first_imgHealth officials confirmed today, Aug. 8, that the first probable human case of West Nile virus in the province this year is suspected to be travel-related. It is believed that a Nova Scotia resident became infected in July with the virus after spending time in Manitoba and Ontario. “We have seen no West Nile virus activity in the province despite extensive testing,” said Dr. Jeff Scott, the province’s chief medical officer of health. “This fact, combined with the person’s recent travel history to an area with West Nile virus activity and clinical history makes us confident that the disease was acquired outside of the province.” The resident has been hospitalized at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. Nova Scotia has reported this case to Health Canada and is providing relevant information to other provincial public health authorities. “Our surveillance system has been operating since early July, however we still have no positive birds or positive mosquitoes in the province,” said Dr. Scott. “In the past, we have started to detect West Nile virus in birds in Nova Scotia in mid-August.” Dr. Scott said the province will continue to monitor for the virus in people, birds, mosquito pools and horses. He said the human health risk associated with West Nile virus is very low. The virus is spread to humans by mosquito bites. Nova Scotians can protect themselves against bites from mosquitoes by eliminating mosquito breeding sites, wearing loose fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible and by using insect repellent containing DEET according to the instructions on the container. “Most people infected with the virus will have no symptoms. Others may have mild symptoms, and only a very small number of people will develop more severe symptoms,” he said. Anyone who demonstrates the more severe symptoms of the disease – – which include a severe headache, high fever, stiff neck and muscle soreness — should seek medical attention. The public is urged to continue reporting dead crows, blue jays and ravens to local offices of the Department of Natural Resources. Staff can then determine whether the bird is suitable for testing. To date, 120 birds have been tested for the virus this season. Information on West Nile virus is available by following the public health link on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health or at Health Canada’s website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/westnile/index.html .last_img read more

first_img access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurse practitioners, between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., seven days per week same-day or next-day access to medical appointments 24/7 access to emergency care. During the day, doctors are available at the collaborative emergency centre to treat patients. Between 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., an advanced care paramedic, teamed with a registered nurse, staffs the centre to ensure patients get the care they need. An EHS oversight physician provides assistance by phone. “From all reports, the new CEC model is working very well,” said Cumberland Health Authority CEO Bruce Quigley. “Patients are enjoying improved access to primary care and the community as a whole is pleased that ER closures are no longer a regular occurrence. Staff and physicians, as well as the paramedics who team up with our nursing staff to provide overnight coverage, are also supportive of this collaborative approach.” For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner . Close to 1,000 patients in the Parrsboro area have already experienced shorter waits and received expert 24/7 emergency care from highly trained doctors, nurses and paramedics at the South Cumberland Collaborative Emergency Centre. The opening of the collaborative emergency centre, the first of its kind in Canada, marks a key commitment under the province’s Better Care Sooner plan. Nova Scotians joined Premier Darrell Dexter and Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald in Parrsboro today, Sept. 12, to celebrate the official opening of the centre, which began seeing patients in July. “The creation of collaborative emergency centres is a key part of government’s commitment to ensure Nova Scotians and their families receive better health care, sooner,” said Premier Dexter. “By bringing emergency departments and local family practices together to work as a team, we are fulfilling that commitment in a way that makes sense for the province.” Emergency room problems, including long waits, overcrowding and unplanned closures, have plagued Nova Scotia’s health care system for years. Collaborative emergency centres are helping to address these issues by keeping emergency rooms open, reducing patient wait times and providing a team-based approach that offers continuity of care. This ensures that patients can get the appropriate treatment before a minor health issue turns into a health crisis. “The highly trained doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health-care professionals at this collaborative emergency centre are doing an exceptional job, and I want to thank them for their admirable work and support,” said Ms. MacDonald. “These committed health-care professionals have turned this CEC into a vital part of the community and a unique success story that the whole province can be proud of.” Annie Chagnon recently visited the centre with her 11-month-old daughter, who was running a high fever. The infant was immediately assessed by paramedics and nurses on site, who recommended a plan that provided her daughter with the best treatment. “Anyone who has children knows that when they are sick, you want answers immediately,” said Ms. Chagnon. “Without the CEC, I may have waited hours to see a doctor and by then my daughter’s condition could have worsened. “The level of attention and expert care my daughter received at the South Cumberland Collaborative Emergency Centre was exceptional. It is very reassuring to know that this resource is there for my daughter, and my family in the future.” The collaborative emergency centre in Parrsboro is the first to open in Nova Scotia. The province plans to open another three collaborative emergency centres by March 31, 2012, and four more the following year. The services at the CEC in Parrsboro include: last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Statistics Canada report says 46 per cent of all incarcerated youth across Canada were Indigenous in 2016-17. Here is a breakdown by province of admissions to custody of Aboriginal youth during that time (in per cent):Newfoundland and Labrador: Males 6; Females 0Prince Edward Island: Males 13; Females 0New Brunswick: Males 11; Females 15Ontario: Males 10; Females 15Manitoba: Males 81; Females 82Saskatchewan: Males 92; Females 98British Columbia: Males 44; Females 60Yukon: Males 74; Females 100Northwest Territories: Males 94; Female 60Nunavut: Males 100; Females 100Source: Statistics Canada. Note: There was no information listed for Nova Scotia, Alberta or Quebec.last_img read more

first_imgThe largest fiesta north of the border, TD Salsa In Toronto’s sizzling event lineup features an acclaimed art exhibit by Colombian artist Mao Correa, a series of salsa parties and more free dance classes than ever before across the GTA, all in preparation for the FREE TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival Weekend.Canada’s favourite Latin street party is back for a 14th straight year to heat up the summer, transforming mid-town Toronto into a nonstop dancing frenzy during the annual TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival. From the beginners and non-dancers who come for lessons on the street, to semi-pro Salsa dancers who amaze the crowds, the family fiesta attracts Salsa enthusiasts from near and far. It is one of Toronto’s only events where attendees not only take in the entertainment, but are also part of the entertainment! Enjoy all the tastes, sights and sounds that the festival has to offer with free on-site dance lessons, live music, colourful folklore presentations, authentic Latin American cuisine, and kid’s entertainment. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Through The Ready Commitment, TD is proud to sponsor Salsa in Toronto to celebrate Canada’s largest Latin festival. Having supported this event since 2014, we recognize that cultural festivals have the power to unite us and teach us about one another. Salsa in Toronto offers shared experiences of music and dance that open doors to a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow by connecting diverse communities and ensuring that everyone feels like they belong.” Andrea Barrack, Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group.“As Canada’s renowned ambassador of Latino lifestyle, music, dance, arts, and cuisine, the mission of the Canadian Salsa Festivals Project (CSFP), a not-for-profit organization, is to showcase Canada’s rich diversity and the contributions of various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society,” said CSFP Executive Director, Marana Bayon-on. “Our focus is on celebrating the best of the Latino culture in Canada enjoyed by the country’s 1.8 million Spanish speakers and all Canadians with an appetite and passion for the Latino lifestyle.”“As Canada’s most influential multicultural media company, TLN Media Group is proud to have been the official festival media sponsor every year since the festival’s inception in 2005,” said TLN Media Group President, Aldo Di Felice. “TD Salsa in Toronto and TD Salsa on St. Clair are excellent examples of how the TLN Media Group has been connecting cultures on television and in communities through storytelling and shared experiences for 35 years.  What started as a local two-day event initiated by TLN in collaboration with the Hillcrest Village BIA, is now a nationally recognized celebration.  Each year, the events attract hundreds of thousands of lovers of salsa and Latino culture from across the region and beyond and we couldn’t be happier to be part of its growing success.”Mark your calendar and get your dancing shoes out…It’s going to be ¡Caliente!Go to SalsaInToronto.com for the complete festival lineup.About TD Salsa In Toronto Festival www.SalsaInToronto.comCanada’s #1 Latino-themed celebration features the TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival in addition to a series of city wide events that celebrate the Latino culture through music, dance, art and cuisine. The annual FREE TD Salsa on St. Clair Festival transforms midtown Toronto into Canada’s biggest salsa party featuring international performers, non-stop dancing, Latin foods and family fun.  TD Salsa in Toronto and TD Salsa on St. Clair are produced by the Canadian Salsa Festivals Project, a federally incorporated Not-for-Profit organization.center_img TORONTO, June 11, 2018 — The Canadian Salsa Festivals Project announces the ¡Caliente! 2018 lineup for Canada’slargest celebration of Latin culture, the award-winning TD Salsa in Toronto Festival.  The main event during the month-long calendar of city-wide festivities throughout July is the 14th annual TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival on Sat. July 7th  & Sun. July 8th. Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Analysts said Thursday that Shaw Communications Inc. was the big winner from Ottawa’s decision to set aside 43 per cent of the next spectrum auction for regional wireless carriers and potential new rivals, but stock markets didn’t react.“Given well-established network partnerships . . . and consolidation over the years, we believe none of the key wireless players in Canada are really starved for spectrum,” telecom analyst Phillip Huang wrote for Barclays Capital.“Having said that, Shaw still has the smallest spectrum portfolio compared to its peers, and we believe the 600MHz auction is most important to Shaw.”However, Huang and other analysts said the government’s position had been well-telegraphed and they didn’t expect much impact on share prices.At the end of trading Thursday, none of the five publicly traded companies with wireless operations was up or down even a full percentage point and the only decline was Shaw, down five cents to $24.82 — about 0.2 per cent.The Calgary-based cable, internet and satellite company is relatively new to the wireless industry which it hadn’t pursued aggressively until it bought Wind Mobile two years ago and rebranded it as Freedom Mobile in late 2016.Canaccord Genuity analyst Aravinda Galappatthige agreed that Shaw, as well as Quebecor’s Videotron cable division, would be able to enhance their spectrum position at a relatively low cost.“Recall the incumbents had argued against set-asides for Shaw and Quebecor, highlighting that these are well-established cable companies and that their wireless operations can no longer be deemed ‘new entrants’, ” he wrote.Nevertheless, he added, it’s apparent the government “is keen to move ahead with its initiatives to improve wireless affordability in Canada and believes that this framework would further encourage greater competition.”Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said as much in an interview Thursday.“Canadians pay some of the highest cell phone prices in the G7 (industrialized countries) and we, as a government, want to see the prices to go down for Canadian consumers,” said Bains, who is the minister responsible for telecom.“By putting aside 43 per cent of the spectrum, for regional competitors and potential new market entrants, we believe this will increase competition, this will promote better quality services and — more importantly — this will provide affordable prices for Canadians.”However, Bell Canada — which has the country’s largest telecommunications and media business — issued a statement Thursday re-iterating its opposition to giving Shaw and Quebecor such a financial advantage.“Even prior to this decision, the federal government had handed out $4 billion in wireless spectrum subsidies to cable companies over the last 10 years,” Bell said.“In terms of new entrants, we expected some level of spectrum set asides but 43 per cent is far too generous considering the level of subsidies they’ve already received over the years and their slow pace of service rollouts.”Rogers Communications Inc. was also critical of the government’s spectrum decision that was largely in line with its position going into a consultation process that began last year.“The wireless market is fiercely competitive with four facilities-based service providers with multiple brands in virtually every market competing to win the hearts and minds of Canadians, and the startups of a decade ago are now well-capitalized regional players who do not require government assistance,” said David Watt, Rogers senior vice-president for regulatory affairs.“Going forward, we hope the government recognizes this and adopts more balanced auction rules as the country gets ready for 5G.”Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI-B)(TSX:BCE)(TSX:SJR.B)last_img read more

Mr. Ban “deplores the criminal attacks carried out over the past several days against the Lebanese army and security forces” and considers them an assault on Lebanon’s stability and sovereignty, his spokesperson said in a statement.The statement added the Secretary-General also condemns the attack today against a six-vehicle convoy from the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) that was trying to deliver humanitarian supplies to the camp, Nahr el-Bared.The convoy had reached the perimeter of the camp – home to about 31,000 Palestinians – when it was hit by shells, causing heavy damage to three vehicles and destroying water towers and bladders, milk, bread and medical supplies.Mr. Ban “calls for the immediate establishment of safe corridors to allow medical staff to assist and evacuate those in need,” the statement said. “He is deeply saddened by the civilian casualties that have resulted and he appeals to all concerned to do their utmost to avoid further bloodshed.”Mr. Ban’s call was echoed by UNRWA’s Director in Lebanon Richard Cook, who voiced deep concern about the worsening humanitarian situation inside Nahr el-Bared, where media reports say dozens of civilians have been killed since fighting between the Lebanese army and Fatah el-Islam members erupted on Sunday.Mr. Cook said UNRWA is trying to provide essential care, food and water to camp residents and to evacuate the dead and the injured, working in close cooperation with the Lebanese army, the Lebanese Red Cross, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Under regular conditions UNRWA provides basic services to Nahr el-Bared, including primary health care at a camp clinic where UN doctors examine 500 patients a day normally.In the statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also strongly condemned the terrorist bombing that took place last night in the Verdun district of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. Media reports say 10 people were injured in the blast and several apartments and cars were badly damaged.The Secretary-General said he is monitoring the situation carefully and remains in close contact with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and other regional leaders. 22 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led mounting United Nations concern today about the continuing deadly clashes between the Lebanese army and Fatah el-Islam gunmen at a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, urging all sides to avoid more bloodshed. read more

According to him the new Lankan government’s call for a domestic or hybrid mechanism to replace any international judicial process was an attempt to deflect the call for referral to the ICC and to delay other meaningful actions on accountability. Efforts to establish a domestic truth and reconciliation commission, he said would be another diversionary tactic to protect those who committed serious crimes against Tamils. Citing the UN Internal Review Report on Sri Lanka, he said there were 70,000 casualties in the first six months of the war and quoted former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who had listed Sri Lanka along with Bosnia, Burma, Congo and Sudan where rape was used a tactic of war. The unitary Lankan State and judiciary were not ethnically neutral and most of the crimes were perpetrated by the State apparatus. The island judiciary was always subservient to political leadership when it came to abuses against Tamils. Even under a Tamil Chief Justice, no prosecution was ever brought against anyone for the mass killings of Tamils in 1983, he added.TGTE Senator Saraswathi, Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader T Velmurugan, DVK president ‘Kolathur’ Mani and Tamil nationalist leader Thiagu were present on the occasion. Launching a signature campaign to press for a trial by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Prime Minister V Rudrakumaran on Wednesday said active support of the people of Tamil Nadu was crucial for generating international opinion to render justice to the Sri Lankan Tamils, the New Indian Express reported.Inaugurating the campaign in Chennai through skype, he urged the United Nations to refer the genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils to the ICC or establish a similar credible international judicial mechanism for investigation and prosecution of the war crimes and genocide. Listing out the reasons for an international investigation, the TGTE Prime Minister said “Even though the President has changed, the political environment vis-a-vis Tamils has not changed. Several former military personnel, including the military commander at the end of the war General Sarath Fonseka are in senior positions in the current government. The fact that the military apparatus is still intact and the militarisation of the north east continues to perpetuate fear among Tamils and had a deep impact on day to day activities. Therefore, it is unlikely that victims and witnesses will be truly independent before a domestic or hybrid tribunal”.Besides, President Sirisena has served as Defence Minister during the end of the war, when large number of Tamils were killed and Sri Lanka did not have criminal provisions for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. read more

LONDON — With Boris Johnson confirmed as the next leader of the Conservative Party and British prime minister, the outlook for the British economy has certainly become murkier — and potentially more perilous.Johnson’s comprehensive victory over Jeremy Hunt has made it more likely that Britain could leave the European Union on Halloween without a withdrawal agreement, a prospect that even the most ardent Brexit believers concede would be disruptive in the short-term before any benefits start to manifest.Most economists think a so-called “no-deal” Brexit will be a lot worse than that.Pan Pylas, The Associated Press read more

by James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2016 10:35 am MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2016 file photo, More than a thousand people gather at an encampment near North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The sprawling encampment that’s a protest against the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline has most everything it needs to be self-sustaining _ except a federal permit to be there. The camp near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers in North Dakota is on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land. (AP Photo/James MacPherson) Feds say they won’t evict sprawling pipeline protest camp BISMARCK, N.D. – The sprawling encampment that’s a living protest against the four-state Dakota Access pipeline has most everything it needs to be self-sustaining — food, firewood, fresh water and shelter. Everything, that is, except permission to be on the federal land in North Dakota.Federal officials say they won’t evict the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires camp, due to free speech reasons, even though it’s on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers that many Native Americans believe is still rightfully owned by the Standing Rock Sioux under a nearly 150-year-old treaty.“We’re not leaving until we defeat this big black snake,” camp spokesman Cody Hall said of the pipeline.But residents in the area have expressed feeling unsafe and frustrated with how the protest has swelled to scores of self-described “water protectors” who have joined the tribe’s fight, and Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer — North Dakota’s lone voice in the House — says the camp is illegal. He blames the agency for looking the other way.“If that camp was full of people advocating for fossil fuels, they would have been removed by now,” Cramer said. “There is some discretionary enforcement going on.”The camp is the overflow from smaller private and permitted protest sites nearby and began growing in August. The gathering has been called the largest gathering of Native American tribes in a century, all there to protest Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which tribal officials believe threatens sacred sites and a river that’s a source of water for millions.Corps spokeswoman Eileen Williamson said the agency is “encouraging” people to relocate to areas where there is a permit, such as a nearby smaller camp where demonstrators have been allowed to legally protest on federal lands managed by the agency.“We don’t have the physical ability to go out and evict people — it gives the appearance of not protecting free speech,” she said. “Our hands are really tied.”Cramer believes the “bigger problem” of the camp is “the illegal activity that may be orchestrated from there” — meaning a base to launch interference with pipeline construction miles away. About 95 people have been arrested in several pipeline protests — some as far as 70 miles away from the camp — since early August, but none at the camp itself. Protesters deny state officials’ charge, with Hall saying the camp promotes “peaceful” protest.“People don’t leave from the camp with malicious intent to do harm,” Hall said. “There are always going to be a few bad eggs in any group you can’t get the message to.”Ranchers and farmers in the area are wary of the growing number of protesters and are fearful of damage to their fields and pastures, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said.“We’ve had several reports of people down there getting stopped on the road and being intimidated to hay that has been stolen to grazing animals without permission,” he said.Matthew Rebenitsch, who has a ranch just a few miles from the encampment, said he and his neighbours worry about talking publicly about the situation.“To be honest, no one around here wants to say anything because we’re afraid they will come and threaten us,” he said. “I’ll say this, every rancher around here is packing and people are locking their doors — and no one has ever locked a door in their entire life.”Republican state Rep. James Schmidt, who also farms and ranches nearby, said he and his neighbours are more cautious.“I’m starting to see a lot more guns in the back of pickup trucks. All it is going to take is one incident and emotions are going to overtake the situation,” he said.Complicating the issue is a grazing lease on that land. The renter, David Meyer, is responsible for the condition of the land. He could enforce his lease and have people removed, Williamson said, but hasn’t requested any intervention. Meyer recently sold part of his historic Cannonball Ranch to Energy Transfer Partners for an undisclosed price; he hasn’t returned telephone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.The Standing Rock Sioux has challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits for the pipeline that is intended to carry North Dakota oil to Illinois. Due to a federal court decision, construction has stopped within 20 miles on either side of Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir that is near the encampment. The Departments of Justice, Army and Interior also has said it will “reconsider any of its previous decisions” on land that borders or is under the lake.Hall, a member of South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, said the Sioux “never ceded” the land on which they’re camping. He said they are preparing to stay through the winter by stockpiling firewood, heating stoves and warmer clothes. But there’ll be no permanent structures built, Hall said.“We will leave this camp as we found it,” he said. read more

Universities making unconditional offers may be breaking the law by “pressure selling”’ to students, the higher education watchdog has warned.The number of unconditional offers has risen sharply in recent years, with students now 30 times more likely to receive one than five years ago.Fierce competition between universities to attract students has seen sixth form pupils increasingly offered places regardless of their exam results. Some institutions hand out “incentivised” offers, where they tell students that their offer will be unconditional but only if they accept it as their first choice university.Now the Office for Students (OfS) has warned that applying “psychological pressure” or “creating an impression of urgency” in decision making could be a potential breach of consumer protection law.It comes as the regulator publishes a report that examines the impact of unconditional offers on students’ decision making.  It found that applicants who accept an unconditional offer are more likely to miss their predicted A-level grades by two or more grades.Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the OfS, said: “We are concerned about the rapid rise in unconditional offers, particularly those with strings attached which are akin to pressure selling.”It is plainly not in students’ interests to push them to accept an offer that may not be their best option.”  Ms Dandridge said that universities should not be putting their own interests before that of students, who should be encouraged to make an informed decision about which offer to accept. A-level results day: Critics warn that unconditional offers mean students take their “foot off the pedal”Credit:JAMES SPEAKMAN / MERCURY PRESS  “If we identify cases where unconditional offers are having an obvious negative impact on students’ choices or outcomes, we are of course prepared to intervene,” she said.  Under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, “aggressive” selling tactics are banned, which includes a seller exerting “undue influence” on a consumer by psychological means.According to the regulations, “undue influence means exploiting a position of power in relation to the consumer so as to apply pressure, even without using or threatening to use physical force, in a way which significantly limits the consumer’s ability to make an informed decision”.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said that the steep rise in unconditional offers is “disturbing” and should not be used as a tactic to “get students through the door”.He added: “What I find particularly concerning is the OfS’s finding of how many of those accepting unconditional offers then miss their predicted A Level grades, because if university didn’t work out for that student it is those A Level grades they would fall back on.  “That’s why I am urging universities to use their offers responsibly and not just use unconditional offers to get students through the door.”  David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, said that schools have been increasingly concerned about the impact unconditional offers have on student motivation and achievement.  “Colleges and schools are dealing with the unintended consequence of the practice as students worry less about their grades and so take their foot off the gas,” he said. “The OfS consultation will need to address potential solutions to drastically reduce or even rule-out this practice.”  A spokeswoman for Universities UK said: “We will explore with Ucas if there is more we can do as a sector to promote good practice and ensure the admissions system continues to work in the best interests of students.”We will also engage with the Office for Students as it consults with the higher education sector on its work to develop principles for an admissions system that serves the interests of students.” A-level results day: Critics warn that unconditional offers mean students take their "foot off the pedal" Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgBritain’s coal producers have tabled a five-point plan that they say “will give the nation’s electricity users cheaper, reliable and sustainable power supplies whilst safeguarding jobs, stimulating investment and reducing energy imports.” The Confederation of UK Coal Producers (CoalPro) says current Government White Paper plans for decarbonised electricity “catastrophically fail the affordability test, fail the low carbon test and comprehensively fail to meet the security of supply test.”In a New Year message to energy industry policy makers, David Brewer, Director General of the Wakefield-based organisation which represents mining and supply companies in England, Scotland and Wales says: “The current White Paper policy measures fail to meet the Government’s own criteria in every respect. Our future electricity supply will not be affordable because customers will have to fund windfall gains for existing gas and nuclear generators and pay high prices for electricity and imported gas. It will not be low-carbon because it will lead to long-term lock-in of high carbon emissions from unabated gas. It will not be secure because it will be excessively dependent on imported gas, especially at peak periods, and lead to a reduction in indigenous coal production.”Coal currently provides 30% of the UK’s electricity, a proportion which rises to 50% or more at peak periods in winter. Coal output in the UK is increasing and is an industry worth over £1 billion a year to the UK economy. Market uncertainties resulting from Government policy measures risk the ongoing investment needed to maintain this growth with consequent premature closure of mining capacity.Says Brewer: “Coal has for many years been a cornerstone of Britain’s electricity supply and can remain so, more cleanly and reliably, if changes are made to evolving energy policy. Britain can reduce its dependence on both imported coal and gas by putting in place policy measures which will encourage long-term investment in new capacity which will provide the nation with reliable, sustainable and cheaper supplies than relying on expensive imported gas.“We support the Government’s commitment for secure, low-carbon and affordable electricity, and we are not opposed to the development of other forms of energy. That is why we are recommending policy changes which will ensure an ongoing role for coal and reduce the nation’s exposure to supply and price risks.”Measures being proposed by the coal industry include:Rapid implementation of the carbon-capture demonstration programA review of Carbon Price Support, a tax on the carbon content of fuels used for electricity generation. It will unreasonably incentivise gas and in the first three years alone, will cost consumers £3.2 billion. It will adversely affect the competitiveness of UK industry and is a tax on jobsTime-limited relief from carbon price support on the unabated proportion of plants investing in carbon captureA clearly stated requirement for the progressive retrofit of carbon-capture plant at gas-fired power stations to an early defined timescaleA clear signal that capacity payments, intended to ensure sufficient generating capacity is available to meet demand during the transition to low-carbon electricity generation, will be available to existing coal-fired plant through the mid 2020s.Brewer adds: “Unless the government acts quickly, electricity consumers will be locked in to getting their power supplies from high carbon gas-fired stations, intermittent wind and inflexible nuclear power. With a more level playing field, we can continue the progress in reducing emissions without it costing the earth for power users.”last_img read more

first_imgPhoenix International Communications has designs on helping webOS rise from the ashes. While its long-term goals include launching an actual device at some point, right now the group is doing its level best to bring the OS to existing devices. Phoenix’ plans aren’t what you’d expect. Instead of building a ROM that you can flash to a phone like the Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S — or even to the unfortunately orphaned HP TouchPad —  Phoenix is developing webOS as an Android app.The current version of the app(erating system?) is painfully slow, but that’s understandable given the craziness that’s taking place. Clearly when you’re attempting to roll an entire mobile OS into an .APK it’s going to take a little time to get performance up to an acceptable level. Hardware acceleration support is currently lacking, and that will make a huge difference once Phoenix sorts it out. As slow as webOS runs on the Nexus S in this form, it’s still amazing to see everything from the on-screen keyboard to the web browser to the humble calculator running as apps inside an app on top of an entirely different operating system.In the near future, you’re going to have a number of different ways to play with webOS. If you’re growing impatient waiting for LG to release its rumored webOS-powered smart TV and you’re not a fan of running operating systems from live CDs, then Phoenix’ OS-as-an-app could be just the ticket. It’s the way Xzibit would want things, too.More at webOS Nation and Liliputinglast_img read more

first_imgTv celebs on HoliPR HandoutAs and when the festival of Holi arrives, there is an incredible zeal of celebration in the hearts of the people. Whole of India gets into a celebratory mood, wishing their near and dear ones. Holi is the festival of color and joy. It is the day when the colors diminish all the discriminations of caste and creed in society.The colors of Holi also bring the spirit of joy, passion and enthusiasm. It is a festival to celebrate the divine love of Radha and Krishna as well as the commemoration of the fact that ‘Goodness always triumphs over evil”.On the occasion of Holi, some television stars expressed their views and emotions associated with the festival of colour. They said this festival sends out a special message of unity. There is an eternal meaning of Holi beyond the ‘color play’ and ‘grand feasts’, they opined.Here is what various TV stars said on the occasion of Holi:Romil Chaudhary: Holi is a time to reach out with the colors of joy. It is the time to love and forgive. It is the time to express the happiness of being loved and to be loved through colors.Tejasswi Prakash : Holi is the apt time to break the ice, renew relationships and link yourself with those that you wanted to with a bit of color.Adnan Khan : Holi is the festival to burn all negativity and bring positivity in life.Helly Shah : Holi is a special day of the year to enjoy and spend time with those who are close to our hearts.Kunal Jaisingh: Enjoy the harmony with colors on Holi and the rest of the days with the colors of love.Shubhangi Atre : Dipped in hues of love and trust, the festival of Holi has come. And that’s why the festival of Holi is very special among other occasions.Pearl V Puri : Holi is not only about colors and sweets. It reminds of the divine and eternal love of Krishna and Radha. It also reminds one of Narashima, Prahlada and Hiranyakashyapa and thus the fact that truth and humanity are invincible forces in the universe.Roop Durgapal : Holi is the day to express love with colors. It is a time to show affection. All the colors that are on you are of love.Manish Goplani : Holi is the day to let the colors shower love, which dewells in our hearts.Devoleena Bhattacharya : A true and caring relation doesn’t have to speak loud, a soft message is just enough to express the heartiest feelings. Enjoy the festival of Holi with lot of fun.Zebby Singh : Holi is a great time for celebrating the colors of our beautiful relationships, and all the bright hues of life with colors.Mahika Sharma : God gifted us all the colors of life, colors of joy, colors of happiness, colors of friendship, colors of love and all other colors we want to paint our life with as the occasion of Holi.Anuj Kohli : Bright colors, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and melodious songs are the ingredients of perfect Holi. It also reminds us to share positivity and avoid negativity.Arshi Khan : The colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness. Hence, the festival is reminds of humanity.last_img read more

first_imgBSE closes points 31.12 down on Dec 153.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 31.12 down on Dec 153.2K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 31.12 points down to stand at 27,319.56. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 4.50 points down to stand at 8,219.60. MMTC and Sunrise Asian Limited were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.41% and 9.86% along with ATUL and JPINFRATEC with an increase of 8.26% and 7.73% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and JETAIRWAYS with a decrease 9.18% and 7.19% along with PIPAVAV DEFENCE AND OFFSHORE ENG LTD. and ABAN OFFSHORE LTD. with a decrease of 6.02% and 5.55% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 70.52 points at 18,603.98 while the banking sector is up 73.08 points at 21,048.29 and the reality sector is down 32.94 points at 1,557.43. The Indian currency is up 1.02% at Rs 62.92 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 31.12 points down to stand at 27,319.56. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 4.50 points down to stand at 8,219.60. MMTC and Sunrise Asian Limited were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.41% and 9.86% along with ATUL and JPINFRATEC with an increase of 8.26% and 7.73% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and JETAIRWAYS with a decrease 9.18% and 7.19% along with PIPAVAV DEFENCE AND OFFSHORE ENG LTD. and ABAN OFFSHORE LTD. with a decrease of 6.02% and 5.55% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 70.52 points at 18,603.98 while the banking sector is up 73.08 points at 21,048.29 and the reality sector is down 32.94 points at 1,557.43. The Indian currency is up 1.02% at Rs 62.92 per dollar.last_img read more

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo brothers were killed in what law enforcers called a gunfight with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Banshkhali upazila of Chattogram on Friday.The deceased were Md Jafar Prokash, 48, and his brother Khalilur, 45, sons of late Joynal Abedin of Saral union.Assistant director of RAB-7 ASP Maskur Rahman said acting on a tip-off they conducted a drive in Saran union around noon.”Criminals opened fire as soon as the RAB team reached the spot,” he said. “RAB also returned fire, killing the duo on the spot.”A foreign pistol, seven other firearms, and a large number of bullets were recovered from the spot, he added.ASP Rahman claimed Jafar is accused in 33 cases and his brother Khalilur was also accused in eight cases.last_img read more

first_imgA pro same-sex marriage candidate just won the presidency in Costa RicaCosta Rica’s Supreme Court rules marriage equality must be law by 2020Gay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/costa-rica-votes-new-president-amid-tension-lgbti-rights/ Costa Ricans are voting for a new president Sunday, 4 February amidst the debate over same-sex marriage.The leading candidates in the presidential race are avidly anti-LGBTI and oppose the expansion of gay rights that has been happening in Latin America as of late. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Conservative Juan Diego Castor came in a close second in a recent poll. Castor, a former justice minister, is running on an anti-crime platform and is also pushing for less regulation on miners and oil companies.Of the more liberal candidates is Carlos Alvarado, former labor minister in the outgoing government of President Luis Gillermao Solis.The outgoing governmentSolis, a former diplomat and history professor, won in a landslide four years ago. However, he is barred from seeking a second term due to an investigation into a peddling scandal he’s said to be involved in.Solis gained international attention after flying a rainbow flag, along with the Costa Rican flag, above his office after giving a statement against homophobia.Anything else?Costa Rica’s 3.3 million residents are predominantly Roman Catholic and most consider themselves conservative.If no candidate receives at least 40% of the 4 February vote, a runoff election with the top two candidates will happen in early April.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The candidatesOne candidate is Fabricio Alvarado, a conservative Christian singer and TV personality. He made his way to the top of the polls after speaking out against January’s human rights court ruling that granted same-sex marriage rights to LGBTI couples.Alvarado, 43, called the ruling ‘a violation of the country’s sovereignty and an affront to traditional values.’‘We have to stand up to those who want to trample on the family,’ he said at the campaign’s last debate.Another candidate is Antonio Alvarez, a banana entrepreneur and member of the National Liberation Party. While he personally opposes the same-sex marriage ruling, he has claimed that he’d respect it should he win the election.last_img read more

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Egypt:The 50-year-old, bespectacled Naglaa Ali Mahmoud, also known as Umm Ahmed, is a longtime Muslim Brotherhood member along with her husband, Egypt’s newly elected Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. She has a high school diploma and once worked in the United States as translator. The mother of five does not dress in the coiffed and polished style of Egyptian first ladies before her, instead donning a long, traditional headscarf and black abaya, or robe, worn by many women in Egypt’s impoverished villages and towns. She told The Associated Press she does not want to be called “first lady,” rather Egypt’s “first servant.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Qatar:Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser is the most prominent of the three wives of the Emir of Qatar. The university educated Sheikha Moza has been ranked by Forbes magazine among the world’s 100 most powerful women. She is believed to have influenced policies through the Qatar Foundation, which she heads. The 52-year-old is mother of seven children. Rated in Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List last year, Sheikha Moza is widely known for her elegance and expensive custom-made designer clothes. While she covers her hair with a turban in line with Islamic custom, her form-hugging dresses and lavish jewels stand out among the black robes worn by many women in Gulf Arab countries.Jordan:Queen Rania, born to Palestinian parents in Kuwait and educated at the American University in Cairo, is mother of four children with King Abdullah II of Jordan. She is active on Twitter and has her own YouTube channel to raise awareness about education and other social issues. She has written a children’s book to promote cross-cultural dialogue. The 42-year-old is considered one of the world’s most attractive women, according to Harper’s and Queens magazine. Her Western, high-end style has landed her among the world’s best dressed women. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis (AP) – A look at the Middle East’s most notable “first wives.”Syria:The 36-year-old, university educated Asma Assad is the British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad. She was born to a prominent Syrian family and grew up in the affluent west London suburbs. Before the uprising that erupted in Syria last year, her image as an attractive and sophisticated woman helped boost Assad’s own as a modernizer. An article in Vogue in March, 2011, published just as protests began, hailed her as a “Rose in the Desert.” EU foreign ministers have since slapped sanctions on her, and she has been criticized for standing by Assad.last_img read more

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Q: What else will change under the USA Freedom Act?A: The new law gives private companies more leeway to publicly report information about the number of national security surveillance demands they receive. And it requires declassification of FISA Court opinions containing significant legal decisions, or a summary if declassification is not possible. That is designed to prevent secret interpretations such as the one that allowed bulk collection of U.S. phone records.Q: Does this legislation address the concerns raised by the disclosures of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden?A: It addresses the most controversial program he revealed, the domestic phone records collection. But it does nothing to affect another major Snowden revelation: the NSA’s collection of foreign Internet content from U.S. tech companies, a program that sweeps up lots of American communications. And it doesn’t address the bulk of Snowden disclosures about foreign intelligence gathering and the NSA’s attempts to exploit technology, such as encryption, for the benefit of U.S. intelligence.Q: Who are the political winners and losers coming out of this legislative fight?A: Winners include Obama, who proposed this idea more than a year ago to assuage public concerns about surveillance, and congressional Democrats, who backed it. Also coming out ahead are libertarian Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a presidential candidate who used Senate rules to box in his own party’s leaders. The biggest loser by any measure is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who opposed the USA Freedom Act and thought he could force the House to accept a last-minute extension of current law. But because of Paul and others, McConnell couldn’t make that happen. He then saw his proposed changes to the USA Freedom Act defeated.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act. It also overhauls the most controversial provision, which had been interpreted to allow bulk collection of U.S. phone records by the National Security Agency.Questions and answers about the bill the Senate passed on Tuesday and the House approved earlier: Q: What happens with the phone records collection?A: It will resume for six months, provided that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders phone companies to turn over the records and that no court stops it under various pending lawsuits. During that period, the NSA will seek to work with providers to come up with a way to quickly query their records against known terrorist phone numbers, pursuant to a court order. It will be able to collect data for all the numbers in contact with the suspect number, and all the numbers in contact with those numbers. So the NSA will still be rooting around in Americans’ phone records, but it won’t be collecting all of them.Q: What about the American calling records the NSA has been collecting for years?A: Obama administration officials have not said what they will do with those and whether they will continue to search them.Q: What about the other surveillance provisions that expired?A: The roving wiretap provision, which allows the FBI to eavesdrop on espionage and terror suspects who discard cell phones frequently, will go back into effect, as will the lone-wolf provision, which has never been used. The FBI will still be able to use Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect a variety of business records in national security investigations. But the new law requires the government to limit the scope of its collection, prohibiting it from grabbing, for example, all information relating to a particular service provider or area code. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. departs in an elevator after speaking at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, calling for the 28 classified pages of the 9-11 report to be declassified. Paul has been voicing his dissent in the Senate against a House bill backed by the president that would end the National Security Agency’s collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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