BC civil liberties association to release CSIS papers on environmental group

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is set to release what it calls a “trove” of heavily redacted documents disclosed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service on Monday morning.They concern the BCCLA’s allegation that CSIS was monitoring the organizing activities and peaceful protests of Indigenous groups and environmentalists who were opposed to the now-defunct Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipepline project.The civil liberties association complained to the Security Intelligence Review Committee in 2014, alleging CSIS was monitoring those opposed to the pipeleine and sharing this information with the National Energy Board and petroleum industry companies. The CSIS watchdog dismissed the allegations, finding the spy service collected some information about peaceful anti-pipeline groups, but only incidentally in the process of investigating legitimate threats to oil industry projects.The BCCLA challenged the watchdog’s findings in federal court, leading to the review committee’s heavily censored report being released in Demeber 2018.Now, BCCLA says a confidentiality order by the watchdog has been partially lifted, allowing them to release the documents disclosed by CSIS, which will be published and made searchable on a website called the “Protest Papers.”last_img read more

Chinas trade rises in March but economic recovery unsure because of data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2013 10:57 pm MDT China’s trade rises in March but economic recovery unsure because of data accuracy doubts BEIJING, China – China reported stronger trade in March in a possible positive sign for its recovery but analysts said the data might be inflated and give a distorted picture of the economy’s health.Imports rose 14.1 per cent after growing 5 per cent rate for the combined January-February period, customs data showed Wednesday, suggesting Chinese manufacturers and consumers might be buying more.Export growth slowed to 10 per cent from the previous two-month period’s 23.6 per cent. That could add to challenges for newly installed Communist Party leaders as they try to sustain the rebound from China’s deepest downturn since the 2008 global crisis and avoid job losses.Analysts said, though, the data might be distorted by companies misreporting trade or government manipulation, clouding the picture of whether an economic recovery is gaining traction.Exports probably are lower than reported, based on what is known about shipments into Hong Kong, which Beijing lists as its biggest trading partner, said Francis Lun, chief economist of GE Oriental Financial Group. Hong Kong is Chinese territory but is treated as a separate customs region.“The figures in Hong Kong to and from China do not add up,” he said. “Instead of 10 per cent growth, you have 2 or 3 per cent.”China’s economic growth rose to 7.9 per cent in the three months ending in December, up from the previous quarter’s 7.4 per cent. Analysts say the recovery from the country’s deepest downturn since the 2008 global crisis is being propped up by government spending and could be vulnerable if trade or state-driven investment weakens.Commentators raised questions after China’s strong trade data failed to match up with much lower figures reported by its trading partners.Some suggested companies might be reporting phoney exports to get tax rebates or to evade Beijing’s strict capital controls and move money into China with fictitious billing of foreign customers. Others say Beijing might have exaggerated trade volume to make the economy look healthier during the transition to new Communist Party leaders in recent months.“Today’s trade data release has not instilled any more confidence in either the quality of data or the strength of the recovery,” said IHS Global Insight analyst Alistair Thornton in a report.Other indicators show economic activity recovering but at a slow pace. A survey of manufacturing by a Chinese industry group showed activity improved in March but by only a fraction of one point on a 100-point scale.Also in March, inflation fell, suggesting consumer demand might be weaker than authorities hoped.Referring to February’s explosive reported export growth, Alaistair Chan of Moody’s Analytics said in a report, “It now seems that it was probably due to some issue with the reporting of exports, or possibly over-invoicing as firms evaded capital controls to bring in more foreign capital.”Chinese customs officials defended their data Wednesday at a news conference.“Every dollar that is listed in the customs trade data can be traced back to an actual declaration form,” said Zheng Yuesheng, a spokesman for the bureau. “The exported or imported goods listed on the declaration form have to be something shipped across the border, either in or out.”Beijing’s capital controls and tax breaks and other privileges for foreign investors give Chinese companies an incentive to covertly bring in money from abroad. Economists believe a large share of China’s reported foreign investment is money sent abroad by Chinese companies and “round-tripped” back into the country.China’s trade is volatile in the first few months of each year as companies shut down for several weeks during the Lunar New Year and then buy raw materials to resume production.March exports rose to $182.2 billion while imports were $183.1 billion, leaving a rare monthly deficit of $900 million, according to the General Administration of Customs.The trade surplus with the United States narrowed by 34 per cent from a year earlier to $11 billion. The surplus with the 27-nation European Union shrank 35 per cent to $5.3 billion.Exports to Germany, China’s biggest European trading partner, fell 7 per cent while shipments to France declined 6.7 per cent.Analysts have warned Beijing also faces possible risks from a rapid rise in bank lending and local government debt, part of which paid for the stimulus that helped China rebound quickly from the 2008 crisis.The ratings agency Fitch cut its rating on China’s long-term local currency sovereign debt late Tuesday, citing potential risks from rapid growth in credit and local government debt loads. The rating was cut from AA- to a still healthy A+.The change is unlikely to cause trouble for the government because it has relatively low debt levels compared with other major economies. Fitch left its rating on China’s foreign-currency government debt unchanged.Fitch said its analysts believe China’s total credit may have risen to the equivalent of 198 per cent of gross domestic product by the end of 2012 from 125 per cent in 2008. It said that includes bank credit and informal lending used by entrepreneurs who often cannot get loans from the state-owned financial industry.Debt of local governments rose to 25.1 per cent of GDP at the end of 2012 from 23.4 per cent a year earlier, Fitch said.“Risks over China’s financial stability have grown,” said a Fitch statement. It warned that “underlying structural weaknesses” including relatively low economic development despite rapid growth “weigh on China’s ratings.”___AP Business Writer Pamela Sampson in Bangkok and researcher Flora Ji in Beijing contributed.___General Administration of Customs of China: www.customs.gov.cn read more

UN condemns unspeakable attack that leaves scores dead in central Mali

“We condemn in the strongest terms this unspeakable attack,” said François Delattre, France’s UN Ambassador speaking as President of the UN Security Council at a press conference Saturday evening in the Malian capital, Bamako.A Council delegation has been in the country since late last week as part of a mission to Africa’s troubled Sahel region. The trip will wrap up tomorrow in Burkina Faso.Located in Mali’s central Mopti region, the village of Ogossou-Peulh was attacked on Saturday morning, reportedly by armed men dressed as traditional hunters.Calling the attack an act of “unspeakable barbarity,” Kakou Houadja Leon Adom, the Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to the UN and co-organizer with France and Germany of the Council’s Mali visit, expressed condolences to the families of the victims , as well as to the people and the Government.Meanwhile, a UN spokesperson said Secretary-General António Guterres was “shocked and outraged” by reports that at least 134 civilians, including women and children, were killed and at least 55 had been injured in the attack.“The Secretary-General condemns this act and calls on the Malian authorities to swiftly investigate it and bring the perpetrators to justice,” according to a statement, which added that the UN chief expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, the Malian people and Government, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. The Secretary-General called on the Malian authorities to “redouble their efforts to bring back peace and stability to central Mali.”In a separate statement condemning the attack, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Head of UN integrated mission, MINUSMA, called for an end to the spiral of violence in Mali and reported that as part of the mission’s civilian protection mandate, a rapid response force had been deployed to the scene. The mission was also working to ensure the wounded were evacuated to the nearby town of Sévaré, he added.“This unspeakable tragedy…unfortunately reminds us that the challenges [in central Mali] are many,” he said, calling on the Malian authorities to launch an investigation “so that justice is done and the perpetrators of this atrocity answer for their actions.”Deadly violence on the rise in Mopti regionThe Mopti region has been the scene of deadly violence since the beginning of the year.Last Sunday, the camp of the Malian Armed Forces (FAMAs) in the village of Dioura suffered an attack in which several of its soldiers were killed. On 26 February, 10 people from the Dogon community were killed in an attack on the village of Gondogourou. Further, on 1 January, 37 people were executed in the Fulani village of Kulogon by unidentified armed elements.At the press conference, Ambassador Delattre recalled, in the context of a recent Security Council resolution extending MINUSMA until the end of June, that the question of central Mali was an integral part of the mandate of the UN peace operation.“MINUSMA is to support the Malian State through the protection of civilians,” he said in response to a question from a journalist.The situation in central Mali was at the heart of the various meetings that members of the Security Council had in Bamako. “The unanimous message [we received] is that it is essential to break this negative dynamic between the different communities, and to do everything to try and recreate a virtuous circle,” said Ambassador Delattre. read more

Teachers and friends mourn Indigenous student who overcame the odds

After an adolescence checkered with darkness and pain, Joshua Yesno could finally see a horizon glowing with promise and hope.  “I am ready to step into my rightful place in the world,” the young Indigenous man wrote last fall, as he prepared to complete his post-secondary education.Optimism was not always his forte. As a youth in Thunder Bay, he’d known racist bullying, addiction, violence and a couple of nights’ incarceration.At home, education was a staple. Mother Rose and sister Tanya are both school principals, and sister Rebecca is in third-year psychology studies. But while Josh passed high school, he was failing a college program he had little interest in, feeling adrift and running low on chances.Then his mother got a call from her friend Shirley Cheechoo, who runs Weengushk Film Institute on Manitoulin Island. Weengushk is affiliated with Brock University, where Cheechoo serves as Chancellor.She wanted Josh to enroll. He had 48 hours to pack and get to Manitoulin for the first day of classes.For the young Cree from northern Ontario, it was an epiphany. Josh bonded with classmates as they worked production and made films. He discovered he had a passion to capture the spirits of the world as a visionary cinematographer.As a Brock student at Weengushk, Josh graduated last year with honours for the Certificate in Film Production, and was on track to match it this June with a Certificate in Television Production.“When I’m done school,” he told the First Nations newspaper Wawatay News, “I’ll look for a full time job in the industry to continue my studies in the real world. My dream job would be as a director of photography.”The dream was not to be. On March 14, at the age of 27, Josh died after suffering a massive heart attack. Besides battling discrimination and societal demons, he also had to deal with diabetes and genetic heart disease.His death stunned the tightknit students and staff at Weengushk. School officials began collecting donations so classmates could make the 14-hour drive to Thunder Bay, where it was assumed a service would take place. Then a donor made a generous gift that enabled Josh’s family to take him to the remote fly-in community of Fort Hope, Ont., where he was buried beside his father.Josh’s life epitomized the struggles faced by many Indigenous young people living in a transitional generation. Last fall, in an application for academic funding, the shy young man wrote a powerful, eloquent letter about where he had been and what he had overcome.“I had a wonderful childhood in most respects. I am an intergenerational residential school survivor, my father, John Rae Yesno, attended Moose Factory Horden Hall. He was a very supportive and kind father, but I lost him at the age of 13.  As survivors, it isn’t just our parents or grandparents that were impacted, it is our children and youth and our entire communities, our leaders, teachers, parent’s friends, aunties, and uncles, anyone who survived residential school, that influence how we see the world.“It’s like we are all products of those very dark years when we were stripped of our culture, our language and our identity.  As a youth I fell into addiction, self-medicating from loss, insecurity, an education system that didn’t support differences and I became withdrawn and uninspired.“Over the past couple of years (at Weengushk) I have grown, stepping out of addiction, and my protective shell. I have thrived, finding my voice as an Indigenous young man, slowly moving back to our traditional ways, to my Cree culture and coming to understand my adopted Ojibwe community on M’Chigeeng First Nation.“I was proudly accepted into the Lab 2 program at WFI and I am even more proud to say that I just graduated Lab 1 with honours and gained a certificate through Brock University. This is a long way from my first experience at WFI when I was still fighting my demons, holding my secrets and closed off from my identity.  I am ready to step into my rightful place in the world.  To let my voice speak through the medium of film and storytelling and to create projects that represent our people, our unique voices and our traditions.“I promise to create the best work I can.  To tell our stories.  To be a leader.  I will follow the teaching of Shirley, our instructors and medicine people who have changed my life.“I want to be a role model of other youth.  I know I can.”On April 28, family and friends will gather at Weengushk for a memorial service in honour of Josh.•  •  •  •  •  •  • Shirley Cheechoo: “In a person’s lifetime, you always come across someone who makes the earth you live in a better place, that was Joshua Yesno.  Joshua was a big bear to us, a very warm blanket.  You would feel safe whenever he was around. Joshua meant the world to me. He inspired me never to give up, he made it to our school every day and worked very hard.  I watched him change from a very dark place to a bright light. We all loved him very much and will miss him dearly.”Scott Henderson, Brock University Associate Professor of Communication, Pop Culture and Film: “I met Josh a few times during my visits to Weengushk, as well as when he came to Convocation last year. It was clear that his experiences at Weengushk were giving him new confidence. He recently completed an impressive TV series pilot and proposal with two of his fellow students as part of his work in the Television Production program at Weengushk. He was an incredibly promising student who had unique insight to bring to his work.”Rose Yesno: “We are grateful that Joshua found passion with the program he was proud to complete affiliated with Brock University. We extend our appreciation to Dr Shirley Cheechoo for taking him under her wing and to staff and students at Weengushk. We can’t thank you enough for all you did for him.”Joshua Yesno, in the back in the centre, with Weengushk colleagues. Standing third from right is Shirley Cheechoo. read more

Meghan Markle joins Prince Harry as she begins work with Commonwealth youth

first_imgClick here for the latest news about plans for their big day.Couple to greet well-wishers in WindsorAs they say their vows in front of the watching world, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a lifetime of Royal tours ahead of them as a married couple. They will waste no time getting started, it seems.Kensington Palace announced last month that the newlyweds are to undertake a tour of Windsor as their first trip as a married couple, to greet well-wishers who are expected to turn out from all over the world to see them.Prince Harry and Ms Markle have already released a series of updates about their day – and how they hope to “share their celebrations with the public”.Decisions include a carriage ride through Windsor, taking place straight after the St George’s Chapel ceremony and before their reception. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (both centre) talk with delegates during a reception The journey is designed to allow members of the public to see the couple in the flesh, while they are still dressed in their finery, in what is likely to be one of the most photographed occasions of the year.In a series of updates about the wedding, Kensington Palace also announced that the wedding service, at St George’s Chapel at midday, will be conducted by The Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd David Conner. From flowers to seating plans, the pair are taking charge of a ceremony designed to incorporate both families, their wide circle of friends, and welcome the public into their lives.  At a reception at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in central London, Ms Markle and Harry met delegates who have been taking part in the Youth Forum’s sessions.The Forum is encouraging young people to debate challenges facing their generation, and agree youth-led initiatives to influence decision-makers. A few months into the relationship, Harry said he had to have “some pretty frank conversations” with Meghan about how her life may change when she entered the royal family.He added: “But I know that at the end of the day she chooses me, and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually we’ll always be us together as a team, so I think she’s capable… she’s capable of anything.” While the final arrangements for the wedding are expected to reflect the personalities of the Prince and Ms Markle with some unique elements, the basic outline of celebrations, as announced by the palace, follows tradition. Meghan Markle, pictured on Wednesday afternoon, is said to be ‘hugely excited’ to be sharing Harry’s Commonwealth dutiesCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images  Other Royal couples, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, have also undertaken a carriage procession after their Windsor weddings, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoying the same two-tier receptions following their 2011 nuptials.While their reception ended with an energetic Prince Harry rounding younger guests onto a minibus to continue the party into the early hours, the calming  influence of Ms Markle may see a more sophisticated conclusion to the Prince’s own day.’All the stars were aligned’: How the couple metAfter announcing their engagement, the couple gave an insight into their 16-month romance in a BBC interview – and described how they met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.Ms Markle told how she could not wait to say “yes” to the prince when Harry got down on one knee a few weeks ago as they cooked a roast chicken dinner at his home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.Indicating the depths of his feeling for his bride-to-be, Prince Harry said: “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect. “It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.” Full interview: Harry and Meghan reveal engagement joy Bride-to-be Meghan Markle has joined Prince Harry as the couple begin their work with the Commonwealth Youth Forum together.Just over a month ahead of the royal wedding, American star Ms Markle attended an event in London as part of the high-profile Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) week.They were being introduced to around 40 of the 500 young leaders taking part in the Forum’s sessions on Wednesday afternoon.Ms Markle was dressed for the warm weather in a cream sundress with thin,  black-stripe detailing, by Altuzarra, and towering black stiletto heels. Harry has said the former Suits actress is “hugely excited” to be joining him in his Commonwealth duties. The timings should go some way to allaying the fears of those concerned about a clash with the FA Cup final, with the football match likely to kick off at 5.30pm. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement. “They are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public.”  A view of the Quire in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding serviceCredit:Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Imagescenter_img The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, will, as expected, officiate as the couple make their marriage vows. Meghan Markle, pictured on Wednesday afternoon, is said to be 'hugely excited' to be sharing Harry's Commonwealth duties  A view of the Quire in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A view of St George’s Hall, at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hold a reception after their weddingCredit:Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images Ms Markle and Harry will also attend a Women’s Empowerment reception on Thursday, hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, involving charities and organisations that work to promote global gender equality through girls’ education. A view of St George's Hall, at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hold a reception after their wedding The prince has been given a new role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the Queen and opened the Youth Forum on Monday.The pair, who will marry in Windsor on May 19, plan to support the Queen – the head of the Commonwealth – by taking a lead in Commonwealth youth matters. At 1pm, immediately after the service, Prince Harry and Ms Markle, who will receive new titles reflecting their married status on the day, will leave Windsor Castle by carriage, via Castle Hill, along the High Street and through Windsor Town before returning along the Long Walk for their reception.“They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day,” a spokesman said.Guests from the congregation will await the happy couple in St George’s Hall, to celebrate with the first of two receptions.The second, for close friends and family, will be thrown in the evening by Prince Harry’s father, the Prince of Wales. The Chogm summit is staged every two years to discuss the major challenges facing the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens. Heads of the 53 Commonwealth nations are meeting in London and Windsor.It is unusual for someone who has not yet married into the Royal family to be involved in a high-profile occasion such as the Chogm summit.Ms Markle has given up her acting career to devote herself to being a full-time royal.She has already spent Christmas with the royals at Sandringham – a break with tradition because she and Harry were not yet wed – and joined Harry on wide-ranging official engagements around the country.Latest news about plans for Royal weddingHarry, the fifth in line to the throne, and Ms Markle, the US actress, will wed on Saturday, May 19 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.The couple, who announced their engagement in November, are planning their own wedding celebration that “reflects the characters of the bride and groom” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle talk to delegates during the Commonwealth receptionCredit:Yui Mok /PAlast_img read more

Pronia tackling elder abuse

first_imgAs the population ages, Pronia is seeking to tackle the growing concern, and taboo, of elder abuse within the community. In doing so, the Greek Australian organisation has organised a workshop in collaboration with Seniors’ Rights Victoria on the prevention of elder abuse. Set to take place at Clayton’s Community Centre, the two-hour meeting will first of all identify the various types of elder abuse, whilst also offering coping strategies. To conclude, information will be provided on useful services, systems, and networks to help further combat the issue and to support victims.The workshop will take place on Wednesday 10 August at the Clayton Community Centre, Youth & Family Services, 8-15 Cooke Street, Clayton, VIC from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

67pc buildings of Dhaka city constructed violating RAJUK code

first_imgA part of Dhaka city. File photoHousing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim on Sunday said, 67 per cent of the buildings in the capital city have been built violating the building codes of RAJUK (Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha).The minister told parliament while answering a question from Jatiya Party’s parliament member (MP) Rustam Farazi.He said that a survey was conducted on 240,106 buildings situated in 1,528 kilometres area under the RAJUK jurisdiction between January and July of 2018.The survey found that so far 131,583 buildings (67.35 per cent) out of already surveyed 195,376 buildings were built bypassing the RAJUK’s building codes.On the other hand, some 3,342 under construction buildings (38 per cent) out of 8,730 buildings are being built without following proper designs.last_img read more

Delhi Book Fair A treat for book lovers

first_imgBooks are an indispensable part of our lives and depict our lifestyle and preferences, to a great extent. Be it fiction, non-fiction, anthology, biography, mystery, romance, satire, books of any genre have adorned the shelves of every book lover, starting from their growing years to adulthood. They not only cater to our literal appetite but also help to establish a balance in our ever-changing lives. One finds solace in the books he or she loves the most and sometimes this even transcends the company of a living soul. Books are no longer limited to the ‘source of knowledge’ definition but have evolved over the years, bringing out variety of genres while catering to the needs of book lovers of all age groups. But this doesn’t end here and it is necessary to provide a platform where a book enthusiast can get an opportunity to justify his love for books and explore as well as choose from a variety of options. This is where a book fair comes at a book lover’s rescue.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’So, to take this thought forward and to maintain a healthy book-reader relationship, the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) in association with India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is organising the 21st edition of the Delhi Book Fair at Pragati Maidan from August 29 to September 6.Dr Ashok Gupta, the director of Delhi Book Fair and the president of FIP tells Millennium Post about the urgency to combine theoretical knowledge with practical experience. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow pertinent is the theme “Skill Development” to the literary domain, in the present scenario?Any education, without involvement of books is not possible.  Skill Development, if at all is to be achieved as per the vision of our Prime Minister, we will have to ensure the amalgamation of book knowledge as well as practical knowledge.  The Delhi Book Fair 2015 is providing a good interactive platform for the students as well as the teachers to expose themselves to book knowledge which can ultimately be used in the practical knowledge to achieve the expertise. Since the theme is quite new this year, will it affect the pattern of the book fair in terms of the events organised, as compared to the past years? Is Delhi going to experience a whole new, evolved version of the book fair?Change is the law of nature and every year the Book Fair is presented with a new dimension.  And as you know, the theme of this year is Skill Development.  We have tried to make this book fair youth centric and also create a cultural hub for the entertainment of the book lovers. Some spaces have specially been carved out in the halls to provide good ambience for the people to sit, relax and think over the specific subjects to be seen amongst the exhibited books, which will be a new feeling to the book lovers during their visit to the Fair. Will the Book Fair cater only to the highbrow crowd of the book enthusiasts or will it also have something in store for the general public?I am sorry to say that it is a wrong perception that the book fair is only for the highbrow crowd. Knowledge is for everybody and so is the vital source of it, that is books, and a book fair caters to all sections of the society and all age groups. As you said that the Delhi Book Fair will cater to all genres and age groups, so will books, solely representing the theme of the fair, be at the book lover’s disposal, this year?It is a misconception that the entire Book Fair will be dedicated to the theme of Skill Development. There will definitely be an area dedicated to skill development related literature but other parts of the Book Fair will have the conventional books on all subjects and languages.  Also, additional efforts have been put to organise stalls where digitised form of learning including e-books are placed for the benefit of book lovers.  Apart from instilling and encouraging the idea of book-reading and also of satisfying the book lovers of all age groups, will the Fair also emerge as a beneficial platform for business-to-business transactions for exhibitors and publishers?We will be supportive and encouraging of those who would work out to bring a change in the society by spreading literal awareness among people at large.last_img read more

Threat poster put up on TMC leaders door in Birati

first_imgKolkata: Within just 24 hours of Trinamool leader Nirmal Kundu’s murder, a threat poster was pasted on another Trinamool leader’s house. On Wednesday morning, Trinamool leader Nirmal Bala found that someone had pasted a hand-written poster containing a death threat on the door of his house.Bala, who is a resident of South Pratapgarh in Birati, is a ward president of Trinamool in the area. During the Lok Sabha elections, he had played a crucial role in Trinamool’s victory in the area. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Wednesday morning, some local residents saw a hand-written poster pasted on the door of Bala’s house. A few of his neighbours read the poster and informed Bala. In the poster it was written that his head will be severed as Bala is a Trinamool leader and worker and that more are to face such consequences. The name of BJP and ‘Jai Shri Ram’ was written at the end. The poster read: “Trinamool korchhis Nirmal Bala, tor mundu kete football khelbo. Aaro oneke achhe. Jai Shri Ram, BJP zindabad.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateImmediately, Bala informed Nimta police station about the poster. Later, police removed the threat poster from Bala’s house. A probe has been initiated. Local Trinamool leaders alleged that after losing in Dum Dum, BJP is trying to create terror in the area and thus they are sparking violence and attacking Trinamool leaders and workers. BJP, however, has denied the allegations and claimed it to be a plan to malign them.last_img read more

The Contents of Queen Victorias Coffin Showed Her True Love for Prince

first_imgDeath was a prevalent discourse during the life and times of average Victorians. One rather obvious reason was that life expectancy was much shorter. Be pleased with yourself had you lived in 19th century London and reached the advanced age of 45. Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, a vigorous man who succumbed to a fever, was not as lucky and died at the age of 42. The sad event, which occurred on a cold December night in 1861 at Windsor Castle, would define the rest of Queen Victoria’s days as Britain’s reigning monarch.Queen Victoria with the five surviving children of her daughter, Princess Alice, dressed in mourning clothing for their mother and their sister Princess Marie in early 1879.She would clothe herself in black up until the end of her own life some four decades later. Queen Victoria died on January 22, 1901 at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and her funeral, which ended the era that claimed her name, is a story on its own right.Once the Queen realized her time was running out, she reportedly called for her personal physician, who catered to her during the last 15 years of life — Dr. James Reid.Queen Victoria in 1890The doctor became a chosen confidant. Now at the end, he would bear the grave responsibility of conducting everything contained in the detailed 12 pages the Queen had prepared. The document described what should be done once her body turned cold.As you might imagine, those instructions were kept secret. First and foremost because the Queen’s own children would have quickly denounced what stood written in her instructions. The document resurfaced years later in Dr. Reid’s family archives.Queen Victoria’s funeral processionDr. Reid assured that the instructions were fully implemented, including the list of rather bizarre items that were supposed to go in the coffin along with the Queen’s body.The abundance of flowers, gathered and brought from all around the U.K. and abroad, helped some of those items go unnoticed.Westminster Abbey. Special Service To be held on the occasion of the Funeral of Her Late Majesty Queen Victoria, Saturday, February 2nd, 1901, At Two o’clock.So, what exactly did the longest reigning monarch of Britain at the time want to conceal?These were mostly items of sentimental value for the Queen. One included a plaster cast of Prince Albert’s hand. It’s weird enough that the Queen actually kept a plaster hand of her dead spouse. Even weirder is that she slept with it for years after his demise. But that just one bit of all the weird.Prince Albert and Queen VictoriaThe Queen’s grieving observations are known to have included requests to servants that each morning they bring hot water and the shaving set that belonged to Prince Albert, as if he was still there. This uncanny practice supposedly went on for years.While the Queen didn’t ask for the shaving set to be placed in the coffin, she did ask for the prince’s dressing gown. The gown was placed above a layer of charcoal added to neutralize the smell of decay and she would lay atop of it.Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1854Queen Victoria, perhaps surprisingly, also demanded a wholly white funeral. This would include white horses for the military processions that were arranged to carry her casket, with matching mourning attire and all.Even more notably, the most famous widow in history wanted to be laid to rest with the white veil she wore on her wedding day in 1840. Such a wish entirely contrasted with the outfits the Queen opted for after the death of her late husband, but it was symbolic in several ways.Queen Victoria in her wedding dress and veil from 1840, painted in 1847 as an anniversary gift for her husband, Prince Albert.Queen Victoria pioneered the white wedding gown, setting the trend for generations to come. Before that, different colors were worn by brides for wedding ceremonies. The Queen was definitely attached to her bridal clothes. She would have the veil in the coffin both to hint at the chastity of her youth, and to honor the one most significant — and satisfying — relationship she experienced in life.In the coffin, Queen Victoria also asked for a cloak which Princess Alice had embroidered for her father. Princess Alice, one of the nine children born to Victoria and Albert, was their third-born and she had forged a special bond with her parents.  She is said to have taken care of Albert during his sickness, offering support until his very final moments. She was again there for her grief-stricken mother.Princess Alice in 1871Since the Queen was overwhelmed by the loss, for a while Alice would step up as a personal assistant, replacing her mother for much of the ongoing royal duties.It’s understandable that Victoria later developed an attachment for that particular embroidered cloak. Princess Alice was also the first of her children to pass away, aged only 35. The garment became a memory-preserving item, both of the Queen’s favorite child and of her loving spouse.On her hands, the lifeless Queen Victoria wore an excessive amount of jewelry, something which critics have associated with occult practices (the presence of Albert’s embroidered cloak or his dressing gown in the coffin have also been connected with occultism).Queen Victoria was buried wearing two wedding rings – one for her husband, and one for her lover.But two pieces of jewelry stand out in importance: Queen Victoria’s wedding ring, and a second ring placed on the same finger that was given to her by her supposed lover, John Brown. Here begins the part where the Queen probably needed Dr. Reid’s help the most.Brown was a royal family servant from Scotland and who comforted the Queen following the Prince Albert’s death.For other royal family members, this affiliation screamed scandal, however. The close relationship that developed between the Queen and her servant was not approved of. To such a degree that her son and successor to the throne — Edward VII — made sure to discard all memorabilia associated with John Brown. (Probably equally loathed was the Indian servant Abdul Karim, with whom Victoria became close after Brown’s death).Queen Victoria, her collie dog Noble, and the Munshi, Abdul Karim. Published in the The Graphic, 16 October 1897. Taken in the Garden Cottage at Balmoral, 1894 or 1895.Thanks to the good doctor, Queen Victoria still carried a lock of John Brown’s hair and a photo of him to her grave. One of her fingers indeed was adorned with a ring that had originally belonged to Brown’s mother. Many of these sentimental items found their way into the coffin moments before it was sealed.Only one request by the Queen was not carried out — that a life-size sculpture of her should be moved to the mausoleum at the Frogmore Estate, which housed a matching sculpture of Albert, as well as his remains.The mausoleum and the sculptures were commissioned by the Queen shortly after Albert’s death. While Albert’s sculpture was erected in the mausoleum, the one depicting his wife was kept at Windsor until the right moment for its usage came. Since four decades passed between the two deaths, Victoria’s sculpture was lost and added to the mausoleum only months later when it eventually resurfaced.Read another story from us: The Hilariously Botched Coronation Ceremony of Queen VictoriaQueen Victoria’s body was not disclosed for public viewing, even though the most famous person of the 19th century had just died. The last “friend” the dying monarch demanded to see was her Pomeranian dog, Turi. The royal pet became the last living soul to hear the Queen’s breathing.last_img read more

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Zebra Medical Vision Announces FDA 510k Clearance of Coronary Calcium Algorithm

first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content July 12, 2018 — Zebra Medical Vision has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Coronary Calcium Scoring algorithm. The algorithm, capable of automatically calculating a patient’s Agatston equivalent coronary calcium score from an electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated computed tomography (CT) scan, provides physicians with important data used in the assessment of the risk for coronary artery disease.Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of death in developed countries. It remains responsible for approximately one-third of all deaths of individuals aged over 35 years old. According to estimates, nearly one-half of men and one-third of women over 40 years old will develop some symptoms of CAD in the United States. Numerous studies have shown that early detection and treatment of CAD can reduce the incidence of heart attacks in at-risk populations. Studies have also shown that coronary artery calcium score is useful for risk stratification of patients.“Identification of high-risk individuals is key to prevention,” said Prof. Ran Balicer, director of the Clalit Research Institute. Clalit is the largest integrated healthcare payer/provider system in Israel, caring for over 4 million people. “Zebra’s algorithm could run on CT studies of the chest and potentially help identify people with cardiovascular risk sooner, allowing more effective treatment and overall reduction of adverse outcomes and healthcare costs for HMOs such as Clalit.”The coronary calcium algorithm is the first Zebra algorithm to achieve U.S. approval. 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PEOPLE Silversea Amex GBT hire top execs

first_img Tuesday, September 13, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by [PEOPLE] Silversea, Amex GBT hire top execs Tags: AMEX, People, Silversea Cruisescenter_img Michael Smith Share Silversea has announced the appointment of Roberto Martinoli as Chief Executive, effective Sept. 19. Martinoli, a Board Member of Silversea sine 2013, becomes CEO after an extensive career in the cruise and shipping industry and will be based in the company’s headquarters in Monaco. He replaces Enzo Visone as CEO.“Roberto is a dedicated professional with a long track record of driving great companies to even higher heights. I am certain that he will be instrumental in pushing Silversea Cruises to consistently deliver unrivalled levels of luxury, service and business performance,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Executive Chairman of Silversea Cruises.American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is also making news with the appointment of Philippe Chérèque as President, effective immediately. IN this newly created position, Chérèque will continue to oversee the Commercial and Product Technology organizations, which he has successfully led the past two years, and will also assume responsibility for Supplier Relations, Marketing and Consulting.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kong“Philippe’s new role is part of our larger strategic imperative to restructure our commercial group into regional teams in an effort to better serve our customers,” said Doug Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, American Express Global Business Travel. “We are confident that this structure, under Philippe’s proven guidance, will foster a closer working relationship with our customers offering global reach and local expertise.”Additionally, with respect to the structure of GBT’s regional sales efforts, Elyes Mrad and David Reimer will continue to lead sales in both the EMEA and APAC regions, respectively, while Philippe will lead sales efforts in the Americas on an interim basis.last_img read more

Belize offshore oil plan sparks worries for reefs fisheries

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “They’ve declared open-season on almost 99 percent of Belize’s marine area,” Janelle Chanona, Oceana’s vice president for the Central American nation, said by phone from the capital, Belmopan. “That includes seven World Heritage sites, that includes marine protected areas … and it is unacceptable.”The proposal is still in the draft stage. Government officials did not respond to requests for comment Thursday, but have said previously that they are considering possible modifications including feedback from groups like Oceana. Belize currently has a moratorium on offshore drilling.Environmental experts say even a small oil spill could jeopardize the powdery-white-sand cays and turquoise waters that make tourism the Central American country’s leading source of foreign income, responsible for up to 25 percent of its GDP.Activists say oil development also poses environmental concerns for Belize’s reefs, which in addition to being popular diving and snorkeling reserves are home to myriad marine species and help shelter the country from hurricanes and rising seas.Chanona estimated the annual value of reef protection at $750 million. BELIZE CITY, Belize (AP) — Belize is considering new offshore drilling regulations that could open nearly the entire coast to exploration and exploitation, environmental groups have warned, calling it a threat to vital reefs, fisheries and tourism concerns.The proposal recently made public by the Ministry of Energy would even allow drilling in the vicinity of the Great Blue Hole, a world-famous diving destination that can be seen from space and looks just like what its name suggests, the U.S.-based activist group Oceana said. But activists are sounding the alarm now, saying Belize has a spotty record on preservation. As one recent example, they point to a road-builder’s unauthorized 2013 bulldozing of one of Belize’s biggest Mayan pyramids to scavenge rock.“The (oil) proposal doesn’t have any legal backing in place right now, but that it has been presented as a draft … becomes a very poor starting point for meaningful, honest conversation,” Chanona said. “How do you even begin to talk about having the Great Blue Hole up for consideration as part of your zonation plan?”___Peter Orsi reported from Mexico City.___Peter Orsi on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Peter_OrsiCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Past oil exploration efforts have not resulted in productive wells, and there is no proof that viable reserves lie beneath the Caribbean sea floor off Belize. The big drop in oil prices over the last year has also dampened enthusiasm for exploration of unproven or unconventional fields around Latin America.But even development that falls short of extracting crude has an impact, experts say. Drilling exploratory wells can introduce mud into ecosystems, for example, and seismic testing can interfere with dolphins’ ability to use sonar to identify food and predators, Chanona said.Lawrence Epstein, who directs Belize operations for the Environmental Defense Fund, said 15,000 people, or about 5 percent of Belize’s population, depend on fisheries for their livelihoods, and those, too, could be at risk.“By any measure, both the exploration and any sort of accident that might happen could damage the fishing industry as well as the tourism industry,” Epstein said.Chanona said Oceana sent the government a report documenting its concerns and that officials promised to take it into account during a review in the coming months before a final policy is formalized, something that could happen by the end of the year. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

What Drove the Surge in FirstTime Buyer Share

first_img First-time buyer volume surged 15 percent in May and the first-time buyer share of home purchase loans continued to climb as well, according to a Tuesday report from the American Enterprise Institute.The agency’s First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share Index (FBMSI) found that in May, first-time buyers accounted for 59.1 percent of primary owner-occupied home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee. This is up from last May’s share of 58.7 percent.Also according to the report, first-time buyer share has been trending higher on a year-over-year basis, pushed up by improvements in the labor market, riskier mortgage lending, continuing low mortgage rates, and a growing number of buyers who lost a home to a foreclosure or short sale more than three years ago.“These factors, combined with a 44-month-long seller’s market for existing homes as reported by the National Association of Realtors, have been driving up home prices faster than income,” the report stated.Also, the number of primary owner-occupied purchase mortgages going to first-time buyers in May totaled an estimated 137,000, up 15 percent from May 2015.  May marked the 13th month of the past 14 months with year-over-year double-digit increases in first-time buyer volume.The Combined FBMSI (which measures the share of first-time buyers for both government-guaranteed and private-sector mortgages) grew slightly, to 53.2 percent, up from 52.9 percent last May.“The 2016 spring buying season continues to be exceptionally strong for first-time buyers, as both purchase loan share and volume once again hit series’ highs for the month of May,” said Edward Pinto, co-director of AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk.  “Increasing demand pressure against a constrained supply continue to drive real home prices higher. While bullish in the short-medium term, long term prospects point to a painful mean reversion down the road.”“First-time buyer activity has been on a steep uptrend so far this year,” said Stephen Oliner, co-director of AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk. “All signs point to a robust spring and summer homebuying season.” What Drove the Surge in First-Time Buyer Share? Share June 21, 2016 578 Views center_img AEI International First-Time Homebuyer Share First-Time Homebuyers 2016-06-21 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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first_imgOctober 16 , 2018 Japanese apple saplings reportedly sold illegally … Australian authorities will in November begin a pest risk analysis (PRA) for apple imports from the U.S. Northwestern states of Oregon, Idaho and Washington.In a release industry body Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) said it had been advised of the action by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which has been requested by the U.S. Government to carry out the PRA.As a World Trade Organisation member, Australia has an obligation to consider all import requests and develop import conditions that are scientifically justified and do not restrict trade, APAL explained.The import risk analysis will involve a scientific assessment of the biosecurity risks and potential import protocols for U.S. apples.It will consider whether such imports would pose any undue risk to the Australian apple industry and a draft is expected to be released for a 60-day public consultation period in March 2019.APAL chief executive Phil Turnbull said the organization will lead an industry response to the import risk analysis to ensure Australia’s apple and pear industry is protected.“One of Australia’s greatest assets is that it is largely free of the pests and diseases of many other apple and pear producing countries. Protecting this biosecurity status requires fresh produce imports to meet robust biosecurity protocols,” Turnbull said.To ensure the Government’s import risk analysis takes into account the most up-to-date, rigorous scientific thinking, APAL will engage a biosecurity expert to conduct an independent investigation of the risks on behalf of the apple industry.APAL work with this expert and a specially-convened Apple & Pear Biosecurity Steering Committee to coordinate a whole of industry response. You might also be interested in Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … EU: High apple stocks ‘put dampers on’ hopes for p … U.S.: Michigan Apple Committee funds new research …last_img read more

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