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  • Mixed feelings after AFN assembly

    first_imgAPTN National NewsFor three days chiefs from across the country have been talking about the big issues that impact their people.But is it just talk?APTN National News reporter Annette Francis was at the assembly and files this report.last_img

  • US asked Canada for financial help on North Korea deal US diplomatic

    first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The U.S. asked Canada to help finance a deal with North Korea aimed at getting the reclusive regime to stop its nuclear program, according to U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by APTN National News.Former Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, however, appears to have failed to convince the federal cabinet to chip in on the deal that would see North Korea wind-down its nuclear program in exchange for shipments of heavy fuel oil.The cables also reveal that the Canadian government told North Korean diplomats they couldn’t set up an embassy in Ottawa.APTN National News obtained hundreds of confidential and secret diplomatic cables originating from the embassy and U.S. consulates across the country from whistleblower website WikiLeaks.CBC-Radio Canada also received the same batch of cables.WikiLeaks has already released over 2,000 diplomatic cables dealing with Canada.While North Korea has not recently registered as one the federal government’s top foreign affairs files, behind the scenes it appears that Canada is in active discussions with the U.S. on how to handle the Stalinist state, the cables reveal.The George W. Bush Administration even asked the Stephen Harper government to contribute financially to a deal giving North Korea 1 million tonnes of heavy fuel oil in exchange for it to stop developing its nuclear program.The request from the U.S. came in late 2008 to help pay for the fuel shipments that were part of a deal hashed out between North Korea and the U.S., Russia, China, South Korea and Japan in September 2007 as part of the Six Party Talks.Cannon, however, appears to have tried and failed to get the federal cabinet to approve paying for the heavy fuel oil.According to a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Canada has not contributed to heavy fuel oil purchases for North Korea since 2002.“Canada did not make a contribution to the purchase of heavy fuel oil for the DPRK after 2002,” said Pierre Florea.Canada did contribute about $6.82 million in heavy fuel oil purchases for North Korea between 1995 and 2002 through the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), said Florea.KEDO “terminated its projects” with the country in 2005, Florea said.But in December 2008, the U.S. asked Canada to help pay for some of the heavy oil shipments, according to a “confidential” U.S. diplomatic cable.The cable, called an “action request,” also shows that the U.S. placed a high priority on the request and put it on the scheduled agenda for a meeting between then-U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Cannon later that month.“To underscore the importance of this issue to the USG, Embassy recommends that a Canadian HFO contribution definitely be part of the Secretary’s December 12 meeting agenda with FM Cannon,” the Dec. 8 cable said.U.S. officials, however, doubted Cannon would be successful in convincing cabinet to find money to meet the request.“Canada’s current obsession with domestic political manoeuvring (which led to a temporary suspension of Parliament on Dec. 4) and the government’s hesitation about posting Canada’s first budget deficit in over a decade will make it more difficult than usual for the government to launch a new program like this,” the cable said.Harper prorogued Parliament in December 2008 to avoid a non-confidence vote.The cable noted that Cannon ‘was intent on finding a way to be helpful’ and wanted to try and fast-track the request through Treasury Board.“Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia and Africa Ken Sundquist confirmed…that he had briefed…Cannon on a possible contribution for heavy fuel oil for North Korea and its importance to the Six Party Talks,” the cable said. “Cannon ‘wants to be helpful.’”The cables also show Canada and the U.S. are engaged in frequent discussions on dealing with North Korea.In one cable, from 2009, Canada claims to stake an “even harsher line” than the Americans on the regime before the UN Human Rights Council.“Although Canada intends to ‘call a spade a spade’ with ‘credible and meaningful’ recommendations to the DPRK, DFAIT believes that a judicious selection of recommendations that are ‘implementable with the possibility of acceptance’ has the best chance of success, given the typically defensive posture of the DPRK on human rights issues,” the Dec. 3, 2009 cable said.Canada’s recommendations for the Dec. 7 UN Human Rights Council’s “periodic review” of North Korea were to focus on ending public executions and torture, ending forced labour and arbitrary detention, allowing for freedom of association, movement and religion, along with and giving North Koreans access to drinking water and food.An older cable, however, notes that Canada “has little leverage on its own” with North Korea and that “Canada-North Korea” relations were at a “standstill.”   The Canadian government even told North Korean diplomats not to bother searching for Ottawa properties to build an embassy.“North Korean officials were searching for an Embassy site in Ottawa, but the GoC asked them not to return when they left in December,” said a diplomatic cable from March 13, 2003.jbarrera@aptn.caThe CablesDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

  • Lebanon UN envoy welcomes Cabinets efforts to ease tensions after recent clashes

    22 September 2010The United Nations envoy for Lebanon today welcomed a move by the country’s Cabinet to try to end the heated rhetoric of recent weeks and rely upon dialogue to ease tensions that escalated after armed clashes last month between Shi’a and Sunni Muslim groups. Speaking to reporters after meeting with Defence Minister Elias Murr, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said those talks had mainly focused on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah that erupted in 2006.“We remain conscious of the need to move forward towards a permanent ceasefire as envisaged in the resolution and to end all violations of the resolution, such as Israel’s occupation of the northern part of Ghajar and also the daily over-flights,” he said.The United Nations has repeatedly called on Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar, a village that straddles the Blue Line between the two countries and has even more frequently condemned almost daily Israeli over-flights of Lebanese territory. read more

  • US UK tell UNHRC much remains to be done in Sri Lanka

    “In particular, we encourage the Government to deliver meaningful devolution through constitutional reform, establish credible transitional justice mechanisms, return all remaining military-held private land and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act with human rights compliant legislation. We also commend the work of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms and encourage the Sri Lankan government to give due consideration to its recommendations,” the UK delegation at the session said. “While over 4,500 acres of land have been returned to private owners, many thousands of acres seized during the conflict period remain under military control. While arbitrary and illegal actions by security officials appear vastly reduced from the number reported during the previous government, we are concerned by reports of continued arbitrary arrests and detention, torture, sexual violence, and harassment by security officials,” he said.He also noted that Government statements against international participation in any future Sri Lankan judicial mechanism raise understandable concerns among victims and families about the integrity of any judicial process. The United States and the UK told the UN Human Rights Council today much remains to be done in Sri Lanka despite the progress seen so far.William J. Mozdzierz, speaking on behalf of the US Government, told the UNHRC today that the United States appreciates the Government of Sri Lanka’s cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedure mandate holders. He said reconciliation processes are complex, but the US had hoped to see greater and more sustained progress over the past 18 months. “Yet lasting peace requires that the government remain committed in word and deed to implementing its international commitments fully. Therefore, we encourage the Government of Sri Lanka to make public a strategy and timetable for implementation of the reforms and commitments outlined in this Council’s Resolution 30/1. Priorities should be reforming the constitution, operationalizing the Office of Missing Persons, passing new counter terrorism legislation, establishing a truth commission, continuing releases of military-occupied land, and implementing fully all outstanding international commitments. The United States looks forward to continued close engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka on these processes to achieve lasting peace,” he said.Meanwhile, the United Kingdom commanded the Government of Sri Lanka for the steps taken since January 2015 to improve the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.However the UK noted that much remains to be done and it urged the Government of Sri Lanka to provide the determined leadership required to deliver fully on the commitments it made when co-sponsoring resolution 30/01 and to develop a comprehensive and time bound implementation strategy. “Since September 2015, Sri Lanka has taken important steps toward implementing its key human rights, justice, and reconciliation commitments. In particular, we commend the Government’s public consultations with civil society and victims across Sri Lanka. We also recognize the joint efforts of President Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, and Opposition Leader Sampanthan in drafting a new, more inclusive and democratic constitution, passing legislation to establish an Office of Missing Persons, and ratifying the Convention on Enforced Disappearances,” the US official said. The UK said it will continue to support and encourage the Sri Lankan Government. (Colombo Gazette) read more

  • UN sends liaison officer to committee probing Afghan air crash

    “We are confident that a thorough investigation will be conducted so we – and the families of the victims – know what happened to the beloved ones,” UNAMA spokesman Ariane Quentier told the press in Kabul today. The Committee is led by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).The crash site has been identified, but rescue teams were still unable to reach the plane, according to UNAMA. “The peaks of the mountain are very steep, making landing of the ISAF helicopters extremely difficult,” Ms. Quentier said, adding that weather conditions were further complicating the rescue operation.Most of the 104 passengers on the plane were Afghans, but there were also some international workers “who had dedicated their lives to help in this country’s reconstruction efforts,” the spokesman noted, conveying sympathies to all those affected by the disaster. read more

  • Brock research shows Ontario weeks away from West Nile epidemic

    FACTS ABOUT WEST NILE VIRUS:West Nile virus is spread to humans when they are bitten by mosquitoes that have been feeding on infected birds.Most people infected do not show any symptoms, but about one in five will show common symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, body aches, vomiting and a rash on chest, stomach or back.About one in 150 infected people will show more serious symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness, confusion, tremors, numbness and a sudden sensitivity to light.There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat West Nile. If going outside between dusk and dawn, when most mosquitoes feed, you can avoid West Nile by wearing a long-sleeved shirt and light-coloured clothing, and using an insect repellant that contains DEET.For more information go to https://www.ontario.ca/page/west-nile-virus Ontario this summer is headed for one of its worst outbreaks of West Nile virus in the past 15 years, according to research by Brock University scientist Fiona Hunter and PhD student Bryan Giordano.The alert stems from the testing of mosquitoes in recent weeks, which found that Ontario’s second West Nile epidemic since 2002 is imminent.The Brock researchers’ paper West Nile virus in Ontario, Canada: A twelve-year analysis of human case prevalence, mosquito surveillance, and climate data was published Tuesday, Aug. 22 in the journal PLOS ONE.The paper, written by lead author Giordano, along with Hunter and recent Brock graduate Sukhdeep Kaur, highlights the data that can be used to predict the number of human cases of West Nile each year. For the past 15 years, Public Health Ontario has been conducting a comprehensive West Nile surveillance program, setting mosquito traps around the province.“Because we’ve had such a comprehensive program in Ontario all these years, we have an amazing data set to work with,” says Hunter, one of Canada’s leading mosquito experts. “It explains why some years we have outbreaks and other years we don’t.”By taking the total number of West Nile-positive mosquito pools reached by mid-to-late August, and multiplying that number by two, the predicted final number of positive mosquito pools for the year can be estimated. This final number can be used to predict the number of confirmed human cases for the year.“There’s a direct relationship between the mosquito surveillance and the eventual human cases,” says Hunter, an entomologist who has become internationally known for her work on the global spread of Zika.With more than 250 mosquito pools having tested positive so far this year as the peak “epiweek” approaches, history shows that will lead to nearly 340 human cases ­— putting 2017 in line with 2012 as the worst outbreak years since 2002.“We are well on our way to having a West Nile virus outbreak in Ontario,” said Hunter.As a mosquito researcher for the past 16 years, Hunter finds it frustrating that people aren’t taking the West Nile risk seriously later in the summer.“I saw mosquito repellent being cleared out at a store recently, like the season is over. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Now is the time people should be putting on their insect repellent.“From a public health perspective, it is important to remind people to protect themselves from mosquito bites. There may not seem to be many mosquitoes out biting at this time of year, but this is when they are their most dangerous.”Hunter says even though there are far more mosquitoes early in the season, it’s later in the year when the insects have had time to feed on infected birds and spread the West Nile virus among themselves. The mosquito species that transmit the virus typically start feeding on humans later in the summer.“That’s why now is so dangerous. Most of the other nuisance mosquitoes are dropping off in numbers, so it gives people a false-sense of security.” read more

  • Seniors walk away as top OSU class

    On the Tuesday before the Rose Bowl Game, senior strong safety Kurt Coleman told the media that all his goals and dreams were in place to be accomplished for his college football career.“It’s been a great four years and it’s sad that it’s coming to an end,” Coleman said. “But I came into this year saying I wanted to leave as a Big Ten champion and I wanted to leave with a bowl win.”When he said that, Coleman was just one step away from accomplishing everything. He had led his defense to a strong conference finish as Big Ten champions and was ready to face Oregon in the Rose Bowl.When Ohio State sealed the deal with a 26-17 win over the Ducks, Coleman got his wish. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to go out like this,” Coleman said. “To have people around us that really support us and everyone putting it all in for the seniors the way they played their hearts out, it’s a great feeling.”Though the NFL-bound captain credits the win as a team effort, he had a large part in leading the team to victory.“Our seniors, who took over a young team in August, had high expectations and had some tough moments but they never wavered,” coach Jim Tressel said. “They never questioned the direction that they were going to end up.”Heading into the Rose Bowl, the name of the game was strength and conditioning for the OSU defense as the team faced a dynamic and high-powered Oregon offense. OSU’s three captains were all defensive seniors, making that challenge much more important to them.Tressel said before the game that he was very proud of the way his defense had prepared for the Rose Bowl and that they were not going to disappoint.“Chasing Oregon around is going to make [the Ducks] tired too,” he said.And they held up that promise, holding Oregon to only 12 first downs and shutting down quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and his corps of running backs. The Buckeyes held Masoli to just 9 yards rushing on six carries, his lowest total all season. They also forced LaMichael James and LeGarrette Blount to subpar games.“Everything has been perfect,” Coleman said. “We came out with a ‘W’ and I am so elated, I still have to soak this in.”The senior class has been on the field for the last three bowl game defeats: a loss to Florida in the National Championship Game at the end of the 2006 season, a loss to Louisiana State in the National Championship Game at the end of the 2007 season and a loss to Texas last year in the Fiesta Bowl. With that in their minds, the seniors were unanimous in not wanting to be known as the class that lost four bowl games, said senior captain Doug Worthington.Coleman echoed Worthington’s sentiment, saying that the past losses fueled the team to its Rose Bowl victory.“After every loss that we’ve had in the bowl games, this win has been great. Last year we were so close to winning and I think for all of us that was our biggest motivation,” Coleman said.With the win on Friday, the 2010 seniors became the class with the most wins in OSU history, with a record of 44-8. After three straight bowl-game losses, coming out with a win and breaking the win record was a sweet taste of victory for the group.“It’s a tremendous honor,” Coleman said. “So many people have come through [OSU] and to come out of here as the winningest class, it’s a tremendous honor to the teammates and the people we’ve had around us.” read more

  • Irish snowboarding hopeful Seamus OConnor misses out on slopestyle final despite great

    first_imgIRELAND’S 16-YEAR-OLD snowboarder Seamus O’Connor showed he has a bright future in the sport this morning with an impressive semi-final performance.The US-born teenager came in ninth in his semi-final — with an excellent 70.25 in his second run — but it was not good enough to book a place in the final.The Utah native came in 13th in his heat on Thursday morning.One of the favourites, Canada’s Mark McMorris, who squeezed into the final earlier, was left bemused after he earlier failed to gain direct qualification despite a seemingly faultless second run that he felt did not get the score it deserved.“I just didn’t think my run was worth such a low score, I didn’t see what was that much more insane about their runs, but it’s a judged sport,” said McMorris, who finished seventh in his heat on Thursday.And his concerns were echoed by American Sage Kotsenburg, who also made it through to the final on Saturday.“A lot of people in here were upset (at the judging). I’m not going to do a run (with a lot of tricks) just because that’s what they (the judges) want to see,” he said following training on Friday.“I hope it changes. I wouldn’t even want to watch it (snowboarding) if it doesn’t.”Kotsenburg’s teammate Chas Guldemond said the controversy could have a detrimental affect on the event.“A couple of things made me raise my eyebrows. This is the one event you’ve got to get right,” he said. “They need to figure out the mistakes and fix them. This is a big deal.“We’ve worked so hard to get here (slopestyle in the Olympics). Everyone is watching.”More to followPoll: Will you support the Irish athletes at the Winter Olympics?19 of the best pics from the Winter Olympics opening ceremonylast_img read more

  • Major Leave campaign donor met with Russian officials before Brexit vote

    first_imgMajor Leave campaign donor ‘met with Russian officials’ before Brexit vote Senior cabinet minister David Lidington told the BBC today that the allegations were “serious”. Short URL 15,790 Views Jun 10th 2018, 1:54 PM File photo dated 10/07/16 of millionaire Brexit campaigner Arron Banks. I am sure that if there are any allegations that need investigation the proper authorities will do that.Senior cabinet minister David Lidington told the BBC today that the allegations were “serious” and should be looked into by the authorities.The paper said the revelations raised “explosive questions about attempts by Russia to influence the referendum result” but Banks dismissed them as part of a “witch-hunt” against Brexit and Trump.‘Family trip’ to MoscowBanks, an insurance industry millionaire, has previously said he had “a six-hour boozy lunch” with Yakovenko at the Russian embassy on 6 November, 2015.Citing email correspondence, the Sunday Times said that meeting was set up by Udod and that he was one of 23 suspected Russian spies expelled by Britain following the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.The paper quoted Andy Wigmore, a close associate of Banks who was present at the meeting, as saying that they did not offer “any information to (the ambassador) or any Russian any details of our campaign”.The report said Banks and Wigmore met with Yakovenko again for a cup of tea on 17 November at a meeting that also included mining magnate Siman Povarenkin to discuss a deal involving six gold mines in Russia.Banks, who is married to a Russian woman, then visited Russia in February 2016 at the height of the EU referendum campaign for what he said was “a family trip” that involved no meetings with Russian officials.The paper said the Brexit campaigners subsequently invited Yakovenko and Udod to a drinks party in London’s Notting Hill hosted by Banks, and the Russian ambassador was also asked to attend their results party in Westminster.Banks and Wigmore were invited back to meet Yakovenko after they, and Brexit firebrand Nigel Farage, met with Trump in November 2016 shortly after his election.“The ambassador was obviously keen to know how our meeting (with Trump) went,” Wigmore said.‘Bite me’The Sunday Times report was based on emails passed to the paper by the journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who ghostwrote Banks’s memoir – The Bad Boys of Brexit – and is now writing a book on Russian attempts to influence British politics.The paper said she came forward after she said her email accounts were hacked.“Banks and Wigmore were shamelessly used by the Russians,” Oakeshott said in the Sunday Times.But Banks told the paper:I had two boozy lunches with the Russian ambassador and another cup of tea with him, bite me. It’s a convenient political witch-hunt, both over Brexit and Trump.He said nothing came of the discussion over the gold mine deal, saying:We didn’t profit from any business deals because I never pursued anything.He also told the paper that he had disclosed details of his contacts with the Russians to US officials.“We actually saw the suits from the American embassy who introduced us to the State Department to explain what had happened and then we briefed the Americans on our meetings with the Russians,” he said.Former FBI director Robert Mueller is currently investigating any possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 election campaign team and Russia.Trump has branded the investigation a “witch hunt”.- © AFP, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 1:54 PM A MAJOR BREXIT campaign donor held two previously undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador before and after the 2016 referendum and was offered a deal on six gold mines in Russia, The Sunday Times reported.Arron Banks, the outspoken founder of the Leave.eu campaign, was introduced to London envoy Alexander Yakovenko by Alexander Udod, a “suspected Russian intelligence officer”, the report said.Banks has also reportedly admitted that he handed over phone numbers for members of Donald Trump’s transition team to Russian officials, after meeting with the US president-elect in November 2016 in New York.Asked about the report at the G7 summit in Canada today, Prime Minister Theresa May said:center_img http://jrnl.ie/4063095 Image: JONATHAN BRADY By AFP File photo dated 10/07/16 of millionaire Brexit campaigner Arron Banks. Image: JONATHAN BRADY 63 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Share12 Tweet Email last_img read more

  • En France les maisons en bois ont la cote

    first_imgEn France, les maisons en bois ont la coteAu cours de la dernière décennie, la France a connu un véritable engouement pour les maisons en bois, les constructions de ce type d’habitations ayant plus que doublé entre 2000 et 2010. Une croissance qui ne devrait pas faiblir dans les années à venir. En effet, selon une étude publiée par le cabinet Xerfi, le nombre de mises en chantier de maisons en bois devrait atteindre 22.000 à l’horizon 2014.En 2008, quelque 15.000 maisons en ossature bois ont été construites en France. Un record malgré le ralentissement que connaît le marché depuis 2007 en raison de la crise économique. Toutefois, d’ici à 2014 prévoit Bertrand Perri, auteur de l’étude publiée vendredi dernier, ce sont 22.000 maisons en bois qui devraient voir le jour en France. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauCet engouement est en grande partie dû à la volonté grandissante des Français de se tourner vers le développement durable. Ils “rêvent de devenir propriétaires d’une maison écologique à la campagne ou en zone périurbaine”, note l’étude citée par l’AFP. En outre, la législation est favorable à ce type de constructions, le bois offrant des qualités répondant aux nouvelles normes de réglementation en matière de performance thermique des bâtiments. Par ailleurs, l’industrialisation des constructeurs au cours de la dernière décennie a permis un accroissement de l’offre et donc une réponse plus rapide à la demande.Seul bémol : le prix des maisons en bois est en moyenne 10 à 20% plus élevé que celui des maisons plus classiques, en briques ou en parpaings. “La réduction des coûts, qui passe entre autres par une standardisation des composants en ateliers, est ainsi devenue prioritaire” pour maintenir la croissance du marché, souligne l’étude.Le 23 janvier 2011 à 19:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • Marco Silva cautions Everton players ahead of Millwall FA Cup test

    first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva has warned that Everton players’ attitude is not arguable but would face a  fierce test away at Millwall on Saturday.The coach wants a response from his team to assuage last weekend’s weak outing at Southampton. Everton’s final hope of bringing to an end a 24-year trophy drought this season is on Saturday and Silva doesn’t want to take chances. He admits their reaction to their challenges is even more threatening.Everton has only two points from 10 games, conceded first in the Premier League this term, the 2-1 defeat at St Mary’s included.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I know these numbers and this really shows us that, until now, we didn’t react when something went wrong against us in a match,” he said via The Guardian.“It is something we are working on and I am speaking to our players about as well. If something happens we still have 30,40,60 minutes and the conditions to continue what we are doing.“It is clear it is one of the things we have to improve because, if something goes wrong for us in one minute of that match, that shouldn’t mean everything was wrong until then. The facts are clear. We have to improve in these situations.”last_img read more

  • Toys for Tots delivers toys to children in West MiamiDade

    first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Toys for Tots brought some cheer to South Florida kids via special delivery.A group of volunteers from the program passed out gifts to children whose fathers are behind bars at the Everglades Correction Facility.The kids had a chance to spend time with their dads while enjoying their new toys. They also sang Christmas carols, played some games and talked to Santa.The fathers said they’re very thankful to share this time with their kids, right before Christmas. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be this close to them, as I was on the street, honestly,” said father Chris Montoya.“I love my baby to death,” said father Emmanuel Eason. “Even though I can’t be with her everyday, it’s a blessing to see her on the weekends and on times like these.”Toys for Tots is run by the United States Marines Corps and collects toys to distribute to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them holiday presents.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Little Movement on Stopgap with Key Vote Scheduled

    first_imgDemocratic opposition to the fiscal 2017 continuing resolution (CR) introduced in the Senate last week is focused on the measure’s lack of aid for Flint, Mich., but with the two parties apparently not engaging in negotiations since Republicans filed the bill on Thursday, the prospect of a government shutdown by week’s end is hard to ignore.Democrats’ chief objection to the CR is that it includes emergency flood relief for Louisiana and other states but fails to provide aid to address Flint’s contaminated water system. The measure has met many of the party’s other demands, reported CQ Roll Call. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) defended the stopgap needed to keep the government running when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1 during his opening remarks on Monday.“They’re trying to take our country to the brink, not based on something that’s in this bill but something that isn’t,” McConnell said.Absent an agreement, Democrats likely will block Tuesday’s procedural vote to advance the measure in the Senate.Republican leaders favor relying on a separate water resources authorization bill to address Flint’s needs. But Democrats have balked at waiting, as there is no guarantee the final version of that legislation will include funding to upgrade the city’s water supply. President Obama appears not to be taking hard line over the CR. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest declined to say whether Obama would veto the measure if Flint aid is not added, according to the story.Time is running out. If today’s procedural vote fails, there will be only three more days for Congress to enact a stopgap funding bill. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

  • Protests continue against Rohingya persecution

    first_imgMembers of an Islamist groups shout slogans during protest after Friday prayers for the recent violence against Rohingya Muslim in Myanmar, in Dhaka on 15 September, 2017. Photo: AFPThousands of supporters of Islamist groups staged protests after weekly prayers on Friday, urging the government to go to war against Myanmar over the “genocide” of Rohingya Muslims.Police said at least 15,000 followers of five Islamist groups, including the hardline Hefazat-e-Islam, joined a demonstration in front of the country’s largest mosque in Dhaka.They were protesting against the clampdown by Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine state and decried international efforts to protect the Muslim minority group, police told AFP.Members of an Islamist groups attend a protest after Friday prayers for the recent violence against Rohingya Muslim in Myanmar, in Dhaka on 15 September, 2017. Photo: AFP Nur Hossain Kasemi, a madrasa teacher who heads Hefazat’s Dhaka unit, spoke at the rally, which followed a procession in front of the mosque.“The Burmese government is carrying out a genocide. The houses in Rakhine are being torched. We urge the Bangladeshi people to stand by Rohingya people,” Kasemi told the gathering.“We urge the Bangladesh government to resolve the problem through war. It is the right time,” he said.“If no diplomatic solution is found, we have asked the government to use military power in an effort to ensure Rohingya can live in Arakan,” Hefazat spokesman Fazlul Karim Kasemi later told AFP.Similar protests by Islamists have been held in other cities across the Muslim majority country.The UN says 391,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh in the last two and half weeks after fleeing Myanmar.Rohingya Muslims who fled said their villages have been burned to the ground and relatives killed by the army.Images purportedly showing atrocities against the Rohingya have flooded Bangladeshi social media, triggering an outpouring of sympathy.The Bangladesh government has twice summoned the Myanmar envoy to express concern over the escalation of violence since 25 August.It says the arrivals represent an “unbearable additional burden” on the poor country, already home to 300,000 Rohingya before the latest influx.last_img read more

  • French police clash with rowdy fans after World Cup win

    first_imgSoccer Football – World Cup – Final – France vs Croatia – Paris, France on 15 July 2018 – French CRS riot police advance during clashes on the Champs-Elysees after France win the Soccer World Cup final. Photo: ReutersFrench police fired tear gas and dispersed crowds from the Champs Elysees late on Sunday after clashes with a small group of unruly fans threatened to spoil celebrations of France’s World Cup win over Croatia in Moscow.Millions of French fans had taken to the streets in joy after the final whistle with thousands gathering along the iconic avenue in the French capital.But as the evening wore on, a small number of fans clashed with police, damaging some businesses and properties along the Champs Elysees.Some threw stones and other projectiles at riot police who responded with teargas.A decision was made by security officials to disperse the crowd, BFM TV said. It said minor crowd trouble was also reported in the city of Lyon.France had mobilised around 110,000 security staff for the Bastille Day festivities on Saturday and World Cup soccer final on Sunday.last_img read more

  • Houstons Post Oak Little League Launches Quest for World Series Title

    first_imgDavid RookThe Post Oak Little League team dons its new uniforms for the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA on August 15, 2018.Houston’s Post Oak Little League baseball team is gearing up for Thursday night’s opener at the Little League World Series, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.The team of 11 to 13-year-olds will go head-to-head with the Coventry Little League team, from Rhode Island. “We always thought we had a very good chance. I mean, the boys are a really talented bunch,” Post Oak Little League Assistant Coach David Wylie told Houston Public Media. “We’re trying to make sure that mentally they’re ready. And that’s been an on-going process the whole year. They all know they have a job to do. And they’re going to go out to perform to the best of their ability, and they’re focused.”Today is the day!! The 2018 Little League World Series begins. A signal that summer is rapidly coming to a close but not before another memorable, fun and exciting 11 days in baseball nirvana. Join us beginning at 1et on ESPN— Karl Ravech (@karlravechespn) August 16, 2018Post Oak Little League donned new uniforms this week, which Wylie said resembles vintage Houston Astros’ uniforms.  “That’s chosen by Little League. I think it has to do with they try and stay within the theme of the region. I think Little League had the Astros in mind, obviously,” said Wylie. “It’s the old rainbow colors from the Astros, minus the blue, so it’s awesome. Perfect, with the World Series championship this year.”It was awesome having the Williamsport-bound Post Oak Little League squad at the game yesterday! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/sY6ZoIsNNg— Houston Astros (@astros) August 11, 2018Wylie said the Post Oak Little League team has worked hard to get to their own World Series moment. “These kids have prepared. They’ve scarified. They’ve worked their butts off,” said Wylie. “They’ve worked at it for almost four years now, together.”The Houston Chronicle reports the only Houston team to win the little league World Series was The Westbury Americans, back in 1966.If Post Oak Little League wins Thursday’s game, their next game will be Sunday. If they lose, they’ll play again on Saturday. You can catch the game on ESPN2 at 6 p.m CST.✅ 11 days🌍 16 teams ⚾️ 32 games @LittleLeague World Series 2018 is here! Watch every game live and on-demand on ESPN Player ➡️ https://t.co/PfEGtULVZc pic.twitter.com/YM3w1cUZsN— ESPN Player (@espnplayer) August 16, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

  • Game One Against Georgia Tech to Resume Sunday at 10 am Doubleheader

    first_imgStory Links The game began Friday at 2 p.m. and was halted in the top of the fifth inning with the Cardinals leading 10-5. The ACC softball series opener between the University of Louisville and Georgia Tech will resume Sunday at 10 a.m., followed by a doubleheader at Don Dobina Field at Ulmer Stadium.center_img Prior to the rain delay, the Cardinals (28-15, 8-7 ACC) built an 8-2 lead in the first inning and added a pair of runs in the third. The Yellow Jackets (27-20, 8-7 ACC) added a run in the third and two more in the fourth, bringing the score to 10-5 after four complete innings. In the fifth, Skye Webb singled and Bailee Zeitler was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch with Drew Puckett at the plate when the game was halted due to rain. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

  • Robotic arm simulates driving a Ferrari w Video

    first_img The device, called the CyberMotion Simulator, was created by Paolo Robuffo Giordano and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, in Tübingen, Germany, and recently presented at the ICRA 2010 conference. Their goal was to make the experience of driving a Ferarri F2007 as realistic as possible in order to better understand how humans experience the sensation of motion, which in turn could provide insight into the cognitive processes of the brain. The robotic arm simulates the player’s steering of the car in a video game. The researchers also wanted to test the simulator in an environment that requires quick and massive acceleration. The CyberMotion Simulator has a delay of just 40 milliseconds, and allows players to be freely displaced in six degrees of freedom in space, including upside-down.The robotic arm is a Robocoaster that the researchers modified on a six-axis Kuka KR 500, which has the ability to lift up to 500 kg. The system is often used in amusement parks but normally does not allow users any control. The researchers predict that the CyberMotion Simulator could be adapted to experiences in addition to car racing, such as controlling airplanes, helicopters, and ships, as well as for telepresence applications.via: IEEE Spectrum A special kind of flight training In the CyberMotion Simulator, players can experience the quick and massive acceleration of driving a Ferrari. Credit: IEEE Spectrum. Engineers have turned a robotic arm into a “Ferrari simulator,” enabling users to feel what it’s like to experience high-speed driving while controlling the car in a video game. As shown in the video below, players sit in the robotic arm positioned about two meters off the ground, and the arm twists and turns to simulate the car’s motion. Citation: Robotic arm simulates driving a Ferrari (w/ Video) (2010, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-robotic-arm-simulates-ferrari-video.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

  • Recap Four mile queues on M6 after accident in North Staffordshire

    first_imgThere were long delays on the M6 motorway in North Staffordshire following an accident. The crash took on the northbound carriageway between J14 A5013 ( Stafford North) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Four mile queues were reported according to Inrix, the traffic data company. Traffic was already slow through the area due to narrow lanes and speed restrictions. Lane one (of three) was closed for around half an hour before reopening at just after 7.30am. A Highways England spokesman said: “Recovery is complete and all lanes have re-opened after the earlier collision. Thank you for your patience.” The accident is understood to have taken place shortly before 7am around four miles north of junction 14. We have no information on the vehicles involved. Read MoreThis McDonald’s is now back open (and it’s great news for A50 drivers!) We live reported on this incident and you can see the updates as they came in below. For more information and the latest updates on other roads in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this morning, visit our dedicated feed here. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.07:46Report endingThis incident has now cleared and live reporting has come to an end. Thank you for joining us.07:42Traffic now easingInrix is now reporting traffic is easing after the lane reopened.07:34All lanes have now reopenedHighways England are now reporting the lane has reopened.A spokesman said:Recovery is complete and all lanes have re-opened after the earlier collision. Thank you for your patience.” 07:33Location of the accident (Image: Inrix)07:30What we know so farThere are four mile queues on the northbound carriageway between junction 14 and junction 15The accident took place shortly before 7amOne lane is currently closedlast_img read more

  • Oops it happened again PEI left off Vancouver airport map

    first_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: Vancouver International Airport << Previous PostNext Post >> Oops, it happened again! P.E.I. left off Vancouver airport mapcenter_img Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Posted by CHARLOTTETOWN — The Vancouver Airport Authority has put Prince Edward Island on the map – literally.According to The Canadian Press, P.E.I.-resident Marie Gilchrist noticed a glaring mistake on a map at Vancouver’s airport: the absence of Prince Edward Island, also known as the “Cradle of Confederation”.The Islander quickly cried foul, bringing the snub to the attention of the airport authority and, consequently, the entire country. The airport authority swiftly responded, updating the map to include Canada’s smallest province.“The new map has been updated to reflect new routes from YVR and of course now includes P.E.I.,” wrote Christopher Richards, spokesperson for the Vancouver Airport Authority, in an email. “We sincerely apologize for the omission and are happy the map has been updated to be more accurate.”Shockingly, this isn’t the first time the tiny island has been overlooked. The Hudson’s Bay Company recently had to drop a line of t-shirts and onesies that depicted an incomplete map of Canada, while the Canadian Automobile Association’s magazine also found itself in hot water after forgetting to label P.E.I. on a map of Canada’s top historic destinations.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?But the destination has found an upside to being perpetually forgotten: the national coverage it has received has put P.E.I. squarely in the spotlight. It was even the subject of a spoof on ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’, in which an incensed Island politician held a press conference over the snub.When Gilchrist saw the skit, she said that’s the moment she knew P.E.I. has “arrived”. It only took a proud and determined Islander for it to get there.last_img read more