Royal Canadian Mint issues coin commemorating Nunavuts 20th anniversary

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Canada’s newest territory is now two decades old and the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a collector coin in honour of Nunavut’s anniversary.The coin is made of 99.99 per cent pure gold mined at facilities near Baker Lake and Hope Bay.It features the drummer design by Germaine Arnaktauyok that was on the $2 coin when Nunavut became a territory in 1999.Only 1,500 coins are being minted, and it will cost $360 to buy one.last_img

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Spy agencies to explore Facebook data scandal as Canada hints at tougher

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is turning to its spy agency and high-tech cybersleuths to ensure the privacy rights of Canadians are being protected as revelations swirl about Facebook data being exploited for political gain.And Scott Brison, the acting minister for democratic institutions, also said Tuesday he would be open to strengthening federal privacy laws even further to better defend those who share their information online.Federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien, meanwhile, formally launched an investigation to determine whether any personal information of Canadians was affected by the alleged unauthorized access to Facebook user profiles.Brison was responding to revelations by Canadian data expert Christopher Wylie, who is accusing data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica of improperly obtaining private data from Facebook users in order to help advance Donald Trump’s campaign efforts ahead of the U.S. election.Policy-makers around the world are grappling with the implications following media reports that data collected by Facebook and other social-media companies is being harvested and used to influence elections.Recent reports by The New York Times and The Observer of London say Trump’s 2016 campaign hired Cambridge Analytica, which crunched private information it inappropriately collected from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users.Wylie, who worked for the federal Liberals about a decade ago, has said in media interviews that the company used the information to profile voters and has alleged the company took fake news to the next level. The company denies any wrongdoing.Facebook’s alleged data seepage has created worries in Canada, where the country’s largest provinces are set to go to the polls this year and a federal election sits on the horizon for 2019.“We’ve reached out as a department of democratic institutions to (the Communications Security Establishment) to ask them to do an analysis of these recent events and to consider other ways that we can further strengthen the protection of our democratic institutions,” Brison said.“Social media platforms have a responsibility to protect the privacy and personal data of citizens, and to protect the integrity of our electoral system where they operate.”Brison said he planned to meet with CSE and also the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the national domestic spy service, to consider the global environment and assess threats to the electoral system and the protection of personal information.And while he said Canada already has strong privacy laws, Brison said he’d be open to making further changes if necessary.The government has also contacted Facebook to find out if any Canadians were among those affected by the data breach and to call on the company to explain how it will ensure this kind of event doesn’t happen again, said a spokeswoman for Brison.New Democrat MP Charlie Angus said Monday that if information giants like Facebook have the potential to distort the outcome of elections, they need to be held to account. He added that Facebook has a legal international responsibility to protect users’ information from bad actors looking to use it for nefarious purposes.“Facebook seems to have a very cavalier attitude towards the protection of private information,” Angus said.“What’s come out of the allegations against Cambridge Analytica was the ability to subvert Facebook to use the stories, the chats that people have, to create the perfect propaganda machine.”Angus said the time has come for the creation of a global framework to deal with social-media companies that hold vast stores of personal information —and he wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise the issue when Canada hosts the G7 summit in June.During question period Tuesday, Trudeau said he intends to do that and, indeed, has already had many discussions in the past with his G7 counterparts about privacy issues and democratic concerns related to social-media companies.The international uproar triggered earlier this week by Wylie had already motivated privacy watchdog Therrien to reach out to Facebook to determine whether the personal information of Canadians was affected and to offer to assist an investigation into the matter already launched by the U.K. information commissioner’s officeOn Tuesday, Therrien said he’s opened a formal investigation, which will focus on whether Canadians were affected and whether Facebook has complied with Canada’s federal private sector privacy law — the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act which requires meaningful, informed consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.In a statement, Therrien noted that political parties are not covered by privacy laws even though they collect large amounts of highly personal information about citizens, such as details on how they vote, their age, religious and cultural backgrounds. The laws are “in urgent need of reform,” he said, reiterating his oft-repeated call for stronger privacy protection.Political parties in Canada have also used tools offered by Facebook to target advertisements to voters, however there’s no evidence of anything similar to the allegations around Cambridge Analytica.Facebook has denied the data collection was a breach because people knowingly provided their information. The company has said a University of Cambridge psychology professor accessed the information after he requested it from users who gave their consent when they chose to sign up for his test via a Facebook app.On Monday, Facebook said it hired a digital forensics firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica to determine if the Facebook data the company collected still exists or if it’s been destroyed. Cambridge Analytica agreed to give the auditor complete access to its servers and systems, Facebook said.Newspaper reports have said Facebook first learned of the breach more than two years ago, but didn’t disclose it until now.Cambridge Analytica has “strongly denied” the allegations that it had improperly obtained Facebook data. It has also denied that the Facebook data was used by the Trump campaign.The company has also insisted Wylie was a contractor, not a founder, as he has claimed. Wylie, a 28-year-old from British Columbia, left the firm in 2014.Trump’s campaign has denied using the Cambridge Analytica’s data, saying it relied on the Republican National Committee for its information.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Associated Presslast_img read more

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15 Bert Bowes Students surprised by West Jet

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of ‘Students for Change” at Bert Bowes Middle school were surprised with flights to an upcoming event in Vancouver for WE Day.West Jet, working with the ‘WE’ organization, chose these students to receive this incentive as Bert Bowes students showed excellent local and global work during the last school year. West Jet and ‘WE’ want to give deserving students from rural and remote communities the opportunity to participate in this inspiring day.WE Day, held in Vancouver on November 22nd, is for Changemakers, this is a powerful experience that brings youth and students together to participate and be inspired by world-renowned speakers and performers The announcement was made in the school’s library where the chairs were set like rows in an airplane with the projector set at the front, as the students entered the room each was handed a boarding pass and told to take a seat.  The presentation started, it was styled like a safety instructional video as seen on an aircraft.The presentation would reveal to the students that they had been chosen by West Jet to receive these flights and would also be given an upgraded experience for their trip to the WE Day celebration.  This would include upgraded accommodation as well as being on the floor of the event rather than Stadium seating.Also included in the upgrade, is the invitation for student Brianna Rogerson to be on stage. As the spokesperson for Bert Bowes ‘Students for Change’ she will share with all the attendees of the WE Day Celebrations what their school has done to create change. Rogerson was chosen for this position as she has given years of service to her group and her leadership skills to help the group earn WE day tickets.Bert Bowes started WE School campaigns within the school in 2012, to raise awareness of global and local issues, creating change, and commitment.  The WE organization website says ‘When we come together we can create a better world. Through a positive social change in the community and around the world.’ This is a movement to inspire youth to act and they can make a change in their world.Student Brianna Rogerson travels from the Education Learning Centre (ELC) campus to participate with the “Student to Change’ group.  She says “last year we took the bus and were gone from the school for a week and this time it will be two days which will be a help” Rogerson goes on to say “It’s so much different from last year, like we were up on the balcony seats and I kind of thought, I wish one day Bert Bowes gets the chance to go on the floor with all the schools and to have this happen the next year it’s like amazing, it’s like a dream come true.”last_img read more

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TSX Wall Street surge as oil prices rise

TORONTO — Stock markets in Toronto and New York racked up gains Monday amid higher oil prices and renewed investor confidence in global economic growth.On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX index closed up 32.23 points at 12,845.63 after pulling back from intraday highs. The commodity-heavy Toronto Stock Exchange got a lift as the April contract for North American benchmark crude settled $1.64 higher at US$33.39 a barrel.The Canadian dollar also benefited, rising 0.30 of a U.S. cent to 72.93 cents US.Part of the catalyst for the oil rally was due to a report from the International Energy Agency, which said the pace of global supply growth is dwindling as energy companies slash production to tighten their balance sheets.“The fact that we’re continuing to see those (supply) numbers come down means production is likely going to be reined in,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“This decline in oil (prices) has been a combination of the supply and demand factors. Slowing Chinese economy has obviously dampened the outlook for demand growth, coupled with production, not only in Canada, but in the U.S. and in parts of the Middle East (that) has continued to increase. That’s weighed heavily on markets.”Volatility in the price of oil and in stock markets is expected continue for some time, even though investors have shown optimism in recent weeks compared with the lows seen in equities at the start of the year.“This rebound is quite warranted. The economics and fundamentals globally are not spectacular but they’re not a disaster either,” said Fehr, who described the sell-off in January as “overdone.”What will drive the market higher over the long term will be better economic data coming from the U.S. and China, which may lead to better corporate earnings.“Those are the two key catalysts that will put a floor on this market and probably allow markets to grind higher over time,” said Fehr. “In the meantime, volatility is going to remain the key word when it comes to stock prices.”Elsewhere in commodities, March copper shot up four cents to US$2.11 a pound, while April natural gas was virtually unchanged at US$1.86 per mmBtu. The April contract for gold bullion lost some of its shine, falling $20.70 to US$1,210.10 a troy ounce.In New York, the widely watched Dow Jones industrial average soared 228.67 points or 1.40 per cent to 16,620.66, while the broader S&P 500 added 27.72 points or 1.45 per cent to 1,945.50. The Nasdaq jumped 66.18 points or 1.47 per cent to 4,570.61. read more

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Recent events in Middle East hopefully new start on road to peace

With violence between Israelis and Palestinians having declined since a meeting between their two leaders in Egypt earlier in the year, “We hope that in the near future Prime Minister (Ariel) Sharon and President (Mahmoud) Abbas will continue the dialogue they began in Sharm el-Sheikh,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast said during his monthly briefing on the Middle East.”The doubts and suspicions on both sides may be understandable. But they need to be addressed through constructive engagement and sustained bilateral contacts,” he said.The level of violence since the summit was still below the level before the meeting, but reports indicated a slow but steady increase in violent incidents, “compounding a corresponding deterioration in trust and confidence between the two sides,” he said.To meet Israel’s legitimate security concerns, the Palestinian Authority must produce tangible results from its strengthened efforts to end violent activities, while Israel should do more to support the Palestinians in a difficult task, he said.It would be difficult for the Palestinian Authority to undertake sustained, and sustainable, action on security unless it is aided and supported in its efforts to rein in the militants, and Israel’s reported approval of the deployment of hundreds of Palestinian police in West Bank cities was a significant step forward, he said.At the 9 May meeting in Moscow, representatives of the Quartet working to restore peace to the Middle East – the UN, United States, European Union and Russia – asserted once more their commitment to the two-state solution and to Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the northern West Bank as a way of re-energizing the Road Map to peace, he said.He noted that the continued construction of the Israel’s barrier on the West Bank cut deeply into Palestinian territory and that on Monday, the Israeli High Court of Justice rescinded the temporary injunctions that it had imposed on its erection.Meanwhile, unemployment among Palestinians increased slightly to 32 per cent in the first quarter of this year, leading to protest marches by the unemployed in Gaza. “We hope that the programme in preparation by the Quartet’s Special Envoy will make a significant contribution to alleviating the effects of the continued crisis,”‘ he said, referring to former World Bank President James Wolfensohn.The other envoys with mandates to assist with the implementation of the Road Map peace plan are Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Alvaro de Soto, US Envoy David Welsh and the US Security Coordinator for the withdrawal, Gen. William Ward.On Lebanon, he said a UN electoral team was there to help with technical issues for the 29 May parliamentary elections.He also confirmed that Detlev Mehlis, the head of the International Independent Investigation Commission probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri would go to Lebanon shortly.Mr. Mehlis’ staff would follow on a rolling basis and would work as quickly as possible, he added.Mr. Prendergast also expressed concern about rising tensions along the Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon, especially the exchange of fire last week, saying, “The risk was great that events could spiral out of control.” read more

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Suncor Energy sees increased production and lower capital spending next year

CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) says production is expected to increase next year, but the company plans to reduce its capital spending.The energy company says average production for 2017 is expected to be between 680,000 to 720,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.Capital spending is budgeted for between $4.8 billion and $5.2 billion.Suncor says the midpoints of these ranges represent a year-over-year increase to production of more than 13 per cent and a reduction to capital spending of approximately $1 billion.Approximately 40 per cent of the 2017 capital spending plan will be spent on upstream growth projects, including Fort Hills and Hebron.The remaining 60 per cent will go toward sustaining capital in the upstream, downstream and corporate segments. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 17, 2016 5:10 am MDT Last Updated Nov 17, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Suncor Energy sees increased production and lower capital spending next year read more

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Dr James Borchers named Director of Medical Services

Dr. James Borchers is the head team physician for OSU athletics and Director of Medical Services for The Ohio State Univeristy Wexner Medical Center. Credit: Courtesy of OSU Department of AthleticsLast week, Dr. James Borchers was named head team physician for the Ohio State Department of Athletics. In the new position, Borchers will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of other team physicians and ensuring that every varsity student-athlete receives the best possible care.Borchers said he is excited to take on the challenges of the new position. He started in his new role on Sept. 22.“It’s very humbling,” Borchers said. “It’s a position that I think I’ve prepared for and am really looking forward to doing. It means a lot for me in my career development, and it means a lot for me doing it here at Ohio State.”Dr. Christopher Kaeding, executive director of sports medicine at OSU, decided that with the recent expansions of the sports medicine program, it would benefit from someone heading the team physicians.“With the expansion of our program and the increase in demands, regulation and bureaucracy and the caring for a Division I collegiate athletic program, we need to expand our personnel and resources to meet those needs,” Kaeding said.And for Kaeding, Borchers was a shoe-in for the job. “I think he has a passion for the job,” Kaeding said. “He has 12 years of experience, and he understands and is very good at implementing the team concept of caring for the student athletes.”Borchers has been working at Ohio State for 12 years, but his time as a Buckeye started long before his time in the sports medicine program. After leaving his hometown of Bellbrook, Ohio, Borchers played center and long snapper for the OSU football team from 1989 to 1993. But, as a player, Borchers was still a bit unsure about what the future had in store for him.“At that time when I played, I had an interest in medicine, but I also had some other interests and I didn’t really, at that point, have it figured out that that’s what I wanted to do,” Borchers said. “But certainly we had great team physicians back then, and I really appreciated the care I got. And I think as I went on and went to medical school and got involved in medicine, I really appreciated it more.”After graduating from OSU, Borchers went on to the Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine, where he received his M.D. He completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Toledo Athletic Department from 2000 to 2004. Since then, Borchers has been providing care to varsity athletes at his alma mater in the role of team physician.While working as a physician, Borchers completed his master’s of public health at Ohio State in 2008, a degree that has done a lot to benefit him in his line of work.“It’s been helpful as a sports medicine physician because although we are concerned about individual athletes, often times we are making decisions, too, that affect teams and groups of people and looking for ways to help treat certain injury types or prevent certain injury types so it really has been helpful for me with my career,” Borchers said.Over the last two years, Borchers has had a more advanced role in the sports medicine field, serving the program at OSU as lead physician, associate professor, and division director of sports medicine.To Kaeding, Borchers’ promotion serves more as a new title than new tasks to complete.“It’s actually a very small jump from being the director of clinical operations to being the head team physician,” Kaeding said. “He’s essentially been doing the majority of the job as head team physician already; we’re just recognizing him with the formal title.”But the new title does come with some additional responsibilities. In addition to overseeing other team physicians, Borchers will serve as the executor of the policies decided on by the Ohio State Sports Medicine Administrative Group. According to Kaeding, the group has to “formulate the policies and procedures for the care of the athletes.”The group is an “intersection where the medical center and athletic department meet” and it consists of Janine Oman, senior associate athletics director for student services and sport administration, and Doug Calland, associate athletic director for sport performance, along with Kaeding and Borchers. Looking ahead, Borchers has a few goals in mind.“Primarily, first and foremost, (our goal) is to make certain that we’re leaders in advancing health and safety for our student athletes,” Borchers said. “We want to make certain that we are staying on the forefront of everything we can do to promote health and safety for our student athletes and be advocates for them.”Borchers said being at the top of sports health care and providing a friendly and helpful atmosphere is key to the success.“Secondarily, we want to make certain that we’re providing an environment where we are doing all that we can to help these student athletes be accessible to the things they love to do,” Borchers continued. “And so we have to help work within our multidisciplinary team to make that happen and if I can provide some leadership in that area, I will be happy to accomplish it.” read more

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Europe to the rescue

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 16 countries of the Eurozone agreed on Thursday night to support the French-German rescue plan for the Greek economy. The two countries had announced shortly before the Eurogroup meeting that they had come to a compromise solution regarding the aid package that would be established to help Greece.The Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou expressed his satisfaction with the developments stressing the fact that the sacrifices of the Greek people are producing results adding that this decision signifies an important moment for Europe. The point of contention in the deliberations that preceded the agreement was the question of who would play the major role in case of a needed economic bailout of Greece, namely would it be a primary European solution or an International Monetary Fund (IMF) one. The agreement stipulates there will be a European framework with coordinated loans that are going to be contributed by the member states only to be supplemented by IMF loans. The agreement was reached during the meeting that French President, Nicola Sarkozy had with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel ahead of the Eurogroup meeting.“The struggles and sacrifices of the Greek people are bearing fruit. The policy of responsibility is being vindicated. We are safe,” Mr Papandreou immediately after the conclusion of the meeting of European leaders. “The European Union came across a tremendous challenge and raised itself to the occasion,” he added stressing the fact that through this decision Europe does not only protects Greece but also protects its cohesion and common currency. “Europe and Greece alongside are coming out stronger from this crisis.”Commenting on the handling of the situation on the part of the Greek government he said: “We moved with prudence, caution, and decisiveness. We[the government] are on a march with the Greek people. We convinced [them] that they are dealing with a credible Greece that has a plan for its [future] course.”He further expressed his determination to solve Greece’s problem through major economic and social changes and to create the neccessary conditions for a secure environment in the country.last_img read more

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Bruxelles pas de changement concernant la loi sur la pollution des avions

first_imgBruxelles : pas de changement concernant la loi sur la pollution des avionsLa Chine a beau contester la loi européenne contraignant les compagnies aériennes à participer à l’achat d’une partie des émissions de CO2 de leurs appareils, Bruxelles n’est pas décidé à changer sa loi qui vient tout juste d’entrer en vigueur le 1er janvier dernier.Face à la décision de la Chine de ne pas coopérer avec l’Union Européenne et sa nouvelle loi sur la pollution du trafic aérien, Bruxelles a fait part de sa première résolution pour l’année 2012, à savoir, faire appliquer la loi quoiqu’il advienne. Les Européens entendent ainsi obliger toutes les compagnies aériennes procédant à des vols au départ ou à destination de l’Europe, quelle que soit leur nationalité, à acheter l’équivalent de 15% de leurs émissions de CO2, soit près de 32 millions de tonnes, afin de lutter contre le réchauffement climatique. À lire aussiLa tragique histoire de l’homme évacué d’un avion à cause de son odeurIsaac Valero-Ladron, porte-parole de la commissaire chargée du Climat, Connie Hedegaard a déclaré : “quand un Chinois veut ouvrir un restaurant en Europe, il doit respecter la législation européenne. Si une compagnie aérienne veut opérer en Europe, elle doit respecter la législation européenne, il faut respecter la législation environnementale”. “Nous n’allons pas modifier notre législation. Nous n’allons pas faire marche arrière”, a-t-il insisté cité par le site Goodplanet.info.Selon M. Valero-Ladron, le coût de cette nouvelle mesure pour une compagnie aérienne s’élèverait “entre un et deux dollars par passager” pour un vol aller New York-Londres. Mais elle devrait rapporter quelques 256 millions d’euros en 2012, selon la Commission européenne. Dans le cas où les compagnies ne respecteraient pas la législation, elles seraient sanctionnées dès le 30 avril 2013 par des amendes de 100 euros par tonnes de CO2. Elles pourraient également être interdites de vol dans toute l’Union européenne.Le 7 janvier 2012 à 16:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Deepwater Horizon BP accusé au procès davoir méprisé la sécurité

first_imgDeepwater Horizon : BP accusé au procès d’avoir méprisé la sécuritéLe procès du groupe pétrolier BP s’est ouvert lundi, presque trois ans après l’explosion de sa plateforme Deepwater Horizon au large de La Nouvelle-Orléans. Le groupe a été accusé de laxisme sur la sécurité.Le 20 avril 2010, la plateforme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon du géant pétrolier BP explosait, au large de La Nouvelle-Orléans. S’en est suivie une énorme marée noire qui a eu des conséquences considérables. Un peu moins de trois ans, le procès s’est ainsi ouvert, aux Etats-Unis, et le gouvernement américain a annoncé vouloir apporter la preuve de “l’existence d’un problème général d’imprudence dans cette entreprise” et qu’une “culture du mépris de la sécurité” ont conduit à cette catastrophe, à l’origine de la marée noire la plus grave de l’histoire du pays. En l’absence d’accord à l’amiable, ce procès pourrait toutefois durer des mois. Selon le Wall Street Journal, les autorités américaines auraient proposé à BP de payer 16 milliards de dollars pour mettre un terme à ces poursuites civiles mais celui-ci aurait refusé. Dès le premier jour, l’avocat des autorités fédérales, Michael Underhill, a ainsi accusé le groupe de laxisme au niveau de la sécurité. “Des actions dangereuses étaient tolérées, parfois encouragées par BP pour économiser le moindre dollar”, a-t-il déclaré devant le tribunal fédéral de La Nouvelle-Orléans. “A chaque occasion, BP a joué le temps et l’argent au détriment de la sécurité dans le fonctionnement de ce [qu’un employé] a appelé le puits de l’enfer”, a t-il ajouté. Lors de son jugement au pénal, BP a reconnu sa culpabilité et a été condamné à payer une amende record de 4,5 milliards de dollars. La compagnie a aussi versé 7,8 milliards de dollars à des particuliers et à des entreprises affectés par la marée noire. Cette fois, au civil, le géant britannique souhaite éviter la condamnation pour “faute lourde” qui pourrait lui coûter jusqu’à 17 milliards de dollars (une fois et demi son bénéfice de 2012).Des sous-traitants mis en cause par BP À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?BP espère limiter les dégâts en faisant endosser au groupe suisse de forage pétrolier Transocéan une partie de la marée noire. Même chose avec le sous-traitant américain Halliburton, qui a construit le coffrage en ciment du forage. Mais Jim Roy, un des avocats représentant des milliers de victimes (entreprises et particuliers) a rappelé combien la société  Transocéan était mauvaise matière de sécurité (7 accidents importants sur une plateforme gérée par Transocean en 17 mois). “Le responsable de la sécurité de cette plateforme n’avait pas la moindre compétence pour ce poste”, a-t-il dit. “Sa formation s’est limitée à trois jours de cours et, chose incroyable, il n’est jamais monté à bord de Deepwater Horizon”. Transocéan a défendu ses équipes “bien formées” selon elles et dont les “actes d’héroïsme bravant la mort” ont permis de sauver “chaque homme et chaque femme qui pouvaient survivre”. Selon Brad Brian, avocat de Transocéan, “rien de tout cela n’aurait dû avoir lieu. Cela s’est passé parce que BP avait pris du retard et voulait que les choses soient faites”, a-t-il déclaré, jugeant les accusations de BP “honteuses”.”Aujourd’hui à moins de 50 km d’ici, plus de 340 km de côtes de la Louisiane sont polluées et continuent de l’être”, a également accusé le procureur de Louisiane, Buddy Caldwell. “Il ne s’agit pas seulement de quelque chose qui va prendre des décennies à nettoyer, il s’agit de s’assurer que les parties mises en cause soient punies pour avoir pris une série de décisions motivées par le profit, et non le bien-être des gens et l’environnement”, a martelé de son côté Chris Canfiel, vice-président de la sauvegarde du golfe du Mexique.Le 26 février 2013 à 15:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Indianorigin doctor couple daughter killed in private plane

first_imgWashington: A leading Indian-American doctor couple and their 19-year-old daughter were killed instantly when their small private plane crashed in the backyard of a suburban Philadelphia home on Thursday morning, the authorities said. The victims have been identified as 60-year-old Dr Jasvir Khurana, his wife, 54-year-old Dr Divya Khurana, and their daughter, Kiran Khurana. The family has one surviving daughter who was not on the plane, US media outlets reported. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Khurana, a licensed pilot, was at the controls of the 44-year-old aircraft, which was registered to him, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The husband-and-wife physician-researchers both trained at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and moved to the United States more than two decades ago. The National Transportation Security Board (NTSB) said the plane left Northeast Philadelphia Airport shortly after 6 am and was heading to The Ohio State University Airport in Columbus. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The flight lasted for about three minutes before the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft went down. The plane’s final destination was supposed to be St. Louis, CBS News reported. The police arrived at the crash site shortly after receiving a 911 call around 6:20 am and found the bodies of all three family members. Debris could be seen strewn across a length of more than a football field that covers four yards. The aircraft came to rest in a wooded area after striking the ground, a gazebo, backyard shed, fence and several trees, NBC News reported. Advertise With Us No one on the ground was injured, the Upper Moreland Township Police said. The plane hit several trees before it stopped, and the debris was spread across four backyards, said Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy said during a press briefing. “It crashed into a yard and eventually continued on and hit several trees and a shed in a yard before coming to rest in the woods,” he said. “It’s a strictly residential neighborhood. I don’t know what the pilot was thinking or what he was doing but it is a miracle that no homes were struck,” Murphy said. Dr Khurana was a faculty member in the Department of Pathology at Temple University where he studied bone pathology. “Dr. Khurana has been a valued faculty member in the Department of Pathology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University since 2002. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones,” the university said in a statement. His wife, Dr Divya Khurana, was a doctor at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. “[Divya] was loved by her patients and students alike. Her sudden passing has left a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved her,” St. Christopher’s said in a statement. Kiran, their younger daughter, graduated last year from Harriton High School in Bryn Mawr, where she was on a nationally ranked squash team and was active in theatre productions. Chris Crane told Eyewitness News that he heard a “thunderous bang” and his house shook when the small plane crashed in his neighbour’s backyard. “I thank God that it missed our homes,” Crane said. Crane added that there was a strong smell of fuel following the crash. “When I walked outside all you could smell was fuel, no flames, no anything else, but the smell of fuel was strong,” Crane said. Faith Stander lives a few doors down from the Khuranas. “They were just wonderful, lovely, sweet neighbours,” said Stander. Adam Gerhardt, an air safety investigator for the NTSB, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the investigation would last several days. A preliminary report is expected in 10 to 15 days, and a final report within a year, the report said. There is no indication the pilot made a distress call and the plane was only in the air about three minutes before the crash, the Associated Press quoted Gerhardt as saying.last_img read more

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12 sued over BCL man killing in Beanibazar

first_imgKhaled Ahmad LituA case has been filed with Beanibazar police station accusing 12 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in connection with killing of an activist during Monday’s factional clash at Beanibazar Government College in Sylhet, reports news agency UNB.Victim’s father Khalil Uddin filed the case around Tuesday early morning accusing 12 named BCL activists and 10-12 others unnamed, said inspector (investigation) Jahid Hossain.Meanwhile, police arrested three BCL activists – Kamran Hossain, Emdadur Rahman and Fahad Ahmed – from different areas of the upazila in this connection.Earlier, Litu, son of Khalil Uddin, an activist of BCL, was gunned down during the factional clash at the college on Monday morning over establishing supremacy.last_img read more

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CBI Special Director to hold meet on ongoing cases

first_imgKolkata: The Special Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Rakesh Asthana, will hold a meeting with investigating officers of different cases, including those of Saradha chit fund scam and Narada sting operation, in Kolkata on Wednesday. There will also be discussion on the Rose Valley scam and other cases that the central investigating agency is probing. Sources said that this is the first time when such a meeting is going to be held in the city. On Wednesday, Asthana will be holding the meeting in CBI’s office at Nizam Palace. Asthana will discuss all the matters of all the cases with their Investigating Officers (IOs). It may be mentioned that there were several issues in connection with cases, including that of Narada. It may be mentioned that Asthana will reach Kolkata on Tuesday and he will be holding the meeting on Wednesday. On Monday, he was in Bhubaneswar and held a meeting with officers there. The meeting was held in connection with 30 chit fund cases that took place in Odisha. It may be mentioned that authorities of Apple have stated that they will not be providing the details which CBI had sought in connection with Mathew Samuel, former Narada CEO’s iPhone.last_img read more

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Long grass and reeds pose a threat to Saffa Street residents

first_imgOvergrown grass and reeds on a piece of vacant land pose a huge threat to residents living in Saffa Street.Residents say that the unkempt grass poses a threat to them, as criminals can easily hide and scope out the lay of the land as they make plans to break into homes, and even hide stolen items in the reeds that are behind two schools on the Drividian Road side.On Tuesday (February 28), a vehicle was stolen right next to the vacant land. Residents say that homes and vehicles are easy targets for opportunistic crooks.The reeds also pose a risk to children attending school in Drividian Road. It is a health risk, not to mention that robbers could be hiding in wait for unsuspecting passersby.Water stands stagnant, attracting mosquitoes and even snakes.Also read: Vehicle stolen from Saffa Street, LadysmithAlso read: Update: Stolen Saffa Street vehicle recovered, suspect arrested after hijacking of second vehicle WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Furious about overgrown grass and dumpingOne resident says that during the past weekend, they heard a man’s screams coming from outside and when they went to see what was going on, they saw a man being beaten up on the vacant land and his clothes thrown into a yard.Residents are living in fear, as they don’t know when the next break-in or vehicle hijacking will take place.Homeowners are issuing a plea for the vacant land and even the land behind the schools to be cleared.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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Has the EU just ended the internet as we know it

first_imgYesterday (12 September), the EU Parliament voted through the EU Copyright Directive. This move will, according to critics, put an end to the open internet as know it. We reported on what the EU Copyright Directive means for the developer world earlier this week. Now, that world has been rocked significantly, with engineers, technologists and free speech advocates searching for solutions for what looks like a potentially devastating result. What happened in the EU Copyright Directive vote? Articles 11 and 13 were both crucial issues in this week’s vote. They were the reason the directive was rejected back in July. The vote yesterday was on small amendments to these articles that, for the most part, keeps their intent intact. Article 11 has been described as a link tax – it effectively hands publishers control over who can link to their content and how, while article 13 has been criticised for enforcing ‘copyright filters’ on websites and platforms where users upload content. 438 MEPs voted in favorr of the directive; 226 against it. Why did MEPs vote in favor of the EU Copyright Directive? The EU Parliament press release provides a good indication of the thinking behind the directive. It would seem that the intent is too remove some of the power from large tech platforms – like Google and Facebook – and return some power to media companies and content producers that have been struggling in the digital age. The press release states: “Many of Parliament’s changes to the EU Commission’s original proposal aim to make certain that artists, notably musicians, performers and script authors, as well as news publishers and journalists, are paid for their work when it is used by sharing platforms such as YouTube or Facebook, and news aggregators such as Google News.” Alongside this, there are a number of exemptions in the legislation that the EU Parliament argues will ensure none of the consequences its critics have suggested could happen will actually happen. For example: Small and micro platforms are excluded from the directive. Normal hyperlinks won’t be impacted by article 11: the press release states that ‘merely sharing hyperlinks to articles, together with “individual words” to describe them, will be free of copyright constraints’. Wikipedia and open source platforms like GitHub will be exempt. What happens next? There will be a final vote on the directive in January 2019. However, if this passes, the implementation of the legislation might vary at a national level. Individual EU countries could choose to enact the directive in whichever way they choose. Reaction to the vote The EU Copyright Directive has faced intense criticism since it first appeared back in 2016 – but with the vote yesterday, organizations and individuals have voiced their concern at the result. Julia Reda, MEP and member of the Pirate Party in Germany, who has been a vociferous opponent of the directive in Parliament, called it “a severe blow to the free and open internet.” Similarly, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published a forthright post against the EU Parliament’s decision: “We suffered a crushing setback today, but it doesn’t change the mission. To fight, and fight, and fight, to keep the Internet open and free and fair, to preserve it as a place where we can organise to fight the other fights that matter, about inequality and antitrust, race and gender, speech and democratic legitimacy.” The EFF also put together a letter addressed to Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament. It was signed by some of the best known figures in technology, including Tim Berners-Lee, Guido van Rossum, and Jimmy Wales. The letter ends: “We support the consideration of measures that would improve the ability for creators to receive fair remuneration for the use of their works online. But we cannot support Article 13, which would mandate Internet platforms to embed an automated infrastructure for monitoring and censorship deep into their networks. For the sake of the Internet’s future, we urge you to vote for the deletion of this proposal.” The fight isn’t over yet, but you can sense palpable fear in many quarters about what this means for the future of the internet as we know it.last_img read more

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Myanmar says its not to blame for migrant crisis

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Zaw Htay said Friday that Myanmar’s government “will not attend a regional meeting hosted by Thailand if ‘Rohingya’ is mentioned on the invitation.” He accused governments of trying to divert their human smuggling and slavery problems by dumping the blame on Myanmar.On Saturday, he said an official invitation still had not arrived.An increasingly alarmed United Nations warned Friday against “floating coffins” and urged regional leaders to put human lives first. The United States urged governments not to push back new boat arrivals.“The gravest violation of human rights are committed by those corrupt officials who are involved in human trafficking activities and colluded with the trafficking syndicates,” Zaw Htay said.Thai authorities, long accused of turning a blind eye to human trafficking in exchange for pay, launched a crackdown May 1 after finding dozens of bodies buried at traffickers’ jungle camps on Thailand’s border with Malaysia. Dozens of Thai officials were arrested and more than 50 police are under investigation for complicity.The U.N. calls the Rohingya one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. For decades, the Rohingya suffered from state-sanctioned discrimination in Myanmar. Denied citizenship by national law, they are effectively stateless. In the last three years, attacks on Rohingya have left hundreds dead and sparked an exodus of an estimated 120,000 people who have boarded human traffickers’ boats to flee to other countries. The flight helped fuel a longstanding human smuggling industry in the region.Even the name Rohingya is taboo in Myanmar, which calls them “Bengalis” and insists they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even though Rohingya have lived in the predominantly Buddhist Southeast Asian country for generations.___Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. An ethnic Rohingya woman who said she got separated with her brother cries at a temporary shelter in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, Saturday, May 16, 2015. More than 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh landed in several places in Southeast Asia, describing killings, extortion and near-starvation after a harrowing journey at sea. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) Top Stories Comments   Share   YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar refused to shoulder the blame for an escalating crisis involving thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims stranded at sea, and doubts whether it will attend a regional meeting in Thailand later this month to find an urgent solution on how to deal with the boats of refugees.Boats filled with more than 2,000 desperate and hungry people have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and thousands more migrants are believed to be adrift at sea after a crackdown on human traffickers prompted captains and smugglers to abandon their human cargo. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk All three countries have dispatched their navies to push boats away or execute a so-called “help-on” policy of giving the boats food and water — and pointing them to other countries.The migrants are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in predominantly-Buddhist Myanmar, and Bangladeshis looking for a better life abroad.“We are not ignoring the migrant problem, but our leaders will decide whether to attend the meeting based on what is going to be discussed,” said Maj. Zaw Htay, director of the office of Myanmar’s president. “We will not accept the allegations by some that Myanmar is the source of the problem.”He directed some of the blame on Myanmar’s neighbors, saying that from a humanitarian point of view, “it’s sad that these people are being pushed out to sea by some countries.”The migrants seem intent on reaching Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country that has hosted more than 45,000 Rohingya over the years but now says it can’t accept any more. Indonesia and Thailand have voiced similar stances.Thailand has organized a May 29 meeting with officials from 15 countries to discuss the “root causes” of “irregular migration in the Indian Ocean.” Patients with chronic pain give advicelast_img read more

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Strong dollar sending Australians overseas Wego

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27f33/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> As the Australian dollar once again climbs against other currencies Aussies are once more on the move, and comparison site Wego.com has released a list of the top ten destinations offering the best exchange.Asian destinations made up more than half the list, with Bali, Bangkok, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Phuket all getting a mention.  Neighbours Fiji and New Zealand also made the list, said Wego.United States and Canada also made the top ten, with the Australian dollar at around US$0.91 and aside from the near parity last year, is sitting at 20 year highs.“After a busy 2009 for many and with a strong Aussie dollar – now is the time to take advantage of the great exchange rates and book that overseas trip,” said Craig Hewett, Wego Founder and Chief Commercial Officer. “Current figures from Wego show hotel prices and airfares for flights to Fiji make it the best overseas destination for the Aussie traveller. Four star hotels are also going at a great rate in Canada, the US and Shanghai at the moment.”Of these ten destinations, Wego says that coupled with the strong currency, low hotel prices and airfares to Fiji, make the South Pacific nation the number one value destination at the moment.Wego’s top ten list reads as:FijiBaliBangkokShanghaiSingaporeNew ZealandUnited StatesPhuketCanadaTokyolast_img read more

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By all accounts the Arizona Cardinals are in much

first_imgBy all accounts, the Arizona Cardinals are in much better shape heading into the 2014 season than they were entering the 2013 campaign.Their defense has emerged as one of the best in the league. Their offense is filled with playmakers at the skill positions. The offensive line should be improved, and Carson Palmer stands to be the first QB to start Week 1 in consecutive seasons since Kurt Warner did so in 2008 and 2009. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact But no matter how much things may have improved in Arizona, the unfortunate reality is it still might not be enough to get them to the top of the ridiculously loaded NFC West.That seems to be the belief shared by ESPN’s panel of NFL and analysts, who in an ESPN Insider piece about the future power rankings has the Cardinals 16th in the NFL, but fourth in the NFC West. The panel rated every NFL team’s three-year projection in roster (excluding QB), QB, draft, front office and coaching, with the results being averaged and weighted to produce the overall rankings.It’s noted that the Cardinals improved in every one of the five categories since last season — and their movement in the non-QB roster category tied San Diego for the biggest jump in the league in that spot — but unfortunately their uncertainty at QB beyond this season holds them back a bit.The dilemma: The QB position will determine the fate of this franchise the next three seasons, with Palmer (who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014 season) and with his eventual successor (Logan Thomas, Ryan Lindley or a player not yet on the roster). Palmer turned the ball over in every one of the first nine games of the 2013 season, which will kill the fortunes of any team, no matter how good the defense (the Cardinals’ defense was fourth in the NFL in yards allowed per play in 2013). Patrick Peterson will be due for a big contract extension soon, so figuring out the QB position is just a starting point. –Louis Riddick Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories This could become not merely one of the best secondaries in the NFL but also one of the NFL’s most versatile and effective in tackling — a huge factor when you play Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson each two times a season. Indeed, the Cardinals appear to be in pretty good shape going forward. However, the panel placed the St. Louis Rams 12th, San Francisco 49ers third and the Seattle Seahawks first. As far as the future is concerned, Mel Kiper wrote that while the Cardinals don’t have an obvious successor for Palmer, provided they can block for him he’ll be pretty effective leading the team. The big thing, he believes, is actually the development of the team’s secondary, especially with Tyrann Mathieu and rookie Deone Bucannon. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Спасибо за участие в розыгрыше купонов на сумму 25

first_imgСпасибо за участие в розыгрыше купонов на сумму 25 тыс.руб. и подписку на нашу еженедельную рассылку.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Relatedlast_img

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