Premier Offers Congratulations to Peter MacKay

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald today, Aug. 14, offered his congratulations to Peter MacKay as he takes on the new portfolio as Canada’s Minister of Defence. Mr. MacKay will also continue as Minister of ACOA and regional minister for Nova Scotia and P.E.I. “I am pleased for Mr. MacKay and offer him my sincere congratulations on behalf of the province of Nova Scotia,” said Premier MacDonald. “The Defence portfolio has strong economic benefits for this province and I look forward to working with Mr. MacKay on Defence matters.” The premier was also pleased that Mr. MacKay will continue in his responsibilities as the Minister of ACOA and regional minister responsible for Nova Scotia. “Mr. MacKay did a fine job as the Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs, and I am sure he will continue that good work as he takes on this new role,” said the premier.last_img read more

Pfizer acquires Array Biopharma for 114 billion

first_imgNew York: US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Monday announced the acquisition of Array BioPharma, a biotechnology firm that specializes in cancer drugs, the latest in a long list of biotech mergers in recent years. In a statement, Pfizer said it offered $48 per share in cash for Array, putting an $11.4 billion value on the company. “The board of directors of both companies have approved the merger,” Pfizer said. The proposed acquisition “sets the stage to create a potentially industry-leading franchise for colorectal cancer alongside Pfizer’s existing expertise in breast and prostate cancers,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepArray’s portfolio includes two drugs, Braftovi (encorafenib) and Mektovi (binimetinib), that when combined are effective in treating BRAF-mutant melanoma. The combination of the two drugs was authorized in September by the European Commission, several months after the US Federal Drug Administration gave its approval. Besides melanomas, BRAF mutations occur in up to 15 per cent of colorectal cancers, Pfizer said. The transaction shows how big pharmaceutical companies are looking to biotech acquisitions for growth, often buying them for astronomical sums. In early January, Bristol-Myers-Squibb acquired Celgene in a $74 billion mega merger. Last year, Sanofi scooped up Bioverativ, which specializes in hemophilia treatments, for $11.6 billion and forked out $3.9 billion euros from Ablynx of Belgium. Novartis for its part picked up AveXis, which specializes in rare genetic maladies, for $8.7 billion.last_img read more

Haryana to implement NRC as well hints CM Manohar Lal Khattar

first_imgAfter Assam, Haryana may introduce the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar hinted Sunday, without elaborating on any definite plans on how and when it shall be done. Khatter, who is seeking his second term as Haryana chief minister, met several imminent personalities Sunday, including state’s former Human Rights Commission’s chairman Retd. Justice H S Bhalla and ex-Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lamba, as part of BJP’s nationwide Jan Sampark programme ahead of the state elections. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Speaking to the media persons outside Bhalla’s Sector 16 residence in Panchkula, Khattar said, “Justice Bhalla had headed the Haryana Human Rights Commission besides holding various other positions. These days, he is working on NRC. I also said that we shall implement NRC in Haryana and sought his cooperation on how to implement it. He [Justice Bhalla] has also suggested that Haryana should also have a Law Commission. We shall examine that too and if people get benefitted with this, we shall also constitute one in the state.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Talking to The Indian Express, Justice Bhalla said, “Yes, I suggested the Chief Minister two things – NRC and State Law Commission in Haryana. NRC is only in Assam, currently. So, he [CM] was of this view that in Haryana, there should also be NRC. Residents should be given a card that they are the genuine residents of the state. It was a passing reference so far. “I think the Model Code of Conduct shall also be imposed tomorrow. Thus, they cannot work on this [NRC]. But once the BJP returns to power, then, of course, things might come upon this. As of now, saying much on this is premature. But, it was his desire that Haryana should also have NRC so that people should not face any problems. It will be a card like Aadhaar card, but a separate one,” he said. Haryana Vidhan Sabha polls are scheduled next month. In a statement issued later this evening, Khattar said that state government was already in process of issuing family id-cards to people of Haryana. The same database shall also be used for the implementation of NRC in the state.(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

Ayodhya panel ExSupreme Court judge spiritual guru and lawyer

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday referred the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for mediation by a panel headed by former apex court judge F M I Kallifulla and gave it eight weeks to complete the process.The other members of the panel will be spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, said a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The bench directed that the mediation will be held at Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh and the process should start within a week from Friday. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, said the panel should file a progress report of the proceedings within four weeks and complete the process within eight weeks. The apex court said “utmost confidentiality” should be maintained to ensure the success of the mediation process and no media, neither print nor electronic, should report the proceedings. The panel of mediators can co-opt more members in the team, it said. In case of any difficulty, the chairman will inform the apex court registry about it, it added. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyOn Wednesday, the bench had reserved the order after hearing various contesting parties. Hindu bodies, except Nirmohi Akhara, have opposed the apex court’s suggestion to refer the issue for mediation, while Muslim bodies have supported it. The bench had concluded the hearing by asking stakeholders to give the names of possible mediators. The apex court in its Wednesday hearing observed that the issue is not about 1,500 square feet land, but about religious sentiments. The bench said it was conscious of the gravity and impact of the issue on “public sentiment” and also on the “body politic of the country”. It said the judges were aware of the history and were seeing that the dispute is resolved amicably. “It is not only about the property. it is about mind, heart and healing, if possible,” the bench said The bench also said it was not appropriate to pre-judge that the mediation would fail and people would not agree with the decision. “We are not concerned what has happened in the past. Don’t you think we have read the history? We are not concerned what Babar did in the past or who was the king and who invaded. We cannot undo what has happened but we can go into what exists in the present moment,” the bench said when a lawyer contended that injustices were meted out to Hindus by invaders in the past. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the legal heirs of original litigant M Siddiq, said outlining of the dispute is not necessary and the court can order mediation by a mediator when parties are unable to settle it. To this, the bench said that there may not be one mediator but a panel of mediators to deal with the issue. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya is partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.last_img read more

LS polls Vehicles carrying reserved EVMs VVPATs to be fitted with GPS

first_imgNew Delhi: Vehicles carrying reserved EVMs and VVPATs during the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls will be mandatorily equipped with GPS to track their movement, the Election Commission has said. The decision came in the backdrop of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines being found in hotels, roads and even at the residence of an MLA during the assembly elections held in five states late last year. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Instructions have been issued to all state chief electoral officers to carefully monitor ‘end-to-end’ movement of all reserved EVMs and paper trail machines. For the purpose, vehicles of all sector officers carrying reserve machines will mandatorily be fitted with GPS tracking system, it said. When incidents of “missing” EVMs were reported, the poll panel had found that in most of the cases, the polling personnel were careless and did not follow the standard operating procedure. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed The EC will set up nearly 10.35 lakh polling stations in the country, as compared to nearly 9.28 lakh set up during 2014 parliamentary polls. This marks an increase of 10.1 per cent. “The increase is largely due to rationalisation of polling stations, which the commission undertook in the recent years,” the EC said. Nearly 39.6 lakh electronic voting machines and 17.4 lakh paper trail or voter verifiable paper trail machines would be used in these polling stations. These include reserves. One control unit and at least one ballot unit where buttons are placed constitutes EVM. Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 in seven phases. The counting of votes will be held on May 23, the Election Commission announced Sunday, kick-starting a mega electoral battle.last_img read more

USA Today owner Gannett bids for LA Times publisher Tribune

The top of the Chicago Tribune Tower can be seen on Michigan Avenue, Monday, April 25, 2016, in Chicago. Newspaper publisher Gannett says it wants to buy rival Tribune Publishing for more than $388 million, in a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Newspaper publisher Gannett wants to buy Tribune Publishing for more than $388 million, a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers.But Gannett said Monday that Tribune has refused to start “constructive discussions” since it first offered to buy its rival earlier this month. Tribune confirmed Monday that it received the unsolicited offer and said it “will respond to Gannett as quickly as feasible.”Gannett wants Tribune so that it can expand its USA Today Network, an effort it launched late last year to unite USA Today with its more than 100 local daily newspapers . The network helps the company share stories more easily between USA Today and its smaller papers, such as the Detroit Free Press and The Des Moines Register. Earlier this year, the company remade the logos on all its local newspaper front pages and websites to say that they are “a part of the USA Today Network.”Buying Tribune would give Gannett 11 more major daily newspapers, including the Orlando Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun and the Hartford Courant.As more people get their news online, print media companies have been buying up newspapers and websites to fight falling advertising revenue and reduce costs. Earlier this month, Gannett completed a $280 million buyout of Journal Media Group. That deal added 15 newspapers to Gannett’s portfolio, including the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.Both Gannett and Tribune were spun off from larger media companies that owned TV stations, a move to protect the accelerating growth of broadcast advertising from the falling fortunes of newspapers.A Gannett takeover of Tribune could mean cost-cutting, shedding jobs and adding USA Today inserts into papers instead of national news sections, said media analyst Ken Doctor.Gannett, which is based in McLean, Virginia, said it offered $12.25 in cash for each Tribune share. That’s a 63 per cent premium to Tribune’s Friday closing price of $7.52. Gannett valued the total deal at about $815 million, which includes about $390 million of debt.The offer comes after a shake-up at Tribune.Last month, the Chicago-based company announced a reorganization that named each of its newspapers’ editors as dual editors-in-chief and publishers. Most media companies keep those roles separate in order to avoid business interests affecting editorial content.In February, Tribune named Justin Dearborn as its new CEO, replacing Jack Griffin less than two years after he joined the business. The changes came months after Tribune received a more than $44 million cash infusion from a firm controlled by Chicago investor Michael Ferro, who is now chairman of Tribune. Gannett said Monday that CEO Robert Dickey talked about a possible deal with both Ferro and Dearborn.Shares of Tribune Publishing Co. jumped $3.98, or 53 per cent, to close Monday at $11.50. Gannett Co. shares rose $1.02, 6.5 per cent, to close at $16.79.___AP Technology Writer Mae Anderson and AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman also contributed to this story. USA Today owner Gannett bids for LA Times publisher Tribune by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2016 5:59 am MDT Last Updated Apr 25, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN launches 16 billion appeal for aid funding

Spearheaded by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and spanning a broad swathe of conflict zones and refugee crises – from the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Myanmar to Yemen and Ukraine – this latest appeal calls for $16.4 billion to help at least 57.5 million people who “have experienced unimaginable suffering” with assistance in the coming year. “Over 80 percent of those we intend to help are in countries mired in conflict where brutality and violence have had a devastating impact on their lives,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, at a Geneva press conference kicking off the appeal. “We will continue to put people at the centre of our relief efforts and do everything we can to respond quickly and effectively, but the rising scale of need is outpacing our capacity to respond.”vAccording to OCHA’s latest estimates, 2014 saw a “sharp rise” in the number of people affected by conflict as inter-communal violence erupted in South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR). Meanwhile, long-standing conflicts the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Syria continued to yield vast numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees, only adding to the sense of crisis pervading their respective regions. Against that backdrop, the crises in Iraq, South Sudan, CAR and Syria alone account for over 70 per cent of overall funding requirements. In addition, OCHA said, February 2015 will see the launch of strategic response plans covering requirements in West Africa’s Sahel region and Djibouti, increasing the number of people to be reached with humanitarian assistance and further depleting the funding pool for 2015. Also at the press conference, António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), warned that the humanitarian world was no longer facing a “business as usual” scenario as humanitarian needs had climbed to “unprecedented levels.” “Without more support, there simply is no way to respond to the humanitarian situations we’re seeing in region after region and in conflict after conflict.”International donors provided $9.4 billion in funding in 2014. Nevertheless, that was only 48 per cent of the total amount requested by the aid community.“Every year we ask our donors to do more – and they do,” Ms. Amos continued. “But as crises become more complex and go on longer, the gap between needs and resources grows.” v“I hope we can close it in 2015 because if we don’t raise the money it means that we are able to help fewer children, women and men with medicine, food and shelter; the basics they need to survive,” she said. read more

Iraq Thousands displaced from Mosul in desperate need of lifesaving aid UN

According to the team, conditions in the town – where families who have been separated by ISIL’s occupation of Mosul often reunite for the first time – are dire.Recalling the distribution of some 700 winter non-food item relief kits to the IDPs in the town and its vicinity, IOM reported: “ Men, women and children lined up in the early hours of the morning to collect the kits, which included blankets, towels, solar and rechargeable lights, nylon ropes, hygiene kits, kerosene heaters, carpets, sewing kits and plastic sheets. Most spoke of leaving their neighbourhoods to escape from ISIL’s random shells and the fear of being buried under the rubble. ‘What people in Mosul went through was extremely hard […] we saw death, hardship, hunger, siege,’ said one IDP. ‘They are oppressors, who damaged us a lot. For the last two and a half years, our children and university students, have not been able to finish their education. They sat at home, afraid of Da’esh. They (Da’esh) lacked every sense of humanity,’ said another, a mother.” (names have been redacted)Continuing to provide relief and assistanceMeanwhile, IOM continues to provide relief and assistance to the affected people. In cooperation with Iraq’s Ministry of Displacement and Migration, the agency established an emergency site at the Al-Qayara Airstrip (south of Mosul). The site is now hosting some 15,931 displaced persons (2,697 families) in plots with water and sanitation facilities. Another 350 new arrived families are waiting in six Rubb halls – large, relocatable tent-like structures – until further plots and tents are ready to move into. Similarly, building capacity for 10,000 plots is ongoing for the expansion phase, in addition to 7,500 plots at IOM’s second constructed emergency site in Haj Ali (south-east of Mosul). These two sites will provide shelter for over 105,000 individuals. Haj Ali site opened last week and received its first 74 families (398 individuals). It is expected that by Saturday, IOM engineers will complete enough plots to accommodate 120 families at the site. To assist Iraqis displaced by Mosul operations, IOM is also providing critical humanitarian aid, including shelter, winter emergency household items, fuel, health and psychosocial services for more than 240,000 people in newly retaken areas, as well as for those in camps and emergency sites. “Humanitarian aid is essential for the survival of the thousands of families displaced by Mosul operations who have left everything behind to save their own lives,” said Thomas Lothar Weiss, the Chief of the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) operations in Iraq. “Assistance must provide for a range of needs – including shelter, household items, health and livelihoods,” he added, underlining the need for additional funding to sustain relief efforts and to prepare for further displacement from the ongoing crisis. According to the agency’s Displaced Tracking Matrix (DTM), 144,588 people have been displaced between the 17 October 2016 start of military operation against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) militants in Mosul and 12 January this year.Particularly startling is that between 5-12 January, some 12,354 people (2,059 families) have been forced to move.These latest figures come amid fears that the western part of the city could soon face a siege, with enormous implications for the civilians remaining there.At the start of the military operations, some 1.5 million civilians were living in Mosul city. Situation in Gogjiali town – where thousands have passed throughTwo days ago, an IOM team visited the strategic town of Gogjiali, which was retaken on 1 November last year. Situated about 10 kilometres (about 6.2 miles) east of Mosul, on the road to Erbil, Gogjiali has seen thousands of displaced Iraqis pass through it: some heading to emergency sites and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) but others remaining there, due to its proximity to Mosul. A family that fled their home in Mosul arrive in Gogjali town with the possessions they were able to carry. (file) Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett read more

South Sudan UN Mission weighs reestablishing presence in northeastern town

“It’s clear that the needs of people in this location are immense,” said David Shearer, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), adding that UNMISS is looking at ways of extending a presence in Akobo, a town near the border with Ethiopia. The mission had operated a base in the town but it was closed following an attack in December 2013 in which two Indian peacekeepers and thirty civilians were killed. Some 71,000 displaced people are currently living in Akobo and the surrounding area after fleeing fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition forces in the north-east. About 10 to 15 humanitarian agencies are working in Akobo, which lies in an opposition-held part of South Sudan. “As UNMISS, we need to reach communities in need in all parts of the country, regardless of their ethnic or political background,” Mr. Shearer said. The UNMISS mandate is to protect civilians and help create an environment conducive to the delivery of humanitarian aid, he added, “so it was important to hear from the humanitarians working here how the presence of peacekeepers and other mission personnel can help.” read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 27 May 2011

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Ohio State womens basketball nonconference schedule released

Shelby Lum / Photo editorKevin McGuff is scheduled to begin his Ohio State coaching career on Nov. 8 when he leads the women’s basketball team on the road to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown.McGuff, who joined the Buckeyes in April from the University of Washington, will face a tough non-conference schedule that includes seven NCAA tournament teams.Highlighting the non-conference slate is a showdown with the defending National Champion Connecticut Huskies on Dec. 1 in Springfield, Mass. The game is scheduled to be the feature contest of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge and will be aired on ESPN2.OSU will also play Monmouth Nov. 22, Marist Nov. 23, and Bowling Green Nov. 24 as part of the Hall of Fame Challenge. The Buckeyes will then finish the month with a home game against Lehigh on Nov. 27.OSU will play Florida Atlantic on Nov. 10 in their 2013-14 home opener. Next, Virginia Commonwealth travels to Columbus Nov. 14 to take on the Buckeyes.Next up, OSU will face a stiff challenge when it hits the road to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Nov. 17. The Bulldogs made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament last season and return two of their top players in Tiara Griffin and Shacobia Barbee.After closing out the Hall of Fame Challenge against Connecticut, the Buckeyes will travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins on Dec. 5 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. OSU will then come home for two games against Gonzaga Dec. 8 and Army Dec. 13.The final non-conference road game will take place against state rivals Cincinnati on Dec. 15. The Buckeyes finish their non-conference slate with three home games against Tennessee Martin Dec. 17, Appalachian State Dec. 20 and North Carolina Central Dec. 29. read more

Mr Loophole cases inspire drivers to seek their day in court

Comedian Jimmy Carr successfully challenged a motoring charge in the courts Drivers can pay a fixed penalty and take points by pleading guilty David Beckham was caught speeding but got off on a technicalityCredit:Wireimage Thousands of speeding motorists are opting for the courts rather than fixed penalties In April 2017 the penalties for using a mobile phone while driving was increased from three to six points meaning anyone who has already got endorsements on their licence could face a driving ban. Thousands of speeding motorists are opting for the courts rather than fixed penaltiesCredit:PA But legal experts have warned drivers that the chances of beating such charges is extremely slim and by opting for court they could be making things worse for themselves.According to data collected from the Home Office, the number of motorists facing court action has increased by 43 per cent over the past four years, from 240,000 in 2013 to 342,000 last year. Comedian Jimmy Carr successfully challenged a motoring charge in the courts Drivers can pay a fixed penalty and take points by pleading guiltyCredit:Ian Jones At the same time the number of fixed penalty notices issued by the police for motoring offences declined by 19 percent from 1,201,000 to 969,000 last year. This is also thought to be part of the reason behind the sharp rise in the number of people trying to challenge motoring prosecutions.But Peter Dodd, a partner at Nockolds law firm, said despite some high profile figures successfully beating charges, it was not always wise to opt to go to court.He said: “The police do not have any discretion but people don’t like the police acting as judge and jury, which is what these on-the-spot punishments represent. As the police have been given powers to impose harsher penalties, a greater proportion of motorists want to challenge those decisions.”But this idea of being able to get off on a technicality is a bit of a myth and by going to court you risk making things much worse. Magistrates can apply unlimited fines linked to your income and you will also be liable for court costs.”It is much better to accept the punishment whether that is a speed awareness or retraining course or points and a fine because going to court often just makes things worse in the long run. Mr Dodd said many motorists held a common misconception that the registered owner of a vehicle could avoid a fine if they did not identify who was driving at the time. He explained: “There is a persistent urban myth that a driving fine or penalty can be avoided if the owner of a vehicle does not identify the driver at the time the offence was committed. We see a large number of court cases, which could have been avoided if the registered keeper had named the driver.”For the sake of a fine in the hundreds of pounds drivers are risking thousands of pounds in fines and costs in a magistrates courts plus six points on their licence.” Record numbers of motorists caught speeding or using their mobile phones at the wheel are opting to face the courts rather than accept on the spot penalties, according to new figures.It is thought the success of celebrities such as David Beckham and Jimmy Carr in beating charges in the courts are convincing drivers they might be able to get off.Former England captain, Beckham, was clocked doing 59 mph in a 40mph zone in a borrowed Bentley in the Kensington area of London earlier this year.In September he was cleared of the charge after his lawyer, Nick Freeman, known as Mr Loophole, successfully argued that the papers had been served too late.Comedian, Carr, also used the services of Mr Freeman when he was caught using his mobile phone.The lawyer convinced magistrates that his client had not been using his phone to make a call but to dictate a joke. David Beckham was caught speeding but got off on a technicality Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Pollution de lair des politiques plus radicales pour réduire leffet sur la

first_imgPollution de l’air : des politiques “plus radicales” pour réduire l’effet sur la santéAlors que les preuves des effets sur la santé de la pollution de l’air s’accumulent, le Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH) réclame la mise en place de politiques “plus radicales”.L’étude Aphekom (datant de 2011) a clairement démontré les effets désastreux sur la santé publique des niveaux actuels de pollution dans 25 villes européennes (dont 9 françaises). “Près de deux ans d’espérance de vie pourraient être gagnés dans les villes les plus polluées d’Europe si la pollution pouvait être ramenée aux niveaux préconisés dans les lignes directrices de l’OMS relatives à la qualité de l’air”, indique Michal Krzyzanowski, du Centre européen de l’environnement et de la santé de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS).”Cela représente près d’un tiers de l’écart d’espérance de vie observé entre les États membres de l’Union européenne”. En effet, “près de 15% du gain d’espérance de vie aux États-Unis entre 1980 et 2000 ont été attribués à l’amélioration de la qualité de l’air”, poursuit-il. Face à un tel constat, celui-ci invite donc à passer à des “approches politiques plus radicales et globales” afin de “réduire davantage l’exposition de la population, même lorsque les normes sont respectées”. Les études évoquant la nocivité de la pollution se sont multipliées ces dernières années et la “relation de cause à effet” entre l’exposition aux particules fines (PM2,5), les maladies et la mortalité cardiovasculaires a été souligné par l’American Heart Association. D’ailleurs, depuis bientôt un an, les particules fines émises par les gaz d’échappement des moteurs diesel ont été classés parmi les cancérogènes certains pour les humains par le Centre international de recherche sur le cancer (CIRC/IARC/OMS) de Lyon. Un risque à des niveaux inférieurs à ceux observés À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueDe plus, l’étude la plus récente et la plus vaste à ce jour, réalisée auprès de 2,1 millions de Canadiens adultes, a confirmé le lien observé entre morbidité, mortalité et niveau d’exposition, “mais à des niveaux de particules fines nettement inférieurs à ceux observés dans la plupart des villes européennes”, remarque l’éditorial cité par l’AFP. De même, on a pu constater une réduction du risque pour la santé dans les zones où ont baissé les niveaux de pollution atmosphérique. Autant d’observations qui devraient aujourd’hui inciter à prendre des mesures plus efficaces et rapides contre la pollution. Le 8 janvier 2013 à 18:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CASEE program hosts student open house

first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — Battle Ground Public Schools will host an open house for the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education program at 6 p.m. Thursday at the CASEE Building B, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie.Prospective students are invited to the program’s Science Night to eat pizza, ask questions and get additional information about the half-day program, which offers a hands-on science curriculum for high school students.Applications for new students are due March 27.If you plan to attend, RSVP for the event at battlegroundps.org/casee. For information about the CASEE program or Science Night, call 360-885-5361 or email info.casee@battlegroundps.org.last_img

Liverpool in talks to sign Shaqiri

first_imgAfter missing out on Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, Liverpool has now set their sights on signing Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri.With a reported release clause of €13.5 – a steal in the current market – the Swiss midfielders stock has skyrocketed and Jurgen Klopp’s side are the favourites to secure his services.Shaqiri was relegated last season with Stoke and is surely too big a name and too great a talent to spend next season languishing in the Championship.Despite an abysmal season on the team front, individually Shaqiri still often stood out and managed to contribute 8 goals and 7 assists for the Potters.At 26 years of age, the Switzerland international is approaching his prime and after failed spells with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the past, he could well be ready for another stab at the big time at Anfield.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Following his country’s friendly win over Japan at the weekend, the winger remained coy on speculation, responding plainly to questions over his future: “I can’t tell you anything, my agents take care of my future. I’m focusing on the national team right now.”The Stoke Sentinel reported that talks began as early as last Friday between the two clubs, with plenty of time before the World Cup for this deal to be finalised.last_img read more

Bonitafest kicks off again September 20th

first_imgBonitafest kicks off again September 20th September 8, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Bonitafest begins again this year on Friday, September 20th.Bonitafest is a community gathering that consists of three events spread out over eight days. This year’s theme of the festival is “Our Community Rocks.”The events begins with the Twilight Trail Parade at 6 p.m. at Sunnyside Saddle Club Arena. The second event is the Performing Arts Festival and Street Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bonita Vista High School, and the last event is the Bonitafest Melodrama, a three-day event from the 25th through the 18th starting at 7 p.m. each night. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Surge of parcels spurs USPS Sunday package delivery in some cities

first_imgLocal angleIn Vancouver, the Postal Service delivered packages the past two Sundays and will again be delivering this Sunday, said Vancouver Postmaster Scott Foster. Four carriers from the downtown post office and five from the East Vancouver office will be making deliveries from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Foster said. The rare Sunday deliveries are needed this year due to an unusually high volume of packages sent by mail, he said. In recent years, mail carriers have had fewer and fewer letters to deliver. Demand has dropped so much that the U.S. Postal Service, which lost $5 billion in the 2013 fiscal year, tried to get Congress’ approval to stop Saturday letter deliveries.So it came as a surprise when the Chicago post office announced last week that local carriers would deliver packages seven days a week in the two weeks before Christmas — including this Sunday — to keep up with a larger-than-expected boom in demand for holiday shipping.“Why the growth? Two words: online shipping,” said Mark Reynolds, Postal Service spokesman for the Chicago District. “A lot more online business is coming to us than in years past.”Though the number of pieces of first-class mail, which makes up the largest share of the PostalService’s revenue, fell from 91.7 billion in the 2008 fiscal year to 65.8 billion in the 2013 fiscal year, the number of package shipments has been rising. This year, the Postal Service handled 3.7 billion of them, up from 3.1 billion in 2009.last_img read more

Total pay falls by 03 in real terms

first_imgTotal pay for employees in Great Britain, including bonuses, fell by 0.3% in real terms between October to December 2016 and October to December 2017, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: February 2018 report also found that regular pay, excluding bonus payments, also fell by 0.3% in real terms, which has been adjusted for consumer price inflation, between October to December 2016 and October to December 2017.In nominal terms, which has not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay has continued to increase by 2.5% between October to December 2016 and October to December 2017, maintaining the same growth rate recorded between September to November 2016 and September to November 2017. Regular pay, in nominal terms, has also increased by 2.5% between October to December 2016 and October to December 2017, compared to a 2.3% growth rate between September to November 2016 and September to November 2017.Average total pay, including bonuses, was £512 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions from pay for employees in Great Britain in December 2017. This compares to £498 a week in December 2016. Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £481 a week for British employees in December 2017 before tax and other deductions from pay. This compares to £469 a week in December 2016.In real terms, average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £488 a week in December 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay. Average regular pay in real terms, excluding bonus payments, was £459 a week in December 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, in nominal terms, increased by 36.1% between January 2005 and December 2017, rising from £376 a week to £512 a week. Over the same time period, the Consumer Prices Index, including occupiers’ housing costs, increased by 34.1%.Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Wages are heading in the right direction, though the rate of growth is hardly jaw-dropping, and significantly still lags behind the rate of inflation. That means the consumer squeeze is still alive and well, and the pick-up in wage growth anticipated by the Bank of England is yet to materialise.”Crowley Woodford, employment partner at Ashurst, added: “Although average earnings have slightly increased it is clear that overall the squeeze on [employee] pay persists. Employers continue to lack confidence in the longer-term future, [while] feelings of job insecurity remains amongst [employees]. This dampens the pressure on employers to offer higher pay and employee representative bodies demand it.”Ian Brinkley, acting chief economist at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “The strengthening of wage growth is a welcome sign as, when coupled with likely falls in inflation, it opens up the possibility of real wage growth in the coming months, which will be a great relief to those [employees] who have seen their pay packets squeezed for months on end.”last_img read more

Reflection of life

first_img‘Traces of Solitude’ – a portrait series by Harsha Andukuri will be on display at Gallery Café from July 9 for a month. Cities are forever bustling with life and activities and so are the many facets of this present society. One of the many manifestations of living in a city is the feeling of being alone amongst a crowd and losing connection with one’s roots. Also Read – Hyderabad: TSPCB to distribute 70,000 clay Ganesh idols Advertise With Us The artist through his portraits has tried to delve into his inner pool of personal experiences of surviving the perils of modern life while exploring “Traces of Solitude” as the theme of his art show. Solitude, however, is multifacetedly pertaining to both a state of deliberation or, a state of isolation expended through loneliness. Through the subjects of his artwork, monks and women, Harsha has explored solitude in both aspects as a choice one makes and a state of seclusion one is thrust upon. As diverse as his subjects are, so is the theme of solitude. Also Read – Dumping of garbage irks colony residents in Musheerabad Advertise With Us Being an avid traveller, the artist found himself in the valley of Leh in the midst of the Thiksey monastery. The quiet humdrum of life in the peaceful monastery was a far cry from the crowded city he came from. From his observations of the everyday life of the ‘Lamas’ or Monks around him, the truth dawned on him that solitude is what they seek to attain in their life through meditation and prayers. It was key to their inner happiness and moksha. The truth was as radiant as the beautiful valley around him. Advertise With Us Harsha shares, coming back to his everyday life in the city, he could experience the stark contrast of life around him. There was a certain flair of detachment and a mindset of fear and aversion of being alone by oneself. Despite being constantly connected in the digital world, people were lonelier than ever. The women portrayed in his series of portraits are a testament to the vulnerabilities posed by solitude. There is, however, the underlying feeling of both hope and despair that has sought to capture the essence of the theme. The current series of the portrait is a reflection of life as experienced by the artist since his childhood. As an architect, graphic designer and a working UX designer, Harsha have always turned to art as the root of his creative expression. Art, for him, is a medium to achieve his inner solitude. As the saying of Buddha goes “Peace comes from within. Do not seek without” and so is solitude.last_img read more

RAB opens Facebook page to verify fake news

first_imgRABRapid Action Battalion (RAB) has opened a Facebook page titled ‘RAB Cyber News Verification Centre’ to aware people over false news and rumours spread during the 11th parliamentary election.Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Benazir Ahmed revealed it at a press conference arranged to brief journalists regarding the elite force’s preparation for the upcoming general election at its media centre in city’s Karwan Bazar on Thursday.If anyone becomes confused about any news, he/she will have to share it on the Facebook page and the RAB team will instantly reply it after verifying the truth, said RAB DG.RAB officials will work round the clock, he added.The RAB DG also said the Facebook page has been opened to counter all lies, rumours and false news centring the national election slated for 30 December.A total of 10,000 RAB members have been deployed across the country ahead of the general election, said the RAB DG.”If anyone dares to carry out violence in any place of the country, we will obstruct them and the elite force is ready to resist them,” he added.Two army helicopters will remain standby on the election day, he said adding, “A special force will be kept standby for travelling to any part in the country if needed.”Benazir also requested all to inform them any kind of violent incidents as they can take instant action.last_img read more