October 14, 2019

Five minutes missing from video showing Brian Sinclairs last hours

first_imgAPTN National NewsVideo of Brian Sinclair’s last hours of life was released this week at the inquiry probing the circumstances of his death in Winnipeg.But the video is incomplete. Five minutes of footage is missing.Sinclair died in 2008 in a hospital waiting room after no one checked on him for 34 hours.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.last_img

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October 12, 2019

Stocks open higher ahead of USChina trade talks

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks were mostly higher in early trading Monday as Wall Street nears the end of a relatively strong earnings season and looks ahead to key trade talks between the U.S. and China.U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin is leading a delegation set to meet with Chinese officials on Thursday and Friday. The talks are aimed at resolving a trade war that threatens to stunt global economic growth, in part by raising prices on goods for consumers and companies. The situation could get worse when a truce on tariffs expires in early March.Economists’ fears of a global slowdown were given additional fuel from a report Monday showing Britain’s economy had its slowest economic growth since the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Both Europe overall and China are already contending with slower growth.Corporate earnings are so far mixed on a light day for reporting. The owner of Tim Horton’s and Burger King, Restaurant Brands, jumped after reporting strong earnings results. Commercial insurer Loews plunged on a fourth-quarter loss caused by higher catastrophe losses.Looking ahead, beverage and consumer product giants Coca-Cola and Nestle will report earnings this week.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 34 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 25,072 as of 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. The S&P 500 index was little changed and the Nasdaq composite added 0.2 per cent.OVERSEAS: European markets were mostly higher, though the British FTSE 100 fell. Asian markets were also mostly higher.The British economy grew by 1.4 per cent in 2018, its slowest rate of growth since 2009. Uncertainty around the nation’s so far messy departure from the key European trading organization played a major role in stunting growth. Britain is also dealing with wider global trends, including higher tariffs.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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October 12, 2019

UN Expert Calls for Action Against Racism Promoting Amazigh in Morocco

Rabat – Tendayi Achiume, the UN special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance has urged Morocco to “adopt a comprehensive anti-racial discrimination legislative framework.” Achiume concluded her exploratory mission in Morocco on Friday.While Achiume applauded Morocco’s constitutional provisions that prohibit all forms of discrimination, promote equality, guarantee the rights of non-citizens, and recognize Tamazight (Berber), she noted the lack of implementation of some of the provisions.The rapporteur expressed special concern that Morocco has not yet adopted legislation to implement the constitutional provisions on Tamazight, noting the “absence of adequate Amazigh language facilities, including sworn, certified interpreters,” which hinders equal access to justice for Tamazight speakers. “Morocco must adopt and implement the necessary domestic law to achieve full official status to Amazigh language as a matter of urgency,” she stated.In 2016, Morocco presented draft laws 26.16 and 04.16, relating to the integration of Tamazight into national education and administrative institutions as well as the protection and development of both Arabic and Tamazight.The draft laws aim to boost the status and usage of Tamazight in public administrations and services and in all “priority areas of public life,” including documents such as ID cards, passports, driving licenses, and banknotes.Read Also: Migration: Marrakech is a Gift to Europe’s Far-RightAccording to a July statement from the speaker of the House of Representatives, Habib El Malki, the government does not want to rush the law being implemented, fearing the “complications” it may pose in the future, such as division or conflict in the Moroccan identity.Achiume reported about “the marginalization” and “discrimination” that Amazigh (Berber) communities endure, especially the Amazigh people who move into cities.The marginalization of the groups is seen in regions with limited infrastructure and state support for basic needs, including “water, sanitation, and adequate healthcare facilities.”Morocco’s commendable approach to migrationThe rapporteur praised Morocco’s human rights-based approach to migration. She gave the example of the Moroccan Constitution which states that “foreigners under Moroccan jurisdiction are entitled to enjoy the same fundamental freedoms granted to Moroccan citizens.”Achiume welcomed Morocco’s recent decision to reject the European Union’s attempts to “locate offshore asylum processing or ‘regional disembarkation’ centres in the country.”She also pointed out Morocco’s rejection of violating human rights by the “warehousing of migrants in immigration detention facilities.”Noting the pressure to prevent migration from Africa to Europe, Achiume emphasized the “severe restrictions on freedom of movement, and serious human rights violations against regular and irregular migrants, especially black, sub-Saharan Africans.”Read Also: Moroccan Journalist Asks King Mohammed VI to Recognize Amazigh New Year as Public HolidayAccording to Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita, there is somewhat of an “exaggeration” concerning African migration.In an interview with BBC following the migration conference in Marrakech on December 10, Bourita clarified misconceptions about African migrants, providing statistics.“There are an estimated 256 million migrants globally, both documented and undocumented. From the 256 million migrants, 13 percent, or 36 million, are Africans. “From those 36 million, 80 percent or 30 million people immigrate within Africa,” Bourita said.“African irregular migrants represent only 0.1 percent of world migrants in the US, Arab countries, and Europe,” he concluded.Achiume concluded her report by commending Morocco’s efforts to ensure the rights of Jews in the country.“I commend Morocco for the remarkable steps it has taken to ensure that Moroccan Jews have the full means to enjoy their rights to freedom of belief and association and other human rights. Similar rights and protection should be given to other religious minorities who report facing public restrictions on their rights to freedom of belief and association,” she said.During her visit, which started on December 13, Achiume met with several Moroccan government officials, local NGOs, and victims of racism as part of her fact-finding mission. read more

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October 11, 2019

Top UN envoy urges extra vigilance to ensure safe Afghan polls next

“We all know that security challenges will be a significant obstacle and we must ensure that poor security in parts of the country is not used to manipulate the votes of the people,” Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, said in a statement. Preparations have been under way for the elections, slated to be held on 18 September. The ballot papers arrived in the country last week and campaigning by the large number of candidates has recently stepped up. Mr. de Mistura said he was particularly encouraged by the active campaigns of women candidates, but voiced concern at the “widespread intimidation” with regard to female candidates, the killing of three candidates and other violence directed against a number of other candidates. “This is unacceptable and we call upon the Afghan security forces to be on heightened vigilance over the coming two months,” he stated. The UN is providing technical and logistical support to the polls, which the Special Representative stressed earlier this year must be an improvement over last year’s presidential elections, which were marred by fraud. “Operationally and administratively the IEC [Independent Electoral Commission] is on track. United Nations support to the elections has been as we promised – substantial but with a light footprint in deference to the growing capacity of Afghanistan’s electoral authorities.” Mr. de Mistura, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), noted that it is vital for operational reasons, and for the credibility of the elections, that the final voter list is made public by 18 August. “Making this list public one month in advance of the elections is essential for the transparency of the electoral process. It will also show a marked difference and progress compared with the same stage of last year’s presidential elections,” he stated. He urged Afghan voters to follow all the candidates and their messages to ensure that they can make an informed decision when they go to the polls on 18 September. “These elections are your elections,” he told them. “Your vote is the final decision-maker in this important process in determining your country’s future.” 12 August 2010With Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections just over a month away, the top United Nations envoy there warned today that security will be the main challenge and called for extra vigilance to ensure that the polls are safe. read more

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October 8, 2019

Shaw Communications Q2 profit up slightly

Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) is reporting a slight increase in profit in the second quarter as improved operating income was partially offset by higher income taxes.The cable and media company said Friday it earned $182 million or 38 cents per share in the three months ended Feb. 28. That compared with $178 million, also 38 cents per share in the same period last year. Consolidated revenue totalled $1.25 billion, up 1.6 per cent from $1.23 billion.The company also increased its guidance for free cash flow for the year.In October, Shaw had said it expected free cash flow in its 2013 financial year to be about the same as 2012 when it recorded $482 million for the year.“With the first half of the year behind us and modest positive variances across service operating income before amortization, capital investment and interest and cash taxes, we now expect free cash flow to approximate $550 million,” CEO Brad Shaw said.Earlier this month, Shaw signed a deal to buy Enmax Envision Inc. from Enmax Corp. for $225 million.Envision runs one of Calgary’s largest fibre-optic networks and specializes in providing large amounts of bandwidth to businesses and that require a connection or connect multiple locations over private networks.Shaw said it will use Envision to expand its Shaw Business service with products and services complementary to those offered by Envision.Shaw provides cable television, high-speed Internet and home phone services in Western Canada.The company also owns Global Television and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History and Showcase. read more

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October 7, 2019

National Bank records 608million Q3 profit up from 569 million a year

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:NA) MONTREAL — National Bank of Canada reported its third-quarter profit climbed to $608 million, helped by growth across the bank.The company says the profit amounted to $1.66 per diluted share for the quarter ended July 31.The result compared with a profit of $569 million or $1.52 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Excluding specified items, National Bank says it earned $606 million or $1.66 per diluted share, up from $569 million or $1.52 per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.59 per share, according to the financial markets data firm Refinitiv.National Bank chief executive Louis Vachon says each business segment contributed to earnings growth, to help the bank to post “solid performance” for the quarter.“In an environment of economic and geopolitical uncertainty, the bank will maintain its disciplined approach to managing costs, credit and capital,” Vachon said in a statement. read more

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October 2, 2019

Transport News Brief for week 34

For stand space sales and marketing for the 2007 Commercial Vehicle Show and Automotive Trade Show, from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 April, contact Crystal Communications on +44(0)1 634 261 262 or sales@cvshow.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Renault to keep Volvo truck stake Renault said last week that it had no plans to sell or cut its stake of around 20% in world number two truck maker Volvo. ‘We are for now satisfied with our stake in Volvo so therefore there is nothing planned,’ said a Renault spokeswoman. ‘This is an interesting business, not only because dividends are attractive.’ She also said the complementary business cycles are helpful too. More from www.just-auto.com Volvo on acquisition trail The Financial Times reports that Volvo has outlined an acquisition plan to broaden it product range and head off activist investors. The FT says that Volvo’s $2.6bn surplus has attracted ‘mystery’ shareholders who have taken a 4% stake in the firm recently, possibly plotting a takeover or more likely, aiming to pressure the company into giving them some of its cash. The paper quotes Volvo’s boss, Leif Johansson ‘I will make financially disciplined deals that are good for shareholders.’ Volvo has a right to extend its 13% stake in Nissan Diesel and has said it is discussing Chinese deals. Johansson is also quoted saying that he thinks ‘control is important to get a really good effect.’ More from www.ft.com LCV hall at 2007 CV Show close to capacity Bookings for space in the light commercial vehicle hall, at the 2007 CV Show, are already very close to capacity, says David Crawford, sales manager for the event. ‘We’ve had a terrific response, with both existing exhibitors booking bigger stands and new firms booking for the first time.’ And in other areas of the show business is brisk too. ‘Pommier Furgocar plan to return to the show after a three year absence, Williams Tanker Services will make its debut on a 210m2 stand, Smiths Electric Vehicles will double its stand size and the Harris Group (Hino) have booked 500m2 on the back of this year’s success says Crawford. ‘All truck makers have booked now booked space and many major refuse collection vehicle makers will be there too, supporting the Municipal Zone.’ The show runs from April 24 to 26 next year, at the NEC. More from David Crawford on +44 (0)1 634 261 262 or david@crystal-communications.co.uk First I-Shifts for Classic fleet Durham’s Classic Coaches just got two new Volvo B12Bs. Each of the Berkhof bodied coaches has a Volvo 420hp engine driving through an I-Shift gearbox, the first in Classic’s fleet. Both the 55 seaters will be on the road constantly through the year, working on the firm’s UK and mainland touring programme. They have full climate control, toilet, hot and cold drinks facilities and a two-screen DVD system. More from Adrian Wickens on +44 (0)1 926 414 518 or adrian.wickens@volvo.com RAC Foundation wants commuters to stay home and save £1.9bn The RAC Foundation is the latest outfit to back Work Wise UK. Supported by the government, business and the unions, the five-year plan aims to encourage smarter working practices, such as flexible, mobile, remote working and working from home. The RAC Foundation says it supports the idea as it thinks any change in working patterns that cuts the need to travel, or staggers times will help cut congestion. It thinks that smarter working could cut commuter traffic by up to 10% in five years. ‘Even if people only worked from home one day a week, the impact would be significant,’ said Edmund King, executive director. Just look at what happens during the school holidays. Congestion costs the UK some £20bn a year. If there is a reasonable take-up of smarter working, King thinks the nation will save £1.9bn a year within five years.’ More from Michael Hardware on +44 (0)2 079 397 939 or meh@chelgate.com LuAZ output soars Output from Ukraine’s Lutsk Automobile Plant, or LuAZ, controlled by the Bogdan Corporation, soared 74.3% year on year to 25,768 units in January-July, the corporation said last week. LuAZ assembles foreign cars and sports utility vehicles including VAZ, UAZ, and Isuzu, as well as Bogdan-designed buses. More from www.just-auto.com New Ford Transit delivers heating and hot water comfort The first 20 new short wheelbase Ford Transits have gone to work for domestic heating manufacturer, Worcester, part of the Bosch Group. The new Transits are part of a 250 strong replacement order by the firm, which has successfully run an all-Ford light commercial fleet for more than 10 years. More new Transits will follow as existing vans come up for their three-year or 100,000-mile replacement. They are sign-written and have internal racking by Bott Ltd of Ashby de la Zouch and all are on full-maintenance contract hire, through DaimlerChrysler Fleet Management. More from Ford on +44 (0)8 457 111 888 or www.ford.com Hydraulic truck to start trial in 2007 Automotive World reports that a novel energy-saving hybrid-hydraulic system fitted to a 7.5-tonne truck will start UK trials early next year, aiming for big fuel savings. The truck will work for Crowfoots Carriers Ltd, of Barnwell, Leicester on an express parcels service over intensive stop-start routes. The system, known as Regenerative Drive System has been developed over the last five years or so by Permo-Drive Technologies Ltd of Australia, and is specifically designed for light, medium and heavy-duty trucks on stop-start drive cycles, like deliveries, refuse collection, mining and construction. ‘Fuel savings can be as high as 37%,’ says Willem de Vylder, chief executive at Permo-Drive.Permo-Drive is talking to other European fleet owners and says its system be easily retro-fitted or sold as an after-market fit for new vehicles. More from Silke Lohmann on +44 (0)2 078 781 039 or silke.lohmann@automotiveworld.com Up the Amazon with Renault Trucks and 747 Express Freight Both firms say they are supporting ITN Granda Reports ‘Up The Amazon Appeal 2006’ and hope to raise £150,000 over two weeks from Monday 4 September. Renault Trucks have supplied a new Master Luton van while 747 Express Freight is doing the logistics management to help Granada’s man Paul Crone on a two week tour around the North West. Crone will walk 20 miles a day for the Vine Trust, a charity supporting under privileged people, especially children in Peru and Amazonia. More from Steve Blackie on +44 (0)1 606 862 222 or mail@747-expressfreight.co.uk Mahindra boosts output Top Indian utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra said last week it would spend $118.3m on a new vehicle factory and more capacity at its plant in the western state of Maharashtra. More from www.just-auto.com Reed partners 25th Truckfest Commercial Motor and Truck & Driver will the media partners for the Truckfest 2007 of events, during what will be the 25th Anniversary of Truckfest. ‘We’re delighted to be the media partner for Truckfest with our two titles Commercial Motor and Truck & Driver,’ said Neil Stiles, managing director of Reed Business Information Ltd. ‘We’ve had a long history, successfully working with the event organisers and have built up a very good relationship with them. We’re especially pleased that we’re media partner for the very important anniversary year. 25 years is an excellent achievement, especially in a changing and difficult market such as the road haulage industry. It is something that Truckfest should be rightly proud of.’ More from Colin Ward on +44 (0)1 775 768 661 or colin@livepromotions.co.uk Operation Tourist 2006 results Vosa says its 11th annual Operation Tourist, between 8 July and 6 August 2006 and aimed at coaches and buses checked 391 vehicles for roadworthiness. 384 of those were UK based and seven foreign. 81 got prohibitions, with 37 immediate and 44 delayed, with brakes and tyres the most common defects. Of the seven foreign vehicles checked, one got an immediate prohibition. 301 vehicles, 281 UK-registered and 20 foreigners were checked for traffic offences. The 281 collected 11 prohibitions and 65 verbal warnings for drivers’ hours offences. Of the 20 foreigners, on got a prohibition and eight got verbal warnings. Vosa says not all vehicles were checked for both roadworthiness and traffic offences. More from www.vosa.gov.uk BM Autoteknik wins Vosa deal BM Autoteknik A/S says it has won a deal with the UK Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. It will supply vehicle testing kit and inspection pits at all Vosa Goods Vehicle Testing Stations across the UK. Work has already started on the first refurbishment job, at the Vosa test centre at Weedon, Northamptonshire. BM Autoteknik A/S will upgrade the test lanes at all Vosa’s truck testing centres with roller brake testers, hydraulic wheel play detectors and hydraulic load simulators. The firm will also supply diesel smoke Meters, combined emission testers, hand held speed limit testers and operator to driver communication systems testers. The deal also includes a 10 year servicing and calibration package and involves a number of UK firms including. Fletcher King Howard, Tecalamit; Britcon and BPE Solicitors. More from Claire Connolly on +44 (0)1 604 622 721 or cec@fkhoward.com Quality manger for Tachofta The Freight Transport Association says it just made Nikki Skegg quality manager for Tachofta, its tachograph auditing service. She will ensure that the FTA’s wide ranging of tachograph services continues to deliver consistently high standards, the more important in view next year’s changes to drivers’ hours More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or gdossetter@fta.co.uk Dorset takes its first Volvo 9700 Prestige Plus Group holiday specialists North Dorset Travel just got its first Volvo 9700 Prestige Plus. The firm will use the ex demonstrator on all-year round on UK and continental holidays. Supplied by Volvo Coach Sales the 49 seater is to full executive specification with climate control, toilet, DVD player and hot and cold drinks facilities. It has a Volvo 420bhp engine driving through an I-Shift gearbox – another first for North Dorset. More from Adrian Wickens on +44(0)1 926 414 518 or adrian.wickens@volvo.com More parts from Hindustan Just-auto.com reports that Hindustan Motors, India’s oldest car maker, will invest a ‘significant’ amount over the next three years to boost its auto components production capacity. More from www.just-auto.com First Citroën Berlingo XTR+ vans for Forestry Commission The UK Forestry Commission is getting its first 35 Citroën’s 35 Berlingo 2.0HDi 600 XTR+ enhanced traction vans. The Berlingo 2.0HDi 600 XTR+ has been developed for operators that need vans with off-road capability. It has higher ground clearance and a sophisticated limited-slip differential. Citroën says the vehicle gives better off-road capability without the higher capital and running costs associated with four wheel drive vehicles. Some will replace Forestry Commission 4×4 vehicles. Berlingo and Dispatch vans make up the bulk of the Forestry Commission’s 650-strong light van fleet. Its latest Berlingos are being supplied by Citroën Glasgow, are part of a deal for 100 vans and will be run on five year, non-maintenance Lex Vehicle Leasing contract hire agreements. More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or leadingpr@aol.com Management buys-out Mercedes truck dealerships The Warrington-based Mercedes truck dealer, Enza, has been bought by its management for £5m. Last year, the firm sold nearly 750 new trucks and 1,600 vans, as well as 300 used vehicles. Gerry Smith, managing director has taken a 40% stake, and sales director, Richard Gosling and aftersales director, Roy Read have each taken 30%. More from www.autowired.co.uk Air1 does Dart deal Air1 says that Each Euro 4 Enviro200Dart bus that leaves Alexander Dennis will have its first fill of AdBlue from Air1. ‘While cutting nitrous oxides in exhaust emissions is the main aim using the selective catalytic reduction technology used with AdBlue in the new Dart, an added benefit is the saving in fuel costs,’ says Karen Smith, for Air1. ‘The new Enviro200Dart is showing a 10% increase in fuel efficiency. More from Karen Smith on +44 (0)1 469 554 711 or karen.a.smith@yara.com Trackstick looking for retailers Telespial Systems Inc says now it has it appointed Follow Us Ltd. as premier dealer for Trackstick, its personal and professional GPS Tracking and location recorders, it wants more retailers. ‘The unit is the size of a pack of chewing gum and can record its own location, speed, direction and other information at preset intervals. Three dimensional mapping and satellite imaging via Google Earth make this product the most advanced personal location recorder on the market,’ says the firms Kevin Brown. ‘The unit is intended to be permanently mounted to any vehicle and is ideal for monitoring shipments, security details and the route history. There are no monthly fees and location history can easily be downloaded to any computer. More from Kevin Brown on +44 (0)1 582 460 960 or kevin.brown@followus.co.uk Ryder extends warranty on used trucks Miami-based Ryder System has introduced an extended powertrain warranty package called Road Ready Plus for its Road-Ready used trucks. The firm says this gives powertrain coverage up to 12 months or 100,000 miles, covering all manufacturers, as well as the injectors, air compressors, turbochargers, transmission and rear axles, and other items. Ryder’s Road Ready used trucks are single-owner vehicles, ‘equipped with quality components and part configurations that have been road-tested and performance-monitored within Ryder’s fleet of more than 162,000 vehicles, says Tom Havens, vice president, vehicle sales for the firm. Sold at 50 company-owned retail outlets across the US, they come with complete maintenance records and a base 10,000-mile or 30-day power train warranty. More from www.fleetowner.com Australia agrees alternative-fuel incentives Wards Auto.com reports that the Australian government has approved subsidies to encourage users to buy alternative fuels. The subsidies will run for eight years and are said to provide a payback to consumers in fuel savings within four months of purchase. More from www.wardsauto.com Transport News Brief Transport News Brief goes to over 35,000 named subscribers each week. An average of two or more ‘pass on’ readers for each subscriber suggests there are over 100,000 readers. Edited by Robin Dickeson at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DS, England, tel +44 (0)2 073 449 222, it is free to the commercial vehicle and road transport industry, SMMT members and journalists worldwide. Please e-mail Robin Dickeson on rdickeson@smmt.co.ukif you have news you would like us to see. If you would like copies sent to colleagues, please e-mail Natasha James on njames@smmt.co.uk. If you want your name taken off the list, please use the ‘Unsubscribe’ button at the end of the last page. read more

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September 22, 2019

Irish nanny trial tentatively scheduled for next year

first_imgTHE TRIAL OF Irish nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady – who is accused of violently injuring a young baby in her care, who subsequently died – could take place in April of next year.The Boston Herald reports this evening that 7 April is the date on which her trial has been “tentatively scheduled”.It says that both McCarthy Brady’s lawyers and prosecutors are waiting for x-ray results and medical reports on Rehma Sabir (aged one at the time of her death), whom the Cavan native is accused of killing.The information was given by the lawyers and prosecutors in court in Boston today.McCarthy Brady has pleaded not guilty to the charges.Read: Lawyers for Aisling McCarthy Brady seek to have case struck out>last_img

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September 22, 2019

Good news for Dublin Telecoms company announces 70 new jobs

first_imgMOBILE NETWORK OPERATOR Cublic Telecom, headquartered in Dublin, has today announced the creation of 70 new jobs over the next three years.The company has secured an investment of just over €4 million from Enterprise Ireland, Qualcomm Incorporated, ACT Venture Capital and TPS Investments.With this funding, the company said it will further expand its operations globally having also been selected by a number of tablet and notebook manufacturers to become their key enabler for mobile connectivity in 2013.Speaking today, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said we are “once again seeing a great example of the strength of Ireland’s indigenous ICT sector”.“I am determined to ensure that, with the right supports from Government, companies like this can continue to start-up,grow and create the jobs we need,” he added.Read: The technology sector is open for business, but there’s a shortage of suitable candidates>Read: 22 reasons why you don’t have your dream job yet>last_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Alan Turing gets his own edition of Monopoly

first_imgWhat do Shrek, The Beatles, and Alan Turing have in common? They have all been immortalized with their own official editions of the classic board game Monopoly. Admittedly, the latter doesn’t have quite the mass name recognition of many other Monopoly-worthy names but to any math or computer science geek, he is just as famous.Turing is known as the father of artificial intelligence, and even though he died decades before anything that the average person would refer to today as a “computer” was invented, he is credited with establishing the basis for computer science. Is that enough to make a profitable board game based on his life and legacy? Maybe not, which is why Google stepped up and paid for the first production run.Google has shown its fondness for the history of Alan Turing before, creating a special doodle for his 100th birthday, and sponsoring an exhibition celebrating Turing’s contributions. So it isn’t a huge surprise to see Google supporting the efforts of this game, which was jointly developed by Winning Moves and Bletchley Park. The Turing family also had input on its creation.Among the properties to collect are Warrington Crescent, Sherborne School, Hut 8, and Kings College, all noteworthy locations in Turing’s life. The game also comes with a special replica of a hand-crafted Monopoly board that Turing and his friend William Newman played together. This memento is noteworthy because Turing managed to lose against Newman in the game, proving that Monopoly cannot be won simply with intellectual prowess.Right now it’s only available to pre-order from Bletchley Park’s wesbite, for £29.99. Shipping is available to all parts of the world, but it’ll cost about $61 to get one delivered to the US.via Google Europe Bloglast_img read more

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September 20, 2019

Maladie dAlzheimer bientôt une nouvelle définition

first_imgMaladie d’Alzheimer : bientôt une nouvelle définition France – Afin d’intégrer dans le diagnostic la dimension biologique de la maladie, et non pas la réduire à un simple état de démence, un groupe d’experts internationaux a proposé de donner une nouvelle définition à la maladie d’Alzheimer.Le groupe d’experts en question souhaite apporter une nouvelle définition à la maladie d’Alzheimer, afin que cette dernière ne soit plus considérée comme un état de démence. Il est conduit par Bruno Dubois, professeur à l’hôpital parisien de la Pitié-Salpêtrière. Cette nouvelle proposition a été publiée dans la revue The Lancet Neurology, qui explique que grâce à la redéfinition de la maladie, un diagnostic pourrait être posé à chaque nouveau cas.Et le Pr Dubois d’expliquer à l’AFP : “On intègre le fait qu’on a une signature biologique du vivant du patient pour dire que le diagnostic est clinico-biologique. La maladie d’Alzheimer peut maintenant être définie cliniquement in vivo grâce à la conjonction de symptômes bien définis (le syndrome amnésique de type hippocampique) et de la signature biologique”. Ainsi, si cette nouvelle définition est admise, le diagnostic pourra être posé lors du vivant du patient. Celle-ci offre également davantage de candidats aux essais cliniques explique M. Dubois.Le 12 octobre 2010 à 10:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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September 19, 2019

Fatoumata Jawara Crossexamined in the NIA Case

first_imgBy Nelson Manneh Fatoumatta Jawara, the National Assembly Member for Tallinding Constituency, on Wednesday February 20th 2019, was cross-examined by defence Lawyers in relation to her testimony before the Banjul High Court, on the recount of her arrest and detention at the NIA.Jawara is the 28th witness in the ongoing criminal trial involving former intelligence chiefs who are standing trial on numerous charges ranging from conspiracy to commit felony, assault causing serious bodily harm, murder and making false documents amongst others, which they all denied.The accused persons are Yankuba Badjie, an ex-director of the NIA, Sheikh Omar Jeng, an ex-director of operations at the NIA, Baboucar Sallah, Haruna Suso, Tamba Mansareh, Lamin Darboe, and Lamin Lang Sanyang. The 2nd accused person Louise Gomez, an ex-deputy director of the said agency, passed away in Government custody, during the course of the trial. However, Yusupha Jammeh, the 6th accused person was acquitted by the Court, upon the State’s application.Lawyer Saikou Fatty whilst cross examining Fatoumata Jawara, asked her whether she was beaten by the junglers. In response, Jawara said she was escorted by the NIA officers at night and was beaten by them.Fatty also asked her whether she knew that the NIA was a Government institution and not an entity. In response, Jawara said she knew the Agency as a center where the human rights of the people of the Gambia was violated.Lawyer Christopher E Mene in another question and answer session between him and the witness asked if she heard of the group of people referred to as ‘junglers’ and she responded that she has never heard of a group called ‘junglers’ and that the name has never come up in her discussion with Nogoi Njie whilst they were at the NIA.However, Mene said that during their conversation, she is quoted to have said that Nogoi told her the ‘junglers’ and the NIA, are birds of the same feather. Jawara responded that she cannot recall this; that she could remember giving a statement to the Police in connection to the case, but cannot recall the date or signing it.Mene put it to her that she signed the said statement in the presence of one Fatoumata A Bah in June 2017; that the said statement is the only one she made to the Police; that the only reason she was denying her own statement, is that her conversation with Nogoi Njie was recorded there.The matter was adjourned to Monday February 25th 2019 at 1 pm, for continuation of cross examination.last_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Griezmann Hernandez sign new deals as Lemar closes in on

first_imgAtletico Madrid have confirmed that both Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez have signed contract extensions at the club with Thomas Lemar close to completing his moveGriezmann had been expected to join Barcelona this summer, but the 27-year-old instead announced that he will be remaining at Atletico last week in an hour-long documentary broadcasted on Spanish TV station Movistar.The club website has reported that the French forward has now committed his future to the club by adding another year to his current deal after holding a meeting with the club’s chief executive, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, in Russia.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Meanwhile, his France teammate Hernandez has extended his current deal until 2024 with their fellow French international Lemar close to officially completing his move to Atletico subject to passing a medical and finalising terms with AS Monaco.Last season, Atletico finished above city rivals Real Madrid in second place in La Liga and defeated Marseille 3-0 last month to win the Europa League for a record-equalling third time.last_img read more

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September 16, 2019

Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market opens

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Village’s Outdoor Market celebrates its opening day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The first 100 visitors will receive reusable market bags filled with fun freebies.During peak season, more than 50 vendors participate. Farm-fresh eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, yams, peppers and herbs will be available for purchase.Opening day will be coupled with the grand opening of Battle Ground Village’s apartment complex, Seasons on the Park.The market is at Southeast Grace Avenue and Rasmussen Blvd. in Battle Ground. For more information, visit http://bgvillage.com.last_img

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September 10, 2019

Facebook will no longer ask for your email passwords

first_img Here’s how to use Google’s Password Checkup tool Now playing: Watch this: Facebook was asking for some new signups’ email passwords as a means of verification. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images You won’t need to give Facebook your email password to sign up for a new account anymore.After a Twitter user called out the social media giant over the practice on Sunday, Facebook has backtracked on the verification requirement.When some people signed up on Facebook, instead of getting a verification email or a code sent to their phones, they would instead get a prompt to enter their personal email’s password to verify their new accounts — essentially giving login credentials to the social network. The news was first reported by the Daily Beast.A Facebook spokesperson said that the passwords are not stored by the social network and that the verification method was only available to a “very small group of people.” Facebook did not clarify how many people were shown this prompt. The feature was originally designed for people signing up on a web browser and using email providers that don’t support OAuth, an open-source protocol that acts as a key for logins. “That said, we understand the password verification option isn’t the best way to go about this, so we are going to stop offering it,” Facebook said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. Security Internet Services Tags In March, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social network would be shifting to a privacy-focused platform, with security as a major talking point. Since then, however, Facebook has been at the center of multiple privacy and security lapses.   The email password incident, for instance, follows the revelation last month that Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords in plain text on its internal servers, meaning they were open for staffers to see. In both cases, there was concern that the social network could see the login credentials. Facebook said it has never seen the passwords used for verification, although the feature had been available for several years. Also last month, researchers disclosed a browser bug affecting Facebook Messenger that allowed snoops to read messages, and Facebook was caught tying phone numbers used for two-factor authentication to friend searches. First published at 4:01 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:45 a.m.: Adds more detail, at 5:29 a.m.: With response from Facebook.  5 Comments Share your voice 1:15 Facebooklast_img read more

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September 1, 2019

Childhood Diabetes Continues to Climb Among Black Children

first_imgMeagan Charles is a nursing student at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y.  She also one of the rising number of Americans diagnosed as children with diabetes.“I was 13 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes,” said Charles, now 22. “It was one of those things I didn’t understand at such a young age, I just knew that my father had it.”Physicians and health experts continue to see a rise in the percentage of American children with type 2, which usually affects adults. The leading cause for diabetes in children, they said, is obesity, which is still on the rise. (Photo/Wikipedia Commons)Diabetes, which can cause kidney failure, heart disease and amputations of legs and toes and even death, is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food people eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for their bodies to use for energy. In diabetics, the pancreas can’t make enough of the hormone insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies.Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5 percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease; notable among them is actress Halle Berry.Type 2 is usually diagnosed in adults and can be genetically passed on by parents or grandparents. It is most often caused by obesity in children, and obesity is the leading cause in adults.The prevalence of childhood type 2 diabetes jumped more than 30 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to a study by the Pediatric Academic Societies, and continues to climb. Nationwide, 35.1 percent of children were overweight or obese in 2016 — a sharp 4.7 percent increase from just two years earlier, according to a study by Duke University.Maintaining the proper diet is vital for diabetics. Too many sugar-creating carbohydrates or not enough can cause severe illness, and even death.Growing up, Charles said, she watched as her father struggled with diabetes and the health issues that can accompany the disease.“If my mom didn’t cook the right foods for my dad, or if he didn’t eat on time, he would feel sick,” she said. “Sometimes he would become so weak he wouldn’t be able to do much for a few days.”After Charles was diagnosed, her mother, Maxiene Charles, found herself caring for both her husband and her newly-diagnosed diabetic daughter.“It was scary knowing that my child was diabetic,” Maxiene said. “At times it got frustrating, if she didn’t want to eat what I had prepared. It’s still a struggle but we’re getting there.”Charles had difficulty transitioning to the new diet needed to keep her diabetes under control. She ended up in the hospital at age 17 after not monitoring her diet properly, she said.“I was on my way home from class when I started feeling dizzy,” she said. “I actually drove myself to the hospital and my father met me there.” Charles nearly slipped into a diabetic coma, which could have been fatal if she didn’t go the hospital when she did, her doctors told her.Dr. Shurla Charles-Gonsalves, a family medicine physician in New York City, said one of the leading causes of diabetes in children is obesity, largely from consuming sugar-laden beverages, overeating or eating foods high in sugar—candies, cakes, donuts, brownies—or too many carbohydrates.“We’re seeing more and more children become overweight and obese at young ages, this will often set them up for diabetes now or later in life.” Charles-Gonsalves said.“We have to understand that socioeconomic issues are also leading factors when it comes to dealing with diabetes,” she added. “It is a privilege to be able to eat healthy and pay for medications and treatments for diabetic patients.”Children are usually diagnosed with diabetes after displaying a symptom, the doctor said.“That child may be always thirsty, always going to the bathroom and even eating a lot of food but not gaining weight,” she said. “We often see diabetes affecting children physically, whether it be weight gain, injecting insulin, or feeling any of the symptoms signaling diabetes, but rarely do we acknowledge the psychological effects this disease can have on people, especially children.”Maureen Monaghan, a clinical and pediatric psychologist and certified diabetes educator in the Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program at Children’s National Health System, said children afflicted with diabetes can be affected psychologically.“Kids with diabetes are at higher risk for a depressive episode,” Monaghan said.According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, an agency that works to advance the behavioral health of the nation, one in seven adolescents with diabetes had a major depressive episode in the past year.Monaghan said the effects of a diagnosis of diabetes on children varies from patient to patient“We have children as young as 1 and 2 that are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes,” said Monaghan, “That is very different from a 14-, 15- or 16-year-old with Type 1 diabetes.  We have to think about the family and their ability to cope and adjust. There may be some grief and in-denial thinking, but some families are also impressed with how their child is handling their diagnosis.”As diabetes diagnosis rates are increasing, deaths among children are also occurring, Monaghan said.“We have lost a few of our patients to diabetes—I wouldn’t say a lot, thankfully it is fairly rare,” she said. “If patients do pass away due to Type 1 diabetes it is either because of an extreme high glucose level or an extreme low glucose level.”Or, she said, they can die because they can’t afford the insulin they desperately need. A month’s supply of insulin typically costs a few hundred dollars for those without medical insurance, and diabetics cannot survive without insulin injections or pills. Even though deaths from diabetes in children are less likely to occur, if diabetes isn’t managed correctly daily as a child and later as an adult, complications related to the disease can cause severe problems.Last year, Meagan Charles got a wake-up call when her father lost a limb to diabetes.“When my dad got his foot amputated, I knew things had to change.” Charles said.She urged anyone who suspects that they or someone they know might be diabetic to schedule an appointment with a doctor to be screened.“I think everyone should get screened for diabetes,” Charles said. “It’s better to know now, than be sorry later.”last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Research team creates photoelectrowetting circuit

first_img More information: “Actuation at a distance” of microelectromechanical systems using photoelectrowetting: proof-of-concept, arXiv:1201.2873v1 [physics.flu-dyn] arxiv.org/abs/1201.2873AbstractWe demonstrate here a proof-of-concept experiment that microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) can be actuated using photoelectrowetting. In order to demonstrate this, a 30 mu m thick aluminum cantilever is actuated using an ordinary white light source. A deflection of 56 mu m is observed using a light irradiance equal to approx 1000 W m-2 at a bias of 7 V. The deflection of the cantilever relies on the recently observed photoelectrowetting effect [Sci. Rep.1, 184 (2011)]. Such “actuation at a distance” could be useful for optical addressing and control of autonomous wireless sensors, MEMS and microsystems. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Japanese company develops silver ink that requires no heat to harden Experimental setup showing aluminum cantilever, liquid droplet (H2O/HCl, c = 0.01M) and Teflon AF/silicon photoelectrowetting surface. Image from arXiv:1201.2873v1. Citation: Research team creates photoelectrowetting circuit (2012, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-team-photoelectrowetting-circuit.html Deflection of a 30µm thick Al cantilever using photoelectrowetting on a Teflon AF (265 nm)/p-type silicon (NA =1.8×10^15 cm-3) stack at (a) 0V (dark), (b) +20V (dark) and (c) +20V (illuminated). Image from arXiv:1201.2873v1 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Working together, Matthieu Gaudet and Steve Arscott from the University of Lille (IEMN lab) in France have built a circuit using a phenomenon known as photoelectrowetting, which allows a switch to be turned on by shining a light on it. As the two describe in their paper on the pre-print server arXiv, the circuit is made by using the principle of electrowetting to cause a drop of water to thin resulting in a conducting cantilever to fall towards a second conducting material allowing current to pass through. The circuit built by Arscott and his colleague uses photoelectrowetting to allow for switching from a distance using sunlight. Their circuit is essentially a capacitor, where two conducting materials are separated by an insulator. The substrate is made of P-Type silicon; above it is a layer of Teflon, and above that is a space with one drop of water in it. The drop of water holds up the free end of a cantilever made of Aluminum. The circuit is completed when light is shined on the water, causing the wetting angle to decrease, making the drop of water thinner. When that happens, the cantilever falls towards the electrode completing the circuit.The ability to switch a circuit on from a distance using only light will lead to advances in remote sensors and likely will also aid in the relatively new field of research called Lab on a Chip (LoC), which is focused on constructing self-contained devices that can perform tests on sample materials in remote areas. Electrowetting is a process whereby voltage applied to a liquid causes the wetting angle of the liquid to change. The wetting angle is the amount of rise seen when a liquid sits on a surface and is determined by the adhesive and cohesive forces inherent in the liquid. Differences in wetting angle can be seen when comparing drops of water sitting in a Teflon pan versus on an ordinary countertop. Subsequent research by Arscott showed that the same effect could be achieved by shining a light on a water droplet if it was sitting on an insulated conductor. He called the result photoelectrowetting.last_img read more

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August 30, 2019

These App Designers Have Carved Out Niches in Areas Like the Pet

first_imgApril 14, 2016 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Visit an app marketplace and search for parenting or management apps, you will find hundreds of clone apps reiterating the same benefits and features. The point is, why make same types of apps when there are so many niche gaps to fill. In this article, we have summed up four niche apps that cater to very specific but real needs of users. Take a cue from these apps, and find ideas for your own niche apps.Related: Want to Defeat Stress, Anxiety and Worry? Exercise, Say ‘Thank You’ a Lot and Use The Calm App.1. pCloudIn the wake of the recent Apple-FBI battle, one message was loud and clear — if you want to keep your data secure, use the most sophisticated data storage services. This is where pCloud differs from other cloud storage players like Dropbox and Box. Whether you want to keep your data safe from prying employees or from, erm, government officials, you can use the Crypto Folder in pCloud that is encrypted locally on your device.pCloud uses 256-bit AES encryption for files and folders while the encryption key uses 4096-bit RSA, which means only people who have the key can access your files or folders. Dropbox offers 256-bit AES but not the 4096-bit RSA, which means encryption happens from Dropbox’s side rather than yours, so your data is at risk.What’s more, pCloud offers flexible encryption solutions, so you can keep both encrypted as well as non-encrypted files on pCloud depending on the level of security needed. This way, you won’t have to go through the trouble of creating password keys for all your files and folders. pCloud is a perfect example that even if the existing market is cluttered, there might be a gap you can fill with your niche solution.2. CCO CompanionCCO Companion is a compliance repository cum regulatory app that is geared towards investment advisers. It is designed to meet 15 most-common investment compliance challenges. It helps investment companies by providing information and resources to stay up-to-date with all their compliance obligations. Even though there are many compliance apps in the market, this app caters to the specific niche of investment regulatory compliance.It combines a number of things including a reference library which gathers all the compliance-related information curated by experts. This information can be searched by topic, type and Advisers Act rule to make information easily accessible.It also alerts you about laws and news from the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory authorities, so you don’t miss out on any important information. It comes with a number of professional compliance tools such as monthly compliance training material, compliance checklists, risk assessment and compliance testing templates and model documents. You can also import and organize your own compliance documents.Related: These 10 Tools for Remote Workers Will Make Office Life a Permanent Thing of the Past3. PensterDocsPensterDocs is a document management app for pets — or you can call it a pet-information repository. It allows you to keep all the important information about your pet including vaccinations, vet appointments and papers neatly organized and accessible. You can set reminders for everything from vaccination appointments to small tasks like taking your dog for a walk.We have tons of document management apps, but this one breaks through the clutter by bringing forth a well-designed and well-rounded pet document and task management app. You can store all your pet documents and show them at pet salons, boarding facilities, etc. without carrying them everywhere.If you have more than one pet (because you just can’t have one), you can store multiple profiles and access all the information including allergies, vet information, shot verifications, check-up summaries, etc. just by clicking on the profile. You can easily share these profiles with people in your family, caretakers, dog-walkers and boarders to ensure no one misses out on any important information.You can even keep special notes and phone numbers, so you can call your veterinarian, find nearby animal rescue centers and kennels in a jiffy. The best part is their community is thriving, and you can find a wealth of knowledge, stories and funny anecdotes from other people using this app.4. VoicoVoico is a free communication app with many features such as audio calling, group chatting and image sharing. If you are living outside the U.S., Canada and Mexico, you can create a virtual local number and connect with people in these countries without paying the exorbitant long-distance call rates.Again, we have many voice messaging apps that offer these feature,s but Voico cuts through the noise with its unique translation feature. You can choose from over 100 languages to type and translate. For instance, if you want to connect with a seller from China or France, but you don’t know Mandarin or French, Voico app comes to your rescue. It allows you to send text in English and automatically converts it to Mandarin, Chinese or any other language you want.And guess what — the translator is absolutely free. Whether you are looking to connect with your friends and family overseas or collaborate with your team members spread across the world, Voico provides a great communication and collaboration platform.Related: 3 Mobile Apps for Converting Voice to TextNiche apps cater to the pain-points of users and hence have more viability and success rate than other me-too apps. If your app looks too much like a clone, try to find the grievances addressed against the existing apps, address those issues in your app, and you will have a successful app. With the app marketplace getting more crowded by the day — this might be the best decision ever. 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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August 29, 2019

Antigay abuse is on the rise at Russian soccer matches

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Homophobic abuse is on the rise in Russia at soccer matches. | Photo Nathan Rupert/Flickr eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Earlier this week Russian thugs promised to ‘hunt down’ LGBTI supporters and kill them during the month-long tournament.Guide for Minorities at the World CupFare will launch three initiatives to help protect minority groups at the World Cup.The network will run a Diversity Guide, a Diversity House initiative and a WhatsApp emergency hotline.The Diversity Guide offers specific guidance and safety advice for the LGBT community and ethnic minorities travelling to Russia.It is a comprehensive online resource combining travel advice and important information including historical context, Do’s and Don’ts and what to expect in each of the 11 host cities.Fare will be running a Diversity House project in Moscow and St. Petersburg during the World Cup.Both Diversity Houses will feature a football exhibition, World Cup match-viewings, discussions, meetings with Russian supporters and residents.The WhatsApp hotline will help people who face discrimination to report it. They can also call the number if they require other urgent help. The line will be active from the start of the World Cup on 14 June. The number is + 7 916 948 11 08.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Homophobic and racist abuse from Russian soccer fans rose sharply in the most recent season. A new report has shown an increase in the number of discriminatory chants inside stadiums, predominantly monkey chants and homophobia.Researchers in the the study said this trend showed ‘deeply rooted issues and a lack of educational and preventative efforts by Russian clubs’.Soccer advocacy group, Fare network and the Moscow-based SOVA Center conducted the research together.Although the number of total incidents are down for the third successive season, particularly displays of far- right banners inside stadiums, was concerning to researchers ahead of the World Cup in Russia starting this month.‘There are reasons to hope that the World Cup authorities will not allow serious violent incidents to take place by using all the resources of law enforcement agencies and special services,’ said Fare executive director, Piara Powar.‘However, the football authorities in Russia and FIFA have missed valuable opportunities and time to deliver lasting change in Russia.‘We hope the spirit that brings people together will keep fans with provocative intentions out of the World Cup, and equality and understanding will be the prevalent story of Russia 2018.’The results of the study are especially concerning for LGBTI people and people of color ahead of the World Cup. Russia will get a LGBT Pride House for the 2018 World CupBudweiser under fire for sponsoring Russia’s World Cup and Pride eventsFan told to take down rainbow flag at World Cup match in RussiaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/anti-gay-abuse-is-on-the-rise-at-russian-soccer-matches/last_img read more

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August 19, 2019

Health Ministry extends deadline to perform improvements at Manuel Antonio

first_imgRelated posts:Health Ministry orders improvements at Manuel Antonio National Park Manuel Antonio National Park administration moving to comply with Health Ministry orders Municipal project to build cableway to Chirripó’s peak faces opposition Alleged gold miners end protest at Corcovado National Park The administration ofManuel Antonio National Park failed to comply with a Health Ministry deadline to conduct improvement works in the park’s infrastructure, prompting the Ministry to extend the deadline for three additional months.Ministry officials reported that they reached an agreement with Environment Ministry (MINAE) officials to extend the deadline, issued last week. The Health Ministry had issued a sanitary order asking the park’s administration to perform a series of improvements in the national park, the most visited in the country.Health Ministry staff conducted an inspection of the park on Tuesday morning and concluded that problems with the toilets’ drainage system, the drinking water supply system, and accessibility standards persist.“The only compliance was with improvements on the park’s emergency plan,” inspectors reported.PetitionThe extension comes after MINAE officials presented a petition asking for more time to resolve the park’s problems. The petition detailed current actions being performed to address the issues, and indicated that most of the work would be done through public bids to private contractors.MINAE indicated it will allocate ₡550 million ($970,000) to repair damaged infrastructure, build tourist trails and fix the drainage and the water supply systems.One of the Health Ministry’s main requests to the park administration was that new tourist trails meet accessibility standards, according to provisions of local legislation. MINAE reported that new trails they are building provide “all required measures to address visual, motor, hearing and sensory disabilities.”Legislative Assembly hearingOn Tuesday afternoon, the Legislative Committee on Environmental Issues asked Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez to appear before them on Thursday evening to explain the situation at the park. Committee members will ask Gutiérrez to explain the reasons for failing to comply with the Health Ministry deadline.Social Christian Unity Party legislator Gerardo Vargas said at the committee session that MINAE has a lot of explaining to do regarding Manuel Antonio’s management, and that their handling of the park “leaves much to be desired.”He added that problems at Manuel Antonio affect thousands of people, “not only tourists, but also local residents who depend on businesses related to the park’s attractions.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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