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Tobacco Point of Sale Update

first_img In April, 2007 tobacco inspectors will visit as many vendors as possible to answer questions about tobacco-product storage and display. In May and June, verbal warnings will be issued if tobacco is not stored as required by the new regulations. A three-month transition period will help vendors comply with new legislation to prohibit cigarettes from being advertised and displayed prominently behind store counters. Health Promotion and Protection Minster Barry Barnet said that amendments to the Tobacco Access Act, passed last fall, will be implemented in two phases: Follow-up inspections will be carried out during the summer that may result in written warnings and prosecution. Before proceeding with a charge, inspectors will consider the vendor’s intent to make changes, or proof of plans. “Tobacco retailers have concerns about making the changes,” said Mr. Barnet. “A three-month transition period will provide them with time to ask questions and make the necessary alterations.” Vendors will, however, be expected to comply with all other changes to the Tobacco Access Act by March 31, including removing signs and materials promoting and advertising the price or sale of tobacco products or tobacco-related promotions. Tobacco manufacturers’ colours and logos will not be permitted. Regulations about storage and display of tobacco products will be released shortly. Whether housed overhead, under the counter or in some other manner, the only tobacco product permitted to be viewed by the customer or public during a purchase is the product requested. So-called power walls, large displays of tobacco products often seen behind the counters in retail operations, will be prohibited. “Research indicates power walls are particularly appealing to children and young adults,” said Mr. Barnet. “Removing the only remaining avenue of tobacco product promotion is an important step in our ongoing and successful efforts to reduce smoking rates.” Tobacco use is a major contributor to premature death, disability and health-care costs, with an estimated impact of $550 million annually on the Nova Scotia economy. More than 1,600 Nova Scotians die each year because of tobacco use and 200 people die because of second-hand smoke.last_img read more

Benítez to leave Newcastle United

first_imgLondon: English professional football club Newcastle United has parted ways with Spanish coach Rafael Benitez, the Premier League side announced on Monday. “We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time, however it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives,” Newcastle said in a statement. Benitez’s contract is due to expire on June 30 after two and a half seasons at the helm of the club, reports Efe news. “Rafa’s coaching staff, Paco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on 30th June,” the club added. Benitez joined Newcastle after a seven-month stint at Real Madrid in 2016. He was landed with a sinking ship in March 2016 as the team from northeast England struggled to leave 19th place, the second last place in the table. The team went down in the Championship but under the continued management of Benitez came straight back up to the top-flight, where it finished 10th that season. The team finished 13th in its most recent campaign. During his period in charge, Newcastle played 146 matches, with a ratio of 62 wins to 31 draws and 53 defeats, scoring 209 goals and conceding 171.last_img read more

No Canadians need apply the worrying trend in arts hiring

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Way back in 1995, when the Art Gallery of Ontario had appointed its second American chief executive in the space of five years, one mischievous journalist suggested that the first thing he would ask Maxwell Anderson would be to name his favourite member of the Group of Seven. Anderson was a former curator of Greek and Roman art who came to Canada from a small university gallery in the United States. He was replacing Glenn Lowry, an American specialist in Islamic art who has been director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York ever since he left Toronto 20 years ago.There was no joking about trick Canadian questions this week when the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ont., named Briton Ian Dejardin as its new director: Dejardin probably knows more about the Group of Seven than you or I do.As director of London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery he has introduced Europeans to classic Canadian art with a pair of successful touring exhibitions devoted to Tom Thomson and the Group, and Emily Carr. Advertisement He is a bold choice for the McMichael, a treasure chest of early 20th-century Canadian painting located in a bucolic setting a half-hour drive north of Toronto. With the AGO now trumpeting a Lawren Harris show curated by the American actor Steve Martin, there seems to be a new international interest in art that Canadians have cherished for generations, and Dejardin is well-placed to bring wider and perhaps more serious attention to the McMichael, long a favourite of school groups and day-trippers.But he is also the fifth international appointment to head a major Canadian cultural institution in the past 15 months. He follows two Americans (Joshua Basseches at the Royal Ontario Museum and Stephan Jost at the AGO) and two other Britons (Tim Carroll at the Shaw Festival and Anthony Sargent at the Luminato Festival, where an Australian was also recently appointed as artistic director). Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Indian Affairs doing little for flood devastated community

first_imgAPTN National NewsKingcome Inlet has been flooded and uninhabitable for eleven days, and all Indian Affairs will offer is an advance on money the community would already be getting.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith tells this story.last_img

Open banking holds promise but cybersecurity fears loom for Canadian banks

first_imgTORONTO – As banks work to fortify their cybersecurity defences amidst a growing number of data breaches, they are also exploring the promise of so-called “open banking,” a concept that could finally disrupt the staid financial services industry.Customers have increasingly moved away from physical branches towards online and mobile apps, but banking has yet to reach its “Uberization” moment, one that breaks down traditional models to usher in new innovations, as Uber has done for the taxi industry.Open banking — granting third-parties like financial technology startups access to bank data to develop innovative apps — could be such a “game changer,” according to Toronto Dominion Bank’s chief information officer, Jeff Henderson.All but one of 100 payment executives at major banks globally said they were planning major investments in open banking by 2020, according to an online survey by consulting firm Accenture released last month.But even as Canadian financial institutions toy with the idea, they’re concerned about the looming risk to consumers’ personal information amid the growing threat of cyberattacks.The Accenture survey also showed that 50 per cent of respondents said that implementing the emerging concept increases risk.“There’s no question this is a trend,” TD’s Henderson said.“(But) I want to make sure that any time we exchange information externally, that is done so in a very controlled and understood manner.”In these early days, the exact nature of the innovation in the open banking landscape is unclear, said Bob Vokes, managing director of financial services at Accenture in Canada.“What we’re trying to do in open banking is to create new sets of services off of the banking data, or alternatively, allow you to manipulate your banking information in a different way,” he said.Open banking allows consumers to share their banking data, which proponents say will spur the creation of new apps and platforms that will make financial transactions easier or develop new use cases.For example, a consumer could log into one app and see all their financial accounts, from various banks, to get a full picture of their net worth and move funds in real time. Or, geolocation data could be layered over payment data, allowing a consumer to analyze exactly where their money is being spent, while also allowing merchants to offer them location-based rewards.The buzz around open banking is building just as concerns about cybersecurity mount.Most recently, Uber announced earlier this month that hackers compromised some 57 million user accounts and Equifax Inc. disclosed in September a cyberattack that compromised the personal information of half of Americans and some 19,000 Canadians.It also comes as the Bank of Canada once again listed cyber threats as a key vulnerability for the Canadian financial system in its semi-annual review released Tuesday.“The high degree of financial and operational interconnectedness among financial institutions means that a successful cyber attack against a single institution or a key service provider could spread more widely within the financial system.”Meanwhile, various jurisdictions are pushing ahead with legislation that would see financial institutions become even more interconnected.By January 2018, banks in Europe will be required to share proprietary data, in a regulated and secure way, under the U.K.’s Open Banking Standard and Europe’s PSD2 legislations.Canadian institutions are also jumping on board.The Competition Bureau said in a report on fintech earlier this month that it is early days “but the potential impact on competition and innovation is promising.”The Ministry of Finance said in August it is “examining the merits of open banking.”“Open banking holds the potential to make it easier for consumers to interact with financial service providers and increase competition,” the ministry said in a consultation paper as part of a review of the federal Bank Act.The Canadian Bankers Association responded to the ministry that while its members are proponents of innovation, they are also concerned about the potential impacts on safety, soundness and stability in Canada’s financial system.“Canadian banks have devoted very significant resources to creating well-established information security and data warehouses that meet the highest standards worldwide, the CBA said.“Any initiative that could undermine this trust would be very problematic for Canadian consumers, financial market participants and the broader economy.”Vokes says these concerns — as well as questions about whether the bank or the third party is liable if something goes awry — will need to be addressed in legislation.If additional layers of security protection are put in place, open banking should not raise the level of cybersecurity risk, he said, adding however, that cyberattackers are becoming more sophisticated as well.“Innovation isn’t just the purview of fintechs,” he said.“As we continue to innovate, fraud and criminal enterprises are also innovating.”last_img read more

Sex, Money and Adultery: Sordid Details of Moroccan Parliamentarian’s Death

Rabat – The details of the assassination of the UC Moroccan MP Abdellatif Merdass are worthy of a Mexican telenovela. Sex, money and revenge, the case has all the juicy ingredients for a blockbuster. On March 7 at around 10 pm, Abdellatif Merdass, a Moroccan member of parliament representing the Constitutional Union was shot dead steps away from his home in the upper class neighborhood of California in Casablanca. Merdass’ mourning widow was then questioned at length by the elements of the National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) after her husband’s death. Investigators were hoping she could provide them with le clues relating to his various activities, but her answers concerned only his relations with his children and his close relatives, which were marked by great affection and love. According to his widow, the deceased never spoke to her about his political or commercial activities. Besides, stated a close relative of Merdass, he had registered almost all his possessions in the name of his wife and children.A secret love affairThe primary investigations of the BCIJ soon uncovered that Merdass was having a secret affair with an unnamed young woman, whose father was Mohamed Khanjar, Merdass’ political mentor. The woman’s brother, Mostapha, was then arrested as the main suspect in Merdass’ death. But upon questioning Merdass’ mistress, investigators found out about  an existing dispute between Merdass and a Moroccan immigrant in Italy who was also in contact with the woman.The latter had  threatened Abdellatif Merdass with violence if he didn’t end his relationship with the women. The immigrant was then also arrested and taken to the headquarters of the BNPJ for questioning.This new arrest came as police suspicions of Khanjar, the brother of Merdass’ mistress, were gradually dissipating. According to the testimonies of many witnesses, the accused was in Ben Ahmed at the time of the murder. During his interrogation, the accused denied any involvement in the crime, telling the investigators that the relationship between his sister and the victim had been going on for more than three years. Investigations thus advanced another hypothesis, that the Merdass’ assassination was carefully orchestrated according to a well-designed plan. Involvement of the Mafia?The BCIJ started exploring a new lead. The investigators began to suspect that Merdass’ murder had been linked to a dark web of money, land transactions and corrupted judges.After the police discovered that Merdass had made several trips to Spain within a short amount of time, members of the BCIJ went twice to the home of the late deputy of the party in Casablanca, where they  accessed many land documents and Merdas’ other bank accounts. Sources close to the investigation revealed that a special team of smugglers had been instructed to trace the itinerary of the deputy UC, one hour before the murder, between the neighborhood of Maârif and his home. The BCIJ then began looking through Casablancan video surveillance cameras, which showed a white car following Abdellatif Merdass before mysteriously disappearing soon after.The Black WidowAfter completing the preliminary investigation, the BNPJ, the BCIJ and the prefectural judicial police in Casablanca arrived at some surprising conclusions. While the BCIJ investigators were still following the hypothesis of the murder being the work of a crime organization, suspicions began to arise about the involvement of Merdass’ widow, Wafae.Having noted her peculiar movements and suspicious reactions from the outset of the investigation, the investigators had put the late MP’s wife under close surveillance. Wafae turned out to hold some dodgy relationships with prostitution circles in the outlying districts of Casablanca, according to well-informed sources.Moreover, several witnesses revealed that she often went to these places and had close relations with pimps. It was through one of them that she would meet her future lover, who was none other than the brother of her own neighbor.The sordid love affair between the two evolved, and Wafae began to complain about her husband’s behavior, especially his sexual escapades and his multiple affairs. According to her, Merdass even planned to marry his mistress.Wafae’s complaints become more urgent as Abdellatif Merdass discovered his wife’s love affair. He then announced, three months ago, that he would cut her out of his will and remove her name from all his possessions and material goods. Suddenly aware of this new development, she met with her lover, who expressed his intention to get rid of his rival and, at the same time, to take advantage of the inheritance bequeathed by Merdass.The plan was carefully thought out so to make the murder appear like a political assassination or mafia hit.The murder was executed in such meticulous manner that they almost got away with it, but the investigators’ original hunch proved prescient when they decided to bug the cellphone of the “weeping” widow. Wafae’s frequent phone calls with her lover would bring her dreams to an abrupt end, and send her into the abyss of a lifetime in jail.Sex, money and revengeWhat turned out to be a gruesome shock for the public opinion, was daily life for the investigators of the BNPJ and the BCIJ.The arrest of the main suspect and his submission to interrogations helped to unravel the truth. It above all confirmed the original suspicions of the BNPJ’s own bloodhounds: that Merdass’ widow herself had been behind the sordid crime.The main suspect, Hicham El Mouchtari, who had been elected to local positions in the ranks of the People’s Movement and then the RNI, had the ambition to build a political career, but he lacked the necessary funds. Their extra-marital relations developed gradually, as Wafae and Elmoutchari’s sister had been neighbors and friends.All the necessary ingredients were combined to concoct a scenario suggesting a political settlement, especially since Merdass’ widow had been pushing the investigation in that direction. However, Wafae’s movements had been closely under close surveillance, revealing that she had made a rushed journey to the notaries to check the property left by her late husband and those registered in her name. The analysis of her phone calls would eventually be her ruin. Daily calls were made to the suspect’s number, providing sufficient evidence to implicate her in the case and arrest her for complicity in the murder of her own husband. A well “witch”-crafted murderWhile the public is still recovering from the shock of of Mardas’s murder and the involvement of his own wife in his gruesome death, new startling details are still emerging from the impressive police investigation.As the details of the carefully-crafted murder of Merdass broke out, news surfaced about the involvement of the El Mouchtari’s sister, who happens to be a “psychic”. She was also charged with complicity in murder and imprisoned in Oukacha prison.After uncovering all the details of the murder including the car rental and the use of a shotgun, investigators had one thing left to be explained: the wife’s alibi.Wafae had to not be anywhere close to the crime scene during the murder. According to witnesses, she had said that she was visiting her sick mother during the time when her husband was shot dead. Once there, she called her daughters and told them she was going to be late and that they should call their father to take them to dinner somewhere. They did as she said, and that is why the late Abdellatif Merdass took left his friends unusually early and rushed to go home, to his death.Meanwhile, the accomplices moved to the California district to ambush him in front of his home and shoot him down. After the assassination, the girls contacted their mother, who was supposed to ignore what was happening. She quickly joined her home and in front of several witnesses, started her impressive “cameo”, playing the devastated mourning widow in front of journalists and news cameras.Investigations conducted by the police revealed Wafae called her “psychic” neighbor a few minutes after the murder, informing her that “they got him.”The “widow” spent her first night in the prison of Oukacha where she was placed with her accomplice in cells of isolation and under close surveillance.The tragic fate of the childrenBetween a murdered father and a mother arrested for his murder, the two children of this family are for a rude awakening. Too young to be able to fend for themselves, they were put in the custody of their maternal aunt.The double shock of a dislocated family will with no doubt have terrible repercussions on their physical and mental health. Will they find the comfort they need in these tough times? How can they forgive their mother for arranging the assassination of their very affectionate father? read more

Ministry of Employment Again Denies Sexual Assaults Against Spain’s Moroccan Farmers

Rabat – The Ministry of Employment said in a statement on Friday that no cases of “sexual harassment” against seasonal Moroccan farmers in Huelva, Spain, were recorded. The ministry, however, recognized that a suspect was questioned for alleged sexual assault.The statement recalled that delegations from the ministry, the National Agency for the Promotion of Employment and Skills (ANAPEC), the Spanish embassy in Morocco and the Ministry in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs inspected the conditions of Moroccan farmers in Spain throughout the month of May.The inspection, according to the statement, unveiled no cases of “sexual harassment… with the exception of a case of a 47-year old suspect, who is the subject of a judicial inquiry in Spain.” Spanish news outlet El Mundo reported on June 4 that four Moroccan women lodged complaints against a supervisor on a Huelva farm.The 47-year old suspect was then arrested and questioned on May 25 and released on bail after questioning.The ministry’s recent statement added that it will follow the case to ensure all the statements attributed to Moroccan seasonal farmers are acted upon appropriately with the outcomes of any judicial investigation opened in this case.The ministry said that Moroccan seasonal farmers will begin returning to Morocco on May 25 and will continue until the beginning of July.The statement added that it brought back 400 workers on June 5, coinciding with the end of the fruit harvesting period in the farm concerned by the harassment allegations.Employees are under contracts that do not allow them to leave before the end of the harvest, because of the lack of a local workforce.In May, Morocco’s Ministry of Employment released a statement, announcing that it opened an investigation into the sexual assault claims. The ministry appointed a Spanish-Moroccan delegation to visit Huelva and to inquire about the working conditions of Moroccan farmers working in strawberry fields.Following the visit, the ministry published a statement denying claims that Moroccan farmers are being assaulted.Several international news outlets reported several cases of Moroccan women who experienced sexual assaults by their supervisors. The German investigative journalism NGO Correctiv published a story on May 2 in collaboration with RTL Nachtjournal and Buzzfeed News on Moroccan women farmers in Spain and in Morocco’s Souss Massa region in the south.In the report, women claimed that they were harassed, insulted, and raped in the field. read more

India offers to link its growth with neighbour Sri Lanka

On Wednesday, Sri Lanka arrested 17 Indian fishermen for fishing in its maritime territories.The sources said both sides agreed that a meeting between the fishery ministries of the two countries should be held at the earliest. (Colombo Gazette) According to sources, discussions between Sushma Swaraj and Samarawickrama focussed on the “neighbourhood first” policy of India . “External Affairs Minister reiterated that India would like its economic growth trajectory to also lead to growth for Sri Lanka,” the sources said on Wednesday. “Discussions with the External Affairs Minister reviewed the implementation of decisions taken at the ninth India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting for furthering trade, investment and developmental linkages between India and Sri Lanka,” the sources said.India is assisting Sri Lanka in a number of development projects, including health and education. “There was agreement on creating an enabling environment for Indian industry to invest in Sri Lanka,” the sources said.It is learnt that both Sushma Swaraj and Samarawickrama agreed to encourage further momentum on projects between the two countries.“The two ministers reviewed various projects, including the Sampur power plant, rehabilitation of Palaly airfield and Kankesanthurai harbour,” the sources said. Sushma Swaraj also emphasised on the urgency of finding a permanent solution to the fishermen issue, recommended by the Joint Commission Meeting in February this year. In what can be called symbolic of its “neighbourhood first” policy, India has offered to link its growth story with southern neighbour Sri Lanka, the Indo-Asian News Service reported.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said this during a meeting with Sri Lankan Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama during his visit to New Delhi on July 4-5, it is reliably learnt. read more

Italy and Sri Lanka renew driving license agreement

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Rome together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, the Motor Traffic Department in Italy and Sri Lankan Motor Traffic authorities renewed the Bilateral Agreement for Mutual Recognition of Driving Licenses between Italy and Sri Lanka.The formal exchange of Notes took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome between Daya Pelpola, Ambassador and Ugo Astuto Principal Director for the Countries of Asia and Oceania. The Agreement will enter into force within the first quarter of 2017. The Driving License Agreement facilitates for the conversion of valid Driving Licences of those who have obtained permanent residency in the respective counties. This is a mechanism which the Sri Lankan community in Italy was eagerly awaiting, given the advantage it would have for their job prospects and the possibility of future self-employment. So far over 11,000 Sri Lankans have benefited from this Agreement. read more

Vegas area casinos charge ahead with electric vehicle spots

LAS VEGAS — As more electric vehicles hit the streets, additional places to charge them are popping up around Las Vegas.The Las Vegas Sun reports that casinos, Clark County, shopping centres and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, now offer charging stations.Las Vegas city planners are exploring ways to make it more electric-vehicle friendly.In July, Tesla and Caesars Entertainment partnered to open a solar-powered facility dubbed a supercharging station near the High Roller observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip.The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles reports nearly 7,000 registered electric vehicles, up from 1,200 in 2015.___Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.comThe Associated Press read more

Sweden Bolivia Ethiopia and Kazakhstan elected to Security Council

After rounds of voting at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, only one non-permanent Council seat remains to be filled. Italy and the Netherlands had been vying for the remaining seat, but the voting yielded no clear winner. The two countries then suggested sharing the two-year term, each with a one-year period, with a decision on this proposal postponed to Wednesday.Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has the primary responsibility for international peace and security, with all UN Member States required to comply with Council decisions. The Council’s 10 non-permanent seats are allocated according to a rotation pattern set by the Assembly in 1963, to ensure a proportionate representation over time from the different parts of the world: five from African and Asian States; one from Eastern Europe; two from Latin American States; and two from Western European and Other States.At today’s election, the General Assembly members voted by secret ballot for five seats divided by geographical grouping – two from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, two from the Western Europe and Others Group, and one from Latin America and the Caribbean.Bolivia and Ethiopia were chosen by their regional groups and had no competitors. Kazakhstan won the seat reserved for Asia Pacific against Thailand, while Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden had competed for two seats for Western Europe. The newly-elected countries will replace Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Angola and Venezuela.The Security Council has 15 members, including five permanent. The five permanent members, each with the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Other current non-permanent members are Japan, Egypt, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay.The Security Council is also responsible for determining the existence of a threat against peace and to respond to an act of aggression. It is also responsible for finding peaceful means to settle a conflict or a dispute between States. In some cases, the Council can resort to sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.The Security Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. read more

No wedding plans with Rory McIlroy says Caroline Wozniacki

first_imgTENNIS STAR Caroline Wozniacki today appeared to pour cold water on speculation she would walk down the aisle soon with her boyfriend, golf’s world number one Rory McIlroy.“I think that question will be for him to answer,” the Dane told reporters in Kuala Lumpur, where she is top seed in the BMW Malaysian Open.“I enjoy everything that’s happening right now and how things are. Marriage? We’re still young and we have many years in front of us.”Wozniacki, a 22-year-old former tennis world number one, fuelled speculation of wedding plans when she was spotted in December wearing a large ring on her right ring finger. But she has repeatedly denied she and the 23-year-old Northern Irishman were engaged. Danish women often wear wedding rings on their right hand.When asked if she would accept now if McIlroy proposed, she burst into laughter, saying: “This is getting personal.”Wozniacki, currently ranked 10th in the world, has 20 WTA titles to her name but none this year. Despite being ranked number one for two seasons, she has yet to add a Grand Slam and last month put in her worst showing at the Australian Open in three years.“I don’t enjoy losing but when I do, it’s simply because the other girl has played better than me,” said Wozniacki. “This is what tennis is all about, and no matter what happens I carry on with full confidence,” she said.Wozniacki will open her campaign in Malaysia against a to-be-determined opponent who will emerge from qualifying which began today.- © AFP, 2013This is the most awkward TV moment you’ll see todayHistory in the making: Coghlan calls upon ‘Fortress Ashbourne’ in 6 Nations questlast_img read more

93 per cent of Crimeans want to rejoin Russia exit polls

first_imgA pro Russian supporter waves a Russian flag next to a statue of Soviet revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin at a square in central Simferopol, Crimea [AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic]Updated at 19.47pmAN OVERWHELMING 93 percent of Crimeans have voted to become part of Russia in a referendum deemed illegal by the new authorities in Ukraine and most of the internatinal community, exit polls have shown.“Ninety-three percent of Crimean residents have supported the attachment of Crimea to Russia in the referendum. This is the data given by the exit polls,” Crimea’s pro-Moscow authorities said.The United States has rejected the results of the referendum and called Russian actions in the crisis “dangerous and destabilizing.”“This referendum is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.Phone callsEarlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone call that he was concerned over tensions in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking southeastern regions.“The Russian president once again expressed concern over tensions in Ukraine’s south and southeast being inflamed by radical groups with the connivance of Kiev’s authorities,” the Kremlin said in a statement following the talks.Putin also “stressed that Russia will respect the choice of Crimea’s residents” in today’s ballot, the statement said. The Russian leader reiterated Moscow’s position that the referendum was in line with international law, it said.An Ukrainian policeman exits a voting booth after casting his vote in Perevalne [Vadim Ghirda/AP/Press Association Images]US Secretary of State John Kerry has also been in phone contact with Moscow. America’s top diplomat urged Russia to pull back its forces to their bases in Crimea in return for constitutional reforms in Ukraine to protect minority rights, a US official said.“The secretary made clear that this crisis can only be resolved politically and that as Ukrainians take the necessary political measures going forward, Russia must reciprocate by pulling forces back to base, and addressing the tensions and concerns about military engagement,” the senior State Department official said.Kerry reiterated that the United States considers today’s referendum illegal under Ukrainian law and that said the US would not recognize the outcome.He also raised concerns about Russian military activity in Kherson Oblast, the Ukrainian province just north of Crimea, and “continuing provocations” in the eastern cities.People walk past an armoured personal carrier in Simferopol, Ukraine [Ivan Sekretarev/AP/Press Association Images]Meanwhile, the EU has also said Crimea’s referendum is illegal and announced that it will decide sanctions tomorrow.“The referendum is illegal and illegitimate and its outcome will not be recognised,” the European Council and European Commission presidents said in a joint statement.EU foreign ministers meeting tomorrow “will evaluate the situation tomorrow in Brussels and decide on additional measures” against Moscow, Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso said.Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore also criticised the vote, reiterating a call for Russia to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty.According to a statement: As I have already made clear, today’s referendum in Crimea is illegal. The results of the vote are without legal effect. Ireland and the majority of the international community do not recognise the legitimacy of the referendum. Nor do we accept the validity of the result.The heavy troop presence in Crimea means that the so-called referendum has not been conducted under what could be considered remotely acceptable conditions. Furthermore, any decision relating to Ukraine’s sovereignty or sovereign choices can only be taken without undue external pressure. Includes reporting from AFP & other wire services.Read: Ukraine and Russia agree a ‘temporary’ Crimea truceRead: Will Crimea break away from Ukraine for Russia? The people decide todaylast_img read more

Poll Should people be fined for putting the wrong rubbish in their

first_img I don’t know (601) THERE ARE PROPOSALS to impose fines for people who regularly put the wrong rubbish into green recycle bins.Panda Waste Management said that it would be trialling a new system on 12,000 households in Fingal, which will use cameras to record what waste is going in their trucks.The trial is in order to combat large amounts of general black bin waste – including food waste, nappies, and textiles – from being dumped into green bins.Green bins currently have no charge attached to them, while black bins cost money.The fine for those who contaminate their green bins regularly is yet to be finalised.So we’re asking: Do you think people should be fined for putting the wrong rubbish in their recycle bin? Feb 24th 2017, 9:25 AM Poll: Should people be fined for putting the wrong rubbish in their green bin? A third of all recycling waste is contaminated nationwide – that figure jumps to 40% in Dublin. YesNoI don’t knowVote By Gráinne Ní Aodha Yes (10694) Share393 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Aleksandra Suzicenter_img 86 Comments Poll Results: No (3935) Friday 24 Feb 2017, 9:25 AM http://jrnl.ie/3256219 Image: Shutterstock/Aleksandra Suzi Short URL 29,894 Views last_img read more

President Higgins calls for fight against politics of fear and hatred while

first_imgPresident Higgins calls for fight against politics of fear and hatred while marking Holocaust Memorial Minister Flanagan said we must be vigilant in standing against fundamentalist ideologies. Jan 29th 2017, 7:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3210846 “Remembering the Holocaust suggests an important lesson from which we can all draw wisdom: Remembering not only that, when fanned by fear and toxic prejudice, people are capable of unimaginable cruelty, but also that we must stay vigilant and have the courage to counter the rhetoric of fear-mongering and hatred.Today, let us recommit to the critical values of decency, equality, justice, tolerance and respect for our differences and our vulnerabilities. And let us recommit to the fight against the politics of fear and hatred, in all its forms. Fundamentalist IdeologiesThe Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan and the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald will attend today’s ceremony. Speaking before the commemoration Minister Flanagan said:“The National Holocaust Memorial Commemoration provides a very important opportunity for us to remember the lives of the millions of Jewish men, women and children, and the countless other individuals, who were targeted and murdered because who they were was abhorrent to an ideology that could not tolerate difference of any kind.“This important commemoration also gives us the opportunity to reflect on what we have learned from the past. The Holocaust was a most extreme manifestation of intolerance and hatred which has left an indelible scar on humanity. It must never be forgotten.Unfortunately in today’s world, fundamentalist ideologies continue to target particular groups. We must be vigilant in standing against such hatred and to respond to it by building a world based on the ideals of respect and acceptance.The commemoration takes place on the Sunday nearest to 27 January, the date of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.Read: Refugees detained at airports after Trump bans them from entering US> 49 Comments Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Image: PA Wire/PA Imagescenter_img Share Tweet Email A NATIONAL HOLOCAUST Memorial Day commemoration is being held at the Mansion House in Dublin today.The ceremony will include readings, survivors’ recollections and music.Candles will be lit in memory of the millions of innocent Jewish people, and others, tortured and murdered because of their religious belief, disability, sexual orientation or ethnic identity.President Michael D Higgins issued a statement to mark the memorial day, saying:“We remember the victims of the Nazi Holocaust – the millions of innocent men, women and children who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis because of their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliations or their religious beliefs.In remembering, we are inviting each other to pay heed to the small and dwindling number of powerful voices of those who experienced and survived the Holocaust in person. Voices that implore us to never forget, and to learn the lessons history teaches us. By Cliodhna Russell 7,158 Views Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les Européens plus préoccupés par le climat que par la crise

first_imgLes Européens plus préoccupés par le climat que par la criseA quelques semaines du sommet de Durban sur la lutte contre le réchauffement de la planète, un récent Eurobaromètre révèle que le climat reste malgré la crise économique, l’une des préoccupations majeure des Européens. Nombre d’entre eux sont d’ailleurs convaincus qu’un plan efficace contre le changement climatique peut contribuer à relancer l’économie mondiale.Le changement climatique constitue l’une des principales préoccupations des Européens. D’après un Eurobaromètre (lien non disponible) publié vendredi, la moitié d’entre eux considèrent le réchauffement de la planète comme l’un des problèmes les plus sérieux auxquels le monde est confronté. Pour 20% des personnes interrogées, il est même le plus grave. Globalement, souligne le rapport, le réchauffement climatique est perçu comme le second problème le plus sérieux qui frappe le monde, après la faim, la pauvreté et le manque d’eau potable, et avant la crise économique. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?En outre, la majorité des Européens (78%) estiment que la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, via notamment le développement des énergies renouvelables, pourrait être un moteur pour relancer l’économie. En 2009, au moment du sommet de Copenhague, ils étaient seulement 63% à le penser. Menée auprès de 26.000 personnes, cette enquête représente “un signal fort adressé aux décideurs européens” a estimé la commissaire européenne à l’Action pour le climat Connie Hedegaard, citée dans un communiqué de la Commission européenne.A quelques semaines du sommet de Durban, lors duquel se jouera l’avenir du protocole de Kyoto, “c’est une nouvelle encourageante” s’est félicitée Mme Hedegaard. “Cette enquête révèle que les citoyens européens ont conscience que les défis économiques ne sont pas les seuls auxquels nous sommes confrontés. Elle montre qu’une grande majorité d’Européens attendent de leurs responsables politiques et des chefs d’entreprises qu’ils s’attaquent dès aujourd’hui à l’énorme défi que constitue le changement climatique” souligne-t-elle.Le 15 octobre 2011 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Atlanta Jamaican Association awards 13 Scholarships

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, August 17, 2017 – Atlanta – The Atlanta Jamaican Association (AJA) has awarded 13 academic scholarships to students pursuing tertiary studies in Jamaica and Atlanta, Georgia.  The presentations were made at the AJA’s annual Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards ceremony held on August 12 at the Sheraton Hotel, downtown Atlanta.Of the recipients, five are Jamaican students. They are Cadell Green and Joy-Ann Mason, who attend the University of Technology (UTech); University of the West Indies (UWI) students, Tiffany Mason and Dominique Spence; and Janiqua Thelwell, who is studying early-childhood education at The Mico University College.The other eight scholarship awardees are Ghiselle Brown, Georgia State University; Stone Crews, University of Georgia; Jazz Duncan and Keyanna Ennis, Emory University; Peter Gai Groves, Florida State University; Brianna Ramsey, Mercy University; Natahlia Robinson, Kennesaw University; and Sierra Hart, Washington University.In her address, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, lauded the AJA for providing scholarships to deserving students in Jamaica and Atlanta over the past 22 years.“It is very commendable that after starting out with just two scholarships in the early days of the association, tonight, 13 students will be the beneficiaries of scholarships from your organisation,” she said.The Ambassador noted that the awards have assisted tremendously to advance the educational development of the recipients, some of whom will undoubtedly be among the next generation of leaders.   Ambassador Marks also lauded the work of the AJA, which is celebrating 40 years of service this year.President of the AJA, Alan Stewart, in his remarks said the association is pleased to assist in furthering the education of these worthy students.    “Our way of giving back to our country is to provide these scholarships to college-bound students, both here in Atlanta and in Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Stewart informed that the scholarship programme was established in 1995 to assist graduating high-school seniors of Jamaican heritage in Atlanta, as well as students in Jamaica, to continue their education.    He said that to date, the organisation has provided more than US$100,000 to students in Jamaica and in the Metro Atlanta area as well as individual awards of US$25,000 to students facing financial hardship.Mr. Stewart said next year, the association plans to provide funding for full scholarships. Applications for the scholarships are posted on the AJA website at atlantajamaicanassociation.org.During the function, lifetime membership awards were presented to Joy Booth and Alvin Thomas for giving more than 25 years of service to the AJA, while founding membership awards went to Dr. Juan Reid, Neville Barrett, Dr. Noel Erskine and Glenda Erskine.last_img read more

Fishing charter crew catches 200lb yellowfin tuna

first_imgHAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A fishing charter’s big catch attracted a big crowd at Haulover Beach, Sunday.All eyes were on Captain Ralph and his crew as they hauled in a monstrous yellowfin tuna. They said they were a little more than a mile offshore when the fish took the bait.Captain Ralph said the mammoth haul did not come easy. “Awesome, fish of a lifetime,” said Captain Ralph. “We had to reel in all the rods, back up on the fish. We hooked the fish at 10 a.m. We didn’t get to boat it until 2 in the afternoon.”The fish was estimated to weigh around 200 pounds, making this one catch that surely won’t ever need to be exaggerated.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police searching for 3 who tried to rob mail carrier in Oakland

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for three people who attempted to rob a mail carrier in Oakland Park.The incident happened along the 600 block of Northeast 40th Street, at around 4:45 p.m., Thursday.Police said the group approached the letter carrier with the intent to rob him but took off soon after.The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for anyone with information that may lead to an arrest.Investigators released a sketch of one of the suspects described as 25 to 27 years old, dark skinned male, standing approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feettall, weighing between 170 to 180 lbs. He was wearing a grey hoodie and had shoulder length dreadlocks.Another suspect was described as being in his late teens to early to mid-20s, also dark-skinned male, skinny with a defined muscular build, standing approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing approximately 160 lbs. This suspect wore dark blue jeans.There was no definitive description of the third suspect. If you know anything about this incident, call 1-877-876-2455.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Crews Rescue Man From Cliff Near Ninilchik

first_imgIt took crews roughly 1.5 hours, and the individual was brought to safety and the incident was terminated, according to NES. NES responded with Medic 1, Rescue 1, Utility 1, and ATV 1 responded with 7 personnel. The Anchor Point Emergency Services High Angle Rope Rescue Team was requested, and responded with mutual aid assistance with 2 Command Vehicles, Utility 2, Rescue 1, and Medic 41 with 9 personnel. Photos courtesy of Ninilchik Emergency Services Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ninilchik Emergency Services responded to a person that had fallen over 100 feet from a cliff on Saturday, June 2. In a Facebook post, “NES strongly recommends caution along these cliffs as this is not the first time this kind of incident has happened – sometimes with life-altering injuries. The banks along these cliffs can appear deceivingly shallow, but are nonetheless very steep and dangerous, and people are prone to slipping and falling. Also, these cliffs are often weak, especially near the bottom as erosion naturally occurs.” The Alaska State Troopers as well as Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Alaska State Park Rangers responded as well.last_img read more