OTTAWA — The SNC-Lavalin controversy shifts today to the House of Commons justice committee, where MPs will decide whether to investigate allegations of undue political arm-twisting.Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from the federal cabinet Tuesday, leaving fresh unanswered questions about whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s aides pressured her to help engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.Trudeau has denied Wilson-Raybould was pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin rather than pursue a criminal trial on charges of bribery and fraud related to the company’s efforts to secure government contracts in Libya.The governing Liberals, who hold the majority on the Commons committee, appear to be open to conducting an investigation.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh warns that if the Liberals shut the committee’s work down, it would send a dangerous signal to Canadians about the state of their democracy.Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion has initiated his own investigation into the matter, specifically whether there’s been a violation of the Conflict of Interest Act.The Canadian Press
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsIt’s been two months since Jessica Courchene last used meth.The first time the 36-year-old tried the drug was in 2013.“I thought it was cocaine so I tried a line,” Courchene told APTN News. “[The person] told me it was meth and to be honest it was like that first line I was already hooked.”“I knew at that moment this drug was great and I knew in my head that this was going to be an awful struggle.”For the past year Winnipeg police, grassroots organizations and front line workers have been struggling to address the rising use of crystal methamphetamine in the city.Courchene is one of the more than 300 people currently in treatment for amphetamine addiction in Manitoba.According to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba this has increased by more than 100 per cent since 2014.Winnipeg is in the midst of a meth crisis.Courchene said she is trying to escape it.“It’s everywhere. I can’t believe it. As opposed to when I started using. Even [three years ago] it was not this bad,” said Courchene.Her addictions started with cocaine more than a decade ago then escalated to prescription pills.Once she started using meth she says she began to lose control of her life.She started fighting with family members. At her lowest point she was homeless and living in her car.“I have so many friends that [have] died already,” Courchene said tearfully. “I don’t want my life to be like that. I don’t want to be remembered like that.”Recent statistics from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority show an increase in meth-related hospital visits.Since 2013 visits have gone up by 1,200 per cent.The office of the province’s chief medical examiner reports meth was involved in 35 overdose deaths in 2017 up from 19 in 2016.Steve Courchene fears his daughter will face the same fate.“Imagine when you hear somebody found dead from overdose…and your first thought is you think it’s your child,” said Steve Courchene.“Try living like that. It’s horrible.”It’s something he’s already experienced with his son.In 2005, Donovan Courchene died by suicide after living with drug addiction and mental health issues. He was 20-years-old.Steve Courchene has sought solace in writing. He had a blog where he shares his experiences, fears and advice.“We can’t enable them but at the same time we have to try to have empathy and kindness for them,” he said.“We really don’t know what they’re experiencing. The lifestyle they go through. The violence they see. The hurt they see. The pain they go through.”The death of her brother Donovan, propelled Jessica Courchene into her own battle with addictions.She’s been in and out of treatment since.Currently she is in an Indigenous-run out-patient program. She attends the Pritchard House four times a week for treatment including therapy and beading. She also attends Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings three times a week.“It’s a constant thing to have to work on your sobriety,” she said.“That’s the thing as soon as I stop or if I don’t go to NA or AA…or if I have any free time I’ll do it. That’s the scary thing about that drug.”In the past five years Courchene has been to three in-patient programs and two out-patient. But it hasn’t always been accessible. At one point she waited nearly four months to get into an out-patient program.The average wait time for government-funded treatment centres is two to three months, according to AFM.Courchene hopes to see more accessible programs for addicts seeking help.As she heads into month three of sobriety she’s taking things one day at a time.“When I go to my meetings and they’re like it’s just for today…I always used to think that’s kind of like a cliché for them to day but I get it,” she said.“This is as much as I can think. Every morning when I get up I say, ‘thank you for another sober day,’ and that’s really how my life is.”email@example.com@bhobs22
OTTAWA – The number of homes sold in September climbed for the second month in a row after a slowdown earlier this year that was led by a cooling in the Toronto market.Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday sales through its Multiple Listing Service in September were up 2.1 per cent compared with the previous month. The increase followed a 1.3 per cent increase in August.TD Bank senior economist Michael Dolega said unlike the gain in August, that was driven by Toronto, the increase for September was more widespread.But he noted rising interest rates and coming regulatory changes, including a potential new stress test for borrowers with uninsured mortgages, could impinge on the housing market.“Having said that, after some near-term weakness, likely to last into mid-2018, activity should begin to rebound thereafter given the fundamentally supported demand related to strong job growth and strengthening wage dynamics,” Dolega wrote in a note to clients.Home sales in Canada had been slowing this year following changes by the Ontario government aimed at cooling the Toronto market. CREA noted that sales in September were down almost 12 per cent from the record set in March before Ontario announced its housing plan.Also weighing on the real estate market has been rising mortgage rates.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target twice this year, driving the big bank prime rates and the cost of variable-rate mortgages higher. The cost of new fixed-rate mortgages have also risen as yields on the bond market have also risen.Meanwhile, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions is finalizing new lending guidelines. Among the changes being considered is a requirement that homebuyers who do not require mortgage insurance still have to show they can make their payments if interest rates rise.CREA noted that while the September sales results were encouraging, it is too early to tell if it is start of a longer-term trend.“Further tightening of federal regulations aimed at cooling housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver risks creating collateral damage in markets elsewhere in Canada,” CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said.The increase in sales in September was led by gains in Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island, the Greater Toronto Area, London and St. Thomas, Ont., and Barrie, Ont.Compared with a year ago, sales in September were down 11 per cent as the number of homes sold were down in close to three-quarters of all local markets.The national average price for homes sold in September was just over $487,000, up 2.8 per cent from a year ago. Excluding Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, the average price was just over $374,500.
Some 63 people cast their ballots on Saturday in Apia, Samoa, where many Tokelauans live, and the voting process has now shifted to Tokelau’s three atolls – Fakaofo, Nukunonu and Atafu. Electoral officials and the five-member team of UN monitors left Apia by boat on Saturday night, arriving 32 hours later at Tokelau to allow locals to start voting. The final results are expected to be announced on Wednesday. It is the second time in less than two years that Tokelauans are voting to determine whether the Non-Self-Governing Territory, which has been administered by New Zealand since 1926, should have self-government in free association with New Zealand. About 60 per cent of voters backed that option in a referendum held in February 2006, which did not meet the two-thirds majority required by Tokelau’s representative body, the General Fono. The UN observers said 789 people are eligible to vote in this referendum, an increase of 23 per cent on the previous referendum. Officials from Tokelau and New Zealand have cited greater information about the process and the recent attainment of adulthood by many young Tokelauans – voters must be aged over 18 – as the main reasons for the spike in numbers. Ambassador Robert Aisi of Papua New Guinea, a representative of the Special Committee on Decolonization, and a member of the UN observer team, welcomed the efforts of referendum organizers to improve the balloting process. The changes include a new version of the voting booth that allows elderly or infirm voters to have more privacy when casting their ballot at home or in hospital, and a new lightweight, waterproof and better secured ballot box to ensure the reconciliation of ballot papers issued with those found inside the box at the count. Mr. Aisi stressed that the UN’s role is only to monitor the polling process and report whether it is credible and transparent. “It is a decision of the Tokelauan people to decide what the next course of action will be,” he said. “The United Nations has played a supportive role, and we hope to continue to play a supportive role, whatever the outcome of the referendum.” If Tokelauans achieve the two-thirds majority during this referendum, a date will then be set for a “day of self-government.” This will probably be in mid-2008 to allow New Zealand enough time to make the necessary legislative amendments. There are currently 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories remaining on the UN’s decolonization list, compared to 72 such territories when the Organization was established in 1945. The last Non-Self-Governing Territory that exercised the right to self-determination was East Timor, now known as Timor-Leste, which gained its independence in 2002 and joined the UN that same year. 22 October 2007Voting has begun in the referendum to determine whether Tokelau, a group of three small and isolated atolls in the Pacific Ocean, should have self-government in free association with New Zealand, the team of United Nations observers monitoring the ballot has reported.
Railway passengers staged a protest today blocking the street opposite the Fort railway station as railway trade unions staged a lightning strike today.Irate passengers also protested inside the Fort railway station this evening and damaged railway property in the process. Railway trade unions said that they had decided to launch the strike as some of their demands had not been met.The Government said that the Army had been deployed to operate special bus services for students sitting for the Advanced Level examination during the strike. As the strike continued, the Government decided to allow private buses to operate on any route despite the route permits issued to them, until the railway strike ends. The Police Special Task Force was deployed to the Fort railway station to bring the situation under control. The Government also requested all retired railway drivers to report to the Railway Headquarters tomorrow to operate the trains during the strike. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Athabasca Oil Corp. says it expects to table an updated 2014 capital budget in July, once there’s a resolution to most of the uncertainty that’s been dogging the oilsands developer and light oil producer.Calgary-based Athabasca (TSX:ATH) aims to announce a joint-venture deal for its holdings in Alberta’s Duvernay shale around that time, after prospective partners have had a chance to look over new test results on four wells in the region.And with most hurdles cleared in Athabasca’s plan to sell its 40 per cent interest in the Dover oilsands project to Chinese partner PetroChina, a long awaited and much needed lump sum of $1.23 billion is expected to appear in its bank account during the second quarter.“Upon receipt of the Dover sale’s proceeds, affirmation of the productivity of our new Duvernay wells and determination of the outcome of our outgoing Duvernay joint venture process, we expect to be in a position to revise the 2014 capital program and anticipate issuing an updated 2014 budget in July,” said chief financial officer Kim Anderson on a call with analysts.For now, Athabasca’s board of directors has approved $480 million in spending for 2014.In 2013, Athabasca spent nearly $761.6 million, with most capital going to its $565-million Hangingstone oilsands project, which is expected to start up about a year from now.For Dover, an Alberta cabinet approval last week was one of the last hurdles that Athabasca must clear before its Chinese partner can take full control of the development. The company is still awaiting a final sign-off from Alberta Environment.Once all approvals are in hand for Dover, PetroChina, currently with a 60 per cent stake in the project, has 30 days to buy out Athabasca’s 40 per cent interest for about $1.32 billion.Taking into account $85 million in closing costs, Anderson said Athabasca would net about $1.23 billion. She did not say whether that amount includes payments to the nearby Fort McKay First Nation, whose legal challenge delayed the Dover sale.A similar process took place in 2012 for the McKay River oilsands project, with PetroChina opting to buy Athabasca’s stake for $680 million, making it the first oilsands project to be fully controlled by a Chinese company.For Dover, however, the process has not gone as smoothly.The Fort McKay First Nation wanted a 20-kilometre buffer zone around the Dover project, but the Alberta Energy Regulator denied the request and approved the Dover project last August.In October, the band won the right to challenge the AER approval on constitutional grounds. But it dropped its lawsuit last month after it came to an agreement with Athabasca and PetroChina.Alvaro Pinto, the band’s director of sustainability, said the Dover partners have agreed to environmental protections for an area the band was most concerned about.Pinto said the agreement included a financial component as well as promises of business opportunities.The proposed five-phase Dover project aims to eventually produce 250,000 barrels of crude a day using steam-assisted gravity drainage technology.“The delay of the Dover approval contributed to making 2013 a challenging year for Athabasca,” CEO Sveinung Svarte told the call. “However, we also achieved many significant milestones as we continued our transition from a largely exploration stage company to becoming a producer.”Also Wednesday, Athabasca posted a $40.1-million loss in the fourth quarter of 2013, or 10 cents per share.That compared with a profit of $306.1 million, or 77 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012 when Athabasca was required to record an unrealized gain of $374.6 million on the value of its Dover put option, which enables Athabasca to sell its interest to PetroChina.The option’s value increases (or falls) with the probability that Athabasca will be able to exercise the option. As of Dec. 31, the probability was estimated at 95 per cent.In the meantime, Athabasca Oil gets most of its revenue from investment income and production from its light oil division in the Fox Creek area. Revenue during the fourth quarter was $28.3 million, up from $18.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.Production in 2013 grew 280 per cent to nearly 6,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day.Athabasca shares dropped 2.3 per cent to $8.20 in mid-day trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 19, 2014 10:44 am MDT Athabasca to update 2014 budget, says close to finding Duvernay partner
by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2016 9:28 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2016 at 4:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Oil supply concerns prompted by a massive wildfire near Fort McMurray, Alta., and continuing violence in Libya initially sent oil prices higher Thursday, but that rally subsided, leaving North American stock markets barely changed.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto added 0.01 of a point to 13,632.01, with gains in gold and materials stocks offsetting pressure from the metals and financial sectors.The flat reading provided some relief following what has been a volatile week for the commodity-heavy index, which has wiped out nearly 320 points since Monday.The TSX was more solidly positive earlier in the day as oil prices rose more than three per cent. But that momentum faded as the June contract for benchmark North American crude retreated to a more modest gain of 54 cents to US$44.32 a barrel.Several oil companies in Fort McMurray have temporarily shut down or scaled back production as they deal with the growing emergency that has led to 80,000 residents being evacuated from the city. The companies estimate that production in the oilsands will be cut by at least 600,000 barrels a day.That, along with news of more fighting between factions in eastern and western Libya, a major oil producer, briefly resulted in a big rally for crude prices.Concerns have been swirling for months over the global oil supply glut, which has kept prices low.Peggy Bowie, a senior trader with Manulife Asset Management, said any rally would be short-lived because production cuts are temporary.“As long as you’re going to have big supply, you’re going to have a cap on oil (prices),” she said.Lower crude prices have also put a squeeze on the Canadian dollar as of late, with the currency sustaining heavy losses against the greenback. The loonie has shed more than two cents in the previous two sessions.On Thursday, the loonie added 0.01 of a U.S. cent to 77.71 cents US.Elsewhere in commodities, June natural gas fell seven cents to US$2.08 per mmBtu, while June gold lost $2.10 to US$1,272.30 a troy ounce and July copper shed three cents to US$2.15 a pound.In New York, markets were flat, with the Dow Jones industrials gaining 9.45 points at 17,660.71, while the broader S&P 500 was off 0.49 points at 2,050.63 and the Nasdaq lost 8.55 points to 4,717.09.Traders are awaiting the latest barometer of economic health on both sides of the border Friday, with the latest employment figures scheduled for release in Canada and the U.S.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. Stock markets take breather from week’s volatility; oil ekes out modest gain
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSelf-belief, fight crucial to beating Zimbabwe — BrathwaiteOctober 20, 2017In “latest news”Batsmen were not mentally prepared — BrathwaiteDecember 3, 2018In “Sports”Brathwaite can’t repeat World T20 heroics every time – BrowneFebruary 27, 2017In “latest news” (CMC) — Captain Carlos Brathwaite says West Indies need to be relaxed and play with freedom, as they prepare to face a dangerous Bangladesh side in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series here tonight.“We play best when we enjoy ourselves, when we’re having fun, when it’s a relaxed atmosphere which it has been,” Brathwaite said yesterday ahead of the opening contest at Warner Park.“And once we take that relaxed atmosphere on to the pitch in expressing ourselves, I’m sure we’ll come out on top. Big respect to Bangladesh, they’re a formidable white-ball team, as we saw in the just-concluded ODI series.“But we know that once we put our ‘A’ game out, that not much teams can touch us on our day — and that’s the plan for the course of the three-game series.”West Indies are reigning T20 World champions following their triumph in India two years ago, but have lost their last five outings in bilateral series against Pakistan and New Zealand.However, they will be favourites to get the better of Bangladesh with the likes of Andre Russell and Marlon Samuels available following injury, and white-ball specialists Rovman Powell and Kesrick Williams also in the line-up.And with much of the side coming off stints in the recent Global T20 Canada league, Brathwaite expects his troops to be on top of their game.“I’m looking forward to seeing the boys get out there and express themselves. The majority of the boys [are coming] from the Canada T20 and they’ve been doing very well there,” the all-rounder explained.“Traditionally we have been powerhouses, and it’s a matter of every time we get together we continue to exert that dominance. I just like enjoying watching the boys express themselves and hopefully this is another opportunity over the three-game series to see such.”West Indies will hope to draw first blood here in order to take an advantage into the double-header at the weekend, scheduled for the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, United States.The Caribbean side boast a decent record at the venue, having won three of the six matches there and lost twice, and Brathwaite said he expected high-scoring affairs in the fixtures there.“A bit of runs are always scored there so it should be exciting cricket for the fans. Hopefully we get a very big turnout and very good atmosphere from the West Indian population in the US,” the Barbadian said.“It’s always a challenge, especially as a captain, setting fields and managing expectations with the ball as a bowler as well. As a batting unit, it is about staying disciplined and not letting the fact that it is a high-scoring ground get the best of us and play on our ego.“It’s just about executing, and in games like those — even here in St Kitts [which is a] pretty small ground and traditionally high-scoring — it’s about staying disciplined and having the right attitude, whether with ball in hand or bat in hand.”SQUADS: WEST INDIES – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Evin Lewis, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin, Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, Ashley Nurse, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.BANGLADESH – Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hassan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Ariful Haque.
Sherritt International is to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Dynatec for a total value of C$1.6 billion. Under the proposed transaction, Dynatec shareholders will receive 0.190 of a Sherritt common share and approximately 0.0635 of an FNX Mining common share, which are currently owned by Dynatec, for each Dynatec common share held. Jowdat Waheed, President and CEO of Sherritt, said, “This is an important step in the growth strategy of our Metals division, enabling us to become a premier, globally diversified lateritic nickel producer based in Canada. The Ambatovy nickel project enhances our already strong Metals operating platform, from which we will be able tomeet demand in a growing market.”Bruce V. Walter, President and CEO of Dynatec, added, “This transaction provides an immediate and attractive premium to Dynatec’s shareholders. It also affords them an opportunity to participate in an exciting, diversified growth company through their investment in Sherritt, and to have greater exposure to the strong nickel price environment. In addition, the combination of our companies’ strengths will benefit the Ambatovy project as it moves forward with development. Our shareholders will also continue to participate in the significant value potential of the Sudbury Basin through a direct interest in FNX.”Successful completion of the transaction will strengthen Sherritt Metals’ position in the global nickel market. Sherritt Metals’ operating experience at its existing lateritic nickel mine and processing facility, and its ongoing Metals expansion project, will result in significant capital build-out, operating and knowledge-transfer synergies. Ambatovy’s estimated reserve life of 27 years combined with Sherritt’s existing Metals operations, with reserves of approximately 25 years, positions Sherritt with leading longlife nickel assets. Long-term gross annual production from the combined company’soperating mines is expected to be 109,000 t of nickel and 10,600 t of cobalt (net interest to Sherritt of approximately 49,000 and 4,740 t of nickel and cobalt, respectively).Concurrent with this transaction, Dynatec and Sherritt have entered into an agreement with FNX, whereby FNX has been granted the right, subject to the closing of the transaction, to purchase Dynatec’s Mining Services Division for cash at a price to be determined based upon independent valuations. FNX intends to exercise this right immediately upon closing of the transaction, which is expected to occur by the middle of June, subject to regulatory, shareholder and court approvals.Terry MacGibbon, President and CEO of FNX noted: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to acquire Dynatec’s Mining Services Division and plan to not only maintain the division as one of North America’s premier mining contractors but also pursue new contracting opportunities and to aggressively grow the division. This acquisition will provide FNX with a large pool of highly skilled and experienced managerial, professional, supervisory, technical, and mining employees to not only support FNX’s ambitious growth plans at its Sudbury, Ontario operations, but to enable it to become a significant joint venture partner and mine/exploration operator in worthwhile mining projects in a manner similar to which Dynatec became FNX’s partner in the Sudbury Joint Venture. This unique opportunity provides FNX with the talent and expertise necessary to support our ambitious growth plans in Sudbury, while simultaneously increasing the company’s share liquidity and broadening our shareholder base.”Tony Makuch, FNX’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and the former Dynatec Vice President Operations for the Mining Services Division, added, “the Mining Services Division has mining and development contracts in Canada and the USA and it is our intention to continue to provide high level service and support to Dynatec’s existing clients and to aggressively expand the mine services business with the support and participation of the current Mining Services Division employees. We believe that there are outstanding opportunities to grow and expand the Mining Services Division during this period of unprecedented worldwide mining activity.”
This year MICROMINE celebrates its 30th anniversary. Since its beginning in 1986, MICROMINE’s says its mission “has been to provide high quality products and services that create value for exploration and mining companies and assist them achieve their goals. Over the years, MICROMINE has grown by listening to our clients and responding to the changing marketplace.”The company adds: “We are now one of the only global companies that offers a suite of solutions that span the breadth of the mining cycle, from geological exploration and data management, to resource estimation, mine design, planning and production control. This means we can support our clients through every step of their project, develop an intimate understanding of their needs and provide tailored solutions.”MICROMINE now has offices in Australia, Indonesia, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Peru, Brazil, Mongolia, Turkey, the UK, the US, Canada, and South Africa. “Not only do we provide local expertise, our specialists are industry professionals with ‘real-world’ experience, so understand the issues and needs of our clients.” The anniversary statement also highlighted some of the company’s significant milestones:1986 – MICROMINE is created as a business unit of Geometra Pty Ltd (a land and hydrographic surveying company based in Sydney)1987 – Appointed MICROMINE’S first international agency in Indonesia for sales and product support following export sales into that country1999 – Acquired new products – geological data management solution, now Geobank and a fleet management and mine control solution, now Pitram2001 – First western mining software company to enter the former Soviet Union and opened offices in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.2002 – First western mining software company to open representative office in China2005 – Micromine software became the first and only software to be accredited by the Chinese Ministry of Lands and Resources for calculating mineral reserves and resources2006 – Micromine software became the first and only software to be accredited by the Mongolian Ministry of Lands and Resources for calculating mineral reserves and resources. At this time, by government instruction, all mineral exploration data and reserves had to be reported in Micromine format2008 – Pitram is implemented in more mine sites than any competitor becoming the market leader in underground mine control solutions.MICROMINE receives over A$9 million from AusIndustry grants for research and development. One of which being the largest ever awarded to a mining software provider2011 – MICROMINE was awarded Microsoft Gold Partner Certification as an Independent Software Vendor and Windows® 8 Compatible.2014 – Founder and Director Graeme Tuder named an Australian Export Hero by the Export Council of Australia2016 – MICROMINE became Windows® 10 Certified.Claire Tuder, General Manager stated: “The company’s success must be attributed to our employees, business partners and friends. I take this opportunity to thank past and present staff, directors, industry friends and business partners for their contribution. As we celebrate our 30 years of progress, we recommit to providing high quality software and service to our clients.”
A STRONG 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Japan today, setting buildings in the capital swaying but causing no risk of a tsunami, the country’s meteorological agency reported.National broadcaster NHK said there had been no abnormalities detected at nuclear power plants near the epicentre, which was north of Tokyo, where buildings rocked for upwards of half a minute.“An earthquake occurred at about 16:23 (0723) today,” the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.“Its focus was in the north of Tochigi prefecture. Its depth is about 10 kilometres (six miles) and its magnitude is estimated at 6.2.”The Tokyo marathon was held in the city yesterday.- © AFP, 2013
The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (EECV) is urging Greek Australians and all Victorians to participate in this year’s cultural diversity week, held between the 14 and 22 March.A number of sporting, community and festival events will be on offer, including the famous Viva Victoria festival on March 22 at Federation Square. EECV chairperson Mr Eddie Micallef urges every Victorian to partake in this year’s events. “Celebrate what makes Victoria such a unique and rich place to live in,” he says.The theme of this year’s events is ‘Strengthening Our Community’, which Mr Micallef sees as imperative for further promoting harmony and social cohesion in our society. In addition to the event’s theme, cultural diversity week will also coincide with the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21. Australia will celebrate Harmony Day on the same day.For more information, visit www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/projects-and-initiatives/cultural-diversity… Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Google Traduction débarque sur l’iOSGoogle met désormais à disposition son logiciel de traduction sur l’App Store d’Apple. “Google Traduction” permet de traduire 57 langues à l’écrit et 15 à l’oral. Après avoir proposé son logiciel de traduction sous Android, Google s’attaque désormais à l’iOS d’Apple, affirme Clubic.com. Les utilisateurs de terminaux griffés de la pomme peuvent désormais utiliser le programme proposant les traductions de 57 langues à l’écrit et 15 à l’oral. Néanmoins, le mode conversation, encore en phase de test sous Android, n’est pas encore inclus. Pourtant, cette version de Google Traduction est plus complète que la version web proposée depuis 2008. Le moteur de recherche propose ce service gratuitement sur la plateforme d’Apple. Le 9 février 2011 à 10:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
Après 27 ans de carrière, Discovery prend sa retraiteLa navette spatiale Discovery a achevé hier après-midi sa toute dernière mission. L’occasion de revenir sur son histoire et les missions qu’elle a accomplies depuis sa mise en service en 1984.Discovery ne volera plus. Hier après-midi, elle a achevé sa dernière mission en se posant sur la piste du Centre spatial Kennedy en Floride après 13 jours de périple dans l’espace. Mais avec ses 27 ans de carrière, la plus ancienne des navettes spatiales américaines laisse derrière elle un héritage de taille. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAConstruite après Columbia et Challenger, Discovery a effectué au total 39 missions depuis son premier lancement en août 1984. Un record comparé aux autres navettes américaines. Ainsi, elle aurait parcouru plus de 238 millions de kilomètres et fait le tour de la Terre près de 5.830 fois. Dès ses premiers vols, elle a déployé avec succès plusieurs satellites de communication. Et c’est elle en 1990, qui a réalisé la mise en orbite du télescope spatial Hubble et le lancement de la sonde Ulysse. Parmi ses autres missions, on compte également un rendez-vous avec la station Mir en 1995 et plusieurs ravitaillements de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) dès 2001.Selon les officiels de la NASA, la navette Discovery détiendrait aussi un autre record. Au cours de sa carrière, elle a transporté 246 astronautes, soit plus qu’aucune navette spatiale. En 1995, c’est d’ailleurs à son bord que vole Eileen M. Collins, première femme à piloter un engin spatial. Chargée d’une histoire aussi extraordinaire, il n’est donc pas étonnant que Discovery, aujourd’hui à la retraite, rejoigne prochainement la collection du musée de l’Air et de l’Espace à Washington.Découvrez en photos l’historique carrière de Discovery sur Maxisciences.Le 10 mars 2011 à 19:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter The New Day and Viking Raiders set to collide for the first time ever on RAW this Monday Pinterest Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Titus World-SlideTitus O’Neil was in London at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where he went on the world’s tallest and longest slide tunnel. Here is the video of Titus on the Arcelormittal Orbit Slide, which is 584 feet. Renee Young and The New Day triviaWWE has a brief video with Renee Young and The New Day that basically promotes the WWE Network. The video features Renee Young hosting a trivia game show with all three members of The New Day as guests. It’s a trivia about “Who knows WWE Network.” Just like the game show on TV, Family Feud, there was the top answers on the board. New WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions crowned at Extreme Rules Intercontinental and Smackdown Tag Team Championship matches added to Clash of Champions
Gareth Southgate is ready for talks with the FA over a new deal after guiding the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals.Southgate and the FA agreed on a contract worth about £2.5 million a year, plus bonuses, to succeed Sam Allardyce in 2016. His current contract will run out in 2020 but has a built-in break option after the World Cup.A source close to the FA said: ‘Gareth is set to sign a new contract and both sides want to get a deal agreed quickly.’The option would have allowed the FA to replace Southgate on the cheap if he had failed to deliver on their expectations. But, after leading England to the nation’s best World Cup since Italia 90, Southgate is in a strong position, and the FA are keen to extend his deal.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.It could be worth up to £5m a year, including bonuses, to Southgate and ensure he will lead the country through the 2020 European Championship and the Qatar World Cup in 2022. The FA are also set to thrash out a settlement to release them from a £6m image rights contract.England players’ commercial work has been organized for the last decade by 1966 Entertainment, an outside agency whose contract runs until 2030.Following the World Cup in Russia, the FA want to work directly with England players rather than having to go through a third party for all sponsorship matters.A source close to the FA said: ‘It is in the interests of all parties to agree to a deal, so we need to come to a figure which compensates 1966 for loss of revenues.’
Related Items:#legalizemarijuanaintheBahamas, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 18, 2018 – Nassau – The conversation on the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana took an official form when a recent town hall meeting hosted by a CARICOM Commission sought to find out how Bahamians feel on the hot button issue. Professor Rose Marie Bell Antoine, explained that the meetings were happening in all CARICOM member states and would result in a report for the heads of government meeting in July.Perspectives were varied and included issues related to addiction, negative health reactions, positive health benefits, so called irrational treatment of users by the justice system, de-escalation of gang related crime and the potential for agri-business – all linked to marijuana. Here are just a few comments by various persons who attended the town hall meeting.“I hate the fact that people smoke cigarettes which are filled with over 500 chemicals but yet I cannot smoke a plant.”“With sound regulation there are lots of opportunities, it all depends on how the government and the private sector involve say how this should go forward.”“If they legalize it guess what, I don’t have to buy it from anybody, I have a bottle full of seeds now. What am I going to spend $5.00 for a joint for when I can grow myself a whole plant.”“It turns criminals out of our own sons, we’re turning criminals out of our own sons.”“Legalization ends the violence, what did Portugal do, Portugal legalized, the violence stopped ”“It destroys families, I don’t know if any of you have had any relatives that have been addicted.”The comments were chronicled by the panel and will be merged with other perspectives on the controversial issue, which continues to grab headlines in The Bahamas.#MagneticMediaNews#legalizemarijuanaintheBahamas
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield.DepartureWhether it’s The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the “hustlers” — slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe.Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe.Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. “We didn’t know we were risking our lives,” said Kante Sekou, 27, who gave up upon reaching Libya.Hustlers demand between 200,000 to one million CFA francs (300-1,500 euros/$330-$1,660) per person for a journey they claim will end up in Europe, but which often goes no further than Agadez in central Niger, or Libya.Towards NigerDespite mounting pressure from Niamey to halt the flow of people heading to Europe, Niger remains a key route on the migrant trail.Even before getting there, migrants are often “ripped off” by unscrupulous police and customs officials.According to witnesses, those in Burkina Faso appear to be particularly greedy, with migrants speaking of being held in overflowing cells until they pay up.Once in Niger, officers also take small “commissions” at each roadblock. Bus companies have a tendency to group migrants and non-migrants in different vehicles, with officers tipped off about which to approach, a bus company source said.In 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) observed around 335,000 migrants heading northwards out of Niger.But the numbers are unclear because the IOM only counts those crossing its own checkpoints.Agadez: a key crossroadsThis city in central Niger is a key crossroad, with routes through it leading to Libya and Algeria.However, with the increasing number of checks, several new routes have opened up from the southern city of Zinder, offering an eastern route to Libya, while others bypass Agadez to the west, leaving from the southwestern city of Dosso, people smugglers say.In Agadez, migrants are held in “ghettos” or “hostels” owned by the smugglers — these are usually simple plots surrounded by walls, which sometimes have a hut, where the migrants huddle under tarps as shade from the sun. Usually, there is no running water or electricity.Over the past few months, ghettos visible from the city centre have disappeared with people taken to homes in the suburbs. According to one fixer, that is the best way to avoid police controls and also means they can leave the city without travelling along main roads.Hustlers pick up migrants from bus stations in Agadez. Usually grouped by nationality, they have often run out of money by this stage, meaning the hustlers have to arrange extra funds through phone contact with their families.While waiting for departure, migrants live hand-to-mouth in precarious circumstances with men doing odd jobs and women sometimes resorting to prostitution.Sudden departureMigrants are not notified in advance about their departure. They are put in the back of 4×4 pick-up trucks which can carry up to 29 passengers with their legs dangling over the sides. Sticks are wedged between the luggage so passengers can hold on.To cope with the sand and heat, they must have on them a hat, gloves, sunglasses, a jacket and water. Since the police crackdown, departures tend to happen in the pre-dawn hours.A convoy is usually made up of three to five vehicles, with migrants sometimes transferred out of the city before being put into trucks in order to avoid roadblocks.A few months ago, passage to Libya cost up to 300,000 CFA francs but the crackdown has seen prices ballooning with the rate easily hitting 400,000 CFA francs and sometimes rising as high as a million, a local official said.Bandits in the desert”It’s 750 kilometres (460 miles) and three days’ drive to the border,” says one smuggler who refused to give his name. “We drive 24-7. We stop only to drink tea, five minutes for the restroom. I carry up to 26 people. We leave in a convoy, never alone.”We don’t stop because we are afraid of bandits and the police. The bandits are armed. They can hijack your vehicle and leave you in the desert. So it’s death,” he said.If there is an attack, “we try to hide the Thuraya (satellite phone) to bury it,” he said.”The bandits have people in town. When a car leaves the city, they inform them.”If soldiers stop them, everyone is brought back to the city and the cars are impounded.For the migrants, it is a difficult road. They have to hold on without falling, and be sparing with their food and water. Many throw up on the way and arrive at their destination exhausted.Some even die en route. Earlier this month, at least 44 people, among them women and babies, died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the desert. “This desert is full of migrants’ bodies,” lamented Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum.Libya: apocalyptic lawlessnessMost migrants returning from Libya describe an apocalyptic lawlessness with armed groups extorting and exploiting them, with many speaking of theft, kidnapping and torture. Others speak of being jailed in “private” prisons and only released when their families paid a ransom.Others speak of having to work for miserable wages or in slavery-like conditions. Even so, for most, Libya is an unavoidable stop for those hoping to catch a boat to Europe.
Prothom Alo illustrationPolice on Sunday arrested the son of Zanjira municipality mayor Yunus Bepari for allegedly raping a college girl, reports UNB.Masud Bepari, 27, was picked up around 2:30am after the matter came to the fore, said officer-in-charge of Zanjira police station Belayet Hossain.He said the victim, a student of a local college, used to work at a clinic in Zanjira municipality on part-time basis.On Saturday night, Masud, a distant relative of the victim, took the girl to their under-construction building and ‘raped’ her there.As she fell sick, he took her to a hospital secretly for treatment.However, locals noticed the matter and informed police.Later, law enforcers rushed in and arrested Masud from his house around 2:30am, the OC said.The victim appeared at the police station at noon and filed a case against the youth.
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… On Monday (5 March), they proved this once again.In an op-ed written by Melinda Gates for Quartz, she revealed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is donating $170 million to women’s economic empowerment worldwide. The donation is meant to challenge the way women and girls are undervalued in society.In her piece, Gates posits that economic power is ‘among the most promising entry points for gender equality’.‘Simply put when money flows into the hands of women who have the authority to use it, everything changes.’How the money worksGates explains how empowering women economically benefits themselves and others.She writes that women use money to help their families more than men.‘In Niger, for example, when women had more financial autonomy, their families ate more meat and fish,’ she says. ‘One of the most astonishing statistics I’ve seen is that when a mother has control over her family’s money, her children are 20% more likely to survive.’ GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) It also helps women’s roles in society at large evolve — for the better.Gates hopes this donation can do plenty for women, including introducing them to markets and giving them digital bank accounts. The effort will also create and support self-help groups for women, teaching them about launching small businesses and more.Past donationsThe couple has long expressed and supported progressive ideals. Before same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in the US, they gave Washington state $500,000 for their marriage equality campaign.Last year, they invested $140 million into PrEP research and an injection device.Bill Gates also supported the Boy Scouts ending their gay ban.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The power of good. | Photo: Pixabay/Skeeze Bill and Melinda Gates have always been both generous and liberal with their wealth. Gay Tourism: WTTC doesn’t know what to sayIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsTrump doesn’t know the difference between HIV and HPV, according to Bill GatesRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bill-melinda-gates-women-economic-power/