acadians and local residents in the area. They fear shale gas deposit discoveries will lead to the soiling of local waters through fracking. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial method of extracting natural gas by cracking rocks and rock formations by using high pressure to inject massive amounts of fluids into fractures, thereby creating large fissures for wells.New Brunswick is covered by Peace and Friendship Treaties signed between the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet and the British.Despite requests, Aboriginal Affairs and did not provide comment on the issue as of this article’s posting.A CRA spokesperson said privacy provisions prevented the agency from read more

Young girl turns to hockey to help recover after devastating fall

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsIt may be surprising to hear Isabelle Fortin’s mother describe the young girls fall seven years ago as “lucky” – but that is how she describes it.“She fell head first into cement and she was lucky enough that when she fell her skull cracked open outwards instead on inwards,” she told APTN News. “And ever since then she lost movement in her right hand because of her fall and she was in hospital for the longest time.It has been a slow road to recover for Isabelle, also known as Izzy.A few years ago she found a sport that helped her.She started when she was seven, and now at 11 says hockey changed her life.“I wanted to join hockey because I just wanted to get stronger,” she said.To play, Izzy wakes up every weekend at 6 in the morning to attend practice or games.And it’s not a cheap sport to play – but her family has devised a way to raise money.“We did fundraiser groups, she does bottle drives where we live right now our co-op brings in empties for Isabelle to help keep her in hockey,” said Denise. “And she just brings them in once a month she does bake sales she does a lot of fundraising on the island with her grandma and grandpa.“It’s a huge community that Isabelle built and a lot of people support her and they can’t wait to see Isabelle thrive in more sports.For Izzy, her biggest memories are meeting Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Jordan Tootoo.Her own star is on the rise after winning the Grindstone award for her fundraising efforts to keep herself in hockey.In November she won the 2018 Premiers Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sports – making her the youngest read more

Saad Lamjarred Mocked on Social Media Over His Awful Earring

Rabat – Saad Lamjarred has once again made the headlines, but this time it has nothing to do with either his music or his rape accusations.On Sunday, the Moroccan singer posted a picture wearing a very unusual accessory on his Instagram page, which has led him to be mocked and criticized harshly on social media.The singer of “Ghazali” made some interesting fashion choices when he appeared with a delicate crystal teardrop earring hanging from his left ear. Unfortunately, Lamjarred didn’t get the reaction that he expected from his 6 million followers. “You look like a woman,” “Your earring is awful,” “You should be ashamed of yourself wearing women’s earring,” “You look ridiculous,” people commented below the picture. However, Lamjarred’s fans defended him saying, “I think it’s brave and bold to wear this earring,” “Don’t listen to the haters, you look good.”Saad Lamjarred has made some other questionable choices these past few weeks. The pop star missed his court date at the Tribunal of Grande Instance in Paris, ducking his summons issued by the lawyer of his alleged rape victim, Laura Prioul, on April 9.???? ?????? ???? ?? #????_????_????? #saadlamjarred1 #love_my_fans_forever_and_ever @kamalaitphotography @ayoubenjiA post shared by saadlamjarred (@saadlamjarred1) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:04pm PDT read more

UN rights body says States must refrain from profiling while combating terrorism

27 March 2008The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today passed a resolution calling on States to not resort to racial, ethnic or religious profiling while countering terrorism. The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today passed a resolution calling on States to not resort to racial, ethnic or religious profiling while countering terrorism.Adopted without a vote, the text urges States to fully comply with their obligations regarding torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.It also “opposes any form of deprivation of liberty that amounts to placing a detained person outside of the protection of the law.”Additionally, the 47-member body adopted five other resolutions.It extended the mandates by three years of its Independent Experts on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights; on human rights and solidarity; and on minority issues.The Council also adopted texts pertaining to the staff composition of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as well as on the enhancement of global cooperation in the field of human rights.The body will wrap up its seventh session, which began on 3 March, tomorrow. read more

Australia deports 48 Lankans

Under new rules announced on July 19, anyone – including a person from Sri Lanka – who arrives in Australia by boat without a visa no longer has the chance to settle in Australia.“If they are not quickly returned to Colombo, they will be taken to Papua New Guinea or Nauru where their claims will be assessed,” the spokesman said. “If these claims are not covered by Australia’s international obligations, they will be returned to their homeland wherever possible.” “When people arrive in Australia without a valid visa, any claims they make for their reasons to travel to Australia are assessed by the department,” the spokesman said. A further 48 Sri Lankan unauthorised maritime arrivals (UMAs) returned to Colombo today from Australia after failing to meet Australia’s international obligations, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said.The group, which consisted of 35 single adult males and 13 people in family groups including seven children, departed Christmas Island at 1pm AEST today to be flown back to the Sri Lankan capital. Their return takes the number of Sri Lankans sent home to more than 1300 – more than 1100 of them involuntarily – since August last year. A DIAC spokesman said returning the group to Sri Lankans sends a powerful message. “These enhanced screening arrangements will continue and if they do not engage Australia’s international obligations, people will be quickly returned to Sri Lanka,” the spokesman said. “This is making it clear that those who pay smugglers are throwing their money away and risking their lives in the process.”People returned involuntarily do not have access to reintegration assistance. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Maldivians in Sri Lanka vote in Parliamentary polls

The Maldives media reported that 501 ballot boxes have been placed across the Maldives for the election.Polls opened at 8am Maldives time and closes at 4pm Saturday afternoon. Vote counting will begin an hour after ballot boxes are sealed, the Maldives Elections Commission said, according to Maldives media.. Maldivians based in Sri Lanka voted today to elect members to the Maldives Parliament.Ballot boxes were placed at the Maldives Embassy in Colombo for the large Maldivian community in Sri Lanka to vote. A total of 386 candidates are contesting for 87 seats in the Maldives Parliament. The battle for a majority in Parliament is between Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s coalition led by the Maldivian Democratic Party and former strongman Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Provisional results will be announced within two days and official results will be announced at the latest on April 12.Maldivians based overseas have been given the opportunity to vote at polling stations in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and in the United Kingdom. read more

Sobeys to remove plastic bags from all stores next year as grocers

Shoppers at Sobeys Inc. grocery stores will soon need to bring their own totes or lug their purchases home in paper bags as the chain moves to phase out plastic bags by February 2020.Canadians go through hundreds of millions of single-use plastic bags at grocery stores each year, and the chains — most of which charge a nominal fee for plastic bags —are facing pressure from increasingly eco-conscious consumers to do more to eliminate their plastic-centric packaging.Sobeys said it is making the move to phase out plastic bags as a response to calls from customers and employees to use less plastic. The retailer also committed to launch programs to reduce plastic in other areas of the stores.“We really felt that the amount of avoidable plastic in grocery stores is shocking,” said Vittoria Varalli, the company’s vice-president of sustainability. The change will eliminate 225 million bags used annually at Sobeys 255 stores.The company, which is owned by Stellarton, N.S.-based Empire Co. Ltd, will phase out plastic bags and introduce paper bags at its other banners soon after. Sobeys also operates Safeway, Thrifty Foods, IGA, Foodland, Freshco and Farm Boy. It boasts more than 1,500 stores across all its chains.“The ultimate goal,” said Varalli, is to eliminate plastic bags from the produce aisle as well. It plans to introduce a line of reusable mesh alternatives made from recycled bottles in August.Food companies have been on a mission to reduce plastic from their operations recently as consumers push for more sustainable practices. Some are taking initiatives to change ahead of the federal government’s announced ban on single-use plastics by 2021, which would force them to find non-plastic alternatives.WATCH: Grocery stores cutting back on plastic bags Last year, restaurants responded to pressure to eliminate plastic straws after a video showing someone removing a straw stuck up a turtle’s nose went viral.Starbucks, A&W and other chains made promises to remove the item from their eateries, and some have already done so.But the trend toward sustainability didn’t stop at straws. Many fast-food giants started experimenting with other green packaging. In June, McDonald’s Canada announced it would test wooden cutlery and other recycling-friendly containers at two restaurants.“I think they’re trying to respond to popular concern,” said Vito Buonsante, plastics program manager at the advocacy organization Environmental Defence, of grocers’ efforts to reduce plastic waste by targeting plastic bags.In coastal regions, plastic bags create a major environmental problem, he said, where they persist for a long time and harm wildlife.Despite the fact that Canadians use about 2.86 billion plastic bags a year, Buonsante sees them as “low-hanging fruit” that people easily can do without.Grocery stores are slowly starting to get on board with the push to eliminate single-use plastics.Metro Inc. announced earlier this year it would start allowing consumers to use reusable containers to store fresh products, such as those from the deli and pastry counters, at its Quebec stores.In May, the company committed to cut its use of single-use plastic bags in half by the end of its 2023 financial year. It also said it wants to reduce the amount of produce bags used by 10 per cent by the end of its 2020 financial year.Loblaw Companies Ltd., meanwhile, started charging five cents per plastic bag about a decade ago and reduced the number of plastic bags used in its stores by nearly 12 billion, wrote spokesperson Catherine Thomas in an email.It has donated $10 million to the World Wildlife Fund with some of the proceeds as of the end of 2018. Thomas declined to provide the total amount the company has made by charging for plastic bags.Meanwhile, customers seeking greener grocery pastures have given rise to niche no-waste markets across Canada.“Change is kind of happening,” said Buonsante, but — for the most part — these initiatives are limited in effectiveness.A five-cent bag fee is not a strong deterrent, he said, and companies should create incentives to help shoppers shift their habits.Governments around the world have started to crack down on single-use plastics to force companies into change.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in June that his government is starting the regulatory work to ban toxic single-use plastics because the garbage infiltrating the world’s waterways is out of hand.Nothing is going to be banned overnight, with the process to implement a federal ban or limitations on a product under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act usually taking two to four years. The goal is to make decisions on everything on the list by 2021.Trudeau said Canada’s plan will “closely mirror” that of Europe. In March, the European Parliament agreed that by 2021 the European Union will ban almost a dozen single-use products including plastic plates, cutlery, cups, straws, plastic sticks in cotton swabs, balloon sticks and stir sticks, and Styrofoam cups and take-out food containers. Oxo-degradeable plastics including plastic grocery bags, which break down into tiny pieces with exposure to air but never fully disappear, are also to be banned. Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that hes gay but will disclosure ease workplace

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Apple CEO Tim Cook’s declaration that he’s “proud to be gay” wasn’t exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple’s immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America.The 53-year-old successor to Steve Jobs made the announcement in an essay published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the highest-profile U.S. business executive to publicly acknowledge that he’s gay.In a country where more major-league athletes have come out than top CEOs, business leaders said Cook’s disclosure was an important step toward easing anti-gay stigma, particularly for employees in the many states where people can still be fired for their sexual orientation.Cook, who led Out magazine’s top 50 most powerful people for three years, said in the essay that while he never denied his sexuality, he never openly acknowledged it, either. He said he acted now in the hopes that his words could make a difference to others.“I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important,” he wrote.Cook said he considers being gay “among the greatest gifts God has given me” because it has given him both a better understanding of what it means to be in the minority and “the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.”Besides Cook, there are no other openly gay CEOs in the Fortune 1,000, even though statistically, 3.4 per cent of Americans identify as something other than straight, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. Some executives of major U.S. corporations who are openly gay at their companies declined to comment to The Associated Press.John Browne, who resigned as British Petroleum CEO in 2007 after being outed by a tabloid and who is the author of “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good Business,” said Cook has become a role model “and will speed up changes in the corporate world.”Megan Smith, a lesbian who was a top executive at Google before recently becoming the U.S. government’s chief technology officer, predicted “people will look back at this time not only for the extraordinary technological innovations that keep coming, but also for great shifts in civil rights and inclusion of talent across our world. Tim is a big part of both of these important movements.”Fifty-three per cent of workers in the U.S. who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender hide that part of their identity at work, according to a study by Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay-rights group.“I think it depends on where they’re located, and it depends on their position in a company,” said Wendy Patrick, a business ethics lecturer at San Diego State University.She points out that executives in the 29 U.S. states that do not protect employees from being fired based on sexual orientation may still feel hesitant to come out at work.Cook’s announcement “will save countless lives,” said Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign. “Apple has consistently fought for the LGBT community, and we’re incredibly grateful that today’s announcement will bring even more to their work for equality.”Three days ago, Cook challenged his home state of Alabama to better ensure the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Alabama is among the states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, and it offers no legal protections on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Cook is a native of Robertsdale, Alabama and attended Auburn University.In Silicon Valley, there’s less of a stigma than in other industries and parts of the country.“It’s an engineering-based industry,” said author Michael Malone, who has written several books about the evolution of Hewlett-Packard, Intel and other leading companies. “Either the person does the job or they don’t. And if they don’t, they’re gone. And if they do the job, nobody really cares about their personal life.”It remains to be seen how the news will affect Cook’s reception in conservative countries where Apple Inc. does business.“The global reaction to this is going to be very interesting,” said Todd Sears, who runs Out Leadership, a group that promotes gay rights. “Will Singapore arrest Tim Cook the next time he is there?”In Russia, Vitaly Milonov, a city legislator in St. Petersburg notorious for his anti-gay statements, called Thursday for a lifetime ban that would bar Tim Cook from entering Russia.But Cook’s coming out is unlikely to affect Apple’s sales in Russia, where most people don’t mix ideology with consumption.The appeal of Apple’s products and the company’s clout probably made it easier for Cook to take a stand, said Richard Zweigenhaft, a Guilford College psychology professor who co-wrote the book “Diversity in the Power Elite.”“This is not going to help Apple, and it’s not going to hurt Apple. It’s almost sort of immune because their products are so successful,” he said.Cook’s revelation has the potential to make people worldwide rethink their attitudes toward gays because Apple’s products are beloved around the globe.Said Sears: “It is going to be hard being a homophobe while holding an iPhone now.”___Associated Press writers Brandon Bailey and Michael Liedtke in San Francisco, Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow and Michelle Chapman in New York contributed to this report. by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2014 5:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he’s gay, but will disclosure ease workplace stigma? read more

Funding deficit of over 40 million threatens UN assistance to Palestinian refugees

“For the first time in probably decades, UNRWA is working in an emergency mode almost everywhere in the region where it operates,” Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi told UN Radio in a recent interview, referring to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.The Agency was created 64 years ago to assist a population that originally numbered 750,000 but has since then grown to over five million across Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. Funded by voluntary contributions, the organization this year faces a $48 million funding shortfall which, if not covered, will prevent it from paying staff salaries and bring its operations to a standstill.UNRWA assists more than half a million Palestinian refugees registered in Syria. However, because of the ongoing conflict in that country, over half of the Palestinian refugees there are internally displaced, while 60,000 others have fled to Lebanon and Jordan.“We should not forget that the Syrian emergency is a very large, complex crisis that has many important components [and] a Palestinian dimension,” said Mr. Grandi, who also briefed the General Assembly last week on the Agency’s annual report. While the situation in Syria was foremost on many people’s minds, he voiced his “profound” concern about the situation in Gaza, where the economy is “moribund” and the situation is now exacerbated by the recent closures of tunnels, through which many basic commodities were entering into the territory that has been subject to an Israeli blockade since 2007.“The vulnerability of Palestine refugees is increasing, and with it their fears of marginalization and abandonment, the more so as humanitarian resources are diverted elsewhere,” he noted.During his term as Commissioner-General, Mr. Grandi has sought to expand UNRWA’s donor base beyond its traditional donors – the United States, the European Union and its members, Norway, Japan, Switzerland and Australia – who have over the years provided over 90 per cent of UNRWA’s funding for its basic programmes. He noted that countries such as Brazil and Turkey have substantially increased their contributions to the Agency, and he called on Arab donors and States in other regions, especially Asia and Latin America, to consider increasing their support. Today in Ramallah, UNRWA received a $6.4 million contribution from the Japanese Government that will help the Agency provide 300,000 Palestine refugees with food aid during the second half of 2014. “These are difficult times to raise funds worldwide, especially since 2008 and the economic downturn,” Mr. Grandi acknowledged in the interview. “It’s been very difficult. Governments around the world, donor Governments in particular, are cutting their own public services and we’re asking them to fund a public service for a population that has no State… that is in exile.” read more

UN officials recall horror of Srebrenica as Security Council fails to adopt

The lessons learned from those “unspeakable” days in July 1995 still reverberate throughout the United Nations, according to UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson who, along with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein joining in via videoconference, urged better efforts aimed at prevention and greater cohesion among the international community as it confronts a growing litany of crimes against humanity perpetrated around the world. The UN officials’ remarks came as the Security Council prepared to table a vote on a draft resolution strongly condemning as genocide the crimes at Srebrenica as established by the judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and all other proven war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the course of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The measure – which failed to pass with 10 votes in favour, four abstentions (Angola, China, Nigeria and Venezuela) and the Russian Federation voting against – would have further agreed that “acceptance of the tragic events at Srebrenica as genocide is a prerequisite for reconciliation.” If one of the Council’s five permanent members casts a negative vote on a resolution, the text cannot be adopted. “We gather in humility and regret to recognize the failure of the United Nations and the international community to prevent this tragedy,” Mr. Eliasson told the 15-member Council this morning ahead of a vote, marking the 20th anniversary of the tragic events in which 8,000 men and boys who were killed by Bosnian Serb forces who overran Srebrenica – the largest such massacre on European soil since the Organization’s founding. Participants at Security Council meeting on The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › “The United Nations has acknowledged its responsibility for failing to protect the people who sought shelter and relief in Srebrenica.” Since the tragedy unfolded in Srebrenica 20 years ago, the Deputy Secretary-General explained, the UN has, in many ways, improved its methodology by which it confronts the threat of war crimes, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Prevention, he said, has now become “an imperative.” “Peacekeepers are now regularly provided with robust mandates to protect civilians,” Mr. Eliasson continued. “They are often authorized to use all necessary means in defence of populations.” But, he added, peacekeepers continue to face many of the same challenges that plagued the UN in Srebrenica, not least “paralyzing divisions among Member States and a lack of political and material support.” As a result, the UN and the Security Council would increasingly have “a central role to play” in strengthening prevention efforts, enforcing the responsibility to protect those in danger and enforcing the right of all people to live in “peace and dignity.” “The world looks to us here at the United Nations and to the UN Security Council and expects us to uphold that right and to meet those aspirations,” Mr. Eliasson affirmed. “That is our shared responsibility today. And it is how we can best pay homage to the victims of Srebrenica.” We got it wrong – so wrong Drawing comparisons between the “catastrophe” of Srebrenica and an array of concurrent crises facing the UN in Syria, Sudan, Central African Republic, as well as Burundi and Myanmar, High Commissioner Zeid, meanwhile warned that “so long as there is no respect for the UN, it will be likely that further massacres will be perpetrated.” “If the UN is to make good on its commitment to protect civilians,” Mr. Zeid told Council members via video link from Geneva, “it must be resolute, undivided and clear about its intention.” He added that the deeper lessons for the UN remained as relevant today as they were twenty years ago. “Our inability to anticipate events, so prevalent then, is still with us today; and our recurrent failure to understand with whom, and with what, we are dealing,” he confirmed. In a comprehensive recounting of the events leading up to the massacre, Mr. Zeid laid out a veritable mea culpa of what he termed the UN’s “clumsy” efforts in addressing the growing threats on the ground during the early days of the Bosnian conflict. From wavering displays of authority to a non-committal use of force in countering an increasingly scaled-up Bosnian Serb aggression against ethnic minorities, the UN rights chief described the Organization’s “hesitation” and “timidity” as being key to the Srebrenica tragedy. “We got it wrong, so wrong, although the people of Srebrenica knew full well who they were confronted with and what was in store for them,” he stated. “We simply had not stopped to think about these issues in sufficient depth.” The most foundational lesson of Srebrenica, Mr. Zeid continued, was that for it to succeed in areas of conflict, the UN “must be respected. “For the UN to be effective in robust peacekeeping, all the parties to the conflict, and in particular the aggressor, must take the measure of this Council, its decisions and the UN presence on the ground. They must believe there will be serious consequences and no impunity,” he concluded. read more

ODriscoll excited about facing Munster possibly for the final time

first_imgBRIAN O’DRISCOLL AND the majority of his Six Nations winning teammates have been cleared to face Munster at the sold out Aviva Stadium on Saturday.Forwards coach Jono Gibbes says loose-head prop Jack McGrath is the only injury worry from the 15 Leinster players that took part in Ireland’s 22-20 win over France in Paris. Gibbes remarked that head coach Matt O’Connor will only ‘pull the pin’ on his team selection after putting his team through their final, full training session.“A few guys are a little bit banged up,” said Gibbes. “It was a pretty physical game against France. Jack McGrath took a bit of a knock late in the game. Dev [Toner] has played a lot of football, Jamie [Heaslip] played five 80-minute games.“It’s a two-pronged approach. We know what we got next week [Toulon in the Heineken Cup] and we know what’s required if you are going to play Munster. We need to make sure everyone is fully fit before they enter the field on Saturday.”Gibbes added, “You also take into consideration some of the guys who have worked through the Six Nations, rewarding them a little bit, mixing their effort, integrating internationals back, bit of injury and managing guys. It’s all a bit of a mixed up equation.”The New Zealander says Leinster’s management trusts the club’s medical staff to ensure the fitness and freshness of the senior players. “Some of those [playing] decisions aren’t made by the coach and some are in collaboration with the trainer, the coach, sometimes the player. We’ve got a good, happy squad. Some have worked really hard, some have been under the wheels for a while at international level. We just have to put it all back together really.” Gordon D’Arcy is brewing another beard. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOO’Driscoll, who received the Freedom of Dublin on Saturday, and scrum-half Eoin Reddan were the first two Leinster players onto the training ground. Saturday’s match against Munster could be his final meeting with Leinster’s old rivals but there is still a chance both sides could face off in a Heineken Cup semi-final or the RaboDirect Pro12 knock-out stages.Gibbes said, “With Drico, he has had a couple of weeks in the spotlight, which doesn’t naturally sit well with him. He’s enjoyed coming back in here, putting his head down, preparing for this game, getting right, looking at images of Munster, getting excited about playing those guys.“He just gets on with it, puts his head down. The song and dance that has happened for a couple of weeks now, he just wants to get back to work.”Jonny Wilkinson set to retire but he has plans to beat Leinster firstNigel Owens will referee Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouselast_img read more

Nintendo révèle les jeux pour la 3DS disponibles à sa sortie

first_imgNintendo révèle les jeux pour la 3DS disponibles à sa sortieNintendo a livré son planning de commercialisation de jeux pour sa console 3DS disponible dans quelques semaines. Les utilisateurs ne vont pas s’ennuyer…La Nintendo 3DS sera commercialisée le 26 février. Pour attirer les chalands, le géant japonais a publié le planning de sortie des jeux concernant la console portable. Le moins que l’on puisse dire est que le client aura le choix dès l’achat de sa console. Huit jeux seront disponibles dès le jour de sortie de la 3DS, entre autres Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Ridge Racer 3D et Samurai Warriors : Chronicle. Une pléiade d’autres, comme Splinter Cell, les Lapins crétins, les Sims ou encore Naruto pour les plus jeunes, seront dans les rayons durant le mois de mars. Pour éviter toute polémique, selon, les prix ne sont pas affichés mais certains titres devraient approcher aisément les 55 euros. Le 19 janvier 2011 à 12:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Food & Drink: Food Summit digs into food system

first_imgRachel Pinsky can be emailed at Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. Food doesn’t fall from the sky onto grocery store shelves. There are many different pieces (growing, processing, distribution) that form a food system. On Feb. 22, a group of 70 people from various parts of this chain met at Growing Our Future: The 2019 Food Summit hosted by the Clark County Food System Council and Clark College. A group that included farmers, educators, activists, chefs, planners and politicians met all day at Clark College’s Columbia Tech Center campus to discuss issues of local food production and distribution.During the morning session, keynote speaker Jeff Swanson simplified the concept of creating a comprehensive food system by drawing two circles on the board — one demonstrating the first mile of food production, growing the food. The other circle showed the second mile, eating the food. He summarized the two diagrams as dirt and stomach.Then, Chris Iberle of the Washington State Department of Agriculture explained the challenges to developing a local food system as fluctuations in the commodity market and trade issues, labor costs and shortages, shifting markets and a lack of affordable farm land. Opportunities include a growing population that needs to be fed, increase in vegetable acreage, and an increase in craft food businesses (restaurants, breweries) that are seeking locally grown food.Dr. Erin Anders of Walla Walla Community College summed up the challenge to everyone present. “We are all in this together. It’s up to us and the people who are part of the food system to come up with solutions,” Anders said.Gordy Euler, a retired senior planner for Clark County, explained the gaps in the planning piece of this system by drawing attention to the Growth Management Act. In his opinion, the problem is that this act required designation of agricultural lands but says nothing about protecting them. He explained, “No farm, no food.”last_img read more

Environmental Awards by DEMA this weekend

first_img 40 Honored at DECR Stewardship Awards Related Items:dema, environmental awards, henry wilson, world environment day, world ocean day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Jun 2015 – Thirty five environmental champions will be awarded this weekend when the Department of Environment and Maritime affairs hosts the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards. Acting Director of DEMA, Henry Wilson says: “DEMA takes this opportunity every year to honour those individuals and organisations that have kindly contributed their time, equipment and/or financial assistance to DEMA throughout the year, in order to promote conservation and an environmentally sustainable TCI.” This entire event will unfold in concert with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day on June 5th and 8th respectively… Wilson adds that if you want to be a Community Conservation Partner to contact DEMA. Recommended for you Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surgeslast_img read more

Health Department closes South Bay beaches due to hazardous conditions

first_img Posted: January 16, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, January 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Health Department closes South Bay beaches due to hazardous conditions 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 SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI)- The Health Department just closed the beaches in Coronado and Silverstrand, where the Navy SEALs train.KUSI’s Dan Plante is live in Imperial Beach with the latest on the hazardous conditions. last_img read more

Harry Potter Wizards Unite developer Niantic acquires AR studio

first_img Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 1:53 Niantic is expanding its footprint in Harry Potter’s home country. Portkey Games It’s a big week for Niantic, which expanded its UK studio just before Harry Potter: Wizards Unite lands in the US and UK (here’s how you get started playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite). The Pokemon Go developer acquired London-based Sensible Object, known for games like the AR-tabletop hybrid Beasts of Balance and Amazon Alexa-powered When in Rome, which basically combine physical and digital experiences.It’ll spearhead Niantic London along with Matrix Mill, an AI and machine vision research team Niantic bought in 2018, GamesIndustry noted. The studio’s older games will still be supported, former Sensible Objects studio head Alex Fleetwood (who’s now leading Niantic London) said in a blog post.Versus: Harry Potter: Wizards Unit beats Pokemon Go every way but one Tags 19 Photos Pokemon Go Harry Potter Mobile Gaming The coolest Pokemon collectibles “CEO John Hanke and his team have an incredible, progressive vision for the future of play that resonates deeply with us; building global communities, pioneering new forms of augmented reality, and helping people get outside, get exercise and connect with one another in the real world,” he wrote.The post includes a photo of the team, one of whose members is holding a Vaporeon plush — perhaps suggesting that they’ll be focusing on Pokemon Go initially.Hanke, Niantic’s boss, hinted that the London team’s experience fits nicely with the company’s gaming ambitions.”We’re excited about Sensible Object joining Niantic as it significantly advances our efforts in developing a wide range of gaming experiences that bring the physical and digital world closer together,” Hanke said in a separate post. “The team’s deep roots in large-scale outdoor activations in particular is very complementary to the many Niantic real world events we host around the world to engage with our loyal players.”It’d be pretty exciting to see the former Sensible Object team bringing its hybrid approach to Pokemon Go or Wizards Unite, especially as Niantic faces major competition from Microsoft’s upcoming AR game Minecraft Earth.First published at 3:25 a.m. PT.Updated at 4 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. 0 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay details revealedlast_img read more

Quader says BNP has no chance to go to power normally

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the BNP has sensed that they have no scope to go to power normally.That is why they along with their fundamentalist ally are planning to topple the government, he added, reports BSS.“They (BNP) should keep in mind that it is not 2014, it is 2018. The people of the country will give befitting reply to the BNP if they want to create anarchy centering the forthcoming parliamentary polls,” he told newsmen after attending a mass-contact programme of AL in city’s Gabtoli area.Earlier, Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, distributed leaflets in the area on the fifth day of AL’s week-long mass contact programme for showcasing the development works by the government and highlighting acts of terrorism and violence of the BNP and its ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.He said the BNP is pursuing dirty politics over the health issue of its chief Khaleda Zia.Quader also said the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University is the right place for the treatment of Khaleda Zia.The court has also given the directive to this end, he said, adding the government is not doing any dirty politics on Khaleda Zia’s health issue.But, Quader said, the leaders of the BNP are indulged in nasty politics on Begum Zia’s treatment.The ruling party general secretary said, “I didn’t tell any party to make unity with us. I said that the left-leaning parties believe in the spirit of the liberation war and they respect father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”“I urged them to be united. We want unity against fundamentalist evil forces, against the dirty politics and against the enemies of the liberation war.”About the use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Quader said his party wants the EVMs to be used in a limited scale in the upcoming national polls. AL also made a demand for using EVM to the election commission (EC), he added.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more August 18, 2014 — Guided Therapeutics Inc. announced that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a new patent with 22 claims that support the technology behind the LuViva Advanced Cervical Scan.Patent number 8,781,560 B2, entitled “Method and Apparatus for Rapid Detection and Diagnosis of Tissue Abnormalities,” covers the use of two types of spectroscopy in conjunction with images of tissue to detect abnormalities in tissue. Most importantly, the inventions described in the patent function as an additional bridge from theoretical models of tissue spectroscopy to a fully functional, commercially viable cancer detection system that can be utilized as a platform for many types of epithelial cancers.“This is an important patent that extends additional protections to key aspects of the underlying technology that make LuViva such a powerful tool in the early detection of disease that leads to cervical cancer,” said Gene Cartwright, CEO of Guided Therapeutics. “Our intellectual property creates a foundation on which we build shareholder value and we will continue to aggressively develop additional patents in the U.S. and worldwide.”Guided Therapeutics now holds 21 patents with four additional patents pending for its light-based biophotonic disease detection technology.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | August 18, 2014 Guided Therapeutics Granted Additional Key Patent for LuViva Advanced Cervical Scan Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire.last_img read more

Tourism Portfolio announces representation of Southern Ocean Lodge

first_imgTourism Portfolio announces representation of Southern Ocean LodgeLeading sales and marketing representation company Tourism Portfolio is today pleased to announce the addition of the award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island to its collection of world-class luxury Australian properties.Southern Ocean Lodge is perched on Kangaroo Island’s south west coast, just 15km from the shores of mainland South Australia. Accessed via a quick flight or leisurely ferry passage from Adelaide, the property is an ideal destination for small-group incentives and events, with 21 luxury suites each providing panoramic views of the great Southern Ocean, along with lavish lounge and sleeping areas, a glass-surround ensuite and private outdoor terrace.Local-produce and an extensive South Australian wine selection are featured in the lodge’s restaurant and bar, while The Southern Spa offers guests rejuvenating signature treatments using Kangaroo Island botanicals.With one-third of Kangaroo Island covered by native bushland, the destination is also ideal for wilderness treks and naturalist guides offer first-hand encounters with the abundant wildlife on ‘Australia’s Galapagos’, including sea lions, osprey and kangaroos.Tourism Portfolio Director Donna Kessler says Southern Ocean Lodge was the ideal venue for small groups and incentives seeking a luxurious retreat to one of the world’s last unspoilt destinations.“Southern Ocean Lodge has won global acclaim because it combines the highest-quality accommodation, dining and service with some of the best experiential tourism Australia has to offer,” says Kessler.“There is no doubt that this spectacular property has enormous appeal to small groups and incentives looking for a world-class experience with a distinctly Australian flavour.”Southern Ocean Lodge founder James Baillie says Tourism Portfolio has a rare combination of knowledge, talent and experience to ensure the property entices Australia’s MICE market.“The appointment of Tourism Portfolio signals recognition of the significant potential that exists in the MICE market and working with the experienced team will enable us to establish Southern Ocean Lodge as a MICE market leader,” says Ballie.In addition to Southern Ocean Lodge, Tourism Portfolio’s stable of award-winning luxury properties includes The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa (NSW), Chateau Élan at The Vintage (NSW) and Lake House Daylesford (VIC).For further information please visit Source = Tourism Portfolio – Southern Ocean Lodge Southern Ocean Lodgelast_img read more