Liberals name Richard T Lee as new candidate in Burnaby South

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — The federal Liberals have named a new candidate to run against NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in the Burnaby South byelection.They say former provincial legislator Richard T. Lee will replace Karen Wang on the ballot on Feb. 25.Wang stepped aside Wednesday after she urged Chinese people to vote for her, the “only” Chinese candidate, instead of Singh, who she described as “of Indian descent.”The Liberals say Lee represented Burnaby in British Columbia’s legislature for 16 years, serving for a time as deputy speaker.They note that he has lived in the city for more than three decades.The decision for them to run a candidate in the riding was not a given: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May urged the Liberals to follow her party’s lead in offering a “leader’s courtesy” to Singh by not running against him.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Latest Switzerland secures UK deal on citizens rights

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Britain’s upcoming exit from the European Union (all times local):11:40 a.m.The Swiss government has approved an agreement with Britain for the two countries to safeguard the rights of each other’s citizens after the U.K. leaves the European Union.Switzerland isn’t an EU member but is surrounded by members of the 28-nation bloc and is closely tied to it by an array of bilateral agreements. It is part of Europe’s passport-free travel zone, the Schengen area, and allows EU citizens the right to live and work in the country.Switzerland’s governing Federal Council said it has approved a deal with London to safeguard for life the existing residence rights of Swiss citizens living in Britain and Britons living in Switzerland. It also covers their entitlement to social security and recognition of professional qualifications.Britain is due to leave the EU March 29.___11:20 a.m.British lawmakers are heading off for a holiday break with visions of Brexit dancing in their heads, and a big decision to make.Parliament breaks up Thursday for a 17-day Christmas recess, with no decision on whether to approve the government’s divorce deal with the European Union.Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a vote on the deal last week to avert heavy defeat. It has been rescheduled for the week of Jan. 14, but opposition remains strong across the political spectrum.Amid the impasse, Britain and the EU have triggered plans to try to limit the economic chaos if Britain leaves the bloc on March 29 with no deal.The government hopes the prospect of a disruptive Brexit will persuade lawmakers to vote for May’s deal when they come back.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Flipkart’s second data centre opens in Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad: Online marketplace Flipkart on Monday opened its data centre in Hyderabad to strengthen its technology infrastructure. The new data centre, the second in the country and the first in Telangana, is a part of one of the largest private cloud deployments in the country and will help strengthen its growing marketplace e-commerce business, the company said. It is also expected to enhance the company’s ability to bring in more sellers and MSMEs to the platform and cater to more consumers in the country. This facility has been designed to be Tier-4 rated, most of the power consumed is fulfilled by renewable energy, and it is also one of the mostAenergy efficient data centres in India with a low overall PUE (power usage effectiveness). The data centre was inaugurated by Telangana’s Principal Secretary, Information Technology and Commerce, Jayesh Ranjan, along with Flipkart Group’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Rajneesh Kumar. The data centre has been built in partnership with CtrlS, whose CEO Sridhar Pinnapureddy was also present on the occasion. “In the growing e-commerce business of Flipkart, data centres plays a critical role in serving our sellers and customers better, as well as ensuring business continuity. Our new data centre at Hyderabad is a testimony of our investment in the ecosystem and the state. We are determined to continue growing the business and create a viable ecosystem for MSMEs, local manufacturers and in the process create quality local jobs,” Rajneesh Kumar said. Jayesh Ranjan said Telangana was the first state to come out with a dedicated policy on data centres. “Flipkart’s investment and commitment to the business will further strengthen Telangana as the first choice of IT and tech companies to not only scout for talent but for further strengthening their technology infrastructure establishments as well,” he said.last_img read more

Gazas children set to break world records at UNbacked summer recreation event

Tomorrow, at the Summer Games, these children will seek to break the current world record, which was set in the United States in September 2007. The number of balls dribbled then was just over 3,000, a figure they hope to double.“I have total confidence that the kids of Gaza will break this world record,” said John Ging, the Director in Gaza for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, in a press release issued by UNRWA. “With their extraordinary determination and capacity to rise to a challenge, the children here can do anything.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also expressed his support in a video message. “I want to congratulate the children of Gaza for taking part in this great event. You are showing the world that if you are given the opportunity… you can be number one!”Later this week, the children are expected to set a separate world record for the number of kites flown simultaneously – a record they themselves set during the Games last year.“Two world records in a week is surely another world record in itself,” said Mr. Ging, “and I invite children everywhere to go to our blog and send support.” He was referrring to a Facebook page set up by UNRWA where, for the past month, bloggers from around the world have been invited to send messages of support and hope to the children of Gaza. UNRWA’s Summer Games, now in their fourth year, engage more than a quarter of a million refugee children across Gaza in such activities as sports, arts and crafts, theatre and drama. As the largest recreation programme for Gaza’s children, it is providing 1,200 summer camps for the duration of the Games, which run from 12 June through 5 August this year. 21 July 2010Thousands of children in the Gaza Strip will attempt to smash the world record for the number of basketballs bounced simultaneously in one of the more novel activities that are part of an annual sporting event organized by the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees. read more

Protests will not be allowed along some roads in future

The Minister said that protests will not be allowed on at least five key roads in future as holding protests on those roads affects the public. (Colombo Gazette) Protests will not be allowed along some roads in future, cabinet spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne said today.He said that certain locations have been identified where protests can be staged.

Government accused of fudging in delivering on transitional justice

Media reports highlight the politicisation and ethnicisation related to compensation schemes. It is in this deeply problematic context that the Bill envisages further and heavier reliance on politicians.CPA has repeatedly emphasised the critical importance of reparations in the transformation of societies that have experienced violence, loss and discrimination. Coupled with other reforms, reparations are critical to empower victims, give them dignity and build trust. A weak Office is unlikely to achieve this. Concerns with the Bill’s substance and process and a lack of genuine interest by key government entities to engage begs the question of whether this is merely a box ticking exercise than a genuine attempt at addressing a crucial aspect of reconciliation.The Government will use the present Bill and the establishment of the second transitional justice mechanism it committed to in UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 as evidence of positive progress. CPA reiterates its concerns with two clauses in particular. Clause 11(1)(g) provides that policies and guidelines formulated by the Office will only be adopted upon approval by the Cabinet of Ministers. Clause 22(4) further provides that any such policies and guidelines authorising the disbursement of funds require Parliament’s approval. These clauses create a total dependency on Cabinet vis-à-vis policy formulation and an unnecessary layer of Parliamentary approval to disburse funds for an Office intended to be independent, nonpartisan and autonomous.This dependency on the executive and legislature generated by the current Bill will likely lead to a situation of political bargaining, trade-offs and politicisation that will eventually undermine the integrity of reparations and lose the confidence of victims and affected communities. Despite CPA and others in civil society previously raising and attempting to engage with key actors in government on alternative proposals to strengthen the Bill, the Government has failed to factor in key considerations that could have ensured a victim-centred and independent Office. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has raised serious concerns with the present form of the Bill and notes, yet again, that the Bill will adversely impact the proposed Office for Reparations (the Office) and ultimately reparations themselves if enacted in its present form. The Government has been accused of fudging in delivering on transitional justice.The second reading of the ‘Office for Reparations Bill’ (the Bill) is listed to be taken up in Parliament on Wednesday, 10th October 2018. The first mechanism, the Office for Missing Persons (OMP), was legislated for in August 2016 and operationalised after numerous delays in March 2018. While some will accept these moves as progress, the frequent delays, inactions and obstructions in actually fulfilling the promises it made in 2015 are sadly indicative of a Government that is clearly fudging in delivering on transitional justice, CPA said. CPA notes it is not too late to correct course and display genuine political leadership to address Sri Lanka’s past. This can start immediately with the establishment of an Office for Reparations that is victim-centred and independent. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Owners of polluting VW vehicles could hear details of deal in June

Owners of polluting VW vehicles could hear details of deal in June by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 21, 2016 9:02 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 22, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A U.S. settlement in the Volkswagen emissions scandal that will see the automaker buy back or repair affected vehicles or compensate their owners will apply to Canadian owners of about 100,000 Volkswagen vehicles as well, VW Canada said.U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer announced Thursday that an agreement-in-principle had been reached that addresses the majority of vehicles affected by the ongoing TDI emissions issue.Breyer has ordered all parties to keep the specifics of the agreement confidential until full details are filed in court on June 21.Under the tentative agreement outlined by Breyer, owners of polluting Volkswagens would have the option of selling them back to the company or getting them repaired at VW’s expense.“Resolutions reached with the EPA apply to Canada as well because our Canadian vehicles are certified by the EPA,” Thomas Tetzlaff, a spokesman for VW Canada, said in an email Friday.In a release Thursday, Volkswagen Canada said owners do not need to take any action at this time and they will be provided with next steps once they are available.Volkswagen has admitted some diesel cars had software installed to cheat on emission tests after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publicly revealed the scheme last September. The carmaker has said about 500,000 cars had cheated emissions tests and about 100,000 of them were sold in Canada.“We appreciate the ongoing patience and loyalty of our Canadian Volkswagen customers, employees and dealers, and we will provide more details as additional information is released,” Volkswagen Canada said Thursday.Details of the agreement are expected to come out over the next couple of months. Breyer set a June 21 deadline for attorneys from the U.S. Justice Department and for Volkswagen owners to file additional paperwork about the agreement.After that, owners will get the chance to comment before Breyer signs off on any deal.The scandal erupted in September when it was learned that the German automaker had fitted many of its cars with software to fool emissions tests and had put dirty vehicles on the road.“Although it is too soon to tell whether VW owners will be satisfied, and there are still other liabilities that must be addressed, this is the beginning of the end of the story,” said Michael Steel, an attorney in San Francisco who has advised car manufacturers.— With files from The Associated Press read more

FROM THE FIELD Powering up health care in SubSaharan Africa

UNDP/SlingshotGovernments in Sub-Saharan Africa have partnered with UNDP to launch the Solar for Health initiative to install solar systems in rural health centres and clinics where surgeries may be carried out by candlelight and where vaccines and medicines can expire without proper temperature regulation.The initiative aims to use solar power to refrigerate medicines, maintain health information systems, and create adequate conditions for the delivery of babies, while reducing emissions which harm the environment.Some 405 health facilities across the region have benefitted so far; read more here about Solar for Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. read more

Man 95 spared jail over attempted mercy killing of wife who showed

first_imgTheir son described them as being fiercely independent and having a loving and caring relationship.Geoffrey Fryar, Deputy chief crown prosecutor Mrs Beddows dreaded being taken into care and repeatedly asked the defendant, who had suffered long-term depression himself, to kill her before, under “immense pressure”, he hit her with a pan before he struck a number of blows to her head with a hammer.Sentencing the pensioner – who had been in custody since the incident – the Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, said a judge’s last remark in a case was usually the actual sentence but he told Beddows immediately that he would not be going to jail so as not to “prolong your agony”. Denver Beddows, 95, leaves Liverpool Crown CourtCredit:PA/PA Wire “This is a very sad case and the police and the Crown Prosecution Service have worked hard to treat this case as sensitively as possible for obvious reasons.” A frail Beddows listened to the proceedings via headphones from the dock.Judge Goldstone told him: “Although this was a terrible crime, the blame which attaches to you for what you did is far outreached by the tragedy of the situation and the circumstances in which you found yourself in.”Your acts were acts of last resort because you had failed to persuade her that she was going nowhere.”Sadly, cases of this kind are no longer unusual or exceptional as once they were. The increase in their numbers might suggest that the courts’ emphasis should be on punishment and deterrence rather than the exercise of compassion.”But the reality of the situation is that each case of this kind will turn on its own facts. There may be elderly defendants, even very elderly defendants, whose previous history or whose offending makes the imposition of an immediately custodial sentence wholly appropriate.”Your character built up over 95 years leaves me in no doubt that this court will not see the like of you again.”Beddows later left court without comment. Denver, 95, and Olive Beddows, 88Credit: Cheshire Police/PA 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. A 95-year-old man who tried to murder his wife with a lump hammer in a mercy killing has been spared jail after a judge said their relationship was grounded in “true love”.Denver Beddows attacked wife Olive, 88, at their home in Warrington, Cheshire, after she begged him to take her life because she did not want to die in a care home or a hospital.Mrs Beddows suffered multiple skull fractures and lacerations but is making “a good recovery” in hospital.Liverpool Crown Court heard that the couple’s marriage was “perfect and happy” but both their physical and mental health suffered after Mrs Beddows was involved in a car accident about nine months before the attack on February 4. His parents were sitting on the bathroom floor with the defendant cradling his wife with her head on a pillow, the court heard.Later Beddows told a police officer that his wife was “going mad” and went on to say: “Why did she not die? Don’t try to bring her back.”He went on to say: “I have made a mess of it and now she is still suffering … Why didn’t she die? She is the most beautiful woman in the world and I have made it worse. I would happily be a murderer.”She has been like that for weeks. I couldn’t keep it up. She was petrified about going into hospital.”She didn’t want to live. I am sorry. I loved her dearly.”Philip Tully, defending, said: “He had not agreed to end his wife’s life at the first request but did so following repeated requests at a time when he was in a state of exhaustion and despair in relation to his wife’s well-being.”He submitted that his client had acted spontaneously with the “briefest intention to end his wife’s life”. Denver, 95, and Olive Beddows, 88 “Their son described them as being fiercely independent and having a loving and caring relationship.“In recent months, Olive Beddows developed mental health issues that had been deteriorating. She was being treated for anxiety and depression and had been seen by a mental health nurse a week before the incident.“Mr Beddows had resolutely refused the help of social services. The couple’s son Denver and his wife helped out and visited up to four times a week. Denver said that it was taking longer and longer for his father to get his mother into bed at night and that he was getting tired.“Denver and his wife had been helping him the night before the incident but things had been getting more difficult and his father was becoming distressed.“On the night before the attack took place, his son said his father had been seen hugging Olive saying ‘please come back to me’.“Mr Beddows made several admissions to emergency services after the incident that he had tried to kill his wife and was visibly extremely distressed at what he had done. Denver Beddows, 95, leaves Liverpool Crown Court Judge Goldstone noted that his wife had forgiven Beddows and that she wished to be reunited with him.He said: “That is indeed true love, no doubt earned by you over 65 years of devoted and loyal, loving married life, described by you as perfect and happy.”It is an irony that, following your attack upon her, you rued the fact that she had not died because you regarded yourself as having failed her by failing in your efforts to kill her.”There is no place in a case of this kind for the inflexible application of sentencing guidelines and the guidelines acknowledge as much in the case of what would have been a mercy killing had it succeeded.”Whether you will be able to spend the rest of your days together is not a decision for me. I know that will not be facilitated or allowed to happen if the authorities consider that your wife remains at risk from a further attack from you, whatever your motives may be.”Beddows, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to attempted murder, was sentenced to two years in jail, suspended for two years.Anya Horwood, prosecuting, said Mrs Beddows had become “more anxious” in the weeks preceding the attack, with her mental health described as “fragile”. He said the couple had been married for 65 years and there had been no previous history of domestic violence. In a statement his family said:” As a family we are trying to come to terms with the tragic events that took place on February 4. “The last 12 months have been particularly difficult as we all attempted to cope with Mum’s mental illness, which is still yet to be diagnosed.”At present we are supporting both Mum and Dad, and ask for some privacy whilst we come to terms with the situation.”Det Insp Paul Hughes, of Cheshire Police, said: “Olive amazingly survived her attack although she does remain in hospital with serious injuries. She has shown amazing determination and courage to provide herself with the best opportunity for recovery with the help of marvellous medical staff.”This case has been difficult for all involved and has significantly impacted on Olive, Denver and their family. The ordeal has truly tested them. The courage they have shown from receiving the phone call from Denver on the Saturday morning, through to sentencing has been truly remarkable.”Out of the blue, lives changed on that Saturday back in February and I hope they can now begin to try and rebuild their lives and eventually come to terms with the events of that heartbreaking day which had such a devastating impact on all family members.”Deputy chief crown prosecutor for Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, Geoffrey Fryar, said: “This is a very sad case for all concerned.” Mr Beddows made several admissions to emergency services after the incident that he had tried to kill his wifeGeoffrey Fryar, Deputy chief crown prosecutor The couple’s son, also named Denver, found “blood everywhere” when he visited their home in Dam Lane, Woolston, and heard his father say: “I tried to kill your mother.” Psychiatric reports had showed Beddows – a man with a history of depression dating back to 1962 – was “clearly under a great degree of mental strain and was not thinking straight”, he added. I would happily be a murderer. She didn’t want to live. I am sorry. I loved her dearly.Denver Beddows Mr Tully said: “In my submission there would be no purpose in sending this man to immediate custody. He is a man who loved his wife dearly and describes his 65 years of marriage as ‘perfect and happy’.”He says ‘We just loved each other and enjoyed other’s company. I loved her to bits. We never had any problems’.”The defendant, who had no previous convictions, had been called up at the age of 19 to serve in the RAF and ran a car body repairs business from 1946 to 1986 before retirement, the court heard.Mr Tully said: “It is not expected that Mrs Beddows will be in a fit state to return home even if she wanted to. I am told that although she had been concerned about being taken into hospital, in fact the hospital where she is at the moment she likes and she is being well cared for.”The family have been very supportive. His son lives a very short distance away from the family home and he could provide some assistance to Mr Beddows and keep an eye on him.”Mr Beddows junior was at court for sentence but was absent from the courtroom because he had found the proceedings “extremely distressful”.last_img read more

Old Tipperary convent snapped up for €115000

first_imgA Cork city corner pub called Paddy the Farmers was sold for €485,000 – just €5,000 above the reserve price, while a Kilkenny city bar An Poc Fada went for €370,000.Imperial House, a landmark building in Charleville that comprises of three retail units, seven apartments and a bedsit was purchased for €465,000.A three-bed house beside a harbour in Roscommon almost tripled its reserve price and was bought for €141,000 by a bidder, while a three-bed in Limerick was sold for more than three times its reserve at €106,000.One of the cheaper properties on offer was this three-bed detached home in Roscommon.It sold at €48,000, just above its reserve.Although it doubled its reserve price, this former barber shop in Kilmacthomas, Waterford was snapped up for €31,000. The former Londis in the same village was taken at €55,000.The absolute bargain basement deal of the day though was for these two derelict cottage in Shillelagh, county Wicklow which sold for €22,000.All images: Allsop SpaceEarlier: Sacred Heart convent in Roscrea for sale for €100,000>See all the results from the auction here> ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER distressed property.The latest Allsop Space auction took place in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin earlier today with 118 lots going under the hammer.Just eight properties failed to sell during the bidding, with the majority reaching prices well over their reserves. A total of nine lots were withdrawn prior to the start of the auction.One of the more high-profile lots on offer was the former Sacred Heart convent in Roscrea, County Tipperary which sold for €115,000. Set on five acres, the buildings include a school, a retreat house and accommodation that date back to 1845. The sisters who resided in the convent closed their doors in 2009.Another lot that attracted interest was a 39-bedroom hotel on the River Shannon in Leitrim.The Shannon Key West Hotel, which has been put into receivership, eventually went to the highest bidder for €400,000, a full €100k over its reserve price.Just one buyer paid in excess of €1 million for their purchase today. A Georgian mansion on Fitzwilliam Place in Dublin had a reserve of €850,000 but was bought for €1.11 million. Close to St Stephen’s Green, the main building is vacant but the accompanying Mews House is subject to a tenancy at a current rent of €1,650 per month.last_img read more

Tallaght Hospital secures overdraft

first_imgTALLAGH HOSPITAL HAS taken out an overdraft facility of around €12 million.In July this year the Board of Tallaght Hospital approved a proposal to again secure a bank overdraft as a reserve facility to manage cash flow towards the end of the hospital’s financial year. It said this is considered to be a “prudent financial management decision” and was fully approved by the HSE.While a similar €12 million overdraft facility was availed of by the hospital in 2011, an actual overdraft of €4 million was fully discharged in January 2012. The overdraft limit is calculated based on a percentage of the hospital’s allocation by the HSE and the limit is not related to its financial deficit.The HSE is working closely with the hospital in addressing its finances and provided a letter of support for the bank.Tallaght Hospital has achieved operational savings in 2012 and has reduced its year-on-year spending by 6 per cent despite experiencing a 5 per cent increase in patient numbers and a 9 per cent reduction in its allocation for 2012, said a spokesperson.It has achieved the HSE targets for reductions in agency and overtime costs and its absenteeism is consistently lower than the national target set by the HSE.In 2011, the hospital’s financial deficit was €14.2 million – following a cost reduction and efficiency programme at the hospital, it is anticipated that the deficit will be less than €10 million for 2012.Speaking on Morning Ireland, Eilish Hardiman, chief executive of Tallaght Hospital, said that the hospital has to undertake orthopaedic surgery, for example, before it gets funds for the surgery from the HSE. They have to pay the salaries of the staff and have to have a cash facility available for this while waiting for this payment, she explained.She added that last year the hospital had the same facility and only drew down €4 million and paid that back in January of this year, with the funds coming from this year’s budget.Read: Group set up to oversee HIQA recommendations at Tallaght Hospital>last_img read more

Britain rejects Iraq torture claims

first_imgBRITAIN HAS SAID that it was already dealing with cases of alleged abuse by its troops in Iraq after human rights lawyers sent a dossier to the International Criminal Court.The Ministry of Defence said action through the ICC in The Hague was unnecessary because the cases were either already under investigation or had been dealt with through various courts and processes.Lawyers have drawn on the cases of more than 400 Iraqis, dating from 2003 to 2008, arguing they represent “thousands of allegations of mistreatment amounting to war crimes of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”.They describe incidents ranging from “hooding” prisoners to burning, electric shocks, threats to kill and “cultural and religious humiliation”.Other forms of alleged abuse between 2003 and 2008 include sexual assault, mock executions, and threats of rape, death, and torture.The head of the army, General Sir Peter Wall, ex-defence secretary Geoff Hoon, and former junior defence minister Adam Ingram are among those named in the 250-page dossier, according to The Independent on Sunday newspaper.The Ministry of Defence said it rejected the suggestion that the British military systematically tortured detainees, but said the government regrets the “small number of cases where abuses have taken place”.“These matters are either under thorough investigation or have been dealt with through various means including through the Iraq Historic Allegations Team, independent public inquiries, the UK and European courts and in parliament,” a spokeswoman said.“As such, further action through the ICC is unnecessary when the issues and allegations are already known to the UK government, action is in hand and the UK courts have already issued judgements.“Should we be approached by the ICC, we will take the opportunity to explain the very extensive work under way to deal with historic allegations of abuse.“Wherever allegations have been substantiated, we have compensated victims and their families.”The formal complaint to the ICC was lodged Saturday by Birmingham-based Public Interest Lawyers and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.It calls for an investigation into the alleged war crimes under Article 15 of the Rome Statute.© – AFP 2014Read: Car bombings kill 13 civilians in Iraqi capitallast_img read more

Hanson causing a stir in NSW elections

first_imgPauline Hanson will need support from one of the major parties to gain a seat in the upcoming New South Wales election but both Labor and the Coalition have said they will not support Ms Hanson.Opposition leader Barry O’Farrel was not available for comment, but Neos Kosmos was informed from within the Liberal party that the Coalition will not be giving any preferences to the ALP or to Ms Hanson. A Coalition spokesperson emphasised to Neos Kosmos its position, “just vote one vote for your Liberal Party member or National Party member.” New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally told Fairfax Radio that the “New South Wales Labor party will have no preferences for Ms Hanson.” The fear is that with Ms Hanson’s comeback into politics – after so many unsuccessful attempts – the race debate may rear its ugly head in this election. Liberal candidate Patrice Pandeleos told Neos Kosmos that although she’s not a fan of Ms Hanson, or her policies, she thinks that “the voters are smart enough to do the right thing come the election.” “I think Australia is a very fair society. You always get people who are a little bit more controversial and I think people are too smart to be bogged down by those who are just out for a bit of publicity.” Ms Keneally said that the “NSW Labor Party condemn the sorts of racist and discriminatory policies which come from Ms Hanson and parties like One Nation.” Most political analysts are predicting a landslide win for the Liberal and Ms Keneally has acknowledged this but also painted a gloomy picture of life under a coalition government in New South Wales. Ms Keneally told Sydney Morning Herald to “look after each other. Take care of your neighbour, because there will be fewer police to do that for you. Take care of the old, the sick and the vulnerable because when the health budget is cut there will be fewer nurses and there will be fewer community care workers.” But the Coalition doesn’t seem to be phased by these accusations, or of Ms Hanson’s comeback. They will spend the next fortnight working towards ending the 16 year run of the ALP in New South Wales government. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nos lointains ancêtres prennent vie au musée de Nemours

first_imgNos lointains ancêtres “prennent vie” au musée de NemoursDu 1er octobre 2011 au 23 septembre 2012, au Musée de Préhistoire d’Île-de-France à Nemours, l’exposition L’identité retrouvée permettra au public de découvrir les œuvres saisissantes d’Elisabeth Daynès, une artiste spécialisée dans la reconstitution anatomique des visages des préhumains et des hommes préhistoriques.Dans le domaine de la préhistoire et de la paléoanthropologie, là où science et technologie ont donné leur maximum pour restituer l’aspect de nos ancêtres ou de nos lointains cousins, l’art prend le relais. En se basant sur les acquis de ces disciplines, il est en effet possible de donner à ces êtres une ‘âme’ ou plutôt un visage, domaine dans lequel s’est justement spécialisée la sculpteuse Elisabeth Daynès. Et c’est d’ailleurs son travail qui est mis à l’honneur durant toute une année au Musée départemental de Préhistoire d’Île-de-France de Nemours, grâce à l’exposition L’identité retrouvée.À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesDes réalisations de la ‘paléo-artiste’ (selon son propre terme) – sculptures réelles à regarder ‘dans le blanc des yeux’ ou bien en photo – côtoient les objets insolites qui occupent une reconstitution de son atelier, et un aperçu de laboratoires d’anatomie et de médecine légale, avec des échantillons de nez, d’yeux et autres squelettes. Une scène qui permet au public de comprendre les étapes préalables à la reconstruction des visages millénaires. En vedette, spécialement commandée à l’artiste pour la circonstance, une reconstitution de l’homme du Cerny, un homme du Néolithique datant de 4.300 avant notre ère et découvert à Balloy (Seine-et-Marne), dont les ossements figurent dans les collections du musée.Le 3 octobre 2011 à 20:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un nouveau dinosaure à aspect doiseau découvert en Argentine

first_imgUn nouveau dinosaure à aspect d’oiseau découvert en ArgentinePubliant ses travaux dans la revue Cretaceous Reseaurch, une équipe internationale a décrit une nouvelle espèce de dinosaure de la famille des Alvarezsauridae, dont ils ont trouvé des os et des œufs fossilisés vieux de 70 millions d’années en Patagonie.”Ce qui rend cette découverte unique, ce sont les deux œufs conservés à proximité des os de la patte arrière. C’est la première fois que des œufs sont trouvés à proximité des restes du squelette d’un dinosaure Alvarezsauridae”, souligne le Dr Martin Kundrat, paléontologue à l’Université d’Uppsala (Suède), co-auteur de l’étude cité par Sci-news. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce nouveau dinosaure, vieux de 70 Ma et nommé Bonapartenykus ultimus en l’honneur du Dr José Bonaparte, découvreur de la première espèce de cette famille, a été mis au jour par le Dr Jaime Powell, du Muséum d’histoire naturelle d’Argentine. La créature appartient à un groupe encore mystérieux de dinosaures bipèdes et à plumes, les Alvarezsauridae, mesurant généralement de 0,50 mètre à 2,50 mètres, avec un crâne ressemblant à celui des oiseaux et doté de mâchoires munies de petites dents, des avant-bras robustes mais considérablement réduits, et une énorme griffe à l’une des phalanges. Mais B. ultimus est l’un des plus grands membres de la famille, avec une taille d’environ 2,60 mètres. L’étude microscopique des œufs, probablement sortis de l’oviducte de la femelle après sa mort, suggère que ceux-ci ont contenu des embryons déjà assez développés, mais peut-être contaminés par un champignon. Le 11 avril 2012 à 18:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cesaro not pleased he was left off the official WWE poster for

first_img Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Cesaro Marc Espinoza Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Videos Articles November 27, 2016 at 4:22 am WWE star Cesaro took to Twitter on Friday noting that he was not featured on the poster for WWE’s upcoming tour of Switzerland on May 10 (Zurich).Cesaro is from Lucerne, Switzerland.You can check out his tweet below.When you can’t even make it onto the poster for the show in your home country…#2swiss #2tearsinabucket— Cesaro (@WWECesaro) November 25, 2016 WhatsApp Jeffery Adam Phillips Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions November 26, 2016 at 9:28 pm November 26, 2016 at 9:18 pm Yeah, it is. And to add to the insult, they decide to put his tag-team partner Sheamus on the poster. Nothing against Sheamus, but you figure they’d feature Cesaro who would no doubt get the loudest pops on those shows. He needs to leave, he deserves way better. One of the most legit, strongest, hard working and athletic wrestlers in that company. Probably the most impressive also, with the stuff he does in that ring. Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE He will just get jobbed there anyway the love shitting on people in their home towns! Kurt Angle Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Seth Rollins Rob Giles Considering how early this poster is released, I think this is an angle, especially with Daniel Bryan responding the way he did. He will be on Smackdown soon enough. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte November 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm Now Playing Up Next November 28, 2016 at 1:33 am Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte November 27, 2016 at 6:18 am Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha 6 COMMENTS Yeah that’s messed up. Vince McMahon Sells Off Over $20 Million In WWE Stock Jaime Miguel Now Playing Up Next Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Steven Herrera Google+ Now Playing Up Next TheCyberZon Roman Reigns is in Remission Not cool at all. We’ll see.last_img read more

Silva says Everton is unlikely to sign new players

first_imgThe Everton manager says the board has informed him that finances are not available to acquired new footballers in the January market transfer window.According to Everton boss Marco Silva, the team will not buy new players during the January market transfer window.Silva says the club’s board has informed him that finances are not available to acquire new footballers.“When you asked me the last few weeks the possible players coming or not in the market, I told you that you just can’t sign someone if someone leaves the club or we sell someone,” he told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t have the financial conditions to go in the market, [that] is the feedback I have at the moment. I have to find different solutions.”“It is not the moment for us to talk about player A, B, C or D [and] if they could interest our model as a team,” he added.“We have to work with the players we have here, develop them, let them get better every day. This is our job.”“What can happen in the market you know already, what are our possibilities as a club and my possibilities as a manager to do or not,” he commented.last_img read more

Murthy gets backing of proxy advisory firms on Panaya deal report

first_imgN. R. Narayana Murthy, founder and former chairman of Infosys.Reuters fileIn the ongoing spat over the Panaya probe reports, proxy advisory firms have come out in support of NR Narayana Murthy, the co-founder of Infosys. Murthy’s growing concerns over falling corporate governance standards in Infosys led to this never-ending row between the founders and the CEO Vishal Sikka.The Bengaluru-based independent corporate governance research and advisory firm Ingovern has shown support, among others, towards Murthy’s stance but have also asked the founders for a specific action plan to put the company back on the stability track.Shriram Subramanian of Ingovern told Business Line that it supported Murthy and the other founder’s stand on making the report on Panaya public. “There is merit to what the founders are saying and enough reasons for Infosys shareholders to be worried,” he said.This development comes in the backdrop of Infosys’ stand of not making the Panaya probe reports public, after Murthy’s plea to let release the reports on the public domain. In response to this, Infosys said that it has made full disclosure of its connections between its executives and Panaya’s investors.Ingovern has also raised questions on the company’s stock performance, saying it has gone nowhere in the last 12 months. According to BSE data of last one year, Infosys shares have gone down to Rs 968 from Rs 1,094.”Infosys is no longer a company that we look up to,” said Subramanian. Advisory firms also believe that the recent appointment of co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan has not made that much of a difference. “They make surreptitious disclosures that are not forthcoming and the issues continue to remain,” Subramanian said.Stakeholder Empowerment Services’ (SES), another proxy advisory firm, supported Murthy’s call to make the report on Panaya deal public. “We fully support Murthy’s call. It is important to know all the details concerning the deal,” said JN Gupta, co-founder, and Managing Director.Gupta expects the management to be as transparent as possible regarding any deal. The shareholders have a right to know everything about the deal, Gupta said.Industry watchdogs also believe that continuing top management attrition of SAP aides is a cause of serious concern.In 2015, Infosys acquired Israel-based Panaya for $200 million. Soon after the takeover, two whistleblowers had made impropriety accusations over the acquisition of Panaya. The board then hired American law firm Gibson Dunn, and global risk consultancy firm Control Risks to investigate the entire deal, only to come out clean.last_img read more


first_imgStay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Is Spider-Man: Homecoming good?It’s fine.Wow, just fine?Just fine. It’s better than the two Amazing Spider-Man movies (because everything is better than the Amazing Spider-Man movies – yikes!) but as the broader sweep of the superhero genre goes it’s ultimately a small, pretty shallow, ultimately forgettable film without much in the way of substance or emotional investment – which it feels like it was “meant” to have but just… doesn’t.How does it compare to the rest of Marvel Cinematic Universe?It’s probably the most disposable-feeling, least-consequential MCU installment since Thor: The Dark World. That’s not to say it’s of the same quality (or lack thereof) as that film, but in terms of A.) How much it feels like it “matters” in the grand Marvel meta-narrative and B.) The degree to which you should feel obligated to rush out and see it right away… yeah, it’s about right there. In that respect I guess it’s similar to Ant-Man, though I found the human drama in Ant-Man much, much more involving than this.Okay, what’s the actual storyline?Our story picks up a few months after Captain America: Civil War, with Peter Parker having a difficult time re-adjusting himself to teenage life. He’s now overly pre-occupied with when he’ll get to go on Big Boy superhero missions again and pestering Tony Stark about how he might become a full-fledged member of The Avengers. This ends up causing him trouble within his already difficult high-school social life. He keeps blowing off his friends, schoolwork and potential romantic opportunities so he can pester Stark and Happy Hogan about his next assignment. But this also leads him to take stupid, dangerous risks in his superhero outings that might end up putting an end to his career just as it’s taking off.It sounds like there’s a cheeky-metaphor worked in there…Yup. Marvel actually made Sony release a whole movie about the hero of their “their” superhero franchise begging Robert Downey Jr. to please, pretty-please, let him be in more of the Avengers movies.That’s almost kind of mean – oh! Speaking of which, who are the villains?Michael Keaton is the main antagonist, Adrian Toomes aka “The Vulture.” Here he’s reimagined as the leader of a group of disenfranchised construction workers who feel they got screwed out of the lucrative “cleaning-up-New-York-after-The-Avengers” contract when Tony Stark decided to handle it himself through the Damage Control initiative. There’s also about 4-5 other Spider-Man villains (and/or references to them) among his crew and colleagues, but that would be spoiling.How is Michael Keaton?It’s Michael Keaton, so he turns in a solid, natural-feeling performance despite pretty thin material. As is typically the case with the first installment Marvel films, the bad guys really aren’t the focus here, though Vulture gets more “depth” than most especially toward the end. They’re leaning really hard on the idea that these are pissed-off working-class nemeses for a similarly “underdog hero,” which is a smart throwback to the original comics where Electro was just an electrician and The Scorpion started out as a janitor.How did the controversial “diversity push” with the supporting cast pan out?Pretty well! The high-school stuff is consistently the better parts of the film, while the action is forgettable and there’s no real “iconic” dramatic spectacle like the train fight in Spider-Man 2 or the upside-down kiss from the first movie. What’s especially nifty about the “reimagined” characters is that the film treats it all completely unremarkable. Peter is really the only white kid in his immediate circle of friends, his main crush is Black, his best friend is Asian, his NYC surroundings are similarly cosmopolitan and none of it is deemed worth remarking upon – even in at least one instance where it might have factored into why a certain reveal is a surprise.How is Marissa Tomei?Delightful, but surprisingly underused. I’m pretty sure the same basic “cool aunt” character from Big Hero 6 had the same amount of screen time. There’s a weird running gag where everyone in New York keeps bringing up how hot she is – as though they, too, somehow know that Aunt May is usually a little old lady.Does Iron Man dominate the movie?Not really. His presence makes sense, and whether your tired of Robert Downey Jr or not he showed up to play here – it’s not just a “phoned in” cameo.So what’s missing that left you so underwhelmed otherwise?Emotional resonance and depth, for the most part. The high-school focus works in narrative terms, but it just never feels as “involving” as it’s clearly supposed to. And, look – it’s entirely possible that I’m simply finally too far removed from the teenage experience to fully “buy into” high-school crushes and detention and lunchroom cliques and who’s taking who to the big dance as earth-shaking issues but… if the movie can’t get the audience invested anyway, isn’t that still the movie’s problem? I mean, I was invested in the drama in Edge of Seventeen, and that didn’t even have Michael Keaton trying to kill people with a mechanical bird suit.Do we see or otherwise find out what happened to Uncle Ben in this timeline?No, and it feels like that’s part of the problem. I’m glad they didn’t feel the need to rehash that angle yet again, but it’s also clear that they never found an emotional reference point to replace the function that it usually serves in a Spider-Man story. We’re left with what amounts to an anti-“dropping out” after school special with joining The Avengers standing in for running off to get into showbiz (or whatever) which leaves us without much in the way of overriding stakes.Do you recommend it?Yes, with reservations. It’s not a great film, no classic and definitely left me feeling underwhelmed as a film critic and as a Spider-Man fan; but as an inoffensive teenage superhero movie, it gets the bare minimum of “the job” done. There’s certainly a lot of opportunities to improve in the inevitable sequel (providing Sony doesn’t drive the whole thing into a ditch again with those awful-sounding Venom and Black Cat spin-offs), and I look forward to seeing Spider-Man pop up again in Infinity War; but I can’t really call this one a must-see. It’s just “okay” – The Good Enough Spider-Man.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Evidence of ancient weathering from acid rain may explain melting of snowball

first_img(—A team of researchers from China and the U.S. has found evidence of ancient weathering in a glacial deposit in China’s Hunan province. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team outlines their findings and why they believe ancient weathering offers evidence of acid rain that might have played a role in the development of more advanced life forms on our planet. More information: Kang-Jun Huang et al. Episode of intense chemical weathering during the termination of the 635 Ma Marinoan glaciation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607712113AbstractCryogenian (∼720–635 Ma) global glaciations (the snowball Earth) represent the most extreme ice ages in Earth’s history. The termination of these snowball Earth glaciations is marked by the global precipitation of cap carbonates, which are interpreted to have been driven by intense chemical weathering on continents. However, direct geochemical evidence for the intense chemical weathering in the aftermath of snowball glaciations is lacking. Here, we report Mg isotopic data from the terminal Cryogenian or Marinoan-age Nantuo Formation and the overlying cap carbonate of the basal Doushantuo Formation in South China. A positive excursion of extremely high δ26Mg values (+0.56 to +0.95)—indicative of an episode of intense chemical weathering—occurs in the top Nantuo Formation, whereas the siliciclastic component of the overlying Doushantuo cap carbonate has significantly lower δ26Mg values (<+0.40), suggesting moderate to low intensity of chemical weathering during cap carbonate deposition. These observations suggest that cap carbonate deposition postdates the climax of chemical weathering, probably because of the suppression of carbonate precipitation in an acidified ocean when atmospheric CO2 concentration was high. Cap carbonate deposition did not occur until chemical weathering had consumed substantial amounts of atmospheric CO2 and accumulated high levels of oceanic alkalinity. Our finding confirms intense chemical weathering at the onset of deglaciation but indicates that the maximum weathering predated cap carbonate deposition. Scientists believe that planet Earth was covered from pole to pole in ice at least twice in its long history. The most recent "snowball" event is believed to have occurred from approximately 635 to 650 million years ago. Such an event would obviously have marked a very cold period in Earth's history, but it has also led planet scientists to wonder what might have occurred to melt the snowball. One theory suggests that even as the surface of the planet was frozen, there were still factors that caused a massive amount of greenhouse gases to build up in the atmosphere. Such a buildup would have trapped heat, eventually reaching a point at which surface ice would have melted. That amount of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, would have also led to acid rain, which would have caused weathering on exposed rock after the ice covering melted. But scientists had not found any evidence of such weathering. Now, researchers with this new effort report that they found evidence of weathering in rocks gathered high on a mountain above a glacier. After obtaining samples and studying their magnesium isotopes, the researchers concluded that the rocks had been subjected to intense weathering due to exposure to chemicals consistent with acid rain—during a period in time at the end of the last snowball period.The researchers suggest acid rain might have been falling from the skies for hundreds of thousands of years, contributing, at least in part, to the Cambrian explosion, which occurred approximately 541 million years ago. Their thinking is that runoff from rock weathering due to the acid rain would have made its way to the world's oceans leading to the formation of cap carbonate on the floor, which they believe might have paved the way for the development of more complex life forms. Rock weathering may have led to 'Snowball Earth' A composite image of the Western hemisphere of the Earth. Credit: NASA Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Citation: Evidence of ancient weathering from acid rain may explain melting of snowball Earth (2016, December 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more