MERRITT (NEWS 1130) – Nine people have been hurt after a series of collisions on Highway 5 south of Merritt, as weather conditions deteriorate on the route.B.C. Emergency Health Services says three ambulances were sent to an incident the Coquihalla Highway.The service said in a news release that three people were taken to hospital in stable condition, but no details were available on the other six said to be hurt, or the number of vehicles involved.There were earlier closures southbound and northbound on the highway, but both directions have reopened.A travel advisory has been issued as harsh winter conditions, including snowfall and blowing snow, are expected for the highway between Hope and Merritt.Environment Canada forecasts up to 15 centimetres of snow for the region through Tuesday.On Monday afternoon, Bob Gilowski with VSA Highway Maintenance said there had already been 16 centimetres of snow in the area.“We are planning for that storm event. We are pretty confident we are going to get hit with that snow and our crews will all be ready to combat that issue here,” he said.“It’s safe to say that winter driving conditions certainly exist on the Coquihalla Highway and we’re really encouraging those who need to travel today, tomorrow and into tomorrow evening to use extra caution and allow themselves extra time as they travel the Coquihalla.”
Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsA new housing project in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island is helping people move away from homelessness – and changing their lives.This is the first time Bear has ever lived alone in his 55 years.He just moved in to a brand new supportive housing unit in Port Alberni.“It’s sad that I have to be here, but happy that I am here,” Bear says weeping.Bear grew up in child care in East Vancouver and ended up on the streets in his teens.He has struggled with addiction all his lifeBut for the last 20 years, he’s also been helping others struggling with addiction and homelessness.“I spent 20 years on the streets and 20 years developing programs for people on the streets,” he says.But now Bear has been given a second chance at a new place called Our Home.“It rebuilds people’s lives,” says Bear.(Bear at his apartment, “They need more programs like this everywhere.” Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Wes Hewitt is one of the creators behind the Our Home project – which is now just up and running.“Our Home takes people in from as far south as Ditidaht to as far north on the west coast of the Island as Kyuquot,” he says.Hewitt says people on the island are struggling to find affordable housing and services just like the rest of the province.“Our Home was conceived in 2010 and it’s got 30 supportive housing units which are independent suites on the second floor and on the main floor is support services and we still operate a shelter facility out of here.Although the project began in 2010, construction began just last year.The cost of the new building was $7.5 million.“This building was funded by the rapid response to homelessness with B.C. Housing and a partnership with the Vancouver Island health authority, the Port Alberni shelter society and the City of Port Alberni.Residents are chosen based on an application process using a vulnerability assessment.Rent is $375 per month and people can stay as long as they need to.Bear’s thankful he made it in, but says there are still many more people on the island that need help.“They need more programs like this everywhere,” he email@example.com@lauriehamelin
North American stock markets closed higher Monday as fears of a trade war between the United States and China eased to allow markets to regain some ground lost Friday.The recent spate of volatility from the trade war concerns, which saw U.S. President Trump suggest tariffs on another US$100 billion in Chinese goods late last week, eased Monday as talk of negotiations continued said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“What we’re getting is a bit of a relief rally in equities where the fault lines of an evolving trade war have moved down a rung on the risk ladder, at least for today,” said Fehr.“Markets are finding some comforts that over the weekend we at least didn’t see an escalation in the back and fourth retaliatory measures between the US and China.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 20.29 points at 15,227.70, led by consumer staples and financials.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 46.34 points at 23,979.10. The S&P 500 index was up 8.69 points at 2,613.16 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 35.23 points at 6,950.34.Monday’s rise from the reprieve in tensions, however, doesn’t mean the trade issue is going away, said Fehr.“I think it’s far too early to get overly optimistic about this. I think markets are likely going to endure ongoing volatility on this as we see the ebb and flow between progress and roadblocks along the way.”Signals of progress on NAFTA, including Mexican officials expressing some confidence a deal could be reached, is also providing optimism to the market, said Fehr.“The markets are finding a bit of comfort in that, particularly because the principal driver to the downside over the last several weeks has obviously been the fears of an escalating trade war.”And while trade issues continue to simmer, Fehr said continued focus on China has also helped boost optimism that a NAFTA deal could be reached before too long.“It’s become clear in recent weeks that the U.S. is focused on renegotiations and new trade deals with China, and perhaps that means that less of the focus gets put on changes to NAFTA.”The Canadian dollar averaged 78.56 cents US, up 0.21 of a US cent, as a Bank of Canada survey showed Canadian firms remain upbeat about future sales, business investment and hiring. The quarterly poll of about 100 firms found business sentiment has stayed positive and above historical averages despite the trade worries.The dollar was also boosted by the May crude contract, which ended up US$1.36 at US$63.42 per barrel. The May natural gas contract was down one cent at US$2.69 per mmBTU.The June gold contract closed up US$4 at US$1,340.10 an ounce and the May copper contract was up two cents at US$3.08 a pound.The energy sector ended down on the TSX despite the rise in crude prices, as tensions rose over the fate of Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain expansion project.The company said Sunday it was suspending all non-essential work and spending on the $7.4 billion project until it has more confidence it could go forward, setting a May 31 deadline to have the impasse with British Columbia resolved.Kinder Morgan’s action prompted Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to promise to move forward with legislation to control oil and gas flows to B.C., while both the Alberta and federal governments talked of financially backing the project more directly. The company’s stock price ended down 12.85 per cent to $16.12 Monday on the TSX.
VICTORIA, B.C. – Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson says he wants to be part of a probe of high gasoline prices by British Columbia’s independent energy regulator.Wilkinson says he’s applied to participate as an intervener in any examination to identify factors impacting gasoline prices in the province.Premier John Horgan asked the B.C. Utilities Commission to investigate why gasoline in Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island is so much more expensive than the rest of the country. A date and terms for an investigation have not been set but David Morton, chairman of the utilities commission, says in a statement the regulator is interested in conducting a fair, transparent and inclusive process to identify the factors impacting the price of gasoline.Wilkinson says in a letter to Morton he encourages a review that includes examinations of provincial taxes and any connections between the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and fuel supplies.Horgan’s letter says BCUC is a trusted and respected regulator and has the ability to conduct detailed hearings that will provide residents with necessary evidence and recommendations for the best path forward.
10 May 2010Information and communication technologies, such as high-speed internet, can help drive social and economic development and accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the head of the United Nations telecommunications agency said today. Information and communication technologies, such as high-speed internet, can help drive social and economic development and accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the head of the United Nations telecommunications agency said today. “The truly transformational power of broadband networks can help us get the MDGs back on track,” Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), told the opening of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said that the progress on the MDGs, the set of universally accepted anti-poverty measures to be reached by 2015, has been too slow. “Broadband is particularly important because it delivers benefits right across every sector of society. That’s why broadband needs to reach all people, in all nations,” Mr. Touré added.The WSIS Forum – organized by ITU, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – brings together representatives of UN agencies, governments, civil society and the technology industry.This year’s gathering, which will conclude on Friday, focuses on future broadband applications, social networking, cyber security and disaster management. In addition, topics are expected to touch on rural development, multilingualism, environmental sustainability, education, healthcare and innovation.In a related development, ITU and UNESCO announced today the creation of a top-level global Broadband Commission for Digital Development focused on accelerating the rollout of broadband and accelerating progress towards the MDGs.The new Commission is comprised of 30 technology leaders, and representatives of UN agencies and civil society. It is co-chaired by Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and Carlos Slim Helu, Mexican businessman and one of richest men in the world, with Mr. Touré and Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, serving as vice-chairs.Mr. Ban will receive the Commission’s findings at the MDG Summit which will be held in September in New York, coinciding with the opening of the high-level debate of the General Assembly.
Argentina’s Supreme Court approves broadcast limits that could demolish government opponent by Michael Warren, The Associated Press Posted Oct 29, 2013 11:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the government has a responsibility to prevent media companies from growing so large that they dominate public discourse, upholding a law that could demolish the nation’s largest media group, a leading opponent of President Cristina Fernandez.The approval of a 2009 law aiming to reshape Argentina’s broadcast media industry is a huge victory for the Fernandez government, which has campaigned for years to weaken Grupo Clarin. The group will now have to sell off many of the lucrative cable TV licenses that give it nationwide reach and provide the income that funds Clarin’s other properties.“As ideas and information represent goods that are distributed through the media, if there is concentration, only some ideas or some information will reach the public, seriously harming public debate and the plurality of opinions,” the court said. “All of this demands the active protection of the State.”Grupo Clarin is one of Latin America’s largest media companies, with interests in newspapers, magazines, a nationwide cable television network and broadcast TV and radio stations. The Buenos Aires stock exchange suspended trading in the company’s shares after they dropped nearly 6 per cent due to the ruling.Martin Sabbatella, appointed by Fernandez to regulate broadcast media, called the ruling “a triumph of democracy.”Grupo Clarin said it respects the decision and will follow it, but is analyzing whether to apply to international courts.“The most concrete proof of the true intention of this government with this law has been the enormous official colonization of media companies since its passage,” the company statement said. “Today more than 80 per cent of the broadcast media respond directly or indirectly to the authorities.”The law was pushed through Congress by the Fernandez government with overwhelming support from other groups across the political spectrum, and replaces a hated dictatorship-era media law.“It’s a fundamental step,” Sabbatella said at a news conference, praising the court for recognizing that there were years of wide debate before the law passed Congress. “Unfortunately we had to wait four years for this because one group didn’t want to follow the law. Today we have the possibility applying it whole.”The court also confirmed that the deadline for filing divestment plans has already passed, which means Grupo Clarin must move immediately to comply by giving the government a complete inventory of its properties, determining what they are worth and advising which of them it will auction off, Sabbatella said.Clarin’s properties will not be expropriated, and no one wants to seize control of the company, Sabbatella said. He refused to say how or when punitive steps might be taken if Clarin continues to challenge the law, but said “Clarin must comply, either voluntarily or by government order.”The 392-page ruling also included some warnings aimed at the government, saying that it must act fairly to all media companies, and that many questions won’t be resolved until the law is implemented, presaging future legal battles.Clarin said it would continue to defend its licenses, and Sabbatella said any company can go to court if it feels unfairly compensated in forced auctions.The court majority warned that license holders must be compensated when forced to divest their stations, that subsidies currently going to pro-government media should be redistributed fairly and transparently, that state-owned media must be more than government mouthpieces, that the broadcast media regulator must be independent of executive power, and that any efforts to reform Argentina’s media industry must be done fairly and with due process.“This law and its goal of achieving plurality and diversity in mass media would be senseless without the existence of transparent public policies in terms of official publicity,” the justices said.When “the state affects freedom of expression, whether through subsidies, distributing official advertising or any other benefit, the communication media become mere instruments of support for a political movement, or a way to eliminate dissent and an open debate of ideas.”The law says that no company can own more than 24 licenses, that no TV network can command more than 35 per cent of the nation’s viewers, no broadcast license can be sold without government approval, and future licenses will be granted only after corporate ties are reviewed to avoid too much vertical or horizontal integration.It also bars cross-ownership: No license holder can own both a cable TV station and a broadcast station in the same municipality, or more than two radio stations in the same town. Because Clarin’s TV and radio signals reach across many municipalities in the province of Buenos Aires alone, it would have to be broken apart into tiny pieces.Critics say these limits will fail to foster a diversity of voices, because it imposes no limits on cable TV competitors that deliver news, internet access and other media services through telephone wires or by satellite to consumers nationwide.The ruling dismayed Claudio Paolillo, president of the Press Freedom Commission of the Inter-American Press Association and director of the weekly Busqueda newsmagazine. He said the IAPA “also is against monopolies, private and public ones, because they restrict freedom of expression,” but that right now, Clarin is outnumbered by a “gigantic propaganda apparatus” of media groups sustained by government subsidies.Clarin is one of the few media companies with the financial capacity to compete against these pro-government outlets, and it can do so because of cable TV revenue it earns from a network of 2,200 licenses nationwide. Meanwhile, the California-based DirectTV satellite service reaches all of Argentina with a single license, Paolillo said.___Associated Press Writers Almudena Calatrava and Debora Rey in Buenos Aires and Leonardo Haberkorn in Uruguay contributed to this report.
The Secretary-General meets with the President of Yemen, the Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, and the UN envoy for Yemen while visiting the country in 2011 for the anniversary of the peace and transition agreement. UN Photo/Evan Schneider “Special political missions have become an indispensable instrument for the maintenance of international peace and security. They are also the most visible manifestations of the Secretary-General’s good offices,” Mr. Ban wrote in his first thematic report on political missions to the 193-member General Assembly. The UN currently has 37 special political missions, ranging from field-based offices in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, to travelling envoys working to mediate political agreements, to expert groups focused on monitoring sanctions of the Security Council.In describing the changing role of UN political missions through several decades, the report notes examples of accomplishments in helping UN member states “though historic times of change”: supporting decolonization and independence process in Africa and Asia; assisting Central America in ending its civil wars in the 1990s, facilitating the Bonn Agreement in Afghanistan in 2001, and aiding Nepal in its transition to peace and democracy. The head of the UN Political Mission in Somalia visiting Hargeisa, the capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. AU-UN IST Photo/Stuart Price United Nations observers monitor a political rally in Managua in 1990. UN Photo/Johansen ‹ › More recently, a political mission known by the acronym UNSMIL, established in Libya in 2011, helped that country hold the first elections in almost 50 years. The newest of all field-based missions, UNSOM, established in Somalia in 2013, is supporting that country as it works to build on political and security progress that mark its “most hopeful chapter in a generation,” the report states.Furthermore, in Yemen, a special envoy facilitated negotiations leading to the signature in 2011 of a roadmap for transition, and is today supporting its implementation. The Secretary-General’s recently-appointed Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region is supporting the implementation of an ambitious 11-nation agreement for peace in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In challenging environments, as the report notes, success depends frequently on the commitment of the parties to a peace process, the existence of political space in which to operate and a minimum standard of security. In Syria, for example, it notes the lack of international, regional and domestic consensus that so far have impeded Joint Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s efforts to negotiate a political solution despite increasing evidence that there is no such thing as a military solution to the conflict.The report stresses that working closely with national counterparts to promote national ownership is critical to the effectiveness of special political missions – whether mandated by the Security Council, as 33 are, or by the General Assembly.In Libya, UNSMIL was established at the request of Libyan authorities for an initial three months, then its role was reviewed by the transitional authorities, civil society and the UN to create a mandate and structure that made sense for the country’s needs. Meanwhile, the peacebuilding missions in Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone are in an evolving institutional partnership with the Peacebuilding Commission to build international support for their objectives and mobilize financial resources to implement their agendas.Given the breadth and complexity of what special missions are being asked to deliver, strong Member State support remains a critical ingredient of their effectiveness. Among its other keys to the effectiveness of special political missions, the report stresses the critical role of partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations. “Regional organizations, due to their proximity to the situation on the ground and strong networks with national stakeholders, have legitimacy and influence,” the report notes. It credits the recently established UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) with more effective coordination of UN-AU responses to issues of common interest, including through the holding of periodic meetings between Security Council members and the AU Peace and Security Council.Strengthening these partnerships is a key priority of the UN, Mr. Ban writes, and a key concern of his Special Representatives on the ground.In all, today, there are 15 field-based missions deployed around the world – a significant increase in numbers from the three that were operational in 1993.The main roles of such missions have also expanded from primarily reporting and monitoring events on the ground, to multidimensional operations combining political tasks with work in human rights, rule of law, and sexual violence in conflict, among others. According to the report, mandates for each mission have gone from an average of two thematic areas in 1995 to 3.5 by 2000 to roughly six by 2013. In Iraq, for example, the UN mission there (UNAMI) is engaged is matters as diverse as the ongoing relocation of residents from Camp Ashraf, the provision of technical assistance to the organization of the 2013 provincial and local elections, the mobilization of humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees, the establishment of the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, and used its good offices role to assist Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations, among other responsibilities. Since the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 in 2000 on women in peace and security, an increasing number of special political missions have been involved in efforts to promote women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace processes, and to incorporate a gender perspective in their overall peacebuilding workAs a result of more complex mandates, special political missions require increasingly specialized staff and specialized military and police personnel, the report also noted.Political missions, the report notes, are deployed as temporary presences, with exit strategies. A political mission with an office in the country in which it works or a regional office has an average duration of just under six years, according to the report. The UN chief’s report concludes with a pledge of continued dialogue with UN member states about the work of political missions and a call for support to guarantee the effectiveness of an instrument whose positive track record in addressing conflict “speaks for itself.”“Given the breadth and complexity of what special missions are being asked to deliver, strong Member State support remains a critical ingredient of their effectiveness,” Mr. Ban stresses. A member of the United Nations Mission in Nepal at work before UNMIN handed over to the United Nations country team in 2011. UN Photo Security Council Meeting on Palestine Question in 1948. From left to right are Trygve Lie, UN Secretary-General, UN Palestine Mediator Count Folke Bernadotte and Security Council President Dmitry Z. Manuilsky. UN Photo Voter registration during Libya’s historic 2012 elections, carried out with the assistance of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. Photo: UNSMIL Great Lakes Envoy Mary Robinson visits a health facility in eastern DRC. Photo: MONUSCO
THE VERY DEFINITION of any national team is that it represents its people.In doing so, there must be an emphasis on playing a style of rugby that inspires, delights and fills home supporters with pride. The All Blacks are doing that at the moment, as are South Africa and even Madagascar.While we are certainly not the only country who have failed to do so, Ireland’s rugby in recent seasons has been underwhelming for the large part. There have been brief moments of solidity and attacking invention, but overall there has been a distinct failure to capture the imagination of the rugby public.Irish rugby supporters have embraced the provinces with comfort over the last decade and for many, following the fortunes of Ulster, Connacht, Munster or Leinster remains far more important than Ireland’s success, or lack of it. That is not to say that there has been a lack of interest in the national team, but there is certainly scope for drawing more passionate involvement.Clearly Ireland’s results have been a problem, that is the overriding reason that Joe Schmidt was installed as coach in place of Declan Kidney. 13 wins in 33 games over the last three seasons is unacceptable for a nation that boasts many world-class players. The truth is that Ireland haven’t got the best from their players over the last three years and haven’t played to their strengths.©INPHO/Billy Stickland.The All Blacks are currently showing the way in world rugby, beating all before them with a style of play that stresses excellent handling skills, awareness of space and a desire to score tries. The way they play suits the multi-skilled players currently in their squad. Promisingly for Ireland, Schmidt has a philosophy on the game that is based around the same principles. Crucially, Ireland possess the players to implement the approach the Kiwi coach is likely to demand.One of Ireland’s greatest strengths is out-half Jonny Sexton, a man who thrives when given the freedom and confidence to play what he sees, to take risks in an attacking sense. Under Kidney, he failed to produce consistently excellent form and that was, in part, down to a game plan that highlighted the need to kick for field position and limit risks in Ireland’s own half. Schmidt brought the best out of Sexton at Leinster and now he must do the same with Ireland.In the likes of Tommy Bowe, Rob Kearney and Keith Earls, we have wide men who excel when they are heavily involved. Brian O’Driscoll, Sexton and Luke Marshall offer the handling skills to put these players into space. Sean O’Brien, Cian Healy and Peter O’Mahony have the work rate and carrying ability to stretch defences, while Jamie Heaslip and Iain Henderson can offload out of contact.The elements are there for Ireland to play an ambitious, passing-based, daring style of rugby and it would be the right move by Schmidt to ask his players to do so. Supporters don’t just buy into success, they buy into a team’s identity on the pitch too. Leinster serve as a fine example again; the three-time Heineken Cup champions are still winning under Matt O’Connor but many fans are becoming increasingly detached by the pragmatic edge the Australian has brought.©INPHO/Billy Stickland.Yes, Ireland have weaknesses and areas they need to work hard on improving. It is also true that they face three excellent teams next month in Samoa, Australia and New Zealand. However, the focus needs to be inward, on giving themselves the best possible chance of winning all three games by focusing on themselves. Of course winning more games is the immediate and overriding priority of Schmidt’s job, but redefining Ireland’s approach will aid that goal.The low-risk, often defensive game plan of recent years simply hasn’t worked. The players themselves have stated that international rugby is not about flinging the ball around and attacking from one’s own try line, but that is not what we are hoping to see. More intelligence, more daring and more excitement are. Schmidt is the man to provide it, and he must stay true to his beliefs in these November tests.He may be tempted to close things up against the All Blacks, but instead he should stress to the players that accurate handling skills, committed defence, a high tempo, and intelligent counter-attacking are the keys to winning. England showed that last season and they built from that milestone. Schmidt is, of course, under pressure to change the game plan in a limited amount of time, but he has the power of personality to get his players on board.The general malaise around the Irish national team’s inconsistent performances in recent years has been matched by a varying degree of support in the stands of the Aviva Stadium. It is a professional sport and winning is still important, but building pride and identity is the most vital factor for Ireland this November.Orginally published at 13.50Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Munster’s Damien Varley sings Lean on Me for charity
Découverte d’une nouvelle espèce d’ichtyosaure… controversée Des chercheurs belges ont identifié une nouvelle espèce d’ichtyosaure – un groupe de reptiles marins du Mésozoïque – à partir d’un fossile irakien… Mais ses caractéristiques sont trop incertaines, selon certains autres spécialistes, pour établir cette conclusion avec certitude. Malawania anachronus – un mélange de langue kurde et de latin signifiant “le nageur anachronique” : tel est le nom que Valentin Fischer, paléontologue à l’Institut royal des sciences naturelles de Belgique, et ses collègues, ont donné à cet ichtyosaure – un groupe de reptiles marins du Jurassique à silhouette de dauphin – long de 3 m, qu’ils estiment appartenir à une espèce jusqu’à présent inconnue, et qui provient du Kurdistan irakien.Le fossile fut découvert dans les années 1950 encastré dans une roche servant prosaïquement de dalle, d’où l’équipe belge a extrait des spores microscopiques et du pollen qu’ils ont pu dater au début du Crétacé inférieur – soit 65 millions d’années après la période connue d’existence des ichtyosaures ! “C’est quelque chose qui ne devrait pas être là… mais qui y est. Ce ‘fossile vivant’ de son époque démontre l’existence d’une lignée que nous n’avions seulement jamais imaginée !”, explique Valentin Fischer cité par le National Geographic.Une espèce nouvelle ou déjà connue ? Cependant, la conclusion à laquelle ont aboutie les chercheurs est loin de satisfaire tout le monde. Michael Caldwell, expert en ichtyosaures à l’Université de l’Alberta (Canada) notamment, estime que ses collègues belges ont été un peu vite en besogne, notamment à cause de la nature de l’échantillon, lequel a voyagé d’Irak en Angleterre avant de passer entre les mains de Fischer. En effet, il souligne que la datation a été faite à partir de la dalle et non du terrain de provenance lui-même. Celle-ci lui semble donc sujette à caution. De plus, le crâne, précieux pour toute identification, manque.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Certaines parties anatomiques du fossile, telles que la poitrine et les nageoires postérieures, estime Caldwell, ressemblent beaucoup à celles des ichtyosaures connus du Jurassique. Si le nouveau spécimen était d’une époque plus récente, comment aurait-il gardé ces caractéristiques, sachant que les reptiles marins ont normalement tendance à évoluer rapidement, en réponse aux conditions changeantes de l’océan ? “C’est [une hypothèse] difficile à argumenter à partir d’un seul spécimen. Je crains que ce ne soit un peu mince, en termes de données”, ajoute le chercheur canadien. Aussi, les scientifiques entendent bien poursuivre les observations afin de répondre à ces doutes et de confirmer ou non l’identité du mystérieux ichtyosaure.(crédits photo : University of Southampton) Le 15 mai 2013 à 19:21 • Maxime Lambert
Suncity Group has held a soft opening for its newest Suncity VIP Club at Resorts World Manila in the Philippines.The new VIP Club is located on the 2nd floor of the recently launched Grand Wing and boasts a total of five salons and 22 gaming tables. Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Load More RelatedPosts Suncity launches Japanese website, unveils Wakayama IR concept With the Grand Opening ceremony set to take place on 3 September, Suncity VIP Club at Resorts World Manila will become Suncity’s fourth Manila location with the group already operating VIP clubs at Solaire Resort & Casino, Okada Manila and City of Dreams Manila.It also adds to a busy few months for Suncity which has opened two Cambodian VIP Clubs – one at NagaWorld in Phnom Penh and the other in Sihanoukville – as well as launching an expanded space at Macau’s StarWorld and a new Macau location at the Rio Hotel and Casino. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner
Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London Britain on 29 September. Photo: ReutersAmnesty International said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia’s explanation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul appeared to be a whitewash of “an appalling assassination”.”The investigation findings by the Saudi authorities claiming that Khashoggi died as a result of a ‘fist-fight’ inside the consulate are not trustworthy and marks an abysmal new low to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record,” Samah Hadid, the human rights group’s Middle East director, said in a statement.It called on Saudi authorities to produce Khashoggi’s body so that independent forensic experts could perform an autopsy. It also said the United Nations should investigate his death.”An independent investigation will be the only guarantee against what increasingly appears as a Saudi whitewash surrounding the circumstances of Khashoggi’s murder or any attempts by other governments to sweep the issue under the carpet to preserve lucrative arms deals and other business ties with Riyadh,” Hadid said.Saudi Arabia’s claim that Khashoggi had died in a fight — rather than was deliberately killed – was Riyadh’s first acknowledgement of his death after two weeks of denials that it was involved in his disappearance.”This appalling assassination within the grounds of the Consulate amounts to an extrajudicial execution,” Amnesty said.
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaA science teacher at a New Jersey School has been suspended with pay after allegedly calling students the “N-word.”Bruce Bassetti was suspended last week after heatedly reprimanding students at Penns Grove Middle School in Southern New Jersey.“I’m tired of these n—–s,” he allegedly said.Bruce Bassetti was suspended last week after heatedly reprimanding students at Penns Grove Middle School in Southern New Jersey.The incident has left parents fuming mostly because the school district officials refused to address the matter with them and guidance counselors haven’t offered any services to the students in the wake of the incident.“We want our babies to be able to come to school in a safe and productive space, and get an education,” said Walter Hudson, the chairman of the National Awareness Alliance and former Penns Grove (N.J.) school board member.Attempts to reach Bassetti were unsuccessful.District Superintendent Zenaida Cobian said the incident was “a personnel matter.”“School districts in New Jersey must abide by NJ Law, board policies and teacher negotiated agreements when dealing with personnel matters,” Cobian said.When pressed as to why she won’t take a meeting with concerned parents, Cobian said she’d schedule a meeting, but the incident would not be discussed.With approximately 450 students in grades 6 to 8, the middle school’s minority enrollment is more than 70 percent, much higher than the state average of 54 percent.It’s diversity score of 0.67 means there’s little chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group.Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.At a subsequent school board meeting, solicitor Mark Toscano told parents that board members were aware of the situation involving Bassetti but could not discuss personnel matters.Hudson said the district should do a better job of vetting personnel.“At the end of the day, the kids are affected,” Hudson said.“This is why the issues exist in our community because of leadership like yours.”Later, Hudson continued, even writing an open letter to the District. “We send our children to school to get an education and learn to be future leaders in the world. We put our tax dollars into public schools, trusting that the institutions will make sure expectations are carried out in a safe environment,” Hudson said. “It’s obvious expectations are not being met in the Penns Grove-Carneys Point School District.”Among the many concerns raised by Hudson were whether there was any outreach from the guidance department in terms of providing counseling to all students involved and did the principal or superintendent contact parents to make them aware of the alleged matter that took place.“Parents in the community say such outreach did not happen,” Hudson said.“You can reach out to students who were impacted and inform their parents without giving compromising details,” he said.Double standards and a lack of transparency from school leadership is very disappointing and it’s disconcerting that when teachers make accusations against black and brown students, there are often no investigations – students are automatically suspended, or police are called in, Hudson stressed.“When black and brown students say a teacher has used a racial slur, district leadership loves to fall back on policies that undermine the safety and welfare of students, making it seem like those students are wrong for standing up for themselves — as if they are lying,” he said.“We pay $109,147 to a principal who gives good evaluations to some bad teachers,” Hudson said. “If this teacher comes back, civil unrest will follow.”
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CFPB CFPB Director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau PHH Corp. PHH Corp. v CFPB 2018-01-31 David Wharton Appeals Court CFPB Reversal Charts Course for Supreme Court January 31, 2018 488 Views Share In a split decision, a Washington appeals court has reversed a previous ruling, declaring the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to be constitutional after all.The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Wednesday that the CFPB’s structure is constitutional and that the director of the agency can only be fired by the president for “inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.”The court’s ruling reads, in part, “None of the theories advanced by PHH supports its claim that the CFPB is different in kind from the other independent agencies and, in particular, traditional independent financial regulators.”On the subject of whether the CFPB director can be removed by the president without cause, the ruling reads, “The CFPB’s authority is not of such character that removal protection of its Director necessarily interferes with the President’s Article II duty or prerogative. The CFPB is neither distinctive nor novel in any respect that calls its constitutionality into question. Because none of PHH’s challenges is grounded in constitutional precedent or principle, we uphold the agency’s structure.”Brianne Gorod, Chief Counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, said in a statement, “Members of Congress believed, and still believe, that it is critical to the mission of the CFPB that it remain independent of the President, so it can act promptly and decisively in response to new threats to consumers. The D.C. Circuit today made it clear: that leadership structure is constitutional, and arguments to the contrary are wholly without merit.”Richard Hunt, CEO and President of the Consumer Bankers Association, said of the ruling, “Congress should create a bipartisan commission at the CFPB, in place of a sole director, to uphold the Bureau’s mission of consumer protection. ” In his statement, Hunt said that this change would ” … establish transparency, diversity of thought, additional industry insight, and rule-makings beneficial to consumers, the industry, and the economy.”The court’s previous ruling in October 2016 stated that the CFPB’s leadership structure was unconstitutional and that it granted the agency’s director too much power. That October 2016 ruling stated, “Because the Director alone heads the agency without Presidential supervision, and in light of the CFPB’s broad authority over the U.S. economy, the Director enjoys significantly more unilateral power than any single member of any other independent agency.”The case traces its origins back to $109 million in CFPB fines levied against New Jersey-based mortgage company PHH Corp. in 2015, which the mortgage company fought. The October 2016 ruling had also canceled these fines. The ruling is expected to be appealed by both the Trump administration and PHH. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News
CIT HolidaysEntire Travel Group Effective 1 July 2018, a merger between Entire Travel Group and CIT Holidays will see all brands operate under the Entire Travel Group umbrella, with Entire Travel Group Managing Director Brad McDonnell assuming the newly-created role of Chief Executive Officer, and CIT’s Peter Newsom continuing to take an active role as a member of the company’s Board. Operations will be consolidated within Entire Travel Group’s recently expanded North Sydney offices. McDonnell says that by bringing together two highly-complementary businesses – both recognised leaders in European travel wholesaling – the new group will deliver significant benefits to Australian travel agents, and additionally facilitate investment in important agency support services, including industry-leading technology platforms.“Combining our respective knowledge, expertise and experience will allow us to offer our travel agency partners access to an unparalleled range of European products and services, along with the support of an expanded team of dedicated specialist consultants for each destination.“In addition, we see clear opportunities to enhance the depth of our product offering across Western Europe through the alignment and expansion of our established on-ground product teams in Italy, France and Spain.”Newsom says the merger will create a unique wholesale group.“By bringing together two of the Australian travel industry’s most respected and successful companies we are creating a powerful specialist operator, perfectly positioned to meet the needs of our much-valued industry partners and to seize what we believe are new and exciting opportunities for growth.”Entire Travel Group operates a stable of European and Pacific specialist wholesale brands, including French Travel Connection which, since its launch in 1991, has played a leading role in growing Australian travel to France. Managing Director Brad McDonnell bought French Travel Connection in 2007 and under the Entire Travel Group banner has progressively added Tahiti Travel Connection, Spain & Portugal Travel Connection, New Caledonia Travel Connection and, most recently, Barge Travel Connection.Established in Sydney in 1971, CIT Holidays has for more than 45 years been Australia’s leading Italian travel specialist. The company was acquired in 2015 by Adventure World founder Peter Newsom and Alpin Group, and has since expanded its focus to include Switzerland. In 2017 the company also acquired Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays.An announcement will be made shortly on the appointment of a high-profile Sales & Marketing Director with responsibility for driving the Entire Travel Group’s trade distribution strategy and managing key industry relationships.IMAGE: Brad McDonnell – Entire Travel Group
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