Le gouvernement provincial déménage le siège social du ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture d’Halifax à la région de Digby-Clementsport, assurant ainsi de bons emplois dans les régions rurales de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le gouvernement provincial a annoncé, aujourd’hui 30 avril, qu’il déménagera 22 postes du siège social dans la région de Digby-Clementsport à la fin de 2012. Douze postes de la division de l’aquaculture seront également déplacés dans le comté de Shelburne d’ici la fin de l’année. « Dans le cadre de cette initiative, le siège social du ministère et la division de l’aquaculture seront installés dans deux des principales régions où sont pratiquées les activités de pêche, de transformation et d’aquaculture, a dit Sterling Belliveau, ministre des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture. Il est logique qu’un ministère dont l’objectif est d’appuyer les pêches et l’aquaculture soit basé dans les régions rurales de la Nouvelle-Écosse, où il peut assurer de bons emplois et, par conséquent, la croissance de l’économie. » « Le personnel du ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture sera maintenant situé dans des endroits où sont pratiquées les activités, a dit Jean-Paul Deveau, président des Algues acadiennes Ltée. Nous aurons ainsi accès au personnel du gouvernement de façon plus rapide et plus efficace. » « Cette décision est logique pour le gouvernement provincial et pour les collectivités qui pourront maintenant profiter de bons emplois et de programmes de grande valeur, a dit Jimmy MacAlpine, président de l’Association des municipalités de la Nouvelle-Écosse. J’applaudis la décision du gouvernement provincial de déplacer le ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture dans la région de Didgy-Clementsport et dans le comté de Shelburne. » Le ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture compte 76 employés dans 14 collectivités de la province. Il s’agit de l’un de trois déménagements annoncés aujourd’hui par le gouvernement provincial.
Ovadan-Depe: Turkmenistan on Friday opened a USD 1.7 billion gas-to-liquids plant as it seeks to monetise vast but idle gas reserves amid an economic crunch. The isolated Central Asian country holds the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves and has in recent years sought to diversify an economy battered by low energy prices. The plant opened in the desert town of Ovadan-Depe outside the capital Ashgabat with Japanese and Turkish investment is the largest gas-to-liquids plant in Central Asia. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London “Our country keeps pace with scientific progress,” Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said at the opening ceremony. “We want Turkmenistan to become the centre of a ‘green’ economy.” In a message read out at the ceremony, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was glad that Japan helped diversify Turkmenistan’s economy and ramp up energy exports. The plant will process 1.785 billion cubic metres of natural gas annually, producing 600,000 tonnes of gasoline a year among other liquid fuels. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador The plant was built by Turkey’s R?nesans and Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Construction began in 2014. Japanese companies have recently ramped up investments in Turkmenistan, a country overwhelmingly dependent on gas exports to China via the Central Asia-China gas pipeline completed in 2009. In building a gas plant to convert gas into liquid fuels Turkmenistan emulated Qatar. Other mega-pipeline projects involving Turkmenistan including one to India and another to Europe via the Caspian Sea have long been held up by questions of economic and political feasibility. The secretive country of 5.7 million people suffers from widespread unemployment and economic stagnation. At the beginning of the year the government hiked fees for utilities, including water, gas and electricity which were once free. Turkmenistan’s neighbour Uzbekistan is reportedly planning a similar plant that will produce around 1.5 million tonnes of liquid fuels per year.
CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says some of the people he met during his Calgary Stampede visit on Saturday lightheartedly mentioned a gaffe he made during a Canada Day speech, during which he skipped Alberta as he rattled off Canada’s provinces and territories.“I got a couple of people teasing me for it, but no one’s made a big deal of it. It’s sort of a gentle ribbing,” Trudeau told reporters on the second-last day of the 10-day western celebration.“I think everyone understands that mistakes happen every now and then and the fact that I keep coming back to Alberta regularly to connect with people, to work on issues that matter to Albertans is something that I know people appreciate very much.”It was earlier thought that Trudeau would miss the Stampede — a popular schmoozing event for politicians of all stripes — as it coincided with G20 meetings in Hamburg, Germany, and a U.S. governors’ meeting in Rhode Island.But Trudeau says he managed to rearrange his schedule for Saturday’s whirlwind visit.The day started off with a meeting with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi at a downtown hotel.From there, he headed to two community breakfasts, where he held babies, took selfies and served up pancakes amongst big crowds.He then visited with Indigenous leaders at the Stampede’s Indian Village, where he spoke with community members inside a tipi and accepted gifts that included a blanket, a hand-made beaded medallion, sweetgrass and smudge box.He capped off the day with an appearance at the rodeo.The controversy over the Omar Khadr settlement followed Trudeau on his trip, with a man who lives across from one of the pancake breakfasts putting up a big sign on top of is garage that read: “Trudeau, why don’t you pay the widow Speer?” — referring to the wife of Sgt. Chris Speer, the U.S. soldier Khadr is accused of killing in Afghanistan 15 years ago.Khadr had filed a $20-million lawsuit against the government for violating his Charter rights, and has received an out-of-court settlement reportedly worth $10.5 million.Daxton Yont decided to put up the sign because he and others in the community feel the payout was out of line and unjustified.“We just thought we’d put it up to get a light message across. We didn’t want to be rude about it, didn’t want to do something extreme, but just a nice gentle message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,” said Yont.Khadr was sent to the notorious U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after being captured during a firefight with U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002. He was 15 years old when he was wounded in a battle in which Speer was killed and fellow Delta Force soldier Layne Morris was blinded in one eye.Khadr, now 30, pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a widely condemned military commission at Guantanamo Bay in 2010. He said he agreed to the plea so he could get out of the American prison and return to Canada.In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canadian officials violated Khadr’s rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms during their interrogations.“It’s easy to understand why people are frustrated about this. I’m concerned about the money as well, which is, as I said, why we settled,” Trudeau told reporters Saturday.He reiterated that fighting Khadr’s lawsuit in court and losing could have cost $30 million to $40 million.“So we decided that it was the right thing to do, to settle, both because it was the fiscally responsible thing to do, but also because we recognize that when governments violate Canadians’ fundamental rights, there have to be consequences.”
OTTAWA — A minimum-wage worker could afford to rent in just a few neighbourhoods in Canada, suggests a new analysis of the country’s rental market that also raises questions about a promised federal rent-supplement program.The report being released Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says someone earning minimum wage would only be able to afford a one-bedroom rental in nine per cent of 795 neighbourhoods in Canadian cities in the study.The figure drops to three per cent of neighbourhoods when looking at the affordability of two-bedroom units.The federal Liberals’ decade-long national housing strategy includes programs to build more rental housing, hoping a boost in supply will drive down costs.At the same time, negotiations with provinces are winding along on the design of a new rent supplement for low-income tenants that will average about $2,500 a year.Study author David Macdonald said the benefit could provide some short-term help while the country awaits new rental units. But he said the benefit may not be enough for low-income renters to close the affordability gap.The report defines “affordable” rent as 30 per cent or less of a renter’s pre-tax income, the same cut-off used by federal officials.The new portable housing benefit is to roll out next year, which will be tied to a person rather than a unit — meaning the person can carry it with them through the housing market rather than losing the financial help when they move out of a government-supported dwelling. Its design will be tailored to each province.Spending is set at $4 billion — split among federal and provincial governments — which will require tough decisions about who gets it, how much they can receive, and when it gets taken away.“You really have to ration it based on some simple criteria, otherwise you blow through your (spending) cap,” said Macdonald, a senior economist at the centre.“Second of all, it’s likely not generous enough to substantially reduce the rent for renters, particularly at the lower end of the income spectrum and particularly in big cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Calgary, Ottawa.”Roughly one-third of households, or 4.7 million, are renters and they are often low-income earners, or young adults, or newcomers to Canada.Average rents, adjusted for inflation, have increased since the early 1990s as construction of traditional apartments declined in favour of homes and then condominiums, Macdonald said.In the 1970s, he said, it wasn’t uncommon to see 100,000 new, purpose-built rental units being constructed each year, “which is an incredible amount of new rental housing being put into the market.”While there has been some uptick in rental construction over the last decade — mostly in the luxury rental market, Macdonald said — the Liberals hope to use billions in federal funding to help finance more than 100,000 new rental units.At the rate that money is being committed to projects, the study estimates most units won’t come open until the late 2020s. Combining provincial and federal commitments, the study projects an average of 15,400 new rental units annually, well below the number the country saw decades ago when the population was smaller.“The Canada Housing Benefit is a good short-term solution as we wait 10 years for the rental housing market to build up and then hopefully increase vacancy rates and also stabilize rents,” Macdonald said.Jordan Press, The Canadian Press
Today, The 24 Hour Musicals: Los Angeles announced that Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), Retta (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Isabelle Fuhrman (Master of Sex), Sam Tsui (singer/songwriter), Herizen Guardiola (The Get Down), Grace Parra (The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore), and Maria Thayer (The Catch, Table 19), will join the star-studded line-up of performers in the first ever Los Angeles presentation of The 24 Hour Musicals, a one-night-only performance at the United Artists Theater at Ace Hotel on Monday, July 17.Jackson Gay (Atlantic Theater Company) will join as a director of one of the musicals, and Tyce Diorio (So You Think You Can Dance) as a choreographer.They join previously announced participants including: Wayne Brady (Kinky Boots, Whose Line Is It Anyway?); Michelle Visage (RuPaul’s Drag Race); Jesse Eisenberg (The Spoils) as a composer/lyricist, Nellie McKay (singer/songwriter), Alex Newell (Glee), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood, Daredevil), Garrett Clayton (Hairspray Live!); Janina Gavankar (True Blood); Alicia Witt (The Walking Dead); Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); Shoshana Bean (Wicked); Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); Ashley Fink (Glee); Amanda Seales (Insecure); and Andrew Leeds (Bones, Groundlings). Creative team includes Rachel Axler (VEEP), Matt Schatz (Love Trapezoid), J. Holtham (Pitch), Rona Siddiqui (One Good Day), Tasha Gordon-Solmon (I Now Pronounce); directors Bart DeLorenzo, Kate Sullivan, Casey Stangl and more! Playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) will be the featured speaker for the evening.The 24 Hour Musicals: Los Angeles is an intensive theatrical endeavor where a team of over 100 (including artists from Broadway, film, television and music) will come together to write, compose, rehearse and perform four original musicals within a 24 hour time span at the beautiful Theater at Ace. For 22 years, The 24 Hour Plays have brought together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theater around the world, raising millions of dollars for charity.In this historic theater (built in 1927 by United Artists), The 24 Hour Musicals: Los Angeles will celebrate and support the work of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit arm of the Dramatists Guild of America which advocates for the freedom of expression on behalf of all who are confronting censorship on stages across America.“We’ve staged many memorable evenings of The 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles, while The 24 Hour Musicals have run off-Broadway for eight wonderful years,” said Mark Armstrong, Executive Director of The 24 Hour Plays. “This magical event brings together the best of both worlds for a magical evening of musical theater in one of the country’s most beautiful venues. We’re particularly proud, in this moment, to support the great work of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, which supports playwrights and defends freedom of expression.”The marathon process for The 24 Hour Musicals begins at 9 p.m. the night before the performance. Writers, composers, directors, choreographers, actors, music directors, musicians and production staff—many of whom have never worked with or met each other before—gather for an orientation where they are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do on stage, as well as some singing and dancing. At 11 p.m., the composers and writers get to work crafting 15-20 minute musicals overnight; at 9 a.m. the next morning, the actors receive their roles and the directors, choreographers and musicians arrive to begin rehearsal. Less than 12 hours later, they must be ready to perform in front of a live audience.“The DLDF is honored to be a part of the 24 Hour Musicals adventure,” said John Weidman, President of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund. “We are delighted to be aligned with, and supported by, this unique high-wire event which captures the creative impulse which drives writers to write, and which the DLDF exists to defend.”THE 24 HOUR MUSICALSJuly 17, 2017 at 8pmThe Theater at Ace929 South BroadwayLos Angeles, CA 90015Tickets start at $175 and VIP access tickets are available.Tickets for THE 24 HOUR MUSICALS are available for purchase online here.
Donald Sutherland (Photo Courtesy of HBO) Login/Register With: The festival will also screen his latest film, ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy.’Donald Sutherland will receive a lifetime achievement Donostia Award at this year’s 67th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, running Sept. 20-28 in the Spanish city. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The festival will also host a special screening Sept. 26 immediately following the award of the Giuseppe Capotondi-directed, Italy-set neo-noir thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy, in which Sutherland stars alongside Elizabeth Debicki, Claes Bang and Mick Jagger. Twitter Facebook Advertisement
(Ireland Peters, 4 (left), Amber Strang, five months (centre) and Aubree Strang, 2, died in a fire the broke out in a home late last Tuesday on the Pikangikum First Nation. Facebook/photo)APTN National NewsThe Ontario Provincial Police on Monday released the names of the six adults and three children who died in a fire that consumed a home on the Pikangikum First Nation last Tuesday.The youngest of the victims was identified as five-month-old Amber Strang, who died along with her siblings Ireland Peters and 4, Aubree Strang, 2.The children’s parents Dietrich Peters, 35, and Faith Strang, 24, also died in the fire.Faith Strang’s parents, Dean Strang, 51, and Annette Strang, 49, died in the fire, along with son Gilbert Strang, 31 and his girlfriend Sylvia Peters, 41.According to the OPP statement the home destroyed by fire was the primary residence of Dean and Annette Strang.The OPP said the cause of death for all nine victims was smoke inhalation.The OPP said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.The fire broke out at the Dunsford Rd. home shortly before 11:44 p.m. last Tuesday.Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen told APTN National News previously neighbours tried to rescue the occupants of the home but the fire spread too quickly.Pikangikum, a fly-in Ojibway community, sits about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont.email@example.com@APTNNews
Companies in this story: (TSX:CVE) CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. reported a $1.36-billion loss in its latest quarter as it faced deep discounts for Western Canadian Select oil.The company says the loss amounted to $1.10 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $620 million or 50 cents per share in the last three months of 2017 when its results were boosted by the sale of assets in Alberta and Saskatchewan.Cenovus had an operating loss from continuing operations of $1.67 billion or $1.36 per share for the quarter compared with an operating loss of $533 million or 43 cents per share a year ago.The discount on Western Canadian Select has eased in recent weeks following production cuts that were mandated by the Alberta government, which reduced the size of the mandatory reductions at the end of January.Taking into account the government-mandated cuts, Cenovus says it expects its first-quarter bitumen and crude oil production will be a maximum of 348,000 barrels per day.It says the financial impact of its curtailed volumes will be more than offset by an expected improvement in prices. The Canadian Press
The ‘global conversation,’ lasting just over half an hour and moderated by Juju Chang of the United States ABC television network, saw Mr. Ban sitting in a studio at UN Headquarters in New York as he fielded questions from countries as far apart as China and Canada, and South Africa and the Philippines.More than 5,500 questions were sent in over recent weeks in the six official UN languages – Arabic, Chinese English, French, Russian and Spanish – as well as in Portuguese and Swahili, while others came in live during the event, which was simultaneously translated into Chinese through the Weibo social media network.The first question, in Spanish on Twitter, asked when the UN would be reformed to match today’s needs, and Mr. Ban stressed the complexity of making decisions in an organization numbering 193 members.“To make this Organization more effective and efficient is our great challenge and great target,” he said. “We’ve been trying to make this Organization much more mobile, and efficient, and accountable and transparent.”A question from China, where more than half of the questions from the public were submitted, asked why so many people in Africa die of hunger when the world produces enough to feed all.“It is true that we have at least a billion people who are starving from abject poverty,” Mr. Ban replied. “They go to bed hungry every night. That’s very sad. But ironically we have enough food all around the world.“The question and problem is that they do not distribute it fairly, that’s a social injustice, and that we have to address and stop,” he added, also noting the effects of climate change and flooding, and citing the mitigating efforts the UN was making such as providing fertilizers and weather-resistant seeds.Some questions dealt with more general issues such as peacekeeping and corruption (“it is the cancer of our society, it must stop,” Mr. Ban said), while others targeted specific topics such as the Palestinian issue (“I’m a strong supporter of this two-state vision” – Palestine and Israel), and war-torn and famine-stricken Somalia (“I sincerely hope the international community will provide the generous humanitarian assistance”).One question from China asked Mr. Ban about his early life and career, and he recalled how he was brought up poor in a country devastated by the Korean war, was given the opportunity as a high school student to travel round the United States where he met then president John F. Kennedy, and decided on a life of public service.Most questions were from people generally unknown to the public at large, but one came in live from British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who asked how the world can reduce the number of 35 million people who die every year from non-communicable diseases. These include cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes.“This is a totally unacceptable situation,” Mr. Ban said, stressing that the UN is convening its first ever high-level meeting on the issue at next week’s General Assembly opening session.“This can be cured by medical support. This can also be prevented by simply changing your lifestyle like your behaviour. This obesity or this diabetes and all these, you can change your lifestyle, and alcohol or smoking. By stopping this you can save your life.”Ms. Chang said that the blogosphere had been very active during the event and thousands of people had been listening in and contributing to the conversation. 13 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took the United Nations pulpit live to cyberspace for the first time today, answering questions submitted through Facebook, LiveStream, Twitter and other social media networks on issues ranging from UN reform and the Middle East conflict to poverty and food security.
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 8:19 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Submarine museum exhibit to explore military music MUSKEGON, Mich. – A new exhibit focusing on music in the military is set to open at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum.The Muskegon Chronicle (http://bit.ly/28Pigrw ) reports that the exhibit is called War: A Tribute to Military Musicians. It explores the history of musical instruments in the military, and music’s use as a means of communication and a psychological weapon during war.The exhibit also takes a look at how the U.S. national anthem has evolved over time, based on research by University of Michigan professor Mark Clague.A third component of the exhibit will explore the military importance of musicians through contributions from the collections of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.Visitors can view the display from June 27 to Sept. 5.___Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, http://www.mlive.com/muskegon
Zainab Jan, 12, is a student at a UNICEF-supported school in the Jalozai IDP camp in Nowshera district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Photo: UNICEF/Asad Zaidi The #EmergencyLessons campaign specifically targets people 25 years old and younger in Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia and the United Kingdom to inspire them to raise their voices on behalf of millions of children and adolescents whose education has been interrupted by emergencies, UNICEF said in a press release. “Young people understand better than anyone how important education is to their lives today and to their futures,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Who knows better than they that their tomorrows depend on what they learn today? Who, better than today’s youth, can demand that the world provides them with the skills they will need to build a better world? Their future, and ours, depends on it,” he added. The campaign draws on the real-life experiences of children living through emergencies in countries such as Guinea, Iraq, Nepal and Ukraine. Throughout the next seven months, their stories will be shared on social media through #EmergencyLessons. Nearly one in four of the world’s school-age children – 462 million – now live in 35 countries affected by crises, including an estimated 75 million children who are in desperate need of educational support, UNICEF stressed. Apart from missing out on education, and the benefits it yields for them and for their societies, out-of-school children are more vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and recruitment by armed forces, the agency said. UNICEF noted that the campaign also celebrates the other benefits of going to school – the friends made, the teachers who support children through trauma, and the stability found in the routine of attending classes. “Here in Europe, we tend to take school for granted, and forget what a vital part of life it is to children, especially when everything else around them is collapsing,” said Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. “We hope this campaign will better help Europeans understand why, when disaster strikes, opportunities to learn are just as important as access to food, water, vaccines and shelter.” UNICEF noted that a number of celebrities are lending their support to the campaign, such as Samantha Cristoforetti, Italian European Space Agency astronaut; Boštjan Nachbar, Slovenian basketball player; Kriszta D. Tóth, Hungarian news presenter and media personality; and Jaro Bekr, Slovakian dancer.
CDE Global, the leading supplier of washing equipment for quarries and mines on the global market states: “The mining industry across the globe is facing a challenging time and in an environment like this it is no surprise that mine efficiency and sustainable mining and two of the most often discussed subjects. In considering how we improve the efficiency and sustainability our mining operations what should we be doing?” Dermot Murphy is Strategic Projects Manager at CDE Mining – the division of CDE Global which specifically focuses on the global mining market and he has some very clear views on what approach mining companies should take.“The approach we take with our customers is first to conduct a holistic review of the entire ore processing system to establish where specific inefficiencies exist that we can help to address” explains Murphy. “This involves conducting a detailed process audit with customers to gain a specific understanding of where the current pain points are within the system. We are then able to design a process improvement package that tackles all of the pain points and results in the efficiency of the operation being greatly improved.”According to Murphy, this process audit is focused in a number of areas. The first of these is maximising yield. This process involves a detailed look at the feed material to the processing plant and an analysis of the current final products. “The work we have done with our existing mining clients has demonstrated that this process allows us to establish whether the cut-off grade can be reduced which has the effect of increasing the volumes of material available for processing” explains Murphy. A reduction in the cut-off grade is made possible by the introduction of processing systems which help to reduce contaminant levels in the ore being processed. In relation to iron ore this applies to silica and alumina contamination as well as ensuring the efficient removal of fine silts and clays from the feed material.This first process contributes to the second area of focus – waste reduction. “By facilitating the production of lower grade ores we are not only able to reduce the volume of material sent to waste stockpiles but the knock-on effect of this is to reduce waste handling costs and the space required for the storage of waste material.” While this approach requires investment in new processing technology the return on investment makes this an attractive proposition for existing operations seeking to reduce costs and improve the sustainability of their mining operation. “The first stage in the process is to engage with us to complete the process audit. This will allow us to establish the nature and extent of the efficiency improvements that we can offer and these are fully quantified as part of our detailed process review.”
LABOUR MEP EMER Costello has said her former colleague and now constituency rival, Nessa Childers, “a little bit in a political abyss” in the European Parliament as a result of her having left the party.Costello will face stiff competition from Childers to retain her seat in three-seat Dublin in the 23 May European elections with the now independent Childers, who left Labour last year, switching to Dublin in the wake of her Ireland East constituency being abolished.Speaking to Karen Coleman on RadioEP.ie earlier today, Costello said that although Childers is “free to stand wherever she pleases” she will face a challenge in having to move constituency and having previously been a member of the Green Party as well as Labour.“I think that certainly the Labour Party members, the Labour Party voters have certainly rallied around me and I think the voters will be looking at Nessa’s record as well in terms of having a colourful pedigree in the past and then now moving geographically as well,” she said. “So I think there are challenges there for Nessa.” She also claimed that Childers’ decision to leave Labour has left her outside of any of the major groupings in the European Parliament, adding that non-aligned members are not a cohesive group in the same way as the Dáil’s Technical Group.“When you look at the composition, how could there be? Because you have people like Godfrey Bloom, who is kind of famous for his ‘bonga bonga’ comments and is no longer in UKIP.“You have people like Marine Le Pen who is the French National Front… you also have people like Diane Dodds from the Democratic Unionist Party. So there is certainly a political mixture there in the independents.”She said that unlike other independents such as Ireland North-West’s Marian Harkin, who is aligned to the ALDE grouping, Childers is outside any cohesive grouping.“Here, unfortunately, the reality is that if you are not aligned to a political group you really are a little bit in a political abyss,” she added.Read: Nessa Childers will run in Dublin in effort to retain European Parliament seatEmer Costello: Single-party FG government would have implemented Greek-like austerityFollow our European elections coverage here >
10 Comments Monday 28 Nov 2016, 2:45 PM Short URL Nov 28th 2016, 2:45 PM Share66 Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/Red On DUTCH OFFICIALS HAVE culled 190,000 ducks on a central Netherlands farm where inspectors have confirmed the presence of a highly infectious strain of bird flu, according to officials and local media.Last Thursday, officials announced the discovery of the virus in a farm in southwest Sweden, and that 200,000 birds would be culled to prevent the spread of bird flu, which has seen a resurgence across Europe.The outbreak in the Netherlands was detected at a farm in Biddinghuizen, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Amsterdam, where about 180,000 ducks were put down over the weekend together with another 10,000 within a one kilometre radius, the Dutch food and safety watchdog NVWA said.“There are three other poultry farms within a three kilometre radius and they are being monitored,” the NVWA added in a statement.Dutch authorities have also imposed a ban on poultry and poultry product transport within a 10 kilometre radius, the statement also said.Growing fearsTests indicated that the birds were killed by an H5N8 variant of the disease “which is highly infectious” for poultry – killing about 30% of infected birds – but not “very dangerous to humans”, public newscaster NOS said.The H5N8 virus has been detected in poultry and wild birds in ten European countries according to the World Health Organisation: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Russia.A fortnight ago the Netherlands closed petting zoos and banned duck hunting as it stepped up measures to stem a bird flu outbreak blamed for killing scores of poultry and more than a thousand wild birds in the country.Other bird deathsIn the western port of Rotterdam, a park closed its animal section after several aquatic birds were found to have died from the H5N8 virus. Others still not affected have been penned in.And on the banks of Lake Markermeer, close to Amsterdam, about 1,250 wild birds were found dead earlier this month, local news reports said.The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed more than 420 people, mainly in southeast Asia, since first appearing in 2003. Another strain of bird flu, H7N9, has claimed more than 200 lives since emerging in 2013, according to World Health Organisation figures.- © AFP, 2016Read: Ice rink using dead fish to attract visitors forced to shut downRead: Five years after condemning the ‘narcissism’ of the Holy See, Enda Kenny meets Pope Francis today Image: Shutterstock/Red On http://jrnl.ie/3106281 390,000 ducks and hens in northern Europe culled over bird flu fears The birds were culled in the space of three days in Sweden and the Netherlands following a resurgence in the virus across Europe. 3,823 Views By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Une dent humaine créée à partir de cellules souches issues d’urineDes scientifiques chinois sont parvenus à créer une dent humaine en utilisant des cellules souches prélevées dans de l’urine. Avec des études supplémentaires, ceci pourrait permettre de parvenir à “la régénération totale des dents humaines”, estiment-ils.C’est un nouvel exploit technique utilisant des cellules souches que viennent de réaliser des chercheurs chinois de l’Institut de biomédecine et de santé de Canton. Selon l’étude publiée dans la revue Cell Regeneration, ils ont réussi à fabriquer une dent humaine à partir de cellules recueillies dans un milieu inattendu : l’urine. Une fois récupérées, ces cellules ont été reprogrammées pour devenir des cellules souches, autrement dit des structures capables de se différencier en n’importe quelle autre cellule. Puis celles-ci ont été cultivées de telle sorte qu’elles se transforment en cellules épithéliales et en cellules mésenchymateuses qui sont à l’origine de la fabrication des différents composants de la dent. Passé ce stade, les cellules ont été mélangées avec d’autres issues de tissu conjonctif de souris et cultivées pendant deux jours.Une dent avec tous ses composants Ensuite, le mélange a été implanté dans la couche externe d’un rein de rongeur. Au bout de trois semaines, les chercheurs ont alors constaté que l’ensemble contenant les cellules avait commencé à développer une structure ressemblant bel et bien à une dent : “La structure semblable à une dent contenait de la pulpe dentaire, de la dentine et de l’émail”, expliquent les chercheurs chinois. Néanmoins, elle était un peu plus molle qu’une dent normale. Une différence due selon les auteurs, au fait qu’elle n’a pas été utilisée au cours de son développement.Au vu de tels résultats, les chercheurs chinois estiment que ces travaux ouvrent la voie à une potentielle “régénération totale des dents humaines”, avec l’avantage que le receveur ne rejettera pas les cellules générées puisqu’elles seront issues de sa propre urine. Cette technique pourrait alors être utilisée afin de remplacer une dent perdue, pour des raisons de santé ou à cause d’une mauvaise hygiène dentaire par exemple.Incisives ou molaires, une grosse différenceNéanmoins, si c’est une avancée, cette prouesse est loin de convaincre tous les spécialistes. En effet, Mark Bartold de l’Université d’Adelaïde en Australie consent que ces travaux sont prometteurs mais il souligne que l’on ignore encore les facteurs qui contrôlent la forme et la taille des dents. Un vrai problème selon lui si l’on veut vraiment fabriquer des dents de cette façon. “Il ne faut pas être un génie pour se rendre compte qu’il existe une grosse différence entre les incisives et les molaires”, explique t-il cité par le New Scientist.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Cela va être très difficile parce que nous ne comprenons pas vraiment ce qui est impliqué dans ce développement”, souligne t-il. Selon lui, il serait donc compliqué de régénérer réellement des dents si l’on ne peut produire les différents types qui existent dans notre mâchoire. Une difficulté reconnue par les chercheurs chinois mais ceux-ci estiment que leur technique pourrait tout de même permettre de remplacer une dent manquante. L’urine, “l’une des pires sources” ? D’autres spécialistes eux, critiquent la source utilisée par l’équipe chinoise. En effet, pour Duanqing Pei et ses collègues, l’urine est “la source la plus pratique”. Un avis que sont loin de partager tous les scientifiques. Pour le professeur Chris Mason, chercheur à l’University College de Londres, l’urine constitue au contraire “probablement l’une des pires sources”, avec “très peu de cellules” et une “très faible” possibilité de les reprogrammer en cellules souches. De plus, des cellules d’urine présenteraient selon lui, un risque de contamination bien plus élevé qu’avec d’autres sources de cellules. Mais ces travaux constituent tout de même un point de départ intéressant. “Le grand défi ici est que les dents acquièrent une pulpe avec des nerfs et des vaisseaux sanguins dont il faut être sûr qu’ils s’intègrent pour obtenir une dent permanente”, a t-il conclu cité par BBC News. Le 31 juillet 2013 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambert
Workers at cable manufacturing organisation Prysmian Cables and Systems in Eastleigh, Hampshire, have ended a long-running industrial dispute by voting overwhelmingly for a two-year pay deal.The trade union Unite, which has 162 members within Prysmian Cables and Systems, stated that the workforce voted 85% in favour of a 2% increase for 2018, backdated to January, and a 2.5% rise for 2019.The organisation’s workers had previously rejected a 2% pay offer for the year starting January 2018. A series of 24-hour strikes took place in September and October, along with a work to rule, including an overtime ban.On 10 October 2018, workers marched into Eastleigh town centre to attend a rally addressed by Tony Burke, assistant general secretary for manufacturing at Unite.On 9 October 2018, Unite reported that production at the manufacturer had been cut by a third as a result of these instances of industrial action. Management was reported to have reduced the production target for October from 1,200 to 800 tonnes.Debbie Watson, Unite regional coordinating officer, said: “We are pleased that our members have accepted an improved offer following a campaign of industrial action. I would like to praise the solidarity our members have shown during this testing time and the big-hearted support they have received from the local community.“Our members are now working normally and Unite is looking forward to a constructive dialogue with the management as we move forward.”A spokesperson for Prysmian said: “This is an active conversation between the company and staff, and Prysmian do not wish to comment at present.”
Close United Spirits (USL) on Sunday announced that the company’s profit for the first quarter ended June 30 rose 43.6 percent even as revenues fell 0.5 percent, aiding Supreme Court’s decision to ban alcohol sales near highways.USL’s profit rose to Rs 62.9 crore for the quarter ended June from Rs 43.8 crore for the same quarter a year ago. On the flip side, the company’s revenue fell to Rs 5,847.7 crore from Rs 5,877.2 crore, corresponding quarter last year, the firm said in a filing to BSE on Sunday evening.”Performance in the first quarter, as expected, was impacted by the highway ban which has led to lower consumption due to a reduction in the number of retail outlets. We have also seen destocking by customers during the first quarter,” chief executive officer Anand Kripalu said in a statement.Net sales from USL’s popular segment, which includes brands such as Bagpiper, Director’s Special and Haywards whiskies, declined 20 percent due to its decision to take the franchisee route for this segment in a few states, the company said in its statement.Sales of higher end brands in the prestige and higher segments also declined in the latest quarter as the industry was hit by the apex court’s decision to ban alcohol near state and national highways. Sales from this segment fell 8 percent during the period, the statement further said.EBITDA stood at Rs 157 crore, declining 26 percent for the quarter ended June. EBITDA margins were at 8.8 percent, downs 162 basis points, primarily driven by a decline in net sales.”Looking forward, we expect the impact of the highway ban to continue into the second and third quarter in fiscal 2018, however, to a lesser extent. Following the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing states to denotify particular stretches of highways within city limits, we are starting to see early signs of outlets opening again, which is encouraging,” Kripalu added. Five fun facts to celebrate National Beer Day IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:53Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:52?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
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Tourico Holidays joins Hotelbeds Group (From right to left) Joan Vilà, Executive Chairman of Hotelbeds Group and Uri Argov, CEO of Tourico Holidays (Photo: Business Wire)Tourico Holidays joins Hotelbeds GroupHotelbeds Group, a global bedbank and business-to-business provider of services to the travel industry, has announced today plans for Tourico Holidays to merge with its Bedbank business unit.Commenting on the news, Joan Vilà, Executive Chairman of Hotelbeds Group said: “With the backing of Cinven and CPPIB we are entering the next phase of our development since becoming an independent company back in September.“Therefore it gives me great pleasure to announce that Tourico Holidays will join Hotelbeds Group. Tourico Holidays has a well-deserved reputation for excellence and innovation that I have respected for many years. I look forward to working with its experienced leadership team.“The proposed deal will enable us to enhance our footprint, especially in Tourico Holidays’ home market of North America whilst they will benefit from belonging to Hotelbeds Group´s global network. Together we will combine our best in class technology and distribution expertise for the benefit of both our hotel partners and clients.“For the time being, both businesses will continue as usual, focusing on our top priority: providing the best possible service to our hotel partners and clients.”Tourico Holidays’ CEO, Uri Argov added: “We´re very excited about what this deal can mean to the B2B travel industry. Tourico Holidays’ management team looks forward to bringing together these two great businesses in order to better serve our combined supplier and client base. At a cultural level, this deal is strong because our two organisations are both entrepreneurial, dynamic and high energy – and just like Hotelbeds Group, we´re passionate about what we do and focus hard on execution.”Tourico Holidays will continue to operate as an independent business while a long term strategy is developed to find the most appropriate way to combine the businesses.The transaction is subject to customary regulatory and anti-trust approvals.About Hotelbeds GroupHotelbeds Group is the world’s number one bedbank and a business-to-business provider of services to the global travel industry.Operating mainly under the Hotelbeds and Bedsonline brands, the company connects, 35,000 travel intermediaries across more than 120 source markets globally with travel providers in over 180 countries representing more than 120,000 hotels, 20,000 transfer routes and 12,000 activities.In September 2016 the company became independent under the ownership of Cinven and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). The company is headquartered in Palma, Spain and has 6,150 employees working across 150 offices globally. In the financial calendar year of 2014 / 15 Hotelbeds Group sold around 26 million room nights and achieved a Total Transaction Value (TTV) of €3.8 billion.About Tourico HolidaysTourico Holidays is a leading global travel distribution company that contracts directly with travel providers, such as hotels, flights, cruise lines, attractions, car rentals, vacation homes and more. The company works on a high volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 4,900 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology.1 This includes the top holding company of the Tourico Group and indirectly all its entities, including its holding subsidiaries, Tourico Holidays, Inc., Travel Holdings, Inc. and Tourico Holidays Spain, S.L., and the technology development Israeli subsidiary, T.G.S. Israel Development Ltd. The deal will be legally structured via the merger of the top holding company of Tourico Group (´Travel Holdings Parent Corporation´) and Hotelbeds US Holdco, Inc., Hotelbeds Group Holding´s legal entity in the United States. The merged entity will be 100% owned by Hotelbeds Group.Source = Tourico Holidays – Hotelbeds
In the midst of hurricane season, CoreLogic released its storm surge analysis for the year, counting more than 6.5 million homes at risk of hurricane damage and a total of $1.5 trillion in total reconstruction costs for these homes. Importantly, CoreLogic noted a large portion of homes susceptible to flood damage are not located within Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood zones and therefore are not required to carry flood insurance.”Fully understanding the number of homes and financial impact of sustaining storm surge damage is critically important for financial institutions, corporate entities and local governments to make better informed risk management decisions,” CoreLogic stated.Furthermore, the analytics firm said, “Recent regulatory guidelines are compelling financial services companies subject to federal stress testing to understand under-insured or uninsured risks like storm surge flooding, since exposed properties have a significant risk for default following an event.”CoreLogic identified several major metros where a high percentage of homes are at risk for storm surge damage but are not within FEMA flood zones. In the Virginia Beach metro, 86 percent of homes fall into this category. In the Philadelphia metro, the ratio is 85 percent; in Jacksonville, Florida, it is 76 percent; and in the New York metro, 68 percent of homes are at risk of storm surge damage but not required to carry flood insurance.According to CoreLogic, if a home lies outside FEMA’s flood zone, it is unlikely the homeowner has flood insurance and in fact “may not be aware of the potential risk storm surge poses to their properties.”CoreLogic warns that homeowners and financial institutions should not allow last season’s uneventful storm season to deemphasize the possible risk of damage to the millions of vulnerable properties in the country.”Though the 2013 hurricane season will be remembered for the fact that no storms made landfall along the U.S. coast, this reprieve from hurricane-related damage should not lead to complacency in preparing for future storms and the potential life-threatening conditions they can bring,” said Thomas Jeffery, senior hazard scientist for CoreLogic Spatial Solutions.Among the 19 states CoreLogic examined, the five states with the greatest number of properties at risk are Florida (2,488,277), Louisiana (738,165), New York, (466,919), New Jersey (445,928), and Texas (434,421).The five states with the highest possible reconstruction costs are Florida ($490 billion), New York ($182 billion), Louisiana ($161 billion), New Jersey ($134 billion), and Virginia ($92 billion). These values reflect the total cost of reconstruction should all susceptible homes be completely destroyed in storms this year.The total potential reconstruction cost for homes on the Gulf Coast is about half that of potential costs on the Atlantic Coast, according to CoreLogic, which calculates $545 billion in reconstruction costs along the Gulf Coast and $951 billion for the Atlantic Coast.”Storm surge data is highly useful for insurance providers and financial services companies, as it enhances the understanding of potential exposure to water damage for homes, including those that do not fall within the designated FEMA flood zones,” CoreLogic stated. July 13, 2014 499 Views $1.5T at Risk in Storm Surge Share CoreLogic Risk 2014-07-13 Krista Franks Brock in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News