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Minister Offers Condolences to Family of Deceased Worker

first_imgLabour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan is sending condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of a man who died today, Nov. 7, after a fall while working at an industrial site in Clayton Park. “I can’t imagine how this young man’s family must be feeling, and my thoughts are with them during this extremely difficult time,” said Ms. Regan. “I want to assure the family and all Nova Scotians that our investigation is underway, and we are committed to finding answers quickly about what caused today’s tragic incident.” This is the 28th workplace fatality this year. In 2012, 32 Nova Scotians died at work. A stop-work order has been issued until investigators are satisfied workers will be safe.last_img

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Algonquin flags fly inside German ambassadors residence alongside Germany Canada

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN National NewsWalk into the foyer of the German ambassador’s residence in Ottawa you will see three flags.Germany, Canada and the Algonquin flag.The residence, like the rest of the city of Ottawa sits on unceded Algonquin territory.And the German Ambassador wanted to acknowledge that.“We are well aware that there are people who have been here forever,” said Ambassador Werner Wnendt. “And I always wanted to honour them, to tell them how grateful we are that we can be here with you.”tlamirande@aptn.calast_img

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Closing Bell Gold stocks send TSX higher as Allergan rejects latest Valeant

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday, boosted by rising gold stocks and despite news that Botox-maker Allergan has rejected the latest takeover offer by Quebec-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,904.38+33.17 0.22%S&P 500 —  1,950.79-0.48 -0.02%Dow — 16,945.92+2.82 0.02%Nasdaq — 4,338.00 +1.75 0.04%The S&P/TSX composite index rose 33.17 points to 14,904.38. The Canadian dollar gained 0.03 of a cent to 91.71 cents US. With nothing in the way of major economic or earnings news for investors to latch onto, the TSX took its guidance from strengthened gold stocks. August gold bullion ended the day up by $6.20 to US$1,260.10 an ounce. The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell six cents to US$104.35 a barrel and July copper gained a penny to US$3.05 a pound.Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS, says the TSX is now on a course where it’s a slow “grind up,” with nothing in sight that might derail it.“The easiest path for the markets seems to be up,” he said. “It’s not moving by leaps and bounds, just gradually up. The path of least resistance is up because momentum is with the stock market.”Nakamoto said that despite talk about a correction in the Toronto market, he sees that as unlikely. Instead, Nakamoto said he wouldn’t be that surprised if the TSX surpasses its record close of 15,073, reached on June 18, 2008, just before the recession.On Tuesday, Allergan said it was rejecting Valeant’s latest offer because it still undervalues the California-based company and claimed it creates significant risks and uncertainties for its shareholders.Earlier this month, with the backing of activist shareholder Bill Ackman, Valeant (TSX:VRX) raised its stock-and-cash bid to about US$175 per share, valuing Allergan at some US$52.4 billion at current stock prices.Allergan repeated its claim that Valeant has an unsustainable business model that relies on “serial” acquisitions and cost reductions. Valeant shares faded $1.25, or nearly 1%, to C$136.78 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Meanwhile, Wall Street was flat after reaching near-record highs in the last few sessions. The Dow Jones industrials was up 2.82 points at 16,945.92 and the Nasdaq rose 1.76 points to 4,338, while the S&P 500 index dipped 0.48 of a point to 1,950.79. The U.S. Commerce Department said U.S. wholesale businesses built up their stockpiles of goods in April, a sign that companies expect stronger economic growth in the coming months.Wholesale stockpiles expanded 1.1% in April, following a 1.1% gain in March. The result marks 10 straight months of rising inventories. Sales at the wholesale level climbed 1.3%, led by autos, furniture and pharmaceutical drugs compared with a 1.6% gain in March. Year over year, sales are up 6.7%.Equities markets have been optimistic in recent days amid indications that global economies are faring well and that central banks are poised to pump in stimulus as necessary.Last week, the European Central Bank announced that it was going to deal with the threat of deflation and give some lift to a tepid economic recovery in the eurozone by cutting its lending rate to 0.15% from 0.25% and dropping its overnight deposit rate to minus 0.1% from zero.There have also been positive signs elsewhere, with Japan reporting strong first-quarter growth, China seeing an improvement in exports and the U.S. ushering in a solid jobs report for May.In Canada, a survey by international human resources firm Manpower Inc. suggests about 20% of Canadian companies expect to add to their payrolls in the third quarter.However, when seasonal variations are factored in, along with the four% of firms that expected to shed workers in the July-September period, the figure falls to 10%.TOP STORIESWorld’s soundest banks no immunity as Stephen Poloz stresses risks to CanadaOn heels of Canadian deals, Buffett to expand energy bets ‘as far as the eye can see’Income splitting would benefit only 10% of households, most of them wealthy Albertans, study findsHow low can it go? Credit unions fire shot in mortgage wars with rates as low as 2.69%Is BlackBerry dead? Not in Toronto, new third-party sales data suggestsCORPORATE NEWSCANADADominion Diamond Corp    Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 8¢ a share Evertz Technologies Ltd    Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 20¢ a share North West Company Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 30¢ a share UNITED STATESH&R Block  Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $3.23 a share read more

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Local news briefs

Pickup truck stolenA white white 2014 GMC Sierra pickup truck parked along Chapman Street West, Port Dover, was stolen in the early hours on July 23.Pellet gun shot at vehicleA driver was left startled after a pellet gun was discharged towards a vehicle on Cockshutt Road, Townsend, just before 1 a.m. on July 23.Police say a motorist was stopped at Cockshutt Road and Norfolk County Road 19 East when a laser light was shone into the vehicle. The driver then heard the sounds of pellets striking the vehicle and looked out to see a male suspect running away. The pellets damaged the vehicle.Garbage thrown from vehicle smashes windshieldA vehicle travelling along Turkey Point Road, Charlotteville, on July 22 was damaged by a pop can tossed from another vehicle. The can smashed the window and scared the driver, who was able to safely pull over. The suspect vehicle, an older Mustang with two men in their 40s, was last seen travelling west on St Johns Road.Mischief reported at Port Dover businessBetween 1 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on July 22, two sections of rope located near a patio of a business on Main Street in Port Dover were cut. The OPP remind all residents to immediately call police if they see anything suspicious.Police investigate break and enter to shedsPolice are investigating a collection of break-ins to sheds along Stanley Street and Chapel Street in Simcoe. Various tools, grass trimmers and garden hoses were removed from the sheds, collectively valued at approximately $1,200.Bicycle stolenA blue mountain bicycle was stolen from a Colborne Street North, Simcoe, home on July 21. The bike was wrapped in tarp and placed under the stairway of the home. The bike has a black seat, straight handlebars and springs on the front and back of the frame.Cashing stolen cheques leads to chargesA 34-year-old Hamilton man has been charged with fraud under $5,000 and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 after attempting to cash stolen cheques at a Queensway West, Norfolk County, business. Police say an employee recognized the man and immediately contacted police.Delhi home used in online scamA Delhi home that is listed for sale has been used in an online scam.A hopeful renter saw the Queen Street home listed on a renting website between July 19 and 21.The resident sent a $1,000 advanced payment to the lister and never received a lease, at which point they realized the photos used were taken from a realtor’s web page.Police remind residents to be vigilant when responding to ads on various web sites.Vehicle windows smashedThree vehicles parked along Alice Street in Waterford had their windows smashed in the early hours of July 21. The OPP remind residents to immediately call police if they see anything suspicious.Theft from unlocked vehicleAn unlocked vehicle parked at a Head Street North, Simcoe, address, was entered in the early morning hours of July 21. A Milwaukee impact drill and a wallet that contained personal and financial information along with a large quantity of Canadian currency were removed.Marijuana plants stolenA homeowner chased away a male intruder who stole marijuana plants from a home on Brant Avenue in Port Dover around 2 a.m. on July 21. Police remind home owners to ensure that all doors and windows are secured in order to prevent anyone from gaining access to their residence.Boat collision near Turkey PointA Maple, Ont., man was charged this weekend after a personal watercraft collided with a pontoon boat near Turkey Point.The incident was brought to the attention of police around 6:15 p.m. Sunday.Norfolk OPP say the 45-year-old operator of the watercraft approached the boat, which was carrying family members. The man hit the side of the pontoon boat with the watercraft. He was treated in hospital for minor injuries.The accused has been charged with operating a vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons contrary to the Canada Shipping Act.Helmet saves boy’s lifeAn 11-year-old boy from Hamilton was learning to ride a dirt bike along Charlotteville Road 1, Charlotteville, on July 21. The boy veered off the trail and ended up on the roadway, where a vehicle collided with the back of the bike. The boy was ejected from the bike and landed on the hood and windshield of the vehicle, sliding off and ending up of the roadway. He was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.The 76-year-old male driver of the vehicle did not suffer any injuries. In the Norfolk OPP news release, police said the fact the boy was wearing a helmet prevented his injuries from being more serious.Scammers target seniorsIf you receive a call saying you won a large sum of money, hang up. An elderly Norfolk County resident received several calls of this type on July 17. The resident realized it was a scam when they were instructed to send $600 by e-transfer to collect the prize. They contacted the police about the scam.Theft from unlocked vehicleAn unlocked vehicle parked along Donly Drive in Simcoe was entered, and items were removed. The theft occurred between 12 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on July 17. The items that were stolen are a global positioning syystem module and harness, along with a backpack and wallet that contained personal and financial information. read more

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Afghan interim government tells UN of probe into murder of tourism minister

Interim Interior Minister Yunus Qanooni told the acting head of the UN Mission in Kabul, Carl Fischer, that a ministerial commission had been set up to investigate yesterday’s murder and that some arrests had been already made in connection with the killing. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced that it would open seven voluntary repatriation centres in Pakistan, each with the capacity to process 5,000 Afghans per day. The agency is also working with the authorities in Iran to survey 10 sites in that country, where similar registration centres are planned. In addition, three special exit points will be built along Iran’s 900-mile border with Afghanistan. At the same time, the agency cautioned against an immediate mass return of the more than 3.5 million Afghans currently living in Iran and Pakistan. “While UNHCR will help those who decide on their own to return to Afghanistan, the country’s fragile security situation and the continuing effects of drought and a devastated economy mean that the UN refugee agency cannot yet actively promote a large-scale, organized repatriation,” spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva. read more

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Prosecutors announce antismartphone theft initiative before summit of major manufacturers

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Law enforcement officials nationwide are demanding the creation of a “kill switch” that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen, New York’s top prosecutor said Thursday in a clear warning to the world’s smartphone manufacturers.Citing statistics showing that 1 in 3 robberies nationwide involve the theft of a mobile phone, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the formation of a coalition of law enforcement agencies devoted to stamping out what he called an “epidemic” of smartphone robberies.“All too often, these robberies turn violent,” said Schneiderman, who was joined at a news conference by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. “There are assaults. There are murders.”The coalition, called the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative, includes prosecutors, police, political officials and consumer advocates from more than a dozen states. It will pressure smartphone companies and their shareholders to help dry up the secondary market in stolen phones.The announcement came on the same day Gascon and Schneiderman were scheduled to co-host a “Smartphone Summit” with representatives from major smartphone makers Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.“We’re prepared to deepen our inquiry if that is appropriate,” Schneiderman said, though he would not elaborate on how far his office might go to ensure that manufacturers comply with the coalition’s demands.He likened the functionality of a “kill switch” to the ability for consumers to cancel a stolen credit card.The general public should not be forced to pay more for smartphones that have a “kill switch,” Schneiderman said.After the summit, Schneiderman and Gascon released a statement saying they “asked the companies to commit to develop effective solutions to this national crime wave and install them on all new products within one year.”Apple said at a developers’ conference this week that such a feature would be part of its iOS7 software to be released in the fall. Gascon and Schneiderman said in a statement they were appreciative of the gesture but would reserve judgment until they could “understand its actual functionality.”“Apple has been very vague as to what the system will do,” Gascon said at the news conference earlier Thursday. “We’ve been led to believe that it is not a ‘kill switch.’”Gascon was particularly critical of Apple, saying that he had met with the company in January but was rebuffed by executives.“The industry has a moral and social obligation to fix this problem,” Gascon said.To drive home their point about the danger of violent smartphone thefts, authorities introduced relatives of 23-year-old Megan Boken, who was shot and killed in St. Louis in 2012 by an assailant who was trying to steal her iPhone.Boken was chatting with her mother on the phone at the time, said her father, Paul Boken.“All of a sudden, the phone went blank,” he told reporters. “Megan never picked the phone up again.”In New York, police have coined the term “Apple-picking” to describe thefts of the popular iPhone and other mobile products, like iPads. Phone thefts comprise 40 per cent of all robberies in New York City, authorities say.Authorities are pushing for the industry to move ahead quickly with this new security-focused technology. By early next year, all smartphones should be equipped with the new protective software, Schneiderman said. by Meghan Barr, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2013 3:35 am MDT Prosecutors announce anti-smartphone theft initiative before summit of major manufacturers read more

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Striking workers at Halifax newspaper vote overwhelmingly in favour of new deal

HALIFAX – A labour dispute at Canada’s largest independently owned daily newspaper ended Thursday after striking workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new contract.Newsroom employees at the Halifax Chronicle Herald voted 94 per cent in favour of the new eight-year deal, which union president Ingrid Bulmer described as a “relief” for members who have spent 18 months on the picket line.“It’s been a long haul,” the head of the Halifax Typographical Union, a local of CWA Canada, said after Thursday’s vote. “Most people are just relieved to have this chapter closed.”Of the roughly 60 reporters, photographers, editors and support staff that walked off the job in January 2016, 25 will return to work next week, 26 are laid off, one is moving to Herald’s newly-acquired Cape Breton Post newspaper and the rest quit during the protracted strike.Chronicle Herald president and CEO Mark Lever said the company was pleased the union accepted the offer.“We want to welcome our award-winning team of almost 30 journalists back to the newsroom,” he said in a statement. “They will be working alongside a team of correspondents located across the province to deliver the local coverage, perspective and insights Nova Scotians want and need.”Lever also thanked former newsroom employees who are not returning for their contributions to the paper.In April, the Halifax media company bought all of Transcontinental Media’s newspapers in Atlantic Canada and formed a new business concern, SaltWire Network, comprising 27 Transcontinental newspapers, the novanewsnow.com website and the Herald’s own publications.The 18-month strike was punctuated by lengthy negotiations and stalled talks until the Nova Scotia government stepped in last month and called an industrial inquiry commission.The province appointed labour lawyer and veteran mediator William Kaplan as commissioner, who helped the company and the union hammer out a draft deal Saturday after two days of talks.The agreement ratified by union members includes pension changes, wage roll-backs, longer work days and reduced severance, sick leave and vacation entitlements going forward.Though the union maintained a seniority clause on future layoffs and jurisdiction over content production — major sticking points that provide workers with greater job security — reporters and photographers will now become multi-media journalists responsible for both tasks.The company can now use non-union staff for page production, or outsource the design and layout of pages, while web duties will be shared between union and non-union employees.“There is no real sense of anybody being able to claim it was a win-win after such a long time,” said Bulmer, who said she is part of the group being laid off.“The damage that was done to the Herald, and the amount of time and effort put into the strike, the effect it has had on members and their families financially and mentally … there was simply a sense of relief that we can all move on with our lives, one way or another, whether your’re going back or getting severed.” by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 4:05 am MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Chronicle Herald building is seen in Halifax on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Striking newsroom employees at the Halifax Chronicle Herald are to vote on a tentative contract later today.A deal was reached Saturday in the 18-month-old labour dispute after two days of mediation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Striking workers at Halifax newspaper vote overwhelmingly in favour of new deal read more

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Low Carbon Vehicle Seminar

A forum entitled, “Low Carbon Vehicles and the Future of the Internal Combustion Engine” will be hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders on Friday 5 December 2008 at Forbes House, Halkin Street, London. The agenda includes representatives from top organisations in the motor industry discussing these issues during a three-hour seminar from 10.00 and closing with lunch. The topics discussed will include: Download the agenda. *An overview of technology needs and developments for low carbon light duty engines *Development needs for heavy duty diesel engines *Interactions between biofuels and lubricants and effects of engine oil durability *Challenges of the H2IC engine DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) If you are interested in learning more about the future of the automotive engine and would like to reserve your place at the event, please contact Jabeen Bheekhun at jbheekun@smmt.co.uk. read more

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Liverpool beats Watford 30 Firmino ends EPL goal drought

WATFORD, England — Roberto Firmino ended his English Premier League goal drought and Mohamed Salah also scored as 10-man Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start by winning at Watford 3-0 on Saturday.Firmino headed in a late third for Liverpool at Vicarage Road, for his first top-flight goal since Sept. 15.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s brilliant free kick made it 2-0 after Salah opened the scoring — with his sixth goal in his last seven club games — in the 67th minute from Sadio Mane’s cross.Liverpool will be without Jordan Henderson for next weekend’s Merseyside derby with Everton, however, after the midfielder was sent off for two bookings — the second one coming just after he’d been warned by the referee.Hard-working Watford will feel aggrieved after referee Jon Moss rejected its penalty claims when Andy Robertson appeared to trip Will Hughes in the second half, when the score was 0-0.It was far from a vintage Liverpool performance but it remained unbeaten in 13 games and two points behind league leader Manchester City.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Syphilisridden 18th century mummy dug up in Swiss church is relative of

first_imgA syphilis-ridden 18th century mummy dug up from a Swiss church is the great-great-great-great-great- great-great grandmother of Boris Johnson, it has emerged.The body was uncovered in 1975 during renovations on Basel’s Barfusser Church, but her identity has remained a mystery for more than 40 years.Known as ‘Switzerland’s most famous mummy’, the woman was buried in front of the altar, and found wearing expensive clothes, with no signs of malnutrition, suggesting she had been wealthy. Archives revealed the name of the mummy  The mummy is the great great great great great great great grandmother of Boris Johnson The mummy of Anna Catharina Bischoff The mummy is the great great great great great great great grandmother of Boris JohnsonCredit:Victoria Jones PA  To be sure, researchers extracted DNA from the mummy’s big toe and compared it to genetic material from a modern relative Rosemary Probst-Ryhiner.Not only was it a match, showing that the woman must have been a Bischoff, but further archival research showed she was Anna Catharina Bischoff, who died in 1787, a direct maternal ancestor of Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary. The body survived in a mummified state because she had died of mercury poisoning which had preserved the corpse. But there was no gravestone, or plaque to say who she was, or even when she had been interred.Scientists from the Natural History Museum of Basel, initially thought that body was from the 16th century because of the wooden coffin, but a chance discovery of new archives last year, revealed that mummy had been discovered once before, in 1843, and linked to the wealthy Basel family the Bischoff’s. 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 reconstruction of what Anna Catharina Bischoff would have looked like  The mummy of Anna Catharina Bischoffcenter_img Archives revealed the name of the mummy  However, the treatment proved more deadly than the disease, and it is probable that it killed her scientists believe.Yet the mercury also, preserved and mummified her body, allowing researchers to find out her identify. In the BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are? Boris said his grandmother had spoken about her aristocratic ancestors, but nobody in the family believed her claims. He described the von Pfeffels as ‘posh toffs.’However, his Swiss relative, had a more humble life. Anna Catharina married a church minister and spent most of her adult life living in Strasbourg. Researchers believe she may have contracted syphilis while caring for patients with the sexually transmitted diseases while working in the French town.On hearing of his new relation, Boris Johnson Tweeted: “Very excited to hear about my late great grand ‘mummy’ – a pioneer in sexual health care. Very proud.” Anthropologist Gerhard Hotz of the Natural History Museum Basel, said: “Thanks to state-of-the-art analysis , were able to solve the puzzle after years.  What was her name? Who was she? And how did she die? After the death of her husband she returned to Basel, and her body showed she had undergone extensive mercury treatments, which were thought to he be a cure for syphilis at the time. A reconstruction of what Anna Catharina Bischoff would have looked like  “The final proof needed a relative.”Anna Catharina had seven children, including Anna who married Christian Hubert Baron Pfeffel von Kriegelstein. Her great great grandaughter, Marie Luise von Pfeffel married Stanley Fred Williams and their daughter Irene, who Boris always referred to as ‘Granny Butter’ wed his grandfather Wilfred ‘Johnson’ Kemal.The couple changed their name from Kemal to Johnson amid growing tensions with Turkey. Very excited to hear about my late great grand ‘mummy’ – a pioneer in sexual health care. Very proud.Boris Johnsonlast_img read more

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Cannabis seizures double in a year as critics say drug is flooding

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. “One plant can yield around 49g of cannabis. If someone is growing 100 plants and selling at £10 per gram, that’s a £50,000 operation.”All they need to do is plant seeds and look after them for three months. This can be a gateway into much more serious hard drugs and into guns, when people can become a real menace to society.”The cannabis club model (where users grow and smoke their own drugs in a controlled environment, even paying membership fees to join the society) is not a priority for police.”The home office said: “Drugs can devastate lives, ruin families and damage communities. The Government is taking this seriously and is committed – through three key strategies backed by millions of pounds of funding – to tackling the illicit drug trade, protecting the most vulnerable and helping those with a drug dependency to recover and turn their lives around. “The Home Secretary also recently announced a major review of drugs, which includes a focus on the illicit market.” By contrast to the surge in cannabis, there was a 39 percent fall in seizures of cocaine down from 5.5 tonnes in 2016/17 to 3.4 tonnes in the last year.  This is similar to the amount seized each year between 2011/12 and 2014/15.Heroin seizures were also down, by 37 percent to 494 kilogrammes compared to 783 kilogrammes in the previous year.Seizures of crack, however, were up by 64 percent to 64 kilogrammes in 2017/18, from 25 kilogrammes in the previous year.There was also an increase of 37 percent in the quantity of ecstasy seized in 2017/18  to more than 498,000 doses compared with 683,000 in the previous year.Cannabis was the most commonly seized drug, which was involved in 72 percent of all drug seizures in England and Wales in 2017/18. The second most commonly seized drug was cocaine, which was involved in 11 percent of all seizures.Greg de Hoedt, founder of UK Cannabis social clubs and a campaigner for the legalisation of cannabis for medical users, said: “It is a sensible decision by police to go after large-scale cultivators based on their experience in the war on drugs. They see people making huge profits on cannabis as a problem, rather than individual consumers. The bulk of the cannabis was seized by border force officers, rising from 8.4 tonnes to 25.6 tonnes, which today’s home office report attributed to an overall rise in the average quantity per seizure rather than one or two big captures. Cannabis seizures have more than doubled in a year amid claims that the drug is flooding into UK because it has effectively been decriminalised, official figures revealed today.Seizures of herbal cannabis rose by 142 percent to 28.6 tonnes last year, cannabis resin seizures were up by 33 percent to almost eight tonnes and plant seizures rose by 10 percent to 352,000.The home office figures come amid calls by some police leaders and politicians including William Hague for the drug to be decriminalised because they say the war on cannabis has been lost.Between 2010 and 2017, the number of cannabis possession offences fell by 48 percent from 160,733 to 83,591 as campaigner say officers turn a blind eye to focus on other priorities. A study last year revealed young people found it easier to buy cannabis than alcohol.Demands for decriminalisation have intensified after ministers lifted restrictions on the use of medical cannabis following this summer’s controversy over the confiscation of cannabis oil that was being used to treat the epilepsy of Billy Caldwell, 12.Although the amount of cannabis seized increased, the number of seizures fell by 2 percent to 98,000, suggesting border force and police are targeting large-scale importers and cultivators. This is the lowest number of cannabis seizures since 2004. read more

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Doctors Without Borders hits Greece on refugees

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of men, women and children fleeing war-ravaged countries face dreadful holding conditions and a dysfunctional reception system after risking their lives in smuggling boats to reach Greece’s Aegean Sea islands, an international medical aid organisation warned.A report by Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, said many refugees, exhausted and often soaked from the sea-crossing, spend days sleeping outdoors or squashed in tiny police cells before being moved to the mainland.“We have seen intolerable overcrowding, with 53 people crammed into a cell meant for six,” MSF field coordinator Kostas Georgakas said. “What little they are offered after such a gruelling journey is shameful, and dangerous for their health.”The government did not respond to the report, and officials could not be reached for comment.Along with Italy, financially-struggling Greece is a major destination for refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa seeking a better life in Europe. Last week, 591 people mostly Syrians reached Crete on a crippled freighter.Syrians make up more than 90 percent of the 14,000 migrants who reached the southeastern Dodecanese islands – a prime tourist destination – this year. They qualify for, and those who apply are quickly granted, refugee status in Greece, but most prefer to head for other European countries, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.UNHCR spokeswoman in Athens, Ketty Kehagioglou, said that in the first 10 months of 2014, 523 Syrians applied for asylum in Greece, out of the 29,000 apprehended for irregular entry or stay.A mobile MSF team provides healthcare, sleeping bags and toiletries in the Dodecanese, where arriving migrants, including families, unaccompanied children and elderly people, have increased six-fold over 2013 as the situation in Syria has worsened.MSF mission chief to Greece Apostolos Veizis told the AP that there is no state medical screening for migrants reaching the Dodecanese, where authorities plan to build a reception centre next year.Source: Associated Presslast_img read more

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Bertrand Delanoë travaille avec lInde dans lurbanisme et le développement durable

first_imgBertrand Delanoë travaille avec l’Inde dans l’urbanisme et le développement durableInde – Au cours d’un voyage en Inde qu’il vient d’achever, le maire de Paris Bertrand Delanoë a lancé un processus de collaboration avec le pays dans les domaines de l’urbanisme et du développement durable. La ville de Paris apportera notamment son expertise en matière de développement urbain.Bertrand Delanoë a rencontré Sheila Dikshit, ministre en chef du gouvernement de l’État de Delhi afin de discuter des domaines qui pourront être concernés par la collaboration des deux collectivités. “Nous devons apprendre de Delhi et mettre à disposition de Delhi notre savoir faire. Nous avons besoin des États et des collectivités locales indiennes” a-t-il souligné.Selon le service de presse du maire de Paris, les autorités de New Dehli se sont dit “prêtes à ce que Paris apporte son expertise dans le domaine du développement urbain” et ce notamment sur la question de l’assainissement des eaux.En tant que président de l’association des élus locaux du monde (CGLU), Bertrand Delanoë a également invité les États fédérés de l’Inde et l’organisation des autorités locales indiennes (AMDA) à rejoindre l’association en vue de “peser sur les enjeux actuels, notamment l’environnement”.Le 21 janvier 2010 à 17:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Customers kept Ridgefield restaurant afloat

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Things had been so slow at Teriyaki Thai, co-owner Sombat Wongthawinkul and his staff didn’t prepare anything when they got in on Feb. 23.An error in an article in this newspaper, as well as other local publications, tanked business. Each day saw fewer guests than the last.“I thought (the restaurant was) going to die,” Wongthawinkul, 44, of Portland said.Then came a rush.“People came all day long,” he said. “We sold out of everything. They were lined up around the restaurant. It was our best day in two years.”People hugged him and told him it would be okay. In the days since, business has kept up ahead of what the restaurant was typically doing before a Feb. 15 article in The Columbian.The previous day, the U.S. Department of Justice sent out a press release announcing that Paul Jumroon, 54, of Depoe Bay, Ore., pleaded guilty in federal court in Portland to forced labor, visa fraud conspiracy and filing a false federal income tax return. Jumroon was listed as the owner of Teriyaki Thai, 109 S. 65th Ave., St. 103, Ridgefield, as well as Thai Curry in a Hurry located in Lake Oswego, Ore.last_img read more

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Debate analysis Romney goes on attack Obama short on firepower

first_imgChallenger Mitt Romney used Wednesday’s debate to put President Barack Obama on the defensive on health care, jobs and other issues. The president’s reluctance to fire back harshly gave new hope to Republican partisans.Romney managed to highlight his top campaign themes — calling for lower tax rates, less regulation, the repeal of “Obamacare” — while largely fending off Obama’s demands for details on how to pay for his proposals or safeguard Americans’ health and well-being.Neither Obama nor the debate’s moderator, meanwhile, pressed Romney on some of his most vulnerable points. They included Romney’s claim that 47 percent of Americans are docile dependents on the government, a topic heavily featured in TV ads and public conversations the past two weeks.The 90-minute debate in Denver may have been too wonky to captivate millions of American viewers and change the campaign’s overall arc. Polls show Obama leading in key battleground states.But it delighted Republicans who felt Romney was the aggressor without going overboard, and who were surprised by Obama’s cautious, at times listless demeanor.last_img read more

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Red Cross to resume but scale back ops in Pakistan

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Jacques de Maio, the ICRC’s head of operations for South Asia, told The Associated Press that his organization will focus almost exclusively on health care for Pakistanis, particularly those severely wounded in fighting.Though the review was prompted by the April 2012 slaying of Khalil Rasjed Dale in Quetta, Pakistan, it extended to factors that went well beyond safety and looked at whether all of the Red Cross operations could be justified, he said.As a result, the ICRC plans to reduce its operations from 1,256 staff in 10 offices to about 500 in two offices. Most of the staff are Pakistanis, and the expatriates will be cut from 126 to about 40, said de Maio.The organization had shut most of its operations due to the killing of Dale, 60, a British Red Cross worker who served as a health program manager. His slaying stunned the organization and its workers. Police said his throat was slit and a note attached to his body said he was killed because no ransom was paid.“It was a massive blow” to the ICRC, de Maio said.Dale’s dumped body was found beheaded on April 29 close to the southwestern city of Quetta, where the veteran aid worker had been kidnapped in January. No arrests have been made. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Islamist militants, separatist gangs and criminals with links to both have been accused of previous kidnappings in Baluchistan, a poor province close to the Afghanistan border where Pakistan’s government has little control.The ICRC has been helping victims of violence and natural disaster in Pakistan since 1947. De Maio says the capacity of the Red Cross to respond to man-made disasters and displacement of people due to armed violence will be affected. “We are terminating all relief programs in parts of the country which are extremely vulnerable to insecurity from violence but also natural disasters such as floods,” he said.Paul Castella, head of ICRC’s delegation in Islamabad, said the organization will continue to work in Pakistan only if conditions are adequate. ICRC will coordinate with Pakistan authorities to reopen its surgical hospital in Peshawar, he said, but the ICRC has decided to keep operations closed in the provinces of Khyber, Pukhtunkhwa and Sindh.Pakistan’s U.N. mission in Geneva had no immediate comment Tuesday.Another one of the biggest consequences of the Red Cross pullback will be hard to measure.That involves Red Cross visits to Pakistan’s civilian and military facilities, where tens of thousands of detainees are held, among them many Pakistanis and Afghans. The organization’s neutrality and its global stature and duty as the arbiter of the rules of war lend it a unique role in the monitoring of prison conditions worldwide. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Among the facilities are an unknown number of Pakistan’s “missing” _ people who have been seized by security forces for months or years and are never brought to trial, their families never informed of their fate.Many of the men are presumed to be suspected Islamist militants, swept up in a post-Sept. 11, 2001, crackdown supported by the United States. Some are alleged to have been killed or tortured in custody.Former President Pervez Musharraf wrote in his memoir in 2006 that Pakistani security forces had captured 689 terrorists and handed over 369 to the United States. Musharraf, who allied Pakistan with Washington after 2001, said that action earned the country millions of dollars in bounties. Many wound up at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, and the Red Cross had contacted the relatives of Pakistanis held at the camp.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressGENEVA (AP) – The Red Cross plans to resume some of the work that it suspended in Pakistan but on a vastly smaller scale after the killing of a British nurse it employed, officials said Tuesday.After a major internal review, the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross said it has decided to continue its work in Pakistan but to more than halve its staff, cease visiting detainees and curtail operations that will have major impacts throughout the nation.last_img read more

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first_imgMövenpick Hotels & Resorts named world’s most sustainable hotel groupMövenpick Hotels and Resorts named world’s most sustainable hotel groupMövenpick Hotels & Resorts has been named the world’s most sustainable hotel group for the second year running by world-renowned certification body Green Globe.The international hospitality firm has also been hailed a “global sustainability leader” in the ‘Green Globe Report 2017’, with more than 50 percent of its certified properties worldwide achieving the entity’s prestigious ‘Gold’ status – an accolade bestowed on hotels and resorts that have achieved Green Globe certification for five years or more.These properties have been independently audited across 385 performance indicators and consistently met or exceeded the standards and criteria this rigorous certification process entails.“This year is an important milestone on the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts sustainability journey,” said Green Globe CEO Guido Bauer.“More than half of all Green Globe certified hotels in the group have achieved Gold status. This is a true indication of the consistent dedication that management and staff have put in and continue to give while doing the best for the planet and their people. It shows that sustainability is now woven into the operational fabric of the hotels.”For the last 25 years, Green Globe has set the highest standards of sustainability certification for the travel and tourism industry.The key requirement is for properties to execute an active Sustainability Management Plan that delivers performance in the areas of socio-economic contribution; environmental protection; and the preservation of culture and heritage. For each Green Globe certified Mövenpick hotel and resort, this plan is activated via an in-house green team and, to ensure verification of these actions, an independent on-site inspection is regularly conducted.Best practice examples highlighted in the Green Globe report include: Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport in Germany for cutting energy consumption by 36 percent and rolling out an effective CO2 reduction programme; Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate in Dubai achieving an annual waste reduction of 60 metric tonnes; Mövenpick Resort El Quseir in Egypt developing an artificial reef to protect endangered coral reefs, which are vital to sustaining the bio-diversity; Mövenpick Resort Sharm El Sheikh‘s organic farm featuring 2,232 square metres of fruit trees, vegetables and flowers, generating fresh produce for the hotel’s kitchen and offering guests an authentic experience; and Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach in Phuket installing an innovative high-tech water supply machine.All of these initiatives are part of Mövenpick’s successful CSR programme SHINE, which focuses on three pillars – Environment, Employer and Social Sustainability – with Education an important thread common to each.SHINE’s overarching aim is to give back to the communities where the company operates its properties and as a major facet of each hotel’s Sustainability Management Plan, is crucial to Mövenpick achieving its Green Globe certification.Looking to 2018, the hospitality firm has set ambitious Green Globe targets for its new and existing properties, explained Olivier Chavy, President & CEO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved in 2017, with our Green Globe ‘Gold’ status cementing our position as a hotel group raising the benchmark for sustainable hospitality practices, but as a company that never rests on its laurels, we will push the boundaries next year, ensuring our new and existing properties not only uphold, but exceed the standards we have set,” he said.“Adhering to Green Globe’s stringent criteria not only ensures we can legitimately meet our ambitions to protect and contribute to the destinations where our hotels and resorts are located, but also assures guests they are staying with a truly ‘green’ hotel group.”Source = Mövenpick Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

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Ugwuanyi, One pressing question that even a small team could address is why California’s annual death rate from gun violence has dropped by roughly 20% since 2000 while the nationwide rate has not changed.after Rawat proved his majority on the floor of the house Jain who was upset after BJP gave ticket to Congress rebel Batra said "I am fighting for principles and truth I worked with loyalty and fairness I had worked so much for the development of Roorkee Was I denied a ticket because of these reasons This is injustice to the people That is the reason I left BJP and joined Congress" The change has however left a section of the voters confused Both parties in the state have seen leaders crossing sides in the run-up to the polls BJP has given tickets to over a dozen former Congress leaders while the ruling party in the state has fielded at least seven former BJP leaders "Jain was a staunch BJP supporter for the last 15 years He was advocating the BJP’s policies and criticising Congress’ vision He has now joined the same Congress against whom he used to protest It has become difficult for us to decide for whom to vote" Prakash Saini a resident of the constituency said Another resident Sukhpal said "I am a Congress supporter I voted for Batra last Assembly election as he was a Congress nominee I am impressed with Batra’s works during the last five years but he has joined BJP now I have not yet decided for whom to cast my vote as the situation is very complex" Batra claimed there was "no competition" for him as his tenure was "successful" with lots of development works during the last five years "This is a one-sided election in Roorkee There is no competition against me My tenure was successful but (I) fell victim to politics There were some projectswhich were started butcouldn’t be completed People have understood our vision of development and smart city" he said Jain however alleged that "Batra did nothing" and thoseworks which he had started before 2012 are "still pending" like those of flyovers and sewerages Jain said his agenda for the state would be to set up youth hostels easing of traffic jams by building flyovers and provision of domestic gas pipelines among others Whatever may be their claims about 96500 voters ofRoorkee assembly will decide the fate of both the leaders on 15 February the day Uttarakhand goes to polls “I knowingly violated the rules that were put forth, It’s ridiculous. Tim O’Brien, they surprised in Group A,S. told ScienceInsider. usually indicating that the brain has failed to develop properly. Even in the bank.

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