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Tsuu Tina Nation students head to the big city for reconciliation exchange

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsTwo schools, one in the Tsuu T’ina Nation, the other in Calgary spent the year visiting each others campuses as part of an exchange program in the name of reconciliation.The program meant a lot for the students in both schools.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

Unifor says ruling on its Suncor Energy random drug testing injunction on

first_imgEDMONTON – A judge hearing an application from a union for an injunction to stop Suncor from starting random drug tests at oilsands facilities in northeastern Alberta is to make his ruling next Thursday.Unifor Local 707-A says such random testing would be a violation of the worker’s rights and privacy.The union says Suncor Energy already tests workers who are involved in accidents.Calgary-based Suncor has said random tests are needed to bolster safety at its work sites.Suncor and the union have been battling over random drug tests since 2012, including at arbitration hearings and in court.Unifor says it has also filed for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court an Alberta court ruling in September that was in favour of the energy giant.Unifor Local 707-A President Ken Smith said the case could set a precedent for other safety-sensitive workplaces.“Random drug testing of workers that have done nothing wrong is a violation of their basic rights,” Smith said Thursday in a statement.“We will work with Suncor to achieve the highest possible levels of workplace safety with education and prevention, not invasive medical procedures.”Suncor (TSX:SU) officials were not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

UN health agency hails aid to developing countries for flu vaccine technology

24 April 2007Aiming to ensure that in the event of a flu pandemic, all countries will have access to sufficient doses of influenza vaccine, six developing States are being awarded grants to establish their capacity to manufacture them, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. Aiming to ensure that in the event of a flu pandemic, all countries will have access to sufficient doses of influenza vaccine, six developing States are being awarded grants to establish their capacity to manufacture them, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and Viet Nam will each benefit from up to $2.5 million from Japan and the United States to begin the process of acquiring the needed technology, the Geneva-based agency said in a news release. “It is imperative that the global community works collectively to ensure more equitable access to a vaccine and other health measures in the event of an influenza pandemic. We all have a responsibility to protect global public health security,” said Dr. David L. Heymann, WHO Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases. He said the wider world will benefit. “Global public health security can only be realized if developing countries are assisted in developing the capabilities to access pandemic vaccines and protect their populations.”Helping developing countries to produce flu vaccine carries a “dual life-saving benefit,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, Director of the WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research. “Countries will be able to protect their populations against seasonal influenza, which causes up to half a million annual deaths worldwide, as well as millions of cases of severe illness,” she said. “In addition, should a pandemic emerge, production lines at these facilities can be converted to manufacture vaccine based on the pandemic strain.”It will take a minimum of three to five years for the grant recipient countries to begin producing vaccine locally. Until then, these countries will require support in the shorter term to ensure they can access vaccine to protect their populations, according to WHO, which will hold a meeting tomorrow bringing together representatives of countries with human bird flu – or H5N1 – infections, donor countries, and vaccine manufacturers in developed and developing countries. read more

TorontoMontreal in 39 minutes Hyperloop judges say this route is a winner

The Toronto-Montreal corridor has taken the prize as one of the strongest candidates in the world for a hyperloop system that could cut travel time between the cities from five hours to just 39 minutes.But transportation expert Martin Collier says there’s no way he’s going to be the first to buy a ticket to ride in a bullet-shaped craft that would travel through a tube at speeds of around 1,000 kilometres per hour, four times faster than high-speed rail.“I think I’ll be watching — if I’m still alive when it hits the ground and is ready to go,” said the founder of Transport Futures, which promotes education about transportation issues, on Friday.“I’ll probably wait and see whether other people like it first. I’m not an early adopter.”The Toronto-Montreal route was the only Canadian winner among 10 entries chosen from hundreds in an international competition sponsored by Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, which has a working hyperloop test system in the Nevada desert.“The results of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge far exceeded our expectations,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One, in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.“These 10 teams each had their unique strengths in showcasing how they will alleviate serious transportation issues in their regions… Studies like this bring us closer to our goal of implementing three full-scale systems operating by 2021.”Hyperloop is a technology promoted by Tesla founder Elon Musk which would place passengers and cargo in a cylindrical vehicle which accelerates via electric propulsion through a low-air-pressure tube, suspended above the track using magnetic levitation. The vehicles are expected to glide at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.Hyperloop One’s nine other winning entries included four in the United States, two in each of the United Kingdom and India, and one in Mexico. All are now be studied to determine commercial viability.Sebastien Gendron, CEO of Toronto startup TransPod, says his company aims to have an operating hyperloop system in Canada as early as 2025 and he’s confident the public will embrace the technology.“We already travel at that speed with an aircraft and the main difference with our system is we are on the ground,” he said. “And it’s safer to be on the ground than in the air.”He added TransPod is talking with the federal transportation department to ensure safety regulations are in place for when the technology is ready to be implemented.Gendron said he agrees with Hyperloop One that the Toronto-Montreal corridor is suitable for a system because traffic is heavy and there is no existing high-speed ground travel alternative for travellers.But he said TransPod is also interested in the Calgary-Edmonton corridor in Alberta — he is bidding for provincial and city support for a four- to 10-kilometre-long test track on public land near Calgary to test his company’s technology.If granted and sufficient funds are raised, he says the track could be operational by 2020, the technology could be finalized by 2022 and the first commercial system could be in place between 2025 and 2030.Gendron said a hyperloop ticket from Edmonton to Calgary would cost $60 to $80, one way. He estimates it would cost $25 million to $29 million to build a kilometre of TransPod track, about half of the cost of a high-speed rail line.The winning Hyperloop One contest route as proposed by the Canadian arm of U.S. engineering firm AECOM would include a stop in Ottawa. The proposal suggests a trip from Toronto to Ottawa would take 27 minutes and the Ottawa-Montreal leg would take another 12 minutes.It says the next logical step would be to extend the hyperloop system into the U.S., west to Detroit from Windsor, Ont., and east from Quebec to Niagara Falls and Buffalo and on toward Chicago, New York and Boston.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

UN agency chief reports on Iran DPR Korea nuclear files measures to

Speaking at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting this morning in Vienna during which he presented the body’s latest Climate Change and Nuclear Power report, Director General Yukiya Amano explained that nuclear energy was bound to play a larger role in national energy programmes worldwide as global energy demand was “likely to grow dramatically in the coming decades.”“Along with hydropower and wind, nuclear energy has the lowest life-cycle CO2 emissions,” Mr. Amano said. “As part of a low-carbon national energy portfolio, it contributes to the mitigation of climate change and can help to reduce concerns over volatile fuel prices and security of energy supply.”The launch of Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2014 comes just ahead of the next round of UN climate talks to be held from 1 to12 December 2014 in Lima, Peru, where countries are expected to negotiate and shape their contribution to reducing carbon emissions before next year’s flagship meeting in Paris. In the Peruvian capital, the IAEA will be showcasing its report in an effort to highlight nuclear power’s “contribution to the global climate change agenda,” the agency noted in a press release, adding that the report discusses nuclear power’s “non-climatic environmental benefits, such as helping reduce local and regional air pollution” while also being considered in climate change adaptation measures, such as seawater desalination or hedging against hydropower fluctuations. In his remarks, Mr. Amano reassured delegates that the report also focussed on the importance of safety and security measures when utilizing nuclear energy, pointing to his agency’s upcoming project devoted to the decommissioning of damaged nuclear facilities. “The aim is to enhance measures to ensure the safe long-term management of spent fuel and nuclear waste from disused facilities,” he continued, noting that the IAEA was still in the process of compiling its “extensive report” on the Fukushima Daiichi accident. He added that the agency continued to assist the Japanese Government in sharing information internationally and that a recent comparison of results of sea water analysis off Japan’s east coast, carried out by IAEA and Japanese laboratories, confirmed that data regularly reported by Japan give an accurate picture of the levels of radioactivity in near-shore coastal waters.As for the DPRK, Mr. Amano said he remains “seriously concerned” about the country’s nuclear programme. “I call upon the DPRK to comply fully with its obligations, to cooperate promptly with the Agency, and to resolve all outstanding issues, including those that have arisen during the absence of Agency inspectors from the country.”Turning to Iran, Mr. Amano said that while the IAEA continued to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement, the agency was “not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities” in the country. As a result, he said, the IAEA remained unable to conclude that “all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”In addition, Mr. Amano told the Board that the agency remained ready to “accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues” under the Framework for Cooperation but still awaited certain clarifications from the Gulf country. “Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures, nor has it proposed any new practical measures in the next step of the Framework for Cooperation, despite several requests from the agency,” he stated. “I call upon Iran to increase its cooperation with the Agency and to provide timely access to all relevant information, documentation, sites, material and personnel.”Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Addressing this issue in a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of the resumption of talks between the so-called P5+1 – composed of the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany – and the Iranian Government and called on all participants “to demonstrate the necessary flexibility, wisdom and determination to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion.”“The Secretary-General hopes that reaching a mutually-acceptable and comprehensive agreement will restore confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme,” declared the statement. “He is convinced that such an accord can contribute to the strengthening of regional and international peace and security at a time when global cooperation is needed perhaps more than ever.” read more

Promising High School Basketball Player Collapses and Dies During

James Hampton (photo via Twitter)A skilled athlete from Charlotte, North Carolina’s AAU program, died on Saturday, May 26, at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League game in Hampton, VA.James Hampton, 17, collapsed on the basketball court against Nike Phamily during the second half. The Liberty Heights senior was running down the court and turned towards the referee and said “Hey ref” then fell to the floor according to Team United director Jacoby Davis. One of the medical assistants checked Hampton’s pulse after applying chest compressions, but there was no pulse.“It’s hard to even explain,” Davis told The Charlotte Observer. “To have a kid in your program with so much life — that’s just the kind of kid he was. He was always happy. For something like this to happen, I can’t even explain it. And to have to talk to a parent not even in town and tell him that his son has died, well, that’s more devastating.”The coach said Hampton had suffered from seizures in the past.“He just fell down on the floor… He had seizures a year ago — and I remember [one of the Team United coaches] telling me that, ‘I saw his eyes rolling back in his head.’ I ran on the court thinking he was having a seizure. A trainer came over and said he didn’t know what was wrong. Another trainer checked his pulse. He said he didn’t have a pulse. It got crazy after that,” Davis said.NBA Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bulls Player Scottie Pippen tweeted, “Emotional day at Nike EYBL in Virginia after the passing of James Hampton.”Emotional day at Nike EYBL in Virginia after the passing of James Hampton. My thoughts go out to the young man’s family, friends and teammates. RIP, James. 🙏🏿— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) May 27, 2018The team finished their tournament on Sunday and honored Hampton.One of the coaches Edward Joyner Jr. of Hampton University who’d been scouting Hampton as a possible Class of 2019 prospect said, “He was one of those kids who wanted to do something to better himself and his family and was trying to make the right steps to do that. And he wanted to use basketball and college.” read more

Ohio State club football optimistic about future

On a windy, overcast April afternoon at Ohio State, the cleats are laced up, footballs are tossed around and a new offensive scheme is being installed. New coaches and new players provide hope for the upcoming season. This is not the beloved Buckeye varsity football team, however, but the OSU club football team getting ready to enter its fourth season this fall. OSU club football began Spring Quarter 2008. A group of about 25 players made the team and stuck it out through the inaugural season in fall 2009. The team went 1-4 the first year, beating only Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 28-12. The second year was a similar story for the club. A team of about 35 players competed for the Buckeyes and they made improvements from 2009, but the 2010 squad finished the year with a 2-4 record. Former club president and a player for three years, Nick Herrin, said that despite the tough times the team endured those first two years, it was the most fun he’s ever had playing football. “It was just 18 to 25 guys that just absolutely loved football,” said Herrin, a fourth-year in psychology. In the first two seasons, the team was not lacking in skill or talent, but was simply outmanned when compared to their opponents, Herrin said. “The first year of the club, we had 18 guys that were as good as anybody,” Herrin said. “We were just outnumbered. We go to Xavier and Miami and they’ve got 45 guys.” Despite going 3-8 in the first two years of the club’s existence, the players said the excitement increased prior to the 2011 campaign. Through tryouts, the team was able to increase its roster size to almost 50 players last season. As Herrin said, the increase in the number of players on the team helped. The Buckeyes finished the season 6-0 and ranked No. 3 in the final Intercollegiate Club Football Federation rankings. OSU practices and plays all of its home games at the Lincoln Tower Turf Field, which is located just south of Ohio Stadium. Safety George Shapiro, a third-year in industrial engineering and club president, said looking up at the fourth-largest football stadium in the country makes him feel like “the little brother” at times. He said he doesn’t mind though. “It’s still cool that it’s behind us like that,” Shapiro said. “It’s still very exciting to play in front of the Horseshoe.” The Buckeyes held tryouts last week and added 25 players to a team with 25 players from last season’s undefeated squad. Practice began Monday and will be two days each week until the end of the quarter. The team is making an offensive transition this year, similar to that of the varsity team under coach Urban Meyer. The scheme will be more of a spread offense after last year’s team was more run-oriented, Herrin said. Quarterback Jeff Porter, a second-year in operations management and club vice president, said the biggest thing for the team this spring is to get everyone together and start teaching the new guys. “We’re just trying to teach right now,” Porter said. “We’re just trying to get the new people caught up to what the veterans have learned already so that when it comes time for the fall, we can just jump right in.” Defensive back T.J. Thompson, a second-year in finance, said learning the new schemes is key, but getting everybody excited about playing is the most important thing. “This spring, we want to get everyone just excited for the autumn,” Thompson said. “Everyone just loves playing and has fun.” Looking forward to next season, coach Ray Giesige said it’s going to be hard to duplicate what last year’s team did because of the players that are graduating. Giesige played for the club team the previous two seasons before concussions forced him to switch to a coaching role. The fourth-year in sport and leisure studies said he wanted to stay involved and help continue what he helped start. “I decided I wanted to stick around and help out because it really is a great organization and we’re trying to do good things,” Giesige said. While he said he thinks the team has lost some important players from last year’s team, Giesige is looking to build off the 2011 season and is optimistic about the 2012 Buckeyes. “We lost some key contributors, but the great thing about here is there’s so many people that we can replace them at least a little bit on the talent side,” Giesige said. “We’re looking for people to step up right now and be leaders and if that happens, I think we’ll have a pretty good year.” read more

Energysaving technology to remove contaminants from waste water drinking water

first_imgA polymer mat developed at Rice University has the ability to fish biologically harmful contaminants from water through a strategy known as “bait, hook and destroy.” Tests with waste water showed the mat can efficiently remove targeted pollutants, in this case a pair of biologically harmful endocrine disruptors, using a fraction of the energy required by other technology. The technique can also be used to treat drinking water.The mat was developed by scientists with the Rice-led Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center. The research is available online in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and Technology.The Rice University-led NEWT Center created a nanoparticle-infused polymer mat that both attracts and destroys pollutants in wastewater or drinking water. A mat, top left, is immersed in water with methylene blue as a contaminant. The contaminant is then absorbed at top right by the mat and, in the bottom images, destroyed by exposure to light. The mat is then ready for reuse. (Credit: Rice University/NEWT)The mat depends on the ability of a common material, titanium dioxide, to capture pollutants and, upon exposure to light, degrade them through oxidation into harmless byproducts.Titanium dioxide is already used in some wastewater treatment systems. It is usually turned into a slurry, combined with waste water and exposed to ultraviolet light to destroy contaminants. The slurry must then be filtered from the water.The NEWT mat simplifies the process. The mat is made of spun polyvinyl fibres. The researchers made it highly porous by adding small plastic beads that were later dissolved with chemicals. The pores offer plenty of surface area for titanium oxide particles to inhabit and await their prey.The mat’s hydrophobic fibres naturally attract hydrophobic contaminants like the endocrine disruptors used in the tests. Once bound to the mat, exposure to light activates the photocatalytic titanium dioxide, which produces reactive oxygen species (ROS) that destroy the contaminants.last_img read more

How much does an iPhone really cost

first_imgAT&TAs the very first carrier of the iPhone, and now one of the leaders in delivering HSPA+ and LTE to the iPhone 5, it makes sense that their network would be mostly Apple users. Since they have had the phone longer then most, AT&T’s plans have chanced more times than any other surrounding the phone. While they don’t offer unlimited data, AT&T’s new tiers for big data plans will fit anyone’s family or business needs. As a single user, however, they stack up pretty neatly with everyone else.AT&T’s account setup is a little different from the others. You choose your minutes and your data separately, instead of choosing from a series of pre-assembled plans. Once you have chose the minutes and data options that best suit you, there’s an option to add insurance and Apple Care+. Once you’ve paid your activation fee, the phone is either shipped out to you or handed off in the store.Cheapest on AT&TiPhone 5 16GB – $199Nation plan with 450 minutes and 300MB of data – $60 per month for 24 months ($1,440)Activation Fee – $36Tax in NYC – 8.875%Total cost – $1823.66Most Expensive on AT&TiPhone 5 64GB – $399Apple Care+ – $99Nation Unlimited with 5GB data plan – $120 per month for 24 months ($2,880)AT&T Mobile Protection – $10 per month for 24 months ($240)Detailed billing – $2 per month for 24 months ($48)Activation fee – $36Tax in NYC – 8.875%Total cost – $4,030.55Unlocked on T-MobileWith their new UNCarrier plans, you can either buy an iPhone 5 from T-Mobile or you can but them from Apple directly. If you buy them from T-Mobile, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get the iPhone 5 for $99 up front. The rest of the cost of the phone is paid over a 24 month period, just like any other subsidized plans. If you buy the phone outright, however, you’re not bound to any contracts and can either leave or purchase additional service without the risk of any penalties. T-Mobile offers Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data plans that you can add a device to. Their plans allow for single account, family plans, or business lines depending on what you need. T-Mobile offers these plans in a variety of price points, based on the needs of the user. There’s also handset protection options if you have purchased the phone outright from T-Mobile, which you wouldn’t be able to use in this situation. You would, however, still have Apple Care+.Cheapest on T-MobileiPhone 5 16GB – $99 up front and $20 per month for 24 months ($579)1500 Talk or Text with 30MB of data – $30 per month for 24 months ($720)SIM card activation kit – $10Tax in NYC – 8.875%Total cost – $1,425.17Most Expensive on T-MobileiPhone 5 64GB – $849Apple Care+ – $99Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data – $70 per month for 24 months ($1,680)SIM card activation kit – $10Tax in NYC – 8.875%Total cost – $2,872.12Which iPhone is for you?If you’ve got the money up front to pay for an unlocked phone, or if you already have an unlocked phone from a previous carrier, it’s pretty hard to argue with T-Mobile’s pricing. Even so, each carrier offers a pretty strong positive and negative. AT&T is significantly more expensive for what you get, but their plans are also the most flexible. Verizon and Sprint seem to offer compelling options for both most expensive and least expensive options, but you’re tied to that price for two years.There aren’t many areas where all four of these carriers are equal in the level of service they offer, which is another point to consider in making your decision. As a starting point, you can see which are the least expensive, and then decide which price point you are willing to pay based on the quality of service they offer. Apple releases a new iPhone every year, but this past year was the first time in the US that the phone was available on three of the four major carriers at launch. If you live in an area where no one carrier is obviously better than the other and your contract is up, you’re left to choose which is the right choice. A big part of answering that question is first determining how much an iPhone costs on each carrier.We will take a look at how much it costs to have a phone on a new contract with Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and then the cost of an unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile. For reference, we’ll be looking at the least expensive plans that support the iPhone for each carrier, using’s local prices (New York City).Verizon WirelessWhen the iPhone first came to Verizon Wireless, the celebration went on for days. Even Stephen Colbert dedicated a segment of his show to how excited he was that he would not be forced to use AT&T any longer. The release on Verizon marked the first time the carriers were going to have to compete in pricing for the iPhone, and since then both AT&T and Verizon have dedicated a significant chunk of their marketing budgets to letting everyone know that their iPhone is the best iPhone. Still, when it comes down to it, most people just want the option that hurts their wallets the least.Verizon Wireless carries the iPhone 5 in three sizes, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. In order to use the iPhone on a new contract with Verizon you need at least a 2GB Share Everything plan, but you always have unlimited talk and text. You can choose between getting an Apple Care+ plan from Apple to protect your phone, a choice of monthly protection and plans from Verizon’s insurance partner Asurion, or both if you really want to make sure your phone is covered by everything. You can also add on detailed billing for a monthly fee, and when you have picked out everything you want there’s a one time activation fee. What does that all add up to?Cheapest on VerizoniPhone 5 16GB – $1992GB Share Everything Plan – $60 per month for 24 months ($1,440)Activation fee – $35Tax in NYC – 8.875%Total cost – $1,822.57Most expensive on VerizoniPhone 5 64GB – $39910GB Share Everything Plan – $100 per month for 24 months ($2,400)Apple Care+ – $99Total Equipment Coverage from Asurion – $10 per month for 24 months ($240)Detailed Billing – $2 per month for 24 months ($48)Activation Fee – $35Tax in NYC – 8.875%Total Cost – $3,468.76SprintUnlike Verizon Wireless, when Sprint took on the iOS mantle they took on several variants of the hardware. They didn’t just carry the iPhone 4S, they also carried the iPhone 4 and sold it at a substantial discount. Sprint spent a lot of money up front to get Apple in their retail location, and the gamble paid off for Sprint big time. Their network not has a significant number of iPhone users, and as the only major US carrier offering unlimited 3G and 4G on their contracts still, there’s a lot of reason to consider Sprint.Sprint’s plans are always unlimited data, but not always unlimited minutes. You have to have one of their Everything plans in order to use an iPhone, though. You can add on a monthly insurance plan and Apple care if you want them, and if you order from their website the activation fees are waved. If you’re in the store, it’s up to the employee whether or not the fee is waved. At the end of that two years, how much does and iPhone cost from Sprint?Cheapest on SprintiPhone 5 16GB – $199Everything data with 450 minutes – $80 per month for 24 months ($1,920)Tax in NYC – 8.875%Total cost if ordered online – $2,307.06Most expensive on SprintiPhone 5 64GB – $399Apple Care+ – $99Everything Unlimited – $110 per month for 24 months ($2,640)Sprint Insurance – $11 per month for 24 months ($264)Activation fee – $36Tax in NYC – 8.875%Total cost – $3,743.12Next page: How much the iPhone costs on AT&T and T-Mobile…last_img read more

Cabinet to discuss potential public inquiry into Maurice McCabe scandal

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article CABINET IS TO meet today to discuss the possibility of holding a public inquiry into allegations that a smear campaign against Sergeant Maurice McCabe was orchestrated by senior gardaí.McCabe has said in public that he does not want a private inquiry and that he will only be happy if one is held in the open.The garda sergeant last night held meetings with Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáíl over what happens next.In a statement yesterday afternoon, the McCabe family said they had “endured eight years of great suffering, private nightmare, public defamation and State vilification”. The statement said that this arose out of the determination of McCabe to ensure that gardai adhered to decent and appropriate standards of policing.It added: “Our personal lives and our family life, and the lives of our five children, have been systematically attacked in a number of ways by agencies of the Irish State and by people working for the State in those agencies.”Calling for the public inquiry, McCabe and his wife Lorraine said, although Health Minister Simon Harris said that they were entitled to “truth and justice”, that they wouldn’t get that if they had to wait 18 months for the findings of a private inquiry.The McCabes have called for a number of questions to be answered in the course of a public inquiry.They include if senior gardaí were formally or informally notified of the alleged sexual abuse case against McCabe, which gardaí were involved in the claim, and why McCabe was not informed of these allegations in 2013.With reporting by Seán MurrayRead: ‘We are entitled to the truth today’: Kenny to discuss McCabe public inquiry with Micheál Martin >Read: Zappone ‘has not considered’ resigning over McCabe and Tusla revelations > Cabinet to discuss potential public inquiry into Maurice McCabe scandal The garda sergeant last night held meetings with Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáíl over what happens next. Image: Brian Lawless Share260 Tweet Email 44 Comments Image: Brian Lawless Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 7:06 AM Short URL 7,349 Views Feb 14th 2017, 7:06 AM By Garreth MacNamee last_img read more

How much did the Lionel Messi of pigeons sell for Its the

first_img EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.11: The number of years that Irish indie band, Little Green Cars, had been together before announcing their break up this week. 800: The number of South Korean couples who were livestreamed having sex in love motels without their consent.€129,854: The wage that directly elected mayors in Cork Limerick, and Waterford will receive under new proposals.  15: The number of judges that will serve on the Court of Appeal, following the approval of new legislation to deal with the backlog of cases. €1,252,000: The amount of money that a racing pigeon, described as the Lionel Messi of the pigeon-racing world, sold for earlier this week. 18: The number of months that it could take to establish a gambling regulator, according to the Taoiseach.€1.49 billion: The fine issued by the EU’s anti-trust regulator to Google for advertising violations. 40kg: The amount of plastic waste found in the stomach of a starving whale that washed ashore this week in the Philippines.  208%: The increase of measles cases in Ireland. The second episode of’s weekly podcast The Explainer takes a deep dive into why.€6 million: The tender issued by the government for the supply of footwear to An Garda Síochána and the Irish Defence Forces.10: The number of complaints, including allegations of physically threatening behaviour, made against a senior garda officer in the past four years. By Adam Daly Mar 23rd 2019, 7:01 PM How much did the ‘Lionel Messi of pigeons’ sell for? It’s the week in numbers Plus: The number of months that it could take to establish a gambling regulator. (L) Armando the racing pigeon and (R) Barcelona forward Lionel Messi Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM (L) Armando the racing pigeon and (R) Barcelona forward Lionel Messi Image: Pipa/PA Imagescenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Pipa/PA Images 4 Comments 10,210 Views Short URL Share5 Tweet Email last_img read more

Congratulations to the Recruiters Drawn for Reward Trip to Biltmore and Asheville

first_imgSeven names were drawn from a pool of 14 eligible American Soybean Association (ASA) recruiters for participation in a Recruiter Reward Trip to Asheville, N.C., Nov. 17-20, 2015. Congratulations to: Mark Brown (MN); Harvey Morken (ND); Tommie Price, (OH); Marvin Wahl (KS); Jeff Sollars (OH); Brandon Wipf (SD); and Jim Kukowski (MN).Any volunteer ASA recruiter who had 30 or more recruits between Oct. 1, 2014 and Aug. 28, 2015 was entered into the pool. Each of the chosen recruiters can bring a guest on this expense-paid reward trip. Each person has accepted and will attend the recruiter trip.last_img read more

Motorola brings baby monitoring to CES 2019 with Hubble

first_imgHalo baby monitor includes a light ring, projector and 1080p camera.  Angela Lang/CNET Motorola is upping the baby monitoring game with smart camera baby mobiles, a camera with interchangeable platforms and a health-tracking baby bed insert, all on the Hubble Connected platform. HaloThe Halo baby monitor attaches to a cot or crib for an overhead view of the baby. The 1080p camera includes IR night vision up to 10 meters and two-way audio that can be activated when motion or audio is sensed. On your smartphone, you can use the Hubble app to view the camera’s feed and respond to alerts.motorola-baby-monitor-3Halo projects images onto a nursery ceiling. Angela Lang/CNET Above the camera, a ring of soft light glows and changes colors, while a virtual mobile projects scenes onto the ceiling. There’s also the option to play lullabies or your own voice recordings through the Halo’s speakers. The Halo is available now at BuyBuyBaby with an MSRP of $249. Pair the Halo with a portable, baby monitoring screen for a Halo+ package with a retail price of $299.motorola-baby-monitor-1 Angela Lang/CNET Motorola DoxIn addition to the Halo baby monitoring, Motorola also introduced a camera with interchangeable stands. Expected in the second quarter of 2019, Motorola Dox can be used for indoor, outdoor, crib mount or pan, tilt and zoom functionality.Pricing for the Motorola Dox hasn’t been announced yet, but the team told me they estimated the price to be around $200 for the camera and a stand.motorola-baby-monitor-2 Angela Lang/CNET Comfort CloudRounding out Motorola’s lineup of baby-centric tech is the Comfort Cloud. This smart baby cushion aims to bring health stats to parents via the Hubble app. A smart sleep strip sensor is placed into a special insert on the baby cushion and monitors sleeping patterns based on heart rate, respiratory rate, sleep cycles, body movement and sleep time.Stats can be seen in the app and you can receive alerts when something doesn’t seem right. The sensor strip charges via Micro-USB and can hold a charge for approximately eight days. The Comfort Cloud is expected to be available with an MSRP of $199.  Tags Post a comment 0 Share your voice CES 2019 CNET Smart Home 12 Photos The most interesting PCs, laptops and tablets of CES 2018 Smart Home CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES Products Motorolalast_img read more

Goa civic body to pay Rs 1000 to citizens who report illegal

first_imgPANAJI: Taking a leaf out of a now-defunct police vigilante app, the municipal council of Margao town in South Goa on Wednesday launched a scheme to pay Rs 1,000 to the citizens who report illegal dumping of garbage through a photo or video tip via Whatsapp. “We will give the informant Rs 1,000 for reporting a violation by sending a photo or video to the special phone number, 8390208406, set up by the municipality. The person who is illegally dumping garbage will be fined Rs 5,000,” Margao Municipal Council Chief Officer Siddhivinayak Naik told reporters at a press conference held in Margao, located 35 km from Panaji. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us With population of nearly a lakh, Margao, often referred as the commercial capital of Goa, has been facing with a garbage disposal crisis. It was accentuated after a garbage dump at Sonsodo on the outskirts of the town caught fire some weeks back. There is currently a standoff between the private entity which outsourced the task of garbage handling at the dumpsite and the civic authorities, with the former blaming the latter for not enforcing the ‘garbage segregation at source’ principles. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Naik claimed that the municipal council’s ‘Garbage Sentinel Scheme’ would help deter people from littering the city. He said that photos of the person dumping garbage illegally would also be uploaded to the municipal council’s social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook as a deterrent. “We will also rope in the police for enforcement purposes,” Naik said. A similar ‘sentinel’ scheme was launched by the Goa Police last year, but was temporarily abandoned after initial success, after mob targeted police sentinels — alert civilians arm registered with the app — who uploaded video of their violations to the official police app.last_img read more

Mayawati slams Yogi for hike in petrol diesel prices

first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Tuesday slammed the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for increasing the prices of petrol and diesel. The “cruel decision” would lead to inflation and affect the middle and lower sections of society, she said in a statement. “The decision to increase petrol and diesel prices is cruel as it will lead to inflation and affect crores of people. This will also increase the difficulties of people who are already facing the burden of increase in prices of all commodities and growing unemployment.” The Uttar Pradesh government has hiked prices by increasing Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol to 26.80 per cent while that on diesel to 17.48 per cent. The new and hiked prices came into effect from Tuesday.last_img read more

200 killed in gunfights in 84 days

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationAt least 200 suspected drug peddlers were killed in alleged gunfights with the law enforcers in the country over the last 84 days. Among them, 103 were killed by police and 60 by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). The law enforcers claimed the remaining 38 were killed in factional clashes of the drug traders.Following the prime minister’s directives at RAB’s founding anniversary programme on 3 May to take tough action against the drug traders, the elite force launched a countrywide anti-narcotics drive. Police and the detective branch also joined in the drive.Rights activists, however, have been criticising the drive, terming the incidents as extrajudicial killings.On 27 May, former Juba League leader and ward councillor of Cox’s Bazar district’s Teknaf upazila Ekramul Haque was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with RAB men. After the incident, there was a widespread outcry in the country. Though the elite force claimed Ekramul to be a drug trader, his family and the party leaders denied it. The deaths in reported gunfights then started to drop amid the criticism.According to a report of rights organisation Odhikar, some 341 incidents of extrajudicial killings happened between January and July of 2018.The report released on 1 August revealed that 151 people were killed in May alone. Rights activist Nur Khan said the killing is not a solution to the drug problem.“People are being killed in the name of gunfights or crossfire. The killing cannot be a solution to this problem. You can create a culture of fear through this kind of drive, but establishing a drug-free society is impossible in this way. A long-term plan engaging people is required,” said Nur Khan.Gunfights in 2 districtsAmidst the on-going controversies over ‘gunfights’, a suspected drug trader was killed in Gaibandha and another was shot in Rajshahi on Monday night.RAB officials said that a person named Abdus Salam alias Thosa Salam, 48, of Gaibandha’s Sundarganj upazila was killed in Satgiri Jamal area of the district.Assistant commander of RAB-13 Gaibandha camp, Habibur Rahman claimed that the elite force conducted a drive based on a tip-off that Salam and his associates were engaged in drug trading at the time. The RAB men were attacked by them and at one point they retaliated, injuring Salam and two other RAB members.Salam was taken to the upazila health complex, where he succumbed to his injuries.RAB recovered a pistol, 3 bullets, 20 bottles of phensidyl and 10 kg marijuana.Officer-in-charge of Sundarganj police station Abdus Subhan said, Salam was a top drug dealer and accused in 28 drug related cases. He served several jail terms.No member of Salam’s family was available for comment as they were not found at his village home. They could not be reached over mobile phone either.In Rajshahi’s Godagari area, suspected drug trader named Md Ibrahim, 35, was shot in a gunfight with police.Assistant superintendent of police of Rajshahi, Abdur Razzak Khan said, a gang of drug peddlers attacked police while they conducted an anti- narcotics drive in a brickfield in Sahabdipur area.  Ibrahim, accused in two drug related cases, was shot at his left leg while other members of the gang managed to flee.Ibrahim has been undergoing treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.Police recovered 5 bullets, a pistol and 500 grams heroin from the scene.last_img read more