first_imgGAO, Mali – A car-bomb explosion in northern Mali killed three civilians on Monday, and one group reportedly claimed that Canadian soldiers and other foreign forces were targeted.The Canadian Armed Forces said in an email Monday that it was aware of an explosion in the city of Gao, adding that all Canadian personnel were safe at Camp Castor.The Ministry of Security and Civil Protection of Mali says on its Facebook page that a trapped vehicle burst into flames in a courtyard in Gao.The ministry says three people were killed, two were injured and neighbouring homes were damaged.SITE, an American group that monitors jihadist websites, says an organization posing as al-Qaida’s branch in Mali has claimed “a suicide bomb blast on the headquarters of foreign forces, including British, Canadian and Germans, in Gao.”A Canadian peacekeeping contingent took over from Germans and Belgians in Mali in early July, and its main task is to evacuate the wounded peacekeepers by helicopter.The Canadian mission includes eight helicopters and 250 crew members and soldiers.Mali has been torn apart by conflict since a rebellion in the north and a coup in the capital in 2012. The turmoil has been aggravated in recent years by poverty, drought and the influx of Islamic extremists.Dozens of peacekeepers have died in attacks in Mali and dozens more have been wounded since the creation of the UN mission in 2013.last_img read more

first_imgA host of celebrities including Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor attended a special space themed celebration today to honour the courage and bravery of children who have been diagnosed with cancer.Kristina Rihanoff Attends Little Stars Awards PartyThe Little Star Awards party, organised by Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx, is an annual event that brings together youngsters from across the UK for a fun packed party in their honour.The party, held at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London, saw 20 inspirational Little Stars, who are currently battling or have undergone treatment for cancer, enjoy entertainment and games and live music before receiving award medals in front of their families. The day was rounded off with entertainment from CBeebies favourite RastaMouse and musical group GoGoGo!.Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor said: “To lend my support to the Little Star Awards once again is such an incredible honour for me. These amazing kids and their families have been through such tough and gruelling times and to see their strength, spirit and constant positivity is truly humbling. Each and every one of these children is a hero.”Fellow Strictly dancer Kristina Rihanoff said: “It’s such a privilege to be supporting the Little Star Awards and to help show these brave kids and their families that they are always in our thoughts. To have gone through so much at such a young age is incredibly tough and the Little Star Awards party is a fantastic way to reward these amazing kids for their phenomenal courage.”Eastenders star Maisie Smith said: “I’m so glad I was invited to the Little Stars Awards today. The Little Stars are so brave and they deserve to be celebrated at this special party.”Eastenders star Maddy Hill: “I’m so glad that I have been invited to the Little Star Awards, the space themed party is brilliant. The Little Stars have had a great time and so have I. Despite so many of them still being poorly, they are so positive and happy, it’s great to see them smiling.”Actor Jamie Borthwick said, “I had a wonderful time at the Little Star Awards and it has been a pleasure to meet the Little Stars and their families. It’s been a lovely day and it’s nice to see the Little Stars laughing, playing and having an amazing time at their party. I am a keen supporter of Cancer Research UK and the work they do to help beat cancer sooner.”Pop star Elyar Fox said: “I’m so happy to support the Little Star Awards. It reminds me of how lucky so many of us are, the Little Stars and their families have been through so much and some still have more to go through. This is a fantastic event and a great way to celebrate these little heroes.”Party activities provided by Sharkey & George.The Little Star Awards in partnership with Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx celebrate the courage of all children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Every child nominated receives an award and a goody bag, including a £50 TK Maxx voucher. For more information visit read more

Recalling the human rights abuses suffered by her country decades ago, the President of Chile today urged national leaders gathered at the United Nations for its annual general debate to end impunity for violations.“Exactly 30 years ago, the General Assembly received terrible news: Orlando Letelier, the former Foreign Minister and Defence Minister of President Allende, had been brutally murdered on the street in Washington, DC,” Michelle Bachelet said. “The delegates were moved by that crime and today I remember it with emotion to illustrate how we have learned the lessons from the past.”Stressing that nothing justifies the violation of human rights, she declared her country’s firm rejection of impunity. “I assure you all of our commitment and enthusiasm to participate in the initiatives designed to promote human rights and democracy,” she said, welcoming numerous advances in the field, particularly the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Forced Disappearance.Guatemalan President Oscar Berger Perdomo also looked back on his country’s history, saying that compared to 1996, when peace accords ended the war there, the human rights situation had improved greatly.“At the same time, we recognized that much remain to be done,” he said, noting that the UN has an office in the country and has been invited to support a Commission to Investigate Illicit and Clandestine Groups.Voicing support for indigenous rights, he said the General Assembly should soon adopt the new Declaration on this issue.Esteban Lazo Hernández, the Vice-President of Cuba, spoke about the results of the recent Non-Aligned Movement summit, held in Havana, which produced consensus on a number of pressing issues. Among these, “the Summit clearly and firmly pronounced itself against terrorism, double standards in international relations, coercive unilateral measures against any nation, ‘regime change’ policies and the failure of developed countries to fulfil their commitments in economic and social areas.”He also criticized current United States policies towards Cuba. “The Bush administration has stepped up its brutally hostile measures against Cuba with new economic sanctions which further intensify the longest blockade human history has known,” he said. “The very Government of the United States recognizes that it is spending more, today, in persecuting and punishing those who have business dealings with Cuba than in monitoring the finances of those who attacked the Twin Towers.”Néstor Carlos Kirchner, Argentina’s President, reflected on his country’s history and its relevance to the work of the UN. “In the field of human rights, after over two decades of sustained democratic rule in the Argentina, we experienced in 2003 a true paradigm shift,” he said. “In response to the mandates of the whole society, the three powers of the State have adopted, within their respective scopes, coinciding decisions against impunity, preserving memory, truth, justice and granting reparations.”Based on its own experience, Argentina had strongly supported the enshrinement of human rights at the centre of the UN’s work “so as to upgrade the institutional level of their treatment to that already given to development and to the maintenance of international peace and security.”Martin Torrijos Espino, the President of Panama, said that considerable time and energy had been devoted in recent years to reforming the UN, based on the profound conviction that it was an indispensable organization for humanity. Critics, he said, should honestly question what the world would be like without the UN. Governments were the objects of daily scrutiny by their peoples, and they often received severe criticism, but nobody suggested doing away with the government. People tried to make governments better for the same reason that they wanted the UN to improve, because it was equally necessary. He said that denunciations of human rights violators made at the UN had an enormous power of deterrence. While acknowledging that there had been horrendous violations during the Organization’s existence, he stressed that the situation had improved over decades past. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, President of the Dominican Republic, hailed recent efforts to reform the UN, including the creation of the Human Rights Council and the Peacebuilding Commission, but emphasized that the process would remain incomplete without changing the Security Council. That 15-member body must be expanded to make it more representative of the various regions and national interests of the world, he said.He welcomed the Council’s recent decision to extend the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for six months, asserting that the Dominican Republic “has assumed a strong commitment to the re-establishment of stability in Haiti.”Ecuador’s President, Alfredo Palacio, noted the gross disparities in health indicators across the world, citing the example of life expectancy, which was more than 80 years in Japan while barely reaching 36 years in Botswana.“We must guarantee greater equity in health expenses throughout the world in order to overcome the huge differences between the few dollars invested per capita in poor countries and the thousands of dollars invested per capita in the developed world,” he said.President Palacio called for strengthening the UN World Health Organization and making a “huge” mobilization of financial resources to reduce inequality in medical services.“This will allow the development of health systems and models capable of ensuring explicit benefits to each and every one of the inhabitants of the planet.” read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fortress Paper says Thurso conversion ramping up after recent problems Fortress Paper says it’s making progress in ramping up production at its new dissolving cellulose pulp mill in Thurso, Que., but problems and low prices early in the first quarter could negatively affect its next quarterly results.“Higher cost structure and lower revenues, obviously are not ideal but more importantl, I think is the trend which has transpired over the last two to three weeks, maybe even a month,” CEO Chadwick Wasilenkoff said Tuesday during a conference call to discuss fourth-quarter and 2012 results.“The stability of the equipment is good, production rates continue to improve and we’re more or less back to our good operating rates that we experienced for parts of the fourth quarter.”Fortress beat expectations as it cut its fourth-quarter loss by more than half to $4 million on a nearly doubling of revenues due largely to a more than five-fold increase in pulp shipments and a strong performance in its European wallpaper business.The Vancouver-based pulp and paper producer reported Monday evening that it lost 27 cents per share for the period ended Dec. 31, compared to a loss of 64 cents per share, or $9.2 million a year earlier.Adjusting for foreign exchange fluctuations, Fortress Paper (TSX:FTP) lost $5.2 million or 36 cents per share, compared to a loss of $6.3 million or 44 cents per share in the prior year.Analysts had expected Fortress would lose 69 cents per share in adjusted profits.Revenues increased to $96.1 million from $49.5 million in the year-ago period as the company shipped 16.4 million tonnes of paper and nearly 47 million tonnes of pulp, up from 13 million and 8.2 million respectively a year earlier.The Fortress specialty cellulose mill in Quebec began production of dissolving pulp in early December 2011. The mill has encountered various conversion issues and the impact of production on operating results will only begin this month.Fortress said its co-generation project at the mill is nearing completion, with engineering and procurement completed and overall construction in the final stages. It expects power will begin to be delivered early in the second quarter with costs increasing by 10 to 20 per cent.“The Fortress specialty cellulose mill continued to make significant progress in improving production rates and reducing costs in the fourth quarter of 2012. Dissolving pulp production volumes were at its highest level since the conversion,” Wasilenkoff added.The specialty papers segment had a strong performance in the fourth quarter and achieved record results in the 2012 fiscal year. The company believes market demand will continue to be strong in the coming years as the displacement of traditional paper-based wallpaper with non-woven wallpaper base appears to be progressing faster than originally anticipated.The security paper products segment experienced another difficult quarter as overcapacity in the banknote paper market continued to erode prices and margins in 2012.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said the Thurso ramp-up is progressive but “is still not where it needs to be.”The mill lost $3.5 million in pre-tax operating earnings (EBITDA), compared to a loss of $8 million in the third quarter. Pulp shipments increased 53 per cent from the prior quarter as the mill took planned and unplanned downtime in the prior quarter.He said the overall results were “ahead of low expectations” due to strong performance from wallpapers, higher-than-expected shipments at Thurso, and continued cost pressure in banknotes.Fortress has spent $225 million so far on the conversion of the mills including the co-generation facility.The company expects dissolving pulp prices will remain under pressure as more industry capacity is added this year. The current price of US$940 per tonne is down 21 per cent from last year but up US$90 since hitting the bottom in mid-December.Fortress has three multi-year supply agreements covering 78 per cent of Thurso’s capacity.Mark Kennedy at CIBC World Markets described the fourth-quarter results as favourable on “positive improvements” at Thurso.“The wallpaper business continues with its track record of strong performance. The dissolving pulp operations showed positive improvements in ramping up the Thurso mill but dissolving pulp prices continued to soften in the fourth quarter.”For the full year, Fortress lost $20.9 million or $1.45 per share, compared to a loss of $19.2 million or $1.37 per share. On an adjusted basis, it lost $37.4 million or $2.60 per share, up from a loss of $20.6 million or $1.47 per share.Sales increased to $314.4 million from $308.9 million in 2011.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares lost 57 cents or 5.89 per cent, at $9.10 in Tuesday afternoon trading. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 3:03 pm MDT read more

Total56,110– 3.4%97,603– 3.6% Vans51,062– 0.8%87,269– 0.1% Rolling year total down 1.2% to 379,083 but still strong. Medium vans up 74.7% to 43,092 for the rolling year. Trucks down 25.5% to 52,036 for the rolling year. March% changeYear-to-date % change Trucks5,048– 23.9%10,334– 25.5% New LCV & truck registrations in the United Kingdom – 2007 Mixed fortunes in March van and truck registrations ‘We’re seeing structural changes in the van market as some previously light vans, for example Astra and Caddy, move into the medium sector and some operators use heavy vans as a more hassle-free alternative to heavier trucks,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Truck registration comparisons with last Spring are of limited value as the bungled introduction of digital tachographs on 1 May 2006 caused massive market distortion in the months immediately before. Overall, the immediate economic outlook is quite bright and we’re confident that this will be another good year.’ Click below for more detail:DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_img 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. The teenager, of Cardiff, south Wales, refused to pay the sum and carried on with her life after the incident, on July 8.But on Thursday, she received a letter in the post summoning her to court.It says she dropped litter, which is an offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act.Miss Smith  said: “I was feeding the seagulls and pigeons some of my lunch when a man who worked for the council came out of nowhere and told me I was littering.”He asked for my details because he wanted me to pay a £25 fine.”I asked him are you serious? I was feeding the birds – and they ate all of the chips.”But the fine has escalated and now I’m being hauled into court.”There’s so much worse things going on in the world. I was only in Swansea because I was doing training for work.”Miss Smith ‘s fine has now escalated to £100 and she is expected at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on November 15.Her grandfather Lance Brewis, 66, said: “It’s madness. Lauren has never been in trouble in her life and they’re summoning her to court for feeding some birds.”This is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money. Anybody with an ounce of sense would realise this is ridiculous.”There’s needles and syringes everywhere in parks and they choose to fine a young girl for feeding a bird? What a job’s worth.”Miss Smith  added: “I can’t believe I’m being penalised for doing a kind act. I thought it was a wind up.”Swansea Council failed to respond to requests for a comment. A teenager has been summoned to court for feeding a pigeon a McDonald’s chip.Lauren-Paige Smith, 19, was tucking into lunch when she gave the bird a chip, which it wolfed down.But moments later, the customer services advisor was handed a £25 fine for littering.Miss Smith told the official that the bird had finished the chip and there was no ‘litter’ left, but she was still fined.center_img It’s madness. Lauren has never been in trouble in her life and they’re summoning her to court for feeding some birdsLauren’s grandfatherlast_img read more

When a young Sophie Lawrence was tasked with producing the catalogue for a Lucian Freud exhibition at Tate Britain, she was thrilled to have the chance to work with paintings she had loved since she was a teenager. Last week, Sophie – now a married mother-of-two who works as an NHS speech… The story of the young Miss Lawrence, who went on to pose nude for Freud for an extraordinary eight months of her life, can now be told in full for the first time, after she learned her portrait is to be sold for up to £20 million. As she came to meet the artist in person, at a dinner where their only interaction came as he peered at her staff pass and giggled, she could scarcely believe it her good fortune. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Dear Editor,An attempt by officers of the Guyana Police Force to deny the use of a noisy instrument during our Union’s march from the Skeldon Truck Line to the Republic Square, Corriverton was met by a strong and unwavering rejection by the workers who stood their ground and demanded that the permission approved by Police Force be adhered to. The Police, as they did on January 09, 2018 during our march at Canje, advised just prior to the commencement of yesterday’s (January 11, 2018) march that our Union could not have used a noisy instrument during the procession. The GAWU drew to the Police’s attention our application of January 05, 2018 and the Police Force’s approval dated January 08, 2018. The Police nevertheless insisted that they had received instructions from their superiors that a noisy instrument could not be used during the march.The workers, numbering in the hundreds, upon learning of this Police’s instruction became very upset and demanded that the permission granted to the Union be respected. The Police, however, continued to maintain that a noisy instrument could not be used, contrary to its own correspondence. This served to further incense the workers who in the vicinity of #78 Village, Corriverton stood still on the public road and refused to move until the Police adhered to the permission. The workers contended that the Police actions were wrong and saw it a gross disrespect to them and the GAWU. The officers on the ground recognizing the workers firmness contacted their superiors whereby the use of a noisy instrument was allowed in keeping with the permission granted.The actions by the workers are an encouraging reminder of the need to be principled and stand up in defence of our rights. It also shows how an elite can manipulate the repressive arm of the State. The workers must be complemented for their stance and for refusing to allow what they saw as an injustice to be perpetuated against them. The march and rally was yet another manifestation and workers mass action to express their strong condemnation to pay the workers severance pay in installments and to call on the authorities to re-open Skeldon Estate without further delay.While pleased with the workers actions, the GAWU cannot fail to recognize what obviously is a greatly concerning situation. This is the second occasion in recent days that the Police have sought to prevent the Union from using a noisy instrument during our processions though the Police had approved same. Further to that, similar activities organized by the Union in recent times have also benefitted from similar approval.  One is left to wonder whether there is a concerted attempt by someone or some persons to undermine our activities and, at the same time, even disregard the force’s professionalism.Sincerely,Guyana Agriculture Workers Union (GAWU) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: Police permission reversal a worrying signJuly 19, 2017In “Letters”Rose Hall Martyrs’ Day to be commemoratedMarch 7, 2017In “Local News”$2.4B in severance payments approved: Wales sugar workers also includedNovember 1, 2018In “Business” read more

first_imgNeufbox : SFR augmente les tarifs des appels illimités vers les mobilesL’opérateur a annoncé une hausse du prix de l’option appels illimités vers les mobiles pour les abonnés à la Neufbox classique.SFR veut inciter ses abonnés à opter pour son forfait le plus cher, l’Evolution. Pour cela, l’opérateur a décidé d’augmenter le tarif de l’option qui permet à ses clients qui avaient opté pour la Neufbox classique de passer des appels illimités vers les mobiles. Celle-ci est donc passé de 3 à 5 euros par mois, rapporte Le Nouvel Obs. Résultat, les abonnés qui opteront pour cette option devront débourser 36,90 euros, au lieu de 34,90 euros auparavant, soit seulement 1 euros de moins que pour le forfait ADSL Evolution. Toutefois, cette hausse ne devrait concerner que les nouveaux abonnés. Une évolution qui correspond à la volonté de SFR de soigner la rentabilité de l’option d’appels illimités vers les mobiles.Le 26 août 2011 à 18:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgNapoli could face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League severely weakened following the latest reports suggesting their best forward struggle with injuryGli Azzurri are the only undefeated team in Group C, having wrapped up a narrow 1-0 home victory over Liverpool while being held to a scoreless draw to Red Star Belgrade on the road.However, the Partenopei will have to endure the 90 minutes against the most devastating attacking line in Europe if looking to preserve the top spot.Additionally, Carlo Ancelotti may not have Lorenzo Insigne at his disposal due to winger’s muscular fatigue problems, according to the Italian publication, Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The 27-year-old already had to skip Napoli’s weekend showdown against Udinese following his comeback from international duty.The former Pescara man was the one to score a late winner against Liverpool at the Stadio San Paolo and send the Reds back home empty-handed.In addition to Insigne, Simone Verdi could also remain on the sidelines after coming off in the 4th minute against the Friulian White-blacks.last_img read more

first_imgView a transcript of the live chat between Vancouver City Council candidates Larry Smith and Cory Barnes held on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. on BarnesAge: 24.Background: Store manager, Sutinen Consulting Inc. Republican campaign volunteer; 2008 and 2010 GOP convention delegate, served as county representative on state GOP Platform Committee in 2008 and served on county GOP Platform Committee in 2010. Active member in local “We the People” and “Campaign for Liberty.”Funds Raised: $5,595.Major Endorsements: Rep. Paul Harris; David Madore, U.S. Digital CEO; Michael Delavar and Jon Russell, Washougal city councilors.Website: Larry Smith.Age: 69.Background: Retired. Vancouver city councilor since 2003 and mayor pro tem from 2010 to present. Former director of Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation; former Vancouver assistant city attorney; former real estate broker. Serves on C-Tran board; 40et8, Voiture 99 Military Society; statewide Association of Washington Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Rotary International.Funds Raised: $18,644.Major Endorsements: Building Industry Association of Clark County; Clark County Realtors Association; Central Labor Roundtable; Sierra Club; SW Washington State Electricians PAC No. 48; county commissioners Marc Boldt and Steve Stuart, state Reps. Ann Rivers, Jim Moeller, Sharon Wylie and Tim Probst; state Sen. Craig Pridemore; and Mayor Tim Leavitt.Website: Barnes said he’s here to put Vancouver City Councilor Larry Smith on trial.Barnes, a political newcomer, faces an uphill battle for Position 5 against Smith, who has been on the city council since 2003 and also serves as mayor pro tem.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A hotel employee accused of stealing thousands of dollars from guests faced a judge in bond court, Wednesday.Police said Ihosvany Napoles stole $6,000 from a guest’s in-room safe at South Beach Plaza Villas, located on 14th Street in Miami Beach.Napoles faces charges of burglary and theft of personal property by a hotel employee.His bond was set at $10,000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgAmaravati: TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh stated that the YSRCP government has been claiming the achievements of TDP government on getting approval for Polavaram Irrigation project as their’s, in a tweet on Tuesday. He further said that the then chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu put all efforts to get approval for Polavaram DPR-2 to a tune of more than Rs 55 thousand cr. Now, the chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government is claiming it as their greatness, he blamed. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Since the central government accepted all the proposals sent by Chandrababu Naidu, where is the corruption involved in it? From here onwards, both BJP and YSRCP should stop mud slinging against TDP government and start working for development and welfare of the state, he advised.తెదేపా ప్రభుత్వ హయాంలో ప్రతిపాదించిన Rs.55,548 కోట్ల సవరించిన ప్రాజెక్టు అంచనా వ్యయాన్ని కేంద్ర జలవనరుల శాఖ ఆమోదించడం జరిగింది. గతంలో తెదేపా ప్రభుత్వం పంపిన అంచనాలు అన్నింటికీ కేంద్రం ఆమోదం తెలిపితే, మరింక అవినీతి ఎక్కడ నుంచి వచ్చింది?— Lokesh Nara (@naralokesh) June 24, 2019last_img read more

first_imgJapanese automaker Mitsubishi was apparently going though a tough phase in the auto market when the demand for its vehicles in India hit an all-time low for the past couple of years. But the company is not ready to give up so easily. According to reports, it is now planning to introduce the third-generation Outlander SUV in India next year. Mitsubishi had reportedly witnessed an end to its vehicle sales in India when it phased out its sedan models like the Lancer, Cedia and the Evolution X along with the second-generation Outlander. But now it looks like the company is gearing up for an aggressive comeback with its third-generation, diesel-powered Outlander. By featuring a diesel engine, Mitsubishi made it clear that it is targeting price-sensitive consumers in the country.”The company is working on the new model of the diesel version and will launch it in early 2014. It will be a more rejuvenated model and will be placed in the UV 4 segment (premium). As Mitsubishi’s partner in India, we want to focus only on the utility vehicle segment and one can see more variants/models of Mitsubishi Pajero and Outlander going forward in India,” P Vijayan, COO, Hindustan Motors told Business Standard.Hindustan Motors is also eyeing to sell around 2,500 units of Mitsubishi Pajero in the fiscal year 2013-14. According to a Carwale report, the upcoming Outlander is bigger and larger than the current model and will pack new features. The vehicle is expected to come with turbo-charged 2.2-litre engine which delivers a power of 150PS and 380Nm of torque. Although the global market is offering both petrol and diesel versions of Outlander, India is likely to get the diesel model only.last_img read more

first_imgDavid Grasso, a D.C. councilmember, wants to seal pot criminal records.A D.C. councilmember’s bill to close the criminal records of District residents who have had marijuana-related offenses, has received widespread support from city activists and political leaders. David Grosso (I-At Large) is the chief sponsor of “The Record Sealing for Decriminalized and Legalized Offenses Amendment Act of 2014,” bill. This legislation would ensure residents with a non-violent misdemeanor or felony possession of marijuana conviction as their only prior criminal history can have their records for those charges sealed by the D.C. police department and the D.C. Superior Court. The bill also prohibits employers from asking an applicant if their records have been expunged or sealed.Grosso said that the bill is designed to achieve social justice. “Often, people don’t realize that even something as minor as a marijuana possession charge can keep residents from obtaining employment, housing, or scholarship aid for higher education,” he said.Grosso said that employment concerns compelled him to write the bill. “We have thousands and thousands of District residents who are discouraged from applying for a job that pays minimum wage because they are required to ‘check the box’,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how long ago they were arrested; it doesn’t even matter if the charge was for a non-violent offense.”The ACLU released a report in 2013 that showed 90.9 percent of people in the District arrested for marijuana possession are Black even though the city’s African-American population is 51 percent. Those numbers led to the passage of a law sponsored by D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and signed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) in March that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana possession. However there are members of the U.S. Congress, particularly U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), that want to scrap the law, citing the adverse health effects of marijuana.Grosso’s bill passed the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety on Sept. 17 and was put on the D.C. Council’s legislative agenda on Sept. 23 for the first reading.Yango Sawyer, a well-known citizen activist, said he likes most of the aspects of Grosso’s bill, but would expand the category of people who could have their records sealed. Sawyer said the “War on Drugs” campaign supported by the Nixon and Reagan administrations had a devastating effect on Black males in the District, and that all convictions as a result of that campaign and its District counterpart, Operation Clean Sweep, should be sealed.“In the 1980s, ’90s and 2000s, Operation Clean Sweep was responsible for 30,000-40,000 Black men being locked up,” Sawyer said. “These drug offenses have prevented 98-99 percent of those convicted of obtaining employment. A commission should be set up to see that people arrested for drug offenses during those years get their records sealed.”Paul Zukerberg, the leader in polls for the new District Attorney General position and a longtime criminal defense attorney, said he is working with the D.C. Public Defender Service and the ACLU to make some additions to Grosso’s bill. Zukerberg ran in an April 23, 2013 special election for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council.While he lost the race, his candidacy ran on a platform of decriminalizing marijuana. ukerberg’s passion and persistence on the issue generated a conversation among city leaders that eventually led to decriminalization and a possibility of legalization of the drug.Zukerberg wants Grosso’s bill to make sealing records a lot easier. “We need to do what is done in Maryland,” he said. “In Maryland, all you need to do is to fill out a one-page form. In the city, the process is a lot more complicated and we need to change that.”last_img read more

first_imgIn an interview, the 26-year-old flight attendant known as Maria W told Bild that when she heard about the crash she recalled Andreas Lubitz telling her last year: “One day I’m going to do something that will change the whole system, and everyone will know my name and remember.”The black box voice recorder indicates that Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass killing. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that all the signs were “pointing towards an act that we can’t describe: criminal, crazy, suicidal”. German prosecutors revealed that searches of Lubitz’s homes netted “medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment,” including “torn-up and current sick leave notes, among them one covering the day of the crash”. They did not specify the illness. According to Bild, the young woman, who was “very shocked”, flew with Lubitz on European flights for five months last year, during which time they are believed to have been romantically involved. If Lubitz did deliberately crash the plane, “it is because he understood that because of his health problems, his big dream of a job at Lufthansa, as captain and as a long-haul pilot was practically impossible,” she told Bild. The pair separated “because it became increasingly clear that he had a problem”, she told the daily, adding that at night he would wake up and scream “we’re going down” and was plagued by nightmares.Bild earlier reported that Lubitz sought psychiatric help for “a bout of serious depression” in 2009 and was still getting assistance from doctors, quoting documents from Germany’s air transport regulator.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Giving stress on improving infrastructure to ensure safety and security of passengers availing water transport, two major jetties including one in Telenipara in Hooghly was opened for operation on Thursday.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister and Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Tourism inaugurated the two major jetties. Around 11 state-of-the-art water crafts were also introduced.During the inauguration, Adhikari said a lot of emphasis has been given to promote the water transport system and at the same time to ensure safety and security of passengers. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe state Transport department has taken up the task of developing the infrastructure of 350 jetties following the Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) and at the same time another 750 will also be developed across the state.It may be recalled that some people died last year after a temporary jetty at Telenipara collapsed. Now, the biggest jetty in the state has been developed in Telenipara. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given directions to take necessary measures to check such incidents. The state Transport department had immediately taken up the issue and introduced the SOP in jetties and the security and safety of passengers were given primary importance. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAdhikari also emphasised the measures that would be taken to use the water transport for tourism purpose as there are many places of interest along the banks of River Hooghly.Appreciating the steps taken up by the state Transport department, Indranil Sen said such initiatives will ensure further development of the inland water transportation.The water vessels which were introduced were named by Chief Minister and the one with carrying capacity of 400 passengers, MV Shikkhashree, will operate from Howrah while each of the 10 others have a carrying capacity of 100 people at a time.The 10 vessels will be operating between Belur-Kuthighat, Garulia-Bhadreshwar, Telenipara-Shyamnagar, Bichali Ghat-Howrah, Boga-Rasulpure, Aridaha-Uttarpara, Chandpal-Shibpur, Uluberia-Achipur and Diamond Harbour-Kukra Hati.last_img read more

first_imgNigerian troops rescued 178 people from Boko Haram in attacks that destroyed several camps of the Islamic extremists in the northeast of the country, an army statement has said.Spokesman Col Tukur Gusau yesterday said that 101 of those freed are children, along with 67 women and 10 men.The Nigerian Air Force reported killing “a large number” of militants in repelling an attack on Bitta village, 50 kilometres southwest of the army operations that took place around Bama, 70 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri city. Also Read – Russian opposition to defy authorities with fresh protestsMaiduguri is the birthplace of Boko Haram and the capital of northeastern Borno state.The statements did not specify when the attacks occurred. Last week the army rescued 71 kidnapped people.Hundreds have been freed from Boko Haram captivity this year but none of the 219 girls abducted in April 2014 from a school in Chibok were among the rescued. Also Read – 300 tourists isolated due to mudslides in AlaskaThe extremists distributed a new video on Twitter yesterday purporting to show attacks on Nigerian army barracks in the states of Borno and Yobe. The video also shows the beheading of a man in military fatigues said to be a Nigerian soldier.According to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group, an unidentified fighter, shown in the video with looted army weapons and ammunition, says the footage shows Nigeria’s military has not forced Boko Haram from its positions and got them hemmed into the Sambisa Forest, as the military has claimed.Some of those rescued last week said they had been held by Boko Haram for up to one year in villages just 40 kilometers from Maiduguri.last_img read more

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Register Now » Craig Venter, a biologist and entrepreneur as well as one of the first people to map the human genome, wants to make 100 the new 60. His latest venture, announced yesterday, will concentrate on extending the human lifespan.Human Longevity has already received $70 million in private backing and aims to use both genomics and stem cell therapies to allow us to live longer, healthier lives.“Your age is your No. 1 risk factor for almost every disease, but it’s not a disease itself,” Venter told The New York Times. If slowing the aging process is indeed possible, it could present a new defense against disease, potentially preventing a slew of life-threatening conditions all at once, eliminating the need to find individual cures.Related: 4 Medical Tests That Can Change Your LifeDespite this possibility, the San Diego, Calif.-based company will also work on treating individual diseases of aging, concentrating on cancer, diabetes and obesity, heart and liver diseases and dementia. It will focus its initial clinical sequencing efforts on cancer, teaming up with the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego to sequence the genomes of every patient who is treated there, as well as perform a full genome sequence on their tumors. “The goal is to analyze, utilize and share the data generated with the objective of enhancing diagnostic abilities and improving patient outcomes,” the company said in a statement.To do all this, Human Longevity will build a human sequencing operation capable of processing 40,000 human genomes a year. The DNA data collected will be combined with additional data on health and body compositions of individuals who are both healthy and sick, ranging in age from infants to those who have celebrated their 100th birthday, in order to better understand the molecular causes of aging and age-related illnesses.Related: A New Take on Aging, From Silicon ValleyDr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman of the X Prize Foundation, and Dr. Robert Hariri, founder and chief scientific officer of cell therapy operations at the biotechnology company Celgene, are both co-founders.Diamandis said the goal is not to achieve immortality, but rather to make “100 years old the next 60.”Venter reiterated this sentiment: “Using the combined power of our core areas of expertise—genomics, informatics, and stem cell therapies, we are tackling one of the greatest medical/scientific and societal challenges—aging and aging related diseases,” he said in a statement. “Our goal is not necessarily lengthening life, but extending a healthier, high performing, more productive lifespan.”Back in September, Google announced that it had invested in a company called Calico, which also focuses on the “challenge of aging and associated diseases.”Related: If You Could, Would You Want to Live Forever? Google Thinks You Might March 5, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

first_imgTulum, Q.R. — Regional government associations are in the process of trying to push for two state areas to become Zones of Sustainable Tourism Development.A team composed of representatives from the Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR), the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (FONATUR), the State Secretariat of Tourism (SEDETUR) and the municipalities of Tulum and Isla Mujeres, are putting together the necessary paperwork to declare regions of Isla Mujeres and Tulum as sustainable.They say the declaration is to preserve the richness and natural beauty of Tulum and the peninsular area of Chacmuchuc, Isla Mujeres.According to SEDETUR, the Sustainable Tourism Development Zones are a recognized figure in the General Tourism Law (2006), but there is no precedent of declaration in any state, which for Quintana Roo, represents the possibility of being the first to conserve the natural resources.Estimates from the National Population Council report that over the past eight years, the seaside town of Tulum has grown by 24 percent, while Isla Mujeres has expanded by 22 percent.According to state officials, the Zones of Sustainable Tourism Development have an active tourism industry, have attractions that are currently used and can continue to be used in the future.In addition, they satisfactorily meet criteria for sustainability, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in their planning and operation to consolidate tourism activity as a source of quality employment, investment, training and development to improve the standard of living.SEDETUR indicated that to date, the team has held working meetings with representatives of city councils and field work for the collection of information that provides the technical information necessary to obtain the new declaration.The declaration is issued based on the provisions of the Regulation of the General Tourism Law and in accordance with the evaluation and opinion of the committee composed of the Ministry of Tourism, the Government Secretariat, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Communications and Transportation and the Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more