Former Laval mayor at heart of corruption scandal granted full parole

first_imgMONTREAL — The former mayor of Quebec’s third-largest city has been granted full parole after serving a third of his six-year prison sentence for involvement in a corruption scheme.A Parole Board of Canada decision Thursday noted that Gilles Vaillancourt continues to downplay his responsibility for his crimes and their impact on society.But his behaviour in prison and since he was granted day parole a year ago was judged satisfactory, and there is no reason to believe he would commit a violent crime if released, the decision said.Vaillancourt, 77, was Laval mayor between 1989 and 2012.He was arrested in May 2013 by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit and accused of taking part in a scheme under which the City of Laval awarded municipal contracts in exchange for bribes and illegal donations from construction contractors.Under a joint Crown-defence agreement, Vaillancourt was sentenced in December 2016 to just under six years in prison. He also had to reimburse the city about $8.6 million, the parole board document says.The parole board imposed several conditions on his release.He is banned from participating in any paid or volunteer political activities. He cannot be responsible for the finances or investments of individuals, companies or charities. And he will have to disclose his financial records to his parole officer.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Online report system reveals ‘malpractices’ at Calcutta Medical College & Hospital

first_imgKolkata: Until a few months ago, the pathology department of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital use to get around 800 blood samples a day. However, after an online system of blood report collection was introduced at the hospital, the number of samples reduced to around 300.It was found that several unauthorised persons from private pathological centres had been submitting blood samples at the medical college to get the tests done at no cost. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to a source, before the online system was introduced around 800 blood samples were deposited at the pathology department of the hospital. Under this system, the patient or his family members had to fill up a requisition form issued by the pathology department of the hospital. The patient party used to get two copies of the filled up requisition form and a date was issued by authorities for blood collection. On the day of collection, the hospital authorities use to take one copy from the patient and wrap it around the sample container. After the examination process was completed, the patient used to get the report from the pathology department by submitting the other copy to the pathology department. Some persons from a few private pathological centres around the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital were using these forms to get blood reports of their patients from the pathology department of the medical college and hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey used the findings of the reports, provided by the pathology department of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, to come up with their own reports. These pathological centres charged a good amount of money to hand over these reports to their patients. Superintendent of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital Indranil Biswas said the hospital authority used to get several complaints of missing reports and there were allegations that people working with private pathology centres were using the pathology department of the medical college and hospital to conduct tests for their patients. “After the online system was introduced, the requisition form was obsolete. Now, the registration number of the patient, which is printed on the outdoor ticket, is the only identification,” said Biswas. A source said after the online system was introduced, the number of sample deposit has come down to around 300 a day. It is alleged that a section of staff of the medical college and hospital were involved in corruption.last_img read more

Raja of Casablanca Calls on CAF to Sanction Wifak Sétif of…

Rabat – Raja Casablanca has called on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to launch an investigation in the wake of the events that marked the end of the African Champions League second leg match between the Moroccan team and the Algerian side of Wifak Sétif on Friday at the Stade 8 Mai 1945 in the city of Sétif.In a correspondence sent to the governing body of African football, the Casablanca-based team demanded for sanctions to be imposed on the Algerian side following the attack by the Algerian riot police, as well as by the President of Wifak Sétif on the components of Raja Casablanca.According to daily newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya, the Moroccan team’s correspondence to the CAF was supported by evidence, including the intervention of the Algerian riot police against Raja supporters, players and officials, as well as the poor condition of the game’s field and the unjustified departure of the match’s supervisor who left before the final whistle. In an interview with local Sports radio channel Radio Mars following the game, Raja Casablanca President Mohammed Boudrika said that 10 Raja players were injured after being beaten up by the Algerian riot police.Like the first leg of the competition, the second leg ended in a 2-2 draw. However, the Algerian side progressed to the next round of the African competition following a 4-1 penalty shootout win. read more

Iranian Cultural Attaché Leaves Algeria After Rounds of Accusations

Rabat – The Iranian embassy cultural attaché has left Algeria. Moussawi’s departure followed rounds of accusations from both Algerian activists and Moroccan officials. Algerian activists and officials had called on the Algerian government to expel Moussawi for his alleged “dangerous and suspicious” actions in the country.After Morocco cut diplomatic ties with Iran on May 1 over Hezbollah-Polisario alleged collusion, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita accused Moussawi of “having the power to fund the Algerian-backed Polisario Front.” “[It’s] our understanding that he’s more powerful than the ambassador himself and his connection(s) are the strategic advisors to the Supreme Guide to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said Bourita in an interview with Fox News in May.Moussawi announced his departure from Algeria in a Facebook post on Sunday. He thanked Algeria and commended the “good cooperation we received from the official and popular circles.”Several Algerian activists had accused the cultural attaché of spreading Shia ideology among youth in Algeria.The Baghdad Post reported in May that Moussawi succeeded in recruiting “thousands of Shiites in Algeria as their number increased from around 3,000 Shiites in 2013 to nearly 100,000 by the end of 2017.” Moussawi arrived in Algeria in 2015.The former adviser to Algeria’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, Idah Falahi, told Asharq Al-Awsat that he urged the Iranian diplomat to resign from his position in order to protect the public interest.“I think it has become necessary for the cultural attaché at the Iranian Embassy to be relieved of his duties and position,” he said Falahi also questioned Moussawi’s movements and actions in the country.Asharq Al-Awsat also reported that Iran is seeking g to indoctrinate and hire Algerian Shiites “who travel to Iraq on religious visits to the holy city of Karbala.”The news outlet quoted Algerian MP Abdurrahman Saidi, who believes that Iranian efforts seek to establish a “regional Shiite movement called ‘Maghreb Party,’” as reported by the Middle East Institute.Morocco has expressed about the alleged threat that Iran poses in the Middle East and Africa through its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah. In a recent interview with US media outlet Breitbart News, Bourita said that Iran wanted to develop a presence in Morocco.“Today they are repeating the efforts in other North African countries. They attracted some of our youth by giving them scholarships,” he said.Bourita said that Morocco first severed ties with Iran in 2009 when Rabat noticed suspicious actions from an Iranian cultural attaché.According to Bourita, the Iranian diplomat used to visit “small cities of Morocco making what he was calling book festivals. He was giving books. He was present in every small city.”Moroccan authorities also said that the Iranian diplomat had been attempting to convince Moroccan youth to favor Shia Islam as practiced in Iran. read more

Tangier’s Cybercrimes Brigade Dismantles Criminal Network

Rabat- Tangier’s cybercrimes brigade has dismantled a criminal network involved in fraud, counterfeit, and hacking of foreign bank accounts.The brigade conducted a thorough investigation following a complaint filed by an international bank. Police arrested 13 sub-Saharan migrants with the network’s leader, a 32-year-old Senegalese man. The suspects were living illegally in Morocco using identity theft to avoid being caught. Police arrested the suspects at a hotel from which the network operated. The suspects, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press, booked rooms and apartments using stolen foreign cards. The bookings led the brigade directly to them.Read Also:‘Professional Mistakes’ Lead to Potential Sacking of Palace SecurityThe network made up to MAD 214,000 in online bookings in a period of only two months. The brigade placed the 13 suspects in custody and charged five of them. They also seized the computers used to determine the network’s operations and to hack into banking accounts. read more

TSX loses ground after disappointing outlook from Alcoa

Deteriorating global economic prospects continued to weigh on the Toronto stock market Wednesday as a weak outlook from resource giant Alcoa Inc. added to a pessimistic assessment from the International Monetary Fund.The S&P/TSX composite index fell for a third session, down 23.63 points to 12,249.93 while the TSX Venture Exchange dropped 13.62 points to 1,314.19.The Canadian dollar was off 0.01 of a cent to 102.18 cents US.New York indexes were also negative after Alcoa predicted aluminum demand would grow six per cent this year, down from seven per cent in the previous quarter, primarily because of slower growth in China.The aluminum producer is viewed as a broad economic bellwether as its products are used in a wide variety of industries, from vehicles to appliances.Alcoa shares were down 3.6 per cent as the company kicked off the start of the third-quarter reporting season by posting a loss of US$143 million, largely on one-time charges, while adjusted results beat estimates. Revenue of $5.83 billion also beat expectations.The Dow Jones industrials was 54.23 points lower at 13,419.3. The Nasdaq shed 1.57 points at 3,063.45, and the S&P 500 index edged down 2.21 points to 1,439.27.The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday reduced its growth forecast for the world economy to 3.3 per cent this year from its previous estimate of 3.5 per cent. The IMF forecast for growth in 2013 is 3.6 per cent, down from 3.9 per cent three months ago and 4.1 per cent in April. The IMF also reiterated its concerns over the crisis in the eurozone and warned that the recession in Spain was worse than it thought.Expectations for third-quarter earnings have been ratcheted lower because of global growth concerns. Analysts expect earnings for Standard & Poor’s 500 companies to be lower than a year ago, the first time that has happened in almost three years.“However, when you look at it from a glass half-full standpoint, the bar has been set really low,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities Inc. “And that could lend itself to some beating of expectations.”Small added that he’s looking ahead to Friday when the big banks start to report in order to get more clarity on earnings.“Corporate earnings really don’t start until Friday when JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo report and that’s going to be the first indicator of the health of the U.S. banking sector, which is a huge factor in the stock market and the emotions of investors in the U.S. and that gets carried around the world,” he said.On the Canadian earnings front, pharmacy chain franchisor Jean Coutu Group (TSX:PJC.A) said Wednesday that its quarterly net profit was $51.2 million or 23 cents per share. That compared with $66.4 million or 20 cents per share in the comparable year-earlier period when it recorded an unusual gain on the sale of U.S. assets. Revenue for its fiscal 2013 second quarter rose to $658.7 million from $635.2 million in the same fiscal 2012 period and the Quebec-based company’s shares were up five cents to $14.58.The financials sector led decliners, down 0.45 per cent as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) shed 41 cents to $53.37.The base metals was also down 0.45 per cent as the IMF also downgraded growth prospects for China while December copper was unchanged at US$3.72 a pound. Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) gave back seven cents to C$3.05.The energy sector also declined, down 0.37 per cent in the face of prices that continued to find support from worries that the fighting in Syria could impact Mideast oil supplies.The November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.16 to US$93.55 a barrel, adding to a gain of more than $3 Tuesday, even as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries lowered its forecast for global oil demand in 2012. OPEC said that world oil demand will grow by 800,000 barrels a day in 2012, down 100,000 barrels from its previous forecast. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) fell 30 cents to C$33.90.Tech stocks also weighed on the TSX with Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) down another seven cents to $7.55. RIM stock fell 5.5 per cent Tuesday after Jeffries and Co. analyst Peter Misek published a note saying he believes it is “more likely” that RIM won’t roll out its new phones until the end of the calendar first quarter. Investors had been hoping for a January launch.The gold sector limited TSX losses, rising 0.9 per cent as December gold declined 60 cents to US$1,764.40 an ounce. Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) gained 13 cents to C$10.31.European bourses were lower with London’s FTSE 100 index off 0.34 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX down 0.26 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 down 0.39 per cent.Traders also took in news that Britain’s BAE Systems PLC is abandoning a proposed merger with European counterpart EADS NV that would have created a global defence and aerospace giant. The deal had faced political objections from the governments of the U.K., France and Germany.In other corporate news, Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. (TSX:BAU) is buying team uniform maker Inaria International for $7 million. The hockey and lacrosse equipment company said the deal will help expand its business to include uniforms and its shares were down 24 cents to $10.71. read more

UN official expresses concern over thousands displaced in Nepal

Just back from a weeklong fact-finding mission in Nepal, Dennis McNamara, Director of the UN’s Internal Displacement Division, told a press briefing in New York that “best guesstimates” put the displacement figure somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 people over the past few years of the near decade-long Maoist uprising. Perhaps 1 or 2 million Nepalese had crossed the un-patrolled boards into India.Explaining that it was notoriously difficult to get hard data on displacement, Mr. McNamara described the deteriorating and chaotic situation on the ground that had drawn the UN’s concern: along with sporadic and deadly violence in rural areas and along India’s border, Nepal also faced huge seasonal population migrations to and from India, driven by the search for employment or better livelihoods in urban areas.”In all that, it’s difficult to measure precisely who’s been displaced by what, but this is certainly an increasing humanitarian concern. And even in somewhat of a pre-crisis stage, we haven’t been able to get a handle on what we at the UN can do about it,” he said, pointing out the difference between the displacement situation in Nepal and that of Sudan, Somalia, Liberia or Colombia.His trip followed the signing last week of an agreement by the UN’s Geneva-based human rights office and the Government to set up a monitoring operation to prevent human rights abuses in the conflict.Mr. McNamara said that much of the displacement had been sparked by acts of violence or threats, forced recruitment by the Maoists, fear of reprisals by the army, grinding poverty and a general climate of insecurity, particularly in rural areas. He added that large numbers of youth had fled forced conscription – some villages estimate that between 60 and 80 per cent of their young people run off.During his visit as part of a UN team headed by Walter Kalin, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, he had met with Government officials, representatives of the Royal Nepalese Army, civic actors and representatives of the internally displaced communities. He also visited areas along Indian border where he had seen some of the victims of the conflict.The overall human rights situation was “extremely serious,” he said, describing arbitrary arrests, mass abductions and a sharp rise in child trafficking inside Nepal and across the Indian border. There was no functioning civil administration or justice system, he said, and noted that both Nepal and the Maoist opposition carried out their own justice arrangements, which were largely unaccountable.While the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and other agencies were stepping up their efforts on the humanitarian side – re-orienting their initiatives from development to humanitarian activities – he urged donor governments to also shift their support for that purpose. Donors must also put more pressure on the Government to do more to protect civilians and IDPs, particularly by providing basic health care, sanitation and other services.In all this, Mr. McNamara stressed, humanitarian action should not become a substitute for real sustained political action facilitated by the UN and key governments to try to get a resolution of the long-term conflict, which was, as usual, severely affecting civilians, women and children and displaced. read more

Canadian investors staying the course despite market volatility poll

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 9, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Falling stock markets have not changed how most Canadian investors view their portfolios, a new poll suggests.The online poll released Tuesday and conducted for CIBC (TSX:CM) found that 58 per cent of people surveyed say they’re sticking with their long-term investment strategy despite the recent market volatility.This compared with 18 per cent of investors polled who say they plan on taking on a more defensive strategy to protect their original investments, while five per cent say they plan on investing more aggressively to achieve higher returns.Overall, 56 per cent said they did not achieve the returns they expected over the last year.The survey also found that investor expectations vary greatly:— The majority (27 per cent) say they need a return of four to six per cent on their stock portfolios to meet their investment goals— 18 per cent say they need a six to eight per cent annual return rate— 13 per cent say they need a two to four per cent return rate— seven per cent say they need an eight to 10 per cent return rate— five per cent say they need more than a 10 per cent return on their portfolios annually— four per cent of investors surveyed say they need an annual return of two per cent or lessAnother 26 per cent admit to not knowing how much of a return they need to reach their goals, the poll found.The Toronto Stock Exchange has shed nearly two per cent since the start of the year.The poll, conducted by Vision Critical, was based on an online sample of 1,003 adults between Jan. 20 and 22.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. Canadian investors staying the course despite market volatility: poll read more

RD Newsletter Winter 2014

The R&D Newsletter is a quarterly publication highlighting automotive R&D, technology and innovation activities from across the UK. Click here to view the latest edition.This edition includes articles about Mathematical frameworks to design nanostructured silicon anodes for lithium-ion batteries, an article from Axion about a new project which develops a new process to recycle fuel cell components, an R&D Incentive update, the effects of fuel composition on Particulate Emissions from GDI engines and finally an update on the Go Ultra Low campaign.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

End of daily injection for type one diabetes on horizon as scientists

first_imgThe team has already discovered molecules which binds to glucose from which they plan to build a shell which can contain insulin but melts away in the presence of sugar, releasing its payload.“We want to make the lives of patients better,” said Dr John Fossey, a senior lecturer in the school of chemistry at Birmingham, who is leading the project.“Imagine if patients could go through a week without having to worry about their blood sugar levels, or injecting themselves.”I’ve talked to the parents of kids with type one diabetes and they say, if only my children could do things, like go to sleepovers, their lives would be so much better. Most parents aren’t confident enough to entrust injections to other adults.“We’re trying to create a system which will deliver insulin in response to glucose levels, releasing more if blood sugar is high.“We can now recognise glucose in the body and my proposal is to take the same chemistry, take these molecules and build a container for insulin which will break open when it comes across glucose and deliver its cargo.“The a patient could be injected with these containers, say once a week, and they would slowly degrade in the presence of glucose to keep blood sugar at a constant level.” A world in which type one diabetics no longer need to inject themselves every day may be just a few years away, after British scientists launched an ambitious project to create a system which delivers insulin automatically.Currently people with type one diabetes must undergo prick tests several times a day to monitor their blood sugar, and inject themselves with insulin when it gets too high.The daily chore is time-consuming and invasive, and for children if often means they cannot attend parties, sleep-overs and camps where parents cannot monitor their condition.But now scientists at the University of Birmingham are developing smart capsules which would travel through the body and release insulin when they came across high levels of blood sugar. Finger prick tests would no longer be needed under the new system Credit:Alamy  Finger prick tests would no longer be needed under the new system center_img Around 400,000 people in Britain have type one diabetes of which nearly 30,000 are children.The Birmingham scientists say they are confident that the capsule will be ready for animal trials within five years, and humans soon after.“This could be a step change in the management of type one diabetes,” said Dr Fossey.“It will give people the freedom to live their lives without constantly worrying about monitoring their condition.”The new project is partly funded by the Juvenile Diabetes and Research Foundation (JDRF), the British charity which is working with scientists to find a cure for type one diabetes.Sarah Johnson, Director of Mission at JDRF: “We are pleased to be funding Dr Fossey’s work. This early stage of research could lay the foundations for a glucose responsive insulin that would be injected once a day, or even a week, and respond to glucose levels just like a healthy pancreas.“This would be a life changing treatment for all those living with type 1 diabetes.”Scientists across the globe are hunting for a solution to type one diabetes. In January US researchers from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced they had successfully switched off the disease for several months in mice, which could equate to years if replicated in humans.Their treatment involves creating millions of insulin-producing cells in the lab and injecting them into the body. It could mean patients would simply need a transfusion of engineered cells every few years.The University of North Carolina has also developed a ‘smart patch’ which monitors glucose levels and delivers insulin automatically via hundreds of micro-needles.The high-tech device, which sticks to the skin like a plaster, can detect even slight increases in blood sugar levels meaning that tiny doses of insulin can be given when needed.Although it has only been tested on mice so far, developers say it could be a ‘game changer’ for humans. 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.last_img read more

Scrolls trailer released though little information revealed

first_imgScrolls, the upcoming game from Mojang, has a gotten a lot of attention already. This isn’t a surprise because it comes from the red-hot publishers of Minecraft, but unfortunately not all the attention is the good kind. Bethesda, the publisher of the Elder Scrolls series threatened legal action action after Notch (the creator of Minecraft) announced he was making and upcoming game called Scrolls. The battle over the word has yet to go anywhere, though it could have been settled by a game of Quake.This weekend a very early trailer for Scrolls was released. It doesn’t feature any gameplay and the release date is only said to be “eventually” but we can at least get some idea of the art style. There is a brief clip at the end that shows us what the game’s action might be like, but it’s too early to tell.It’s been that Scrolls will combine elements of a collectible card game and a board game, so we have some idea of what to expect. It’s said to be a grid-based game with creature-summoning and a player damage system not unlike that of Magic: The Gathering, according to the unofficial wiki. We also know that there won’t be any chance of confusing this games with the first-person point-of-view hack-and-slashers we seen in the Elder Scrolls series.So far we know that Markus “notch” Persson will have a hand in developing that game and that the story will be written by Jerry “tycho” Holkins, of Penny Arcade fame.via Ars Technicalast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Foxys Forest Manufacture Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 8:45 AM Feb 27th 2018, 7:43 AM EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #BEAST FROM THE EAST: A status red weather warning, the highest level, could be put in place as Ireland gears itself for the arrival of Storm Emma.2. #STORM: Older people are being urged to stock up on fuel, and claim the money back from welfare schemes if needed, as temperatures dip ahead of Storm Emma.3. #ARREST: Gardaí have arrested a second man in connection with the murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was killed in the line of duty in January 2013.4. #NO PULSE: A total of 77 garda stations don’t have access to the Pulse computer system due to problems getting broadband in rural areas.5. #BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar by phone ahead of the pending publication of the draft Brexit legal text.6. #MISSING: Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information that will help find 16-year-old Ned Cash Connors, who has been missing since 29 November.7. #VIGILANTE GROUPS: More than half (57%) of people in Ireland support the work of online paedophile hunters, according to a new opinion poll.8. #BILL COSBY: Ensa Cosby, Bill Cosby’s 44-year-old daughter, has died from kidney disease in Massachusetts.9. #SLOVAKIA: Police in Slovakia have launched a murder probe after a leading journalist who investigated high-profile tax fraud was found shot dead along with his fiancée, sending shockwaves through the country.Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings in connection to one or more of the above cases. Image: Shutterstock/Foxys Forest Manufacture No Comments Share1 Tweet Email By Órla Ryan The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Short URL 13,797 Views last_img read more

UK Supreme Court allows appeal from mother of man killed by RUC

first_img Mar 6th 2019, 6:39 PM Short URL Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 6:39 PM 19 Comments 10,595 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha THE UK’S SUPREME Court has allowed an appeal by Teresa Jordan, the mother of a man who was shot dead by the RUC in 1992.Pearse Jordan was aged 23 when he was shot in the back by a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary on the Falls Road in Belfast in November 1992. An IRA volunteer, he was unarmed at the time of the shooting.Teresa Jordan is challenging a decision of the Court of Appeal that a bereaved next of kin can only bring a claim for damages arising from the State’s failure to hold an inquest promptly, after the inquest has been concluded.Jordan’s solicitor, Fearghal Shiels of Madden & Finucane, said that allowing the appeal had vindicated Teresa’s decision. UK Supreme Court allows appeal from mother of man killed by RUC in 1992 Pearse Jordan was 23 when he was shot in the back in Belfast in November 1992. The mother of Pearse Jordan, Teresa Jordan (left) leaves a preliminary inquest into her son’s shooting. Share9 Tweet Email The mother of Pearse Jordan, Teresa Jordan (left) leaves a preliminary inquest into her son’s shooting. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images It is a decision which is likely to have far reaching implications for dozens of next of kin in circumstances where the inquests into the deaths of their loved ones have effectively ground to a halt as a result of the woeful and deliberate failure to properly resource the coronial system.“This judgment now gives those families an opportunity to access the courts and enforce their rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights in the domestic courts without recourse to Strasbourg.”In 2001, the European Court of Human Rights condemned the UK for rights violations in connection with the killings of 14 people in Northern Ireland by British security forces between 1982 and 1992. This included the death of Pearse Jordan. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Food prices remain stuck at stubbornly high levels

first_imgRetail prices for basic commodities remain at particularly high levels in Greece, in spite of shrinking disposable incomes and a drop in demand, according to Eurostat data presented this week by the Development Ministry.Eurostat figures show that Greece is among the most expensive countries in the European Union, and in certain cases, such as dairy products, it has the highest prices in the whole bloc. Dairy products in this country cost 31.5 percent more than the EU average in 2011, while prices rose an additional 1.17 percent in the first eight months of 2012.This is mostly attributed to the reduced domestic production of cow’s milk and high producer prices. Data from the Hellenic Organization of Milk and Meat (ELOGAK) show that producer prices in the period from January to July 2012 averaged out at 0.46 euros per liter — 10.38 percent higher than last year — while the EU average was 0.29 euros/lt. One proposal supported by many professionals and some within the government that could contribute to a drop in dairy prices is for the shelf life of fresh milk to be extended from five to seven or eight days.“We are expensive. It’s even worse than anticipated. We have not seen the correction in prices we had expected,” an official at the Development Ministry said this week, expressing serious concern about the level of prices for a number of agricultural products in the coming months, such as wheat and potatoes, as production will likely be reduced.Bread and cereal prices in Greece were 15.8 percent higher than the EU average in 2011, while there has been an additional increase of 0.5 percent in the last month that is worrying, given fears of a further rise in the international price of wheat.According to Development Ministry sources, the main reasons behind this price inflexibility in Greece are: the very necessity of those products, which means demand will always exist; the maintenance of market distortions; the high cost of transport combined with the need to ship products to the country’s many islands; and high taxation.Greece’s creditors have been pressuring the government over the level of retail prices. Their representatives in Athens have reportedly told the development minister in meetings that the price inflexibility may be put down to the possibility that while people’s nominal disposable incomes have dropped, their actual spending power may not have fallen by the same extent.The ministry’s policy is now based on two pillars: intensifying checks and introducing harsher penalties to correct distortions as well as lifting regulatory obstacles.There still is a considerable margin for price reduction, the ministry believes. Earlier this week, Deputy Development Minister Thanasis Skordas dismissed claims by the Federation of Greek Enterprises (SEV) regarding their inability to slash retail prices, saying: “Have the industries recently exhausted their options for modernizing production in order to reduce costs? Why did they not become more extrovert earlier, instead of targeting a market of just 10 million consumers?”. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Reproduction de pandas en captivité enfin un espoir pour lespèce

first_imgReproduction de pandas en captivité : enfin un espoir pour l’espèceLes scientifiques du Centre de recherche sur la reproduction du panda de Chengdu, en Chine, ont annoncé avoir atteint leur objectif d’accroissement de la population de pandas captifs jusqu’à 300 individus. Un chiffre qui permet enfin d’envisager de futures réintroductions dans le milieu naturel.Avec 300 animaux, la population de pandas géants du Centre d’élevage de Chengdu, en Chine, a atteint un niveau de stabilité qui devrait permettre de premières réintroductions dans les montagnes du Sichuan (sud-ouest de la Chine) d’ici 15 ans. Une percée essentiellement due aux patients efforts du personnel du Centre, qui a dû contourner bien des difficultés pour obtenir ces résultats.Les femelles pandas ne sont en chaleur que 72 heures par an, période durant laquelle elles ne peuvent devenir gestantes que sur une “fenêtre” de 12 à 24 heures. Des informations issues d’une observation assidue et de prélèvements d’urine quotidiens. Autre problème : le manque de motivation des mâles en captivité. Malgré les odeurs de femelles en chaleur répandues par les soignants sur des poteaux de bambou, les rencontres entre les deux sexes se soldent plus souvent par un comportement agressif que par un élan amoureux. Les mâles ont en outre un pénis de petite taille proportionnellement à leur corps, et doivent adopter une posture bien précise pour copuler, mais montrent souvent une certaine maladresse…Les scientifiques ont donc du recourir à l’insémination artificielle, qui se heurte elle aussi au cycle reproductif si particulier de ces dames, chez qui la grossesse, d’une durée extrêmement variable, n’est pratiquement détectable que juste avant la mise bas. Enfin, si plus d’une femelle parturiente sur deux donne naissance à une portée de deux nourrissons, elle n’en élève qu’un seul – manque de lait ou manque de force ? – et abandonne l’autre.À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Les éleveurs de Chengdu ont donc imaginé une “botte secrète”, l’échange de jumeaux : à l’insu de la mère, ils lui confient alternativement chacun des deux bébés pendant que l’autre reste en couveuse. Les deux petits finissent ainsi par grandir normalement – si tout va bien.C’est grâce à ces efforts d’étude, de compréhension et de prise en compte de la biologie du panda que l’on espère maintenant avoir une chance d’en réintroduire dans leur habitat naturel, où la population de cette espèce en danger n’est plus que d’environ 1.500 individus.      Le 6 décembre 2010 à 15:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Maria Menounos to cohost 2015 Hall of Fame preshow

first_img Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SPOILERS: 3/22 and 3/23 Impact TV taping results from Windsor, Ontario, Canada Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remissioncenter_img Twitter Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Courtesy of Menounos to co-host WWE Hall of Fame 2015 Red Carpet special on WWE NetworkActress and TV host Maria Menounos returns to WWE to co-host the LIVE WWE Hall of Fame 2015 Red Carpet special on WWE Network on Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m. ET.The E! host of “Live from E!” and “Untold with Maria Menounos” hosted the first live special in 2014, offering an exclusive glimpse of Superstars and Divas before the Hall of Fame ceremony.What juicy details and inside information will the CEO of AfterBuzz TV uncover as she walks the red carpet before the Hall of Fame 2015 ceremony, airing LIVE at 8 p.m. ET on WWE Network?Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Insight Editions announces “WWE: The Official Cookbook” set for release on March 19 Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Harris County Officials Latest Ruling On Texas Voter ID Law Will Not

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Share 00:00 /01:17 Al OrtizHarris County officials are confident the latest judicial development regarding the Texas Voter ID Law will not have a big impact on the November 8th election.Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, the county’s top election official, is confident the latest developments regarding the Texas voter ID law will not significantly impact the November 8th election.Stanart attended a meeting of the Harris County Election Board and afterwards said his office will update the training of election workers because on November 8th voters will not necessarily have to bring any of the seven state-issued forms of photo ID.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016They would still need to provide some form of identification, but those who lack a state-issued photo ID will be able to use, for example, a bank statement or a current utility bill, according to an interim plan approved by a federal judge.That is because the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against the Texas photo-ID law.Stanart says he is confident that most voters in Harris County are ready because they “have shown, since photo ID has been in existence, that they do bring their photo IDs.”“There’s a very small number that do not have the ID and the issue typically is they forgot it,” added the county clerk.On his part, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who is a Republican, downplayed the court’s ruling.“Really doesn’t have much impact. I mean, as I understand it, all they have to do, if they don’t have a photo ID, is sign an affidavit, so I don’t anticipate any real problem there,” Emmett noted after presiding over the Commissioners Court meeting.Early voting in Texas will start on October 24th.This year, Harris County will have more early voting sites than in the last presidential election.There will be 46 locations, which is nine more than there were in 2012.last_img read more

Bowser Fêted for Crisis Management

first_imgResidents are pleased with the way Bowser has handled some high-level events.District residents are largely pleased with the way D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has handled some troublesome high-level events since she took office three weeks ago.Bowser (D) has dealt with school delays because of bad weather, and a Jan. 12 incident at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station resulting in the death of Carol Glover and injuries to more than 80 riders.Some political observers have publicly questioned whether Bowser can lead the District, but former D.C. Council member Sandy Allen said that criticism is unfair. “She hasn’t been in office long enough to judge how well she is doing the job,” said Allen, who served on the council representing Ward 8 from 1996-2005.On Jan. 6, four days after taking office, the Washington region was hit with 2-4 inches of snow. Bowser chose to keep the schools open on time and that sparked criticism. On Jan. 14, with inclement weather returning to the region, Bowser tweeted at 5:10 a.m. her decision to open schools on time, then at 5:24 a.m. changed her mind, tweeting her choice for a two-hour delay.Chuck Thies, a well-respected political analyst former campaign manager for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2014, has been one of Bowser’s most persistent critics. He tweeted on Jan. 14: “Behold the decision-making process under mayor @MurielBowser in the two tweets.”Thies tweeted soon after “Mayor @MurielBowser used any array of tools to confuse parents today: press release, twitter, robocall, text alert …”Joshua Lopez, a political activist, said bad weather events cannot be blamed on the mayor. “D.C. doesn’t respond well to snow,” Lopez said. “I remember when [D.C. Mayor Marion] Barry was criticized for his response to the snow one year.”Lopez is referring to the January 1987 blizzard that caught Barry supervising the problem from the Super Bowl in San Diego. Critics said Barry should have come home when alerted about the storm.Stanley Mayes, a Ward 1 resident, said the blame, if any, for the administration’s response to the snow should not be directed at Bowser but at William O. Howland Jr., the city’s director of public works since 2004. “Bill Howland should have been on top of the snow situation,” Mayes said. “Honestly, she needs to put her own appointees in place and given sufficient time to put her fingers on the wheel [of D.C. government].”Allen said that Bowser “couldn’t control the snow.”“A lot of times she, or any mayor, has to rely on the information that is broadcasted to her,” Allen said.The mayor was also criticized for D.C. Fire Department response to the L’Enfant Plaza Metro incident, where an electrical malfunction produced heavy smoke that incapacitated some riders in Metrorail cars. Critics say first responders should have arrived sooner. Many want a quicker and more decisive response from Bowser.The mayor’s critics note that she is a former member of the Metro’s board and should have understood the resources needed to deal with the crisis. Lopez said Bowser is dealing with the situation in accordance to the office she holds. “What happened with Metro was a freak accident,” he said. “She is demanding answers on what happened that day. I think that people in time will see that she did the right thing.”Lopez said that thinks Bower is “doing a good job.”“She has hired highly qualified people to run her administration and she is working hard to get everyone on point,” he said.Mayes said that any perception that Bowser is not fit to lead the city is just plain wrong. “I have no opinion on her leadership because it is too early to assess that and I want to try to be fair to our new mayor,” he said. “Some people who are critical of her have partisan reasons. It is a different situation when you are in the [mayor’s] seat.”last_img read more

Game on

first_imgGames have always existed in cultures and gaming has become ubiquitous with the information technology boom. Through this residency, Khoj tries to explore the idea of game and play through the lens of contemporary art practice. From games as tools of social engagement and change making to games which are studies in hardcore lucid experiences, this show explores it all.The participating artistes are Mohini Dutta, Shradha Jain, Zuleikha Chaudhary, Krishnarjun Bhattacharya and Vinit Nikumbh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Says Pooja Sood, Director, ‘Khoj would like to incubate and be a stage for the co-inhabitation of multiple kinds of actors in this emergent community of local and independent game makers. This community defies any neat slotting and categorizing into any grouping such as art, science, technology or entertainment. This makes it an opportunity for an intersection with an art space like Khoj that celebrates the liminality of practices and seeks to expand the notions of art practice.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixZuleikha Chaudhary, a well-known theatre person has explored the theatricality and performative aspect within games and gaming through a dramatic exploration of a basketball. She says, ‘The Bhawal case was an extended Indian court case about a possible impostor who claimed to be the prince of Bhawal, who was presumed dead a decade earlier. My project layers this trial with an audition using the framework of a game to consider being yourself and being someone else and where telling the truth and faking dissolve into each other and become indistinguishable.’ Mohini Dutta is a game developer working out of NYC and she has worked on a game that bases itself within the issues of tribal displacement in the Mahan forests. Her influences are jungle sounds, tribal aesthetics and the current political situation in Mahan. Her work explores play through the lens of cultural immersion, education, and disruptive spectacle.Shradha Jain comes from a background of film and video communication and is interested in board games. She has worked on a public installation of traditional board games. Her primary interest lies in conserving and celebrating Indian cultural heritage. She has travelled extensively in Northern and Northeastern parts of the country and is currently documenting the indigenous game culture through her travel. ‘My primary interest lies in studying and reviving the rich cultural heritage of traditional board games and play culture. I am committed to documenting and representing various forms of play that form a seamless cultural tradition overcoming geographical boundaries.’Krishnarjun Bhattacharya comes from a background in film, fantasy literature and game criticism. Having published his dystopian fantasy novel, Tantrics of Old, in June 2014, he is a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, in Film and Video Communication, and has done his post graduation from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, in Video Editing. For this residency, he has worked on a psychological horror first person exploratory game as he likes working with stories, legends, and myths. He’s working towards a structure-less structure that allows free flow and narrative, building around long lost tales and fascinating characters. Vinit Nikumbh is an architect and is working on an App that gamifies urban planning. He also has a keen interest in cinema and urban development. When he was selected as a research fellow to work on issues of urbanism in Mumbai, he conducted a study on the issues of pedestrian access to important nodal transportation junctions in the city of Mumbai. The study culminated in a public presentation and a draft of pedestrian accessibility guidelines that could be addressed in the new development plan for the city.WHERE: Khoj Studios, S-17, Khirkee ExtensionWHEN: 4 September till 6 September 6, 2014, 11 am to 7 pm.last_img read more

Battle of the languages

first_imgThere is a steep divide in the news preferences of Hindi and English readers online and findings of a survey, announced recently, show that while nationalistic, religious and political themes attract Hindi readers, the news around entertainment and celebrities find more readers in English. At the same time, the survey also reveals that sharing on nationalistic and religious themes dominated in 2016, with 22 per cent of the total shares for the “Most Shared 5000 stories,” but dropped significantly to 14 per cent in 2017 for the same number of most shared stories. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe survey – carried out by Storynomics, a consulting firm that specializes in business of storytelling in traditional and digital media – comes after a similar survey in 2017 for the news trends in 2016. The firm analysed sharing of news articles in social media for 143 leading Indian media brands in 10 languages, including Hindi, English and Bengali, among others. The survey has been carried out on news stories that appeared between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. The calculations for number of shares has also been carried out for the same period. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEven as English continues to be the most popular language for news sharing on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, its contribution to total shares decreased to 44 per cent in 2017 from 48.32 per cent in 2016. However, Hindi maintained its contribution at 34 per cent of the total shares in 2017. However, the survey also points out that Hindi news stories had a significantly higher average engagement of 1,601 shares per story, whereas English reports were at 483 average shares in 2017. Bengali continues to be the third most popular language for news sharing in social media, with 6.97 per cent of the total shares. Bengali also had the highest average share per story of 3,307 in 2017 among all languages considered for the study. Sharing in other Indian languages (excluding English, Hindi and Bengali), according to the survey, doubled and increased their contribution in total shares to 14.76 per cent in 2017. Further, the findings of the survey suggest that social media engagement for news stories by leading Indian media outlets jumped 33.3 per cent in 2017, with 376.63 crore shares on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, compared to 282.31 crore shares in 2016.last_img read more