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NS teachers union gets strong strike mandate but says no immediate action

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s public school teachers have given their union a strong mandate to authorize an “illegal job action” over pending education reforms, the head of the province’s teachers union said Wednesday.Liette Doucet said 93 per cent of the union’s membership participated in a vote Tuesday, and 82.5 per cent voted in favour of authorizing an illegal strike or some other job action.No job action is imminent, however, she said.“The teachers of Nova Scotia sent a very powerful message and provided us with a very strong strike mandate,” Doucet told reporters gathered outside the union’s headquarters in Halifax.“They are so concerned for their students and the future of education in this province that they are willing to accept hardship in hopes that it will demonstrate to the government that the way forward is through meaningful consultation.”The union called the strike vote last week to protest the province’s decision to largely endorse a consultant’s report recommending education reforms, including the removal of 1,000 principals, vice-principals and supervisors from the union.The report by consultant Avis Glaze makes 22 recommendations, including eliminating the province’s seven English-language school boards and creating a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the profession.Doucet said the union wants Premier Stephen McNeil and Education Minister Zach Churchill to hold talks with teachers on proposed education reforms before passing any legislation.“Today, instead of announcing when job action will take place, the NSTU is inviting government to work with us,” Doucet said. “We are willing to do whatever it takes to protect the future of public education in Nova Scotia.”Churchill said both he and McNeil were interested in having further discussions and he said a letter would be sent to the union to ask for a meeting as soon as possible.But Churchill noted that in previous discussions with Doucet, the only suggestion that was brought forward was a pause to the reforms.“That’s not acceptable to me at this point because we do need to move forward with reform, our kids can’t wait,” he said. “But if there are solutions out there that we need to consider, we are very open to considering those.”Churchill was less equivocal when asked whether the government would stick to its plan of tabling legislation shortly after reconvening the legislature on Tuesday.“I don’t know at this point when we are introducing the bill and I do want to have this meeting with the union as soon as possible,” he said. “But we haven’t changed the plans in terms of legislation coming forward this spring.”The extensive reforms come a year after teachers walked off the job for a day and staged a protest outside the provincial legislature. The Liberal government eventually passed legislation ending a 16-month contract dispute with teachers, which also ended a work-to-rule job action.Doucet said if the union decides to take some kind of job action this time around, it will give parents enough notice to make alternate arrangements for their children, but she didn’t say how much time that would be.She also wouldn’t specify what kind of action the union’s executive is contemplating, although she said some options could include a strike, a rotating strike or work-to-rule.“All I am prepared to say is we are willing to talk to the government … and right now what we are asking is that they put a halt to what they are doing and that they come back and have those discussions.”Illegal strike activities could lead to specific fines of up to $300 per day for the union and up to $200 per day for a union officer or representative.However, if an illegal strike activity continues despite a labour board decision ordering employees to return to work, the penalty is up to $10,000 a day for the union and up to $1,000 a day for each teacher or individual.last_img read more

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UN urges donors to boost aid to poor countries despite economic crisis

Facing possible shortfalls in funding due to the global economic crisis, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on donors to “continue, and ideally boost, their current commitments” to help the agency pull the world’s developing countries out of poverty.“I am concerned that we may not meet our income targets for 2009 and 2010, and that we will face a continuing imbalance between contributions to regular and other resources,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said, calling on the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized countries to fulfil their oft-stated pledge to commit 0.7 per cent of their gross national income to official development assistance (ODA).She stressed that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN-endorsed targets which seek to mitigate a host of social ills ranging from poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to health and education, all by 2015, remain at the core of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. “With 2015 now barely six years away, we need an enormous focus on the MDGs,” she told a session of the Executive Board of UNDP and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “Nowhere is that more important than in Africa, especially in these challenging times when African nations and their peoples have been hit hard by the economic crisis.“As is well known, no country in sub-Saharan Africa was on track to achieve all the MDGs before the crisis. It would be a double blow if the global recession acted to reverse hard won progress towards the MDGs.”Many developing countries, facing reduced domestic revenue this year, need support to maintain budgets for basic services like health and education, vital ingredients in meeting the MDGs, Ms. Clark said. “If children are pulled out of school because of the effects of the crisis on their families and their countries’ budgets, they may never get a second chance in education. If children have poor nutrition because of the crisis, the long-term effects on their cognitive skills and productive potential are serious,” she added.“Profound economic crisis in vulnerable countries then may extend into a humanitarian crisis, and at worst precipitate instability and conflict. The consequences may take years or even decades to remedy, ultimately at a much greater cost to the international community than timely support right now.”Without secure and predictable funding, UNDP cannot plan ahead and be fully effective in helping countries reach their development goals, Ms. Clark said. “We will, however, spare no effort to meet our resource projections. We do deeply appreciate the ongoing support of our donors, and urge them to continue, and ideally boost, their current commitments. We can also consider how our donor pool could be expanded,” she added. 9 September 2009Facing possible shortfalls in funding due to the global economic crisis, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on donors to “continue, and ideally boost, their current commitments” to help the agency pull the world’s developing countries out of poverty. read more

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Talks over contested northern Iraqi boundaries make headway – UN mission

18 October 2009Talks on disputed internal Iraqi boundaries – in the oil-rich, ethnically mixed north – have made progress on measures to address concerns of local residents, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) announced today. Senior representatives of the Iraqi Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government met recently to address the needs of the people living in the areas being considered by the Task Force on Dialogue for follow-up to the UNAMI reports on the demarcations.UNAMI submitted a report to Iraqi authorities in April for each of the more than one dozen disputed districts. The mission says the reports are analytical, not prescriptive, and include a discussion paper on the future of the Kirkuk governorate, which proposes four options – all of which treat the governorate as a single entity – based on the Iraqi Constitution and requiring a political agreement among the parties, as well as some form of referendum.During recent discussions, both sides underscored the importance of maintaining the unity of the people of Iraq and the integrity of its territories, including identifying ways to resolve outstanding land and property disputes resulting from activities before and after the US-led invasion of 2003, as well as to guarantee the right of all Iraqis for the education of their children in their mother tongue.The Task Force also recognized the importance of ensuring transparent detention practices, transferring detainees to the governorates they originated from, and immediately investigating the status of missing persons. “Dialogue between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region remains critical for the stability of the country and for addressing numerous outstanding issues that are central to its functioning,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq Ad Melkert.“The United Nations is committed to supporting dialogue among Iraqis, including through development and humanitarian support in these important areas, and remains encouraged by the positive discussions taking place,” added Mr. Melkert, who also heads UNAMI. read more

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Radio documentary by Brock prof goes national

A Brock Radio program about francophone women in Niagara has been selected for national distribution, and will be heard next week on stations across Canada.CFBU 103.7 FM host Catherine Parayre — an associate professor in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as in Studies in Arts and Culture  —  produced the 28-minute segment for the national broadcast celebrating Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, an annual celebration of Canada’s membership in the Francophonie, which promotes the French language and its cultural expressions. The 2017 celebration takes place March 6-27 in communities across Canada.Parayre’s documentary has already aired on CFBU, and can be heard online at www.cfbu.ca/listen.phpThe program introduces listeners to five francophone women in Niagara whom Parayre interviewed last autumn:Lucie Huot speaks about the historic presence of francophones in Niagara.Fété Ngira-Batware Kimpiobi and Nafée Faigou, both from the Association of Francophone Immigrant Women of Niagara (SOFIFRAN) speak about their immigration to Canada, what they have left in their native countries and what they like in Niagara.Rachel Hélène Amran, an artist from Montréal, shares her efforts for a successful integration as a francophone artist.Clamenç Prades relates her experiences since she first arrived from Austria.For a list of national stations carrying the broadcast next week, go to http://www.ncra.ca/rvfLa Francophonie is an international organization representing countries and regions where French is the first or customary language and/or where a significant proportion of the population are Francophones and/or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture. Canada is one of its 57 member states.  The head of the organization is former Canadian Governor General, Michaëlle Jean.The project is funded by La Fondation canadienne pour le dialogue des cultures, and in partnership with the NCRA through Canadian Heritage. read more

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Groundbreaking new drugs give months of extra life for women suffering from

first_img Current efforts to combat the ovarian cancer mainly focus on targeted therapies which try to match interventions with certain gene types. But researchers say the new ONX-0801 drug has could be of benefit a wide cohort of women with advanced ovarian cancer who have stopped responding to other treatments…. British scientists have revealed a groundbreaking new class of drugs which gives months of extra life without side-effects for women suffering from ovarian cancer. The drug “significantly” shrunk the tumours in half of a small number of patients in a trial who were suffering from the advanced stages of the disease.center_img Researchers last night hailed the new medication as the biggest breakthrough in a decade.last_img read more

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Heroic MP Tobias Ellwood fights back tears on live TV as he

first_img“And still, we were unable to save his life. And it’s a profound regret that that happened.” Mr Ellwood’ss own brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali terror atrocity.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “From 2002 to today, extremism is still there. We are still not able to better understand why people with a scant understanding of Islam are able to be recruited with a false promise of a fast-track to paradise.”Until that is grasped, until we can better ensure that the peaceful religion of Islam is better understood – probably at a very younger age – so these people aren’t recruited, this threat will continue.”The threats faced around the world meant “the relative peace that we have had for the last three or four decades is going to be challenged”, Mr Ellwood said.”We are in a difficult time at the moment, there’s no doubt about it,” he added. Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood (centre) helps emergency services attend to a police officer keith Palmer outside the Palace of Westminster, The planned memorial was agreed following meetings with bereaved families, survivors, members of the emergency services and local councils.MPs hold minute’s silence to remember victims A tear runs down Mr Ellwood’s cheekCredit:BBC Tobias Ellwood on BBC Breakfast He told BBC Breakfast: “It was an incredible and shocking event. A normal day in Parliament, very busy, very bustling. Mr Ellwood added: “I didn’t feel I did anything more than was the product of my training and background.”I am medically trained. I saw what was going on , so I stepped forward. I was one of many people that stepped forward that day to do what we could. It’s the heroes of the police force who guarded Parliament.”But very sadly, the injuries that Pc Keith Palmer had sustained were just too complicated.”We had a wave of medics come through and then a helicopter landed in Parliament Square.   “It took me 30 seconds or so, run down towards the scene once I’d picked up my radio and battery and I went down to very close to the scene… I saw roughly what had happened.”Obviously, we were unsure what was happening, whether it was going to be like a lone wolf attack or if it was a multi, marauding attack. That’s the thing that most people were unsure about. We didn’t know whether the person was acting alone or whether he was part of a bigger team.”Video: Thousands attend Pc Keith Palmer’s funeral “The divisional bell went and MPs were migrating to the chamber then we heard a sound you never expect to hear – anywhere, let alone in Parliament – that was high-velocity gunshots that caused understandable panic and chaos.”I found myself coming out to where the incident was unfolding to find police officers, including Pc Keith Palmer, who every day deal with the public and tourists and are part of our community, had then moved into operational mode.”There was a gunline of about 30 guns, all trained towards the gates themselves.”Beyond that, that’s where I saw Pc Keith Palmer was on the ground and he was bleeding and a couple of officers were trying to help. That’s when I ran forward.”  Leader of Westminster City Council Nickie Aiken said she would join the Lord Mayor to lay flowers in Parliament Square on Thursday.She said: “This week’s anniversary will inevitably lead to feelings of huge sadness and loss for so many. But we will continue to stand together, united by what we have in common and not what separates us.”That will be the true legacy of a senseless act of violence and murderous hate. It will only make the bonds that bind us all together even stronger.” ‘He wouldn’t like any of the fuss’: Pc Palmer’s friend pays tribute to ‘modest’ officerA police officer has paid tribute to his friend and fellow officer who was killed in the Westminster attack.Pc Shaun Cartwright, who had been friends with Pc Keith Palmer for more than 10 years, said: “Keith was a very modest man.”He wouldn’t like any of the fuss. He’s just see whatever he was doing as just performing his job and doing it to the best of his ability.”The pair had previously worked together on the on the Territorial Support Group and Pc Cartwright was due to be on shift after Pc Palmer at the gates on the day of the attack. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Londoners will never forget the horrific terror attacks on our city in 2017. We will never forget the bravery of our emergency services and first responders who ran towards danger while urging the rest of us to run to safety.”And we will never forget the courage of Pc Keith Palmer, who paid the ultimate sacrifice whilst protecting Parliament.”These were not only attacks on our city and our country, but on the very heart of our democracy and the values we cherish most – freedom, justice and tolerance.”We know that families, friends and communities have their own private arrangements in place to mark this tragic anniversary, and our plans here at City Hall are intended to complement, without intruding on, individual private commemorations.”I hope these arrangements will help people to come together and remember those who were killed and injured, to show solidarity and support for their families and friends and the people whose lives have been affected by these tragic attacks.”As we enter this period of remembrance and reflection, we stand together as Londoners, united against terrorism and in hope for the future.” Tobias Ellwood on BBC Breakfast UK is dealing with ‘dark chapter’ of terrorismMr Ellwood also warned that the threats faced by the UK are not going away and involve not just terrorism, but “resurgent nations challenging the world order”.Describing how the UK is going through a “dark chapter” facing the terrorist threat, he paid tribute to the police for their work in a country “that seems to be getting more dangerous and more volatile”. Asked about how he explained the attack to his family, Mr Ellwood said: “A vivid image I have is returning home after what had happened and finding my son on the top of the stairs and he was in tears and he was on his own.”Pausing for a moment to compose himself, he added with his voice breaking: “I sat next to him and he just asked ‘why?’.”He couldn’t understand why I stepped forward, why somebody had been killed, why somebody was wielding a knife in a place he had visited many times.”All I could offer was ‘there are some bad people in the world, but there are a lot more good people and it’s the good people who win’.”As he was thanked for sharing his “raw emotions” by interviewer Charlie Stayt, a tear rolled down Mr Ellwood’s cheek.  Five innocent people were killed in Masood’s rampage – 48-year-old Pc Palmer, who was on duty at the Palace of Westminster, along with US tourist Kurt Cochran, Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31, and Britons Aysha Frade, 44, and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes, who were mown down on the bridge. Pc Keith Palmer with Staci Martin, an American tourist, 45 minutes before his death 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.center_img The five victims of the Westminster Bridge outrage: Top row: Andreea Cristea and Pc Keith Palmer. Bottom row: Aysha Frade, Leslie Rhodes and Kurt CochranCredit:Metropolitan Police #LondonUnited is projected onto the Houses of Parliament The phrase #LondonUnited will be projected on to the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Finsbury Park Mosque and Parsons Green Tube station on the anniversaries of the attacks. Tobias Ellwood is visibly emotional on BBC BreakfastCredit:BBC He told LBC that getting back to work had been “incredibly tough for an awful lot of people,” especially for those that responded first of all, and that PC Palmer’s family were “coping as best they can, like people do in terrible circumstances”. #LondonUnited is projected onto the Houses of ParliamentCredit:Mayor of London Tobias Ellwood, the MP hailed a hero after the Westminster attack, fought back tears on live television as he remembered the day terror was brought to the heart of British democracy.The Defence Minister, who tried in vain to save the life of Pc Keith Palmer after he was stabbed while on duty at the gates of the Palace of Westminster, battled to control his emotions one year on from the atrocity.Mr Ellwood became visibly upset as he recalled trying to explain to his son the terrorist outrage by Khalid Masood, who also ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.The former Army officer said the hardest part of the day was arriving home and telling the eight-year-old, who had refused to go to bed, what had happened.”All I could offer was ‘there are some bad people in the world, but there are a lot more good people and it’s the good people who win’,” Mr Ellwood told BBC Breakfast on Thursday morning .Mr Ellwood, who has medical training, had desperately tried to save Pc Palmer’s life by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and applying pressure on the wounds to stem the blood flow. He struggles to control his emotions during the interviewCredit:BBC  #LondonUnited: Memorial tribute to vicims and survivors of attacksPlans have been revealed for a memorial for victims and survivors of the four terror attacks in London last year.Well-wishers will be able to leave messages in a digital book of hope at City Hall from Thursday, a year since Khalid Masood’s attack in Westminster.Members of the public will be able to send messages to the installation – which will remain open until June – using #LondonUnited on social media, and their words will be projected on to a map of the capital.The tribute has been set up to mark the four terrorist atrocities that took place in the city last year – at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green. Tobias Ellwood (centre) helps emergency services helping Pc Keith Palmer outside the Palace of Westminster on March 22 last yearCredit:Stefan Rousseau /PA Mr Ellwood, who has lobbied within government for extra funding for the Armed Forces, said: “There are some big questions, wider questions, about what we do because this terrorist attack – non-state, caused by Daesh – they are not going away.”These attacks will continue unless we step forward and actually participate, become more pro-active in dealing with what is a very changing and dark chapter that we are enduring.” Pc Keith Palmer with Staci Martin, an American tourist, 45 minutes before his death ‘Hero’ police officers ‘defending Parliament’Mr Ellwood was walking through the Palace of Westminster when Masood ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing unarmed police officer Pc Palmer a year ago on Thursday.He praised the work of the police on duty that day: “They were the ones that were defending Parliament and us, huge tribute to them.”They get up every day, they don’t know how their day is going to unfold.”He added: “They are the heroes.” He told LBC radio: “I was getting myself changed when the alarm went off, that there’d been a terrorist attack, there’d been a large explosion in the area of Portcullis House, Westminster Bridge, so I quickly pulled on all of my kit. Today we pay tribute to PC Keith Palmer, Kurt Cochran, Andreea Cristea, Aysha Frade and Leslie Rhodes. We stand with their loved ones in remembrance and solidarity. #LondonUnited— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) March 22, 2018 Westminster Bridge Tobias Ellwood on BBC Breakfastlast_img read more

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ProBrexit number plate among hundreds banned by DVLA

Other banned plates include those with references to racist group Ku Klux Klan – UK68 KKK and drugs DR68 GGS.Some plates do evade authorities, and last year a Ford Fiesta owner was stripped of JH11 HAD – a reference to Jihad – an Islamic term for ‘struggle or fight’.At the time, the DVLA said: “We try to identify all combinations that may cause offence, and on the rare occasion where potentially offensive numbers slip through the net, steps are taken to withdraw the number.”The DVLA’s income from selling personalised registrations reached £111 million in the past financial year.A  spokesperson for the organisation said: “Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and there are over 50 million registrations available on our website. “The vast majority of registration numbers are made available but the agency holds back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.” Afzal Kahn with F1 plate Responding to a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association, the DVLA revealed the 436 banned plates include 68 OMB, A68 USE, BA68 TAD and OR68 ASM. 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. Afzal Kahn spent over a quarter of a million pounds on the registration F1Credit:Ian Nicholson/PA A pro-Brexit number plate is one of hundreds that have been vetoed by the DVLA, as new ‘68’ registrations cause headaches for authorities.More than 400 letter and number combinations have fallen foul of the DVLA’s guidelines which ban registrations it feels “may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.”The number plate: ‘EU68 BAD’ will not be seen on the streets of Britain, or indeed continental Europe, after it was decided not to be made available for circulation.With more than five million personalised number plates sold by the DVLA in the last 30 years, motorists often get creative when trying to spell out words or phrases.The Shakespeare-inspired number plates ‘2 BE and ‘Not 2B’ were last seen on an Aston Martin and Range Rover parked in a driveway in Chelsea. They are believed to be owned by a property developer and his wife.Businessman Afzal Kahn bought the number plate F1 a record breaking £375,000 in 2008.The “68” registrations which became available on September 1 caused a number of issues for the DVLA, as the 6 can represent B, G, C or S, while the 8 can also represent B. read more

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NHS will roll out electronic prescribing to curb global health emergency of

Medics will be ordered to cut use of antibiotics by 15 per cent by using electronic prescribing.Health chiefs have drawn up the plans amid warnings that antibiotic resistance now poses as great a threat as climate change.Matt Hancock will on Thursday tell the World Economic Forum in Davos that “we are on the cusp of a world where a simple graze could be deadly”.Calling for it to be treated as a “global health emergency” he set out targets to cut use of the drugs across the country by 15 per cent within six years.Simon Stevens, head of the NHS, said much of the change would be achieved by the rollout electronic prescribing across the health service.The software means doctors are alerted to the most appropriate drugs for any condition, sparing them for when they are most needed. It also means health officials can detect areas that are doling out the most antibiotics – and put pressure on medics to cut down. In his speech on Thursday, Mr Hancock will also unveil plans to reduce the number of resistant infections by 10 per cent by 2025.The targets mean 5,000 fewer drug-resistant infections and at at least 15,000 fewer total healthcare-acquired infections a year. But the number of drug-resistant bloodstream infections has increased by 35 per cent from 2013 to 2017.Chief medical officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said: “The threat of antimicrobial resistance cannot be overstated – without intervention it is not an exaggeration to say that we could return to the dark ages of medicine.”Under the plans, health officials will explore how a new payment model could incentivise firms to develop drugs that will treat high priority resistant infections. 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. On Wednesday night Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The increase in antibiotic resistance is a threat we cannot afford to ignore.“It is vital that we tackle the spread of drug-resistant infections before routine operations and minor illnesses become life-threatening.”Government data shows that, since 2014, the UK has cut the amount of antibiotics it uses by more than 7 per cent and sales of antibiotics for use in food-producing animals has dropped by 40 per cent. He will say: “Imagine a world without antibiotics. Where treatable infections become untreatable, where routine surgery like a hip operation becomes too risky to carry out, and where every wound is potentially life-threatening.“What would go through your mind if your child cut their finger and you knew there was no antibiotic left that could treat an infection?“This was the human condition until almost a century ago. I don’t want it to be the future for my children – yet it may be unless we act.”The Health Secretary will say he “could not look my children in the eyes” if he was not doing all he could to tackle the urgent threat.“Antimicrobial resistance is as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare. That’s why we need an urgent global response,” he will tell the forum. read more

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Taranis submits joint permit applications for 10000 t bulk polymetallic sample at

first_imgTaranis Resources Inc has achieved a major development milestone at Thor, filing a Joint Application under the Mines Act and Environmental Management Act with the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Approval of the joint application will position Taranis to become the next producing mine in the Kootenay area of British Columbia, and unique in the application of on-site ore concentration in Western Canada.The application outlines detailed plans to construct a processing facility onsite that will pre-concentrate polymetallic ore from the Resource. Pre-concentration of ore drastically reduces the amount of material that must be transported from the mine site for subsequent upgrading. High-grade concentrates will be processed at a hydrometallurgical plant for further upgrading before being sent to a smelter for refining. The concentrate will contain silver, gold, lead, zinc, copper and indium. Processing 9,500 t of polymetallic ore plus 500 t of monometallic gold ore are expected to yield enough valuable data to move forward into full-scale mining at Thor.Metallurgical testing of the polymetallic Resource has determined that it is suitable for upgrading by gravity. Gravity concentration technologies have evolved rapidly in the past decade and have unique applicability to mining operations at Thor. The proposed facility exhibits 95% conservation of water resources and has minimal footprint on the environment. The picture shows an overview of the plant facility at True Fissure mill siteThere have been two historic operating mines at Thor, and both operations sought to fully process ore directly on-site. Taranis has opted to take a radically different approach using new technology that incorporates minimal infrastructure on-site. The process is also expected to have a major impact on Resource calculation, as the system can process low-grade ore and upgrade it directly on-site.Some key elements that have been undertaken for the Joint Application include:Periodic water chemistry and stream sediment baseline sampling in the True Fissure and Broadview Creek watersheds commencing in 2017Topographic and geophysical surveys over the proposed location of the mill site (the old True Fissure mill site)Two years of weather station monitoring to examine long-term local weather trends that play a role in mining and engineering operationsExtensive metallurgical and environmental testing of ore from two available stockpiles on the property that will be processed in the gravity separation plantEngineering considerations of design and plant site location selection and water management and engineering design of on-site storage facilities for waste rock.John Gardiner, President and CEO of Taranis Resources states “The Joint Application is a major milestone at Thor for all. As an exploration and mining company that values forbearance and responsible development, we have taken steps to formulate a plan that will see successful commercial development of Thor. While the bar is set very high for mine development in British Columbia, the Joint Application that we have designed is a very thorough and well thought-out plan that is data driven. Since acquiring the property in 2006, we have advanced Thor to a point where it now has over 250 drill holes and it is our hope that we will start producing valuable mineral concentrates with the successful implementation of the Joint Application and its successors”.last_img read more

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Keith Andrews hopeful Stephen Kelly will work way back into Traps plans

first_imgIRELAND MIDFIELDER Keith Andrews tonight admitted it would have been preferable for any disagreement between Giovanni Trapattoni and Stephen Kelly to remain private.The Reading defender is currently exiled from the Irish set-up in the wake of a very public falling-out last month.The row came to a head in the aftermath of Ireland’s 2-0 win against Poland when Trapattoni was asked if Kelly would be considered for next month’s qualifiers against Sweden and Austria. The Italian questioned Kelly’s international commitment and claimed that the Reading man did not want to be involved with the national team unless he was guaranteed to play. That prompted the Dubliner to issue a now infamous statement.“Well, obviously Stephen was left out of the friendly last month against Poland,” Andrews told Tommy Martin on TV3 tonight.“The manager and himself have had their differences. This is a sticky one for me because Stephen is a good friend of mine but I have loyalty for the manager obviously.”He continued: “You would have hoped it would have stayed private. [B]ut it’s not as if there was a row on the training ground or anything that dramatic and hopefully we can see him back pretty soon.”This week, former Ireland international and Kelly’s Reading colleague, Ian Harte, told Daniel McDonnell: “I’ve seen Stephen Kelly’s phone, pretty much every one of the Reading lads have seen it, and we’re thinking: ‘What’s going on’? If the press were to see the full text, that would be the end of Trap.”VIDEO: Porto take narrow lead into second leg against Malaga thanks to this goalGame over? Bristling Bayern in the driving seat as Arsenal outclassedlast_img read more

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Lignes à très haute tension lAfsset recommande la prudence quant à lexposition

first_imgLignes à très haute tension : l’Afsset recommande la prudence quant à l’exposition des enfantsFrance – Après avoir analysé les résultats de plusieurs études sur les liens entre leucémie infantile et exposition à certains champs électromagnétiques, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de l’environnement et du travail (Afsset) recommande la prudence.L’Afsset déconseille d’installer des établissements destinés à accueillir des enfants à proximité immédiate des lignes à très haute tension. Elle recommande également de ne pas implanter de nouvelles lignes près de ce type d’établissement.Après avoir analysé plusieurs études liant l’exposition aux champs électromagnétiques d’extrêmement basses fréquences et les leucémies infantiles, l’agence estime qu’il est nécessaire d’approfondir cette question pour clarifier l’impact sanitaire des lignes à très haute tension. Si certaines études ont révélé des “associations statistiques claires (…) aucune étude biologique n’a démontré un mécanisme d’action explicitant la survenue de ces leucémies” souligne l’Afsset dans son rapport.L’agence demande que soient mises en place des “analyses épidémiologiques plus fines avec une meilleure caractérisation de l’exposition”. Et dans l’attente des bilans de ces analyses, elle préconise qu’une zone d’exclusion d’au moins 100 mètres soit créée autour des lignes à très haute tension pour la construction de certains établissements tels que les crèches, les écoles et les hôpitaux.Le 12 avril 2010 à 10:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Permanent Secretary of Border Control and Labour awarded an OBE in New

first_img Related Items:clara gardiner, donhue gardiner, governor peter beckingham, ministry of border control and labour Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voters More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jan 2015 – The Governor’s Office is pleased to announce that Mrs Clara Gardiner, the Permanent Secretary of Border Control and Labour, received an OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year Honours this month. The Award was for Mrs Gardiner’s services to immigration issues in the Overseas Territories, and Turks and Caicos in particular.Speaking about the Award HE The Governor Peter Beckingham said this week: “ I was delighted to read in the New Year’s Awards that Clara Gardiner was honoured with an OBE. I have seen a good deal of Clara’s work, not least when there have been the threats of illegal immigration from chartered sloops arriving in TCI. She is evidently a dedicated and resourceful member of the Public Service. Her Award is a tremendous recognition of the work that she, and many members of the Immigration service, do for Turks and Caicos”.The Minister of Border Control and Labour, The Hon Don Hue Gardiner, joined the Governor in welcoming this Award. The Minister said: “I am thrilled that my Permanent Secretary has received this distinction . It is a great honour to her, the Department and TCI, and a mark of her hard work and perseverance in a challenging environment.”Mrs Gardiner will be invited later this year to Buckingham Palace to receive the Award from Her Majesty or another member of the Royal Family.The Governor and Jill Beckingham received a private Audience with Her Majesty The Queen last December. Immigration Officer Deandra Dames Receives Star Awardlast_img read more

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Salah Mane Aubameyang nominated for 2018 CAF Player of the

first_imgLiverpool strike duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are the three finalists for the 2018 CAF Player of the Year award along with Pierre-Emerick AubameyangLast year’s winner Salah will be looking to add another to his growing collection of individual accolades following a breakthrough debut campaign at Liverpool.The Egyptian superstar scored 44 goals in 52 games across all competitions last season and set a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a 38-game campaign.Salah’s team-mate Mane, who finished runner-up in 2017, also impressed at Anfield and scored in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.The Senegal international, who has found the net eight times in 18 league games this term, has formed part of a devastating strike partnership with Salah and Roberto Firmino for the Reds.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Burnley FC at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Meanwhile, Aubameyang has had a sensational start to life at Arsenal following his club-record £56m arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The Gabon striker, who won the CAF Player of the Year in 2015, is level with Salah and Harry Kane as the league’s top scorer on 13 goals.The CAF announced on Twitter Aubameyang, Salah and Mane as finalists for the 2018 Player of the Year award as a result of their achievements over the past 12 months.The winner will be announced in a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, next week.The Final 3 nominees for the African Player of the Year 2018 has been revealed, Who will be the King of Africa? @Aubameyang7 @10SadioMane @MoSalah #Final3 #AiteoCAFAwards18 pic.twitter.com/uAZ5BilxKA— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 1, 2019last_img read more

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REMINDER Registration For 20192020 Faith Formation CCD Program At St Thomas St

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Parish of the Transfiguration (St. Thomas and St. Dorothy) of Wilmington is currently accepting registration forms for its 2019-2020 Faith Formation program for Grades 1-10.Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis and registration ends on June 30, 2019. The registration form can be found HERE.The churches are always looking for volunteers to help with the program.For more information or any questions, please contact Diane Garrity at dianeg@parishofthetransfiguration.org.(NOTE: The above announcement is from The Parish of the Transfiguration. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRegistration Now Open For 2019-2020 Faith Formation (CCD) Program At St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’sIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, June 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”last_img read more

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New bill seeks to address conflicts of interest within Legislature

first_img“Is there motivation in any way to alienate or target anyone associated with the oil and gas industry?” Reinbold asked.Grenn said he was motivated by increasing transparency.The League of Women Voters supported the bills.League member Margo Waring read a statement from League President Pat Redmond. The sign outside the Anchorage Legislative Information Office, March 4, 2016. (Photo by Megan Ahleman)When Alaska legislators or their immediate family members financially benefit from bills, the lawmakers declare they have a conflict of interest.Listen nowBut as long as one other legislator objects, the person with the conflict is still required to vote.Anchorage Representative Jason Grenn wants to change that to requiring a majority of members to agree to the objection.He’s proposed two bills that would make it harder for people to vote on issues that might financially benefit themselves.“There’s no target with this bill outside of wanting to build public trust and add transparency to what we do as 60 members of the Legislature,” Grenn said.Grenn is an independent who caucuses with the mostly Democratic House majority. He said Alaska is the only state in the country that makes it so easy for lawmakers with conflicts of interest to vote.Grenn said he’s sensitive to conflicts of interest because he resigned as manager of Alaska Community Foundation’s Pick.Click.Give. program — due to a perceived conflict of interest — after he was elected.Republicans have met the bills with skepticism, saying it unfairly targets legislators who work for oil and gas companies.Eagle River Representative Lora Reinbold noted that some members of the House majority want to change oil and gas tax policies in a way that would require the companies to pay more. She asked Grenn about that during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Jan. 27. “We often hear supporters of the current practice say that to not vote is to deprive district of its voice,” Waring said. “The answer to that is that a vote cast under a cloud also deprives voters of knowing that the vote was cast for the benefit of the district and the state.”Former lawmaker Mike Bradner helped write the rule that allows those with conflicts of interest to vote. He said the new bills present practical challenges.“I consider my senator obligated to vote, whether I like his vote or note,” Bradner said. “Now, at election time, I may take a different view.”Bradner would like to see the rules stay like they are: Members declare their conflicts. They are allowed to vote. And those conflicts are covered by the news media.One of Grenn’s bills, House Bill 44, would change the law, while the other, House Concurrent Resolution 1, would change House rules.The bills could be discussed by the Judiciary Committee again as soon as Jan. 30.last_img read more

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Warangal Call to protect child rights

first_imgWarangal: The onus is on every citizen to protect the rights of children, Warangal District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Secretary J Vikram said. Speaking at a workshop on ‘Sensitisation Meeting on Child Rights’ jointly organised by the DLSA, FMM Social Service Society and Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) here on Tuesday, he elucidated the rights of children guaranteed by the Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. The meeting was presided over by FMM Social Service Society Director Sister Rejina Chinnappa. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us “People should start treating child rights on par with the human rights. Be passionate about the child rights rather than being compassionate,” Vikram said. The responsibility is on entire society to protect the rights of children, he added. The institutions that looking after the protection of child rights need to work wholeheartedly to prevent the child marriages, child labour and child trafficking, Vikram said. He said that DLSA had taken suggestions from all the departments concerned in regard with the implementation of child protection activities. The DLSA would extend its full support to those departments protecting the child rights, he added. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Resource persons – Bachpan Bachao organisation State coordinator M Devaiah and A Venkateshwarlu – explained the roles of various departments in regard with child rights protection. Warangal Urban District Welfare Officer (DWO) M Sabitha, Additional DCP Venkat Laxmi, Human Trafficking unit Inspector K Nageshwar Rao, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Chairman Mandala Parashuramulu, Childline State Coordinator Ramesh, GAA Coordinator Bathula Karuna, project officer Erra Srikanth, CWC members Vanam Balraju, Konda Manjula and officials from education, ChildLine, labour department took part in the programme.last_img read more

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Gold Gets 1 boost on Greek Crisis Fears Stocks Slump

first_imgGold jumped 1 percent on Monday as investors sought safety in the metal after the Greece debt crisis took a turn for the worse over the weekend, with Athens looking more likely to default and exit the euro zone.FUNDAMENTALSSpot gold was up nearly $11 to $1,185.20 an ounce by 0030 GMT, after reaching $1,186.91 earlier in the session, its highest in nearly a week.U.S. gold futures also jumped 1 percent to a session high of $1,187.60.Bailout talks between the Greek leftwing government and foreign lenders broke down over the weekend and the European Central Bank froze vital funding support to Greece’s banks, leaving Athens with little choice but to shut down the system to keep the banks from collapsing.The failure to reach a deal with creditors leaves Greece set to default on 1.6 billion euros of loans from the International Monetary Fund that fall due on Tuesday. Athens must repay billions of euros to the ECB in the coming months.The impending default on the IMF loans leaves Greece sliding towards a euro exit and also carries broad implications for the global financial system. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras late on Friday surprised creditors by calling a snap referendum on what he said were the unacceptable terms offered to keep the country from bankruptcy.U.S. stock futures and the euro fell almost 2 percent in early Asian trade on Monday. Asian shares look set to open lower, despite the Chinese central bank’s monetary easing on Saturday. [MKTS/GLOB]The slump in global equities sent investors rushing towards safe-haven assets such as gold and the Japanese yen.Silver climbed about 1 percent along with gold, while platinum and palladium also edged up.Elsewhere, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data on Friday showed speculators upped a bullish bet in COMEX gold futures and options and switched to a net short position in silver in the week ended June 23.SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.25 percent to 711.44 tonnes on Friday.last_img read more

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Jailed Reuters reporters win Pulitzer Prize

first_imgDetained Reuters journalist Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sit beside police officers as they leave Insein court in Yangon, MyanmarREUTERS/Ann Wang [Representational Image]Reuters won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, one for revealing the massacre of 10 Muslim Rohingya men by Buddhist villagers and Myanmar security forces, and another for photographs of Central American migrants seeking refuge in the United States.The awards marked the second year in a row that Reuters has won two Pulitzers, the most prestigious prize in American journalism. Reuters has won seven since 2008.Two of this year’s honorees have been jailed for 490 days in Myanmar for their role in uncovering the killings.”While it’s gratifying to be recognized for the work, public attention should be focused more on the people about whom we report than on us: in this case, the Rohingya and the Central American migrants,” Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said.In other categories, coverage of mass shootings in the United States and investigations into US President Donald Trump featured prominently. The New York Times and the Washington Post also took two Pulitzers each.Reuters and the Associated Press were both awarded prizes for international reporting, with the AP winning for its coverage of war atrocities in Yemen.The Reuters award was for an investigative report that revealed the massacre of 10 Rohingya at the village of Inn Din, in the heart of the conflict zone of Rakhine state in Myanmar.Two young Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, both Myanmar citizens, found a mass grave filled with bones sticking out of the ground. They went on to gather testimony from perpetrators, witnesses and families of victims.They obtained three devastating photographs from villagers: two showed the 10 Rohingya men bound and kneeling; the third showed the mutilated and bullet-ridden bodies of the same 10 men in the same shallow grave.In December 2017, before Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo could complete their story, they were arrested in what international observers have criticized as an effort by authorities to block the report. The report, “Massacre in Myanmar,” was completed by colleagues Simon Lewis and Antoni Slodkowski and published in February of last year.In September, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years imprisonment for violating the country’s Official Secrets Act.”I’m thrilled that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues have been recognized for their extraordinary, courageous coverage, and our photojournalists for their moving pictures that show humanity defying huge obstacles,” Adler said. “I remain deeply distressed, however, that our brave reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are still behind bars.”BORDER IMAGESIn the breaking news photography category, 11 Reuters photographers contributed pictures to “On the Migrant Trail to America,” a package of images showing asylum-seekers and other migrants from Central America at the US border.One photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon showed migrants fleeing tear gas launched by U.S. authorities into Mexico at the San Diego-Tijuana border. In the image, a mother grabs her twin daughters by the arm, one in diapers and wearing rubber sandals, the other barefoot, as a teargas canister emits its fumes.In another image, an aerial photo, Mike Blake was the first to photograph the detention facility in Tornillo, Texas, where children walked in single files, like prisoners.Goran Tomasevic captured an image in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a city with one of the highest murder rates in the world, of a rooster, scratching in the dirt next to the slain body of a Barrio 18 gang member. Tomasevic was a previous finalist for his pictures of the war in Syria.MASS SHOOTING COVERAGE HONOREDThe New York Times won a prize for explanatory reporting of Trump’s finances and tax avoidance and another for editorial writing by Brent StaplePost’s Lorenzo Tugnoli won the feature photography prize for images of the famine in Yemen and the newspaper’s Carlos Lozada also won for criticism.The Wall Street Journal won the national reporting prize for uncovering Trump’s secret payoffs to two women during his campaign who claimed to have had affairs with him.Coverage of mass shootings in the United States was also recognized four times.The South Florida Sun-Sentinel won the public service award for “exposing failings by school and law enforcement officials before and after the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” the Pulitzer board said. Seventeen people died in the massacre at the Parkland, Florida, high school on Feb. 14, 2018.The staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won the breaking news prize for its coverage of “immersive, compassionate” coverage of the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that killed 11 people on Oct. 27, 2018.Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy, upon announcing the winners, also offered admiration for a non-winner: the staff of the Eagle Eye student newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for its coverage of the killings.The Pulitzer board also awarded a special citation to the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Maryland, for “their courageous response to the largest killing of journalists in US history in their newsroom.” A gunman shot and killed five people there on June 28, 2018.last_img read more

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Meghan Markle accused of desecrating Princess Dianas memory fans furious with Duchess

first_imgMeghan Markle is seen ahead of her visit with Prince Harry to the iconic Titanic Belfast during their trip to Northern Ireland on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United KingdomCharles McQuillan/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle may have landed herself in hot water yet again. The Duchess may have already squandered the goodwill she had earned for her charitable works as a Duchess.Reportedly, Meghan has been criticised for making major changes to Princess Diana’s engagement ring, with one royal expert claiming the jewellery was “a piece of history, not a fashion accessory.”Reports have recently emerged that Meghan Markle had made significant changes to the engagement ring given to her by now-husband Prince Harry. She initially had kept the ring the same. But in her last two appearances, eagle-eyed experts and royal fans have spotted the changes made to the band. Minor alterations to jewellery might not seem like a big thing, but when it comes to pieces that were once Princess Diana’s fans and observers may not take too kindly to Meghan’s modifications. And it looks like that is exactly what happened.According to The Sun, Prince Harry designed the ring himself and it featured two of his mother Diana’s diamonds. The change in question is a significant one, the ring now features a thin micro-pave band. Reportedly, the original design was a solid yellow gold one. Prince Harry customised the engagement ring for his fiance Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThe ring was mentioned in the Royal couple’s first interview after confirming their engagement. During the interview, Harry had said that the ring was obviously yellow gold because that’s her favourite and the main stone itself was sourced from Botswana. He went on to say that the little diamonds on either side were from his mother’s jewellery collection, to make sure that she was with them on this crazy journey together.Meghan added: “Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of Princess Diana’s stones and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.”It looks like Meghan may not have believed the significance of the ring. Or maybe she believes that minor alterations are not a big deal.last_img read more

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