Indigenous groups joining Quebecs student protest movement

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe streets of Montreal were filled with protestors again this week.It has been over 100 days since students in Quebec started protesting a proposed tuition hike.Hundreds of people have been arrested as students squared off against police.The response from the Quebec government hasn’t helped.As APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette finds, new groups are now adding their voice to the protests.last_img

Markets Right Now Stocks inch higher in early trading

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are inching higher in early trading on Wall Street as fourth-quarter company earnings reports start to roll in.Delta Air Lines and First Republic Bank both rose early Tuesday after reporting results that were better than analysts were expecting. Delta climbed 2.8 per cent and First Republic gained 7.3 per cent.Netflix jumped 4.8 per cent after announcing higher pricing for its video-streaming plans.Sherwin-Williams slumped 5.2 per cent after the maker of paints and industrial coatings said it had a weak quarter.The S&P 500 rose 10 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,593.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 35 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 23,949. The Nasdaq added 60 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 6,966.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.69 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN court starts deliberating in maritime dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras

23 March 2007The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) has begun its deliberations in the dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras over the delineation of their maritime border in the Caribbean Sea after public hearings in the case ended today. Nicaragua brought proceedings against its Central American neighbour in 1999 at the ICJ, saying diplomatic negotiations over the disputed maritime boundary had failed, and asking the Court to rule on the boundary and determine which country has sovereignty over the islands and cays within the area of dispute.The dispute affects the territorial seas, the exclusive economic zones and the continental shelves of the two countries.The ICJ, which sits in The Hague, is a UN court that adjudicates disputes between States. In a press statement released today, the Court said it will deliver its judgement at a date to be determined. Public hearings in the matter began on 5 March and concluded today with the presentation of final submissions. read more

Nearly 1600 displaced Afghans return home this year with UN assistance

A total of 341 internally displaced families, consisting of 1,588 persons, have returned home in 2007 with the assistance of UNHCR and the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, Nilab Mobarez, Information Officer with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told reporters in Kabul today. In addition to those that returned to Balkh, internally displaced families have also returned to their homes in the provinces of Kandahar, Helmand and Farah. An additional 470 families – some 2,560 individuals – are expected to return to their homes in the coming weeks.Returning families receive free transportation to their final destination as well as relief supplies. Upon arriving home, they are provided with reintegration kits which include seeds and wheat flour from the UN World Food Programme (WFP).UNHCR estimates there are over 129,000 people still displaced within Afghanistan, most living in camp-like situations and in need of assistance.Since 2002, over half a million internally displaced persons have returned to their homes with the assistance of UNHCR, WFP and the Afghan government.Meanwhile, the UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan will be holding a workshop tomorrow in Kabul to address the rights and needs of mine victims and persons living with disabilities. The widespread and indiscriminate use of mines during more than two decades of conflict has turned Afghanistan into one of the world’s most heavily contaminated countries, according to the Centre, which has been coordinating mine action activities, such as surveys, mine and battlefield clearance, mine risk education and victim assistance on behalf of the Government since 1989.Mines and unexploded ordinance (UXO) kill or injure an average of two Afghans each day. 22 October 2007Over 100 internally displaced Afghan families have recently returned to their homes in Balkh province thanks to the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which, along with Government authorities, has aided the resettlement of nearly 1,600 internally displaced persons in the war-torn nation this year. read more

Waheed sends letter to MR

He said that both Sri Lanka and the Maldives enjoy strong ties and President Rajapaksa was very supportive of the new Maldivian government. Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed Hassan sent a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa today through Maldivian Vice President Mohamed Waheeduddin, a Maldivian official said today.Speaking to The Sunday Leader following a press briefing in Colombo today Dr. Ananda Kumarasiri, an advisor to the Maldivian government, said that the Maldivian President had conveyed to President Rajapaksa his appreciation over President Rajapaksa taking a neutral stand on the issue in the Maldives. Meanwhile speaking to reporters at the press briefing, the Maldives High Commissioner in Colombo, Hussain Shihab, said that the visit of the Maldivian Vice President to Sri Lanka was part of a courtesy call being made by the new Maldives government. The High Commissioner also said that the situation in the Maldives has now improved and the country was calm. read more

Raising humanitarian concerns UN official stresses need to avoid worsening of Gaza

“We really hope that a ground offensive will not happen, because – among many other things – it will also cause a lot of humanitarian problems,” said the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Filippo Grandi.The latest wave of violence – which includes rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza, and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza – began on 14 November. A chorus of UN officials, beginning with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have appealed for an end to the violence and strongly urged the parties to achieve an immediate ceasefire.That appeal was echoed by Mr. Grandi, who met with refugees living in Gaza, and spoke to staff at a distribution centre which was badly damaged in airstrikes in the town of Jabalia. The centre was subsequently repaired by staff to enable food distributions to thousands of refugees.Home to nearly 1.7 million people, Gaza is a small but densely populated area, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2006 and suffers from a faltering economy and rampant poverty.Speaking at a press encounter with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem earlier today, Mr. Ban stated his immediate concern is for the safety and well-being of all civilians, in Israel and in Gaza. “Rocket attacks by Palestinian militants targeting Israel must cease immediately,” he said, while also calling on Israel to exercise maximum restraint. “I strongly cautioned against a ground operation, which will only result in further tragedy. “I have also stressed that while Israeli rockets may be aimed at military targets inside Gaza, they kill and injure civilians and damage civilian infrastructures. The loss of civilian lives is unacceptable under any circumstances.”The UN chief noted that innocent people, including children, are being killed and injured on both sides, and appealed to all those commanding, bearing and operating arms to respect international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians at all times.The Secretary-General arrived in Israel following talks in Cairo with officials of the Egyptian Government and the League of Arab States. He is scheduled to travel next to Ramallah in the West Bank to meet with the head of the Palestinian Authority, President Mahmoud Abbas.UN agencies are also sounding the alarm on the humanitarian impact of the ongoing violence. “On both sides of the border, the children are worst affected – scarred for the rest of their lives by the raining bullets and bombs,” stated the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Terrified by the sounds of air raid sirens, children in southern Israel and Tel Aviv run into shelters several times a day to escape death,” it added in a news release. “In Gaza, many sleep in the cold. Windows are left open for fear of injury from glass shards if windows are blown by explosions. Trapped by the six-year blockade and poverty, they have nowhere to go.”Most UNICEF activities in Gaza are suspended due to insecurity, but five UNICEF-supported emergency psychosocial teams are visiting children and families affected by the violence in their homes or at hospitals whenever conditions permit.The agency added that medical supplies to treat severely injured patients are urgently needed. Plastic sheeting to seal broken windows, fuel to run generators for hospitals and water and sanitation facilities, and chlorine for water treatment plants are scarce.“Let us not forget that children across Gaza need support more than ever before. In this climate of uncertainty, and in light of its commitments to the Palestinian people, the UN and its agencies have a responsibility to mitigate a humanitarian crisis,” said UNICEF’s Special Representative for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jean Gough.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was scheduled to begin food distributions for more than 30,000 people to prevent the conflict from deepening hunger in Gaza, which is already a food-insecure area.WFP is also planning to provide emergency rations to some 350 families whose homes were destroyed during recent attacks. They will receive bread as well as canned foods for an initial period of 10 days.“We are deeply concerned about the situation in Gaza and will continue to assist the most vulnerable households, many of whom have been affected by the violence,” said WFP’s Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territories, Pablo Recalde.WFP has enough food in its Gaza warehouses to cover the food needs of 285,000 people, about 60 per cent of the non-refugee population, for one month. It has enough food outside of the area to last its residents another two months if necessary. However, access to Gaza is challenging even under normal circumstances, noted the agency, which is concerned about its ability to continue reaching those in need should the conflict escalate. read more

Looming famine in Yemen could put two million mothers at risk of

“Lack of food, displacement, poor nutrition, disease outbreaks and eroding healthcare have heavily affected the health and well-being of 1.1 million malnourished pregnant and lactating women, causing numerous cases of premature or low-birth weight babies, severe postpartum bleeding, and extremely life-threatening labor processes,” UNFPA warned, adding that if the situation continues to deteriorate, up to two million mothers could end up being affected. Since conflict escalated in Yemen in 2015 between non-state armed groups and a Saudi-led coalition in support of the Government, constant shelling and bombing has destroyed key civilian infrastructure across the country. Although targeting medical facilities is strictly forbidden under humanitarian law, nearly half of the health facilities are no longer operational, including those established to provide reproductive health services. As a result, many of these women go undiagnosed and untreated.This past August, for example, Al Thawra, Al Hudaydah’s largest hospital – the only hospital of the area which provides critical neo-natal and emergency care – was attacked, putting the city’s almost 90,000 pregnant women and girls at great risk.  “I felt I was in hell because of what I saw,” said midwife Noha, who was working at the hospital’s obstetric ward when the attack took place on 2 August. “Now pregnant women prefer to give birth at home, where they are exposed to many risks and problems. They do not come to the hospital out of fear for their lives,” she explained.The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the worst in the world, with three quarters of the population requiring some form of life-saving assistance and protection, according to the UN’s humanitarian coordination office (OCHA). The conflict has rendered civilians’ access to food increasingly difficult through a combination of factors, including unprecedented inflation, import controls, and limited freedom of movement.“There is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen: much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during their working lives,” UN humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock told the UN Security Council last week.Although the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the world’s best funded crises, with 71 per cent of the 2018 appeal funded to date, the needs continue to grow and outpace the response. Working with limited funding, UNFPA’s support to the 184 health facilities that offer reproductive health services may stop if additional resources do not become available urgently. read more

Titlechaser Liverpool comes from behind to sink Burnley

BURNLEY, England — Juergen Klopp had to bring rested stars off the bench to ensure Liverpool came from behind to beat Burnley 3-1 in the Premier League on Wednesday and move back within two points of leader Manchester City.After Liverpool gambled by making seven changes, Jack Cork put Burnley ahead in the 54th minute.James Milner equalized in the 62nd and Klopp sent on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who converted from close range within four minutes of his arrival.Xherdan Shaqiri completed the scoring in stoppage time as Liverpool maintained its unbeaten start to the league campaign.Klopp’s big call was in making sweeping changes from the derby win over Everton, giving Sunday’s match-winner Divock Origi his first Premier League start since May 2017. That was also the last time Liverpool started without attacking trio Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane, who was out injured.___More AP soccer: and Associated Press read more

Vernon Philander Wins SA Cricketer of the Year

After a record-breaking season in which he captured 51 wickets in his first seven test matches, Vernon Philander was the big winner at the Cricket South Africa awards gala in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.The Cape Cobras’ seamer lifted the prestigious South African Cricketer of the Year Award, and also received awards as Test Cricketer of the Year and the Fans’ Cricketer of the Year.Only Australia’s Charlie Turner reached 50 test wickets faster than Philander, but he played way back in 1888, in a time when scores were far lower and bowlers far more favored by pitches than they are today.Despite playing just those seven tests, he ranks seventh in International Cricket Council’s test bowling rankings. His test average is a miserly 14.15.ODI Player of the YearAB de Villiers was named ODI Player of the Year for the second time in succession after tallying 475 runs in eight games, including two centuries, at an astonishing average of 158.33 and a strike rate of 116.13.He also picked up an award decided upon by his peers when he was announced as the Players’ Player of the Year.Richard Levi won the CSA International T20 Cricketer of the Year and the KFC “So Good” awards, thanks to his stunning innings against New Zealand in Hamilton in February in which he struck a world-record equaling 117 not out. His runs came off only 51 balls, with a world record 13 sixes and five fours.Fast bowler Marchant de Lange, who captured 7 for 81 against Sri Lanka in Durban on his test debut, was named the Newcomer of the Year.Domestic awards winnersThe SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year award went the way of Alviro Petersen, who played his way into the Proteas’ test line-up, while Faf du Plessis was named the Domestic Players’ Player of the Year.Matthew Maynard of the Titans was named Coach of the Year after leading the franchise to victory in the SuperSport Series and Twenty20 competitions.Earlier in the day, Shandre Fritz was named the Women’s Cricketer of the Year.Ewie Cronje, the father of the late Hansie Cronje, received a special lifetime achievement award for his years of service to Free State cricket. Under Cronje’s guidance, the province became a leading cricketing power in the country after having been mired in B-division cricket for decades.World rankingsA quick check on the health of South African cricket by looking at the latest ICC Player Rankings indicates that the country’s cricketers are doing very well.Among test batsmen, De Villiers ranks second, just ahead of Jacques Kallis, with Hashim Amla in ninth place.Dale Steyn enjoys a healthy lead among test bowlers, with Philander in seventh spot.Amla and De Villiers are ranked one and two among ODI batsmen, while Lonwabo Tsotsobe is in first place among ODI bowlers, with Morne Morkel in third position.Source: read more

Baseball Ohio State faces crucial Big Ten road test against Maryland

Ohio State junior infielder Conner Pohl (39) runs toward third base after a home run during the game against Michigan on April 12. Ohio State won 10-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThis weekend poses the red-hot Ohio State baseball team with an opportunity to climb the Big Ten ladder and produce fireworks with its bats.Ohio State (21-17, 4-5 Big Ten) will travel to take on Maryland (18-19, 5-4 Big Ten) in a pivotal series for conference positioning. The Buckeyes will take their recent winning ways and big bats up against the struggling Terrapins. “We got a big series in Maryland this weekend to climb the standings in the Big Ten,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. In order to improve their Big Ten record, the Buckeyes will look to keep their bats hot against a Maryland squad susceptible to the long ball.The Terrapins have surrendered 42 home runs this season; the weekend starters have contributed 15 to this total. The Buckeyes have launched 36 home runs on the season. Over the past six games, Ohio State has hit a homer eight times and scored an average of 7.33 runs per contest.“Everybody is just calm and relaxed right now, and it is a really good feeling going into the weekend,” Ohio State junior right fielder Dominic Canzone said. Maryland will come into the weekend on a two-game losing streak. The Terrapins will turn to their best pitcher on Friday to try to get out of their recent rut. Senior pitcher Hunter Parsons has excelled for Maryland. The Friday starter has a 2.95 ERA and has averaged more than seven innings pitched per start. Parsons has a 6-2 record on the season and a 3.06 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Senior John Murphy has made a team-high 16 appearances and has a 3.66 ERA with seven saves. He has struck out 31 batters in only 19.2 innings of work. On the offensive side, the Terrapins have struggled to find consistent hitting. The team is hitting a combined .235 batting average, while having only one player hitting above .275. Maryland freshman first baseman Maxwell Costes has carried the torch for the offense. Costes leads the team with a .281 batting average, and also has 30 RBI and six home runs on the year. Maryland, like Ohio State, has the ability to hit the long ball. The Terrapins have hit 37 home runs, but the Ohio State pitching staff has only allowed 22 home runs on the year. The Buckeyes have settled in these past six games. After dropping five consecutive games, they have responded by winning five of their past six. “I think we are moving in the right direction, and just keep that momentum going as much as we can,” redshirt senior senior pitcher Thomas Waning said. Ohio State will open the series against Maryland Friday at 6:30 p.m. in College Park, Maryland. This will be followed by a 2 p.m. game Saturday and a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday. read more

Thousands of plastic bodyboards wash up on Britains beaches every year

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. Keep Britain Tidy has launched a campaign against plastic bodyboards after figures reveal 16,000 are found in the sea around Britain every year.The eco-campaigners have warned about the danger of plastic pollution caused by the boards that are mainly shipped in from China and sell for as little as £5.They break up easily and are so cheap they are viewed as disposable, often left on beaches to be washed into the sea.But they are made from a block of polystyrene wrapped in plastic cloth, and are often transported thousands of miles across the world.During just one day environmental organisation BeachCare collected more than 600 alone on Cornish beaches.Neil Hembrow, from Keep Britain Tidy, who has been working to raise awareness of the harm caused by the “single-use” plastic boards, said it was time action was taken.He said: “A lot of them are used for surfing down the sand dunes. They are left by the bins or left on the beach.”We estimate that there are thousands and thousands of them distributed in Cornwall and Devon each year.”These cheap boards have been put in a cargo ship and sent across the world to be basically buried or burnt after five minutes use. “Some of the ones we found were still in their shrink wrap.”We want to send a message to consumers to rent or buy something decent. Surf shops should make it as cheap as possible to rent these boards.”The consumers we spoke to weren’t aware of the scale of the problem. Once they saw 600 boards piled up on the beach people were shocked.”We are not here to spoil people’s fun when they come down to the south west.”We want them to make a choice that is good for them, good for the sea and good for the environment.” read more

Very challenging equity financing conditions continue to take their toll

first_imgMetals Economics Group’s (MEG) Pipeline Activity Index (PAI) declined for the second consecutive month in May before encouraging numbers of initial resource announcements and better than expected drilling activity created a slight rebound in June. Very challenging equity financing conditions continue to take their toll, with gold companies raising only $445 million through equity placements-the lowest two-month total since late 2008. As markets are unlikely to improve significantly in the near term-at least until the European debt crisis is remedied – many companies could be in for a long summer of budget restraint. The industry’s aggregate market cap plunged to $1.55 trillion in May-its lowest level since early 2010. LSE-listed companies and base metals-focused companies were the hardest hit. Base metals somewhat surprisingly strengthened in May-June to reach its highest two-month total to date in 2012. The increase in drilling was aided by the onset of the Northern Hemisphere summer, when many Canadian juniors begin new programs. The typical seasonal pattern generally sees drilling activity increase through summer and into early autumn.While financings remain very difficult for junior explorers, intermediates and midsized juniors with prospective projects have managed to continue advancing their projects. Even in scaled-back programs, cash-conscious companies are focusing on the most prospective targets to ensure that they are well-positioned when market conditions improve. The seasonal trend will likely keep drilling steady for the coming months, but we do not expect it to reach the highs of 2011, due to poor financing conditions and the overall softening of metals prices.Significant financings ($2 million minimum) for gold and base metals projects in May-June totaled $2.2 billion-a decrease of more than 21% from the previous two-month period. The amount raised for gold decreased 32%. Debt accounted for three of the four largest gold raisings, including $400 million of senior notes issued by Allied Nevada Gold for the expansion of its Hycroft mine in Nevada. The amount raised for base metals was comparable in terms of funds raised to March-April; however, the number of completed financings decreased 23%. More than 53% of the total raised was debt, including $300 million from Vnesheconombank for development of Baikal Mining’s Udokan copper deposit in RussiThe number of initial resource announcements was promising, with 11 announcements in May (seven gold, four base metals) and 16 in June (eight gold, eight base metals).  Aside from an initial estimate of 4 Mt of nickel for URU Metals’s 50%-owned Zebediela nickel sulfide project in South Africa, and four initial gold estimates of more than 1 million oz, many initial estimates are relatively small. Investors’ reactions to the initial estimates have been mixed, with companies that fail to meet expectations often seeing significant declines in their share prices.The MEG Pipeline Activity Index (PAI) measures the level and direction of overall activity in the supply pipeline, incorporating significant drill results, initial resource announcements, project development milestones, and significant financings into a single comparable index. The PAI is featured in the MEG Industry Monitor-a series of comprehensive graphs and charts, with related commentary, illustrating MEG’s analysis of monthly changes and emerging trends in the base and precious metals pipelines. Using information only available from MEG through MineSearch, Exploration Activity Services, and Acquisitions Services, the Industry Monitor tracks developments based on announcements over the past 26 months of significant drill results, initial resources, project development milestones, significant financings, and acquisitions.last_img read more

Gardaí investigate true identity of girl 7 taken from Tallaght home

first_imgGARDAÍ IN TALLAGHT are investigating the true identity of a girl who was living with a Roma family in Dublin.The seven-year-old was taken from her family and placed in the care of the HSE yesterday afternoon following a garda operation.Described as a seven-year-old with blonde hair and blue eyes, the girl was removed from the home using the powers granted under the Child Care Act.It is understood the officers acted following a tip-off.According to the Sunday World, which first revealed details of the operation this afternoon, the adults living in the property maintained the girl was their daughter.A hospital consultant was brought in to give expert opinion on whether the child could be the daughter of the couple.A birth certificate and passport produced on Monday could not be verified.The HSE told that it could not comment on cases involving children in care. However, a spokesperson confirmed that there had been numerous media requests about the issue.The revelations come just days after a young girl, named Maria, was discovered in a Roma camp in the central town of Farsala, Greece. That case has prompted a global reaction with thousands of calls being made to a Greek charity about Maria’s possible origins.Read: Roma couple charged with abducting mystery child ‘Maria’More: Email with personal details of girl found at GPO accidentally sent to member of publiclast_img read more

10 things youll do after having your heart broken

first_imgSOME THINGS ARE simply rites of passage in life, and going off the rails after a break-up is one of them.We’ve all been that soldier. Here’s what to do post break-up…1. Get an ill-advised haircutImage: via Good News WeeklyIt’s the most clichéd of the bunch, but nearly every broken-hearted girl falls victim to it.  Wash that man right out of your hair, but whatever you do – don’t be tempted by the Britney razor blade.2. Drown your sorrowsImage: via Beer CzarYou’re free of your relationship shackles! You don’t owe anyone anything! You’ve got a lot of time and shifts to catch up on! Paint the town red! Paint the bathroom floor with red wine!3. Eat a lot of cakeImage: via Fifth World Art/FlickrIf you’re not gonna go on a mad one to get over it, the least you can do is eat a lot of chocolate. And pizza. And maybe some chips.4. Cry at the drop of a hatImage: via Swallow the SoundYou’ll cry at almost any song on the radio. You’ll cry when someone asks you are you alright (even if you are alright!). You’ll cry when you drop your pen. You’ll cry during a 30 second road safety ad. You’ll cry when you spot an overflowing bin you two once walked by together. In other words, you’ll cry at bloody anything.5. Overshare on social mediaImage: via iMediaUsing your Facebook status as a cryptic diary. “Just had the worst day ever… Is it ever going to get better?” Resist the temptation and don’t give in to social need-ia.6. Have the sentbox from hellImage: via Mary BairdOh for the love of all that is holy, delete their number.7. Show themImage: via ShutterstockCongrats! You’re feelin’ sassy and over it. However, if your life now revolves around showing your ex how “over it” you are, then you are not over it.8. Become the worst friend everImage: via MemeGeneratorTemporarily, you are going to be a truly lousy friend. All you’ll talk about is yourself and your relationship. A few ears are going to get bent over it, but isn’t that what friends are for? Just try and be there for your mate when it happens to them!9. Take up a new hobbyImage: via MakeuseofEveryone sensible will recommend that you take up a hobby after you get dumped. Well, guess what? Your brand new hobby is going to be checking your ex’s Facebook obsessively every 5 minutes. Sorry.10. Get over itImage: via Louise Elia SimonAs unlikely as it seems at the time, you will get over it. Your mammy will say time heals all – and she’s right, as usual.Of course, there is no magic formula to getting over that someone special. But if you find yourself crying at a bus ticket, abusing redial on your phone or lopping off your locks after a break-up – know that you’re not alone. God bless now.Read:  9 things only an Irish mammy can teach you>last_img read more

Use of helmets on Dublinbikes would not be possible to enforce

first_imgDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has said that the use of helmets by those availing of the Dublinbikes scheme would not be possible to enforce.This week the council voted to approve a massive expansion to the scheme that will see 58 new stations for the popular service with 950 extra bikes and 2,000 extra stands around the city.Last year eight cyclists were killed last year on the roads – one while cycling a Dublinbike without a helmet . The man, who suffered fatal head injuries when he fell off his Dublinbike and hit the rear bumper of a taxi, was a Brazilian student living in the city centre. At the time, the city coroner Brian Farrell recommended that the council look at making helmets available to users for hire with the scheme.In response to a query by, the council said that, while it recommends all users of the scheme wear helmets, it is not mandatory. A  spokesperson said the use of helmets “would not be possible to enforce” and “therefore it wasn’t included.”The Road Safety authority said that as a cyclist, you are a vulnerable road user and your bicycle will not protect you if there is a crash.“The law does not require you to wear a helmet. However, in the interest of road safety, and in your personal interest, you should wear a helmet at all times,” it recommends.View: A map of the locations of the 58 new Dublinbikes stations>Read: With over 5 million journeys made so far, Dublinbikes scheme set for expansion>last_img read more

MacBook Air refresh now expected next week

first_imgMany of us hoped to see a new line of MacBook Airs and Macbook Pros Thursday, along with the much-anticipated update to Mac OS X. However, the day came and went with no news of new hardware or a Lion launch. Now, the hot money is on the new MacBook Air line launching late next week.We expected the big launch to be on July 19, the same day as Apple’s third quarter earnings call, but that was just a rumor, as is this one, so take everything with a grain of salt. The date of July 14 was also banded about along with an expectation that in addition to the MacBook Air refresh and introduction of Mac OS X 10.7, a new update to the Pro line would also be released. The evidence comes in the form of part numbers for the new products, which suggests a release for both models in what we thought would be the next few days. However, it looks like we were all out by about a week.The specs of the new Airs are said to fall inline with what we’ve been hearing all along. That means the laptops will have a zippy Sandy Bridge processor, as well as Apple’s Thunderbolt I/O technology. Another rumored addition is that the Air will adopt the mSATA connector, which allows a flash hard drive to be inserted directly on the motherboard and takes up very little space – something that’s important to the MacBook’s appearance and lightweight body. The memory is called “Toggle DDR 2.0” built on a 19nm process and can reach speeds of 400Mbps while using less power than previous drives. Basically, the new Airs will be much faster and more energy efficient. Another addition that will make a lot of Mac fans very happy is the introduction of a backlit keyboard.However, one big change we hadn’t heard before is that Apple will be scaling back the number of configurations offered and will only make available 128GB and 256GB storage options, eliminating the 64GB SSD. Also, Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks that Apple will no longer be offering Airs with 2GB of RAM. Instead, the standard will be 4GB of RAM, making Lion’s performance that much better.via AllThingsD and AppleInsiderlast_img read more

Emmanuel Lemelson The Reverend Of Wall Street

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson is a Greek Orthodox travelling priest who also manages a $US20 million hedge fund named Amvona.The priest set up Lemelson Capital back in 2012, creating an umbrella for his ventures, which has been running successfully for more than three years.Lemerson was featured in The Wall Street Journal, American radio shows and has taken a short position in Netflix.“My whole life I always knew things before they happened. I guess it’s just a gift from God,” Lemelson told The Wall Street Journal. His popular Twitter feed links to articles about tax evasion, the Greek economic crisis and stock calls. Christian teachings and capitalism do not strike most people as compatible disciplines, but one Boston man says he does not subscribe to this belief: Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson is a clerical-collar-wearing hedge fund manager.The 39-year-old Greek Orthodox priest established Lemelson Capital in 2012 and runs the Amvona Fund, the Wall Street Journal reports. The faith allows priests to marry and hold other jobs.“My whole life I always knew things before they happened. I guess it’s just a gift from God,” Lemelson told the Journal.Lemelson, who has a Jewish father and Christian mother, became a priest after drawing inspiration from a college professor. Several years later, he was ordained by a Turkish archbishop, who later became a client of the Amvona Fund, investing his church’s money in it. When business dips, Lemelson asks clients to “pray for the fund and disregard short-term performance.” Lemelson told the Journal that a number of priests are well-off and use their earnings to donate to the charity. He plans to follow this model, which he calls “the supreme capital allocation decision.”“Let’s not be poor because we’re pretending to be pious, when we really just couldn’t figure out how to make a better living,” he said.Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump asked Lemelson for a “good luck invocation”.Source: The Wall Street Journal, ibtimes.comlast_img read more

Fuel price increasing in Gambia declining in world market Why

first_imgBy Rohey Jadama The pump price for petrol and diesel (gasoil) in the Gambia has been on the increase despite the slump in the world market price for crudeoil which is reported to have reduced to 40% since July this year.According to media reports, the price of crude oil, from which petroland diesel are extracted, is expected to fall further in the comingmonths. However, despite this lowering of prices at the level of theworld market, the effect is still not felt in The Gambia in terms ofthe reduction of the pump price of petrol and diesel.For 2014 alone, the prices of both petrol and diesel have increasedtwice as at September which was the last time they were increased.When this reporter visited some filling stations in the KanifingMunicipality yesterday, Sunday, 14 December, she discovered that theprices have still not gone down. At the GALP station in ChurchillTown, the pump price for petrol is D58.77 per litre, while diesel isD56.56 per litre. The Total station at the Buffer Zone is sellingpetrol at D58.77 per litre and D56.59 per litre for diesel. As for theAbuko Elton station, petrol is being sold at D58.77 per litre anddiesel D56.59 per litre.The last hike was on 1st September 2014, when petrol increased fromD57. 52 to D58.52 per litre and diesel from D54.09 to D55.09 per litre.The reason why fuel prices in The Gambia remain unaffected by theslump in world market prices is still unknown  However, Mr. AbdouKolley, the then Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, whilesoliciting the approval of the National Assembly for a D300 milliondalasi Supplementary Appropriation Bill for 2013, told the deputiesthat the amount of D189 million dalasi will be taken from the 300million dalasi to finance, through the gradual increase, the petroleumpump price to ensure the near elimination of the subsidy by the end of2013.Foroyaa will enquire from the Ministries of Finance and Energy, aswell as importers and suppliers as to what is responsible for thisupward trend in the prices of both petrol and diesel.]]>last_img read more


first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYWILL THERE BE A CORONER’S INQUEST TO INVESTIGATE EBRIMA SOLO SANDENG’S DEATH?Now that the state has accepted that Solo Sandeng died in custody, it has to make the moves required by law to investigate the death. This matter is not an ordinary one and there should be no complacency in doing what is required by law. Any omission would raise more questions than ever before. The cases of those incarcerated because of this event need to be looked into so that that chapter be closed. There is nothing to be gained in jailing those who wanted to know about Ebrima Solo Sangeng’s death.last_img read more

ASA Joins Letter to Secretary Vilsack on Disruption of Official Grain Inspection

first_imgASA joined several agricultural industries last week in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, reemphasizing concern for the periodic disruptions in Official grain inspection and weighing services provided by the Federal Grain Inspection Service’s (FGIS) designated agencies in the Pacific Northwest.Last October at a meeting with Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards, the groups urged that contingency plans be developed to ensure that FGIS respond immediately and effectively if there were any future disruptions in Official inspection service from WSDA.“Our expanded stakeholder interest group now understands that on July 1, 2014, the designated agency – the Washington State Department of Agriculture – provided written notification that it was withdrawing Official grain inspection services at the Port of Vancouver, WA, effective July 7, 2014.  Based upon this unprecedented development, we urge you to direct that FGIS take immediate action to provide such Official inspection services utilizing either its own personnel or the personnel of another FGIS-designated agency authorized-  perform such Official services at grain export facilities,” the groups state in the letter.The groups reemphasized that statute prohibits the export of U.S. grains and oilseeds unless Officially inspected and weighed by Official personnel in accordance with the Grain Standards and exports are required to be accompanied by Official certificates showing the Official grade designation and certified weight – unless such a requirement is waived by the Secretary of Agriculture and the grain is not sold or exported by grade.“Thus, Congress has vested in FGIS the responsibility and obligation to provide vibrant and reliable Official inspection and weighing services to facilitate efficient and cost-effective marketing of U.S. grains and oilseeds to foreign markets, upon which U.S. agriculture and the American economy depend for economic growth and jobs,” the letter states. “To our knowledge, this latest announcement by a designated State agency declining to provide Official services is unprecedented.  We believe WSDA’s actions create an extremely troubling precedent that will cause irreparable damage to the integrity and reliability of the nation’s Official grain inspection system.  This development already has created uncertainty within the U.S. grain export industry regarding potential future disruptions of Official services at facilities operating at other U.S. export ports.  The disruptions that already have occurred have put at risk the United States’ reputation as a reliable supplier of grains and oilseeds to foreign customers.  In the absence of WSDA’s reliable performance of its duties, FGIS must intervene and make the necessary arrangements to provide the mandatory Official services.”The letter concluded by underscoring the importance of accurate, timely and cost-effective delivery of mandated impartial third-party Official inspection services—depended upon by American farmers, grain handlers and exporters and foreign customers.“To this point, confidence that the U.S. Official grain inspection system will function in a continuous and consistent manner – and not be subject to unwarranted disruptions – has been instrumental in facilitating the ability of U.S. farmers and agribusinesses to reliably serve foreign customers and remain competitive in world markets.  It has been a model of integrity,” the groups said in the letter, “But the recent decision by WSDA, and the subsequent inaction to this point of FGIS to fulfill its mandate to provide Official inspection services, risks sullying that hard-earned reputation, to the long- lasting detriment of U.S. agriculture.  It also sends a dangerous signal to any third-party that might wish to disrupt U.S. grain export trade.”To read the entire letter, click here.last_img read more