Catholic leaders to come together to end HIV in Goa

first_imgFather Paul Alvares, head of the Conference of Religions of India – Goa Chapter, on Sunday said he would bring heads of various religious congregations together in an attempt to end the scourge of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the State by 2030.Leaders of the Catholic faith got together to discuss the response from the community to HIV in Goa on the sidelines of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Sunday, organised by Human Touch Foundation (HTF) at Margao.“Religious leaders can have massive impacts within their communities in the fight against HIV. With their considerable presence and reach, the church can help shape government policies and advocate with the government for better access to healthcare,” said Peter F. Borges, Founder of HTF. “In addition, religious leaders can talk to and inform their own faith communities. The church is a powerful agent to change individual beliefs and values.” He called for faith leaders to set examples and shape attitudes about HIV.HTF is represented in the Global HIV Strategy Group and International Reference Group of Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, an initiative of the World Council of Churches, a global network of churches and related organisations committed to campaigning for justice and dignity.Explaining the HTF’s plans, Sr. Crina Cardozo said programmes would be aimed at reducing stigma and promoting HIV testing in Goa through the involvement of faith leaders in line with the campaign of World Council of Churches. She said faith leaders should demonstrate to the faith community that HIV does not need or deserve stigma. Further, she called on faith leaders to preach sermons about the importance of testing and treatment, in order to prevent discrimination within their communities.Narrating her experiences of addressing HIV during an outbreak, Sister Lourenca Marques said faith leaders have a key role to play in increasing access to HIV testing and treatment, breaking silence and stigma, promoting human rights and building bridges between people and communities.During the dialogue, participants addressed the realities of how stigma and discrimination are perpetuated both in religious communities and the larger society.An adolescent living with HIV also recounted her experience when she and her other friends were discriminated against and expelled from their school in 2014. She shared her challenges and called for an end to discrimination against children living with HIV.In their concluding statement, participants called for the “renewed sense of urgency” to prioritise and strengthen the response to HIV.They pledged to commit themselves to strengthened efforts to respond to HIV in Goa, which includes protecting human rights through collaboration and influencing local and national decision-making processes.last_img read more

World Series champs Washington Nationals get their parade

first_img“When they tell you dreams come true, point them toward our @Nationals,” Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Thursday. “Tell them they do.”She included the hashtag SportsCapital, a reference, too, to the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup championship in 2018 and the Washington Mystics’ WNBA championship this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“For the first time in 95 years, the #WorldSeries champions are from Washington, DC,” the Nationals tweeted after the Wednesday night win. Before the Nationals, the last Washington team to win a World Series was the Senators in 1924.President Donald Trump has invited the Nationals to the White House on Monday. The president attended Game 5 of the series in Washington and was greeted with loud boos when he was shown on the giant video screen during a tribute to veterans. They more than overwhelmed a scattering of cheers. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, left, waves a flag and Ryan Zimmerman, right, hoists the World Series trophy as the baseball team arrives at Dulles Airport, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Chantilly, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals are getting a hero’s welcome home from a city that had been thirsting for a World Series championship for nearly a century.Tens of thousands of fans are expected for a parade Saturday honoring the Nationals, who won a nail-biting, come-from-behind victory against the Houston Astros in Game 7 to clinch the World Series.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Davis, James power Lakers past Mavs in OT Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Rice industry paralysis Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In a capital city divided by politics, race and economics, the Nats were something of a unifier — at least for the time being — as partisans and nonpartisans alike openly congratulated one another on their team’s win. There were lines at The Washington Post’s downtown office Thursday as fans sought to buy a copy of the day’s paper celebrating the win and a 12-page commemorative edition with a single-word headline blazoned across the top of the front page: CHAMPS!Saturday’s parade was beginning on Constitution Avenue and then merging onto Pennsylvania Avenue for a rally just a few blocks from the Capitol.When the Capitals won the Stanley Cup championship in 2018, it was estimated that hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets along the parade route to celebrate.“Hey @Nationals – #WorldSeries Championship party at our house on Sunday night see you there,” the Capitals tweeted Friday.The NHL team planned to honor the Nationals in a pregame ceremony before taking the ice against the Calgary Flames.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? LATEST STORIES Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Priority legislation in the 18th Congress View commentslast_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Mohammad Azharuddin critical of Pakistan’s negative approach

first_imgFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin felt Pakistan took too much pressure of the India vs Pakistan match and that showed in their game as India drew first blood.India and Pakistan were to play at least two matches in the Asia Cup 2018 and the group match on Wednesday was their first encounter in Dubai, where India thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets with 21 overs to spare.Azharuddin felt that two early wickets put Pakistan under a lot of pressure and they could never shift the momentum today themselves.”It was a great win. By taking two early wickets, India put them under pressure. Pakistan looked like they felt a lot of pressure and that is when the momentum shifted.”Rohit’s captaincy was positive. He made important bowling changes and the bowlers did not disappoint him. When the team performs well, the captain’s performance is also good,” Azharuddin said in an exclusive chat with Aaj Tak.Also read: Clinical India demolish Pakistan by 8 wicketsAzhar was extremely criticial of what he thought was negative approach by Pakistan and could not understand the logic behind not bowling with an attacking mindset and setting fields accordingly.India vs Pakistan: Highlights | As it happened | Photos”I did not understand that when Pakistan only had 163 to defend and they have such good bowlers, I did not see them attack. They should have had slips and should have bowled attacking.”Pakistan bowlers did not bowl bouncers till the end or even yorkers. They just weren’t attacking.”Yesterday people were talking about India almost losing to Hong Kong but today, Pakistan’s approach was negative today and they looked under too much pressure,” Azhar felt.advertisementREAD – Manish Pandey’s sensational catch wows cricket fansAzhar pointed out the important of an opening partnership and felt that Pakistan tried to attack right from the outset, which was the mistake they made.”India controlled the game from the first over. This is why opening partnership is so important. If you lose two wickets up, it gets tough. If India had lost two early wickets too, may be they would have come under pressure too. You can’t start hitting right from the outset, that was Pakistan’s mistake I feel.”Sarfraz Ahmed admits Pakistan stumped by Kedar JadhavWasim Akram agreed with Azharuddin and felt that Pakistan batsmen tried to go after good bowlers and that brought their doom and put them under pressure.”It was tough to defend 163. This is Pakistan’s home ground and the stage was set that they will win the toss and bat and two wickets fell and they lost it. I have been crying for two weeks that Kuldeep will trouble and he got India a main wicket. Also, they did not see Kedar bowl and blindly kept trying to hit him. I understand these people are young but they should give respect to a bowler,” Akram told Aaj Tak.READ – Pakistan crumbled under pressure vs India, says Harbhajan SinghAkram felt that this win will give India a lot of confidence and Pakistan will now have a mindset where doubts will creep in the next time they face each other.”Now India will get a lot of confidence and for Pakistan, you will start thinking about the mistakes and it gets negative.”Hong Kong had a partnership and a patch but I knew India will win. Now the way India dominated Pakistan, when they play next, Pakistan will have doubts in their mind, should they bat first or bowl and what they should do.”This is why I say that before such matches, these players should switch off their social media and news but these young boys won’t listen. It’s like they can’t breath without social media.”Gavaskar also felt that Pakistan batsmen played silly shots and gave away their wickets instead of being patient and playing out the overs.”The way India played was extremely good, good overall performance. Early on when Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah bowled so well it was tough but then Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik got a partnership going but Kuldeep’s ball that got Babar was excellent. After that it looked like Pakistan batsmen were in a hurry and that’s why they lost quick wickets and it was tough to come back from there.”Even when Amir was batting fine, Hasan played immaturely. There was no need, you had to stay till 50 overs and get a bit more runs for the bowlers to defend. It looked like Pakistan didn’t think before batting.advertisement”India even fielded well, Manish Pandey’s catch and even other catches which went high up. Zaman’s catch, Chahal had to run and take. India played like a team and all-round performance,” Gavaskar said at Aaj Tak.last_img read more

Bush Smarts: Gear for the modern outdoorsman

first_img 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Camping gear maker Bush Smarts is bringing back the art of bushcraft. We’re talking carving spoons out of wood and starting fires without matches. “We want to reconnect people to the ancient heritage of connecting with nature,” says Kevin Sterling, co-founder of the New York-based company. “We want them to enjoy their precious time in the woods, learn how to identify birds, cook some good food and sit around the fire with a nip of whiskey—in our flask.”After working for Eastern Mountain Sports, Sterling and John Davison launched Bush Smarts in November 2012. Along with their very first product, a titanium line thrower called the Bear Star, they now offer more than 70 handmade goods for camping. Sterling talked to The Manual about putting a modern spin on bushcraft and offered tips for newbie campers.Have you been camping for a long time?About 25 years. I was a cub scout since six or seven years old so I would camp once a month, and also go on a week-long trip with my dad every year. John’s been camping for at least 20 years–he has a standing record of camping once a month for the last three years.How would you describe Bush Smarts?Well, our mascot is the jackalope because it’s a mixture of two animals. And that’s how we see our company–we’re kind of a hybrid.  We’re a mixture of urban living and the outdoors. And we like to take an age-old material, like leather, and mix it with something cutting-edge like titanium or carbon fiber fabric.What’s the story on the company’s name?We decided on Bush Smarts because it’s reminiscent of bushcraft, which goes beyond wilderness survival. It’s not just about learning the skills and tools to get by in the woods. It’s about learning how to engage with the outdoors, to observe and then to thrive. Education is an important part of what we do. So in addition to making and selling gear, we’re interested in teaching the skills that are lost in modern times.So how do you go about teaching those skills?Right now, we make illustrations showing basic camp skills. On our Tumblr blog, there’s a simple black and white illustration that boils down the ingredients and process for making simple camp bread. Eventually, we’d like to make video tutorials.Where are your products made and how involved are you with the creation process? Our flask, knives and axes are made in Finland, and a lot of our titanium components are cut in Ohio. Then they are all shipped to New York. A lot of our textiles and leather goods can’t simply be made with machines. We put  them together and paint them in John’s studio, where we work.  John and I pack every item and every box we send out. So we’re very hands-on. We also camp with everything we make–we don’t sell things we don’t personally use.What kind of people buy Bush Smarts gear?We sell to a lot of hardcore campers who are gear junkies and just want whatever’s new and exciting in the camping world. We also sell to people who are design-savvy but have never set foot off of land that isn’t pavement. Either way, it’s people who appreciate aesthetics and handcrafted good.And which items usually catch their interest? People are very fond of the knife, which is made in Finland–we design and make the sheath here in New York. Also, our hand-cut suspenders definitely register with somebody who’s a conscious urbanite.Do you have a few quick tips for first-time campers?A pocketknife is absolutely essential. And always have some kind of illumination at night, like a headlamp. Also, invest in either lightweight wool or synthetic socks and clothing. A lot of new campers go to the woods in jeans and cotton shirts, and the headaches they can get comes from being cold and wet. So good clothing alone will give you a positive attitude.*Bush Smarts is currently offering a 15% discount coupon for a limited time–enter MAN15 at the checkout page. Retinol For Men: What to Know and What to Buy The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Is Hiring! It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quiltlast_img read more

The 4 Most Incredible Lighthouse Hotels in the U.S.

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts A proper digital detox is good for the soul. But, sometimes you want solitude and soul-searching without getting too far away. Whether you just love nautical-themed vacations, like seabirds more than people, or fancy yourself a salty maritime soul, you’ll love an escape to these four amazing U.S. lighthouse hotels.Heceta Head LighthouseYachats, OregonLike so many U.S. lighthouses, Heceta Head Lighthouse claims to be the most photographed in the country. Whether that’s true or not, it’s undoubtedly one of the most historical and beautiful (and perhaps haunted) on the West Coast. Situated on a dramatic bluff, the cozy, six-bedroom bed-and-breakfast boasts an original, hand-carved wooden staircase, Victorian-era detailing, and a communal parlor with stunning Pacific Ocean views. The best part is that executive chef-owner Michelle Korgan treats every guest to a gourmet, seven-course breakfast each morning. As a bonus, Sea Lion Caves — the largest sea cave in the country — is only minutes away by car.The Inn at Cuckolds LighthouseSouthport, MaineFew places in the world boast the variety and history of lighthouses like coastal Maine. Situated in Southport, off the coast of Boothbay Harbor, lies The Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse. “The Cuckolds” as it’s affectionately known is only reachable by vintage Navy whaleboat. Once on the island, guests will find two suites — both of which offer a distinctly New England-inspired decor with luxury amenities like cashmere throws and marble bathrooms. There’s no restaurant (or much of anything but birds, seals, and solitude) to be found, but guests can reserve a fresh lobster bake for the perfect Maine picnic. For around USD $4,000, those seeking the ultimate in privacy can book the entire island — no public tours, no events, and no other visitors of any kind. Just you, (maybe) your significant other, and the sounds of the North Atlantic.Saugerties LighthouseSaugerties, New YorkIf you like your lighthouses like you like your camping — pared-down and remote — Saugerties Lighthouse is a perfect fit. Guests park near a Coast Guard station before hiking a half-mile to this beautifully restored, two-bedroom lighthouse overlooking the Hudson River. While the interior is charming, there are no cashmere linens or fancy lobster bakes here. Instead, this is a decidedly rustic affair where guests make their own beds and share a composting toilet. But, it’s what’s outside that’s the real draw: lovely decks for picnicking and a nearby beach that you’ll likely have all to yourself. Plus, the top of the lantern house offers expansive views of the Clermont Estate.Frying Pan TowerFrying Pan Shoals, North CarolinaFrying Pan Tower isn’t the most traditionally beautiful lighthouse on this list, but it’s certainly the most interesting. The 50-year-old surplus Coast Guard Light Station is situated 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina, meaning it’s only accessible by boat or helicopter. It’s a hulking steel structure purpose-built to withstand the punishing weather of the East Coast’s notorious “Hurricane Alley.” For the limited bed-and-breakfast guests adventurous enough to journey here, the accommodations are best described as “functional.” The decor is minimal, but you’ll find all the essentials including hot and cold running water, electricity, and even high-speed internet. Most visitors come for the panoramic ocean views from the 130-foot light tower, the world-class stargazing, and the year-round fishing for everything from black sea bass and cobia to mahi-mahi and giant African pompano.For other interesting hotel options, check out this hotel in Denmark that used to be a crane.last_img read more

$200 Million Renovation for Montego Bay Convention Centre

first_img He indicated that the renovation will be completed in time to enable the centre to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global conference, from November 27 to 29. The Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, is to be renovated at a cost of approximately $200 million.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this forms part of the Government’s undertaking to make the facility “fit for purpose” in its transformation into a major venue to host meetings and conventions, thereby boosting its profitability.He indicated that the renovation will be completed in time to enable the centre to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global conference, from November 27 to 29.Additionally, Mr. Bartlett said efforts will continue to consolidate the facility’s status as a venue of choice to ensure it remains foremost in the minds of stakeholders in the local, regional and global marketplace.He was addressing a Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry ‘Invest MoBay’ breakfast forum at the Royal Decameron Hotel in St. James on July 28.Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett said the convention centre continues to rebound after suffering millions of dollars in losses over the past several years.He reiterated that consequent on interventions over the last nine months, “we have improved revenue by 65 per cent and we have turned around a projected loss of US$2 million to J$40 million.”The Montego Bay Convention Centre opened its doors in 2011 as a venue for conventions, trade shows, banquets and theatre-style conferences.It was constructed by the Government of Jamaica in conjunction with the Chinese Development Bank, in response to the growing need for first-class meeting and convention facilities on the island.The facility was previously owned by the Urban Development Corporation before being transferred to the Ministries of Tourism, and Finance and the Public Service. The Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, is to be renovated at a cost of approximately $200 million. Story Highlights The Montego Bay Convention Centre opened its doors in 2011 as a venue for conventions, trade shows, banquets and theatre-style conferences.last_img read more

Wärtsilä to Supply Propulsion Systems for Six New …

first_imgzoom Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, has received the order to supply complete main propulsion systems for six new chemical tankers. The ships are being built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group yard in China on behalf of Stolt Tankers B.V., the operator of one of the world’s largest chemical tanker fleets and a unit of Stolt-Nielsen Limited. There is an option for a further two vessels.The Wärtsilä propulsion packages include Wärtsilä RT-flex50 2-stroke engines, controllable pitch propellers with a tunnel gearbox and shaft generator, and oily water separators. Deliveries of the equipment are scheduled to begin in summer 2014.By being able to have the complete propulsion packages delivered from a single supplier, efficient integration of the various systems is ensured. Importantly, the combination of a 2-stroke engine and shaft generator requires optimal co-ordination between the engine controls and the propulsion controls, which is significantly facilitated by having all systems supplied and delivered from the same source. Furthermore, with complete propulsion packages coming from one supplier, the risks of costly building delays caused by multi-supplier deliveries can be avoided.“Optimal functionality of the vessels’ propulsion is made possible by Wärtsilä’s highly efficient complete package capability, which results in top performance with excellent reliability. The owners and the yard have specified the highest possible efficiency to keep fuel costs down with the lowest possible pressure pulses to safeguard a high comfort level on board for the crew, and Wärtsilä has consistently demonstrated its ability to meet this demand,” says Mr Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President Sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.“These ships have been designed to deliver substantial improvements in fuel efficiency, and are expected to consume significantly less fuel compared with existing parcel tankers,” says Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, CEO of Stolt-Nielsen Limited. Each of the tankers will be 185 meters in length, with a 32.26m beam and will have 43 stainless steel tanks with a total volume of 44,000 cubic meters. The ships will have IMO I, II and III capabilities and will be able to handle the full range of difficult-to-handle cargoes that Stolt Tankers carries.The first of the new 38,000 deadweight ton (dwt) tankers is expected to be delivered in December 2015.Wartsila, December 9, 2013last_img read more

Nova Scotians Star in Tourism Television Campaign

first_imgNOTE: A social media version of this release with hi-res, downloadable photos and video clips is available at A complete list of winners follows this release. FOR BROADCAST USE Winners in the My Nova Scotia campaign are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. The talented Nova Scotians have won an opportunity to star in the My Nova Scotia regional tourism campaign. They are featured in television commercials airing in the Maritimes this summer. Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism says he is very pleased to have had almost 400 talented Nova Scotians participate in the contest. He says their passion and enthusiasm for our beautiful province will make potential visitors from around the world realize they must come and see Nova Scotia. -30- Winners in the My Nova Scotia campaign are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. The talented Nova Scotians have won an opportunity to star in the My Nova Scotia regional tourism campaign. They are featured in television commercials airing in the Maritimes throughout the summer. “The My Nova Scotia campaign has been a great success,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “We are very pleased to have had almost 400 talented Nova Scotians participate in the contest, and many more show their support, either online or at the auditions. “Their passion and enthusiasm for our beautiful province will make potential visitors from around the world realize they must come and see Nova Scotia for themselves.” Each week, for 21 weeks, different people will be featured. Some will also be included in a regional newspaper ad campaign. Each commercial will highlight the best festivals, events and experiences to enjoy in Nova Scotia this summer. Winner Elyse Delaney, a singer and performer from Cheticamp, called the My Nova Scotia contest a wonderful learning experience. “I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to promote the beautiful province I am proud to call home. I always look forward to seeing new faces and I know that they will always remember their time here in Nova Scotia, and hopefully come back.” “I gave an impromptu audition when I was stopped by the crew on the street in Wolfville,” said winner Lydia Stevens of Chester. “When asked why I love the province I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share all the reasons why I love this province. “Nova Scotia has given me many great experiences, surfing, sailing, snorkeling, competitive ski racing, completing a science degree at Acadia University and continuing research in the field of biology. So, when given the chance to share my love for Nova Scotia I couldn’t resist.” So many outstanding auditions were submitted that 12 people have received honourable mentions. Their names are included with the winning entries on “We are so impressed with the amazing Nova Scotians that have come out to show us their star power,” said Mr. Paris. “We have seen auditions from talented dancers, artists and singers from across the province. Alton MacKinnon from Sydney Mines even wrote and performed a My Nova Scotia theme song.” Contestants were invited to participate in the My Nova Scotia campaign by uploading their own videos, or auditioning at one of 14 events that took place across the province this spring.To view the commercials, go to read more

Vancouver film company producing Sly Stone documentary

first_img Twitter Funk and soul legend Sly Stone is getting the documentary treatment thanks to a Vancouver production company. Vancouver film production company Network Entertainment has acquired exclusive rights and started filming a documentary on pop-funk-rock star Sylvester Stewart better known as Sly Stone.In his early life, Sly Stone was identified as a musical prodigy, mastering guitar, bass, drums and keyboards by the age of 11. He joined a number of bands in high school and later worked as a DJ but is most famous for his work as frontman for Sly and the Family Stone. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

Discrimination case against Canada now in the hands of Human Rights Tribunal

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter a year and a half of detailed testimony and tens of thousands of documents, the fate of a discrimination complaint against Canada is now in the hands of the three commissioners charged with making a decsion on the case.The case was first launched seven years ago by the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.Each claim the federal government pays less for First Nations children on reserve in care than the provinces do off reserve.Amnesty International and the Chiefs of Ontario are both intervenors.After months of delays and attempts by government lawyers to derail the process, the hearings finally got underway.APTN National News covered the hearings and all testimony and evidence can be found at’s Annette Francis reports on the final day.last_img read more

Alberta Métis settlements sign framework agreement with Canada

first_imgMetis Settlements General Council President Gerald Cunningham was joined by Metis settlement leaders from Alberta in signing a Framework Agreement with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett Monday in Ottawa. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.APTN NewsA group representing the eight Métis settlements in Alberta signed an agreement with the federal government Monday in Ottawa that they say signals a new relationship  with Canada.The Métis Settlements General Council (MSGC) and Canada signed a framework agreement that will serve as the basis for ongoing negotiations toward a reconciliation agreement with the eight Métis settlement councils representing the people of Buffalo Lake, East Prairie, Elizabeth, Fishing Lake, Gift Lake Kikino, Paddle Prairie and Peavine.More on the framework agreement from Annette Francis. MSGC President Gerald Cunningham said the agreement “cements our relationship with Canada,” and that the Métis laid out health, education, housing, governance funding, and title recognition of the settlements under Canada’s constitution as priorities of the agreement.“It is with all humility that we go forward in this partnership knowing that you know best what your communities need,” Bennett told Métis leaders gathered in Ottawa for the signing.Cunningham said the Métis settlements have long fought for bilateral relations with Canada, as their communities currently fall under provincial jurisdiction.Métis Settlements General Council President Gerald Cunningham said the framework agreement “cements our relationship with Canada.” Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.He said following a meeting with Bennett in January 2017 it appeared the minister “recognized that the Métis settlements, being the only legislated land-based Métis in Canada, were very unique, and that Canada had to deal with the Métis settlements in a separate bilateral process.”Cunningham said that in the new year the MSGC will “do as much as we can while we can” toward striking a binding agreement with the Justin Trudeau government before the fall election.“Although this is an historic moment there is still much work to do, but I am very confident that with this new relationship we have with Canada, and the relationship that we have with Alberta, we will make some great strides to fulfilling our goals of political autonomy, self-determination, economic self-reliance and instilling some hope and pride back into our youth,” he read more

Aurora Cannabis to supply medical pot to Mexico through partnership

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:ACB)The Canadian Press EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis says it will supply medical cannabis to Mexico through a partnership with pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor Farmacias Magistrales.Farmacias recently got the green light to import cannabis, which Aurora says is the first and only import license granted by federal Mexican authorities to date.Aurora’s chief executive Terry Booth says the exclusive partnership expands the cannabis grower’s early mover advantage in Latin America.The Edmonton-headquartered pot producer says Farmacias has a reach of roughly 80,000 retail points, and 500 pharmacies and hospitals across Mexico.It adds that Farmacias has also received licences from Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks to manufacture and distribute products with CBD and THC.Shares of Aurora rose as much as 10 per cent to hit $7.82 in intraday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Pompeo in London to discuss the UKUS special relationship

first_imgLondon: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in London for talks with British officials on the status of the special relationship between the nations amid heightened tensions with Iran and uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the European Union. Pompeo will meet Wednesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and will later deliver a speech on the potential for improved U.S.-U.K. ties after Brexit. At his first event in the British capital, a meeting about religious freedom with Hunt and British faith leaders, including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Pompeo told participants that the Trump administration is committed to the rights of all people to worship as they please. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”In the United States it’s in our Constitution, the First Amendment, it’s central to our founding,” he said. Welby thanked Pompeo for the administration’s attention to the matter, noting that Christians in the Middle East and Africa and religious minorities everywhere are under threat. But he also sounded a note of caution by telling Pompeo that foreign military inventions often have severe consequences for religious freedoms. “Where the interests of religious minorities are concerned, foreign interventions can often have very serious, long-term (impacts),” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsPompeo didn’t address Welby’s comment. Pompeo arrived in London after canceling a trip to Germany to make an unannounced visit to Baghdad, where he warned Iraqi officials about what he called imminent threats to American interests in the Middle East. Iran said earlier Wednesday that it would partially suspend its compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal from which President Donald Trump withdrew last year. Britain remains a party to the deal and has been working with the other European participants, France and Germany, on ways to salvage the accord in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal.last_img read more

Morocco Alcohol consumption in decline

first_imgRabat- A recent study conducted by Euromonitor International revealed a decline in the consumption of Alcoholic drinks in Morocco.The London-based market intelligence firm said that “Morocco’s dire economic situation” continues to negatively impact the performance of alcoholic drinks and the decline of volume sales.“There was a consensus among Moroccan consumers that, in order to save money, it was necessary to reduce spending on all non-essential goods and leisure activities. As a result, there was a shift in alcoholic drinks consumption”, said the research’s executive summary about Morocco. The research suggested that the Moroccan government’s continuous increase in consumption taxes “had a strong influence on the activities of alcoholic drinks companies as volume sales recorded a significant decline terms in 2012. The tax increase, says the market intelligence firm, boosted unit prices in alcoholic drinks. Consequently, the consumption of alcoholic drinks declined during 2012 and the consumption of contraband and clandestinely produced products increased. Marjane’s decision to cease selling alcoholic beverages in its hypermarkets throughout Morocco was also a crucial factor in the declining performance of the industry.“The company embarked on this strategy in an effort to attract more families who refuse to shop in outlets which sell alcoholic drinks for religious reasons”, added the research.The report mentioned the leading position of Group des Brasseries du Maroc, a local player that dominates sales of Alcoholic drinks in Morocco due to the fact that beer is the alcoholic drink most preferred by Moroccans. The research hailed the Group’s excellent distribution network and strong brand name in maintaining its leading position in the industry.Euromonitor International is expecting a modest performance for the alcoholic drinks industry in Morocco in the near future “While there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the depth and duration of the current economic downturn, the future performance of alcoholic drinks in Morocco is expected to remain negative throughout the forecast period”.A previous Reuters report ranked Morocco as the number one exporter in the Arab world. The kingdom allocates 37 thousand acres of land for the cultivation of grapes and vines used in wine production.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Illinois sues company after lead found in villages water

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. — Illinois alleges that a company that provides water to a Chicago suburb made changes without permission from state regulators that caused lead to contaminate the village’s drinking water.Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a lawsuit Friday against Aqua Illinois, the company that supplies water to residents of University Park, a village about 40 miles (64 kilometres) south of Chicago.The lawsuit says Aqua Illinois switched the source of the village’s water from groundwater wells to the Kankakee River in 2017. It alleges a chemical added to the water system to address resident complaints about the taste removed a protective layer in residential plumbing, causing lead to leach into the water.Raoul says the company didn’t obtain required permits from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency before switching the water source, or before it added the blended phosphate mix to the water system.The company notified the state in May that testing the company is required to conduct every six months had detected elevated lead levels. Raoul says Aqua Illinois later warned residents not to drink the water and that the company also is providing impacted residents with bottled water and filters.A company spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment Saturday. Raoul said that the company has been co-operating and working with the state to correct the problem since it reported the elevated lead levels.More than 85% of the village’s nearly 7,000 residents are black, and Raoul noted serious damage has occurred in other predominantly minority communities where contaminated water wasn’t immediately addressed. In the majority-black city of Flint, Michigan, for example, the toxic metal leached into the supply in 2014 and 2015 due to a lack of corrosion-control treatment following a switch in the water source while the city was under state emergency management.“All Illinois residents, regardless of their ZIP code, deserve clean, safe drinking water,” Raoul said.The lawsuit says additional testing done in July and August continued to show elevated levels of lead, which can cause brain damage and emotional and behavioural damage in children. The August sampling found 27 out of 60 samples collected from Aqua Illinois customers had lead levels above the regulatory action level, Raoul said.The suit lawsuit seeks civil penalties, along with an injunction to require Aqua Illinois to immediately correct the situation and to continue providing safe drinking water to residents, Raoul said.The Associated Press read more

Key articles in draft disability treaty approved at UN meeting

The General Assembly committee on a convention on the rights of persons with disabilities forged accord on draft articles addressing access to justice, privacy, independent living, full inclusion in the community and other individual rights.“This major human rights convention represents a shift in the way governments interact with persons with disabilities,” the Coordinator of the talks, Ambassador Don MacKay of New Zealand, said at a press conference on Friday at the close of the two-week session. “Many have said that the rights of persons with disabilities are already guaranteed in existing human rights treaties, but the reality is that persons with disabilities have been deprived of those rights.”“Many conventions say that such and such people should not be treated differently from others – but people with disabilities are treated differently from others,” Mr. MacKay observed, adding that existing treaties had prescribed equal rights, but had not set out in detail what those rights were.The Convention would say not only that persons with disabilities had the same rights as those without, but would spell out in detail what those rights were, he said. “We’re setting up a new regime, a new way of thinking and a new sort of paradigm.” The Committee Chair, Ambassador Luis Gallegos Chiriboga of Ecuador, told reporters that the negotiations were part of an historic process aimed at integrating 600 million people into society.“The owners of the convention are the people with disabilities; they are the actors who are moving forward the convention,” he said. “They are the ones who tell us what their problems are, and how to address them.” The Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities agreed on a text providing that States parties should take all measures to ensure that persons with disabilities can exercise their right to freedom of expression and opinion, including the right to seek, receive and impart information on an equal basis with others. That provision calls on States parties to facilitate the use of sign language, Braille and augmentative alternative communication. The agreed draft text also stipulates that persons with disabilities shall not be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with their privacy and correspondence. There was broad support for committing States parties to take measures to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and as full participants in the community, including the right to choose one’s place of residence and living arrangements.A separate draft article was proposed on protection of the home and family, which would ensure the rights of persons with disabilities to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children on an equal basis with other persons. read more

Inspector finds State Department lax on preserving emails as public records

by Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 12:55 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The State Department’s internal watchdog has found that many department employees are not preserving emails for the public record as required by the government. That could mean a substantial amount of lost government information.The inspector general’s office, in a report out Wednesday, said that in 2011, when Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state, department employees wrote more than 1 billion emails but only marked 61,156 for the public record. There’s no way to know from the figures how many should have been designated as public records. Even fewer were marked for public records, 41,749, in 2013, the year when she left the department.Clinton is under scrutiny for using her personal email exclusively for official non-classified business during her tenure and for doing so with a private server. The new report does not address the use of personal email accounts, which the department discouraged employees from using in earlier guidance.But the investigation found that employees had no central oversight of their record-keeping responsibilities with email, many did not know about the rules and some feared the consequences of their emails being searched and exposed.“Department officials have noted that many emails that qualify as records are not being saved as record emails,” the report says. “Some employees were under the impression that record emails were only a convenience; they had not understood that some emails were required to be saved as records.”The report found the laxity despite a 2009 upgrade in the system used to preserve emails as public records. It recommends better training, sharper guidelines for what should be made a public record and a department-wide review of how emails are used and kept.Branches within the department varied widely in their preservation practices: The secretary’s office designated only seven emails as public records in 2013; the office of diplomatic security did so with 409 emails.Emails are required to be preserved for the public record if they deal with policy, actions by officials, historically relevant information or meet a variety of other benchmarks. Among the more than 1 billion emails sent in 2011, some were work emails that did not meet those standards, others were personal and still others should have been captured for the record but weren’t. Emails that are not designated for the record may still become available for release later but become harder to find in the mountain of untapped government information.Clinton turned over to the State Department some 30,000 emails from her personal account that she said were work-related, out of about 60,000 emails she had in the same account. Because the emails were sent to and from her personal server, there is no way to verify her assertion that they were, as she said, “within the scope of my personal privacy and that particularly of other people.”With Clinton’s use of a private server, her emails are potentially even more out of reach than those that should have been designated for the record by her employees, but were not. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Inspector finds State Department lax on preserving emails as public records Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of “convenience.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) read more

Alderon Iron Ore and Schneider Electric working on fully digital advanced mine

first_imgAlderon Iron Ore and the Kami Mine Limited Partnership (The Kami LP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Schneider Electric Canada related to the both acquisition of equipment and development funding for the Kami iron ore project, in western Labrador, Canada.Tayfun Eldem, Alderon’s President and CEO, said: “We have chosen Schneider Electric because of their vast array of product and service offerings in power and energy management, process control and mine digitisation. The Kami LP will leverage Schneider Electric’s sustainable solutions to optimise energy usage and operating costs for the Kami project’s mining and processing operations.”Eldem said this partnership could potentially reduce capital spending and equipment cost targets from its September 2018 updated feasibility study, tap into a broader range of export credit agencies (ECA) and accelerate the project schedule.The September 2018 feasibility study envisaged a capital cost of $982.41 million for an operation producing 7.84 Mt/y of 65.2% Fe concentrate at an average estimated operating cost of $30.72/t. it also envisaged a 26 month construction period.Alderon said the MoU provides for The Kami LP to evaluate the lease or purchase of equipment from Schneider Electric for use at Kami, a project owned 75% by Alderon and 25% by HBIS Group through The Kami LP.It also provides for Schneider Electric to assist The Kami LP in its capital raising efforts by making introductions and facilitating discussions with potential financing sources for the Kami project, including funding from ECAs in regions where Schneider Electric manufactures its equipment.“This assistance is expected to help The Kami LP raise the capital required to start construction of the Kami project,” Alderon said.David Willick, Schneider Electric’s Vice President and Mining, Metals and Minerals Segment Leader in North America, said: “We are pleased to be a part of the Kami project and look forward to helping Alderon create an efficient and fully digital advanced mine, using our EcoStruxure architecture.”The EcoStruxure platform is the “digital backbone connecting best-in-class operational technology solutions with the latest in IT technology to unlock trapped value in your operations and tap into the true potential of the Internet of Things”, Schneider says.The Kami LP and Schneider Electric need to enter into definitive documentation in order for the transactions set out in the MoU to proceed, including agreements for the purchase of equipment.last_img read more

Leinster hit with fiveday turnaround for crunch Heineken Cup matches

first_imgSaturday 18 JanSaracens v Connacht (1.35pm)Leicester v Ulster (6pm)Sunday 19 JanMunster v Edinburgh (12.45pm)Check out the full Round 5 and Round 6 fixture list here >Gatland recommends quota system is considered for future Lions tours LEINSTER’S HEINEKEN CUP hopes will hinge on a five-day turnaround between their final two pool games.Matt O’Connor’s side are likely to need two wins against Castres and Ospreys to qualify as a top seed and clinch home advantage for the quarter-finals.The ERC confirmed today that their Round 5 game against Castres will be a lunchtime kick-off (12.45pm) on Sunday 12 January at the Stade Pierre Antoine.And Leinster will be one of the first teams to finish their pool matches when they host Ospreys in a Friday evening kick-off (8pm) at the RDS on the 17th.Northampton and Ospreys meet in Pool 1′s other Round 5 fixture on 12 January, leaving them with a similar Sunday/Friday schedule.Only the top four pool winners are guaranteed a home quarter-final, and the quick turnaround could leave Pool 1′s eventual winner at a disadvantage in the race for the all-important seeding.Munster travel to play their Pool 6 rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm at 6pm on Saturday 11th before finishing at home to Edinburgh at 12.45pm on Sunday 19th.Ulster host Montpellier on Friday 10th (8pm) and then travel to Welford Road for what is likely to be a Pool 5 decider against Leicester on Saturday 18th (6pm).Connacht finish with two Saturday fixtures, hosting Zebre at the Sportsground on the 11th (3.40pm) before heading to Allianz Park on the 18th to play Saracens (1.35pm).Heineken Cup (selected round five fixtures)Friday 10 JanUlster v Montpellier (8pm)Sat 11 JanConnacht v Zebre (3.40pm)Gloucester v Munster (6pm)Sun 12 JanCastres v Leinster (12.45pm)Selected round six fixturesFriday 17 JanLeinster v Ospreys (8pm)last_img read more

Shatter I was secretly put on trial and wasnt given a chance

first_imgUpdated 5.17pm Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeTHE FORMER MINISTER for Justice has blasted Senior Counsel Sean Guerin for failing to adhere to procedures when compiling his report on allegations of garda misconduct.Alan Shatter said this is “of far greater general importance than any impact on me personally”, describing the approach taken as “unprecedented”.The report led to Shatter’s resignation from Cabinet, however he likened the inquiry to a ‘kangaroo court’ as it “completely failed to observe fair procedures in accordance with constitutional and natural justice”.[This] places in peril a value system crucial to the well-being of all our citizens.He dismissed the report’s findings that he had not paid “sufficient heed” to allegations made by garda whisteblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.Speaking today in the Dáil, Shatter said that he is “entitled” to an explanation as to why Guerin failed to interview him, and why “a single question [was not] put to me or to Justice officials”.Read Alan Shatter’s speech in full >He said the report is littered with “omissions and inaccuracies”, which could have been cleared up if Guerin had spoken to the former Minister for Justice.However, Shatter accused Guerin of ‘simply choosing not to’ speak with anyone whose reputation may have been affected by the report. The former Minister for Justice said the Senior Counsel “knew” the report’s publication would have forced his resignation. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe conversation would have also revealed, Shatter said, that he had paid “substantial attention” to allegations made by McCabe, and that he had not accepted the views of the Garda Commissioner “without question”.Seán Guerin had explained in the report that the Minister had a statutory responsibility to act once Maurice McCabe had brought his complaints to the Confidential Recipient, but accused him of not taking any action.Guerin also said that in the absence of any documentary evidence, it appears that Alan Shatter did what he did on foot of advice from then-Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, without the advice being questioned or analysed.Shatter said:I believe all of us should be entitled to know that we cannot, by way of any form of inquiry or review or other means, be secretly put on trial have charges levied against us of which we have no knowledge, be prosecuted without being informed of the evidence, and convicted without being given the opportunity to speak or defend ourselves.Booklets of allegationsShatter has accused Guerin of misreading a letter attached to three booklets of allegations made by McCabe that had been submitted to the Department of Justice.The report says that the letter advised that the booklets be forwarded to Shatter straight away, but that he had failed to act.“Mr Guerin has misquoted the letter which actually advised that the two files concerned be furnished by Justice officials to the Garda Commissioner and that no copies of the documents be retained in the Department of Justice,” he said.“It makes no reference whatsoever to them being furnished to me.”“Rushed to judgement”Shatter said he was “very puzzled as to why Sean Guerin did not take the additional time necessary to properly complete his work and why he rushed to judgement”.He compared the time frame in which the report was put together to the Cooke Report, which had a much more narrow scope but a longer time frame.“[Guerin’s] Terms of Reference allowed him all the time he needed to properly complete his work. What was his hurry?” Shatter asked.He explained although a time-limit of eight weeks had been set, Guerin could have published the report “as soon as maybe thereafter” this deadline. Cooke used this mechanism, citing the time taken to analyse correspondence between GSOC and Verrimus.Shatter staunchly criticised Guerin for failing to review crucial documents, with, what the Senior Counsel describe himself as, “the care required”.“Failure”“With regard to GSOC, Mr Guerin partially explains his failure by attempting to minimise the importance of GSOC’s role and recounts that it became involved in a small number of the cases he reviewed,” he said.“This assertion is disingenuous,” Shatter said.For example, GSOC was central to determining complaints of Garda misconduct with regard to serious offences committed by Jerry McGrath, one of which involved an alleged catastrophic Garda failure which, if it had not occurred, may have resulted in McGrath being held in custody on the tragic day in December 2007 when he murdered Sylvia Roche Kelly. Read more on what Guerin said about McGrath here >The former Minister for Justice welcomed the findings of the Cooke report, but said that it raises “genuine concerns” whether GSOC has the capacity to carry out its statutory obligations.On GSOC’s failure to provide a statutory report on the alleged bugging until four days after the publication of the information in the Sunday Times, Shatter said this delay was as “the finding of ‘nothing’ in the public interest investigation was an embarrassment”.He described as “disturbing” that when GSOC appeared before an Oireachtas committee, “the GSOC Commissioners were so imprecise and unclear in their presentation as to fuel speculation that my first statement to the Dail was inaccurate in circumstances in which it was entirely based on their verbal and written briefing”.“No effective steps were taken by them to correct that perception,” he noted.Guerin recommended in his report that the allegations made by McCabe should now be the subject of a statutory inquiry.Shatter concluded his speech by outlining four areas he believes should be examined:All cases dealt with in Bailieboro Garda Station which have given rise to complaintShatter’s reaction to issues surrounding penalty points, as there is a clear connection to this and whether he took heed of McCabe’s complaintsAll of McCabe’s conversations and dealings with the Confidential ReceiptThe 19 hours of conversation between Guerin and McCabe. Shatter added that this should be made public.Originally published 3.57pmRead: So what was in the chapters of the Guerin Report that led to Alan Shatter resigning? >last_img read more