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Canada preparing to deliver aid shipments for Texas hurricane victims

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government and the governments of Ontario and Quebec are readying relief supplies, including baby formula and cribs, for victims of hurricane Harvey.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the governments are working with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to co-ordinate the help.The storm left vast swaths of Texas and parts of Louisiana flooded and forced tens of thousands of people from their homes.“We reached out to offer whatever support is needed, from airlift capacity to helicopters to whatever is necessary,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference Friday in Saskatoon.FEMA, he said, responded by providing Goodale a list of badly needed provisions, and Canada was more than happy to oblige.Goodale said the relief supplies include hygiene kits, bed pillows, bath towels, baby formula, baby disposable bottles, baby cribs and baby linens.The Royal Canadian Air Force is preparing a cargo plane to fly the goods to Texas and it is expected to leave soon.Trudeau and President Donald Trump spoke Thursday about the floods and relief efforts.“We are there for our friends suffering this terrible calamity of hurricane Harvey, and we will stand by them and offer them whatever support they need,” Trudeau said.“This is who Canadians are; we’re there for each other in times of difficulty.”The American embassy in Ottawa expressed gratitude for Canada’s offer of support.“The people of the United States and Canada have a long history of supporting each other in times of need,” Elizabeth Aubin, the charge d’affaires at the embassy, said in a statement.“We once again thank our Canadian friends and neighbours for their heartfelt offers of solidarity and assistance.”Goodale said Canada stands by the United States, saying the country’s thoughts and prayers are with those affected.“I want to commend local volunteers, first responders and residents who continue to work selflessly to keep their neighbours and communities safe,” he said in a statement.On Thursday, Trump’s homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Canada’s “neighbourly gesture” of help was much appreciated, telling a White House briefing, “It’s an international expression of what we’re seeing here at a very local level.”last_img read more

Kinew James inquest postponed indefinitely after new documents come to light

first_imgThe Canadian PressSASKATOON — An inquest into the death of a 35-year-old woman at the Saskatoon Regional Psychiatric Centre has been postponed indefinitely.The examination of what happened to Kinew James was to have begun Monday, but after a massive collection of new documents was presented to inquest coroner Timothy Hawryluk, he adjourned the proceedings.He said it is unlikely the inquest will resume until the fall at the earliest and possibly not until early 2017.Kinew James died in 2013 after suffering an apparent heart attack in her cell.Inmates have alleged that James was denied timely medical assistance.The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies had said earlier it hoped the inquest would lead to better care for Indigenous women with mental health issues who are serving time in prison.On Monday, association lawyer Gillian Gough and Josephine de Whyttel, a lawyer for James’ mother, argued the disclosure documents provided by the Corrections Service of Canada — which covered the year leading up to James’ death — weren’t enough.Gough presented a package made up largely of CSC documents the society obtained while fighting for James’ release in 2011. Containing some 8,000 files, some of the documents dated back as far as 1998.Gough said it was important to look at how various factors from James’ incarceration may have contributed to her death.For instance, Gough noted James was transferred between facilities some 30 times and argued this could have affected the continuity of her health care. Gough also said James had been in and out of the Saskatoon facility 13 times over the years.Hawryluk said he was disappointed at having proceedings derailed on the first day, but he wasn’t comfortable ruling on a request to expand the scope of the inquest until he’d had time to review the new documents.Cecil James, Kinew’s brother, said the family was glad there would be a pause to consider the new information.Cecil said he has had trouble accessing even the original disclosure that was provided.He and James’ family live in Winnipeg, and he had to go to Regina to look the disclosure over in the coroner’s office there. He said he made the trip last Wednesday and was troubled after even a quick examination of those documents, not to mention the thousands of new ones presented Monday.James was serving an aggregate sentence of 15 years for manslaughter, assault, uttering threats and other charges – many of which happened after she was first sent to jail.According to a Board of Investigation report, James, who was diabetic, activated the emergency call alarm in her cell and told corrections staff that she was feeling sick and lethargic the night she died.last_img read more

Police bust cricket betting racket in Baguiati, 8 held

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police busted a cricket betting racket late on Tuesday night and arrested eight persons from a housing complex in Baguiati. The arrested persons have been produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) Court at Barasat and three of them have been remanded to two-day police custody.According to police, on Tuesday night sleuths got a tip-off that some people are involved in betting on the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Acting on the information Detective Department of Bidhannagar Police and Baguiati Police station conducted a joint raid at a flat of the AWHO Housing complex at Tegharia. Sleuths found eight persons were betting over the said match. They could not produce any valid license for running such business. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediately, all of them have been rounded up and taken to police station. Later, it was found that the prime accused in the racket identified as Raju Khandelwal had rented the flat to run the racket. During the search, sleuths seized huge numbers of mobile phones, laptops and other devices which were being used for the accused person’s gain. Following the seizure all of them have been arrested under sections of the West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competitions Act. Out of eight three persons identified as Raju Khandelwala of Bangur, Pankaj Maru of 136 Jessore Road and Pankaj Chhawcharia of Chawlpatti in Baguati have been taken in to police custody for further investigation.last_img read more

Crimea- Western Sahara: Russian Hypocrisy and Moroccan Apathy

Washington D.C –  Morocco cannot afford a diplomatic confrontation with the U.N. veto yielding Russia. Nonetheless, the two nations should be able to talk frankly about issues of national interests without damaging their friendship.For some Moroccan activists, Moscow’s backing of the Polisario separatists is hypocritical given Russia’s violent annexation of Crimea and its current meddling in the Donbas region of Ukraine.Russia views Crimea and Donbas as essential to its security and is willing to pay whatever price to keep the territories Russian. The same goes for Morocco and Western Sahara. Moroccan diplomacy known for its passivity at times need to approach the Russian and remove any diplomatic ambiguity about the impact of Moscow’s double standards. Rabat stayed neutral in the Ukraine and Georgia conflicts and should ask the Russian to stay out of the fray in Western Sahara.Moscow cannot present its positions in the Caucuses and Ukraine as lawful and legitimate then denied Morocco’s rights to Western Sahara.  If proud Russians view Crimea’s rightful place in Russia, then Moroccans should present the same narrative about the Sahara to the Kremlin.In fact, Moroccans find Moscow’s apathy toward Morocco’s right to liberate Western Sahara from Spain and unify its people with the Kingdom selfish. Russia has justified its invasion of Georgia in 2008, its annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its current covert intervention in the Donbas as unification crusades to protect ethnic Russians.While Morocco’s liberation of Western Sahara was peaceful and its historic claims undisputable and well documented, Russian’s claims in Crimea are recent going back 1780’s, and shaky at best since most of the ethnic Russians settled in the area from other part of Russia and the ethnic Crimean Tatars were forcibly exiled all over the Soviet empire.It is curious to see Russia pushing for a United Nations’ administered referendum for self-determination in Western Sahara when Moscow self-conducted referendums without international observers in Crimea, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Further, Russia manipulated the disputed results to justify its annexation or appropriation of these territories that remain internationally recognized as Ukrainian and Georgian.In the name of national interests, Russia has swallowed Georgian and Ukrainian land with impunity. It used force to create a fait accompli where the United Nations and the world community had no options but to ignore international law violations and accept the Russian versions.Traditionally, Russia and the Soviet Union before it, adopted the Algerian positions favoring independence for Western Sahara, nevertheless, focusing on Russia’s role and tactics in Crimea and the Donbas region help the Russians to gain a perspective on what the Moroccans are facing in the Sahara.While it may not be publicly stated, Russia will always support Algeria because of the close economic and military corporations dating back to the 1970’s. This should not stop the Moroccan diplomacy from trying to temper future Russian maneuvers at the U.N. Security CouncilA Russian veto of U.N. resolutions supporting Morocco has no real adverse effects on Moscow foreign policy in North Africa, Morocco will just have to deal with it at the official level. However, Moroccan civil society and national media should expose Russia’s misguided diplomacy in the Western Sahara conflict.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial views.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Effective partnerships vital to reinvigorating peacekeeping says top UN official

5 August 2009A top United Nations official underscored today that effective partnerships are the cornerstone of the world body’s new vision for peacekeeping, the focus of a day-long Security Council meeting. A top United Nations official underscored today that effective partnerships are the cornerstone of the world body’s new vision for peacekeeping, the focus of a day-long Security Council meeting.The so-called New Horizons process seeks to “reinvigorate the peacekeeping partnership,” Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the 15-member body at the start of the gathering.Issued last month as a non-paper by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Department of Field Support (DFS), it examines how such a revitalized partnership could boost management and oversight, he said.“It highlights the need to strengthen command and control systems at every level, including through more robust accountability frameworks between Headquarters and mission leaders,” Mr. Le Roy noted.New Horizons identifies three key challenges currently underpinning operational dilemmas for blue helmets: robust peacekeeping, protection of civilians and critical peacebuilding tasks.“We urgently need to build a common view on the role of peacekeepers in these areas, how they are translated on the ground, and what tools we need to do so,” Mr. Le Roy said at the meeting, which is expected to hear from 40 speakers.Speaking to reporters outside Council chambers while the gathering was still in progress, he said he was heartened by Member States’ support of New Horizons, which they said was “an excellent basis for further discussion and further strengthening of peacekeeping operations.”For her part, Under-Secretary-General Susanna Malcorra, who heads DFS, said that her Department’s “overarching goal is to provide improved support services with quality, speed and efficiency, and we believe that there are clear opportunities to achieve these goals.”In addition to New Horizons, DFS has issued another non-paper recently offering a “fresh approach” on supporting field missions, she told the Council.That strategy, among other points, emphasizes “the need to protect our personnel, to ensure appropriate living and working conditions in mission, while maximizing safety and security,” Ms. Malcorra said.Underscoring that “support is not an end in itself,” she said that “we must not lose sight of our ultimate purpose: to better serve those dedicated men and women charged with the daunting challenge of securing a fragile peace in war-torn countries.”Also addressing today’s meeting was Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, Force Commander for the African Union-UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur.Challenges laid out in the meeting, such as deployment challenges, civilian protection and logistics support, “are at the very heart of UNAMID,” he said.Deployment is one of the key obstacles, but Gen. Agwai said that by the end of this month, the mission will have 74 per cent of the 19,550 troops needed to be at full strength.“Yet as the New Horizon non-paper makes clear, effective deployment is not just a question of total numbers on the ground,” he cautioned. “It is about the right types of capabilities arriving in the right sequence.”At the end of today’s open debate, the Council welcomed the non-paper’s assessments and recommendations in a presidential statement, encouraging the UN Secretariat to continue provide planning and support for peacekeeping missions.Further, the statement read out by Ambassador John Sawers of the United Kingdom, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said the body “recognizes the need to weight the full range of responses when addressing a situation which may endanger international peace and security, and to deploy UN peacekeeping missions only as an accompaniment, not as an alternative, to a political strategy.”Characterizing UN peacekeeping as a “unique global partnership that draws together the contributions and commitment of the entire UN system,” the Council expressed its commitment to strengthening this collaboration. read more

Export value of Afghan opium plummeting says UN antidrug agency

According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the export value of opiates dropped from $3.4 billion in 2008, or one-third of Afghanistan’s GDP, to $2.8 billion in 2009, equivalent to one-quarter of the GDP.The Afghanistan Opium Survey 2009 attributed the decline to lower opium cultivation, lower production, lower prices and relatively higher GDP.“Military and market forces are reducing the impact of opium on Afghanistan’s economy,” UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said.But he underscored that additional progress depends on controlling corruption, not just drugs and the insurgency. “I urge President [Hamid] Karzai to make integrity as high a priority as security – you can’t have one without the other.”The new study found that lower revenues and excess production have dampened supply, with cultivation falling 22 per cent and production dropping by 10 per cent. Also, the number of people involved in opium cultivation has decreased one-third to 1.6 million.“Annual fluctuations of opium cultivation and production do not tell the whole story,” Mr. Costa said.“I hope that the new Afghan National Drug Control Strategy, currently under preparation, will reassert that success will come when Afghanistan’s farmers have sustainable licit livelihoods, when drug traffickers no longer operate with impunity, and when people no longer have to pay bribes for basic services,” he added. “The alternative of a society wracked by drugs, insurgency, and corruption is untenable.”Earlier this week, a UNODC survey found that opium cultivation in Myanmar has increased for the third year in a row, with the number of hectares rising by 11 per cent – a total of almost 50 per cent since 2006 – although production was down due to a fall in yield per hectare.Opium hectares now total 31,700 and while this is still just a quarter of the amount grown in Afghanistan and a far cry from the early 1990s when Myanmar was the world’s biggest opium producer, “the trend is going in the wrong direction,” Mr. Costa noted.“Increased instability in north-eastern Myanmar is affecting the opium market. Ceasefire groups – autonomous ethnic militias like the Wa and Kachin – are selling drugs to buy weapons, and moving stocks to avoid detection,” he said. 17 December 2009The potential export value of Afghanistan’s opium has dropped 18 per cent this year, the United Nations anti-drug body reported today, but it cautioned that further progress hinges on rooting out corruption in the South Asian nation. read more

Over 71 people injured following accident in Agarapathana

Over 71 people sustained injuries following an accident in the Agarapathana area today.The police said that the accident involved a bus and among those injured were students. A mechanical fault had reportedly led to the bus going out of control and meeting with the accident.The driver of the bus was arrested following the accident. (Colombo Gazette)

Quiet July ahead of Septembers expected storm

July% changeYear to date % change Buses and coaches36544.3%2,7329.2% Trucks3,201– 33.7%33,919– 1.1% New commercial vehicle registrations in the United Kingdom – 2006 Light CV23,2432.4%191,3000.2% Total26,809– 3.5%227,9510.1% CV registrations back to trend, but more distortion expected ahead of Euro 4 July registrations down 3.5 per cent to 26,809, year to date up 0.1 per cent Rolling year total down 2.1 per cent to 386,125 units ‘2006 CV registrations look good, despite a quiet July,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Light CV, bus and coach registrations quite performed well in July, a month which typically takes 7.5 per cent of annual CV registrations. This means we are on par with 2005 volumes. We expect even higher figures in August and a storm in September as operators rush to register Euro 3 trucks and coaches ahead of change to Euro 4 on 1 October. Despite these distortions, we’re optimistic about year-end figures.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Lady of the Hills mystery could soon be solved after Thai woman

The body was found in the hills above Horton in Ribblesdale According to Joomsri Seekanya, 72, from the Udon Thani region of northern Thailand, she has not heard from Lamduan since 2004, around the same time the body was found.She also told police that the sketch depicting the woman – dubbed the “Lady of the Hills” – bears a striking resemblance to her daughter.Mrs Seekanya claims her daughter moved to Britain in the early 1990s after meeting a British man, who was working in Thailand. The unknown woman was buried in the local churchyard A long running mystery could soon be solved after a Thai family came forward claiming to know the identity of a woman whose body was found by hill walkers in a remote part of the Yorkshire Dales in 2004.Police were left baffled when a group of ramblers came across the remains of a young woman wrapped around rocks in a stream above Horton in Ribblesdale.Extensive tests and public appeals failed to establish the identity of the woman, with detectives only able to confirm that she was 4ft 11in tall and probably from south east Asia originally.Now following a cold case review of the investigation and publicity in Thailand, a woman has come forward claiming the body might be that of her daughter, Lamduan, who moved to Britain in the 1990s. The woman was wearing a gold wedding ring, which detectives were able to trace back to Thailand due to the unusually high purity of gold.Forensic tests carried out on the woman’s hair, also suggested she had spent the previous two years living in a rural area of south Cumbria or northern Lancashire.In 2007 a coroner recorded an open verdict, but in 2016, a cold case review suggested that foul play might have been involved and detectives began exploring the theory that the victim was a “Thai bride” who had been murdered.The lady of the hills was eventually laid to rest by villagers in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, with one local donating his reserved burial plot to the unfortunate woman instead. She was more than a mile from the nearest road and a post mortem examination suggested the woman had been dead for several weeks. The body was found in the hills above Horton in Ribblesdale The unknown woman was buried in the local churchyard Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A source close to the investigation said: “It is very important to establish who this young woman was and this could be a significant breakthrough. Hopefully DNA tests can be carried out that will establish whether the remains are those of this woman’s daughter. But the source stressed that the investigation was still ongoing and the police were still appealing for any information to assist with their inquiries.The remains were found in a river by walkers who had unwittingly been posing for photographs in front of it without realising what it was.Police later revealed that the woman, who was half naked, had no visible injuries, and may have died of hypothermia after becoming lost in the hills. Joomsri Seekanya claims the body found in the North Yorkshire Dales could be her daughter  She said the couple had two children and used to return to Thailand regularly to visit family.But she explained that her daughter, who would now be 52, had abruptly ceased contact around 15-years ago and said she feared the remains could be hers.A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed they had been provided with a possible name for the woman but said DNA tests were now being carried out  in order to establish whether there was a match with her supposed relatives in Thailand. Joomsri Seekanya claims the body found in the North Yorkshire Dales could be her daughter  read more

When can we believe a CSR report New report sheds light on

first_imgA new report reveals previously unpublished information about a young but burgeoning multi-million pound global industry operating at the heart of corporate trust: CSR report assurance. The report also contains new statistics about the mining and metals industry. Assure View finds that of all the mining and metals companies who publish CSR reports, 18% have their reports externally assured. For Europe, the figure is 26%, while for North America, it is 9%.Assure View is reported to be the first report to detail such a wealth of reporting data and statistics. The report outlines who uses assurance, who carries out assurance and what methods are used. This makes it a reference point for all stakeholders, be it reporting companies, assurance providers or consumers who wish to find out more about companies’ social and environmental impact.Over 2,500 companies worldwide issue annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports to document their policies and performance on key issues, including their environmental and social activities. In 2008 some 3,000 companies are expected to publish a CSR report. Of these, around 750 will include an assurance statement addressing the report’s credibility and completeness.While CSR reporting has become a basic business requirement due to competitive and regulatory reasons, the vast majority of CSR reports aren’t independently verified. This casts serious doubts on the role, meaning and reliability of such statements. Assure View comes to the following conclusions:While there are several established approaches to assurance, there is no generally accepted ‘best practice’ for how companies should collect, evaluate and report non-financial performance data, and how to conduct meaningful non-financial assurance More and more companies recognise the need for external assurance statements. By 2007, 25% of all CSR reports had an assurance statement Europe leads on assurance, and will continue to be the largest producer of both CSR reports and assurance statements for the foreseeable future. In 2007, nearly 650 external assurance statements were produced globally, of which 64% were for reports published in Europe. North America is the second largest reporting region, but has the lowest uptake in external assurance (7.5%). The assurance rate in Asia (15%) is double that of North, the global CSR resources website, has monitored CSR reporting and assurance for the past decade. Using’s comprehensive CSR report archive, Assure View analyses how assurance statements are used across different countries and sectors, giving an overview of nearly 5,000 assurance statements and an in-depth study of the latest assurance statements from 90 companies.Assure View has been sponsored by four of the world’s leading assurors active in this field: SGS, KPMG, LRQA and The Re-Assurance Network. Guest commentaries are provided by AccountAbility, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB).Paul Scott, Managing Director of, said: “This is the first time the field of CSR report assurance has been examined in such breadth and depth. Assure View examines the concepts behind CSR assurance and identifies the key elements which constitute best practice. The statistics and market overviews aren’t obtainable anywhere else and will be of interest for anyone working in this area.”Rachel Jackson, Head of Social and Environmental Issues at the ACCA, said: “The now widespread importance of sustainbility reporting has raised questions about the value of associated audits. ACCA believes that the credibility of published reports can be enhanced through independent assurance and that the use by assurers of authoritative international standards improves assurance quality and report users’ understanding.”For further information please contact Paul Scott, Managing Director,, Tel. +44 (0)20 7014 336, read more

Viable explosive device made safe in Cork city

first_imgA VIABLE EXPLOSIVE device has been made safe in Cork city this afternoon.The device was found by construction workers at a house on Hill Grove Lane, just off the Watercourse Road, in the north of the city just before 3pm.Gardaí summoned an Defence Forces’ Explosives Ordnance Disposal team to the scene, while nearby houses were evacuated and a cordon was put in place.The device was made safe in situ, without the need for a controlled explosion, and was removed for further examination.The scene was declared safe at about 4pm, and components of the device are to be handed over to the Gardaí for further investigation.last_img read more

Thousands of employees very highly trained Kenny pays tribute to Apple

first_img Taoiseach Enda Kenny is very happy with Apple. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Thousands of employees, very highly trained’: Kenny pays tribute to Apple The Taoiseach is on a three-day trip to the US, where he will meet business leaders including those from Apple and Facebook. Dec 1st 2016, 7:55 AM Image: ENDA KENNY WILL meet Apple CEO Tim Cook today, and paid tribute this morning to the multinational’s contribution to Irish employment.The Taoiseach is on a three-day trip to the US, where he will meet business leaders, and visit the headquarters of Apple and Facebook.He will speak to Cook – the head of the world’s biggest tech company – about the implications of the recent Apple Tax ruling on the multinational’s plans here.Speaking from Silicon Valley, Kenny praised Apple’s operations in Ireland.“They’ve thousands of employees, very highly skilled, very highly trained, with a great reputation,” he told reporters in comments broadcast on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.And obviously there is a process going through in the case of their other investment in Ireland, of almost a billion [euro] in Athenry in terms of their data content storage facilities.“That’s obviously in the process of adjudication, it will go before the Commercial Court in due course.”Kenny said that “Tim Cook himself has been publicly and privately very strong in support” of the Irish government, adding:I’m very happy with their response and their investment over many years.In August, the European Commission ruled that Ireland gave illegal state aid to Apple, and ordered the government to reclaim €13 billion in taxes from the company. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Source: PAProfitsThe EC alleged that Ireland’s Revenue Commissioners allowed the firm to pay tax on its European profits in Ireland of just 1% in 2003. The fell to 0.005% by 2014.It also said that Apple Sales International, based in Cork, made €16 billion in profits in 2011, but paid tax on less than €50 million of this via its Irish branch. The rest was assigned to head office, which failed to pay tax anywhere.Apple employs almost 6,000 people in Ireland, mostly in Cork, where it has its offices at Holyhill and Lavitt’s Quay. Earlier this year, Apple was granted planning permission to build in Hollyhill, and also announced plans to hire up to 1,000 more staff for its Irish operations, which also include a base in Athenry in Galway.The Taoiseach is in San Francisco today, and has a number of engagements in New York tomorrow and on Saturday with business groups. No meeting with President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled.Read: UKIP wants the Irish government to help pay for a motorway in Wales with EU fundsRead: Taoiseach Goes Stateside: ‘If Enda does meet Trump, he shouldn’t go cap in hand’ Short URLcenter_img Taoiseach Enda Kenny is very happy with Apple. Image: 8,346 Views 53 Comments By Darragh Peter Murphy Share23 Tweet Email Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 7:55 AMlast_img read more

Gerry Adams says Stormont collapse is not a threat to the peace

first_imgThe Sinn Féin leader put equal blame on the British government for the current state of affairs.I am not surprised by the British government, because the British government will always act in what is its own self-interest and it is very good at doing that  – and that doesn’t include the north. The Brexit decision was taken without any contemplation for the people in the north.Adams continued by saying that the Irish government has not called on the British government to take heed of the issues at play.He said Sinn Féin is going forward “confident” in its resolve to be back in the institutions – but said the basis of that has to be the Good Friday Agreement.When asked if he would be consider a move to politics in Stormont, Adams said:“We have a job of work in this State to do and it falls on me to be part of that.”Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald was asked if she was considering a move from north Dublin to north of the border, to which she replied: “Absolutely not.”The same question was posed to Pearse Doherty.I represent the most northern part of Ireland and I am very content to do so.Read: Northern Ireland heading for elections as no deal reached between Sinn Féin and DUP>Sinn Féin v Foster: New year, same controversy with power sharing at ‘tipping point’ > By Christina Finn Gerry Adams speaking at the Teacher’s Club in Dublin today ahead of the party’s think-in. Share15 Tweet Email2 Gerry Adams says Stormont collapse is not a threat to the peace process Adams said he does not think the Taoiseach has “good instincts” when it comes to dealing with these issues. Short URL 77 Comments Monday 16 Jan 2017, 2:11 PM 8,872 Views center_img SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams said he does not think the instability of the Northern Assembly is a threat to the peace process.Time will be called on Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government at 5pm as no deal has been reached between the DUP and Sinn Féin.Sinn Féin has declined to re-nominate a Deputy First Minister in Stormont following the resignation of Martin McGuinness last week – meaning a snap election is now on the cards.Speaking to reporters ahead of the party’s think-in in Dublin, Adams said he is not concerned that the controversy will threaten the peace process.“What I would be concerned about is that another generation which has grown up free from conflict is now seeing the negativities of sectarianism: the negativity of intolerance, the negativity of disrespect. I would be concerned about that, but I think in the short-term, the peace process is firm. It has support and that is not going to shift.”Adams also criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny in relation to the imminent dissolution of the Assembly.When asked by if he thought both the British and Irish governments had dropped the ball on issues that threatened the continuation of the DUP-Sinn Féin power-sharing arrangement, he said:I don’t think the Taoiseach has a good instinct on these issues. I think he values the peace process, he obviously appreciates the work that has been done and wants that to continue – but the work that was done wasn’t done easily and it wasn’t done with grand speeches. It was done by really, really hard work by dedicated people from all sides and that’s what the Taoiseach has to do.Adams said the Kenny is constitutionally bound as Taoiseach to deal with the issues at play in the north.Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, Adams said it is the responsibility of both the British and Irish governments to ensure there is equality. Source:“It doesn’t even rest with the administration in Stormont,” he added.Even if I put this in the kindest way possible, there is a huge onus on the Taoiseach to fulfill the responsibilities for all the people on this island in terms of an international treaty, an international agreement of which he is a co-guarantor.“There is an onus on the Taoiseach to deal with this issue, I have argued with him and debated this privately and publicly and I have tried to do it in a considered way.Adams said it all well and good for the Taoiseach to make telephone calls “in the early hours of the morning” to the Principal Private Secretary to the UK Prime Minister when there is a crisis, but he said hard graft needed to be put in also.“These problems we have been flagging for a long time. What is required is consistency, is strategic and ongoing engagement with the British government and our friends internationally to ensure the British government upholds its obligations.“The British government refuses, refuses, to put the mechanisms in place to deal with legacy issues that were agreed at Stormont House two years ago – refuses to do it. What does the Irish government choose to do about it? That’s the big question. There is no point lip servicing it – it needs diplomatic outreach,” said Adams. Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Gerry Adams says Martin McGuinness has left his sick bed to go to Stormont. Adams said he’s happy representing his constituency in the Dail— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) January 16, 2017 Gerry Adams speaking at the Teacher’s Club in Dublin today ahead of the party’s think-in. Jan 16th 2017, 2:11 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hellenic Museum summer cinema

first_imgThe Hellenic Museum is bringing back its popular summer cinema series on January 31. Next year’s lineup brings Greek films from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s to the big screen at the museum Pavilion.The event, running until March, will also see the return of Con Christopoulos’ Greek-inspired gelato flavours in a pop-up stall. When: January 31, running every Saturday until March. Where: Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Le Japon encourage désormais lénergie solaire

first_imgLe Japon encourage désormais l’énergie solaireLe journal économique Nikkei rapporte que le Japon envisage de rendre obligatoire les panneaux solaires sur tous les nouveaux bâtiments et maisons qui seront construits à l’avenir.Le gouvernement japonais souhaite encourager les innovations technologiques et promouvoir les énergies renouvelables suite à la catastrophe nucléaire de Fukushima Daiichi. Pour cela, il envisage de rendre obligatoire les panneaux solaires pour l’ensemble des bâtiments d’ici à 2030.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéCe projet devrait être annoncé lors du sommet du G8 qui aura lieu les 26 et 27 mai prochains à Deauville, indique Sciences et Avenir. Le premier ministre japonais, Naoto Kan, estime qu’obliger la pose de panneaux solaires permettrait à l’archipel de parvenir à ses objectifs. Un plan pour développer les énergies renouvelables et favoriser les économies d’énergie devrait également être présenté.Pour autant le Japon continuera à faire fonctionner ses centrales après s’être assuré de leurs conditions de sûreté, a indiqué le journal japonais Nikkei, sans pour autant citer ses sources. M. Kan devrait confirmer la chose lors du G8.Le 24 mai 2011 à 13:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Alaska game board votes touch a menagerie of management issues

first_imgThe Alaska Board of Game wrapped up its recent meeting in Anchorage on Friday after voting on some changes to statewide hunting regulations.The board heard roughly 70 proposals and only a little over a dozen passed.Listen nowHere are just a few:Among the changes was a clarification on definitions related to moose antlers and their points, brow tines and forks, which can determine whether a moose is legal to hunt.The board also voted to ban the use of “air bows” for hunting big game in Alaska. Using compressed gas, air bows fire an arrow with enough power to take down game as large as a bison.In another example of keeping up with advances in hunting technology, the board decided to update rules around the use of electronic devices in hunting, things like game cameras that can now transmit real-time images to cell phones. The board voted to prohibit the use of wireless communication in the taking of a specific animal until after 3 a.m. the day after the use of the device, in most cases.The board removed a restriction it put into place in 2012 that limited applications for bull moose permit hunts to three, agreeing with the Department of Fish and Game that the restriction had come with the unintended consequence of voiding some applications.The board did not pass proposed changes to the point system for Tier II subsistence hunts, or a proposal to combine regulations on allowing the take of big game for religious ceremonies and ceremony potlatches, among many other proposals.And, a follow up to a story on a proposal to allow Alaskans to own small, hedgehog-like creatures call tenrecs: The board did not approve tenrecs as pets. They will remain prohibited in Alaska.A complete list of the game board’s decisions, including more details on the preliminary regulation changes, can be found here.last_img read more

Trafalgars Europe Britain Presale helps lock in bookings

first_img TORONTO — Trafalgar has released its Europe & Britain Pre-sale deals of 2020 trips at guaranteed 2019 prices for a limited time.The special pricing is ideal for clients looking at 2020 Europe & Britain travel, says Trafalgar, adding that it’s already seeing an increase in the number of enquiries for next year’s travel.Clients can save an additional 10% per person with Trafalgar’s early payment discount. By booking now, clients can benefit from securing their seats on the trips they want with guaranteed 2019 prices by locking in early.“Canadian clients have been asking us about what lies in store for 2020 with Trafalgar, which is exciting. Through Pre-sale, and opening up space on our trips earlier than we have done before, we’re allowing our guests access to the trips they want for 2020, now,” says Trafalgar’s CEO Global Gavin Tollman.Clients booking early can get guaranteed space, best prices, deposit protection and best local experiences, he added.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“The interest we are seeing gives us the confidence that 2020 will be an incredible year for travel. By keeping our trips for a limited time at 2019 prices, guests can book at a great price, secure their spot and let the excitement begin – it’s that simple.”Agents can check out Trafalgar’s here today, gone tomorrow Real Travel Deals offering up to 15% off selected worldwide trips for 2019, he added. Posted by Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Europe, Trafalgar Trafalgar’s Europe & Britain Pre-sale helps lock in bookingslast_img read more

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