Paul McCartney Calls For End To Animal Experiment Secrecy

first_imgThe National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has welcomed support from Sir Paul McCartney, who has joined the NAVS campaign to end secrecy in animal experiments in the UK.Sir Paul is joined by 24 fellow celebrities who have signed up to a statement urging the repeal of Section 24, the animal experiment ‘secrecy clause’ which is currently under review by the Government. Today is the final day for members of the public to have their say on legislation which currently cloaks animal experiments in secrecy.NAVS President Jan Creamer said: “The repeal of Section 24 is long overdue and a growing number of voices, including the Government themselves, agree that action must be taken. The situation as it stands is untenable. Please join the NAVS campaign to end animal experiment secrecy by responding to the Government’s public consultation before the end of today.”In addition to Sir Paul McCartney, the NAVS campaign to repeal Section 24 is supported by 24 celebrities, including Ricky Gervais, Paul O’Grady, Chris Packham, Joanna Lumley, Twiggy, Brian Blessed, Colin Baker, Annette Crosbie, Gemma Atkinson, Meg Mathews, Alexei Sayle, Sadie Frost, Benjamin Zephaniah, Eddie Izzard, Jenny Seagrove, Lynsey de Paul, Peter Egan, Julia Peasgood, Samantha Womack, Wendy Turner-Webster, Martin Shaw, Prunella Scales, Julian Clary and Ann Widdecombe.Over 4 million animals are experimented on in the UK each year, and the use of animals in research is an issue of considerable public concern. Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act – the legislation governing the use of animals in research – prevents details of animal experiments being revealed; to do so would be a criminal offence carrying a two year prison term, even with the researcher’s consent. The clause has constrained public debate and inhibited scientific and ethical scrutiny of the use of animals in research.The NAVS is campaigning for the repeal of Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, which shrouds animal experiments in secrecy and prevents proper public and scientific scrutiny. Repeal of Section 24 would not compromise health or safety, protection of confidential information or intellectual property, because the Freedom Of Information Act already provides for the protection of personal information and confidential information.Find out more here.last_img read more

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HBC withholding info in deceptivepricing probe Competition Commissioner says

first_imgTORONTO – The Commissioner of Competition has accused Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) of possibly withholding tens of thousands of documents in a case of alleged deceptive pricing practices, but the department store chain said the commissioner’s request is irrelevant and too broad.The commissioner filed a request to the Competition Tribunal to require HBC to produce documents related to its pricing practices of mattress and box spring sets, as well as other products from February 2015 until now.The request asked the tribunal to strike HBC’s response from the record should it fail to produce the documents within 10 days.HBC responded by asking the tribunal to dismiss the commissioner’s motion on the basis that the documents from the time frame are not relevant and the request for that many documents within 10 days is too broad, unreasonable and unrealistic.HBC said it would be a considerable burden to comply and the company has already spent more than US$425,000 to gather 37,000 documents from different dates for the commissioner.In February, the Competition Bureau accused the department store chain of misleading consumers over sleep set prices since at least March 2013 — a claim HBC disputes. The proceedings are ongoing.“We take compliance with all laws and regulations very seriously, and we believe our mattress pricing process is fair, competitive and in line with industry standards and the Competition Act,” HBC said in a statement.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Spotted in Several Pictures with Moroccans in Paris

Rabat – King Mohammed VI took pictures with several Moroccans in Paris during a stroll in the French capital on Thursday and Friday.The king appeared without his traditional protocol.On Thursday, the king took a picture next to a Moroccan man after discovering that he was a municipal sanitation worker engaged in keeping Paris clean. The next day, the king was spotted in two more pictures on Facebook. The first picture, taken around 5 p.m., depicted the king and two young Moroccan girls on Champs-Élysées Avenue, a street in the eighth arrondissement, or sector, of Paris known for its luxury shops, theatres, and annual military parade.“Thank God, the king is our caretaker” Ridwan, a man who commented on the photo, said. “To Moroccans, he is a merciful helper. His goodwill is ever present, he gives without limits, he is modest wherever he comes and goes, and he lives under the protection of his people with personality, power, and popularity.”In the second picture, taken by his majesty’s personal guard, the king is surrounded by four Moroccan women who currently live in Paris.The pictures confirm the safety of the King during his vacation to a variety of regions in France. He was rumored to have returned to Morocco on Thursday. Later, an official confirmed that the king was still in France, according to Hespress. read more

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Over 200 flights to be cancelled from JanApril at BIA

“We have a clear blueprint mapping our trajectory to become a leaner and more efficient operator, which is being achieved steadily, after years of loss-making operations. More than anything else, we are proud of the culture of transparency and accountability that has been instilled in the organization which in time will restore the reputation enjoyed by the airline in the first few decades of its establishment,” The Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines Suren Ratwatte said.When asked to comment on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the airline, Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, Ajith Dias, stated that the negotiation is being initiated by the Government which is negotiating with several prospective partners who have communicated their expressions of interest.He said the objective of the company is to focus on re-structuring the airline in order to ensure a framework for sustainability is in place for a PPP that the shareholder will enter into. (Colombo Gazette) Over 200 Srilankan Airlines flights will be cancelled from between January to April next year as a result of the maintenance work to be carried out at the airport.The Airline said that the cancellation of the flights will result in a USD 47 million loss for the National Airline. In a bold and informed step, the Airline, in conjunction with the relevant Government authorities, reversed a A350 aircraft deal which was signed in 2013. The Airline said that in the Financial Year ending 31st March 2016, the airline recorded a significantly improved performance compared to the previous year. “After careful consideration of a multitude of factors, including current and foreseeable future market conditions, the onset of fierce competition, the inherited adverse financial situation of the company, and the very high lease rentals of the A350 aircraft, it became clear that these aircraft could not be operated economically,” the Airline said.Although significant one-off costs had to be agreed to in order to terminate the contracts, it was recognized that inducting and operating these aircraft would not augur well for a sustainable bottom line going forward. read more

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Etsy Netflix rise DaVita Lennar fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Acacia Communications Inc., up $16.85 to $64.91.The company agreed to be acquired by Cisco Systems for $70 a share in cash.Lennar Corp., down 90 cents to $47.37.Rising bond yields, which can force interest rates higher on mortgages, weighed on homebuilder stocks.Piper Jaffray Cos., down 62 cents to $73.26.The company confirmed that it would purchase Sandler O’Neill for $485 million in cash and stock.DaVita Inc., down $2.96 to $52.55.The dialysis provider could be effected by reported plans by the Trump administration to overhaul the kidney care industry.Netflix Inc., up $3.77 to $379.93.The company said “Stranger Things” has been viewed more than any other film or series on Netflix in the first four days of release.PepsiCo Inc., down 82 cents to $131.74.The beverage maker beat profit and revenue forecast, but it has had to raise prices as customers move to smaller serving sizes.Etsy Inc., up $2.85 to $66.86.The online marketplace said it would introduce free shipping, which it said could result a “modest” increase to its full-year sales forecast.TreeHouse Foods Inc., up 72 cents to $56.85.The company said it would sell its snacks division to Atlas Holdings for $90 million.The Associated Press read more

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UN envoy heads to Uganda for talks on transit routes to Sudan

As the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) gears up for the eventual deployment of some 10,000 peacekeepers in the war-torn country, the top UN envoy there today heads to Uganda for talks with government officials on the possibility of opening transit routes and the pre-positioning of troops and equipment.Jan Pronk, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, will be in Kampala for day-long meetings with senior Ugandan officials discussing a range of issues, in particular UNMIS deployment of troops and equipment. For practical reasons, UNMIS troops and assets to be positioned in certain areas of southern Sudan will have to transit through neighbouring countries, particularly Uganda.A chief topic of Mr. Pronk’s discussions will be the opening of the Yei-Juba road, which is of strategic importance for all operations in southern Sudan – particularly humanitarian and relief work, as well as development projects.In late March, the Security Council voted unanimously to send 10,000 troops and more than 700 civilian police to southern Sudan for an initial period of six months to support the peace agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), which ended more than two decades of civil strife. read more

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UN agencies team up to tackle worsening sexual and reproductive health worldwide

“There is a really worrying rise in the number and severity of sexually transmitted infections (STI),” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Acting Director-General Anders Nordström said.“But the consequences of poor sexual and reproductive health go well beyond STIs. They lead directly to completely preventable illness and death. It is unacceptable today for a woman to die in childbirth, or for a person to become HIV positive for lack of information and resources.”Together with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), WHO has identified a number of priority areas for joint action, including a coordinated action plan for a global STI prevention and control Strategy, support to increase skilled health attendants in target countries, and plans to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health. The two agencies also call for the inclusion of sexual and reproductive health in national economic planning and training of country teams for planning and working together. They will coordinate work in addressing female genital mutilation/cutting; obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury; violence against women; and a pilot programme in two countries to introduce the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.“The key is to make practical plans in order to implement these strategies,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said. “We are faced with an urgent need to increase investment in sexual and reproductive health to ensure access to quality reproductive health services, including youth-friendly services, and to link HIV/AIDS and STI prevention with reproductive health services and vice versa.” Many of the estimated 340 million new annual cases bacterial STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea are untreated because of lack of access to services. In addition, millions of cases of viral infection, including HIV, occur every year. HPV infection is closely associated with cervical cancer, which is diagnosed in more than 490,000 women and causes 240,000 deaths every year. Around 8 million women who become pregnant each year suffer life-threatening complications as a result of sexually transmitted infections and poor sexual health. Annually, an estimated 529,000 women, almost all in developing countries, die during pregnancy and childbirth from largely preventable causes. Ms. Obaid noted that in developing countries and those in transition, an estimated 200 million women lack access to family planning, while in some cultures, 3 million girls and young women are subjected each year to genital mutilation/cutting which, in recent WHO studies, has been shown to significantly increase the risk of death and serious injury for newborn babies and their mothers. read more

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Flaherty moves to lessen taxpayer exposure to housing market in budget

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2013 7:00 pm MDT OTTAWA – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is still worried about debt in the over-valued housing market and is tightening the rules for banks to reduce taxpayer exposure.The budget said the government will restrict banks’ ability to insure conventional mortgages, those with over 20 per cent householder equity, to only those used in Canada Mortgage and Housing securitization programs.As well, it said it will prohibit the use of government-backed insurance — both on conventional and heavily leveraged mortgages — as collateral if they are not sponsored by CMHC.The budget explained that financial institutions significantly increased purchases of portfolio insurance on pools of mortgages during the financial crisis because they were useful for bank funding.The portfolio insurance is used to protect lenders against loan defaults.However, since the financial crisis, the budget said financial institutions have begun to use the bulk insurance for capital and liquidity management, something they were not intended for.“With the financial crisis well behind us, the government is amending the rules for portfolio insurance to increase market discipline in residential lending and reduce taxpayer exposure to the housing sector,” the budget states.The move potentially could increase interest rates indirectly for Canadians by increasing funding costs for the banks.The minister has voiced concern in the past about taxpayer exposure to mortgages and last year set a $600-billion ceiling on the total amount of insurance CMHC can have on its books.As well, the minister moved to tighten lending rules, and recently took credit for convincing Manulife to withdraw an offer to drop the posted five-year mortgage rate to a new low at 2.89 per cent, saying he wanted to avoid “a race to the bottom” in the mortgage wars.At the consumer level, Flaherty has moved four times in as many years to rein in borrowing, most recently last July when he reduced the amortization rate to 25 years from 30, effectively increasing the monthly payments on new mortgages.Analysts say the most recent changes follows along the same lines.“The announcement today is another step in what has been a fairly well-signalled direction,” said Terry Campbell, president of the Canadian Bankers Association. “We noted that the amendment announced today will be implemented gradually and that there will be consultation with stakeholders.”Flaherty’s concern with mortgages is that Canadians who enter the housing market when interest rates are at rock bottom will be unable to meet their commitments once rates start rising.Although the market has shown signs of softening, and even of a correction, household debt to disposable income continued to rise slightly in the last quarter of 2012 to 165 per cent, a new all-time high. Flaherty moves to lessen taxpayer exposure to housing market in budget read more

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New library leadership announced

Yates joined Brock in January 2013, after having worked at libraries at McMaster and Western universities. Jonathan Younker, left, will soon be Brock’s Interim University Librarian while Laurie Morrison will be the Interim Associate University Librarian, Collections and Liaison Services. Elizabeth Yates, not pictured, will be the Acting Head, Liaison Services. Provost Neil McCartney has announced a new interim leadership structure for the Brock University Library, which will be implemented this summer.Jonathan Younker will be appointed Interim University Librarian; Laurie Morrison is to become Interim Associate University Librarian, Collections and Liaison Services; and Elizabeth Yates will be the Acting Head, Liaison Services. The appointments are effective Aug. 1, on a term that runs until June 30, 2016. The changes are necessary as the current Interim University Librarian, Barbara McDonald, is leaving Brock at the end of July to take a position at University of Guelph.Younker has held several positions since first joining the Brock library in 2002, including four years as Electronic Services Librarian. He has been Acting Associate University Librarian since last July. Morrison came to Brock in 2006 from Mohawk College, and was appointed Head of Liaison Services in 2009. read more

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Commentary Ohio StateDuke game sets stage for basketball to outshine Tressels troubled

Move over, Jim Tressel. There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s got a full arsenal ready to go when his season rolls around. Coach Thad Matta and the Buckeye basketball team fell short of expectations last season, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t ready to shine next season. After it was announced Tuesday that Ohio State would play perennial college basketball powerhouse Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, one thing about next year has become clear: There is more excitement in Columbus for Buckeye basketball than for Buckeye football. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his Blue Devils will travel to Columbus on Nov. 29, just three days after Tressel’s Buckeyes (for now) take on Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. OSU and Duke entered the NCAA Tournament as No. 1 seeds two months ago, and both were upset in the Sweet 16. If the football team wins at Michigan next year, and the result isn’t an appearance in the inaugural Big Ten Championship, that familiar feeling of pride that comes along with beating the Wolverines will be all but forgotten by Tuesday night, as basketball jerseys and “Nuthouse” shirts replace the football garb that traditionally floods the OSU campus throughout the fall. And it won’t stop after next season. This could very well be the beginning of OSU’s football program taking a backseat to Matta’s budding basketball program. The timing is perfect. Look at the latest cover of ESPN The Magazine for example. Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas became common names on campus last season, as the trio of freshmen often dominated more experienced opponents and kept OSU at No. 1 in the NCAA rankings for most of the season. Sullinger started last year and Craft came in early every game, and Thomas could step into the starting lineup to replace former Buckeye David Lighty. The football program is without its biggest offensive threats, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and receiver DeVier Posey, for the first five games of the season. Pryor and Posey are two of five Buckeyes, also including offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, who are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Tressel also is suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for failing to report the players’ violations. If more wrongdoing by the football program is discovered, it could be the end of the road for Tressel at OSU. It just so happens that it could also be the beginning of Matta and the OSU basketball team becoming one of those perennial powerhouse basketball schools like Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils. What pushes fans to buy tickets to games and spend money on team apparel is a winning squad. If OSU’s football program is looking at stiffer penalties than the ones already placed on it, recruits will begin shying away and the talent the Buckeyes have been able to bring in during past years won’t be there anymore. That lack of talent will show in the win-loss column. On the other hand, if young high school basketball stars get used to seeing Matta and company on national TV, in big-time games year after year, even more Sullinger-like recruits will start coming in — regardless of whether they grew up 20 minutes east of Columbus, like Sullinger. The increased talent will show by the banners that go up at the Schottenstein Center. Columbus might not be ready to admit it yet, but it’s already starting to show on the national level: OSU is becoming a basketball school. read more

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Russians accused of murdering Ukraine rebel on British soil

first_imgHe added: “We are aware that Mr Alps has connections with a pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian movement.”Given that it is yet to be formally confirmed whether Mr Alps is alive or deceased, there is no concrete evidence at this stage linking his involvement with this movement to his car being found burnt out.”Forensic investigations will be completed later this week. 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. Russians murdered a man on British soil by torturing and burning him in his car, Ukrainian rebels have claimed.Mikus Alps, 33, was reported missing from his home in Guernsey last week. A shotgun and human remains were subsequently found in the Latvian’s burnt out car on the island’s south coast.He was said to have been a member of a volunteer brigade trying to expel Putin’s troops from the Crimea for the last two years.Andriy Gergert, commander of the eighth detached battalion of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army, wrote on Facebook: “He was tortured and burnt in the car he used for the military needs of the battalion.“The Sicilian Mafia is a kindergarten compared to the methods used by the Kremlin to achieve its imperialist goals. For them there is no difference whether they kill in eastern Ukraine or in centre of Europe. And they won’t stop.“I have no doubt that this was the Muscovites.”center_img Friends of Mr Alps said he regularly handed over used cars to Ukrainian volunteers and had been threatened for providing aid to a Ukrainian battalion in Donbass.Patrick Rice, Guernsey’s head of law enforcement, revealed that a “sombre and reflective” letter purporting to be from Mr Alps had been handed in to the station.last_img read more

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Exsoldier died from wasp sting while working as pest controller after suffering

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. Coroner Robert Turnbull recorded a verdict of misadventure. He told the hearing: “It’s a tragic outcome. He died as a result of anaphylactic shock. He was going about his business and died not anticipating this would happen.”Speaking after the inquest, his wife Barbara Darker said: “This was the last thing you thought would have happened, especially considering his background in the army.”Lee was not aware of any potential allergies he may have had.” A former soldier died from a wasp sting by after he took up a job as a pest controller without realising he was prone to an allergic reaction, an inquest heard.Lee Darker, 48, was pronounced dead shortly after he was attacked twice while removing a wasps’ nest from inside a garage at an army property in Catterick Garrison, North Yorks, on September 17 last year.Mr Darker suffered an allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. He was found slumped in the passenger seat of his van outside the property.His death came two weeks after he was stung eight times by a wasp during a separate call out which was treated with cream although he didn’t suffer from any symptoms.It’s not known whether he was wearing standard protective issue clothing at the time he was stung but was “meticulous” when following rules, an inquest heard.The 48-year-old, from Darlington, served in the Royal Lancers for 22 years before he left the army in 2010 and was employed by Mitie Pest Control in September 2017.A manager at the firm said Mr Darker stated he suffered from no allergies during a health screening before he was able to clear wasps’ nests. read more

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Nickel market outlook – firstquarter 2011 RBC Capital Markets predicts

first_imgAfter three straight years of declines, RBC forecasts a rebound in global nickel demand of 17.1% in 2010 followed by growth of 8.4% in 2011 and 9.5% in 2012. “China remains the main driver of nickel demand growth; however, demand outside of China has rebounded strongly in 2010 on the back of restocking. Demand growth for nickel in stainless steel has softened in the second half of 2010 on lower stainless steel production and a lower austenitic ratio, as producers place increased emphasis on ferric grades of stainless steel containing little or no nickel. We expect an improvement in nickel demand in stainless steel in 2011.“Global refined production decreased for a second year in a row in 2009 on the back of production curtailments, project delays and the Vale strikes. The resumption of production at Vale’s North American operations and the restart of idled capacity and strong nickel pig iron production at current high price levels, however, have resulted in a forecasted 7.4% rebound in production in 2010. We expect further growth in production of 10.4% in 2011 and 9.6% in 2012 as new projects begin to come on stream.“Our analysis suggests that inventories will remain well above the critical level throughout our forecast period. Our forecasted rebound in demand in 2010 and beyond looks likely to be matched by increases in supply, thereby leading to balanced markets and no significant drawdown in inventory.“The resumption of production at Vale’s Sudbury and Voisey’s Bay operations, combined with softness in global stainless steel demand have pushed the market into surplus in the second half of 2010 after a substantial deficit in the first half of the year. We expect increasing downward pressure on prices as a result. In 2011 and 2012, we expect prices to move toward the upper end of the cost curve to limit production increases and balance the market. We forecast an average price of $9.78/lb in 2010, $9.00/lb in 2011, $8.00/lb in 2012, $8.50/lb in 2013 and $8.50/lb in 2014. Our long-term price forecast is $7.50/lb in 2010 US dollars.Risks to ForecastInvestment Demand – Investment demand remains a key driver of commodity prices, thereby leaving prices vulnerable to increased volatility. The emergence of physical ETFs could have a positive influence on prices.Economic Growth – If sustained growth in the developed world is more muted, then the market could remain in surplus in 2011.China – Slower demand growth in response to government measures to cool economic growth or higher nickel pig iron production could lead to a larger surplus.Supply – Currently high nickel prices, if sustained, could lead to further production restarts and higher supply growth than we currently forecast.New Capacity – Delays or difficulties in bringing new projects (many of which rely on new technologies) on stream could result in tighter markets and higher prices than we are currently forecasting.last_img read more

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BIH Switzerland and Finland to EHF EURO 2016 Qualification stage

← Previous Story SWISS CUP: Sweden and Spain at the Final! Next Story → Spain win Swiss Cup! Men’s EHF EURO 2016 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland and Switzerland have booked their tickets for the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 Qualification stage. Three teams beat their rivals in the knock-out stage and became part of the Draw which will be held on April 11…Finland vs Romania 32:29 (15:13)First leg 30:32. Aggregate 62:61Bosnia Herzegovina vs Greece 27:22 (17:12)First leg 28:23. Aggregate 55:45Switzerland vs Estonia 31:32 (16:14)First leg  34:26. Aggregate 65:58 read more

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Man freed after car overturns at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport

first_imgA MAN HAS been freed from his car after it overturned at the entrance to Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport this morning.Members of Dublin Airport Fire Service, Dublin Fire Brigade and Dublin Airport Police were on the scene after the car overturned on the road leading into Terminal 1 at the airport at around 8.30am this morning.The driver of the car, reported to be in his 20s, was freed after emergency services spent over an hour trying to release him. He has since been been hospitalised with leg injuries.Witnesses said that as many as four emergency services vehicles were on the scene and that only one car was involved. The cause of the car overturning is not known.Dublin Airport Police maintained diversions while the man was being freed and the road has since been cleared with traffic returning to normal, a Dublin Airport Authority spokesperson confirmed.Pic: Anonymous WATCH: Smoke and fire training for Dublin Airport firefightersVIDEOS: A day in the life of the Dublin Airport Fire Servicelast_img read more

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TCI and Bahamas considering better early warning systems post Hurricane Joaquin

first_img Long Island fire extinguished Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Former PM And Deputy PM Christie and Davis Deep in Water Debt Related Items:early warning systems, hurricane joaquin, Long Island, perry christie, premier rufus ewing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Oct 2015 – As The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos continue to grapple with the fact that Hurricane Joaquin appeared to have caught both nations and their people off guard; the Premier spoke to the issue in that over the phone national report Saturday.“So it really requires the responsible entities on the ground, to be able to feel that information, feel what is going on and what is being experienced and match that with what they are getting from those agencies to make judgment decisions and judgment calls on what kind of advice they will give the public. It does not necessarily mean that we have to wait on watches and warnings to be posted in the Turks and Caicos to take action on to properly advise the public on whether it is impending high seas or rough seas or whether or not there is a lot of rainfall. That is the kind of advice persons in the public will be looking for…” Premier Ewing said he had been in touch with Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, and both leaders are now considering how to get better information on the storms and faster. “We were basically discussing the very same issue with regards to the timeliness of information from the meteorological office and the extent to which they are preparing themselves in the western Bahamas.”There has been no loss of life in nearby Bahamas according to officials and the country has seen tremendous efforts within its borders as donations are pouring in from all around the archipelago. These donations include items from water to household supplies to clothing and toiletries and even furniture. Government has lifted all landing fees at the airports of the islands impacted by the storm. Long Island is reporting that its fishing industry has been hard hit; most or nearly all fishing vessels were destroyed in Hurricane Joaquin.In many of the settlements there remains no communication.Turks and Caicos Islanders are desirous of getting involved in the giving as well; there has been no official word to Magnetic Media on that effort but we understand something is being organized. PM calls ‘sell out’ rumors a Lielast_img read more

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Policymakers benefit from expertise in addressing Climate Change

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews Recommended for youcenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 19, 2016 – Local policymakers are benefiting from the expertise of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to better understand the risks and implications of the weather-related phenomenon in order to more effectively mitigate its effects.  Set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the IPCC provides governments with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.In November, regional representatives of the IPCC journeyed to Jamaica to participate in activities to mark Climate Change Awareness Week from November 29 to December 3.  The activities, spearheaded by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, which is responsible for the climate-change portfolio, engaged IPCC representatives from Cuba, Suriname, Haiti and other members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).Focus was placed on raising awareness among policymakers and the scientific community from across the region about the IPCC’s role and activities, demonstrate how climate change is affecting the region, and highlight solutions to the challenges.  Activities included a media workshop and a two-day symposium at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Regional Headquarters at Mona.Head of Communications for the IPCC, Jonathan Lynn, in his address at the media workshop, explained that the entity was set up in response to the need to provide governments with advice and information on “what we know about climate change, what we know about the causes, its impact, the future risks and the possible options for dealing with it”.Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis as authors, contributors and reviewers.  The panel consists of climatologists, biologists, botanists, social scientists, economists, political scientists, and philosophers, among other experts.   “The IPCC is neutral.   Governments have asked us to tell them what is going on and this is what we do… . There may be a need for further research to clarify a particular problem, but we do not have a particular agenda that we are pushing but rather, just telling it like it is,” Mr. Lynn informed.“We do not conduct our own research, we do not do our own measurements of the climate or the weather, we do not produce our own climate models… . Our job is to assess the science that is out there, the science that is published,” he further clarified.  He argued that with the thousands of scientific publications on climate change released every year, it would be impossible for any one individual or government to interpret, understand or keep track of everything; therefore, the IPCC’s role is extremely important and critical.“So, the IPCC looks at the thousands of research and pulls it together and outlines where the scientific community agrees, where there are still some uncertainties, where there is a need for further research on the subject, and that gives governments a scientific foundation (so) that they can build their policies,” he pointed out.He explained that the IPCC’s main audience is not the general public, civil society or the media, but rather “government policymakers and the people who have to respond to climate change, those who need to know what are the hard sciences when they take decisions about building a road, or a city, or preparing to deal with disasters… . They need to have a firm basis of knowledge so that they can take some decisions”.Mr. Lynn said the IPCC’s findings are also used for international negotiations related to climate change, including the Paris Agreement that was reached in 2015.  The Paris Agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support for developing countries.   “There are no borders to climate change; it is a global phenomenon, so to deal with it, the world has to come together,” Mr. Lynn noted.“So when an IPCC report is produced it is incredibly powerful, because it reflects both the views of the scientific community and that of the policymakers and governments,” he said.  To communicate IPCC assessment findings and methodologies and to explain the way the organisation works, the IPCC organises various outreach activities and presentations at national and international meetings.It also works with the media to convey relevant and accurate information to the public on IPCC assessments and activities.  Lauding the efforts of the IPCC in the local activities, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Oral Khan, told JIS News that the entity’s   engagement was quite impactful.  “They shared with our policymakers, academic community, media, students and other interested persons the state of the science on climate change.  The information would confirm that the climate is indeed changing in a very significant way and, because of this, policies must be found to build our resilience in order to be spared the worst impacts of climate change,” he said.The Chief Technical Director noted that the intention is to enlist the participation of the local science and research community in climate research, and encourage regional participation.  The media workshop, he said, was aimed at fostering a better understanding of climate science, solutions to climate change and the IPCC process among members of that group.  “So we had a rich exchange of ideas, sharing of information, and at the end, the information will go out across the Caribbean,” he told JIS News.The IPCC is organised in three working groups and a task force, which are assisted by technical support units (TSUs).  Working Group I deals with the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II focuses on climate-change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; while Working Group III addresses mitigation.Participation in the IPCC is open to all member countries of the WMO and United Nations. 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Allegri delighted to see Dybala end his Serie A goal drought

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was happy to see Paulo Dybala cap off his strong performance with a great goal in Friday’s 3-0 win over Frosinone.The Argentine forward ended his 11-match league goal drought in the sixth minute of the game against Frosinone after firing into the top corner of the net from Cristiano Ronaldo’s pass.It was only Dybala’s third goal in his 21 Serie A appearances this season for Juventus.But, for Allegri, the 25-year-old’s performances have been as solid as ever despite the lack of goals to his name.“I’m happy for him,” said Allegri on the club website.“He had a great performance and scored a great goal. The attackers live for this. Juventus needs a player like him, who is good on the lines.“This year the development of the game makes him find less space to score, but he is continuing to play very well.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Defender Leonardo Bonucci scored 11 minutes after Dybala’s opener at the Allianz Stadium with Ronaldo capping off a strong display from Juventus by netting his 19th league goal of the season.The result marked the Bianconeri’s second 3-0 win in a row and Allegri confirmed that his squad are in good shape ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Spain for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.“Yes, we are in a good condition,” said Allegri.“Apart from the setback against Parma we are doing well, and we are at a particularly important moment. The team’s effort has been good and from the individuals.”He added: “Let’s go to Madrid to score. Obviously, it will be a different game, but we are fine.“Training? I still have some doubts, the important thing is that the challenge is approached with the right attention.”Juventus are now 14 points ahead of second-place Napoli, who will play Torino on Sunday, at the top of the Serie A table.TURIN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 15: Paulo Dybala of Juventus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Frosinone Calcio on February 15, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Hillcrest Town Councils PostPride Neighborhood CleanUp

first_imgHillcrest Town Council’s Post-Pride Neighborhood Clean-Up Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Elizabeth Alvarez July 16, 2018 Updated: 2:53 PMcenter_img Elizabeth Alvarez, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego’s annual Pride celebrations generally attract several hundred thousand attendees, which means lots of excitement, but also lots of trash. Thankfully, San Diegians come together after the event to keep our streets clean.Elizabeth Alvarez was live in Hillcrest Monday morning to talk about the Post-Pride Neighborhood Clean-Up.Each yeah following Pride, HTC and their volunteers work in teams to spruce up the neighborhood. All supplies and breakfast treats are provided to start the day and light appetizers will be served at Mo’s Bar and Grill following the clean-up. Posted: July 16, 2018last_img read more

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Radar Redesigns Plans Ratebase Hike

first_imgRadar is set to unveil a high-profile redesign this month.The magazine, now in its third iteration, spent four months working with Pentagram’s Luke Hayman, one of the industry’s renowned designers, on the new look. Editor Maer Roshan also hired celebrity photographer Terry Richardson to shoot Pamela Anderson for the July/August issue.Radar also announced plans to increase its rate base to 225,000 in 2009. The magazine increased its rate base from 150,000 to 200,000 this year, and is in the process of completing its first ABC Audit.The redesign follows the departure of a number of high-level staffers. Deputy editor Christopher Tennant, senior editor Tyler Gray; managing editor Leigh Ann Boutwell; president, Fred Poust; finance director Dwight Holovach and Web site general manager Michael Small have all left the magazine in recent weeks. (Roshan downplayed the exodus, telling the New York Observer “the timing is unfortunate, but that’s the nature of the business … Everything is more than O.K.” In May, Radar was nominated for a National Magazine Award for general excellence.last_img read more

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