MONTREAL — A Quebec school board says it refused to hire two teachers who wear religious symbols because they would not comply with the province’s new secularism law.The Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Ile said the two candidates indicated they would not remove their religious symbols on the job as the legislation requires.Bill 21 prohibits some public sector workers, including teachers and police officers, from wearing religious symbols such as hijabs, turbans and kippas at work.School boards across the province are complying, even as they grapple with a labour shortage that has left some children beginning the school year without a permanent teacher.The board’s position was welcomed by Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette, who is also the minister responsible for state secularism.He told Radio-Canada the new law is very clear and it’s up to employers to apply it to all those hired since the bill was tabled in March.“It’s part of the work contract,” he told Radio-Canada. “The person finds themselves in a situation where they can’t be hired if they don’t accept the obligations attached to the work contract, namely not to wear religious symbols.”Several other school boards have said it’s too early to know what effect the law will have on their schools.The Canadian Press
Domestic violence prevention and intervention organization, Jenesse Center and its long time ambassador Halle Berry are proud to honor the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation (BWLF) at the Imagine cocktail party fundraiser to be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30pm – 10pm, at the Wilshire Country Club at 301 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004.Jenesse CEO Karen Earl said, “One of Jenesse’s signature programs is legal, providing comprehensive services to clients in the shelters, at our legal clinic in Inglewood, partnering with law firms and others to bring freedom though the law. We recognized early on that no matter how badly bruised emotionally and physically clients were, they could not concentrate on their “healing” with legal pressures weighing them down. BWLF understands the importance of this work and has supported Jenesse with boots on the ground, through philanthropy and partnering with our social enterprise projects.”Earl said, “Jenesse is so very proud to recognize the fabulous Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation. This brilliant group brings their energy, influence and power to our cause in a way that moves mountains.”President of BWL Foundation, Syna N. Dennis said, “The BWL Foundation is honored to partner with the Jenesse Center because of its unparalleled and passionate commitment to rebuilding the lives of women, girls, men and boys by offering life-saving domestic violence prevention and intervention services.”Leaders from business, non profit, media, entertainment and government sectors are invited to attend. The event will shine a light on organizations and individuals who have moved the mission forward to raise funds and bring awareness to the issue, provide funding and relief to survivors and use their voice to stop the cycle of domestic violence.The goal of Imagine is to elevate the conversation around the topic of violence towards women, girls and men and advocate the human right of peace in everyone’s homes, workplaces and relationships.Jenesse Ambassador Halle Berry said, “One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. This is why for 17 years, I have worked with Jenesse first hand to bring awareness to this life-or-death cause. I am proud of the achievements we have made to heal women, girls and families ravaged by violent homes and relationships.”To learn more about Imagine or Jenesse, visit www.jenesse.org or call 323-299-9496.
According to Cst. Halskov, alcohol has said to have played a factor in the collision, though not enough to warrant criminal charges. He said that the driver of the Ford was handed sanctions under the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act.At this point, Cst. Halskov said that it is not clear which driver involved in the crash ran through a red light but did say that the driver of the Honda admitted to being distracted with their car stereo. He added that North Peace Traffic Services are continuing their investigation into the crash. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash on the Alaska Highway north of Fort St. John last Friday night.BC RCMP Traffic Services spokesperson Cst. Mike Halskov said that the crash happened at around 9:15 p.m. on Friday, June 15th at the intersection of Highway 97 and the 271 Road. A black Honda Civic was travelling northbound on Highway 97 when it collided with a red Ford pickup truck that was travelling southbound on the 271 Road and was attempting to make a left turn onto the highway.Cst. Halskov said that the drivers of both vehicles were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, while the passenger of the Honda, a woman in her late teens, was transported to a local hospital where she died of her injuries. Her identity has not been released.
9 October 2008The top United Nations peacekeeping official is on his first official visit to Sudan’s Darfur region, where the world body is slated to field its largest mission in an effort to stem a conflict that has already killed some 300,000 people directly or from resulting disease and malnutrition, and uprooted than 2.7 million others. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy met in El Fasher, North Darfur, with Minni Minawi, leader of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA/MM), one of the rebel factions that have been fighting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen for the past five years.The SLA/MM signed the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) with the Government two years ago but other rebel factions have yet to do so. In August the military chief of the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), General Martin Luther Agwai, warned that the splintered rebel movements must unite at the negotiating table if there is to be a lasting solution to the conflict.UNAMID gave no details of Mr. Le Roy’s talks with Mr. Minnawi, who met with Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha last month when the two announced that they were turning a new page in their commitment to full implementation of the DPA and the formation of a joint military committee to ensure an end to all hostilities.At the time, UNAMID deputy head General Henry Anyidoho said he hoped the announcement would attract the non-signatories of the DPA to join the process in a more comprehensive accord.While in El Fasher, Mr. Le Roy also met with IDP representatives.UNAMID was deployed at the start of this year and will become the largest UN peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength. Currently it has some 10,000 troops and police officers on the ground and still lacks essential equipment, including helicopters.Mr. Le Roy has already visited Southern Sudan where the Organization is fielding a separate operation – the 10,000-strong UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) monitoring a 2005 peace agreement that ended the 21-year-long north-south civil war, which killed at least 2 million people and displaced 4.5 million others.
The S&P/TSX composite index lived up its predicted modest gains for 2013, closing up about six per cent, but there’s optimism in the air for Canada’s main stock market for the year ahead.“I think 2013 marks the end of (a) period of time of sharp underperformance,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse. “I think in the coming year we will see a convergence of returns between the Canadian and U.S. markets.”The TSX increase this year was not much compared to New York, where the Dow Jones industrials were on track to jump more than 20 per cent. However, it’s still a big improvement over the previous two years when the Toronto market gave back 3.5 per cent in 2012 and 11 per cent in 2011.Looking past the areas where the markets took the biggest hit — materials in general and miners specifically — the resource-weighted TSX did relatively well.The TSX was hobbled by a 34 per cent slide in the materials sector, which includes both precious metal and base metal miners, but there were impressive gains in sectors that could be also attractive to investors in 2014.For example, the financial sector was off its best levels of the year after losing ground early in December when the latest earnings failed to impress. But that sector is still up 17 per cent for 2013.Industrials ran ahead 31 per cent amid strong performance by the two big railways, CN and CP, which saw their bottom lines fattened by higher shipments of crude.And the energy sector gained about seven per cent, with oil prices up about six per cent to just under US$98 a barrel.But the biggest strength for the TSX going into 2014 is its makeup – heavily weighted in favour of energy and mining stocks.“It’s a proxy on global growth more than the U.S. because of the resources,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer ScotiaMcLeod Portfolio Advisory Group.That should give the market a lift as the resource sector, which was badly beaten in 2013, makes a predicted climb back in the global economy recovery. And Gorman pointed out that this will be the first year of synchronous global economic growth since the credit crisis of 2007.“What tends to work better at this later stage of the cycle is your industrials and materials,” said Mills, who predicts the sector could makes gains in the area of 10 per cent.“Even if you just get stability in the golds, the potash, uranium and base metals, copper names, (they) should do better in the coming year,” he said.At the same time, it’s hard to find analysts bullish on the gold sector that plunged 50 per cent this year. The metal itself tumbled from US$1,675.80 at the end of 2012 to barely above $1,200 in mid-December.The Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing efforts had pushed gold as high as US$1,900 in 2011 as investors thought the massive bond buying program would drive inflation higher.“Global risks have been decreasing — it doesn’t mean they’re absent but they are decreasing, ” said Gorman. “You have a pretty firm U.S. dollar and U.S. interest rates are rising – both of which make difficult times for gold. I think it’s going to be a tough place to be.”As for the high-flying financials sector, it’s doubtful that the group can repeat the strong showing in 2013. Part of the reason was a resurgence in insurance stocks, such as Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC).They got hammered in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse as interest rates plummetted to near zero and equity market gains dried up.“The financial sector is going to be safe and steady,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer Sun Life Global Investment. “They’re probably going to hold up OK, they’re going to have steady earnings, and have decent yields and if you want to hold something that’s going to do that, that’s exactly what these stocks will do.”Part of the reason for the strong advance in the industrials segment was a huge 59 per cent runup in Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) in the wake of a boardroom coup by Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Investments who, until this fall, was CP’s biggest shareholder.But CP and CN have also benefitted from generally improving economic conditions, particularly the huge amount of crude which is being shipped by rail.For example, CN’s chief executive, Claude Mongeau, said in November that his company expects to double its shipments of crude in 2013 from 70,000 carloads in 2012.That forecast came months after a derailment July 6 at Lac Megantic, Que., that killed 47 people. The accident brought oil shipments by rail sharply into focus and sparked calls for the manufacture of stronger tank cars and increased industry oversight.
Shell Canada is donating its controversial Arctic energy exploration permits to clear the way for creating Canada’s third national marine protected area.The 30 legally questionable permits are being given to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, which in turn has handed them to the federal government.“(The region) is adjacent to where the government has already said it would like to establish a conservancy, so our hope is that it will contribute to a much larger marine conservation area in the North,” said Shell Canada president Michael Crothers.The permits cover 8,600 square kilometres north of Baffin Island at the eastern gate of the Northwest Passage. They also encompass the waters of Lancaster Sound, a particularly rich area of Baffin Bay that is home to belugas, narwhals, seals, walrus and many other Arctic animals.Liard basin a reminder of Canada’s great energy potential, but don’t count on it any time soon‘This will be what’s needed next’: ExxonMobil CEO defends Arctic pushInuit who depend on the area for hunting have sought to have the area declared a marine conservation area since the mid-1980s.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc told a World Oceans Day summit in Ottawa on Wednesday that the government needs to find a faster way to create marine conservation areas and vowed to “erase years of inaction.”But the Lancaster Sound proposal remains stalled by a debate over its borders. The federal government has outlined a smaller area that doesn’t include the permits, while Inuit and environmental groups have been holding out for a much larger protected zone that does.In April, the World Wildlife Fund filed documents in Federal Court that argued Shell’s permits don’t even exist. The lawsuit claims the permits, purchased in the mid-1970s, were never renewed and have lapsed — a position that has found support among legal scholars.Crothers said that lawsuit is unrelated to the company’s decision.“We had initiated talks with the government and with (the Nature Conservancy of Canada) months ago. We don’t think that litigation is the way to go.”David Miller, the president of the World Wildlife Fund, said the court challenge might have nudged both Shell and the government, but added, “Shell has absolutely done the right thing.”“If the litigation helped move it along, that’s great, but that’s not the point for us,” said Miller.Minutes from 2014 meetings between federal and Shell officials suggest the company was unwilling to part with the permits without compensation or without conducting at least some seismic tests.Crothers suggested the company’s thinking has changed since then.“People were talking more hypothetically, looking to get some return. But from my perspective, we saw an opportunity that was pretty special — to be part of a conservation effort.“These are lands with really special ecological significance.”Shell will receive no benefit for the donation, Crothers said.John Lounds, president of the nature conservancy, said the donation beats waiting for the courts.“I’m pleased we were able to work with Shell. They really understand the importance of Lancaster Sound.”But Greenpeace Canada issued a release framing the feel-good announcement as a “historic defeat” for Shell and for the oil industry’s Arctic ambitions more broadly.“This is their attempt to score some brownie points and exit from the scene gracefully, rather than have the permits pried from their hands by force,” Arctic campaigner Alex Speers-Roesch said in a release.The federal government is likely to resume consultations with Inuit groups on the larger boundaries now made possible, said Miller.“I see no obstacles in being able to announce this marine sanctuary in the relatively near future.”The announcement comes on World Oceans Day and a week after a report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society found the three North American governments are falling far behind their promises to protect marine environments.Canada, Mexico and the United States have all pledged to protect at least 10 per cent of their waters. The report said less than one per cent of oceans off the continent are in fully functioning protected areas with permanent legal status and a management plan.Adding an expanded Lancaster Sound would double the amount of ocean Canada has protected.— With files from Bruce Cheadle
FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2015 file photo, the Space Needle towers in the background beyond a container ship anchored in Elliott Bay near downtown Seattle. The U.S. trade deficit widened in October 2015 as exports of U.S. goods fell to the lowest level in more than four years, a reflection of the impact of a weak global economy and stronger dollar. The Commerce Department says the trade deficit widened 3.4 percent in October to $43.9 billion, compared to a revised $42.5 billion deficit in September. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) US trade deficit up 3.4 per cent to $43.9 billion as goods exports fall to 4-year low WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit widened in October, the Commerce Department said Friday, as exports of U.S. goods fell to the lowest level in more than four years, a reflection of the impact of a weak global economy and stronger dollar.THE NUMBERS: The trade deficit, the difference between exports and imports, widened 3.4 per cent in October to $43.9 billion, compared to a revised $42.5 billion deficit in September. Exports of goods and services fell 1.4 per cent to $184.1 billion while exports of just goods dropped an even bigger 2.4 per cent to $123.8 billion, the lowest level since June 2011.Imports of goods and services were also down in October, dropping 0.6 per cent to $228 billion. The drop in imports reflected in part falling oil prices, which pushed petroleum imports down to the lowest level in nearly 15 years.The deficit with Mexico rose 10.2 per cent to $33 billion, the biggest deficit with Mexico in more than three years. The deficit with China fell 9.1 per cent to $33 billion, still the largest imbalance with any country.THE TAKEAWAY: A rising trade deficit acts as a drag on overall growth. For October, it means that American manufacturers and farmers were able to sell fewer goods in overseas markets.KEY DRIVERS: U.S. companies have been hurt this year by a rising value of the dollar, which makes American products more expensive on overseas markets and foreign goods cheaper and thus more attractive to American consumers. U.S. producers have also had to confront economic weakness in key overseas markets such as Europe and China.BIG PICTURE: Through October, the deficit this year is 5.3 per cent higher than the same period a year ago. Economists expect the deficit will continue to worsen next year as American exporters continue to struggle with the dollar’s strength and growth in other nations remains subdued. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2015 6:35 am MDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2015 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s appeal to the UN Human Rights Council to mount a high-level investigation, follows the publication of a new report by his office into the Latin American country, detailing serious abuse allegations.“For years now, institutional checks and balances and the democratic space in Venezuela have been chiseled away,” the High Commissioner said in a statement.Briefing journalists in Geneva, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani confirmed that the new OHCHR report provides an update on alleged abuses committed amid bloody demonstrations held against constitutional reforms, proposed by the government of President Nicolas Maduro.“This report…spotlights the failure of Venezuelan authorities to hold accountable perpetrators of serious human rights violations that include killings, the use of excessive force against demonstrators, arbitrary detentions, ill-treatment and torture,” Ms. Shamdasani said. Meridith Kohut/IRINShoppers wait in line for five hours to buy a ration of bread from a small bakery in Cumaná, Venezuela. June 2016.The High Commissioner’s call for an international Commission of Inquiry will be heard by the Human Rights Council – the UN’s principal human rights organ – which is currently in session in Geneva.It has previously created two such probes following allegations of serious rights violations in Syria and Burundi.Vast numbers of Venezuelans are starving, deprived of essential medicines, and trying to survive in a situation that is spiralling downwards with no end in sight – Special Rapporteur Philip AlstonBeyond the Human Rights Council, Zeid said that there was also a “strong case” for the matter to be passed to the International Criminal Court (ICC), “given that (Venezuela) appears neither able nor willing to prosecute serious human rights violations”.Spokesperson for the Human Rights Council, Rolando Gomez, confirmed that no State is immune from scrutiny of its rights record “regardless of whether they are a member of the Council or not”. Although there have been no special sessions on Venezuela at the Council, States and NGOs have delivered no fewer than 40 statements during general debates at the Council since last March sharply criticizing the human rights situation there. The issue of Venezuela’s rights record overlapped into a presentation of a report on extreme poverty by Council-appointed Special Rapporteur Philip Alston.He told Member States: “I and several other Special Rapporteurs reported earlier this year that ‘vast numbers of Venezuelans are starving, deprived of essential medicines, and trying to survive in a situation that is spiralling downwards with no end in sight’.” Helena Carplo/IRIN NewsProtesters in La Castellana, an eastern Caracas neighborhood in Venezuela, run away from the tear gas bombs, fired by the National Guard and the National Bolivarian Police. 18 May 2017.On the subject of extrajudicial killings since 2015, the OHCHR spokesperson said that the report contained “credible, shocking accounts” that young men in poor neighbourhoods had been targeted “who fit the profile (of) so-called criminals”.In some cases, they had been killed in their home, Ms Shamdasani noted, adding that the OHCHR report detailed how security forces “will tamper with the scenes, so that the killing would appear to have occurred in an exchange of fire”.The report also highlights the grave impact of the social and economic crises gripping Venezuela.Families are “having to search in rubbish bins”, Ms Shamdasani said, adding that 87 per cent of the population is now affected by poverty.“The human rights situation of the people of Venezuela is dismal,” she continued. “When a box of blood pressure pills costs more than the monthly minimum salary and baby milk formula costs more two months’ wages – but protesting against such an impossible situation can land you in jail – the extreme injustice of it all is stark.”
Children with the most common form of muscular dystrophy have been offered hope of living a healthy life after a breakthrough gene therapy was shown to restore muscle strength in dogs.The hereditary condition, which is marked by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles, affects one in 5,000 boys and most will not live past their 30s.However a new trial carried out by researchers at the Royal Holloway in London and French scientists, showed that repairing a defective gene vastly improved the ability of dogs to run, walk and jump. Experts said the results offered ‘real hope’ for boys born with the condition.Prof Darren Griffin, Professor of Genetics, University of Kent, said: “This is really a very exciting study indeed. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a horrible, wasting, life-ending disease of young people.“By making use of the canine model and showing genuine improvement in the animals treated, then real hope is present for the prospect for disease treatment in humans. “The disease has long been a target for gene therapy and it is only to be hoped that sufficient funds can be awarded for this research to reach its natural conclusion and go into full clinical trials.”The research was published in the journal Nature Communications. A dog treated with a high dose of the new gene therapy In some cases, the dogs’ motor skills were indistinguishable from animals without the disease.Golden Labradors are naturally affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy so researchers chose them for mammalian trials, ahead of tests in humans.The 12 dogs, who were not expected to live longer than six months, were treated as puppies and are still alive two years after the trial. The new therapy works by replacing a faulty gene with fully functioning DNA using a harmless virus, which ‘infects’ cells and alters their genetic code. Once repaired, the gene produces a protein which is essential for correct muscle functioning.Professor George Dickson, who led the trial at Royal Holloway, said: “This is tremendously exciting progress towards a gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.“The studies in dogs have been spectacular and exceeded our expectations.”Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common type of muscular dystrophy, with 100 boys born with the condition in Britain each year. There are about 2,500 boys living with the disease in the UK at any one time. The new therapy repairs the genetic code so that it can make an essential protein needed to keep muscles strong Credit:Supphachai The dogs struggled to move quickly or jump up before the therapy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of Tallaght Hospital Eilís Hardiman has been given the top job in the group that will integrate three children’s hospitals ahead of the move to the new national children’s hospital at St. James’s in Dublin.Hardiman was today named as as CEO of the Children’s Hospital Group which oversees Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the paediatric service at Tallaght Hospital.Hardiman is a qualified nurse and has over 20 years in the healthcare profession including two-and-a-half years as CEO of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, the primary authority in charge of the design and building of the new children’s hospital.She also previously worked for 19 years at in St. James’s Hospital where she held the post of director of nursing.Hardiman’s appointment to the role in the Children’s Hospital Group follows on from the appointment of Dr. Jim Browne as chair of the group in April this year and a further nine further appointments in August.National Children’s Hospital Planning permission for the new National Children’s Hospital is hoped to be secured by the end of next year with the end of 2017 pencilled in for the completion of the facility at St. James’s.The Department of Health says that the tendering process to choose the design team is underway with a new office also established to carry out preparatory work at the St. James’s Hospital site.Hardiman’s appointment was made this afternoon at Government buildings with Health Minister James Reilly’s saying her appointment represents ‘another important milestone’ in achieving the best possible healthcare for children. The Minster outlined the importance of the role Hardiman will take on:The role of CEO of the Children’s Hospital Group is critically important in driving forward the integration of the three hospitals, and the project as a whole. This appointment is another milestone for paediatric acute services in Ireland and I am delighted that a person of the calibre, ability and experience of Eilísh Hardiman is taking up the role.The Department of Health said that Hardiman’s selection was made following an open recruitment process led by the Public Appointments Service.Read: Children’s Hospital to be built on St James’s site by end of 2017, early 2018 >Read: Crumlin Hospital says it mistakenly told 18 families their children may have been infected >
WHEN I MENTIONED to people that I was about to be deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) I was greeted with blank responses.Its name does not conjure up any particular images. No romantic notions of nomads in the way that Timbuktu does, of blood diamonds in Liberia, nor of ancient pyramids in Egypt.This anonymity is contributing to the ongoing human suffering which is now of catastrophic proportions. An estimated 50% of the 4.6 million population of the CAR are in need of humanitarian assistance. Since December 2013, more than 1 million have been forced from their homes due to the vicious escalation of an internal conflict.Portrayed as a sectarian conflict, it is much more complex than that. There are no religious motives, but militia groups intent on using religion as an identifier for targeting enemies. The archbishop and imam have appealed for calm, but to no avail. Neither is it a new conflagration but rather a re-emergence in a bloodier manifestation than before in a nation which declared its independence from France in 1959.The UN has categorised it as a “level 3 emergency” putting it on a par with Syria, South Sudan and the Philippines. But this unawareness and indifference has meant that an international aid appeal made earlier this year has fallen largely on deaf ears.This is why the announcement this week of €200,000 from the Irish government in the form of tents, blankets and other vital supplies for refugees fleeing the conflict is so welcome.Walking for three months to flee fightingThese supplies will help children like Aminatou*, 15, who recently arrived in Mbile, one of the three sites for (CAR) refugees in the Eastern region of Cameroon. She is an orphan whose mother died due to illness and whose father was killed last December in the ongoing violence.Fleeing the conflict, Aminatou arrived in Cameroon a few weeks ago, heavily pregnant and worn out by the treacherous journey spanning over 600 kilometres.“I walked with my grandmother for three months before I reached the Cameroonian border. It was a very hard journey. I went without food and water for days. I wasn’t sure if I would survive,” she says adding she has no idea where her husband is. “I delivered my baby a week ago on a mat inside a tent with the help of some women,” she says.After childbirth, Aminatou was transferred to Mbile refugee site, where she is currently waiting to be allocated a family tent.For now, she, and her baby are in a community transit tent shared by about 120 other people. “My baby and I sleep on a mat that I borrowed from a family living in the same tent.”“I feel sick, I can feel pain all over my body. I don’t have shoes to walk about or even clothes to wear, and neither does my baby. I wrap her with this only piece of cloth I have. It is too cold in the night, but I have no option” she says.Aminatou’s situation is one of the many tragic stories of thousands of CAR refugees currently sheltering in the five refugee sites in Cameroon.Responding to child malnutritionPlan’s field workers in Cameroon launched their relief effort when I arrived CAR in May by distributing first aid items and drugs at a health centre catering to refugees. Additionally, hygiene kits have been distributed to 3,000 refugee families. A hygiene kit contains bars of soap, sanitary towels for women, tooth brushes, toothpaste and a plastic bucket.Plan is also mobilising resources to address malnutrition among refugee children and extending our response to cover the areas of child protection and education where there is a huge unmet need.In CAR itself, Irish Aid funds are being used to provide education to young children in camps in an effort to provide a modicum of normality for the children who are living with the memory and threat of violence in their community. The assistance cannot stop the fighting but it can provide the basics for people to stay alive, and continue living with as much dignity as living in temporary shelters can allow.Another RwandaDepressingly, the internal violence which has begot this mass migration of people shows no sign of abating. While the scheduled arrival of 12,000 UN peacekeepers in September may help, the two main militant groups, Seleka and Anti-Balaka, seem intent on splitting the country, cleansing their areas of Christian and Muslim factions. This will only lead to further displacement of people and make the job of aid agencies all the more difficult and dangerous.The gravity of the situation is such that experienced aid workers I met are comparing it to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Post-Rwanda, the world may have said “never again,” yet this parallel tragedy is continuing unchecked.Dualta Roughneen is Plan Ireland’s Disaster Risk Manager. To donate to Plan Ireland visit www.plan.ie or call 1800 829 829. *Name changed to protect identityRead: Girl (11) found alive amongst dead bodies after village massacreRead: Ireland sends €200k worth of tents, blankets and supplies to Cameroon refugees
John McAfee might have faded from the news cycle in recent months, following the release of increasingly crazy news that he was reportedly wrapped up in a government conspiracy in Belize, living with seven women (some underage), and donning disguises like in a cartoon in order to infiltrate journalism. He blogged about his supposed experiences the whole time, making the story seem more fabricated than not. However true it was, it made McAfee look totally bonkers. Following that, he released a scripted, humorous video that made him look even more bonkers. Now, McAfee is back with another insane video.Keep in mind that this video is not safe for work, so watch and listen to it with care.Though nearly seven minutes long and presented in a muted tone, this video is no less crazy than the first. McAfee positions himself in the video as wanting to clear up the crazy rumors surrounding his life stemming from those initial conspiracies. The majority of the video sees McAfee talking about crazy things in a calm manner, with quick cuts showing images depicting the thing that seems too crazy to have happened. Most prominent among the topics is the supposed fact that a portion of the seven women he lived with in Belize tried to kill him.Most of the jokes are subtle, such as toward the beginning when he poses four questions and says he can answer a resounding “no” to “all three.” Then, the video transitions to a few McAfee how-to scenes, describing how to be a badass. The video culminates in McAfee letting us all know that he previously filmed another funny video, but will be making the raw footage accessible to the world through his blog August 31, and we can do with it what we wish.He certainly seems crazy, but these two videos show that it’s perhaps more of a targeted, harnessed crazy.
L’agriculture, menacée par le réchauffement climatiqueUne étude, publiée hier par l’Universal Ecological Fund, une ONG basée en Argentine, montre que la température de la planète pourrait grimper d’au moins 2,4°C d’ici à 2020, si rien n’est fait pour réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES). Conséquence ? L’agriculture est menacée. Les conséquences d’une hausse des températures sur notre production alimentaire pourraient être “énormes”, indique le rapport de l’ONG Universal Ecological Fund, cité par l’AFP, qui s’intitule Déficit alimentaire : les impacts du changement climatique sur la production agricole d’ici 2020. Les zones les plus menacées par ce réchauffement climatique seraient les régions tropicales, où près de 60% de la population mondiale vivent.En 2020, la planète devrait compter 7,8 milliards d’habitants. L’impact des GES sur la production agricole combinée à la croissance de la population mondiale, font craindre une pénurie pour les principales cultures : la production mondiale de blé devrait subir un déficit de 14% par rapport à la demande. Pour le riz, l’étude parle de 11%, et pour le maïs 9%. La seule culture majeure qui devrait, au contraire, connaître un essor, est le soja.Enfin, l’étude affirme que l’eau disponible (sous forme de précipitations) ainsi que les conditions climatiques, seront les deux facteurs déterminants pour la production alimentaire mondiale. Les effets seront donc négatifs pour les régions où la sécheresse règne, et positifs pour celles qui sont plutôt humides et chaudes. Le 19 janvier 2011 à 09:11 • Emmanuel Perrin
Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Sasha Banks Xavier Woods SPOILERS: 7/20 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth, England to air on the WWE Network Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles The following was taped on Tuesday from Manchester, England.WWE Main Event tapings for November 10, 2015:Dark Match: NXT Champion Finn Balor def. Viktor* Jack Swagger def. Adam Rose* Becky Lynch def. Sasha Banks* Damien Sandow def. Heath SlaterSource: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa BlissVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 56.15%0:03Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ WWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About Concussion Alexa Bliss Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury Will Sasha Banks Return To The WWE? Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss SPOILERS: 7/19 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth, England to air on the WWE Network Now Playing Up Next How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November
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Amazon Netflix An error turns into a joke. Chris Raphael Netflix took to Twitter in the wake of a petition mistakenly asking the streaming service to cancel Good Omens, which is an Amazon Prime show. The petition, “Tell Netflix: Cancel Blasphemous Good Omens Series,” circulated by the group the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, has been signed by more than 20,000 people. “Ok, we promise not to make anymore,” Netflix tweeted Thursday afternoon. 60 ok we promise not to make any more https://t.co/TRPux36kcX— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) June 20, 2019 Tags Now playing: Watch this: 1:12 YouTube banning supremacist and hoax videos, Amazon unveils… Share your voice The petition, which has since corrected the error, says the show mocks religion for depicting “God as a tyrant and the Devil as being good.” The Christian group behind the campaign found issues with other aspects of the show as well, like God being voiced by a woman, the portrayal of the Antichrist as a normal kid, the four riders of the apocalypse as a biker gang and more.Good Omens, an adaptation of the 1990 comic fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, is a six-episode miniseries on Amazon Prime. The show stars David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale. TV and Movies Culture Mobile Apps Mobile Comments Hey @netflix, we’ll cancel Stranger Things if you cancel Good Omens. 😉 https://t.co/EJPmi9rL7g— Amazon Prime Video US (@PrimeVideo) June 20, 2019 Amazon tweeted at Netflix a few hours later and said it would cancel Stranger Things if the rival streaming service took Good Omens down.
Fire Danger is up in Southwest Alaska. Mike Roos, a Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry says fuels, especially tundra grasses, are drying out.Download Audio“They’re very susceptible to starts from either lightening strikes or escaped burns, such as dumps and we’ve had two escaped dump fires in the past two days, one in Mountain Village and one at Tooksook Bay,” Roos said.Smokejumper crews were deployed to both fires.Clear, sunny weather and high winds are forecast through the weekend.
A seine fishermen closes up his net.The summer purse seine season for pink salmon has wrapped up and the harvest is better than expected.Download AudioDan Gray works for the State’s Fish and Game office in Sitka as the Management Coordinator for Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries.“We did great,” Gray says. “You know, coming in almost 10 million over forecast is a good thing.”The pink harvest also topped what federal managers had projected. The National Marine Fisheries Service forecast around 30 million.Gray says the exact harvest number is about 31.6 million. That’s nothing compared to last year’s harvest of over 90 million, which was an all-time record. Last year, fishermen were still hauling in pinks well into September. However, this year wasn’t expected to be the same for a couple of reasons. Pinks run on a two year cycle and this is an even year which means the numbers are always lower. And last year was just unexpectedly excellent.This year’s catch happened mostly in the southern portion of the region. Gray says it probably made up about 70 percent of the overall harvest in Southeast.“That’s kind of interesting in itself since southern Southeast carried the load last year as well,” Gray says.Gray says harvests in districts one through four near Ketchikan and Prince of Wales were “excellent” and says harvests on the outside were “okay to good”. He says they don’t know why the pinks were concentrated in the Southern areas.“I mean, it’s got to be largely environmental,” Gray says. “Certainly, we do look at parent year escapement, and a good parent year escapement bodes well for the return but, yeah, a lot of that is out in the deep blue sea and we just don’t really understand it all that well.”Some seiners have moved on to fall chums, which started August 31.The state’s forecast for next year’s pink season will be distributed in December.(This story has been corrected from a previous version)
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Go back to the e-newsletter >On 26 August 2015, the InterContinental Bali Resort was awarded the Bali Leading Family Resort award by Bali Tourism Award (BTA). The BTA is a non-governmental award given to a variety of tourism and hospitality industries based on an online voting system, assessed by Binus Business School and judged by the Board of Advisors BTA 2015.InterContinental Bali Resort has been acknowledged as one of the leading family resorts, providing a wide range of activities for parents, teens and toddlers. The kids’ club, Planet Trekkers, is a fully supervised and secured mini-resort for children, filled with ample recreational space, age-appropriate children’s facilities and indoor and outdoor activities including kite-making, dress-ups, dance, turtle release and Indonesian Bahasa language lessons.The resort also provides a variety of water sports, is located less than a 15min drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and offers 417 rooms, suites and private villas housed in 6 separate wings.Go back to the e-newsletter >