Liberal spending plans extend well beyond helping middle class

Liberal spending plans extend well beyond helping middle class

17 October 0

first_imgOTTAWA – The big announcements in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fiscal update were all about the middle class, but buried towards the end of the 74-page document was a list of about $9.6 billion in government spending on a much wider swath of programs.The spending, officials say, was not provided for in the 2017 budget, but the money has either been spent or set aside for the future with little or no fanfare.The provisions include $1.4 billion over six years for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Coast Guard to maintain its fleet.The spending also includes $4 million to permanently destroy the criminal records of Canadians who engaged in consensual gay sex – once illegal but now allowed.The government is also booking about $526 million over five years for Health Canada, the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency and Public Safety Canada to handle the legalization of marijuana.On top of that, about $150 million over six years is being set aside for devising and implementing new laws against drug-impaired driving.last_img read more

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Trinamool candidate Nusrat Jahan files nomination

Trinamool candidate Nusrat Jahan files nomination

12 October 0

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress celebrity candidate Nusrat Jahan on Monday filed her nomination for the Basirhat parliamentary constituency in West Bengal. Accompanied by a large number of Trinamool activists, the 28-year-old Bengali film actress, filed her nomination at the District administrative office in North 24 Parganas. Basirhat will go for the polls in the seventh phase on May 19. Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty (fighting from the Jadavpur constituency) are two new additions to the party’s list of celebrity candidates, which also includes MPs Dev Adhikari, Moon Moon Sen and Satabdi Roy.last_img read more

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President cancels Jaffna visit due to unscheduled meetings

President cancels Jaffna visit due to unscheduled meetings

08 October 0

Meanwhile, further centralization is taking place with the Governor of the Northern Province Reginold Cooray setting up an office in his official premises to channel peoples’ complaints to the President.“He could have set up this facility in the Jaffna Secretariat or the Northern Provincial Council. When there is an elected government, why not allow it to be the channel of communication with the President? The Governor’s action comes in the wake of Tamils’ demands that the Governor be figure made a figurehead under the elected Chief Minister,” Shivajilingam said. In Jaffna he was to have inaugurated an island-wide mobile app facility to get in touch with the President and track the progress of requests through ministries and departments in the Center. He was also to release about 600 acres of private land presently held by the military. President Maithripala Sirisena has cancelled a visit to Jaffna today, the New Indian Express reported.  A spokesman of the President told Express that “unscheduled meetings” in Colombo led to the cancellation“But he will be visiting Jaffna on January 25 or any other suitable date before that,” the spokesman added. With President Sirisena overturning many decisions of UNP ministers, UNP backbenchers in parliament got worried about the President’s own commitment to the sustenance of the coalition government and the prospects of the government parties in the local bodies and Provincial Council elections in 2017.Thirty UNPs met the President last Friday in regard to this and the President assured them that he is committed to the coalition. Later he publicly stated that he would not tolerate any party member or coalition partner having links with Rajapaksa.However, several issues in the coalition remain unresolved. The latest is the disagreement over the deal the UNP-led government had entered into with a Chinese state owned company to manage the Hambantota port. Disapproving the deal to give the Chinese company 80 percent of the stake in the port for 99 years, the President recently appointed his own representative in the negotiating committee. Given this, there is speculation that he will not attend the January 7 signing ceremony, if it is held at all. Meanwhile, dissatisfaction and unrest are brewing in North Sri Lanka over the slow pace of post-war reconciliation mechanisms.Briefing Express on the emerging situation, Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member M.K. Shivajilingam said that the President has not kept his promise to return private lands taken by the military during the war and after. He has released only bits here and there. According to Northern Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, only 5.2 percent of the land has been returned.Government has rejected the demand for an international judicial mechanism to go into war crimes charges by the military. But it has not set up even a domestic judicial mechanism. The Office of Missing Persons exists only on paper. All major parties of the majority Sinhalese community have rejected the Tamils’ call for a federal constitution and the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The President may have been held back by the developing political situation in South Sri Lanka with a resurgent former President Mahinda Rajapaksa vowing to overthrow the Sirisena-Wickemesinghe coalition government in 2017. The Joint Opposition group and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by Rajapaksa are gearing up for “frenetic political activity” to bring about a regime change this year.With a Sirisena group member Priyankara Jayaratne resigning from his post of State Minister, and another State  Minister Palaitha Range Bandara wondering if there is any point in being a minister without work, the media has been speculating about more resignations from the United National Party (UNP)-Sri Lanka Freedom Party Sirisena (SLFP-Sirisena ) coalition and crossovers to the Joint Opposition led by Rajapaksa. read more

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Go services are raising some prices and lowering others

Go services are raising some prices and lowering others

07 October 0

Changes are coming to GO Transit’s pricing and it’s good news or bad news depending how far you travel.Metrolinx will be lowering Presto and paper ticket fares on distances 10 kilometres or less. It will save riders anywhere from $1 to $3. If you are travelling a distance longer than 10 kilometers and use Presto, you will see an increase in prices of 4 per cent.If you pay a single-fare paper ticket and you’re travelling more than 10 kilometers, you will see a 10 per cent increase.The Metrolinx Board of Directors will vote on the fare changes next week, and if approved, will take effect April 20. read more

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UN workers injured by stone throwers pull out of Darfur IDP camps

UN workers injured by stone throwers pull out of Darfur IDP camps

06 October 0

Eight workers were hurt and one of them, while not seriously injured, was still in hospital, according to initial reports.The incidents erupted in several IDP camps around El Geneina in West Darfur at the start of a registration exercise for food distribution conducted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ensuring the inclusion of vulnerable people among the displaced. “Initial reports from UNHCR staff indicate that as people were lining up to be registered, some groups of young men armed with sticks and stones began attacking aid workers who were supervising the registration,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.“Some of our teams are being escorted back to El Geneina by African Union (AU) forces. Some minor injuries have been reported as well as damage to vehicles. But we’re still awaiting further details,” he added.UNHCR, WFP and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as well as all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) withdrew from most of the eight camps, including Krindring I and II, Ardamata, Dorti and Abu Zar. The IDP population had requested the registration because there were people residing in the camps who were not IDPs.There are an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 IDPs in camps around El Geneina. In all, about 2 million people have been displaced in Darfur, scene of fierce fighting over the past two years between rebels, Government forces and their allied militias. read more

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Johnny Depp makes surprise appearance at Disney convention to accept Legends honour

Johnny Depp makes surprise appearance at Disney convention to accept Legends honour

03 October 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Although he might have been one in spirit, Johnny Depp is now a Disney Legend in title too. The actor made a surprise appearance at Disney’s D23 Expo, a fan convention, to accept the honour from Disney CEO Bob Iger on Friday.Depp has starred in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” series as Captain Jack Sparrow as well as their live-action “Alice in Wonderland” as the Mad Hatter.The actor said that he doesn’t like the words “fan” or “legend” but thanked the 7,500 audience members for giving him the “opportunity to do stupid stuff for a living.”Other 2015 Disney Legends inductees included “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and composer Danny Elfman, who were previously announced.D23, now in its fourth year, runs through Sunday. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2015 2:08 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Johnny Depp makes surprise appearance at Disney convention to accept Legends honour read more

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Alarmed over violence in South Sudan Security Council sets out steps for

Alarmed over violence in South Sudan Security Council sets out steps for

02 October 0

In a statement read out at a formal meeting by its President for the month of March, Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins of Angola, the Council expressed concern at the parties’ failure to fully implement the August 2015 Agreement on ending the conflict that erupted between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar over two years ago, killing thousands, displacing over 2.4 million people.Through its statement, the Council called for the following five steps: The Government of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) fully and immediately adhere to the permanent ceasefire in accordance with their obligations under the Agreement; The Government, the SPLM-IO and all other relevant actors extend their full cooperation to complete implementation of the of Juba security arrangements as decided by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chair and agreed by the parties on 24 February, 2016; The President, the First Vice-President, and Vice-President, as set out in the Agreement, take up their positions in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) in Juba; The parties to the agreement abide by and take no action inconsistent with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) 30-31 January 2016 communiqué, which was subsequently endorsed by the parties and JMEC, on the issue of the Presidential Decree on the creation of 28 new states; andThe Government of South Sudan and the SPLM-IO protect civilians and civilian facilities, including schools and hospitals, allow people to move freely, and allow in accordance with relevant provisions of international law and UN guiding principles of humanitarian assistance the full, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access to help ensure timely delivery of humanitarian assistance, to all those in need.Further, the Council expressed its alarm over credible reports of armed men in uniforms of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) entering the UN Mission (UNMISS) protection-of-civilians site and firing on civilians. Describing such attacks as “unacceptable,” the Council called upon the Government to investigate and prosecute those responsible, and commended the UN for having quickly announced the establishment of a High-Level Board of Inquiry.The Council called attention to the 11 March report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Assessment Mission and the 4 December 2015 UNMISS/OHCHR report ‘The State of Human Rights in the Protracted Conflict in South Sudan,” condemning reported human rights violations and abuses, as well as violations of international humanitarian law. It also underscored its grave concern over the deteriorating economic and humanitarian situation, noting that an estimated 2.8 million people were severely food insecure amid continuing restrictions on humanitarian access. read more

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UN rights chief urges Gambian leader to respect results of presidential election

UN rights chief urges Gambian leader to respect results of presidential election

02 October 0

“This is deeply worrying, given the record of human rights violations in The Gambia, including excessive use of force against demonstrators, arbitrary detention and deaths in custody, as well as allegations of torture and ill-treatment of detainees,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said.The High Commissioner also urged the Gambian authorities to allow people to exercise their rights to peaceful assembly, association and freedom of expression. “All those responsible for human rights violations must be held accountable.” President Jammeh, who initially accepted his loss in the elections, later rejected the results published by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and filed a petition with the Supreme Court. Mr. Zeid urged the President and all political parties to respect the result of the elections, the democratic process and the independent status of the IEC, whose premises were taken over by the army on Tuesday and officials ordered to leave. “All parties should conduct themselves in a manner that contributes to a peaceful atmosphere during this crucial period and, in particular, avoid using inflammatory language. We urge all sides to reaffirm their commitment to democracy and to work to ensure that there is a peaceful handover of the presidency by 18 January in line with the freely expressed desire and will of the Gambian people,” the High Commissioner stressed. “President Jammeh and his Government should avoid resorting to threats or acts of intimidation, including against Mr. Barrow and his supporters, and members of the IEC,” he added. read more

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10year old girl becomes youngest to discover a supernova

10year old girl becomes youngest to discover a supernova

21 September 0

first_imgWhile some kids may want to be an astronomer when they grow up, one ten-year old girl has decided not to wait. Astronomy is not only in her blood, since her dad is an astronomer, but in her name as well. Kathryn Aurora Gray from Fredericton, New Brunswick became the youngest person to find a stellar explosion after she discovered a supernova on January 2nd.The find, formally named Supernova 2010lt, was announced by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Kathryn found the supernova within an image taken at the Abbey Ridge Observatory on New Year’s Eve while being assisted by her dad, Paul Grey, and fellow astronomer David Lane.Grey helped her daughter determine that the supernova she found was not an asteroid and was not on an existing list of known supernova. Lane, a local astronomer, verified the discovery and was the one who actually registered it on Kathryn’s behalf. Kathryn found the supernova using a process which compares new astronomical images to previously existing ones to find any changes.Supernova 2010lt is a magnitude-17 supernova which resides within galaxy UGC 3378 which is 240 million light-years away. Supernovas are so bright compared to normal stars they can be found using modest telescopes. In fact, Kathryn’s discovery was verified by two amateur astronomers including Brian Tieman from Illinois and a fellow Canadian, Jack Newton, who currently resides in Arizona.Deborah Thompson of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is quoted as saying:It’s fantastic that someone so young would be passionate about astronomy. What an incredible discovery. We’re all very excited.Read more at MSNBC and The Huffington Postlast_img read more

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Record du monde un insecte capable de soulever 1141 fois son poids

Record du monde un insecte capable de soulever 1141 fois son poids

20 September 0

first_imgRecord du monde : un insecte capable de soulever 1.141 fois son poidsLes bousiers, bien que leur régime alimentaire puisse être critiqué, sont considérés comme étant l’espèce d’insecte la plus forte évoluant à la surface de la Terre, en se basant sur un rapport masse de l’insecte/masse soulevée.Le bousier est issu du même ordre que les scarabées, les coccinelles et les hannetons et, comme son nom l’indique, il a pour particularité de se nourrir exclusivement d’excréments. Ce détail passé, la bestiole serait l’insecte le plus fort au monde, capable de soulever 1.141 fois sa masse.À lire aussiIl laisse une fourmi coupe-feuille lui découper le doigtIl mesure à peine plus d’un centimètre, et, si l’on prend sa performance à échelle humaine, un homme de poids et de force moyens serait capable de soulever l’équivalent de six bus à impériale, rien que ça. L’insecte détrône donc largement la fourmi, qui peut soulever 50 fois son poids. Selon les chercheurs de l’université de Londres, cette force exceptionnelle serait conséquente à la recherche de partenaires sexuels, qui leur permettrait d’être supérieur à leurs rivaux devant les femelles. Pour démontrer la force du bousier, le docteur Knell, de l’université de Londres, a collé au dos des insectes des fils attachés à un pot. Il y a ensuite versé de l’eau au fur et à mesure, jusqu’à ce que l’insecte soit incapable de déplacer l’objet. Il a ainsi pu déterminer avec exactitude que le bousier est capable de supporter 1.141 fois son poids. Le 25 mars 2010 à 11:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les scientifiques donnent enfin un visage à Moora

Les scientifiques donnent enfin un visage à Moora

20 September 0

first_imgLes scientifiques donnent enfin un visage à “Moora””Moora” était une adolescente, dont une partie du corps vieux de 2650 ans avait été découvert en 2000 dans un marécage en Basse-Saxe, au nord de l’Allemagne. Grâce à une tomographie par ordinateur, les scientifiques sont parvenus à reconstituer son crâne et à lui donner un visage.Après avoir retrouvé les os venant du crâne de l’adolescente, qui avait vécu en 650 avant J.-C., les scientifiques ont voulu savoir à quoi elle ressemblait. Grâce aux techniques informatiques actuelles, une modélisation de son visage a pu être réalisée.Une partie du corps de “Moora” avait été retrouvée en 2000 dans un marais allemand. La police avait cru à une affaire criminelle, et le corps avait été transporté à l’Institut médico-légal de l’UKE. Mais cinq ans après, la découverte d’une main au même endroit a éveillé l’intérêt des archéologues, qui avaient réuni les éléments du puzzle. Ils ont ainsi déterminé à quelle période elle avait vécu. Des analyses des dents et des os ont montré que la fillette avait souffert de malnutrition jusqu’à l’âge de 11 ans, et qu’elle était morte à 15 ans environ.Pour le moment, impossible de savoir ce qui lui est arrivé, indiquent les scientifiques. Par ailleurs, il leur faudra encore du temps pour pouvoir reconstituer le corps entier de “Moora”.Découvrez cette modélisation ainsi que les découvertes faites par les scientifiques sur “Moora” en images sur Maxisciences. Le 3 février 2011 à 11:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Google Music Un accord avec Universal

Google Music Un accord avec Universal

20 September 0

first_imgGoogle Music : Un accord avec Universal ?Annoncée mercredi soir, Google Music fait son entrée officielle sur le monde des offres de musique en ligne. Alors que la rumeur annonce l’arrivée d’une boutique de téléchargement de musique, le géant de Mountain View aurait trouvé un accord avec deux maisons de disques, EMI et Universal, pour enrichir son catalogue.Annoncé lors d’un événement spécial et musical organisé par Google à Los Angeles, Google Music fait ses premiers pas dans l’univers “impitoyable” de la musique en ligne, après une version bêta (notre photo) qui aura duré un certain temps. Face à un concurrent modialment connu, il se doit de proposer un Google Music store fourni. Pour cela, il lui faut des partenaires de renom. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Or si l’on en croit Bloomberg, Google aurait trouvé un accord avec Universal Music pour proposer son catalogue. En outre, un partenariat aurait déjà été conclu avec EMI, major britannique qui s’apprête à passer entre les mains d’Universal. Le numéro un de la recherche sur Internet est toutefois toujours en discussions avec Sony et Warner Music.En plus de la vente de morceaux, auxquels ils pourront accéder depuis n’importe quel terminal, le service Google Music devrait permettre aux utilisateurs de partager des écoutes gratuites avec leurs amis sur le réseau social de la firme de Mountain View, Google+. Un atout qui est aussi un grain de sable pour Google, puisqu’il contribue à freiner les négociations avec Sony et Warner.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 12:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk Hogan in new biopic in a deal expected with…

19 September 0

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Google+ Chris Hemsworth To Star As Hulk Hogan? RAW Preview: Hall of Famers and Legends return for RAW Reunion, Live Post-Show tonight Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk Hogan in origins biopic Chris Hemsworth Videos Articles WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Videos Articles Twitter Hulk Hogan Now Playing Up Next Chris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan In New Biopiccenter_img Todd Phillips Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk Hogan in biopic Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 7/22/19 (RAW Reunion show, Hall of Famers and Legends return) Now Playing Up Next Chris Hemsworth Will Be Hulk Hogan The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that actor Chris Hemsworth (best known for his role as “Thor” in Marvel movies) will be playing Hulk Hogan in a new biopic.The movie, which is currently in the midst of closing a deal with Netflix, will be directed by Todd Phillips and will focus on the rise of Hogan and Hulkamania.The article was quick to note that Hogan’s recent sex tape scandal and legal issues with Gawker would like not be part of the biopic.“In the 21st century, however, Hogan’s fortunes were see-sawing as personal conflicts overtook those inside the ring. Most notably, he was embroiled in a sex tape scandal, with the wife of a friend and radio personality, including a years-long lawsuit that precipitated the end of Gawker and led to Hogan receiving tens of millions of dollars in a settlement. The biopic will not delve into those years or attempt to encompass Hogan’s entire life. Instead, sources say it will focus on his rise and is described as an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.”Hogan will work as a consultant and executive producer on the project.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipChris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan In New BiopicVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Marcelo on Super Cup defeat Atletico made fewer mistakes and deserved

18 September 0

first_imgReal Madrid defender Marcelo admitted that they “failed” by committing too many errors in their 4-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup finalFollowing Diego Costa’s sensational opener for the Europa League champions, goals from Karim Benzema and captain Sergio Ramos had put Real in front with a 2-1 lead at Estonia.However, Costa found the back of the net again for Atletico eleven minutes from the final whistle to put the game into extra-time.Saul Niguez and Koke then scored to hand Atletico a deserved win over their city rivals for the first time in a final.“Football is like that. The winners are those who make fewer mistakes. Tonight, Tonight, we failed and we don’t want to make those errors again because it cost us a final,” said Marcelo on the club website.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“They made fewer mistakes and deserved to win it. These are mistakes resulting from fatigue, from not much training. Many players have been late back due to the World Cup, but that is no excuse.”“We played well and we had the ball for almost the whole game. It is tough to start by conceding a goal at the start and after that we failed in two attempts that almost never fail.“That cost us the tie. In extra time we tried our best, but we were battle worn and I think that slowed us down quite a bit.”Real will face Getafe on Sunday for their first game of the new La Liga season.last_img read more

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Turks and Caicos Islands Consumer Protection Bill 2016

17 September 0

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 12, 2016 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Consumer Protection Bill 2016 document.  Please click on the link below to view the entire document.consumer-protection-bill-2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

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Faith healers sentenced to jail term

Faith healers sentenced to jail term

16 September 0

first_imgOREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon couple has been sentenced to 90 days in jail in a faith-healing case after failing to seek medical care for their infant daughter.TV station KGW reported Friday a judge ordered staggered sentences for Rebecca and Timothy Wyland, and the terms of their probation for the next three years include providing medical care for daughter Alayna.The Oregon City couple belongs to the Followers of Christ Church, which practices faith healing and rejects doctors. They were convicted of criminal mistreatment.Their daughter developed a growth above her left eye as a baby that eventually threatened her with blindness because it went untreated.They are the fourth and fifth church members convicted in the past two years of crimes involving medical neglect of children.last_img read more

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Obama to world Follow US lead on climate

Obama to world Follow US lead on climate

16 September 0

first_imgUNITED NATIONS — In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Tuesday to follow the United States’ lead on the issue, even as a United Nations summit revealed the many obstacles that still stand in the way of wider agreements to reduce heat-trapping pollution.“The United States has made ambitious investments in clean energy and ambitious reductions in our carbon emissions,” Obama said. “Today I call on all countries to join us, not next year or the year after that, but right now. Because no nation can meet this global threat alone.”But none of the pledges made at Tuesday’s one-day meeting was binding. The largest-ever gathering of world leaders to discuss climate was designed to lay the groundwork for a new global climate-change treaty. It also revealed the sharp differences that divide countries on matters such as deforestation, carbon pollution and methane leaks from oil and gas production:• Brazil, home to the Amazon rainforest, said it would not sign a pledge to halt deforestation by 2030.• The United States decided not to join 73 countries in supporting a price on carbon, which Congress has indicated it would reject.• And soon after Obama said “nobody gets a pass,” Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli insisted the world treat developing nations, including China, differently than developed nations, allowing them to release more heat-trapping pollution. China, the No. 1 carbon-polluting nation, signed on in support of pricing carbon and vowed to stop the rise of carbon-dioxide emissions as soon as possible.“Today we must set the world on a new course,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who added that pricing carbon was critical. “Climate change is the defining issue of our age. It is defining our present. Our response will define our future.”last_img read more

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22 are satisfied with their ability to measure the impact of employee

15 September 0

first_imgLess than a quarter (22%) of employer respondents are satisfied with their ability to measure the contribution employee benefits make to the business, according to research by Lane Clark and Peacock (LCP).Its survey of 100 senior HR decision makers also found that 90% of respondents believe it is important for employee benefits to align with business strategy.The research also found:47% of respondents cite pensions change and its impact on employee benefits as a high priority.40% of respondents view employee wellbeing and mental health as a high priority.24% of respondents cite the use of new technology to deliver benefits as a high priority, and 33% view enhancing employees’ user experience when accessing information and making decisions around employee benefits as a high priority.70% of respondents are looking to incorporate new technology into their employee benefits programme.41% of respondents are very likely to use mobile or tablet-based applications soon.76% of respondents feel that measurability is important when it comes to employee benefits.Dipa Mistry Kandola (pictured), head of flexible benefits service at LCP, said: “Despite 54% telling us that employee benefits are moving up the business agenda, few organisations have identified a structured way of using the information available to them to provide the basis for measuring the contribution made by their employee benefits package. More importantly, few know how this information can then be used to help with future changes needed to support the business and its people.“In many cases, organisations are missing the opportunity to make a link, for example, getting stakeholder buy-in before embarking on any change or getting feedback from their people in the form of targeted focus groups or surveys.”last_img read more

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Visiting Imambaras in Lucknow No short skirts skimpy tops

Visiting Imambaras in Lucknow No short skirts skimpy tops

05 September 0

first_imgThe DM said that guards and guides have also been instructed to restrict entry of people dressed improperly and keep a vigil to “check obscenity that hurts religious sentiments”.IANSIf you are coming to Lucknow and plan to visit the historic Imambaras, make sure you pack in some “decent” clothes that cover more than they reveal.The District Magistrate (DM) of Lucknow, Kaushal Raj Sharma, after a meeting with the Shia community, has agreed that women wearing short skirts, skimpy tops and other revealing clothes will not be allowed into the Imambaras.”No more short skirts and skimpy tops at Chhota and Bada Imambaras. Visitors will have to wear clothes that cover their body, keeping in mind the sanctity of the over-two-centuries old monuments. Professional photography and video shoots have also been banned,” Sharma said.The DM added that guards and guides have also been instructed to restrict entry of people dressed improperly and keep a vigil to “check obscenity that hurts religious sentiments”. The Imambaras have religious sanctity for Shias who resent “indecent” behaviour.The meeting was attended by representatives of the Husainabad Allied Trust and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The trust manages the two monuments that are declared as protected sites by the ASI.Upset over tourists roaming around in “revealing and improper clothes” within the precincts, a group of Shia clerics, historians and civil society members wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the ASI and the district administration, seeking action in the matter.The signatories questioned why a code of conduct was not made mandatory for visitors to the Imambaras while other shrines such as the Golden Temple in Amritsar had strictly implemented them.The DM said that the ASI had also been directed to renovate parts of the monuments that are showing signs of decay.last_img read more

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Womens March Floods Washington Sparking Rallies Nationwide

02 September 0

first_img– / 6The National Mall has flooded with pink, as demonstrators descend on the nation’s capital Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington. Just one day after President Trump’s inauguration, marchers from across the country have gathered in the city to protest his agenda and support for women’s rights.A three-hour rally is opening the event. The march proper is planned for the mid-afternoon, with a path that’s set to extend from a starting position near the U.S. Capitol to its endpoint near the Washington Monument.The city’s metro system reported 275,000 rides as of 11 a.m. According to metro officials that’s eight times more than a normal Saturday. Reuters adds that the number is als “82,000 more than the 193,000 rides reported at the same point on Friday,” the day of Trump’s inauguration.Despite the event’s humble origins — a simple Facebook invitation after Election Day — the protest has ballooned into something much more massive. By the time marchers hit the streets Saturday, the Women’s March on Washington had gotten a broad platform of progressive political positions, a slate of celebrity performers and a series of sister marches planned across the world — on all seven continents.For protester Amy Jackson, though, the matter was simple: She just wanted to “make her voice heard,” she tells NPR’s Marisa Penaloza. Jackson, who traveled to D.C. from Chocowinity, N.C., to be part of the march, said, “It was very important to be here today.”Among the crowd that gathered for the rally outside the National Museum of the American Indian, NPR’s Sarah McCammon reports signs supporting a wide array of causes — from women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, to Black Lives Matter and excoriations of xenophobia.One thing seemed to be almost universal, though: The pink knitted caps that have come to be known as “pussy hats” among the marchers, in protest of Trump’s past comments about women.Meanwhile, at a nearby metro station, NPR’s Pam Fessler reports the mood among the demonstrators has been more festive than protests Friday. Most of the demonstrators are women, Pam says, but some men have joined the march, as well — including one man carrying a sign reading: “This is what a feminist looks like.”What began simply as opposition to Trump has developed a wide-ranging list of progressive demands, which organizers published as a platform prior to the march.But above all, organizers say, is the principle that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights.” That statement is pulled directly from a speech Hillary Clinton delivered more than two decades ago in Beijing.Clinton tweeted her support for the march Saturday, expressing thanks “for standing, speaking & marching for our values.”Arriving at that platform was not always a smooth process, though. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang reports there has been disagreement between organizers about how to treat issues of race.“This march was initially put together by white women, and a lot of women of color felt they weren’t part of the conversation,” Carmen Perez, one of the march’s national organizers, told NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang. “We can’t continue to work in isolation. We can’t continue to be one-dimensional. We have to make sure that we look up, that we begin to really coordinate our efforts.”For Darcy Sawatzki, a demonstrator attending the march with her daughter, Delia, what matters most is showing up.“I think showing up and paying attention is sort of one of the bear minimums of citizenship,” Sawatzki told NPR’s Brakkton Booker. It’s not her first march; she has also participated in Black Lives Matter protests.She added: “I’m not here out of anger or fear, I’m out here for determination, for participation and hope that together we can make a difference.”The Women’s March on Washington is opening with a rally that features speakers like Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis and Ashley Judd. Janelle Monae is also performing, among more than a dozen other musical acts.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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