Longawaited 60s Scoop class action began Tuesday adjourned to December

first_imgDelaney WindigoAPTN National NewsHundreds of Indigenous people from across Ontario rallied Tuesday in Toronto ahead of a landmark court hearing on whether the Canadian government robbed them of their cultural identities during a two-decade period in which Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families.Some, who travelled for as long as two days to attend, listened as speakers denounced the ’60s Scoop and what they called the “cultural genocide” perpetrated by the government against Indigenous people. Speakers called the practice a deliberate effort to assimilate the children.“I just want to say to Canada: We will not allow the harm of our children. We need to bring our children home, the ones that were lost, the one’s that were stolen,” lead plaintiff Marcia Brown Martel told the crowd.“(It’s) such a harm and injustice as a human being to have our children taken from us.”Martel, a member of the Temagami First Nation near Kirkland Lake, Ont., was one of an estimated 16,000 Indigenous children who ended up in non-Indigenous homes. She later discovered the Canadian government had declared her original identity dead.The ’60s Scoop depended on a federal-provincial arrangement that operated from December 1965 to December 1984. The $1.3-billion class action argues that Canada failed to protect the children’s cultural heritage, with devastating consequences to victims.“Treaties do not give you permission to take our children,” Regional Chief Isadore Day said.Following the rally, the crowd marched behind traditional drummers to the nearby courthouse, where they filled the courtroom, to listen as their lawyer, Jeffery Wilson, called on Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba to decide the case, which began in early 2009, based on the evidence he already has.The unproven claim – it seeks $85,000 for each affected person – alleges the children suffered emotional, psychological and spiritual harm due to the devastating loss of a cultural identity that Canada negligently failed to protect.The ’60s Scoop, which occurred without any consultation with First Nations, may have been part of the government’s hidden agenda to “remove the savage Indian from the child,” Wilson told court, but what exactly motivated the “abomination” is not clear.By robbing the children of their First Nations identities, Wilson said, they were denied the kind of crucial cultural and language experience other Canadians take for granted. The harm is “profoundly ongoing,” he said, even if the events in question are now historical.“A moral calamity occurred,” Wilson said.Canada, which has tried on several occasions to have the case thrown out, argues among other things that it was acting in the best interests of the children and within the social norms of the day.As had been previously agreed, Belobaba adjourned the hearing until Dec. 1, when the federal government will make its case – if it does not decide in the interim to try to negotiate a deal to settle out of court.Last week, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said she would like to see that happen, a theme picked up on at the morning rally. Speakers, including New Democrat Charlie Angus, urged the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau to be on the “right side of history” and make good on his promise of a new era in Canadian-Indigenous relations.Before court ended, Wilson cited a few words in Algonquin which he spelled out.“Ati kati ci wepik,” he said. “We must never let this happen again.”In an interview, Glen Hare, deputy grand council chief of the Anishinabek Nation, said he planned on doing his part to ensure it doesn’t happen again. His one regret, he said, is once having signed adoption papers for one of his band’s babies, who he believes was taken abroad.“I will never sign another adoption, I don’t care who it is. You can lock me up first or shoot me,” Hare said. “Our kids are not for sale, that’s the bottom line.”— with files from the Canadain Presslast_img read more

Homeless Man Attacked With Knives and Set on Fire in Casablanca

Rabat – A shocking video has surfaced online showing a homeless man  brutally attacked and set on fire last week in Casablanca.The incident allegedly occurred in the neighborhood of Racine, in downtown Casablanca on Friday.In the video posted by Hespress, the victim is seen surrounded by five men, before they attacked him with swords and knives.Afterwards, the attackers doused the homeless man with a flammable liquid and set him on fire, leaving him seriously injured. . According to the same source, the victim remains at the University Hospital Ibn Rushd with second and third degree burns.Casablanca police issued a statement on Sunday saying that the attackers who are believed to be homeless men too, were under the influence of hard drugs.This criminal aggression “could be linked to a dispute between the suspects and the victim on the possession of a narcotic substance,” the statement said.Police arrested all of the attackers on Sunday, after one of them was identified in the viral video. The suspects were found with swords and knives in their possession, as well as more than 50 liters of flammable liquid.According to the official statement, the attackers remain in custody and will be brought to justice once the investigation is completed. read more

UK leader under pressure to take nodeal off table

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a revolt from members of her own government as lawmakers try to prevent her from taking Britain out of the European Union in a month’s time without a divorce deal.Three junior government ministers write in Tuesday’s Daily Mail that they will vote with lawmakers from all parties to stop a no-deal departure unless May agrees to delay Brexit and guarantee “we are not swept over the precipice on March 29.”May has insisted Britain will leave the EU on schedule, even though she still hasn’t reached an agreement that can win parliamentary approval.The main opposition Labour Party on Monday took a step to back calls for a referendum on the Brexit deal as a way to break the deadlock.The Associated Press

Use cash not credit Privacy watchdog warns legal cannabis buyers

OTTAWA — Canada’s privacy watchdog is warning marijuana users to pay with cash rather than plastic if they’re worried about the collection of their personal information.In a statement posted on his website, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien says pot sellers and buyers need to better understand their privacy rights and obligations and has suggested a number of guidelines.Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien “Cannabis is illegal in most jurisdictions outside of Canada. The personal information of cannabis users is therefore very sensitive,” Therrien said.“Some countries may deny entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis, even lawfully.”Some Canadians have been barred for life from entering the United States after admitting to using cannabis or being involved in the legal industry.Therrien suggests buyers can avoid the collection of their personal information by using cash instead of credit cards when buying pot from legal retail outlets.However this option is currently not available to Canadians who have little choice but to buy online because some provinces have only a limited number of retail stores or, in the case of Ontario, no retail outlets at all for several more months.Armoured trucks to dehumidifiers: next wave of cannabis companies do everything but grow cannabisAlberta receives only fifth of the marijuana it ordered as country-wide shortage worsensCrop failures, bankruptcies and U.S. competition: Why 2019 could be a complicated year for cannabisThe Ontario Cannabis Store has already reported a privacy breach through Canada Post that affected approximately 4,500 individuals last month. Information from about two per cent of customer orders was accessed by a person using a Canada Post delivery tracking tool. The incident was reported to Ontario’s privacy commissioner.Therrien says cannabis purchasers should further guard their privacy by not providing retailers with more personal information than necessary, other than what is legally required to verify their age.Video surveillance in pot shops should only be used if less privacy intrusive measures cannot be met, Therrien says. If retailers do use video surveillance, they must notify individuals with signage clearly visible to anyone before entering the store.Cannabis stores should also only collect email addresses, and not customer names, for mailing lists or memberships, he added.“Private organizations are required by law to develop policies and practices to meet their responsibilities under the (law),” Therrien says in the statement.“The best way of ensuring (compliance) is for management to emphasize that protection of personal information is a company priority and to ensure that all staff are trained in, understand, and follow the privacy policy in everyday transactions.” Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS read more

New UN report reveals obstacles to combat impunity for conflictrelated sexual violence

“What’s the point of saying what happened to me? No one will be able to help and no one will be able to find those who did it. No one will punish them,” one survivor of sexual violence quoted in the report said. The report, issued today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), also revealed that beatings and electrocution on the genitals, rape, threats of rape and forced nudity were used to punish, humiliate or extract confessions. In the territory controlled by armed groups, sexual violence was also used to compel people in detention to hand over property or to do as the perpetrators demanded, as an explicit condition for their release. The majority of the documented cases happened when people, both men and women, were detained by either Government forces or armed groups. “[…] he told me that if I refused to write, perpetrators would bring my […] daughter in and will make me watch how they take turns one after another to rape her. After that I filled in eight pages with the text they dictated to me,” read the report, citing a woman who was detained on conflict-related charges. “The investigation and conviction of perpetrators of sexual violence is vital for the victims who are entitled to justice and redress,” said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, underscoring that doing so can also have a decisive impact in preventing such crimes. “Impunity encourages the criminals, for that is what they are, to continue.” Furthermore, the report also noted that deteriorating economic situation, particularly in conflict-affected regions, combined with a breakdown of community ties due to conflict and displacement, has led some people to use harmful survival strategies and coping mechanisms that may increase the risk of sexual violence and trafficking. The report was prepared by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) – deployed to the country in in March 2014 upon the invitation of the Government of Ukraine – and looks at the period from 14 March 2014 to 31 January this year and covers all territory of the country, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, with a special focus on the eastern regions, parts of which are under the control of armed groups.Lack of support for victims further complicated by restrictions placed by armed groups The report also draws specific attention to the lack of support for victims, especially in areas of Donetsk and Luhansk controlled by armed groups. Furthermore, medical professionals and state institutions throughout the country lack the specific knowledge and skills needed to deal with survivors of torture and conflict-related sexual violence. In this situation, civil society organizations are stepping in through donor-funded programmes, as well as by various UN agencies and international organizations to offer support to the victims. However, these are mostly confined to urban areas and there is little or no assistance available in smaller towns and rural areas. On top of this, restrictions imposed by the armed groups have hindered these organizations to carry out their programmes, particularly those linked to protection and psycho-social support and there are no real redress mechanisms available for victims in the territory controlled by armed groups, noted the report. read more

Coffey has 32 Minnesota rallies past No 24 Nebraska 8578

MINNEAPOLIS — Amir Coffey scored a career-high 32 points, Jordan Murphy had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Minnesota rallied to beat No. 24 Nebraska 85-78 on Wednesday night.Isaac Copeland led Nebraska (7-2, 1-1 Big Ten) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Isaiah Roby chipped in 15 points and Glynn Watson added 14 for the Huskers, who were looking to start the season 8-1 for the first time in 15 years.The Huskers led by as many as 13 in the second half, but the Gophers came back with the support of a raucous home crowd.After Copeland picked up his fourth foul with 5:44 to go, Coffey converted a three-point play that cut Nebraska’s lead to 69-65. A minute later, Dupree McBrayer hit a 3-pointer to pull Minnesota to within 71-68.After Watson made two free throws, Murphy and Coffey combined to score the next nine points, with Coffey’s 3-pointer putting Minnesota on top to stay, 77-73.Coffey surpassed his previous career high of 30 with a driving layup with 53 seconds to go, and Murphy hit 4 of 4 free throws in the final 11 seconds.Nebraska hit five of its first six shots to open the game, including a pair of 3-pointers, to lead 12-4. Coffey scored nine of his 14 first-half points in an 11-0 run that put Minnesota (7-2, 1-1) ahead 36-32.Coffey picked up his third foul with 4:11 to play in the half. While he was out, James Palmer scored six points and the Huskers outscored Minnesota 12-3 to take a 44-39 lead at the break.BIG PICTURENebraska: After beating Illinois by 15 points in their Big Ten opener, the Huskers needed to prove they could go on the road and win in a hostile environment. It looked good for 35 minutes, but they faded on both ends of the court down the stretch.Minnesota: The Gophers went 0 for 13 on 3-pointers in their Big Ten season opener, a 20-point loss at Ohio State. They weren’t much better Wednesday, hitting 3 of 8, but McBrayer and Coffey each hit huge 3-pointers during Minnesota’s comeback.UP NEXTNebraska: Hosts Creighton on Saturday.Minnesota: Hosts Arkansas State on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Patrick Donnelly, The Associated Press read more

Princess Dianas letters about Prince Harry getting into trouble at school sell

first_imgThe lot containing the revealing letter sold for £2,400, more than double the £600-£900 estimate.As well as divulging details about the private life of the young family at Kensington Palace, the messages from the 1980s and 90s show how fond Diana was of Mr Dickman, who provided her with support after the death of her father in 1992.The six notes were part of a collection described as “the private letters between a trusted butler and the royal family”, which also included photos and Christmas cards. John Foster, of Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, said interest in the collection had been “phenomenal”, with inquiries coming from as far afield as Japan, Australia and Canada. A letter from 1984Credit:BNPS / Cheffins The letters are written on Kensington Palace headed paperCredit:Cheffins /AP In it she wrote: “Cyril, you will be greatly missed by this particular Lady – thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so kind to me throughout the years and take great care of yourself, fondest love from Diana x.”The six letters were part of a bigger collection which included other royal memorabilia. One handwritten letter from the Queen sold for £1,500 – considerably more than the £50-£100 estimate.In it, the Queen wrote: “Dear Cyril and Eva, I much appreciated your thoughts and sympathy on the death of my mother. We must all be thankful in the encouragement and pleasure she gave to so many during her long life. Elizabeth R.”A boxed piece of cake from the Queen’s wedding in 1947 sold for £550. An extract from one of the letters An extract from one of the lettersCredit:BNPS / Cheffins  In the letter to Cyril Dickman, Diana wrote: “William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!”The reaction to one tiny person’s birth has totally overwhelmed us and I can hardly breathe for the mass of flowers that are arriving here!”In October 1992 Diana wrote to Mr Dickman ahead of a trip to Asia with the Prince of Wales: “The boys are well and enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!” The Princess Diana letters sold for £15,000 Credit:Hugh Peralta /Reuterscenter_img He told the BBC: “One of the nice things about this collection is that it reveals the personal side. It’s not just thanking someone for an event, it’s things like the handwriting and the squiggly drawings.”There is also mention of when Diana’s father passed away and how sad it was, talking of the children when they were at school, how much trouble they got into, just those personal touches which you never really get to hear about.”Among the letters was a note appearing to wish Mr Dickman well on his retirement in 1992. A letter from 1984 Letters sent by Diana, Princess of Wales, which revealed Prince Harry was “constantly in trouble” at school have sold for thousands more than was estimated.The six handwritten letters, sent to a favoured Buckingham Palace steward, sold for £15,100 at auction, exceeding the £2,300-£3,600 estimate.One lot, which included a letter where Diana described Prince William’s adoration for younger brother Harry, was sold for £3,200 – around five times more than its estimate of £400-£600. The letters are written on Kensington Palace headed paper Princess Diana with a baby Prince Harry 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.last_img read more

WAI reviews and supports Hambros gold projects

first_imgWAI considers that the Micromine resource model provides an adequate global resource estimate for Pioneer which can be used for long term planning The mining schedule proposed for Pioneer is optimised to balance ore mining, waste mining and average grade each year. Mining will take place from three separate open pits with single combined processing facilities. WAI considers the proposed schedule to be both practical and achievable given PHM’s experience and management expertise gained through the Pokrovskiy operations High grade pay shoots (‘ore columns’), such as those at Andreevskaya Zone (Pioneer), which are not yet fully explored and evaluated by the company, carry the potential for additional production during the deposit’s exploitation.The development and mining schedule for Malomir is ambitious but realistic and achievable, given PHM’s experience in developing and mining Pokrovskiy and in commissioning the Pioneer project.   WAI considered the portfolio of 10 additional hard rock assets which are being developed by the company in the Amur region and found the development plans to be strategically sound with many of these assets having the potential for the discovery of significant gold resources. All the projects are potentially amenable to open pit mining and are being actively developed and have a potential to contribute to the company’s production schedule and to assist it to meet its production targets over the coming years. These projects all require further exploration and geological modelling work before a meaningful reserve can be established; One of the most promising deposits, Albyn, appears encouraging for the development of an open-pittable resource. The relatively simple mineralogy and geologic continuity make the Albyn property both an exciting project and one which is worthy of continued exploration and development. PHM expects to report further on this in third quarter 2008.   WAI has examined PHM’s strategy of expanding alluvial gold production and briefly reviewed a number of the PHM’s placer projects in Amur region. It has concluded that the strategic rationale and projections appear sound and, if successful, will provide PHM with significant and increasing incremental gold production.   In the Yamal region, WAI reviewed the exploration work undertaken by PHM at Novogodnee Monto deposit and considers that this deposit potentially has a substantial gold and iron resource base able to support a mining project. The position of the Novogodnee Monto deposit in relation to the rail line and the vast increase in the need for construction materials as a result of the regional activity in the oil and gas sector mean that the aggregates from this deposit may considerably enhance the project’s economics. WAI believes that there is considerable potential to increase the resources for Novogodnee Monto deposit, given the number of positive indications identified and exploration results achieved to date. The Technical Audit of Peter Hambro Mining’s mining and mining related assets, which it commissioned from WardellArmstrong International (WAI) has been completed. The WAI Audit Report can be found on www.peterhambro.com. WAI concluded: Company Measured and Indicated mineral resources (as defined by the JORC Code (2004)) are 118 Mt at an average grade of 1.15g/t Au containing 4.4 Moz of gold; Inferred resources are 82.7 Mt at an average grade of 1.33g/t Au, containing 3.5 Moz of gold The total mineral resources, reviewed by WAI, inclusive of those resources evaluated in accordance with the Russian classified scheme are 344 Mt at an average grade of 1.73g/t Au, containing 19 Moz of gold.The company believes that “its intensive exploration and drilling programme will further substantiate its resources and reserves and enable it to meet its production targets.   The comparison shows a good overall correlation between the Russian-classified resources published in the 2006 Annual Report and the updated combined JORC/Russian resources quoted in the WAI report. It demonstrates 99.9% conversion of C1 and C2 to JORC Code (2004) at Pokrovskiy, and 91% for those parts of Malomir and Pioneer which were included in the resource model prepared in accordance with JORC Code (2004).   At Pokrovskiy and flanks, WAI noted: The Company’s resource estimate is supported by a positive reconciliation against production records The Pokrovskiy plant operations are run efficiently and in line with best international practice The environmental management carried out at the site is well organised and appropriate The Pokrovka-2 deposit represents an exciting target which is being aggressively explored by PHM in order to better understand the structure and mineralisation. WAI believes that this deposit has the potential to host a significant gold and silver resource. Pioneer Ozernoye has the potential to become a sizeable polymetallic deposit. Exploration is ongoing, and WAI considers that if the geological structure and grade distribution of this area can be properly understood, there are real possibilities for tracing PGM mineralisation along the pyroxenite belt south-westwards for some tens of kilometres from the Ozernoye deposit, through Pyatirechenskoye exploration area (itself not yet explored in detail) and beyond.  WAI also believes that there is considerable potential to improve the resource position at Rudniye Gorki, given the favorable exploration results achieved to date. As an exploration portfolio of assets, WAI considers the Yamal assets to be strategically valuable, with many properties having the potential for the discovery of significant gold resources as well as PGMs and other minerals.   Peter Hambro, Executive Chairman of Peter Hambro Mining: “The JORC total of 8 Moz is an excellent basis from which to assess the minimum future potential of the Company and the grand total of 19 Moz, taking Russian and JORC ounces together, compares very favourably with the 17 Moz shown in the company’s Annual Report. The very good correlation between WAI’s opinion of PHM’s reserves and resources and the company’s published view is reassuring.”center_img WAI reviewed the exploration data for work undertaken on the Toupugol-Khanmeishorsky licence area to date and is satisfied that it is a promising exploration asset with the potential to establish a mineral resource similar to those identified at Novogodnee Monto and Petropavlovskoye. last_img read more

Israel confirms it held mysterious Prisoner X

first_imgISRAEL HAS CONFIRMED it jailed a foreigner in solitary confinement on security grounds who later took his own life, as Australia admitted today it knew one of its citizens had been secretly held.The man, identified by Australian media as Mossad agent Ben Zygier, known as “Prisoner X”, died in a secret prison near Tel Aviv in 2010 in a case Israel went to extreme lengths to cover up, imposing media gag orders.Tel Aviv broke its silence after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said the man was a dual Australian-Israeli citizen and reported that he was a spy for Israel’s intelligence agency.“For security reasons the man was held under a false identity although his family was immediately informed of his arrest,” Israel’s justice ministry said.The man was found dead in his cell and a judicial inquiry ruled he took his own life, the ministry added in a statement, although it did not reveal his identity or the charges against him.“Following an extensive investigation it was ruled six weeks ago that it was suicide,” said the ministry. “The prisoner was held in jail under a warrant issued by a court.”But other details of the case remained under a gag order, leaving local media obliged to quote foreign reports.Australia knew of his detentionAustralian Foreign Minister Bob Carr initially said he only became aware of the man’s incarceration after his death, but on Thursday admitted the government knew of his detention at the time.He told a parliamentary committee the information was gathered through intelligence channels.“They provided the name of the citizen, in relation to serious offences under Israeli national security legislation,” he said, adding that Canberra sought assurances that he was not being mistreated.He said at no stage did the government receive any request for consular support, adding that he would determine Canberra’s next step after receiving a full report from his department into the case.“With the benefit of that full report, I’ll determine what representations to the government of Israel are most useful,” he said.The story first emerged in June 2010 when Israel’s Ynet news website briefly ran a report about a prisoner being held in top secret conditions whose identity and alleged crime were not even known to his jailers.The story was quickly taken offline and a complete media blackout imposed, but it resurfaced on Tuesday through Australia’s public broadcaster.Israeli media did report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had on Tuesday called an urgent meeting with top editors to ask them to withhold “publication of information pertaining to an incident that is very embarrassing to a certain government agency,” Haaretz newspaper said, in a clear allusion to Mossad.Shortly afterwards, three MPs raised questions over the issue in parliament, effectively sidestepping the censor in a move that forced a slight easing of the reporting restrictions.‘Something serious must have happened’While Israel has not revealed the charges, The Australian newspaper suggested he was detained for treason.It cited Israeli Army Radio as saying: “Why was he interned? The suspicion is because of treason against Israel.”The newspaper’s foreign editor, who interviewed Netanyahu last year, said for a Mossad agent to end up in jail something serious must have happened.“If a former Mossad agent has ended up in an Israeli prison, this can only indicate that something has gone terribly wrong,” Greg Sheridan wrote.The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Zygier was being investigated by Australia’s overseas espionage agency ASIS, which suspected him of using his Australian passport to spy forIsrael.The Herald said he was one of at least three dual Australian-Israeli citizens who emigrated to Israel in the past decade whose cases were probed.It said that in each case the men used the passports to travel to Iran, Syria and Lebanon — countries that do not allow Israelis to enter.When the newspaper confronted Zygier in early 2010, he angrily denied he worked for Mossad.“I have never been to any of those countries that you say I have been to,” he said at the time. “I am not involved in any kind of spying.”- © AFP, 2013More: Australia orders inquiry into mysterious ‘Prisoner X’ case in Israellast_img read more

Min7 micromouse robot solves maze in 3921 seconds

first_imgThere are many areas of robotics that leave an impression. The standout ones include robots that walk, those that look and talk like humans, and any robot that is capable of precise and delicate object interaction. But there’s also the fun side of robotics such as the soccer championships, Robot Wars, and a new entry on to my list: micromouse robot maze solvers.That last one is a bit of a mouthful, but no less impressive because of it. There is actually an annual Micromouse Robot Competition that sees tiny robots go head-to-head attempting to solve a maze as quickly as possible. What’s so impressive about these robots is just how agile and fast they are.The current champion is one Ng Bent Kiat, who works at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic focusing on embedded systems and robotics. His skill and knowledge in the field of robotics shows in his winning mouse robot called the Min7.Min7 is the first 4-wheeled robot Ng has created. It weighs just 90 grams and measures 10 x 7.5 x 2.5cm. It has a straight line speed of 3.5m/s and uses a 20MHz Hitachi 2633R processor for a brain.The way the Micromouse Robot Competition works is a two-stage process. The robots first enter the maze and have a chance to map it out. They then get a second timed run where the object is to solve the maze as quickly as possible.Ng and Min7 won this year due to the speed of the robot, which has to be seen to be believed. It managed to navigate the maze in just 3.921 seconds, which is also a record. Check out the video below to see just how fast Min7 is.Impressive, right?Below is the video of Min7 mapping out the maze. While slower, it’s still impressively fast considering there’s only a 20MHz processor running inside.Read more at Robot Dreams and Ng Beng Kiat’s websitelast_img read more

Poll Should the Irish government invite Theresa May to address the Dáil

first_img By Christina Finn Share9 Tweet Email Short URL Yes (5646) I don’t know (548) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll: Should the Irish government invite Theresa May to address the Dáil? Prime Minister May is due to visit Ireland before the end of the month. 21,489 Views Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 10:00 PM YesNoI don’t knowVote http://jrnl.ie/3191592 THE GOVERNMENT IS making Downing Street aware of a request for the UK Prime Minister Theresa May to address the Dáil during her visit to Dublin this month.The invitation, an initiative by the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl, was today supported by the Green Party.Prime Minister May is due to visit Ireland this month, though a date has yet to be announced.The visit happens in the backdrop of Brexit, which she outlined in more detail today.We want to know what you think.Poll: Should the Irish government invite Theresa May to address Dáil? Jan 17th 2017, 10:00 PM 65 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: No (5583) Poll Results:last_img read more

Pontian associations look towards unity

first_imgThe Federation of Pontian Associations of Australia stressed unity and collaboration in their general meeting last week. Outgoing president Nikolaos Chrissostomidis took the time to introduce the new president, Panayioti (Peter) Stefanidis to members and mentioned how important the passing of the recognition of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides in the NSW parliament was in his time as president. Mr Stefanidis took the time to honour the outgoing president but also stressed the importance of reunifying the Federation’s executive committee and begin strengthening ties between all associations Australia wide. The Pontic Foundation of Australia “Panayia Soumela” president Mr Onoufrios Gorozidis committed to bridging the gap between the Federation and the Foundation during the meeting. Newly elected executive committee members include vice president, Peter Papoulidis, Leon Tsongas as the new secretary and Athina Lazaridou as the new treasurer. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Historical Iconic San Diego Giant Dipper coaster celebrates 93rd birthday on the

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One of San Diego’s most notable and popular attraction’s, the historic Giant Dipper, is celebrating its 93rd birthday. Both a National and State historic landmark, the wooden roller coaster is a unique part of San Diego’s history. July 4, 2018 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Historical & Iconic San Diego Giant Dipper coaster celebrates 93rd birthday on the Fourth of July The Giant Dipper is one of the only two remaining antique wooden roller coasters in California and has a rich San Diego history. It opened to the public on July 4, 1925. It was originally built as a key attraction for the 33-acre Mission Beach Amusement Center, which had opened just a few weeks earlier. The entire project was the idea of sugar magnate, John D. Spreckels, a major force in San Diego’s development.The original cost to build the coaster was $150,000, including the two-18 passenger trains. The Mission Beach Amusement Center was popular through the 1930s and ’40s and in later years it was renamed Belmont Park. By the late ’60s and early ’70s Belmont Park fell into disrepair and the park and coaster finally closed in December 1976.In the early 80’s the coaster became an eye sore in the heart of Mission Beach. After surviving several fires, peeling paint and becoming the home for local transients, the owner of the coaster was under a lot of pressure to have it torn down and the demolition date was set. A group of concerned citizens called “Save The Coaster Committee,” had the coaster designated as a National Landmark and asked that the ownership be transferred to them. The San Diego Coaster Company was than established and put $2 million into restoring it, ensuring that the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster exists today for future generations to enjoy. Over $2,000,000 was spent on the restoration of the Giant Dipper and one new train that was built for the ride. The new train has six, 4-person cars. On August 11, 1990 the newly restored, historic roller coaster was reopened to the public. Posted: July 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Brenden Ross Named To Deans List At Norwich University

first_imgNORTHFIELD, VT — Brenden Mark Ross, of Wilmington, was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester at Norwich University.Full-time undergraduate students, who earned a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 and had no failures in the previous Fall or Spring semester are awarded Dean’s List honors.About Norwich UniversityNorwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates  traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning  programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees.Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of the nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).(NOTE: The above announcement is from Norwich University.)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… RelatedWilmington’s Halliday Named To Dean’s List At Norwich UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University Of MaineIn “Education”last_img read more

Juneau chef a semifinalist for prestigious national award

first_imgBeau Schooler makes ricotta gnocchi in the kitchen of Panhandle Provisions. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)A Juneau chef has once again been nominated for one of the food world’s highest honors.Beau Schooler, chef at the Rookery Café in downtown Juneau, is one of 30 named by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year.Schooler was nominated for the same honor last year, which is given annually by the foundation to young chefs who display “impressive talent” and who are likely to make “a significant impact on the industry.”Schooler and business partner Travis Smith also operate The Taqueria and will soon open a newItalian restaurant in the old Silverbow Bakery space downtown.The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit culinary arts organization. The group will release a final list of nominees March 15.last_img read more

CM YS Jagan warning to MLAs during Collectors conference

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has made the interesting comments during the ongoing Collectors conference at Praja Vedika on Monday Speaking on the occasion, CM YS Jagan has warned that his government will not support or standby the MLA’s who are involved in the irregularities under any circumstances. CM YS Jagan has clarified that in this issue the government will not tolerate anyone, no matter how big or whatever the position he might be in.last_img

Ghost of Taj corridor scam still haunts Mayawati BSP chief blames Yadav

first_imgMayawati accused SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav of working with BJP to frame her in Rs 17 crore Taj corridor case.Following the Lok Sabha election 2019 debacle in which the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) won only 10 seats, while the BSP-SP (Samajwadi Party) Gathabandhan together managed only 15 seats in Uttar Pradesh, party supremo Mayawati accused SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav of “working hand in glove with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)” to frame her in Rs 17 crore Taj corridor scam case.Mayawati launched a scathing attack on the Yadav family including former ally and SP president Akhilesh Yadav of working against non-Yadav and backward communities/Dalits, leading to loss of votes in the recently concluded parliamentary elections. Addressing a crucial BSP meeting in Lucknow on Sunday, June 23, the BSP chief claimed that Mulayam helped the BJP in implicating her in Taj corridor case.Speculations are rife that Mayawati’s latest outburst is reportedly due to the electoral defeat and also because Akhilesh Yadav had neither visited nor talked to her over the phone ever since the results were of the Lok Sabha polls were announced.”Mayawati told party leaders that Akhilesh had an important say in seat-sharing between the alliance partners and played a pivotal role in the selection of candidates. She said Akhilesh asked her to field minimum Muslim candidates as it might lead to polarisation during the election. Terming it bad advice, she said it proved to be an important factor in the defeat of the alliance,” a Hindustan Times report quoted a BSP leader as saying.The two-hour-long national convention of the BSP was attended by all newly-elected MPs, MLAs and key post-holders from across the nation. The meeting was held at party headquarters in Lucknow on Sunday.The Taj corridor scam caseBack in 2002, the then chief minister of UP Mayawati had started work on the Taj corridor project to give a facelift to areas around the Taj Mahal in Agra. Around Rs 17 crore was released for the project, which involved linking the Taj Mahal to Agra Fort, and use this corridor to develop malls and amusement parks.The total cost of the project, which allegedly started without any environmental clearances, was estimated to be around Rs 175 crore.A year later the Supreme Court asked the CBI to investigate the issue in the Taj corridor project in 2003. The BSP chief was accused of embezzling funds earmarked for the project and a case of disproportionate assets — an offshoot of the scam — was registered against her in 2004.last_img read more

Mens Golf Shows Improvement in the Second Round of the NCAA Championship

first_imgStory Links While the University of Louisville’s men’s golf team isn’t where it hoped it would be, it showed a little toughness on Saturday with a 14-over-par 302 to sit in 28th place after two rounds of the 2019 Men’s Golf Championship at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.After shooting a 25-over-par 313 on Friday, the Cardinals improved by 11 shots for the round, but did fall one spot in the overall standings. The Cardinals are 14 shots off the No. 15 spot needed to be able to advance to the fourth round on Monday.”We still didn’t play the way you needed to play,” head coach Mark Crabtree said. “We definitely improved or scores from the day before, but we’re still not putting the ball where we need to put it on this extremely difficult golf course.”The teams will play their third round on Sunday, with the Cardinals being paired with Duke and set to tee off at 1:50 p.m. CT (2:50 p.m.  ET) in the final pairing of the day. Following Sunday’s third round, the field is cut to the low 15 teams for Monday’s final round of stroke play.Top-seeded Oklahoma State leads the tournament at 10-under-par after shooting 12-under on Saturday. . The Cowboys own a 12-shot lead over second place Stanford on the par-72, 7,550-yard course that is hosting the NCAA Championship for the first time.Not many players have put positive scores up on the arduous golf course through two rounds, but junior John Murphy did on Saturday, firing a 1-under-par 71 to move into a tie for 77th place. He stands at 8-over-par after two rounds of the championship.Shooting a 2-over-par on the first nine holes, Murphy carded a 3-under-par on the front nine. He opened with birdies on No. 2, No. 3, and No. 5, while not recording a single bogey over the final nine holes.”I hit the ball very well,” Murphy said. “I hit the ball where I wanted to today. I felt like I had a good score on this very difficult golf course. I want to come out in that final round tomorrow and do a lot of the same things that allowed me to have success today.”Crabtree was also thrilled to see his talented junior attack the golf course and put together a good score.”The scores were better today, but anytime you shoot under par on this golf course you have played really well,” Crabtree said. “Compliments to John and putting together a nice comeback. I hope he can carry it over to tomorrow and be a great way to end the season.”After shooting a career low 82 on Friday, odds were high that sophomore Matthias Schmid would bounce back and put up a better score, which is exactly what the nation’s top 25 player did on Saturday. The Maxhvette, Germany native responded with a 4-over-par and is 14-over-par after 36 holes of the championship.The school’s single-season stroke average leader birdied No. 11 and No. 15 to shoot 2-over-par on the back nine of the course and followed it up with a 2-over-par on the front.Schmid is tied for 128th after two rounds of play.Jiri Zuska, who was even after the first round, shot a 5-over-par 77 on Saturday to sit in a tie for 48th after his two rounds of action, while Devin Morley carded a 6-over 78 and is 12-over-par for the championship.Trevor Johnson rounded out the top five with an 85.”I want the kids to come out tomorrow with a great attitude and understand what they are trying to do,” Crabtree said. “I want them to go out and put together a good round and see what that does.”Live scoring throughout the NCAA Championship is available at golfstat.com, while GOLF Channel’s live coverage begins Monday in Fayetteville. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Cybersecurity

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. From HBO to Chipotle, we often hear about major cyber attacks in the news. We rarely think, however, that we could be victims. It’s time to squash that mindset. Related: The Worst Reported Hacks of 2017 — So FarA recent study by Nationwide Insurance, which surveyed 1,069 small-business owners in the U.S., found that more than three-quarters of entrepreneurs think cyber attacks are unlikely to affect their businesses and 41 percent said they believe attacks most frequently happen to large businesses. That attitude is risky for these entrepreneurs, because the study also found that 45 percent of small-business owners have actually been victims of attacks — without even knowing. Meanwhile, only 13 percent of surveyed business owners admitted to being victims of cyber attacks.Related: What Happens When Your Small Business Is HackedHacks can take many different shapes and forms, from a simple computer virus to a massive data breach — companies are vulnerable to a number of types of cyber attacks. One way to protect your business is by hiring or appointing specific employees to monitor data security and privacy and look out for attacks. However, 57 percent of business owners reported they didn’t have a dedicated employee or vendor monitoring for attacks. Not only that, only half of business owners say they have set up business practices that protect their confidential information.For more on cybersecurity and protecting your business, check out these videos and stories below. 5 Cybersecurity Tools Your Company Should Have3 Common Types of Data Loss — and How to Prevent ThemJust Being Proactive Isn’t Enough: What Entrepreneurs Should Do During a CyberattackGenius, Walter “Scorpion” O’Brien, on Hacking Business with Cyber SecurityIs Your Cybersecurity in Shape?  Enroll Now for Free August 29, 2017center_img 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Iran nuke talks impeded by disagreement on all main elements

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Any deal would cap nearly a decade of international efforts to restrict Iranian nuclear programs that could be turned toward making weapons.Tehran denies any interest in — or work on — atomic arms, but wants negotiations with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany to conclude with an end to sanctions imposed over its nuclear program.The talks focus on ways to implement commitments by both sides reached in a preliminary deal in April. Iran agreed then to slashing the size of its uranium enrichment program for at least 10 years, as well as re-engineering a nearly built reactor to minimize its output or plutonium — like enriched uranium a potential pathway to nuclear weapons.It also has agreed to give experts of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency unprecedented monitoring authority to ensure that Tehran is hewing to its commitments, as well as more leverage in following up on the allegations of past nuclear weapons work.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober VIENNA (AP) — Iran and six powers are still apart on all main elements of a nuclear deal with less than two weeks to go to their June 30 target date and will likely have to extend their negotiations, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.Their comments enforce concerns that obstacles to a pact remain beyond the public debate on how far Iran must open its nuclear program to outside purview under any deal.Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has for weeks rebuffed U.S. demands that U.N. nuclear monitors have access to military sites and nuclear scientists as they monitor Tehran’s commitments under a deal and probe allegations of past work on atomic arms. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Negotiators are concerned about a lack of headway on all issues. Russian chief delegate Sergey Ryabkov said Friday the “the rate of progress … is progressively slowing down.”Negotiators have been meeting five days a week in Vienna over the past few weeks. The two diplomats are familiar with the progress of the talks and spoke shortly before a planned five-day round reconvened Wednesday. They demanded anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the confidential negotiations.Ways of implementing specific parts of the deal are supposed to be contained in four or five annexes to the main text of an agreement.The diplomats described said the draft of a main document as a patchwork of text and dozens of blank spaces because of stubborn disagreement on up to 10 elements crucial to any deal. Those details are to be included in four or five annexes, which remain incomplete.Both sides remain publicly committed to June 30. Still, the diplomats said all nations at the table recognize that a delay up to July 8 is not a deal-breaker.If U.S. Congress receives a deal by July 8, it has 30 days to review it before U.S. President Barack Obama could suspend congressional sanctions. Postponement beyond that would double the congressional review period to 60 days, giving both Iranian and U.S. opponents more time to work on undermining an agreement.last_img read more