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Top stories: A monster black hole, how to prevent allergies, and naming animals

first_imgThis week’s quiz: How well do you know science’s most famous animals? Test your knowledge!Common ingredient in packaged food may trigger inflammatory diseaseHere’s another reason to avoid packaged foods—the ingredients that make them stable may promote chronic inflammatory diseases. 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Eat peanuts. A new study finds that eating peanuts slashes the chance of developing a peanut allergy, at least in kids at high risk of developing one. The findings support a long-standing theory that ingesting potential food allergens can actually prevent allergies.Should research animals be named?Scientists once shied away from naming research animals. Now, except for rats and mice, most research animals have proper names. But is this practice good or bad for research? Have your say!Indian grad students take to streets over miserable payIndian postgraduate students have taken to the streets nationwide by the thousands over the past week to protest overdue hikes to government stipends. Unless demands are met soon, protest leaders promise to take more drastic action, such as a attempting a countrywide lab shutdown.Monster black hole born shortly after big bangAstronomers have discovered a monstrous black hole in a barely newborn galaxy, just 875 million years after the big bang. The monster is 3000 times the size of our Milky Way’s black hole, and to have grown so big so quickly, it must have been munching matter at close to the maximum physically possible rate for most of its life.Sound of mom’s voice boosts brain growth in premature babiesBabies born prematurely are more than twice as likely to have difficulty hearing and processing words than those carried to full-term. Now, an unusual study with 40 preemies suggests that recreating a womblike environment with recordings of a mother’s heartbeat and voice could potentially correct these deficits.DNA recovered from underwater British site may rewrite history of farming in EuropeA new study of ancient DNA from a now submerged hunter-gatherer camp off the British coast suggests that wheat made its way to the far edge of Western Europe 2000 years before farming was thought to have taken hold in Britain. In fact, hunter-gatherers may have brought agricultural products to the British Isles by trading wheat and other grains with early farmers from the European mainland.last_img read more

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Two Indians Held in Guyana For Having Forged Canadian Visas

first_imgTwo Indian nationals were held after they were allegedly found with forged Canadian visas onboard a Fly Jamaica Airlines flight parked at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana.Pakaj Kumar Patel, 24, and his wife Roshini Benn Patel, 32, denied before Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts that there was any intention for fraud when they had fake Canadian visas inserted in their Republic of India passports, iNews Guyana reported. They had told the customer service representative at the airport, when the incident transpired on Feb.22, that the visas were issued by the government of Canada.The attorney for defendants Adrian Thompson told the court that his clients had no intention of using forged documents. Following consultation with Magistrate Judy latchman, the charge was re-read to the two accused. They then pleaded guilty.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore’s account, the accused were staying with a family member in Guyana at Alberttown, Georgetown, where they spent a month. They then attempted to leave for Canada from Cheddi Jagan airport where they were de-boarded from their flight. Both the accused are business owners.They were taken to Criminal Investigation Department where they were told that forged visas were an offence and that they would be charged. They were both fined $100,000, failing which they would be put behind bars for 12 months.India was the worst offender when it came to entering Canada with fraudulent documents in 2016, according to an earlier report in Global News. The Canada Border Services Agency seized 415 fraudulent passports and visas in the year 2016, of which 81 were Indian. The agency presented this information in front of House of Commons in April last year.When asked why India dominated the number, CBSA spokesperson Nicholas Dorion said: “It is not a practice of the CBSA to speculate on reasons why one passport is more commonly used fraudulently versus another.”Earlier this month, three people were arrested at Doha International Airport while boarding a plane on the way to Montreal, Canada, on fake passport and visa documents, the Times of India had earlier reported. Related ItemsCanadaGuyanalast_img read more

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Farmers take to the streets over paddy procurement in Odisha

first_imgFarmers across western Odisha on Tuesday took to the streets protesting against sluggishness in paddy procurement in the current kharif season.The State government also faced the heat as the Opposition parties had picked holes in the procurement process during a discussion in the Assembly.Hundreds of farmers protested by offloading their paddy stocks in front of the houses of four MLAs in Sambalpur and they also laid siege to the office of the Collector at Bargarh. They threatened not to participate in the procurement if the present system was not withdrawn.Farmers are against the ‘token’ system. “Though we had started harvesting of paddy weeks ago, we were unable to sell our paddy. The State government has introduced centralised token system. But tokens were not issued in advance triggering delay in procurement,” said Prasant Pradhan, a farmer.The farmers demanded that the government must revert to the earlier system and expedite procurement as soon as possible.“The State-level committee had decided to start paddy procurement from November 15 and the same decision was taken at the district level. We fail to understand why token was not issued beforehand,” said Narasingha Mishra, Congress Legislature Party leader.Jaynarayan Mishra, BJP MLA of Sambalpur, also took a dig at the government for defending the token system saying farmers were facing a lot of difficulties in selling their paddy.Food Supply and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain said earlier Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) were generating tokens, which was not a transparent system and some farmers were preferred to others.“The new token system allows small and marginal farmers to bring paddy for sale since tokens are issued in a transparent way. Hence, the system will not be dominated by big farmers,” said Mr. Swain.He defended the system saying traders cannot enter the system as the experience shows that some PACS first try to favour traders while genuine farmers wait for days to sell their paddy.The procurement started in seven western Odisha districts and 26,543 tokens were issued to 21,372 farmers.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka should have been patient against R Ashwin: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgSri Lanka paid the price for not respecting star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the three-match T20 International series against India, reckoned former India captain Sourav Ganguly.After losing the opening match in Pune, the hosts came back strongly with comprehensive victories in Ranchi and Vizag. Ashwin picked nine wickets, including his best haul of 4/8 last night and was named man-of-the-series. (Here’s why Sri Lanka were crushed by India )Ganguly said Sri Lanka should have realised Ashwin was India’s main bowler and they needed to be patient against him.”Ashwin is a seasoned campaigner; he has the IPL experience behind him,” Ganguly told Sports Today. (Shikhar Dhawan promises to fire at ICC World Twenty20 )”He bowled a lot for Chennai Super Kings in the first six overs. His biggest advantage is he has got a lot of variations. He can bowl the off-spinners and the carrom ball.”If the wicket helps Ashwin, batting becomes difficult for the opposition.  Sri Lanka did not understand this yesterday. He was India’s main bowler. The game was over in the first 3 overs. If they had been patient, they would have survived.”Ashwin snared two wickets in the opening over of the final match and Sri Lanka had lost half their side by the time the Powerplay overs finished. India chased down the modest 83-run target with nine wickets in hand.Ganguly also heaped praise on India’s new-look pace attack led by Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah. The Bengal legend said he would stick to these two even if Mohammed Shami regained complete fitness by the the time the ICC World Twenty20 started.advertisement”India’s seamers are doing a great job. The reason they won in Australia was because Bumrah and Nehra bowled so well.”They were not available in the ODI series, but once they were included for the T20s, the attack looked different.”I would actually pick Bumrah and Nehra ahead of Shami when he comes back. I would not want to change the composition. This fast bowling attack looks complete now,” said Ganguly.Shami, who has not played international cricket since the World Cup semfinal almost a year ago, was the only surprise choice for the Asia Cup and World T20.last_img read more

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Laurent Blanc to leave PSG this week, says agent

first_imgCoach Laurent Blanc will leave Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain by the end of the week, despite signing a two-year contract extension in February, his agent Jean Pierre Bernes said on Monday.Under Blanc, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti in June 2013, PSG claimed their second successive domestic treble last season but went out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.”Before the end of the week, PSG and Laurent Blanc will be separated,” Bernes told French radio station Europe 1. “We’re in discussions with PSG directors and it’s being done in an excellent atmosphere from both sides.”Blanc’s future at PSG looked in doubt earlier this month when club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi described their season as a “failure”.last_img read more

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HANSON ANNOUNCES G-O-P BID FOR IOWA’S 4TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL SEAT

first_imgA Sioux City woman has announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for Iowa’s 4th District Congressional seat.Dr. Cyndi Hanson will challenge incumbent Steve King in a Republican primary.She says she has been considering the challenge for the past two years:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/HANSON.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……of our district. :27Hanson says congress has been too focused on hot butter issues like building a wall and federal health care, but has failed to solve them.She says she has a different perspective:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/HANSON3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………happy medium. :23Hanson has lived in Sioux City the last 15 years and has an extensive educational background:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/HANSON2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….prior to that. :14She made campaign stops Tuesday in Sioux City, Mason City and Ames.last_img read more

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Who’s in line to dethrone Ronaldo and Messi?

first_imgBallon D’Or Ballon d’Or: Who are the candidates to follow Ronaldo and Messi? Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 04:51 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(58) Kylian Mbappe Neymar Strasbourg PSG Ligue 1 Getty Ballon D’Or Ligue 1 Kylian Mbappé Neymar Eden Hazard Paulo Dybala Kevin De Bruyne PSG Chelsea Manchester City Juventus Serie A Premier Leaguelast_img

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9 days agoGiovanni van Bronckhorst lifts lid on Man City role

first_imgGiovanni van Bronckhorst lifts lid on Man City roleby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst has spoken of his role with Manchester City.Van Bronckhorst spent time at the City Football Academy after his departure leading to suggestions he could be involved in Pep Guardiola’s coaching setup.He revealed that a return to management is in the pipeline, hinting that his time at Man City may not last very long.”I am doing well,” he told Voetbal International.”I have been to Manchester a number of times and travel a lot.”I see new things, experience new things and continue to develop. For me, that is very beautiful at the moment.”Ultimately, I want to be a head coach again. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: England top table with big win over Afghanistan

first_imgOther Galleries 4 images Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh 4 images Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Mayank Agarwal hundred put India on top on Day 1Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: 2019 Cricket World CupPackagesWorld Cup 2019PhotoCricket World Cup 2019Buzztop-IndiaSportsSportsCricket World Cup 2019WC NewsGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Eoin Morgan’s 140 and Jonny Bairstow’s 90 helped England register a crushing 150-run win over Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Hosts climbed to the top spot of the points table with 8 points from 5 matches.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: England captain Eoin Morgan created a new world record on Tuesday as he became the first batsman in ODI history to hit 17 sixes in an innings in the ongoing match against Afghanistan during his 140-run innings.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Jofra Archer struck in his first over to remove Afghanistan opener Noor Ali Zadran on a duck. He dented Afghanistan’s chase with his fiery bowling.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Rashid Khan bowled the most expensive spell in World Cup as leaked 110 runs off 9 overs during England’s innings.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption:  Jonny Bairstow played a brilliant innings as he scored 90 off 99 balls. Bairstow missed out on a well deserved century against Afghanistan.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: World Cup 2019England vs AfghanistanEoin MorganJoe RootSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan’s 140 and Jonny Bairstow’s 90 helped England register a crushing 150-run win over Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Hosts climbed to the top spot of the points table with 8 points from 5 matches.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d0cbdf7521bd1561116151_1551492_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – 21:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjE4MDEwNjciLCIxNzkyNjIzIiwiMTIwODUyMSIsIjEyMDY1NTAiXSwiY2F0ZWdvcnkiOlsiMTIwODYxNSIsIjEyMDg2MTUiLCIxMjA4NjE1IiwiMTIwODYxNSIsIjEyMDg1NjEiLCIxMjA4NjE1IiwiMTIwODU2MSIsIjE4MDY2NjMiLCIxODA4MTI2IiwiMTgwNjY2MSJdfQ==770×433: Short Headline: World Cup 2019: England top table with big win over AfghanistanApp headline: World Cup 2019: England top table with big win over Afghanistan1200x675:last_img read more

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Persons Encouraged To Apply For Rural Hackney Carriage Licenses

first_img Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, is encouraging persons interested in operating rural hackney carriages to apply to the Transport Authority (TA) by the deadline of November 30. Story Highlights Addressing a consultation with transport operators on September 27, at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, the Minister noted that since the TA opened the system for rural areas on September 10, the agency has received some 2,000 applications. Encouraging persons to meet the deadline, after which there will be no extension, Mr. Montague said they should go to any office of the TA, and avoid persons claiming to be agents of the Authority. “The TA has no agents, so apply on your own,” the Minister urged. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, is encouraging persons interested in operating rural hackney carriages to apply to the Transport Authority (TA) by the deadline of November 30.Addressing a consultation with transport operators on September 27, at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, the Minister noted that since the TA opened the system for rural areas on September 10, the agency has received some 2,000 applications.Encouraging persons to meet the deadline, after which there will be no extension, Mr. Montague said they should go to any office of the TA, and avoid persons claiming to be agents of the Authority. “The TA has no agents, so apply on your own,” the Minister urged.Mr. Montague called on drivers and owners of public passenger vehicles to update their information on the TA database within two weeks of any change, noting that it is a breach of the law for operators not to provide the agency with   their telephone numbers and addresses.He also told the Authority’s inspectors not to engage in a vehicle chase of persons when they breach their operating licences, as they can serve warrants at the addresses of the operators.“Sometimes, in chasing drivers, you endanger the lives of others,” he told the audience.The forum was also addressed by representatives from Municipal Corporations, the National Works Agency (NWA), the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).last_img read more

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Maersk Unveils New Cargo Protection Solution

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Danish shipping giant Maersk is expanding its commercial offering with an extended liability solution, Value Protect, to help protect its customers’ cargo.The solution offers an alternative to cargo insurance, increasing the customers’ chance of receiving full compensation in case of cargo damage in transit, the company explained.Valid while the cargo is in the care and custody of Maersk, Value Protect covers cargo loss or damage in cases such as fire, accidents due to danger of the sea, theft, natural disasters, cyber incidents, cargo damages caused by delay and contributions in General Average, all of which would be excluded under the conventional terms for carriage.“We take care of every container we transport. Yet, some events might be outside of our control, such as extreme weather or perils of the sea that may result in cargo loss or damage,” Klaus Rud Sejling, Head of Logistics and Services at Maersk, said.“International conventions limit carriers’ liability and set potential pay-out limits. By purchasing Value Protect our customers will have peace of mind, so that even if an unpredictable event should happen, they can rest assured knowing their business is protected,” he continued.Marine cargo insurance protects cargo owners from the known risk of transports; however, roughly 30% of the cargo that moves on the ocean is uninsured.“We want to offer our customers smart end-to-end solutions, simplifying their supply chains,” Maia Parlagashvili, Global Insurance Product Manager at Maersk, said.Value Protect can act as a substitute or as supplement to regular cargo insurance. With no additional paperwork created, customers shipping with Maersk select a package that suits their needs best at a fixed price and will then be part of the customer’s standard shipping invoice.Maersk said that Value Protect can be purchased for commodities shipped in dry containers as well as for selected commodities shipped in reefer containers. The solution is already available in several countries across the globe and will be gradually rolled out worldwide over the coming six months.last_img read more

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Les NéoÉcossais réagissent bien à louragan Earl

first_img Salubrité des aliments : 902-424-1173 Municipalité régionale d’Halifax : 902-490-4000 Aliant (pour signaler une panne de téléphone) : 611 Croix-Rouge : 1-800-222-9597 Nova Scotia Power Inc., : 902-428-6004 Les Néo-Écossais doivent faire preuve de prudence à la plage, puisque des grands vents et une forte houle sont encore possibles. Toutes les plages provinciales, de même que les campings et les parcs d’utilisation diurne resteront fermés au public jusqu’à ce que nous ayons fini d’évaluer les dommages causés par la tempête. Le Parc faunique provincial Shubenacadie a rouvert ses portes à 9 heures ce matin. Un avis public concernant la réouverture d’autres installations sera affiché à l’adresse www.novascotiaparks.ca. Voici quelques numéros de téléphone d’organismes chargés des opérations de nettoyage et de suivi : Si vous êtes toujours sans électricité, les aliments périssables dans le frigo depuis le début de la panne, tels que les viandes, le poisson, la volaille, les produits laitiers, les légumes cuits, les pâtes alimentaires cuites, le riz cuit ou les aliments à base de protéines comme les oeufs ou le tofu, ne devraient probablement pas être consommés. Il est préférable de les jeter. Dans le cas des congélateurs, où la nourriture pourrait commencer à décongeler, vérifiez pour voir si les aliments doivent être placés dans un congélateur en état de marche ou consommés avant qu’ils ne soient complètement dégelés et qu’ils n’atteignent une température d’environ 4 C (40 F). Les fruits et les baies peuvent être recongelés. Les aliments partiellement décongelés peuvent être recongelés. Les viandes crues décongelées qui sont encore à 4 C (40 F) ou moins peuvent être cuites et consommées, ou recongelées si l’électricité a été rétablie chez vous. Si des aliments périssables restent à une température de 4 C (40 F) ou plus pendant plus de deux heures, il est préférable de les jeter.center_img Les efforts de nettoyage et de rétablissement des services à la suite de l’ouragan Earl avancent rapidement partout dans la province. Tous les services essentiels, comme les hôpitaux, les usines de traitement des eaux et autres services publics, ont maintenant de l’électricité. La plupart des débris ont été retirés des chemins et ces derniers sont ouverts à la circulation. Les gens devraient quand même continuer à conduire avec prudence et à faire preuve de vigilance près des arbres et des lignes électriques tombés au sol. « Je tiens à remercier tous nos partenaires qui ont uni leurs efforts et réagi si rapidement et si efficacement à l’ouragan Earl, de dire Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Je suis également très reconnaissante envers les Néo-Écossais pour s’être si bien préparés. Il est bon de voir les voisins qui s’entraident afin que tous se relèvent de la tempête. » Nova Scotia Power indique que le service a été rétabli pour plus de 75 p. 100 des clients sans électricité dans la région du centre de la Nouvelle-Écosse, y compris la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, et l’entreprise prévoit que l’essentiel du service sera rétabli partout dans la province aujourd’hui. Les gens qui vivent dans des régions éloignées ou qui ont subi des dommages plus importants devraient voir leur service rétabli d’ici demain. Les gens peuvent consulter l’état des pannes à l’adresse nspower.ca (nspower.ca/m pour les appareils mobiles), ou signaler des pannes en appelant Nova Scotia Power au 1-877-428-6004. La salubrité des aliments demeure une préoccupation lors d’une panne de courant qui dure plusieurs heures. Le ministère de l’Agriculture conseille aux gens d’être prudents avec la nourriture qui se trouve dans leurs réfrigérateurs ou leurs congélateurs. Les aliments se conservent généralement pendant plusieurs heures dans un réfrigérateur, sans électricité, particulièrement si la porte reste fermée. Les aliments dans un gros congélateur bien rempli peuvent se conserver sans problème de deux à trois jours. Pour des questions concernant la salubrité des aliments durant la fin de semaine, appelez le 902-424-1173. Voici des renseignements importants sur la salubrité des aliments :last_img read more

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Sydney Alcohol Gaming Office Closed

first_img —————————————————————The Sydney Alcohol and Gaming Office in the Nova Scotia Power Building, 235 Townsend St., is closed for the rest of today, Oct. 11, by flooding. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Sydney Alcohol, Gaming Office Closed For inquiries, call 1-877-565-0556, or access available online services at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr. -30-last_img

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Chiefs of Ontario call on Canada to do a hard reset on

first_img(Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald at the Assembly of First Nations forum on rights in Gatineau. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)APTN NewsOntario’s regional chief RoseAnne Archibald is calling on the federal government to reset negotiations aimed at producing legislation that would enshrine Indigenous rights into law.“The federal government continues to advance a deeply flawed engagement process concerning the Rights and Recognition Framework after significant resistance from not only Indigenous legal and cultural experts, but First Nations from across Canada,” said Archibald in a statement released Wednesday morning.Archibald and other chiefs are meeting in Gatineau, Que., across the river from Ottawa at a  forum hosted by the Assembly of First Nations forum called First Nations Rights, Title and Jurisdiction.Canada is currently working on the Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework.The Crown-Indigenous Relations ministry is hosting a number of negotiating tables to get input from Indigenous communities across the country.But many feel that the Trudeau government is taking a top down approach and any legislation should be drafted by communities themselves.Others believe the ultimate goal of the legislation is to extinguish Indigenous rights entirely.On Tuesday, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett spoke at the forum. The main subject of her speech was the framework where she tried to quell fears the government is aiming to write it alone and extinguish rights.The statement released by the Chiefs of Ontario acknowledged that on other issues “we have made positive forward movement with the federal government.” But that “it’s troubling that while they are listening, they aren’t hearing First Nation voices.”At an assembly in June where Archibald was elected regional chief, the chiefs also voted in favour of a resolution to reject the framework.“We continue to encourage like-minded First Nations to assert their sovereignty through their own nation to nation governance structure processes,” the statement said.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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1700 Saudi Nationals Were Alleged Victims of Online Blackmail by Moroccans…

Rabat – Nearly 1700 Saudi nationals were victims of alleged sextortion and cybercrime activities committed by Moroccan citizens in 2017, according to the Saudi newspaper Makkah.The newspaper said that Saudi nationals, including women, were victims of blackmail by Moroccan criminal bands operating in two unidentified cities. The alleged sextortion cases have, according to the paper, led to severe depression for eight of the Saudi nationals who fell victim to the blackmail. Some have had suicidal thoughts.The eight alleged Saudi citizens were saved from further pain and embarrassment owing to “the intervention of the Saudi embassy in Morocco and the Moroccan Directorate of the fight against cyber crimes,” added the newspaper.The embassy of Saudi Arabia in Morocco has reportedly received 420 blackmail complaints, while it has managed to handle some similar sensitive cases in a confidential manner at the request of the victims.The perpetrators often ask their victims of sums of money ranging from MAD 1,250 and MAD 7,500,000 depending on the financial situation of the victims, added the newspaper. The alleged cybercrime gangs track their victims on social networks to study their financial status, photos and activities before blackmailing them.The gang then contacts their male victims using fake female profiles on social media, utilizing third-party videos or anonymous online content to trap the victims. Once the victims perform acts of a sexual nature, the blackmailers record them while online and threaten to post these video clips or photos online. Facing potentially significant embarrassment, the victims are then pressured to pay the amounts of money demanded by harassers.In 2017, the Moroccan General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) announced several measures to counter e-crimes. The security bureau has reportedly received numerous complaints about sextortion and defamation on the internet and theft of credit cards.Al Massae reported in February 2017 that criminals usually target victims from Morocco and abroad by using fake profiles to trap individuals and people of different ages.Other cybercrime perpetrators operate on Facebook and other social media sites, claiming fraudulent employment and/or retail announcements which require victims to make payments and to submit credit card information.A British study in 2016 found that 30 percent of all global cases of online sextortion originated in Morocco, especially from the city of Oued Zem, which was labeled the “capital of sextortion.” read more

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Low interest rates and new cars draw buyers in September

DETROIT – Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month.Total U.S. sales rose 13 per cent from a year earlier to nearly 1.2 million. Analysts think sales could hit 14.3 million this year, up from 12.8 million last year.Low interest rates, aging vehicles that need replacement and appealing new models are fueling this year’s consistently strong sales, says Jessica Caldwell, an analyst for the Edmunds.com automotive website.“That’s a good combination to get people shopping again,” Caldwell says. “That’s really what sells cars.”Here’s why auto sales were strong in September:— FINANCING. Low-interest loans are easy to get again, now that banks have loosened lending. New car loans carried an average interest rate of 4.05 per cent in September, the second-lowest rate after December 2011, according to Edmunds.com, which started collecting data in 2002. People with good credit can get a 2-per cent rate from a bank or credit union.The cost of some models could fall further if automakers try to undercut each other in the small and midsize car markets, says Tom Libby, lead North American forecasting analyst for the Polk research firm.“You have these couple of segments where there’s brutal competition,” Libby says.— NEW MODELS. New vehicles always pique buyers’ interest, and there are a lot of them hitting the market now, including redesigned versions of big sellers like the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Escape. Sales this year have also gotten a boost as Toyota and Honda reentered the market after the Japanese earthquake in March 2011.Michael Silver, 67, was driving by a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Delray Beach, Fla., last month when he saw the newly redesigned 2013 E350. The retired principal fell in love with the styling and bought one on the spot after getting a good trade-in price for his Lexus.“September is usually the worst time to buy a car, because the new models are out and the deals aren’t good,” Silver says. “But I just fell in love with it.”— CONSUMER CONFIDENCE. Consumer confidence, one of the biggest factors influencing car-buying, jumped in September to the highest level since February. It was bolstered by a brighter outlook for overall business conditions and hiring.When people are more confident about the economy, they’re usually more willing to buy big-ticket items like cars.—AGING VEHICLES. Many Americans have to buy a new car because their old one is on its last legs. The average age of a car or truck on U.S. roads is approaching a record 11 years. Even people who buy new cars are keeping them for almost six years before getting rid of them, the longest time ever, Polk says.“They’re sick of looking at them,” says Jack Nerad, editorial director of Kelley Blue Book. “A lot of them just become undriveable.”Uncertainty about the economy is keeping sales from rising even faster. Some Americans are holding back on major purchases until they see how the budget battle shakes out in Washington, whether Europe can fix its economy and who wins the U.S. presidential election, says Jeff Schuster, senior vice-president of forecasting for LMC Automotive, an industry consulting firm.But car companies remain optimistic about the rest of this year and the first part of next year.“The positives outweigh the negatives,” says Kurt McNeil, vice-president of U.S. sales for GM. “We see continued slow, gradual growth for the entire industry and for us.”Auto sales peaked at 17 million in 2005 before hitting a 30-year low of 10.4 million during the recession in 2009This year’s strong sales could become a talking point in the presidential election. President Barack Obama often boasts on the campaign trail that the bailout of GM and Chrysler in 2009 helped save about 1 million jobs in the industry. Republican Mitt Romney has countered that the companies should have gone through bankruptcy with private funding and been allowed to recover with government-backed private loans.Detroit’s car companies have most of their factories in the Midwest, including Ohio, a key swing state.Record-high gas prices played a role in sales last month, shifting buyers from trucks to smaller cars. Sales rose 40 per cent or more for the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and other compacts. Gas prices have jumped 14 per cent since July 1, and hit $3.79 per gallon at the end of September, a record for that time of year. Small cars now make up 23 per cent up new-car sales, up from 21 per cent in July, according to Ford’s top U.S. sales analyst Erich Merkle.Toyota Motor Corp.’s sales rose 41.5 per cent and Honda Motor Co.’s were up 31 per cent in September compared with a year earlier, when their inventories were hurt by the earthquake. Honda sales of the Civic and Accord sedans rose 57 per cent. Nissan Motor Co., which recovered more quickly from the earthquake, says sales fell 1 per cent last month, partly because the company has just begun shipping its new Altima sedan to dealers.Detroit didn’t fare as well. Chrysler Group reported a 12 per cent increase, thanks to strong sales of the Dodge Avenger and the new Dodge Dart small car. But General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. sales were either up slightly or flat.Ford saw a slowdown in sales of the Fusion sedan as it began shipping a new model to dealerships. The Fusion normally makes up 12 per cent of the company’s monthly sales. Ford is also losing some customers who used to buy Ranger small pickups. Ford stopped selling the vehicle at the end of last year. Only about half of Ranger buyers are replacing their trucks with Ford products, Merkle says.At GM, car sales increased 29 per cent, led by the Chevy Cruze compact. Sales of the Sonic subcompact were five times higher than last year. But sales of the Chevy Silverado pickup, GM’s top-selling vehicle, fell almost 17 per cent. GM blamed a 55-per cent decrease in sales to rental companies as the company shifts between 2012 and 2013 models.Volkswagen AG sales rose 34 per cent, as sales of the Passat sedan nearly tripled over last year. Discounts helped. Auto buying site TrueCar.com says Volkswagen had the biggest increase in incentive spending of any automaker, up 29 per cent to an average of $2,462. Volkswagen is offering zero-per cent interest deals on the Passat through October.Hyundai Motor Co.’s sales climbed 15 per cent on strong demand for the Elantra small car, which was up 27 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Low interest rates and new cars draw buyers in September by News Staff Posted Oct 2, 2012 7:51 pm MDT read more

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London Low Emission Zone – SMMT responds to TFL consultation

In its submission to Transport for London, SMMT suggests the criteria should vary according to vehicle type. Eight years should be applied to heavy goods vehicles, 14 years for coaches (reducing to 13 years in 2010) while ten years should be used as the cut-off criteria for vans and light commercials. Nevertheless, SMMT, along with many other motoring organisations, questions the benefits of locally applied, low emission zones over wider international efforts to improve air quality. National air quality standards offer a cohesive and far better cost-benefit solution, by bringing incentives to operators that introduce vehicles meeting the most stringent new engine standards, regardless of location.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Vehicle age should be the criteria by which limits are set within the proposed London Low Emission Zone. The industry believes that this approach would present the easiest, most manageable and cost effective solution to implementation, an approach also supported by government. Benefits include: Practical with higher levels of compliance Far lower costs for TFL Lower costs to operators Minimising the effect on London business Promotion and incentives easier to understand for operators System can be applied to non-UK registered vehicles Tried and tested approach (Sweden) read more

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Detention and warrant for former Siemens executives

first_imgThe investigation into charges of bribery and money-laundering by German electronics giant Siemens to win a major telecommunications contract reached a crucial juncture last week when two former Siemen Hellas executives were remanded in custody and an international arrest warrant was issued for another.Former Siemens executives Prodromos Mavridis and Emmanouil Stavrianou were in custody following extensive questioning before the Special examining magistrate Nikos Zagorianos in Athens. Both Mavrides and Stavrianou have denied any wrongdoing in the 1997 case, in which prosecutors have also charged other former Siemens Greece staff over alleged bribes for contracts with the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE), the then state-controlled telecommunications group. Greek prosecutors also issued an international arrest warrant for former Siemens Hellas CEO Michalis Christoforakos who failed to appear appear before the investigating prosecutors to respond to the charges.His lawyer said that health reasons did not allow him to travel from Munich to Athens. He also submitted a petition seeking a few days’ extension for his appearing before the magistrate, given he had traveled to Munich for the German authorities’ investigation into the Siemens bribery scandal. A third Siemens executive Alexandros Athanassiadis was charged but released following the payment of a bond.The special examining magistrate Nikos Zagorianos is investigating several major contracts signed in 1997 between Siemens and OTE to install digital technology at the latter’s telephone substations.Christoforakos and Mavridis are alleged to have been behind the creation of a slush fund, which were used to bribe politicians and public officials to secure lucrative state contracts.The first seven defendants in the case gave deposition to the Special examining magistrate Nikos Zagorianos. They include six former high-ranking executives of Siemens Hellas, the German multinational’s subsidiary in Greece, and a former OTE top executive. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Twitter va bientôt censurer

first_imgTwitter va bientôt censurer ! Twitter vient d’annoncer qu’il allait mettre en place un système de censure des tweets. Mais, le site, soucieux de garder son image de moteur de la liberté d’expression, précise le faire en toute transparence… Mauvais temps pour la liberté d’expression, puisque même le réseau social Twitter s’y met. Avec ses un milliard de tweets tous les quatre jours, Twitter vient d’annoncer la mise en place d’un système de censure de ces derniers. Le site de micro-blogging devrait appliquer une modification de ses conditions d’utilisations, permettant de bloquer des tweets dans certains pays, en fonction de la législation en vigueur.En vertu des lois sur la liberté d’expression, elles ont bon dos, Twitter a annoncé “Nous nous autorisons à retirer rétroactivement du contenu pour les utilisateurs de certains pays, tout en le laissant disponible dans le reste du monde”. Les pays pourront faire leur marché librement. Twitter précise que les utilisateurs seront prévenus si un de leurs tweets est censuré.De cette manière, le réseau social espère de nouveau rentrer dans les bonnes grâces de pays comme la Chine, s’ouvrant ainsi à de nouvelles communautés, pour le moins peuplées. Et Twitter fait même coup double, en évitant les problèmes avec la justice, liés à la publication de propos dérangeants dans des pays comme la France ou l’Allemagne. Twitter gagne sur tous les plans en évitant des procès sans pour autant exercer une censure globale. Avec en plus, l’épée de Damoclès que le FBI fait peser sur les réseaux sociaux, Twitter prend ses précautions.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais cette mesure s’avérera-t-elle vraiment efficace ? En effet, les tweets censurés devraient être disponibles sur le site de Chilling Effects, selon le réseau social. Twitter souhaite de la transparence, d’où ce partenariat avec un organisme indépendant surveillant les contenus censurés.D’autant plus, qu’avec ce genre de mesure, Twitter ne pourra plus se targuer d’être le moteur de révolutions et l’espace de liberté par excellence. Le 30 janvier 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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