CBC series snubbed us says Nova Scotia mayor

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img HALIFAX — A new docu-drama series about the history of Canada has touched a raw nerve in a rural corner of Nova Scotia.Bill MacDonald, the mayor of Annapolis Royal, is leading a campaign to denounce the first episode as a disrespectful and erroneous version of what really happened when Europeans first settled in this land.He said he was shocked this week when the CBC show Canada: The Story of Us asserted that the first permanent European settlement was established near what is now Quebec City. “Here in Annapolis Royal, we believe that we truly are the cradle of our nation,” MacDonald said in an interview Wednesday, two days after he posted a rebuke of the show on his mayoral Facebook page, saying “CBC has misrepresented Canadian history.”MacDonald said he plans to write a letter of complaint to the CBC. He suggested a prequel may be in order, given the fact that Port Royal wasn’t even mentioned during the two-hour program broadcast Sunday night.His online post has sparked more criticism, though not all of the comments on the mayor’s page endorsed his view.Some commenters suggested the first settlements were in other places altogether, including Red Bay, N.L., and LaHave, N.S.Others piled on the CBC.“I, like a lot of the people of Nova Scotia, was very surprised and disturbed about the missing history of the first settlements at Port Royal,” said one person. “As a person who grew up in this area, I have always promoted Annapolis Royal . . . I was very disappointed.”Others were more blunt: “Sad when we can’t get our own history straight,” wrote one.CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said the show’s producers chose to focus on Quebec City after reaching out to historians.“We fully acknowledge (Port Royal) is a special and important part of Canadian history,” Thompson said in an email. “Port Royal came up many times in the producers’ research and in numerous conversations with noted historians.”He said the first episode focused on Quebec City because, unlike Port Royal, it maintained a permanent population without interruption from 1608 onward.“It’s also important to note that this series features key moments in Canadian history,” Thompson said. “It is not meant to be a comprehensive and linear account of our nation’s history.”According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, Port Royal was established near the mouth of the Annapolis River by Champlain and Pierre du Gua de Monts in the summer of 1605, but the site was abandoned in the summer of 1607. The colony was re-established by an original colonist in 1610 and changed hands several times after that.“Although the buildings were rudimentary, Port Royal remained the earliest European settlement of any permanence in North America north of St. Augustine, Florida,” the encyclopedia’s website site says.However, the Parks Canada website describes the reconstructed national historic site as “one of the earliest European attempts at settlement in North America.”While it’s true Port Royal was briefly unoccupied during its early history, it was always meant to be a permanent settlement, MacDonald said.“To suggest that this wasn’t the beginning of Canada — the cradle of Canada — simply because the doors may have been closed for a couple of years while people went back to France to get provisions . . . really doesn’t appreciate the context in which history unfolded,” MacDonald said.The settlement would later become the capital of Acadia and the early capital of Nova Scotia.Retired history professor Doug Owram said the debate centres on what constitutes permanence, because there were many temporary settlements in Canada long before Champlain arrived. The oldest among them is the short-lived Viking encampment at the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, built more than 1,000 years ago.Owram, a professor emeritus who taught at the University of British Columbia, said Port Royal did precede Quebec as a settlement, but it later failed and was abandoned, only to be refounded and later destroyed.“Quebec is the first continuous European settlement,” Owram said in an email. “(However), it might have been nice to mention the failure at Port Royal.” MacDonald said the CBC got it wrong, although the public broadcaster denies that.It’s well known that French explorer Samuel de Champlain established a permanent settlement at Port Royal, N.S., in 1605 — three years before he founded another one along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, the mayor said. Twitterlast_img read more

Taliban kill 12 USbacked govt troops in remote Afghan province

first_imgKabul: The Taliban besieged an Afghan government and army compound in a remote western province for a second day Friday, killing at least 12 more troops, according to local officials who issued a dramatic warning, saying those inside the compound were running out of ammunition. The latest fatalities brought the overall death toll for the assault in Badghis province to at least 32 Afghan soldiers and policemen. Many more have been wounded and the area is cut off, said Mohammad Nasir Nazari, a provincial councilmember. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USNazari said that according to soldiers inside the base in the district of Bala Murghab, roughly 2,000 Taliban fighters are involved in the attack, with about 600 Afghan troops and members of the security forces inside. “They are running out of everything ammunition, water and food,” said Nazari. Abdul Waris Sherzad, a district chief, said local officials and residents were disappointed that NATO forces and the Afghan government have not helped. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut Defence Ministry spokesman Qais Mangal denied that, saying reinforcements and supplies have been airlifted to Badghis the previous day and that more would be dispatched on Friday. The brazen Taliban attack first began before dawn on Thursday, when the insurgents stormed all the security posts around the government compound and killed at least 20 soldiers and policemen. Fighting continued throughout the day and overnight and into Friday, Nazari said. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the media. It was the latest attack by the Taliban who target Afghan forces on a daily basis even as they hold talks with US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. Khalilzad was in Islamabad on Friday and met with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other Pakistani officials. He had visited Kabul earlier this week where he lobbied for “intra-Afghan dialogue” talks that would encompass prominent Afghan figures, government representatives and the opposition, as well as the Taliban. According to the foreign ministry, Qureshi assured Khalilzad of Islamabad’s continued support for the ongoing Afghan peace process. Khalilzad has held several rounds of talks with the Taliban, most recently last month in Qatar where both sides said progress has been made. But despite the talks, the Taliban still inflict staggering casualties on Afghan forces and now hold sway over half of the country. The insurgents refuse to talk directly with the government in Kabul, considering it a US puppet. Washington wants Islamabad to encourage the Taliban to hold direct talks with Kabul but the insurgents have shown no flexibility on that stance. Khalilzad was also to meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan who last month stirred controversy by calling for the formation of an interim Afghan government with the Taliban.last_img read more

Liberals infrastructure program problems detailed in internal documents

OTTAWA — Newly released documents show a focus on small projects bogged down the first phase of the Liberal governments new infrastructure program.An internal analysis obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law, shows 32 departments handed out $14.4 billion in the first phase of the program.Almost one-third of the projects needed less than $100,000 in federal support but required the same detailed reviews as much bigger projects which delayed construction and the flow of federal cash.The government has been criticized for the slower-than-anticipated pace of infrastructure dollars leaving the federal treasury.The Liberals argue tracking federal spending can be misleading because funds only flow once receipts are filed, which causes a lag between when work occurs and money is paid out.A spokeswoman says Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is able to approve projects worth up to $50 million, putting the vast majority of projects under the minister’s authority and reducing timelines for approvals.The Canadian Press read more

Joe Bidens 5T climate plan Net zero emissions by 2050

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is pitching a $5 trillion-plus climate proposal that he says would lead the U.S. to net zero emission of carbon pollution by 2050.Biden’s plan calls for $1.7 trillion in federal spending over 10 years, with the rest of the investments coming from the private sector. Biden proposes covering the taxpayer costs by repealing the corporate tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed in 2017, while eliminating existing subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.“Science tells us that how we act or fail to act in the next 12 years will determine the very livability of our planet,” Biden said in a statement ahead of the plan’s unveiling Tuesday. “That’s why I’m calling for a clean energy revolution to confront this crisis and do what America does best — solve big problems with big ideas.”Biden, who announced his candidacy in April and is the clear leader in recent national and early-state primary polls, is offering his climate plan as some of his rivals suggest the 76-year-old former vice-president is not bold enough. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said last weekend at the California Democratic Convention that “some Democrats in Washington believe the only changes we can get are tweaks and nudges.” She added: “If they dream at all, they dream small.”The former vice-president’s outline tracks some ideas of the Green New Deal pushed by many Democrats in Washington, though Biden isn’t as aggressive in his timeline for curbing emissions.Biden’s outline is similar in size and scope to what former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke has proposed . Biden falls short of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s pitch for $3 trillion in federal spending over a decade, which Inslee says will spur $6 trillion more in private investment.Biden’s plan hinges on tax breaks, direct spending and federal regulatory power. He’d start with reversing many actions of the Trump administration, which itself sought to roll back a range of Obama administration efforts on energy and the environment. Biden would add an aggressive push on the world stage, using U.S. political and economic muscle to limit emissions from other nations, including China.He acknowledges how such an overhaul would affect existing U.S. energy market workers, coal miners and power plant operators especially. He calls first for pension and benefit protections for all such workers; and, though short on specifics, he promises an “unprecedented investment” in retraining and redevelopment programs for those communities.Biden also recognizes the “environmental justice” movement that highlights how pollution disproportionately affects poorer, mostly nonwhite communities. Biden pledges a more aggressive Environmental Protection Agency, vows to have clean drinking water for all Americans and pledges that minority communities will be targeted for initial investments in federal clean energy spending.He doesn’t offer specific spending amounts for those priorities.Still, Biden’s dual focus on coal towns and nonwhite communities reflects political lessons from Democrats’ 2016 loss. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton drew ire in coal country when she said as part of a more sweeping statement on energy development that “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Meanwhile, Democratic turnout dropped in some cities with high nonwhite populations, places where aging infrastructure has become a defining issue.Biden envisions expanding the nation’s railways, with massive growth that theoretically would reduce car demand. He promises to complete the California High Speed Rail project; shrink by half the current travel time from Washington, D.C., to New York; and extend the existing Northeast Corridor into the South. That, along with new lines in the West and Midwest, would mean “an end-to-end … system that will connect the coasts, unlocking new, affordable access for every American.”Among his ideas for automobiles, he calls for fuel economy standards “beyond” the Obama administration’s goal of about 54 miles (87 kilometres) per gallon (3.8 litres). The Trump administration has rolled that back, saying the regulation would increase consumers’ purchase prices of cars.Biden also pitches expanded tax credits for purchases of electric vehicles, along with 500,000 more public charging stations nationwide by the end of 2030.He calls for reducing carbon output from the nation’s buildings by more than 50 per cent by 2035, through both new construction and tax breaks for retrofits for existing commercial and residential properties. The Energy Department would be tasked with tightening efficiency standards for household appliances and equipment.Like O’Rourke, Biden specifically mentions nuclear energy as a source the federal government should boost with tax incentives. That could put him at odds with some activists on the left who cast nuclear energy as too dangerous.O’Rourke has not ruled out nuclear energy, as well. Inslee’s policy proposals sidestep nuclear energy altogether, with aides suggesting he wouldn’t oppose market-backed nuclear power but wouldn’t subsidize it as part of a national mobilization.On the international front, Biden calls out China as the world’s biggest coal polluter and says he’d make all future bilateral deals with Beijing contingent on carbon reductions. Biden also urges an international alliance that would help other nations afford low-carbon development and pitches a global moratorium on offshore drilling in the Arctic.___Follow Barrow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAPBill Barrow, The Associated Press read more

New UN peacekeeping chief holds talks in South Sudan

8 October 2008The top United Nations peacekeeping official met today with leading officials of the regional government of Southern Sudan as part of his week-long familiarization tour of Africa’s largest country where the world body currently fields two peacekeeping missions. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy, accompanied by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in Sudan Ashraf Qazi, held talks with Salva Kiir, President of the Government of Southern Sudan, scene of a devastating 21-year-long civil war before a peace accord was signed in 2005. “As you know we have 18 operations worldwide, so we have many challenges. However, I started with the Sudan because I think there are many things at stake here,” Mr. Le Roy told reporters, explaining why he made the country his first destination since his appointment to his post in August. “As I said, much has been achieved, but there is still a need for the UN to continue to play its role.”Although the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) ending the north-south civil war, which killed at least 2 million people and displaced 4.5 million others, was signed nearly four years ago, violent clashes still occur. Fighting took place most recently in the town of Abyei, where 98 people were killed and over 50,000 others uprooted in May.Mr. Le Roy visited Abyei yesterday, meeting with members of the newly formed Joint Integrated Unit and Joint Integrated Police Unit set up to ensure security and policing in the town after May’s violence. While the CPA remains on track, much needs to be done to implement the agreement within the time remaining and the parties must redouble their efforts to accomplish the outstanding benchmarks, he said. He stressed that the main challenge is to help to keep the peace in Sudan as a whole, something the people clearly want in a country that is also riven by a fierce war in its western region of Darfur. The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) currently fields nearly 10,000 uniformed personnel entrusted with monitoring compliance with the CPA, assisting in a demobilization and reintegration programme, and helping the return home of those displaced.A separate hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission for Darfur, known as UNAMID, was deployed at the start of this year and is slated to become the largest UN peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength. Currently it has some 10,000 troops and police officers on the ground and still lacks essential equipment, including helicopters.A tripartite committee on UNAMID’s deployment comprising the UN, the African Union and the Sudanese Government held its first meeting yesterday, with all sides pledging every possible effort to speed up deployment.“The challenges are very high and so we do request the support of GoS (Government of Sudan), without which we cannot achieve this objective,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Susana Malcorra told reporters afterwards.Some 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed, either through direct combat or as a result of disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy, and more than 2.7 million others have been uprooted from their homes in the five-year Darfur conflict that pits rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen.Mr. Le Roy is to visit UNAMID’s headquarters in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur state, and stops are also scheduled in South Darfur’s capital, Nyala, and El Geneina, capital of West Darfur. read more

Husky Energy Inc Penn West Petroleum Ltd MEG Energy Corp latest to

CALGARY — Three Canadian oil and gas firms say they’ll be reining in spending next year in the face of free-falling oil prices.Shares in Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT), Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) and MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG) were all significantly higher on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday after they announced tighter capital budgets for 2015. The sector as a whole was up about seven per cent.Penn West aims to spend $625 million next year, down by about a quarter from what it predicted a month ago and from what it estimates to have spent in 2014.The company has cut its outlook for the price it gets for light, sweet crude in Alberta by the same amount to an average of $65 a barrel next year.Beginning in the first quarter of next year, Penn West is slashing its quarterly dividend to three cents per share from 14 cents. It’s also suspending its dividend reinvestment program “until further notice.”Profitability is more important than increasing production, with oil prices falling by about half over the past six months, said CEO Dave Roberts.“We have the advantage of being able to adjust our spending profile across a diverse portfolio of assets to maximize our returns and focus on higher cash returning assets in such a commodity price environment,” he said.“In addition, we have a number of other means available to protect our long-term sustainability in the event that low commodity prices persist. Our resources are secure, operational performance demonstrated, our future intact.”Penn West shares were up nearly 10% in early afternoon trading at $2.58.Meanwhile, Husky has set a 2015 capital budget of $3.4 billion, down by a third from 2014 as spending wraps up on two flagship projects: the offshore Liwan gas platform in the South China Sea and the first phase of the Sunrise oilsands development, part of a joint venture with BP.Why Talisman Energy is the first victim of the oil price slump — but not the lastLow oil prices, domestic politics put Petronas’s B.C. LNG project at risk“We continue to steer a steady ship through stormy waters,” said CEO Asim Ghosh. “Our strong financial position and resilient portfolio are helping weatherproof our business against current market conditions.”Next year’s spending at Husky is in line with what CIBC World Markets analyst Arthur Grayfer had been expecting, given weak commodity prices.“Guidance looks to allow the company to live within its means and maintain a strong balance sheet and the dividend,” he wrote in a note to clients.Shares in Husky surged about eight per cent to $25.30.In a sign of how quickly the outlook for crude markets has unravelled, MEG Energy is slashing its 2015 budget by three quarters from what it estimated only two weeks ago. It now expects to spend just $305 million, down from $1.2 billion.“The revision of our 2015 capital investment plan is in response to the continuing deterioration of global crude oil markets,” said CEO Bill McCaffrey.Although MEG’s projects are economically viable, McCaffrey said “we believe it is prudent to reduce capital spending until we see a sustained improvement in commodity prices.”Opportunities to expand output from existing developments, rather than build new ones from scratch, give MEG the flexibility to increase spending at a “measured pace under the right market conditions.”MEG shares soared by about 25% to trade at $18.79. read more

Three soldiers arrested over Rathupaswala shooting

Violence erupted during a protest by residents of Rathupaswala on August 01, 2013 as security forces and protesters clashed in Weliweriya, resulting in the death of three persons and over 30 injured. Human rights groups had condemned the crackdown against the protest by villagers who were demanding clean drinking water for thousands of residents of Weliweriya and have criticised the manner in which authorities had handled the situation. The Sri Lanka Human Rights Council (SLHRC) in 2013 submitted a report on the Rathupaswala incident claiming that the murders were committed by the alleged open air firing at protesters by the Army.They also recommended the military to investigate into the matter and bring the criminals to book. (Colombo Gazette) Three soldiers have been arrested over the Rathupaswala shooting incident, the police said.The police said that the CID arrested the three soldiers today. They were produced in court and remanded till April 3. read more

Ohio State softball leaves Wisconsin with a win loss and tie

OSU redshirt junior outfielder Alex Bayne swings at a pitch.Credit: Courtesy of OSUDespite opening up Big Ten play with a sweep last weekend, the Ohio State softball team (19-8-1, 4-1-1) was unable to keep those dominant ways going, splitting its weekend series at Wisconsin (18-14-1, 3-2-1). Both the Buckeyes and the Badgers earned a win, while the final game Sunday was left in a tie.Offensively, sophomore Taylor White led the Buckeyes, going 7-for-10. The outfielder combined with redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre, redshirt junior Alex Bayne and junior Alex Kirk to deliver home runs. Bayne, who played the weekend in right field, now has 12 homers on the year, which is triple her 2015 total.Game 1The Badgers snapped the Buckeyes’ six-game winning streak in a tight 6-5 contest on Friday. Both teams were scoreless through the fourth inning due to the solid pitching from junior Shelby Hursh, who struck out six, and Wisconsin junior Kirsten Stevens.OSU jumped ahead in a big way in the top of the fifth after hits from Kirk and White, followed by sophomore Becca Gavin’s walk, sent Stevens and the Wisconsin defense into a bases-loaded situation. McIntyre came up big last weekend with a walk-off home run against Maryland, and she followed that up with another statement, blasting a grand slam to give the Buckeyes the lead.Wisconsin got on board after Hursh walked in the first run, which prompted freshman Morgan Ray, who earned the loss, to step in the circle for the remainder of the game. The Badgers then added two more in the bottom of the sixth after a series of infield singles and a walk moved runners around the bases.The slim 4-3 lead inspired OSU to push its lead to two following senior catcher Cammi Prantl’s RBI single to right field. Earlier in the inning, freshman Bri Betschel entered the game to pinch hit, and her sacrifice bunt brought Gavin into scoring position for Prantl.But the Buckeyes could not maintain their grasp on the lead as the Badgers headed to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore first baseman Samantha Arents jumpstarted the late rally with a deep double, and senior left fielder Katie Christner drew a walk to keep Wisconsin’s streak alive. Freshman Melanie Cross ended OSU’s hope for a win with her walk-off, three-run homer, putting OSU on the other side of the dramatic ending after last weekend.Game 2After cold temperatures left Saturday’s game postponed until the following day, OSU bounced back with a tight 10-8 victory in Sunday’s first matchup. Junior Lena Springer, who only saw one inning of action last weekend against Maryland, got the start in the circle but did not strike out a single Wisconsin batter in her four innings pitched.Both the Buckeyes and Badgers went scoreless in the first inning after leaving runners stranded in scoring position. After a quiet Friday, Bayne sent a two-RBI single through the left side after White, freshman second baseman Emily Clark and Gavin ignited the offense with a trio of singles in the second inning.Wisconsin brought in a run of its own in the bottom of the frame after Springer hit two batters and a string of infield groundouts moved the runners around the bases. OSU’s defense got out of a bases-loaded jam, and its offense lengthened its lead on White’s RBI triple in the top of the following inning.The Buckeyes’ 4-1 lead prompted an early pitching change by the Wisconsin pitching staff, swapping senior Taylor-Paige Stewart for sophomore Mariah Watts. Still, the Scarlet and Gray scored one more in the third on Clark’s deep double.After spending two games last weekend recovering from an injury, sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin returned briefly for the Buckeyes in order to ease back into the lineup. Freshman Bailee Sturgeon and redshirt junior Jess Machovina also filled designated player roles in the matchup to keep the Badgers defense on its toes.The Badgers added one run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a quick single by second baseman Macy Oswald but again left a runner stranded. White continued her hit streak with a leadoff single, but it was Kirk’s two-run shot over the fence that frustrated Wisconsin’s defense. Watts returned to the game for Stewart, which turned the tide of momentum back to the Badgers.Wisconsin scored six runs on just three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning, beginning with a solo home run by Cross. McCombs entered the game to relieve Springer, but a handful of wild pitches moved runners into scoring position. Oswald added two runs with an outfield single, prompting another pitching change — Hursh for McCombs — for OSU. Sophomore Kelsey Jenkins sent a ball of her own over the fence to give the Badgers their first lead of the game.White, who went 4-for-4, then tied it up in the top of the seventh with a solo home run, and the bottom of the order followed up with a pair of singles. McIntyre brought Kirk home with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Bayne beat the throw from shortstop Ashley Van Zeeland to put the Buckeyes up two. In the bottom of the inning, Wisconsin went down in order, making the series a 1-1 split heading into the final game.Game 3OSU carried its offensive momentum into the final game of the series, kickstarted by Bayne’s two-run homer in the top of the first inning. The Buckeye defense then got out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation to stop Wisconsin from scoring any runs.Prantl added another double to her tally, which is now eight shy of OSU’s all-time record, bringing in Bayne with no outs in the third inning. Machovina hit an RBI double of her own to make the score 4-0, but a bases-loaded opportunity to add more runs was obstructed by Stewart’s effort from the mound.Cross put up her third home run of the weekend to give Wisconsin its first two runs, and a string of singles to the outfield gave the Badgers another big inning and a 5-4 lead.In what was only her third appearance of the season, OSU freshman Katya Duvall relieved Hursh, who struck out four batters in her outing. Duvall did not fan any batters of her own but held the Badgers to three earned runs.Machovina continued her clutch pinch hitting with a single to bring in Prantl and Bayne, sending the Buckeyes up again. Kirk gave OSU another comfortable lead with her second home run of the series, and season, a three-run shot.In the fifth inning, Van Zeeland bunted in a run due to an error by Kirk, and Cross continued her stellar weekend with a two-run double. In the following inning, Van Zeeland laid down another RBI bunt to tie the game at nine and send the teams into extra innings.After over three hours of play, time constraints left the game in a tie, closing the series without a clear weekend victor.Coming upOSU is next scheduled to face Penn State in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday before traveling to Piscataway, New Jersey, for a weekend series against Rutgers. First pitch from Buckeye Field is set to be at 4 p.m. read more

LUE se penche sur la question des déchets plastiques méditerranéens

first_imgL’UE se penche sur la question des déchets plastiques méditerranéens Janez Potocnik, commissaire européen à l’Environnement a décidé de s’attaquer aux déchets plastiques méditerranéens. C’est au cours d’une visite à Athènes, vendredi dernier, que le commissaire européen à l’Environnement Janez Potocnik a déclaré que “les déchets en mer étaient un gros problème”. Il s’est dit “déterminé à y faire face”. “Nous devons dire non au “monstre plastique”, a-t-il lancé. D’après certaines enquêtes 83% des déchets qui polluent la mer Méditerranée sont des déchets plastiques. Les estimations indiquent que 500 tonnes de plastique et 250 milliards de micro-particules plastiques flottent à la surface des eaux.  À lire aussiLes images choc d’une rivière de déchets en Roumanie (Vidéo)Pour protéger l’environnement marin, une bonne gestion des déchets est impérative, indique Janez Potocnik. En effet, 80% de ces déchets proviennent de la terre, les 20% restants étant rejetés par les navires. Une des solutions évoquées par le commissaire serait d’interdire purement et simplement les sacs plastiques en Europe. Cette proposition ne convainc pas tout le monde, surtout du côté des industriels. Le représentant des Fédérations grecque et européenne de l’industrie plastique explique, lui, que ces sacs ont un impact moins important que des sacs en papier et en tissu, en matière de gaz à effet de serre.Le 11 avril 2011 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Stocks climb on report US may pare back tariffs on China

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks climbed Thursday after the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials could reduce the new tariffs on Chinese imports as part of trade negotiations between the two countries. It was the latest in a series of potentially conflicting updates on the trade dispute.Citing sources close to the discussions, the Journal said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other officials are willing to lift some or all of the import taxes the U.S. announced last year. They’re aiming to convince Chinese leaders to make deeper reforms. However, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer reportedly doesn’t support the idea, and the proposals haven’t been presented to President Donald Trump.Stocks wobbled earlier following reports late Wednesday that the U.S. might bring criminal charges against Chinese technology giant Huawei over allegations it stole trade secrets. However, China’s government said the top trade envoys from both countries will meet in Washington at the end of this month, a possible sign of progress in negotiationsTechnology, industrial and health care companies made some of the largest gains, and makers of chemicals and other basic materials jumped.After three months of big swings that were linked to trade talk developments, investors have adjusted to the uncertainty, said Gina Martin Adams, the chief equity strategist for Bloomberg Intelligence. She said investors want hard data and clear answers about what international trade will look like.“These issues between Huawei and trade have been a constant source of volatility and uncertainty that is weighing on sentiment,” she said. “Any permanence on the issue is going to be deemed an improvement.”last_img read more

Torres linked with surprise move to Turkey

first_imgFernando Torres is being reportedly lined up for a move surprise move to Galatasaray this summer, claims ASThe former Spain international is on the lookout for a new club this summer after being released by Atletico Madrid at the end of last season.Torres has already stated his desire to find a club outside of Spain and, therefore, he has been linked with moves to J-League side Sagan Tosu and with MLS side Chicago Fire, whose head coach Veljko Paunovic used to alongside the 34-year-old at Atletico in 2003.Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedReport: Vidic claims Aguero was his nemesis George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Nemanja Vidic claims that Sergio Aguero was his nemesis on the football field.At 37 years of age as Vidic reflects back on a career…But now a surprise club in Galatasaray have emerged as a potential destination for the former Liverpool and Chelsea forward with the Süper Lig side keen to bring in a striker that will be able to compete in the Champions League.Fatih Terim’s side are at risk of losing their goalscoring machine Bafetimbi Gomis, who netted 32 goals in 38 appearances last season, this summer due to a lucrative offer from China.Another player of interest for Galatasaray is Villarreal striker Carlos Bacca and Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa, whose agent revealed that he has been contacted by the Turkish club.last_img read more

Telangana has curbed Left Wing extremism Home Minister

first_imgHyderabad: Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali on Monday claimed that the Telangana State has curbed the activities of Left Wing Extremism, very effectively. “There was deliberate propaganda that formation of separate State of Telangana will intensify Left Wing Extremism, which the Telangana Government proved wrong with its effective steps including developmental and welfare activities and stringent efforts of Police Department,” Mahmood Ali said while addressing a meeting on LWE affected areas at Vignan Bhavan in New Delhi today. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The Home Minister claimed that the Left Wing Extremism activities in Telangana were very much under control and violence has been almost contained. Occasionally, small teams of Maoists are entering Telangana State to show their existence. Due to various awareness and development programmes were undertaken, the people are keeping the Maoists away, he said. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us He said that there were other states like Telangana which have successfully uprooted this risk. Unless this problem is resolved in the neighbouring and other states, it would continue to raise its ugly head, he said. “At the state level, we had adopted a two-way approach. Firstly, tackling LWE strictly as a law and order problem and secondly, by opening communication and providing better health, education and skill development to have all-round development in the affected area,” he said. Advertise With Us The Home Minister said that the quantum of central share further goes down in terms of restrictions imposed on the width of roads. “The Central Government has prescribed 5.5 mtrs, which is insufficient for the movement of two vehicles. Therefore, the State Government is adopting a width of 7 meters Carriage Bridge. We would request to increase the width of Carriage Bridge to 7 meters to make it useful for the future also,” he said. “In 2018, instructions were issued to exempt land for compensatory afforestation from 5 Hectare to 40 Hectare. However, in 2019 guidelines issued by the MoEFCC (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes) this condition was dropped. As most of the road and bridge work in LWE areas, the substantial forest is involved. In case of Telangana, out of 450 Kms roads, 250 Kms comes under Forest. Arranging compensatory afforestation land is time-consuming and a long process. It is, therefore, requested to exempt upto40 Hectare of forest diversion not requiring compensatory afforestation land. Of course, the condition of plantation in the degraded forest may be continued,” the Home Minister said. Mahmood Ali said that steps have been taken for the skill and other development needs of the youth in LWE affected areas.last_img read more

Protesters Rally Against Ferguson Decision in Downtown Baltimore

first_imgDemonstrators at McKeldin Square in downtown Baltimore protest a Missori grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown.Protesters who were angry and disappointed in a Ferguson, Mo. grand jury’s decision not to issue an indictment against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown gathered at McKeldin Square in downtown Baltimore on Nov. 25.As organizers on megaphones led the assembled crowd in various chants, including “no justice, no peace, charge the police,” passing commuters on Pratt Street honked their horns in support.Sharon Black of the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly, one of the organizers of the rally, said that while she was not surprised by the decision she was nonetheless angry and frustrated.“It proves to us that the system is broken itself, that racism is still alive and well in this country, and that police abuse of all people—particularly Black youth but also Brown youth, also poor youth—is just an epidemic in this country,” said Black.Alex Blue, a young man attending the demonstration, called what happened in Ferguson “unjust.”“It’s kind of hard to swallow it, seeing as though I am a Black man in America, I don’t know what my future holds for situations like this, or even for my future children,” said Blue.Like many others in attendance, Michael Franklin said he was not surprised by the decision itself.“This has happened time and time again, and people are angry and just frustrated that this system is not working for us at all,” said Franklin. “It’s not protecting and serving the people that it most needs to serve and protect.”Shaun Arnold called the decision not to indict “more of the same.”“I could very easily be Michael Brown, My [12 year-old] son could end up being him,” said Arnold, who worried that his own 6-foot, 3-inch, 320-pound frame could make him subject to the same fate as Brown.“I’ve had guns pulled on me by police before for what I would consider to be completely unnecessary situations, and so it’s one of those things where, if you’re a threatening Black male in this country, any interaction with the police could be your last interaction with anybody,” said Arnold.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

State Department issuing visas again after database glitch

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The U.S. announced the hardware failure June 12, causing delays around the world for foreigners and some Americans needing travel documents.The failure didn’t affect domestic passport issuance.It was the second major glitch in the consular database in a year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is issuing passports and visas again at overseas diplomatic missions after encountering a significant problem with a computer database earlier this month.Spokesman John Kirby says 45,000 visas were finalized Monday, a third of those in China. He says 33 U.S. embassies and consulates are back online and that visa interviews will restart Wednesday.The department hopes to get all its facilities back online soon and must work through a backlog of hundreds of thousands of applications. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologycenter_img The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

MSC Cruises partners with Etihad Airways

first_imgMSC Cruises partners with Etihad AirwaysMSC Cruises S.A., the world’s largest privately-owned global cruise line, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced today a new global partnership agreement that will benefit MSC Cruises’ guests travelling to Abu Dhabi and the UAE.The partnership with Etihad Airways reflects MSC Cruises’ long-standing commitment to its guests and is testament to the Company’s wish to always make its all-around offering a best-in-class experience, both at sea and in the air – with “Fly & Cruise” packages from destinations around the world – with Etihad Airways or partner airlines in its network.Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to partner with Etihad Airways. Both companies are uniquely young, ambitious and dynamic market leaders. With our “Fly & Cruise” packages, MSC Cruises guests will benefit from Etihad Airways’ and our Company’s impeccable service from the minute they leave their homes for a memorable cruise experience on MSC Musica. Through our partnership and also together with Abu Dhabi Ports Company and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority we will work to develop Abu Dhabi as an ideal winter cruise destination to further strengthen our offer in the region.”James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of Etihad Airways, declared: “Abu Dhabi is being developed into a leading international cruise destination, with record passenger numbers and ship calls reported during the recent 2014/2015 season. Future projections are even stronger, as the new Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal opens at the end of this year, and world-class cultural attractions such as Abu Dhabi’s Louvre and Guggenheim museums enhance the local tourism offering.”“Our partnership with MSC Cruises, as well as Abu Dhabi Ports Company and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, for ‘Fly & Cruise’ will expand source markets for cruises in the UAE and regionally, bringing in more travellers from destinations across Europe. It will also ensure a comfortable travel experience for guests at all stages of their vacation, including their time in the air and on the sea.”In its focus on developing the cruise market in the beautiful region of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman, MSC Cruises logically partnered with Etihad Airways. Under the terms of the agreement, MSC Cruises’ guests will be able to fly to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways to cruise in the region in the amazing Arabian winter. Guests will fly with the national airline of the UAE to their cruise during winter 2015-2016 on MSC Musica.Contributing nearly 20 percent, in terms of market share, to Abu Dhabi’s 2014-2015 cruise season, MSC Cruises has brought over 100,000 passengers from 115 nationalities to the Emirate between 2011 and 2015. Overall, Abu Dhabi’s 2014-2015 cruise season, that ran from October 2014 until May 2015, welcomed a record 200,407 passengers and 94 ship calls.Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO Abu Dhabi Ports, commented: “By providing state-of-the -art facilities to cruise lines and industry partners, we are boosting  Abu Dhabi’s growth potential to be a regular port of call on  the itineraries of leading tour operators from across the world. Our innovation in service and infrastructure has been delivering a lasting impression to visitors to Abu Dhabi, supporting our mission to increase our share of the UAE’s non-hydrocarbon based GDP and to contribute further to the tourism industry.”From December 13, 2015 to March 27, 2016, MSC Musica will sail 16 seven-night cruises in the region from Abu Dhabi, calling Khor al Fakkan, Muscat, Khasab and Dubai.MSC Cruises already partners with multiple global brands that are bywords for excellence in their fields. Partnerships with the Lego Group and Chicco are rooted in the Company’s commitment to creating unforgettable vacations for children and families. A partnership with restaurant brand Eataly adds high-end Italian cuisine based on exceptional ingredients to the fleet’s rich dining offering, while Samsung and Expo 2015 – of which MSC Cruises is the Official Cruise Carrier – echo the Company’s focus on technological innovation. MSC Cruises Etihad Airways Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

Dark streaks on a banana leaf caused by toxins rel

first_imgDark streaks on a banana leaf caused by toxins released from the fungus when they react with sunlight. Credit: Dan BebberThe study combined experimental data on Black Sigatoka infections with detailed climate information over the past 60 years.Black Sigatoka, which is virulent against a wide range of banana plants, was first reported in Honduras in 1972.It spread throughout the region to reach Brazil in 1998 and the Caribbean islands of Martinique, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines in the late 2000s.The disease now occurs as far north as Florida.”While fungus is likely to have been introduced to Honduras on plants imported from Asia for breeding research, our models indicate that climate change over the past 60 years has exacerbated its impact,” said Bebber.The Pseudocercospora fijiensis fungus spreads via aerial spores, infecting banana leaves and causing streaked lesions and cell death when fungal toxins are exposed to light.The study did not attempt to predict the potential effects of future climate on the spread and impact of Black Sigatoka. Other research suggests drying trends could reduce disease risk, but this would also reduce the availability of water for the banana plants themselves.The paper, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, is entitled: “Climate change effects on black sigatoka disease of banana.” May 08 , 2019 You might also be interested in Climate change has raised the risk of a fungal disease that ravages banana crops, according to new research from the U.K.’s University of Exeter.Black Sigatoka disease emerged from Asia in the late 20th Century and has recently completed its invasion of banana-growing areas in Latin America and the Caribbean.The new study says changes to moisture and temperature conditions have increased the risk of Black Sigatoka by more than 44% in these areas since the 1960s.International trade and increased banana production have also aided the spread of Black Sigatoka, which can reduce the fruit produced by infected plants by up to 80%.”Black Sigatoka is caused by a fungus (Pseudocercospora fijiensis) whose lifecycle is strongly determined by weather and microclimate,” said Dr. Daniel Bebber, of the University of Exeter.”This research shows that climate change has made temperatures better for spore germination and growth, and made crop canopies wetter, raising the risk of Black Sigatoka infection in many banana-growing areas of Latin America.”Despite the overall rise in the risk of Black Sigatoka in the areas we examined, drier conditions in some parts of Mexico and Central America have reduced infection risk.” Pioneering Dutch substrate banana production proje … center_img TR4 confirmed in Colombia as country declares “nat … U.S. judge denies Chiquita’s request to be let out … Australia: Queensland govt boosts TR4 funding, cal …last_img read more

FILE In this Jan 28 2019 file photo Kelly Row

first_img FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, Kelly Rowland attends the premiere of “What Men Want” in Los Angeles. Rowland will host the 12th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards on Feb. 21, honoring actresses Regina Hall, Jenifer Lewis, Amandla Stenberg and Kiki Layne. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2019 6:49 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rowland to host Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards NEW YORK — Kelly Rowland will host the 12th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards this month.Essence announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning singer, who has had some acting roles, will host the Feb. 21 luncheon honouring actresses Regina Hall, Jenifer Lewis, Amandla Stenberg and Kiki Layne.Rowland says in a statement she’s happy to “shine a light on four exceptional women for their art and social activism.”Rowland has had roles on “Empire,” ”Girlfriends” and “Think Like a Man.” She will play Gladys Knight in the new BET series “American Soul,” which focuses on the iconic music TV program “Soul Train” and its creator Don Cornelius. It debuts Tuesday.The Academy Awards will take place Feb. 25 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Turkey continues denial of Armenian genocide Syllouris says at remembrance event

first_imgTurkey continues to deny their responsibility in the crime committed against the Armenians, House President Demetris Syllouris said on Tuesday at a ceremony marking the 103rd Remembrance Day of the Armenian Genocide.Cyprus, he said, was one of the ports-of-call for Armenian refugees, who began to arrive on the island in the late 19th century following the “intensification of the Turkish cruelty.”The Armenian genocide is considered to have started on April 24, 1915 and to have lasted throughout WWI. Other ethnic Greeks and Assyrians that had lived in Turkey were also subjected to the same policies that forced the Armenians out and saw approximately 1,500,000 people killed.Syllouris said that the survivors and refugees that arrived in Cyprus were made part of Cypriot society and have become a “vital part of it.”Cyprus formally recognised the Armenian genocide in 1965, while on the 100th anniversary in 2015, parliament passed a bill to criminalise any form of denial of the genocide, Syllouris noted.Armenian representative in parliament Varktes Mahdessian also spoke at the event, noting that Turkey continues to deny the genocide. “Turkey is not willing to pay even a cent to the survivors of the genocide or their offspring since that would mean that not only the Armenians could claim their share, but also the Greeks, the Assyrians, and maybe even the Kurds, the Cypriots, and the Alevites”.You May LikeJourneyGoGo10 Most Popular Cruise Ship Destinations for 2019JourneyGoGoUndoMostinteresting.xyz10 Places You Need to Go in 2018Mostinteresting.xyzUndoLifeInTheGoldenYears.com11 Most Difficult Dogs To RaiseLifeInTheGoldenYears.comUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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