AFN Vancouver A look at Perry Bellegardes first term

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first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsIf there has been a theme to the Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde’s first term it was “closing the gap.”Bellegarde frequently talks about narrowing the difference in living standards between First Nations and the rest of Canada.Todd takes a look back at his first term as national chief starting with the excitement a new Liberal government provided.tlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirandelast_img

Piece of Charles Josephs totem pole in Montreal returned to museum following

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first_imgThe missing hand off the Residential School Totem Pole in Montreal. Photo: Robbie Purdon/APTN.Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsAfter a few days fraught with tension, there’s a happy ending to the mystery of a missing wooden hand stolen from a commemorative totem pole outside of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.On Wednesday, a museum spokesperson confirmed that the hand from Kwakiutl artist Charles Joseph’s “Residential School Totem Pole” was deposited on the museum doorstep overnight, along with a letter of apology.The letter reportedly states “they regret the offence caused to everyone by their thoughtless gesture, and that they were unaware of the meaning of the totem pole represents,” according to a press release obtained by APTN News.Below is an excerpt of the letter received:“Firstly, we would like to apologize to all those who were offended. At the time, we were not in a sober state of mind, and we had no idea what the totem pole was … After we realized what this stood for and represented for so many people, we immediately felt sick to our stomach …“We would like to let all know that in NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM was this done in spite … We were simply ignorant of what it symbolized, and have decided we 100% needed to return it. … We are sorry, so sorry for any pain and anger we have caused. Love for all people.”(Residential School Totem Pole lives in front of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts downtown. Photo: Robbie Purdon/APTN)According to Director and Chief Curator Nathalie Bondil, the museum will be withdrawing their complaint based on the apology.“It is reassuring to observe the return of wisdom and clarity following an evening of inebriety,” Bondil said in a statement. “The letter of sincere apology that we received from the transient delinquents shows us that art educates and sensitizes us to all of the most important issues, notably our reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.”The totem pole has been a very public fixture outside the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion on Sherbrooke St. for over two years.Over the weekend, the museum issued a multi-tier appeal for the hand’s return, after security camera footage revealed two hooded figures removing it before fleeing in the wee hours of Friday morning.Both the artist and owner are reportedly “very pleased with this conclusion.” The museum will be working to restore the piece to its original form.lrichardson@aptn.ca@sentimtllast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX closes sharply lower amid falling commodity prices

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market sold off Friday as concerns about the strength of the world’s biggest economy raised demand worries and helped send oil and metal prices tumbling.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 143.79 points to 12,337.59.Falling commodities helped push the Canadian dollar down 0.3 of a cent to 98.64 cents US.U.S. indexes recouped most of earlier losses resulting from earnings disappointments from banks and a reading on March retail sales that missed expectations.The Dow Jones industrials dipped 0.08 of a point to 14,865.06 as U.S. retail sales for March were down 0.4%. Economists had expected a flat reading following a 1.1% rise in February.The weak showing indicated that higher taxes and weak hiring have made consumers more cautious about spending.An increase in Social Security taxes, which kicked in on Jan. 1, has lowered take-home pay this year for nearly all workers. Someone earning $50,000 has about $1,000 less to spend in 2013.“I had been a little puzzled as to why the markets haven’t been paying more attention to this story because it’s a very big dollar item,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“Increased payroll taxes (are) coming off the bottom line for most people, and they’re having to make choices and so, things… that you can defer are being deferred.”The Nasdaq composite index declined 5.21 points to 3,294.95 while the S&P 500 index was down 4.52 points to 1,588.85.Gains this week have pushed the Dow industrials and the S&P 500 index further into record territory. However, traders wonder if the rally, which has gone on non-stop all year, is looking a bit stretched.The TSX is now back in negative territory for the year, down flat for the week and with a decline of 0.77% for the year so far.The Dow industrials finished the week up 2.05%, or about 13% year to date and the S&P is ahead about 11% so far in 2013.But analysts think the TSX faces greater challenges since it is so weighted in favour of energy and mining companies.Those sectors put in a weak showing Friday as prices for commodities further declined in the wake of the weak U.S. retail data.The gold sector led decliners, down about six% as June bullion fell $63.50 to US$1,501.40 an ounce.Gold has fallen this week by almost five% after Goldman Sachs dropped its forecast for 2013 to US$1,545 an ounce, down from a prior forecast of $1,610. Also, minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed members were at odds about when to stop quantitative easing.The program, involving printing more money to buy bonds, has had a depressive effect on the U.S. dollar in the past and helped hike gold prices since bullion is seen as an inflation hedge.“Without an immediate crisis and with risk of a financial meltdown fading, the haven component of gold pricing continues to erode, while a slow global economy and falling commodity prices reduce the need for an inflation hedge,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gave back $1.44 to C$30.77.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded $2.06 or 8.24% to $22.94. Barrick shares have been under particularly selling pressure this week, tumbling nine% on Wednesday after a Chilean court suspended its Pascua-Lama mine after indigenous communities complained that the project is threatening their water supply and polluting glaciers.The energy sector fell 1.95% as May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $2.22 to US$91.29 a barrel.Oil continued to lose traction after the International Energy Agency lowered its forecast for global oil demand in 2013 by 45,000 barrels to 90.6 million barrels a day. Its predictions were similar to those made earlier this week by OPEC and the U.S. Energy Department. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) shed $1.21 to C$31.28 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) fell 51 cents to $30.43.May copper stepped back eight cents to US$3.33 a pound and the base metals sector declined 2.92%. Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) was down 27 cents at C$4.33 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) dropped 56 cents to $28.14.Weakness spread across all TSX sectors with the tech sector down one% as CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) down 95 cents to $26.19.Shares in BlackBerry (TSX:BB) edged three cents higher to $13.85 after the smartphone maker said it will file a formal complaint with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators about a “false and misleading” analyst report that the BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen devices are being returned in unusually high numbers. The Canadian company and U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless are disputing the report.Traders also got their first look at earnings from American banks in the first quarter.Shares in JPMorgan Chase were down 30 cents to US$49.01 as the bank made US$6.1 billion in the quarter, after stripping out payments to preferred shareholders. That was up 34% from a year ago and amounted to $1.59 per share, 20 cents better than forecast.Revenue was down three% from a year ago to $25.8 billion, after stripping out the effect of an accounting charge. That beat analysts’ estimates of $25.7 billion.The TSX Venture Exchange lost 25.92 points to 1,022.61. read more

Wisconsin Assembly passes sweeping measure aimed at helping company open giant iron

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by Todd Richmond, The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2013 9:19 pm MDT MADISON, Wis. – Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly approved a polarizing mining bill Thursday and sent the measure to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature, completing a long push to help a Florida-based company open a giant iron mine near the shores of Lake Superior over environmentalists’ objections.Minority Democrats dragged out debate for nearly nine-and-a-half hours but were powerless to stop the measure. Republicans finally approved it on a 58-39 party-line vote.The bill already has cleared the Senate. It now heads to Walker, who has touted the proposal as his key job creation plan. He is expected to sign it into law early next week.“On behalf of the unemployed skilled workers in our state who will benefit from the thousands of mining-related jobs over the next few years, I say thank you,” Walker said in a statement.It’s still unclear whether the bill will survive legal scrutiny, though. Conservation groups and the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa contend the bill eviscerates environmental protections and are considering lawsuits.Still, the vote was cathartic for Republicans. They’ve been working for two years to pass a bill to help Gogebic Taconite dig a miles-long open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills just south of Lake Superior.The GOP has played up the mine as a huge economic engine, saying it would create hundreds of jobs for the impoverished region and thousands more across the state’s heavy equipment manufacturing sector. But company officials have refused to move forward until lawmakers eased the regulatory path for them.Republicans introduced a sweeping bill that would have overhauled the state’s mining rules in late 2011. Conservationists and Democrats contended the measure relaxed environmental standards and opened the door for pollution that would ruin one of the last pristine areas in the state.One of the fiercest environmental debates Wisconsin has seen in years ensued. The measure ultimately died in the Senate by one vote after moderate Republican Dale Schultz sided with Democrats against it.But voters handed Republicans a two-member majority in the Senate in last November’s elections, making Schultz’s vote irrelevant. The GOP reintroduced the bill this past January, labeling the drive toward passage “Mining for Jobs.” The Senate passed it by one vote last week.The outcome was never in doubt in the Assembly, where Republicans hold a 59-39 majority. Democrats still stalled for hours, ripping the bill as a corporate give-away. They said legal challenges will tie up the project for years and the promised jobs will never materialize.Republicans accused Democrats of concocting wild worst-case scenarios. They insisted modern mining technology and state and federal oversight will protect the environment and the mine will provide desperately needed jobs.“Once this bill passes, the state of Wisconsin is not going to get wiped off the face of the earth,” said the bill’s main sponsor, Rep. Mark Honadel, R-South Milwaukee. “Even though the iron ore may be buried deep in the ground, please don’t bury jobs with it.”Under the plan, state environmental officials would have up to 480 days to make a permitting decision. Currently, they face no hard deadline. The public couldn’t challenge a permit decision until after it has been made.The bill also would create a presumption that damage to wetlands is necessary. Applicants would have to submit a plan to compensate for wetlands damage, including a proposal to create up to an acre and a half of new wetlands for every acre impacted, but Democrats argue such mitigation projects rarely work.A mining company’s permit application fees would be capped at $2 million plus DNR wetland mapping expenses. Tax on a company’s revenue would be split 60-40 between local governments and the state. Current law imposes no cap on application fees and funnels 100 per cent of revenue taxes to local governments to offset mining impacts.The bill also exempts mining companies from the state’s $7 per ton recycling fee on waste materials, sparing Gogebic Taconite from paying the state an estimated $171 million annually for environmental protection programs.Gogebic Taconite President Bill Williams didn’t immediately return a message Thursday evening.Assembly Republicans were visibly relieved after the vote, even taking the unusual step of applauding the Legislature’s lawyers for crafting and re-crafting the bill.They walked out of the chamber to find about 20 protesters waiting for them. They hurled insults at the legislators, calling them “fascist pigs” and “traitors.” Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, exchanged a fist bump with one of the protesters and assured them the mine would never happen.Indeed, the Bad River could prove to be an especially formidable legal foe for Gogebic Taconite. The tribe’s reservation lies just downstream from the mine site and members fear run-off from waste rock will pollute their water. As a sovereign nation, the tribe could evoke a host of unique environmental rights in court.Bad River Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. promised “active resistance” that could include filing lawsuits to stop the permitting process or occupying the mine site. The Bad River’s reservation is sacred and tribal members won’t allow it to be polluted, he said.“We have nowhere to run,” Wiggins said.___Associated Press writer Scott Bauer contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wisconsin Assembly passes sweeping measure aimed at helping company open giant iron mine read more

Encana pares down management ranks promotes Canadian division head to COO

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by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2013 1:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Encana pares down management ranks, promotes Canadian division head to COO CALGARY – Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) said Tuesday it is paring down its management ranks, making good on a promise new CEO Doug Suttles made two weeks ago when he unveiled the natural gas giant’s new strategy.Five executives are leaving the company, including top executives in Encana’s U.S. business.USA division president Jeff Wojahn is retiring after 23 years with the company. Eric Marsh, a senior vice-president with the USA division and the executive vice-president in charge of spurring new natural gas demand, is departing after 13 years.Also retiring are Encana’s chief accounting officer, chief corporate officer and executive vice-president of corporate development, environment, health and safety and reserves.Mike McAllister, previously head of the Canadian division, has been promoted to chief operating officer. David Hill will be focused on identifying and securing top tier resources for Encana in his new role of executive vice president, exploration and business development.“This is a simpler organizational structure with clear accountabilities across the company that are directly tied to the areas we need to focus on to be successful,” Suttles said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to working with such a talented group of people that share a passion for the industry and excitement for Encana’s future.”In a presentation last month to investors, Suttles signalled big changes to Encana’s management team would be coming.“Our existing organization — both its structure and its size — is aligned with the past and not the future,” he said at the time.“It’s built around a bigger capital program and higher cash flow than we have today and we need to get that realigned.”Suttles, a former BP executive who was appointed CEO in June following a lengthy search, has also said Encana intends to trim its vast holdings and invest less in dry natural gas. read more

After 65 years UN agency remains vital stabilizing factor for Palestine refugees

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“Anniversaries are usually a time for celebration,” Mr. Ban said at Headquarters this morning. “But we do so with the heaviest of hearts. We do so knowing that we should not have had to mark the 65th anniversary of UNRWA because UNRWA was never meant to exist for this long.”“It exists because of political failure. [It exists] in the absence of a just and lasting solution to the plight of Palestine refugees,” the UN chief added.UNRWA provides assistance and protection to nearly 5.2 million registered Palestine refugees through the provision of health care, education, social services, infrastructure and camp improvement, and microfinance, and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict. Joining Mr. Ban at today’s event on UNRWA@65: Sustaining Human Development and Protecting Rights of Palestine Refugees was President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, Special Representative of the President of the State of Palestine, Hanan Ashrawi, and the Commissioner-General of the UNRWA, Pierre Krähenbühl.The Secretary-General paid tribute to UNRWA’s 30,000 dedicated staff, most of them Palestine refugees themselves, and to all the staff who were killed during the terrible fighting last summer.Last summer’s conflict in Gaza caused massive loss of life and devastated homes, schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure, Mr. Ban said, as he urged parties to finalize the arrangements to rebuild destroyed homes. “We know where failure to address these and other issues will lead. We have seen it time and again. Gaza is a powder keg – mounting frustration and anger will surely light the fuse. Action is needed now,” Mr. Ban said.Gaza today is home of the highest unemployment in the world, with more than 60 per cent of young people not working. Life opportunities for Palestine refugees continue to be made immeasurably more difficult by blockade, bombings, siege, closures and upheaval, he added. Some 60,000 Palestine refugees from Syria have fled to Lebanon and Jordan, putting pressure on host communities. From Syria’s Yarmouk and Jordan’s camps to the West Bank, the lives of Palestine refugees are constrained, with poverty and deprivation overflowing in overcrowded camps and the needs of the communities continuing to grow resources. “The result is deepening pain and vulnerability for Palestine refugees. Some are resorting to desperate measures, putting their lives in the hands of unscrupulous human traffickers, in a perilous attempt to reach Europe by sea,’ Mr. Ban said. UNRWA remains a vital stabilizing factor, Mr. Ban said, urging the leaders of Israel, Palestine and all parties with influence to resume meaningful negotiations without further delay, and put an end to unilateral actions that erode trust.In the same vein, General Assembly President Kutesa said that few could have imagined 65 years later, that UNRWA would continue to play such a vital role in the lives of millions of Palestinians. “Last year’s conflict in Gaza has had far-reaching, negative impacts on the 1.2 million people UNRWA provides assistance to there. Thousands died and many more were injured, some of whom will suffer from life-long physical disabilities and emotional trauma,” he said. Moreover, the deterioration of the socio-economic and humanitarian conditions in the region has created formidable obstacles to the agency’s ability to provide necessary aid, including with its emergency, reconstruction and development programmes.Hence, it is vital that the necessary funding is provided as quickly as possible so that reconstruction can begin in Gaza. In that context, he urged all donors to seek ways to further support UNRWA’s vital work across the region. “Renewed support from the UN system, donors and the international community will be critical to further strengthening the work of the Agency,” Mr. Kutesa emphasized. Also taking to the floor today, the head of UNRWA, Mr. Krähenbühl, said that marking 65 years of the agency requires a necessary moment of reflection on what it means to be Palestine refugees today, who face an “existential crisis.” “Being a Palestinian refugee in Gaza means being a victim of a blockade and wishing nothing more than to be self-sufficient,” he said, recalling also his visit to Syria’s Yarmouk camp where he had seen first-hand the misery and hunger etched into the faces of Palestine refugees. Reflecting also means reviewing some of the outstanding achievements UNRWA has made in the last six and a half decades. For example, during the 2014 conflict in Gaza UNRWA sheltered some 300,000 displaced persons in 90 of its schools and provided lifesaving aid in the extreme circumstances of war. “During the ongoing conflict in Syria, we continue to provide essential relief to the hundreds of thousands displaced from Yarmouk with essential lifesaving aid but also healthcare and education,” Mr. Krähenbühl said. With the support of its partners, UNRWA has also contributed to human capital development of the Middle East. As it stands now, some 700 schools are run by UNRWA, which is equivalent to running the public school system of San Francisco. Some 140 health care clinics are also run by UNRWA. This has created the human capital that many countries in the world would envy. Pointing out that these achievements come at a high cost, he paid tribute to the UNRWA workers who lost their lives in 2014. “We are all witnesses to the failure to find a just and lasting solution to the plight of Palestinian refugees, which has become a matter of common sense in an increasingly unstable Middle East,” he said. Not acting today when 65 per cent of Palestinian refugees under the age of 25 are educated but unemployed will lead many to despair and to choose desperate routes in the Middle East and beyond, he warned. “We can choose to close our eyes to this but we should be aware of what the landscape will look like when we open them again,” Mr. Krähenbühl said, emphasizing that the agency requires the support of existing and new partners and that financing its work must be seen as an investment rather than a burden. “But humanitarian aid is not a substitute for human dignity and human rights. Palestinians deserve a just and lasting solution,’ he added. read more

Global new car market grows 46 in 2014 – IHS Automotive data

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Global passenger vehicle sales were up sharply once again at the end of the year (up 5.1%), lifting the growth rate for the year to 4.6%.A majority of the worldwide growth (5.1%) last month was generated in the US and in China, although two Western European markets, Spain and Germany, did finish the year strong. Even the Russian market, which has been in freefall in recent months, was able to manage a gain in December. In all, global new registrations came to almost 79 million units in 2014 (up 4.6%).Sales in the Asia/Pacific region were up significantly once again in December (up 9.4%). That region posted the strongest growth last year (7.9%). Growth was driven primarily by the growth of the Chinese market (2014: up 12.8%).Low-cost financing and end-of-year sales campaigns, as well as the low price of oil, boosted demand sharply in December in the NAFTA region as well. New registra-tions in this region were up a total of 5.8% from the year before in 2014.Sales in Latin America were down by double digits once again (down 12.8% in December and 9.4% YTD). Sales in the region’s two largest markets, Argentina andespecially Brazil were down sharply from the year before once again.Sales in Western Europe were up by 3.0% in December, and by around 4.9% in 2014 as strong demand in Spain (incentives) and Germany more than made up for losses in France and the Netherlands. Russian sales were up in December (up 2.4%) thanks to a sales incentives program, as well as fears that prices will continue to rise. This gain mitigated the slump in Eastern Europe (down 0.6% in December, down 7.7% in 2014). 2015: 80.6 million new registrations expectedGlobal new registrations in 2015 will be up about 2.2% from 2014. This will mark yet another record high, although the rate of growth will go down.The forecast for the NAFTA region has been raised, while the outlook for Russia has been cut by a significant amount.New registrations in the NAFTA region are expected to climb once again, to around 19.7 million units (up 2.6%). Sales in the Latin American markets, on the other hand, will decrease to a total of about 5.3 million units (down 1.4%).In Eastern Europe, sales will actually be down by double digits (down 12.9%), as the region’s key market, Russia, will continue to suffer from the effects of the Crimean crisis (flight of capital out of the country, sanctions), a weak currency and the low price of oil.New registrations in the Asia/Pacific region will be up 4.4% this year over 2014. This rate of growth is moderate compared to the growth rates we have seen in recent years. The region’s growth engine, the Chinese market, will grow by just single digits this year.Passenger vehicle demand in Western Europe will be up once again in 2015 (up 2.0%), but political and economic uncertainty on the continent will remain high, inhibiting the region’s outlook. Growth will also be restrained by the expiration of the sales incentives in Spain, the modest strength of the recovery in France and the stabilization of the British market.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

NYC marks 20th anniversary of first World Trade bombing

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first_imgA BELL TOLLED and a moment of silence was held earlier today to honour six people who died 20 years ago in the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.The ceremony was held at the 9/11 memorial, where the twin towers were destroyed eight years later. About 50 people, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor David Dinkins, attended.The moment of silence was observed at 12:18 pm, the time when a truck bomb was detonated below the north tower. The victims’ names were read by family members before bagpipers played Amazing Grace.More than 1,000 people were injured in the 1993 blast in an underground garage below one of the towers. It was the first dramatic demonstration that “terrorism is theatre and New York is the biggest stage,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said last week.Six Islamic extremists were convicted of carrying out the bombing, including mastermind Ramzi Yousef. The 2001 attack brought down the World Trade Center, where more than 2,700 people died.At first, officials assumed the explosion on a chilly day was an accident. The initial report to police that day called it an apparent transformer explosion at the trade center.Kelly raced to the scene, where the bomb planted in a parked Ryder van had left a crater half the size of a football field in the trade center garage, causing more than a half-billion dollars in damage.“I remember seeing this tremendous sea of first-responder vehicles … and smoke was coming out,” said Kelly, who was on his first stint as police commissioner.The trade center stood in the darkness that night for the first time since it opened in 1973.It was only the next day, after a utility mishap was ruled out, that authorities “started to come to the conclusion it was bomb,” Kelly said.Investigators then found a vehicle identification number on a piece of the blown-up van that they traced to Mohammed Salameh, who had rented the van.Read: Minister speaks of ‘very moving’ memorial on 9/11 anniversarylast_img read more

Families who had discretionary medical card revoked already will not get them

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first_imgUpdated 22:45THOSE WHO HAVE been told that their discretionary medical cards are under review will retain their cover, according to the HSE’s National Director of Primary Care John Hennessy.Speaking on RTÉ Morning Ireland, he said that the announcement made by Junior Health Minister Alex White about the suspension on the review for existing discretionary medical cards will include those undergoing appeals at the moment.“It means they will be included… they will get benefit from the measure…”He clarified that those who hold a discretionary medical at the moment are also covered and their cover will not be reviewed.Giving them backHowever, the concern for families is that for those who were in receipt of a discretionary medical card in the past, but who have since had it revoked – those people will not have their discretionary medical card awarded back to them, under this measure.Speaking about “retrospection” Hennessy said that those “who have lost their card some time ago is more difficult to work through” stating that the legal position is that it is not legally possible to restore those cards.Speaking about the expert panel that is to be appointed to draw up a list of conditions that would be covered for a discretionary medical card, he said that the panel will be appointed in the coming days.Hennessy said that “initial contact” had been made with some people yesterday and said that there would be a “clinical” presence on the panel.Make-up of panelHowever, while he said that patient advocacy and parents groups would be liaised with, he said the detail of the make-up of the panel was not yet known.When pressed to answer when he was asked to review the issue of discretionary medical cards, Hennessy said it was something they were aware of “for some time”.Hennessy added that he hoped that it would “not be a lengthy process but we don’t want it to be rushed either”.“The important thing here is get it right,” he said.The review of normal medical cards is set to continue.The announcement yesterday was only in relation to discretionary medical cards, that fall under the remit of the Health Act 1970, in which the term “undue financial hardship” is used to gauge whether a family should be awarded a discretionary medical card.Originally published 1:00.Read: Alex White denies presiding over medical card review, says it was a joint decision>Read: Discretionary medical card review process to stop immediately>last_img read more

An oldie but a goldie People feel more attractive after 65 than

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first_imgFOR THOSE WORRIED about the aging process, there may be reason for optimism. A new study has shown that those aged 65 and older feel more confident about their looks than those aged between 18 and 34.Published this month as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the study found that two thirds of those surveyed aged 65 or older agreed or strongly agreed that they always felt good about their appearance. This was compared with 61% of 18-34 year-olds.The study showed that there is a drop off in confidence in middle-age, with only 54% reported feeling good about their appearance.With a sample of more that 80,000, the survey was carried out in the United States in the first six months of this year.A survey carried out last month found that Irish women aged 45 and up were the most confident about their body and appearance. The study also found that almost half of Irish females felt that body hang ups had affected their careers.READ: The ‘Hairy Legs Club’ is telling women it’s OK not to shave – and it’s causing uproarREAD: How much should you spend on fitness every month?last_img read more

La mangouste possède un langage bien plus complexe quon ne pense

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first_imgLa mangouste possède un langage bien plus complexe qu’on ne penseDes chercheurs suisses ont étudié les mangoustes rayées en Ouganda et ont montré que ces mammifères structurent leurs appels pour leur donner un véritable sens, un peu comme les humains utilisent voyelles et consonnes pour structurer les syllabes qu’ils prononcent. “Concaténation segmentaire de signatures individuelles et d’indices contextuels dans les appels de proximité de la mangouste rayée (Mungos mungo)” : sous ce titre compliqué, l’étude menée par des biologistes comportementaux de l’Université de Zurich montre ni plus ni moins que ces petits mammifères africains ont un véritable langage.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est en observant des mangoustes sauvages baguées dans une station de recherche d’Ouganda que les chercheurs Marta Manser et David Jansen ont fait leur étonnante découverte. Pour cela, ils ont utilisé une combinaison d’observations comportementales détaillées, d’enregistrements et d’analyses acoustiques de cris de ces animaux. Chacun de ces appels dure 50 à 150 millisecondes et peut être assimilé à une simple ‘syllabe’.Mais malgré leur brièveté, ces appels monosyllabiques présentent plusieurs unités vocales temporellement distinctes : “le son initial de l’appel fournit des informations sur l’identité de l’individu qui l’émet”, explique Jansen. La seconde partie de l’appel, elle, similaire à une voyelle, indique l’activité courante de l’animal. Les mangoustes structurent donc des syllabes simples – un peu comme le font voyelles et consonnes dans le langage humain.C’est la première étude à mettre ce genre d’aptitude en évidence. Mais d’autres animaux (grenouilles et chauves-souris, par exemple) en seraient également capables, estiment les auteurs. “L’exemple des mangoustes rayées montre que les expressions sonores animales, soi-disant simples, pourrait être beaucoup plus complexes qu’on ne l’avait cru possible”, concluent-ils. Le 13 janvier 2013 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Now they want Pogba in Bolivia

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first_imgThe French World Cup champion received an official letter to visit Robore, the city where his girlfriend was born inPaul Pogba seems to be rumored to go to a new club every day now.First it was Barcelona who reports said wanted to acquire the services of the Manchester United footballer.And now, the French World Cup champion has received an official letter to visit Bolivia.“We made send him an invitation signed by authorities and institutions of our society,” the major of Robore city said.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.On this small town in Bolivia his girlfriend Maria Zulay Salaues was born, and they hope she pressures him to accept the invitation.On the report by Diario Olé, the major of Rebore added:“It will be an event for the ages, and all of Robore will remember it always.”“Even more our children and youngster that feel the pasion in the competitions they try to overcome,” the letter added.last_img read more

ASAAP Meeting Focuses on Trade

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first_imgMembers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) Action Partnership (ASAAP) met in Washington, D.C. last week for discussion focused on trade and market access. The meeting included the Canadian, Mexican and Asia Pacific perspectives. Additionally, members engaged in industry dialogue and updates.The ASA Action Partnership (ASAAP) is a collaborative effort of all soybean industry sectors with a stake in the growth and profitability of the industry. The forum provides the opportunity for ASA’s state affiliates, state and national checkoff organizations, industry partners and national grower leaders to engage in critical industry focused dialogue.The D.C. meeting is one of two annual meetings of the group. The next meeting is Aug. 22 – 24, 2017.For more information about ASAAP and its members, please click here.last_img read more

Recapping the 2014 Eddie Ozzie Awards

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first_imgIn the digital space, Hanley Wood, LLC took home several B2B category awards for Architecture Magazine, including Use of Twitter and Overall Use of Social Media.To view the complete list of honorable mentions and winners, visit the Eddie & Ozzie Awards website. Nearly 300 magazine media professionals gathered to celebrate industry achievements in editorial and design at FOLIO:’s 2014 Eddie & Ozzie Awards breakfast at The Yale Club in New York City on Thursday. More than 230 awards were handed out across the entire publishing spectrum including B2B, consumer and association publishers. A majority of the awards were centered on print, but more than 60 were dedicated to digital excellence. The “Top Places to Work in Media” were also recognized during the breakfast and included companies such as Northstar Travel Media and Kargo. Several consumer titles were honored with multiple awards this year. Meredith Corporation took home numerous awards for several of their brands, including Allrecipes, Diabetic Living, Parents and More magazine.National Geographic led the way in the Association/Non-Profit (Consumer) categories, winning four awards for National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Traveler. Time Inc. also snagged a few design awards for cover design, feature design and overall design.last_img read more

Adani Group partners with Saab to supply UAVs military copters for Indian

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first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Indian conglomerate Adani Group’s defence and aerospace division has joined hands with Swedish defence giant Saab to produce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters for the Indian Army.The joint venture was focusing on developing “foundational capabilities” to produce a wide-range of products in the aerospace sector for the domestic as well as export markets, Asish Rajvanshi, head of the Adani Group’s defence and aerospace division told PTI.Earlier in September, both the companies had announced collaboration in defence manufacturing, which involves billions of dollars of investment.Commenting on the collaboration, Jan Widerstrom, chairman and managing director of Saab Group’s India operation, said that the joint venture is not just eyeing lucrative fighter jet deal but also looking forward to tapping other areas of the defence sector.The joint venture aims in developing a world-class ecosystem for the aerospace sector in India. Both Rajvanshi and Widerstrom said the joint venture was aiming at building unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), military helicopters and various other aerospace components and equipment for the Indian armed force, the news agency reported.”We have started the journey of building foundational capabilities…We will pursue the UAV programme, the helicopter programme,” Rajvanshi told PTI.The joint venture is also eyeing the billion-dollar deal for supplying single-engine fighter jets to the Indian Air Force. The Indian government is set to start the process soon for procuring a fleet of single-engine fighters for the IAF. ndian army soldiers bring down the body of a colleague from a helicopter after an avalanche, before a wreath-laying ceremony in Srinagar February 25, 2012.ReutersAfter Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, the government has opened the defence sector for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) through initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and “strategic partnership policy”.Under the country’s new defence partnership policy, a foreign aircraft maker will need to collaborate with an Indian firm to develop a cutting-edge indigenous aeronautical base, the Reuters report suggests.In September 2016, the government had signed a 7.87 billion Euro (around Rs 59,000 crore) deal with the French government for the purchase of 36 Rafale twin-engine fighter jets. The supply of Rafale jets is scheduled to start from September 2019. Closecenter_img IAF does not have enough fighter jets, says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa last_img read more

Nintendo NES modded to become 8bit breathalyzer

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first_imgThe Nintendo Entertainment System is a favorite amongst modders, but the mods usually involve getting the console to work either by converting it into a handheld unit, or going big and turning a controller into a coffee table. We’ve also seen the NES turned into a guitar, a controller becoming a belt buckle, and most recently a new game created based on the Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby.Batsly Adams, an electrical engineer from New York, decided on a NES project that isn’t just for fun, it actually has a serious purpose. The end result is called DrunkenNES and sees the NES acting as a working breathalyzer.Adams needed to both mod the hardware and write some software to get DrunkenNES to work. The device the user blows air into consists of a modified wired controller, NES cartridge, and breathalyzer mechanism. The breathalyzer sits inside the cartidge which has been attached to the controller unit. The user then blows into the hole in the base of the cartridge for several seconds to record a reading.The software on the NES, written in machine code by Adams, then anaylzes the reading to see how inebriated the person is. With the help of Emi Spicer for graphics, and Kris Keyser for audio, the result is brought up on screen giving the user a rating such as “Buzzy Bee” or “Party Kitten” along with a representative character as far as we can tell. There’s also an Alco-Hall of Fame to show who tops the chart for most intoxicated.While a lot of fun, it also acts as fun way to actually check after a party if you really are in a fit state to drive home. Blowing air into a NES cartridge is actually fun and amusing compared to the alternative of being stopped by the police and having to do a bunch of tests with someone watching your every move.Read more at Motherboardlast_img read more

A twist in the tale

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first_imgHow paradoxical are our lives are!  We live in a conservative society in a modern country. There are some who dare to experiment with unconventional things while there are others who prefer to remain behind closed doors.Madhav Mehta belongs to the former category. This 22-year-old theatre artist has come out with his directorial debut, titled Kasturba Panda ki Pantie. The 75 minute production is presented by Epic Shit Entertainment.The play is the story of Kasturba, the frustrated wife of a failed businessman named Ranjan Panda. Since his business isn’t doing good, he plans  to rent out parts of his Sundar Nagar home but does not find too many takers. One day Kasturba gets to know that superstar Salman Khan will be coming to the famous Sundar Nagar Diwali mela. Kasturba, being a huge Sallu fan, rushes to the mela to catch a glimpse of the superstar. As she stretches on her tiptoes to get a good view of the man, her petticoat and panties slip off. And all of a sudden, the number of parties interested in taking up Ranjan’s rental offer skyrockets. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play is a one-man show, played by Farhad Colabavala who dresses as all the different characters in the play. It is a narration followed by dialogue. ‘It’s a solo performance by Farhad which explores the state of a modern, conservative, married Indian woman in Delhi. I have known Farhad for four years and we have done theatre together. I adapted this play only keeping him in mind,’ said Madhav.’Doing this one-man show has been challenging, but overall a very enriching experience. Switching between characters without losing the flow has been a learning experience, which has helped me evolve as an actor. It’s been a really fun process, working with such a great team of people backed by an absolutely hilarious script,’ said Farhad. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMadhav says his play is not meant for the general theatregoers. ‘To begin with, the story is not in your usual play format. This format requires the play to be much tighter, with acting at a different plane to hold the attention of the audience. It belongs to an adult comedy genre and also caters to feminist thoughts at the same time,’ he said.And that must be noted.DETAILAt: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place When: 22-24 February Timings: 4 pm and 8 pm Tickets: Rs 400last_img read more

Woman killed 5 injured as car hits dumper

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first_imgKolkata: A woman was killed and three of her family members along with two others received injuries, some of them critically when the private car they were traveling in hit a dumper.The incident took place in Jamuria area of Asansol on early Wednesday morning. All the injured victims were rushed to a hospital in Asansol. According to the hospital sources, two of the injured victims are stated to be very critical. The deceased has been identified as Sudeshna Sarkar. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice said Jayanta Sarkar, a resident of Andal’s Bahula area was taking his mother Dipali Sarkar to Asansol for consulting a doctor on early Wednesday morning. His wife Sudeshna and his 6-year-old son were also accompanying them. It was learnt that there were two of his neighbours travelling in the car one of who was driving the car when the accident took place.According to police, the accident took place at Tapasi when the car rammed into a dumper. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe frontal portion of the car was damaged in the accident. Locals heard a loud thud and rushed to the spot to find that the injured persons were wreathing in pain inside the car, a portion of which was damaged due to the intensity of the accident. After being informed, police reached the spot and rescued the victims some of whom were taken to a hospital in Ranigunge while the others were rushed to a hospital in Asansol.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the accident might have occurred when the driver had fallen asleep. Police are, however, looking into all possible angles into the accident. The circumstantial evidences suggest that the car was running at a high speed when it hit the dumper coming from the opposite direction. Sudeshna Sarkar was taken to a hospital in Ranigunge along with two others while the doctors pronounced her brought dead. Other three members of the Sarkar family have been undergoing treatment in an Asansol hospital.Police have seized both the vehicles while the driver of the dumber has fled the spot immediately after the accident. A probe has been initiated by the police in this regard.last_img read more

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