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Canadian troops in Latvia prepare for massive Russian military exercise

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian troops in Latvia will have front-row seats to a massive Russian military exercise this month that has set NATO on edge and sparked calls for calm across eastern Europe.Scheduled to start Sept. 14 and run for a week, the so-called Zapad exercise is being billed as Russia’s largest war game since the end of the Cold War more than 25 years ago.It’s also the first of its kind since NATO decided to send four brigades to eastern Europe to prevent further Russian aggression, after Moscow annexed Crimea and began to support separatist forces in Ukraine.Canada is leading one of those multinational brigades, with 450 troops based in Latvia alongside counterparts from fellow NATO members Albania, Spain, Italy, Poland, and Slovenia.Zapad has already caused jitters in eastern Europe, with Poland announcing this week that it will close the airspace on its border with Belarus — which is taking part in Zapad with Russia — for the entire month.Karlis Eihenbaums, Latvia’s ambassador to Canada, said his countrymen are trying to “stay calm and carry on,” but he acknowledged that there are worries there, too.“They’re trying to check our central nervous system,” Eihenbaums said of Russia, which he compared to a neighbourhood bully. “We are keeping a very close eye on the preparations for this exercise.”NATO and the Canadian military have likewise said they plan to remain, in the words of one NATO official, “vigilant and alert,” but also “calm, balanced and measured.”But Canadian Forces spokesman Col. Jay Janzen said Russia’s “lack of respect for the sovereignty of its neighbours,” including Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, has created an atmosphere of distrust.“It’s not about exercises per se, or Exercise Zapad 2017,” Janzen said. “It’s about the climate that Russia has created over the past number of years with regards to its actions on the world stage.”The fact Russia has largely barred international observers from watching the Zapad exercise except in an extremely limited way has only exacerbated that those concerns.Canada and Russia are among several dozen countries that have signed an international agreement that requires any military exercise involving more than 13,000 soldiers be open to outside observers.But while NATO estimates that between 60,000 and 100,000 soldiers will be involved in Zapad, Russia says it is running several exercises concurrently, all of which will contain fewer than 13,000 troops.Russia has said it will host a handful of foreign observers during one day of the exercise. But they will be limited on what they can see and do, which NATO says falls far short of Moscow’s legal requirements.That has sparked complaints from the alliance as well as countries like Canada.“All nations have the right to exercise their forces, but nations should also respect their commitments to transparency,” said the NATO official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive details.“Predictability and transparency are especially important when there is increased military activity along our borders to reduce risks and avoid any miscalculations, misperceptions or incidents.”In addition to sending troops to Latvia to deter Russia, Canada has also recently deployed four CF-18s to patrol the airspace over Romania for the next month and has kept a frigate in the region for years.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

David SaintJacques doing well after space flight Canadian Space Agency

first_imgMONTREAL — The Canadian Space Agency says astronaut David Saint-Jacques is doing well as he continues his long journey home after a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station.The 49-year-old Quebec native boarded a NASA plane during the night and is expect to arrive in Houston later today after a brief stopover in Scotland.The agency says Saint-Jacques is in good health despite experiencing typical post-flight symptoms, including nausea. He was able to speak with his wife and parents after landing.Saint-Jacques, along with NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, returned to Earth Monday night aboard a Soyuz capsule that landed in Kazakhstan.During a mission that began in December, Saint-Jacques took part in a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk and set a record for the longest single space flight by a Canadian at 204 days.His next few weeks will be spent recovering from the physical challenges of the flight, which could include blood circulation problems, muscle pains and trouble walking after months of weightlessness.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The top 10 dance shows that moved Toronto in 2016

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter If I can draw any conclusions from Toronto’s year in dance, I’d say that inventive work on secondary stages delivered more than any large-scale, expensive hedging of bets. But there were heartening surprises. You’ll find the newest and oldest works in the National Ballet’s repertoire among my top 10, both beautiful revelations for me. Then Matthew Jocelyn has remained committed to programming serious and ambitious dance at Canadian Stage. And Mark Hammond keeps giving us first-rate international offerings at the Sony Centre – not least of which has been the hugely successful (and affordable: $15 a seat) Fall for Dance North festival.When anyone tries to tell me there’s no audience for contemporary mixed programs, I relate the time I heard a sold-out Sony Centre (3,000 people) holler and cheer for new choreography like they were swigging beer at the ball game – three nights in a row. The problem with contemporary programming isn’t the lack of an audience; it’s the price of the tickets.It goes without saying that Toronto has a world-class ballet company and an excellent, nearly 50-year-old modern-dance company (Toronto Dance Theatre). But, with the exception of ProArteDanza and Coleman Lemieux & Company, there’s nothing Toronto-made on my list this year that falls on the spectrum in between. I think this is the upshot of a stubbornness from both camps: a ballet company determined to please its audience and a contemporary-dance community determined to please itself – and then zero collaboration between them. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook The classical/contemporary rift in this city has us looking increasingly parochial, and not just from the distance of dance meccas such as New York, Tel Aviv and Brussels, but from Vancouver and Montreal. So one wish for 2017: more collaboration in Toronto.1. A Picture of You Falling – Crystal Pite, Fall for Dance North, the Sony CentreBritish Columbia-born Pite topped my list last year with her staggering Betroffenheit. This year, Toronto audiences finally got to see her Olivier Award-winning duet about the end of a relationship. Pite’s ability to conjure despair is like sorcery to me, as is the way her movement seems to extend so far beyond the dramatic moment it exists in. When dancer Anne Plamondon spins away from her lover (Peter Chu), it’s as though we can see the effects of that turn rippling through time.2. The Dreamers Ever Leave You – Robert Binet, the National Ballet/Art Gallery of OntarioBinet is innovating from inside a classical lexicon and has an architectural instinct for lines and lifts. I think that’s partially what made his immersive work at the AGO, set to the mellifluous piano of Lubomyr Melnyk, so special. Dreamers had all the pure, mute, spiritual power of high classicism, but then reimagined with a contemporary interest in fluctuation and proximity. I listened to a woman beside me grab her date and exclaim: “This is SO beautiful.” I couldn’t have agreed more. There was a sense of forbidden pleasure in getting that close to such sublimity.last_img read more

Quebec court OKs lawsuit alleging link between talc powder and cancer

first_imgMONTREAL – A class action lawsuit against two pharmaceutical giants that alleges the regular use of talc powder is linked to a higher risk of ovarian cancer has been authorized to proceed in Quebec.According to court documents released Wednesday, the lawsuit is being filed on behalf of Quebecers who have used Johnson & Johnson baby powder or Valeant’s product entitled Shower to Shower in their genital area and were later diagnosed with ovarian cancer.The lead plaintiff is a Quebec woman who says she developed cancer in 2012 after having used talc-based products from 1962 until 2013.Rosemary Kramar alleges in court documents that use of the powder “probably led to her developing ovarian cancer” and says she would not have used the products had she known a possible risk existed.A lawyer for the firm representing the plaintiffs told The Canadian Press that studies going back decades show the link between the repeated use of talc products and an increased cancer risk.Tony Merchant said the company knew women were using their products for personal hygiene reasons and should have either issued “explicit warnings” or removed them from the market.“The issue becomes whether it should be on the market at all, because when they know of the problems they should be considering removal from the market,” he said in a phone interview.None of the allegations in the lawsuit have been proven in court.A lawyer for Johnson & Johnson did not wish to comment on the Quebec class action, but the company has argued there is no proof its products cause health problems.According to the court documents, the defence has disputed the validity of the studies presented by Kramar and has also claimed she had several health conditions that put her at risk of developing cancer.It is not clear whether the two companies will appeal the decision by Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Prevost.The lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal action against Johnson & Johnson that alleges it failed to warn women about the dangers of its signature baby powder products.Last year, a California judge overturned a jury’s record-breaking US$417-million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and granted the company’s request for a new trial.Merchant’s firm has also filed a second class action request on behalf of women in other Canadian provinces, which has yet to be authorized.They will be seeking a yet to be determined amount of financial compensation.The lawyer says about 470 Canadian women have signed on so far, including 41 in the Quebec suit.last_img read more

Better fuel margins acquisitions drive Parkland Fuel profit revenue beats

first_imgCALGARY – Parkland Fuel Corp. shares closed eight per cent higher on Friday after it reported doubling revenue in the second quarter on higher profit margins for fuel and contributions from two major acquisitions completed last year.The gas station owner’s stock leaped to $37.93 after it reported net earnings of $60 million on revenue of $3.8 billion — well ahead of expectations of $49 million profit on $3.2 billion in revenue, as reported by Thomson Reuters Eikon.“Our record results in the second quarter continue to highlight the contribution of the Chevron and Ultramar acquisitions, the significance of the annual synergies we are realizing and the underlying strength of Parkland’s pre-acquisition operations,” said CEO Bob Espey.“Through these acquisitions, we have established a significant Canada-wide scale that enables strong opportunity for continued organic growth.”The Calgary-based company completed its $1.7-billion purchase of Chevron Canada’s Burnaby, B.C., refinery and Vancouver-area retail and aviation fuel businesses last October.Its $978-million deal for Ultramar stations in Quebec closed in June 2017.Parkland said its exceptional performance is expected to continue this year, noting it has adjusted its target for 2018 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization up by $125 million to $775 million.It added annual cost savings from last year’s acquisitions are coming in better than expected and it bumped up its synergies target by $100 million to about $180 million per year by the end of 2020.Parkland is Canada’s largest independent fuel retailer, with 1,850 gas stations under brands including Esso, Chevron, Fas Gas and Pioneer, as well as convenience stores, bulk fuel locations and commercial fuel supply contracts.In a quarter marked by soaring gasoline prices across Canada, Parkland reported that gross profit from retail operations was 8.0 cents per litre, up from 5.78 cents per litre in the year-earlier quarter.Sales of fuel rose to 4.2 billion litres from 2.6 billion litres in the second quarter of 2017.Parkland reported same-store sales growth of 8.1 per cent at its convenience stores as it launched new private label product categories under its 59th Street Food Co. brand and retrofitted 41 On the Run/Marche Express locations.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article: (TSX:PKI)last_img read more

Research showcased in new issue of Brock journal

Interviews, book reviews and a number of creative and multimedia pieces are highlights of the most recent issue of The Brock Review.Brock’s Humanities Research Institute publishes the online, open-access journal. The purpose of the journal is “to showcase and highlight new research being done in the field of humanities,” said editor Keri Cronin, assistant professor of Visual Arts.The Brock Review was once a print publication. Going online has made it more accessible for contributors and readers, Cronin said.“We’re definitely getting submissions from all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe now,” she said.The latest issue includes articles such as “Canadian Architecture and Nationalism: From Vernacular to Deco,” “Racing the Curriculum: Refugee Students and the Rhizomatic Model” and “Simply what my work has told me,” an interview with Richard Tuttle.Another issue is planned for the fall. Its the theme is “Animals in Human Society” and it will be co-edited by John Sorenson, professor of Sociology and expert in critical animal studies.Links:• The Brock Review• Brock University’s Humanities Research Institute read more

Striking ferry workers union state reach tentative deal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A tentative agreement has been reached between ferry workers and the state of Alaska that could end a week-old strike that left some passengers and vehicles stranded.Robb Arnold, a spokesman for the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, tells the Anchorage Daily News that an agreement was reached Thursday night in its employment contract negotiations with the state.Arnold would not disclose terms of the agreement which still needs to be approved by union members. Neither Arnold nor state officials immediately returned messages to The Associated Press.Union members went on strike July 24, halting a network that serves many coastal communities not connected to the road system.The union represents about 430 workers, according to the state. It is one of three unions representing ferry workers.The Associated Press read more

Fall décors style song feelgood vibes and personality

For keen serial redecorators, it’s time to start thinking about an autumn refresh.This fall, interior designers say there’s demand for eclectic styles, interesting prints, rich hues and warm textures.STYLE SENSEThe trim, tailored lines of midcentury decor have been ensconced in the home furnishings marketplace for several years now; versions of iconic pieces can be found in all big-box retailers. Has the beloved style peaked?Some designers see an easing of the fever, but that doesn’t mean midmod is going anywhere.“It has saturated the market,” says designer Elizabeth Stuart, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. “(But) I think the interesting thing is that unlike the ‘industrial’ look, the midcentury ‘comeback’ has proven not to be just a fad but an awareness and a respected way of designing. Amazing furniture and fabric designers came out of that time — Florence Knoll, the Eameses, Saarinen — design that’s held its own and shown the world that it never really left.”Christiane Lemieux, who founded the home-design and fashion brand DwellStudio and now runs the custom furniture retailer The Inside, sees change coming.“Interiors have been clean, midcentury-inspired and fairly generic for the past few years, (but now) people are craving the ‘new and more.’ Enter maximalism, specifically through the lens of British design, which is experiencing a major revitalization,” she says.Elaborate patterns, ornamentation, and luxe materials are hallmarks of that style. Designers like Miles Redd and Ken Fulk are known for their max-y, layered, curated interiors.“The beautiful thing about maximalism is that it’s entirely personal,” says Lemieux. “You’re encouraged to choose pieces that visually express your individuality. My No. 1 maximalism tip: Strive for personalization over perfection, and you can’t go wrong. The more you mix, the better the result.”She has introduced a chintz fabric collection at The Inside. And at August Abode, there’s a Notting Hill-inspired chintz wallpaper collection.In his furnishings collections, British designer Timothy Oulton melds respect for history with a modern-cool, slightly rebellious vibe. He takes classic pieces like tufted leather chesterfields, steamer trunks and Deco-era chandeliers, and plays with scale, incorporates a cheeky flag print, or re-interprets a saddle or aviator’s chair as seating.Another fun way to bring a sense of history into a space: GE has a new collection of oversize vintage-style lighting. The LED bulbs come in ball, bulb and cylinder shapes with interesting filament designs, and all with the warm glow of the Edison fixtures that inspired them.If you’re not comfortable going to the max, there’s another emerging look that finds the sweet spot between “lots” and “little,” and that’s maximal minimalism. This allows you to keep your clean-lined esthetic while adding just a touch of something bold. Maybe it’s wild throw pillows. Or oversize art. Or a collection of objects — but instead of covering every surface, you display them in a contained way on a sleek shelf.ALL THE FEELS“Shearling and boucle and velvet, oh my!” says John McClain, whose studio is in Orlando, Florida. “Deep, cozy textures are cropping up on more than just pillows these days — entire sofas, chairs and headboards are sporting luscious upholstery reminiscent of lambs, puppies and ponies.”These materials create a calming, homey feeling, he says. He suggests also adding a hide rug, faux-fur throw or Nordic knit pouf for a fashionable look.You’ll find seating from CB2, Houzz and Article upholstered in soft, nubby boucle. West Elm, Target and World Market are among retailers offering poufs with Scandinavian-style patterns.SOPHISTICATED HUESMcClain is excited about some new, warm grays, like Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl, Dunn Edwards’ Foggy Day and Sherwin-Williams’ Repose Gray.“Adding layers of darker, moodier colours on top of this new gray leads to a sophisticated and almost sexy feel for fall,” he says.Benjamin Moore colour and design expert Hannah Yeo notes another chic combo: “From pale buttermilk to rich gold, yellows are making a strong visual statement. Soft yellow mixes well with gray and warms up wood tones.”And Los Angeles designer Jane Breegan favourscolours that “appeal to the emotions.”“I see fall’s colour trends moving toward darker, deeper hues like dark teal, maroon, plum,” she says. “These colours create a relaxed atmosphere that contrasts the bright, electric tones of spring and summer.”PPG’s colour of the year is Chinese Porcelain, a dusky navy. Fashion’s fall collections from Armani, Philip Lim, Christian Siriano and others featured the hue in variations ranging from quiet grayed blues to vibrant cobalts.Navy is a perennial favourite, but McClain suggests trying peacock, deep teal or juniper. “These warmer, greener blues are just as versatile, conjuring feelings of a relaxing snuggle by the fire on a fall evening,” he says.And Joan Craig of the New York architectural and interiors firm Craig & Company says bold hues are finding their way into the kitchen, too. “Many of our clients are interested in the black stainless finishes, which are handsome and fingerprint-resistant,” she says. “The trend for colour in appliances is staying strong. What’s not to love about a burgundy, deep blue or brilliant green La Cornue range?”BRASS NOTESComplementing all the rich blues, teals, berries and greens are the metals, and designers say mixing them up is the way to go now.“Mixed metals definitely infuse an eclectic balance this fall,” says Breegan. Rose gold may be on the wane, but brass and gold accents are trending, as is matte black. Silvery nickel and steel are always in. The mix isn’t solely about material or colour; it’s also about finish. Matte, polished, antiqued and brushed give home decorators many options to provide interest and depth.How do you decide which to use? McClain’s trick: repetition.“Create a rhythm through themes,” he says. “For example, appliances and plumbing fixtures are stainless steel, cabinet hardware and light fixtures are brushed brass, and all door, hardware and window frames are matte black. Then punctuate your metal mixtures with picture frames, lamps and accessories.”GE Café’s new appliance suite lets you customize knobs and handles, for example. “One of my clients opted for copper accents on her stainless appliances for fall, and plans to change again for spring,” McClain says.SURFACES WITH PERSONALITY“Wallpaper is having its day,” says Craig, citing papers with natural textures, customizable hand painting and small-scale prints.“Beyond rooms, we’re lining ceilings, cabinet interiors and bookcases,” she says.Terrazzo has found a home in many designers’ hearts. “It’s been around for 10,000 years and it still looks modern,” says Craig. “There are so many variations, and we love the design impact it gives a space.”She’s mixing cream, buff and gray-blue stones in an off-white matrix for one project, while in another the team’s combining charcoal, gold and cream with bronze. “Besides being beautiful, epoxy terrazzo is lightweight and easy to maintain,” she says.You’ll even find terrazzo as a pattern on fabrics, kitchenware and tabletop accessories.Kim Cook, The Associated Press read more

From New York to worlds conflict zones UN marks International Day of

From the traditional ringing of the Peace Bell at its Headquarters in New York to the front lines of the world’s flashpoints where its peacekeepers are contributing to efforts to resolve conflicts, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Peace with a call for a total cessation of hostilities around the globe.“In this tense global climate, we need a message of tolerance, dialogue, cooperation and harmony to resonate across the world,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he rang the Peace Bell cast from pennies donated by children from 60 nations.A gift from Japan that hangs from a wooden beam in a garden in front of UN Headquarters, the Peace Bell has tolled every year in a solemn call for peace since 1981, when the General Assembly established the Day to coincide with its opening session every September. The theme of this year’s observance is: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.“The United Nations works for sustainable peace across the world,” Mr. Ban said. “We strive to prevent conflicts before they erupt – to resolve disputes through peaceful means – and to help people build the foundations of lasting peace.”“Today we must ring the peace bell with extra force and conviction. We need its beautiful sound to be heard above the voices of discord and extremism that have sparked violence in recent days,” he added, flanked by UN Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors, such as US actors Michael Douglas and Forest Whitaker, Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Elie Wiesel and conservationist Jane Goodall.In his remarks, the UN chief highlighted two of the most concerning aspects of recent conflicts, the use of child soldiers to fight them and the unlawful mining of so-called blood diamonds and other natural resources to finance them.“Natural resources should be used for the benefit of society, not to finance wars,” he stated. “Children should be in school, not recruited as soldiers. National budgets should focus on people’s needs, not deadly weapons.”As at UN Headquarters, the International Day of Peace was marked at the world body’s various peacekeeping missions across the globe, with a minute of silence to honour the victims of conflict and other special events.The UN currently deploys close to 120,000 peacekeepers – in military, police and civilian capacities – in 16 peace operations around the world, from Haiti in the Western Hemisphere to Timor-Leste in Asia, and various parts of Africa, including countries which have experienced renewed bouts of conflict lately, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.As part of the observance in New York, a student video-conference took place in coordination with a group of non-governmental organizations. Some 500 high school and college students attending in person were joined by youth from Liberia and South Sudan, two countries which currently host UN peacekeeping missions.A main topic was the work of peacekeeping missions around the world to address natural resources as a part of efforts to maintain and build peace.In Geneva, the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, issued an appeal for a maximum worldwide effort to work for the peaceful settlement of all disputes.“When negotiations are at an impasse, when States dig their heels in, it is time to ‘undig’ them in a spirit of compromise. We all need to unlearn the predator in us, unlearn discrimination, unlearn privilege,” he said in a statement.“Today, I call on States and civil society to keep faith with the United Nations Charter, refrain from the threat or the use of force, and to stop on-going propaganda for war, fear-mongering and sabre-rattling, which all are incompatible with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.” read more

UN agencies inject youthful energy into sustainable development for urban Africa

Speaking at a press briefing, where the collaboration was announced, Christopher Williams, a Director at the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) highlighted the fresh “wisdom and insight” young people bring to planning initiatives.“It is essential they are involved in [local government] initiatives systematically,” he said.Under the partnership, UN-Habitat, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will join the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA), in organizing the inaugural youth forum at the Africities Summit, to be held from 20-24 November, in Marrakech, Morocco.The initiative is all the more crucial for Africa as nearly three-quarters of the continent is under-35, noted Daniel Schatz, Programme Officer with the UNODC in New York.“The majority of young Africans have high hopes and ambitions. However, a mismatch exists between the aspirations of young people and opportunities available to them,” he said.“As such it is critical that partners’ programming aligns with the vision African youth have for their future and understand their true needs and desires and taps into their energy and dynamism,” he added, outlining the immense benefits young people can bring.Dubbed the Africites Youth Forum, specific activities to be held under the partnership include the Creative Lab – a competition for 15 to 35-year olds from Africa and the diaspora, to promote entrepreneurship, and boost the realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.  The Forum will also include interactive workshops and consultative sessions on building safer and more secure cities for young people, especially young women and girls.Wambui Kahara, a UCLGA Youth Champion, said that youth were Africa’s greatest resource:“Young people are dynamic, energetic, resourceful, creative, innovative and adventurous”, she said, adding that they were “vital for Africa’s growth and development.”Young people should be at the heart of implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Ms. Kahara continued, in particular SDG 11 which calls for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable towns and cities by 2030. read more

This is the Hamas Prime Ministers office after an Israeli air strike

first_imgISRAELI STRIKES HIT the office of the Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza City overnight: Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIsraeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting, AP reports.It says that the strikes early today hit the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, as well as government offices.It is believed there were no casualties at Haniyeh’s home.Also hit was the headquarters of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio in central Gaza City: Source: AP/Press Association ImagesRead: Five Israeli soldiers, 26 Palestinians killed in latest Gaza violence>last_img

Varadkar backs Londons directly elected mayor model for Dublin

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,483 Views Share67 Tweet Email1 Mar 6th 2019, 9:02 PM Image: Pignatelli/Euc/Ropi Image: Pignatelli/Euc/Ropi https://jrnl.ie/4527666 By Cónal Thomas Varadkar backs London’s directly elected mayor model for Dublin The Taoiseach has said that borough councils should be established directly under a Mayor’s office. 27 Comments TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR says that Dublin should have a directly elected mayor similar to London or Paris with a single assembly representing the whole city. Speaking at the Dublin European Parliament Convention in Clontarf in Dublin this evening, Varadkar said that a directly elected mayor for the capital will “take a little more work” than Waterford, Cork and Limerick, however. There have been calls for directly elected mayors in Ireland since the early 2000s. On 24 May, plebiscites will be held in Waterford, Cork and Limerick where voters will decide whether or not they want a mayor with real power to replace the largely ceremonial Lord Mayor roles. The future of Dublin’s local government model, however, will fall to a citizen’s assembly which will be held later this year. Dublin is divided between four local authorities with a total of 183 councillors. Varadkar has said that a directly elected mayor in Dublin could take over central government functions in the future and has called for smaller borough councils to be established under a mayor’s office. “My own view, is that we should adopt the London or Paris model with a single assembly for all of Dublin headed up by a directly elected mayor dealing with issues like planning, transport and housing even taking on functions currently carried out by central government,” Varadkar said this evening. “Below that we should have neighbourhood or borough councils dealing with the issues that are truly local covering much smaller areas that people identify with like Lucan, Tallaght, Swords, Clontarf, Dún Laoghaire and Rathmines – to name a few”.“But that’s just my view, and we’ve much work to do before we can put a thought-out proposal to the people of Dublin to vote on”.  Related Read Short URL 27.12.18 ‘Strong case’ for directly elected Mayor for Dublin, council CEO says In London, the Greater London Authority is made up of the mayor’s office – currently led by London mayor Sadiq Khan – and a 25-member London assembly which monitor’s the mayor’s office and the decisions it makes. Varadkar also said this evening that the Local Property Tax will not be increased on Fine Gael’s watch, despite property prices rising in Ireland. “The vast majority of homeowners won’t see any increase at all,” he said. “It’s simply a case of adjusting the bands upwards to reflect the upward increase in property prices. We’ll talk more about that in the months ahead”.  Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 10:05 PMlast_img read more

Israël un bébé rhinocéros blanc pointe le bout de son museau

first_imgIsraël : un bébé rhinocéros blanc pointe le bout de son museauUn petit rhinocéros blanc est né vendredi dernier au zoo de Ramat-Gan, près de Tel-Aviv, en Israël. Cette naissance en captivité est qualifiée d'”extrêmement rare” par les responsables de l’établissement. Un heureux événement, à l’heure où les activités de braconnage de rhinocéros sont vivement dénoncées.Le petit rhinocéros blanc tient déjà sur ses jambes. Il chancelle, vacille, puis se met à trottiner, quelques heures après sa naissance. Les responsables du parc zoologique de Ramat-Gan proche de Tel-Aviv en Israël, sont émus : l’événement est rarissime. “Nous n’avons pas encore donné de nom au nouveau-né […]. Jamais avant la circoncision !” (que les Juifs pratiquent rituellement huit jours après la naissance), plaisante Netta Guetta, responsable du département des animaux africains au zoo, interrogée par l’AFP.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Tanda, la mère du petit, 2 tonnes et 20 ans, est originaire d’Afrique du Sud. Il y a six ans, elle avait déjà mis au monde un petit Tibo, né lui aussi au zoo de Ramat-Gan. Mais ce genre de naissances se fait de plus en plus rare dans un contexte particulièrement difficile. Menacé d’extinction, le rhinocéros blanc ne compte plus que 10.000 individus de son espèce. Sa corne est en effet un objet de braconnage recherché particulièrement en Asie où on lui prête de nombreuses vertus mais aussi des propriétés aphrodisiaques. En mai dernier, cinquante-sept affaires de braconnage, impliquant plus de 160 suspects étaient jugées devant les tribunaux sud-africains. Crime organisé, corruption, usages de faux permis de chasse, ventes d’armes illégales, les chefs d’inculpation dépassent le simple cadre du braconnage. Depuis le début de l’année, plus de 200 rhinocéros ont été tués en Afrique du Sud. Au bout de la chaîne, le Vietnam est le principal marché sur lequel se vend la corne à prix d’or. L’une des têtes du réseau, le Thaïlandais Chumlong Lemtongthai, a été entendu lors de son audience le 14 juin dernier. D’après les autorités sud-africaines, il aurait acheté les cornes 65.000 rands (plus de 6.000 euros) le kilo. Le juge de Pretoria a renvoyé le procès au 5 novembre 2012, laissant ainsi à la défense le temps nécessaire pour récolter les preuves, et jugeant que les chefs d’accusation étaient trop importants pour prendre une décision à la hâte. Nul doute donc que la naissance du petit rhinocéros blanc du zoo israélien est une réelle bouffée d’air frais dans la lutte contre le braconnage.Le 18 juin 2012 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Police investigate suspicious package found in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A suspicious package was found, Thursday morning, in Miami.Miami Police and bomb squad units investigated the suspicious package found in the area of Northwest Third Avenue and Third Street.The road was blocked off during the investigation, but has since cleared as of 12:10 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

SoHi Prep Notifies Parents Of School Violence Joke Made By Student

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department was notified on Friday of a student making a ‘joke’ of school violence in a classroom at Soldotna Prep. According  to Schmidt out of an over-abundance of caution he reported the incident to the Soldotna Police Department. In an email to parents from Curtis Schmidt, Principal at Soldotna Prep, around 1:40pm, a student walked into their classroom, and jokingly made a statement about school violence. The situation was immediately diffused when the classroom aide escorted the student to the principal’s office, was questioned, and policy is being followed regarding student discipline.center_img Parents were sent an email from Schmidt late on Friday. Schmidt: “Our school has zero tolerance for any jokes or comments that create concern for the safety of our staff and students. The school remained open all day on a normal schedule.”last_img read more

Today only Save 300 on unlocked Galaxy Note 9 Expired

first_imgJuan Garzon / CNET Patience is not only a virtue, it’s a money-saver. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 debuted last summer with a list price of $1,000 and has stayed pretty steady ever since. Good thing you decided to wait.Today only, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT (6 p.m. to midnight ET), Samsung is having a flash sale: $300 off the unlocked Note 9 when you apply promo code 300SAMSUNG at checkout.See it at SamsungThe Note 9 features a mammoth 6.4-inch screen, 128GB of storage and Samsung’s fairly awesome S-Pen.I’m not an Android guy, but of course my colleagues have you covered: For a deep dive into the phone’s pros and cons, look no further than CNET’s Galaxy Note 9 review. Phones 3:29 The Cheapskate News • Grab an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for $719 Galaxy Note 9 looks stunning in these photos Sprint Review • Note 10 launch could still give Note 9 sales a jolt $799 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Galaxy Note 9 is a superphone through and through See It Samsung $999 Tags See It See It This is another great reminder that phones with sky-high prices will eventually see discounts — often soon after launch. (The brand-new Galaxy S10 Plus saw a nice deal just yesterday.) I’ll bet your patience is feeling especially virtuous right about now.By the way, if you can ask your wrist to be patient as well, the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro will be $75 off on Monday. Stay tuned for a separate post about that deal. $999 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (128GB, ocean blue) 72 Photos Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 See it Preview • Four days with the Galaxy Note 9: Here’s the good and bad so far Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: 8 Share your voice Verizon Wireless Comments CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! $799last_img read more

Wikipedia says The North Face manipulated site to top Google results

first_imgIn a statement, The North Face said: “We believe deeply in @Wikipedia’s mission and apologize for engaging in activity inconsistent with those principles. Effective immediately, we have ended the campaign and moving forward, we’ll commit to ensuring that our teams and vendors are better trained on the site policies.” Yesterday, we were disappointed to learn that @thenorthface and @LeoBurnett unethically manipulated Wikipedia. They have risked your trust in our mission for a short-lived consumer stunt. 1/ https://t.co/aIl5XEkS3z— Wikipedia (@Wikipedia) May 29, 2019 Tags Wikipedia slammed The North Face for adding product photos to the platform to boost its search ranking. NurPhoto/Getty Images Wikipedia says The North Face violated its terms by swapping photos on the site with its own in order to appear at the top of Google searches. The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that hosts Wikipedia, said Wednesday that The North Face and ad agency Leo Burnett Tailor Made “unethically manipulated” Wikipedia after removing photos on the platform and replacing them with ones featuring The North Face’s products. In an ad campaign video boasting about the strategy, the companies said they “hacked the results” so that The North Face appears at the top of Google whenever someone searches for an adventure. They said they paid “absolutely nothing just by collaborating with Wikipedia.” The Wikimedia Foundation denied involvement in the campaign. “What they did was akin to defacing public property,” the Wikimedia Foundation said in a post. “When The North Face exploits the trust you have in Wikipedia to sell you more clothes, you should be angry. Adding content that is solely for commercial promotion goes directly against the policies, purpose and mission of Wikipedia to provide neutral, fact-based knowledge to the world.”Volunteers with the Wikimedia Foundation took down The North Face’s images or cropped out the logos and are ensuring the affected articles “meet Wikipedia’s standards of neutrality and reliable sourcing,” the nonprofit said.Wikipedia tweeted about the incident, saying: “Yesterday, we were disappointed to learn that @thenorthface and @LeoBurnett unethically manipulated Wikipedia. They have risked your trust in our mission for a short-lived consumer stunt.” Google 0 Share your voicecenter_img 1:25 Internet Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Google’s head of advertising calls for privacy, but not…last_img read more

PVR on an expansion spree eyes 1000 screens

first_imgMultiple chain operator PVR is all set to take its screen count to 500 this financial year from the current 477, and eventually reach 1,000, apparently buoyed by the ever-increasing number of films being released.The company, whose 477 screens are spread across 44 cities, had seen a fourfold jump in its second-quarter net profit at Rs 41.05 crore, up from Rs 9.20 crore in the corresponding period last year. Revenues had gone up from Rs 398.92 crore in the September 2014 quarter to Rs 474.60 crore in the second quarter of 2015-16.Its current chain of screens consists of four brands — PVR Talkies, PVR Cinemas, PVR Premium and the newly-launched PVR Icon.The expansion will mainly be in the PVR Cinemas and PVR Premium categories.”Our target is to reach 1,000 screens quickly. The shorter target is to get to 500 screens in this financial year and then look at going to 1,000 screens,” PVR Cinemas Chief Executive Officer Gautam Dutta told PTI.The company will embark on both bringing up new screens and renovation of the existing ones.PVR has an occupancy rate of about 35-37%, with a reported footfall of 6.6 crore. In terms of revenue split, food and beverages contribute 25%, while advertising accounts for about 12%, with the rest coming from ticket sales, of which online sales contribute 35%, according to brokerage Angel Broking.With movie buffs thronging cinema halls to watch their favourite films such as “Tamasha”, “Spectre”, “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”, multiplexes are apparently bullish on growth prospects. The PVR stock closed at Rs 843.35, down 0.02%, on Monday on the BSE.last_img read more

With LeBron in LA LakersWarriors will be the biggest rivalry in American

first_imgThe Giants haven’t moved on from Eli Manning because they’re prisoner to the memoriesEli Manning looked bad for the second week in a row in a listless performance against the Lions. Colin thinks Eli has been clearly eroding for years, and now it’s undeniable that he’s washed.Instead of setting themselves up to transition on from Manning, they have stuck with him because of the memories they have from two incredible Super Bowl runs. The Giants are like many people on Facebook who prefer to look at “the good old days”, rather than dealing with the reality that’s in front of them.Now they’re facing a lost season and have a lengthy rebuild because they have no plan how to replace him. With LeBron in L.A., Lakers/Warriors will be the biggest rivalry in American sports Colin has followed the bread crumb trail LeBron is leaving, and is more convinced than ever that it leads to the Lakers. He thinks despite the easier path to the Finals with the Cavs, the potential to win a title with his third teams would elevate his legacy.Paul George is likely headed to the Lakers, and reports say Russell Westbrook would be interested in joining James and George to form a formidable Big 3 to pair with Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, both whom would have another year of seasoning.If this does happen, the Lakers and Warriors would battle for the Western Conference title – the de facto NBA Finals – for the foreseeable. Forget all the other rivalries, this would become the preeminent rivalry in American pro sports.“Lakers/Warriors will become the biggest rivalry in American sports.” Guests:Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show is in-studio to talk KD’s fake Twitter account; if the Lakers should be confident about landing LeBron; and if USC is that good beyond Sam Darnold.Eric Dickerson – Rams Hall of Famer is in-studio to explain why Zeke quitting isn’t the end of the world; and why people shouldn’t overreact to the Cowboys loss in Denver.Jake Olson – USC long snapper is in-studio to talk about his long relationship with the program; how he uses his other senses to consume a football game; and what makes Sam Darnold a special leader for the Trojans.last_img read more