Une organisatrice qui a contribué à lélection dObama espère secouer le vote

first_imgCara Currie Hall, de la Nation crie d’Enoch, en Alberta, espère amener les électeurs autochtones canadiens à voter. (Photo : Brandi Morin/APTN)Brandi MorinNouvelles nationales de l’APTNUne des fondatrices du mouvement « Rock the Indigenous Vote » aux États-Unis appelle les peuples autochtones du Canada à exercer leur droit de vote.Cara Currie Hall a déclaré qu’il est temps que les voix des peuples autochtones se fassent entendre haut et fort.« Je pense qu’ensemble, nous pouvons faire résonner le tonnerre dans tout le pays », affirme-t-elle. « Nous entendons le battement des tambours. Prêtez l’oreille, écoutez-les, parce que nous nous levons! »Mme Currie Hall, qui est née et a grandi à Maskwacis, en Alberta, sur le territoire de la Première Nation de Montana, est issue d’une longue lignée de personnes influentes sur le plan politique.Le père de sa mère était un chef tribal de sa communauté.Son père, Cecile Currie Senior, fut le chef de la Première Nation de Montana dans les années 1960, tout comme son père l’avait été avant lui.Mme Currie Hall relate que son père a été l’un des initiateurs de la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones et qu’il a collaboré étroitement avec Wilton Littlechild, qui a contribué à la rédaction et à l’élaboration de la Déclaration.« Mon père a été l’un des premiers à travailler à la défense de vos droits issus des traités. Le vote fait aussi partie de la défense de vos droits issus des traités.« Le gouvernement essaie de nous opprimer et d’éliminer ces droits; nous devons le faire reculer comme dans les années 1960 avec le Livre blanc. »Depuis 16 ans, Cara Currie Hall vit au Dakota du Nord, dans la réserve indienne de Fort Berthold. Son mari est un chef tribal membre du conseil de bande de la réserve.En 2007, pendant la première campagne à la présidence de Barack Obama, Mme Currie Hall a aidé à amener les Amérindiens à voter en bloc pour lui. Elle affirme que ce geste a débouché sur la nomination d’une Amérindienne au sein du personnel dirigeant du bureau du président Obama et d’un avocat amérindien au titre d’ambassadeur des États-Unis.La fille de Cara Currie Hall, Faith, en veste rose, serre la main du président Barack Obama à l’occasion d’une visite présidentielle à la tribu sioux de Standing Rock en 2014. Photo fournie à titre gracieux par Cara Currie Hall.« Nous avons aux États-Unis un président qui a reconnu que nous pouvions lui apporter un vote massif, et les Amérindiens l’ont appuyé à 80 %. »Elle déclare que les électeurs autochtones sont une force avec laquelle il faut compter.« Quand nous avons gagné, Obama a respecté ses promesses. Nous avons eu un accès et un dialogue directs avec le président », rappelle-t-elle. « Maintenant, il organise un sommet annuel axé sur le dialogue avec des chefs tribaux, et la rencontre se fait de nation à nation. »Mme Currie Hall explique que « Rock the Indigenous Vote » est un mouvement populaire, par le peuple et pour le peuple, né d’un petit réseau de personnes qui ont fait passer le mot et qui ont atteint leur objectif.Elle est persuadée qu’il serait possible d’avoir un impact similaire au Canada aux prochaines élections.Cara Currie Hall avec sa fille Faith et des amies lors de la visite du président Barack Obama à la tribu sioux de Standing Rock en 2014. Photo fournie à titre gracieux par Cara Currie Hall.La semaine dernière, elle est revenue au Canada pour aider à convaincre les Autochtones d’aller voter.« Au Canada, nous ne sommes pas pris en compte dans les statistiques. Ensemble, les Premières Nations, les Métis et les Inuits représentent plusieurs millions de personnes; ça, c’est un vote en bloc. Au moins 50 candidats autochtones tentent de se faire élire », explique-t-elle.« Voici ce que nous pouvons faire. Premièrement, nous faisons passer le mot : il faut aller voter. Deuxièmement, nous allons vraiment voter. Puis, nous renversons les statistiques », dit-elle. « Ainsi, nous devenons le bloc qui n’a jamais été pris en compte dans les sondages et les statistiques. Nous élisons ensuite 50 députés. Nous pourrions amener 50 personnes à la Chambre des communes. C’est tout à fait faisable en 14 jours! »Mme Currie Hall a déclaré que l’une de ses principales motivations la poussant à « secouer le vote autochtone » est de faire entendre et de représenter la voix des Autochtones à l’échelle du pays.« C’est là toute notre histoire : nous n’avons jamais été soutenus. Ils (les dirigeants canadiens) ont tenté par tous les moyens de nous assimiler et d’en finir avec nous, comme le font la plupart des gouvernements du monde. C’est ce que fait le gouvernement canadien aujourd’hui. »Le gouvernement fédéral a adopté la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones, mais il maintient que ce document ne représente que des aspirations et qu’il n’est pas juridiquement contraignant au Canada.« Tout d’abord, il s’agit de mettre en œuvre le consentement préalable, libre et éclairé », a souligné Mme Currie Hall. « Cela signifie qu’aucun plan d’aménagement ne va de l’avant sans avoir reçu le consentement préalable, libre et éclairé des Autochtones, car ce sont eux les propriétaires du minerai et du territoire. Cela signifie que rien ne se fait sans leur plein consentement. »Elle soutient aussi que les Autochtones doivent invoquer l’inclusion du Dieu Créateur et en appeler à Lui pour s’orienter dans le processus électoral.« Nous sommes un peuple spirituel, nous prions et nous reconnaissons l’existence d’un Créateur. Dieu est le Souverain suprême. Notre peuple a compris que “souverain”, dans ce contexte, signifie qu’il y a quelqu’un au-dessus de nous et que nous avons besoin de son aide. Les répercussions de nos actions d’aujourd’hui seront ressenties par les générations qui nous suivront. »Cette semaine, Cara Currie Hall discutera avec des Chefs de partout au Canada à l’occasion d’une réunion à Enoch, en Alberta, dans le cadre du Forum ouvert sur les Premières Nations et l’élection fédérale, organisé mercredi par l’Assemblée des Premières Nations (APN).De gauche à droite : Cara Currie Hall, le Grand Chef Tony Alexis de la Confédération du Traité 6, Nicole Robertson et Sharon Seright appuient le mouvement « Rock the Indigenous Vote » lors d’une danse ronde sous forme de mobilisation éclair, jeudi dernier à Edmonton. (Photo : Brandi Morin/APTN.)Le Chef régional de l’APN pour l’Alberta, Craig Mackinaw, a déclaré qu’il appuie le mouvement « Rock the Indigenous Vote » et qu’il prévoit voter le 19 octobre.« Le gouvernement ne nous a vraiment pas écoutés, et c’est un peu pour cela que je vais aller voter », a déclaré M. Mackinaw.Il se dit d’accord avec Mme Currie Hall sur le fait que le vote autochtone pourrait avoir une incidence à l’échelle fédérale.« Quand on regarde ce qui s’est passé en Alberta (à la dernière élection provinciale), quand les gens décident d’aller voter, cela fait vraiment une différence. »À ceux qui sont indécis quant à l’exercice de leur droit de vote, Mme Currie Hall a déclaré que les traités sont enchâssés dans la constitution canadienne et que le fait de voter ne compromet en rien la souveraineté d’une nation.« La citoyenneté nous a été donnée à la signature du traité. Nous avons donc la double citoyenneté. Nous sommes un peuple souverain, nous sommes des peuples signataires de traités, mais nous sommes aussi des citoyens canadiens. Il faut voir là une occasion de changer le gouvernement auprès de qui nous sommes engagés », fait-elle valoir.Cara Currie Hall travaille au sein d’une équipe répartie dans tout le Canada afin de faire circuler le message de « Rock the Indigenous Vote ».La semaine dernière, à Edmonton, une mobilisation éclair (flashmob) a donné lieu à une danse ronde; les médias sociaux et d’autres initiatives populaires sont en marche, mais le but ultime est d’amener les gens aux bureaux de scrutin.Cara Currie Hall à la Nation crie d’Enoch, en Alberta. (Photo : Brandi Morin/APTN.)« Usez de stratégie. Nos ancêtres étaient des guerriers, et nous devons nous aussi en être aujourd’hui. Nous ne voulons pas faire de compromis. C’est pour nous une formidable occasion de changer la façon dont le monde fonctionne pour nous », soutient Mme Currie Hall. « Nous ne nous soulevons pas dans la confrontation; nous reprenons ce qui nous appartient déjà. Nous reprenons notre place dans la société, notre propriété du territoire et le mode de fonctionnement de ce gouvernement. »last_img read more

Next set of hearing dates for mmiwg inquiry

first_imgAPTN NewsInformation is starting to trickle out about the next phase of the missing and murdered inquiry.Four hearings – two ‘expert’ and two ‘institutional’ – are scheduled for Quebec, Toronto and Saskatchewan in May and June.A fourth location has yet to be named, the inquiry said in a release Monday.Described as Parts II and III of the “truth-gathering process,” this is where commissioners will grill decision-makers, policy-setters and professionals in the world of politics, policing and child welfare.There was no response to APTN’s request for more information about who will be appearing.But commissioners have said they will subpoena top figures to help them understand the systems that contribute to ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls.Their final report is due at the end of 2018 unless they get the two-year extension and budget boost they are seeking.A federal government spokesman said no decision has yet been made on an extension.Hearings into Part I and Part II for May and June:*First Expert Hearing – May 14-17, 2018 – Human Rights Framework, Quebec City*Second Expert Hearing – June 12-14, 2018 – Racism, Greater Toronto Area*First Institutional Hearing – May 28-June 1, 2018 – Government Services*Second Institutional Hearing – June 25-June 29, 2018 – Police policies and practices, Reginalast_img read more

UN aids flood victims on opposite sides of world in Philippines and

In the Philippines, where floodwaters have left many roads impassable and washed away bridges and houses, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have pledged emergency funds and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has requested a further grant of $100,000. Many people have been stranded on rooftops and OCHA reported that rubber boats, tents, food and drinking water were urgently needed.In Panama, OCHA reported that flooding in the Darien region – where more than 7,500 people, mainly in indigenous communities, are estimated to have been affected – could lead to severe food shortages in the next seven to eight months. The UN team in the country has already conducted two missions to affected areas.A joint UNICEF and UN World Health Organization (WHO) mission to Yaviza delivered water purification materials and oral rehydration salts after water-borne diseases were identified as the greatest threat to people living there.A second team helped bring in a government-supplied portable water plant and transport 18 Health Ministry personnel to El Salto, which is completely flooded. Its population has relocated to a neighbouring village on higher ground.OCHA has released an emergency cash grant of $20,000 from its Norwegian Grant Reserve for the purchase of emergency relief items. Priority needs include food and clean water, water purification tablets, portable latrines, cooking supplies and materials for repairing aqueducts. read more

Path to Middle East peace riddled with hazards UN envoy tells Security

“It is critical that we all understand that we must never allow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict todrift into the abyss of the extremism and radicalism sweeping the region,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefing the Security Council.“Palestinians, Israelis and the international community have a duty to act responsibly, avoid escalating tensions, refrain from unilateral actions and work together to uphold peace,” he added.He also drew attention of the Council members to the recently adopted so called “Regularisation Law” which has the potential to retroactively regularise thousands of existing settlement units built on land owned by Palestinian individuals living under occupation, as well as dozens of illegal outposts.Noting that the “Regularisation Law” is in contravention of international law and that according to the Israeli Attorney General it is also unconstitutional, Mr. Mladenov told the Council that the Supreme Court is expected to rule on its constitutionality soon.“If the Law stays in place, it will have far-reaching consequences for Israel, while seriously undermining prospects for the two-state solution and for Arab-Israel peace,” he cautioned.RELATED: Israeli legislation on settlements violates international law, says UN chief GuterresAlso in his briefing, the UN envoy expressed concern over daily violence and so-called “lone wolf” attacks against Israeli civilians. In one such recent incident, six Israelis were injured in a shooting and stabbing attack by an 18-year-old Palestinian from Nablus (a city in northern West Bank).He further told the Security Council members that the volatile situation in Gaza continued to exacerbate humanitarian and development challenges, related in large part to the crippling closures of the Strip and the continuing political divide.“This winter has borne witness to a serious electricity crisis which in December left Palestinians in Gaza with only two hours of electricity per day,” he said, informing them of UN’s work to address the electricity challenges in a sustainable manner.The two-state solution remains the only way to achieve the legitimate national aspirations of both peoplesHe also spoke of the situation in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) areas of operations, noting that the ceasefire between Israel and Syria (under UNDOF area of operations) is holding, albeit in a volatile security environment.Concluding his briefing, the UN envoy recalled that the Middle East Quartet Report and Security Council resolutions clearly outlined what is required to advance a sustainable and just peace in the region.“The two-state solution remains the only way to achieve the legitimate national aspirations of both peoples,” he said, noting that Israel can take the necessary step to stop settlement expansion and construction in order to preserve this prospect, while the Palestinian leadership can demonstrate their commitment to tackling the challenges of violence and incitement on their side.“This will create an environment that will facilitate bilateral final status negotiations that the international community can support,” he added. read more

Latest ballistic missile launch by DPR Korea a dangerous escalation of the

“This action is yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation,” read a statement attributable to the UN chief’s Spokesperson. “The DPRK leadership must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations,” it added. According to reports, the latest launch was conducted over the Sea of Japan. In the statement, Secretary-General Guterres also underlined the importance of maintaining the unity of the international community in addressing this serious challenge. Last month, condemning “in the strongest terms”, the DPRK’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities, the UN Security Council had unanimously adopted a resolution, applying existing sanctions to 14 individuals and four entities from the country.The individuals are now subjected to travel ban and asset freeze, and the four entities subjected to asset freeze. They are listed in the annexes to the resolution. read more

Smartphones have killed the Loch Ness Monster zoologist tells festival

The advent of smartphones proves that the Loch Ness Monster is a myth, a leading scientist has claimed.The ubiquity of camera-enabled devices means the creature would have been photographed by now if it existed, according to palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish.However, the University of Southampton expert on cryptozoology – the pseudoscience of mythical creatures – said the last few years had seen a record low of reported sightings.The same goes for other “cryptids”, such as the Himalayan Yeti, the Australian Bunyip and American’s Bigfoot.“Everybody has good phones,” said Dr Naish. “You really would think they’d be more and better photos, but the only things that ever have ever appeared are terribly low resolution little blobs in the distance.“I would say that the fact that we haven’t got any of the evidence that we should have by now – alarm bells are ringing.“It’s all speaking towards the fact that this is a cultural event, a belief system.” As sales of camera-equipped phones have soared, there have been droughts of several years with no new Nessie pictures, he said.Those that have emerged are unconvincing. Cryptozoologists have taken to calling them “blobsquatch pictures”.The name is a play on “Sasquatch” meant to convey how the purported monster invariably appears as a tiny, indistinct blur.Most scientists argue it is unlikely that a creature such as Nessie – which purportedly resembles a cold-blooded reptile – could survive in the cold Scottish waters.They also say the 22-tonne stock of fish in the loch would not be sufficient to sustain a population of giant plesiosaurs.Sceptics further argue that if such a creature did or had existed, the bones of its ancestors would have been detected by now.In 2003 the BBC took part in a large search for the monster, including the use of 600 sonar devices, but nothing was detected. Show more 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

European Commission rejects proposed ban on using cyanide in extractive industry

first_imgEMED Mining has told International Mining that permitting risks across its European projects have been reduced. This follows the rejection by the European Commission of a proposed ban on the use of cyanide in mining activities. The potential prohibition of cyanide use has been a concern to the European gold industry in particular and discussions were recently brought to a head by a European Parliamentary call for a general ban. EMED Managing Director Harry Anagnostaras-Adams and Head of Government Relations and Managing Director of EMED Slovakia Dr Demetrios Constantinides, advised on the consultation process as part of industry committees organised by Euromines – The European Association of Mining Industries.These committees provide support for the European Raw Minerals Initiative of the EU. One specific task has been the protection of international metal production from the proposals of some single-issue lobby groups to ban the use of the industrial chemical cyanide.EMED says it “continues to work in support of the European Raw Minerals Initiative of the EU to promote and facilitate Europe’s access to minerals and the resurgence of the mining industry in Europe. The following statement is a direct extract from a press release made by euromines, the industry’s representative association based in Brussels. The resolution of the European Parliament calling for a general ban on the use of cyanide mineral processing technologies in the European Union has received the full attention of the European Commission. On June 23, 2010 the European Commissioner for the Environment – Mr Potočnik – published the following statement on behalf of the Commission in response to a Parliamentary question on the issue.“After an in depth analysis of the issue, the Commission considers that a general ban of cyanide in mining activities is not justified from environmental and health point of views. Existing legislation notably on the management of extractive waste (Directive 2006/21/EC) includes precise and strict requirements ensuring an appropriate safety level of the mining waste facilities. The limit values for cyanide storage as defined in the Directive are the most stringent possible and implies in practice a destruction step of cyanide used before its storage.“Due to the lack of better (in the sense of causing less impact on the environment) alternative technologies, a general ban on cyanide use would imply the closure of existing mines operating in safe conditions. This would be detrimental to employment without additional environmental and health added value…” The rest of the statement can be sourced on request or from euromines or the European Commission directly via the relevant link as follows: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=P-2010-3589&language=ENIn Slovakia EMED Mining has made a significant gold discovery at Biely Vrch and is advancing planning and permitting for its potential development. The company says one of its core values “is to invest in a socially and environmentally responsible manner with a view to creating enormous social benefits via collaborative partnerships. A matter of equal importance to the assessment of the technical merits of our projects in Slovakia is the degree of social licence gained. EMED Mining personnel have built-up outstanding relationships with the Slovak government, local communities, business chambers, scientific societies and other stakeholders that are based on integrity, transparency and progress. These stakeholders have been very supportive of the responsible development of metal production operations in Slovakia.”last_img read more

Et si le plaisir pouvait se détecter dans les yeux

first_imgEt si le plaisir pouvait se détecter dans les yeux ?Une nouvelle étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Université Drexel à Philadelphie, aux Etats-Unis, indique qu’il est possible de repérer le plaisir provoqué par un aliment en mesurant l’activité de la rétine du consommateur. Comment savoir si votre plat cuisiné fait réellement le bonheur de vos invités ? En regardant leurs yeux ! C’est du moins ce qu’affirment des chercheurs de l’Université Drexel à Philadelphie aux Etats-Unis, selon qui, il serait possible de repérer le plaisir provoqué par un aliment en mesurant l’activité de la rétine des consommateurs et plus précisément la quantité de dopamine libérée.On sait depuis longtemps que la dopamine est un neurotransmetteur libéré sous l’effet de stimuli appétitifs (par exemple lorsque l’on mange du chocolat). Toutefois, d’autres types de stimuli existent comme l’activation du nerf optique en réponse à une exposition lumineuse qui provoque également une libération de dopamine. L’équipe de l’Université Drexel a donc cherché à comprendre si ces deux facteurs, la réponse neuronale et la réponse oculaire, pouvaient être en corrélation. Un biscuit qui fait du plaisir à l’oeil 

Leur expérience a consisté à mesurer à l’aide d’un électrorétinogramme (ERG), l’activité rétinienne de neuf volontaires a qui l’on proposait un gâteau au chocolat ou un verre d’eau. Tous les sujets étaient légèrement en surpoids mais ne présentaient aucun désordre du comportement alimentaire. Les résultats, publiés dans la revue Obesity, indiquent une augmentation significative de l’activité rétinienne et par conséquent de la libération de dopamine, lorsque les volontaires se délectaient du biscuit. À lire aussiVoici pourquoi il faut éviter les aliments ultra-transformésCette hausse état absente chez les sujets qui ont bu un verre d’eau. “Ce qui rend ce résultat si excitant est que le système de la dopamine de l’oeil a été considéré comme séparé du reste du système cérébral de la dopamine”, relève le Dr. Jennifer Nasser qui a dirigé l’étude. “La plupart des personnes – et bien évidemment de nombreux rétinographes m’ont dit cela – dirait que goûter de la nourriture qui stimule le système cérébral de la dopamine n’aurait pas d’effets sur le système oculaire”. Mais les résultats suggèrent le contraire.Mieux étudier le comportement alimentaire Reste que les recherches doivent encore être poursuivies afin de confirmer ce processus dans la mesure notamment où l’étude n’a impliqué que neuf volontaires. Toutefois, d’après les auteurs, cette découverte pourrait permettre de mettre en place un test oculaire pouvant mesurer les réactions chimiques d’un individu face à certains aliments. Le dispositif pourrait alors remplacer les techniques actuelles, malheureusement couteuses et invasives. De même, ce protocole pourrait permettre aux chercheurs de continuer leurs travaux pour la mise en place de traitement contre la dépendance alimentaire. “Mes recherches adoptent une approche pharmacologique à la réponse du cerveau à la nourriture”, a ajouté Nasser dans un communiqué. “La nourriture est à la fois un système d’apport de nutriments et un système de distribution de plaisir et l’effet secondaire est un excès de calories. Je veux maximiser le plaisir et l’apport nutritionnel en minimisant les effets secondaires, et pour cela, nous avons besoin de plus d’outils faciles à utiliser”, conclut-elle. Le 25 juin 2013 à 15:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

11/1 WWE Smackdown sees a slight jump in overall viewers featuring AJ Styles vs….

first_img Last night’s 11/1 WWE Smackdown Live drew 2.19 million viewers on Tuesday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up slightly from last week’s show that drew 2.13 million viewers. Smackdown was the No. 1 original show on cable on Tuesday night in the 18-49 demographic.With the show going head-to-head with Game 6 of the World Series (drawing an estimated 23.396 million viewers), this has to be considered a solid number for WWE.Smackdown, headlined by WWE World Champion AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose in a rematch, averaged a 0.67 among adults 18-49, down from last week’s 0.69 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 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 Twitter Google+ Jon Moxley Joins AEW Shawn Michaels Pinterest Videos Articles WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Ronda Rousey Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articles WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next John Oliver Takes On The WWElast_img read more

Gates Foundation to spend 50M on Ebola response

first_imgSEATTLE — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million — on top of $10 million already committed — to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the group’s largest donation to a humanitarian effort.“It became clear to us over the last 7 to 10 days that the pace and scope of the epidemic was increasing significantly,” Chris Elias, president of global development for the world’s largest charitable foundation, told The Associated Press.The Seattle-based foundation said the money will go to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and international organizations involved in fighting transmission of the virus.The money will be used to purchase supplies and to develop vaccines, therapies and better diagnostic tools. The foundation wants to help stop the outbreak as well as accelerate development treatments and improve prevention.Elias said they have been talking to the foundation’s partners around the world to assess the best use of its dollars and could not say yet how much would be spent on the emergency response and how much on research and development.last_img read more

NGO campaigns for use of paper bags

first_imgHyderabad: To help foster eco-friendly environment and also to help avoid use of plastic, a city-based NGO Dhruvansh is conducing a workshop on on making paper bags making use of newspapers at Langar Houz lake and Errakunta lake. The main aim of this workshop is to draw focus to the need for cutting down on use of plastic bags, and encourage people to adopt paper bags in place of plastic bags. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking to Hans India, Madhulika Choudhary, the founder of Dhruvansh, said around 500 volunteers are helping them as part of the initiative and they are in the process of distributing paper bags to the shops near the lakes for free of cost. More than 46 shops near Lagar House lake were provided newspaper bags, she said. She added that such bags would also be distributed to the shops nearby Errakunta lake. Volunteers of the NGO have visited almost all the shops near Lagar Houz lake and also pasted “No plastic bags” posters on walls, she informed. Last month, a similar workshop was organised at Sanjeevaiah Park by the NGO in which 250 volunteers participated. Around 7500 paper bags were distributed to shops till now. “It is an ongoing drive it would continue till the elimination of the plastic bags by shopkeepers,” vows Madhulika.last_img read more

US warship near South China Sea islands prompts anger in Beijing

first_imgA US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three US officials told Reuters, prompting anger in Beijing, even as president Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in reining in North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. But it was not as provocative as previous ones carried out since Trump took office in January.The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, carried out normal maneuvering operations that challenged “excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.China’s defense ministry said on Wednesday that a warship, two fighter jets and a helicopter had scrambled to warn the US ship away, adding it had infringed upon China’s sovereignty and security with its “provocation”.China would further strengthen its naval and air defenses, the ministry said.“We demand the US side earnestly take steps to correct its mistakes,” it added.Speaking earlier at a daily news briefing in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had lodged “stern representations” with the United States, and reiterated that the Paracels were Chinese territory.“China will continue to take resolute measures to protect Chinese sovereign territory and maritime interests. China urges the US to conscientiously respect China’s sovereign territory and security interests, conscientiously respect the efforts regional countries have made to protect peace and stability in the South China Sea, and stop these wrong actions.”Next month, Trump makes his first visit to Asia as president, including a stop in China, which he has been pressuring to do more to rein in North Korea. China is North Korea’s neighbor and biggest trading partner.Unlike in August, when a US Navy destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, officials said the destroyer on Tuesday sailed close to but not within that range of the islands.Twelve nautical miles mark internationally recognized territorial limits. Sailing within that range is meant to show the United States does not recognize territorial claims.The Pentagon did not comment directly on the operation, but said the United States carried out regular freedom-of-navigation operations and would continue to do so.China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in shipborne trade passes each year, are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.Experts and some US officials have criticized former president Barack Obama for potentially reinforcing China’s claims by sticking to innocent passage, in which a warship effectively recognized a territorial sea by crossing it speedily without stopping.The US military has a long-standing position that its operations are carried out throughout the world, including in areas claimed by allies, and that they are separate from political considerations.The United States has said it would like to see more international participation in freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea.NORTH KOREA ISSUETrump’s trip to Asia will likely be dominated by the North Korean nuclear threat. He will also visit South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.In recent weeks, North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test, all in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, and may be fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland.Trump’s visit to China will reciprocate a trip to the United States made in April by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The US president’s attempts to get Chinese help with North Korea have met with limited success so far, but he has gone out of his way to thank Xi for his efforts.last_img read more

Mythbusters Build Team is getting their own Netflix show

first_imgMythbusters ending in 2015 was quite a heartbreaking moment, but even more so when the majority of its cast–Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara, the famous M7 Build Team–were let go the year prior. However, the team is set to make a comeback.Coming out of Dragon Con this past weekend was the announcement of a brand new show for the trio on Netflix. It’s called The White Rabbit Project, and was described by Netflix as a trip down a “rabbit hole” in order to investigate events in science, pop culture, and history, including things that exist in the deepest corners of the Internet. The company writes:Under their microscope are topics as diverse as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy world war two weapons. In each episode the hosts immerse themselves in experiments, builds and tests as they sleuth the truth behind these and other well googled themes. So happy for my friends @KariByron @ToryBelleci & @grantimahara. White Rabbit looks amazing! Can’t wait to see it. https://t.co/Oz4kydk9u2— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) September 6, 2016This, plus the addition of Bill Nye’s new show, Bill Nye Saves The World, will continue Netflix’s recent streak of picking up educational and fun science shows with charismatic hosts. If Netflix had such thing as a “block,” like with traditional networks, this would make for a good one. The build team is coming back together! @ToryBelleci, @KariByron, @grantimahara on a @netflix original: #TheWhiteRabbitProject coming Dec 9!— Dragon Con (@DragonCon) September 3, 2016The panel announcement came along with a teaser clip that showed Belleci attached to a bunch of wires at Byron attempted to control his arm movements.Few other details are available besides the synopsis and a release date: Dec. 9.The ending of Mythbusters last year left a hole for many viewers. Not a difficult feat considering that the science show had been on the air since 2003, had become a staple for the Discovery channel, and had launched its cast into geek stardom. The Build Team, which had been paired with the Savages since season two, was let go by the network due to a number of factors including money.There’s already some hype among fans for the new show, including obvious Build Team superfan Adam Savage.last_img read more

Blood Donor Clinic helps youth to succeed

first_imgStaff from the Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic recently donated note pads, pens and fleece blankets to the youngsters at Okuhle Youth Organisation for a programme launch that took place on Thursday.A programme was organised by Steadville Uplifting youth in collaboration with Okuhle Youth Organisation. The mentorship programme is aimed at assisting to universities, bursary application etc.Okuhle Youth Organisation is a dynamic and exciting initiative that inspires young people to work hard and think positively in order to build a better future. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Barry gains strength in Gulf of Mexico Carnival Valor rerouted

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, July 11, 2019 NEW ORLEANS — Carnival has rerouted a cruise ship headed to New Orleans because of a tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.The Miami-based company says the more than 3,700-passenger Carnival Valor was sent to Mobile, Alabama, in the interest of safety. A company statement notes that coastal Louisiana is under a hurricane watch and water levels are high on the Mississippi River.Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson tweeted a welcome to Valor passengers and a photo of the ship docked in Mobile on Thursday.Carnival says arriving passengers will be taken from Mobile to New Orleans on complimentary buses.The ship was supposed to depart Thursday from New Orleans on its next four-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. Instead, passengers will be taken to Mobile by bus from New Orleans.Forecasters say Tropical Storm Barry could become a hurricane as it threatens Louisiana’s coast.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm’s maximum sustained winds Thursday morning are near 40 mph (64 kph) with additional strengthening expected during the next day or two.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthA tropical storm warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City. Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Gulf of Mexico Share Barry gains strength in Gulf of Mexico; Carnival Valor rerouted By: The Associated Presslast_img read more

IndiGo signs largest Airbus deal

first_imgIndian airline, IndiGo placed an order with Airbus earlier this week for up to 180 A320’s, the largest aircraft deal in the industry’s history. The deal worth up to €$12 billion comes after the domestic airline received government approval to launch international flights later this year, Samachar Today reported. According to the news source the airline will receive deliveries between 2016 and 2025.Up to 150 of the aircraft will be part of the eco-friendly ‘neo’ series, while the remaining 30 will be standard A320s. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

The Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT Sydney of

first_imgThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Sydney office has announced the resignation of New Zealand Marketing Representative Marieanne Ouwehand, effective 30 September 2017. TAT says Marieanne has been a great ambassador for Thailand in the past two years and worked hard in partnerships with various industry partners to ensure good growth from Kiwis visiting Thailand for their holidays.The number of New Zealand passengers visiting Thailand from January to July 2017 has increased by 6.7% to 66,652 compared to same period last year, and tourism revenue derived from this market has grown up by 10.75%.TAT will announce the new New Zealand Marketing Representative in due course. TATTourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

Airbus H130 helicopterscruiseScenicScenic Eclipse

first_imgAirbus H130 helicopterscruiseScenicScenic Eclipse The ‘Worl’d First Discovery Yacht’ – Scenic Eclipse – was officially delivered on 26 July 2019 from the Uljanik Shipyard to Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, journeying from the shipyard to Valletta, Malta for registration on 27 July.Scenic Eclipse will make a number of short stops before arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she will commence operations of her first scheduled cruise. This inaugural voyage is a 13-day discovery sailing via Greenland and Eastern Canada before arriving in Quebec on 27 August 2019.Scenic has also released footage of the final tests and trials of its state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters, one of the quietest helicopters in the skies. The video shows the helicopters landing on the deck of Scenic Eclipse and being stored in the specially designed onboard hangars. “These final stages are significant highlights in any ship build,” said Scenic Founder and Chairman, Glen Moroney, “and particularly for a vessel of the technological sophistication of Scenic Eclipse. I’m very proud to say Eclipse has been successfully certified for passenger ship operations, has been officially registered, and we are now in the final stages of preparations for our inaugural voyage.”last_img read more

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