MPs could debate whether to revoke Suu Kyis honorary citizenship Trudeau

first_imgUNITED NATIONS, N.Y. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is opening the door to debate on whether to strip Myanmar’s de-facto leader of her honorary Canadian citizenship.The Trudeau government has faced pressure to revoke the honour given to Aung San Suu Kyi in 2007.Speaking to reporters at the United Nations General Assembly, Trudeau says Parliament could debate whether to take away the citizenship that MPs bestowed upon her.But Trudeau says the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar will not resolve itself whether Suu Kyi has Canadian citizenship or not.Suu Kyi has been widely criticized for not speaking out against the atrocities being committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya people.Last week, the House of Commons unanimously adopted a motion to recognize the crimes against the Rohingya as genocide.last_img read more

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Design firm tied to federal detention centre says extreme leftists targeting it

first_imgMONTREAL — A Montreal-based architecture firm involved in the construction of an immigrant detention centre says it has been attacked again by “extreme leftists.”The firm Lemay said in a statement one of its employees was personally targeted in front of his home. The company adds its property has been hit several times over recent months by the leftist group, which it doesn’t name.Lemay did not say who was attacked or how, but an anonymous post to an anarchist website described an arson attack against the car of one of the firm’s architects and partners. The post on Montreal Counter-Information celebrates the torching of a BMW belonging to a Lemay partner outside his home in the city’s west end on June 11.Montreal police spokesman Julien Levesque confirmed today the force’s arson squad is investigating a June 11 arson incident involving a car in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough. He wouldn’t give other details.According to the federal government’s procurement website, Lemay is part of a joint venture that received a contract in 2018 worth up to $5 million for a new immigration holding centre in Laval, Que., north of Montreal. Since then, the company has been the target of a series of attacks.Last May, police opened an investigation after crickets were released into Lemay’s offices. A group calling itself the Anti-construction Crew claimed responsibility on the Montreal Counter-Information website.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Trudeau should apologize for violation of ethics code Philpott

first_imgOTTAWA — Former Liberal cabinet minister turned Independent MP Jane Philpott says the people of Canada still “deserve an apology” from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the SNC-Lavalin affair.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Philpott says since the ethics commissioner found Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act, “that is one of the things” he should apologize for.Trudeau said Wednesday he takes full responsibility for the SNC-Lavalin affair, but he refused to apologize for what he called standing up for Canadian jobs, which he said is what Canadians expect him to do.Philpott, however, says that’s not why Canadians want to hear him say he’s sorry.She is seeking re-election in the federal riding of Markham—Stouffville as an Independent while former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, the central player in the controversy, is doing the same in the B.C. riding of Vancouver Granville.Philpott says she took a stand based on principle because she believes her constituents watned her to uphold the highest ethical standard and she welcomes the “validation” in the ethics commissioner’s report. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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CBC ANNOUNCES FALL BROADCAST PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW AND RETURNING TELEVISION SERIES

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: CBC today announced premiere dates for its fall 2016 television season, featuring a diverse and uniquely Canadian slate of six new and 18 returning series including premium drama and comedy, cutting-edge news and investigative content, original documentaries and engaging factual, arts, kids, daytime and sports programming.New primetime series include THIS IS HIGH SCHOOL (6×60), premiering Sun. Oct 2, which will offer unprecedented and unfiltered access to real life at a Canadian high school; comedy KIM’S CONVENIENCE (13×30), the funny, heartfelt story of a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store in Toronto, premiering Tues. Oct. 4; and political thriller SHOOT THE MESSENGER (8×60), premiering Mon. Oct. 10, which centres on the complex relationships between crime reporters and the police.CBC’s daytime programming welcomes the highly anticipated one-hour weekday program THE GOODS on Mon. Oct 3, hosted by Steven Sabados, Jessi Cruickshank, Shahir Massoud and Andrea Bain, who will offer playful inspiration and information on home, style, food and wellness; while new Kids’ CBC original series include the Tues. Sept 6 world premiere of animated adventure DOT. (52×11), based on the children’s book by entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg, and photography competition series SNAPSHOTS (6×30), premiering Sat. Sept. 10.Returning for new seasons are CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON (season 3); DRAGONS’ DEN (season 11);EXHIBITIONISTS (season 2);HEARTLAND (season 10);HELLO GOODBYE (season 2);MR. D (season 6);MURDOCH MYSTERIES (season 10);RICK MERCER REPORT (season 14);THE ROMEO SECTION (season 2);THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (season 24); and THIS LIFE (season 2). Also returning are acclaimed news and investigative programs MARKETPLACE (season 44) and the fifth estate (season 42); thought-provoking documentary series FIRSTHAND (season 2); David Suzuki’s THE NATURE OF THINGS (season 56); and weekly CBC Sports series ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES.THE MOBLEES (season 2) and BIG BLOCK SINGSONG (season 3) return for new seasons on Kids’ CBC.The complete CBC fall premiere schedule is as follows: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 67:45 a.m. (8:15 NT) — The Moblees 8 a.m. (8:30 NT) — Dot. *NEW SERIES*8:23 a.m. (8:53 NT) — Big Block SingsongSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 109 a.m. (9:30 NT) — Snapshots *NEW SERIES*SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24:30 p.m. (5:00 NT) – Exhibitionists7 p.m. (7:30 NT) — Heartland8 p.m. (8:30 NT) — This is High School *NEW SERIES*9 p.m. (9:30 NT) — This LifeMONDAY, OCTOBER 32 p.m. (2:30 NT) — The Goods *NEW SERIES*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 48 p.m. (8:30 NT) — Rick Mercer Report8:30 p.m. (9 NT) — This Hour Has 22 Minutes9 p.m. (9:30 NT) — Kim’s Convenience *NEW SERIES*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 58 p.m. (8:30 NT) — Dragons’ Den9 p.m. (9:30 NT) — The Romeo SectionTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 68 p.m. (8:30 NT) — The Nature of Things: “Pompeii’s People”9 p.m. (9:30 NT) — Firsthand: “Road to Mercy”MONDAY, OCTOBER 108 p.m. (8:30 NT) — Murdoch Mysteries9 p.m. (9:30 NT) — Shoot the Messenger *NEW SERIES*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 119:30 p.m. (10 NT) — Mr. DFRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) — Marketplace 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) — Hello Goodbye9 p.m. (9:30 NT) — the fifth estateSATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 4 p.m. ET (1 pm PT) — Road to the Olympic GamesSUNDAY, NOVEMBER 138 p.m. (8:30 NT) — Canada’s Smartest Person-30-About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. Advertisement New series SHOOT THE MESSENGER, KIM’S CONVENIENCE and THIS IS HIGH SCHOOL anchor CBC primetime lineup of distinctly Canadian storytelling Daytime sees the premiere of the highly anticipated new weekday program THE GOODS and the launch of new Kids’ CBC titles DOT. and SNAPSHOTS Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Women are SecondClass Citizens in Morocco Leila Slimani

Rabat – Leila Slimani has always raised her voice in defense of women’s rights and equality in Moroccan society.When she released “Sex and Lies: Sexual Life in Morocco” in 2017, the French-Moroccan writer wanted to create a space where woman could share their daily struggles.Slimani reports stories of women trapped in a society, where sex outside marriage, abortions, and homosexuality are illegal, yet men and women, like everywhere else in the world, are having sex in secret in a state of fear and shame. “This culture of shame and lying creates lots of victims: the women who have an abortion illegally — 600 abortions per day! — The single mothers who are thrown out because they are considered shameful. As a writer, I had to use the only power I have—words—to break this silence,” the Prix Goncourt winner explains in an interview with San Francisco Chronicle published yesterday.Slimani is well-aware that the struggle for women’s rights is still a contentious topic in many predominantly Muslim societies, with a prevailing patriarchal culture that gives more rights and social recognition to its male members.“Women are doubly humiliated because they have to prove their virginity upon entering marriage by providing a ‘certificate of recent defloration.’ Women are second-class citizens in Morocco.”Referencing the #MeToo movement, which speaks out against sexual harassment and violence towards women, the successful author agrees that the movement is an effective way to win back some dignity in a society where it is “more shameful to be raped than to be a rapist.”Last month, Leila Slimani initiated a petition with several other public personalities in order to challenge an inheritance law that favors men over women. The group of signatories is demanding that women be put on an equal legal footing as men when it comes to inheritance rights.Born to a Moroccan father and a French-Algerian mother in Rabat, Slimani represents the face of Francophone countries open to a multicultural world. Slimani majored in political science and media studies in Paris, where she acquired her French citizenship. In 2014, she published her first novel “Dans le jardin de l’ogre,” followed by “Chanson Douce” in 2016.In November 2016, the author received the prestigious Prix Goncourt for “Chanson Douce,” the most read novel in France in 2016.Translated into English as “Lullaby,” the novel quickly became a bestseller with more than 450,000 copies printed in 2016.In 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron named the French-Moroccan award-winning author and journalist, as France’s top emissary for Francophone affairs. read more

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Concerted global effort needed to curb piracy in Gulf of Guinea UN

10 October 2011The top United Nations envoy for West Africa has called for concerted international efforts to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, as well as other forms of transnational crime such as trafficking in narcotics and medicines. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for West Africa Said Djinnit discussed the issue at length on a visit to Benin last Friday with President Boni Yayi and other high-ranking officials, who warned him that their country would suffer an even more severe economic impact if piracy was not contained. Mr. Djinnit announced the forthcoming visit of a UN evaluation team to Benin.The issue of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea was raised by several West African officials at last month’s General Assembly annual general debate in New York as they called for greater UN and international support to prevent the region’s coasts from becoming a haven for pirates and to fight growing drug and arms trafficking.In August the Security Council voiced concern over increasing piracy, armed robbery and reported hostage-taking in the Gulf and warned that the crimes were having an adverse impact on security, trade and other economic activities in the region.Before visiting Benin, Mr. Djinnit spent two days in Guinea as part of a joint UN-African Union (AU) mission together with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to encourage political leaders to create favourable conditions for peaceful, fair and credible legislative elections after an outbreak of deadly violence last month.His visit followed a call by Mr. Ban last month for all stakeholders to refrain from violence and engage in dialogue. In a meeting with Guinean President Alpha Condé on the margins of the General Debate, Mr. Ban called for the peaceful resolution of all major political disputes to ensure that the elections scheduled for later this year are free and fair.He urged the authorities to ensure that security forces avoided excessive use of force and stressed the importance of allowing peaceful protests after demonstrations in Conakry, the capital, had led to loss of life. read more

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Police probe extortion attempts

The caller claims he is part of the CID or TID and is investigating an allegations raised against the telephone call receiver. The caller then says in order to forego the investigations the person should pay a huge sum of money. The police is investigating an attempt by some individuals who extort money from people claiming they are from the CID or TID.Police headquarters said that complaints have been received by individuals who have been threatened over the telephone for money. Out of fear most people have transferred money to the account numbers provided by the caller, the police said.Police headquarters said that the victims also avoid making complaints to the police out of fear. The police urged the public to bring such incidents to the notice of the nearest police station. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Navy detains three suspects attempting to smuggle gold

The Navy detained three suspects attempting to smuggle gold out of the country, the Navy media unit said.The Navy said that the three Sri Lankan nationals attempting to smuggle 24.2 kg of gold from the country via sea were detained by Navy officers attached to the North Central Naval Command in the seas north of Mannar. It is believed that the 242 gold biscuits, each weighing 100g, are worth approximately Rs. 170 million.During the arrest a dinghy used for the attempt to smuggle the gold was seized. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN to support China in ending production of ozonedepleting substances by 2030

In what it billed as a “landmark decision,” the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer announced that it would provide China, the largest global producer and consumer of HCFCs, with up to $385 million for the eradication of ODS production as well as for retiring its unutilized surplus production capacity. “China will close and dismantle its production lines producing only HCFCs for uses controlled under the Montreal Protocol and ensure that any HCFC plants that will receive funding do not switch to producing HCFCs as industrial feedstock,” according to a press statement released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) which oversees the Montreal Protocol. “China will also coordinate with stakeholders and make best efforts to manage HCFC production and associated by-product production in HCFC plants in accordance with best practices to minimize associated climate impacts.” The Montreal Protocol aims to protect the ozone layer by taking measures to control total global production and consumption of substances that deplete it, with the ultimate objective of their elimination. Since its ratification in 1987, it has successfully phased out 97 per cent of chemicals that deplete the ozone layer around the world. In 2007, however, countries meeting in Canada, under the Montreal Protocol, agreed to speeding up the freeze and phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) – chemicals designed to replace the old, more ozone-damaging chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).According to data provided by UNEP, China produces 92 per cent of the total HCFC production of developing countries with most of the chemicals supplied to the world’s refrigeration, air conditioning and foam manufacturing sectors but also utilized for solvents, fire protection, and the sterilization of medical devices. Over the next four years, China will receive $95 million to cover the first stage of its HFC production phase-out to help the Asian country achieve the freeze in HCFC production by 2013 and the reduction by 10 per cent by 2015 as mandated by the Protocol. Moreover, the Government of China estimates that the total amount of HCFCs to be eliminated by this new initiative will prevent the emission of over 4.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions. China’s new push for HCFC elimination is not only potentially the largest project approved so far under the Protocol since its inception, but it is also key in paving the way for other developing countries to follow suit, the statement added. “The phase-out of HCFC production in China is fundamental to ensure the compliance of all developing countries with the Montreal Protocol and the overall success of the Protocol.” read more

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Israeli attack on UN school an atrocity Charlie Flanagan

first_imgISRAELI AMBASSADOR BOAZ Modai has been told of the “grave concerns” of the Irish people at yesterday’s bombing of a UN-run school in Gaza, after being called to a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan.At least 15 people were killed during the Israeli shelling of the school, and a further 200 were injured.It’s believed hundreds of people had sought refuge in the building, which is run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in the northern town of Beit Hanun.“I expressed my own deep disquiet and the grave concerns of the Irish Government and people at the escalation of violence in Gaza and at yesterday’s latest atrocity,” Flanagan said in a statement released after this morning’s meeting. Such attacks on civilian institutions such as schools and hospitals are utterly unacceptable, contrary to international law and must stop immediately.“I requested the Ambassador to convey these messages on behalf of the Government to the Israeli Government and he undertook to do this immediately.“The Government will continue its efforts across a range of fronts to address the appalling crisis and humanitarian situation with which we are now confronted in Gaza. This includes addressing the underlying causes of the violence as well as supporting all international efforts to end the carnage and institute an immediate ceasefire.The Government, and Flanagan in particular, have come in from criticism from the opposition and some backbench Labour TDs for their stance on the escalating crisis.Former Foreign Affairs Minister and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said earlier this week that the Government needed to properly articulate Ireland’s “outrage” to Gaza.While two Labour TDs — Michael McCarthy and Derek Nolan — last night criticised Ireland’s abstention from a UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza yesterday, with McCarthy labeling the decision “a disgrace”.Read: Why did Ireland abstain from a UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza? >Labour’s justice spokesperson, Senator  Ivana Bacik, said this afternoon that she was glad to hear that Flanagan had “expressed strong outrage to the Ambassador about the level of civilian casualties in Gaza”.“I am also glad to hear the Minister told the Ambassador that attacks by Israel on civilian institutions such as schools and hospitals are utterly unacceptable,” Bacik said.In a separate development this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has written to the Taoiseach asking for the Dáil to be recalled to discuss the crisis in Gaza.Read: Some Labour TDs are not happy with Charlie FlanaganRead: “We didn’t think it was appropriate.”- Charlie Flanagan defends Ireland’s abstention on Gaza votelast_img read more

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Review HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint

first_imgThe single best selling Android phone on Sprint is the original HTC EVO. Since that device, Sprint has tried to re-capture the EVO effect with several devices, all from HTC. The HTC EVO Shift and the EVO 3D really didn’t do so great in comparison, but that hasn’t stopped HTC and Sprint from trying again. With Sprint’s LTE network just a flick of the switch away (or so they tell us), the HTC EVO 4G LTE is has come to Sprint.Hardware, and the return of the kickstandThe original HTC Evo was an ugly phone. It was the first 4.3-inch Android handset, but managed the same resolution as the smaller screens available. As a result, most of the icons looked cartoonish, and the overall usability suffered as a result. The EVO came to Sprint at a time when Sprint needed to deliver their new 4G network, so it combined a 4G radio with the first huge phone screen. The result was a recipe for success.The EVO 4G LTE comes equipped with many of the same features, only they have been fine-tuned after years of hardware improvement across the mobile ecosystem. This new EVO is lighter, thinner, stronger, and much faster than anything else on Sprint right now. Combine that with a terrific Super LCD qHD display and an LTE radio, and you’ve got the makings of a really great phone.When the EVO 3D was released, HTC told us that they weren’t able to squeeze in a kickstand like the one found in the original. It was too hard and they couldn’t make the phone any thinner. Times sure have changes, because the EVO 4G LTE comes in at 0.35-inches thick and manages to include a kickstand. In fact, after two years of trying to put a kickstand in a phone, this new EVO finally does it right. You can stand the phone up on either of its long sides, or lay it on the back and let it wobble a little.The casing for this phone is clearly the result of HTC’s attempts to fine-tune this design for the past couple of years. The front and most of the back is a matte finish plastic that is unfortunately an oil and fingerprint magnet, but feels very comfortable to hold in your hand. The top portion of the casing, just above the kickstand, is a glossy black plastic that is pretty different from the rest of the phone. The different texture is a little strange to look at, but actually makes it easier to hold the phone as your fingers rest on the two different textures.The removable glossy backing reveals a microSD slot, but no SIM slot. In fact, the SIM slot is not accessible by the user at all — the EVO 4G LTE has an embedded SIM. It is unlikely that will cause any issues, but the idea that you can’t get to the SIM sets me on edge a little. You also don’t have access to the 2000mAh battery in the phone, but that is a growing trend in thinner, sexier phones.You’ll also fin NFC on the inside of this device, an 16GB of internal storage. All of this is powered by the 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 and 1GB or RAM, similar to what we’ve seen in HTC’s ONE X. What really sets this phone apart from the others on Sprint is yet to come. When the Sprint LTE network is turned on, the EVO 4G LTE will be the only LTE device on the network where the radio baseband is found on the Snapdragon chipset, instead of on a separate chip. In theory, this will mean better battery usage than the other LTE devices.Screen and CameraIn a world with Goliath phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, it is not enough to simply have the biggest screen anymore. HTC put a 4.7-inch 720×1280 SuperLCD screen in the EVO 4G LTE. This is not only just under half an inch larger than the EVO screen, but significantly higher quality and greater resolution display. The phone doesn’t disappoint, everything on the phone looks great. As an LCD display, it has a great color balance and the resolution makes text display very sharp. When you take the phone outside, expect the sun to wash out the screen a bit, and in direct sunlight understand that the backlight on the phone will lose out most times. You’ll need to rely on your shadow to use the phone to read something outside. Otherwise, it’s a really great screen.The EVO 4G LTE also comes with HTC’s amazing new 8MP camera with a backlit sensor. From a hardware perspective, this means you’ll be able to take great photos even in low light. The camera really does compete with most of the low-end point and shoot cameras. The hardware is combined with HTC’s camera app, which has been finely tuned to offer you the best shot possible. Because of the dedicated shutter button on the EVO 4G LTE, you can hold that button down and allow the burst mode of the camera to instantly take 20 rapid fire photos, and then the software will help you pick the best one. The software even allows for HDR shots, which have a high likelihood of turning out absolutely amazing as long as you can hold the phone still.HTC Sense and SprintThe phone has no shortage of what most would consider bloatware, but the case of the EVO 4G LTE is somewhat unique. This is the first phone I have ever used that had bloatware from HTC, Sprint, and Google. The typical HTC Sense 4 apps are all there, ready and willing to try really hard to not get in the way of using your phone. On top of this, Sprint has their arsenal of account apps, Sprint TV, and so far it looks like these apps can be removed.It is good to see Sprint keeping promises and HTC not stopping basic Android 4.0 functionality from allowing the users to choose what is on their phones. However, added to the normal lineup of additional software from carrier and OEM, I found new Google apps. The Google Shopper app, for example, is pre-loaded on the phone. Nestled right next to the Google Wallet app, Shopper is on the phone to help you look for things that you can buy with Google Wallet online, in case you aren’t in the store to buy it.If the software comes from Google, is it still bloatware? It’s an interesting though, considering I’ll probably never use the Shopper app, and I have yet to use a phone where Shopper came pre-installed.Final ThoughtsWhen Sprint’s LTE network is finally turned on, I am sure this will continue to be a really great phone. As it stands right now, the lack of any kind of 4G is the only thing holding this phone back from being one of the best devices out there. Compared to AT&T’s or Verizon’s LTE, the Sprint 4G service is mildly akin to dial-up in my area. It made the phone fairly difficult to use any time I traveled outside with it.The biggest question I have about the EVO 4G LTE phone can’t be answered until the LTE network goes live, and that’s how the battery life on the phone is with LTE on, specifically how it compares to the rest of the LTE devices out there. Aside from the battery life question, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is by far the best phone on Sprint today.HTC EVO 4G LTE OverheadHTC EVO 4G LTE OverheadHTC EVO 4G LTE CompareHTC EVO 4G LTE light exposureHTC EVO 4G LTEHTC EVO 4G LTE rear profileHTC EVO 4G LTE kickstandThis review was based on an Evo 4G loaner unit, provided by Sprint.last_img read more

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Drink drivers will be automatically banned when caught

first_img File photo Image: Liam McBurney PA Wire/PA Images By Sean Murray Instead of three penalty points, such drivers will get a three-month disqualification.“Drink driving is serious, and potentially fatal. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair people’s reactions, and that cannot be tolerated when people are behind the wheel of a car.”He added that it was important to get this bill through quickly to send the message that drink driving can no longer go “without serious consequences”.The bill will now be submitted for formal drafting with a view to publication as soon as possible. It will also be referred to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport.Read: ‘Very bad year for road safety’ sees more deaths and more fatal crashesRead: Three out of five people think those convicted of drink driving should get automatic ban Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 6:30 PM Feb 14th 2017, 6:30 PM 38,362 Views https://jrnl.ie/3239855 File photo 90 Comments MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT Shane Ross has announced that he has received approval from his Cabinet colleagues to implement a new law that will see drink drivers disqualified from driving.Ross said that he hopes that the General Scheme of a Road Traffic (Fixed Penalty – Drink Driving) Bill can be now be passed as soon as possible, and without any amendment.He said that disqualifying drivers who were found to be drink driving was “proportionate” and would “ultimately save lives”.He said that drink driving continues to be a serious issue in Ireland, and that “we can no longer be ambivalent in our attitude toward this destructive practice”.The Minister cited research conducted by the Road Safety Authority, which shows that 500 people were arrested for drink driving in the first three weeks of December alone, as showing the need for a change in how we punish those found to have been drink driving.He said: “What I am now proposing is that the existing provision allowing people to get penalty points rather than a disqualification for drink driving sends the wrong message and should go. Image: Liam McBurney PA Wire/PA Images Drink drivers will be automatically banned when caught Cabinet approved the plan from Shane Ross earlier today. Share1761 Tweet Email2 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Not conceivable that journalists were negatively briefed about Maurice McCabe says Tribunal

first_img Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 4:11 PM Sergeant Maurice McCabe Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie 18,000 Views No Comments http://jrnl.ie/4066953 Jun 12th 2018, 4:11 PM THE CHAIRMAN OF the Disclosures Tribunal has said it is not conceivable based on the evidence he has heard so far that journalists were negatively briefed about whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe by senior garda officers.“I regard it as not conceivable that there was any such communication on the state of evidence as it now exists,” Mr Justice Peter Charleton said.This morning, on day 92 of the inquiry, the tribunal heard evidence from two Irish Examiner journalists who both claimed privilege in relation to any conversations they may have had with confidential sources.Security correspondent Cormac O’Keeffe told the tribunal that he felt obliged to claim journalistic privilege.“My overriding obligation is not to do anything that could endanger the flow of information from sources to journalists either now or in the future,” Mr O’Keeffe said.The chairman said he felt “disturbed” that a journalist could refuse to answer questions at the tribunal about what sources said, and could write an article the following day based on what sources said.“This is a bit like a crossword puzzle spending the whole morning trying to work out what people are saying to me,” Judge Charleton said.GossipThe tribunal is looking at allegations by Supt David Taylor that he was directed when he was garda press officer to smear McCabe in relation to a false allegation of sexual offending. Former commissioners Martin Callinan and Nóirín O’Sullivan deny there was any smear campaign.The DPP directed no prosecution after a garda investigation into allegations by Miss D in 2006, saying no evidence of a crime was disclosed.O’Keeffe said he believed he had heard “bits of gossip” about Sgt McCabe around February 2014, when he first wrote about the penalty point scandal.“There was no reference to a child. The first reference was in relation to a sexual allegation generally,” Mr O’Keeffe said.Asked if he had heard rumours from anyone other than journalists, Mr O’Keeffe said he was unable to comment on anything that may or may not identify a source.“My reaction initially was to be very cautious about this snatch of information that I heard,” O’Keeffe said.O’Keeffe said there was still an obligation on a journalist not to reveal a source, even when an alleged source had waived any privilege or confidentiality.O’Keeffe said there was also a danger that if a journalist confirmed somebody was not a source, then that narrowed down who a source could be, which could lead to identification.John Ferry BL formally put it to O’Keeffe that his client Supt David Taylor had negatively briefed O’Keeffe about Sgt McCabe.“I’m unable to say anything that may or may not identify a source,” O’Keeffe said.John Fitzgerald BL, on behalf of former commissioners Callinan and O’Sullivan said it was unfair to his client that O’Keeffe refused to answer questions.Correct the record Share8 Tweet Email Irish Examiner reporters Juno McEnroe and Cormac O’Keeffe. Source: Leah FarrellEarlier, Irish Examiner political correspondent Juno McEnroe said he wanted to “correct the record” about a letter sent to the tribunal last year in which solicitors said he did not have any information relevant to the terms of reference.McEnroe said the letter was incorrect, and should have stated that he would be claiming privilege and could not confirm or deny he had any information of relevance to the tribunal.“All I can say is that the letter is incorrect and sent in error. I sought advice and it was close to deadline for sending in, and I regret that it was sent,” McEnroe said.In an interview with tribunal investigators in April 2018, McEnroe said he had no knowledge of any involvement by former commissioners O’Sullivan or Callinan or any other senior member of An Garda Síochána in negative briefings.McEnroe said a commissioner or assistant commissioner would be senior officers, and that he would not have regarded a superintendent as a senior officer.Kathleen Leader, BL for the tribunal asked McEnroe if he had any evidence of a senior member, including a superintendent, discrediting Sgt McCabe.“In relation to Supt Taylor I cannot answer questions in relation to that for fear of disclosing information relating to a source, or sources,” McEnroe said.McEnroe said he had not become aware of sexual allegations against Sgt McCabe until after July 2014. The tribunal chairman said that Supt Taylor was no longer press officer after June 2014.The chairman said that it therefore followed “as night follows day” that Supt Taylor did not brief McEnroe.David and GoliathMcEnroe said that when Sgt McCabe came to Leinster House to give evidence to the Public Accounts Committee it was unprecedented, and a “David and Goliath moment”.“I do remember around that period, and this was more gossip, prattle, that somebody raised a question mark over Sgt McCabe,” Mr McEnroe said.“I then endeavoured to look into that, and I was satisfied that he was a credible person,” McEnroe said.“I just remember there were question marks raised, is he a trustworthy person,” McEnroe said.McEnroe said that sources were “the bread and butter” of journalism. “If we don’t have those sources it’s much more difficult to get stories,” McEnroe said.“I believe it’s the right of the journalist to maintain that privilege even above the right of the person who waived it,” McEnroe said.Miss D storyLater, a senior Independent Newspapers editor said that she advised against the publication of a draft article with the woman who alleged that her complaint against McCabe was not properly investigated.Dearbhail McDonald, the Group Business Editor with Independent News & Media, told the tribunal she was asked to review and “stress test” a story by journalist Paul Williams in March 2014 by editor Stephen Rea.The article was based on an interview with the woman, identified only as Miss D, who made sexual offence allegations against Sgt McCabe in 2006. The DPP ultimately directed no prosecution after a garda investigation into the allegations, saying no evidence of a crime was disclosed.McDonald testified that she advised against publication of the story. She said the article published in April 2014, which did not name McCabe or Miss D, contained material differences from the draft she had seen.McDonald said she was asked to look at whether the article was fit for publication “in terms of being legally and factually robust”. McDonald said her background as legal editor meant she would have knowledge of legal and defamation issues and was often asked to give an opinion, although she was not a lawyer.McDonald said that she made her own inquiries about the story, and wrote a memo over which she was claiming professional privilege. Short URL Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Gerard Cunningham Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sergeant Maurice McCabe ‘Not conceivable’ that journalists were negatively briefed about Maurice McCabe says Tribunal chair The tribunal heard evidence from two Irish Examiner journalists who both claimed privilege.last_img read more

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Aussie firms HiLux bull bar deal

first_imgA company owned by a Greek Australian family has been chosen by Toyota to supply original-equipment bull bars as dealer-fit accessories for the new HiLux and the Fortuner SUV.That normally wouldn’t be big news, but Abcor, the supplier, is a model for other parts suppliers to follow, as full-scale manufacturing winds down in Australia. A family-owned company, Abcor anticipates exporting its locally-manufactured bull bars around the world, but its core business will remain here. Toyota and Abcor have worked together very closely in the development of the bull bars, with the local engineers liaising with Toyota accessory and vehicle engineers in Japan.Abcor builds the bull bars in two basic types – Prestige and Commercial – and in seven different variants. The bars are fashioned from XF400-grade steel and comply with all Australian Design Rules, which means they’ll deform correctly in the event of an animal striking them. The bars are designed to deflect kangaroos weighing up to 80kg.Not bad, considering the bar itself weighs roughly 60kg all up, which is around 10-15kg heavier than the aluminium bull bar the company also supplies Toyota for the Prado. But that weight penalty is ultimately offset by its strength. Abcor estimates that the steel bull bar still weighs at least 20kg less than the competitors’, and it’s winch-compatible of course.Being an original-equipment fitting (not aftermarket), the bull bars are covered by the same warranty that applies to the vehicle. They’re easily fitted at the Toyota dealership, one company spokesman told the motoring.com.au website. It’s just “like Ikea,” he said.Abcor has spent half a million dollars buying an Italian Intec auto linishing cell, which automatically sands down the rough edges (the welding scale) to a very smooth surface that is ready for powder coating and won’t tear a gash in an unfortunate pedestrian. Without the linishing (which is rarely done manually with the same degree of consistency) the bull bars’ weld ‘sinks’ would be visible through the powder coating.In addition to the two manufacturing facilities, Abcor has a test facility at Altona, where vehicles like the Prado and HiLux are run over an offset corrugation track, where engineers can assess whether the bull bar will make contact with the vehicle’s body during the test. As one engineer explained to motoring.com.au, modern off-roaders frequently feature a secondary suspension system between the chassis and the body, so the bull bar, being mounted to the chassis, does move independently of the body during a test like this.Abcor plans to export its bull bars for Toyota vehicles to South Africa, New Zealand and possibly parts of Asia and the Middle East. The company’s new production facility in Campbellfield can produce 10,000 to 12,000 units per annum, from one shift. It’s unlikely to happen, we’re told, but in the event Abcor ever gets to export to a truly large market like North America the company would need to recruit more staff for three shifts.Currently the facility is staffed by 16 production workers, with the HiLux Premium bar already in production. Six more members of staff will start once the commercial bars go into production from next month. Present for the official opening today were John Kaias and his brother James – both Abcor directors and sons of the founder Greg Kaias – and Toyota Australia president Dave Buttner, who was on hand to remove the shroud from a HiLux front clip fitted with one of the new bull bars.“We have invested $15 million in this purpose-built facility to manufacture the new generation of Toyota HiLux steel bull bar,” said John Kaias during his presentation this morning. “Our long-term partnership with Toyota in supplying original-equipment manufactured products and our belief in local manufacturing made our decision to invest quite simple.”In some ways, the Abcor experience is a hint of how Australian manufacturing could and should evolve in the future. The company is long established and is clearly trusted enough by Toyota to be allowed access to the new-generation HiLux well before the car was officially seen in public. It’s not a cottage industry-style concern, but nor is it an especially high-volume manufacturer.Oddly enough, Abcor is flying in the face of conventional business practice in this country. It’s buying imported steel from Bluescope and creating a value-added product. In Australia our manufacturing history has been the reverse of that – exporting a raw product to be fashioned into a finished product overseas.The new facility received the highest praise from Dave Buttner, the Toyota chief describing the new plant as a “state of the art facility”. It’s a premises where “you could eat your dinner off the floor,” as one company spokesman observed.Bull bars may seem like unsophisticated products that anyone can make in a backyard facility, but consider the engineering that goes into making a bull bar deform progressively – and in consonance with airbag deployment. Then take a peek at all the leading edge manufacturing equipment: the robots, the auto linishing cell, Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) welding, the powder coating kilns, the pneumatic lifting gantries – and particularly the laser cutting equipment – and you’ll look at a bull bar on the front end of a HiLux with renewed respect, and for an entirely different reason.Source: motoring.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Les bonobos des singes policés

first_imgLes bonobos, des singes ‘policés’Publiant ses travaux dans Animal Behaviour, un chercheur américain estime que les différences comportementales entre les agressifs chimpanzés et les plus pacifiques bonobos sont dues aux différences environnementales entre les habitats respectifs de ces deux espèces proches.  Brian Hare, anthropologue à la Duke University (Caroline du Nord), a émis une hypothèse pour expliquer les différences de comportement social entre les bonobos, vivant dans une zone restreinte du bassin du Congo, et les chimpanzés, peuplant le reste de l’Afrique équatoriale. Les premiers sont connus comme adeptes de la formule : ‘faites l’amour, pas la guerre’ – égalité des sexes et désamorçage des conflits par la sexualité. Les seconds sont plus agressifs, avec des mâles souvent violents, et les luttes de pouvoir sont fréquentes dans leurs clans.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon Brian Hare, depuis la divergence entre les deux espèces, qui partageaient un ancêtre commun il y a 1 à 2 millions d’années, les chimpanzés auraient évolué dans un habitat dangereux et violent, caractérisé par la compétition avec d’autres espèces et la lutte pour la survie. Les individus agressifs y auraient eu plus de chance de s’en tirer, favorisant ainsi ce trait de comportement dans la lignée.Les bonobos, en revanche, protégés de ces pressions environnementales par le fleuve Congo, au sud duquel ils vivent, auraient eu l’opportunité de sélectionner (sur le plan évolutif) des caractères plus paisibles, formant des groupes socialement stables où les individus ‘amicaux’ ont finalement un rang supérieur aux individus agressifs.Des traits que l’homme a toujours cherché à ‘implanter’ chez les animaux domestiques. “Les caractéristiques des bonobos font écho à celles de ces animaux domestiques. ‘L’auto-domestication’ fournit une explication plausible de l’origine des nombreuses différences entres bonobos et chimpanzés”, conclut le chercheur cité par le Daily Mail.Le 29 janvier 2012 à 10:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Buffalo Soldiers’ role in the frontier discussed

first_imgVancouver – Author John P. Langellier will discuss his book — “Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army”– at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.The event is free and open to the public.Langellier will describe the role the African-American Buffalo Soldiers played in opening the West. They were six all-black regiments established in 1866, totaling 6,000 men. By the 1890s, black soldiers comprised 20 percent of America’s frontier cavalry.The Buffalo Soldiers played a key part in the development of the national park system. At locations including Sequoia and Yosemite, they served in the roles later assumed by national park rangers.Their story “is one that is closely connected to our national park,” said Bob Cromwell, acting chief ranger at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. “African-American soldiers from Company B of the 24th U.S. Infantry Regiment were stationed at Vancouver Barracks in 1899, and were an important part of the community here.”The event is hosted by the National Park Service and the Friends of Fort Vancouver. Copies of Langellier’s book will be available for sale in the bookstore.In observance of the 150th anniversary of their establishment, the park service is seeking public comment on the Buffalo Soldiers. Information is at go.nps.gov/firstrangers.last_img read more

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Update on ARCCO Yield Issue

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) has worked with several other farm organizations to address discrepancies in county yields and payments under ARC-CO. These differences came to light last October, when payments were made for 2014 crops, the first year under the Agricultural Act of 2014 (AA-14), also known as the farm bill. The number of affected crops and counties may be more significant when payments are made for 2015 crops in October 2016. Continued discrepancies in yields and payments will make the ARC-CO program, in which 97 percent of soybean base acres are enrolled, subject to criticism as debate begins on the next farm bill in 2017.The cause of the discrepancies is the “cascade policy” for determining county yields adopted by FSA after AA-14 was enacted. Currently, FSA requires that a county’s NASS yield be used when at least 30 producer surveys are returned or when returned surveys represent at least 25 percent of a county’s harvested acreage for a crop. If neither of these conditions is met, the county’s RMA yield is used.  Differences between yields in neighboring counties can occur due to weather and agronomic reasons, and are often significant.  However, since reported RMA yields are frequently higher than NASS yields, payments to producers in counties where RMA yields are used can be substantially lower than payments in counties using NASS yields.There is no legislative requirement or guidance for the cascade policy, and FSA could change it if a way can be found that would make yields and payments more consistent between counties. One suggestion would be to use NASS yields in adjacent counties to establish yields in counties that don’t meet either of the requirements for a published NASS yield.  In situations where there are no adjacent counties, the FSA State Committee could use NASS yields in comparable counties. However, after several meetings with ASA and other farm organizations, FSA decided not to change their policy, stating that it could create “winners and losers” or increase the cost of the program. They also expressed concern that making a change in the middle of the current farm bill could bring unwanted attention to differences in yields that producers report to both NASS and RMA.ASA’s Voting Delegates adopted a policy resolution in February 2016 to support using RMA rather than NASS yields under the ARC-CO program. Since FSA has declined to change its current approach, ASA leaders decided at the just-completed July Board meeting to encourage farmers to submit NASS surveys in order to reduce the number of county yield discrepancies and make ARC-CO more defensible in advance of debate on the next farm bill. In addition, Senator Hoeven (R-ND) amended the FY-2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill to establish a pilot program for 2016 crops under which FSA would designate counties for which NASS yields in adjacent or comparable counties would be used to mitigate differences that would otherwise exist.  ASA will support adoption of the Hoeven amendment in Conference later this year if efforts to have FSA change its current policy are not successful.last_img read more

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Alaskan hiker falls to her death in New Zealand

first_imgNicole Leman (Photo via Facebook)A 24-year-old Alaskan died in a hiking accident in New Zealand on Wednesday.  Nicole Leman was the youngest child of former Lt. Gov. Loren Leman. According to news accounts in New Zealand, she and a hiking partner were on a multi-day trek in Mount Aspiring National Park, on the South Island.Download AudioWanaka Police Constable Dean Harbison flew in with a mountain rescue team to recover the body by helicopter. He says Leman and her companion were making their way up an area called Waterfall Face, which the officer describes as a severe rise,Waterfall Face, on left. (Photo: David Noble, 2009)about 300 yards above a valley floor.“It requires kind of an advanced level of tramping (hiking) ability,” he said. “It doesn’t require ropes or any specialist equipment, other than good experience and knowing how to traverse over rough ground.”According to Harbison, the companion was badly shaken but told investigators the Alaskan turned to speak to him and lost her footing, resulting in a long fall. Harbison says it was fine summer hiking weather and it appears the pair had done all the appropriate research before they set out.Three hikers on Waterfall Face in Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand. (Photo: David Noble, 2009)“The investigation, as such, it’s still in it’s early stages. But on face value, they haven’t done anything stupid,” he said. “They’ve been well prepared. They were tramping together and doing it as safely as they can. It’s just one of those unfortunate things, just a nasty tragedy.”Nicole Leman was a graduate of Grace Christian School in Anchorage and Letourneau University, where she studied exercise science and ran competitively. On her Facebook page, she said she worked at the Alaska Club as a personal trainer.Her father was lieutenant governor for four years ending in 2006. Loren Leman told the Alaska Dispatch News the family is taking encouragement from many friends.“It is painful beyond belief to lose a child,” Leman told the paper.last_img read more

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SelfDriving Potato Pet is Better Than a Cat

first_img Tesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in MoscowDomino’s Brings Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston Middle-school science teaches us how to make a potato-powered light bulb: Using pennies, zinc-plated nails, copper wire, and a simple spud, we create chemical reactions that generate a small amount of voltage.But what happens when you add an energy harvesting chip and supercapacitor will blow your 13-year-old self’s mind.DIY inventor Marek Baczynski updated the classic experiment using modern technology, including a pair of toy wheels and motors from a CD drive.The energy harvester, he explained in a video (below), collects electric chemical energy from the tater and very slowly builds it up in the capacitor. Once a certain voltage is reached (about 2.85 V), “we get the world’s first self-driving potato,” the creator boasted.The car, dubbed “Pontus” (likely a reference to the mythological sea-god, or the coastal region of Turkey), takes 15 minutes to charge, and moves only 3 inches. But the bigger problem, according to Baczynski, is that the automated automobile always drives in the same direction: straight.“It doesn’t allow the potato to choose where it wants to go,” he said. “I think potatoes deserve to roam around freely and see the world—like cows or chickens or other kinds of food. That’s why I decided to bestow on this potato the gift of freedom.”So, with the addition of a second motor, a control board, and a simple script, the vegetable gained the power to choose its direction of movement. As one might suspect of a tuber left to its own devices, the vehicle behaved “chaotically” at first, but quickly identified the best sunbathing spots—”kind of like a cat,” Baczynski said.The maker (clearly a very lonely man) befriended Pontus, which followed him around the apartment all day.“Well, actually, he would ride around randomly, and I would just try not to step on him,” Baczynski said. “But at least I didn’t have to feed him or empty any litter boxes.”The story, however, does not have a happy ending for the starchy produce, which cultivated an unfortunate interest in Baczynski’s oven.“I had a theory, so I quickly built a ramp to test it, and unfortunately it seemed I was right,” he said, adding that “Pontus felt a destiny that he needed to fulfill. I couldn’t dare to stop him, so I did what had to be done.”That is, to bake the potato and serve it with a sprinkling of olive oil.“I tried to play God, but I ended up baking my best friend,” Baczynski lamented.An ideal classroom pet for science teachers, instructions for the autonomous potato are available online.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Ohio State has a realistic path to the playoff if they win

first_imgUCLA should have cut ties with the Ball circus LiAngelo Ball and his teammates are back on American soil after an embarrassing shoplifting incident during a team trip in China, and have been suspended indefinitely from the UCLA basketball team. Colin would have taken it a step further and used the opportunity to cut ties with the chaotic circus created by the Ball family.With the most talented son, Lonzo, having already passed through, all that’s left is package deal scholarship recipient LiAngelo, and the inevitable endless media attention and distractions from LaVar. Future commit LaMelo’s actions indicate he may skip college altogether.Steve Alford opted for a temporary suspension. Colin would have kicking LiAngelo off the team to ditch the headaches for good. Ohio State has a realistic path to the playoff if they win outOhio State has two losses on the year, but Colin thinks if they win out by beating Michigan and probable Big Ten Championship Game opponent, Wisconsin, they’ll be right in the playoff hunt when the committee makes its final selections.Right now, the Buckeyes are ranked ninth, and 3 of the 5 teams they need to lose are guaranteed to drop, based on scheduling. If Oklahoma drops a rematch to TCU, OSU is likely in. Colin thinks the fact they still have a chance to get In is a great message from the selection committee that losses don’t eliminate teams with tough schedules. Guests:Doug Gottlieb– FS1 analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show is in-studio talking possible suspensions for UCLA players; why Lonzo’s shooting problems are a bigger problem than Colin will admit; and why he thinks Lonzo has been a disappointment, but not an outright bust.Joel Klatt – FS1 college Football Analyst is in-studio talking college football playoffs; his Top 4; and why Ohio State has a realistic path to the playoffs.RJ Bell – Founder Pregame.com joins the show to talk Vegas college rankings; and odds for potential late season and playoff matchups.Rich Paul – Agent for LeBron James is in-studio discussing his relationship with LeBron; how he manages overwhelming demands; and how LeBron will approach his offseason free agency decision.last_img read more

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