In the news today July 16

first_imgFour stories in the news for Monday, July 16———THE HAZARDS OF DIVERSIFYING AWAY FROM THE U.S.More Canadian companies are looking to diversify as increasingly tense trade relations with the United States have emphasized the need to compete globally. An Export Development Canada survey of 1,000 exporters suggests 64 per cent are planning to export to new countries, up from the below 50 per cent the proportion has generally hovered at for the past five years. But experts warn that the road to diversification can be slow and rocky.———HOW TO BUY CANADIAN AT THE GROCERY STORESome consumers are vowing to take their patriotism to the supermarket and buy only made-in-Canada products now that Ottawa has slapped tariffs on dozens of U.S. goods as part of the escalating trade war with our biggest trading partner. But avoiding American products on the tariff list is easier said than done, as many companies don’t clearly label where their products are made. The Canadian Press has some tips from retail experts about how to ensure products are home grown.———FIREARMS PANEL MEMBER CLEARED BY LOBBY CZARA federal watchdog has dismissed complaints that a mass-shooting survivor broke the rules by working with an advocacy group to lobby for gun policy changes while also serving on the Liberal government’s firearms advisory committee. Federal lobbying commissioner Nancy Belanger ruled that Nathalie Provost’s work on behalf of the group PolySeSouvient, which pushes for stricter gun control, did not breach lobbying laws because Provost is not paid by the group.———BANFF HOLDS BISON CEREMONY WITH INDIGENOUS ELDERSSeveral Indigenous elders are to be flown by helicopter into the backcountry of Banff National Park today for a blessing ceremony as officials prepare to let recently reintroduced bison roam free. The trip, organized by Parks Canada, is part of the overall plan to release the bison into a larger 1,200-square-kilometre reintroduction zone on the eastern slopes of the park later this summer. The animals had disappeared from the region before the park was created back in 1885.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball attends a Pride Week flag-raising ceremony in St. John’s.— Lt.-Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier takes command of the Canadian Army during a ceremony on Parliament Hill.— Canadian Real Estate Association expected to release June home sales results.— CUPE holds Toronto news conference on Premier Doug Ford government’s “back-to-work” legislation.— B.C. Premier John Horgan makes an announcement in Burnaby about workers.— Sentencing hearing in Surrey for former Vancouver detective James Fisher who pleaded guilty to breach of trust and sexual exploitation.———last_img read more

Calgary 2026 bid ball bounces to province feds ahead of plebiscite

first_imgCALGARY – The Canadian government supports a Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Games should the city go ahead. It has said so via the federal sports minister and social media.The government of Alberta’s tone is a more reserved wait-and-see.But Calgary’s potential bid hinges on how much money those two orders of government would be willing to contribute to hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.Canadian sports minister Kirsty Duncan told The Canadian Press she was pleased Calgary city council voted earlier this week to keep a bid alive.Sport Canada posted several tweets in recent days, and before the vote, reinforcing the federal government’s support for a bid if the city decides to do it.“Our government is pleased by the vote,” Duncan said Wednesday from Saskatoon in a phone interview.“Calgary is a world-class city. It’s got a proven track record of hosting major international games. Many of us, I’m certainly one of them, remember Calgary 1988 when it hosted the Winter Olympics.“It left a lasting legacy that I believe had benefited the city, the province and the country. We have supported the development of Calgary 2026 Winter Games bid from the very beginning.”The draft hosting plan presented to city council by the bid corporation Calgary 2026 asks that the city, province and federal government contribute a combined $3 billion in taxpayer dollars to the cost of running the games, which was estimated at $5.23 billion.How that $3 billion amount would be split has yet to be announced, but Calgarians will demand an answer prior to heading to the polls Nov. 13 for a plebiscite asking them if they want the games or not.It was the Alberta government that insisted on a plebiscite. The province is contributing $2 million to the cost of the vote.“Now that bidco has released those numbers we’re going to go through the due diligence of ensuring that the numbers are what they are,” Alberta tourism minister Ricardo Miranda said Wednesday in Edmonton.The minister said Calgarians will know what the province’s contribution to hosting would be at least 30 days prior to the plebiscite.“I never reveal numbers until I actually have a basic good understanding of what the position of others might be,” Miranda said.“I will say, however, that we are very much engaged and will continue to be (engaged) to ensure that we have the best deal and that it makes sense for Albertans.”In a letter to Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, Duncan said that as per the federal government’s policy for hosting international sporting events “we are committed to considering a contribution of up to 35 per cent of total event costs, and we will not exceed 50 per cent of the total public sector contributions to the event.”Calgary 2026 hopes that means a maximum contribution of $1.5 billion from the feds, but the minister would not commit to that figure Wednesday.“Canadians expect us to do our due diligence,” Duncan said. “There are many departments and agencies that will have to review the numbers and that’s what we’re focused on.“The citizens of Calgary will get to voice their opinions and we want to make sure Calgarians are behind the bid.”The deadline to submit a 2026 bid to the International Olympic Committee is Jan. 11. The successful host city will be announced Sept. 11, 2026.Meanwhile, a pair of economists question the bidco’s estimate of $7.4 billion in various economic benefits to the province should Calgary host the Winter Games.University of Calgary economist Trevor Tombe called that figure “dramatically overstated.”“We definitely shouldn’t be under the impression that the Games will generate economic benefits that exceed the costs,” he said.Concordia economics professor Moshe Lander says the projections of how much tourists will spend in the city during the games has to be offset by the number of Calgarians who leave town and take their dollars elsewhere “because the circus is coming.”“Clearly the people presenting the bid are not presenting a balanced picture,” Lander said. “They’re interested in presenting a picture that is supportive of hosting the Olympics.“The benefits are going to be overstated and to me, that is also a concern.”— Lauren Krugel and Dean Bennett contributed to this story.last_img read more

In the news today April 15

first_imgFive stories in the news for Monday, April 15———ONTARIO’S CARBON TAX COURT CHALLENGE GETS UNDERWAYOntario’s battle against Ottawa’s carbon tax gets underway in the province’s top court today. Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has denounced the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act as an illegal tax grab that will drive up the price of gasoline and heating fuel. The federal Liberal government, on the other hand, insists it is responding appropriately to an issue of national concern — climate change. The climate change law applies in provinces that have no carbon-pricing regimes of their own that meet national standards.———ALBERTA’S ELECTION CLASH OF TITANS FIZZLESAlberta’s election campaign promised a titanic clash of ideas and ideologies between two nationally known leaders, but delivered a burlesque of biting attacks and bozo eruptions — and a surprise guest appearance by the RCMP. Rachel Notley will make history Tuesday as either the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first-ever leader of an Alberta party that failed to win a renewed mandate on its first try. A win for Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives, as predicted by the polls, means a return to the right-centre for Alberta, its traditional home since the middle of the last century. ———1 DEAD, 1 IN HOSPITAL, 1 IN CUSTODY AFTER SHOOTING AT B.C. CHURCHA 25-year-old man is in custody following a shooting at a church in Salmon Arm, B.C., that left one person dead and sent another to hospital  Sunday morning. Local RCMP say the shooting happened during an event at the Church of Christ in the community about 100 kilometres north of Kelowna, and that investigators do not believe it was religiously motivated. Police also say the suspect knew at least one of his alleged victims.———INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S INQUIRY SEEKS RCMP FILESThe national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is fighting in court for access to two RCMP files the national police force is refusing to hand over. The inquiry is set to issue its long-awaited report in June, but says it wants the contested Mountie files to complete its work on one of the saddest chapters in Canada’s recent history. Little is publicly known about the two disputed files other than their titles: “Missing Person: Missing Indigenous Woman” and “Homicide: Murdered Indigenous Woman.”———FINAL REPORT EXPECTED ON N.S. ELECTORAL BOUNDARIESA commission looking to redraw Nova Scotia’s electoral map is expected to issue its final report today. In an interim report released in November the commission called for the restoration of four electoral districts aimed at improving representation for black and Acadian voters. The districts were eliminated in 2012, but the changes led to a successful court challenge by the province’s Acadian community. Today’s report follows a set of public consultations in January and February that presented four alternatives for consideration.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Bank of Canada to release its spring Business Outlook Survey and Senior Loan officer survey.— Canadian Real Estate Association expected to release March home sales results.— Small Business Minister Mary Ng announces in Toronto an investment in women entrepreneurs.— Annual conference of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health opens in Edmonton.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN humanitarian envoy begins weeklong visit to southern Africa in Malawi

The fourth trip by James T. Morris, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), to countries affected by the “triple threat” of food insecurity, weakened capacity for governance and AIDS also comes at a time when the $615 million UN Consolidated Appeal for southern Africa remains seriously under-funded, with only $327 million in confirmed donations so far. Funds for non-food items, such as medicines, healthcare, education, water and sanitation supplies, are desperately needed, with only 16 per cent of resources needed for these items having been raised. In addition to his stop in Malawi, Mr. Morris will meet with government officials, donor representatives and aid agencies in Mozambique, Swaziland and Namibia. He is not scheduled to visit Zimbabwe because officials from that country’s Government were unavailable for meetings. read more

Main UN economic forum closes highlevel segment with calls to bolster sustainable

Main UN economic forum closes high-level segment with calls to bolster sustainable development agenda“Your discussions this week have helped to outline how the forum can organize its work, keep track of progress and bolster implementation. Our success will depend on a firm political will to work together,” said Mr. Ban in hisclosing remarks to the Ministerial portion of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, under the auspices of ECOSOC.Earlier this week, Mr. Ban was in Oslo, Norway, where he took part in the release of the final scorecard on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are set to expire this year, before the adoption.“The world has made much progress over the past decade and a half. Extreme poverty and child mortality rates have been cut by more than half. More girls are in school. Fewer people are dying of killer diseases,” he highlighted.Reminding Member States that these critical advances “did not happen on their own,” the Secretary-General said that they required strong financial support, political leadership, and enormous efforts of people themselves – “from the leadership of governments to the actions and hard work of the poorest villager.”The MDGs have shown what is possible when the world comes together around common goals, he said. As the international community works to establish a new development agenda for the coming 15 years, “we know there is still a long way,” the Secretary-General acknowledged, saying that too many still suffer from chronic undernutrition and preventable diseases.“At the same time, the broader picture of progress largely excludes women, and those at the lowest rungs of the economic ladder – as well as those discriminated because of age, disability or ethnicity.” And meanwhile, inequality is growing – climate change threatens the planet – and conflicts are derailing hard-won progress, he added.Considering that ECOSOC is “the hub” for Member States and others to review progress, and to link the national, regional and global levels, Mr. Ban said the UN body demonstrated the value of bringing the system together to support implementation.“It has served as The Partnerships Forum and has helped focus efforts and enhance effectiveness, which is critical for delivering on the post-2015 development agenda,” he underlined.Travelling tomorrow to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the Third International Conference on Financing for Development will open Monday 13 July, he underscored the importance of achieving an ambitious agreement there.“By doing so, we can not only lay a framework for financing – but indeed, a framework for success as we look ahead to adopting the sustainable development goals in New York September – and governments making good on their commitment to approve a universal, meaningful climate agreement in Paris in December.”Speaking on behalf of the ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik, Council Vice-President Oh Joon also welcomed the fact that the High-level Segment has offered valuable policy guidance for the transition from the MDGs to a “transformative, unified and universal post-2015 development agenda.”“This transition will be a historic opportunity to advance prosperity for people and preservation of the planet. We must be ready to meet the full requirements of the new agenda,” he said.“Through ECOSOC, Member States and others have emphasized the need to coordinate action to address the mounting global challenges; strengthen multilateralism, UN leadership and multi-stakeholder engagement to find common solutions; and manage global policy integration and coherence requirements.”The High-level Segment as a whole, he said, made significant contributions to the collective efforts to pave way for implementing the new agenda.“We have an important task before us. In the post-2015 era, we must mobilize our common resources, energy and vision to confront challenges – the fate of humanity and the planet. We have a shared responsibility to do so.” read more

British watersports instructor dies while snorkelling in Greece

first_imgA statement from Eastbourne College said its community was “deeply saddened” by his death. “Our thoughts are with his family at this incredibly sad time.”The college and CCF (Combined Cadet Force) flags will fly at half-mast at the beginning of next term.”His parents and sister have asked us to let the college community know and to advise that further details about arrangements will follow in due course.”Tributes were paid to Mr Byatt on his memorial Facebook page, describing him as a “beloved son, brother and friend”.A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who died in Zakynthos, Greece and are in contact with the local authorities.” A 19-year-old British snorkelling instructor has died while swimming underwater off the Greek island of ZakynthosHarry Byatt, a former pupil at Eastbourne College, failed to surface after diving into the sea, his employers said.He had been as an instructor at the Peligoni Club, the BBC reported. Staff at the club raised the alarm five minutes after he started swimming using a monofin and a mask.CPR was administered on the rescue boat after Mr Buatt had been found unconscious, but doctors and paramedics were unable to resuscitate him. Harry Byatt, 19, died while snorkelling off ZakynthosCredit:Facebook 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. Harry Byatt, 19, died while snorkelling off Zakynthoslast_img read more

British mother faces jail in Dubai for calling exhusband an idiot in

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 offending Facebook posts, published in 2016Credit:Detained in Dubai The offending Facebook posts, published in 2016 The Foreign Office said it was supporting the mother-of-one, who is the first British woman known to have been arrested for posting offensive content on social media from outside the UAE.Ms Sharavesh was married to her Portuguese husband Pedro Manuel Coreia Dos Santos for 18 years. They had one daughter together, called Paris.The couple lived in Dubai for eight months, during which time she worked for HSBC. Ms Sharavesh and Paris returned to London several years ago, but her husband did not follow and the two eventually divorced.It is claimed the first she knew of his new marriage was when she opened Facebook and saw pictures of Mr Dos Santos and his bride. Flushed with anger, Ms Sharavesh allegedly wrote in Farsi: “I hope you go under the ground you idiot. Damn you. You left me for this horse.” A British mother is facing jail in Dubai after branding her ex-husband an “idiot” and his new wife a “horse” on Facebook, campaigners say.Laleh Sharavesh, 55, lives in London but was detained by authorities in the United Arab Emirates last month when she attempted to attend the funeral of her former partner.Her arrest stemmed from two Facebook comments she made on pictures of her husband re-marrying in 2016, which his new wife sent to police, according to Campaign group Detained in Dubai.She had been in Britain when she posted the comments, but her ex-husband and his wife were living in Dubai.Under the cybercrime laws of the desert kingdom, someone can be jailed for making defamatory comments online, even if they were not in the country at the time.It means Ms Sharavesh could now face a jail sentence of up to two years and a fine of £50,000, the campaign group said.She has been forced to remain in Dubai in a hotel as she awaits a court appearance, losing her job and plunging into debt in the process, it is claimed.Her passport has also been confiscated and her 14-year-old daughter had to fly home by herself. She said: “I am not allowed to leave Dubai. I have been to court once, where I was not allowed to defend myself. And a police station where we were kept waiting for 12 hours without any progress.“I am terrified. I can’t sleep or eat. I have gone down two dress sizes because of the stress.“My daughter cries herself to sleep every night. We are so close, especially since her father left us and we only have each other. It breaks my heart to be kept apart from her.” read more

Joint venture between Metso and LiuGong will develop the Chinese trackmounted crushing

first_imgMetso and Guangxi Liugong Group have obtained all necessary approvals from the Chinese authorities and the 50%-50% joint venture between the two companies has been officially established. Headquartered in Shanghai, Liugong Metso Construction Equipment, will combine Metso’s know-how in track-mounted crushing and screening business and technology with LiuGong’s extensive distribution resources (~900 customer service locations in China) and manufacturing capabilities in China.The initial scope of the joint venture will cover the design and manufacture of localised versions of Metso’s Lokotrack mobile crushers and screens, first of which is expected to be launched during the first half of 2014. The products, whose range may be further expanded in the future, will be sold under dual branding: LiuGong Metso. The joint venture will also promote Metso’s global track-mounted crushing and screening equipment in China. The value of the investment made in the new company will not be disclosed.“The joint venture enables the capture of a significant market share of the fast growing mobile crushing and screening market in China. Our target is to build a market driven technology offering and the joint venture with LiuGong is a major step towards this direction. Together with the acquisitions of the steel foundry in Quzhou City and Shaorui Heavy Industries, announced last year, the joint venture significantly strengthen our supply capabilities for mining and construction industries in China.” states João Ney Colagrossi, President, Mining and Construction, Metso.Today, Metso has a strong and well-established presence in China. Metso’s over 1,500 employees in China address local customer needs in all Metso’s key customer industries, and support the sustainable development of China’s industries and infrastructure.Founded in 1958 in Liuzhou, China, LiuGong is the largest wheel loader manufacturer in the world. LiuGong offers a full line of machines, including wheel loaders, bulldozers, backhoes, skid steers, forklifts, graders, excavators, rollers and truck-mounted cranes. The company owns facilities in, among other locations, Liuzhou, Tianjin, Shanghai, Changzhou, Zhenjiang, Jiangyin and Bengbu.last_img read more

Kutcho Copper selects Ausenco for copperzinc project feasibility

first_imgKutcho Copper has chosen Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc to lead the preparation of a feasibility study for the high grade Kutcho copper-zinc project. Ausenco will be supported by a team of geotechnical, environmental, metallurgical, resource, mining and hydrology/hydrogeological consultants.Vince Sorace, President & CEO stated: “With the field season fast approaching, the company has worked closely with Ausenco to assemble a team of mining & geotechnical engineering firms, environmental baseline experts and hydrology/hydrogeological experts that will deliver an optimized feasibility study for the Kutcho project. We are happy to be working with Ausenco who recently completed the construction of Atlantic Gold’s Moose River Project on time and on budget.”Under the engineering lead of Ausenco, the feasibility study team consists of: Sim Geological Inc. for resource modelling, Holland & Holland for metallurgical engineering and process design, Terrane Geoscience Inc for geotechnical engineering, SRK Consulting for open pit and underground mine design, ERM Consultants Canada Inc/Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants for environmental baseline studies and permitting, Lorax Environmental for hydrology and hydrogeological modeling and OnSite Engineering Inc for road design and engineering.Simon Cmrlec, President, Americas Ausenco stated: “We are thrilled to be leading the feasibility study on this exciting high grade copper-zinc project with Kutcho Copper Corp. We look forward to optimising the value of the project and delivering the feasibility study by summer 2019, on time and on budget.”last_img read more

Up to 10 of Acers PC shipments to the US are Chromebooks

first_imgAcer CEO Jim Wong isn’t shy about voicing his displeasure with Microsoft and Windows 8, but now he’s taking the discussion in a different direction. Wong said recently that Chromebooks account for between 5 and 10 per cent of Acer’s PC shipments to the United States since November 2012.It’s difficult to say what exactly that means. Acer isn’t doing as well as it used to in the US, and the company lost a spot on the laptop sales leaderboard after being passed by Asus. In the final quarter of 2012, Dell snatched away the number three spot globally. It’s possible that Wong is trying to put a positive spin on things by flogging the “success” of a product that only two of its competitors are currently offering.But what kind of success is it, really? Somewhere around 1.5 million of Acer’s quarterly PC shipments are destined for the US. If Wong is speaking specifically about November and December, that means something like 75,000 to 150,000 Acer Chromebooks were shipped. And that’s in the super-busy Christmas quarter.And once again, this is shipments and not sales we’re talking about. How many of those thousands of Chromebooks were actually sold?If you take a look at Amazon’s sales charts, it’s true that some Chromebooks are selling well. One, anyway: Samsung’s ARM-based version. Acer’s Chromebooks don’t appear to be doing quite as well — on Amazon.com or anywhere else.Certainly the potential exists for Chromebooks to make a splash, but right now Acer’s bread-and-butter in the U.S. remains the same: inexpensive Windows-based laptops. However “strong” C7 sales have been since November, they’re a distant second.last_img read more

Firefox OS phone set to invade Spain with 90 price tag tomorrow

first_imgMozilla and Telefonica are ready to unleash the first Firefox OS phone fit for consumers in Spain, the ZTE Open. The humble little handset will sell for just $90 (€69) off-contract with a $40 (€30) prepaid credit.ZTE isn’t the first company to start selling a Firefox OS phone, though they were one of the Foundation’s first partners. Spain’s own Geeksphone delivered the Keon and Peek devices months ago, but both were aimed at giving developers an early glimpse at what entry-level and high-end (for Firefox OS, anyway) devices might look like. They weren’t intended as daily drivers, but as tools to help with the app development process.The ZTE Open, however, is ready for prime time. It’s a 3.5-inch phone with just 256MB of RAM and 512MB of internal storage. There’s a serviceable 3.2MP rear-facing camera, too. Storage is expandable thanks to a micro SD slot (a 4GB card is included), but you obviously can’t do anything to improve on the 480×320 resolution of the Open’s display.Clearly, the ZTE Open isn’t built to sell on the basis of its spec sheet. It will appeal to consumers because of its rock-bottom price and the freedom it offers consumers. Not just cell phone contract freedom, but also the freedom afforded by the Firefox Marketplace. Since Firefox OS apps are really web apps, you’re never going to throw away a pile of paid apps just because you decide to change mobile platforms.It’s curious, though, to note that ZTE already makes a handful of low-end phones like the Open that offer more bang for the buck. The V960, for example, has twice the RAM, a 5MP camera, and a 4.3-inch, 480×800 display — and sells for about €5 more.Freedom may be a major selling point in Spain, however, where Firefox remains the second most popular web browser. For those looking to join the ranks of the next billion mobile web users, the ZTE Open may be an attractive device.last_img read more

After threats it would be taken off air millions of Spaniards tune

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL AUDIENCE FIGURES FOR Sunday Mass on Spanish public television have soared after a far-left party tried to eliminate the weekly broadcast.Unidos Podemos, the third biggest party in parliament, last week tabled a proposed law that would end the broadcast of the Roman Catholic Mass on La2 television.La2, Spain’s secondary public TV channel, also broadcasts secular programmes as well as Jewish and Muslim shows.The ruling conservative Popular Party campaigned against the initiative and the broadcast of last week’s Mass on Sunday was seen by 1.2 million viewers, its biggest since 2004, according to Spanish public broadcaster RTVE.The audience share for the Mass surpassed 21%, three times greater than usual, a RTVE spokesman said.An online petition against the elimination of the broadcast, organised by the Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers, has so far collected nearly 82,000 signatures.Unidos Podemos says it does not oppose religious programming, but is against the broadcast of religious rituals on state-funded television in an increasingly multicultural and secular society.The party’s chief, former university professor Pablo Iglesias, has not backed down.He posted a video on his Twitter account of Juan Antonio Reig, the arch-conservative bishop of Alcala de Henares, a town near Madrid, declaring that gays who prostitute themselves or go to gay nightclubs “will go to hell”.“In a mass, sending someone to hell for being gay? On public television, which we all pay for. No thanks,” Iglesias wrote.While Catholicism remains deeply embedded in Spanish culture, regular church attendance in Spain, like elsewhere in Europe, has steadily fallen.The majority of Spaniards – 59.3% – say they “almost never” attend Mass, according to a survey published in December by the Sociological Research Centre (CIS).Just 15% said they went every week.- © AFP, 2017Read: Need to confess sins? New app in Spain finds nearest priest Image: Mary Altaffer/AP/Press Association Images Mar 19th 2017, 8:00 AM Share Tweet Email1 Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 8:00 AM By AFP Image: Mary Altaffer/AP/Press Association Images After threats it would be taken off air, millions of Spaniards tune in to Sunday Mass A far-left party had tried to end the weekly broadcast. 25 Comments 13,840 Views http://jrnl.ie/3291373 last_img read more

Greek children tipping the scales

first_imgGreek children aged 7 and 9 have the highest average body weight among 16 European countries surveyed by the World Health Organization, according to data made public Tuesday.Just under 49 per cent of 7-year-old Greek boys and nearly 45 per cent of girls the same age are overweight, according to the figures released this week by the Hellenic Medical Association for Obesity to mark the start of obesity awareness week.The picture is even worse for 9-year-old boys as 57.2 percent of them are overweight, while the same applies to half of the girls in this age group.The data show that the problem is more pronounced in low-income families.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Sony Ericsson préparerait un smartphone haut de gamme le Nypon

first_imgSony Ericsson préparerait un smartphone haut de gamme, le NyponSelon une rumeur, Sony Ericsson travaillerait sur un modèle de smartphone haut de gamme élaboré, le Nyphon ou LT22i.Une nouvelle rumeur concernant un smartphone Sony Ericsson a percé sur la Toile. Selon Recombu, le Nypon ou LT22i pourrait bien être un des futurs smartphones sur lesquels Sony a travaillé. Car Sony, propriétaire de Sony-Ericsson (depuis un rachat dernièrement) s’investit de plus en plus dans la conception de smartphones.Le Nypon fonctionnerait sous Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Il serait équipé du processeur double coeur NovaThor U8500 cadencé à 1 Ghz. L’appareil pourrait enregistrer de la vidéo en 1080p, disposerait d’un appareil photo d’une capacité de 20 mégapixels, d’un écran tactile supportant une résolution de 540×960 et même d’une sortie vidéo HDMI.Ce serait donc un modèle de smartphone haut de gamme que s’apprêterait à présenter Sony Ericsson, un smartphone dans la lignée du Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Quand la multinationale japonaise décide de se lancer dans le secteur de la vente de smartphones, il semblerait qu’elle ne fasse pas les choses à moitié. A voie ensuite si ce modèle sera commercialisé en Europe prochainement et son prix de lancement.Le 24 novembre 2011 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NCGA ASA AFBF Concerned About Compliance Infractions

first_imgThe National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Soybean Association (ASA), and American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) today reaffirmed their support for developing pharmaceutical and industrial crops through agricultural biotechnology. The groups expressed confidence that these new technologies can be introduced without jeopardizing the safety of the food supply. The groups’ joint statement came following announcement that USDA is investigating possible contamination of crops in Nebraska by field trials of pharmaceutical corn.According to reports, Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) inspectors have evidence that soybeans harvested on a farm in Nebraska were mixed with residue from volunteer corn (stalks from leftover seed in the field) following a field trial of genetically-altered corn conducted last year. APHIS determined that ProdiGene, the biotech company responsible for the trial, had failed to properly control volunteer corn plants that emerged when the field was planted to soybeans this year.ASA President Dwain Ford said: “ASA is pleased that USDA’s regulatory and monitoring procedures prevented the affected soybeans from moving beyond the single elevator where they were first stored, and that all soybeans that may have been commingled with the ProdiGene corn product will be destroyed. The action taken by APHIS clearly displays the regulatory process is working.”The NCGA noted that it has worked closely with regulatory agencies for the past two years in developing its policies and regulations as they relate to testing and production of pharmaceutical proteins in corn. “It is very unfortunate that any company would allow an infraction of this magnitude to occur,” said Leon Corzine, chairman of the NCGA Biotech Working Group. “NCGA has had numerous meetings with every company producing these proteins, including ProdiGene. NCGA supports using all scientific, management, and mechanical measures available to eliminate the potential for such occurrences.”“Plant-made pharmaceuticals offer tremendous benefits in preventing and treating diseases,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman “It is imperative, however, that these opportunities not be jeopardized by failure to adhere to regulations. We believe this strong enforcement action by APHIS should boost consumer confidence and ensure the stability of foreign as well as domestic markets.”last_img read more

Arraignment delayed in Camas High molestation case

first_imgAn arraignment hearing for a Camas High School custodian and assistant softball coach accused of inappropriately touching more than a dozen female students has been delayed for two weeks because the defendant has not yet retained an attorney. Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis also recused himself Friday because the man coached Lewis’ son.Robbyn D. Mattson, 58, of Camas is accused of walking through the school’s common areas as students were moving between class periods and fondling the buttocks of at least 17 female students.Mattson is now scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 13 on charges of five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, eight counts of third-degree child molestation and four counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.Vancouver attorney Steven Thayer made a courtesy appearance on Mattson’s behalf Friday.“We’re trying to sort out the representation issue,” Thayer said. “That’s why I asked to set (the arraignment hearing) over.”Thayer said the case would likely be reassigned to Judge Scott Collier.Mattson has been out of jail on $10,000 bond since his first court appearance Dec. 22 but is prohibited by court order from having contact with his accusers or Camas High School.According to a court affidavit, video surveillance showed Mattson routinely leaving the custodian’s closet during the change in class periods, winding through a crowd of students and then returning to the custodian’s closet.last_img read more

Police arrest suspect involved in killing girlfriend 2 children

first_imgPolice stopped a suspect who crossed borders after he gunned down a South Florida family.Miami-Dade Police tracked down and arrested 32-year-old Antwon Fair in Savannah, Georgia, Wednesday. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #BreakingNews: Antwon Lamar Fair is in custody in Savannah, Ga! Thanks to the assistance of other agencies. pic.twitter.com/TqB2fGlJL1— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) August 3, 2016According to investigators, Fair opened fire on his girlfriend and her children inside their Southwest Miami-Dade home on Monday and fled the shooting scene.Thirty-nine-year-old Takeeya Fulton and two of her children, 19-year-old Nuckeria Harris and 17-year-old Corey Johnson, were killed.Fulton’s 12-year-old son was also shot and is now in the process of recovering. last_img read more

MakeMyTrip files case against EaseMyTrip does brand nameidentical Google Adword infringe IPRs

first_imgA MakeMyTrip promotion campaign image. MakeMyTrip has hauled EaseMyTrip to court over the use of Google Adword ‘makemytrip’.The Delhi High Court will be deciding if the use of Google Adword identical to the competition’s brand name could possibly violate intellectual property rights (IPR). Travel portal MakeMyTrip has made Google a party to the case it has filed against EaseMyTrip over the Adword ‘makemytrip’. MakeMyTrip claims EaseMyTrip’s use of the Adword is in violation of the trademark law and has raised the cost of its Google Search Network advertisements. The court will be hearing the case on May 8.This is perhaps the first time that Google has been made a party to a legal suit by a major internet commerce company in India, according to a media report. MakeMyTrip claims the brand-name identical Adword that its rival uses makes it costlier for it to come on top for every search result on its own name. The Gurugram-based company listed on Nasdaq feels it is unfair when rivals bid for its name and divert traffic to their platform, the report on The Times of India says. Previously, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) had fined Google for ‘search bias’ and abuse of ‘dominant position’ following complaints from a matrimony website. “The competitive bidding on brand’s wordmark raises the cost per click on Google platform by up to three-to-four times,” the report quoted an unidentified industry executive as saying. MakeMyTrip has also taken up the matter with the government’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade during stakeholder consultations on draft e-commerce policy earlier this month, according to the report.Google has been made a party to a suit that MakeMyTrip has filed against EaseMyTrip over the use of Adword ‘makemytrip’.The court documents say EaseMyTrip was sent a cease and desist notice in September by MakeMyTrip but it did not respond to the notice and has continued using the ad-word “makemytrip,” according to the report. According to sources, MakeMyTrip India’s turnover for last year was Rs 2,760 crore, while it spent Rs 3,300 crore for brand promotion. “It’s fine for companies to bid for words like flight or travel but copying the full name of the brand is unfair and illegal. Since Google being part of the problem here, they have been made a party to it and if the court asks they have to appear in court to explain their stand,” a source said.EaseMyTrip, meanwhile, is planning to expand its hotel inventory to 1.5 million properties by June. The company said it currently hosts 300,000 hotels on its platform through different partners besides 12,000 directly contracted hotels, the report says. EaseMyTrip co-founders Nishant and Rikant Pitti told The Economic Times that Ease-MyTrip was planning to introduce IRCTC tickets on the platform by the end of the month, which could raise the bar for the competition. EaseMyTrip started operations in 2008 as a b2b business wherein it received deposits from offline travel agents to buy tickets in bulk from different carriers. Its rapid expansion and dextrous use of the digital marketing platform has begun posing problems for the competition.last_img read more

AL to name mayoral candidate after survey

first_imgFile photo of Obaidul QuaderRuling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said the party was carrying out surveys to finalise the mayoral candidate for the forthcoming Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-elections.“The party is conducting three-four surveys. A committee will sit once the surveys are done and a competent candidate will be chosen,” he said.“We have a system. We shall not nominate anyone impulsively,” Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, told newsmen after inaugurating a programme organised to mark the Christmas Day at Senpara Parbata in Dhaka in the afternoon.”There are many probable mayoral candidates from the Awami League. Some of them are party members, and some of them are supporters of the party. Deceased mayor Annisul Huq was also a supporter of the party,” said the AL leader.”He (Annisul) was a staunch believer of the spirit of the liberation war and a great admirer of Bangabandhu. That is why AL president [prime minister Sheikh Hasina] nominated him as a Awami League candidate.”Mayor Annisul proved his competency in two years. We shall nominate someone who is as dazzling as Annisul Huq, someone who dreams of building a modern Dhaka city,” Quader added.last_img read more

Rural Sheriffs Express Safety And Security Concerns Over The HighSpeed Rail Project

first_img 00:00 /00:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Texans Against High-Speed Rail Screenshot Former Grimes County Judge Ben Leman is Chairman of Texans Against High-Speed Rail. He spoke along with rural sheriffs at the Grimes County Courthouse.Sheriffs from eight different counties gathered on the steps of the Grimes County Courthouse Thursday to share their concerns over plans for the bullet train. Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said what worries him is that they haven’t had any discussions with Texas Central Railway on a public safety plan.“It is entirely unacceptable to not properly coordinate with local officials for the public safety aspects of the Draft Environmental Impact Study or the project as a whole,” said Sowell.Sowell wants to know if any local roads would be impacted by the train and how that would affect first responders. He added he’s also gotten lots of complaints from residents about agents for the railroad who’ve wanted to come onto their property.Texas Central issued a response to the sheriffs’ comments:“Texas Central’s commitment to public safety is absolute and unwavering. The bullet train will bring the safest mode of transportation available and we look forward to working cooperatively with county judges, sheriffs and other local officials to develop world-class public safety, system security, and emergency preparedness plans of which all Texans can be proud.”“The DEIS states that Texas Central ‘would coordinate with TxDOT or the appropriate local jurisdiction and any potentially affected emergency responders during final design to avoid any appreciable negative impact to emergency response times.’ This outreach has already begun and there are requirements and guidelines at the Federal and State level that will ensure it continues.”Texas Central wants to build a privately-funded high-speed train between Houston and Dallas with a travel time of about 90 minutes. It’s also planning a stop near College Station. But at a series of public meetings held by the Federal Railroad Administration, dozens of landowners spoke out against the project. They said they don’t want to sell their property and they also worry how the train would affect their rural quality-of-life.The FRA is having another public meeting in Houston this Monday evening on its Draft Environmental Impact Study. Sharelast_img read more