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first_imgThe 2009 New South Wales State Cup saw Hennessey’s Hornsby Lions take out the Men’s Open title, and six weeks later he was part of the Australian Men’s Open side that defeated New Zealand in Auckland in the 2010 Trans Tasman Series.March saw Hennessey’s Sydney Scorpions side win the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League final for the first time in 10 years, while earlier this month Hennessey led the Hornsby Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League side to the title over the Penrith Panthers, where he was named Player of the Final. And last weekend he stepped out in the red, white and green of the Wanneroo Lions, being a key factor in their 2010 WA Be Active State Championships Men’s Open’s title.2010 was the second year that Hennessey has played in the WA State Championships, something that he enjoyed being a part of. “Chance Bunce and I were playing in a side last year and he moved over here for Rugby and we could have one import per team, so he just rang me up and said he was starting a new side so if I wanted to come over and help the boys I could, so I said yes.”Hennessey was instrumental in Wanneroo’s title win at the WA State Championships, having a hand in the majority of the Lions touchdowns in their grand final win over the Southern Stars, which they won 10-8. He was impressed with the talent he witnessed at the event this year, and says he has definitely seen an improvement since last year’s championships. “This year it was heaps better, last year we were playing and our team wasn’t that good and we were still going pretty good against all of the sides. ““This year everyone’s trying really hard and it’s heaps better and they are learning from going to National Touch League’s or I’m not sure if they are getting videos, but they are learning,” he said. As well as playing in the tournament, Hennessey was also able to help the players in his team, sharing some of his experience and knowledge. “I’ve called a few of them aside and told them a few things, I think they’ve taken it in and hopefully they are getting something out of me being here.”Hennessey got the chance to meet the team from Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, on Sunday, something that both parties got a real benefit from. “It was unreal, a few of them they struggle with their English but they were telling me how they got over here and they’ve only been playing for three months. It’s unreal, they are the nicest blokes,” Hennessey said.  To see all of the results, news and highlights of the 2010 Be Active WA State Championships, please visit the following website:www.statechamps.com.aulast_img read more

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first_img Un jugement prononcé par la Cour suprême de la Nouvelle-Écosse au printemps dernier indique que la loi actuelle enfreint la Charte des droits et libertés. La Cour suprême a donné au gouvernement un an pour faire la mise à jour de la loi. Les Néo-Écossais sont invités à contribuer à l’élaboration de la nouvelle loi qui vise à mieux protéger les droits des personnes vulnérables qui font l’objet d’une ordonnance de tutelle. « Nous souhaitons tous vivre dans une province où les droits de tous les Néo-Écossais sont respectés, affirme Diana Whalen, ministre de la Justice. Cette consultation est une excellente occasion d’écouter et de recevoir les conseils du public, des intervenants et des familles qui souhaitent assurer la sécurité de leurs proches tout en leur offrant le plus de liberté possible. » La consultation inclut des rencontres en personne et un sondage en ligne. Le sondage se trouve au novascotia.ca/adultguardianship/fr. La date limite pour soumettre des commentaires est le 30 novembre. Une ordonnance de tutelle est une ordonnance d’un tribunal qui nomme une personne chargée de prendre des décisions au nom d’une personne qui n’est pas en mesure de prendre ces décisions elle-même. La loi actuelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse n’est pas flexible en ce qui a trait à la capacité de prise de décisions et ne reconnaît pas qu’une personne puisse être en mesure de prendre ses propres décisions dans de nombreux domaines. Le gouvernement provincial remplacera la loi actuelle par une loi sur la tutelle modernisée, au printemps 2017. La nouvelle loi protégera les droits de tous les adultes à l’autonomie et à l’autodétermination, présentera les tâches et les responsabilités des tuteurs et établira des mesures de protection pour les personnes mises sous tutelle. Des consultations ciblées auront lieu avec les intervenants clés des secteurs de la santé, des services sociaux et des services juridiques, ainsi que les aînés, les personnes handicapées et les familles dont un proche a été mis sous tutelle. Le gouvernement provincial s’intéresse particulièrement aux commentaires de personnes dont un membre de la famille a été mis sous tutelle, soit dans le passé ou à l’heure actuelle. Les familles qui souhaitent participer à un groupe de discussion sont invitées à communiquer avec Allyson O’Shea au 902-424-6094 ou au adultguardianship@novascotia.ca.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Lok Sabha will have its usual glamour quotient this time too with newcomers such as action star Sunny Deol and singer Hans Raj Hans set to join their showbiz colleagues Hema Malini, Kirron Kher and Ravi Kishan, all from the BJP, in the lower house of Parliament. There were big losers too with Raj Babbar, the Congress chief in Uttar Pradesh and its candidate from Fatehpur Sikri, trailing by over 4.9 lakh votes against his BJP rival. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Urmila Matondkar and Shatrughan Sinha, Congress candidates from Mumbai North and Patna Sahib, respectively, and Moon Moon Sen, contesting from Trinamool Congress, also failed to charm voters. Deol, the newest entrant to the select club of showbiz stars trying to find political relevance who joined the BJP just weeks before the elections, won the Gurdaspur seat from Punjab with a margin of over 82,000 votes, according to Election Commission. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations His electoral rival, Congress’ Sunil Jakhar, won the seat in a by-election from Gurdaspur that had earlier favoured another star, Vinod Khanna, for the longest time. The late actor held the seat for BJP for four consecutive terms from 1998 to 2014. Deol’s father, veteran actor Dharmendra, won the Bikaner seat in 2004 but did not seek another term in politics, leaving his wife Hema Malini and son to fight elections. He, however, campaigned for both. Hema Malini looked set to retain her Mathura seat for a consecutive second term, surging ahead of her closest rival Kunwar Narendra Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal. The vote tally for Sufi singer-turned-politician Hans Raj Hans, who is contesting from North West Delhi on a BJP ticket, trounced AAP candidate Gugan Singh by over 5.5 lakh votes. In Chandigarh, Kirron Kher, the BJP MP from the constituency, was set for another win, polling more than 2 lakh votes against Congress’ Pawan Kumar Bansal. Sunny Deol’s “Dillagi” co-star Urmila Matondkar, also fighting the elections for the first time on a Congress ticket from Mumbai North, failed to register a win, earning only 2.41 lakh votes against winning BJP candidate Gopal Shetty, whose vote count stood at 7 lakh votes. The Modi factor, however, failed to yield dividends for actor-politician Jaya Prada, who recently switched to BJP after spending years in the SP. Her former colleague and now bitter rival, SP’s Azam Khan, was poised for a win in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur constituency. The other BJP star candidate who lost was Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi, who fought from Thrissur, Kerala, which voted in Congress candidate T N Prathapan. Jaya Prada was not the only star candidate to cross over to a different party. Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha and Ravi Kishan switched parties with varying results. Sinha, who joined the Congress after years of being a BJP rebel, failed to retain his seat in Patna Sahib, which went to BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Union minister defeated Sinha by over 2.8 lakh votes. Sinha’s wife Poonam, who was fighting the election as a SP candidate from Lucknow, also did not fare well. Incumbent Home Minister Rajnath Singh retained his seat with a vote count of 6.33 lakh votes while Poonam Sinha managed 2.82 lakh votes. Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan, who switched his loyalties from Congress to BJP this election season, won from Yogi Adityanath’s bastion, Gorakhpur with 7.14 lakh votes. Moon Moon Sen, who raised eyebrows during the poll campaign with her controversial statements, was defeated in the Asansol constituency by incumbent BJP MP and former Bollywood singer Babul Supriyo by a margin of over 1.97 lakh votes, Sen’s magic may not have worked but Nusrat Jahan Ruhi from the party was on her way to victory from Basirhat, with 7.18 lakh votes. Her BJP rival Sayantan Basu managed only 3.77 lakh votes. Another actor from the TMC fold Mimi Chakraborty registered victory from Jadavpur seat with 6.88 lakh votes opposite BJP’s Anupam Hazra (3.93 lakh votes). Actor Locket Chatterjee, fighting on a BJP ticket from Hooghly constituency, defeated TMC’s Ratna De by a margin of over 73,000 votes. National Award winning actor Prakash Raj, a staunch critic of the ruling government’s policies, contested as an independent from Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency but came in third behind the BJP and the Congress. Actor Sumalatha Ambareesh, who fought as an independent from Mandya, won the seat with 7 lakh votes. The seat was earlier held by her late husband, actor Ambareesh.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned miner NMDC on Tuesday reported 21 per cent rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 1,178.01 crore for June quarter 2019 on the back of higher income. The company had posted a profit of Rs 974.29 crore in the year-ago quarter, NMDC said in a filing to the BSE. Total income during the quarter under review rose to Rs 3,386.65 crore from Rs 2,547.33 crore in April-June, 2018-19. Total expenses stood at Rs 1,474.76 crore as compared to Rs 1,071.66 crore in the year-ago period. In a separate statement, NMDC said its iron ore production in during April-June 2019 stood at 8.43 million tonnes (MT) as against 6.98 MT in same quarter in 2018-19, a growth of 21 per cent. The iron ore sales increased by 28 per cent to 8.67 MT in first quarter of the 2019-20 fiscal, from 6.78 MT in April-June 2018-19, it said.last_img read more

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first_imgBOSTON – Retired Canadian women’s hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser will donate her brain to concussion research after her death.The Concussion Legacy Foundation says the four-time Olympic gold medallist and seven-time world champion is one of three female Olympians to commit her brain to the Boston-based organization.American bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor and Hockey Hall of Famer Angela Ruggiero of the U.S., were also listed in Tuesday’s announcement.Wickenheiser has been involved with concussion-related causes in the past, including helping develop video game technology to treat concussions last summer.She co-chairs the advisory board of Highmark Interactive, a Toronto digital therapeutics company developing video games to diagnose and treat concussion and brain injuries.Wickenheiser, 39, said she suffered dizziness and nausea after taking a hit in a Swedish men’s pro league in 2008 and witnessed the deterioration of friend and former NHL player Steve Montador, who was diagnosed after his death in 2015 with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.“As I transition to being an ambassador for hockey in my retirement, I am determined to leave hockey better and safer,” Wickenheiser said in a release. “Steve Montador was a friend, and when he was diagnosed with CTE after his death in 2015, I became inspired to do my part to fight this disease.”CTE is a degenerative brain condition that doctors believe is caused by concussions.The Concussion Legacy Foundation, which supports CTE and concussion research, says more than 2,800 former athletes and military veterans have promised to donate their brains to their organization since 2008. More than 560 of those pledges are from women.“By pledging my brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation and the researchers at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, I hope to support the best science and accelerate the development of ways to prevent and treat CTE,” said Wickenheiser.last_img read more

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first_imgJewel will perform in Roseville, CA, on Friday as part of the Breast Concert Ever.Join NOW 100.5 at the “Breast Concert Ever” on Friday, September 14th at The Grounds in Roseville. You’ll enjoy performances from: Jewel, A Great Big World and Ocean Park Standoff . In addition to the concert under the stars, the event will feature vendors, food trucks, beer, wine, cocktails, and tons of activities for the entire family. This is an all-ages show.A portion of ticket sales will go to Cure Breast Cancer.Find out more here.last_img

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TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) has signed a deal to sell its Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue building in New York in a deal valued at US$850 million that will also see the retailer partner with workspace company WeWork.HBC also said that Rhone Capital, which has a joint venture with WeWork, will make an US$500 million investment in the retailer.More coming.

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PYMUN is the result of untiring efforts of few young men, women, girls and boys in Puttalam, who had been inspired by the Colombo based National Youth Model United Nations. The year 2017 came to a great close for the energetic and committed youth of Puttalam as they wrapped up their proceedings of their first model United Nations (PYMUN – Puttalam Youth Model United Nations) at Zahira College, Puttalam, the UN office in Colombo said today.While most people choose to spend New Year’s Eve with their families and friends, a group of us UN staff, spent it with the PYMUN group, observing first-hand what a vision and a lot of hard work can achieve. Without sponsors, the group developed a two-day event which created a platform for the young talents of Puttalam to be exposed to how the United Nations work and its many endeavours to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. PYMUN pursued the goals of promoting critical thinking, introducing diplomacy, communicating complex issues, tuning social skills, practicing conflict resolution and enhancing public speaking among students in Puttalam.The two-day conference was a simulation of the United Nations and its affiliated organizations for youth aged 14-30 in and around Puttalam and exposed them to the dynamics and dimensions of the international governance system. PYMUN provided the participating students an exciting opportunity to debate issues that confront world leaders and draft resolutions in response to those global issues. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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The Security Council, meeting at the level of Heads of State and Government, today unanimously adopted resolutions calling on all States to reinforce the battle against terrorism and to strengthen the Council’s role in preventing conflict, particularly in Africa.In Resolution 1624, adopted at what was officially called the Security Council Summit on Threats to Peace and Security, the leaders condemned “in the strongest terms all acts of terrorism irrespective of their motivation, whenever and by whomsoever committed, as one of the most serious threats to peace and security.”They reaffirmed “the imperative to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.”They called upon all States to adopt all necessary measures, including prohibiting by law incitement to commit terrorist acts, denying safe haven to anyone thus involved, and cooperation to strengthen security of international borders and combat fraudulent travel documents.The resolution also calls upon all States to continue international efforts to enhance dialogue and broaden understanding among civilizations in an effort to prevent indiscriminate targeting of different religions and cultures and to ensure that measures taken comply with all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, refugee law, and humanitarian law.In Council Resolution 1625 on conflict prevention, the leaders called for a raft of measures ranging from preventive-diplomacy initiatives, regional mediation and early warnings of potential conflict to promoting fairness and transparency of electoral processes and acting against illegal exploitation and trafficking of natural resources.”We must be at the forefront of the fight against terrorism,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, calling on the international community to complete a comprehensive convention that outlaws terrorism in all its forms.He called the need to prevent conflict in Africa a “crucial issue,” adding: “I consider it thoroughly appropriate that at this summit, you have reflected the priority it deserves – as is the case in the daily work of the Security Council.”Following Mr. Annan, President Benjamin William Mkapa of Tanzania said it was important that the Council address not only the threats but also their underlying causes. “We need to agree on, and pursue an effective strategy that will address the root causes and underlying conditions of terrorism and conflict,” he added.Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin said today’s session underlined the fundamental importance of the UN and its Security Council as the headquarters for the international anti-terrorist front, and declared his country’s readiness to take practical steps to strengthen the UN’s central role in ensuring international security and stability.Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis stressed that “actions to combat terrorism and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms are not mutually exclusive,” and he called for a more comprehensive concept of collective security and strengthening the UN.Speaking next, United States President George W. Bush stressed the “solemn obligation to stop terrorism at its early stages” including freezing terrorists’ assets, denying them freedom of movement and preventing them from acquiring weapons, including weapons of mass destruction. “The United States will continue to work with and through the Security Council to help all nations meet these commitments,” he said.President Nestor Kirchner of Argentina said tackling terrorism required a legitimate international response that entailed looking at the problem in a broader perspective rather than unilaterally. There should be a closer relationship between preserving human rights and combating terrorism, he added.Echoing the need to address both symptoms and root causes, Chinese President Hu Jintao said the Council should devise a comprehensive strategy that included prevention, peace restoration, peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction. As terrorism posed a serious threat to global peace and security, the international community should act in strict accordance with the UN Charter, he added.Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika condemned all manifestations of terrorism, calling on all states to work together under UN authority to combat it. He called for an agreed definition of terrorism that recognized the legitimate struggle for self-determination.Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom said terrorism would not be defeated until the Council’s determination was as complete as the terrorists’, until its defence of freedom was as absolute as their fanaticism and until its passion for democracy was as great as their passion for tyranny. “They play on our divisions. They exploit our hesitations. This is our weakness. And they know it,” he said.Benin’s President Mathieu Kerekou said combating terrorism required a scrupulous respect for the sovereignty of States and international law, and the protection of human rights and international humanitarian law. On conflict prevention, he said the Council could establish a regular evaluation of risk situations around the world, so as to appraise existing threats. Africa required specific attention, he concluded.President Traian Basescu of Romania noted that “global anti-terrorism can be sustained only by action taken at the Security Council level. It has to be a UN undertaking as a whole,” he added.Echoing the theme of combating both symptoms and causes, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said repression alone will not defeat terrorism. “We must prevent terror from breeding in hotbeds of hopelessness,” he declared. “In combating irrational violence, the best means at our disposal are the promotion of a culture of dialogue, the promotion of development and the unyielding protection of human rights.”In similar vein, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin called for “resolute action on everything that fuels terrorism – the inequalities, the persistence of violence, injustices and conflicts, the lack of understanding among cultures,” since force alone “does not answer peoples’ frustrations, it does not address the roots of evil.”For his part, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he found it appalling that a few countries are still blocking a common definition of terrorism. “Let me be very clear,” he declared. “Terrorism can never be justified. Terrorism is never a legitimate weapon. The targeting and deliberate killing of civilians is unacceptable. Full stop.”Speaking for Japan, Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said the Security Council must play a key role in addressing anti-terrorism and conflict prevention in Africa and needed to be reformed to reflect today’s reality.Wrapping up the session and speaking in her national capacity, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines, which holds this month’s Council presidency, said the US was the natural leader in the war on terror since it remained the biggest victim of terrorism in the present era and was the best equipped to fight it. She called on the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee to coordinate intelligence with the US. read more

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by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2017 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta energy regulator releases rules on heavy oil odours CALGARY – Alberta’s energy regulator has set new rules to deal with long-standing complaints about powerful, gassy smells from heavy oil operations in the Peace River region.The rules, released late Thursday, grew out of a 2014 inquiry held by the regulator after years of complaints from people in tiny communities neighbouring the operations.Residents had complained for years that the odours gave them headaches, nausea and diarrhea. They said their livestock was similarly affected and cattle spontaneously aborted calves.Local people continued to complain about the smells as recently as last fall.The inquiry concluded the stink was damaging people’s health, the first time the Alberta Energy Regulator acknowledged odour as a health impact. A string of recommendations were all accepted by the regulator and provincial government.The regulator has already implemented 12 of the 16 recommendations directed its way. New rules for practices such as routine flaring and venting gas are in place and are being followed, a spokeswoman for the agency said recently.The four outstanding suggestions are addressed in Thursday’s Directive 84, which had been waiting for government approval since January. The rules take effect March 1, 2019.They limit the amount of gas that operators are allowed to flare off during non-routine events to three per cent of total gas production. They stipulate that 95 per cent of the gas generated during heavy oil recovery must be conserved.The new rules require companies to control odours coming from trucks being loaded or tanks being cleaned. They also include extensive inspection and reporting requirements and say operators must join local air quality management programs.The inquiry also made recommendations to the provincial government, none of which are yet in place.Alberta Environment is working on a provincial odour standard. Department officials say that standard is still a long way off.Alberta Health is to study links between odours and health, as well as supply doctors in the Peace River area with information to help their patients.After nearly three years, Alberta Health is almost ready to begin a review of previous research. No field studies are planned.Karen Grimsrud, Alberta’s chief medical health officer, has said the province and the Alberta Medical Association expect to give Peace River doctors clinical practice guidelines for environmental health problems early this year.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960. read more

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“Businesses must be heard, leveraged and invited to develop scalable climate change solutions to drive climate action,” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told participants at the inaugural Caring for Climate Business Forum being held in Warsaw alongside the UN Climate Change Conference. “This can create the political space for more ambition in the UN climate process, which as part of a virtuous cycle can in turn catalyze more business action,” she added.The Forum, launched today by the UN Global Compact, the UNFCCC secretariat and UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is the first time that the private sector has joined Government officials in co-creating climate change solutions as an official part of the Conference of Parties, according to a news release.The companies that will survive and thrive in the long-run are those able to adapt to “rapidly evolving world where factors such as climate change and dwindling availability of natural resources will shape future patterns of profit and loss while driving new and smarter markets,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP and UN Under-Secretary-General.Among the businesses participating in the forum are Ikea, which has vowed to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020, and Dow, which has created a framework to mitigate the footprint large scale events and help to produce the first carbon neutral Olympic Games.“Demonstrations of real-life climate-change solutions can help to build precedents and public support that are needed to move policymakers to action,” said Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director. “By facilitating private-sector investment, setting a price on carbon and bringing to scale climate change solutions that work, the private sector can prove that it plays a lead role in influencing the global climate change agenda.”Tomorrow, chief executives and senior representatives of the Caring for Climate signatories will meet with high-level Government officials. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to participate. read more

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“Some 720,000 Rohingya children are essentially trapped – either hemmed in by violence and forced displacement inside Myanmar or stranded in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh because they can’t return home,” Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes said Friday.UNICEF’s report, LIVES IN LIMBO: No End in Sight to the threats facing Rohingya children, marks six months since the start of the latest exodus of Rohingya refugees into southern Bangladesh.The agency says that floods caused by the forthcoming cyclone season are likely to engulf the fragile and insanitary camps where most of the refugees are living, raising the likelihood of waterborne disease outbreaks and forcing clinics, learning centres and other facilities for children to close.The report also estimates that some 185,000 Rohingya children remain in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, fearful of the violence and horror that drove so many of their relatives and neighbours to flee.In Bangladesh, there are estimated to be around 534,000 Rohingya refugee children from last year’s and previous influxes.“This is a crisis without a quick fix that could take years to resolve unless there is a concerted effort to address its root causes,” stressed Mr. Fontaine.The report states that the Rohingya are a people cast adrift – chased from their homes and communities, trapped in limbo and deprived of their basic rights – while facing fresh threats to their well-being.UNICEF calls on the Myanmar Government to end the violence, and to address what it terms a crisis of human rights in Rakhine state, referring to restrictions on Rohingya people’s freedom of movement, extremely limited access to health care, education and livelihoods, and consequent dependence on humanitarian support.According to the report, recognizing the Rohingya people’s basic rights would create conditions necessary for the refugees to return to their former homes in Myanmar.“People won’t go home unless they are guaranteed safety and security, unless they have citizenship, unless they can send their children to school and have a chance of a future,” Mr. Fontaine explained. Since August 2017, a lack of access to many parts of the Rakhine state has severely restricted the work of UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies.Immediate and unimpeded access to all children in the state is imperative – along with longer-term efforts to address intercommunal tension and promote social cohesion, said UNICEF.Aid efforts led and overseen by the Bangladesh Government have averted disaster as local communities have accommodated 79,000 Rohingyas. read more

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A new report by UNCTAD, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, describes natural gas as a useful “bridge fuel” for States aiming to move towards more environmentally-friendly renewable power sources.But it has disadvantages too, not least the fact that its main component is methane gas, which has a global-warming potential 28 times higher than the carbon dioxide found in other fossil fuels.The fuel “should contribute…to achieving a low-carbon economy” by 2030, the report says, while pointing to “gaps in local geological and hydrological knowledge” and inadequate regulations that may represent “major obstacles to hydraulic fracturing as a method of extracting shale gas”.Whether it’s really good, or bad, depends on a number of factors that we analyze in this report: geology, sources of water for example; if you are increasing your water stress by using a lot of water, infrastructure and so on and so forth – Janvier Nkurunziza (UNCTAD)Janvier Nkurunziza, Chief of UNCTAD’s Commodity Research and Analysis Section, said that the report was “not saying (fracking) is good or bad”.That was something that only governments could do, the UN official added, based on variables including their investment capacity and the possible contamination of underground water sources.“Whether it’s really good, or bad, depends on a number of factors that we analyze in this report: geology, sources of water for example; if you are increasing your water stress by using a lot of water, infrastructure and so on and so forth,” said Mr. Nkurunziza, adding that “we are not saying it’s good or bad, just look at the conditions and the region (where) you want to explore this resource, and then you can determine whether you can do it or not.”Citing data from the United States Energy Information Administration, the UNCTAD report indicates that the world has around 60 years’ worth of shale gas left before the resource is exhausted.Around half of the 215 trillion cubic metres this represents is in Algeria, Argentina, Canada, China and the Untied States – although the US is the world’s leading shale gas producer, with 87 per cent of total output.“The U.S. is like an exception,” said Mr Nkurunziza, noting that no other country has the “huge investments” necessary to fund shale gas exploration on such a scale.Thanks to this financial strength, the North American giant also became a net exporter of natural gas in July last year, while the country’s massive commitment to liquefaction facilities has also put it on course to hold the third largest processed stock of the energy source in the world, after Australia and Qatar between now and 2020.Other factors such as land ownership, also explain the US dominance in shale gas exploration, Mr Nkurunziza said, highlighting that in the US, “if you want to use your land to frack it’s up to you”.The UNCTAD official added that the world’s largest economy also has “highest technology that’s available” for fracking to happen, along with a highly flexible financial system capable of resisting the ups and downs of commodity price changes.“In the U.S. sometimes when the prices go down they stop fracking, when the prices increase the investments are there, so investors will come and do it, so it’s very flexible”. read more

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Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (left) speaks with running backs coach Tony Alford (right) prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Monday afternoon two days after the Buckeyes’ 54-21 win against UNLV. Here are our takeaways.Injury and suspension updatesRunning back Mike Weber (hamstring) has been cleared to play and middle linebacker Chris Worley (foot sprain) was listed as probable for their game against Rutgers, Meyer said. Neither entered last Saturday’s game against UNLV.Though the Buckeyes will return multiple starters against Rutgers, Ohio State received bad news as Meyer announced redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malik Barrow will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers is probable for Saturday’s game. He did not play against UNLV and was wearing a walking boot during pregame warmups.Redshirt sophomore backup quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a broken bone in his throwing hand prior to the season, played in his first game of the season Saturday and completed all four passes he threw for 37 yards. He only played one offensive series, compared with fellow backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who led the offense for seven series.“Last week I wasn’t going to put him in harm’s way,” Meyer said. “Joe is such a tough guy. He thought he was ready after seven days. It’s a broken bone. So that’s why he went in later.”Redshirt senior defensive tackle Michael Hill will not play against Rutgers due to an ongoing suspension for undisclosed reasons.Offensive line important as everLast year, junior right tackle Isaiah Prince struggled mightily and the issues continued as he gave up two sacks during Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. But Prince, whom Meyer said had his best week of practice, was named the offensive player of the game by Ohio State’s coaching staff for his performance against UNLV.Prince’s improvement will be key to the Buckeyes’ offensive success. Meyer called Ohio State an “offensive line-driven program.” In 2016, Ohio State had two first-team All-American offensive linemen, center Pat Elflein and right guard Billy Price. “I think any coach would stand in front of you and say if your offensive line becomes best in the conference, you’re probably going to win the conference,” Meyer said. “And last year we were not and we did not. So that means that we should be in the hunt if we continue to grow as an offensive line, and Isaiah is a big part of that.”Chris Ash and what makes a good head coachFew coaches have a coaching tree as vast as Meyer. From Texas coach Tom Herman to Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell and South Florida coach Charlie Strong, Meyer has been influential in the careers of many of his former assistants.Rutgers coach Chris Ash looks on during a game against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA on Saturday, Sept. 3.Credit: Courtesy of Rutgers Athletic CommunicationsTherefore, he has seen what types of personalities work as head coaches and what don’t.“I think if he lives in a little-tunnel world, sometimes those are your best assistant coaches, but they’re not meant to be a head coach,” Meyer said. “If they’re big picture people, and I think especially in college, the recruiting aspect, they can’t be good; they have to be your best recruiter on your staff or they’re going to fail.”Rutgers coach Chris Ash, whom the Buckeyes will face off against Saturday night, worked under Meyer as Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2014 and 2015 before taking his first head coaching job.Meyer said he thinks the Scarlet Knights have one of the most improved defenses in the country in Ash’s second year at the helm.“I knew Chris was going to be — he’s one of the best we’ve had,” Meyer said. “And obviously did a great job. We went from most missed tackles in college football to the fewest.” read more

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The Department of Health and Social Care said the guidelines are are voluntary – but said the government may take further action if the 2024 targets are not met.A spokesman said the industry was being asked to “do the right thing” and cut the calorie content of their foods by a fifth. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Cabinet minister has urged health officials to leave the public alone, in a backlash against planned calorie limits on restaurant and supermarket meals.Liz Truss, chief secretary to the Treasury, expressed frustration after The Daily Telegraph revealed proposals to cap the maximum calories in thousands of common foods.It came as think tanks criticised the plans drawn up by Public Health England (PHE) with the Adam Smith Institute and Institute of Economic Affairs calling for the body to lose its funding.Under the plans, the food industry has been given until 2024 to cap calories to new limits, with a maximum of 554 calories for a ready meal, 550 calories for a sandwich and a limit of 951 calories for a main course in a restaurant.Ms Truss was among those expressing horror at the proposals, which come days after the country’s chief medical officer proposed a slew of taxes on sugary and salty foods.In a tweet on Boxing Day she urged PHE to “leave us alone” joking that she was “too busy eating to engage with this”.Sources said she was “exasperated” at the use of public money to lecture the public, and feared that the latest proposals to cap calories in common foods would result in extra regulation, driving up costs to shoppers. Last month, a survey commissioned by PHE found that that the public thought the greatest responsibility for tackling obesity lies with individuals, ahead of government or the food industry.Ninety per cent of people thought individuals and families should take a great deal of responsibility for tackling obesity, with 72 per cent seeing government should take a role, and 80 per cent seeing industry as responsible.Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum, backed the idea of a cap on calories. But he said the specific proposals seemed unrealistic, suggesting the limit for a main meal should be closer to 800 calories. Diet versions of ready meals are likely to pass muster, under the proposed rules   Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum, backed the idea of a cap on calories. But he said the specific proposals seemed unrealistic, suggesting the limit for a main meal should be closer to 800 calories. ready meals  The draft proposals from PHE set out recommended limits for thousands of dishes, including a limit of 134 calories for a vol-au-vent or onion bhaji and a cap of 145 calories for salad dressing.Final recommendations are due to be published this spring, following consultation with the food industry.Manufacturers and retailers have already been set targets to cut the sugar content of common foods by a fifth by 2020.Last week Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer, said companies were failing to make sufficient progress, and should be hit with new taxes on sugar and salt if the targets are not met. The Treasury minister has already criticised Government plans for mandatory calorie labels on restaurant menus, saying the policy would be too burdensome for small independent cafes and restaurants. A consultation is now considering whether exemptions to this policy should be made. read more

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Tornado was built for one purpose only: to race to a target as fast as human ingenuity would allow and deliver death and destruction to the Queen’s enemies. She did it magnificently, practising in Germany for the Soviet tanks that never came, or doing it for real from Italy and Cyprus, into eastern Europe, Iraq, Libya or Syria and earlier, from Saudi Arabia against Saddam. A steady reminder to dictators and bullies that actions have consequences. And what better way to deliver the message than faster than the speed of sound?… East. Point the nose East. That’s where the dragons lay. And if not dragons, then certainly the Soviet Bear, Serbian paramilitary goons or thugs from a collapsing Caliphate.

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first_imgGeokon has retained the services of GKM Consultants, of St-Bruno, Quebec, to assist the company’s efforts in Canada and other countries as the need may arise. GKM Consultants provides innovative and integrated monitoring solutions for geotechnical, civil, mining, hydrological, and environmental applications, and is founded on solid expertise through its qualified and experienced multidisciplinary staff. Key personnel at GKM Consultants include: Stéphane-Éric Thivierge, geological engineer, has worked on a number of interesting geotechnical, construction and environmental projects in Canada, and has secured, through 14 years experience, a strong understanding in non-destructive testing methods and instrumentation monitoring applied to civil engineering structures and mining. Martin Dupuis, electrical engineer, has been involved over the past 20 years in a variety of instrumentation projects in many countries worldwide. His expertise lies not only in the design and implementation of instrumentation systems, but also in the area of project management. Jean-Marie Bréhé, civil engineer, was employed upon graduation by a large multi-national company and worked as an instrumentation site manager on a variety of both small and large scale projects in many countries around the world. www.geokon.comlast_img read more

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first_img Update: The official full trailer has been released. Watch it below.Universal Pictures is one step closer to rebooting its expanded monsters universe. The Mummy, which is being billed as the first rung in this proverbial spooky ladder, released its first teaser trailer.Tom Cruise tweeted the video out on Thursday. And since he almost never tweets, you know it’s important (or whoever runs his Twitter account knows how publicity works). The tweet also added that a full trailer will be released on Sunday. Tom Cruise Surprises Fans With ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Trailer at SDCC 2019Secret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News Stay on targetcenter_img I’m excited to help bring #TheMummy to life. I can’t wait for you guys to see the full trailer Sunday. pic.twitter.com/GRbZYdIjFe— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) December 1, 2016The teaser also introduced a tagline: “welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.” This works as a nice throwback to the studio’s older horror films, since it references a famous quote from The Bride of FrankensteinCruise stars in the film, which is a reboot of the loosely defined The Mummy franchise, which includes the original 1932 film starring Boris Karloff as the titular monster, and the beloved series starring Brendan Fraser.This film also stars Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Sofia Boutella as Ahmanet, the titular mummy queen. Annabelle Wallis and Courtney B. Vance are also starring.The movie is the first addition in Universal’s rebooted monsters shared universe. The studio is partially trying to ride Marvel’s coattails, but it also was one of the first places to have a shared universe, way back in the early days of Hollywood, primarily in the 1930s and 40s. The Universal Monsters–which included reoccurring appearances of the Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Invisible man, and the Wolf Man–crossed over in each other’s films numerous times, as well as starring with Abbott and Costello. Without giving it a name or sharing in a more concise structure like the Marvel films, Universal created one of the largest shared universes in cinema.The current plan is to reboot Van Helsing, The Invisible Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolf Man, and The Bride of Frankenstein, although few details are available. We know that Johnny Depp is attached to star in the Invisible Man and that the studio will be dropping films in 2018 and 2019.Wouldn’t be surprised if Universal is waiting to see the reception of The Mummy to move forward, especially after Dracula Untold, the movie that technically set up the universe, did so poorly.The Mummy will hit theaters on June 9, 2017.last_img read more

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first_imgFor the last 30 years, Ronelle Tibbits has passed by a nondescript building that spans almost an entire city block and wondered what it was.The building sits just west of Vancouver’s Fire Station 3 on Mill Plain at Devine Street. It’s fenced off and barely visible from the street. The only clue nearby is a water tower.It’s a big clue. The building is a city water reservoir that holds up to 8 million gallons. It’s one of several reservoirs storing 24 million gallons of water citywide. The specific number of reservoirs and their locations isn’t something the city readily divulges, though, because of national safeguards implemented after the 9/11 attacks, according to Loretta Callahan, public information officer for Vancouver Public Works.“It’s something we remain mindful of,” Callahan said.While their exact locations will remain a mystery, she did say there are a total of 10 water reservoirs in the city.In addition to the water reservoirs, Vancouver boasts 40 wells and nine water stations. The city’s water system serves 240,000 customers and boasts 1,000 miles of distribution pipe.Tyler Clary, Vancouver’s water systems and engineering program manager, said the reservoir was built by the Vancouver Housing Authority in the early 1940s to support the needs of housing built alongside the World War II shipyards.last_img read more

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first_imgJarmila “Jarm” Hawes lost a lot after she experienced a hemorrhagic stroke in 2015.She lost her ability to work. She lost her ability to eat and drink normally. She lost her ability to walk by herself. She lost her independence.The right side of her face was paralyzed, and with that, she lost the ability to smile.“It was hard to look in the mirror. I didn’t for a long, long time,” said Hawes, a 56-year-old Vancouver resident.The right side of her face had a sunken, droopy affect, which created self-esteem issues for Hawes. She was told by multiple doctors there was nothing that could be done. But when she was getting help with some cornea trouble, a doctor referred her to Oregon Health and Science University reconstructive surgeon Dr. Myriam Loyo Li for facial reanimation surgery.OHSU is the only institution in Oregon, and one of the few on the West Coast, to offer reanimation surgery, which involves manipulating, connecting and transferring nerves and muscles to help overcome facial paralysis.“She couldn’t control her lips. She couldn’t smile,” Loyo Li said. “It’s hard to have nonverbal communication when you can’t smile and people stare and look at you funny.”Hawes was nervous about the surgery but excited. After a consultation in March 2016, she underwent the procedure a month later.The surgery involved transferring nerves from the left side of Hawes’ face to the right side. Loyo Li worked with neuro-otologist Dr. Tim Hullar, who assisted in mobilizing the facial nerve behind Hawes’ ear so it could reach nerves on the other side of her face and tongue.last_img read more