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Algonquin concerned over Canadas first rare earth metal mine plan

first_imgAPTN National NewsThey’re used in everything from light bulbs, to smart phones to the screen you’re watching right now.Rare earth metals are fast becoming one of the world’s most sought after resource.But extracting rare earths from the ground is proving to be anything but environmentally friendly.And with demand increasing, mining companies are casting their eyes around the world to find it, including in Alqonquin territory in northwestern Quebec.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.last_img

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BJP govt has taken over all premier institutions Mamata

first_imgKolkata: In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of DRDO’s recent space achievement, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee Sunday said the BJP government has taken over all premier institutions in the country. On March 27, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch complex, paving the way for the country to join an elite space club comprising the US, Russia, China with such specialised capability. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Opposition parties have slammed the prime minister, saying the BJP government was trying to take credit for the DRDO’s achievement. Claiming that the people’s liberty was at stake under the BJP’s rule, Banerjee said “an atmosphere of fear” was prevailing in the country. “The BJP government has taken control of all premier institutions in the country. People here live in fear. They do not have the right to speak freely under an autocratic government,” the West Bengal chief minister said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Earlier, too, the chief minister had taken a jibe at Modi, terming his announcement of the DRDO mission as “yet another limitless drama to reap political benefits” ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. “India’s Mission Programme is world-class for many many years. We are always proud of our scientists, @DRDO_India, other research & space organisations,” she had tweeted, adding that “Modi, as usual, likes to take the credit for everything.” Talking to reporters at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport here before leaving for Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to participate in a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) rally, Banerjee said a “dictatorial government” is pulling the strings at the Centre using force and intimidation, “trampling democratic norms”. “Disinvestment has been done in public sector companies. Some workers are not getting salaries. The lives of farmers and labourers are under threat under the current dispensation. “I feel that everyone will come forward, keeping aside their petty interests to collectively vote against the Modi government,” said Banerjee. The CM said she would extend her support to TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, who pulled out his party of the NDA in March 2018, alleging injustice was being done to Andhra Pradesh by the Narendra Modi government. “I am going to Visakhapatnam at the invitation of Chandrababu Naidu to extend my solidarity and participate in a public meeting,” she said. Giving details of her itinerary, Banerjee said she will visit Cooch Behar in north Bengal on April 4 and Assam the following day to address rallies. In Bengal, Banerjee claimed, she would be holding as many rallies as possible over the course of the next two weeks. “I will address nearly 100 meetings in Bengal,” the Trinamool chief said. Election to 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19.last_img read more

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Japans new Emperor Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne

first_imgTokyo: Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, a day after his father abdicated from the world’s oldest monarchy and ushered in a new imperial era. Naruhito officially became emperor at the stroke of midnight but the process was formalised with a 10-minute ritual on Wednesday morning that was off-limits to female royals — even his wife Masako. It took place on the first day of the new imperial era of Reiwa, meaning “beautiful harmony”, which will last throughout Naruhito’s reign. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAt a solemn ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s Room of Pine, the 59-year-old was presented with the items his father Akihito relinquished a day earlier: sacred imperial treasures of a sword and a jewel, as well as the seal of state and his personal imperial seal. The sole woman allowed to attend was the only female member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet. Shortly afterwards, joined by Masako and other royals, Naruhito was to address the nation for the first time as its 126th emperor. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsHe will also make a public appearance on Saturday when he will again speak to the people of Japan. But the pomp and ceremony will wait until October 22 when he and Masako will appear in elaborate traditional robes for a ceremony in the palace before parading through the streets of the capital to be congratulated by a host of world leaders and royals. Naruhito will greet his first foreign head of state as emperor later this month, when US President Donald Trump visits Japan to meet the new monarch. The Oxford-educated Naruhito faces the delicate balancing act of continuing his father’s legacy of bringing the monarchy closer to the people while upholding the centuries-old traditions of the Chrysanthemum Throne. Like his popular father Akihito, he has warned of the need to remember World War II “correctly,” without downplaying Japan’s early 20th-century militarism. He has also spoken of the need to modernise the royal family, and vowed when he married Masako — who left behind a promising diplomatic career — to protect her “at any cost”. She has struggled however to adjust to palace life, including being subjected to enormous pressure to produce a male heir, and has suffered stress-induced “adjustment disorder” for much of their marriage. The couple have one child, a 17-year-old daughter called Aiko, who cannot inherit the throne because she is female. In a statement released on her birthday in December, Masako pledged to do her best despite feeling “insecure” about becoming empress. In the candid statement, she said she was recovering and could “perform more duties than before”, crediting the “powerful support” of the public. Naruhito is ascending the throne in a very different Japan to the one his father took over when he became emperor in 1989. Then, Japan ruled the world economically, its technology was the envy of every industrialised nation, and its stock market was at highs unlikely to be matched again. At the height of the bubble, Japanese investors were snapping up paintings like Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and US landmarks including the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan as “money was dripping off trees” — in the words of one former banker. But following a “lost decade” after the bubble burst, Japan is still locked in a battle against deflation and sluggish growth while its population ages rapidly and many rural areas suffer from depopulation as young people move to cities. Akihito’s abdication, the first in 200 years, has resulted in an unprecedented 10-day public holiday for the famously hard-working Japanese, with many taking advantage of the break to travel. But despite the holiday exodus, and steady driving rain on Tuesday night, crowds still gathered at Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing at the clock struck midnight to welcome the Reiwa era. “The emperor was a good person… He was the symbol of Japan,” said Rika Yamamoto, a 24-year-old company employee sheltering under an umbrella on the crossing. “I hope the new emperor will carry on the kindness the old emperor had.” Political parties across the spectrum also welcomed the new emperor — including the Communist Party, whose official platform considers the monarchy incompatible with democracy.last_img read more

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Nuwan sent on compulsory leave following ICC allegations

Article 2.1.1 – being party to an effort to fix or contrive or to otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect of an International match.Article 2.1.4 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to breach Code Article 2.1.1.Article 2.4.4 – failing to disclose to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.Zoysa has 14 days from 1 November 2018 to respond to the charges. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Cricket board has sent Sri Lanka’s fast bowling coach Nuwan Soyza on compulsory leave after he was charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with three counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.The charges are as follows:

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More names linked to treasury bond scam to be revealed

He said that once the list is released the public will be able to find out who else was involved in the scam.Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the public who have been supporting the United National Party (UNP) will begin to withdraw their support once the list is made public. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says more names linked to the Central Bank treasury bond scam will be released soon.United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the list will be released within a week.

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World Bank names law enforcement expert to fight fraud and corruption

In a statement issued today in Washington DC, the World Bank said it had appointed Maarten de Jong, a Dutch national, as Director of its Department of Institutional Integrity. “I am confident that Mr. de Jong will ably carry out the mission of ensuring rigorous, prompt, and objective investigation of all allegations of fraud or corruption or misconduct either by Bank staff or in Bank-financed projects,” said World Bank President James Wolfensohn. In his new post, Mr. de Jong who is currently Managing Director of the European Institute for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EULEC), will advise senior management on corruption issues, and further develop the Bank’s investigative strategies and procedures, contributing to policy initiatives and programmes that will strengthen the Bank’s anti-fraud and corruption efforts.Since late 1997, the World Bank has undertaken more than 600 specific anti-corruption programs and governance initiatives in 95 borrower countries. According to the Bank, its investigations have so far resulted in a permanent ban of 58 firms and individuals from future Bank-financed contracts. The Bank is the first multilateral development institution to publish on its external web page the names of firms and individuals found to have committed some form of fraud or corruption. read more

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Canadian businesses hope for marketing boost from TIFF celebrity gifting suites

Canadian businesses hope for marketing boost from TIFF celebrity gifting suites Alongside the movies, the red carpets and the press conferences at the Toronto International Film Festival there are the gifting lounges – suites where celebrities sample an array of products and take a few home for themselves, such as this gift bag seen in Toronto, on Sept. 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Diana Mehta by Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2015 9:34 am MDT Last Updated Sep 18, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Alongside the movies, the red carpets and the press conferences at the Toronto International Film Festival there are the gifting lounges — suites where celebrities sample an array of products and take a few home for themselves.The exercise, showering the rich and famous with treats, may seem unnecessary to some, but for the Canadian businesses at the lounges, the venues can be a marketing bonanza.“It’s an opportunity for me to be able to showcase my brand on a global stage,” said Lisa Mattam, founder of Toronto-based skin care line Sahajan, whose products only hit the market two weeks ago.“It provides the opportunity to have celebrities interact with and hopefully fall in love with your brand.”Mattam, whose participation in the Tastemakers Lounge is her first such experience, said a celebrity leaving with a gift bag containing her products may translate into a shout-out on social media, which can make “a significant difference.”The company’s Facebook page now features snapshots of Tom Hardy, “Property Brothers” stars Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott, and “Corner Gas” star Tara Spencer-Nairn posing alongside Mattam’s booth.The impact a celebrity can have on a product’s image can’t be understated, added Nick Sutcliffe, whose Caledon, Ont., company brews a cider called Pommies.“We’re a relatively young company, we don’t have the backing of millions of dollars, we’re family-owned” he said. “If we got the exposure of let’s say Ethan Hawke that likes our cider, it would be a game changer.”Those who put together the lounges emphasize that the venues are about far more than “swag” for the stars.“You really have to understand the platform that you have at your availability here,” said Leesa Butler, co-founder of the Tastemakers Lounge, presented by Rock-it Promotions. “All eyes are on Toronto at this time. Here’s an opportunity to really leverage the awareness.”The lounges are also looking to ensure they give celebrities a boost, said Natasha Koifman, president of NKPR, which puts on the IT Lounge, a venue which attracted the likes of Natalie Portman and Naomi Watts so far this year.“We want to genuinely connect the brand with the celebrity, but also we want them to love it, we want them to have a good time,” she said, adding that at times, a lounge experience could lead to an enduring relationship between a star and a product. Actress Abigail Spencer fell in love with a product from British Columbia-based Saje Natural Wellness and went on to list it amongst her favourite things in a magazine.“It’s the kind of publicity you really can’t buy.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the company name of Saje Natural Wellness read more

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Nominations open for Teaching Awards

Great students are the result of hard work and great teachers, and Brock wants to recognize those who stand out.The deadline for nominations is fast approaching for two annual teaching awards including the Brock University Award for Excellence in Teaching for Early Career Faculty and the Don Ursino Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Large Classes.The Early Career Faculty award recognizes the contributions to teaching undertaken by a new faculty member who is in the first five years of a tenure-track position.The Don Ursino award recognizes an outstanding teacher who demonstrates commitment to the improvement of student learning in a large class.Submissions for both awards are due November 8. Award details and criteria are available online and hard copy. Nomination packages can be submitted in either electronic format to cpi@brocku.ca or hard copy, Attention: Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI), TH 136.For additional information about teaching awards or the nomination process, contact CPI at 905.688.5550 x 3933 or cpi@brocku.ca. read more

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Ohio State mens hockey swept by Providence off to programworst start

OSU then-sophomore goalie Christian Frey (30) during a game against Omaha on Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoStarting out the season 0-4 is never a good thing. But trying to find the first win against the defending national champion proved to be a task too tall for the Ohio State men’s hockey team. OSU (0-6) traveled to No. 3 Providence (4-0-1) to take on the Friars for a weekend series and were beaten twice by scores of 2-1 on Friday and 6-4 the following day.In front of a crowd of 3,033 on Friday night — the first time the Buckeyes and the Friars faced off in Rhode Island’s capital city — Providence jumped ahead 15:24 into the first period when senior defenseman Tom Parisi filtered in his first goal of the season assisted by freshman Erik Foley and junior defenseman Anthony Florentino.Florentino found the back of the net himself 6:22 into the middle period to swell the Friar’s lead to 2-0. Senior forward Steven McParland and freshman forward Ryan Tait assisted on the play.Just five minutes later, OSU cut the deficit in half when sophomore forward Matthew Weis scored on the power play.Junior forward David Gust had the assist on the Weis tally. Gust leads the team in points through six games with a goal and five assists.OSU junior netminder Matt Tomkins made 28 saves on 30 shots while the junior guarding the other cage, in Nick Ellis, had 26 saves on 27 shots.The Scarlet and Gray went 1-of-4 with the man advantage, while Providence didn’t score on any of its four opportunities.In the series finale, 2,764 fans checked into Schneider Arena to watch six goals by six different Friars overpower four goals by four different Buckeyes. Providence held a 6-2 lead in the third period following senior forward Mark Jankowski’s third goal of the season at the 6:15 mark, but OSU did try and climb back into it.Weis notched his second lamp-lighter of the weekend with 7:54 left in the game and freshman forward John Wiitala scored his first collegiate goal a mere 31 seconds after that.The two quick tallies were a nice spark for the Buckeyes, but the hole they dug themselves into was too deep to dig out of. OSU, despite taking the loss, outshot Providence 34-32 in the contest.Tomkins and Ellis were again the starters, as Tomkins made 26 stops while Ellis made 30.Penalties cost the Buckeyes dearly in game No. 2. OSU took 10 penalties, three of which were cashed in on by the Friars. Two of the Buckeyes’ goals came via the power play, as OSU went 2-of-6 on the night.Five of OSU’s six losses this season have come by two goals or less. The six losses mark the worst start in program history.The Scarlet and Gray will look for that elusive first win next weekend as they are set to take on Mercyhurst at the Schottenstein Center on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s puck drop is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday’s face-off penciled in to begin at 4 p.m. read more

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Teachers should be able to job share because they work too many

The strategy includes introducing a new one-stop system to make applications easier for would-be teachers.Plans involve helping school leaders to reduce teachers’ workload by stripping away unnecessary tasks such as data entry.Schools will be helped with introducing flexible working practices through a new match-making service for teachers seeking a job-share, with additional incentives to work in challenging schools.Mr Hinds said: “I think teachers work too many hours – aggravated by unnecessary tasks like excessive marking and data entry, spending more than half their time on non-teaching tasks.”But those who choose to become teachers chose to do so to inspire young people, support their development and set them up for a bright future – not stay late in the office filling in a spreadsheet. Talking specifically about job sharing, he said: “What we are keen to do is to find a way for people who don’t have a background together to find a partner to apply for a job with, hence the Match.com terminology.”Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “There’s a lower proportion of both men and women in teaching working part-time than the equivalent proportion in the economy as a whole. For women, it’s 28% in teaching v 40% in the economy as a whole. Why is it? There isn’t a single definitive answer, but I’m confident part of it is cultural.””This ambitious strategy commits to supporting teachers – particularly those at the start of their career – to focus on what actually matters, the pupils in their classrooms.”In a competitive graduate labour market we must continue to ensure that teaching is an attractive profession so we can train and retain the next generation of inspirational teachers.” Teachers work “too many hours” and should be encourage to job-share, according to the Education Secretary, who has unveiled plans to boost numbers in the profession.Damian Hinds has set out measures he hopes will attract – and retain – the next generation of teachers who he says currently have to carry out “unnecessary tasks” as part of their job.The strategy comes after data from a National Association of Headteachers survey suggests that 77% of its school leaders found recruitment a struggle last year.Plans include a new entitlement to a two-year training package and a reduced timetable, backed by at least £130 million a year, the Department for Education said.Bursaries will be reformed to include retention-based payments for those who stay in the profession by staggering additional payments throughout the first years of their career. Mr Hinds said: “I think teachers work too many hours – aggravated by unnecessary tasks like excessive marking and data entry, spending more than half their time on non-teaching tasks.”Credit: Tolga AKMEN / AFP Damian Hinds leaves Downing Street Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Farmers 18000 useless horses must be slaughtered to help end crisis

first_imgHorses in worst case scenarios are been dumped out on waste ground cutaway bogs and waste ground, country wide, left to starve or freeze often in an emaciated miserable state. Animal welfare organisations and facilities are at breaking point.The UFA described it as “nothing short of outrageous that the Department of Agriculture through its political heads continues to insist that there is no crisis”.UFA national president Bernie Wall said that the stamping of all horse passports as ‘not fit for human consumption’ is exacerbating and magnifying the horse welfare crisis.Following meetings with UFA members, the association has estimated that there are around 25,000 “useless” horses in Ireland, whose owners are struggling financially to care for them. Due to the ‘unfit for human consumption’ stamp on their horse passports, they cannot bring the horses to be slaughtered and exported to countries where there is a market for horse meat.The UFA believes that up to 18,000 of these horses must be slaughtered in order to bring an end to the crisis. Wall said that he believes a great number of these horses would not have been injected with bute, and so would be fit for human consumption.To determine this, the association suggests that Agriculture Department vets could carry out blood tests “paid for as a once off gesture by the Department”.“We need to find a solution,” said Wall. “I’m sure the owners are quite distressed to do this for their animals.” Wall said that the estimated 25,000 horses are not from the racing industry but instead owned by small breeders, sports people, hunters and others.“This is the first time this section of the horse industry has sought and really needs some help,” said the UFA.Wall is writing to both Coveney and Hayes to ask for a meeting on this issue.Read: Over 3,000 horses seized over welfare concerns last year> AN IRISH FARMERS’ group is refuting the Agriculture Minister’s claims that there is “no major welfare problem” in the horse sector – and calling for the slaughter of 18,000 ‘useless’ horses.The United Farmers Association (UFA) has said today it is “demanding to know” why the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and the junior Minister Tom Hayes “continue to insist in the face of all public and common knowledge that there is no crisis in the Irish horse industry”.MeltdownAccording to the UFA, the small breeders’ section of the industry “is in total melt down”, with an estimated 25,000 horses “with no future, no monitory value, no market and whose owners cannot afford to keep them”.last_img read more

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SpaceXs Grasshopper performs a lateral steering maneuver for the first time

first_imgSpaceX has been carrying out test launches of its Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle since September of last year. The ultimate goal being to create a rocket that can be launched and eventually land again after a mission, intact and therefore capable of being used again.So far those test launches have just seen the Grasshopper stay vertical and reach ever greater heights. The highest it has reached so far is 325 meters, which was achieved last month. However, SpaceX needs Grasshopper to do more than go straight up and come straight back down again. They also need to be able to move it laterally in a so-called divert maneuver, and yesterday they managed to do that successfully for the first time.In the video above Grasshopper launches and proceeds to achieve an altitude of 250 meters. At that point it maintains its height, but then performs a 100 meter lateral movement. The vehicle then proceeds to descend and manages to make a perfect landing back on the launch pad. This is an important feature for Grasshopper to get right, as it will allow the vehicle to always hit its landing pad.If you consider that Grasshopper is over 10 stories tall you can see why maintaining control during such a maneuver is so impressive, especially if you take into account any kind of wind that would be in play at those heights.This is just the first step, though, and SpaceX is determined to move forward with more aggressive steering maneuvers. Not only will that allow Grasshopper to carry out more difficult landings, but it’s also going to give us some great videos to watch over the coming year or two.Here’s the test from last month that saw Grasshopper achieve a height of 325 meters before performing another great landing:last_img read more

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Family members of victims to be consulted on how Ireland can introduce

first_img Photo of Clodagh Hawe with her mother Mary. Short URL Family members of victims to be consulted on how Ireland can introduce domestic homicide reviews Pressure has been mounting to introduce the reviews after the murder of Clodagh Hawe and her three children. Image: RTE/Claire Byrne Live THE GOVERNMENT PLANS to launch an independent study into introducing domestic homicide reviews to Ireland, as well as provisions for supports to families who are victims of familicide. The move comes after the family of Clodagh Hawe told RTÉ’S Claire Byrne Live programme that they were still seeking answers as to why her husband, Alan, murdered his wife and three sons in 2016.Alan and Clodagh Hawe and their three children – Liam, 14, Niall, 11, and six-year-old Ryan – were found dead in their Cavan home in August 2016.An inquest the following year concluded that Clodagh and her three sons were unlawfully killed by Alan who took his own life after the murders at their home at Oakdene, Balcony, Ballyjamesduff. The family later met with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan about the case and the Garda Commissioner appointed Assistant Garda Commissioner Barry O’Brien to head a serious case review of the murder. There is no legislation in Ireland to review cases such as the Hawe murders, though the Garda Commissioner has discretionary power to carry out a review. Consultation with families and stakeholdersJustice Minister Charlie Flanagan will today bring to Cabinet his plans for the independent specialist in-depth research study which will involve consultation with a range of stakeholders including State agencies, family members of victims and non-governmental organisations.The first pillar of the study will examine the adequacy and suitability of current policies, protocols, procedures and practices of State services in supporting close family members of those who die in familicides. A series of recommendations will then be published. The study will also look at international best practice in respect of domestic homicide reviews in order to make recommendations in relation to their application in this jurisdiction.While familicide is relatively rare in Ireland, the minister said he is very aware of the devastating effects it can have on those left behind, both family members and the wider community.He is understood to want to ensure that clear protocols and guidelines are in place so that the State can provide all supports possible – and do so in a coordinated and timely manner.Domestic homicide reviewsDomestic homicide reviews have taken place for a number of years in England and Wales. However it is understood that in his engagement with NGOs it became clear to the minister that this model cannot be directly transposed to Ireland, and would need to be tailored for this jurisdiction.The study he is commissioning aims to define international best practice and how these reviews might apply in Ireland.Arrangements are being put in place for the review to commence. It is expected to take 12 months to complete.A number of TDs called for the introduction of domestic homicide reviews in Ireland, with Fianna Fáil publishing a private members’ Bill, the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill, in March which would order a review of the death of a person if it appears it occurred violently, or through abuse or neglect by a relative, spouse or a person with whom they were in a relationship.Earlier this year it was announced that under a new system, specialist gardaí from the National Protective Services Bureau will examine domestic homicides.It will involve examining any abusive history that led up to the killing as well as any interactions between the family and gardaí before the death.A report by Women’s Aid at the end of last year found that since records began in 1996 225 women have died violently, with 16 children being killed alongside their mothers.  No Comments 8,063 Views https://jrnl.ie/4632826 center_img Photo of Clodagh Hawe with her mother Mary. Image: RTE/Claire Byrne Live May 14th 2019, 6:01 AM By Christina Finn Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6:00 AM Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Red Arrows in collision over Crete

first_imgTwo jets from the British Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows aerobatics team collided over the island of Crete in the southern Aegean during a training exercise last week, resulting in the injury of one of the pilots.It is believed the Hawk jets clipped their wings while attempting an aerial manoeuvre over Kastelli air force base, near the port of Hania. One pilot dislocated his shoulder after ejecting from his aircraft, which was seriously damaged when it crashed onto the runway, while the second pilot managed to land his plane safely, officials said.The remaining jets in the squadron landed safely at Iraklio Airport, some 35 kilometers from the Kastelli base.Speaking after the crash, Greek air force spokesman Dimitris Tsirogiannidis said, “The pilot parachuted under ideal conditions which is why he just dislocated a shoulder.“Our estimate is that the accident was caused by a mid-air collision and the pilot jumped from a height of 300 metres.“He has just been examined at a local hospital and we are on standby to transfer him to Athens if it is deemed necessary, but his condition is not serious.”A Greek police spokesman added the plane hit the ground inside the perimeter of the military airport and was “almost totally destroyed.”Different reasons were given for the collision: some suggested it was pilot error, others that it was mechanical.Dimitris Parasyris, the chief of police at Kastelli police station close to the airport, said he saw “black smoke billowing over the airport” after the crash.George Psyllakis, the chief of security police inside the airport, who was in charge of the crash site, said, “The British pilot reacted well and escaped unhurt, and nobody was hurt on the ground.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Le chromosome Y le plus ancien du monde découvert chez un Américain

first_imgLe chromosome Y le plus ancien du monde découvert chez un AméricainDes scientifiques ont découvert par hasard, chez un afro-américain de Caroline du Sud décédé il y a quelques années, le chromosome Y le plus ancien du monde.Si les scientifiques ont déjà percé plusieurs secrets de nos chromosomes, il ne s’attendait certainement pas à une telle découverte ! Les équipes de l’entreprise Family Tree DNA travaillent au séquençage de l’ADN afin d’aider leurs clients dans leurs recherches généalogiques. Ils ont ainsi créé une base de données avec l’ADN de centaines de milliers de personnes ce qui leur permet de comparer les différences entre les séquences afin de les situer chronologiquement. En effet, la fréquence des mutations au cours du temps permet de connaître l’âge de telle ou telle partie d’un chromosome. Grâce à cela, les tests effectués ont permis de constater que chaque homme semble avoir reçu son chromosome Y d’un ancêtre commun qui aurait vécu il y a 60 à 140.000 ans. Ils sont toutefois tombés sur un os : Albert Perry, un afro-américain de Caroline du Sud décédé il y a quelques années. Celui-ci possédait un chromosome Y inclassable dans la lignée des chromosomes Y connus, rapporte Slate.fr. Et pour cause, si l’on en croit les analyses qui ont été faites, ce M. Perry ne descend pas du même ancêtre que tous les autres ! D’après Michael Hammer, généticien à l’Université d’Arizona, la lignée mâle d’Albert Perry se serait séparée de toutes les autres il y a 338.000 ans, soit 140.000 ans avant l’apparition des premiers humains modernes.Des croisements entre différences espèces d’hommesEn examinant de plus près l’ADN de Perry et en étudiant une base de données de 6.000 chromosomes, Hammer a alors réussi à retrouver des similarités dans les chromosomes Y de 11 hommes dans un village du Cameroun. Selon lui, Albert Perry et ces hommes auraient donc probablement hérité leur chromosome Y d’une lignée éteinte depuis. Il s’agirait certes d’une lignée appartenant au genre Homo mais d’une autre espèce que celle de l’homme moderne. Si l’on en croit Nature News, ce type de croisements s’est produit aussi bien en Europe, il y a environ 35.000 ans avec l’homme de Néandertal, qu’en Afrique, avec d’autres espèces plus “archaïques”. De plus, des fossiles examinés en 2011 au Nigeria, tout près du village camerounais où Albert Perry semble trouver ses origines, présenteraient également des caractéristiques empruntés à la fois à l’homme moderne et à l’homme archaïque. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”C’était surprenant parce qu’avant cela, la branche la plus divergente du chromosome Y était trouvée dans des populations traditionnelles de chasseurs-cueilleurs comme les Pygmées ou les Khoe-San [une ethnie d’Afrique du Sud, ndlr], qui sont considérés comme étant les populations humaines les plus écartées vivant actuellement”, a ajouté Hammer cité par Science Daily.(crédits photo : University of Arizona) Le 9 mars 2013 à 14:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The US Army is designing a grenade with selectable explosion modes

first_imgThe US Army has started work its first new hand grenade in 40 years, which could give soldiers much more control over the explosive effects of their ordinance. The Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) grenade being developed at the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey will allow soldiers to choose between fragmentation mode and concussive mode before tossing it.For the last several decades, all Army personnel have been outfitted with the M67 fragmentation grenade. The last concussion grenade that saw wide use in the Army was the MK3A2, which was used from the early 20th century through Vietnam. However, the casing of the MK3A2 contained a lot of asbestos, so it would spread those fibers through the air upon detonation. That was a danger to anyone in the area after the blast.A fragmentation grenade cross-section.Concussion grenades in general, are a desirable option, though. They’re still lethal weapons, as opposed to stun or “flashbang” grenades. However, the lethal radius of a concussion grenade is only about 2 meters, allowing soldiers to reduce the risk of collateral damage. A fragmentation grenade can be lethal at several times that distance because it actually ejects shrapnel in the explosion. Concussion grenades rely on the force of explosion alone.The ET-MP is still in the planning phase, but designers envision a dial on top of the device that will allow the user to select between the two modes before the pin is pulled. It will also feature a safer electronic fuse, which has a longer operational life and more precise timing. It’s also ambidextrous, whereas the current M67 fragmentation grenade is intended for right-handed use. The Army has allocated just $1.1 million for the development of the grenade in 2017, so it’ll probably be a few years before there’s a physical prototype to test.last_img read more

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Okada Manila a positive pachinko negative in Fitchs B Universal rating

first_img“Okada Manila has good potential to establish itself as a leading IR in Entertainment City thanks to its scale and high-end focus,” it stated.“The ramp-up is well under way and Universal expects to complete the construction in 3Q19. Project risk is limited, even after accounting for potential delays and cost overruns, as most of the investment has been completed.”Fitch also noted that Okada Manila meant Universal was well-placed to capitalize on economic growth in the Philippines.However, it noted that the company lacks a track record in the VIP sector upon which it will rely heavily for revenue growth.“It will not only compete directly with established local competitors such as Solaire and City of Dreams, but also strong and experienced overseas rivals,” Fitch said. “As a result, there is limited earnings and cash flow visibility in these sub-segments and greater risk that actual performance may lag behind Universal’s growth targets.”Fitch also noted that Universal’s domestic prospects via its pachinko and pachislot business remained volatile.“Performance in the segment has been affected by regulatory changes that led to a spike in demand ahead of their implementation in 2017. This was followed by a sharp decline in revenue to JPY32 billion and an operating loss of JPY2 billion in January to September 2018, compared with revenue of JPY50 billion and a profit of JPY9 billion in the nine months to December 2017,” it said.“We expect segmental margins to stay below historical averages in view of the downward pressure on pachinko hall operators’ income as a result of declining player numbers and more stringent regulation. There is also limited visibility over the timing and the extent of this recovery.”Fitch also assigned Universal’s proposed US senior secured notes an expected instrument rating of ‘B+(EXP)’ subject to receipt of final documentation confirming current information. 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp has been assigned a Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of B+ with a Stable Outlook by Fitch Ratings Japan Limited, with the ratings agency pointing to the company’s strong market position in Manila via Okada Manila but limited casino operations and pachinko headwinds as impacting its rating.In a Friday release, Fitch said that Universal’s position as a leading IR operator in Manila’s Entertainment City was considered favorably. Load More Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPostslast_img read more

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Canes vs Gators game possibly rescheduled

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The highly anticipated Camping World Kickoff game between the Canes and Gators may possibly be rescheduled for a week earlier.The original date announced for the game was Aug. 31, but both schools released statements on Thursday saying ESPN has asked them to reschedule the game for Aug. 24.The reason for the move is to kick off the 150th Season of College Football celebration.The shift is not confirmed until the NCAA approves of it.If changed, the game will still be played at night in Orlando.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img