Province to Help Pay Travel Accommodation Costs For Parent or Escort

first_imgThe province will now pay travel and accommodation expenses for a parent or escort to accompany a child who must travel out of province to receive necessary medical care not available here. Gary Ramey, ministerial assistant to Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald, announced today, May 20, plans to expand the province’s Travel and Accommodations Assistance Policy to include increased support for families. The policy provides financial assistance to children and their families who have been approved for insured out-of-province medical care. “When your child or loved one is sick, there is nothing more important than being by their side,” said Mr. Ramey. “Today’s announcement will allow families to focus on the treatment and recovery of their loved one without the burden of worrying about travel and accommodation expenses.” Under the policy, transportation and accommodation costs will be covered for a parent or caregiver to accompany a child, 18 years of age or younger, who has been approved for out-of-province medical care. Transportation costs will also be covered for an escort for any patient, including those older than 18, if it is medically necessary. The Department of Health and Wellness provides a maximum of $1,000 per round trip, to a maximum of 12 trips a year, to assist with travel costs for approved clients. The department will also assist with accommodation costs. “This is a miracle,” said Shannon Price, mother of a Bridgewater child in need of brain surgery. “This financial support will allow me and my family to totally focus on my daughter’s needs, without the worry of how we are going to pay the bills. I’m also very happy that more families will benefit because of this.” To qualify, patients must be pre-approved for an insured medical service that is not available in Nova Scotia. An example would be a lung transplant. The new policy takes effect June 1.last_img read more

India China must respect each others core concerns Jaishankar

first_imgBeijing: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that India and China should find stronger convergences, respecting each other’s core concerns and manage differences, as he underlined that the relationship between the two Asian giants has become “so big” that it remains no longer a bilateral partnership, but has acquired a global dimension. Jaishankar, who concluded his three-day visit to Beijing on Monday, held extensive and in-depth talks with his counterpart Wang Yi on the entire gamut of the India-China ties. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details During his visit, he also met Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, a close confidant of President Xi Jinping. As the two largest developing countries and emerging economies, cooperation between India and China is of great importance to the world, Jaishankar told state-run Xinhua news agency here in an interview on Sunday. “Our relationship is so big that it is no longer a bilateral relationship. It has global dimensions,” the report quoted Jaishankar as saying. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Describing the world as “more multi-polar” with changing global order, he said India and China need to enhance communication and coordination to contribute to world peace, stability and development. The two countries should find stronger areas of convergence, respect each other’s core concerns, find ways of managing differences and keep a strategic view of the direction of bilateral ties, he said. The minister said the two neighbours have a long history that goes back to thousands of years and the two countries’ civilisations are among the oldest that represent two pillars of the civilisation of the East. “A lot of people, including young people of both countries, really don’t have a good understanding of how much our two cultures of civilisations have affected each other,” Jaishankar said, underlining that “promoting a greater awareness of that history” through more cultural exchanges is an important task for the two countries. India and China have agreed to establish a high-level people-to-people exchanges mechanism in April last year and the first meeting was held in New Delhi in December. Describing the move as “taking the bilateral relationship from the narrow diplomatic field to a larger societal interaction”, Jaishankar said the more people of the two nations interact face-to-face, the more their sense of relating to each other will grow. “It’s important for our relationship to build popular support. Our people must feel good about each other,” he said. Jaishankar had also co-chaired the 2nd meeting of the China-India high-level people-to-people exchanges mechanism with Wang Yi, agreeing to further promote friendship between the two peoples. This was his first visit to China after taking over the position of the External Affairs Minister. He had earlier served as India’s envoy to China from 2009 to 2013, the longest tenure by an Indian diplomat to Beijing. His visit was finalised much before India’s move to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to J&K. Jaishankar also discussed arrangements for President Jinping’s visit to India later this year for second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During his meeting with Wang Yi, Jaishankar said India’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir are country’s “internal” matter and have no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. The remarks came in response to Wang, who brought up developments pertaining to legislation passed recently by the Indian Parliament on J&K, saying China is “very closely” following the Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir and its “ramifications” while asking New Delhi to play a “constructive role” for regional peace and stability. According to an official release from the external affairs ministry, during the bilateral meeting, Jaishankar conveyed that this was an “internal” matter for India and the issue related to changes in a temporary provision of the Constitution of India and was the sole prerogative of the country. Asserting that the legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development, Jaishankar also said there was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the LAC with China. “India was not raising any additional territorial claims. The Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced. The minister also conveyed that so far as the India China boundary question was concerned the two sides had agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the Boundary Question on the basis of the 2005 Political Parameters and Guiding Principles,” the release said. Jaishankar also told Wang that it was important to ensure that bilateral differences should not become disputes and emphasised that the future of the ties will depend on the mutual sensitivity to each other’s “core concerns”. China on August 6 had objected to the formation of Ladakh as Union Territory by India, saying it undermined its territorial sovereignty, evoking a sharp reaction from New Delhi, which asked Beijing to refrain from commenting on its “internal affairs”. Ahead of Jaishankar’s visit, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi air-dashed to Beijing and held talks with Wang, seeking China’s support for Islamabad’s efforts to take India’s decision to revoke special status to Kashmir to the UN Security Council.last_img read more

Mother son in hospital after allegedly being hit by dads vehicle

first_imgBRAMPTON, Ont. — A seven-year-old boy is in life-threatening condition and his mother is also in hospital after they were allegedly run over by the child’s father in the driveway of their home in Brampton, Ont.Peel Regional Police say they man in his early 40s has been arrested and charged with impaired driving.Const. Bancroft Wright says police were called to the scene at 8:37 a.m.He alleges the man was backing up from his driveway in the same complex, drove in a circle and into his wife’s driveway.Wright alleges the man backed up with driver’s door open, struck the pair and then ran over them before crashing into the next-door neighbour’s unit.He says the vehicle has damaged the neighbour’s house so badly that the integrity of the house will have to be assessed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RCMPs Bruce Carson investigation probes contract with former escort Calgary thinktank emails

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsArmed with thousands of emails written by Bruce Carson, the RCMP has stepped up its investigation into the activities of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former confidante, APTN National News has learned.Investigators with the RCMP’s Commercial Crime Unit are actively probing the activities of the former political operative nicknamed “The Mechanic” regarding his dealings with federal Aboriginal Affairs officials, his relationship with an Ottawa-based water company and the role played by Carson’s fiancée, a former escort who went by the name of Leanna VIP.Investigators already hold thousands of emails written by Carson along with documents on his laptop computer from his time as head of the Canada School of Energy and Environment, a $15 million think-tank created by the Conservative government. The emails would reveal the extent of the electronic networking world of a man who professed links to highest levels of federal political power and Alberta’s energy titans.Carson, a former adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, is under investigation for alleged illegal lobbying and influence peddling by three different agencies, including the RCMP, the Lobbying Commissioner and the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.None of those investigations have reached their conclusions.The Prime Minister’s Office requested the probes on March 16, 2011, following a meeting between the PMO’s director of communications and APTN National News reporters investigating links between Carson and an Ottawa-based water company seeking to sell filtration systems to First Nation reserves hard hit by contaminated water.The water company, H2O Pros, also known as H2O Global Group, had signed a financial arrangement guaranteeing a share of profits to Carson’s fiancee, a former Ottawa escort, on the sales of water filtration systems to First Nation communities. Carson attempted to use his federal government connections to land meetings with Aboriginal Affairs officials to promote the company’s product.Carson told APTN National News that he also planned to use his contacts with Minister John Duncan and Environment Minister Peter Kent to help the company sell its water filtration system to First Nations in deals worth potentially tens of millions of dollars.Duncan and Kent both denied ever discussing the company with Carson.RCMP investigators initially told APTN National News last March that they did not have an official complainant and that they were launching a preliminary review of the matter. In September, an RCMP spokesperson said the investigation had wrapped up. But then the federal police force retracted the statement, saying an official investigation had yet to be launched.The probe, however, has since been taken to another level with two new officers from the same unit.RCMP investigators have already obtained thousands of emails Carson wrote while he was director of the Canada School of Energy and Environment. When Carson stepped down from his post after the scandal broke, the think-tank immediately secured Carson’s laptop and its contents were made available to investigators from all three agencies.This past February, investigators contacted Nicolas Kaszap, the former co-owner of H2O Pros, and approached him for an interview.During an exclusive interview with APTN National News, Kaszap said he told the RCMP investigators he was present when the company signed its financial deal giving 20 per cent of gross profits from sales of water filtration systems to First Nations to Michele McPherson, the former Ottawa escort who had agreed to marry Carson. He told them Carson witnessed and initialed the contract. The amount was eventually lowered to 15 per cent in a subsequent contract.Kaszap, who left the company over a business dispute, confirmed he met with the RCMP.Kaszap said RCMP investigators issued their standard preamble for an interview that is part of an official investigation, telling him his statement would be recorded and could be used as evidence if the probe led to charges and an eventual trial.Kaszap said that during the interview, the investigators focused on the initial contract, McPherson’s role, meetings with Aboriginal Affairs officials and the degree of Carson’s influence over the company. Kaszap said they had a number of emails in hand, which they referred to during the interview.“They pretty much wanted to get to the bottom of (Carson’s) involvement and how much did he really know about the company,” said Kaszap.Kaszap said investigators asked about a Sept. 14, 2010 meeting he attended involving Carson, water company president Patrick Hill and federal Aboriginal Affairs official Gail Mitchell, the director general of the community infrastructure branch, Garry Best, director of the engineering and technical services directorate, and another official.Kaszap said that Carson tried to make it clear to the officials that he wasn’t part of the company and only there to guide them. Kaszap said he told investigators that the company made the pitch and Carson sat apart, at the end of the table. Carson did ask questions about funding and how the company could get it, Kaszap said.Kaszap said he told investigators his involvement with Carson and company diminished after that meeting. On Oct. 23, 2010, he signed over his shares in the company and left for good.Investigators also asked who Carson claimed to have connections with and whether Kaszap believe Carson could deliver deals for the water company.Kaszap said he told investigators Carson claimed he knew people like Assembly of First Nation Chief Shawn Atleo, television handyman Mike Holmes, former cabinet minister Jim Prentice, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan and Prime Minister Harper.Kaszap said he told the RCMP he did believe Carson had high-powered connections and could help the company sell its water filters through the AFN and Aboriginal Affairs.Carson told APTN last March during a series of interviews that he was in contact with Harper and several of his ministers on a regular basis.“I thought they (RCMP) were trying to get as much information about Bruce as they could. I gave it to them as the best of my abilities. He said he could basically push a pilot project through and go from there basically,” said Kaszap. “I think they really want to confirm he did tellPat (Hill) and the company he would take care of everything and he would do everything for the company as long as Michele (McPherson) was taken care of in the end. That was really what his priority was all about.”Kaszap’s version is corroborated by an email Carson sent to him on July 26, 2010, following a meeting with AFN officials.“Thought we did as well as we could today–i (sic) told Michele and I will you because it means so much to her and I that we will get this done -the AFN need my help of getting rid of the Indian Act-so all of this will work together—i (sic) think 6 months from now we will be well on our way,” wrote Carson.Kaszap said Carson repeated that message in person several times.The RCMP also turned their questions to McPherson. Kaszap said they asked several times if she did any work for the company while he was there and whether she was paid.Kaszap told them she was not paid and did not do any work.The investigators were also interested in the contract between the company and McPherson that guaranteed her a share of the profit from sales of water filtration systems to First Nations.According to the contract, McPherson was supposed to act as the agent of the company or face for all dealings with First Nations.The RCMP wanted to know what qualifications McPherson had to perform this task.Kaszap said she had none.Kaszap said he told the investigators he thought the contract was a legal way for McPherson to get money for nothing.The contract was signed in a Chateau Laurier meeting room on Aug. 31, 2010, two weeks before the first meeting with Aboriginal Affairs officials, Kaszap said he told the RCMP.Kaszap said he told investigators he had misgivings, but signed it anyway, along with McPherson and Hill. He said Carson initialed the document as a witness.The company was never able to sell one water filtration unit to a First Nations community.“I think they wanted to have the terms of the contract, what was said and who was there,” said Kaszap, about his RCMP interview.The investigators also wanted to know when and how many times Kaszap met Carson.He said they met through McPherson in June 2010, and that he met Carson several times. He also told investigators McPherson asked him to pretend to be her brother for the initial meeting.“What I felt from it was they were trying to get a timeline of when I met Bruce and what was involved in the conversations with him and what he said he could do, who he knew, who he spoke to and stuff like that,” said Kaszap.Kaszap said investigators, referring to an email they had in hand, stated it was odd that Carson was being sent materials from Aboriginal Affairs officials and the AFN when such information would typically be sent directly to the company.Kaszap said he “felt like I worked for him (Carson)” and once wrote Carson thanking him for keeping him in the loop.kennethbrianjackson@gmail.comjbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Government will consider reducing fuel price

He said that with world oil prices seeing a decline in recent times, the Government will consider passing on that benefit to the public. The Government will consider reducing fuel prices to be on par with world market prices, the Minister of Petroleum Chandima Weerakkody said.The Minister said that the price of fuel is not determined domestically but is based on world oil prices. The newly appointed Minister also said that a new fuel price formula will also be looked into once he assumed duties at his Ministry. He said that his Ministry will take actions based on the instruction given by the President and to meet the expectations of the people. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan urges world community to save young refugees from life without hope

“At an age when they should be dreaming of life’s limitless possibilities and building up their skills in preparation for adulthood, they are instead bound by the harsh reality of poverty and displacement, and condemned to what often seems to be a life without hope,” Mr. Annan said in a message marking World Refugee Day, dedicated this year to refugee youth. Noting that boys as young as 15 are forced to fight in “somebody else’s conflict, often for reasons they cannot possibly comprehend,” and girls are victims of sexual abuse, he said: “They (boys) are among the more than 300,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 17 fighting in some of the world’s most violent wars. Even if they escape death or injury, they are traumatized for life by the brutality of the experience. “And while boys can end up as cannon fodder, young female refugees are often the prime targets of abuse, especially in areas where the social position of women and girls is weak,” he added. Stressing that young refugees “need our help” to enjoy the brighter future offered to other children, Mr. Annan noted the ample work already being done by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other UN agencies, through educational and other youth-related programmes. “But while humanitarian involvement can help to ease the hard lot of young refugees, it can never be a substitute for serious and sustained efforts to find solutions for the problems that cause displacement in the first place,” he said. “On World Refugee Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to saving future generations from growing up without hope.” For his part, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, spoke of his experience in the field and the “intensity and enthusiasm” of young people studying in often makeshift classrooms in the many camps he has visited. “Despite the many hardships, young refugees are driven to learn and to excel because they know that education may be their only way out. They refuse to give up hope in a future that still holds promise,” Mr. Lubbers said in a message. “We must not deny them this hope, because their future is also our future.”Adding his voice to the appeal, the President of the UN General Assembly, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, urged all Member States to be sensitive to the special needs of young refugees and called on donor countries to support UNHCR and other refugee agencies in their attempts to keep pace with the world’s refugee crises. He noted that “an impressive” 1 million refugee children are currently enrolled in UNHCR-supported educational programmes but there are still, many eligible children without access to this basic human right, particularly at the level of secondary education. read more

Security Council enhances role of UN support office in Somalia

On growing extremism in the country, the UN chief stressed that military operations alone will not defeat Al Shabaab. “That requires greater investments in community security, human rights, justice and economic opportunity – especially for youth. We must denounce the propaganda of Al Shabaab, address the grievances that drive recruitment, and open the way for all to renounce violence,” said Mr. Ban reiterating his call to the Security Council to support a comprehensive approach that addresses the Al Shabaab threat.Mr. Ban said that the best way to “weaken the pull of extremism is to strengthen people’s chances for a better future.”“That is why I also urge the international community to increase its contributions to the ‘New Deal Somalia Compact’ before its review in Istanbul in February. An investment in the people of Somalia will also benefit security in the region and the world,” added Mr. Ban.The UN chief also expressed hope that next year could be “momentous” as the country could possibly transition to a democracy following a transfer of powers.“A peaceful, constitutional transition of power would mark an extraordinary milestone on Somalia’s path to democracy. The new National Consultative Forum is responsible for agreeing on the modalities for the process. I urge the Federal Government to actively engage as many people as possible, including women, youth and minorities,” said Mr. Ban.He further urged Somali leaders to end the process of consolidating a federal system by the end of 2016 and added that the leaders must ensure “genuine, inclusive reconciliation in all regions.”“Progress on the provisional constitution in the next few months is essential. I welcome the commitment of Somali leaders to re-energize the delayed review,” added the Secretary-General.He stressed that it is imperative to ensure that military and political strategies are fully aligned, to redouble the efforts to strengthen Somali security forces “so they can secure the country for the long-term.”Moreover, he noted that Somali women and girls suffering from poverty, violence and abuse must be provided opportunities in decision-making and urged the Government to work to exceed the goal of 30 per cent representation of women in Parliament.“Guaranteeing basic human rights is essential to offering a credible alternative to extremism. I have repeatedly stressed that all operations against violent extremism – anywhere and under any conditions – must fully respect human rights,” said Mr. Ban.The UN chief also highlighted the humanitarian situation in Somalia and said that nearly 3.2 million people in the country need assistance to survive and added that the “dire situation is growing worse.”“Over the past six months, more people have lost their ability to feed their families. More children suffer from acute malnutrition. Most of these are internally displaced, living under the constant threat of forced evictions and abuse,” he said.Further, Mr. Ban said that although the region is in danger of excessive flooding and drought, the Humanitarian Response Plan is only 36 per cent funded which could lead to inadequacy in successfully carrying out life-saving programmes. “Donors can make the difference between life and death – and that can help move Somalia toward greater stability and peace,” he said.Lastly, the he urged active support from the Security Council and the international community to help the UN “defeat the threat of terrorism and realize the vision of Somalis for a united federal country.”“The United Nations will continue to do everything possible to achieve political progress, boost security, promote human rights and relieve suffering,” he concluded. Emphasizing the role and impact of a responsive, effective and field support platform as a “strategic enabler in Somalia,” and in view of the expansion of UNSOA’s mission since its establishment in 2009, the Council decided that UNSOA would become the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and provide support to the African Union Mission (AMISOM), the UN Assistance Mission (UNSOM) and the Somali National Army on joint operations with AMISOM.The Council’s action came at a Ministerial-level meeting chaired by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom Philip Hammond, whose country holds this month’s presidency of the15-member, body and at which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the successful collaboration of the UN and the African Union (AU) and also lauded the efforts and achievements of UNSOA. “We can do even more with the new UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). I am committed to strengthening our collaboration,”said Mr. Ban in remarks delivered by Chef de Cabinet Susana Malcorra.He also applauded the efforts and sacrifices made by AMISOM and said the “UN will not waver in our commitment to this mission.” read more

Belterra to offer Superior conveyor idlers pulleys scrapers and accessories in Quebec

first_imgUS-based Superior Industries has announced a new partnership with Canada’s largest distributor of conveyor belting, components and other bulk material handling solutions, Belterra.Belterra, a 50-year-old distributor with 19 locations throughout Canada, will stock, sell and service Superior’s conveyor idlers, pulleys, scrapers and accessories in Quebec, Superior said.“We’re excited to partner with such a respected distributor who is well-known for carrying significant inventory, performing prompt service and having high character,” says Ryan Loge, Superior’s Conveyor Components Sales Manager in Canada.With Quebec branches in Montreal, Québec City and Saguenay, Belterra is well-positioned to take care of customer requests quickly, Superior said.“The distributor will stock a standard collection of Superior idlers, pulleys, belt scrapers and other conveyor accessories. Additionally, the Quebec-based team will work closely with product and project managers at Superior to supply dry bulk producers with custom solutions backed by industry best manufacturing lead times.”last_img read more

THQ Unveils the uDraw GameTablet for the Wii

first_imgIf you thought that someone had already created just about every type of controller for the Nintendo Wii possible, think again: the new THQ uDraw GameTablet turns your Wii controller into a tablet with an attached digital pen that you can use to draw on screen, create your own art, control characters, or game with friends using any of the three games that currently support the device. The uDraw GameTablet ships with uDraw Studio, which is essentially a drawing app that gets you used to the controller’s features and lets you create your own drawings and paintings. The GameTablet also supports a THQ title called Dood’s Big Adventure, which lets you paint and customize your character and enemies, and control his motion by drawing on the tablet. The game also supports Pictionary, a party game that in this case plays out on your television screen instead of on pen and paper. The uDraw GameTablet will need a few more innovative titles to make it a must-have Wii accessory, but it’s definitely a fun little gadget that might make it in the holiday gift pile for kids or families looking for something to breathe a little life into their Wii. It’s available now for $69.99 retail price.last_img read more

Poll Have you checked in with an elderly neighbour in this cold

first_imgPoll: Have you checked in with an elderly neighbour in this cold snap? Give it to us straight. Be honest. YesNot yet, but intend toNoVote Not yet, but intend to (783) Feb 27th 2018, 12:38 PM Share11 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/AlexMaster Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/AlexMaster Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 12:38 PM Yes (1079)center_img 25 Comments No (2241) 10,662 Views Poll Results: By Fora Staff Short URL QUITE ASIDE FROM Armabreaddon, there are a few sensible precautions to be taken should you be hit by Storm Emma this week.One of those – and a generous one – is to check in on elderly neighbours and see if they have everything they need this week.Have you done this?last_img read more

Gaz à effet de serre la Pologne soppose aux ambitions européennes

first_imgGaz à effet de serre : la Pologne s’oppose aux ambitions européennesL’Union Européenne planche sur un nouveau programme d’action pour l’Environnement et tente de définir une feuille de route visant à atteindre ses ambitieux objectifs de réduction de ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Mais la Pologne s’oppose fermement à la mise en place de nouvelles contraintes, empêchant les ministres de l’Environnement de trouver un accord.Le 22 juillet prochain, le sixième programme d’action de l’Union Européenne pour l’Environnement s’achèvera. Mais aucun autre plan n’a encore pour l’heure été défini. Lundi, les ministres européens chargés de l’écologie se sont ainsi réunis au Luxembourg pour tenter de trouver un nouvel accord visant à mettre en place une “feuille de route vers une économie compétitive à faible intensité de carbone à l’horizon 2050”. Mais comme le rapporte l’AFP, la Pologne a donné un coup de frein aux négociations en s’opposant à toute nouvelle contrainte en matière de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?A l’horizon 2030, l’UE entend réduire ces émissions de 40% par rapport à leur niveau de 1990. Un objectif qui passe à 60% d’ici à 2040, et 80% en 2050. Mais la Pologne a marqué son désaccord avec ce programme. Le pays explique ne pas pouvoir accepter cette feuille de route parce qu’il refuse de se fixer des objectifs qu’il estime ne pas pouvoir atteindre. Rappelant que 95% de sa production d’électricité est produite par de très polluantes centrales au charbon, la Pologne a alors opposé son veto au projet et “la feuille de route n’a pas fait l’objet d’un accord”, a indiqué la secrétaire d’Etat polonaise à l’Environnement Beata Jaczewska. Un échec déploré par la ministre belge Evelyne Huytebroeck alors que le commissaire à l’Environnement Janez Potocnik doit présenter sa proposition le mois prochain. “La Belgique a raison”, a estimé la ministre française Nicole Bricq, affirmant qu’une “stratégie n’est pas une feuille de route qui comporte des échéances et des étapes”. Le commissaire européen s’est alors engagé à “tenir compte de la feuille de route vers une économie compétitive à faible intensité de carbone à l’horizon 2050”. Maisaucune référence à cet engagement n’a été incluse dans les conclusions de la réunion de lundi.Un objectif de réduction de 30% ?Si l’Union européenne s’est engagée à réduire de 20% ses émissions de GES à l’horizon 2020, elle affirme être prête à se fixer un objectif de 30%, mais ce, uniquement si tous les autres pays industrialisés se montrent aussi ambitieux. “Il ne faut pas oublier les conditions. Il s’agit d’un effort international, il concerne tous les pays industrialisés”, a rappelé la secrétaire d’Etat polonaise alors que s’ouvrira dans quelques jours, le 20 juin, le sommet des Nations unies sur le développement durable Rio + 20, vingt ans après la Conférence internationale de Rio sur l’environnement.Le 13 juin 2012 à 16:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SDPD Officers raid unlicensed marijuana dispensary

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — At around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, San Diego Police Department officers conducted a raid on an unlicensed marijuana dispensary nestled between a liquor store and a smoke shop.The front of the business has no signage and customers entered through the back parking lot door.At least one male was detained by police. Several protesters showed up and were trying to inform whoever might be getting detained to not speak to police.Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. February 9, 2018 John Soderman, SDPD Officers raid unlicensed marijuana dispensary Updated: 3:56 PMcenter_img Posted: February 9, 2018 John Soderman Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Marijuana FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

FOLIO Poll Will You Launch a Tablet App This Year

first_imgNearly every day, multiple magazines announce they are launching an app for smartphones or tablets. It’s not just the big guys either-smaller publishers are launching apps as well. The question isn’t whether magazines on tablets will be huge, but how soon should a publisher embrace the opportunity? Popular Science has been an early adopter from the start, and feels the relatively low numbers in sales (PopSci leads all Bonnier titles-many of which are making an aggressive tablet push of their own-in digital single copy sales, generating 10,000 to 12,000 per month on the iPad) are worth the experience in creating a successful app. But while some larger publishers can put time and resources toward experimentation, smaller publishers need to see a return right away. According to a recent Nxtbook survey, 47.8 percent of respondents say they are aggressively moving to mobile apps, while 36.3 percent say they plan to but don’t feel any rush. Just 3.3 percent say they have no plans at this time to offer apps for tablets or mobile, with budget constraints being the largest obstacle.We decided to ask a variation of that topic again. Do you plan to launch a tablet app this year or are there other areas that demand your attention first? Will you launch a mobile/tablet app in 2011?Yes. The opportunity is tremendous and we need to be there now.No. We don’t see a revenue opportunity at this time and we need to put our resources toward things that make money now.VoteView
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SAP Introduces NextGen Enterprise Software S4 HANA

first_imgSAP India launched its Business Suite 4 SAP HANA, a new generation business suite designed to enable Indian customers connect to the digital and networked world better. The SAP logo is seen on a building at the SAP India labs campus in Bangalore June 24, 2009.ReutersSAP S/4 HANA is built on an advanced in-memory platform and connects people, devices and business networks in real time. The product aims to equip enterprises with better decision-making, by allowing for better planning, execution, prediction and simulation from within the business application.SAP S/4 HANA was a global collaborative project and leveraged on the talent pool at SAP Labs India, read a company statement.”As Indian enterprises aim to enter new markets and engage with their consumers across a variety of channels, SAP S/4 HANA brings unprecedented innovation, combined with more than 40 years of experience across industries,” SAP India managing director Ravi Chauhan said.Many of India’s major businesses use SAP enterprise suite to run and manage their businesses effectively.last_img read more

Myanmar military deliberately burning Rohingya villages HRW

first_imghrwThe Myanmar military is deliberately burning ethnic Rohingya villages near the Bangladesh border, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Friday, reports UNB.”Such acts of arson, after forcing residents to leave their villages, appear central to the Myanmar military’s ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslim population in Rakhine state,” the rights body said in a statement.It released new satellite imagery and sensory data showing that 62 villages in northern Rakhine state were targeted by arson attacks between 25 August and 14 September.The HRW identified 35 of these villages with extensive building destruction from very high resolution satellite imagery, and an additional 26 villages that had active fires detected in near-real time with environmental satellite sensors.”Our field research backs what the satellite imagery has indicated – that the Myanmar military is directly responsible for the mass burning of Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine state,” said Phil Robertson, HRW deputy Asia director.He observed that the United Nations and member countries should urgently impose measures on the Myanmar government to stop these atrocities and end the forced flight of Rohingya from Myanmar.The HRW conducted a detailed building damage assessment in six of the 35 affected villages and identified nearly complete destruction in each case. The total number of destroyed buildings was 948.On the morning of 13 September, Human Rights Watch observed from Bangladesh large plumes of thick, black smoke from the Rohingya border village of Taung Pyo Let Yar in Maungdaw township.A video confirmed to have been taken from a hill overlooking the village shows several buildings burning in the unoccupied village and two large, dark-coloured trucks several hundred metres away.Village residents stranded at the border described the vehicles as ‘military trucks’ that had previously entered the village. Three villagers who observed the fires from the hill said the smoke came from fires set in village buildings.Fatima, 50, who had fled Taung Pyo Let Yar, told Human Rights Watch that after she saw smoke rise from the village, she climbed a hill to see if her home was on fire. When she reached the top, she saw her home engulfed by a column of smoke. Other nearby homes were also burning. She said she had fled on 31 August when trucks carrying Myanmar soldiers arrived in the village. The soldiers jumped out of the trucks carrying guns, frightening her, so she ran several hundred meters into the ‘no-man’s land’ at the Bangladeshi border. “When we see the army we just ran away from the village – hundreds ran,” Fatima said, adding: “We just brought our children.”The statement said satellite detection of multiple active fires on 11 and 13 September suggest that villages in new areas of Maungdaw township are now being targeted for destruction.Because of heavy cloud cover, it is almost certain that the actual number of fire-affected villages in the townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung, and Rathedaung is considerably higher.The statement said UN secretary general Antonio Guterres and human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein have indicated that the Myanmar military’s actions amount to ethnic cleansing. “Myanmar government statements seemingly support these conclusions. Zaw Htay, a Myanmar government spokesman, told the media that of 471 villages targeted in “clearance operations” by the military, 176 are now empty and at least 34 others partially abandoned.”last_img read more

Ozil takes iftar with Erdogan

first_imgA handout photo released on 18 May, 2019 by the Turkish President`s press office shows Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) next to Arsenal`s German soccer player Mesut Ozil (L), who is of Turkish descent, and his fiancee Amine Gulse (R) during an iftar dinner in Istanbul. Photo: AFPArsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil dined with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a Ramadan iftar meal in Istanbul late Saturday, a move likely to cause a backlash after previous meetings caused controversy.Images in Turkish media showed a smiling Ozil and model fiancee Amine Gulse, sitting at a table on either side of Erdogan at the Ottoman-era Dolmabahce Palace.The iftar, the meal for breaking the fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, was also attended by young Turks ahead of Youth and Sports Day on Sunday, a national holiday in Turkey.In another photo, Ozil and Gulse were sitting in a room with Erdogan, joined by Fahrettin Altun, communications director at the Turkish presidency.Ozil, who has Turkish roots, was criticised in March after inviting Erdogan to his wedding to the former Miss Turkey scheduled for this summer.He had already sparked controversy last year when he was photographed with Erdogan, which led to Ozil becoming a target of xenophobic comments.After their meeting in May 2018, Ozil’s loyalty to Germany was questioned and following a disappointing World Cup performance last year, he left the national squad and claimed there was racism within the German FA. The German FA dismissed his criticism.last_img

Man Charged in Fatal Shooting Found Dead in Jail

first_imgThis image released by the Baltimore Police shows Cipisirono Cole. Authorities on Friday, March 4, 2016 issued a plea for help in finding Cole, the suspect in the killing at a Department of Public Works facility a day earlier. Police say Cole faces several charges, including first- and second-degree murder. (Baltimore Police via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — A man who was charged with fatally shooting a co-worker in Maryland has been found dead in jail.Officials found 47-year-old Cipisirono Cole dead at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore on Tuesday. Gerard Shields, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said he was unable to provide additional details Wednesday, but the investigation is ongoing.Cole had been arrested on a murder charge in the shooting death of his co-worker, 34-year-old Darrin Ulysses Johnson Jr., last Thursday in the locker room of a Department of Public Works building in Baltimore. Cole turned himself in Saturday after a two-day manhunt.Cole also faced charges of assault and using a firearm in a violent crime.Officers who responded to a report of a shooting at the building found Johnson in a locker room area, shot several times, police said. Johnson was taken to Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead.About 100 employees report to the field depot that houses maintenance crews working on water and sewer mains, and their equipment. People must have key cards to access the building.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comlast_img read more

Sonia L Hayes Mother of Del Antonio Hayes Dies

first_imgBy AFRO StaffSonia L. Hayes, the mother of West Baltimore Del. Antonio Hayes (D-40), died on April 3 at the age of 53.She was the third child of Mildred L. Frisby and the late Lawrence “Babe” Hayes, born Dec. 5, 1961. Hayes, affectionately known as “Pinky,” was educated in the Baltimore City Public Schools and held numerous jobs throughout her life.Sonia L. Hayes, Mother of Del. Antonio Hayes. (Photo Courtesy of Del. Antonio Hayes Twitter @AntonioHayes40)She attended Gethsemane Baptist Church in the Penn North neighborhood of West Baltimore in her early years and Hayes would occasionally attend the church with her father in later years. A natural storyteller with a great sense of humor, Hayes was very well known in the Penn North community where she grew up.She leaves to mourn her loss: Five children, Antonio Hayes, Sonia Hayes, II, Tierra Hayes, Keyonia Hayes and Dawan Hayes; her mother, Mildred Frisby; a sister, Yvette Hayes (another sister Cynthia Hayes preceded her in death); four brothers, Antonio Hayes, Earl Frisby, Keith Hayes and Lawrence Hayes (two brothers, Lamont Hayes and Lamont Frisby preceded her in death); a Goddaughter Sonia Martin; and a close friend Olivia (Libby) Harris, along with a host of other family members and friends.Joseph H. Brown Funeral Home (2140 N. Fulton Ave.), is providing funeral services for Sonia Hayes on April 12. The wake is 12:30 p.m., followed by the service at 1 p.m. There will be a repast at Westside Elementary School, 2235 N. Fulton Ave.last_img read more

This Company Makes Motion Capture a Cinch

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 30, 2014 Let’s get physicalHealth clinics get moving with motion capture Motion capture has been around for decades, but advances in the technology are finally making it accessible for small businesses. Jeff Beran, owner of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Evolution Physical Therapy, has been using the technology to track patients’ motion for almost three years. “It is intensive to set up, but the data that you get from there is pretty valuable–especially when you can use it the way we use it, as a baseline,” he says.Beran doesn’t employ a markerless system; instead he uses Biosyn Systems’ functional assessment of biomechanics, which detects motion through 17 sensors strapped to the subject’s body. The technology is small enough to fit in a briefcase and does not require any special setting or green screen. He uses the system on 20 to 25 percent of his patients–from professional athletes to average Joes–showing them how their movements can prevent injuries and help the healing process.”If you can show someone without having to tell them, they just have their own ‘a-ha’ moment,” he says.Beran charges between $225 and $250 per hour for the service (his standard rates, without motion capture, run $130 to $215). “People are looking for ways to stay healthy and get better faster,” he says. “Patient education on how they move–and seeing themselves move accurately–that really changes things more than a lot of the therapy.” –J.P.P.center_img You don’t need a black belt to work at Organic Motion–but it might help. “We have a [quality assurance] guy we brought in who does kung fu,” says Evan Simeone, chief product officer for the New York City-based company, a specialist in motion-capture technology, which records movement and translates it into three-dimensional digital imagery. “He tests the system doing all these jumps, kicks, flips and things like that … and we’re tracking all of it.”Traditionally used in movies and video games, motion capture creates 3-D data that can be altered and manipulated. It’s the same type of technology–typically achieved by filming actors in spandex suits covered in “markers” that look like ping-pong balls, identifiable by image-processing software–that gave life to Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and created the lanky, blue aliens in Avatar.Organic Motion, however, has developed a “markerless” solution called OpenStage that uses multiple cameras and advanced algorithms to capture and display motion data in real time, without the need for special suits or elaborate setups.OpenStage streamlines the motion-capture process, which can take days of planning with traditional marker-based sessions, Simeone explains. First, an artist sketches the desired movements. Next, a director, technician and performers enter the motion-capture lab, where performers don suits covered with individually calibrated markers. Finally, the motions are captured–but if a mark is missed or choreography changes, the process starts over again.”These cumbersome setups were outdated when you look at what’s possible with modern computer vision, software development and modern computing systems,” says Organic Motion founder and CEO Andrew Tschesnok, who spent four years prototyping OpenStage. “There are huge advantages across different vertices by not having to put on the suit.”Warner Bros. Games Montr?al tapped Organic Motion’s technology for Batman: Arkham Origins, a video game released in October 2013 that became the first title to employ markerless motion capture.Using a 30-camera OpenStage setup for six months, the game’s developers discovered that animations that had previously taken three or four days to complete could be made in a single day. Ultimately, the increased speed yielded a 30 percent drop in animation costs–a boon for the title, which sold 3.5 million copies in its first six months.Tschesnok says such successes helped Organic Motion–which has secured $15 million in funding–achieve a 300 percent increase in revenue in 2013 over the previous year. He says the company’s pricing is “mid-tier” for the industry but declined to reveal exact rates, explaining that each project is custom-tailored to the customer’s needs.Organic Motion is also making waves in other sectors, such as athletics, by allowing trainers to monitor performance and prevent and treat injuries; healthcare, where applications include diagnosis of movement disorders; and the military, where the technology can be used for training and simulation exercises. Distribution partner Dynamic Athletics of Lenexa, Kan., sells Organic Motion’s hardware as a front end for its own movement database, a system that manages and processes kinetics to create a record or time capsule of the subject’s abilities–in other words, the same technology that makes Batman throw a roundhouse punch can trace the progress of stroke victims in rehab. Other Organic Motion customers include companies like Hamilton Healthcare and research institutes like New York University.”We want to really win in the gaming market,” Tschesnok says, “but we have our feet everywhere, from medical to gaming to film to interactive systems. We’re even in museums.” This story appears in the June 2014 issue of . Subscribe » 5 min readlast_img read more

How can the marketing industry be more LGBTI friendly

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- It’s often easier to be out in some fields of work than others. A recent UK-based survey of architects found that just 3 out of 4 were out of work. By comparison, a 2014 study of engineers found that half hid their sexuality at work. The Digitas panel discussion for Digital Pride last year (Photo: David Hudson) But what about the world of media and marketing? There’s a common preconception that it’s an industry in which it’s easy to be out. But is this always the case?Leading connected marketing agency, Digitas, have been conducting a survey to find out. They will reveal the results next week as part of Digital Pride: The global, online, LGBTI Pride festival.A study in 2014 revealed that 35% of the UK’s LGBT workforce felt compelled to lie about their personal lives at work. This includes many graduates, who decided to go back into the closet once they enter the world of work.Digitas wants to examine why people feel unable to be themselves at work. To this end, it has surveyed hundreds of people working in a cross section of roles in marketing agencies to find out the reality.center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘We know there’s a problem with diversity in this industry’‘People often think of agencies as safe, liberal places for people to work,’ says Michael Islip, CEO at Digitas. ‘But does that mean agency leaders have become complacent?‘We know there’s a problem with diversity in this industry, and we wanted to explore just how deep this problem goes. We also know that having diverse workforce isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes clear business sense.‘We hope that by carrying out this research and revealing the realities of life for LGBT+ people in agencies, people will feel inspired to take action.’Digitas will hold a panel event to discuss the research and what steps agencies can take to make their workplaces more inclusive. Are the brands that marketing agencies work with ahead of them when it comes to diversity and inclusion? And what lessons can be learned?Taking part will be Amy Nield, Senior Creative Strategist at Digitas; Tris Reid Smith (Editor, Gay Star News); David Goggin, Chief Talent Officer of Publicis Media; and Ben Lawrence, Co-Founder of Bope, among others.The event will take place at Digitas offices at 146 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU at 18.00 BST Wednesday 25th April and will be live-streamed on the Gay Star News Facebook page. To attend in person, RSVP here. Digitas is a client of Gay Star News.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . LGBT people twice as likely to be asked about their sex lives at workLGBT Tourism is a $211 billion annual travel industry: LGBT Masterclass at WTM LondonWould Paddy Power have had better luck trying to find bisexual football players?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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