first_imgThe Ebola vaccine furthest along in development has cleared a critical milestone and edged closer to entering large-scale efficacy trials in West African countries hard hit by the current epidemic.As reported online today in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), a U.S. study done in 20 healthy people at no risk of developing the disease found the vaccine caused no serious side effects and, as hoped, triggered immune responses against the Ebola virus. The vaccine, jointly developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), contains a gene for the Ebola surface protein stitched inside a harmless chimpanzee adenovirus. Researchers at NIAID in Bethesda, Maryland, began the trial on 2 September, and the super–fast-track development of the vaccine could move it into trials involving 15,000 people in Liberia and Sierra Leone at high risk of developing the disease as soon as mid-January, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci told ScienceInsider.Other small studies of the vaccine, which, combined, involve 260 people, are under way in Mali, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland and should produce data by the end of next month. Ripley Ballou, who heads Ebola vaccine development for GSK, told ScienceInsider that the company needs these data before it can finalize plans for efficacy studies. 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Fever is an early symptom of Ebola itself, and a vaccine that raises body temperature could lead recipients to needlessly worry they were developing the disease. “Clearly we want to select a dose that is both immunogenic and has an acceptable reactogenicity profile, including a low rate of fever,” says Ballou, who is based in Rixensart, Belgium. The ongoing trials are also evaluating a dose in between the two used in the NIAID trial.Fauci says he has no hesitation moving forward with the higher dose used in the NIAID study. “Obviously, we’d like to see no fevers, but the fact that we had two fevers that lasted less than 24 hours doesn’t bother me,” Fauci says. “We see transient fevers with other vaccines.”Similar small-scale tests of a second Ebola vaccine began in October; results are also expected by December that will determine whether to move it into efficacy trials, and at which dose. That vaccine, licensed by the Canadian government to NewLink Genetics of Ames, Iowa, contains the gene for Ebola’s surface protein stitched into a weakened version of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), a pathogen that causes disease in livestock. NewLink, a small startup that focuses mainly on cancer drugs and has no products on the market, has been somewhat in the shadows of GSK, a big pharma. But on 24 November, NewLink and pharmaceutical giant Merck of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, announced that they had entered a licensing agreement to jointly research and develop the VSV Ebola vaccine.Results from those efficacy studies could be in by April 2015. If the vaccines protect people from Ebola and appear safe, a pressing question will surface: Will GSK and Merck have enough doses produced by then to vaccinate enough people—which could mean hundreds of thousands or even millions—to help bring this epidemic to an end?*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.last_img read more

first_imgIndian weightlifters won four medals on the opening day of the XIXth Commonwealth Games but failed to clinch a gold.Ngangbam Soniya Chanu, who was expected to win the first gold for India, had to be content with a silver after 17-year-old Nigerian student Augustina Nwaokolo put in her best show at the Games to win the 48kg title at the weightlifting complex of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday. India’s Sandhya Rani Devi Atom finished with a bronze.Among the men, India’s Sukhen Dey and Srinivasa Rao won silver and bronze medals respectively in the 56kg class. Malaysia’s Amirul Ibrahim won the gold.Nwaokolo also set a new Commonwealth Games record of 175kg after a snatch lift of 77kg and clean and jerk attempt of 98kg.After gliding through the opening stage with three confident lifts in the snatch, Nwaokolo then succeeded with 94kg and 98kg in the clean and jerk before failing with 100kg.Chanu began her campaign by lifting 73kg in her first snatch attempt. In her second and third attempts, she tried to lift 76kg but failed. In clean and jerk, Chanu lifted 94kg in her first attempt but failed to lift 103kg in her other two attempts. Chanu lifted 167kg in total to win silver.”It was a sad day for me. I think God was not with me today. My coach was really hopeful that I will win gold but I will say I am unlucky that I missed two chances of winning gold here,” Chanu said.advertisementOn the other hand, Sandhya failed to impress in her very first attempt.She lifted 70kg in her second attempt but failed to lift 73kg in her third attempt. However, she improved her performance in clean and jerk as she lifted 90kg in her first attempt and then found success in lifting 95kg to make a new Commonwealth Games record, which was soon broken by Nwaokolo. She lifted 165kg in total to settle for bronze.”I am happy to win bronze here but disappointed that I could not do better in snatch. I missed the gold medal but let’s hope we win in the men’s category. We were sure to win the gold here but it all went wrong today.We were hoping for the best results as we worked hard but I will say it’s our bad luck,” Sandhya said.Coach Harnam Singh also said it was unfortunate that India did not win gold. “I apologise to everyone because I had said India will win a gold medal in 48kg,” he said.Erika Yamasaki of Australia, the bronze medallist in Melbourne, crashed out of the event after failing three times while attempting 88kg in clean and jerk.The 23- year-old collapsed on the floor and began crying after her unsuccessful attempts.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, April 27 (PTI) VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi today remained defiant and stuck to her controversial ?terrorists in Parliament? remarks after she appeared before Rajya Sabha Committee of Privileges, where opposition members asked her to tender an “unconditional” apology.The committee headed by P J Kurien is examining a complaint of Opposition MPs against Prachi about her remarks made during the Monsoon Session. The panel had summoned Prachi to appear before it.Emerging after the meeting, Prachi told reporters, “I am a daughter of the country. I wont backtrack. I am being pressurised to apologise. They (the committee members) shouted me down. I said I also have the right to speak.”Sources said that in the meeting, the panel chairman asked her to tender an apology multiple times but she kept on talking of some kind of “conditional apology” while members wanted her to tender an unconditional apology.Sources said that Prachi, who appeared before the panel along with her lawyer, said that she was “not insulting Parliament as a institution” but stuck to her remarks that there are some terrorists in Parliament.The matter was referred to the Committee in October last year under Rule 203 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Rajya Sabha for examination, investigation and report.Opposition leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and TRS member K. Keshav Rao were among 20 members, who gave the privilege notice against the VHP leader, saying her remarks had ?violated the dignity? of Parliament and the privilege of MPs.advertisementSpeaking at a public meeting in Roorkee, Prachi had earlier slammed those who had opposed the hanging of Yakub Memon, the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict.”It is a big misfortune that in the Indian Parliament, we have one to two terrorists sitting there. I do not think there can be a bigger misfortune for India than this as they are disobeying the judegment of a court, because the court has proved that he (Yakub Memon) is a terrorist” she had said indirectly referring to the MPs who had opposed the hanging of Memon.A bulletin of the Upper House had then said,” Members are informed that Chairman, Rajya Sabha has referred a question of breach of privilege arising out of the complaint of Naresh Agrawal and other Members of Rajya Sabha pertaining to alleged derogatory remarks against Members of Parliament by Sadhvi Prachi, a leader of a religious organisation, to the Committee of Privileges.” PTI AMR ARC VMNlast_img read more

first_imgPaceman Shafiul Islam, who last played one-day international cricket in October last year, has been named in Bangladesh’s 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy in June, the country’s board said on Thursday. (Australia pick pace quartet for ICC Champions Trophy in June, James Faulkner dropped)Shafiul, who has played 56 ODIs and taken 63 wickets in the 50-over format, has been missing from the international scene since picking up a hamstring injury in a domestic league match last year. His last ODI was against England at Chittagong.Nurul Hasan, paceman Subashis Roy and all-rounder Shuvagata Hom were dropped from the squad in the wake of the recent drawn series in Sri Lanka.The Champions Trophy, to be played between the top eight ODI sides of the world, starts from June 1 in England. The 2006 edition was the last time Bangladesh played in the tournament.The South Asian nation has been grouped with Australia, England and New Zealand in Group A. Defending champions India are in Group B with neighbours and arch-rivals Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.Squad: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Australia coach Darren Lehmann insisted that his Australian cricket team was quite well-behaved and that they were portrayed in a worse manner after the ball-tampering incident in South Africa.Lehmann and the Steve Smith-led Australian cricket team came under heavy criticism after Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball during the Cape Town Test.Later in the press conference after the day’s play, Smith, along with Bancroft, accepted that the incident was a hatched plan by the ‘leadership group of the team’.The incident led to a one-year ban by Cricket Australia on Smith and vice-captain David Warner, a nine months ban on Bancroft and Lehmann stepped down as the coach.Now, after the Australian team is rebuilding under Justin Langer and Tim Paine, Lehmann defended the players and said the sledging in his time was worse.EVERYTHING ABOUT THE BALL TAMPERING SCANDAL”When I played, there was a lot worse sledging going on in those days and years before. You want to promote the game fairly and play hard but fair on the field,” Lehmann told Macquarie Sports Radio.Lehmann mentioned a few unsavoury incidents during his tenure and said the Australian team is “not as bad as portrayed in the media”.”There was a lot of talk about the Australian team being over-aggressive and there were some incidents in some games that they probably pushed it too far. They got dealt with accordingly from the ICC and match referee when they crossed that line but the Australians play that way in essence a lot of the time. They’re not as bad as portrayed in the media.”advertisementAlso read – Ball-tampering scandal was almost like a cry for help: Dale SteynThe Australian players are still dealing with the black spot that the ball-tampering incident left but Lehmann mentioned that striking a balance will be crucial at the moment.”But the ‘Australian way’, I think Justin Langer summed it up really well – a bit of banter on the field is good and playing that way.””It (playing like New Zealand) will certainly help win the fans back over, and that’s important because we want kids playing the great game of cricket. But you also need to win, win a certain way.Also read – Ball-tampering scandal: I panicked, I lied and I am devastated, says Cameron Bancroft”That’s a fine balance, because as Australians we want to see the Australian cricket team winning – I do, I’m a fan now sitting on this side. I want to see them win, play well, play fair but you’ve still got to have that right balance and that’s the real tricky art Justin and Tim are going to face this summer,” Lehmann said.”Obviously, Warner and Smith are great players, they’ve made a lot of runs for Australia over their careers, and Bancroft was starting to come good in the last series. But our depth, it just gives another player an opportunity, a young kid coming through.SMITH, WARNER STEP DOWN AS CAPTAIN AND VICE-CAPTAIN”The bowling is never going to be an issue. When you’ve got (Mitchell) Starc, (Josh) Hazlewood, (Pat) Cummins, (Nathan) Lyon, (James) Pattinson, your 20 wickets aren’t going to be an issue. You’ve just got to keep them (fast bowlers) on the park fit and playing.”And runs in Australia, I think we’ll bat quite well in Australia. A lot of people are writing us off in Australia. I’m not. I think we’ll bat OK. The conditions suit the way we play and bat and the young guys will stand up,” Lehmann concluded.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United will review security measures at Old Trafford after a pitch invader during last month’s Champions League match with Juventus was found to have carried two toy guns into the stadium in his backpack.”Carrying a children’s miniature plastic toy gun into a stadium is clearly an irresponsible act. Fortunately, the actions of the pitch intruder at the Juventus game did not harm anyone,” the BBC quoted a United spokesperson as saying.”However, as the security and safety of all fans and staff is the absolute priority at United, the club launched an investigation. This includes a full review of our already rigorous security protocols.” UEFA has charged Manchester United for field invasions by two spectators during the 1-0 home defeat by Juventus (Reuters Photo)European soccer’s governing body UEFA have charged United for field invasions by two spectators during the 1-0 home defeat by Juventus. They have until Nov. 22 to respond.In 2016, United evacuated the stadium minutes before a Premier League game after a suspicious package was found. The device was later determined to be fake and had been accidentally left behind after a training exercise.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgSouth African legend AB de Villiers has revealed that he was keen to play the 2019 Cricket World Cup before he announced his retirement in May 2018 but didn’t rule out being part of the 2023 tournament if he’s ‘still good enough’. In a freewheeling chat with Gaurav Kapur on his Youtube show ‘Breakfast with Champions’ AB talked about his growing up years, career in cricket, brotherhood with Virat Kohli among a host of other topics.But when Kapur asked him if he would fancy playing the 2023 World Cup, AB laughed and quipped that he would if India’s MS Dhoni was also part of it.”How old will I be (in 2023)? 39! I’ll come back if MS (Dhoni) is still around (laughs). If I’m still good enough, who knows eh? I was keen to play the World Cup (2019) but I retired, so it was a very sensitive situation. For the last 3 years of my career, I was labeled as a guy who was picking and choosing when I was playing and when not.”So I got quite a lot of criticism from back home which also played a role in me retiring. And it was difficult for me to then go: ‘Hey, but I’ll still play the World Cup’. You know, it’s the picking and choosing thing again. And it’s quite arrogant to do something like that. But as they say, you can’t have your bread buttered on both sides,” said de Villiers.Reflecting on his long international career which came to an abrupt end after AB announced his shock retirement after the IPL 2018, the maverick batsman said that there were ‘a lot of reasons’ he had to move on and international cricket’s tiring schedule along with his family played a ‘big part’ in his decision.advertisement”I’ve always been about the team. It’s never been about myself. But I found myself in a position where I had to make a decision where it’s going to look like I’m thinking about just myself. There’s a lot of reasons I had to move on. There’s a lot of things that played a role. Family is definitely a big part of it. The longevity of, like, I mean I’ve played for 15 years. I was just tired of the whole international scene. It’s quite busy, very stressful. The mental games, the doubts you have as a person, as a player all the time, it wears you down. And being captain of the Proteas for a long time also took its toll you know.”And then there are a few deeper issues that might have to be discussed when I’m 50 one day (laughs). There’s a part of me that’ll always miss it. I mean, I had so much fun. It’s everything that goes with it. I wish I could push on longer but like I said at the start I had a great run and more dreams came true than I could ever imagine. And there was lots of heartbreaks as well along the way. And that’s the great ride that we all go through,” AB de Villiers told Kapur.On his ‘brotherhood’ with his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Kohli, AB said that he was impressed by the Indian captain’s ability to be able to enjoy ‘the small things’ in life despite being the center of attention of so many people all the time. He also revealed that Kohli has an endearing habit of showering people with gifts, to the extent that AB himself is now scared of saying anything to his RCB skipper.”When I realize, guys like him, who are so ‘big’ in India, but I see them enjoying the small things in life which is what it’s all about and it’s important. And they find time for other people, which is so difficult with their lives. I’m scared of saying anything to him now. Because if I say ‘Oh, I like your shoes’, the next minute he organizes me those shoes. I’m like ‘Virat, just stop it’. He looks after everyone. I told him I like coffee the other day. Now I’m getting an espresso machine he’s ordered on Amazon. It’s being delivered tomorrow!” said de Villiers.After scoring 8765 runs in 114 Tests and 9577 runs in 228 ODIs for South Africa, AB decided to hang up his boots in May 2018 after successive Test series wins over visitors India and Australia. Since then, he continues to ply his trade in different T20 leagues around the world.Also Read | AB de Villiers pulls out of Big Bash LeagueAlso Read | Dale Steyn: Want to finish career with a World Cup medal, not bothered about chokers tagadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Marinakis-led vessel operator Capital Ship Management Corp has established a joint venture company with German counterpart Liberty One under the name Capital Liberty Invest.The new company will explore growth opportunities in the container segment, ranging from feeder to Post-Panamax vessels, as well as in the crude and product tanker, dry bulk and multi-purpose vessels (MPP) segments.The focus of the new ship management company will be the German shipping market.Capital Liberty Invest kick started operations in January 2018 and is based out of the Liberty offices in Leer and headed by Liberty CEO, Dietrich Schulz. “I am pleased to see Capital join forces with Liberty. I hold Mr. Schulz and his company in high esteem and I believe that through our Joint Venture, we will be able to provide quality ship management services and asset trading platforms to the German market and beyond,” Capital Maritime & Trading Corp., CEO Gerry Ventouris, said.“This joint venture will provide us with an expanded capability to offer a range of services to stakeholders in the German shipping market and across different shipping segments and sizes. I am personally delighted to work with such an established shipping company as Capital Ship Management Corp., which enjoys an excellent reputation in global shipping markets,” CEO Dietrich Schulz of Liberty commented.Capital, a subsidiary of Capital Maritime & Trading Corp., and its affiliates currently operate a fleet of 74 vessels including 49 tankers, 6 bulk carriers and 19 container vessels with a total dwt of 9 million tons.last_img read more

first_imgOn to statement from Media lawyer Daniel Coles. He is here to tell court that media consortium intends to apply to have cameras in the courtroom to broadcast/webcast #MengWanzhou trial.— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) May 8, 2019Meng was arrested in December at Vancouver’s airport at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges. She has been free on $10 million bail, wearing an electronic tracking device and monitored by a security company.READ MORE: A timeline of events in the case of Meng WanzhouMeng is accused of misrepresenting Huawei’s ownership of an alleged subsidiary, Skycom, during a meeting with a bank in an effort to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran. Howes denies the allegations.He says the bank had knowledge of the nature of Skycom’s business and operations in Iran, and it understood the relationship between Huawei and Skycom.Tensions between China and Canada have escalated since Meng’s arrest. Just days after she was arrested, China imprisoned two Canadians.Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor’s arrests are widely seen as retaliation for the Huawei CFO’s detention.China accused the pair of acting together to steal state secrets just days after Ottawa announce it would proceed with a U.S. extradition request for Meng. However, Trudeau has dismissed the reports, saying it’s unfortunate China is continuing with the “arbitrary detentions.”Meantime, China has also banned shipments of canola and some pork imports in what is widely seen as economic retaliation for the arrest. – With files from the Canadian Press VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A Chinese telecom executive accused of fraud and on house arrest in Vancouver says she’s a victim of a politically motivated “abuse of power” and wants her case thrown out.Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou was back in court Wednesday, where her lawyers argued she was illegally arrested and detained at YVR Airport on Dec. 1, 2018.“The RCMP intentionally delayed the presentation of the arrest warrant, in order to carry out the unlawful detention and search against Ms. Meng. This was done under the pretense of a routine border check,” Huawei VP of Canadian Media Affairs Benjamin Howes said outside the courthouse following proceedings.He says Meng’s charges of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction for violating U.S. sanctions in Iran are not a basis for extradition from Canada.“Canada does not impose sanctions on financial services in relation to Iran. Because of this, the allegations she faces is not a crime in Canada. Therefore, the extradition request does not satisfy the double criminality requirement,” he argued. “Political factors at play during the extradition process may lead to a serious violation of justice. Ms. Meng’s legitimate rights may also be harmed. Thus, Ms. Meng intends to apply to this Court for a stay of the extradition proceedings.”The lawyers say they will apply to have prosecutors disclose more information about the case, specifically Meng’s arrest.Wednesday’s court proceedings largely focused on when the disclosure application would be heard in court. A date was set for Sept. 23-Oct. 4 in B.C. Supreme Court. A date for a preliminary hearing for the legality of the extradition was not set, but Meng’s lawyers have requested a delay until at least mid-January 2020.None of these decisions will be made today. Today’s hearing is to schedule future court dates to make decisions re: abuse of process & disclosure. Defence says those 2 things should happen before extradition hearing because could lead to tend of litigation against #MengWanzhou— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) May 8, 2019Meng was also granted a change in her bail conditions allowing her to move from the $5-million home she’s been staying at in the Dunbar neighbourhood to another home in Shaughnessy, which is worth twice as much. Her lawyers argued the home in Shaughnessy is larger and better protected — including a gate.On to bail changes: defence says #MengWanzhou needs one of her sureties to sell her home and she will move into her Shaughnessy residence. Defence argues Shaughnessy home is better protected. Property is larger and gated, allowing security company @lionsgateSS to do better job.— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) May 8, 2019last_img read more

first_imgAPTN NewsThe woman who has been fighting the federal government to treat First Nations children fairly for over a decade says the new funding announced in Tuesday’s budget might bring the government into compliance with a tribunal order.But, as always, the truth is in the details.And the Trudeau government’s budget was thin on explaining how it’s going to divvy up $1.4 billion of new funding over the next five years for First Nations child welfare services.“If this amount is actually provided in future years, it could really give First Nations children a far better chance to grow up with their families,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.“I will be waiting to hear the details to ensure children, youth and families on the ground are seeing a positive difference in their lives.”Blackstock took the federal government to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal over a decade ago and won in 2016, as the tribunal ruled the federal government discriminated against First Nations children by chronically underfunding programs and services.The tribunal has issued several non-compliance orders since but Blackstock said this funding announcement may bring the federal government into compliance.“It might,” she said. “I need to see the details to know if it is enough to comply.”An immediate influx of $70 million will be available until the end of April, followed by annual increases between $265-295 million.It will mean the total amount Ottawa funds for on-reserve child welfare services will jump from nearly $890 million to about $1.12 billion annually.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in his House of Commons speech Tuesday that investments “will give better child and family service support, with a special focus on prevention, so that Indigenous children are not taken from their families and their communities.”The investment in child welfare is part of nearly $5 billion in new funding from the Trudeau government in the 2018 budget.New money is being put into several areas, including drinking water, housing and health. Self-determination programs alone will net more than $600 million over the next five years.That includes $51.4 million in the next two years for the federal government to support “Indigenous participation” at the so-called self-determination discussion tables.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new legal framework for Indigenous people about two weeks ago that is supposed to lead to self-determination and the “full and meaningful” implementation of treaties and agreements.The minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations will lead “national engagement activities” throughout the spring to determine the contents of the new framework. The government hopes to have it introduced later this year and implemented by October 2019.“This budget invests in new tools to help nations rebuild, and to accelerate self-determination and self-government based on recognition of Indigenous rights, so that our shared future is one where Indigenous peoples are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future,” said Morneau.There is new money for housing but a closer look at the budget shows the money announced in Tuesday’s budget is mostly from the previous year.Of the $1.5 billion to be spent over the next 10 years, divided up among First Nation, Inuit and Metis, all but $300 million of that comes from the 2017 budget as part of the $4 billion allocated for infrastructure.It’s just now finally being allocated.Housing critics have long said tens of billions are needed to fix the housing crisis in Indigenous communities across the country.One interesting aspect of the budget is the “distinctions-based approach” for Inuit and Metis, as well as First Nations.Through negotiations with Metis National Council, the Trudeau government has allocated $516 million over 10 years, with almost all of that going to housing. The remaining is $10 million for post-secondary education in 2018 and another $6 million for developing a health strategy.Through discussions with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the federal government is funding $27. 5 million over five years to support ITK’s Inuit-specific approach to eradicate tuberculosis. As well, another $82 million for creating a permanent Inuit Health Survey.There is also a distinctions-based approach when it comes to employment with the rebranding of the former Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Program.Nearly $2 billion will be invested in the new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program over the next five years. Nearly $440 million of that is new funding.Metis National Council will receive $325 million, Inuit get $161 million, urban groups (non-status) will get $213 million as part of the program.The rest goes to First Nations.There also appears to be significant investments in First Nations health. Nearly $1.5 billion will be divided among areas, such as nursing stations, addiction programs and expanding “successful models” of self-determination of health services.The budget also earmarks an additional $172 million over the next three years for drinking water. That’s in addition to $1.8 billion announced in the 2016 budget for drinking water.The new funding is supposed to speed up construction and renovate existing water systems.“We have already lifted 52 long-term boil water advisories and are on track to have all others eliminated by March 2021,” said Morneau.There was no new funding for First Nations education from kindergarten to Grade 12.last_img read more

Rabat – Germany has been elected to host the Euro 2024 football tournament after winning out over the rival bid from Turkey.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin made the announcement at the headquarters of the European football’s governing body in Nyon, Switzerland, on Thursday, September 27.Germany was elected because it presented a safe proposal over the riskier Turkish bid that offered a chance to explore new terrain. In a report, UEFA stated that Germany had many advantages on its side, from stadiums to infrastructure and hotels, to assure a successful tournament. The report outlined concerns about Turkey’s hotel accommodation, infrastructure, and human rights.It was the fourth time that Turkey has competed for and lost the right to host the tournament after bidding to host 2008, 2012, and 2016 tournaments. After announcing the winner, UEFA’s president added: “The procedure was transparent. The voting was democratic. Every democratic decision is the right decision so I can only say I am looking forward to seeing a fantastic Euro in 2024.”The ambassador for the German bid, former Germany captain Philipp Lahm said, “We have amazing stadiums, fans who love football, first and foremost we have people who love celebrating with other Europeans.”Euro 2024 will take place in June and July, bringing together the best 24 teams in Europe, with 51 matches to play.Berlin will host the final match. The other matches will be spread over Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, and Stuttgart. read more

Rabat – The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research announced that 212,169 Moroccan students have passed the exam in the June session. The statistics represent a passing rate of 65.55%.The pass rate has increased by 8 % from last year’s 57.36%. 441,065 candidates sat for the normal session of the Baccalaureate exams which took place from June 11 to 14 with. Retake exams will take place on July 4-8.The ministry said in a statement that the total number of female students who passed the exam was 121,673, representing 57.35 % of the overall number of successful candidates. The highest score in the baccalaureate exam is 19.40 out of 20 and was recorded in the Rabat-Sale Kenitra region.Read also: 70-Year-Old Moroccan Woman Takes Baccalaureate ExamLast year the highest grade in the country was 19.44 in the branches of physics and French literature in the region of Marrakech-Safi.The number of baccalaureate candidates who will be allowed to retake the exam is 134,874.There were 441,065 baccalaureate exam candidates this year, compared to last year’s  440,000 students. read more

“It is the role of the United Nations to bring to the conscience of the international community the pervasive violations of human rights that are taking place in the world and to call for a mobilization of conscience against such gross violations,” Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan told the Commission on Human Rights working group against racism.The working group is meeting in Geneva to follow up on the decisions taken at the anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.Mr. Ramcharan also called for galvanized efforts to respond to today’s atmosphere of fast-paced globalization and turbulence when poverty is rampant, millions of children do not have access to schooling and “the Internet is used to bring people together, but also to spread hatred, prejudice and discrimination.”Promoting and protecting human rights can help to reduce poverty, he said, adding, “Advancing the principle of equality and non-discrimination is of fundamental importance.”In a separate message to the ninth meeting of the Board of Trustees on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, also in Geneva, Mr. Ramcharan called for “new approaches and new strategies” for countering grievous violations of the human rights of hundreds of thousands of children and young women, which range from child labour to sexual exploitation and trafficking.”Contemporary forms of slavery are among the foremost issues of conscience demanding our attention in today’s world and we need to think afresh how we might mobilize international outrage against such practices,” he said, voicing hope that the Commission would consider designating a special rapporteur against trafficking in human beings. read more

“Expanding and improving education can be one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition,” Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expert Lavinia Gasperini said today. “Malnutrition rates decline with increased literacy, especially female literacy.” Research shows that a farmer with four years of elementary education is almost 9 per cent more productive than a farmer with no education. When materials such as fertilizers, new seeds or farm machinery are available, the productivity increase rises to 13 per cent. The campaign will be launched at a three-day regional workshop on “Food Security and Education for Rural People” starting tomorrow in Santiago de Chile. Organized by FAO and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the workshop also involves the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, the World Bank and the Italian Development Cooperation. The campaign is part of the global education for rural people partnership initiative, led by FAO in collaboration with UNESCO and more than 100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities and other partners. It is a follow-up to the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development. Globally, 1 billion people are illiterate, about 130 million of them children. Most live in less developed regions where the majority of the 840 million of undernourished people are also concentrated. In Guatemala, for example, the country with the highest percentage of rural population in the region, adults in cities had an average of six and a half years of schooling in 1998, while the same age group in rural areas had under two years of school attendance. read more

“The Secretary-General very much condemns this attack, this murder of this journalist,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. “He has spoken out in the past for the need for protection for journalists who bravely do their work in difficult circumstances and we very much hope that the perpetrators of this crime will be found.” In a press statement, Ms. Arbour described Ms. Politkovskaya’s death “as a tremendous loss for the Russian Federation and for all who struggle for human rights around the world.” She said the journalist will be remembered for her force of character, her dedication and her fearless pursuit of justice on behalf of victims of human rights violations in Chechnya and elsewhere. Noting reports that Russia’s top prosecutor has taken charge of the investigation into the murder, the High Commissioner said a thorough probe conducted in accordance with internationally recognized standards of due process “will send a clear message against impunity and for the protection of human rights defenders in Russia.” read more

first_imgOne is selling for £110 A quick eBay search brings up dozens of £5 notes being sold for much more than a fiver.440 million of the notes will be printed. They are made of a thin polymer and last on average five years longer than the paper note, which is being phased out.The paper note will be accepted in shops until 2017.New notes are still being distributed, and it could take until the end of next week for all the cash machines dispensing £5 notes to get new ones. One is selling for £110Credit:eBay 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.center_img Got a new polymer £5 note? Even though the streets are due to be awash with them soon, people are putting the new note up for £200 and more on eBay.The notes, released last week, are already flooding eBay for rare money collectors and people eager to get their hands on them early.Collectors are looking for notes with low serial numbers while they are still in mint condition.The first batch of new notes will have a serial number starting AA01. The Queen got the first £5 note, which is AA01 000001.Collectors are looking for notes with serial numbers starting AA01 and preferably with low six-digit serial numbers.This £5 note sold for over £200, and this one sold for £196.If you  have a new £5  note, it may be worth checking the serial number, as it could be worth money.last_img read more

first_imgA timely reminder for all of us that thought oil companies were out of the mining business long ago comes from Chevron Mining. The Pittsburg & Midway Coal Mining Co (P&M) and Molycorp, both subsidiaries of Chevron Corp, recently announced the formation of a new diversified mining company called Chevron Mining. The company said the name change is designed to provide for a better alignment with its parent company and improve market visibility for its current mining operations and future growth opportunities. Chevron Mining employs more than 1,400 people and operates five US coal and metal mines and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. “Bringing P&M and Molycorp together enables us to utilize their generations of experience to the benefit of our newly diversified mining operations,” said Mark A. Smith, President of Chevron Mining. “Together, we will be able to work more efficiently and reliably to maximize the value of our current facilities while looking for growth opportunities.  Founded in 1885, P&M is one of the oldest continuously operating mining companies in the USA. P&M operates two surface mines – McKinley, in New Mexico, and Kemmerer, in Wyoming, and an underground mine in North River, Alabama.Molycorp produces molybdenum and rare earth minerals. Obtained as part of the Unocal acquisition in 2005, the company operates an underground molybdenum mine in Questa, New Mexico and an open-pit rare earth mine in Mountain Pass, California. Chicago Carbon Company, also a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron acquired in 2005, operates a 250,000-t/y petroleum coke calciner in Lemont, Illinois. The petroleum coke is used primarily in the aluminium manufacturing business.last_img read more

first_imgTHE FIRST EVER joint trade mission of Irish, British and Northern Irish representatives is currently taking place in Singapore ahead of Asia’s largest airshow.The two-day joint mission is being led by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton along with UK Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and will include events in both Singapore and Malaysia.More than 60 companies, including over 40 Irish companies, are taking part in what will be four days of activities for Enterprise Ireland.The department say that the trip is Bruton’s 19th major trade or investment mission since taking office in March 2011 and is part of a commitment to double the number of trade missions over the past two years.The previous trade mission to the Gulf Region drew criticism for not addressing human rights issues in states such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.The itinerary of the Asian trip is expected to include meetings with with three Government Ministers in Singapore and Malaysia as well as a Central Bank Governor.The centrepiece of the trip is the Singapore Airshow which begins tomorrow at which Enterprise Ireland and UK Trade and Investment will have a joint stand.Official estimates say that there are 250 companies active in the aviation sector in the Republic of Ireland contributing about €4.1 billion to GDP with revenue in excess of €1. billion being generated in Northern Ireland.“This first joint mission has attracted an impressive list of companies from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK,” said Bruton.It will demonstrate our considerable combined strengths in the aerospace sector at Asia’s largest air show and lead to enhanced opportunities for our companies in this important sector and ultimately more jobs in Ireland.”Both the Irish and British Governments have said that the collaborative nature of the trip is as part of a programme of cooperation to strengthen relations over the next decade. The forthcoming trip of President Michel D Higgins to Britain in April is also part of that commitment.Read: The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and four ministers will make a visit to Paris today >Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn’t lecture Middle East on human rights? >Read: ‘You must be joking’: Higgins criticises Taoiseach over Gulf visit >last_img read more

first_img Caught on Camera: Copperhead Snakes Mate on Bike TrailRare Two-Headed Timber Rattlesnake Spotted in New Jersey A woman’s gas station trip took a surprising turn when she found a live snake slithering across the touch screen at her pump.On Wednesday, driver Holly Malkames noticed something unusual inside the touch screen at the Minit Mart gas station in Gardner, Kansas, Newsweek reported. Malkames shared a video of the snake incident on Facebook, which has received 35,000 views so far. Stay on targetcenter_img At first, Malkames thought there was some rubber material falling inside the touch screen and when it started moving around, she then assumed that the reptile was a digital video.“Know how some of the stations have those videos on there? I thought it was one of those,” Malkames told KCTV 5 News. “Like, a trick.”However, when the snake’s head appeared inside the touch screen, Malkames realized that it was actually a serpent squirming around behind the glass. Malkames did finish filling up her car, but she went inside to notify a store clerk, who later removed the snake from the touch screen.Snakes are hanging out in the most unexpected places lately: Last month, a woman woke up to find a snake lounging on her arm in her hotel room in Tennessee. The snake, which had a green color, didn’t seem to be phased by her, however, she called the hotel’s front desk for some reptile assistance. Pest control came to take away the snake from the space.More on Geek.com:Woman Wakes Up to Find Snake ‘Lounging’ on Her Arm in Hotel RoomLouisiana Officials Warn of Snakes, Alligators in Flood Waters Exotic Snakes Caught Wandering Around North Carolina Marine Baselast_img read more