17
October
2019

Sexual harassment suit against former Ontario premier David Peterson dismissed

first_imgTORONTO – A sexual harassment lawsuit against former Ontario premier David Peterson has been dismissed, his lawyers said Tuesday, noting that the woman who launched the legal action had apologized for doing so.The lawsuit was brought in 2015 by a former Toronto Pan Am Games manager, Ximena Morris, and initially sought $10 million in damages, and was later amended to $3 million in damages. It alleged a history of flirtatious remarks from Peterson — who was chair of the board for the Games — that escalated into unwanted hugs, sexually tinged remarks and public humiliation.Peterson had denied the allegations, calling them “wild and untrue.”In a statement issued Tuesday, his lawyers said the lawsuit had been dismissed by Ontario Superior Court and Morris had apologized to Peterson and his wife. The court order does not award costs to either party.“David Peterson is a public figure who has contributed enormously to the service of the people of Ontario, both as premier and through continued volunteering activities, including chairing the Pan Am games,” Peterson’s lawyer Lisa Talbot said in the statement.“We have maintained from the beginning that this lawsuit was completely without merit. Sexual harassment is intolerable. This was never that case.”Morris had also named the Pan and Parapan Am Games organizing committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee (a partner of the Games) and three members of the executive team at TO2015 in the suit.Peterson, who was premier from 1985 to 1990, was instrumental in helping Toronto win the bid to host the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games and had served as chair of the board since September 2013.Ontario deputy premier Deb Matthews, who is Peterson’s sister-in-law, said she has spoken to the former premier.“We’re all very happy to see a resolution of this issue complete with an apology,” she said.Peterson’s lawyers had complained that the suit was lingering in the courts and Matthews acknowledged it was a long and difficult process.“It’s been tough, for sure,” she said. “But David felt very strongly that an unfounded allegation should not go unchallenged.”last_img read more

14
October
2019

Bellegarde urged Trudeau in letter to declare UNDRIP support at UN

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Justin Trudeau government was lauded Tuesday for officially embracing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) during a presentation before the world body’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett officially indicated Canada’s decision to fully embrace UNDRIP during a speech at the permanent forum in New York City.“I am here to announce on behalf of Canada, that we are now a full supporter of the declaration, without qualification,” said Bennett, during her speech. “We intend nothing less than to adopt and implement the declaration in accordance with the Canadian Constitution.”First Nation leaders were quick to praise Bennett’s declaration.“Canada is sending an important message to Indigenous peoples, to all Canadians and the international community that Indigenous rights are human rights,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde in a statement. “(UNDRIP) is a framework and essential tool to guide the work of reconciliation that will move us all forward.”Quebec’s regional AFN Chief Ghislain Picard said the Trudeau government’s commitment lays a “strong foundation for the way in which we should work together: respectfully.”Marie-Claude Landry, the chief commissioner for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, also praised the government for its embrace of UNDRIP.“This important moment in history is a key step towards supporting and rebuilding the nation-to-nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples,” said Landry, in a statement. “Canada’s decision to acknowledge the unique and inherent rights of Canada’s Indigenous peoples sends a strong message to Canadians and the world.”Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said he welcomed Canada’s “statement of good will” but expressed concern the Trudeau government was still qualifying its support for UNDRIP by saying it would be interpreted through section 35 of the Constitution.“Section 35 is the legal floor upon which to build in more robust, consent-based processes between Indigenous peoples and the Government of Canada that are based on our right to free, prior and informed consent, which is a much stronger standard than ‘consultation,’” said Obed, in a statement. “Unfortunately, these qualifying statements based on Canada’s interpretation about how the Declaration will be implemented are fundamental departures from the spirit and intent of the Declaration itself.”While the Trudeau government has previously said it would be adopting and implementing UNDRIP, it was urged behind the scenes by prominent First Nation leaders to make a public and political commitment on the document.Bellegarde wrote to Trudeau in April requesting the government declare its support for UNDRIP at the permanent forum.The letter also asked the government to officially withdraw qualifications attached to the previous Conservative government’s endorsement of UNDRIP in 2010, which reversed its 2007 vote against the document.Bellegarde’s letter stated the previous administration of Stephen Harper submitted an “explanation of vote” (EOV) in relation to its stance on UNDRIP during the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples in 2014.“These statements were clearly aimed at diminishing the importance of the rights recognized in the declaration and are inconsistent with international human rights law,” said Bellegarde, in his April 15 letter to Trudeau, which was obtained by APTN National News. “In view of the progressive and welcome positions of your government, the AFN strongly believes it is time for Canada to formally and explicitly withdraw its EOV.”Bennett said Monday, during a press conference, the government was formally removing its “permanent objector status” to UNDRIP. Bennett couldn’t explain exactly what that meant during a teleconference with reporters following the press conference.Indigenous Affairs officials were also not able to explain what this meant and whether this move covered Bellegarde’s request to remove the EOV. The department had not provided a response to a request for comment as of this article’s posting.Global Affairs referred questions on the issue to Indigenous Affairs.Paul Joffe, a lawyer with an expertise in international human rights, said the term “permanent objector status” exists in legal theory in reference to concerns from states over certain rights and obligations becoming customary in international law.Joffe, who was involved in the process that created UNDRIP, said Canada could never claim permanent objector status on the document because its objections focused on certain provisions and only surfaced after the Conservatives took power.Joffe said the Conservatives essentially eliminated any possibility of Canada claiming permanent objector status when it decided to endorse UNDRIP in 2010.“Anyone who endorses an instrument would be laughed out of the forum if they said, ‘we are permanent objectors,’” said Joffe, who also represents the Grand Council of the Crees in Quebec. “The two are totally contradictory.”Joffe said the UN doesn’t keep track of which states have permanent objector status to the various international agreements because not all believe such a position is even valid.“No one keeps track…some don’t believe in the theory,” said Joffe. “The onus is on the state to show they are permanent objectors and it doesn’t mean they will believed. Countries say all types of things in these political negotiations, so it doesn’t mean it has any validity.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

13
October
2019

Enbridge to begin building road to access pipeline explosion site in BC

first_imgEnbridge says it has completed soil sampling and preliminary field observations in the area of the blast and found no traces of hydrocarbons in the soil.It also says field observations show that animals and plants are still active and viable around the explosion site.Enbridge says it expects the site to recovery quickly.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Enbridge Inc. says it has begun construction of a temporary access road to the site of a natural gas pipeline explosion in Prince George, B.C.In a news release issued Sunday the company says construction will take a few days, but it has no timeline on when the repair work will be completed.An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line and another pipeline is supplying natural gas on a reduced basis.last_img read more

13
October
2019

BC Hydro starting to install towers for Site C Project

first_imgMap indicating the path of the transmission line. Source B.C. HydroB.C. Hydro says there will be increased vehicle traffic on the south side of the Peace River in and around the transmission line right-of-way, as it is cleared and the transmission lines are constructed.They also warn that during the installation of the towers, disturbances could occur in relation to hunting and trapping activities.To ensure the safety of the public and Hydro crews, B.C. Hydro is reminding hunters to watch for signs that indicate active work areas and do not hunt or shoot in areas where construction crews could be working.For more information on the hydro tower installations, you can visit the Site C Project website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has started to install hydro towers, last week, as part of the ongoing work for the Site C Project.According to Hydro, a total of 405 towers will be installed to support two new 500-kilovolt transmission lines running west from the Site C Dam on an existing transmission right-of-way to the south of the Peace River between the Peace Canyon generating station.These 75-kilometre-long lines will connect Site C power to the rest of the Province’s power grid.last_img read more

12
October
2019

The Hassania School to Represent Morocco in the Enactus World Cup…

By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – The Hassania School of Public Works (EHTP), among other schools in Morocco, presented their projects to Enactus, an entrepreneurial challenge program.EHTP won first prize in the competition and will go on to represent Morocco in the Enactus World Cup. It will be held from September 28th to September 30th in Toronto, and will display the projects of 3,500 students from all over the world. EHTP, located in Casablanca, is one of Morocco’s oldest schools of engineering. It serves about 850 students of college age. The school specializes in civil engineering, regional planning, and electrical engineering.“Of 80 teams, 48 were able to present projects with a social impact through regional competitions organized in Fez, Tangier, Marrakech, Rabat, Agadir, Casablanca, and the quarterfinals which took place in Rabat,” said the president of Enactus Maroc, Majid Kaissar El Ghaib, after announcing the winners of the competition. “At the end of that night, there was not only one winner, but I want you to keep in mind that you are all winners. Morocco can be proud of you.”Enactus is a non-profit international program to motivate students to make a change in the world. It is described as “a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.” They view the competition as an investment in the students, and believe that they have the potential to make the world a better place.Last year’s project, from a different school in Morocco, studied the deaf community of the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer region. The students found that many deaf children do not go to school, and deaf adults cannot find meaningful employment. They founded a website and news program that provided education, news and information in sign language and French. The project, which now employs four deaf contributors, will be handed off to members of the deaf community and hire up to 10 more people in the near future. read more

12
October
2019

Imlil Murders: Muslim, Jewish, Christian Scholars Demonstrate Coexistence Between Religions

Rabat – In the vigil held in Marrakech, three representatives of the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, came together and posed for a hand in hand picture.The three representatives are the Jewish community president in Marrakech, an Imam of a mosque, and the representative of the Christian community in Marrakech.The hand in hand picture has been widely shared on social media, symbolizing coexistence between the three religions. Moroccans also organized vigils in front of Denmark and Norway embassies on Saturday in Rabat. Participants denounced the ‘heinous’ crime committed against the two innocent Scandinavian tourists and carried banners displaying messages of solidarity. The banners read “No to terrorism,” and “We are all Danish and Norwegian.”Read also: Scottish Woman Living in Imlil Delivers Touching Testimony about MoroccoMoroccans from all walks of life denounced death of Maren Ueland and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, who were found dead inside their tent in an isolated mountainous area, 10 kilometers from the village of Imlil in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested the four individuals involved in the murders. DGSN spokesperson Boubker Sabik said in an interview with Moroccan television channel 2M on Sunday, that the individuals acted on their own without coordination with the terrorist group ISIS. read more

11
October
2019

Top UN health official refutes conflict of interest claims in handling of

8 June 2010The head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today spoke out against accusations that the agency bowed to pressure from pharmaceutical companies in its handling of the H1N1 pandemic. The head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today spoke out against accusations that the agency bowed to pressure from pharmaceutical companies in its handling of the H1N1 pandemic.An editorial by the British Medical Journal questions the objectivity of WHO’s decisions regarding the influenza, citing that it had been advised by experts on the pandemic who were also on the payrolls of drug companies.In response, Director-General Margaret Chan acknowledged that “potential conflicts of interest are inherent in any relationship between a normative and health development agency, like WHO, and profit-driven industry.”She noted that WHO is in the process of establishing and enforcing stricter rules of engagement with the private sector, but stressed that “at no time, not for one second, did commercial interests enter my decision-making.”Rather, the decisions to raise the level of pandemic alert, Dr. Chan underlined, were based only clearly defined virological and epidemiological criteria. “It is hard to bend these criteria, no matter what the motive.”She also countered claims that WHO changed the definition of a pandemic to benefit the pharmaceutical industry, noting that the current pandemic preparedness plan – which defines phases of pandemics – was finalized before a new strain of H1N1 was even on the horizon.The WHO chief said that she is taking criticism levelled against the agency by the media seriously. She has called for a “critical, independent and transparent” assessment of its performance, having called for the creation of a review committee which began its work in April.She also refuted the implication in the editorial that “WHO provoked unjustified fear,” emphasizing that “the record is otherwise and not a matter of interpretation.”Dr. Chan said that when announcing the start of the H1N1 pandemic last June, she made sure to underscore that the number of deaths worldwide was small.“In every assessment of the pandemic, WHO consistently reminded the public that the overwhelming majority of patients experienced mild symptoms and made a rapid and full recovery, even without medical treatment,” she said. read more

08
October
2019

Sri Lanka recalls its envoy to KL

The seasoned envoy and former political columnist in The Island newspaper is believed to have agreed to come to Malaysia as he was aware of the problem in Malaysia, and felt he could help in Sri Lanka-Malaysia relations as he spoke some Tamil. The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia K. Godage has been recalled to Colombo after falling afoul of his External Affairs Ministry over a seemingly sympathetic ear to pro-Tamil Sri Lankan groups in Malaysia.The 76-year-old veteran diplomat is expected to leave for home at the end of the month, just eight months after being called out of a 15-year retirement to be posted in Malaysia. “(I) Trust you would recall what I wrote about you when you took over from Rohitha Bogollagama. Yes, I was delighted because I expected you to bring a professional approach to diplomacy and to the management of our foreign relations,” he wrote.Godage told Peiris that he had come out of retirement to serve “as I felt that I could yet be of service to our country”. He has sent a strongly-worded letter of appeal to External Affairs Minister Prof G.L. Peiris, who is seen to be the prime mover behind his sacking by raising the matter with President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Godage is the second Sri Lankan High Commissioner to be recalled in eight years, the first being Rosy Senanayake, who was recalled after a change of government in 2004.He can be credited with many achievements since his arrival in January this year, including reviving the Sri Lanka-Malaysia Joint Commission and the relationship with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute.He also managed to get the Malaysian National Institute of Public Administration to agree to train Sri Lankan civil servants. (New Straits Times) In his letter published on a blog called dbsjeyaraj.com, Godage said he “cannot quite believe it that you, of all people, had me ‘recalled’. He said his recall was both “unjust and unfair, and certainly not what I ever expected”. In an immediate response, Godage confirmed that he had been recalled on short notice.It is learnt that Peiris had taken exception to Godage’s remarks at a recent meeting of Sri Lankan envoys in Colombo, where the envoy had asked for answers to questions posed by pro-Sri Lankan Tamil Malaysian groups on what was being done for Sri Lankan Tamils.He declined to elaborate but said he would be leaving for Colombo at the end of the month after tying up loose ends at the high commission. read more

03
October
2019

Analysts New inversion rules will kill PfizerAllergan deal

Drugmakers Pfizer Inc. and Allergan Plc are scrambling to determine whether to proceed with their plan to merge and move Pfizer’s address — but not its operations or headquarters — to lower-tax Ireland. They are taking another look after the U.S. Treasury Department issued new rules to make such “tax inversion” deals less profitable.Both companies were mum Tuesday on what they’ll do, other than to swat swirling rumours that they’re leaning toward dropping the inversion.But analysts and tax experts are debating whether the new, unexpectedly aggressive tax law changes issued late Monday will kill the deal.Most are saying the new rules likely will — and that the changes and their timing are squarely aimed at preventing New York-based Pfizer, the biggest drugmaker based in the U.S., from completing its proposed $160 billion Allergan acquisition and inversion in the second half of the year.“The Obama administration isn’t just sending a message to Pfizer, it’s sending a message to all U.S. companies contemplating inversions, and that message is ‘Don’t,” said analyst Steve Brozak, president of WBB Securities LLC.Investors seem to view the deal as dead, and were trading shares in the two companies at a furious pace Tuesday. Allergan’s U.S. shares fell $41, or 15 per cent, to close at $236.55 Tuesday. Pfizer shares rose 64 cents, or 2.1 per cent, to $31.36.Tax inversions and the need to overhaul the U.S. tax structure have become a hot issue in the presidential campaign, with some candidates calling Pfizer and other companies considering such deals “unpatriotic.” President Obama held a news conference Tuesday afternoon, saying the Treasury rules are meant to prevent “one of the most insidious tax loopholes out there” and prevent wealthy corporations from shirking their tax responsibility.In an inversion, a big company buys a smaller one in another country, usually with a lower tax rate, then moves the combined company’s address on paper — but little else — to that country. Allergan itself is the result of multiple inversions, and despite its Dublin address is operated from offices in Parsippany, New Jersey.No one expects Pfizer or Allergan to announce what they’ll do soon, given the complexity of determining exactly how much of the inversion’s expected financial benefit would be wiped out by Treasury’s 300-plus pages of new regulations. Pfizer had expected to save hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. taxes annually by doing the inversion.Shares also fell Tuesday for other companies that have been planning inversion deals: Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. and Ireland’s Tyco International, makers of heating and other building control systems that announced a $14.6 billion deal in January, and drugmakers Baxalta Inc. of Bannockburn, Illinois, and ShirePLC of Ireland, which are planning a $32 billion inversion deal.As for Pfizer, experts disagree on what its Plan B will be and on its value and future prospects without the deal.Cowen and Co. analyst Steve Scala wrote to investors that Pfizer’s “innovative engine is starting to deliver, as evidenced by the success” of new breast cancer drug Ibrance, the promise of its immune system-boosting cancer drugs and growing sales of its pneumonia vaccine Prevnar-13 and blood thinner Eliquis.Scala wrote Tuesday that Pfizer “has one of the industry’s most expansive pipelines” and forecast that the standalone company would have earnings-per-share growth of 11 per cent from 2016 through 2020, “among the best in the group.”Jeffries International analyst Jeffrey Holford, on the other hand, sees “few other key catalysts for Pfizer in 2016 outside the Allergan merger and potential” separation of its global established products business, which sells older, mostly off-patent drugs, particularly outside the U.S.Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s on Tuesday renewed its “Buy” recommendation on both Pfizer and Allergan shares.The Allergan deal is Pfizer’s third attempt at pulling off an inversion, including its failed hostile attempt to acquire Britain’s AstraZeneca PLC in 2014. Pfizer’s top management has been desperately seeking a way to quickly boost the company’s value and stock price amid years of relentless pressure from analysts and others to break up the company so growth and profits could accelerate. If that happened, Pfizer likely would spin off the established products business.The company has a history in this century of doing mega-acquisitions that allow it to cut costs and increase sales to boost profits quickly. That has kept Pfizer among the top global drugmakers but hasn’t pleased investors enough, which ultimately led to the ouster of CEO Ian Read’s predecessor late in 2010.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at www.twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma FILE – In this Nov. 23, 2015 file photo, traders James Matthews, left, and John Panin work at the post that handles Pfizer, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Pfizer Inc. and Allergan Plc are scrambling to determine whether to proceed with their plan to merge. Both companies were mum Tuesday, April 5, 2016 on what they’ll do, other than to swat swirling rumors that they’re leaning toward dropping the inversion. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Analysts: New inversion rules will kill Pfizer-Allergan deal by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2016 11:54 am MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

02
October
2019

Transport News Brief – Monday 21 January 2007

Ford plans CV Showcase Ford of Britain says it plans to continue to showcase its ever-increasing range of commercial vehicles at the CV Show 2008. With more floor space than last year, the firm promises that visitors will see recent news turn into real products on the stand, number 10-330 with a 4.6 tonne Transit, One Stop Shop vehicles, Ranger special editions and much more. More from Ford on +44 (0)8 457 111 888 or www.ford.com Big Finkbeiner lifts on Maywood’s stand at the CV Show Maywood, which recently said it had booked stand nr 8-410 at this Spring’s CV Show, says it will have two Finkbeiner lifts fully working on its stand. The first is an electro-hydraulic mobile column lift with a capacity range from 10 to 28 tonnes and is suitable for outside use. The second is a platform lift has capacities up to 50 tonnes and platform lengths from 6.5 to 18 metres. “This lift offers complete access to the vehicle from all sides,” says Mick Norman, commercial sales manager, who will manage the CV Show stand for the firm. More from Mick Norman on +44 (0)7 884 310 928 or mick@maywoodgroup.co.uk CV Show visitor registrations climb 100% in a week With on-line registration for this spring’s CV Show open less than two weeks, the number of people going to www.cvshow.com to book Fast Track entry tickets has already surprised the organisers. “Registrations accelerated quickly as the system went live on January 7 and are now running at well over a thousand a week.” said Claire Balch, CV Show coordinator. People who register on-line will get an advance copy of the CV Show guide with their Fast-track ticket, three weeks before the Show opens. “This will help you beat queues at the doors and get you a £2 discount on the special Early Bird breakfast. Booking tickets early will help you make the most of your visit to Britain’s only national transport and logistics Show.” More from Claire Balch on +44 (0)2 073 441 636 or cvshow@cvshow.com Tougher emissions laws bring bonus to Corus Corus Engineering Steels, the specialist steel division of Corus thinks it is well placed to help engine and fuel system makers cope with the consequences of increasingly tough emissions regulations. “Meeting those targets will demand even greater precision from manufacturers – for instance very high pressure fuel injection will have a big role and that in turn will demand the very precise machining of very high grade steel,” said Martin Boomer, technical director. The firm is confident that its unique ability to produce special steels will help manufacturers cope with the pressures of 3,200 bar that already feature in its discussions with fuel system makers. Corus already produces aerospace grade steel and Boomer used this as an example of the sort of very specific, high performance material that he believes will be needed and that the company is uniquely well placed to deliver. More from Marco Ferrari on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or mferrari@automotivepr.com Katco look forward to 2008 Katco Parts says it has come a long way since its launch at last year’s CV Show. The firm has increased its range of wheel and tyre assemblies to include most major UK trailer makers. With its access to low cost suppliers, Katco has a highly competitive range of landing legs, gearboxes and small trailer axles. “Interest has been so positive that Katco now offer a special projects service enabling us to tackle bespoke development contracts supported by long term product delivery management” says Sean Downey, sales director. “We use all our abilities in low cost sourcing, supported by local English speaking engineers, which is just what our customers want.” More from Sean Downey on +44 (0)1 243 673 742 or sdowney@katcoparts.com New Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner unveiled PSA Peugeot Citroën just unveiled its new Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans at its Vigo plant in Spain, where the two vehicles are produced. The firm says the new models are completely revised versions of the original vehicles. They build on earlier strengths, with more comfort, space and equipment levels to match the latest mid-range family cars. Features include dual zone air-conditioning, automatic headlight activation and rain-activated windscreen wipers. ABS and front airbags are standard equipment, with side curtain airbags, ESP and cruise control as options. The new Berlingo and Partner are also the first in their class to offer a tyre-pressure monitoring system. More from Nicholas Lee on +44 (0)2 078 688 067 or nicholas.lee@mpsa.com Optare for Dudley welfare fleet Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is taking the first of 19 Optare buses that will be the backbone of its welfare transport fleet. The vehicles are four ‘accessible’ Solo midibuses and 15 Alero minibuses, which Optare says represent the latest developments in welfare bus design, layout and environmental standards. Dudley Council will use them for transport to day centres and care homes throughout the Borough. All 19 have low loading heights, with wheelchair access and floor mounted tracking to secure wheelchairs and their passengers and to give best opportunity to meet the needs of passengers with varying degrees of mobility. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Youngest ever van range from PSA PSA Peugeot Citroën says it now has the youngest, most extensive van range ever offered by a European auto maker, with the two brand ranges renewed and expanded in less than two years. Each will offer five van families this year: The Citroën Nemo and Peugeot Bipper urban vans; the original Citroën Berlingo First and Peugeot Partner Origin small vans; the new Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner small vans; the Citroën Dispatch and Peugeot Expert compact vans and the Citroën Relay and Peugeot Boxer panel vans. More from Nicholas Lee on +44 (0)2 078 688 067 or nicholas.lee@mpsa.com First European truck sat nav from Siemens Siemens plans to launch what it believes is Europe’s first truck-specific sat nav system at the CV show in the spring. The device allows the driver to key in a vehicle’s height and weight so that it can then guide the truck away from bridges that are not high enough for it and away from those with weight limits that are too low. It will also show useful information along the route like high speed diesel pumps, truck stops and secure parking areas. The firm that is now owned by Continental says its routing data already covers most of Europe and will grow to cover all the UK and EU mainland soon. More from Lisa McCauley on +44 (0)1 213 261 162 or lisa.mccauley@siemans.com Quietly cool Carrier Transicold says its new Vector XLN truck or trailer-mounted refrigeration unit works below 60 dBA. It also offers a radio-based display, so that the driver can check load temperatures in individual compartments. This uses a traffic light style approach to show that the temperatures are within pre-set limits. Separately, the system can also send temperature control data to a base station, so that a haulier can prove that consignment temperatures have stayed within limits set by the customer. The firm plans to show the Vector on its stand, 6-330 at the CV Show this spring. More from David Nash on +44 (0)1 614 567 870 or quadpr@globalnet.co.uk Independent telematics supplement at CV Show Robin Meczes, editor of the Telematics supplement that is due for publication in the UK edition of he Independent on Tuesday 8 April, says it is now scheduled for distribution at The CV Show the following week, in the same way as last year. “This is very good news as there is clear hunger for information on telematics. For instance, the introduction of corporate manslaughter law on 1 April is obviously making more people think more about the way they manage their fleets.” He hopes the wide-ranging overview will help van, truck, coach and bus operators increase efficiency and avoid the pitfalls created by increasingly powerful legal sanctions. “You’ll find more information about it at www.rambusinessinfo.co.uk.” More from Robin Meczes on +44 (0)7 813 096 688 or robinmeczes@rambusinessinfo.co.uk. Telematic fleet management for new PSA vans PSA Peugeot Citroën says its new Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans will get a remote fleet management system in some. This uses telematics to give fleet managers data to periodically check mileage, scheduled service dates and average fuel consumption, whilst safety critical information such as brake pad wear and oil levels are reported by e-mail in real time. The firm says this will help fleet managers cut paperwork and better manage costs. More from Nicholas Lee on +44 (0)2 078 688 067 or nicholas.lee@mpsa.com New rules on animal welfare and transport may bite Coventry-based training outfit Lantra Awards says that drivers and people involved in animal transport need a ‘certificate of competence’ to legally carry animals by road, from 5 January 2008. A new EU law affects “all businesses that transport cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry by road, in connection with an economic activity on journeys over 65 km.” Lantra has developed a training programme and has the authority to award certificates of competence for people who meet the standard for the EC Regulation, Welfare of Animals During Transport 1/2005. The firm worries that too few operators realise the implications and are not ready. “They may face a £5,000 fine.” More from Jo Bartlett on +44 (0)1 214 549 707 or jo.bartlett@hroc.co.uk New pit cover to launch at CV Show Everquip Garage Equipment Ltd, which makes and fits prefabricated steel inspection pits throughout the UK, Ireland and The Netherlands says it will launch what it says is a new and innovative pit covering system on its stand 18-201 at the CV Show. Easy to fit, cost effective and durable, the new system is available as a retro-fit item to existing pits. The system will be on public show for the first time on Everquip’s stand at the CV show from 15 to 17 April. The firm will also show a full size inspection pit and the rest of its range of accessory products, including pit bridges and jacks. More from John Branton on +44(0)1 430 449 480 or john.rs.branton@everquip.co.uk Filtration Control targets truck market With some 90% of the UK’s bus operators among its customers, Filtration Control’s James Hudson says the firm is now setting its sights on the much bigger market among truck operators. “We offer a one-stop-shop approach, with free delivery and no minimum order quantities.” Hudson says the firm is well-know among bus operators for its reliable ability to supply almost any type of oil or fuel filter. He is confident the company will quickly win customers amongst truck operators and will have stand 19-318 at the forthcoming CV Show to meet more potential customers. More from James Hudson on +44 (0)1 604 707 750 or jaaames@filtrationcontrol.com Fiat Scudo vans for Darlington Darlington Borough Council just got 17 Fiat Scudo vans. Powered by 1.6 litre diesels, the Fiat Scudo 90 Multijets have internal racking and storage systems fitted for use by the Council’s building services team which include joiners, plumbers and electricians. North East Truck & Van, which says it is the country’s largest independent commercial vehicle distributor, won the deal on the back of a two-day road test and through the Office of Government Commerce motor vehicle purchase framework agreement. The new vans will do some 12,000 miles a year, with maintenance done by the Council’s team of fleet engineers. More from Mike Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 134 or mk@garnett-keeler.com European launch for new reflective marking tape Reflexite will launch its new marking tape, Reflexite VC104+ on its stand 18-240 at the CV Show on 15 April. The new tape is approved to ECE104. The firm says research by the US Department of Transport shows that vehicles fitted with retro-reflective tape have 41% fewer night-time accidents. “This means better safety, less risk of cargo damage and less time off the road for repairs.” The firm says that in 2009 a new law across Europe will mean ‘conspicuity tape’ on all new and in-service heavy vehicles from 7.5 tonne rigids and 3.5 tonne trailers. Relfexite believes too few people know about the new law and staff on its stand at the CV Show will be happy to give practical advice. More from Richard Coates on +44 (0)7 841 234 098 or richard.coates@reflexite.com World first for retrofit hybrid Connaught Engineering says its retrofit hybrid system for vans is “the only commercially viable diesel hybrid system in the world” and should break-even after 75,000 miles. The firm will launch the system on its stand 12-458 at the CV Show, fitted to a 2.4m wheelbase rear wheel drive Ford Transit van. A version for a 2.2m wheelbase Transit will be available later in the summer. “Over 100,000 miles, each vehicle will save 10 tonnes of CO2,” says Tony Martindale, chief executive, who expects home delivery operators to figure highly amongst customers for the system. “It is architecturally independent, takes about four hours to fit and involves no changes to the vehicle.” Martindale says the commercial vehicle system is a spin-off from one developed for use on cars. “This means we know that the system works reliably.” More from Chris Wakeley on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or cwakeley@automotivepr.com Movano Lutons coming soon. Vauxhall says it will launch a range of Luton-bodied Movano light trucks on its stand 10-300 at the CV Show. These will be ‘core conversions’ available as complete vehicles, ready to drive away and start working from a dealer’s forecourt. Bodywork will be by Alubody of Zeebrugge. The firm plans to release more details a little nearer the show, but confidently expects that the new vehicles will prove popular for their ability to take even more of the hassle out of vehicle acquisition. Because they will be ‘core conversions,’ they will qualify for Vauxhall’s full warranty and the firm will also handle the otherwise complex issue of whole vehicle type approval, as soon as it is available, probably sometime in 2009. More from Craig Cheetham on +44 (0)1 582 427 612 or craig.cheetham@uk.gm.com Cummins heading for record results With an annual engine production rate up over 35% to 79,000 at the end of 2007, Cummins’ UK plant at Darlington is already in record breaking territory, building 360 engines a day. The factory now supplies 226 customers in 40 counties around the world, with less than 60% of its output going for automotive use, “This is a consequence of widening our customer base,” said Tim Millward, plant director. “Our results have been pretty fantastic over the last three years; between 2004 and 2006, Cummins made more profits than in previous 80 years put together.” The business has doubled recently and heavy duty truck engines are now less than 20% of its turnover. Millward says this is significant as the world has always seen the firm’s fortunes as directly linked to heavy duty truck sales. “Last year the US Class Eight market was down 47% but Cummins’ results were better than ever; breaking that apparent link, an important step for us.” He expects the firm’s latest financial results, due on 1 February, will break more records. More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or mhayes@automotivepr.com read more

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2019

This Sinn Féin councillor said the UN should shell Israel to bring

first_imgUpdated at 7.22pmA SINN FÉIN Councillor said he believed the United Nations should start shelling Israel in order to persuade its government to return to the talks table.John Hearne, who was co-opted as a councillor in Waterford in 2011 and re-elected in May, made the comments on WLR FM on 18 July.But his remarks were brought to more widespread attention, after Waterford-based Fine Gael senator Maurice Cummins read them into the record of the Seanad in this afternoon’s debate on Gaza.“Well I’d prefer if the United Nations started shelling Israel,” Hearne told WLR’s Billy McCarthy in a phone interview dealing with the Gaza crisis (which, at that point, had been ongoing for ten days).He said that such an action would help bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “to heel”, addingYou can’t leave him butcher women and kids.Asked by McCarthy what such an approach would achieve, Hearne replied:You have to get them to the table. The English were never coming to the table until Canary Wharf happened. Senator Maurice Cummins.Senator Cummins, who was also a member of Waterford City Council between 1991 and 2002, read the comments into the record of the upper house in the course of this afternoon’s ‘recall’ debate.Cummins, who said he believed the tone of debate on the subject should be “constructive”, said Hearne’s comments were indicative of Sinn Féin’s approach to the conflict.“When the mask slips this is what lies beneath the surface,” Cummins said.Speaking to TheJournal.ie this afternoon, Councillor Hearne said he “wasn’t calling for the UN to shell anybody”.He said the comments had been made in the context of a broader conversation, and he was asking what needed to happen “before the UN stepped up to the plate”.I wouldn’t be calling for that to happen. That wouldn’t be Sinn Féin policy.We also asked the Sinn Féin Press Office for a statement. Here’s what they sent:Cllr. Hearne’s comments are not reflective of Sinn Féin’s position on the situation in Gaza. The stated mission of the UN is to foster peace and security.“Our statements over the past few weeks, particularly those from the party leadership, provide a clear articulation of the Sinn Féin position.“We believe that an inclusive peace process based on dialogue and respect for human rights is the mechanism through which a lasting peace can be delivered in the Middle East . Israel must halt its assault on Gaza. The blockade must be lifted immediately. Also, the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel must end.“While Cllr. Hearne’s words are regrettable he is understandably emotional about the indiscriminate killing of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli military.“John has visited Palestine on a number of occasions and he has witnessed this oppression first hand. This is not a justification but it does provide a context for the comments.However, Sinn Féin in no way condones these remarks.First posted at 4.55pm.Read: Norris says Israeli attacks on schools were “deliberate” as Seanad returns to address Gazalast_img read more

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2019

NASA Giant God of Chaos Asteroid Will Fly Past Earth in 2029

first_imgStay on target In 2029, a massive asteroid called 99942 Apophis will fly past our planet at an approximate distance of 19,000 miles within the distance of some orbiting spacecraft. Even though this event is expected to occur 10 years from now, NASA and the asteroid research community are taking action now to plan accordingly.On April 30, the asteroid, which is 1,110 feet in width, was the main topic of a session at the 2019 International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Maryland, where scientists discussed potential observation strategies, exploration missions, and encounter preparation, Newsweek reported.In ten years, a near-Earth asteroid will zoom past our planet. Here’s why scientists are excited about this particular asteroid: https://t.co/pl35II3kml pic.twitter.com/AyaSaRWmlh— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) April 29, 2019“The Apophis close approach in 2029 will be an incredible opportunity for science,” Marina Brozovic, a radar scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a press statement. “We’ll observe the asteroid with both optical and radar telescopes. With radar observations, we might be able to see surface details that are only a few meters in size.”Apophis, which is named after the Egyptian god of chaos, is a rare research opportunity because scientists say most asteroids that pass near our planet aren’t more than 30 feet wide, Fox News noted. The asteroid was originally discovered in 2004 by astronomers at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, which is located in Arizona. The conference session also addressed why it’s important to study the space rock’s interior and how Earth’s gravity might impact it.“We already know that the close encounter with Earth will change Apophis’ orbit, but our models also show the close approach could change the way this asteroid spins, and it is possible that there will be some surface changes, like small avalanches,” Davide Farnocchia, an astronomer at JPL’s Center for Near Earth Objects Studies (CNEOS), said in the press statement. “Planetary Defense”While Earth is safe from all known asteroids, we like to be prepared. Learn more about @NASA’s #PlanetaryDefense efforts: https://t.co/P9bZdreFWo https://t.co/daweB0aBiV pic.twitter.com/Qmow2L1KYO— NASA Solar System (@NASASolarSystem) April 30, 2019On April 13, 2029, the asteroid will be visible to the naked eye, and appear like a moving star over the sky in the Southern Hemisphere, according to NASA. It will start its journey in Australia, fly over the Atlantic Ocean in 60 minutes, and reach the West Coast of the U.S. in the early evening. During this timeframe, scientists will be able to make key observations of the space rock, including its size, shape, and what materials it’s possibly made of.In the meantime, NASA and the asteroid research community, are formulating a planetary defense strategy, so if the asteroid moves closer to our planet, everyone can be prepared in the best way possible.“We have 15 years of optical and radar tracking data on Apophis and so we have a very precise estimate of its orbit through the 2029 encounter with the Earth. The orbit of Apophis after the 2029 encounter has a higher degree of uncertainty, but one that will be reduced by tracking data collected during the next decade,” Farnocchia told Newsweek. “While we cannot yet completely rule out a collision of Apophis after 2060, those chances are extremely small, less than 1 in 100,000.”This week, @NASA is joining with agencies around the world to share information and strategize on asteroids and #PlanetaryDefense. Administrator @JimBridenstine delivers the keynote this morning at 9:20am ET. Watch at https://t.co/CRmd7Xmllz pic.twitter.com/70le1WcM6A— Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) April 29, 2019NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also emphasized how important it was to prepare for potential asteroid strikes: “We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about movies,” Bridenstine said at the conference. “This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life, and that is the planet Earth.”More on Geek.com:NASA, International Partners to Play Out Asteroid Impact ScenarioAsteroid Bennu Is a Technicolor Wonder in Trippy 3D ViewSelf-Driving Spacecraft Could Save Earth From Asteroid Impacts Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursWashington Monument-Sized Asteroid Will Fly By Earth on Aug. 28 last_img read more

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September
2019

Inslee proposes carbon capital gains taxes for education

first_imgTACOMA — As a court deadline looms, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday proposed that the state spend $2.7 billion over the next two years to fully fund the state’s basic education obligations and to increase salaries for teachers.While releasing his K-12 education funding proposal at an event at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Inslee announced he is seeking more than $4 billion in new revenue, with a majority of it — about $3.9 billion — dedicated to education-related costs.  The proposal also increases spending on health benefits for school instructional and administrative staff, teacher mentoring and paraeducator training. “For the first time in over three decades, K-12 spending will top 50 percent of state spending,” he said. “This is big, this is bold. This is the right thing to do.”Inslee is set to release his full two-year budget proposal in Olympia on Wednesday.The new revenue he seeks includes:• An increase in the business and occupation tax on services provided by accountants, attorneys, real estate agents and others from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent, which would raise $2.3 billion in the 2017-2019 budget. An increase in the tax filing threshold means that thousands of small businesses will get tax breaks under the plan.• A carbon tax that would charge the state’s emitters $25 per metric ton starting in 2018, raising $2 billion, of which $1 billion would go toward the education plan, with the remainder going to clean energy and transportation projects.last_img read more

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September
2019

Mother charged with killing son found competent for trial

first_imgPORT ORCHARD — A Washington state woman who authorities say strangled her 9-year-old son last year was found competent to stand trial following a mental health evaluation.The Kitsap Sun reports 47-year-old Amber James has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge for the death of Ryan Rosales.Her attorney Cal Cunningham says he will argue that James is not guilty by reason of insanity. He says his client has also been interviewed by the defense’s mental health expert.According to the court’s competency evaluation, a psychologist diagnosed James with an “unspecified anxiety disorder.”Court documents say that James told Kitsap County investigators that she strangled her son to protect him from people that were after them.Prosecutors are expected to request that James be evaluated by their mental health expert.last_img read more

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September
2019

Tbone collision sends two people to hospital

first_imgTwo people were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening after a T-bone collision between two vehicles at the intersection of N.E. Minnehaha Street and N.E. St. Johns Road in Vancouver just before 5 p.m. Saturday.According to Vancouver police Officer Eric McCaleb, three cars were stacked up behind the collision. He said the cars involved were a red sedan and a Scion, but he didn’t have further details on the crash.last_img

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September
2019

Japan foreign minister due on Monday for Rohingyafocused visit

first_imgJapan foreign minister Taro Kono. Photo: UNBJapan foreign minister Taro Kono will in Dhaka on Monday night on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral issues with special focus on Rohingya issue amid global efforts to expedite the repatriation process of the displaced people to Myanmar.“I can tell you, it’s a Rohingya-focused visit,” a senior official of the foreign ministry told UNB on Saturday.The Japan foreign minister will visit Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camp on Tuesday to see the situation on the ground.“He (Taro Kono) will have a brief dialogue with Rohingya representatives in a transit camp,” the official said adding that he will try to understand Rohingya people’s perspective as a whole.Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe showed his deep respect for the government of Bangladesh for generously accepting and protecting the Rohingyas on humanitarian ground and the two countries share the importance of stability in Cox’s Bazar from the perspective of enhancing connectivity and securing regional stability, another official said.Taro Kono’s visit is a demonstration of Japanese government’s willingness to look at the Rohingya issue seriously, he told UNB.On 29 May, prime minister Abe held a 50-minute meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Japan, and discussed ways to find a “durable and early solution” to the Rohingya crisis.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since 25 August 2017.“We remember that prime minister Abe had expressed his intention to continue extending necessary support to the government of Bangladesh with a view to realising the early repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State in a safe, voluntary and dignified manner,” the official said.Bangladesh has been pushing for measures to be taken by the Myanmar government to create an environment conducive to the return of Rohingyas and address the root causes behind the displacement.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since 25 August 2017. Photo: UNBForeign minister AK Abdul Momen said the projects of Japan and China will also be affected if this problem remains unresolved and they, in their own interest, should ask Myanmar to take their nationals back.Referring to prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent China visit, the foreign minister said China sees a political will in Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis and is willing to assist the repatriation process.The Japan minister, after visiting Rohingya camp, will have a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Momen on the same day, Tuesday, officials said.He will also visit Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the city to pay tributes to father of the nation Bagabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Pressure on Myanmar Mounting Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen has reiterated his hope that Myanmar will soon start taking its nationals back from Bangladesh as global pressure on them is mounting.“I’m always optimistic. I’m hoping that the repatriation process will start soon,” he said, adding that initially there was less pressure on Myanmar but it is mounting on them now.Bangladesh has also sought UK’s global leadership in ensuring the early and sustained return of the Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar with dignity, rights and security.Foreign minister Momen sought the personal interventions of Dominic Raab, UK’s new Secretary of States for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.Meanwhile, a delegation of Myanmar visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday and interacted with Rohingyas in an effort to remove “trust-deficit” among Rohingyas to begin their repatriation.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since 25 August 2017. Photo: UNBMyanmar foreign affairs permanent secretary Myint Thu led the delegation having officials from its social welfare ministry and the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal on 23 November 2017.On 16 January 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on “Physical Arrangement,” which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.The “Physical Arrangement” stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start of repatriation.The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on 15 November 2018 but it was halted amid unwillingness of Rohingyas to return for the lack of a congenial environment in Rakhine state.last_img read more

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2019

Last Weeks Best—Quantum mechanics breakthrough 3D printed human heart and paraplegia therapy

first_img One of the week’s biggest stories was the Large Hadron Collider team announcing a restart after shutting down this past February for repairs and updates to many of its systems.It’s also been a very big week for the biological sciences. A breakthrough therapy has allowed four paraplegic men to voluntarily move their legs. Funded by the Christopher Reeve Foundation and NIH, the therapy is based on an implanted epidural stimulator that delivers electric current to the lower spine. Thus far, it has allowed for movement of hips, ankles and toes. And speaking of rejuvenation, researchers at Edinburgh University in Scotland have rejuvenated a living organ for the first time—they increased levels of a protein that controls gene switching in a mouse, resulting in the rejuvenation of a thymus that had deteriorated due to age—afterward, the organ was once again able to produce T-cells.Also making big news this week, scientists confirmed that a scroll that mentions Jesus’s wife is ancient. After studying the ancient papyrus sheet, a team of researchers working in the U.S. concluded that it was not a forgery, a finding that is likely to cause a stir in the Christian community as it suggests that a woman played a far more important role in the life of Jesus than has been mentioned in the New Testament.A team at the University of Tokyo has found a way to control individual neurons in the brain of a mouse by sending reward signals to its hypothalamus, one of the brain’s pleasure centers. In so doing, the researchers discovered that they were able to get the mouse to turn on individual neurons in its own hippocampus.Elsewhere, another team of researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center has found that memory accuracy and strength can be manipulated during sleep by exposing rats to certain odors while they snooze. The hope is that such therapy may forestall certain neurodegenerative disorders.Also, there is news out of the University of Louisville as scientists try 3-D printing to build a human heart—they’ve already printed out small veins and heart valves. The research team believes they may be able to print all of the major heart parts, ready for assembly, in as little as five years.And at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a new study explains evolution of duplicate genes—researchers there have shown explicitly how the processes of DNA methylation and duplicate gene evolution are related and how some duplicate genes could have escaped elimination long ago from the genome, leading to the genetic innovation we see now in modern life.In other news, physicists created lightning in a race to develop a quantum technology microchip. Physicists working in England have developed a new microchip that can hold the voltage equivalent of a micron-scale lightning strike—it could very well prove to be the key for developing the next generation of super-fast quantum computers. And finally, scientists discovered a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants—they’ve used a metal catalyst that can produce ethanol from carbon monoxide at room temperature and pressure. If it can be scaled up and shown to be cost effective, the technique could prove to be a true game changer. Realizing that people are busy, our weekly recap will highlight some of the most important work we’ve covered, in case you missed it the first time. As always, please feel free to let us know your thoughts. Citation: Last Week’s Best—Quantum mechanics breakthrough, 3-D printed human heart, and paraplegia therapy (2014, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-week-bestquantum-mechanics-breakthrough-d.html 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. © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img (Phys.org) —Hello readers—we’d like to try something new here at Phys.org and Medical Xpress: offer a weekly summary every Monday highlighting what we feel are the most important stories of the past week. Here, then, is the first of what we hope will be a successful series: New study explains evolution of duplicate genes Credit: CERNlast_img read more

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2019

Top honour for Bengal Chemicals Pharmaceuticals Limited

first_imgKolkata: Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Limited (BCPL) has bagged — Excellent Corporate Governance Rating — from the department of Public Enterprises for the third consecutive time this year. The company that had reported a net profit of Rs 4.5 crore in 2016-17, for the first time in six decades, has achieved such ratings consecutively for the last three years — 2015-16, 2016-17 & 2017-18.Founded by the legendary chemist, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy, in 1901, BCPL has improved its performance from Poor Corporate Governance Rating in 2013-14 to Excellent Corporate Governance Rating from 2015-16 onwards. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOut of the 13 PSUs, which falls under the union Ministry of Pharma and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, BCPL is the only PSU which has been awarded the Excellent Corporate Governance Rating for the year 2017-18. PM Chandraiah, MD of BCPL said the Excellent Corporate Governance Rating shows the Company has improved not only in the financial front but also in other areas. “This achievement has been possible due to the collective efforts of all the employees. We are hopeful of bagging the status of a Miniratna company by 2021-22. We have an income of Rs 60 crore after the end of the 2nd quarter (April to September) and our net profit is Rs 11 crore. The increase has been over 47 percent in comparison to last year’s corresponding period,” he said adding that with the current progress, the company is eyeing Rs 30 crore profit in 2019-20.last_img read more

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2019

Japan reaches out to India

first_imgMusic has a universal language and as such has the power to bridge differences in race and culture and unite people through their common humanity. Recognising the crucial role that culture can play in this area, a cultural performance by Hana-Zakura group of Min-On concert association, Tokyo, was organised in the Capital.The event was held in association with the Indian Council of Cultural Relation (ICCR), at the Siri fort Auditorium on Monday evening. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMin-On was established in 1963 at the initiative of Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). Registered as an independent and incorporated foundation in 1965, it has since grown to become one of Japan’s leading cultural institutions. The current performance was organized under the aegis of ‘2017 – The Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges’ to enhance people-to-people exchanges between Japan and India. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the India-Japan Culture treaty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive By promoting a continuing series of cultural exchanges, the Min-On Concert Association aims to create opportunities for the performing arts to build bridges between people, and to give a tangible form to the desire for world peace. The performers comprised of Japanese traditional dance group “Wakatake”, Koushi Tsukuda, Shakuhachi player (Japanese flute), Komakazumi Minami, Narimono player (Japanese Percussion), Katsunari Sawada Tsugaru Shamisen player (Traditional Japanese music) and Chiaki Eshima, singer. From classical to modern, and popular to traditional, Min-On’s programmes include musical exchange with cultural associations worldwide, as well as sponsoring musical competitions and school concerts to foster the growth of new talent and encourage adolescents’ emotional development. To date, Min-On has participated in music, dance and performing arts exchanges with groups in over 105 countries and regions. The Min-On Concert Association conducts 1500 musical/dance, performing arts shows every year and has a rich history of culture exchange with India. In the past, the association has invited many prominent Indian artists including Sonal Mansingh, Leela Samson and Alarmel Valli to name a few, in collaboration with Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). On behalf of SGI, cultural delegations have visited India seven times from 1990 to 1997. As for the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), it is a global association of grassroots organizations that seeks to promote the values of peace and respect for all people. The Indian affiliate of the SGI is Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG).last_img read more

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2019

A Four Seasons resort in St Vincent and The Grenadines Its on

first_img TORONTO — Now that its brand new Argyle International Airport is up and running – with an annual capacity for 1.4 million passengers – St. Vincent and The Grenadines wants to build some new hotels.Not too many, of course. St. Vincent and The Grenadines will never be a mega-resort, millions-of-visitors destination, nor does it want to be. With 2,200 rooms right now, it’s aiming for 3,500 to 4,000 rooms in the near future.Glen Beache, CEO of the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority, has his eye on several top brands, including one that, like Beache himself, has roots right here in Toronto: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.St. Vincent and The Grenadines is also in talks with several Canadian tour operators including WestJet Vacations and Air Canada Vacations for direct flights. “Whoever gets in first, that’s the one that going to get the support,” said Beache.Argyle International Airport opened with much fanfare this past February, after eight years and a US$275 million investment. It has a 90,000-foot runway and was built with future extensions in mind.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesWith the new airport St. Vincent and The Grenadines can now handle wide-body planes, the lifeline for any destination hoping to grow demand for its tourism product with direct flights.Canada is a coveted market for St. Vincent and The Grenadines. “Canada has always been an exciting market with a lot of potential for us,” says Beache.St. Vincent and The Grenadines gets 80,000 visitors per year right now, including about 8,000 Canadians. “Canadians tend to travel more and be more adventurous than their neighbours to the south,” he said. “Canada has always been a steady performer. I think we need to up our game and make sure people know what St. Vincent and the Grenadines is about.”St. Vincent and The Grenadines also gets cruise passengers and plans are in the works to extend and expand the main port as well, near the capital of Kingstown, he added.While St. Vincent and The Grenadines is a small destination fighting for market share and visibility in a very packed space, social media is changing how people choose their vacation spots and that’s working to the islands’ favour, says Beache. “So much of travelling is about bragging rights right now,” he says. “People want to be able to post their vacation pictures on Instagram and say, ‘I got to go somewhere that no one else did’.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Right now St. Vincent and The Grenadines are gearing up for Vincy Mas, the annual carnival celebrating its 40th anniversary with a 12-day event June 30 – July 11. Chartered direct flights will be heading down for carnival and more charter flights will be available in the fall and winter months. As for who goes in first with direct scheduled flights, it’s a matter of wait and see. “Getting direct flights opens up a lot of opportunities for us,” says Beache. “It’s exciting times.” Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Share Tags: Four Seasons, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Travelweek Group center_img A Four Seasons resort in St. Vincent and The Grenadines? It’s on the wish list Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more