More antipipeline protests coming to BC

first_imgAPTN National NewsThousands of people took to the lawn of the British Columbia’s provincial legislature in Victoria Monday.They were protesting Kinder Morgan and Enbridge’s proposed pipelines.And they are vowing more protests.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.last_img

Driving licences vehicle RCs to come in card format only

first_imgNew Delhi: Going paperless, driving licences and vehicle registration certificates will now be issued as plastic cards in a standard format across the country. The option of providing a paper or booklet-based driving licence or registration certificate has been done away with, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said on Thursday. Under the new norms notified by the ministry, states would have an option to issue the two documents in the form of cards, which would be either made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or of Poly Carbonate. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has prescribed a common standard format and design of the Driving Licence and the Certificate of Registration for the entire country. The option of providing a paper or booklet based driving licence or the registration certificate has been done away with,” the ministry said in a release. The specifications for the cards are high standard and would enable durable and quality cards, it added. According to the ministry, state governments have been given the option to decide on the type of material that can be used for making the cards. Further, states can prescribe whether it should be a chip-based smart card or a card with contact-less features such as QR code. “A QR code has been prescribed on the cards. This would enable easy linking and access and validation of the information on the cards with the SARATHI or VAHAN database,” the release said.last_img read more

Humans in ape suits skate to save gorilla cousins under UN plan

The event is part of the launch of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international Year of the Gorilla (YoG) in the United Kingdom, a project aimed at raising awareness and boosting protection of the great ape and its habitat by increasing the livelihoods and incomes of local people from managing their conservation. Many experts warn that without urgent action gorillas will become extinct in the wild within the next few decades.“The world is currently going through a sixth wave of extinctions, so it not just gorillas that are skating on thin ice – you could put a whole menagerie out there today on the Natural History Museum rink from Iberian Lynx and Cuban crocodile to the La Palma Giant Lizard and the Rameshwaram Parachute Spider,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said.“Thus in supporting the Year of the Gorilla countries, companies and citizens will not only be acting to save important high-profile species, but also a rich array of forest biodiversity upon which many people depend; biodiversity too that may hold the clue to breakthroughs in pharmaceuticals and improved crops to new kinds of smart materials and processes that will be urgently needed for a sustainable 21st century.” Projects being drawn up by the UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) – all in need of government and corporate support – aim at boosting the prospects for the Cross River Gorilla which is Africa’s rarest ape. “Gorillas play a crucial role in maintaining the tropical rainforests in Africa, which are one of the key pillars of a world climate in balance,” CMS Executive Secretary Robert Hepworth said. “The future of these forests depends on gorillas who plant the seeds for the next generation of trees. The Year of the Gorilla is a unique opportunity to secure government, corporate and civil support for the survival of our closest relatives.” Numbering less than 300 remaining individuals, the Cross River Gorilla prowls an area of 12,000 square kilometres along the Nigerian-Cameroon border. While most of the forest sites fall within the boundaries of Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries or Forest Reserves, affording them some level of protection, community-based protection is being promoted in the remaining sites. Therefore, a community Wildlife Sanctuary is currently being establishment in Nigeria and a gorilla guardian network is being implemented in Cameroon. A broad-based outreach program envisages the development of local radio programs, thematic conservation films and a trans-boundary education campaign targeted at local hunters. These media will target major conservation challenges such as river poisoning, over-hunting, lack of understanding of wildlife laws and bush burning. 15 January 2009A United Nations campaign to halt the slide towards extinction of one of human-kind’s closest relatives gained moment today with troupe of skaters in ape disguise taking to the rink at London’s Natural History Museum, highlighting the them ‘Gorillas on Thin Ice.’ read more

HighLevel Group named by Annan to guide the Alliance of Civilizations

They range from such renowned theologians as Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Karen Armstrong of the United Kingdom, Arthur Schneir of the United States and Mehmet Aydin of Turkey, to administrators of cultural institutions, such as Ismali Serageldin of Egypt’s Biblioteca Alexandria. “The members have been identified through extensive consultations with specialists in the field of inter-civilizational and inter-cultural relations. A few more members may be included later,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said. The Group, chaired by former UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Frederico Mayor and co-chaired by Mr. Aydin, is expected to hold its first meeting in November and to submit a report late next year. The call for the alliance was initiated by Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and co-sponsored by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In July when the Alliance was announced, Mr. Annan said in a statement that the Group was intended “to respond to the need for a committed effort by the international community – both at the institutional and civil society levels – to bridge divides and overcome prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions and polarization, which potentially threaten world peace.” Mr. Annan has urged the international community to contribute to a trust fund to support the Alliance. In his July statement, he said: “The Alliance will aim to address emerging threats emanating from hostile perceptions that foment violence, and to bring about cooperation among various efforts to heal such divisions. Events of recent years have heightened the sense of a widening gap and lack of mutual understanding between Islamic and Western societies – an environment that has been exploited and exacerbated by extremists in all societies.” read more

Uganda UN emergency relief chief urges better security to protect displaced

Touring camps in Uganda housing internally displaced persons (IDPs) who described the fear and suffering they have endured as a result of the activities of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today called for international action to promote better security in the area.Jan Egeland travelled to Pader district in northern Uganda, where he visited the Patango IDP camp. Leaders there stressed the need for improved water and sanitation as well as better health facilities and educational opportunities. Mr. Egeland also held a private meeting with a group of more than 30 women residents who reported that fear ruled their lives. Some of the women had had between one and four of their children abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the latest as recently as December 2005.On a walk through the camp, he held further discussions with community leaders, met representatives of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Medair, and visited a health clinic operated by Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) and International Medical Corps. Representatives of those groups stated that malaria and HIV/AIDS are serious concerns, with higher disease prevalence rates in the camps than in the rest of the country. After returning to Pader town, Mr. Egeland met UN authorities and NGO representatives from Pader, Lira, Kitgum and Gulu districts of northern Uganda. They highlighted the need for improved security, conflict resolution, camp management and increased available land so that people can help feed themselves.“The more than 30 NGOs working in northern Uganda have made a real difference in meeting the humanitarian needs of the displaced,” Mr. Egeland said. “Much more is being done now, compared to two years ago – but the international community must do still more,” he said. “Most importantly, we need to see better security and protection for the displaced,” he stressed.The Emergency Relief Coordinator also met ex-LRA combatants in Pader town. He underscored the need to do much more to encourage demobilization, reintegration and national reconciliation of ordinary fighters, but also emphasized that the highest commanders of the LRA – those indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) –must be brought to justice. read more

Make the guns fall silent Immediately and everywhere South Sudan envoy

Mr. Haysom’s comments were delivered during a briefing to the Security Council on South Sudan, led by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of UN Peacekeeping Operations.Mr. Haysom said that two years ago, when he took up his post, South Sudan was trying to implement the original version of the peace agreement that has now been revitalized, and formally agreed only last week, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President, Riek Machar.The two years-long rivals signed a “landmark” agreement on 12 September at the main UN office in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, following 15 months of negotiations led by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD, an eight-country trade bloc in Africa) and the Governments of Sudan and Ethiopia.Since 2013, the country has suffered devastating civil conflict that has seen tens of thousands killed, multiple human rights abuses and millions displaced or forced to flee across the border.Mr. Haysom said that the important question facing the Security Council is how the international community and UN should respond to the new agreement and that, whilst the agreement is not perfect, it could still be an effective platform for peace.Mr. Lacroix described the new agreement as “an important milestone in a crisis now entering its fifth year,” saying that the need for peace in South Sudan is so urgent that “we must seize this as an opportunity and work together to make the agreement a basis for lasting peace.” UN Photo/Cia PakJean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefs the Security Council on situation in Sudan and South Sudan on 18 September 2018.Mr. Haysom told the Security Council that he has advised the parties to the South Sudanese conflict that simply signing a peace treaty will not lead to the automatic support of the international community, noting that previous agreements have been violated within hours of the relevant parties committing to peace.An assessment of the sustainability of the agreement, he said, is necessary. This assessment includes its enforceability, political accountability and trust levels: with trust currently very low between the two parties, confidence building measures are needed to build faith in the peace process, following years of intercommunal violence.In addition, potential donors will not be willing to fund the peace process unless there is financial transparency, and accountability for the past misuse of public funds. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderNicholas Haysom, the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, addresses the Security Council meeting on 26 October 2017.In his briefing, Mr. Lacroix also stated that trust is crucial, and that this would allow all South Sudanese stakeholders, including women, to meaningfully engage in the full implementation of the agreement.However, renewed fighting had already been reported within days of the signing in Addis Ababa, in several regions of South Sudan, with both sides in the conflict mobilizing reinforcements to support operations to secure territory.This fighting, said Mr. Lacroix, has worsened the already dire humanitarian and human rights situation in the country.Almost 2 million people are displaced within South Sudan, and another 2.5 million have been forced to live in neighbouring countries. A key hallmark of the conflict includes sexual violence, threats and harassment.Mr. Lacroix and Mr. Haysom both supported the proposal of IGAD to enable Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti and Somali troops to join the Regional Protection Force (RPF) deployed in South Sudan.These soldiers would be tasked with, among other things, the protection of the opposition leaders once they return to the country to take part in the transitional government. The UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, will continue to perform its mandate to contribute to a secure environment, with an emphasis on protecting civilians. read more

Urban Meyer says CJ Barnett set to start no decision on Bradley

Shelby Lum / Photo editorBuckeye football coach Urban Meyer looks on during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.The Ohio State football team was missing two returning starters in its secondary for the season opener versus Buffalo, but at least one of them is set to be back for this Saturday’s game against San Diego State.Following practice Wednesday, coach Urban Meyer told media that redshirt-senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, who missed the season opener with a sprained ankle, is back on the practice field and ready for Saturday.Meyer remained noncommittal, however, on whether redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby would be in the starting lineup. Roby was suspended for the season opener after his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, and Meyer said earlier this week the second-team AP All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist would have to earn his starting job back from sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves.“We haven’t made that decision yet,” Meyer said. “He did pretty good today in practice, obviously you got to watch the film today. But he’s had two good days I believe. I know he had a good day yesterday.”Roby and Reeves were listed as co-starters on the Buckeyes’ most recent depth chart, which was released Tuesday. Barnett was listed as a co-starter with redshirt-senior Corey Brown at strong safety.Barnett’s return to the lineup will give the Buckeyes three returning starters on defense, along with senior free safety Christian Bryant and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. Roby’s return would give OSU four returning starters.One player who was conspicuously absent from the depth chart released Tuesday was redshirt junior running back Rod Smith, who was also suspended for the season opener due to a violation of team rules. Meyer said Wednesday, however, Smith is in the mix to be the No. 2 running back on the depth chart Saturday behind starter senior Jordan Hall.“Jordan Hall will most likely start,” Meyer said. “Who the No. 2 (running back) is … I’m not sure.”Meyer said Smith is set to play on the Buckeyes’ punt and punt block units Saturday, which Meyer said is “more important” than him getting on the field at running back.The Tuesday depth chart lists sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-freshman Warren Ball as the backup running backs. Freshmen Ezekiel Elliott and Dontre Wilson could also see playing time at running back, though Meyer said Wilson is “more of a receiver right now.”OSU took a 23-0 lead against Buffalo before the end of the first quarter, but the Bulls twice cut the Buckeyes’ lead to only 10 points, once in both the second and third quarters. The Buckeyes scored the final 10 points of the game and ended up with a 40-20 victory, but on Wednesday, redshirt senior right guard Marcus Hall and junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant both admitted that the Buckeyes took their “foot off the gas pedal” after taking the big first quarter lead.“I hate to admit it, but it’s the first game of the season and it’s hard keeping it going throughout the whole game,” Marcus Hall said. “That was just a wake up call that we needed, good thing it was the first game.”Grant said last week’s game taught him to “just keep going” even when the Buckeyes take a significant lead like they did in the first quarter Saturday.“With the defensive mentality, we’re never satisfied,” Grant said. “We just got to keep working and keep working hard to get where we want to go.”Offensively, Meyer said the Buckeyes “didn’t adapt fast enough” when the Bulls made some changes to their defense after the first quarter.Going into this Saturday’s game, however, the Buckeyes have had another week to do just that. Both Buffalo and SDSU run 3-3-5 defensive schemes and Hall said the experience against the scheme in the opener will help the Buckeyes’ offense this week.“San Diego State, they’ve got a lot of athletes on their defense,” Hall said. “Not taking away anything from Buffalo, they did too, but they definitely prepared us for this defense. I feel like we’re better suited to go against it and will have less mistakes.”Kickoff for Saturday’s contest between the No. 3 Buckeyes and SDSU, who lost 40-19 in their season opener versus Eastern Illinois, is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Greg Schiano cited for minor misdemeanor offense in traffic accident

Ohio State associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was cited by the Columbus Division of Police for failure to obey a traffic control device. The citation is a minor misdemeanor offense. The accident occurred Thursday morning at the intersection of West Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive. Schiano’s vehicle hit a 26-year-old, male bicyclist who was taken to the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.The Columbus police said that the victim was transported in critical condition with a head injury, but Sgt. Brooke Wilson, who was at the scene, said at the scene on Thursday that the bicyclist is expected to survive. There has been no update on the condition of the bicyclist.Schiano is scheduled to appear before a judge on Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. The traffic fine is $55 and, including court fees, the total cost due by Schiano is $152. read more

Failing GCSE science students handed pass as Ofqual steps in and moves

Professor Alan Smithers, director of Buckingham University’s centre for education and employment, said the move is an “eleventh hour desperate measure”.He said: “Schools are judged by these exams so there is a tendency to put too many people in the higher tier, hence the pass mark can be very low. Teachers can choose whether to enter students for the higher tier paper – where the maximum grades are 9s, the top grade which is equivalent to a high A* – or the lower tier paper, where the maximum grades are 5s, which is somewhere between a B and a C.Previously the lowest available grade in the higher tier paper other than a U was 4-3 – which is roughly C-D – but Ofqual said they have now changed this to 3-3, which is roughly D-D. GCSE pupils who failed the new tougher science exam have been handed a free pass by the watchdog after it moved the boundaries, it has emerged. Just days before students across the country pick up their results, Ofqual has taken the highly unusual step of intervening to save science students from failing.The move follows warning from exam boards that a number of students would be given a U, standing for “unclassified”, in their science GCSE which would “misrepresent” their ability. The exams watchdog disclosed on Monday that it has introduced a new “safety net” to prevent too many students walking away with a U, the only grade that signifies a fail.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The last minute change to the boundaries will affect low ability students who took the higher tier paper in the new science double award exams, where students are examined in three sciences but it counts as two GCSEs. In a blog published on Ofqual’s website, Cath Jadhav, associate director of standards and comparability, wrote: “During the awarding period exam boards reported to us that, while they were confident in standards set at 4-4, there were more students than expected getting an unclassified result on higher tier combined science.“Receiving an unclassified result because they had been entered for higher tier would have misrepresented their ability.”She went on: “Therefore, we decided to allow exam boards to use grade 3-3 on the higher tier for this summer, matching grade 3-3 on the foundation tier.”“Senior examiners in each of the exam boards have reviewed the work of students at this grade and confirmed that it is of an appropriate standard.”In total 372,000 students were entered for science double award, according to Ofqual’s provisional data, but they declined to specify how many students the change of grade boundary will affect. “This year it looks as though that hasn’t even worked and so they’ve bought in this extra grade. One questions the wisdom of having a tiered entry in the first place.“With the wisdom of hindsight they ought to have considered this and put in something in place. Now they have to go at it at the last minute.”Of the 5.1 million GCSE exams that were taken this summer, around 90 per cent were the new, “tougher” courses, which were part of reforms instigated by former Education Secretary Michael Gove.Coursework axed in many subjects and curricula broadened, as part of an attempt to inject rigour into the qualifications and bring the UK in line with top performing countries in the Far East.Only the new English and Maths exams were sat last year, with another 20 subjects added this summer under a numerical grading system of 9 to 1 instead of A* to G. As part of its exam reforms, the old science and “additional science” GCSEs have been replaced with a new double award GCSE in “combined science”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more

Quinn family has 5 of Anglo Tapes but didnt leak them

first_imgSEAN QUINN has denied accusations that his family leaked taped recordings of phone conversations within Anglo Irish Bank — although they do have some in their possession.In an interview with The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, the former billionaire dismissed the accusation that he supplied the now-infamous Anglo Tapes to the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, and Sinn Féin, claiming he “never saw the tapes”.Responding to whether the Quinns came across further tapes in the process of discovery during litigation, he said they have “5 per cent of the tapes that are going to be available”.Quinn said that while the tapes which have been released to date ‘show a disrespect for the law’, further tapes will contain discussions between Anglo Irish Bank, the Department of Finance, and the Financial Regulator regarding himself. He said that the conversation on the tapes will go something like this: “What we are going to do about Sean Quinn? Where are the board meetings here? Where’s this? Where’s that?”He added: “The tapes are of very little interest to me and the family, because the tapes are at the small end of where we’re going.“Where the family are going is.. is much deeper than that, so the tapes are only on the periphery.”Anglo Tapes: “No smoking gun” says Central Bank boss >Rewind: A look at what the Anglo Tapes have meant for Ireland >last_img read more

Man receives €76000 payout from tribunal after being unfairly dismissed from Connemara

first_img By Cianan Brennan No Comments Man receives €76,000 payout from tribunal after being unfairly dismissed from Connemara abbey Fergus Lally, brother of hotelier John Lally, was dismissed from his employment in December 2014. 22,734 Views Share4 Tweet Email8 Nov 3rd 2016, 3:35 PM Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 3:35 PM Kylemore Abbey, Co Galway Source: Stéphane MoussieA MAN WHO was unfairly dismissed from his employment at a Co Galway abbey has been awarded €76,000 in compensation by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).The judgement, which can be read here, is one of the largest made by the EAT in recent times.Fergus Lally, a brother of Irish hotelier John Lally, had been employed at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara as an assistant retail manager in the abbey’s craft shop since June 2010.The lease covering the property returned to the company Kylemore Abbey and Gardens Ltd on 14 December 2014. For the previous year the lease had been held by a company owned by Fergus Lally’s brother.Lally claimed that in November 2014 he had specifically asked the CEO of Kylemore Abbey whether or not his job was safe given his brother would no longer be involved.He was told that all staff would transfer to the new employer under the lease agreement.The CEO of the company said that in January 2015 it was decided, ultimately by him, that Lally’s position was “surplus to requirements” and that he would be made redundant.Under cross-examination he admitted that the Last-In-First-Out process was not used in this circumstance, and that was “just the position”.On 16 January 2015 the CEO asked the claimant to meet him in an area near the abbey’s restaurant, where he informed Lally the company “no longer needed him”.Lally told the tribunal that he was “in shock”, particularly as he had been about to apply for a mortgage. His salary at the time was €38,000.He said that the CEO had clearly assured him that his job was safe in a meeting in the cafeteria in October 2014. Having lost his job, he had failed to secure new employment, and had set up a number of businesses in the interim but without success.Having taken statutory redundancy of €6,240, Lally applied to the EAT alleging his unfair dismissal. The claim was heard in May 2016.DeterminationThe tribunal stated that it is up to the employer to justify the selection of an employee for redundancy, and that the reasonableness of an employer’s conduct is an “essential factor” in all unfair dismissal cases.The tribunal said there had been no consultation with Lally prior to the decision to make him redundant, and that there was no advance warning of the meeting in which he was told he would be made redundant.Likewise, he was given no right of representation at the meeting, no right of appeal of the decision, was offered no alternative employment.Similarly, there was no redundancy policy in place, and no consideration was given to the Last-In-First-Out policy.The tribunal therefore found Lally’s dismissal to be unfair and awarded him €76,000 in compensation, which is surplus to the statutory redundancy figure already received.Comments are disabled for legal reasonsRead: Head of the OCI’s Crisis Management Committee resignsRead: Facebook slagging of accused’s girlfriend led to stabbing, court told Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

Criminal Assets Bureau raid motor dealerships and homes in Dublin

first_img A NUMBER OF searches are being carried out on homes and businesses in Dublin today by the Criminal Assets Bureau.The operation is part of an ongoing investigation into an organised criminal gang in the Dublin region.Motor dealerships and private homes are being targeted as part of the operation.The Emergency Response Units, Armed Support Unit and the Special Crime Task Force are assisting in the operation.The searches are continuing throughout the day.Read: Juvenile appears in court after taxi driver stabbed in Ennis last Friday nightMore: A man in his 70s has died following a car crash in Limerick Image: Niall Carson/PA Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 1:04 PM Short URL 37,302 Views Image: Niall Carson/PA Share8 Tweet Email Criminal Assets Bureau raid motor dealerships and homes in Dublin The operation is part of an ongoing investigation into an organised criminal gang in Dublin. By Hayley Halpin Jun 13th 2017, 1:04 PM 30 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Taoiseach says no one can condone Lisa Smiths actions but that she

first_img Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 5:47 PM By Christina Finn Taoiseach says no one can condone Lisa Smith’s actions, but that she has an innocent child He repeated what he said earlier this month, stating that a security assessment will be carried on the Dundalk woman. Short URL Mar 26th 2019, 5:47 PM The Cabinet was briefed on the matter today and told that the Department of Foreign Affairs are in close contact with Smith’s family. Tánaiste Simon Coveney previously said the Irish government has a responsibility towards its citizens will try to bring Smith home. It is understood that the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Justice are co-ordinating the efforts to bring Smith back to Ireland. A government spokesperson said Syria is a very complex and active war zone. He added that the government jet would not be a solution to bring Smith back to Ireland, stating that it would not have the range, and would not be permitted to fly in such an active war zone anyway.The Taoiseach also said the government jet is not used to repatriate citizens, adding that it cannot fly as far as Syria or even as far as Turkey.“I do not know where that comes from, but it is absolutely not the case,” he added. Share672 Tweet Email 11.03.19 ‘The compassionate thing to do’: Lisa Smith will have right to return to Ireland as will her child, says Varadkar 26,337 Views Image: Tom Conachy center_img 13.03.19 Explainer: How can the return of Islamic State members to their home countries work? 164 Comments TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said that no one can condone the actions of Lisa Smith, the Irish woman being held in Syria who is suspected of links to terror group ISIS. Speaking in the Dáil today after briefing his Cabinet on the matter, he said that Smith has a two-year-old child that is an “innocent” Irish citizen. The Dundalk native previously worked in the Irish Defence Forces but left service in 2011.She went on to convert to Islam and married a Muslim man. It is believed she departed for Syria in 2015 after her marriage broke down. While there, she married a British man. It is understood he was killed two months ago. He repeated what he said earlier this month, stating that a security assessment will be carried out to ensure the Dundalk woman is “not a threat to life and limb here in Ireland”. “I am very conscious of the fact that while nobody can condone the choice that she has made and the actions that she took in aligning herself with ISIS, a terrorist regime that is hell-bent on the destruction of the West and Christendom, she does have a two-year-old child that is an Irish citizen and that child is an innocent child.“And as is the case with all Irish citizens, they will be permitted to re-enter the State should they try to do so,” said Varadkar today.“Of course a security assessment will have to be carried out to make sure that Lisa Marie Smith is not a threat to any of us.“We are working out how best that can be done to make sure that she does not become a threat to life and limb here in Ireland. But that does not apply obviously to a two-year-old child.”“Nonetheless I am aware of the vulnerability of the two-year-old child in these circumstances. The safety and welfare of Irish citizens is a priority for the consular service and the government. This applies to the case in question where two Irish citizens are in high-risk locations and wish to leave.He said efforts are being made with international partners, including international organisations, “to ensure that decent humanitarian treatment is afforded”. Source: The Explainer/SoundCloudWhen the news first broke about Smith in early March, Varadkar said the authorities would interrogate her to see if she was involved in any crimes in Syria, however he added that it’s very possible that she was never a combatant.“There may need to be a prosecution there and we need to make sure that if she does return to Ireland that she isn’t a threat to anybody,” he said previously. Related Reads 11.03.19 ‘She got duped’: Woman who helped Lisa Smith convert to Islam ‘shocked’ at alleged ISIS links Image: Tom Conachy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les applications Adobe sont disponibles sur les appareils Android

first_imgLes applications Adobe sont disponibles sur les appareils AndroidAdobe entreprend une stratégie mobile avec la mise à disposition d’applications pour l’heure réservées à Android. Désormais Photoshop, c’est au bout des doigts.Adobe s’inscrit dans une nouvelle stratégie numérique pour les appareils mobiles. Après avoir annoncé l’arrêt du développement de son module Flash sur les smartphones ou les tablettes, la société met à disposition des utilisateurs Android des applications de création graphique conçues spécifiquement pour les tablettes tactiles relate Le Journal du Geek.À lire aussiGoogle, Apollo 11 et IST, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 15 juilletPlusieurs logiciels sont d’ors et déjà disponibles. Adobe Photoshop Touch pour commencer qui se propose d’apporter le savoir faire du logiciel phare de retouche photo, directement à portée de doigt. Adobe Proto lui est destiné à travailler depuis son appareil nomade sur la création de sites web ou d’applications et Adobe Ideas permet du dessin vectoriel au doigt, tel que le permet Illustrator sur ordinateur. Adobe Debut se charge de compiler vos documents afin de réaliser rapidement une présentation pour vos clients, Adobe Collage permet d’organiser ces éléments pour mettre en commun tous vos travaux et Adobe Kuler lui gère les thèmes et couleurs disponibles dans vos applications et permet d’en créer de nouveaux.Chacune des applications de la suite Touch coûte 9,99 dollars. L’ambition d’Adobe est d’aujourd’hui de s’imposer sur un marché aussi porteur que les tablettes et de donner ce qui manque à ces appareils mobiles: la possibilité de création et non plus juste de consommation de médias. Des versions pour iPad sont en cours de développement pour une sortie prévue au début de l’année 2012.Le 16 novembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Renovated Liberty Theater thrives in Camas

first_imgThe Liberty Theater of Camas turns 90 years old on Wednesday.That’s not hard to believe about an old-fashioned movie palace that helps anchor an old-fashioned downtown. But, after you purchase a 90th birthday screening ticket, you’re still encouraged to size up the place and its history and yell: “Inconceivable!”That words keeps coming up in Wednesday’s main attraction, “The Princess Bride,” a super-clever modern classic that mashes up swashbuckling adventure and sarcastically snappy, highly quotable dialog by screenwriter William Goldman. “The Princess Bride,” which was released in 1987, is also marking an anniversary this year — its 30th — so the Liberty decided to make the celebration a double. (Writer Goldman, incidentally, was the same talented scribe who penned “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”; the director was Rob Reiner, who made “This is Spinal Tap” and “When Harry Met Sally.”)On Wednesday, you can catch a $3 screening of “The Princess Bride” and even go home with a free Liberty Theater poster and some other special swag, if you’re one of the first 100 ticket buyers.The much-ballyhooed theater was called The Granada when it opened its doors on June 14, 1927. A handful of local investors, lead by city councilman and key Camas “founding father” C.E. Farrell, raised the nearly inconceivable amount of money it took in those days to build an 800-seat theater with a Spanish flair and an art deco entryway: $75,000.DreamlandThat sum seems laughable now, but 90 years ago the results sure did impress The Camas Post-Record, which four days before the theater’s opening previewed the place as “a dreamland of beauty” and declared: “The new structure has placed Camas in the foreground of many more pretentious cities in the theatrical world.”last_img read more

Moyes reveals the moment Ferguson decided to retire

first_imgScottish manager David Moyes revealed the exact moment in which Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire as the Manchester United manager.As we are living in complicated times for Manchester United and every manager who comes realizes that he has a huge void to fill after Ferguson’s retirement, fellow Scotsman David Moyes was the first one to experience the exact moment in which Sir Alex revealed that he planned to retire.Far from feeling the enormous pressure that came with the Manchester United manager’s seat, Moyes understood at that moment the huge impact that Ferguson’s retirement would cause in the club and world football in general.David was still Everton FC’s manager at the time when he got a mysterious call from the Red Devils boss, he gave a detailed account of the meeting during an interview for Open Goal and he let the world know the intimate moment in which the legendary Scottish manager first revealed the news to anyone from outside his personal circle of friends.David Moyes describes secret meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson where legendary manager handed him Man United job— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 3, 2018David Moyes said: “He (Ferguson) said, ‘Come to the house later’. I says, ‘Aye, OK.’ That’s what you did when he called. But I’ve got a pair of jeans on. It’s my day off. I’d never turn up to Alex Ferguson’s house with a pair of jeans on – that’s just the way I’ve been brought up. I wouldn’t do that.“I was like, What am I going to do – nip to Marks and Spencer and pick a pair of trousers up? Anyway, I dropped my wife at the shopping centre and I go and get to the door and say, Sorry, I’m in my jeans’. He says, ‘Aye come on in,’ and he made me a cup of tea.”“And that was it. He says, ‘I’m retiring’. And the biggest thing, he says, ‘Nobody’s to know. You can’t tell anybody’. He says, ‘Tell your wife, but don’t tell anybody else’. And we talked after that. He opened a bottle of red wine and we had a couple of glasses. And we talked about the squad for about half an hour, an hour. And he says, ‘Come back tomorrow, the paper are coming to meet you tomorrow here in the house again’.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.David Moyes lifts the lid on secret meeting that ended his 11-year reign as Everton manager: Former Blues boss was summoned to Sir Alex Ferguson’s house to be told he was succeeding him at Manchester United— Sports News Desk (@sportnsdesk) October 3, 2018“So that’s what I done. So it was as simple as that – he offered me the job and that was it. I never got a chance to say, ‘No’ or, ‘By the way, what about this or that?’ “He went through the squad and just went on with it. That was exactly it and maybe in hindsight there needed to be much more done and said, but why would there be? I trusted him and why would I need to do more than that?”“I went back and told my wife in the shopping center but I couldn’t tell my kids, couldn’t tell my dad, couldn’t tell anybody. The biggest thing wasn’t me getting the Man United job, it was Sir Alex retiring, and I couldn’t say a thing,” describes David Moyes in detail about the moment that one of football’s biggest secrets at the moment was bestowed upon him.We all know how he did as the Manchester United manager after Sir Alex Ferguson, nobody has managed to fill his shoes ever since, not even Jose Mourinho who is struggling to keep his job as we speak.Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson. Dominance.— Classic Football (@ClassicFootbaIl) September 29, 2018What do you think about this revealing information that David Moyes disclosed about Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

ASA Congratulates USDA on Transforming Ag Research with NIFA

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today congratulated the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to elevate the stature and credibility of agricultural research with the establishment of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).”ASA is a leader in promoting the research priorities and needs of the U.S. soybean industry,” said ASA President Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tennessee. “Expanding agricultural research and establishing NIFA has long been a priority for ASA and we applaud USDA for recognizing and acting on the need for a new approach to research.”NIFA was established in the 2008 Farm Bill and officially launched in Washington, D.C. today. The mission of NIFA is to stimulate and fund the research and technological innovations that will enhance and make American agriculture more productive and environmentally sustainable while ensuring the economic viability of agriculture and production.”ASA is ready to begin work with the great staff of NIFA, including newly-appointed Director Roger Beachy,” Dodson said. “We agree with Congress that NIFA should be commensurate in stature with other Federal grant-making agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.”During a meeting with industry stakeholders earlier this week, Beachy and USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics Rajiv Shah spoke about ways they intend to proceed with transforming agriculture research at USDA. Future agricultural research will be more focused, approach science at scale – meaning larger and longer-term projects – and will have clear benefits and impact.last_img read more

Few Turnout For Borough Budget Hearing

first_imgA Wasilla budget hearing last week drew almost nobody, while about 30 Willow residents came out on Friday to speak up about the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s proposed 2015 budget. Monday night in Palmer, a dozen people showed up for the final public hearing before the 409 million dollar spending plan goes to the Borough Assembly for deliberations.Assemblyman Vern Halter said last week that ” 80 percent of Mat Su budget goes to pay for schools. ” But Deena Paramo, suprerintendent of the Matanuska Susitna Borough school district, says that statement is not accurate.Download Audio“Seventy five percent of those funds are in our operations are paid by the state. And then there’s another forty million on there that comes for the PERS and TERS pass through which is really the retirement system. And so, of that 269, the Borough contributes 53 million approximately, and so 53 million of a 400 million dollar budget is not 80 percent. “ The school district had planned to ask the Assembly for funds to cover a 7 point 3 million dollar shortfall, but those circumstances have changed.Luke Fulp, assistant superintendent, told the Assembly Monday that since the legislature adjourned, a number of adjustments have been made to the school district budget. Increases in the base student allocation, and the amount of money home schooled children receive from the state, added to a one time allocation approved by the legislature, have infused unexpected money into the school district’s budget, he said.“So altogether we are looking at 10 point 5 million dollars of revenue from those different adjustments. However, within our originally projected budget, we had a three million dollar that we had assumed would continue in one time funding. So really a net increase in state revenue of 7 point 5 million dollars. “ Fulp said the good news is offset by ongoing negotiations with four employee groups. “A lot is still unknown for us,” he said, adding that “Eighty percent of the school budget is tied up in employee salaries and benefits”. Fulp said there would be no staff reductions this year. John Moosey, Borough manager, told the Assembly last month that the Borough would loose about a million dollars in state revenue sharing for the next fiscal year, and that mean’s a tight budget. Moosey told his department heads to trim cost so that the coming budget closely resembles last years.But on Monday, the Assembly got a pleasant surprise. According to Borough finance director Tammy Clayton, the reductions in the state’s revenue sharing scheme actually occurs over a number of years, so that this year, there will be more revenue available than previously thought.“After it was introduced, one of the things that happened was, we were originally told that we would only get 80 percent of the projected state shared revenue. So that’s what went into the budget. We’re now going to receive what they originally projected, which is four point one million, so there will be an additional one million, two hundred and forty seven thousand that is not shown in this budget at this time. “Clayton told the panel that the recently approved federal Farm Bill would be adding another three point two million dollars in PILT [payment in lieu of taxes ] funds to the Borough’s coffers in the next fiscal year.But Assemblyman Jim Sykes said at an earlier public hearing that he is “concerned that taxpayer revenues are down, while state grants are increasing to comprise about 33 percent of the Borough’s budget. “We don’t have control of the grants”, Sykes said, and asked . .. “what are our critical needs now? ” Adding that revenue the Borough gets from the state are for multi year projects.Sykes comments echoed those of Palmer resident Patty Rosnel, who points to the budget allocation for Port MacKenzie. “They are taking on additional debt, and not spending money on the people who are here.” she said after the Wasilla meeting. Rosnel hammered that point home Monday night in Palmer“We see that development policies have not been working. And while the have not been working, we’ve been pouring money into them, and that money has not been going to the people of the Borough. That’s what we need, we need a shift from development back to operations. We need services, services for the people. “ After Monday’s public hearing closed, Assemblymember Jim Colver moved the spending package onto the table. Budget deliberations begin on Wednesday.last_img read more

Industry Forecasts Strong Tourist Season For Alaska

first_imgWith a little over a week until the first ship arrives in Juneau, the head of a cruise industry group in Alaska says 2015 should be strong year for tourism in the state.“Download Audio”Former state lawmaker John Binkley is now president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska. He told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce today that he anticipates about 1 million passengers this year. That’s up more than 3 percent from 2014.The Coral Princess Cruise ship prepares to dock in Juneau. Photo by Heather Bryant, KTOO – Juneau.“2015 is going to be a great year. We’re excited about that,” Binkley said. “I think the merchants can see in just, what, two weeks? The ships are going to be pulling in here. People are going to be pouring off with money in their pocket, looking for places and ways to leave it here in Juneau. It’s great news for us.”But Binkley warned Alaska faces challenges as the cruise industry expands globally. Already, he says the state is losing market share, as newer ships are deployed to ports in Asia and other parts of the world. He also says the state and local governments need to be careful with how they spend cruise ship passenger fees.He said the industry is concerned about two multi-million dollar projects in Juneau: An extension of the seawalk north of Marine Park, and a long-planned dock expansion to allow more Panamax ships to tie up downtown.“It would be one thing if the local community were paying for the dock. But they’re not,” Binkley said. “It’s the visitors that are paying for the dock and the cruise companies that are paying for the dock.”Panamax ships are up to 1,000 feet long and carry thousands of passengers.University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh challenged Binkley, saying the industry is sending mixed signals about how it wants passenger fees to be spent.“We were told we needed docks for Panamax. We worked on that,” Pugh said. “And so I guess, I’m just sending a message back to you having been a citizen who had some involvement in it. How do we actually talk to the industry? Is it the local people who are here? Is it the people who are in Shanghai?”Binkley says the cruise lines wanted an entirely new dock built as opposed to an expansion of the existing facilities.Assemblywoman Mary Becker told Binkley the Juneau Assembly is not considering an increase to the city’s local passenger head tax in response to a proposal by lawmakers to take away Juneau’s share of state passenger fees in 2016.The first two cruise ships of the year are due in Juneau on Monday May 4.last_img read more

Baltimores Muse 360 Open House and Family Day of Artful Infusion

first_imgMembers of the Baltimore community looking to infuse art into their lives have less than two weeks before the Muse 360 Arts Family and Friends Day at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. The March 15 event will host a variety of events from an open jazz class beginning at 9:30 a.m. to an open family tap class beginning at noon. There will also be a live performance from the well-traveled drum troupe, Dancing Many Drums, a fraction of the organization that has performed in Jamaica, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and most recently, the Dominican Republic. “The great thing about Family and Friends Day is that people will be able to come in and take dance classes and learn more about our summer programs,” said Sharayna A. Christmas-Rose, executive director of Muse 360 Arts, noting that registration has already begun. “We travel internationally and study the African Diaspora and the arts. It’s a great opportunity to really help young people develop to their fullest potential.” Christmas-Rose began the organization in 2003 with a small dance program at the Druid Hill YMCA called Rayn Fall Dance Studio. “I just started volunteering teaching and about a year later I realized how much influence the arts have on young people, particularly in stressed environments,” she told the AFRO.With a background saturated with exposure to the arts, Christmas-Rose used her ballet training with the Dance Theatre of Harlem from ages 3 to 17 to enhance her career in the high stakes financial arena. The Morgan State University alumnae said she landed positions on New York City’s famed Wall Street using the discipline and strength to persevere that she honed in the ballet studio.Christmas-Rose said that a decade later, she hopes Muse 360 Arts is able to push other youths in the same way the Dance Theatre of Harlem did when she was a child.“It’s not enough to say ‘we want to help young people,” she said. “We want to do that- but we also want them to walk away with a level of skill that can take them to their full potential.”Aside from their travel programs and dance programs, Muse 360 Arts also offers arts education programming, and a new venture, Spark of Genius, an initiative to create more youth entrepreneurs interested in carving out a living in the arts.last_img read more