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Stars Appeal To US Fish And Wildlife Service Over Killing Of Cecil

first_imgAppalled by the tragedy surrounding Cecil the lion, who was killed by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe, celebrities from around the world are urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize its proposed rule to protect African lions under the Endangered Species Act.African lions currently have no protection under U.S. law, with more than 400 lions killed every year by American trophy hunters, and trophies such as lion heads, paws and other body parts free to flow across the U.S. border in unlimited quantities from anywhere in the world.The stars write in support of efforts by The Humane Society of the United States and its global affiliate, Humane Society International. The groups first petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 for improved protections for African lions. The proposed rule would impose strict criteria for trophy imports and protect the subspecies from unsustainable hunting.Celebrities who have co-signed the statement include: Cher, James Cromwell, Edie Falco, Jorja Fox, Ricky Gervais, Joan Jett, Leona Lewis, Bill Maher, Wendie Malick, Kate Mara, Alyssa Milano, Dev Patel, Norman Reedus, Ruby Rose, Candice Swanepoel and Olivia Wilde.The statement to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service states in part: “Poachers and trophy hunters from the U.S. and other countries are driving lions to extinction. The U.S. must play its part in eliminating the threats to these beautiful animals.“In honor of Cecil, I lend my support to The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International in urging you to include African lions on the Endangered Species Act immediately.”Teresa Telecky, director of wildlife for Humane Society International, said: “It’s too late to protect Cecil from the ugly American hunter, but if we can get the United States to give African lions protection under the Endangered Species Act, then we will save Cecil’s family from the same fate.”Poachers and trophy hunters from the U.S. and other countries are driving lions to extinction. Fewer than 40,000 African lions — and possibly as few as 23,000 — are estimated to remain today. Lions exist in only one-quarter of their former range and are suffering from loss of habitat and prey.last_img read more

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Obstructing UNDRIP bill amounts to oppression and racism against Indigenous peoples says

first_imgSenator Mary Jane McCallum. Photo: maryjanemccallum.caJustin BrakeAPTN NewsCree Senator Mary Jane McCallum says too much is at stake for Bill C-262 to die on the Senate floor.The former university professor and long time advocate for Indigenous rights tells APTN News that “by obstructing the vote the senate is feeding into the cycle of manufactured violence toward Indigenous peoples by not providing them the opportunity to move forward in a positive direction.”McCallum’s comments come amid allegations by Liberal and independent senators who say Conservative senators are deliberately stalling the bill from going to committee, where it would be studied and potentially amended before returning to the senate floor for a third and final reading.If passed, the bill would compel Canada to harmonize its laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which details the global minimum standards for recognizing and respecting Indigenous rights.Last week a coalition of Indigenous and human rights groups also accused Conservative senators of preventing the bill from going to committee.Senator Don Plett, one of those alleged to have used senate rules and procedures to prevent Senator Murray Sinclair — the bill’s senate sponsor — from reading his right of final reply on April 9, has denied any antagonism to the bill’s passing second reading.Once a right of final reply is read, a bill then moves on to the next stage of the legislative process — in this case, to committee.Plett maintains that the Senate Aboriginal Affairs committee is currently dealing with government legislation — namely a pre-study of Bill C-92, which takes precedent over private members’ legislation — and therefore can’t address C-262 until it has dealt with the other bill.C-262 was introduced by Cree MP Romeo Saganash in 2016 and was passed in the House of Commons in May 2018.The next day it was read for the first time in the Senate.Its second reading has so far spanned 10 sittings over six months.Sinclair told APTN last week he feels “there’s been a lack of willingness to move” on the part of some senators.Plett told APTN last week that he knows of other senators who want to address C-262 during the second reading, but he can’t say who they are due to confidentiality.With the Aboriginal Affairs committee currently dealing with C-92’s pre-study, “why not give every senator an opportunity, if they wish to speak to it, to speak to it?” he said in a phone interview Wednesday.Senator Lillian Dyck, who chairs the committee, told APTN last week that with Bills C-91 and C-92 — the Indigenous languages and Indigenous child welfare legislation, respectfully — still in the House of Commons and the committee’s pre-study of C-92 almost complete, there may be a window of opportunity in the coming weeks for the committee to begin work on the UNDRIP legislation.“But until we actually get Bill 262 we will not actually discuss how we’re going to handle that, we won’t set up a witness list and plan when we will have people come, because we don’t have it yet,” she said.Plett said he’s “not sure why people are trying to find a hidden agenda here, that something else is happening — it isn’t.”But McCallum said the current situation, including concerns among some senators that the concept of free, prior and informed consent outlined in the U.N. Declaration would give Indigenous peoples a “veto” over resource development, needs to be understood in a broader context.Within that context, she says, all senators should be working to ensure C-262 gets to committee as soon as possible and is brought back for a final vote.For Indigenous peoples in Canada, “there continues to be no escape or protection from the adverse health and social cumulative impacts of resource extraction,” she says, explaining resource extraction “is intimately linked with the human and collective right of Indigenous women, men, children, families and community in their quest for self-determination.”She says UNDRIP rightly protects Indigenous peoples collective rights, including the right to consent to, or refuse, events that impact them.“The sad reality is that resource development continues to be taking place on our lands without our consent, and without adequate protection from the provincial or federal governments,” McCallum says. “The result is that this cycle [of] resource extraction continues to leave a group of people in a vulnerable and threatened position.”She calls the debate around whether Indigenous peoples should be afforded the right to consent “fear mongering”.“I have the right to say no, the right to say yes, and the right to say yes with conditions.”McCallum says she’s “disappointed” by the “stalling tactics” but doesn’t name individual senators.“As senators it is our duty to uphold and respect the democratic process,” she says. “This includes allowing all legislation the right to come to a vote. By denying this process this great chamber becomes a vehicle of structural violence.”Plett says once the committee has its hands free after dealing with government legislation before it, he personally would not hold up C-262 from going to committee.He also points out the Trudeau government “could have dealt with this a long time ago by making this government legislation,” and that the Liberals waivered in their support for the bill, noting former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould had called the legislation “unworkable,” before eventually supporting it.Partisanship aside, McCallum says that “for a bill that is so crucial to Indigenous rights,” passing C-262 “should be first and foremost in the thoughts of everyone’s minds and hearts.”But first it must get to committee, and then back to all senators for a vote.“The outcome of the vote is never guaranteed,” McCallum says, “but the opportunity to have it voted on is the crucial aspect. Blocking this potential advancement is unacceptable. These stall tactics are a blow to democracy and a blow to reconciliation.”She says any effort to prevent the bill’s passing “is a sign of continued oppression and continued racism to keep a group under threat while supporting others to remain in control.”Senators are on a break this week but will sit again beginning April 29, from which time there will be a total of eight weeks of sittings before they break for the summer and the fall election.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

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Indigo swings to near 40M yearly loss partly due to Canada Post

TORONTO — Indigo Books & Music Inc. widely missed expectations as it swung to a nearly $40-million net loss for its 2019 financial year, partly due to the Canada Post strike and less consumer spending in the final quarter.The Toronto-based company reported a net loss of $36.8 million or $1.35 per common share for the year ending March 30, compared with net earnings of $22 million or 82 cents per common share the previous year.Revenue for the year dropped $32.8 million or three per cent to about $1.05 billion from roughly $1.08 billion the previous year.Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon expected a net loss of $9.3 million or 34 cents per share on $1.065 billion of revenues.Comparable sales, a key retail metric, dropped 1.1 per cent.Revenue challenges arose from, among other things, a Canada Post strike, as well as a pullback in consumer spending on non-essential items in the fourth quarter.The company says net loss for the quarter amounted to $23.8 million, compared with a $10.7-million loss last year.Fourth-quarter revenues fell 7.5 per cent to $199.2 million, and comparable sales dropped 8.7 per cent.Indigo was expected to earn $3.7 million in the quarter on $210.7 million in revenues.CEO Heather Reisman says in a statement that “we have every confidence in the investments we have made, in our customers’ deep affection for our brand, and in our mission to enrich the lives of Canadians.” Companies in this story (TSX:IDG)The Canadian Press read more

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SecretaryGeneral thanks UN peacemaking official for quarter century of service

“During a distinguished career both at UN Headquarters and in the field, the diplomatic talents of Under-Secretary-General Alvaro de Soto were in high demand around the world,” Mr. Ban said in a statement released by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban also noted that Mr. de Soto’s work spanned the globe, “from El Salvador to Myanmar, Cyprus to Western Sahara, and most recently in the search for peace in the Middle East.”Since June 2005, Mr. de Soto has been serving as a Middle East envoy, a position to which he was named by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Prior to that, he was appointed as the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus in 1999.As the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for the Central American Peace Process, Mr. de Soto led the 1990-1991 negotiations that brought an end to the decade-long war in El Salvador.“The agreements he helped to broker in El Salvador not only brought a better future to the people of that country, but also became a model for UN peacemaking efforts elsewhere,” Mr. Ban said.“Mr. de Soto’s contributions to the development of UN practices in conflict mediation and resolution will be a lasting part of his legacy to the United Nations.”Before joining the UN, Mr. de Soto served Peru as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lima, at UN Headquarters in New York and in Geneva. Mr. de Soto was the coordinator and spokesman for the Group of 77 and China in negotiations on the Convention on the Law of the Sea. 7 May 2007As the Peruvian Alvaro de Soto – whose peacemaking skills were put to use in the Middle East, Western Sahara and Myanmar, among other places – concludes a quarter century of service to the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his profound gratitude to him for his contributions to the world body. read more

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Mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara extended for another year

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Council called on Morocco and Frente Polisario – the parties to the conflict in Western Sahara – to “continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue in order to enter into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations.”The resolution was adopted after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his latest report on the peacekeeping mission (known as MINURSO), recently welcomed both parties’ commitment to the process of negotiations and their willingness to engage in the preparatory informal format.But he noted that two informal meetings under the auspices of his personal envoy Christopher Ross held in August 2009 and February this year produced no movement on the core substantive issues, and more work is needed before a fifth round can be held.Mr. Ross’ efforts to promote a settlement have been “laborious,” the Secretary-General said. “Their pace and substance have been heavily affected by the parties’ reaction to events in the region and their unyielding attachment to mutually exclusive positions.”Today’s resolution called on the parties to continue the dialogue under the auspices of the Secretary-General without preconditions to achieve “a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.”Last week, the Secretary-General expressed concern about alleged violations of human rights in the Western Sahara conflict and vowed to continue to promote the rights of Sahrawis after meeting with Mohamed Abdelaziz, Secretary-General of the Frente Polisario.He reassured Mr. Abdelaziz of “the UN’s commitment to maintaining an active and balanced engagement in the search for a solution to the Western Sahara conflict that provides for the self-determination for the people of Western Sahara,” according to information released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General stated that he remains very concerned about alleged violations of human rights. He said that his Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross, and the Secretariat will continue to work to promote the human rights of Sahrawis.”Fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of Western Sahara ended in 1976. Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy while the position of the Frente Polisario is that the territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option. MINURSO was set up in 1991 to monitor the ceasefire reached in September of that year. 30 April 2010The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission tasked with organizing a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara for another year. read more

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Trump administration expected to defend tariffs on Canadian solar modules in US

TORONTO — President Donald Trump’s decision to hit imports of Canadian solar energy modules with staggering tariffs, starting this month, has sparked another court battle over the extent of his powers to push through his America First agenda.Three Ontario-based manufacturing companies are suing the U.S. government in the U.S. Court of International Trade over a Trump presidential proclamation that began imposing 30 per cent tariffs on imports of their products as of Feb. 7.Silfab Solar Inc. of Mississauga, Heliene Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie and the U.S. subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. of Guelph jointly argue that Trump has overstepped his authority under U.S. law in several ways.For one thing, they say Trump ignored the position of the U.S. International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial body that would be required to recommend global tariffs on imports of solar cells and modules — mainly from Asia.They also claim Trump disregarded an exemption for the Canadian companies, under the North American Free Trade Agreement, because they haven’t caused significant harm to the few remaining American manufacturers.They argue that U.S. law bars the president “from taking safeguard actions against a NAFTA country in this circumstance.”The Trump administration was expected to file its defence on Tuesday, as ordered by CIT chief judge Timothy Stanceu, who is overseeing the case in New York City.Trump’s move does have the support of SolarWorld Americas Inc. of Portland, Ore., one of the companies that prompted the ITC’s investigation last year, which says the president does have the authority to impose the tariffs.“SolarWorld is the last remaining U.S. producer of solar cells still in operation in the United states; the remaining U.S. cell producers have all been driven out of business by foreign imports,” SolarWorld’s lawyer said in a briefing to the court.The Canadians say the U.S. International Trade Commission concluded last year that solar cells and modules from Canada accounted for only about two per cent of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells used in the United States.They also say the commission found the Canadian imports don’t meet the threshold required for the United States to include a NAFTA country in the president’s general action against imported photovoltaic cells and modules.The Canadian companies do have supporters in the United States, including from two Minnesota state senators: Republican Paul Gazelka and David Tomassoni of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party.“In recent years, Minnesota has made significant and growing investments in the solar industry, often in partnerships with Canadian solar companies,” they wrote in a letter to the trade court.“These partnerships have resulted in the creation of jobs for Minnesotans and aided the rapid expansion of Minnesota’s solar industry.”The Minnesota briefing says Trump’s proclamation is problematic because it didn’t follow a “careful and balanced process” that the executive branch needs to follow before imposing safeguard measures on foreign imports.“The executive branch did not follow that careful process here,” it asserts.“By imposing a tariff on Canadian imports anyway, the proclamation contravenes the deliberate process Congress designed. . . . Furthermore, the proclamation has written Congress out of the vital oversight role to which the statute entitles it.” read more

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Government to look at alternative to foreign judges in probe

“But what we are saying is there are many other variations in which we can guarantee that same credibility and we are looking at those options,” the Minister said. He said that anyone can put forward opinions and recommendations but as a responsible Government the Government will take the right decisions. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says the call for international judges in the process to investigate incidents related to the war comes from the fact that the local judiciary lost credibility when the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government was in power.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told reporters today there is a call to ensure impartiality in the accountability process and international participation is one way of ensuring impartiality. read more

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Albanian president pays first official visit to UNadministered Kosovo

In a joint news conference with President Alfred Moisiu in Pristina, the capital, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Harri Holkeri said the two agreed on the need to urge the Kosovo Albanians “to travel the extra mile to ensure that they regain the trust and confidence of their Kosovo Serb fellow citizens.” Mr. Holkeri thanked President Moisiu for Albania’s “helpful intervention” in calling for an end to the violence that erupted in Kosovo in mid-March, the worst to hit the province since the UN took over its administration nearly five years ago when NATO forced the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops after fighting between Albanians and Serbs. Mr. Moisiu said Albania wanted Kosovo to progress on the path of democratization and integration. “Violence is not the path that should be followed. The necessary and productive path is dialogue. This absolutely requires the desire of both sides and all involved, and I hope that this will be achieved with the support of UNMIK,” he added, referring to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. Also today, Mr. Holkeri attended a memorial service for two United States UNMIK corrections officers killed at the Mitrovica detention centre on Saturday when at least one of five Jordanian UNMIK officers opened fire. “These deaths remind us of the dangers faced by the staff of the United Nations in the work for peace, justice and development around the world,” he said. “We must do everything to protect and preserve the integrity, solidarity and trust that United Nations staff normally extend to one another. That bond must remain inviolate. Making it so is the best tribute we could pay to these courageous individuals, and to their fallen comrades around the world.” read more

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FAO Italian cooperation launch redevelopment effort in tsunamihit Sri Lanka

In another United Nations-supported tsunami rehabilitation effort, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Italian Cooperation organization have concluded today a workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, designed to put the mechanisms in place for the development of ravaged coastal fishing communities.UN-HABITAT announced on Thursday that it and UN Development Programme had signed an agreement to help local government in Thailand with the rehabilitation planning for the areas hit by the tsunami last December.FAO said today that the workshop in Sri Lanka, which opened on 27 July, was designed to consolidate the planning tools used for the Italian Cooperation-financed project called “Integrated programme for the rehabilitation of the fisheries sector in the tsunami-affected districts of Hambantota, Ampara and Batticaloa”. With a total budget of $5.6 million, this two-year project supports tsunami-affected communities through both the rapid distribution of fishing inputs and a longer-term support for the development of sustainable fisheries-based livelihoods in 14 communities in the three districts, FAO said.It also said that around 5,000 fishers were killed by the tsunami waves in Sri Lanka and tens of thousands of others saw their houses destroyed and their means of earning a living – their boats and nets – washed away. FAO said its objective was to restore and enhance fisheries and agricultural based livelihoods to reduce vulnerability and increase self-reliance. The workshop, which opened on July 27, included 15 experts from 6 countries. Various agencies were represented including FAO, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, University of Peradeniya, STREAM Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia Pacific (Thailand), National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka, and A.P. Remote Sensing Application Centre (India).Next, three field teams composed of livelihood analysis experts will spend at least ten days in each of the selected communities. Through this exercise, the project will gain better knowledge on the capacity and strengths of people to take up livelihoods activities. Based on the outcomes of this consultation, the project will fund activities dealing with a special focus on Livelihood Diversification and Small Enterprise Development (LDED). The project will also fund pilot aquaculture projects for the selected villages. read more

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Speculation mounts ahead of Facebooks mystery press event Tuesday

by News Staff Posted Jan 15, 2013 3:45 am MDT SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Facebook’s mystery “press event” on Tuesday could reveal a more robust search feature that would intensify the competition between the social networking giant and its rival Google Inc.Facebook is holding the event at 1 p.m. ET at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. The company has not said what it plans to announce. Last week, it invited bloggers and journalists to “come see what we’re building.”The company probably won’t be showing off a new office building — unless it decided to make its invitation very literal.It’s also unlikely to be unveiling a much-rumoured “Facebook phone” — unless CEO Mark Zuckerberg has changed his mind recently. Last fall, as he’d done on numerous occasions, he publicly shot down speculation that Facebook was building its own smartphone.“It is so clearly the wrong strategy for us,” Zuckerberg said at a September technology conference in his first public interview after Facebook’s May initial public offering. “It doesn’t move the needle for us.”As far as search goes, users would likely welcome a better way to sift through Facebook for people, businesses, events and everything else available on the vast online network.The company, whose much-ballyhooed initial public offering turned out to be a disappointment, may also talk about new advertising features. Facebook has been especially focused on building up is mobile advertising business, since most of its users access Facebook through smartphones and tablets.Research firm eMarketer estimates that Facebook, the No. 2 company in the U.S. mobile advertising market, had an 8.8 per cent share last year — up from zero in 2011. That compared with No. 1 Google’s 56.6 per cent. This year, Facebook is expected to grow its share to 12.2 per cent, while remaining far behind Google.Facebook, which has been calling itself a “mobile-first” company, has been growing thanks to increased use of its mobile apps, improving ad quality and its emerging advertising network, called Facebook Exchange, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said in a recent note to investors.“Our field checks suggest that the recently launched Facebook Exchange is helping advertisers target consumers more effectively,” he said, adding that over time, Facebook will make more money from mobile ads, helped by its increasing user profile data. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Speculation mounts ahead of Facebook’s mystery press event Tuesday read more

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Canadian dollar drops nearly a cent after Bank of Canada rate decision

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 6:38 am MDT Canadian dollar drops nearly a cent after Bank of Canada rate decision Canadian dollars, or loonies, sits on their American counterparts on Sept. 20, 2007 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar pulled back nearly a full cent after the Bank of Canada’s decision to keep its key interest rate steady while lowering its forecast for inflation.The loonie dropped 0.95 of a cent to settle at 90.19 cents US.The central bank said inflation has been lower than expected and won’t return to its ideal target of two per cent until 2016 — even though the domestic economy has shown signs of improvement.Both competition in the retail industry and a lack of significant economic growth were cited as reasons for inflation remaining below target.The commentary added pressure to the Canadian currency, which has already lost more than three cents U.S. since the end of 2013.Disappointing trade and employment data has coupled with pressure from the U.S. dollar, which has risen as the U.S. Federal Reserve starts to cut back on its key stimulus measure, the massive monthly bond purchases that have kept long-term rates low.“As expected, the (Bank of Canada) statement retains a broadly dovish flavour, although the bias as before remains broadly balanced between a possible rate reduction and potential increase,” CIBC economist Peter Buchanan wrote in a note.In commodities, the February gold bullion contract slipped $3.20 to US$1,238.60 an ounce.The March crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.76 to US$96.73 a barrel. read more

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Chaos as millions in India crowd banks to exchange currency

NEW DELHI – Long lines have grown longer, scuffles have broken out and chaotic scenes are being seen across India as millions of people wait to change old currency notes that have become worthless after the government demonetized high-value bills.Angry scuffles broke out Saturday in New Delhi after ATM machines ran out of bills. Minor stampedes occurred in two places when thousands of people waiting in line surged forward to enter the building.Paramilitary troops posted at banks in some of the most congested areas of the city walked among the crowd urging people to stay calm.Earlier in the week, India’s government made a surprise announcement that all 500- and 1,000-rupee notes had no cash value in an effort to tackle corruption and tax evasion. Chaos as millions in India crowd banks to exchange currency by The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2016 1:52 am MDT Last Updated Nov 12, 2016 at 2:59 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A bank official displays new Indian currency notes of 2000 rupees before disbursing to their clients in Bangalore, India, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Delivering one of India’s biggest-ever economic upsets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week declared the bulk of Indian currency notes no longer held any value and told anyone holding those bills to take them to banks. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) read more

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Back from Afghanistan Pakistan senior UN official urges additional humanitarian funds

“It’s about laying the platform for all of the other elements of transition. If you don’t get the humanitarian right, then you don’t have anything else to build upon,” John Ging, Director of Operations, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told journalists in New York. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is “very challenging and very dangerous,” Mr. Ging said. He had arrived in Kabul, along with seven senior emergency officials, on 24 May, the day a compound of the UN-partnering International Organization for Migration (IOM) was attacked. International conferences in Tokyo on Afghanistan’s civilian needs and a separate meeting in Chicago focused on security matters respectively raised $16 billion and $4.1 billion, but humanitarian aid was not mentioned at either event, Mr. Ging noted. He reiterated his appeal to donors to redouble their focus and generosity to meet the $471 million humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan. It is currently 38 per cent funded at $179 million.The priorities for humanitarian response in 2013 are to provide more assistance to the internally displaced, who currently number 535,000 Afghans. It is also to minimize the human impact of natural disasters, particularly draught and flooding, which reoccur annually affecting a quarter of a million Afghans. The funding would also help secure better access to people in need, including for distribution of aid. Some 9 million Afghans are hungry, of that figure, 2.1 million people face severe food insecurity, Mr. Ging said. Geographically, the five provinces with the highest needs are those with the greatest insecurity: Hilmand, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Kunar and Kandahar, which Mr. Ging visited with his delegation. “In Kandahar, we saw clearly another manifestation of an anticipated economic shock,” the UN official said. A half-million young Afghans are coming into the labour force in the coming months, Mr. Ging said. Afghanistan faces a demographic bulge with over 60 per cent of its population 25 years old or younger. Afghanistan is also one of the least developed grounds ranking 175 out of 187 on the Human Development Index. Its literacy rates hover at 26 per cent, dipping to 12 per cent for women, according to figures cited in the press conference. The situation in Pakistan is also “very complex” Mr. Ging said, particularly because of a drop off in funding in recent years. The humanitarian appeal in 2010 was 70 per cent filled, but only 44 per cent filled in 2011 and 29 per cent last year. “This is again evidence of failing of the international commitment to do what we are there to do,” Mr. Ging said. “As a humanitarian organization, it is frustrating to work with productive partnerships and not be able to deliver.”The situation is especially alarming given the upcoming monsoon season which usually results in flooding. Unlike in previous years, the humanitarian community in Pakistan does not currently have the prepositioned stocks in the region to respond productively.“We know perfectly well donors have demands, locally, but given the scale of the vulnerability and the need, we need the stocks to save the lives if the floods come again this year as they have in previous years,” Mr. Ging urged. read more

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Grandmother 71 sent to top security jail after refusing councils demands over

first_imgMr Justice Newton said: “I am left with no alternative but to pass a sentence of imprisonment, however much I have made it perfectly clear.”She is now in HMP Bronzefield, a Category A prison in Surrey where previous inmates include Rosemary West.It is the latest in a series of controversies surrounding the Court of Protection, which sits largely in secret but which must publish details of any case in which it imprisons someone.The man at the centre of the case was living on his own at his house in Devon when he was diagnosed with vascular dementia. HMP Bronzefield cell HMP BronzefieldCredit:PA In 2014 he moved in with Ms K at her small home in Sussex so that she could sell his house and use the money to buy a larger property.A neighbour alerted Devon county council to the move, and in April 2015 a social worker recommended that the man should be brought back to Devon to live in a care home, and a judge ruled that he did not have the mental capacity to make decisions for himself.The council obtained a court order freezing his assets, including the house.Ms K decided to take the man to Portugal the same month, where he was hospitalised because of his dementia and moved into a care home in September last year.A series of court hearings followed over the next year, but Ms K refused to sign papers releasing him to the care of the county council.Ms K’s solicitor Shahana Begum said: “There has been a vast amount of public money wasted on this case without achieving anything that is going to be beneficial for this man. Any move at this stage is likely to result in his death.” A spokesman for Devon county council said: “In this case, Ms K wilfully refused to comply with orders of the court and such refusal gave the Judge little choice but to send her to prison.”At all times, the paramount concern for Devon county council is the welfare of the vulnerable adult for whom it has responsibility.” A cell inside Bronzefield prisonCredit:PAcenter_img HMP Bronzefield Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A 71-year-old grandmother has been sent to a maximum security prison for six months by the secretive Court of Protection after she defied a council’s demands over care arrangements for an elderly man.The 81-year-old, who lived in England for 50 years, is in a care home on the Algarve where his relatives insist he is living happily.She had not broken any laws in taking the man back to his native country, but Devon county council went to court to have him declared mentally incompetent, and a Court of Protection judge ordered her to sign papers authorising his return to the UK.When she refused to do so, saying he wanted to stay in Portugal, the Court of Protection found her in contempt of court and last month imposed a six-month jail sentence. last_img read more

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Womens OG 2012 All quarterfinalists are known from Group B

Round 3 of the Women’s Olympic Tournament in London showed all the beauties of our sport. Battle for the 1/4 finals in Group B is already finished, but in Group A is still undecided.MONTENEGRO – Angola 30:25BRAZIL – Great Britain 30:17CROATIA – RUSSIA 30:28 Standings:Brazil 6 CROATIA 4 Montenegro 4 RUSSIA 4ANGOLA 0GREAT BRITAIN 0Group ANorway – Korea 27:27France – Sweden 29:17Spain – Denmark 24:21 STANDINGS:France 5KOREA 5Norway 3SPAIN 3Denmark 2SWEDEN 0 ← Previous Story Future of Mikkel Hansen? Paris, Kiel, etc… Next Story → Men’s OG 2012 (Round 3): Scandi derby, Croatia VS Hungary… Handball in London 2012London handballWomen’s Handball Olympic Tournament read more

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Plants vs Zombies is only 340 until tomorrow

first_imgPopCap is renowned for producing games that have both pick-up-and-play as well as can’t-put-down gameplay. Who hasn’t looked up from playing Bejeweled, Chuzzle, or Peggle and wondered where that hour went?One of PopCap’s more recent instant classic is Plants vs. Zombies, and if you haven’t played it yet today is the perfect time to pick it up. The usual $9.99 price tag on Steam has been discounted 66% so it’s just $3.40. But you need to be quick, the discount is only good until 1pm EST tomorrow.AdChoices广告The basic gameplay sees you defending your home from zombies by using alien plants. Sounds simple, but it soon gets busy on screen and tests your management and zombie-killing skills.The version on offer is the Game of the Year edition. There are five games modes including adventure, mini-games, puzzle, survival, and zen garden for when you want to play with a little less stress involved. In total there’s 50 levels, 26 types of zombie to kill, 49 plant types, and a coin collection system allowing you to purchase special plants or a pet snail.Head on over to Steam and pick the game up before the price goes back up. You’ll be soiling your plants in no time.via Joystiqlast_img read more

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Elevage sélectionner les meilleures vaches laitières grâce au génie génétique

first_imgElevage : sélectionner les meilleures vaches laitières grâce au génie génétiqueAujourd’hui, grâce au génotypage, les professionnels de l’élevage peuvent, grâce à une toute simple analyse ADN, déterminer les caractéristiques d’une vache et ainsi son intérêt en tant que productrice de lait.Les éleveurs de vaches laitières prêtent un grand intérêt à la fertilité des leurs bêtes, à leur facilité à se reproduire, à la santé de leurs mamelles, à leur longévité. Jusqu’ici, pour s’assurer d’une descendance en très bonne santé et donc rentable, les éleveurs avaient pour habitude de repérer les bons taureaux en fonction du potentiel de leurs filles. Comme l’explique Laurent Journaux, chef du département génétique à l’Institut de l’élevage, il fallait donc attendre entre quatre et cinq ans que la fille grandisse pour voir si le taureau avait du potentiel. Mais les choses sont en passe de changer avec le développement du génotypage. En effet, les professionnels disposent aujourd’hui de cette méthode qui permet, grâce à une prise de sang et un prélèvement de cartilage d’oreille d’extraire l’ADN d’un taureau. Pour quelques centaines d’euros, l’ensemble des critères d’un animal peuvent être évalués, ce qui se révèle sans surprise extrêmement rentable en de nombreux aspects. Des vaches moins malades et plus performantes À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Une vache qui a moins de mammites [inflammation des mamelles] va consommer moins d’antibiotiques, donc nous coûter moins cher”, explique Sébastien Cerclé, un éleveur breton qui possède désormais 10 vaches génotypées (sur 60). Par exemple, un éleveur bio, qui n’a le droit d’utiliser qu’un nombre restreint de traitements médicamenteux, va pouvoir choisir une vache moins sujette aux mammites. De même, un animal qui met bas facilement subira moins de césariennes, ce qui préservera son potentiel de production laitière et fera économiser les coûts des interventions chirurgicales. “Le génotypage permet d’avoir des animaux plus performants et mieux adaptés aux conditions économiques”, s’enthousiasme Jean-Luc Marchand, responsable des Holstein chez Evolution, groupe coopératif spécialiste de la génétique bovine.Des profils génétiques plus variés De plus, contrairement à la sélection par lignée traditionnelle, le génotypage garantit la diversité génétique et pas seulement le niveau de productivité, souligne Laurent Journaux cité par l’AFP. “Comme on peut avoir accès au profil génétique d’un veau dès sa naissance et pour un faible coût, on teste le potentiel de beaucoup plus d’animaux. Ce qui permet d’avoir un panel beaucoup plus grand”. Pour ce scientifique, “cet outil ne présente aucun conflit d’éthique” et il fait des émules puisque “cette année, 95% des semences utilisées sont issues d’animaux génotypés”, estime-t-il.Le 14 septembre 2013 à 18:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Ronaldo will score tons of goals before the end of the

first_imgMauro Camoranesi is certain that Cristiano Ronaldo will score “tons” of goals for Juventus this seasonRonaldo failed to get off the mark in his first two Serie A games against Chievo Verona and Lazio on Saturday.But Camoranesi, who made over 200 appearances in his eight years at Juventus, feels that Ronaldo’s “explosive power, pace and technique” will prove to be a lethal combination.“We’re talking about a player who has scored more than 500 goals, with exceptional qualities,” He told Tuttosport, via Football-Italia.“Just because he didn’t score in his first two games, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s just one of those things.“He’ll score tons of goals before the end of the season. He has everything, explosive power, pace and technique.“Many teams in Italy defend with many players in their own half. This limits the space he has, so an understanding with his teammates is needed to find it, as well as his great power.“The ideal way to feed him would be to give him the ball with only one or two opponents for him to get past, but that’ll hardly happen in Italy.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Happy Sunday, Bianconeri! ????#FinoAllaFine ⚪️⚫️ #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/M9sveZP74L— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 26, 2018Camoranesi feels that the understanding in the Juventus squad is another dangerous aspect that opponents should be wary of.“What is for certain is that Juve’s players, with their qualities, won’t struggle to understand each other.“Juventus have so much quality that in attack, everyone can play with each other and everyone will be important.“Allegri will be able to make changes and keep standards high.”Ronaldo and Juventus will be back in action away to Parma for their third game of the new Serie A campaign.last_img read more

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Leicester boss keen to use solidarity to push the club forward

first_imgLeicester City boss Claude Puel has revealed he is keen to use the current feeling of solidarity at the club to propel the team forward for the rest of the season.The Leicester fans and players all said their goodbyes to late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who lost his life in a helicopter crash on October 27, during their 0-0 draw against Burnley on Saturday.Speaking after the game, Puel said, according to France24:“I think our desire in the club, with our fans, is to continue his way, of course, his dream, his work. He changed a lot the life of people in the city, in the club and all people want to continue to perform for him and for his family.”“After, it will be important every time, every game to play full games with this intensity, with this mentality but it will be hard work in training sessions because we can’t play for example until the end of the season just a game with emotion.”“We need to have his dream in our heads but also professional attitudes, every day hard work in the training sessions all the time and to give our best.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The former Southampton manager said that the international break, with Leicester’s next game not until November 24, would benefit the players and allow them to focus on training again after a difficult 14 days.He added: “For all the international players it will be a possibility to play with other teammates, I hope to think other things with their national team and I hope they will come back with… a good rest for their head.”Meanwhile, Puel also spoke about Title-winning manager who was also present to pay his respects to the late Foxes owner.“To see the former players, former managers come back to honour the chairman shows the man he was,” he said.“He was generous with his feeling,” he added.“He was always with a smile. Always he wanted people happy around him.”last_img read more

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Gold Price to Plunge to 800 an Ounce Next Year ABN Amro

first_imgGold prices may plunge to $800 an ounce by the end of next year as investors are likely to turn extremely bearish on the yellow metal prices amid a strengthening US dollar.The prices of precious metal are estimated to fall to $1,000 an ounce by December this year, from the current level of $1,140 an ounce, according to ABN Amro.A sharp decline in prices is likely to be led by a possible interest rate hike by the US central bank this year, apart from metal losing its sheen as a safe-haven asset.”We are of the opinion that gold’s safe-haven status has been reduced significantly,” Gulf News quoted the bank, as saying.In July, gold prices fell to five-year lows as expectations heightened over the US Federal Reserve starting its rate hiking cycle in September. However, the metal reversed all the losses as China opted for yuan devaluation.”The gold market has dramatically changed with the arrival of gold products that opened the market to a wider public. Gold is not only bought as a protection for uncertain times but also for speculation purposes. The latter goes completely against gold’s safe haven character and at times it more than overshadows it,” it said.But, Rolf Schneebeli — CEO of Gold Services AG — expects the bank’s projections to be “revised later” as it still too early to forecast the bullion movements for next year.Schneebeli forecasts the prices of the metal will trade around $1,080 to $1,100 by the end of this year.”Generally, I hold ABN Amro’s analysis in high esteem. However, it seems to be a very sporty prediction,” Schneebeli said.”The ABN Amro’s forecast reminds me a bit of the late 90s when the UBS analyst constantly forecast a price of below $100. It went the other direction,” he added.Karim Merchant, group CEO and managing director of Pure Gold Jewellers, however, sees chances of gold prices averaging $900 to $1,100 an ounce.”Predicting the future is always speculative. [But] with the current information that we have today, we feel that gold we will trade in the average range of $900 to $1,100.If there is a major macro economic change, anything is possible including gold going back to a bull run,” Karim said.”The price of gold is vulnerable to one last dip if, as we anticipate, the Fed presses ahead with a first hike in US interest rates soon,” said Capital Economics.Capital Economics forecasts that gold prices to trade at $1,200 by 2015-end and $1,400 by 2016-end.last_img read more

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