Lesser budget measures cover array of issues from dead dollars to PTSD

first_imgOTTAWA – Beyond the usual headline-grabbing, big-ticket items, the federal budget Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced Tuesday includes a variety of smaller fare, from a plan to phase out obsolete currency to the funds to fight a persistent forest pest. Among them:___The budget offers a tax break for the costs of keeping a psychiatric service dog. There is already a break for service animals like guide dogs for the blind, but the government is extending the benefit to cover dogs specially trained to help people with conditions like post-traumatic stress.The 15-per-cent, non-refundable tax credit covers costs including food and vet care.It does not, however, apply to a regular pooch that might provide comfort or emotional support.The budget does not include any specific details about how much the measure will cost.___Veterans Affairs will get $24.4 million over five years to help finance repairs and restoration work at the gravesites of military veterans.The department last year reported that about 45,000 such graves needed work, a job that would take 17 years to finish with existing funding.The new money will do the job in five years, the budget says.___The budget includes an effort to improve the way political leaders engage in televised debates during election campaigns, earmarking $6 million over two years to support a new process.Leaders’ debates have been run in the past by a consortium of broadcasters, but in recent years the process has become inconsistent and controversial, with some leaders being excluded and others opting not to take part.The budget says the government will offer proposals for debate formats over the coming months and may bring in legislation.—The budget provides funding for six new Superior Court judges in Ontario and a new appeal court judge in Saskatchewan.As well, the budget allots money to expand unified family courts, providing 39 new judicial positions in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.There is also money set aside for additional administrative support to the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court.—Prison farms at Joyceville and Collins Bay, Ont., which were closed down by the previous Conservative government, will be re-opened, the budget says.It sets aside $4.3 million over five years to restart the operations.The farms will be run by a Correctional Service rehabilitation agency.—The budget includes up to $74.75 million over five years to fight the forest-threatening spruce budworm in Atlantic Canada.The destructive pest is one of the greatest threats to spruce forests.The money will be spent on a 60-40 basis with the federal government taking the larger share and provinces and industry handling the rest.—The Bank of Canada long ago stopped printing a number of paper bills, from the humble $1 note to the rarely seen $1,000 bill, although they remained legal tender.The federal budget says that will come to an end with new legislation covering $1, $2, $25, $500 and $1,000 bills.While the notes will no longer be legal tender, the Bank of Canada will continue to honour the bills and exchange them at face value.—last_img read more


Now Canada will see this as real MMIWG inquiry gets set to

first_imgSurvivors and family take part in a round dance in Thunder Bay under the shadow of a red dress. For some the inquiry was a healing journey, for others it was a lost opportunity. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNThe contents of this story may be triggering to some readers. 1-844-413-6649 is a national, toll-free support line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsIt was 2015 when the Liberal party promised a national public inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in Canada.As part of its election campaign, the party called the disappearance and death of an estimated 1,200 Indigenous women and girls “an ongoing national tragedy that must come to an end.”It set the bar high – claiming the inquiry would “seek recommendations on concrete actions that governments, law enforcement, and others can take to solve these crimes and prevent future ones.”But that lofty target was watered down in the inquiry’s official mandate, says former MKO chief Sheila North.“It hasn’t solved anything. Neither have police,” she said in an interview.“It set up a lot of false hope.”Danielle Ewenin from Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan won’t even try to hide her anger at the inquiry.“It was a complete failure,” she said. “So much for finding the truth and honoring the truth.”(A sandstone bench on Tsuut’ina Nation in Alberta. Submitted photo)Ewenin’s sister, Eleanor (Laney) Ewenin, was found dead outside Calgary in 1982, when she was 23. The case remains unsolved and Danielle feels it should have been included in the inquiry’s forensic police audit.But it wasn’t because she said the inquiry was unable to obtain the coroner and police reports she said her family asked them to find in 2016.“If they did not have (that) there was no point (in us appearing),” said Danielle.“Nor would the (inquiry) be allowed to appear like they provided our family with a service.”Her family had travelled to Saskatoon from their Cree community.In January 2019, the Family Information Liaison Unit – established to work alongside the inquiry – learned the files had been stored under an incorrect name (Eleanor Cyr) and sent them to the family.“They had $90 million and they couldn’t even do that for us,” said Danielle. “Why would I believe anything they have to say?”(The inquiry suffered from high turnover and at times seemed to be in disarray. This image of the inquiry office in Winnipeg taken by APTN shows an empty, unorganized space. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Willie Starr’s family had a similar emotional experience the night before testifying in Winnipeg about his still-missing sister Jennifer Catcheway. His parents were told they’d have a short window to relay the worst experience of their lives due to scheduling issues.They held a tense news conference at the inquiry’s hotel after contacting media outlets the night before, which led to them receiving more time.But Starr has put that behind him. He said the big picture – the final report – will give families like his the vindication they need.“Now Canada will see this is real,” he said in an interview before the final report was leaked last Friday. “That’s the most important thing.“The inquiry is proof.”(Willie Star holds a poster of his sister Jennifer at an MMIWG event. “Now Canada will see this is real,” he says of the final MMIWG. Photo courtesy: Doug Thomas)Starr said he hopes the commissioners, who were appointed in 2016, are believed and their report respected. He doesn’t want anymore turmoil.“Families need healing, and to move forward. We need to know the country is behind us.”Getting support for hurting families in Nunavut is why Laura Mackenzie lobbied to bring the inquiry to Rankin Inlet. It led to one of the most dramatic hearings in its mandate when Inuk musician Susan Aglukark disclosed she’d been sexually abused by a male neighbour.But it very nearly didn’t happen.In what was becoming classic inquiry dysfunction, Mackenzie received a phone call telling her the hearing was being moved to the capital of Iqaluit or perhaps Montreal.(“There needs to be acceptance and understanding and compassion,” says Laura MacKenzie who lobbied to bring the inquiry to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Photo: APTN)She contacted reporters who filed stories and the ensuing publicity put Rankin Inlet back on the schedule.But Mackenzie, too, has filed that experience away and prefers to look to the future.“What do I want to see in the final report? Peace,” she said.“There needs to be acceptance and understanding and compassion now. This took a lot out of everyone, and we deserve to be heard.“I hope this will happen. For the good of families, for the good of Nunavut, for all of Canada.”MMIWG Inquiry concludes violence against women and girls is ‘genocide’(Angela Lightning made the display in her yard in Carling, AB to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Photo courtesy Angela Lightning.)According to leaked copies of the executive summary, and final report, the inquiry has concluded that persistent and deadly violence against Indigenous women and girls is a form of genocide.The word genocide is contained throughout the 116-page executive summary of the final report sent to APTN News Friday.Read the executive summary here: Reclaiming Power and PlacePerry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, agrees with the inquiry’s conclusion.“(He) has said many times that the treatment of First Nations in Canada is consistent with the definition of genocide based on the many assaults on First Nations people and cultures,” a spokesman for Bellegarde said Friday.“The violence and homicide against Indigenous women and girls is part of this pattern and governments need to work urgently with Indigenous people to stop it.”The four government-appointed commissioners who helmed the inquiry say in the summary they agreed on the concept of genocide early on in their work, which began in September 2016.They say they use it in their report to build on the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“The truths shared in these National Inquiry hearings tell the story – or, more accurately, thousands of stories – of acts of  genocide against First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) people,” they write.“This violence amounts to a race-based genocide of Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, which especially targets women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people.“This genocide has been empowered by colonial structures, evidenced notably by the Indian Act, the Sixties Scoop, residential schools, and breaches of human and Inuit, Métis and First Nations rights, leading directly to the current increased rates of violence, death, and suicide in Indigenous populations.”Definition of genocideThey say they rely on this definition of genocide: “…a co-ordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.”And, they note, Canada officially recognizes five genocides: the Holocaust, the Holodomor genocide, the Armenian genocide in 1915, the Rwandan genocide of 1994, and the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia from 1992 to 1995.This indicates they may ask the government to recognize a sixth genocide on Monday.The summary blames “settler colonialist structures” and “intergenerational effects of genocide” for perpetuating and encouraging the ongoing violence.“As many witnesses expressed, this country is at war, and Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people are under siege,” it says, noting the high crime rate against this group.“Perpetrators of violence include Indigenous and non-Indigenous family members and partners, casual acquaintances, and serial killers.”However, the inquiry says it was unable to learn how many Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people “have been lost to the Canadian genocide to date.”The commissioners agree: “Thousands of women’s deaths or disappearances have likely gone unrecorded over the decades, and many families likely did not feel ready or safe to share with the National Inquiry before our timelines required us to close registration.“Without a doubt there are many more.”The summary says more than 2,380 people participated in the inquiry. And, to a person, it says their words told the pain of violence, racism and oppression.“Colonial violence, as well as racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, has become embedded in everyday life – whether this is through interpersonal forms of violence, through institutions like the health care system and the justice system, or in the laws, policies and structures of Canadian society,” it says.“The result has been that many Indigenous people have grown up normalized to violence, while Canadian society shows an appalling apathy to addressing the issue. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls finds that this amounts to genocide.”The final report is 1,200 pages.APTN News will have full coverage of the ceremony on its website and social media platforms. kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more


Articles 370 35A should be reviewed scrapped Rajnath

first_imgLucknow: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said Articles 370 and 35A should be seriously reviewed and scrapped. While Article 370 gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, Article 35A allows the Himalayan state’s legislature to define permanent residents of the state. Speaking at a voters’ awareness programme here, Singh attacked National Conference leader Omar Abdullah for his recent remarks that there should be a separate prime minister for Kashmir. “When a person, who has occupied a Constitutional post says such things, then Articles 370 and 35A should be seriously reviewed. Since these (provisions) have mostly caused losses, Articles 370 and 35A should be scrapped.” Singh said, “There is a conspiracy in Jammu and Kasmir. Some organisations want to kindle the feelings of separatism among the people, but majority want to stay with India. Barring three-four organisations, the rest are with India” The Lok Sabha MP praised PM Narendra Modi. International Monetary Fund has endorsed that India is growing at rapid speed, he said.last_img read more


Loubna Abidar Wins Second International Award for Work in Much Loved

Rabat – Actress Loubna Abidar recently won the Golden Bayard Best Actress Award for her work in the controversial film Much Loved. It was presented to her in Belgium at the International Francophone Film Festival’s 30th edition, which occurred October 2nd to 9th.This is her second award for her work in Much Loved; she first won Best Actress at the Francophone Film Festival of Angouleme.The Cannes-Selected film is breaking records for Moroccan media in France, with almost 200,000 admissions so far after its release. read more


Aicha EchChenna Crowned International Woman of the Year in Monaco

Rabat – Aicha Ech-Chenna, Moroccan human rights activist and founder of the Feminine Solidarity Association, was crowned International Woman of the Year at the Monte-Carlo Women of the Year ceremony. For the sixth edition of the award ceremony, the theme chosen was “Women for Women”, celebrating female activists who defend women’s rights, as gender equality has become an ever-present debate in today’s societies. During the ceremony held on June 7 in Monaco, Ech-Chenna was awarded the international prize for her lifelong efforts to help single mothers through her association Solidarité féminine. “When we disrespect women we disrespect something sacred,” Ech-Chenna declared when receiving her award. The Moroccan activists said that she created her association in order to help women become emancipated and independent. Since its founding in 1985, the Feminine Solidarity Association has sought to help women integrate the job market by offering them professional training in different fields. The association believes that, by enabling these women to achieve their financial and social autonomy, they could therefore be set free. This is not the first time Ech-Chenna would be awarded an international prize. She was a recipient of the World Bank Social Accountability Award in 2015, and the Opus Prize in 2009.For her part, Cinzia Sgambati-Colman, the organizer of the event said that they received many applications this year, so much that they had a hard time choosing only a few. Candidates did file their applications themselves. Instead ambassadors from around the world as well as those in their close circle of friends nominated the female activists.Two other women beside Ech-Chenna were also awarded for their outstanding achievements. Sister Anne-Marie Salomon was given the Monaco Women of the Year award. “She is religious, has a degree in mathematics and physics and is also a doctor. She works in Mali where she’s opened a Nomad Hospital that tends to 30 000 patients each year, affected by aids, malaria, leprosy or tuberculosis. She helps build schools and trains caregivers and midwives,” reports the Hello Monaco website.The last prize, the Special Award, was handed to Michele Mitchell. The American journalist, author and filmmaker was the youngest woman in charge of communications for the US Congress. She was also noticed for her investigative work in the documentary “Haiti, Where has the money gone?” read more


Government rejects parts of Petrie report

The Government of Sri Lanka does not intend to comment on the entirety of its contents. However, some of the issues raised in the Report are of grave concern to Sri Lanka, and should not be construed as the accepted position.This Report seems to seek to endorse the baseless and discredited allegations in the Darusman Report, of an exaggerated civilian casualty figure during the last stages of the terrorist conflict, which has not been agreed upon even among the senior UN officials at the time, because of the speculative nature of the information which could not be verified. The statistics in the Petrie Report are based on “unnamed sources” quoted in the Darusman Report and unsubstantiated allegations made by NGOs and certain lower level UN officials.  However,  a censored section of this Report refers to a meeting of the Policy Planning Committee to discuss Sri Lanka where several participants including the then Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and the Resident Coordinator did not stand by the casualty numbers, saying that the data were ‘not verified’ and questioned the proposal by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to release a public statement containing references to the numbers and possible crimes. No mention has been made of the intransigence of the LTTE which held the people as a human shield, and even shot in cold blood those who tried to escape to gain their freedom.While the Report admits that the LTTE positioned its artillery among civilians, the allegation of Government shelling into civilian concentrations does not take into account the principles of self defence or reasonableness of retaliation, proportionality, or a technical analysis of the trajectories of the shells allegedly fired, to determine their source. ·         The Policy Committee met two days later on 12th March 2012 to discuss Sri Lanka. Participants noted variously that “this crisis was being somewhat overlooked by the international community”, the policy “of incorporating a series of high level visits seem to have produced some positive results”, and that the possible involvement of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide would not indicate a suspicion of genocide but may add to the overcrowding of UN actors involved……..”.·          On 30 July the Policy Committee met again at UNHQ to address “follow-up on accountability” in Sri Lanka discussing whether or not the Secretary General should establish an international Commission of Experts, many participants were reticent to do so without the support of the Government and at a time when Member States were also not supportive…..”. The Secretary General said that the Government should be given the political space to develop a domestic mechanism……..”.This practice of redacting clearly brings into question, yet again, the sincerity and objectives of this entire exercise.Finally, the Report, which is critical of the Member States, seems to forget that the United Nations is an inter-governmental organization whose members are equal in terms of sovereignty and dignity. We remind the author of the Report that they must act within their given mandate and the Charter, and be equal and fair in their dealings with all Member States. A Report of this nature could serve to dangerously have the statistics and unsubstantiated information acquire a life of their own. In fact, the initial statements emanating from some countries seem to disregard the fact that the basic purpose of the Report was to engage in a critical appraisal of the UN system’s performance. Ignoring this vital aspect, they have taken the opportunity to resort to criticism of the GoSL in a manner that reflects patent bias and unwillingness to examine the developments with any degree of objectivity. The government has rejected parts of the “Petrie Report” released by the review panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon.A statement by the Ministry of External Affairs said that attention has been drawn to certain issues with regard to allegations directed at the Government of Sri Lanka in the report which are unsubstantiated, erroneous and replete with conjecture and bias. The allegation relating to the Government deliberately restricting food and medicine to the North is another unsubstantiated statement which, as in the Darusman Report, is repeated in the Petrie publication. The attempts of the GOSL to demonstrate the fallacy of this contention from the time it emerged seem to have been dismissed in cavalier fashion in the Petrie Report. It is a well known fact that food and medicine sent to the North were monitored regularly by the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance (CCHA), which comprised officials from the Government, the UN and other humanitarian agencies, and representatives of the diplomatic community based in Colombo, including Japan, USA, Norway and the European Union. The efforts of successive Governments to provide food and medicine to the North, despite the definite knowledge that a major part of it was ending up in the hands of the terrorists, have been appreciated from the early stages of the conflict by the UN. This is amply corroborated by contemporaneous statements by the UN in Sri Lanka at the time. Further, the alleged intimidation of UN staff for delivery of humanitarian assistance is completely baseless, a position which has been endorsed by the former United Nations USG for Humanitarian Affairs and reported widely at the time in the media. The External Affairs Ministry statement said:While noting that both these Reports are internal advisories to the UN, it is disconcerting that the Darusman Report came into the public domain initially through a leak, and in this instance of the Petrie Report too, the unacceptable procedure of leaking has been resorted to, establishing a disturbing pattern which brings into question the bona fides of the authorship of the document and its underlying motivation.  It may be recalled that following the leak of the Petrie Report, while the UN Spokesman took the position that he could not comment on a leaked Report, the author stated to the media that the penultimate draft “very much reflects the findings of the Panel”. Following formal discussions on this issue by the Permanent Representative in New York, with the UN Secretariat, the latter characterized the Report as a document prepared by an independent body over which the Secretariat and has no control. However the expectation of a sovereign Government, quite legitimately, is that the accepted procedure of first consulting with the country concerned be rigidly adopted when commissioning experts. It is pertinent to recall, in the context of a recurring pattern, that the Darusman Report was formally made available by the UN to the public on the basis that it first leaked through the media, and in fact the Petrie Report also was formally released to the media the day after its leak. The Ministry, through its Permanent Mission in New York protested against the leak of the Report on the very day after this questionable action, to the Office of the Secretary General. The “Petrie Report” is an internal document to assess the working of the United Nations system in Sri Lanka during a given period, following a recommendation in the Report of the advisory Panel of Experts appointed by the Secretary General, known as the “Darusman Report”. Repeated characterization of the welfare villages without any basis as “military run internment camps” demonstrate the ignorance on the part of the author of the Report, as well as resolve to ignore the efforts taken by the Government to provide basic needs and essential services to the thousands of displaced civilians who fled from the stronghold of the terrorists to the Government side.  Without the assistance of the military at that juncture, the GOSL could not have handled the magnitude of the humanitarian task at hand. The military’s role in responding to any humanitarian crisis is well established the world over. It has been in this sense that the military has been engaged in Sri Lanka to overcome the challenges of the terrorist conflict.Furthermore, while it refers to the military campaign to defeat the LTTE, the Report makes scant reference to the long series of negotiations engaged in by successive Governments to arrive at a peaceful settlement, while all those efforts and brief periods of ceasefire were used by the LTTE to regroup and rearm, to be subsequently unilaterally violated.The Report appears to be another attempt at castigating Sri Lanka for militarily defeating a ruthless terrorist group which has held the very people it claimed to represent as human shields. The basis for blacking out sections of the Petrie Report is unclear and it is left to the GoSL to surmise that references which may serve positively are those which have been censored. In this context, attention is drawn to the following blacked out sections, inter-alia :- read more


Hudak slams LiberalNDP taxtherich scheme as punishing job creators

Hudak slams Liberal-NDP tax-the-rich scheme as punishing job creators AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 1, 2012 8:41 pm MDT TORONTO – Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is attacking a tax-the-rich scheme that saved the minority Liberals from losing a crucial budget vote.In a pro-business speech at a Toronto fundraising dinner, Hudak slammed the “punitive” surtax on those earning more than $500,000, saying it’s yet another barrier to private-sector job creation and prosperity in Ontario.The Liberals at first resisted the surtax, but finally adopted it a day before the crucial budget vote last week, in order to gain the support of the New Democrats. They promised to put all the revenue towards paying down the $15-billion deficit and allow the surtax to expire once the books are rebalanced.Premier Dalton McGuinty’s change of heart came amid public opinion polls that suggested the idea is very popular with voters.But the Opposition leader insists the surtax punishes “innovators, entrepreneurs and people with investment capital” who can create much-needed jobs in Ontario.“This is what I think: people who are rewarded by the marketplace should not then be penalized by the government with a punishing new tax,” Hudak said.“I would go the opposite direction. My government would be a pro-growth, pro-jobs government that fosters innovation, rewards hard work and nurtures more of our own.”Ontario urgently needs those jobs and economic growth to avoid spiralling further into debt due to Liberal incompetence, he said.But Hudak said he’s not worried about alienating voters by slamming what appears to be a very popular policy. The Liberals adopted the surtax to save their political skins, while his goal is to do what’s right for the province, he said.“We need a pro-jobs, pro-growth government,” he said after the speech. “And part of that is tearing down barriers that are holding back job creation and investment.”Hudak also promised the party faithful to table a “new vision for Ontario’s future and a blueprint for prosperity” before the next election.“I see … an Ontario of unbounded promise and confidence,” he said in the campaign-style speech.“Where success is a badge of honour, not a dirty word. Where hard work and innovation are rewarded, not regulated, taxed and punished by a government that looks to business planners — not central planners.”Hudak defended his vow to vote against the budget the day it was tabled, effectively killing any chance he may have had with the Liberals to change it.He cited Moody’s credit downgrade of the province and Standard & Poor’s negative credit watch as the consequences of a “tax-and-spend” budget that not only failed to rein in government expenditures, but increased spending and taxes.“So you want to know why we … voted against the budget? There’s your answer,” Hudak said.“Some people, they called it a game of chicken. But I call it a matter of principle — because those chickens are now coming home to roost. And a lot of you folks saw it coming.”Hudak was doing some debt-busting of his own at the fundraiser for the Tories, who were left $6 million in the hole after last fall’s election campaign.The event was expected to bring in $2 million for the party, which desperately needs a morale boost after the abrupt resignation of one of its veteran politicians, Elizabeth Witmer.Witmer surprised Hudak when she suddenly quit last Friday after 22 years as a member of provincial parliament — and just seven months after the last election — to accept McGuinty’s offer of the top job at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.Her departure means the Liberals have a shot at a majority government, after winning the Oct. 6 election just one seat short of the requisite 54 seats.Currently, the Liberals hold 53 seats, including Speaker Dave Levac, while the opposition parties collectively hold 53.While the Tories insist they have nothing but respect for Witmer, they say McGuinty was motivated solely by his desire for a majority in offering her the plum post.Now the race is on for a possibly game-changing byelection in Kitchener-Waterloo that McGuinty says he’s in no hurry to call.Hudak said he was happy with the turnout at the fundraiser — which Tory organizers said attracted about 1,400 supporters — but doesn’t think it has anything to do with the looming byelection.“Often six months after an election campaign, we didn’t expect this type of crowd,” he said. “So it shows that we’re on the right track and people want to see change in our province.” read more


UN launches Sendai Seven campaign aimed at boosting disaster risk management

“Despite many successes there are still far too many lives being lost in predictable events because of failures to deploy early warning systems, learn lessons from past events and to grasp the growing threat of climate change and its impact on extreme weather events including storms, floods and drought,” said Robert Glasser, the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Sendai Seven campaign is an advocacy initiative to encourage implementation over the next seven years of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted by UN Member States in 2015 in the northern Japanese city after which it was named, and consists of seven targets and four priorities for action that aim for the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries. “Risk awareness among the general public is a vital theme running through this seven year campaign which is centred around the seven targets which UN Member States have agreed on. These include substantial reductions in loss of life, numbers of people affected, economic losses and damage to infrastructure,” explained Mr. Glasser. “The Sendai Framework also has targets focussed on increasing national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020, enhanced international cooperation to developing countries and increased availability of multi-hazard early warning systems,” he added. Specifically, the Sendai Framework aims to: Substantially reduce global disaster mortality by 2030, aiming to lower average per 100,000 global mortality rate in the decade 2020-2030 compared with the period 2005-2015; Substantially reduce the number of affected people globally by 2030, aiming to lower average global figure per 100,000 in the decade 2020 -2030 compared to the period 2005-2015; Reduce direct disaster economic loss in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030; Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030; Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020; Substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of this Framework by 2030; and Substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to the people by 2030. read more


Nike and Ohio State agree to 15year contract extension

Members of the Ohio State football team pose before the Buckeyes’ 38-10 victory over Penn State on Oct. 17.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorEarlier in the week, The Wall Street Journal named Ohio State the most valuable program in college football, worth over $946 million. A fourth consecutive 12-win season for coach Urban Meyer and a Fiesta Bowl victory — among other factors — were enough to earn the Buckeyes the accolade for a second consecutive year.Thursday evening, the old cliché, “the rich get richer,” held true with OSU’s groundbreaking deal with Nike Inc., announcing its 15-year, $252 million agreement that extends the two parties’ partnership through July 2033. According to the contract, OSU will receive $112 million in product from Nike and $103 million in cash, including royalties.“The innovative 15-year agreement announced today delivers unsurpassed value to the university by investing heavily in Ohio State’s student-athletes while also providing benefits for the broader student body,” said Chris Davey, an OSU spokesman, in a statement on Thursday.OSU’s contract with the sports apparel powerhouse surpasses Nike’s 15-year, $250 million deal with the University of Texas and its 11-year agreement with the University of Michigan, which is worth up to $169 million. Both were then-collegiate sports sponsorship records.Sponsorships with athletic apparel companies such as Nike, Adidas and Under Armour have dominated the collegiate sports scene in the recent era. Locker rooms at major university programs have turned into modern-day country clubs to attract the most sought-after recruits. Big-name celebrities associated with athletic programs attract prized and young high-school athletes too.Just last month, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James — a noted Buckeye fanatic — inked a lifetime deal with Nike worth more than $500 million. In its basketball locker room, OSU has an aesthetic display of James’ shoe line documenting each shoe since its affiliation began in 2007. Michigan, too, aligned itself with the “Jumpman” logo of Nike’s Jordan Brand in August to entice athletes who could possibly shape its program.However, Nike is taking a new approach to the college landscape. In its new deal with OSU, more than $41 million will be set aside for students who are nonathletes seeking scholarships and internships within the multibillion dollar company. Each summer term, Nike is responsible for funding paid internships for two student-athletes and four undergraduates, stated in Paragraph 9 of the contract.“The comprehensive nature of this partnership is a win for all Ohio State students,” University President Michael Drake said in a press release. “The expanded commitment by Nike will support access, affordability and excellence for Buckeye students and student-athletes.”Athletic Director Gene Smith said he sees the benefit for all students in the blockbuster contract with Nike, as well.“We approached this as a university contract,” Smith said in the press release. “Under this partnership, every student — whether they play club sports, Division I sports or no sports at all — will be eligible to benefit.”The majority of the benefits begin in 2018 and 2019. read more


Big Ten announces football schedules for 2013 2014 seasons

The Big Ten released football schedules for its 12 teams for the 2013 and 2014 seasons on Wednesday. Here is what stood out from Ohio State’s schedules: – The OSU-Michigan rivalry will not be going anywhere in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The matchup will be the final conference game before the Big Ten Championship games, which are set for Dec. 7, 2013, and Dec. 6, 2014. – OSU will not be facing Nebraska, the newest school to join the Big Ten, in 2013 or 2014. The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers will, however, meet on Oct. 6 this season. Michigan State also will not be on the schedule for the Buckeyes in 2013 or 2014. – OSU will not be taking on Minnesota for a span of four years between 2011 and 2014, unless the teams meet in the conference championship. – OSU and Wisconsin will face off in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener in 2013. The rivalry matchup is scheduled for Sept. 28. – OSU’s first Big Ten game in 2014 will be against Purdue on Oct. 4. read more


Raise Your Nose Through the Magic of Vibration

first_imgAh, the high price of beauty: $144 and the a vibrating piece of red plastic on your face. This here is the Beauty Lift High Nose. The thing promises to lift the bridge of your nose (to the point of beauty, one assumes) through the magical power of bone-stimulating vibration.  The thing runs on a CR203 battery and weighs about 25 grams. Its makers recommend you strap it on for three minutes a day. Seriously, what could possibly go wrong?last_img


Steam for Linux beta expected to go live next week

first_imgAll evidence is pointing to Valve planning on a Steam for Linux beta launch next week during the Ubuntu Developer Conference (UDC). An external beta was already planned for this month with up to 1,000 external players being sought. If Valve intends to keep to its timetable that beta has to happen before the end of Wednesday next week.UDC begins on Monday and runs through November 1. Valve software engineer Andrew Bliss is already scheduled to give a talk during the conference on Monday, and a page has also appeared on Steam for the official Linux Beta Access group, which already has over 2,500 members.There’s also an Open Steamworks listing gone live that lists Portal, Serious Sam 3, and Team Fortress 2 as part of the Steam for Linux beta. That’s most likely the final list of games being made available for anyone lucky enough to get accepted into this external beta test. However, Left 4 Dead 2 has already been confirmed as the first Linux-compatible Valve game, so it would be surprising if that title didn’t also feature as part of the beta.The games line-up makes sense as it consists of both single-player and multiplayer-focused games. The use of Serious Sam 3 also acts as a good test for a third-party title already setup to run on a Linux platform without any help from Valve’s development team.All will hopefully be revealed next week. If not by Andrew Bliss during his talk, then over on the Valve Linux Team Blog. I’m also hopeful that by the time Steam for Linux launches we will be able to access at least 15 games, all of which are already on Steam and Linux compatible.via OMG!Ubuntulast_img read more


Foley death forced Lam to think about familys future and leave Connacht

first_imgFoley death forced Lam to think about family’s future and leave Connacht behind The Samoan coach is looking forward to making more history in Bristol. 31 Comments Follow us: the42.ie By John Fallon CONNACHT COACH PAT Lam said that a series of recent incidents, including the sudden death of Munster coach Anthony Foley and heart surgery on his own father back in New Zealand, were the key factors in him deciding to leave the Sportsground a year early and take up a lucrative offer from Bristol.Lam said that attending the funeral of his friend Foley made him think about his own family and what would happen to them if they ever found themselves in a similar position.The coach, in a deeply personal and lengthy address to the media at the Sportsground this afternoon, pointed out that when he arrived in Ireland less than four years ago with a wife and five children after being sacked by the Auckland Blues, Matt O’Connor was in charge at Leinster, Rob Penney in Munster and Mark Anscombe in Ulster.All three are now gone, the last of them 18 months ago, in the uncertain world of professional rugby coaching.Lam confirmed that another club, identified only as being from the northern hemisphere, had come in with a strong offer last year but he and his wife Steph believed that the best future for their family was in Galway.That changed though with the death of Axel Foley and other events in his life. Share99 Tweet Email Connacht centre Ronaldson ruled out for over a month, will miss big European and inter-pro clashes‘Rob gets a lot of criticism in Wales, but it’s the worst place in the world for criticism’ https://the42.ie/3125862 Dec 7th 2016, 4:03 PM Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHOcenter_img Lam said reaching the Champions Cup for the first time off their own steam was a major boost and that their focus would not be on the Wasps’ games.“I am proud that we are in Champions Cup rugby and we have earned the right to be there. We have two massive games coming up so this is why I want this out of the way. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“I’m proud that in the same calendar year we beat Ulster, Munster and Leinster. Before I came here Munster was my favourite team but I feel proud now that we have reached their levels.“I am proud that this year we have record season ticket holders and that behind the scenes people are working hard to get a stadium fit for them.”“I want to make it really clear that I have never been about money. But the offer allows me to look after my family and to continue in a coaching environment very similar to Connacht. And they have made it clear where they would like to go. But where Connacht is and Bristol is are poles apart in the sense that Connacht are on that journey.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 4:03 PM Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I went to Killaloe and the removal, saw Olive and the two kids. Axel was in my environment. I could picture the situation. I’m the second Pat Lam, my grandfather died at 55 when I was nine. My dad was going through a triple by-pass recently.“Driving home (I thought): ‘if that was me, what would happen to Steph and the kids?’”Lam and his wife have five children, the eldest Mitch (currently on loan from Galwegians to Nottingham) is 24 today, and Lam said this was an offer he could not turn down given the security it offered to his family. Short URL 31,293 Views Bristol was one of those who spoke with me.  I love the challenge of creating history. St Peter’s College, my schools team: we were the first team to win the Auckland title. With Samoa in 1995, my last international year, we were the first away team to win at the Millennium. At Newcastle, we got promoted and won the Premiership: it was our first trophy ever. Then Northampton, first trophy in 120 years. Then Auckland and obviously my time here at Connacht Rugby. That is what I love doing.”“In my whole process I look at my rugby career because I am responsible for my family too. Are you okay to go to Galway? Are you okay to go to Newcastle? And when I came back from Bristol, we put it all on the table and we said: No. We are happy here. We love it here.“Two weeks ago, Bristol put an offer down and it was quite significant.  They pretty much said can you come here and do what you did in Connacht. That completely flipped my decision from rugby to family.”Lam confirmed that a six-month minimum notice clause in his contract was the reason he announced his departure this week, just as Connacht are heading into two key Champions Cup games against Wasps.Chief executive Willie Ruane admitted that the shock news was ‘unsettling’ but that Connacht would deal with it and that the players would come to terms with it.Attitude“I don’t see unrest but I appreciate it is unsettling. I met (the players) and their approach was immediately this weekend, the next job. And I’m hearing positive things from players in contract negotiations. Their attitude to Connacht hasn’t changed, they know Pat is moving on but Connacht are going places.” Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Classical and Contemporary Friendship

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This final lecture in the series of Greek History and Culture Lectures for 2013 will be about the meaning of friendship. It will explore the contemporary phenomenon of ‘liking’ and ‘making’ friends in the age of social networking.It will map out the complex history of the concept of friendship in philosophy, political theory and aesthetics, and then propose that the intuitive process by which we form trust and understanding with strangers in order to become friends, may also require some shared outlook.The challenge is to see how we get a sense of this common outlook, and what is the breadth and width of its basis for a shared worldview. Nikos Papastergiadis is a professor of Cultural Studies and Media & Communications at the University of Melbourne, he was educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge.Location: The Ithacan Philanthropic Society, Level 2, 329 Elizabeth StreetDate: 24th of October 2013, 7:00pmPresenter: Prof. Nikos PapastergiadisEntry: Freelast_img read more


Bientôt un remède contre la calvitie

first_imgBientôt un remède contre la calvitie ?C’est par hasard, en étudiant une substance anti-stress sur des souris, que des chercheurs ont constaté que les poils de celles-ci repoussaient de façon importante. Peut-être une solution pour lutter contre la calvitie humaine, aucun traitement efficace n’existant à ce jour.Les travaux réalisés par des chercheurs de l’université de médecine de Californie sur des souris génétiquement modifiées ont montré qu’une substance inattendue pouvait faire repousser leurs poils de façon durable.L’étude, publiée dans la revue PLoS One, redonne espoir aux millions d’hommes qui perdent leurs cheveux à travers le monde. En effet, à ce jour, aucun remède efficace n’existe.Si un traitement voit effectivement le jour, il aura pour principe le blocage d’une hormone (en neutralisant les récepteurs de celle-ci) qui, par ailleurs, joue un rôle clé dans le stress. Car c’est au cours d’une étude portant sur le stress que cette réaction de repousse des poils a été fortuitement constatée.En effet, les souris OGM avaient perdu tous leurs poils. Après avoir reçu des injections quotidiennes, cinq jours durant, d’astressin-B, un peptide mis au point par les scientifiques, les souris avaient toutes retrouvé leur pelage. Les analyses ont prouvé que c’était bien cette substance qui était responsable de cette repousse inattendue.À lire aussiPourquoi l’humidité fait-elle boucler les cheveux ?Les auteurs précisent qu’avec un traitement aussi court (cinq jours, donc), les effets se poursuivent durant quatre mois ce qui est extrêmement important chez des souris dont l’espérance de vie n’est que de deux ans, rapporte 20minutes.fr.Reste à tester les effets de l’astressin-B chez des humains, des essais qui pourraient avoir lieu dans cinq ans si les fonds nécessaires sont trouvés. Des groupes de cosmétiques pourraient bien apporter d’importants soutiens financiers au projet.Le 17 février 2011 à 18:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


De lélectricté pour sauver les coraux

first_imgDe l’électricté pour sauver les coraux Brancher des coraux sur du courant électrique pour les protéger : l’idée semble incongrue, et pourtant. Mise au point dans la baie indonésienne de Pemuteran, dont les récifs coraliens étaient en voie de disparition, cette étonnante technique fonctionne si bien qu’elle est imitée aux quatre coins du monde. Voilà plusieurs mois que de jeunes coraux de la baie de Pemuteran, au nord de Bali, sont fixés à un câble électrique. Celui-ci, gaîné de plastique noir, est branché à une armature métallique sous-marine, dont les barres de fer sont recouvertes de calcaire, un élément indispensable à la survie d’un récif corallien. Près de là, ce sont de magnifiques coraux en pleine santé qui recouvrent une armature identique, désormais à peine visible. Il y a onze ans pourtant, lorsque le système a été mis en place, le récif semblait condamné par le réchauffement des eaux et la pêche au cyanure et à la dynamite. Rani Morrow-Wuigk, une plongeuse australienne d’origine allemande aujourd’hui âgée de 60 ans, est à l’origine de cette étonnante idée. En 1992, elle a pour la première fois découvert la baie indonésienne de Pemuteran. “Les coraux étaient pour ainsi dire morts. Ce n’était plus que du gravier et du sable” raconte-t-elle à l’AFP.À lire aussiCette start-up a trouvé comment faire pousser du corail 50 fois plus vite que la natureC’est un architecte allemand aujourd’hui décédé, Wolf Hilbertz, qui lui a inspiré ce système miraculeux. Au milieu des années 70, cet homme a mis au point une technique visant à développer des matériaux de construction en mer. Pour ce faire, il a plongé une structure métallique au fond de l’océan, au large de la Louisiane, puis l’a relié à un courant électrique de faible voltage. L’électrolyse ainsi produite a engendré une accumulation de calcaire. Mais plusieurs mois plus tard, Wolf Hilbertz a vu sa structure recouverte d’huîtres. Un phénomène qui s’est ensuite reproduit avec des coraux. Ceux-ci “grandissent deux à six fois plus rapidement. Nous arrivons à faire repousser des récifs en quelques années”, souligne Thomas J. Goreau. Ce Jamaïcain a breveté avec Wolf Hibertz cette technique baptisée “Biorock”.Une technique qui est apparue à Rani Morrow-Wuigk comme LA solution pour sauver les coraux de la baie de Pemuteran. Une idée qui a d’abord suscité l’inquiétude des populations locales, et notamment des pêcheurs. “Mais maintenant, ils voient que les poissons sont revenus et que le tourisme s’est développé”, explique Komang Astika, un professeur de plongée qui gère le centre Biorock de la baie indonésienne. Ce centre a vu le jour grâce à un programme de parrainage, “Parrainez un bébé corail”.Aujourd’hui, de tels dispositifs ont été installés aux quatre du monde, au large d’une vingtaine de pays. Grâce à la technique Biorock, les coraux ne sont pas uniquement sauvés, ils sont plus résistants qu’avant.Le 19 décembre 2011 à 19:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Kindle Paperwhite Gets 32GB Upgrade For Reading Manga

first_imgStay on target When reading, I still prefer to hold a book and read from paper. However, there is one exception I have to that preference, and that’s when it comes to reading manga. Typically a manga is split across multiple volumes each consisting of around 200 pages. It doesn’t take very long to read through them, and they do take up a lot of space on your shelf.Amazon has realized this and wants the Kindle to become THE device for reading manga, so it has upgraded the e-reader for Japan to become a new model called the Kindle Paperwhite Manga Model.The key difference between the standard Kindle Paperwhite and the Manga Model is the amount of storage included. The Paperwhite ships with 4GB of on-board storage (3GB usable), good for thousands of books but only a handful of manga series. So for the Manga Model, Amazon has increased the storage to 32GB, enough it says for 700+ complete manga series.The other major upgrade is speed. Amazon claims the Manga Model is 33% quicker than the existing Paperwhite, meaning each page of manga will appear much quicker, which is important when you’re engrossed in the action and flicking through pages quickly to find out what happens next.The Kindle Paperwhite Manga Model will be available to buy from Amazon Japan on October 21 for around $160. It’s not clear yet if Amazon intends to also offer it outside of Japan, but I can see it being very popular everywhere. Even if manga isn’t your thing, 32GB of storage and a faster overall e-reader make it highly desirable. Geek Pick: Amazon Kindle Oasis Is a Relaxing eReaderFlexible Color E-paper As Thin As Real Paper Created last_img read more


Fighter pilot befriends Vietnam War foe

first_imgWhat: “Symbol of Freedom” dinner to benefit CDM Caregiving Services.Who: Dan Cherry, author of “My Friend, My Enemy,” and Nguyen Hong My.When: 5 p.m. Nov. 5.Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.Cost: $100 per person. There also is a VIP reception at Artillery Barracks, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4; $125 per person.Contact: CDMcaregiving.org; tickettomato.com; call 360-750-3825Four decades after they met in jet-to-jet combat, U.S. Air Force veteran Dan Cherry and one-time North Vietnamese fighter pilot Nguyen Hong My will share a stage in Vancouver.Cherry won their first encounter, shooting down Hong My’s MiG-21.In the last few years, Cherry’s relationship with Hong My has changed. It’s a transformation he describes in his book, “My Enemy, My Friend.” The book’s subtitle offers a little more detail: “A story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War.”The two aviators, who were reunited in 2008 by a Vietnamese television show, will tell their story at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in a fundraising event for a local caregiving agency. Cherry is the keynote speaker in the “Symbol of Freedom” dinner at Hilton Vancouver Washington; Hong My will be his special guest.There also will be a more intimate reception for Cherry and Hong My at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4, at Fort Vancouver’s Artillery Barracks.This will be the fourth annual fundraising event for CDM Caregiving Services, a Vancouver nonprofit agency that provides care for the elderly and disabled. Last year’s event included former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, who was part of Jackie Kennedy’s security detail when President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas in 1963.In addition to raising money for the agency, CDM’s “Symbol of Freedom” events also have raised its public profile.“Visibility is a problem,” Eric Erickson, executive director of CDM Caregiving Services, said. “People don’t want to think about care for the elderly or for younger disabled people until they need it.”last_img read more


Alaska settles complaint over Medicaid payment system

first_imgThe state has reached a settlement over its problem-plagued Medicaid payment system, agreeing to pay the vendor hired to implement the system $25.9 million it is owed, provided certain terms are met.Listen Now State health department spokeswoman Sarana Schell says the department received thousands of hours of work it won’t have to pay for and says the vendor, Xerox State Healthcare LLC, assigned new management to the project.Xerox is to provide $1.5 million in hardware system upgrades, among other things.Payment of some of the money owed by the state will be linked to the fulfillment of settlement terms or department approval of work.The state filed an administrative complaint against Xerox in 2014, following the system’s rocky rollout. In an interview last month, deputy health commissioner Jon Sherwood said the system has improved.The state has spent about $112 million on the system so far.last_img read more


Povertystricken father kills two daughters

first_imgLocals gather around the dead bodies recovered by police from Narsingdi launch terminal at Kawriapara on Friday night. Photo: UNBA man reportedly has strangulated his two daughters to death at a launch terminal in Narsingdi town, apparently having failed to bear their living cost and meet various demands due to abject poverty, reports UNB.The victims are Tarin, 12, and Tayiba, 4, daughters of day-labourer Shafiqul Islam of Chalakchar village under Barchapa union in Monahardi upazila.Police recovered the bodies of the two girls from a toilet of Narsingdi launch terminal at Kawriapara on Friday night. Later, police interrogated Shafiqul when he reportedly confessed to killing them.At a press conference at his office on Saturday noon, superintendent of police Miraj Uddin said Shafiqul took his two daughters to Shibpur to see the elder a physician. As he did not find any physician, he took them to Sadar Hospital. However, the hospital was closed on Friday.Later, he along with his two daughters went to visit the launch terminal.At one stage, the younger daughter wanted to eat litchi but Shafiqul had no enough money in his hand, the SP said, citing him. “He told us that he lost his senses thinking that he’ll have to buy new clothes for her children during Eid. Later, he took the younger daughter to a toilet and strangled her,” Miraj said, adding that he killed the elder daughter in the similar fashion.Shafiqul spoke incoherently, the SP said, adding that they recovered the bodies around 8:30pm and sent those to hospital for autopsy.Chairman of Barchapa union parishad Fakhrul Ashrah said Shafiqul has mental disorder.last_img read more