Mobay High School Gets New Classroom Block

first_imgMontego Bay High School for Girls in St. James is the beneficiary of a new classroom block, which was provided by Food For the Poor Jamaica.Executive Director, David Mair, symbolically handed over the block, comprising three classrooms, to Acting Principal, Gairy Powell, at the school’s annual prize-giving ceremony on November 22, during which the building was dedicated.Mr. Mair said he was pleased that Food For the Poor was able to facilitate the classrooms development, “which will add to the already rich history of this noble institution”, while acknowledging the contributions of other partner donors.“Thanks to our donors whose generosity and compassion have resulted in more classroom space for the students and teachers, thus providing a more conducive teaching and learning environment,” he stated.Acting Principal, Gairy Powell, said Food For the Poor’s gesture is timely as Montego Bay High is in need of expansion, adding that the provision of the new block is “a good start”.“For the past two years, the intention of the school was to expand our subject offerings. A year ago, we introduced Performing Arts to grades 10 and 11 students. However, that subject requires an open space for students to do stage handling, and we did not have any classroom space to facilitate that kind of activity. Hence, we reached out to Food For the Poor to see if they could assist us in building such a structure,” he said.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid (second right), and Acting Principal of Montego Bay High School for Girls in St. James, Gairy Powell (left), share a moment with guests participating in the brief dedication ceremony on November 22 for the institution’s new classroom block, donated by Food For the Poor. Others (from second left) are: Food For the Poor Executive Director, David Mair; retired teacher of the school, Dahlia Hewling-Robinson; and Chairperson for the School’s Board, Myrtle Dwyer. The building, which comprises three classrooms, is named in honour of Mrs. Hewling-Robinson and another retired teacher of the institution, Thora Levy.Mr. Powell informed that the building, which houses three classrooms, will be used as the clothing and textiles centre, adding that the space previously occupied by the latter now serves as the performing arts hub.The classroom block, which was constructed over 14 weeks, is named in honour of two of the school’s retired teachers, Thora Levy and Dahlia Hewling-Robinson.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has provided the school with $15 million, which, along with contributions from other partner donors, will be used to undertake further expansion, slated to begin in either December, or January 2019.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Celebrate First International Day of the Girl

first_imgNova Scotia is joining the other Atlantic provinces to bring attention to the difficulties girls around the world can face and help improve online safety for those in Atlantic Canada. The four ministers responsible for the status of women made a joint announcement in St. John’s, N.L. to mark the first International Day of the Girl. “This province’s girls and young women are the leaders of tomorrow and today; we celebrate their strengths, contributions and achievements,” said Marilyn More, Nova Scotia’s Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “We also want to raise awareness about the issues girls face such as higher rates of depressions and sexual harassment, and connect them to services and opportunities that exist in Nova Scotia.” The United Nations recently declared Oct. 11 the International Day of the Girl to help raise awareness about the issues girls face and highlight opportunities in areas such as leadership, law, nutrition, health care, education, training, and freedom from violence and abuse. The Atlantic ministers responsible for the Status of Women marked the day in St. John’s, N.L., by launching the Keeping Girls Cybersafe website. It is part of the Atlantic Five-Year Work Plan to improve online safety for girls and young women and provides tips to girls and their parents, and facts about cyberviolence. There is a growing recognition around the world that support for girls and their basic human rights are key for healthy communities. The day will help girls and young women become powerful voices of change in their families, communities and nations. Saint Mary’s University student Naomi Aloysius was one of six Nova Scotia delegates that attended the Atlantic Summer Institute in P.E.I. this summer. She wrote an essay on young women and leadership that will be featured on the Status of Women website. “The International Day of the Girl is a way for us all to recognize women-specific issues, while striving for equal opportunity,” said Ms. Aloysius. “This day is for us to celebrate inspirational women across the world, as banding together to change our society for the betterment of women everywhere.” For more information on the International Day of the Girl, visit www.women.gov.ns.ca/ .last_img read more

Theatre directors look to boost representation of Indigenous artists

first_imgOntario’s Stratford Festival has enlisted a record of more than a dozen Indigenous artists this season, including actors and a voice coach. Reneltta Arluk made history in her Stratford debut as the first Indigenous person to direct at the festival. She helms the “The Breathing Hole,” a Arctic-set exploration of Indigenous history and climate change centred around the 500-year saga of a polar bear. Advertisement “One of the other things that I learned is that one of the founding principles is about hearing everybody, and you’ve got structures that allow everybody to have a voice.” “I think that one of the big questions that we have to ask ourselves as Indigenous theatre artists is: ‘What is Indigenous theatre? What would be an Indigenous production … and how would you define that?’” said Loring, who won the 2009 Governor General’s Award for English Language Drama for the play “Where the Blood Mixes,” which examined the intergenerational effects of the residential school system. “If somebody was doing a production of ‘Macbeth’ and they want to cast Indigenous actors and there’s going to be an Indigenous director, I would say that that is something that we would be interested in programming because it is being presented through the lens of an Indigenous artist or director. TORONTO — As Kevin Loring becomes the first-ever director of Indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre, he’ll be looking to help blaze a trail in a creative realm where he’s faced his share of roadblocks. “There’s always … also been a biased perception of Indigenous actors that everybody faces once in a while that can be discouraging. It’s not an easy industry. It’s not always easy to stay in this industry and make this your living.” The historic new post is one of several recent moves made by Canadian arts organizations to help bolster opportunities for Indigenous theatre artists. It also arrives at a time when the issues of cultural appropriation and diversity of representation have been on the front burner. Loring is slated to begin his role with the NAC on Oct. 16. The new department’s inaugural season in 2019 and 2020 will coincide with the Ottawa-based performing arts centre’s 50th anniversary. “For a long time, I would only get cast if there was specifically a native person in a role. For some people, it was very hard to see past the racial boundary,” said the award-winning playwright, actor and educator who is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia. Login/Register With: “There are a lot of Indigenous actors coming out of school and getting training and they’re hungry for the work; so I think we’re in for a really exciting time.” Arluk will begin her role as director of Indigenous arts at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity on Nov. 1. She’ll be looking to continue to build on the progress achieved at Stratford by bringing more Indigenous artists into the fold. “There’s an understanding that this culture will bring a different perspective and that that perspective in reconciliation has a sovereignty that needs to be respected, and so we just made space for it. Advertisementcenter_img Keira Loughran, director of Indigenous workshops as part of the Stratford Festival Laboratory, has made a concerted effort to reach out to elders in the surrounding First Nations for input. Advertisement “This is about non-Indigenous and Indigenous organizations working together and that’s creating space and creating opportunity. It’s more than just putting an actor onstage,” said Arluk, who is of Inuvialuit, Dene and Cree descent. “Positions like Kevin has at the NAC and I have at Banff, what we can then do is come in (and say:) ‘Let’s mentor the emerging artists, let’s do master classes. Let’s get more opportunity for the artists that have bigger vision. Let’s fill those spaces in the NAC and the Banff Centre so that when Stratford is asking for more actors and writers and designers we can say: “We’re right here.”‘” Loring has expressed a desire to broaden the reach of the NAC’s Indigenous theatrical offerings beyond Ottawa, proposing Vancouver, Iqaluit, Montreal and Toronto as potential locales for shows. Twitter “Those kind of balancing acts, how do we determine what is what, and what is appropriate for us is telling, it’s going to be a bit of a dance for each specific case. ” Facebook “This was time for us to stop and challenge ourselves on what do we actually know about Indigenous culture? What can we learn from it and how can it affect the work that we do, whether we’re working on Shakespeare, whether we’re creating original Indigenous work?” said Loughran. Like Loughran, he emphasized the desire to hear from the community on how they’d like to see the work of the department evolve. Kevin Loring, the new artistic director of Indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre, is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-National Arts Centre MANDATORY CREDIT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment By: Lauren La Roselast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Saudi Prince Discuss MoroccoSaudi Bilateral Bonds

Rabat – King Mohammed VI received Saudi prince and Minister of the Interior Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz on Wednesday in Rabat. According to Saudi state news agency SPA, the Saudi prince conveyed to the Moroccan monarch the greetings of King Salman and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.During the meeting at the Royal Palace of Rabat, the King and Saudi prince discussed Saudi-Moroccan relations. The Saudi prince also met Morocco’s Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit when he arrived in Rabat Tuesday.The prince’s visit follows a message by King Mohammed VI congratulating Saudi Arabia on its 88th National Day in September.In August, the monarch invited Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to visit Morocco. The invitation was conveyed through the Moroccan Hajj delegation in Mecca.King Salman also sent his greetings and esteem to the King and the Moroccan people, emphasizing the ties of “fraternity linking the two royal families and the solidity of historical relations between the two peoples.”??? ?????? ?????? ??? #????_????????.https://t.co/9PU4GqAb6S#??? pic.twitter.com/6rQMIrGex8— ??? (@spagov) October 10, 2018 read more

Why more Canadians are turning to nontraditional lenders for mortgages

OTTAWA — Squeezed out by stricter bank regulations, a growing number of mortgage-hunting Canadians have been turning to non-traditional lenders to overcome borrowing hurdles like bad credit.The proportion of mortgages given out by alternative institutions, other than banks or credit unions, remains small at roughly 2.2% of the entire market, said a recent analysis by CIBC.But their share of the overall mortgage market has grown from 0.8% during the 2008-09 recession and is now expanding at a rate of about 25% per year, says Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist of CIBC World Markets.Tighter government regulations have opened things up for alternative lenders to fill an important void. They provide options for a range of potential borrowers, from people saddled with wobbly credit, to the recently divorced, to the self-employed who draw a smaller income from their business for tax purposes, says Jason Scott, a broker with the Mortgage Group in Edmonton.“They play a niche role in the market,” Scott said.If you don’t get the full Bank of Canada rate cut, what good is prime?Bank of Canada cuts key rate to 0.75% as oil plunge takes toll on economyHe said, for example, these lenders can give someone whose credit kept them from qualifying for a bank mortgage the chance to rebuild their rating, although at a higher interest rate.Scott said they can also fill a need for the recently self-employed who don’t have a long-enough income record for bank approval, or business owners who don’t take home a large enough salary.He estimates about 10% of his clients acquire mortgages from alternative lenders, sometimes called “B-lenders” or “C-lenders.”“There’s a growing segment of the population where it’s harder for them to get qualified with A-lenders,” he said.“So, we need these alternative lenders to provide solutions while we’re getting them into a position where they can then go back and get the best rates.”Gordon Hone, the president of Armada Mortgage Services, a small private lending firm in Maple Ridge, B.C., said his service is usually a short-term solution where his clients try to improve their credit ratings to eventually earn a lower rate, sometimes with a bank.“That’s ultimately what we try to do — is help the client get back on their feet,” Hone said.For those considering a mortgage through a non-traditional lender, Hone suggests would-be borrowers consult at least one experienced, reputable broker to find out more about the available options.He said borrowers should also inform themselves as much as possible and, with increasingly heated competition in the private-lending market, Hone said it doesn’t hurt to shop around.Elie Melki, a Montreal-area broker for Dominion Lending, recommends borrowers be vigilant and to always read the fine print.Melki said he knows of people who were surprised with a 10% penalty because they hadn’t paid everything back after one year.“You have to watch out who you deal with because some of them are not always honest,” said Melki, who added there are many companies with excellent services.Last month, the Bank of Canada warned of the pitfalls associated with increased lending by less-regulated lenders to clients who are considered to have lower capacity to repay debt.Tal said at just 2.2% of the market, non-traditional mortgage lending remains too small to pose a threat to economic stability.However, he said it could become an concern if it were to climb to 5% of the market.“We don’t want to kill this market because it’s a market that is part of a healthy system,” he said.“We just have to make sure that it’s not being abused.” read more

Chief Dealer at Perpetual says he got instructions from CEO

However Salgadu today said that he acted on the instructions given by his Chief Executive Officer. (Colombo Gazette) The AG’s department noted that Salgadu had fabricated evidence and so must be arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department. The Chief Dealer of Perpetual Treasuries Nuwan Salgadu says he was instructed by the Chief Executive Officer of Perpetual Treasuries Kasun Palisena to delete phone recordings in the system harmful to the company.The Attorney General (AG) had last week called for the arrest of the Chief Dealer of Perpetual Treasuries Nuwan Salgadu. The Presidential Commission investigating the treasury bond scam was informed by the AG’s Department that Salgadu had given instructions to delete data under investigation at Perpetual Treasuries.

Cybersecurity firm acquired by BlackBerry focuses on the unknown unknowns

In its biggest deal yet, BlackBerry Ltd. is buying a cybersecurity company that boasts artificial-intelligence technology capable of predicting digital attacks that customers may not see coming.Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry announced Friday that it had agreed to buy Irvine, Calif.’s Cylance Inc. for US$1.4 billion in cash, in addition to taking on responsibility for unvested employee incentive awards.Industry watchers had been expecting BlackBerry, the former smartphone giant that has shifted away from hardware and toward software, to make some kind of acquisition after the company won a US$940-million arbitration award last year in a fight over royalties with chipmaker Qualcomm Inc.Blackberry’s John Chen marks Detroit auto show debut with launch of cybersecurity softwareBlackBerry stock soars on automotive success after rocky start to fiscal yearBlackBerry CEO John Chen warns driverless cars could turn into fully loaded weapons if hacked“This is the largest acquisition in BlackBerry’s history,” said John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of the company, during a conference call. The deal is expected to close before the end of the company’s current fiscal year in February 2019, pending regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.BlackBerry noted the deal would particularly complement its QNX unit, which makes software for cars, and its UEM unit, which helps secure various devices, such as smartphones or laptops.A presentation on the deal said that Cylance’s AI-backed products both predict and protect “against known and unknown threats.”The private company and its approximately 900 employees, according to BlackBerry, can typically identify and analyze threats 25 months before they emerge. Cylance says it does its work by applying AI, algorithmic science and machine learning to cybersecurity.“We prove every day that you can actually identify attacks long before they ever start,” said Stuart McClure, chairman and chief executive at Cylance. “What we call the unknown-unknowns, and we truly prevent them.”Under the terms of the deal, Cylance would continue to function as an independent business unit, one that recently offered to provide antivirus software, free of charge, to all of the 2018 political campaigns in the U.S.In an August press release, McClure said that “it is clear that malicious actors are ramping up their activity in advance of the midterms, and we know malevolent hackers will exploit any vulnerability at any level to undermine a candidate’s run for office.“We want to do our part to protect the democratic process from interference however we can, wherever we can.”There are no doubts in my mind that we are acquiring cutting-edge technologyBlackBerry CEO John Chen This month, Cylance also released a research report that it said “explores the identification and tracking of a new — and likely state-sponsored — threat actor.” That actor, the company added, had conducted a year-long espionage campaign aimed at Pakistan’s air force.“Cylance calls the campaign Operation Shaheen and the organization The White Company — in acknowledgement of the many elaborate measures the organization takes to whitewash all signs of its activity and evade attribution,” the press release added.Prior to that, in 2014, Cylance published a report alleging that there had been “coordinated attacks by hackers based in Iran on more than 50 targets in 16 countries around the globe,” a release said.BlackBerry said the acquisition would bring in approximately 100 additional patents and patent applications in cybersecurity and machine learning.Chen said that Cylance’s customer base would also complement that of his own company, which he noted includes clients in the financial service and government sectors.“There are no doubts in my mind that we are acquiring cutting-edge technology,” he added.Shares of BlackBerry rose following news of the deal, and closed up 1.46 per cent on Friday in Toronto, at $11.82.• Email: gzochodne@nationalpost.com | Twitter: GeoffZochodne read more

Ohio States Lenzelle Smith Jr Guys gotta get their confidence back

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) drives to the basket during a game against Northwestern Feb. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorCollege basketball seasons are bound to come with their respective twists and turns. Even an unblemished record doesn’t come without an off night or a close game.One day a team can be seemingly nailing every shot it takes and blowing out opponents while on the next, it can’t hit the broad side of a barn.During the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s current two-game losing streak, the Buckeyes (22-8, 9-8, sixth in the Big Ten) have experienced more of the latter.In particular, shooting from long range has been a struggle for OSU in losses to Penn State and Indiana.Against the Nittany Lions, coach Thad Matta’s team shot a pedestrian 29.4 percent from beyond the arc. As rough as that performance was, it paled in comparison to what OSU did against Indiana Sunday.For the first time since Jan. 10, 2004, OSU failed to connect from three-point land, missing all 11 of its attempts, and fell to the Hoosiers, 72-64.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said after the loss to Indiana, the struggles from beyond the arc are an easy fix, however.“Shooting, that’s about confidence,” Smith Jr. said in an interview with Cleveland.com. “Guys gotta get their confidence back and we’ve got shooters so there’s no excuse. We’ve got to put the ball in the bucket. We’ve got guys who can make threes and we’ve got to step up and obviously put the ball in the bucket.”Smith Jr. tied junior forward LaQuinton Ross for a team-high with 19 points against the Hoosiers and shot 60 percent from the floor, but he missed both of his attempts from beyond the arc. He also shot just 1-6 from deep against Penn State.Matta said he has sensed confidence is dipping for OSU, especially when pressure is turned up.“We were rolling until Thursday night (against Penn State), in all seriousness,” Matta said to Cleveland.com after the loss to Indiana. “I think we’re really lacking in a confidence issue, we’re lacking in a toughness issue in terms of playing through situations. Those are things that somehow, some way, we’ve got to get corrected.”The Buckeyes’ need to regain their confidence is a high priority as the regular season draws to a close. They currently sit half a game behind Iowa and Nebraska in the Big Ten standings, who are tied for fourth in the Big Ten. The top four teams in the standings receive a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, set to begin March 13.Smith Jr. was quick to add that even though the confidence has been lacking lately, the mood in the locker room doesn’t give any reason to believe the trend will continue.“We’re a great team when we come to execute and when we’re on top of our game,” Smith Jr. said to Cleveland.com. “I said we can beat any team in the country, and I’m going to stick by that … I should be happy with what we should produce at the end of the season.“I’m not panicking. I’m not worried about anything.”Since using a huge second half to beat Minnesota, 64-46, Feb. 22, it appears something has been off with the team.Ross said in an interview with Cleveland.com a big part of that is a lack of focus — something that could become a big problem if it is allowed to continue.“We just get too comfortable at times during the game, thinking we’ve got the lead and (that) we’re going to be able to hold it,” Ross said of the 21-5 run the Buckeyes allowed against Indiana, which the Hoosiers used to take the lead for good. “Not thinking that those other teams we’re playing are just as good as us. They’re putting their foot on the gas, and we’re taking ours off it.”Ross, OSU’s leading scorer, knows a thing or two about losing focus during a game. Ross was ejected during OSU’s game against Northwestern for shoving a player and committed a technical foul against Indiana for a similar infraction.Those are the type of things that can prove costly, Matta said, especially late in the season.“I told LaQuinton: ‘Hey, man, you get a technical foul and it’s your second foul and then you’re having your way in the second half and you foul out of the game,’” Matta said to Cleveland.com. “Little things. Those are the types of things that say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get our concentration back, get our focus back and an understanding of what we’re doing.’”OSU’s next opportunity to try working through the rough spots in its play comes against No. 22 Michigan State (22-7, 11-5, tied for second in the Big Ten) when the Spartans are set to come to Columbus Sunday. Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. read more

Caring for our elderly

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The findings of the Productivity Commission report into aged care were released this week. Financial assistance, training for staff, more home based aged-care services, the needs of ethno-specific residential homes and ways to meet those needs, were some of the recommendations made by the commission. The recommendations that were made will now go through further consultation and the Federal Government will soon have the laborious task of deciding whether or not to take them on board. Aged-care providers want the government to quickly adopt the Productivity Commission’s reforms so the industry can fund the 82,000 new beds that would be required by 2020. But, do the findings reflect what is needed for our ageing community, particularly the ageing Greek community? We have to act nowPenni Michael, CEO of Fronditha Care, told Neos Kosmos the findings are, “well and truly overdue.” She said that although the industry has been calling for this change for over ten years, “there seems to be more acknowledgements of the special needs areas of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups.” Fronditha Care has made written and verbal submission to the Productivity Commission. One outlined the difficulties of providing culturally appropriate services to people from a CALD background by just providing an interpreter. “Secondly there are additional costs associated with providing CALD services and they’ve picked that up in their report. We detailed the costs, we demonstrated how it is more expensive for an ethno-specific provider than it is for mainstream providers,” Michael said. Fronditha Care acknowledges they need specific funding to compensate this for their facility and staff. Michael said that the requirements of ethno-specific residential homes are totally different to mainstream ones. “It’s around food costs, activities, sometimes you need additional staff because of the language skills. Increase interpreter/translation services which we bear the cost as well.” Fronditha Care train their staff in accredited Greek language courses and English too. Financial pressures are a lot for families as they are expected to pay their own way and if they don’t have savings, a bond or an asset, it can be financially draining on a family. This is true for Elias Tsigaras Elias made the heartbreaking decision with his family to put his father in aged-care two-and-a-half years ago. “The pressures on families are enormous. Not only the practical issues but the emotional and psychological issues of having to make the decision that you can’t realistically look after your own father or mother,” Elias told Neos Kosmos. Elias’s father is in the St Albans Fronditha high-care facility. The decision to send his father to an ethno-specific residential facility was easy for the family. As his father was ageing he was reverting back to who he was when he arrived in Australia so it was paramount he was surrounded by people of his culture, ensuring his father wasn’t isolated in this time. The financial stresses that Elias’s family faced when they decided to put their father in aged-care, were challenging, forcing him to brand the current system unfair. “If all you’ve ever done is been a worker, worked on a production line, looked after your family to the best of your ability with limited English; at the end of the day is it fair if your home is going to get taken away from you because you have to go into a nursing home?” asks Elias, “well, I don’t think that’s fair.” But Penni Michael doesn’t see anything particular in the report that will help families financially in these decisions. “For those people in low -care, they will not notice any difference, is my take on it,” said Michael. “For those in high-care they will be asked to pay an accommodation bond for high-care but currently they are paying an accommodation charge. So it is not that largely different.” The report mentions periodic payments and government funded schemes so no one will be denied access, but this is still not dissimilar to what we’ve got now. Changes need to be made in other areas to make a real difference, to give the aged-care system a shake-up. Michael told Neos Kosmos that there needs to be funds for training the workforce, more considered approaches on how we train people (not only academically but on the job too) and increased wage structures also. She said there are some beneficial recommendations in the report. “They are talking about eliminating the distinction between high and low-care residential beds, and we are keen to see the elimination of that in community care because it is an artificial barrier when we see someone who wants to remain in the home, move from personal care to nursing and complex care needs, but we’re not able to provide them because we’re not funded to do so,” said Michael. In terms of where the government is at, it may be too early to talk about any of the changes that may or may not be implemented. “There is a real push to see changes,” said Michael, “it’s not just coming from one part of the world; it’s coming from all those people involved. It’s just bringing it up-to-date, it’s making it reflect what people currently want and it’s about moving artificial obstacles enabling people to age in peace.” Making the decision to send a family member to an aged-care facility is never an easy one. In our culture it can be made harder with the expectation that we will always look after our loved ones regardless of their condition. But there are circumstances beyond our control when this is just not possible. Not only the emotional and psychological stress but the financial strain involved can take its toll on any family. Add to this equation the ABS projection that by 2056, 7.2 per cent of the population will be aged sixty five to eighty five years and it is more than likely that the times ahead will be very challenging for individuals, families and all governments.last_img read more

Phoques le Canada dépose un recours devant lOMC contre lembargo de lUE

first_imgPhoques : le Canada dépose un recours devant l’OMC contre l’embargo de l’UELe Canada a annoncé avoir déposé un recours devant l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC), concernant l’embargo imposé par l’Union européenne sur les produits issus de ce mammifère marin. Le pays réclame la création d’un groupe spécial à l’OMC, qui sera chargé de régler le différend qui l’oppose à l’UE, rapporte le site Canoë. L’embargo contre lequel proteste le Canada, est entré en vigueur en 2010. Il a été décidé sous la pression des défenseurs des animaux, qui s’insurgent contre la cruauté avec laquelle les phoques sont abattus. À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageCette interdiction concernant les produits dérivés du phoque issus de toutes les chasses commerciales “est basée sur une mauvaise information. Le Parlement européen a pris le parti des lobbyistes des droits des animaux et choisi d’ignorer nos arguments”, a estimé la ministre des Pêches et des Océans, Gail Shea. “Nous ne pouvons pas soutenir une action qui a été prise à la suite d’une mauvaise information, qui affecte une industrie légitime dans notre pays. Cela touche 6.000 familles canadiennes”, a-t-elle souligné.Cet embargo entré en vigueur en août dernier, contient quelques exceptions, autorisant notamment la vente à des fins non lucratives de produits issus de la chasse traditionnelle pratiquée par les inuits. Toutefois ces communautés jugent cette dérogation inefficace, et réclament comme les industriels, la levée de l’embargo.Le 20 février 2011 à 18:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une planète foudroyée aux rayons X par son étoile

first_imgUne planète foudroyée aux rayons X par son étoileLe télescope spatial à rayons X Chandra a révélé l’existence d’un duo planète-étoile très particulier. Baptisée CoRoT-2b, la planète en question est bombardée par son étoile à l’aide d’un déluge de rayons X, 100.000 fois plus intense que le rayonnement solaire que reçoit la Terre. C’est un phénomène d’une intensité encore jamais découvert dans l’espace. Celui-ci concerne une planète connue sous le nom de CoRoT-2b et son étoile CoRoT-2a découvertes en 2008 grâce à la mission COnvection ROtation et Transits planétaires menée par le CNES, d’où leur petits noms. Situé à une distance de 880 années lumières, le couple CoRoT-2 est un voisin relativement proche du système solaire, mais il présente une véritable particularité. En effet, de nouvelles données fournies par l’Observatoire spatial à rayons X Chandra ainsi que le Very Large Telescope de l’Observatoire européen austral ont démontré que l’étoile bombarde son compagnon d’un déluge de rayons X extrêmement intense. Selon les estimations, il serait même 100.000 fois plus intense que ce que la Terre reçoit du Soleil. Ainsi, ce flux de haute-énergie évaporerait environ 5 millions de tonnes de matière de la planète chaque seconde. Un résultat qui donne un aperçu de la difficulté de survivre que peuvent rencontrer certaines planètes, telles que CoRoT-2b dont la masse est trois fois plus importante que celle de Jupiter, soit 1.000 fois plus grande que celle de la Terre. Par ailleurs, la planète orbite autour de son étoile à une distance grossièrement dix fois plus grande que celle existant entre la Terre et la Lune, ce qui n’empêche apparemment pas CoRoT-2a de bombarder littéralement la planète. Une étoile restée active“Cette planète est totalement grillée par son étoile”, a déclaré Sebastin Schroeter de l’Université de Hambourg en Allemagne, membre de l’équipe qui a étudié les données publiées en août dans la revue Astronomy & Astrophysics. “Ce qui peut paraitre encore plus étrange, c’est que la planète pourrait affecter le comportement de l’étoile qui la souffle”, a t-il poursuivi cité par un communiqué de la NASA. À lire aussiUn robot humanoïde russe sera bientôt à bord de l’ISSD’après les données optiques et rayon X, les chercheurs ont estimé que le système CoRoT-2 est âgé de 100 à 300 millions d’années, ce qui signifie que la formation de l’étoile est achevée. Or, les observations de Chandra ont montré que CoRoT-2a est une étoile très active, avec une émission de rayons X produits par des champs magnétiques turbulents et puissants. Une activité que l’on trouve habituellement dans des étoiles beaucoup plus jeunes. Une autre étoile compagnon “Du fait de la grande proximité entre la planète et son étoile, il est possible que la rotation de l’étoile se soit accélérée et que les champs magnétiques soient restés actifs”, a expliqué le co-auteur de l’étude, Stefan Czesla, de l’université de Hambourg. “S’il n’y avait pas la planète, cette étoile aurait abandonné la volatilité de sa jeunesse il y a cela des millions d’années”, a t-il également ajouté. Cette idée provient en réalité de l’observation d’une seconde étoile compagnon qui orbiterait autour de CoRoT-2a à une distance environ un millier de fois plus grande que celle comprise entre la Terre et le Soleil. Mais cette autre étoile n’est pas détectée par rayons X, probablement parce qu’elle n’a pas de planète aussi proche que CoRoT-2b qui la conduit à rester active. Enfin, les chercheurs ont évoqué un élément intriguant supplémentaire :  CoroT-2b présente un aspect inhabituellement gonflé pour une planète dans une telle situation. “Nous ne sommes pas tout à fait certains de tous les effets qu’aurait pu causer ce type de rafale de rayons X, mais ceci pourrait être responsable du gonflement de CoRoT-2b, a indiqué Sebastin Schroeteravant de préciser : “Nous commençons tout juste à apprendre ce qui arrive aux exoplanètes situées dans ces environnements extrêmes”. Le 18 septembre 2011 à 14:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Microsoft Wont Secretly Shove Windows Upgrade Files Onto Your PC Any More

first_imgStay on target The Windows Start Menu Will Soon Run in Its Own ProcessWindows 10 May Learn to Automatically Remove Updates That Bork Your PC The whole Windows 10 upgrade experience was a bit of a mixed bag. Microsoft offered it for free to everyone running Windows 7 and 8, which was cool… but some of their upgrade tactics were rather ill-advised.One of Microsoft’s more egregious missteps would have to be when they decided to download the massive bundle of Windows 10 installation files onto users’ computers without asking for permission. Now, they’ve promised to never to that again. Well, at least to never do it again in Germany.Back in December of 2015, a German consumer rights group filed a lawsuit against Microsoft for the unwanted downloads. This week their Microsoft Germany issued a press release that stated they “will not download install files for new operating systems to a user system’s hard disk without a user’s consent.”Of course, Windows 10 may actually be the last “new operating system” Microsoft releases for a really, really long time. Things like the Creators Update might still be fair game because they’re not technically new OSes… which would make the actual impact of Microsoft’s promise limited in more ways than just geographically.So what caused the fuss, anyway? Microsoft offered a couple different explanations for what happened. One was that the upgrade was offered as a recommended update and accidentally checked to install by default. The other was that it was done “as a courtesy,” but folks who blew through their data caps and were left staring at overage charges from their ISPs didn’t really see things that way.The angry social media posts came in droves, and one outraged travel agency owner decided to take Microsoft to court over the unannounced upgrade. She wound up taking the company to court and suing for lost income after the Windows 10 upgrade rendered her computers useless for “days at a time.” Her case was ultimately settled for $10,000 — though no wrongdoing was admitted.last_img read more

UK Received A Report From Caricom

first_img Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:CARICOM, daniel malcolm, UK Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – The United Kingdom has acknowledged to MM on several occasions that it has received a report from Caricom which included advice on the current TCI Constitution…and yet, nothing. No word, no formal reply or opinion to TCIG or Caricom and nothing to demonstrate that it even counts worth the while what are the concerns of the 20 nations of the Caribbean Community related to the Turks and Caicos Islands, which is an Associate member of Caricom.Nonetheless, Chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee Mr Daniel Malcolm says this time, the UK will pay attention, that this exercise of public consultation is not cosmetic. QUOTE. With his team introduced and described as formidable, Mr Malcolm said residents need to show up to the seven public meetings and should reach out for any private meetings as the country discusses proposing a replacement constitution to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. QUOTE. Here is that meeting schedule. Next Tuesday, September 16 in Grand Turk at 6:30pm at the Ona Glinton Primary School… the Salt Shed in Salt Cay at 10am on Wednesday September 17… In Provo, September 18 at 6:30pm at the Gus Lightbourne Gym – that’s a week from today; South Caicos on September 25 at the Regatta Village at 6:30pm; North Caicos on September 30 at the Adelaide Omeler Primary at 6:30pm… on October 1st it is to Middle Caicos at the Community Center at 10am with a trip into North Caicos again, this time Kew for a meeting at the Hubert James primary school at 6:30pm again that meeting is October 1st. The exchange is expected to be robust, Daniel Malcolm giving media a glimpse into his style and his thoughts during the formal announcements yesterday at the office of the Premier. Recommended for you CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high note UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesdaylast_img read more

OUT OF COUNTRY PREMIER AND GOVERNOR IN LONDON TALKS

first_img Related Items:governor peter beckingham, jmc, london, premier rufis ewing DR wants consulate office in TCI New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awarded Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Dec 2014 – The Premier and Governor are in London where the JMC meetings are in session; and yes there will be talk on Constitutional Reform and National Security at the Joint Ministerial Council. Hon Dr Rufus Ewing on Thursday told Magnetic Media that indeed an expanded presence is coming for the TCI in London…. The bigger office will opened with a party on Friday (Dec 5) night. We spoke to him about his attempt to purchase a new vehicle for the Office of the Premier; Hon Ewing was reluctant to expose if the matter truly angered him. In the end, the country’s leader who will now only be able to lease the Chevy Suburban, explained that those involved were following the letter of the law and his plan is to draft a report for the Integrity Commission to have the ordinance relaxed. last_img read more

ChoupoMoting hoping for Neymars swift recovery

first_imgParis Saint-Germain winger Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting fears that Neymar’s injury might be a big miss as he wished him a speedy recoveryThe Brazil skipper was taken off after only eight minutes of action, though replacement Richarlison netted the solitary goal of the game.Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar eased fears over Neymar’s fitness, telling SporTV: “It does not appear to be a serious injury”. However, he said a scan will be needed on the injury.PSG face Liverpool in a crunch Champions League clash on November 28, with Neymar’s fellow forward Kylian Mbappe also injured on international duty.Choupo-Moting may be included in the starting XI if either attacker were injured for any length of time, but he has his fingers crossed for Neymar.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“It would be worrying because he is a very important player, as all the players are,” he said, as quoted by FourFourTwo via Daily Mail.“No player is more important than the team. He’s a great player though and I hope he is not injured for a long time.“I talked quickly to him but it was just after the injury. I think it’s not too serious. I hope he will be ready next week for us.“He wanted to play. He really had an injury and felt something.”last_img read more

ASA Seeks Nominees for Young Leader Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer, a DuPont Company, are seeking nominees for the 2003 ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout the soybean industry for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating excellent leaders, many of whom now play an integral role in the promotion of agriculture and the success of the soybean industry.”The ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program is a dynamic learning experience,” said ASA President Dwain Ford. “The instructors and program content are of the highest quality. This program provides information that the participant can start using immediately, not only in their business, but personally as well. As a graduate of the Young Leader program, I would encourage anyone who has an interest in improving their leadership skills to apply for the program. It will be an investment that will provide unlimited opportunities in the future.”The ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program is looking for soybean farmers who are innovative, assertive, young (or new) to leadership, and looking to make their mark in agriculture. The program, which began in 1984, has a tremendous record of success. Hundreds of program alumni have assumed significant leadership responsibilities in state and national agricultural organizations. Young Leaders are making a difference in agriculture by ensuring that the voice of the American farmer is heard.”Applicants selected as Young Leaders have an excellent opportunity to learn the key leadership skills necessary for high profile roles within agriculture,” said Kevin Turnblad, Pioneer Key Account Manager. “They do this through interactive training that utilizes instructors and materials that have been very successful in the real-world. Participants can also learn from each other and through the use of case studies of topics that are ‘front-burner’ and pivotal to the future of agriculture. If anyone is interested in making a difference in agriculture, this program is for you.”The 2003 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience Feb. 24-26, 2003, in Charlotte, NC. This seminar will include leadership and issues training, and provide an opportunity for participants to meet and learn from other Young Leaders from around the country. The class will also take part in the Commodity Classic, Feb. 27–Mar. 1, 2003, rounding out a full week of learning, networking, and personal growth. In November 2003, participants will travel to Pioneer’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa to complete their training.Nomination forms for the 2003 ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program have been mailed to all ASA members. Forms may also be obtained by calling (800) 688-7692 or on the web at www.SoyGrowers.com. Soybean producers are encouraged to apply themselves or nominate other producers as candidates for the program. Nominations should be returned to ASA by Friday, October 25, 2002. Each nominee will be asked to complete a one-page application form. One Young Leader couple will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.last_img read more

Police investigate gangrelated shooting in east Vancouver

first_imgPolice are investigating a gang-related shooting that occurred in east Vancouver late Saturday night.Officers were called to 501 S.E. 123rd Ave. just before 11 p.m. Saturday for reports of gunshots heard. When they arrived, they found a 20-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds that police said were not life-threatening.Police have not identified a suspect, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. The agency’s Safe Streets Task Force is investigating the incident.The name of the person injured was not released.last_img

Charlton Morris introduces unlimited holiday for senior consultants

first_imgExecutive search firm Charlton Morris has introduced unlimited holiday for its senior consultants to help staff achieve a better work-life balance.The Leeds-based organisation is offering unlimited holiday to consultants who have been with the business for two years or more as a way to reward staff for their continued hard work, as well as provide employees with more freedom and flexibility to encourage a better work-life balance.Eligible employees will be able to book time off work whenever they want. Currently, 14 of the organisation’s 41 employees are eligible for the benefit.The unlimited holiday is one of several benefits introduced in the first week of January. Other new initiatives include reduced working hours and extended lunch breaks.The new benefits will sit alongside established initiatives including subsidised gym membership, social outings and holiday incentives to destinations such as Las Vegas and Barcelona.Andy Shatwell (pictured), managing director at Charlton Morris, said: “We pride ourselves on doing things differently, and we want to stand out from the crowd when it comes to recruitment firms in Leeds. One thing we really wanted to move away from was the idea that recruitment is a ferocious industry which involves high turnover of staff and, while lucrative, [it’s] not sustainable.“These measures were all geared towards making Charlton Morris a place to have a successful career for our current and future employees, and to make us stand out from the competition.”last_img read more

Convocation site turns into ashes

first_imgThe adorned convocation site with sitting arrangements for 5,000 people of Bangladesh Agricultural University`s 57th founding anniversary. Photo: Shahiduzzaman SagarBangladesh Agricultural University’s convocation site, which was decorated with expensive materials, to hold a reunion, was burnt to ashes early Sunday.The programme, organised to celebrate the university’s 57th founding anniversary, was scheduled to be attended by the president, also chancellor of the university.The gutted convocation site on Sunday following the fire. Photo: Shahiduzzaman SagarAn amount of Tk 3 million was spent for making the stage and pandal at the site to celebrate the university’s success in the past 57 years and also for hosting an alumni reunion.However, the university authorities, at an emergency meeting, decided to hold the programme at another venue — Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin auditorium — at the campus in Mymensingh at 2:00pm Sunday.President Abdul Hamid is still expected to attend as chief guest at the programme, the university’s vice-chancellor Md. Ali Akbar said.Within a few minutes the fire turned severe on Saturday night. Photo: Shahiduzzaman SagarAccording to witnesses, around 12:00am a man saw flames over the pandal, that had sitting arrangements for 5,000 people. The fire spread out within moments.Seven units of Mymensingh fire service rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire in an hour.By the time the fire fighters brought the blaze under control, chairs, fans, sound system and LED screens were damaged.“We managed to douse the blaze in an hour. The fire might have been caused by an electric short-circuit,” Mymensingh fire service and civil defence deputy director in charge Shahidur Rahman said.The bamboos used for decoration fell down after being burnt. Photo: Shahiduzzaman SagarThe university vice chancellor said guests and alumni had already arrived and that is why they chose Zainul Abedin auditorium as an alternative venue.This auditorium, however, accommodates only 2,000 people. Sitting arrangements for the rest will be made in adjacent places and a giant screen would also be set up to show the programme.The president is also scheduled to lay foundation stone of haor and char development institution to be set up by the university’s health centre.last_img

Lets Talk About It

first_imgTitle: ‘Let’s Talk About It’ Author: Dr. Tara Doaty-MundellRelease Date: April 9, 2014Dr. Tara Doaty-Mundell holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Howard University, and has obtained certifications in evidenced-based practices for parent and child attachment and has worked with parents and families for 15 years. She has developed curricula on family dynamics, parenting, and recovery from addiction.In 2012, she founded Sage Wellness Group, and provides program and staff professional development, and clinical groups for clients and families. She has partnerships with corporate businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, hospitals/medical centers, and institutions of higher learning. Dr. Doaty-Mundell has been the keynote speaker and facilitator of trainings on Mindfulness, Trauma, Parenting, Client Engagement, and Bereavement and currently works as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She serves on the board of directors for Mosaic Community Services and on the Advisory Board of The Carpenter’s House.Dr. Doaty-Mundell resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children. What was the impetus for writing this book?I wrote this book as a way to begin the conversation between parents, caregivers, and teachers and children about their emotional well-being. One of the things I have learned from my work with parents is that there is a strong desire to connect with our children emotionally, however, sometimes we don’t know how. This book is a way to get the conversation about our children and their feelings started. A lot of children’s books place emphasis on physical activity, and academic achievement and while those issues are of great importance, this is a way that lets us know that their mental health is just as important. What’s the overall theme?The overall theme is exploring our feelings. The book contains five short stories, covering Mindfulness meditation, bullying, peer pressure, feeling shy, and self-esteem, and in each of these stories, the goal is to allow children to understand that their feelings, along with the feelings of others should be recognized and validated. What surprised you about the development of the book?I was surprised to learn that there is much more material to cover as it relates to providing children with images and storylines that they can relate to, especially as it pertains to their emotional well-being. From this observation, I made the decision to take each of the themes presented in ‘Let’s Talk About It’ and turn them into their own separate books, which is exciting! For what audience is your book written?My audience is children up to age 11/12…and the adults who love them! I feel as though we can all learn to express our feelings, and by having our children express how they feel about certain situations, we, as adults have the opportunity to create a safe space by relating to those shared emotions. What one thing do you most want the reader to learn?I want readers to learn that their feelings are important—they matter. I also want them to learn the connection between their bodies and their emotions. In the Mindful of Me story, I introduce readers to the practice of Mindful meditation, which calls for us to become in tune with our bodies and notice and honor those “butterflies” we may feel in our stomachs which signal anxiety or feeling nervous, and different techniques we can use to calm ourselves. What did you learn during the writing process?A lot! I learned that done is better than perfect. A lot of time we delay the process because we want it to be perfect. If it is done, we can then re-submit it and make the necessary changes. Any advice for aspiring writers?Do it….people need to read your work and get lost in your words.last_img read more