Four stories in the news for Thursday, Oct. 25———ROTATING CANADA POST STRIKES CONTINUECanada Post employees will continue rotating walkouts today in Calgary, Kelowna, B.C., and Sherbrooke, Que. But the strike has ended in the Greater Toronto Area after two days of work stoppage by 9,000 postal workers forced the closure of the Crown corporation’s biggest sorting plants. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers announced Calgary and Sherbrooke are the latest target cities in its push for better contracts. Calgary workers walked off the job Wednesday at 6 p.m. local time to join members already walking picket lines in Kelowna. Sherbrooke members began strike at 4 a.m. ET today.———NEW POT LAWS COULD PROMPT MORE DEPORTATIONSThe federal government is warning newcomers that stiffer impaired driving and cannabis-related penalties could lead to their removal from Canada. The measures are part of the sweeping package of changes taking place as Canada becomes the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis use. On Dec. 18, new impaired driving penalties take effect, and the maximum penalties for most of these offences will increase to 10 years from five. It means they will fall under the definition of serious crimes for immigration determination purposes.———MAN WHO KILLED PARENTS, TWO OTHERS GETS PAROLEA British Columbia man who murdered four people as a teenager and left his two-month-old niece in a room with her dead mother has been granted full parole. James Ruscitti is serving a life sentence for the 1996 execution-style slayings of his adoptive parents, his brother’s 17-year-old girlfriend and a boarder who lived in their home near 100 Mile House, in central B.C. The Parole Board of Canada says he considered a moderate risk to reoffend, but the positive aspects of his life include a full-time job as an electrician and plans to live with his girlfriend and her daughter in their townhouse on Vancouver Island.———NEW CHARGES IN ALBERTA MODEL KIDNAPPING CASEA South Carolina man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an Alberta woman who was lured to the United States with the promise of a modelling job is facing new charges relating to the case. No trial date has been set for Fred Russell Urey, who has been in custody since his arrest in May 2017. Urey was originally charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, but a spokeswoman for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit court in Greenville, S.C., says the Grand Jury has approved four additional charges of criminal sexual conduct as well — one for each day the woman being held.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be holding a bilateral meeting today with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will release its quarterly Housing Market Assessment, a comprehensive report that identifies the level of stability in the housing markets of Canadian cities.— Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Alberta UCP leader Jason Kenney will participate in an energy policy gathering in Calgary.
(Sun TV host Ezra Levant has agreed to debate Ryerson professor and former AFN candidate Pam Palmater to a debate. Above is a video of Levant debating Gitz Crazyboy from Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Alberta.)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsRyerson University professor Pam Palmater said she felt her security threatened when television personality Ezra Levant flashed a Google-map image of her Ajax, Ont., neighbourhood during a recent episode of his talk-show.Levant, who hosts the Sun News Network show, The Source, showed the image of Palmater’s suburban neighbourhood as part of an attack aimed at her opposition to the Conservative government’s planned tabling of legislation to introduce private property, or fee simple, ownership on reserve lands.The federal government is expected to introduce opt-in legislation sometime next year.Palmater said she doesn’t shy away from debates around issues, but it worried her Levant brought in her personal life as part of his attack on her position.“For me as a single parent, a single woman with two kids at home, I think the most dangerous, offensive thing he could have done is put a Google map of my neighbourhood on TV because we all know the kind of people that watch Ezra Levant…they are all the disturbed, fringe people,” said Palmater, who came in second during this summer’s race for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.“In his tirade he is showing hatred and in showing where I live there is an implication for those who aren’t stable…At the end of the day we are all individual beings, we are entitled to some modicum of safety and he jeopardized that,” she said.Levant responded saying Palmater’s concern was “laughable” and that her address is publicly available information.“We didn’t publish it, just a generic shot of her neighbourhood without identifying her address,” said Levant. “Sorry, she’s not a CIA agent whose cover I’ve blown. She’s just embarrassed that I’ve exposed that she owns property in Whiteville.”Palmater said she’s not ashamed of her success.“Yes, I make a good salary, I have four degrees I paid for myself with student loans and yes I spend my time working for First Nations,” she said. “I am not a chief or a band councillor, I work at Ryerson University…I do not make money off First Nations, I am paid by Ryerson….He had no facts by which to counter my arguments….The best he can do is call me a nut-bar, whatever nut-bar means.”Levant emulates the shock-style of U.S. television and radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. His network is steered, in part, by Kory Teneycke, a former communications director for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Levant calls opponents of private land ownership legislation the “Indian industry one percenters,” in a riff off one of the Occupy movement’s slogans about how the rich one per cent holds most of the wealth in the U.S.“I have this daydream of a whole community of Indian millionaires. I think the first Indian billionaire is going to be in northern Alberta,” said Levant. “Do I want to take land away from Indians? I want to give more land to Indians, but not to official Indians, Indian industry Indians, professional Indians, Indian industry one percenters. Give it to the regular people. Unlike (AFN national chief) Shawn Atleo, I want to give land to Indians not him.”He says he’s uses the word “Indian” instead of First Nations and Indigenous because the word is in the Indian Act, it’s used by bands themselves and he doesn’t want to give in to political correctness.“Every Indian I know calls themselves an Indian,” he said.Levant’s show on the issue triggered a fierce reaction on Twitter which spawned the creation of a “hash tag” called #EzraLevantLogic which was still going strong Friday.“You don’t need to visit an Indian community or meet any actual Indians to be an Indian expert…#EzraLevantLogic,” tweeted @Hayden_King, a professor at McMaster University.“#EzraLevantLogic…The mortgage I took out to buy my on-rez house…my car loan…my credit card…all figments of my “liberal” imagination!,” tweeted @Mimiges, from Quebec.“#EzraLevantLogic Natives can’t hunt/fish for commercial use because they never traded pre contact. They just ate raw saying ‘GOONY GOO BOO,’” tweeted @chicosez, also known as filmmaker Christian Tyzia.“#EzraLevantLogic I’m not a racist, but I play one on TV,” tweeted @Urban_Su, from Vancouver Island.Levant dismisses his Twitter critics as “fancy pants Indian industry” types sitting at an office with nothing to do, far removed from the “real Indians” who are too poor to get on Twitter.“If you are on Twitter you are probably going to be a fancy pants Indian industry insider, a chief, a councillor, someone sitting at a desk playing solitaire,” said Levant. “I grew up in Calgary…There were Indian kids in my school until Grade Eight….There is an enormous gulf between normal Indians and the Indian industry. Normal Indians are pretty great. There is no…political correctness, they don’t freak out when you say Indian instead of First Nation.”Levant says most of his Indigenous critics are “Indian industry Indians” who he says want to maintain the status-quo.“The porch slaves are your Indian industry Indians and your field slaves are your regular Indian members on a reserve and so of course the port slaves love the system,” said Levant.Chelsea Vowel, who blogs and uses the twitter handle @apihtawikosisan, started the #EzraLevantLogic hash tag. A Metis from Alberta, Vowel, who now lives in Montreal and obtained law and education degrees, scoffed at Levant’s contention “normal Indians” can’t afford to use social media.“It has gotten to the point where you hear about things happening through Twitter or Facebook before you get the call from your aunty,” said Vowel. “Everyone has taken to it. It’s not an elitist thing, everyone up north has an iPhone or BlackBerries.”Vowel said she’s not part of any elite. She said she works part-time and rents a three bedroom apartment she shares with her partner and four children.“I’m the only one with two degrees in my entire family, but it hasn’t meant that I am suddenly on the side of the Indian Act,” said Vowel. “The accusation is very interesting. It recognizes that the education system is about colonizing people, that you are part of the one per cent if you are working in that world. That would only be true if Canada was a colonial nation and we are helpless to resist that. I agree, Canada is a colonial nation and we can resist it.”For her part, Palmater said she’s willing to take Levant on in a debate.“If he wants to talk about chiefs or if he wants to talk about my background, I’m happy to do it,” she said.Levant said he would debate Palmater.“I’d love to, absolutely,” he said.Levant admits, however, that he’s still learning about Indigenous issues.“I haven’t scratched the surface, I am learning as I am going, I am an amateur here, I am a tourist,” said Levant.He’ll also continue doing shows on the issue because the online hit count makes it worthwhile.“The shows I’ve done Indian affairs are the absolute top-rated shows I do in terms of Internet traffic,” said Levant. “I can’t believe it. I always wonder if anyone is paying attention; does anyone care? When I compared the Indian Act to apartheid…it was one of the most popular shows I’ve done.”email@example.com
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsA class-action lawsuit has been filed in Manitoba on behalf of ‘60s Scoop survivors.Stripped from their families, language and culture, the survivors hope the action will bring to light what went on for more than three decades.
APTN file photo.APTN NewsTrans Mountain Corp. has advised construction contractors to get ready for the restart of its pipeline expansion project to the west coast.Trans Mountain says its directive gives contractors 30 days to ready equipment, start hiring workers, secure goods and services and develop detailed plans.The company says work is to begin soon in communities along the right of way between Edmonton and Edson, Alta., and in the greater Edmonton area.Work is also to resume at the terminal in Burnaby, B.C., which is the end point for the pipeline that is to carry oil from Alberta to the coast for shipment to overseas markets.Trans Mountain says specific start dates in the remaining construction areas are subject to final regulatory approvals and permits.The federal government gave a second go-ahead to the expansion project in June after the courts overturned the original approval.The Liberal government spent $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada in 2018 in a bid to get the existing pipeline expanded despite significant political opposition in British Columbia.That plan was put on hold last August when the Federal Court of Appeal said the government had not done a good enough job consulting with Indigenous communities or studying the impact on marine life.Six British Columbia First Nations and at least two environment groups have filed new court challenges.Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) Chief Leah George-Wilson said following the government’s June decision to approve the pipeline that her Nation would launch a new court challenge to the government’s approval of the project.“We believe that the consultation, once again, missed the mark set by the Supreme Court of Canada — and we will defend our rights,” she said.“TWN continues to withhold our free, prior and informed consent and are prepared to use all legal tools to ensure our governance rights are respected.”Asked by APTN News in June what definition of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) the government adhered to in determining whether it had adequately consulted with First Nations, Trudeau said FPIC “is what we engaged in doing with Indigenous communities over the past number of months.“It is engaging, looking with them, listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible,” he explained.Trudeau said the consultations resulted in “changes to the process, to the NEB conditions…and that is an essential part of free, prior and informed consent.”In a press release Wednesday Trans Mountain Corp. President and CEO said the company is “confident that we have a path forward by which the expansion project construction can commence.”With files from The Canadian Press.firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnnews
Transportation Ministry spokesperson Danielle Pope said in an email late last week that the material that was used in the crack-sealing has now been cleared from the travel lanes, and that sweeping activities will continue around highway shoulders and islands.Pope added that the Ministry is aware that the gravel is a concern for the public, and that cleanup work is anticipated to be complete by July 20th.Several area residents were seen venting their frustrations about the gravel that was strewn all over the roads on local social media, especially after some claimed the gravel had damaged newly-repaired or replaced windshields.When asked about whether motorists would be on the hook for any repairs that were directly caused by the gravel, spokesperson Liam Butler with the Ministry of the Attorney General, which is the Ministry responsible for ICBC, explained under ICBC’s comprehensive coverage, motorists no longer need to pay a deductible to have their windshield repaired.However, the damaged windshield is deemed unsafe and not appropriate to repair, motorists will need to pay a deductible to have a replacement installed.Butler said that ICBC will attempt to recover costs where possible from the contractor and that if ICBC is able to recover costs, the Crown Corporation will also attempt to recover the cost of deductibles for customers. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The provincial government says that maintenance crews should be finished cleaning up debris from crack sealing work along the Alaska Highway by the end of the week and that ICBC will look at trying to recover the costs of any windshield claims that may have been caused by that debris.In the past few weeks, workers have been sealing cracks along Highway 97 between the North Taylor Hill and the Mile 54 marker.In order to allow the cracks to be sealed properly, YRB North Peace General Manager Chris Charbonneau explained that crews need to leave the gravel covering the tar for several days to ensure that vehicles don’t track the substance all over the roads or get it stuck to motorist’s tires.
In his meeting with the Sri Lankan delegation, the Commonwealth Secretary-General focused discussions on the Commonwealth’s plans to support the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka in achieving specific targets that the Secretary-General had identified in his statement issued at the conclusion of his last visit to Sri Lanka in February, and contact with the Human Rights Unit of the Commonwealth Secretariat thereafter.The goal of the Commonwealth’s partnership with the Commission is to support Sri Lanka’s national efforts and plans to provide access for all its citizens to a life of dignity and opportunity in keeping with the values of the Commonwealth. Sharma had said that the goal of the Commonwealth’s partnership with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka is to support Sri Lanka’s national efforts and plans to provide access for all its citizens to a life of dignity and opportunity in keeping with the values of the Commonwealth. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka delegation in London included Commissioner Prathiba Sri Warna Mahanamahewa, the Regional Coordinator for Jaffna, Thangavel Kanagaraj, the Regional Coordinator for Vavunija, Malalaratnage Rohitha Priyadharshana and the Regional Coordinator for Batticaloa, Abdul Careem Abdul Azeez. The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka have agreed on two immediate areas of technical assistance, which are expected to be carried out over the next three to six months. This will entail strengthening the capacity of the Commission on effective use of national inquiries as a means of human rights protection, and on its role in taking forward an agenda aimed at national reconciliation.Commonwealth Secretariat technical assistance in the above-mentioned areas is part of strengthening the effectiveness and authority of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.This will ultimately work towards helping the Commission regain its ‘A status’ accreditation with the UN International Coordinating Committee for national human rights protection mechanisms. This status is accorded to human rights institutions that comply fully with the Paris Principles, the international standards for these institutions. (Colombo Gazette) Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has discussed the challenges faced in Sri Lanka on the resettlement of people who had been displaced by the conflict, reconciliation efforts linked to Sri Lanka’s trilingual policy of Sinhala, Tamil and English and the importance of an effective grievance reporting system.He discussed these issues when he met the Chair of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Justice Priyantha R P Perera, and his delegation at Marlborough House in London, the Commonwealth Secretariat said.
Florence Aubenas, a reporter for French daily newspaper Libération, and her Iraqi translator Hussein Hanoun al-Saadi were last seen in Ms. Aubenas’ hotel in Baghdad on 5 January. They are believed to have been kidnapped, but the motives, whether political or financial, have not been ascertained.”I wish to pay tribute to the courage of journalists, both Iraqis and foreigners, who, like Florence Aubenas, take considerable risks to keep the world informed,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said.”I also wish to plead with all groups in the country to stop targeting journalists, whether for political or financial motives. The independence and freedom of the media must be respected if the people of Iraq are to be able take charge of their destiny and make informed choices,” he added.”I deplore the lack of security in which media workers have to exercise their professional duties in Iraq and call on all the responsible authorities to respect the legitimate rights of journalists and their teams to carry out their important work.”Mr. Matsuura has issued frequent denunciations in recent years over the murder of and attacks on journalists around the world. UNESCO’s mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom.
The Secretary-General’s statement, issued by his spokesman in New York, came in response to clashes in Jaffna and the northeast of Sri Lanka, where more than twenty soldiers and civilians have reportedly been killed over the last three days.“The Secretary-General is very concerned about the increasing tensions in the country and appeals to all parties to uphold the 2003 ceasefire agreement,” his spokesman said, voicing hope that the violence “will not undermine the commitment of the new Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the peace process.”
He was born with a condition so rare it only affects a handful of people in the world. It saps energy from the organs and has left him blind and deaf. Doctors believe he has also suffered brain damage. Charlie Gard with his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard who are embroiled in a High Court disputeCredit:PA An eight month old boy being denied “potentially life-saving” treatment at Great Ormond Street would be given it at any hospital in America, a court has heard.The parents of terminally ill Charlie Gard broke down in tears as they listened to medical evidence relating to his rare genetic condition and what his doctors say is a “vanishingly small” chance of his survival.But an American doctor who has agreed to attempt a pioneering treatment for his mitochondrial disorder, said that it was “reasonable” to attempt to save his life and if he were in a hospital in the USA his parents would have the option.Great Ormond Street, where Charlie is currently being treated, have applied to the High Court in for permission to withdraw life support and argue that he should not be taken abroad for treatment as it will prolong his suffering.His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, who clutched his son’s toy monkey throughout the hearing, disagree and have raised £1.2 million in less than a month to pay for treatment.The money, which has included donations of £10,000 from Tamara Ecclestone and £40,000 from housewife Helen Barnes who was moved by the family’s plight, will pay for an Air Ambulance to the United States and nucleoside therapy, which the court heard had never been attempted on a human or an animal with Charlie’s condition. Charlie Gard was born with a condition so rare it only affects a handful of people in the worldCredit:PA She argued that it was “highly likely” that Charlie was in pain but was unable to show it because of the severity of his disabilities, but admitted that it was “possible” the he could also experience “pleasure” through interaction from his parents and being cuddled by them. Miss Yates, 31, broke down in tears as the doctor in the USA, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said Charlie was in the “terminal” stages of his illness and he will “certainly die without treatment”.The condition is normally fatal within the first year and all 20 children known to have suffered it have passed away.The doctor, one of the leading experts in the field worldwide, said treated patients with a similar type of mitochondrial disease, but it had only affected their muscles not their muscles and their brain, as was the case with Charlie.In studies on mice where the similar condition did effect the brain they managed to prolong their lives up to three fold, but this was only four per cent of their lifespan. Charlie Gard in his hospital bedCredit:PA When pushed on why the parents should not be given the chance to try and save him, no matter how slim his chances, the paediatric specialist said: “This is a treatment that could have theoretically been given here, but we don’t think that it is the right thing for this child because of the suffering and extent of his neurological damage.”The American specialist said that it would be a “treatment but not a cure”, adding that if it managed the condition “then he would presumably be able to interact with others – to smile, to look at objects, to get to use his hands in a meaningful way to grab objects.”He said he was aware that a hospital in Barcelona had already refused to treat Charlie, but he noted it was “unchartered territory” and there was a tiny hope for the family from the treatment which was unlikely to have negative side effects.Put to him that the chances of Charlie’s survival were “vanishingly small”, the doctor said: “I would hope that he would regain some brain function but the chances of meaningful brain function would be small.”The case continues on Wednesday, when Charlie’s parents are expected to give evidence. Giving evidence over the phone from a hotel room, the doctor admitted that he had not realised how ill Charlie was, adding that it was “very concerning, he seems to be very severely affected neurologically, that makes me a bit less enthusiastic about having him come to the United States.”But he said that if Charlie had fallen ill in his hospital or “any institution in the US” then they would attempt the radical treatment, which should not put Charlie through any additional pain.However, the professor involved in his care at GOSH, who also cannot be named, said that there were “cultural differences” in the UK.She said “if we don’t consider something is in the child’s best interest” then they would not do it, but “in America, provided parents have the money, the financial means to access care, doctors will do anything parents would like to be done regardless of what is happening to the child.” 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedColombian National caught with fake GBTI ATM cards chargedJuly 25, 2015In “Crime”GBTI donates over $700,000 to eight charitable organizationsDecember 5, 2013In “Local News”Much needed flood relief donations continue to pour in for Region 7,8June 3, 2017In “latest news” The new GBTI ATM branch at Mon ReposCustomers of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Limited, living on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), will no longer have to travel far to access their monies via Automated Teller Machines (ATM).This is so as the Bank has opened its newest ATM branch at the Medicare Building at Lot 22 Mon Repos Public Road. The facility was commissioned on Thursday afternoon.During the simple ceremony, Regent Street Branch Manager Roxanne Welcome-Europe said the Bank has always been the leader in technology in terms of banking in Guyana as the country saw its first ATM machine in 1994 – courtesy of GBTI.According to the Branch Manager, GBTI will continue to be the leader in this industry. She also said that the commissioning of this ATM at Mon Repos would now add to the Bank’s fleet of ATM machines, increasing the total to 24. Welcome-Europe also noted that the Bank was proud of its network of 13 branches spread across the length and breadth of Guyana.Meanwhile, acting Chief Executive Officer, Shaleeza Shaw noted that GBTI continued to see value in making it easier for businesses to do transactions and the launching of this ATM would ensure just that for the residents of not just the Mon Repos community but communities all along the East Coast. She also pointed out that GBTI would soon be launching smart ATMs, which would see touchscreen technology among other in–banking options.Also present at the commissioning ceremony was Regional Chairperson Genevieve Alleyne, who remarked that GBTI was now the fourth bank along the East Coast area which would service the residents. She applauded the Bank and its management team for taking on this initiative and said this would improve commerce in the area.The new ATM location was commissioned with a ribbon-cutting ceremony done by the Regional Chair and joined by students from the Beterverwagting (BV) Nursery and Primary Schools and Annandale Secondary School.This was done as the GBTI officials and other guests look on.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFBI arrests man in Florida suspected of sending parcel bombsOctober 26, 2018In “latest news”US mail bombs: Cesar Sayoc charged after campaign against Trump criticsOctober 27, 2018In “World”Suspected bombs mailed to top Democrats two weeks before U.S. electionOctober 24, 2018In “World” Law enforcement officials gather near the scene of where another package bomb was found early Thursday morning at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Grill restaurant, October 25, 2018 in New York City. Initial news reports suggest that the package contained similar markings and contents as recent pipe bomb packages that have been mailed to high-profile Democrats. (Photo: AFP)NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Former US vice president Joe Biden and Hollywood megastar Robert De Niro were the latest targets Thursday of a spree of suspicious packages and pipe bombs sent to opponents of Donald Trump as the US president lashed out at the media for stirring up “anger”.Political foes of the Republican commander-in-chief accused him of inciting violence after pipe bombs were sent to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN and other figures who are loathed by Trump supporters.With midterm elections less than two weeks away, the president reacted first by calling for unity, but then reverting to attacking the media, which he stepped up early Thursday.“A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” Trump tweeted.“It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”The spree began Monday with a device found at the New York home of billionaire liberal donor George Soros.The FBI said a total of seven suspicious packages were sent in New York, Washington and Florida, including to Obama’s attorney general Eric Holder and two to Maxine Waters, a California lawmaker.On Thursday, a New York police bomb squad removed a similar looking package sent to De Niro at the TriBeCa Productions company he co-founded, sending it for analysis.In June, 75-year-old De Niro received a standing ovation at the Tony Awards in New York for using an expletive to condemn Trump. During the 2016 campaign, the actor slammed the Republican as “blatantly stupid.”US media reported that a suspicious device was also addressed to Obama’s former vice president, Joe Biden, often rumored as a potential Democratic presidential candidate for 2020, in Delaware on Thursday.The packages were sent in manila envelopes with bubble wrap, marked with computer-printed address labels. Each listed Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, as the sender, including misspellings of her last name, the FBI said.CNN evacuated its New York bureau after a pipe bomb was found in the mailroom together with an envelope containing white powder.The packaging was addressed care of CNN to former CIA director John Brennan, who has appeared on the channel as a guest and is perhaps Trump’s toughest critic from the national security community.CNN is known for its often critical coverage of the Trump administration and has constantly provoked the ire of the president.On Wednesday, Trump condemned the mail-bombs, saying “acts of political violence” have “no place in the United States.”“The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and stop the endless hostility and constant negative, and often times false attacks and stories,” he later told a campaign rally in Wisconsin.#MAGABomber trended as users flooded Twitter with accusations that Trump had incited the attempted attacks and highlighting the toxic remarks he has leveled against the pipe bomb targets in the past.The FBI, US Secret Service and local police have mounted a full-scale criminal investigation, appealing to members of the public to come forward with any information they may have.Liberal and left-wing critics accuse Trump’s rhetoric-laden “Make America Great Again” presidency of emboldening right-wing extremists. He recently endorsed the body-slamming of a reporter and routinely denounces critical press as “fake news.”Top Democrat lawmakers Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Wednesday accused Trump of condoning “physical violence and dividing Americans.”“It’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together,” said Clinton, who has remained an outspoken political force despite her stunning loss to Trump in 2016.“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” said CNN president Jeff Zucker.There has been no claim of responsibility and no one was yet known to have been arrested.The Secret Service said the Clinton and Obama packages were “identified during routine mail screening procedures” and that neither were ever at risk of receiving them.Republican lawmakers followed the White House in issuing condemnations.Soros, the target of the first device, has long been a hate figure for right-wing groups and lives in Bedford, New York, not far from the Clintons.The 88-year-old is one of the world’s richest men and supported Clinton in 2016. He has been accused by nationalists of sponsoring protests and seeking to push a liberal, multicultural agenda.
Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has been appointed by Adani Mining to provide engineering services for the development of the Abbot Point port expansion in Queensland. Abbot Point is Australia’s northern-most deepwater coal port and represents a key infrastructure component in the future development of coal mining in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The expansion project includes a second 2.75 km approach jetty with associated approaches, roadways and conveyors creating two new berths. When complete in 2015, the new infrastructure will more than double the port’s existing capacity. The project will be delivered through a partnership model that will see engineers and technical staff from both Adani and SKM in India and Australia work collaboratively, demonstrating global delivery capacity.SKM General Manager, Buildings and Infrastructure, Dr Michael Shirley said the innovative delivery approach for Abbot Point will assist in driving investment in Australia’s resources. Developing resources infrastructure is becoming increasingly challenging for our clients. With operations across Asia Pacific, SKM is able to leverage our global presence to create collaborative partnerships such as this to effectively and efficiently realise critical new infrastructure,” he said.The Abbot Port expansion is a key step in Adani’s plans to invest up to $10 billion over the next decade in the proposed Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. As part of the Queensland Government’s trade delegation to India this week, Adani hosted the Premier and key state business leaders including SKM at its Mundra Port, India’s largest private port. Adani Australia CEO Harsh Mishra says “We consider our investment in Queensland a vital part of Adani’s integrated value chain. By working with reputable businesses such as SKM, we can ensure we enter the Queensland market with local knowledge and confidence”.Premier Campbell Newman welcomed the new partnership between Adani and SKM to provide engineering services for the development of the Abbot Point Port Expansion. “Innovative business solutions are required to ensure investment is successful and we believe India and Australia’s strong and growing economies offer unprecedented mutual benefits”, he said.
Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 7:56 AM By Fora Staff 21 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nora Khaldi Source: Sebastiaan ter BurgThis isn’t the first time Bono and The Edge have invested in the startup scene. Both were investors in cloud storage company Dropbox in 2012, while Bono was also an early backer of Facebook and Yelp through his investment vehicle Elevation Partners.Earlier this year, Bono also invested €260,000 in Irish scheduling tech startup Bizimply. His brother Norman Hewson is a principal at the company.Nuritas chief executive Emmet Browne said the two musicians have already “opened doors” for the startup as it gears up to expand globally.“I’m thrilled to have them on board and they have already provided enormous support and enthusiasm, proactively connecting and opening doors to help our growth and expansion,” he said.“Just as they started out performing in front of a small few and are now playing before a global audience of billions, we aim to do exactly the same with Nuritas.”Tripling staffNuritas also announced that it will triple its workforce in Ireland next year and will further develop its US-based operations. Since setting up two years ago, the company has already been successful in attracting some top talent to join its ranks.Browne, the former regional president of Pfizer, took over as CEO last year and Nuritas now plans to build its research and development team, while also recruiting in business development to help its global expansion.Some 60 people are expected to be employed at the company, which opened a San Francisco office earlier this year, after the hiring drive. Source: NuritasNuritas was spun out of NovaUCD, the Belfield-based innovation hub of University College Dublin.One of the firm’s first major breakthroughs was two years ago when it discovered a peptide that has the capacity to kill the bacterial infection known as MRSA.The company also garnered global media attention last year when it won the SVG Thrive Accelerator Award at the Forbes Reinventing America Ag-Tech Summit in California.Earlier this year, Nuritas secured €3 million in investment from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop a food ingredient that could help prevent the onset of diabetes.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie 12,981 Views http://jrnl.ie/3124582 BONO AND THE Edge have been revealed among the latest investors to put their money into promising Irish biotech startup Nuritas.The company, which was founded by Nora Khaldi in 2014, uses artificial intelligence to study the core components of food to isolate active ingredients that can help improve human health.Earlier this year, the company disclosed a fresh round of investment worth €2 million, which brought total funding near the €5 million mark.The U2 pair join the likes of the Salesforce’s billionaire founder Marc Benioff and Ali Partovi, an early investor in Facebook and Dropbox, who have also invested in the biotech startup.A spokesman for the company would not confirm how much the U2 pair invested.Speaking about his decision to put money into the Irish startup, The Edge said he was “blown away” by the capacity of Nuritas to improve people’s health worldwide.“To see this team unlock what nature has already created for the betterment of mankind, it’s just incredible,” he said.“We want to bring forward and support innovative, world-changing ideas so this is a perfect fit.” Short URL Take me to Fora Share2 Tweet Email2 Dec 7th 2016, 7:56 AM Bono and The Edge are the latest investors to back this biotech startup Nuritas has also announced plans to triple its workforce next year.
Source: Fiachra McGuinness/Twitter Monday 6 Mar 2017, 12:48 PM 39,476 Views Short URL 35 Comments Martin McGuinness hospitalised in Derry – reports The former Northern Deputy First Minister retired from politics in January, triggering last weekend’s Assembly elections. McGuinness was not seen at any events during the election, although his son tweeted that he had voted first and second preference Sinn Féin. The manner in which he voted is not unknown.McGuinness had previously criticised coverage of his illness, requesting that his privacy be respected while he undergoes treatment.Commenting on the matter, Sinn Féin this afternoon said in a statement: “We consider that a private matter and the party will not be commenting on it.”Read: “I don’t have enough experience” – Simon Harris 100% rules himself out of Fine Gael leadership raceRead: Poll: Do you want to see a united Ireland? Share995 Tweet Email Martin McGuinness Source: Liam McBurney/PA ImagesFORMER SINN FÉIN leader in Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness has been hospitalised in his native Derry according to reports.McGuinness, the former Deputy First Minister in the Northern Assembly, had stepped down from politics in January sparking the election which took place last weekend.At the time McGuinness had looked particularly frail. His role as Sinn Féin leader meanwhile was taken by Mid Ulster MLA Michelle O’Neill.The Irish News this morning reports that McGuinness was admitted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry two weeks ago suffering from the side-effects of his ongoing treatment for illness.The recent election has proven something of a triumph for Sinn Féin, with the Republican party closing the margin between itself and the dominant Unionist party the DUP to just one seat from the previous difference of 10. @M_McGuinness_SF has just voted Sinn Fein 1 and 2 #AE17— Fiachra McGuinness (@fiachramcg) March 2, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3272971 By Cianan Brennan Mar 6th 2017, 12:48 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Corel Winzip 16 : le compresseur fait le plein de nouveautésLe winzip nouveau est arrivé : au menu du Cloud, du Facebook et 64 bits.Si Winzip est un outil connu depuis les balbutiements de l’internet (et il était gratuit à l’époque !), il sait se mettre au goût du jour : la version 16 intègre deux nouveaux services à la mode, le Cloud et Facebook. Certains trouveront toutefois sans doute la nouvelle interface “Ruban” un peu fouilli.À lire aussiBajoo : un nouveau logiciel de sauvegarde multiplateformes Le premier service est appelé ZipSend et c’est un stockage dans un Cloud (des ordinateurs distants), pour pouvoir accéder à son fichier de n’importe où. La limite est de 50 Mo dans la version gratuite et 2 go dans la version payante. Il s’agit d’un partenariat avec le service YouSendIt. Le second service est ZipShare, où le fichier se retrouve partagé sur Facebook, jusqu’à 20 Mo partagés pendant 7 jours. Pratique quand on veut distribuer un fichier à ses amis !Optimisée pour Windows 7 avec par exemple des gadgets sur le bureau, pratiques pour compresser plus vite des fichiers, cette nouvelle version propose aussi de zipper et graver des disques Blu-ray. La prise en charge des processeurs 64bits augmente également la vitesse de compression. Cela lui suffira-t-il pour regagner les parts de marché que d’autres lui ont pris, comme le gratuiciel 7-zip ou bien Winrar ? Les paris sont ouverts. Le format Zip est libre et très bien géré par d’autres logiciels, mais Winzip gère également un grand nombre de formats (Zip, zipx, rar,7z, bz2, lha, cab, img, iso, tar, gzip,compress, mime…) et se distingue tant par ses performances que sa simplicité d’utilisation. Le 28 octobre 2011 à 13:15 • Maxime Lambert
Mexique : un homme décède de la grippe H1N1Jeudi, le ministère de la Santé mexicain a annoncé qu’un cas mortel de grippe H1N1 avait été enregistré dans l’Etat de Tlaxcala. Sept autres malades ont également été identifiés dans la même région.C’est le premier cas mortel de grippe H1N1 de l’hiver pour le pays. Jeudi, le Mexique a annoncé qu’un homme était mort des suites du virus dans l’Etat de Tlaxcala, situé à quelque 160 kilomètres à l’est de Mexico. Le patient dont l’identité n’a pas été divulguée s’était présenté mi-décembre aux services médicaux de la région. Mais celui-ci présentait des facteurs de risque de mort, selon les médecins qui ont notamment parlé d’obésité. À lire aussiUn mystérieux tunnel souterrain découvert sous une pyramide au Mexique”Le ministère de la Santé a reçu aujourd’hui la notification officielle de la part des laboratoires”, confirmant qu’il s’agissait bien d’un cas de grippe H1N1, a indiqué Jesus Fragoso Bernal, ministre de la Santé mexicain cité par l’AFP. Celui-ci a également précisé que huit cas avaient été enregistrés au total en décembre. En revanche, les sept autres malades sont en voie de guérison. Avec ce premier décès, les autorités ont néanmoins jugé nécessaire de placer Tlaxcala sous contrôle épidémiologique. En 2009, l’épidémie de grippe H1N1 était justement partie du Mexique et avait provoqué une alerte sanitaire mondiale.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 10:11 • Maxime Lambert
The Manchester United caretaker had to tell his team to not “feel sorry for yourself” after they lost 2-0 at home against PSG.Paris Saint-Germain came to Old Trafford and went back to France with a 2-0 victory over hosts Manchester United.The game was part of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.And in his first defeat after being assigned caretaker of the club, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to his players.“Don’t feel sorry for yourself,” Solskjaer was quoted by the Manchester United official site.“This is something you’ve got to learn from. This is a level up from what we’re used to. They were experienced, they bought some fouls – things like this, this is just part of their learning as players.”“Many of our players are very young. It’s the first time Jesse and Marcus will play a proper Champions League game at Old Trafford. So, learn from that. You can’t feel sorry for yourself,” he added.Liverpool 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.“We have to bounce back,” he said. “At this club, you have to bounce back. In a tournament like the Champions League, it’s going to be difficult whoever you play against but our bread and butter is the league and we’ve got the FA Cup against Chelsea as well.”“We have to look forward. We’ve got Chelsea and Liverpool in the next two games. Whoever is feeling sorry for themselves they will not play, probably, against Chelsea,” he commented.“We’ve got so many games to play for, so no. You can see the reaction in the changing room, they’re disappointed but there is some determination and desire there to put it right.”“When we go to Paris we’ll give it a go. Of course, it’s a difficult mountain to climb but it’s not impossible if we get to half-time with a 1-0 lead, that’s what we’ve got to look for,” he concluded.🔴⚪️⚫️ #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 13, 2019
In a bid to make the provident fund (PF) withdrawal process hassle-free, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has allowed its subscribers to claim the saved amount without getting an approval from their employers.The facility will be available for employees whose Aadhaar unique identity number and bank account number have been linked to their universal account number (UAN) allotted by the retirement body and know-your-customer (KYC) has been verified by the employers, the EPFO said on Tuesday.”Employees whose details like Aadhaar number and bank account number have been seeded into their UAN and whose UAN has been activated, may submit claims in Form 19, Form l0C and Form 31 directly to the commissioner without attestation of their employers, in such form and manner as may be specified by the central provident fund commissioner, for fast settlement of claims,” the EPFO order dated 1 December said.Currently, employees are required to take the approval of their employers to withdraw their PF amount, which often consumes more time and in some cases it results in delay in receiving the amount.The EPFO have also received complaints about employers misusing their approval authority to “harass” the employees.”If the withdrawal happens through Aadhaar and bank account, it will reduce the settlement period and also cut down the chance of corruption in the EPFO,” Mint quoted Sharad Patil, secretary general of Employers Federation of India, as saying.In October, the EPFO had said that it was looking to roll out online PF withdrawal facility by March next year, which would allow its subscribers to claim their PF amount within three hours of sending a request.
Image: Wikipedia. (Phys.org) —A pair of researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara has concluded that when it comes to sharing, there is little difference between human and non-human primates—all expect something in return. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, anthropologists Adrian Jaeggi and Michael Gurven describe their analysis of 32 separate studies on sharing, and found that all primates appear to have an ulterior motive when they share food with others. The studies analyzed by the duo included field studies of monkeys, apes, and human societies that still relied on hunting or foraging for their survival. They were searching for an answer to the age-old question: do people (and/or other primates) always have an ulterior motive when sharing a resource with someone else? Put another way, is there really such a thing as pure altruism? Jaeggi and Gurven say no; their research indicates that when primates share, they always expect something back in return.One area where the researchers found a difference between humans and other primates was in the type of reciprocity expected. According to the reviewed studies, apes and monkeys generally expect to get food in return at a later time for food shared, while humans are more likely to accept in-kind donations. This, the researchers say, is apparently due to the nature of the way food is obtained. For humans, food acquisition is generally balanced across a community which means there is equal risk among the population of coming up short at any given time. Sharing by others in the group helps fill the gaps. Thus, those that share can be confident that others will do the same for them should the need arise. But unlike other primates, humans are often willing to accept in-kind donations instead of food to make things even, which led to another observation. All of the groups studied appear to maintain forms of unofficial score-keeping. Monkeys, apes, and humans all keep a tally of who gave what to whom, and who still owes someone for what they received.This new research may or may not apply to communities of primates, most particularly humans, where the food supply is essentially limitless. Thus for now, there is still no clear answer regarding true altruism as it applies to resources. New Research Investigates How Diseases Spread in Primates Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B More information: Reciprocity explains food sharing in humans and other primates independent of kin selection and tolerated scrounging: a phylogenetic meta-analysis, Published 14 August 2013 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1615AbstractHelping, i.e. behaviour increasing the fitness of others, can evolve when directed towards kin or reciprocating partners. These predictions have been tested in the context of food sharing both in human foragers and non-human primates. Here, we performed quantitative meta-analyses on 32 independent study populations to (i) test for overall effects of reciprocity on food sharing while controlling for alternative explanations, methodological biases, publication bias and phylogeny and (ii) compare the relative effects of reciprocity, kinship and tolerated scrounging, i.e. sharing owing to costs imposed by others. We found a significant overall weighted effect size for reciprocity of r = 0.20–0.48 for the most and least conservative measure, respectively. Effect sizes did not differ between humans and other primates, although there were species differences in in-kind reciprocity and trade. The relative effect of reciprocity in sharing was similar to those of kinship and tolerated scrounging. These results indicate a significant independent contribution of reciprocity to human and primate helping behaviour. Furthermore, similar effect sizes in humans and primates speak against cognitive constraints on reciprocity. This study is the first to use meta-analyses to quantify these effects on human helping and to directly compare humans and other primates. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Study suggests humans, apes and monkeys all expect something in return for generosity (2013, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-humans-apes-monkeys-generosity.html © 2013 Phys.org
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