REGINA — Saskatchewan’s attorney general says he has no doubt the constitutional challenge against Ottawa’s imposition of carbon tax will end up in the Supreme Court of Canada.Don Morgan says his government will respect the ruling from the provincial Appeal Court, which will hear two days of arguments starting Wednesday.But he says other provinces will look carefully at what is decided and could take the matter further.Morgan says he agrees climate change is a national concern, but believes Ottawa should be working to find other ways to mitigate emissions.The Saskatchewan Party government argues a federally imposed carbon tax is unconstitutional because it will not apply evenly across all of the provinces.Ottawa says it has the authority under the Constitution to put a price on pollution because climate change is a national concern.The federal government’s carbon tax is set to take effect in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Ontario and Manitoba starting in April.The Canadian Press
Today, Feeding America and Ad Council launched new public service announcements (PSAs) featuring actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry to help spread the message about childhood hunger in America and inspire people to take action.Video: Stop Hunger with Tyler Perry | Hunger Prevention | Ad CouncilThe new PSAs are an extension of Feeding America’s national Hunger Prevention campaign in partnership with the Ad Council, which is designed to raise awareness about hunger in America and encourage audiences to support the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. Tyler Perry donated his time and talent for the project and is a member of Feeding America’s Entertainment Council of celebrity supporters.“As a member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council, I recognize our mission to spread the word and rally the country in the fight to end hunger,” said Tyler Perry. “15 million children suffer from hunger in the U.S. and through our newly released PSA, we will continue to raise awareness and provide meals to children and families in need across the country.”According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – 15 million kids – struggle with hunger. While food insecurity affects people of all ages, it is particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has positive implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, and academic achievement.“Childhood hunger is an unacceptable problem that affects far too many children and reaches into every community in America,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We’re so appreciative that Tyler Perry is joining us in bringing national attention to this vital issue. By providing a strong voice for children who struggle with hunger, he can help inspire more people to engage with their local food banks and make a true difference in the lives of millions in need.”The new PSAs feature Tyler Perry discussing the disproportionate effects of hunger on children, highlighting the fact that there are billions of pounds of surplus food wasted each year in the U.S. that could help feed families in need. The PSAs encourage audiences to visit FeedingAmerica.org to learn more about hunger in their communities, and to get involved in the fight to end hunger by volunteering at a local food bank, contacting their Members of Congress, and donating food or funds.“No child should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “We believe that Tyler Perry’s support will inspire communities to take action and give back to people who need our help.”Per the Ad Council’s model, all PSAs will run in advertising time and space entirely donated by the media. Since the launch of the Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have donated more than $373 million in support for the PSAs.
APTN National NewsFlood waters are continuing to rise in Manitoba, forcing one First Nation to evacuate.Peguis First Nation, which sits about 200 kilometres north of Winnipeg, is facing flooding from the Fisher River and the waters are threatening to shut access to the entire community.APTN National news reporter Meagan Fiddler has the story.
New Delhi: The number of government employees, including defence personnel, registered as ‘service voters’ has seen a substantial increase since February this year and the maximum belong to the ministry of defence, EC data shows. As on May 6, when the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections concluded, nearly 18 lakh employees had enrolled as service voters. In February this year, the Election Commission (EC) had said that a total of 16,62,993 service personnel have been enrolled as Service Electors in the country in the electoral roll 2019. In 2014, the corresponding figure was 13,27,627. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Ministry of Defence led with 10,16,245 service voters, followed by the Ministry of Home Affairs with 7,82,595 and Ministry of External Affairs with 3,539, according to the latest data. The state police has a poor representation with 267 personnel registered as service voters. Personnel of the armed forces, central armed police forces and state police personnel deployed outside their constituencies are considered as service voters. Diplomats and other support staff serving in Indian embassies abroad are also service voters. A provision in the Representation f the People Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017, passed by Lok Sabha and pending in Rajya Sabha, relates to spouses of service voters. As of now, an armyman’s wife is entitled to be enrolled as a service voter, but a woman army officer’s husband is not. But the bill proposes to replace the term wife’ with spouse’, thus making the provision gender neutral. The wife of a service voter, if she is residing with him, is also entitled to be enrolled as a service voter in the constituency specified by that person.
Rabat- An appeal by Ahed Tamimi’s attorney to have the teenage activist’s trial opened to the public has been denied by an Israeli military judge, according to The Times of Israel. Tamini, who was arrested on December 19 last year for slapping an Israeli soldier in her West Bank village of Nebi Saleh, quickly became an iconic symbol of Palestinian resistance, with the video of the incident being shared by thousands of users on various social media platforms.“Explaining his decision, Judge Gilad Peretz wrote that he did not feel that he had the authority to overrule the court’s original decision on February 13,” The Times of Israel reported, adding the judge’s opinion that holding the teenage activist’s trial behind closed doors “is in the best interest of the minor.”The judge is said to be following the traditional rules of Israel’s juvenile courts, where, unless in ‘exceptional cases’, trials are generally held behind closed doors and in the absence of a probable public influence. But while Tamimi has been celebrated around the globe as an icon of resistance to ‘colonial occupation’ and injustice, Israeli authorities have incriminated her actions and charged her with dozens of criminal offenses, including “aggravated assault charges.” The Israeli authorities have also accused Ahed’s supportive family members, especially her mother Nariman Tamimi—who has described her daughter as a freedom fighter— of using their daughter as a “pawn” at the service of the pro-Palestine front.“Public exposure is the only defense at the disposal of Ahed, and it is clear that without it, in a secret trial, she can’t receive a fair trial,” said the teenager’s attorney Gaby Lasky, lambasting the fact that despite numerous appeals by herself and groups of human rights activists, the Israeli authorities are still set to continue the proceedings “in the dark.” Ahed’s attorney also told the press that both the minor and her parents wanted the trail to be open to the public.
3 October 2008The top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today asked for additional peacekeepers beyond the nearly 19,000 uniformed personnel already there to prevent the vast country from slipping back into “horrendous” conflict. “We’re talking about a surge capacity, we’re not talking about a permanent arrangement,” Secretary-General’s Special Representative Alan Doss told reporters after briefing the Security Council on the renewal of hostilities in the eastern provinces and the need to accelerate the separation of armed groups and their demobilization. “We are entering a potentially very dangerous phase, tensions are rising and we do not want to see the Congo plunge back into the conflict which spilled over and involved neighbours,” he said, referring to the six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives in fighting and attendant hunger and disease – widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II – before it ended earlier this decade. “That conflict lasted for many years with horrendous consequences for the whole sub-region and especially for the Congo itself,” he added, voicing particular concern at the rise in ethnic tensions, and speaking at the end of a week that saw rocket-firing UN attack helicopters go into action against rebels who had opened fire on them in Ituri province. It was the latest such action over the past month by the peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUC), the largest such UN presence currently on the ground, to protect civilian populations in the east, especially in North Kivu province where the rebel National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP) has been pushing against Government forces. Mr. Doss said the Council asked for more details on the troop request. He was pressed repeatedly on the number of extra troops he had requested. “If I said ‘modest,’ that wouldn’t satisfy you,” he replied, laughing. “I can’t really say at this point. We’re discussing it with DPKO (Department for Peacekeeping Operations), but obviously it’s not going to be a vast increase. “We have to be realistic as to what could be possible. But it’s also about the quality and getting air mobility and that sort of thing, it’s not just the numbers game,” he said, acknowledging that the peacebuilding budget is not “infinitely elastic” and there are many demands on it at the moment. In the meantime, “we will have to move ahead with what we’ve got and certainly we will use our mandate as it is today to take action when it is necessary to protect civilians and prevent further deterioration,” he added, noting that he had also discussed with the Council a reconfiguration of forces “to see to what extent we can get more mileage out of what we’ve got.” MONUC was set up in 1999 with an initial strength of some 5,500 military personnel to help enforce a ceasefire in the civil war and restore peace and stability. One of the UN’s major achievements was to help organize presidential, national and provincial elections two years ago, the largest and most complex polls it has ever helped to run. Since then, much of the rest of the country has been relatively calm. Mr. Doss cited some progress in South Kivu. “So the picture isn’t all bleak, but nevertheless the situation in North Kivu is, above all, very, very preoccupying,” he said. “Ethnic tensions have risen in North Kivu and that is very dangerous – no doubt about it.” He voiced concern over reported statements by the CNDP’s leader, renegade general Laurent Nkunda, which could further stoke tensions, a position echoed by a mission spokesman in Kinshasa, the DRC capital, who said: “MONUC and the international community will not tolerate this new attempt to destabilize the political process.” Another area of concern is Orientale province, where the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from Uganda has launched attacks, uprooting thousands from their homes and kidnapping 90 children. The group is notorious for recruiting child soldiers. Mr. Doss said UN capacities to contain the situation there were very limited “given our preoccupations in the Kivus? There are limits to what we can do, we can’t be everywhere all the time.” Summing up the gravity of the situation, he stressed the imperative of dealing with the problem of armed groups. “Otherwise the rule of laws is being supplanted by the rule of the gun,” he declared.
One person was killed and 27 others sustained injuries when a bus went down a precipice in Badulla today.The Police said that the Sri Lanka Transport Board bus went down a 75-foot precipice in Badulla. The driver of the bus was trapped inside and had to be removed by the Police and area residence.The injured where admitted to hospital for treatment. (Colombo Gazette)
The arms embargo in Darfur is being blatantly violated by all parties operating in the war-torn Sudanese region, including Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias, rebel groups and insurgents from neighbouring Chad, according to the latest report from a panel of experts set up by the United Nations Security Council.The panel’s report, released today, found that Chadian rebels are helping to stoke the conflict in Darfur – especially in the region’s north and west – by reportedly joining Government forces and the Janjaweed in their operations against rebel groups.The experts said there are reliable reports that Sudan is re-supplying the Chadian rebels with weapons and vehicles, with weapons and ammunition observed being offloaded at local airports and moved to locations within Darfur, where three years of fighting have killed an estimated 200,000 people and forced another 2 million to leave their homes.“Credible information” also exists indicating the Government continues to support the Janjaweed, providing weapons and vehicles in breach of its commitments, according to the report.“The Janjaweed/armed militias appear to have upgraded their modus operandi from horses, camels and AK-47s to land cruisers, pick-up trucks and rocket-propelled grenades,” it stated.The panel of experts, appointed by the Council last year to monitor the arms embargo and targeted financial and travel-related sanctions, also found that rebel forces have “shown a notable increase in capacity to engage the forces of the Government” since March.Turning to the financial and travel-related sanctions, the experts said it considered Sudan to have “wilfully avoided” its commitment under the resolution to implement financial sanctions against persons designated by the Council.They also voiced concern that fighting has increased in recent months because of a major split within rebel movements based on which groups and factions signed the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) in May and which did not.“Tragically, it is the long-suffering innocent civilians of Darfur who continue to bear the brunt of recent events.”Greece’s Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis, Chairman of the Council committee dealing with sanctions concerning Sudan, said in a letter to the Council President that the committee will consider the panel’s many recommendations and then present their views to the full Council.Meanwhile, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland told a news briefing in Geneva that the violence and insecurity plaguing Darfur has escalated in recent months, with the militias stronger than ever.“They are much better armed, they are more brutal than ever and their potential to do bad is better than ever,” he said.Mr. Egeland, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the escalating fighting has led to surging numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) across Darfur, a remote and impoverished region the size of France on Sudan’s western flank.Their suffering has been exacerbated because relief workers are unable to reach many of the IDPs due to the insecurity.Asked by journalists about the recent Human Rights Council session, Mr. Egeland said he thought it was a shame that it did not issue a strong statement on Darfur.“I think that is a very bad signal. There are few cases that are so clear-cut as Darfur in terms of women and children being abused, attacked [and] raped by armed men. And if there is one thing that the Human Rights Council should do, it is to come to the defence of the defenceless.”
In a statement, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, highlighted that the terms and conditions for the cessation of hostilities include commitments for the unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel to all parts of Yemen. “Both sides have committed to adhere to the Terms and Conditions for the cessation of hostilities which I presented,” said the Special Envoy. “I ask all the parties and the international community to remain steadfast in support for this cessation of hostilities to be a first step in Yemen’s return to peace. This is critical, urgent and much needed. Yemen cannot afford the loss of more lives.” Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed noted that the De-escalation and Co-ordination Committee has been reconvened in Kuwait and will work to bolster adherence to the cessation of hostilities. The Committee, comprising military representatives from both sides, recently concluded a capacity-building exercise conducted by experts from the European Union, he said. “Much work lies ahead to ensure full respect of the cessation of hostilities and the resumption of peace talks in Kuwait. Now is the time to step back from the brink. The progress made represents a real opportunity to rebuild a country that has suffered far too much violence for far too long,” added the Special Envoy. “A positive outcome will require difficult compromises from all sides, courage and determination to reach an agreement.” Preparations are currently well under way for the start of the intra-Yemeni peace talks, to be held under the auspices of the UN. The talks will focus on five main areas: the withdrawal of militias and armed groups; the handover of heavy weapons to the State; interim security arrangements; the restoration of state institutions and the resumption of inclusive political dialogue; and the creation of a special committee for prisoners and detainees. In related news today, Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and Peter Salama, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), expressed hope that the cessation of hostilities and peace talks will bring an end to the conflict in Yemen. “We call on all parties to the conflict to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law, to commit to releasing children who have been recruited and used in the fighting, and to end all grave violations against boys and girls. Parties should take every possible measure to protect schools and hospitals, and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to children and all those in need,” the officials said in a statement. Noting that the children of Yemen are “bearing the brunt of a brutal conflict,” Ms. Zerrougui and Mr. Salama said the cessation of hostilities is an opportunity for parties to take action to improve their protection. The officials highlighted that the UN has verified a significant increase in grave violations against children by all parties to the conflict in Yemen. According to recent figures, 900 children were killed, a seven-fold increase compared with 2014. Child recruitment increased five times, with 848 cases verified. Meanwhile, attacks on schools and hospitals have doubled, bringing the total number to more than 115. The disruption in the delivery of basic services has deprived thousands of children of their fundamental rights to education and health, the officials said. They also emphasized that the incidents that the UN was able to verify represent “the tip of the iceberg,” but reveal some “very concerning trends.” Among the trends is the estimation that children represent about one third of all civilians killed and close to a quarter of those injured. Another trend is that attacks on civilian infrastructure, especially schools and health clinics, have become commonplace. In addition, children are now playing a more active role in combat and manning checkpoints, including on the front-lines, the officials said. “Taken together these data represent a disturbing pattern of flagrant disregard for international humanitarian law and the rights of children in Yemen. These patterns have far-reaching implications for the stability of Yemen and the future of its children,” the officials said.
Ohio State self-reported 47 minor Big Ten and NCAA rules violations in 2014, including one as the result of an accidental text sent by a football coach’s 4-year-old son.OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s son picked up his father’s cell phone when a recruit called on May 27, and accidentally sent an automatic text message in return. The university sent a letter of education to the football coaches after the incident in regards to NCAA texting rules and phone security.The NCAA did not review the case as part of its interpretations philosophy, which allows for flexibility when reviewing rule violations.This information is the result of three separate public records requests submitted by The Lantern.The most recent request spanned from Sept. 1 through Jan. 18. The records request showed 19 self-reported NCAA and Big Ten violations in the final four months of the year.Of those 19 violations, only two involved the OSU football program, and none involved the men’s basketball team.Apart from the accidental text message from Smith’s son, the only other football violation was for “impermissible on-campus contact,” submitted to the NCAA on Sept. 25. That incident involved coach Urban Meyer having “inadvertent contact with a junior college non-qualifier.” That junior college athlete was on campus without the knowledge of the OSU staff, according to the records request.OSU declared the athlete ineligible until he was reinstated by the NCAA. The records did not specify any actions by the NCAA.Eighteen of the final 19 violations of 2014 were for NCAA rules, and only one prompted punishment from the NCAA beyond what was handed down by the university. As reported by The Lantern on Oct. 14, the NCAA imposed two $500 fines on OSU after an ineligible men’s soccer player competed in two matches.Apart from the soccer violation, three violations had monetary consequences.A member of the field hockey team took part in 17 games during the 2013-14 school year even though she was ineligible. The school paid $5,000 in fines and declared the student-athlete ineligible for field hockey going forward.One member of the OSU wrestling team inadvertently received school books during Fall Semester because his name “incorrectly appeared on the institution’s book list.” The NCAA reinstatement staff said the student-athlete must repay the value of the books before being reinstated, which was the same decision made by the university in the case.Members of the women’s tennis team were required to repay $28 after the program provided them with impermissible per diem on two occasions.Since Sept. 1, 12 different OSU programs self-reported violations, with football, men’s soccer, wrestling, field hockey, men’s gymnastics and women’s volleyball reporting two each. The OSU athletics communication staff also self-reported a violation of its own for “impermissible publicity of voluntary summer workouts.”Through Jan. 18, OSU athletics had only self-reported one NCAA violation and no Big Ten violations.The NCAA violation was for impermissible text messages and phone calls, reported by the football program on Jan. 7. The violation was the result of six accidental one-minute phone calls and five text messages over a span of 10 months. The university prevented the football coaching staff from making phone calls for one week as a punishment, and the NCAA decided not to impose any further sanctions.The three records requests submitted by The Lantern showed eight total football violations in 2014, along with the first OSU violation of 2015.The first request was submitted July 8 and fulfilled Aug. 11, the second was submitted Sept. 23 and fulfilled Oct. 14, and the third was submitted Jan. 18 and fulfilled Thursday evening.
It is also the most common reason given for suspensions, accounting for 30 per cent last year, up from 23.3 per… “Persistent disruptive behaviour” accounts for he highest proportion of pupil expulsions, according the latest official figures. This was cited as the cause for a third (34 per cent) of all permanent exclusions last year, up from 29.6 per cent a decade ago. Gavin Williamson, the new Education Secretary, is to launch a review into teacher training which will focus on implementing stricter behaviour strategies to tackle disruption in schools. Teachers will be given training to make them tougher with unruly children as part of a Government drive to restore discipline to the classroom.
The time-lapse above has been around for a bit so apologies if you’ve seen it already, but if you haven’t you’re in for a treat. It’s a series of images of Lake Tahoe at night. What’s special above the video is not the lake though, it’s the amazingly starry sky above it. It’s a simple video as some of the time-lapses we’ve highlighted before go, but it’s still quite fantastic.The time-lapse was taken with a Canon 5D MKII and a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 lens. An Opteka battery grip was used to get the battery life of the 5D up to a point where it could last all night. The photographer, Justin Majeczky, was even nice enough to reveal the some data about his photographs–they were 30 second exposures at f/1.8 every 35 seconds. He says the ISO was around 1500.AdChoices广告Just to do a little back of the napkin math… It’s a 41 second video and let’s assume it’s at 30 frames per second (it could be less but this will give us a ballpark). That’s 1230 shots. The intervalometer was going off every 35 seconds with makes for 43050 seconds total. Divide that by 60 seconds and then 60 minutes and this was about a 12 hour time-lapse. If the video is at 24 fps then the total time would be more like 9.6 hours which makes more sense given the 9 hours of battery life he mentions in the video’s notes. Anyway, this is why you need an extended battery pack (or a few extra batteries and a lot of patience) if you will be taking time-lapses with long intervals between shots.Bonus: Don’t miss the shooting stars in the first few seconds. You can see one of them in the frame grab below.
Once again, Microsoft has padded its revenue stream with an Android patent license deal. This time around, it’s Compal Electronics — another name you might not be familiar with, but it’s a very significant win for the crew in Redmond.Like Wistron and Quanta, Compal produces devices for other companies — and they’re actually one of the top notebook manufacturers in the world. Compal recently announced that it was partnering with Lenovo to launch a joint manufacturing venture that would further strengthen its position as one of the industry leaders. They’ve also built devices for Dell, HP, Acer, and Toshiba.In January of this year, Compal execs told the press that they expected to ship around 3.8 million Android tablets in 2011. With Microsoft’s deals typically running in the neighborhood of $5 per device, that’s a fair chunk of change headed back their way from Compal. The Compal deal is also noteworthy because it marks a big milestone for Microsoft: they have now secured licensing deals that cover more than 50% of all Android devices being produced — the Samsung, HTC, and Quanta deals you’ve read about previously helped them achieve that goal rather quickly.It’s also worth noting that the deal covers Chrome OS hardware as well. Now that Compal, Wistron, and Quanta have signed on, it’s starting to look like Microsoft will be profiting from just about every mobile device powered by a Google-built OS. Microsoft is still hashing things out with Asus, whose manufacturing offshoot Pegatron it would no doubt like to lock up, and they’re also in the midst of litigation with another giant: Foxconn.Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, the saying goes. As long as Microsoft can continue pocketing cash from Android OEMs, it’s going to do exactly that.More at Microsoft
The Australian Hellenic Council should be dismantled and re-established from scratch, according to the Coordinator for the World Council of Hellenes (SAE) of Oceania and Far East, George Angelopoulos. Mr Angelopoulos granted an exclusive interview to Neos Kosmos English Edition, (NKEE), during his recent visit to Melbourne to take part in a meeting for the organising of the upcoming Panhellenic Games. Amongst other things he talked about the Australian Hellenic Council making scathing comments about the way it operates. “The [Australian Hellenic] Council is run by individuals and not by organisations,” Mr Angelopoulos said. “The Council should hold regular meetings and should represent the wider Greek community,” he clarified. Mr Angelopoulos spoke about the controversy that has ensued after a decision by the Australian Hellenic Council to eject SAE from its ranks. NKEE understands that this decision was reached in a recent meeting that took place in Melbourne with the participation of various Council members, although it has not been officially announced. No specific reasons have been provided to NKEE or to Mr Angelopoulos about the decision. “We know that the Australian Hellenic Council held a meeting where it was decided to throw us out, but all this [developments] is up in the air,” Mr Angelopoulos undescored. “Nobody can be spared in the effort to promote Greek national issues,” Mr Angelopoulos added. He criticised the practice perpetrated by what he called small groups within the Council hijacking the agenda while excluding other people.The Coordinator of SAE Oceania did not hesitate to comment on the recent change of power in the Australian Hellenic Council and the subsequent shift of the organisation from Sydney to Melbourne. It should be noted that the new Coordinator of the Australian Hellenic Council is Patricia Drivas. “The transfer of power is not a hereditary matter.These things happen based on decisions from consensus. Such decisions have not been taken,” Mr Angelopoulos pointed out caustically. Meanwhile, he announced that the financial situation regarding the Panhellenic Games has been resolved. NKEE has reported in the past that the Games had run into financial trouble with the Greek government unable to secure funding. Mr Angelopoulos stated that the Greek government has finally earmarked an amount for the organising of the Games but he highlighted that the most substantial contribution will come from a Greek bank. “The Hellenic Postbank has agreed to be the major sponsor,” Mr Angelopoulos said. It is estimated that the sponsorship amount will be around $80,000 without including costs for the athletes’ gear that will be covered by the Hellenic Postbank [Taxydromiko Tamieutirio].Mr Angelopoulos indicated that the budget of the Games has not been finalised but estimated that it will reach at least $150,000. SAE officials believe that 600 athletes from around Australia will come to Melbrourne for the Games that will be held on November 27, 28 and 29. Mr Angelopoulos said that he will be making further announcements regarding the Games as details are finalised and promised that the organisisng efforts will be transaprent, as he invited media scrutiny in each and every meeting. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
France : une louve disparaît dans le massif du MercantourSuivie par les services environnementaux grâce à un collier GPS, une louve d’une meute du massif du Mercantour a disparu depuis 10 jours. Seul son collier émetteur a été retrouvé, dans une rivière, apparemment coupé et retiré du cou de l’animal, ce qui fait craindre un abattage illégal. Une enquête a été ouverte.Capturée, équipée d’un collier GPS puis relâchée en avril pour étudier ses déplacements et ses habitudes alimentaires en relation avec la faune d’herbivores sauvages, une louve du Mercantour (Alpes maritimes) ne donne plus signe de vie depuis 10 jours. L’équipe composée de membres de l’Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage (ONCFS), du Parc national du Mercantour, du CNRS et de la Fédération départementale de chasseurs, qui suivait l’animal est particulièrement inquiète : dimanche, son collier GPS a été retrouvé dans une rivière, apparemment sectionné et retiré de main d’homme.À lire aussiQuand des hommes viennent en aide à un loup pris au piège dans une clôtureLe procureur de la République de la ville de Nice, qui a mandaté une enquête auprès d’une brigade de recherches de la gendarmerie, a ainsi déclaré : “le loup étant une espèce protégée, il doit l’être également par la justice. Il est important de savoir dans quelles conditions il aurait pu être abattu. On (…) a simplement des éléments qui nous permettent de penser qu’il a été libéré de ce collier, non sans dommage pour l’animal”. Une louve morte découverte Le cadavre d’une louve, non encore autopsié, a été découvert mardi à 35 kilomètres de l’endroit où le collier a été retrouvé. Toutefois, il n’est probablement pas celui de la femelle équipée selon les autorités. Par ailleurs, une jeune louve a été tuée mardi soir à Thorame-Basse, dans la vallée du Haut-Verdon dans les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, après un arrêté autorisant un “tir de prélèvement”. Une mesure destinée à effaroucher les animaux et à diminuer le nombre d’attaques des troupeaux. Selon la sous-préfecture, il s’agit du premier loup prélevé dans les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence depuis le retour de l’espèce en France dans les années 1990, relève Libération.Le 22 septembre 2011 à 12:29 • Maxime Lambert
Being on @Jeopardy as a DC Power Player was a thrill of a lifetime. Alex Trebek could never root for me, but I’m rooting for him now. “I’ll take #AlexTrebek for $2,000!” pic.twitter.com/vd5xwncU55— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) March 7, 2019Created by Merv Griffin and presented by Art Fleming, the quiz competition debuted in 1964 and ran for 11 years. A weekly nighttime syndicated edition aired from 1974-75, and a revival (The All-New Jeopardy!) lasted five months in 1978/79.It wasn’t until Trebek stepped up to the podium in 1984, though, that the show really took off. With more than 7,000 episodes and a record 33 Daytime Emmy Awards (not to mention a Peabody Award), the program—and its host—is an American treasure.If all goes well, Trebek will continue entertaining through at least 2023.More on Geek.com:Watch Watson Destroy Humans at JeopardyScientists Develop Renewable Source of Cancer-Fighting T CellsResearchers Develop 10-Minute Test to Detect Cancer Who is an extraordinary human being, gracious, a consummate professional, a gentleman, a kind soul? Final Answer: #AlexTrebekEven though I didn’t win, I loved him at “hello”. He has asked for prayers as he confronts this health challenge. Let’s keep him in our thoughts. pic.twitter.com/FgFQNHl2KH— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) March 7, 2019 What is sad news about long-time Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek?The television personality on Wednesday announced that he’s been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.In a short video, shot in the game show’s Culver City studio and shared online, Trebek dropped the bombshell on fans.“I have some news to share with all of you. And it’s in keeping with my long-time policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base,” he said. “I also wanted to prevent you from hearing or reading some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health.“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year,” Trebek said, “this week I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.”The disease—the fourth most common cause of death in the US due to cancer—emerges when cells in the digestive organ begin to grow out of control.There are several types of pancreatic cancer, involving the endocrine and exocrine tissue; it is unclear which sort Trebek suffers from.“Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging,” he admitted. (The American Cancer Society estimates an average survival rate of about five years.) “But, I’m going to fight this. And I’m going to keep working.“And with the love and support of my family and friends—and with the help of your prayers, also—I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” Trebek said.“Truth told, I have to. Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years,” he explained, with signature drollery. “So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.” The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer. Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 6, 2019 I’ve said this before but Alex Trebek is in a way the last Cronkite: authoritative, reassuring TV voice you hear every night, almost to the point of ritual.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) March 6, 2019
Related Items:cockburn town medical center, HJ robinson high school, meleck cummings, nurse week, rienwald lewis Recommended for you Government not endorsing private fundraisers for HJ Robinson High Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 16 Oct 2014, Interhealth Canada Press Release – The TCI Hospital team at the Cockburn Town Medical Centre recently presented the Helena Jones Robinson High School in Grand Turk, with over $1500 dollars in cash, towards the purchase of an electric school-bell. The much needed funds were raised during this year’s Nurses’ Week celebration, a “Nurses in Concert” event, where nurses displayed their talent through dance and song. The nursing staff was well supported by Primary Health Care and Wellness Centre teams. Site Director at the Cockburn Medical Centre Meleck Cummings said, “We would like to use this opportunity to express appreciation to everyone who made contributions towards the concert; they include our MC, Huntley Forbes JR, Father Mark Kendall and the Anglican Church Family for providing the venue.” Principal of the H.J. Robinson High school Rienwald Lewis said, “The delivery came as so much of a surprise. We are extremely grateful to Mr. Cummings and the TCI Hospital team, for taking the time to get to know the students of the H. J. Robinson High School, recognizes our needs and embracing our mission”END Officials complete tour of damage at HJ Robinson; school resumes Monday Feb 8 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp School fire reveals serious cracks in emergency response in Grand Turk
Woman killed in El Cajon hit-and-run crash Posted: February 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom EL CAJON (KUSI) — A woman was fatally injured Thursday morning in an apparent hit-and-run crash on a residential El Cajon roadway, police said.A man discovered the victim around 4:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Sunshine Avenue where she was severely injured but still alive, El Cajon police Lt. Royal Bates said.“While being transported to the hospital, the woman succumbed to her injuries,” Bates said.Officers who arrived on scene determined the woman, possibly a transient, was likely crossing the street when she was struck, the lieutenant said. Nobody else had reported the collision, and it’s still unknown what time she was actually struck.El Cajon police traffic officers were investigating the crash this morning and searching the area for any damaged vehicles that may have been involved in the crash. South Sunshine Avenue just north of Chase Avenue was expected to be closed for several hours during the investigation.Officers advised drivers to avoid the area and asked anyone with information about the crash to call the ECPD at (619) 579-3311. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom,
Share your voice Pirelli’s Track Adrenaline system gives your tires a brain Lamborghini Originally published March 5.Update, March 6: Adds information on specific tire fitments and motorcycle program. reading • Pirelli’s Track Adrenaline puts a driving coach inside your tires More From Roadshow 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer Auto Tech Car Industry Car Games and Apps Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Tags Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Everything is better with 707 horsepower • Geneva Motor Show 2019 Pirelli is always looking to push the limits of tire technology for its customers, but that doesn’t always mean developing new tread patterns or rubber compounds. Sometimes it’s about giving the driver more information about their tires, something that becomes incredibly important on say, a supercar on the track.To that end, Pirelli introduced its new Track Adrenaline system at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday. The system allows drivers to track tire temperatures, pressures and lap counts in real time from their smartphones. The best part is that the system that allows this to happen is relatively simple.To give its tires some brains, Pirelli takes a set of its Trofeo R tires and builds them with sensors embedded in the carcass of the tire. These sensors communicate with an electronic box that lives in the car, which in turn communicates with the smartphone app.The system can do more than just count laps and measure temperatures though. It’s also able to use that data along with GPS to tell a driver when to push harder, when to back off and when to pit to get the most out of the Trofeo R tires and thus the best lap time.Pirelli is keeping tight-lipped about possible pricing for the system, but it provided Roadshow with a list of fitments. These include stock tire sizes for cars like Porsche’s GT3 RS and GT2 RS as well as McLaren’s 570S and the Lamborghini Huracan. There will also be a number of other popular performance car sizes available.The Track Adrenaline system is due out for cars in July, but Pirelli reps also confirmed to Roadshow that a Track Adrenaline system for motorcycles is in the works as well. 0 See All 7 Photos Post a comment Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Geneva Motor Show 2019
Amnesty InternationalAmnesty International (AI) has reported fresh evidence of violations amid ongoing military crackdown in Rakhine State and some 5,200 civilians have been displaced since December.Myanmar security forces have shelled villages and blocked civilians from accessing food and humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State, AI said on Monday amid a crackdown since armed attacks by the ‘Arakan Army’ in early January.Security forces have also used vague and repressive laws to detain civilians in the area.”These latest operations are yet another reminder that the Myanmar military operates without any regard for human rights. Shelling inhabited villages and withholding food supplies are unjustifiable under any circumstances,” said Tirana Hassan, director of crisis response at Amnesty International.Amnesty International has received reports that army divisions involved in atrocities against the Rohingya in August and September 2017 have been deployed to Rakhine State again in recent weeks.”Despite international condemnation of the Myanmar military’s atrocities, all evidence suggests that they are brazenly committing yet more serious abuses,” said Tirana Hassan.These violations come after a UN Fact-Finding Mission called for the criminal investigation and prosecution of senior Myanmar officials for crimes under international law against the Rohingya population in Rakhine State, and against ethnic minorities in Kachin and northern Shan States.Arakan Army attacksOn 4 January, Myanmar’s Independence Day – an ethnic Rakhine armed group known as the Arakan Army carried out coordinated attacks on four police posts in northern Rakhine State, reportedly killing 13 police officers.The Arakan Army has fought the military as part of an alliance of armed groups in northern Myanmar and, as it has moved its attention to Chin and Rakhine State in recent years, has clashed sporadically with security forces there.Days after the 4 January attacks, Myanmar’s civilian government instructed the military to launch an operation to “crush” the Arakan Army, which the government spokesperson referred to as a “terrorist organization”.According to the UN, more than 5,200 men, women and children had been displaced by the ongoing fighting by 28 January.They are overwhelmingly from predominantly Buddhist ethnic minorities, including the Mro, Khami, Daingnet and Rakhine.Amnesty International interviewed by telephone 11 people affected by the fighting, as well as humanitarian officials and local activists in Rakhine State.Most said they fled their villages after the security forces shelled nearby or placed restrictions on food.