Sri Lanka Prez denies advocating UN resolutions on Kashmir

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday dismissed a claim by the Pakistan’s envoy in Colombo that he had advocated resolving the Kashmir issue under the UN resolutions. “The President gave a hearing to the (Pakistani) High Commissioner. He was told that it was the Sri Lankan policy to see this dispute resolved through regional cooperation as both countries do enjoy a high level of friendship,” the President’s Office said. It denied that the President had made such comments. Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Colombo Maj Gen Retd Dr Shahid Ahmad Hashmat on Wednesday met President Sirisena. A release issued by the Pakistan High Commission after their meeting said the President “acknowledged that J&K is a disputed territory & expressed his desire that this dispute should be runder UN Resolutions.” Agencieslast_img read more

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Indias golden girl

first_imgPV Sindhu scripted history as she became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating arch-rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided summit clash in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday. The Olympic silver-medallist Indian won 21-7, 21-7 in the final that lasted just 38 minutes. Two years after being robbed off the gold by Okuhara in an epic 110-minute final at Glasgow that was considered as one of the greatest battles in badminton history, Sindhu finally exorcised the ghost of that heart-wrenching loss with a completely dominating win over the same opponent.last_img read more

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Gord Downie to play Secret Path shows to honour Chanie Wenjack

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Gord Downie for promotional use / CD packaging LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie will play two concerts in support of his Secret Path project — a set of songs and a graphic novel honouring Chanie Wenjack.Tickets go on sale on Friday at gorddownie.com/shows.Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibway boy, died from hunger and exposure after trying to find his way home from a residential school near Kenora, Ont., fifty years ago.center_img Facebook Downie, who has terminal brain cancer, recently performed in several Canadian cities alongside the Hip, culminating in a nationally-broadcast concert in Kingston, Ont.“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story,” Downie said in a statement when the project was revealed. The Secret Path project includes 10 songs, and a graphic novel by award-winning author Jeff Lemire. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Governments argue while more children face risk

first_imgAPTN National NewsJordan’s Principle was named after Jordan River Anderson.Anderson was a five-year-old boy from the Norway House Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. He died in hospital while governments argued over who should pay his medical bills.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson finds out, governments continue to argue while more kids are at risk.On Friday, APTN InFocus will take a closer look at the issue.last_img

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Cannabis executive says producers unlikely to meet demands of consumer market

MONTREAL — An official with a large Canadian producer of medical cannabis is confident consumers will be adequately supplied come next July, but says production will need to be increased.“Right now, the existing capacity and what is already envisioned will not be sufficient to meet the needs of the adult consumer market,” Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Aurora Cannabis Inc., said in an interview Monday.He has urged other companies to ramp up their production ahead of next July 1, when recreational marijuana is expected to be legalized.“We need to expand our capacity right away simply to meet the demands of the rapidly growing medical cannabis system,” Battley said. “When the demand of the adult consumer system is layered on top of that, it’s a rush to build as much capacity as possible.”Battley made the comments on the same day that Aurora (TSX:ACB) began trading common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Alberta-based Aurora, one of several producers now listed on the TSX, is building what it describes as the world’s largest cannabis production facility at Edmonton International Airport.Battley said Canada has a well-developed and successful medical cannabis system.“This is a coming of age, not just for Aurora, but for the cannabis sector and what we’re seeing now is that Canada has established itself as the world leader in a brand new emerging industry that we are literally inventing in real time,” he said.Battley added that officials from around the world have been coming to his facility in Alberta to visit and to learn how Canada has been so successful both on the medical side and on the consumer side.“There’s something very big happening and it’s a global movement and it is being led out of Canada.”Jordan Sinclair, director of communications for Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), another major medical cannabis producer, agrees.“There’s no doubt that we already are …that Canada is the global leader in cannabis on the medical side certainly,” he said.“The demand doesn’t seem to be slowing down on the medical side of things and then with recreation, obviously that’s a massive market opportunity.”Sinclair pointed out that Canopy, whose headquarters are in a former Hershey chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, southwest of Ottawa, was first listed on the big board of the TSX in July 2016.“We’re very proud to have done that before anyone else in the country,” he added. “It does seem like now the pace is speeding up with other companies following in our footsteps (and) it signals that there is credibility across the sector.”On its website, Health Canada says there are 52 authorized licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes.Ontario has issued 29 licences, followed by British Columbia with 12. read more

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Three more Tamils charged in asylum case

Christhurajah’s wife, Mary Patrishiya, sat in the gallery with her brother and 13-month-old baby girl. A third man, Sathyapavan Aseervatham, faces the same charge, which carries a maximum $1 million fine and/or life imprisonment. Three more men, including two Canadians, have been charged with human smuggling, accused of organizing the ship that brought hundreds of Tamil asylum seekers to B.C. in 2010.Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam, both of Ontario, were indicted Monday of organizing illegal entry into Canada in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. They are expected to be brought to B.C. in the coming weeks to face charges. Two men — alleged ship owner Kunarobinson Christhurajah, 32, and Lesly Jana Emmanuel, who were aboard the vessel when it was intercepted by the Canadian navy — were charged in May.They appeared in Vancouver provincial court Tuesday for a bail hearing. The three new accused bring to six the total of people charged with allegedly organizing the voyage of the MV Sun Sea and the 492 Tamil passengers on-board between August 2009 in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand until it docked on August 13, 2010 in Esquimalt. Wearing red prison-issue uniforms, the two men stood in front of a judge, hands clasped, as a Tamil interpreter translated the proceedings.Details about the alleged roles of the six men in the operation were heard in court, but are under a publication ban.Christhurajah’s case was adjourned to a later date; he was taken back into custody. Emmanuel was denied bail. A sixth man — Sri Lankan national Thayakaran Markandu — is being extradited to Canada from France.Both Markandu and Christhurajah appeared on the radar of Thai police when they were arrested — along with Mahendran and Rajaratnam, two of the new accused — in a Bangkok apartment raid in June 2010, a month before the Sun Sea set sail from Thailand with its human cargo.Authorities found engine parts, sacks of food and other provisions they believed were going to be used for the sea voyage to Canada.The men were released after paying a 10,000 baht fine.Mahendran, a father of three, lives in Ajax, Ont. and runs a South Asian clothing shop in Toronto’s Tamil-Canadian community. Rajaratnam lives in Markham.According to the Immigration and Refugee Board, as of April 30, six out of the 492 passengers have been accepted as refugees, 19 have been issued deportation orders, and a family of five has abandoned its refugee claims. (The province) Having her husband arrested has been “very hard,” said a teary-eyed Patrishiya outside the courtroom.“He’s crying all the time,” she said. “We don’t have anybody here.”She said she and Christhurajah would like to stay in Canada because “there are a lot of problems” back home. read more

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Hundreds of Nigerian women had corrective surgery during UNs Fistula Fortnight

More than 500 women had corrective surgery for a debilitating injury suffered during childbirth and a dozen more surgeons were trained in its treatment during “Fistula Fortnight,” which ended at the weekend, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said. Lack of medical intervention during prolonged, obstructed labour damages the mother’s soft pelvic tissues and creates a hole, or fistula, in her bladder and/or rectum. The injury is usually fatal for the baby, while causing severe physical and emotional trauma to the mother, who may then suffer from incontinence, infections and nerve damage. In Nigeria between 400,000 and 800,000 women have the preventable, treatable condition, especially in the north, UNFPA said. “Women living with fistula put a human face on the necessity of having good maternal health care,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. “The ‘Fistula Fortnight’ has helped us address the tremendous backlog of patients and care for those in need. Together we can end fistula by strengthening maternal health systems.” In addition to treating 545 women, the two-week campaign trained another 16 doctors, mainly Nigerian, as well as nurses and social workers, at four renovated hospitals. The event is part of a UNFPA-led global “Campaign to End Fistula,” launched in 2003 and carried out with local organizations and mainly European donors. The Campaign in more than 35 countries in Africa, South Asia and the Arab States focuses on fistula prevention. It also treats the women who are affected and trains social workers in ways of helping survivors reintegrate successfully into their communities. Mustafa Lawal, one of the trainee surgeons at the fistula centre in Kebbi State, said the women who came in for treatment felt hopeless at first but changed to a positive attitude afterwards. “For 20 years I had been leaking,” said 60-year-old Aminatu Liman, who developed a fistula after three days of labour to deliver her third child, a stillborn son. She was treated on the second day of the Fortnight and was recovering well this week at a hospital in Sokoto. “I’m very happy all the inconvenience is gone,” she added. “I’m so grateful.” read more

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Forestry company Resolute launches ad campaign against Greenpeace ForestEthics

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products is fighting back against years of attacks on its forestry practices by launching a publicity campaign that counters what it says are inaccurate allegations from environmental groups Greenpeace and ForestEthics.Full page ads began to appear Friday in several Canadian newspapers.The Montreal-based company said it plans to spend “significant” sums on advertising in national and regional publications, direct mail, along with digital advertising and social media campaigns.“We are turning the tables in a way that no company has ever done before and we believe that we are doing it for a just and worthy cause,” vice-president Seth Kursman said in an interview.He said the campaign amplifies the support the company has received from forest community mayors, unions and First Nations who are concerned about jobs and their livelihoods.“So much is at stake here. It’s our way of life. It’s our livelihoods that are under attack. The future of communities are held in the balance,” Kursman added.Resolute (TSX:RFP) said it has lost millions of dollars in business after being subjected to unwarranted attacks, including that it has not fulfilled its pension obligations to employees, has harvested in non-permitted areas and ones that questioned the company’s certification status.Greenpeace spokesman Richard Brooks called Resolute’s campaign a waste of money and said it was validation that its efforts have succeeded in pressuring the company.“Rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars for full page ads and now probably more than $1 million in legal fees battling us out in the courts why not put that money into convening people together to have a discussion about solutions,” he said.Two years ago, Resolute launched a $7-million lawsuit against Greenpeace alleging defamation. The case was brought forth after Greenpeace accused it of building roads and cutting down trees in regions of Quebec the company had promised it wouldn’t touch, under an agreement on forest preservation and harvesting signed by environmental groups and Canada’s main forestry companies.Greenpeace later retracted allegations it had made about road-building, but Resolute accused the group of repeating those charges.Greenpeace later filed a statement of defence, saying its intention was never to harm the company but instead promote a vision of the boreal forest that includes Resolute and other companies playing an important role in a diversified forestry economy.Brooks said Resolute recently rejected Greenpeace’s offer of mediation to resolve the lawsuit and find common ground on the Boreal Forest.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. Forestry company Resolute launches ad campaign against Greenpeace, ForestEthics by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2015 1:56 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Security Council urges strengthened efforts to tackle small arms scourge

In a resolution adopted by a vote of 14 in favour, with Russia abstaining, the Council welcomed efforts that have been made to tackle this scourge, and urged the further strengthening of cooperation and information sharing to combat the problem. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council that, from bringing instability to the Sahel region of Africa to fuelling lawlessness in Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic, Iraq and the high seas, small arms have wreaked havoc on lives and nations as well as undermined development efforts. “Small arms are a source of crises, conflict and criminality,” he said at the outset of the meeting, chaired by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month. “The uncontrolled availability of guns and bullets threatens peace processes and fragile reconciliation efforts,” he noted. “It leads to a vast range of human rights violations, including killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence, enforced disappearances, torture and forced recruitment of children by armed groups“It exacerbates inter-community violence and organized crime. And it undermines our work for social justice, the rule of law and the Millennium Development Goals,” he added, referring to the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.“The world is over-armed and peace is underfunded.”The Secretary-General called on States to commit to building a safer, more secure world for all, and in particular to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty. Adopted by the General Assembly in April, the treaty regulates the international trade in conventional arms, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships. The “landmark” treaty obligates States to regulate international arms transfers, including prohibiting shipments to governments that fail to use them in conformity with the UN Charter, noted Mr. Ban. “The treaty will also help address weapons diversion from government stockpiles – a growing and disturbing source of arms for pirates, rebels and warlords.” The treaty, which needs 50 ratifications to enter into force, has so far been signed by 110 States and ratified by 7. Mr. Ban added that innovations such as weapon-tracking technologies and the personalization of firearms can help. “Arms embargoes are also vital,” he said. “Yet unscrupulous brokers are adept at evading such strictures.”In this context, he said the various monitoring groups of Security Council sanctions committees need more and better information.“Small arms remain a big concern,” Mr. Ban stated. “The challenge lies at the intersection of human rights, security, development, crime, international trade, public health and counter-terrorism… Member States, the UN system, regional organizations and civil society have made progress, but much remains to be done.”In addition to the ministers and representatives of the Council’s 15 members, the meeting also heard from Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who described small arms as the “weapons of choice” in conflicts. They deliberately target civilians and property and prolong conflicts and violate international humanitarian and human rights law, she stated. read more

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Social media users campaign for Gary Lineker to win Best TV Presenter

first_imgGary Lineker has won the backing of a social media campaign calling for him to win a national award after he attracted controversy over his pro-migrant comments.People are calling online for him to be named Best Presenter at the National Television Awards. The ceremony is sponsored by the Sun, which has published calls for him to be sacked by the BBC.As people questioned the ages of the child refugees coming into the country, the star wrote on Twitter: “The treatment by some towards these young refugees is hideously racist and utterly heartless. What’s happening to our country?”While some took offense at the idea of being labelled “racist”, others have begun to campaign for him to win the award. National Television Awards: your chance to vote for Gary Lineker (final category) https://t.co/B6hrr9UDD8— Chris Bertram (@crookedfootball) October 22, 2016 Messages asking for people to vote for Mr Lineker have been retweeted hundreds of times, making it more likely that he could win the award.Among those who have stood up for the presenter online is Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, who tweeted: “I admire @GaryLineker and @lilyallen for showing Britain at its best: compassionate, welcoming, and standing up to fear and division”.Lily Allen recently came under fire for apologising to a migrant in the Calais jungle on behalf of England.Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader, also voiced his support for Mr Lineker, writing: “The Sun should lay off @GaryLineker. Compassion and solidarity are great British values. Since when should people be sacked for them?”Mr Lineker has, however, asked his fans not to vote for him in the award. Please don’t. https://t.co/CY08j9DLTW— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 22, 2016 Never voted in National TV Awards before, but you can vote for @GaryLineker and it’s sponsored by @TheSun, so… 🙂 https://t.co/j2vpENd0Zw— Duncan Hothersall (@dhothersall) October 22, 2016center_img Responding to one person who asked for others to vote for him, the star said: “Please don’t”.The Match Of The Day host has continued to defend his comments on Twitter, writing: “Getting a bit of a spanking today, but things could be worse: Imagine, just for a second, being a refugee having to flee from your home”. 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. Vote for @GaryLineker in National Television Awards, final section, Best Presenter. Sponsored by The Sun. https://t.co/3ZJmkf35rX— J Courtenay Grimwood (@JonCG) October 22, 2016last_img read more

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Black Death burial pit found at site of medieval abbey in Lincolnshire

first_imgThe Black Death was one of the worst pandemics in human history. It devastated European populations from 1346 to 1353 and resulted in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people.The disease is documented to have reached Lincolnshire in the spring of 1349.The team said they sent teeth samples from the skeletons found at the Thornton Abbey site to McMaster University in Canada, where ancient DNA was successfully extracted from the tooth pulp. DNA test revealed the presence of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium responsible for the plague. The team said they sent teeth samples from the skeletons found at the Thornton Abbey site to McMaster University in Canada An “extremely rare” 14th century Black Death burial pit containing 48 skeletons, including 21 children, has been discovered at the site of a monastery hospital.The mass burial was been uncovered by a team from Sheffield University at Thornton Abbey, near Immingham, in North Lincolnshire.The presence of such a large burial site – which included both male and female adults as well as 27 children – suggests the community was overwhelmed by Black Death and left unable to cope with the number of people who died, they said. The Black Death was one of the worst pandemics in human historyCredit:University of Sheffield/PA The team said they sent teeth samples from the skeletons found at the Thornton Abbey site to McMaster University in CanadaCredit:University of Sheffield/PA The presence of such a large burial site – which includes both male and female adults as well as children – suggests the local community was overwhelmed by Black DeathCredit:University of Sheffield/PA Dr Hugh Willmott, Sheffield University’s Department of Archaeology, said: “Despite the fact it is now estimated that up to half the population of England perished during the Black Death, multiple graves associated with the event are extremely rare in this country, and it seems local communities continued to dispose of their loved ones in as ordinary a way as possible.”Dr Willmott said the only two previously identified 14th-century sites where Yersinia pestis has been identified are historically documented cemeteries in London, where the civic authorities were forced to open new emergency burial grounds to cope with the very large numbers of the urban dead. The Black Death was one of the worst pandemics in human history He said: “The finding of a previously unknown and completely unexpected mass burial dating to this period in a quiet corner of rural Lincolnshire is thus far unique, and sheds light into the real difficulties faced by a small community ill-prepared to face such a devastating threat.”Dr Diana Mahoney Swales, of the University of Sheffield’s Department for Lifelong Learning, who is leading the study of the bodies, said: “Once the skeletons return to the lab, we start properly learning who these people really are.”We do this by identifying whether they are male or female, children or adults. And then we start to investigate the diseases that they may have lived through, such as metabolic diseases like rickets and scurvy, which are degenerative diseases for the skeleton.”However, for diseases such as plague, which are lethal, we have to use ancient DNA analysis to investigate that further.” The presence of such a large burial site - which includes both male and female adults as well as children - suggests the local community was overwhelmed by Black Death 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.last_img read more

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Stantec continues growth acquiring Norwest

first_imgStantec has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Norwest Corp. With the addition of Norwest, Stantec’s Energy & Resources business operating unit will add a strong mining practice to the company’s portfolio in western Canada.Norwest, a 140-person energy and resources firm headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has offices in Vancouver, British Columbia; Denver and Trinidad, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Charleston, West Virginia.“We are excited to welcome Norwest to our Energy & Resources business at Stantec,” says President and CEO, Gord Johnston. “We are seeing positive momentum in this sector after a number of challenging years. Both firms were able to effectively manage business during the economic downturn, and we are looking forward to expanding Stantec’s geotechnical, geological, and mining work for our Energy & Resources clients across western Canada and the western US. Together, we will continue to work with our clients to find innovative, sustainable, and safe resource development opportunities.”Norwest has been involved with western Canadian energy and mining projects for over 35 years. The firm has a long-standing involvement with resource assessment, and mine development in Alberta’s mineable oil sands working closely with clients from early development stages through to operations, and reclamation. Norwest’s capabilities span the full project life cycle which includes drilling project management, oil sands geological deposit modelling, surface mine planning, hydrology, and geotechnical engineering. More recently, Norwest has shifted their focus to partnering with oil sands operators who require design and construction of compensation lakes, tailings dam design, and on-site geotechnical monitoring.“Norwest employees are looking forward to joining Stantec and combining our talents to support our clients and communities,” says Steve Cameron, President Norwest. “When we first explored becoming part of Stantec, it was clear that our professional work aligned, and our company’s values were very similar. We appreciate their continued commitment to our industry, and their desire to grow and diversify operations. We are confident that by joining Stantec our expertise, paired with Stantec’s resources, will provide a positive impact to both staff and clients.”With the addition of Norwest to Stantec’s current Energy & Resources operations, the mining sector in western Canada will grow to over 100 employees. In the Vancouver market, Norwest’s presence has assisted in the re-development of the northeast British Columbia coal mining sector, and new metal mine development projects. In the United States, Norwest has established itself as the leading coal mining consultant with expertise in resource and reserve assessments, mine planning, mineral processing, water management and permitting, and due diligence activities.Norwest has successfully supported a number of international mining projects in eastern Europe, South America and China, drawing on their leadership in geology, mining engineering, and tailings management from their North American offices.The Norwest acquisition is expected to close in Q2 2018.last_img read more

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Dublin homeless executive received over 200 reports about rough sleepers overnight

first_img Image: RollingNews.ie 6,875 Views Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 10:25 AM Image: RollingNews.ie By Michelle Hennessy Share102 Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/3876221 Dublin homeless executive received over 200 reports about rough sleepers overnight The Taoiseach said only a small number of people refused the offer of accommodation. Feb 28th 2018, 10:25 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE DUBLIN HOMELESS executive has said it had an “incredible response” from the public on its rough sleeper reporting system overnight.Members of the public had been asked to use the system, which can be found here, to alert the council’s service to homeless people who were sleeping on the streets during the snow storm.“We had over 220 overnight, but some of them are duplicates and a few for outside the Dublin region,” a spokesperson told TheJournal.ie, adding that the executive is “extremely grateful” for the reports.“This has enabled the Housing First outreach teams to locate and engage with people sleeping rough and work with them to access shelter and more importantly the teams have been able to engage with people who would not normally come into services,” they said.“We are asking the public to continue to use this invaluable link to help us get people into shelter during this extreme weather. Since we have implemented our contingency plans anyone that looked for emergency shelter has been accommodated.”Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy also spoke with RTÉ’s Ryan Tubridy about the “huge response” the executive had overnight.“Right now our focus this week is on making sure we can get people in and get them into safe warm accommodation,” he said.Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast earlier, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said fewer than a dozen people refused the offer of accomodation.The Peter McVerry Trust said it accommodated 81 people at a south inner city sports centre last night. Working with the homeless executive and other charities, it said three individuals in the city centre who were sleeping rough accepted supports but declined offers of accomodation.In Kildare, the council/Peter McVerry freephone number received 14 calls overnight from homeless individuals. One person needed advice and information and 13 people were accommodated within its services.The charity said gardaí assisted with transport for three people to its services late last night and one person was transported by the army at 2am last night from the Curragh area.Inner City Helping Homeless told TheJournal.ie that its walking teams assisted over 80 people overnight.Homelessness charity Depaul said it has put provisions in place to keep more than 200 emergency one night only beds open 24hrs a day during the severe weather forecast for this week.Brú Aimsir, Little Britain Street, Mount Brown and Blessington Street hostels will remain open 24 hrs until Sunday, 4 March.“One Night Only hostels are usually partial access, meaning service users, generally, have to leave the hostel at 10am and cannot regain access until 6pm, often with nowhere to go. It is vitally important that measures are put in place during extremely cold weather to prevent vulnerable homeless people from being put at risk,” the charity said this morning.Depaul management and staff have agreed to work additional shifts and put in place emergency plans ahead of the extreme weather warning so that as many people as possible can be kept inside and out of the dangerous weather conditions.Read: Live traffic and travel updates as the Beast from the East hit Ireland overnight> Short URL 15 Comments last_img read more

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Des animaux sauvages séchappent dune réserve dans lOhio

first_imgDes animaux sauvages s’échappent d’une réserve dans l’OhioDes dizaines d’animaux sauvages y compris de grands fauves comme des lions, tigres, ours et loups se sont échappés mardi d’une réserve privée. Les autorités ont été obligées d’abattre plusieurs d’entre eux.  C’est une véritable chasse à l’animal sauvage qui se déroule depuis mardi après-midi dans l’Ohio aux Etats-Unis. Ce jour-là, les autorités ont reçu des dizaines d’appels des habitants du comté de Muskingum qui signalaient que des bêtes étaient actuellement en maraude dans les rues. Et en effet, après vérification, il s’est avéré que des dizaines d’animaux s’étaient bel et bien échappées d’une réserve privée. Au total, ce sont pas moins de 56 animaux dont des grizzlis, des ours noirs, des loups et plusieurs espèces de félins, des lions, des tigres et des guépards qui se sont libérés des cages dans lesquelles ils étaient gardés pour causer la panique dans le comté. Des dizaines d’autres animaux, surtout des primates qui se trouvaient dans des installations couvertes, ne se sont toutefois pas échappés.Pour protéger les habitants, un cordon de sécurité a été établi autour de la réserve et les gens ont été priés de rester chez eux. De même, des écoles du secteur ont été fermées, a précisé le shérif du comté Matt Lutz tandis que les autorités partaient en chasse, forcées de tuer les animaux à bout portant. Mercredi, seuls six des animaux avaient été capturés vivants : un ours grizzly, trois léopards et deux singes. Un tigre “extrêmement agressif” a ainsi été abattu alors que “devenu fou”, il s’était mis à courir vers des bois avoisinants après avoir été touché par une seringue hypodermique, a expliqué le shérif.Le propriétaire a ouvert les cages avant de suicider À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuAu moins un animal a été percuté par un véhicule sur une route et le corps d’un singe blessé à également été retrouvé. Un autre singe était toujours porté disparu mercredi et a peut être été dévoré par un lion, a précisé le shérif. Parmi les animaux abattus, outre les dix-huit tigres du Bengale, figuraient deux loups, six ours bruns, deux ours grizzly, neuf lions, huit lionnes, un ours de montagne et un singe. D’après les éléments révélés par les autorités, le propriétaire du parc, âgé de 62 ans, a été retrouvé mort à proximité de plusieurs cages ouvertes. Il aurait en fait libéré les animaux puis se serait suicidé. Il venait d’être libéré de prison après avoir purgé une peine d’un an pour détention illégale d’armes. Néanmoins, il avait à plusieurs reprises payé des amendes pour avoir laissé ses animaux errer en liberté.Le 20 octobre 2011 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Broward County Public Schools announces partnership with watchdog app

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County Public Schools have announced their partnership with a watchdog app to increase school safety.Superintendent Robert Runcie hosted a Tuesday morning press conference regarding the county’s partnership with the Saferwatch app.Saferwatch, which has been available since the start of 2019, allows its users to report suspicious activity to law enforcement and the school district in real time.“Broward County Public Schools encourages everyone — as Ms. Alhadeff indicated — if you see something, or hear something, we absolutely want you to say something because the safety of our schools is a collective responsibility of our entire community,” Runcie said. “We can’t get this done alone.”Students and teachers can record or photograph non-emergency incidents as they happen on campus.The messages get sent back immediately to all emergency personnel connected to the app.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Pixel 3a series is coming to India same day of launch Flipkart

first_imgThe e-commerce website, Flipkart has teased the most anticipated and cheaper Pixel device from Google. The search giant is expected to launch a new Pixel series – Pixel 3a and 3a XL, on May 7 in San Francisco in PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) time zone. Now, Flipkart has confirmed that the new Pixel series is coming to India on the same day. So, the launch in India is scheduled for 8 May as the time difference with IST (Indian Standard Time) is almost 12 hours.The teaser page has quoted “Help is on the way. Something big is coming to the Pixel universe.” With the launch of the new Pixel 3a series, Google is going to foray into the mid-segment smartphone market. Recently, Google has admitted the pressure in the premium smartphone category and has revealed the sales of Pixel 3 is not as good as Pixel 2. Pixel 3a launch in India confirmedFlipkartPixel 3a is a lite version of the Pixel 3 and will get cheaper price tag than the flagship smartphone. A budget phone from Google can change the fate of Pixel phone series, which is performing very poor in terms of sales.Pixel 3a: What we know so farPixel 3a will sport a 5.6-inch FHD+ OLED screen with a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels, while Pixel 3a XL will feature a 6-inch FHD+ OLED display with a resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. As per the Geekbench listing, this cheaper Pixel device is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC, which will be coupled with 4 GB RAM. Ahead of its official debut, the smartphones have received Bluetooth SIG Certifications, which reveals that the devices will support Bluetooth 5.0. Google Pixel 3a’s design language is similar to the flagship Pixel 3, which was launched in October 2018.Evan Blass (@evleaks)/TwitterGoogle Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were leaked in official press render, divulging a design similar to the Pixel 3 phones. But the smartphone is likely to come with a plastic body instead of glass. Google Pixel 3a is also expected to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera and could be fuelled with 3,000mAh battery.Previously, a Pixel 3a with purple paint job was spotted online. It features a yellow button on the right side. Other than it, it is also rumoured that an Iris colour variant is also in the pipeline. As the launch date draws closer, more info will come about the upcoming Pixel series. So, stay tuned with us to get update swiftly. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:37Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Google Pixel 3 XL leaked photos hint at notch display, wired USB-C budscenter_img Closelast_img read more

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5 children among 8 injured in hospital ceiling collapse

first_imgA five-year-old boy is wounded critically after the plaster falls on his head. Photo: UNBEight people including five children were injured when the plaster ceiling of Noakhali 250-bed General Hospital collapsed on Wednesday morning.The incident took place around 6:20am in Unit 2 of No. 4 children ward of the hospital, said Humayun Kabir, senior station officer of Maizdi fire service and civil defence.A fire service team went to the hospital and conducted a rescue operation with the assistance of the hospital authorities.None of children was seriously wounded.Fariduddin Ahmed, assistant director of the hospital, blamed the building’s dilapidated condition for ceiling collapse.last_img read more

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WATCH 42 States Havent Upgraded Their Election Equipment In Over A Decade

first_imgSen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., join Judy Woodruff to discuss their bipartisan effort to protect future elections, as well as President Trump’s call for Republicans to take over the Russia probe and the immigration negotiations. Sharelast_img

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After Texas High School Shooting A Community Grieves

first_imgBrendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images/Via NPRMemorial items hang on a tree near Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, a day after eight students and two teachers were killed when a 17-year-old classmate allegedly opened fire at the school.In Texas, students are returning to Santa Fe High School to gather their belongings, a day after a shooting that killed 10 people and injured 13 others.One by one, police escorted the students back into the classrooms they fled when the shooting started. Some returned to pick up their cars.Republican Congressman Randy Weber, whose district includes Santa Fe, told reporters the shooting was the second tragedy this small community has experienced in less than a year.“We had Hurricane Harvey end of last August, and now this,” Weber said with a sigh. “We will pull together, we will grieve together, we will love one another, we’ll work together.”School district officials said students and staff will need support as they process their emotions from the tragedy. They asked for prayers, and for the public to give the victims and their families privacy as they mourn.Officials said they couldn’t discuss the ongoing investigation into the shooting, but Santa Fe I.S.D. (Independent School District) Police Chief Walter Braun recounted how two officers engaged the suspected shooter “right away.”“Our officers went in there and did what they could,” he said. “They did what they’re trained for and went in immediately.”Braun said his officers have been “resilient” throughout the ordeal. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet, as to allowing the emotions to take control,” he said.Santa Fe Independent School District says all schools will be closed through at least Tuesday. Meanwhile, part of Santa Fe High School remains off-limits because of the investigation. The American Red Cross has set up a local crisis center for families and students that need emotional help, food and other services. Sharelast_img read more

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Katherine Heigl vacations in Mexico with family calls it heaven says she

first_imgCabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur — Hollywood’s famous Katherine Heigl along with her family recently vacationed in Mexico calling it “heaven” and saying she “may never leave”.The ex-Greys Anatomy actress shared a lot of her Mexican vacation on social media, saying it was her first family vacation in two years.“First family vacation in two years…man am I grateful to be here,” she captioned an Instagram slideshow where she shared photos of her family time in Utah followed by the epic ocean views in Mexico.Her photos include each member of her immediate family including Naleigh, 9, Adalaide, 5, and Joshua Jr., 1, alongside her 15-year-old niece, Madison, who lives with Heigl full-time.Heigl shared even more beautiful snapshots of her family in other online images including her jumping for joy in a bright red bikini.“#thoseheavenlydays are plentiful in this extraordinarily beautiful, peaceful serene spot in Mexico. I may never leave…” she captioned the photos.Heigl wasn’t the only one showing off photos on social media. Her husband, singer Josh Kelly, also shared some photos of the family’s behind-the-scenes fun including a coastal bike ride, saying “Mexico fantastico #mexico this place is like a reset button.”The couple’s social media feeds truly are a love letter to their vacation time in Mexico with photos of pool-frolicking, beach trips and bike rides. Kelley remarked that he was so inspired by their trip that he’s working on a new video for several of his more recent songs.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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