Nova Scotia Supports Environmental Technology

first_imgNew environmental technology that reduces dependence on septage lagoons, lowers transportation costs and creates economic opportunities was on display today, June 19, in Lunenburg County. Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, was on hand to see the Altinex Mobile Dewatering Truck demonstration at the home of a local resident who volunteered to have his on-site septic system pumped using the technology. “The benefits of this technology are as much economic as environmental,” said Mr. Parent. “The creation of jobs and future business, investment in manufacturing, and an overall cleaner environment is good for the province and I am proud to support it.” Septic pumpers using this technology will have to make fewer trips to and from discharge locations because the new truck can handle 10 times more septage then today’s trucks. This will result in savings of about 80 per cent on fuel annually and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The truck, which is used throughout Europe, pumps septic systems and then separates the liquids from the solids. The liquid portion is put back in the septic system, which reduces the threat of septic failure. The solid portion may be composted and used in landscaping, land reclamation, silviculture and the creation of biofuels. The dewatering truck technology is also a more cost-effective system which may encourage septic tank owners to pump more frequently. Several municipal governments and industrial users in Nova Scotia are in the early stages of planning to purchase the technology. For more information on Altinex Dewatering Technology, see the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .last_img read more

Tears flow at Thunder Bay hearing for missing and murdered Indigenous women

first_imgA grieving mother, clutching a feather gifted to her by an elder, wiped back tears on Monday as she recounted the torment of losing her daughter — one of dozens of missing and murdered Indigenous women a public inquiry is investigating.As the first witness to testify at the start of three days of hearings in Thunder Bay, Ont., Anita Ross told the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of her mounting despair the evening her daughter, Delaine Copenace, 16, disappeared in February last year.“She went for a walk with other teens,” Ross, of Kenora, Ont., testified, as a photograph of her dead daughter sat on a nearby empty chair. “She never returned.”Ross said provincial police were initially dismissive of her concerns, suggesting the girl was probably just drunk somewhere. But Ross said Delaine, who had a twin sister, was responsible and always let her family know where she was. They began searching, putting up posters, contacting everyone they knew, activating social-media networks.“I was so scared, really hurt not knowing where she was,” Ross said. “It really hurts not knowing where your baby was. I was adamant to find her.”Ross said she felt she couldn’t trust most of the provincial police officers she had to deal with. They seemed indifferent to her anguish, she said.Scores of volunteers and officers would launch an exhaustive search for Delaine, but police called off their search after 14 days.“That broke my heart,” Ross said, tears streaming down her face. “It’s like they gave up on her. I was so angry and hurt.”Several mornings later, officers arrived at her door.“They told me they had found a body,” she recalled. “I asked them right away: Is it my daughter? They said they didn’t know yet. But I think they knew already.”Delaine had been found in the water, still wearing her favourite T-shirt, in Lake of the Woods in March 2016, several weeks after she went missing. Within two days of the grim discovery, the coroner decided the teen had drowned with no evidence of foul play. There would be no inquest, a decision that only added to her anguish.The “garbage” coroner’s report, Ross added, was sloppy and arrived without warning at her home via regular mail.Her daughter, Ross said, showed signs of bruising and no bloating.“Somebody hurt my baby,” she said. “There’s just no way my daughter was in the water all that time. I believe my daughter was abducted and held against her will.”Ross said the feather she was holding was given to her by an elder during the search. “He said, ‘Think of it as your daughter’.”The hearings, in a city in which First Nations have long complained of racism, opened at a hotel with drummer women and the lighting of an oil lamp, traditionally used by the Inuit to provide heat and light in igloos and the North. Elders and support workers were on hand in purple T-shirts to help because “it does get heavy sometimes,” said Barbara Sevigny, a health worker.“Even if they’re found, the murder is never solved,” Sevigny said. “Let’s hope something gets done.”One of the four commissioners, Brian Eyolfson, said solving the problem of violence would be a long-term process.Co-commissioner Michele Audette, said it was important to acknowledge the purpose of the inquiry and the desolation felt by many relatives of the murdered and missing.“A loved one disappears, a loved one got killed. And where was the system?” Audette said in opening remarks. “What we hear so far: They were so lonely.”The inquiry, Audette said, will allow Canada to “officially listen” to what went wrong and “our truth.”In all, about 50 family members and survivors are due to tell their stories during the two days of live-streamed public hearings and a third day of private submissions.The federal government set up the inquiry in December 2015 to address the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The commissioners officially began the inquiry in September 2016 and were hoping to issue a final report by the end of 2018.At least eight Indigenous students, in Thunder Bay for schooling, have been found dead in recent years — several by drowning.last_img read more

Its Official Killjoys Renewed for Final Two Seasons by Syfy

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook “This renewal is the kind of privilege every creator hopes for — a chance to plan the end of your story with the luxury of 20 episodes to do it,” said creator, showrunner, and executive producer Michelle Lovretta. “I’m immensely grateful that both of our network partners — along with Temple Street and UCP — have given our team, cast, and fans this incredible opportunity.” Advertisement Advertisement The Syfy series “Killjoys,” which airs its Season 3 finale on Friday, has been renewed for two more seasons, which will be the show’s last. The network announced that “Killjoys” will return for a fourth season in 2018, and the sci-fi action hour will end after Season 5. The two seasons will round out the “Killjoys” saga with 20 additional episodes. Casting by Buchan Knight Casting (John Buchan & Jason Knight)It’s official #Killjoys is renewed for 2 more seasons!!! Thanks for all your support and see you back in the Quad. https://t.co/UvPQzXpsAz— Aaron Ashmore (@AaronRAshmore) September 1, 2017 Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Cameroon Ban Kimoon welcomes response to killings in Bakassi Peninsula

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban offered his “sincere condolences to the Government and people of Cameroon and in particular to the families of those killed and wounded during the tragic incident.”The statement added that the Secretary-General reiterates the readiness of the UN to support the efforts of the neighbouring countries, “notably within the framework of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, to strengthen border cooperation and bilateral relations overall.”Nigeria formally withdrew from the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula and transferred authority to Cameroon in August last year, in line with the Greentree Agreement signed by the two nations two months earlier. That accord was itself the result of a negotiation process conducted by the Mixed Commission, which had been set up by the then Secretary-General Kofi Annan to help the nations peacefully resolve the Bakassi border dispute.Under the agreement, Nigeria recognized Cameroonian sovereignty over the region, in accordance with a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2002. Located on the Gulf of Guinea, the Bakassi had been the subject of intense and sometimes violent disputes between the two countries for decades. 15 November 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he was encouraged by the “prompt and statesmanlike” response of both Cameroon and Nigeria to Monday’s attack by armed gunmen on a Cameroonian military installation in the once-disputed Bakassi Peninsula that left at least 20 soldiers dead. read more

TimorLeste joins UN campaign to end violence against women

Organized by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the “Say NO to Violence against Women” drive is designed to support Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s multi-year UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.UNIFEM seeks to gather 1 million names through its “Say NO to Violence against Women campaign” website. The campaign will run until 25 November, when the signatures will be handed over to Mr. Ban in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.“Say No to Violence is in support of the Secretary General’s multi-year campaign to end violence against women which aims to engage men leaders and mobilize men and boys as partners with women and girls to put a stop to violence against them,” UNIFEM Regional Director Jean D’ Cunha said at signing ceremony in the Timorese capital, Dili, today.“If we leave male consciousness and practice unaddressed, we will be thwarting the move towards empowering gender relations and the building of wholesome human communities,” said Ms. D’ Cunha, who expressed appreciation for the level of the Government’s support, political will and commitment to end violence against women. UNIFEM Country Manager Elaine Tan said the campaign is very significant to the young nation that the UN helped shepherd to independence in 2002 because it will benefit all the people. “Ending violence against women promotes men as well as women’s engagement in peacebuilding initiatives and local conflict reconciliation in Timor-Leste.“It enables both men and women to build cultures and communities of peace, security and equality in gender relations,” she added. The move by Timor-Leste comes just one day after Norway offered its full support to the campaign, at a ceremony in Oslo organized jointly by UNIFEM and CARE Norway.Meanwhile, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is set to hand over to Timorese health officials two ultrasound machines as well as specialized instruments and supplies for fistula surgery. The equipment will allow doctors to provide better gynecological, maternal and neonatal healthcare, for ensuring safer pregnancies, healthier mothers and healthier babies.The instruments and supplies donated for the treatment of obstetric fistula are provided within the framework of the Global Campaign to End Obstetric Fistula, one of the complications of delivering children without adequate health assistance. 10 September 2008Timor-Leste has become the latest nation to join an ever-growing United Nations global advocacy and awareness-raising effort to eliminate violence against women. read more

Universal announces expansion in latest park wars salvo

ORLANDO, Fla. — There’s a new salvo in Orlando’s theme park wars.Universal Orlando Resort is announcing its latest expansion plans on Thursday with most experts predicting news of a new theme park. The resort already operates Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, as well as the Volcano Bay water park, in Orlando.Universal recently has been acquiring hundreds of acres of land near Orlando’s convention centre.Universal’s announcement comes weeks ahead of the planned opening of a Star Wars land at rival Walt Disney World. An identical land opened earlier this summer at sister park Disneyland in CaliforniaEarlier this summer, Universal also debuted a new ride based on the Harry Potter property, which had fans waiting for hours to ride it.Mike Schneider, The Associated Press read more

Luck Stone partners with Airware to expand UAV data processes

first_imgLuck Stone, the construction aggregate division of Richmond-based (US) Luck Companies, plans to accelerate its growth in Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) technology through a new partnership with Airware, a leading global provider of commercial enterprise solutions for capturing and analyzing aerial data. Airware’s aerial technology is to be used to improve efficiency, impact business decisions.As an early adopter of UAV technology, Luck Stone now owns a small fleet of UAVs that are deployed several times a week to collect data at many of the company’s 22 operations in Virginia and North Carolina. Another corporate investment in this fast-evolving field of expertise was dedicating an associate to be a full-time licensed UAV pilot.“Luck Stone recognized the need to acquire greater amounts of accurate, repeatable data from the air that could be easily accessed and analyzed for improved operational efficiency,” said John Blackmore, Survey and Mapping Supervisor at Luck Stone.“UAV technology is changing rapidly, so we began talking with Airware last year, and evaluating all of the drone solutions on the market,” he said. “We were very impressed with Airware’s advanced, end-to-end UAV data collection processes and powerful analytics tools that were developed specifically for the mining and aggregate industry, which led to this exciting partnership.”“As one of the nation’s top aggregate producers, Luck Stone is committed to innovation in all aspects of operations,” said Mark Christian, Customer Engagement Manager for Airware. “We are looking forward to joining forces with a company that understands the value of UAV technology and its potential to dramatically impact their business.”While flying above the Luck Stone operations, UAVs take hundreds of aerial photos that will be uploaded to Airware’s cloud-based platform. The business intelligence resulting from those images will be used for a wide variety of decision-making purposes to include volumetric measurements, safety inspections, and pit efficiency analytics.Earlier this year, Caterpillar announced its investment in Airware through its wholly owned subsidiary, Caterpillar Ventures. “Luck Stone has a long history of working with Caterpillar, and we are excited that Airware is now a part of that relationship,” said Blackmore. “A significant draw for Luck Stone to this partnership with Airware is their integration with machine telematics data. This real-time equipment data makes it easy for anyone to view the data needed and interpret it accurately,” he added. “Our associates can access the information faster than ever before and analyze it to quickly improve our operational efficiencies at quarry sites and make better decisions for the company.”“Luck Stone’s strong commitment to UAV technology is unprecedented for a privately-owned mining company,” said Emmanuel de Maistre, Vice President of AEC Solutions for Airware. “We look forward to collaborating with them to further develop industry-specific analytics that will significantly benefit mining and aggregate enterprises.”Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Luck Stone is America’s largest family owned and operated producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel. Airware provides end-to-end solutions that enable enterprises to digitize their business and turn aerial data into actionable business intelligence. World-class enterprises look to Airware to improve productivity, operational efficiency, and worker safety. Airware has raised more than $90 million to date from leading venture capital investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and Next World Capital, with strategic investments from Caterpillar Ventures, GE Ventures, Google Ventures, Intel Capital. Airware is headquartered in San Francisco, and has a European office in Paris, France.last_img read more

I would wake up at night panting for breath but I didnt

first_img 6 Comments Short URL Image: Marc O’Sullivan ‘I would wake up at night panting for breath but I didn’t want to admit something was wrong’ Symptoms of heart failure occur when your heart is not pumping blood around the body efficiently Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 3:09 PM Image: Marc O’Sullivan THE IRISH HEART Foundation has launched a campaign to highlight the symptoms of heart failure which affects 90,000 people in Ireland. According to a survey carried out by the charity, 46% of people believe heart failure is similar to cardiac arrest – commonly known as a heart attack – which is when the heart stops or shuts downs.However, the charity said heart failure is a “life-threatening condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body, as the walls of the heart become too weak or too stiff to work properly”.It is calling on the public to take note of the symptoms associated with the “debilitating condition” which include shortness of breath, swollen ankles and fatigue. A new website has also been launched – KnowYourHeart.ie – where members of the public can go online and check if they are experiencing any heart failure symptoms. Sports broadcaster and presenter Michael Lyster, who is heading up the campaign, spoke about his own experiences living with heart failure. “It’s human nature to try to explain away symptoms when we are ill – we don’t want to confront that something might be wrong,” he said.  Apr 9th 2019, 3:10 PM “Looking back, I was experiencing all the classic symptoms of heart failure. I was constantly tired, my ankles were swollen, and I would wake up at night panting for breath – but I didn’t want to admit something was wrong for a long time. “Thankfully, I eventually heeded the signs and got professional help before it was too late. Don’t ignore the signs of heart failure – I would urge anyone experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue and swollen ankles to contact their GP without delay,” he added. Lyster retired as the host of The Sunday Game on RTÉ last year as he approached 65-years-old and said he has a renewed interest in looking after his health. “While I thoroughly enjoyed my career, I have to say that I am relishing my retirement, spending more time doing other things I love and enjoying quality time with my family.“I’m able to do this by actively looking after my health. It is possible to live well with heart failure – it doesn’t have to slow you down once treated properly.”Dr Angie Brown, a consultant cardiologist and medical director with the Heart Foundation said the research showed “people mistakenly think the symptoms of heart failure are similar to those of a heart attack”. “The awareness campaign aims to educate people about the actual symptoms of heart failure which people should be vigilant for, and to reassure people that heart failure can be managed if diagnosed and treated early.”SymptomsSymptoms of heart failure occur when your heart is not pumping blood around the body efficiently and allowing excess fluid to pool in your lungs and your limbs. The most common symptoms associated with heart failure are:FatigueShortness of breath, especially with activityShortness of breath when lying flatSwollen feet and anklesWeight gain, over a short period of time i.e. daysLoss of appetite and abdominal swellingDizziness or near fainting episodesIrritable cough, sometimes producing frothy sputumSudden severe breathlessness waking one from sleep – this requires urgent attention 20,574 Views By Conor McCrave https://jrnl.ie/4583134 Share135 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Buffett says Greek exit from euro may not be a bad thing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said the euro region could withstand Greece’s departure from the currency union.“If it turns out the Greeks leave, that may not be a bad thing for the euro,” Buffett told CNBC in an interview on Tuesday. “If everybody learns that the rules mean something and if they come to general agreement about fiscal policy among members, or something of the sort, that they mean business, that could be a good thing.”Europe’s most-indebted state is locked in negotiations with euro-area countries and the International Monetary Fund over the terms of its 240 billion-euro ($260 billion) rescue. The standoff, which has left Greece dependent upon European Central Bank loans, risks leading to a default within weeks and its potential exit from the euro area.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sought to rally a consensus in parliament late Monday in Athens for an effort to secure bailout funds after proposals to bolster the nation’s finances failed to satisfy his European creditors. The euro extended its biggest quarterly slide versus the dollar since its inception amid the wrangling.“I’ve thought that the euro had structural problems right from the moment that it was put it in, which does not mean it will necessarily fail,” Buffett said on CNBC. “You can adapt to those structural problems, but maybe some countries won’t adapt and they won’t be in. It’s not ordained that the euro has to have exactly the members that it has today.”Charles Munger, vice chairman at Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., criticised Greek citizens last week for trying to vote their way to prosperity. The country’s politics was shaken up in January when Tsipras’ SYRIZA party won the election on a pledge to ease austerity and negotiate a writedown of some of the country’s debt.Buffett told CNBC that, over time, the countries in the eurozone would need to better coordinate their labour laws, fiscal deficits and general management of their economies.“It can’t continue with people going in dramatically different directions,” Buffett said. “The Germans are not going to fund the Greeks forever.” Source: Bloomberglast_img read more

Un petit ver marin pourrait fabriquer de lhémoglobine

first_imgUn petit ver marin pourrait fabriquer de l’hémoglobineLa société Hemarina a découvert un substitut sanguin fabriqué par un petit ver marin. Plusieurs applications découlant de cette procédure sont dorénavant envisagées par cette société.La PME bretonne Hemarina a découvert un substitut sanguin. Cette société basée à Morlaix a relevé les propriétés très intéressantes d’un petit ver marin. Celui-ci pourrait être capable de fabriquer de l’hémoglobine. Le ver en question vit à 30 cm de profondeur sous le sable. Il a pour habitude de laisser derrière lui un petit tortillon qui a retenu toute l’attention des chercheurs et qui pourrait révolutionner les transfusions sanguines, selon BFM Business. Ce ver possède une molécule capable de fixer l’oxygène semblable à nos globules rouges.La molécule offrirait par ailleurs des possibilités de meilleure cicatrisation. Appartenant à un groupe sanguin indéfini, elle peut servir en tant que base de culture pour la recherche en laboratoire et surtout lors d’une hémorragie. l’US Navy a d’ailleurs déjà signé un contrat de co-développement.  Enfin, la cofondatrice d’Hemarina, Morgane Rousselot, a proposé 4 champs d’applications de cette molécule. Le domaine dans lequel la recherche est la plus avancée est l’oxygénation des organes lors d’une transplantation. Une autorisation de mise sur le marché est attendue pour 2012.Le 20 décembre 2011 à 12:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Arjen Robben out for Bayern Munich until 2019

first_imgBayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has confirmed Arjen Robben will not available to him for the rest of 2018The 34-year-old winger aggravated a thigh injury and has been absent for Bayern’s last three matches against Ajax, Nurnberg and Werder Bremen.Speaking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Hannover 96, Kovac broke the news that Robben will miss the rest of their remaining three fixtures before the winter break in Germany.“He won’t play again in this half of the season. The focus is on January 4,” said Kovac, according to Goal.“The doctors looked at it. It makes no sense for us to go into a major injury.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Croatian will not be deciding who plays on Saturday until training today has been completed.“We have one day less due to the Wednesday match than if we had played on Tuesday,” added Kovac.“We will decide who plays after training. We have to keep in mind that we have three games [in eight days].”After Hannover, Bayern will take on RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt next week.last_img read more

Guilty plea Padgett gives SIPT revealing bank statments

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – A lot of bank statements were shown in court this morning as the Special Investigation Team’s lead attorney Andrew Mitchell highlighted payments made by Richard Padgett to Floyd and Lisa Hall. Mitchell said while the Halls will argue that this money was for commissions and therefore legitimate, he plans to show the court that they were not. The list of monies, in the tens of thousands moving from Padgett and even his wife to the former Finance Minister and Deputy Premier and his wife went to companies the pair owns including Paradigm and Whale Watchers. It also revealed the level of money going to the Progressive National Party, under the leadership of Michael Misick around the time of the 2007 General Elections. It was obviously a well funded political machine. Mitchell says Padgett, who was working many ideas for developments including one on East Caicos wanted to create something special and very profitable in the Turks and Caicos and was seeking ‘curry favor’ from the government of the day to make his dreams a reality. During proceedings today, John Perry, QC for former Public Works & Housing Minister, Jeffery Hall challenged Mitchell to prove that monies deposited by the ‘rich man’ referring to Richard Padgett were transferred from the PNP account, illegally. Perry reminded Mitchell that he cannot generalize and that each count against each defendant has to be individually proven and supported by actual evidence. Mitchell said he would provide the evidence for a $75,000 dollar deposit from Mr. & Mrs. Padgett to the PNP.Before the lunchtime break, Andrew Mitchell started to get into the meat of a South Caicos development where 7,000 acres were bought and where there were requests to fast track the project stemming from early 2006 and involving a Chicago developer. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Developer monies allegedly paid to PNP & Defendants Related Items:flloys hall, Guilty Plea, john perry, Lisa Hall, simon padgett Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week Recommended for you Guilty Plea In Court Cases Urged Where Offences Have Been Committedlast_img read more

UN moves to unblock humanitarian aid to N Korea

first_imgThe UN Security Council is poised to back a US proposal aimed at removing some of the hurdles that tough sanctions on North Korea have thrown up in the way of delivering humanitarian aid, according to documents obtained by AFP.North Korea’s humanitarian crisis has left about 10 million people-nearly half of the population – undernourished, according to UN officials, who have reported a drop in food production last year.UN resolutions specify that sanctions should not affect humanitarian aid but relief organizations argue that strict trade and banking measures are creating bureaucratic obstacles and slowing down the flow of vital supplies.A US proposal put forward last month would provide clear instructions to aid organizations and governments to apply for UN sanctions exemptions for North Korea, according to the text seen by AFP.After weeks of negotiations, the UN sanctions committee is expected to give final approval to the new guidelines on Monday.Once approved, a notice will be sent to the UN’s 193 member-states by the committee “to provide a clear explanation of its comprehensive humanitarian exemption mechanism” which will “improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance to DPRK,” according to the documents.The move comes as the United States is calling for maximum pressure to be maintained against North Korea to compel Kim Jong Un to follow through on his pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.After Russia and China urged the council to ease sanctions, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United Nations should not do “one thing” until North Korea takes action to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs.A US official said the guidelines would ensure that “only critical, life-saving humanitarian activities needed in North Korea can continue” and that requests for exemptions will undergo a detailed review.“The United States has been very clear that we will continue to enforce the current sanctions until we achieve the final, fully verified, denuclearization of North Korea,” said the official, speaking on background.Asked about the new guidelines, a Dutch official, speaking as the chair of the sanctions committee, said: “We want to make clear that this is about easing the process, not about easing the sanctions.”Unintended consequencesThe Security Council last year adopted three rafts of sanctions targeting North Korea’s economy in response to Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test and a series of ballistic missile launches.Those sanctions ban North Korea’s exports of raw commodities while severely restricting imports of a range of goods and supplies of oil-vital for the country’s military.The measures have had a chilling effect, with UN agencies and aid organizations struggling to find partners willing to deal with the bureaucratic red tape from the tight sanctions regime on North Korea.“Economic sanctions are not supposed to have an impact on impartial humanitarian action. But they do. They have unintended consequences,” said Simon Schorno, the head of aid operations for the International Red Cross in Asia.“We haven’t seen the guidelines yet but we have been promised that they will speed up procedures, exemptions, and generally make processes run smoother. We’re hopeful that the guidelines will make carrying out our work easier,” he said.At a UN meeting last month, North Korean Deputy Ambassador Kim in Ryong complained that deliveries of medical equipment such as X-ray machines, anti-malaria insecticides and reproductive health kits had been held up for months.Kim said humanitarian aid was being “politicized” and argued that denying assistance to North Koreans in need was a violation of human rights.The United Nations is also facing a major funding shortfall for its aid operations in North Korea.An appeal for $111 million in funding for food, medicine and other basic needs for six million North Koreans has so far raised only $12 million — 10.9 per cent of the total amount needed.Only four countries have come forward with donations: Switzerland, Sweden, Canada and France.last_img read more

10 Things To Know Before The Astros Face The Dodgers In The

first_img Listen 00:00 /12:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Eric Christian Smith/AP PhotoJose Altuve holds the American League championship trophy after Game 7 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. The Astros are in Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers Tuesday night (Oct. 24) in Game 1 of the World Series after knocking off the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.The Astros are the first team to win a pennant in both leagues, having won the National League crown in 2005 before being swept by the White Sox in the Fall Classic. But, this time, fans are hoping for different results.Houston Matters had Jeff Balke give us a preview of the World Series. He writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE ASTROS-DODGERS WORLD SERIES:Two best teams: This is the first time since 1970 that two teams with 100 wins or more will meet in the World Series. Slight edge on the mound: When it comes to pitching, Jeff Balke says the Dodgers have a slight advantage. Their starters are pretty even, but L.A.’s bullpen is definitely better, he says.Bullpen will be key: The Dodgers’ bullpen has been great in the postseason so far. Whether or not the Astros’ bats can get to that bullpen will play a big role in determining who wins this series.Potent bats: Balke says the Astros are a better team offensively in almost every category — at least when they’re playing their game. We’ll see how they fare against elite playoff pitching from the likes of Clayton Kershaw.Pitchers at the plate: For games in Los Angeles, the designated hitter will not be in effect. So Houston pitchers will have to bat — some of them for the first time in their careers — and that could break up the Astros’ normally potent lineup. But the good news is the Dodgers’ pitchers will have to hit too.Defensive edge: The Astros flashed some leather throughout the series, and, while Balke thinks both teams have great defense, the Astros have a slight edge, he says.Bats under wraps: Another major question will be whether the Astros can keep down some of the powerful bats near the top of the Dodgers’ lineup, such as Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner.All lined up: Despite needing seven tough games to knock off the Yankees, the Astros enter the series healthy and with their starting rotation basically normal. Dallas Keuchel will start Game 1 and Justin Verlander will start Game 2. Balke thinks Charlie Morton, one of the heroes of Game 7 of the ALCS, will likely get the start in Game 3.Unfamiliar territory: Jeff says, as a Houston sports fan, he’s not used to coming into a season (or a postseason) where people expected the Houston team to win — or at least truly have a shot. He says this is the first time since the Rockets’ NBA championships that a Houston team was seen by some as a favorite and has (so far) lived up to that promise.Going the distance: Jeff says this series will be a tightly contested one, and he picks the Astros to win in seven games. Xlast_img read more

Xbox One will launch on November 22 one week after the PS4

first_imgNot too long ago, we got word that the PlayStation 4 would release to the world starting in North America on November 15 of this year, giving everyone a little bit of time to secure a console for the coming holidays. We knew the Xbox One would release sometime in November, but we didn’t know whether it would land before or after the PS4. Today, Microsoft officially announced that the Xbox One would release one week after the PS4, on November 22.The console will launch in 13 markets initially, which include the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain. Though the console has sold out of pre-orders, Microsoft has made some new launch consoles available. This announcement follows the news that Microsoft has bumped the Xbox One’s CPU by around 10% in power, from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz. Not too long ago, Microsoft also gave the console’s GPU a modest boost in power — 53MHz — from 800MHz to 853MHz.The November 22 date holds importance for Microsoft and Xbox fans alike, as the Xbox 360 was released on that very day (in the United States and Canada) back in 2005. It’s a little jarring when you realize that was eight years ago, and the PS3 and Xbox 360 almost lived up to that desired 10-year cycle both Sony and Microsoft claimed they would.The Xbox One will retail for $499 — one of the only aspects of the console that Microsoft has not yet changed since the initial, disastrous reveal.last_img read more

Ivory Coast says it will disarm militias in west

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice The military says it also will seek to disarm the dozos, traditional hunters who have assumed unofficial security roles since postelection violence ended last year.At least 3,000 people were killed in Ivory Coast after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede the November 2010 election to current President Alassane Ouattara.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – An Ivory Coast military official is announcing plans to disarm militia groups in the country’s volatile western region.Army spokesman Cherif Moussa said the “pacification operation” would involve 800 soldiers.The operation would specifically target Amade Oueremi, head of a Burkinabe militia group implicated by Human Rights Watch in a March 2011 massacre in the town of Duekoue. Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The vital role family plays in society Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 0 Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Senior travel booms in China with Yangtze a popular spot

first_imgThe tour was organized by the Shanghai Xiehe Tourism Agency, with the ship run by the state-owned Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corp., which specializes in Yangtze River travel. The ship, the Eastern Star, was plying the river upstream from Nanjing near the eastern coast all the way inland to Chongqing, a trip of 10 days and about 870 miles (1,400 kilometers).There are many versions of senior-friendly trips designed for different income groups, with some low-cost options charging 3,000 yuan, or about $480, for five days on Hainan island, not including airfare, said Beijing travel agent Qi Chun Guan. For Yangtze River travel, most groups fly into the metropolis of Chongqing and then travel downstream to the city of Yichang, Qi said.“Before, the elderly saved all their money,” Qi said. “Now, they want to go out and see the rest of the world. These people have seen their share of suffering in their lives. Now, with economic development, it’s so different from previous generations.”The boom in travel has been one economic bright spot to a graying population that’s presenting China with one of its most serious policy challenges.With U.N. data showing the number of Chinese over age 65 projected to almost double to 210 million people by 2030, the country’s retirement system will struggle to keep up, especially as China’s one-child policy limits the number of working-age people who can pay for the pensions and meager benefits of their elders, said Yong Cai, an assistant sociology professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories In this photo taken Friday, June 5, 2015, an elderly Chinese woman is pushed in a wheelchair near the entrance to the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing. The number of senior tourists in China jumped by 58 percent last year compared to 2013, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper, and 62 percent of Chinese senior citizens join organized tours. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes BEIJING (AP) — When Li Caohua retired in her late 50s, the doctor immediately joined millions of other Chinese seniors and hit the road to see more of her giant country.At the top of her destination list was tropical Hainan island in the south and the ancient villages around her home city of Beijing. Then there was the most grandiose of China’s landscapes — the mythic brown waters of the Yangtze River and its mist-enveloped Three Gorges.center_img “If you have the money, you go out and play,” Shu said. “I’ve learned to like it.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Over the decades, Li survived such horrors of 20th century Chinese history as the man-made famines that killed more than 30 million people in the late 1950s and the political anarchy of the Cultural Revolution that followed. Now, as she and hundreds of other seniors danced, played cards and chatted Thursday in the winding walkways of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, Li said it was her time to play.“We are fortunate in China that we can travel, and I’ve seen so much,” the 60-year-old woman said. “We’re all traveling now to a lot of places.”Travel agencies and packages catering to elderly Chinese say business is booming, amid overall growth in the country’s travel industry. The number of senior tourists in China jumped by 58 percent last year compared to 2013, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper, and 62 percent of Chinese senior citizens join organized tours.One such tour ended tragically Monday night when a river cruiser carrying more than 450 people, mostly elderly tourists, capsized in a heavy storm in the Yangtze. By Saturday, nearly 400 have been confirmed dead, making the capsizing the deadliest maritime tragedy to hit China since the country’s civil war seven decades earlier. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories “It’s very clear that the next 10 to 15 years down the road will not be so good for the pension system,” Yong said. “Xi Jinping has been saying China has to deal with the new economic reality and part of this is a new demographic reality.”For middle-class seniors, however, comes strength in numbers, Qi said. Elderly women known as “dancing grannies” fill the parks of many cities with their music and dance routines. Enormous groups of seniors are also regular sights at Chinese tourist attractions such as Beijing’s Forbidden City.Among the most popular domestic destinations for elderly Chinese are the southeastern coastal province of Fujian and central Sichuan province, where the Eastern Star cruise ship was headed Monday when it overturned, Qi said.He said travel along the Yangtze has fallen since the world’s biggest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam, opened in 2012 and flooded historic sites and scenic canyons.One 55-year-old property manager, who would only identify himself by his family name of Shu, said he took two-day trips to towns around Beijing with other older Chinese, paying 600 yuan, or about $100, for each excursion. On Thursday, he strolled along the Temple of Heaven’s historic covered walkway, protected from the rain and taking in the fresh air, part of what he said was his semi-retired morning routine.last_img read more