Saskatchewan evacuees settling into life away from home

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been almost a week since some of the people fleeing wildfires back home in La Ronge arrived in Cold Lake, Alta.After a chaotic first few days, the evacuees are now settling in to wait on news from back home.As Brandi Morin reports, they’re also getting some help from their neighbours.bmorin@aptn.calast_img

UN aid chief welcomes Swedish donation to crisis in Horn of Africa

9 December 2011The United Nations humanitarian chief today welcomed the announcement by Sweden, already one of the key donors to UN aid operations, of another $10 million in funding to help with the response to the crisis engulfing the Horn of Africa. Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, has spent the past two days in Sweden meeting with top officials to discuss the situation in the Horn of Africa and other humanitarian issues.Ms. Amos – who described the situation in the Horn of Africa as “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world” – noted that at least four million people continue to need urgent assistance in Somalia alone, with people also suffering in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya as a result of drought, famine and insecurity.“Sweden’s contribution is vital if we are to sustain the fragile progress made this year,” she said in a statement issued in Stockholm, the country’s capital.The donation will be used to help fund emergency food supplies, the provision of clean water and treatment for severely malnourished children.During her visit Ms. Amos met with Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation; several key parliamentarians; UN officials; Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, the Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA); and representatives of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that deal with humanitarian issues.Sweden, the second largest donor to both the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has contributed $123 million to the Horn of Africa crisis so far this year. read more

Ontario could ban real estate agents from representing both sellers and buyers

Ontario is proposing banning the practice of double ending, in which a real estate agent represents both a buyer and a seller in a transaction.The Liberal government announced its 16-point housing plan earlier this year, with centrepiece planks of a 15 per cent foreign buyer tax and expanded rent controls.Realtors’ internal numbers show Toronto home prices fell more than 6% in two weeksToronto home prices haven’t fallen yet, but a major market indicator says they will soonPercentage of foreign homebuyers has not fallen since tax: Charles SousaOntario new housing rules take a bite out of new construction numbers for countryAnother plank was reviewing the rules for real estate agents to ensure consumers are fairly represented.The government has now published several proposals for changes to real estate agent rules and penalties, and is seeking public consultation on them.One of the proposals is to ban — with some limited exceptions — salespeople from representing both the buyer and seller or more than one potential buyer in a trade.The government is also considering increasing the maximum fine for salespeople and brokers who violate a code of ethics from $25,000 to $50,000 and $100,000 for brokerages. read more

HIVAIDS playing key role in worsening southern Africas food crisis UN envoy

Speaking in Zambia, where he was continuing his tour of the six countries most-affected by the food crisis, James Morris said that the disease has eroded the country’s agricultural productivity by eliminating the able-bodied men and women who produce the nation’s food.While erratic weather has obviously contributed to the current food crisis in Zambia, HIV/AIDS was also clearly one of the key underlying factors in the depletion of human resources, he added.”HIV/AIDS is devastating Zambian society,” said Mr. Morris, who is also the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). “Tens of thousands of people have already died and many, many more are infected. One of the tragic consequences is a very rapid rise in the number of orphans, as well as households headed by children and elderly grandparents.”The UN estimates that 20 per cent of Zambia’s adult population is infected with HIV/AIDS.In July, the UN country team launched an appeal for $71 million to combat the humanitarian crisis in Zambia, but only $23 million has been received for the 2.3 million people at risk.Mr. Morris said today that his team held talks with Zambia’s Vice President and other key government officials to discuss how the UN agencies could continue to work closely with the country’s Government to tackle the growing food crisis.”Food shortages are becoming more and more critical in many parts of Zambia,” Mr. Morris said. “Other priority concerns include the improvement of water and sanitation, and additional medical support.” read more

Oil drops below US105 as Syria tensions ease another US budget battle

Oil drops below US$105 as Syria tensions ease, another US budget battle looms AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 20, 2013 5:10 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil fell more than one per cent Friday as fears of a disruption to Middle East supplies eased while concerns about a shutdown of the U.S. government grew stronger.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery dropped $1.72, or 1.4 per cent, to close at $104.67 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. For the week, oil was down US$3.54 a barrel, or 3.3 per cent, despite a 2.5 per cent increase on Wednesday when the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it would keep its stimulus policy in place.Progress in reaching a deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons helped put downward pressure on oil prices. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on the UN Security Council to back the U.S.-Russia deal, which has reduced the threat of a U.S. military strike.Fears of instability in the oil-rich Middle East were further allayed after reports signalled a return of more Libyan crude oil to the market. Production and exports have been sharply interrupted in the chaos following the overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.Finally, another budget battle loomed in Washington. Lawmakers need to agree to raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 1 to avoid a government shutdown, and a potential default on payments, including debt, later in the month.Concerns about a stalemate between Republicans and the White House also contributed to a down day on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than on per cent.“Until this situation is better defined, most institutions will be reluctant to press too hard on the buy side of anything,” wrote Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, in a note to clients.Brent crude, the benchmark for international crudes used by many U.S. refineries, gained 46 cents to US$109.22 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell one cent to US$2.68 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil was flat at $3 a gallon and natural gas fell three cents to US$3.69 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

GuineaBissau situation fragile after return to constitutional order UN envoy tells Security

Despite the efforts of Guinea-Bissau authorities, the situation remains fragile and the country still needs the support of the international community, the top United Nations envoy there told the Security Council today.“The return to constitutional order, as positive as it was, has not yet made it possible to address the root causes of instability in Guinea-Bissau,” said Miguel Trovoada, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the country as he briefed the Council on the latest developments. This means, he continued, that the political and social environment is characterized by a climate where hope for the future is tempered by uncertainty.Turning to a number of positive steps made by the Government, he said that with regard to the reform of the defense and security forces, the minister responsible for that sector had introduced new amendments to the law on the establishment of the special pension fund. She had also presented to the Prime Minister a list of eligible staff for demobilization or retirement.“In the month of January, the Minister of Justice led the review and validation of the proposed program of reform of the justice sector,” he continued. “Again, this is an important step towards the establishment of justice that is accessible, transparent and credible in Guinea-Bissau.”According to the Special Representative, the country would nevertheless continue to need support, including strengthening of democratic institutions, restructuring of the defense and security sector, strengthening of the judicial system, improving the functioning of public administration and increasing capacity to combat impunity and transnational crime.He said the Secretary General had recommended strengthening the good offices of his Special Representative. He added, however, that “the assistance provided by the international community in Guinea-Bissau cannot last forever.”“The challenges are enormous, numerous and complex, but they are not insurmountable. The consolidation of peace and stability in Guinea-Bissau, a prerequisite of development, requires joint efforts, patience and perseverance,” concluded Mr. Trovoada, who is also head of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). read more

Grad students praised for work at physiology conference

There was no shortage of Brock representation at last weekend’s Ontario Exercise Physiology (OEP) conference.More than 30 graduate students from the University’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS) travelled to Barrie, Ont., for the annual learning experience.“This year we had the second largest delegation of students at the conference,” said FAHS Associate Dean Nota Klentrou.Students were joined by faculty supervisors from the departments of Health Sciences and Kinesiology.The OEP conference provides Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology students the opportunity to gain valuable experience by showcasing their research findings and proposals through oral and poster presentations.Of those in attendance, 28 Brock graduate students delivered presentations and three undergraduate students presented posters of their research.Brock’s graduate students “presented polished scientific work and answered questions with confidence and strong arguments,” said Klentrou.She expressed pride in all of the students who participated and offered her congratulations to both the students and their supervisors. read more

TOP 25 REWIND No 7 Michigan builds impressive early resume

RALEIGH, N.C. — While Gonzaga and Duke have claimed headline-grabbing wins to start the season, seventh-ranked Michigan is racking up impressive victories of their own against ranked opponents.The Wolverines (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) earned a pair of double-digit home wins in the past week, beating No. 11 North Carolina by 17 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and No. 19 Purdue by 19 in Saturday’s league opener.And that followed a 27-point win against reigning national champion Villanova on Nov. 14 in a rematch of last year’s title game.It has come amid a shift in recent years to a more defensive focus within the program, which has gone right along with an efficient offence.“I’m very proud of them because it’s something we’re going to do whatever the score is,” Wolverines coach John Beilein said after Saturday’s win.Michigan ranks first in the country in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency as of Saturday night’s games, allowing an average of 87 points per 100 possessions. They also have proven adept at defending without drawing whistles, ranking among the nation’s best at avoiding fouls (13 per game) while keeping teams off the foul line with six of eight opponents shooting 13 or fewer free throws.They also rank 20th in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency at 113.6 points per 100 possessions, making the Wolverines a problem for opponents at either end of the court.Michigan has three double-digit scorers in 6-foot-7 freshman Ignas Brazdeikis (16.3 points), 6-6 senior Charles Matthews (14.6) and 6-5 sophomore Jordan Poole (11.5), while 7-1 junior Jon Teske (8.1) is a big man with some outside range — a notable quality of some of Beilein’s top teams like with Moe Wagner last year.“That’s an unbelievable 1-2 punch to have both of those qualities,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said of Michigan’s offensive-defensive balance.RANKED LOSERSTen teams from the AP Top 25 lost games as of Saturday night. That’s 40 per cent of the poll, creating space for plenty of movement in Monday’s new ranking.Ninth-ranked Michigan State, which lost to Louisville in overtime in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, was the highest-ranked team to lose. And one of the most surprising results was No. 17 Texas losing at home to Radford after returning to the poll last week for the first time since November 2016.OREGON’S STUMBLESTwo teams — No. 18 Oregon and No. 19 Purdue — each had two-loss weeks, though the quality of the opponents were very different.The Boilermakers lost at No. 15 Florida State before falling to Michigan. But the Ducks lost at home to Texas Southern in a major upset, falling to a team that was 1-4 and a 24-point underdog, and then fell at Houston after a bad first half that left them trailing by 19 at the break.Coach Dana Altman lamented his team’s rebounding and lack of physicality after the Texas Southern loss, which saw his team beaten 41-32 on the boards. The troubles have been particularly noteworthy when it comes to keeping opponents off the offensive glass; Oregon surrendered 23 offensive rebounds in the losses.“Our consistency in practice has not been there,” Altman said after the Texas Southern loss, and then followed after the Houston loss by saying: “We are not a very good basketball team, so we have a lot of work to do.”AT THE TOPNo. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Kansas each survived tests Saturday. The Bulldogs won at Creighton 103-92 while the Jayhawks held off Stanford 90-84 in overtime at home.___AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in Ann Arbor, Michigan, contributed to this report.___More AP college basketball: and Aaron Beard on Twitter at Beard, The Associated Press read more

Womens Hockey No 9 Ohio State tries to snap losing streak against

Ohio State freshman  forward Sara Saekkinen (25) drives the puck down the ice in their game against Minnesota on Jan 26. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s hockey team will travel to St. Cloud State this weekend where it hopes to snap a five-game losing streak and regain NCAA tournament positioning with a season sweep against the Huskies.Despite being in last place in the WCHA, St. Cloud State (8-18-2, 3-14 WCHA) lost by only one goal in its two previous 3-2 losses against the No. 9 Buckeyes (15-11, 9-9 WCHA) in Columbus on Nov. 2 and 3.“They have the two most superior goaltenders in the country,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “[Janine] Alder’s their backbone to their team.”St. Cloud State junior goalie Janine Alder has the highest save percentage in the WCHA at .940 and played for the Swiss national team in the past two Winter Olympics, receiving a bronze medal for her contributions in 2014.The Buckeyes have been outscored 30-10 during their five-game drought, putting them at odds against a goalie in Alder, who is coming off a season-high 50 saves against No. 1 Wisconsin.“We’ve been struggling to get the puck in the net,” Ohio State senior forward Madison Field said. “We don’t need to focus too much on their goalie. We know she’s a good goalie; our whole league has good goalies.”Only the top eight teams qualify for the NCAA tournament, which is often decided through the Pairwise rankings. Ohio State currently is tied for No. 8 in the league, which means it has the potential to be on the outside looking in, but Muzerall said she isn’t harping on it to her players.“We know that these two games are extremely important for us,” Muzerall said. “I’m not talking about it too much now because I think they know, and the pressure’s already weighing in on them.”Ohio State boasts a Swiss Olympic goalie of its own in freshman Andrea Braendli, who played alongside Alder in 2018, but has also given up 14 goals in her past seven periods.Muzerall said Braendli is expected to get back in the rhythm against a St. Cloud State offense that has put up just 1.93 goals per game on the season, tied for 11th fewest in the NCAA.“Hopefully that motivates Andrea that she’s going to be competing against her Swiss nemesis, as they are No. 1 and No. 2 in Switzerland,” Muzerall said.St. Cloud State sophomore goalie Emma Polusny has split games with Alder all year, with 13 starts on the season to Alder’s 15.In her freshman season, Polusny set single-season Huskies records with four shutouts and a 2.20 goals-against average to go along with a top 10 NCAA save percentage at .934. Despite having given up eight more goals than Alder in two fewer games this year, Polusny’s play has yielded better team results. Her 5-7-1 season record is favorable to Alder’s, which, at 3-11-1, gives her the lowest winning percentage in the WCHA.St. Cloud State jumped out to a 2-0 lead at Ohio State in their Nov. 2 matchup, before a pair of goals from Field and another from sophomore forward Emma Maltais gave the Buckeyes the ultimate edge. However, overcoming early deficits has not been Ohio State’s strong suit of late, having allowed single periods of four, five and six goals during its losing skid.Despite a 5-7 away record this season, Field said the Buckeyes enjoy playing on the road at St. Cloud State.“We do like playing on that Olympic-sized sheet,” Field said. “I think we can play that to our advantage. We can use our speed.”Ohio State junior forward Olivia Soares said the veterans are largely responsible for displaying a heightened intensity and sense of urgency at this late stage in the season.“For our newcomers, we’re trying to implement for them to understand that every weekend’s a playoff from now on,” Soares said. “It’s an important time to shift.”Game One begins at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with a 4:07 p.m. puck drop on Friday. read more

Private schools now taking out legal insurance for teachers amid rise in

Michael Charles, chief executive of Sinclairs Law which specialises in education, said that there is now a “greater propensity” for parents to involve lawyers when they fall out with their child’s school.“There is no doubt that as school fees rise, parents are becoming more and more willing to challenging schools that they feel have let them down,” he said.“The more expensive the school the more you expect them to provide. Those who have more funds are more willing to fight legal cases. But even where parents are less likely to have the funds there is also a trend”. Parents are more conscious of their rights, but often misunderstand them Private schools are now taking out legal insurance for teachers, amid a rise in parents calling in top law firms when their children are in trouble.  If a complaint to a housemaster or head of year about their child does not yield favourable results, wealthy parents are increasing turning to solicitors’ firms in an attempt to force the school’s hand.This can be terrifying for teachers as any kind of allegation against them can damage their career even if it turns out to be false, according to John Roberts, founder of Edapt which provides legal cover for school staff.“It is something you are more likely to see in independent schools where parents have the means to be able to do that,” Mr Roberts told The Sunday Telegraph.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––He said that instructing lawyers would not usually be a “first port of call” for parents, but tends to occur when they feel the school had not given them a satisfactory response.Edapt launched in 2012 as a membership organisations for teachers who pay a monthly subscription and can access up to £100,000 of legal costs.Two years ago it launched a new type of whole-school membership. “Now we have a number of schools – both independent schools and Multi Academy Trusts – taking out subscriptions for all their staff,” he told The Sunday Telegraph. Parents are more conscious of their rights, but often misunderstand them 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. The average cost of privately educating a child from age four to 18 is now £275,000, according to an analysis published this year by Fidelity. In 2018, the average cost of private school was £17,232 a year, a 3.4 per cent rise on 2017.Mr Charles said that parents are more conscious of their rights, but often misunderstand them so their attempts to pursue the school legally can be futile.He said that one of the biggest causes of a fall out between parents and private schools is payment of fees, in particular, paying for the notice period when a child moves schools. Parents sometimes get lawyers involved if their child is on the brink of being expelled and they want to come to an agreement with the school whereby they withdraw their child voluntarily.This would mean that the child’s school record need not state that they were expelled, which could have an impact on future school, university or job applications.Lord Lucas, a hereditary peer and owner of The Good Schools Guide, said that private schools are “by and large pretty well lawyered up” and are used to taking a “pragmatic approach” when dealing with parents. He said there is “always a danger” that wealthy parents will employ lawyers and “fight hard” against a school. “To have some kind of legal insurance for teachers is a sensible thing to do – lawsuits are an enormous distraction,” said Lord Lucas, an Old Etonian.  “Most independent schools are pretty good at writing contracts between the parent and the school, which covers the expectations each party has of the other, and in particular payment of fees. Our experience is that these days most are quite well written.” read more

BBC presenter Alice Roberts in battle with her mother over campaign against

Wendy said her daughter was “picking the wrong fight” and in her letter wrote: “Some humanists complaining about, and campaigning against, the ‘indoctrination’ of children in our church schools seem to be unaware that they are doing almost exactly that about which they are objecting.”Prof Roberts, who studied classics at A-level before switching to medicine, made her television debut in 2001 as a human bone specialist on Channel 4’s Time team.  She has presented a number of programmes for the BBC and written seven popular science books.  Like many non-religious parents, I had no choice – within the state system – but to send my children to a faith school. That’s the point.— Prof Alice Roberts (@theAliceRoberts) November 18, 2018 “This is the whole point of why Humanists UK’s schools campaign is so important and  why I feel so passionately about it – to make sure the situation my husband and I faced is not faced by other parents in the future.”On Twitter she denied being a hypocrite, pointing out “I had no choice” in where her children were educated.Humanists UK unveiled Professor Roberts as its new president a week a go and announced she would be steering its campaign against the state funding of faith schools. 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. Alice Roberts in a publicity photo for a BBC programme on King Arthur Prof Roberts, 45, an anatomist and professor of science at Birmingham University, declined to comment on her mother’s remarks but said in a statement issued to the Daily Telegraph: “We applied to the only two non-religious state schools in our area but didn’t get in. The only other state schools were religious so, like hundreds of thousands of parents, we had no choice other than of a faith school.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– The BBC presenter and academic Alice Roberts is embroiled in a “battle” with her own mother over her “antagonistic” campaign to end state funding of religious schools.Professor Roberts’ mother Wendy, a retired teacher, took the highly unusual step of going public in her criticism of the presenter and scientist. In a letter to a national newspaper, Wendy, who taught in church schools, wrote that such schools “have been and still are a most benign benefit” and said that she was “embarrassed” and “upset” by her daughter’s campaign.Her daughter Alice, who presents the BBC documentary series Coast, is fronting the Humanists UK protest to end state funding of faith schools. Last night she defended  the campaign in the face of her mother’s objection and accusations of hypocrisy after it emerged her two children attend a Church of England primary school. The announcement prompted her mother to write a letter to the Sunday Times in protest. “I have not encountered anywhere undue ‘pushing’ of doctrine – rather the ‘pushing’ of Christian values,” wrote Wendy, “The emphasis is on educating the young to be aware of society, the promotion of care and selflessness.”Wendy said she and her husband, an aeronautical engineer and former church warden, said in a follow-up interview: “We believe the Christian way of bringing up children is a good benchmark.”Wendy said she had not discussed the campaign with her daughter, only learning of it in the Press. But she added: “I think we are on a battle,” adding: “I didn’t realise she was so antagonistic and I don’t really know why.” Alice Roberts in a publicity photo for a BBC programme on King Arthur Not hypocrisy. Like many non-religious parents, I had no choice but to send my children to a faith school. That’s the whole point.— Prof Alice Roberts (@theAliceRoberts) November 18, 2018 read more

What is PRISM and what the NSA spying scandal means for you

first_imgPerhaps while you’ve been outraged at the Xbox One’s newly revealed always-on and used games policies, you missed out on the news that the National Security Agency has been spying on everyone and everything since 2007. Surprise! Dubbed PRISM, the spy-on-everything program is a collaboration between the NSA, FBI, and just about every major tech company you love, hate, or love to hate.The original program’s ambition was to monitor and collect data from foreign sources that might pass through United States networks for one reason or another — not the worst-sounding goal. However, as leaked reports regarding the program revealed, the agency had access to just about any service the consumer public would use in these modern times. The program has access to a wide array of information from Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, Skype, AOL, and PalTalk (which is a video chat room service). The information includes everything you do on a daily basis, from sending emails and participating in chats, to monitoring stored videos and images, to your social networking information and basic electronic activity, such as a logging into and out of a network.The NSA getting access to these companies’ servers isn’t entirely convoluted or complex. According to the reports, Apple, for example, will be hit with orders from the Director of National Intelligence which demands access to its servers. Apple will comply, and the data from the servers goes through the FBI, which then hands the culled information over to the NSA.The only thing thing standing between the NSA and going through all of your information, is that an NSA agent has to be 51% sure you’re foreign.If you’re a reasonably seasoned user of modern technology, then there’s likely always a little voice in the back of your head that reminds you not to do sketchy things online, because someone, somewhere can see what you did. We’re so used to hearing that, for example, Facebook has access to everything on our computer if it wants, or if you uploaded a photo online a decade ago and quickly removed it, someone can still find it. So, we just kind of shrug and not think about it, and assume that Facebook — or the NSA in this case — has better things to do than read the GChat conversations we’ve had with coworkers regarding who’s cute in the office.If you don’t want to shrug and ignore PRISM, but also don’t want to have it suck up all of your time because you have better things to do than worry about a government program you likely can’t do much about, the Electronic Frontier Foundation made a very handy timeline just for you. The timeline doesn’t just cover PRISM, but is a timeline for domestic spying, dating as far back as 1791 when the Bill of Rights went into effect. The timeline quickly jumps to the time of the internet from there, because domestic spying — along with just about everything else — was made much easier with the advent of the internet.The EFF’s timeline is well-organized, and does allow the option for you to miss an entire day of work reading up on the NSA if you choose to click all of the related links. If not, you can get caught up on domestic spying rather easily, and go back to posting both your sensitive and superfluous information on the internet for the government to see.last_img read more

Humanity reaches a global milestone

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Seven billion people will call planet Earth home from this Monday. That is the projected date at which the number of people alive will pass the seven-billion milestone, according to a landmark study of global population pressures released overnight by the UN Population Fund. It charts a steadily growing population ballooning to more than 10 billion people by the end of the century. The vast bulk of the growth, to 9.3 billion, is expected to occur within 40 years. But it said only a small variation in fertility would see population reach more than 15 billion in 2100. The crush of humanity will place enormous pressures on water reserves, food production and the environment.last_img read more

Greece faces EU fine over hazardous waste

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The European Commission has asked the European Court of Justice to fine Greece for its failure to manage hazardous waste.Previously convicted by the court in 1999 for failing to comply with the EU’s landfill directive, Greece could pay 17.7 million euros in fines, plus a daily penalty of 8,096 euros until it solves the problem.The Commission has identified problems in four key areas: failure to record the amount of trash being produced, failure to treat about one third of hazardous waste which ends up in so-called temporary storage, lagging infrastructure such as waste treatment facilities, and insufficient monitoring.Greek industries produce 280,120 tons of hazardous waste a year. Another 7,000 tons comes from households and construction.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Le périnée ce grand inconnu des Français

first_imgLe périnée, ce grand inconnu des FrançaisFrance – Un sondage Tena/Ifop s’est intéressé à la connaissance qu’avaient les Français du périnée. Il ressort de cet enquête que cet ensemble de muscles et de fascias reste méconnu.Le périnée est un ensemble de fascias (tissus conjonctifs) et de muscles situé au niveau uro-génital. La tonicité de ces derniers peut se relâcher pendant la grossesse, la ménopause ou la pratique de certains sports et conduire à des fuites urinaires et même à une diminution du plaisir sexuel. Cependant, puisqu’il s’agit de muscles, on peut les faire travailler en suivant des techniques de rééducation et ainsi limiter les problèmes gênants.Le périnée et les FrançaisÀ lire aussiLa Nintendo Wii envahit les services de rééducation des hôpitauxUne grande majorité des Français connaît l’existence du périnée (92%) et sait qu’il joue un rôle important dans les fuites urinaires. Là où le bât blesse, c’est lorsque l’on évoque sa rééducation. Il s’avère alors que seules 39% des femmes savent qu’elle est possible. Elles sont heureusement mieux informées lorsqu’elles sont touchées par les fuites urinaires, puisque 68% d’entre elles connaissent alors les techniques de rééducation. Ces messieurs nagent quant à eux en majorité dans le flou le plus total, et ne sont que 23% à connaître la rééducation périnéale.Pour palier ce manque de connaissance, Tena propose aujourd’hui un livret d’information. Le 15 septembre 2010 à 12:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Reuniting families with community support

first_imgPrincess Taala (center, orange shirt), Crystal Stone (front left) and their family. (Hillman/KSKA)For most children who enter foster care, the ultimate goal is to reunite them with their families. But getting to that point takes a lot of work. Parents have to follow case plans set up by the Office of Children’s Services and meet requirements like getting substance abuse treatment.Parents also need to maintain relationships with their kids. And sometimes, that requires a little community support.Download AudioPrincess Taala entered the foster care system two and a half years ago. The 14-year-old says she was upset about it, but she understands why it happened.“There was some neglecting issues and physical abuse and emotional and verbal abuse. And I understood it wasn’t healthy for anyone to be in those kind of situations,” she recalls. “When I was little my dad abused my mom, so it was kind of a chain reaction.”Princess lounges on the couch of a large playroom filled with a mock stage, toys, books, food — anything that helps families interact. It’s a space run by a local Christian non-profit Beacon Hill to give foster kids a place to visit with their parents. Six other kids zip around Princess, asking her questions and some jumping on her lap. She keeps talking about a pretty rough topic, completely un-phased. No one in her first four foster homes would probably guess she could be so forthright.“In my other foster homes, I would never utter a word other than ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or ‘thank you.’ Just those simple answers.”Now she chats with her mom and her siblings and her new extended family, the Stones.“I would say there was an instant connection between the kids. It was really fun,” says Crystal Stone. She first met Princess when she started volunteering with Beacon Hill.Here’s the idea behind the organization: many families that get involved with OCS don’t have healthy support networks. No one intervenes when there is a crisis, and so the situation becomes unsafe for the kids. At Beacon Hill, they want to help parents build those networks so when they are reunited with their kids, they’re more likely to stay together. The Stones decided to volunteer with Beacon Hill just to befriend Princess and her family, but the relationship grew quickly because they had so much in common.“Music, our faith,” she lists. “Birthdays. Ages of the kids. Interests that the kids enjoy. Dance. I mean, a lot of it.”After about a year, Princess’s two youngest siblings were also taken away from their mom. Instead of them going to an unfamiliar foster family, they went to live with the Stones.Madison, the Stone’s oldest daughter, says the transition wasn’t always easy. “You don’t get a lot of attention. That’s for sure. Sometimes you like it cause they’re not always on you. But other times when you want help with things or you wanna talk, you kinda have to wait your turn.”But Crystal says they make it work by showing all of the kids love and making them feel like a giant family. But they also ensure that Princess’s siblings remember their mom. They put up photos of her and the older siblings. They sing songs about weekly visiting days.“You don’t want to talk bad about the other parent because that doesn’t help that child,” Crystal says. “That doesn’t build them up or help them feel secure. You want to be as fair as possible.”She’s interrupted by her son, Prince, Princess’s little brother. The five-year-old grabs onto Crystal for a kiss before running off to see his biological mom and plays with his two sets of siblings.The families are going through a transition. Princess and her 10-year-old sister are back with their mom, and Princess says she’s thrilled to be home.“It was fun,” she says of her first night back. “The first thing I did was grab all my stuff and put it in her room and spend the night with her because I haven’t cuddled with her in a long time.”The younger two, who live with the Stones, may have overnight visits with their mom and siblings soon. Crystal says she’s happy they’ll be reunited, but after more than a year together, it’s an emotional change for all of them.“So we just talk about it. ‘This is hard. This is good. These are the pros and the cons and this is how we’re gonna get through this.’”Both families say this will not be the end of their relationship because, as Princess says, they rely on each other.The Stones “help us in a lot of ways. They give my mom advice and they talk to her when she has no one to talk to. They’re like our second family.”Princess says during her time in foster care, she needed a strong, solid connection with her mother. But through her bond with the Stones and other caring adults, now she realizes that family extends beyond blood. It includes those who support and encourage you when you feel like no one else will.Fostering our Future is a five-part series. Listen to the other stories here:Part One – Number of foster kids at record high, case workers overloadedPart Two – Changing what it means to be a foster parentPart Four – Preventing child abuse through social networksPart Five – Protecting a villagelast_img read more

Macrodata rupee to fuel equity markets trajectory

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesFluctuations in the global crude oil prices, along with the rupee’s movement against the US dollar and the upcoming macroeconomic data points are expected to chart the course of the key Indian equity indices during the coming week.According to market observers, other factors such as the ongoing quarterly results season and the direction of foreign fund flows will also impact investor sentiments.”The fall in crude oil prices… should help to soothe the market and the INR sentiment,” Devendra Nevgi, Founder and Principal Partner, Delta Global Partners, told IANS.”The global situation on North Korea and the US-China trade spat would also be closely watched.”Lately, high crude oil prices and geopolitical developments have pushed the domestic fuel prices higher and weakened the Indian rupee.However, a reversal in the rupee’s trajectory was seen late last week as it strengthened by 23 paise to close at 67.78 against the US dollar. Even domestic fuel prices are expected to fall after the Brent crude cost eased to around $76 from $78 per barrel last Friday.Additionally, the direction of foreign fund flows will play a key role to determine the market movement. Last week’s provisional figures from the stock exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrips worth Rs 3,227.06 crore.Figures from the National Securities Depository (NSDL) revealed that foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) divested equities worth Rs 2,988.86 crore, or $438.81 million, in the week ended May 25.”Any negative emerging markets’ sentiment will adversely influence the Indian markets too. The domestic institutional investors have become the new anchors of the Indian markets given its matching net purchases to the net FPI sales,” Nevgi said.Besides, crucial data points on the country’s ‘Fiscal Deficit’, ‘Index of Eight Core Industries’ and the Q1 GDP growth rate will be keenly watched by the market participants.”Decelerating macro trends like increase in bond yield, rising inflation, INR depreciation and gap in current account deficit might impact market performance over the medium term,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.”This will lower the premium valuation of India…”Apart from the macro-data points, companies like L&T, NHPC, NMDC, NTPC, BHEL, BPCL, Coal India, Indian Overseas Bank and Mahindra & Mahindra are expected to announce their fourth quarter (Q4) earning results in the coming week.”Given the weakening macro scenario and likely inflationary pressure in coming months due to crude oil prices, direction of market is completely dependent upon the earnings trajectory of companies,” said SMC Investments and Advisors’ Chairman and Managing Director D.K. Aggarwal.”Going forward, unfavourable developments on the macroeconomic front may dent the confidence of the market participants.”On technical-charts, any further upsides in NSE Nifty 50 which has rallied for two consecutive sessions till last Friday are seen after the immediate resistance level of 10,628 points is crossed.”Technically, with the Nifty rallying for the second consecutive session on Friday, traders will need to watch if the recent gains can sustain early next week,” said Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research for HDFC Securities.”Further upsides are likely once the immediate resistance of 10,628 points is taken out. Crucial supports to watch for resumption of weakness is at 10,417 points.”Last week, both the key Indian equity indices — S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty 50 — made marginal gains on the back of attractive valuations, as well as a fall in global crude oil prices and appreciation in the Indian rupee.Consequently, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE rose by 76.57 points or 0.22 percent to close at 34,924.87 points on a weekly basis.Similarly, the wider Nifty50 of the NSE closed the week on a slightly positive note. It closed at 10,605.15 points — up 8.75 points or 0.08 percent.(Source: IANS)last_img read more

Tree falls onto electricity cable

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? A huge tree fell onto an electricity cable in Berea Road during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday).Motorists had to be careful when passing as the tree was partly on the road.The steady rainfall experienced last night could have been the cause of the tree falling.Nobody was injured.last_img read more

Escape to Asia with Club Med and Qantas exclusive packages

first_imgEscape to Asia with Club Med and Qantas’ exclusive packagesClub Med have partnered with Qantas to provide a limited-time package to help agents book their client’s a blissful Asia escape. Seamless from start to finish, the exclusive Air + Land package includes special flight fares and free airport transfers from SYD, MEL, BNE, PER and ADL, coupled with Club Med’s infamous all-inclusive package, to Club Med Bali and Club Med Bintan Island in tropical Indonesia. Packages for 7 nights start from $1,985 per adult for holidays between 1 May to 30 November 2019 and must be booked by 5 March, 2019.Your clients can escape to Asia aboard Australia’s most popular airline, and take advantage of Club Med’s premium all-inclusive package for the ultimate hassle-free escape while exploring the wonders of Asia. In addition to a comfortable room to rest their head, the all-inclusive package price includes gourmet meals and snacks with international delicacies and traditional local cuisine, premium open bar, wide selection of activities, entertainment and Kids Clubs, designed to take the hassle out of holidays allowing time for maximum relaxation.From the shores of Nusa Dua in Bali, perfect for an effortless family holiday, to a holistic wellness experience near Singapore on Bintan Island’s private beach, Club Med and Qantas let your clients explore it all with ease.Club Med X QANTAS Air + Land Package:Club Med Bali, IndonesiaClub Med Bali is a sanctuary for families and friends on the shores of Nusa Dua, set between fields of rice paddies and temples, with masses of space to unwind. Featuring traditional Balinese must-try experiences, Club Med Bali’s cultural highlights include Bahasa language lessons, Balinese ceremonies as well as arts and crafts*. For those with a passion for action, there’s surfing lessons* and white water rafting* or wind down with a walk through the resort’s botanical track. The contemporary design of the resort, inspired by local culture, is the perfect place to rejuvenate your body and soul.Return Qantas Economy flights to Bali + 7 nights all-inclusive at Club Med Bali in a Superior Room + transfers from $1,985 per adult and $1,290 per child for SYD and MEL only.Club Med Bintan Island, IndonesiaClub Med Bintan Island is the ultimate holistic wellness escape, a short ferry ride from Singapore. The resort offers a new fitness and yoga menu including Yoga Palapa, night trapeze and juice bar all located in the heart of a magnificent tropical park, surrounded by private white sandy beach.Return Qantas Economy flights to Singapore + 7 nights all-inclusive at Club Med Bali in a Superior Room + ferry tickets and transfers from $2,170 per adult and $1,410 per child for SYD, MEL, BNE, ADL. From $2,010 per adult and $1,280 per child for PER.TA RESOURCES & LINKSTravel Agents can find offer terms and conditions, sales resources and further information, on the Club Med Travel Agent Portal: book your client’s next Club Med holiday, please call 1800 258 263.Offer term and conditions: (1) Prices advertised per person based on travel 6 November 2019 for 7 nights stay twin share in a non-connecting Superior Room, for Adults (18+) and Children (4-11). Bali package includes return flights to Denpasar airport with Qantas from Sydney & Melbourne in economy Q class, transfers to Club Med Bali and stay at Club Med Bali. Bintan Island package includes return flights to Singapore with Qantas from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in economy O class, transfers to Singapore ferry terminal, Ferry ride to Bintan Island, transfers to Club Med Bintan Island and stay at Club Med Bintan Island. Qantas and Club Med promotion is valid for sale from 29th January to 5th March 2019. Minimum 7 nights consecutive stay required. Advertised correct at 18 January 2019. Offer valid for travel completed between 01 May and 20 June 2019, 25 July and 20 September 2019, 10 October and 30 November 2019. Surcharges may apply depending on day of travel. Children under 4 years can stay for free when sharing their parents’ room. Not valid for Group travel or in conjunction with any other offer. Offer valid for new bookings by Australian residents only, is subject to availability and may change without notice. Offer subject to quota per date of departure and to removal without notice once reached. All prices include airline taxes between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth to Singapore and Bali. *Kids Clubs from 4 years old to 17 years old are included in your package. Baby and Mini Club from 4 months old to 3 years old are an additional service at an extra fee. For full terms and conditions, visit = Club Medlast_img read more

Postmortem confirms womans death by drowning

first_imgThe cause of death of a 60-year-old woman found dead on the Xylofagou’s shores was asphyxiation as a result of drowning, a post-mortem carried out on Thursday revealed.Niki Christofidi, 60 from Lythrodontas had been on a boat with her husband, son and two relatives near the red cliffs in Xylofagou, when water started filling the boat causing it to eventually capsize.Her son and husband managed to swim to shore and her two relatives were rescued by a helicopter deployed to the scene at around 2.30pm after the joint rescue coordination centre received a distress call.Christofidi was washed up on the shore unconscious and was pronounced dead at the scene.Shipping Deputy Minister Natasa Pilides said a senior marine inspector had been appointed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident.The incident took place in the Dhekelia British Bases territory.According to deputy Dhekelia police chief Andreas Pitsillides, a pathologist from Greece examined the scene and carried out a post-mortem at the bases hospital in Akrotiri, Limassol.His findings showed Christofidi’s death was due to asphyxiation as a result of drowning. Lab tests will also be carried out.Pitsillides said the British bases would continue investigations and on Friday, they would try to retrieve the boat as the choppy waters and strong winds in the area on Thursday made it too difficult.You May LikeDefinithingHero See Dog Tied To Railroad Tracks And Knows He Needs To Act Fast – See His Timely RescueDefinithingUndoHealthZapHe Was Not Just A Janitor But A National HeroHealthZapUndoMoneyNing How to Find the Right Financial Advice for YouMoneyNing Undo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more