Trudeau makes apologies his dad wouldnt for historic injustices

first_imgOTTAWA – When it comes to politics, Justin Trudeau has demonstrated repeatedly that he’s not his father’s son — and he’ll do it again today when he offers an official apology for members of the military and federal public servants whose careers were destroyed due to their sexual orientation.Today’s apology marks the second time in a less than a week and the third time since becoming prime minister that Trudeau has apologized on behalf of the government for a historic injustice — something his father, Pierre, steadfastly refused to do.“Certainly, a number of people have highlighted, and I have this reflection as well, that my father might have had a different perspective on it than I do,” Trudeau acknowledged during a social policy conference Monday at the University of Toronto.Trudeau, a gregarious people-person, has remarked before on the difference between his approach to politics and that of his aloof, cerebral father. And he offered that as an explanation for their different approaches to attempting to right historic wrongs.“He came at it as an academic, as a constitutionalist. I come at it as a teacher, as someone who’s worked a lot in communities,” he said.Back in 1984, Pierre Trudeau rebuffed pressure to apologize and compensate Japanese Canadians who were interned and stripped of their property during the Second World War. He questioned how his government could apologize for an event 40 years earlier in which it had not been involved.“I do not think the purpose of a government is to right the past. It cannot rewrite history. It is our purpose to be just in our time,” he told the House of Commons.Moreover, once a government starts down that path, he warned there’d be no end of apologies and compensation demanded.“I’m not sure where we would stop in compensating. I know we’d have to go back a great length of time in our history and look at all the injustices.”His Conservative successor, Brian Mulroney, eventually apologized in 1988 for the internment of Japanese Canadians. But that didn’t exactly open the floodgates, as Trudeau senior had feared.Since then, there have been five more official apologies: for the execution of Canadian soldiers during the First World War, for the head tax imposed on Chinese immigrants, for the harm done to Indigenous Peoples from the residential school system, for turning away shipload of immigrants from India in 1914 and, last week, a separate apology for residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador, who were left out of the earlier apology.In addition to today’s recognition of the harm done by state-ordered discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Canadians, Trudeau has also signalled that he’ll apologize for the government’s decision in 1939 to turn away a ship full of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.“The apologies for things past are important to make sure that we actually understand and know and share and don’t repeat those mistakes,” he said Monday.“But apologies are also really important to be able to move forward in a healing way, that acknowledges the very real intergenerational impacts or impacts on an individual, around mental health, around self worth, around how you fit in to your community.”Like his enthusiasm for taking part in gay pride parades, Trudeau said today’s apology is important for LGBTQ Canadians who still face “so much discrimination.” But it’s also useful, he added to “remind everyone else that we do have to change mindsets.”Jordan Stanger-Ross, a University of Victoria historian who is heading up a national research project on the dispossession of Japanese Canadians’ property, suggests on this issue at least Trudeau has chosen a better approach than his intellectual father.In his work, Stanger-Ross said he’s seen the “long-lasting impact” that the push for redress and the ultimate apology had for Japanese Canadians.The apology “helped rebuild Japanese Canadians’ faith in the country as being a place that would respect their citizenship.” And the movement to compel the government to offer redress helped reconnect and unify Japanese Canadians as a community, after being forcibly dispersed during the 1940s.For other Canadians, Stanger-Ross said the apology raised public consciousness about the treatment of Japanese Canadians, an episode that continues to provide a useful reminder of what can happen when national security concerns are allowed to trump civil liberties.“These stories of the past animate our society today,” he said.If an apology is treated as “a call to action rather than a moment of closure,” he said, “then they can contribute to a Canadian society that deals more justly with both those historical questions and our own present challenges.”In addition to today’s apology, Trudeau’s government has agreed to compensate members of the military and public servants who were investigated, sanctioned and sometimes fired as part of the so-called “gay purge.” It is also introducing today legislation to expunge the criminal records of people convicted of consensual sexual activity with same-sex partners.last_img read more

MEP Seeks Signatures Against MoroccoEU Agriculture Agreement

Rabat – As the European Parliament prepares to deliver its final vote on the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement, some pro-Polisario forces from within the European body are again challenging the validity of the agreement.Paloma Lopez, a member of the European Parliament from Spain’s Izquierda Unida (United Left) Party and a vocal pro Polisario voice, is reportedly leading a “final battle” to “complicate” and question the legal foundations of the agriculture deal between Rabat and Brussels.According to some reports, the Spanish MP is seeking to mobilize support from other MEPs to stand in the way of “direct adoption” of the agreement when the EU Parliament meets in a week’s time to deliver on the issue. Challenging the “legitimacy” of Rabat-Brussels agreements in the agriculture and food sector has become a norm.Read Also: EU Parliament’s Budget Committee Approves EU-Morocco Fisheries DealIn February last year, the first blow to Morocco-EU deals came when Polisario’s lobbying efforts succeeded in creating a debate about the legitimacy of the Morocco-EU fisheries deal. The European Court of Justice ruled in favor of Polisario, but the EU Commission and Parliament sided with Rabat. That agreement was only renewed last summer, after months of discussions about the deal’s “political bases” and financial returns for both Rabat and Brussels.In a written note asking for support from MEPs to challenge the agriculture agreement, Lopez wrote, “The EU Commission’s trade department has adopted an agreement that includes the occupied territories of Western Sahara.” No more than a delaying tactic?Lopez explained in the letter that she was seeking to “collect the 76 signatures required for a resolution proposal.” If Lopez convinces as many as 76 MEPs, she will have license to ask for the ECJ’s legal opinion before the final vote, which will delay the agreement’s adoption timeframe.The agreement, which like a number of other Morocco-EU deals went through a cycle of controversies from pro-Polisario circles, was formally adopted on December 10 after the European Commission’s department of international trade voted to renew the deal. Back then, the crushing majority of the European body pointed to the advantages of the agreement for Europe, as well as Morocco’s “committed” and “strategic” alliance with the EU on an array of policy issues.Read Also:European Parliament’s INTA Adopts Morocco-EU Agriculture DealBut while Morocco-supporting MEPs have downplayed the “seriousness” of the recent challenge from Lopez and her cohort of like-minded MEPs, they are concerned about time constraints. However minor the challenge that Lopez’s actions pose to a deal “that is sure to pass the vote” of the Parliament, “it might disturb the general climate of the normal voting procedure,” according to sources from the European Parliament quoted by Moroccan outlet Le 360.The EU Parliament will convene on January 16 to deliver its final verdict on the adoption of the agreement. read more

EU to partner with Lanka to face challenges

The distribution worth Euro 108.000 (16 Million Rupees) included more than 50 laptops, 15 tablets, 75 phones and other office equipment. On its way to concluding the EU Election Observer Mission (EOM) to Sri Lanka which witnessed a well administered 2015 Parliamentary elections, the EU EOM on today distributed a wide variety of equipment to Sri Lankan civil society members.Accepting that civil society must be able to relay and receive information in an effective manner, not only during emergency operations but also in their day to day tasks, a diverse range of members were selected as recipients. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Libuse Soukupova Head of Development Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives said “the support that the European Union has provided to Sri Lanka in the context of elections has been manifold. From giving financial assistance of Euro 1.2 million for voter registration and domestic election observation, to sending international election observers and now finally to supporting distribution of equipment to civil society. The EU truly remains committed to supporting a healthy democracy and looks forward to partnering with the Sri Lankan government to address some of the challenges it faces”. (Colombo Gazette) These include organisations such as Women in Need, Centre for Human Rights and Development Studies, Mothers and Daughters of Lanka, Home for Human Rights, Women’s Political Academy, Right to Life Human Rights Center, Rights Now and INFORM among others. read more

New graduate program director announced for MA program

Susan TilleySusan Tilley is the new graduate program director of the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies program.Tilley, an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, will serve in the position beginning July 1. As graduate program director of the interdisciplinary program, she will report to the Dean of Social Sciences and the Dean of Graduate Studies.The MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies unites scholars from distinct academic disciplines to provide a breadth and diversity of perspectives. The program is made up of faculty from Child and Youth Studies, Communications, Popular Culture and Film, Community Health Sciences, Education, English Language and Literature, Geography, History, Labour Studies, Political Sciences, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Sociology, Visual Arts and Women’s Studies. read more

Cybersleuth offers to help cops nab Russian thieves who stole 12 billion

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 2:50 pm MDT Cybersleuth offers to help cops nab Russian thieves who stole 1.2 billion passwords LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The hackers are a tight knit group, ten or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs. But in their down time, the cybercriminals have spent the past seven months gathering a hoard of personal data, stealing 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to Alex Holden, Chief Information Security Officer for Hold Security, whose firm uncovered the breach.The Russian hackers had been collecting databases of personal information for years, but Holden told The Associated Press Wednesday that in April the group began deploying a new online attack technique that quickly shot from computer system to computer system as unwitting infected users visited random websites.“Their cache of stolen goods grew quite quickly,” said Holden, who has not revealed details about the websites that were breached or the names of other victims.A native of Kyiv who now lives in Milwaukee, Holden has conducted research that contributed to other exposures of major hacks, including a breach at Adobe that exposed tens of millions of customer records. He said he had been tracking the Russian criminals for seven months, but only was able to begin reviewing their massive cache of databases during the past few weeks. He timed his announcement to coincide with the annual Black Hat USA cybersecurity conference this week in Las Vegas, where it created quite a buzz.Brian Krebs, who investigates online cybercrime and blogs about it, said his phone and email were inundated while he was at the conference Wednesday with people asking about Holden’s announcement.“Alex isn’t keen on disclosing his methods, but I have seen his research and data firsthand and can say it’s definitely for real,” said Krebs. “Without spilling his secrets or methods, it is clear that he has a first-hand view on the day-to-day activities of some very active organized cybercrime networks and actors.”More than a day after his discovery was revealed in a New York Times report, Holden said he had not heard from any law enforcement agencies. He said he hopes investigators do contact him and added that his firm would be happy to co-operate.Chase Cunningham, lead threat intelligence agent for cloud security company Firehost, spent years tracking Russian crime syndicates with the FBI and the NSA. At Black Hat on Wednesday, he said Hold Security has “uncovered one of the largest caches of data ever seen.”To date, Hold Security says it has only seen the Russian hackers use the personal data to spam social media, for example, hijacking a Twitter account and posting a weight loss ad. And Holden said he’s only seen payments ranging from $200 to $1500 —although he’s unsure if that’s per person or for the entire group— for creating that spam.Cunningham said he expects the Russian criminals will do much more with their illicit collection, which could prove lucrative.“They can make money hand over fist with this,” he said.—-Follow Mendoza at https://twitter.com/mendozamartha read more

Environmental groups to premiers no oilsands growth in Canadian energy strategy

Environmental groups to premiers: no oilsands growth in Canadian energy strategy ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A dozen environmental groups across Canada say there should be no role for oilsands growth in a Canadian energy strategy.Canada’s premiers are meeting St. John’s, N.L., and an energy agreement is high on the agenda.The groups want a strategy that would halt oilsands development and the infrastructure that would support it, such as pipelines, oil train facilities and tankers.They also want the provinces to make clean energy infrastructure a higher priority than new oil and gas proposals.The notion of a Canadian energy strategy came about in 2012 under then-Alberta premier Alison Redford.A big component of that vision was improving market access for Alberta crude by building support for new pipeline infrastructure.“Approving tarsands pipelines like Energy East and Kinder Morgan, which is what this strategy appears to do, would lock in high carbon emissions and make it practically impossible for Canada to reach its climate reduction targets,” said Dale Marshall, national program manager with Environmental Defence.But Calgary energy company TransCanada criticized Marshall’s view.“If Mr. Marshall is against oil and petroleum products, then what is he willing to give up? Will he give up his cellphone, his laptop, his credit card?” TransCanada spokesman James Millar said in an email.“You can’t have it both ways: malign the oilsands and say we should stop development, while at the same time being only too happy to use the products made from oil that enhance our daily lives.”Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley has taken a different approach to pipelines than her Progressive Conservative predecessors. She has said she won’t advocate for TransCanada’s long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline in the United States or Enbridge’s contentious Northern Gateway proposal across British Columbia.But Notley has given qualified support to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion to the Vancouver area and TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline to New Brunswick.“This is the moment when Premier Notley should be signalling a new direction for Alberta that recognizes a strong national energy strategy must be informed by strong climate goals,” said Louise Comeau, executive director of Climate Action Network Canada.Notley and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard discussed Energy East ahead of the premier’s meeting. She said she’s hopeful Quebec will get behind Energy East as long as it meets the province’s environmental and economic requirements. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2015 7:43 am MDT Last Updated Jul 16, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, right, talks as Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod looks on at the summer meeting of Canada’s premiers in St. John’s on Thursday, July 16, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan read more

Haiti UN envoy hails unprecedented political progress as key step ahead of

“Dialogue as means of agreement is a victory for Haiti,” said Sandra Honoré, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), as she hailed as an “unprecedented step in Haitian political history,” the launch of a dialogue among the Executive, the Parliament and political parties to discuss democratic governance, elections and amendment of the Constitution. She told the Council that the resulting El Rancho Accord was formally signed on 14 March and stipulates that one election will be held this year, combining the long-delayed local, municipal and partial senatorial elections with those foreseen for the end of 2014, for a second third of the Senate, and the entire Chamber of Deputies. In addition, key provisions to be implemented within a ten-day timeframe are: amendment of the Electoral Law to confer the appropriate mandate upon the electoral council; replacement of up to one member of the electoral council by each of the three powers of the State; and a cabinet reshuffle to include individuals drawn from interested political parties. “The long-awaited adoption and promulgation of the Electoral Law in December 2013, along with the March 14th Accord emanating from the inter-Haitian dialogue, have prepared a path toward inclusive and transparent elections to be held later this year – a sine qua non for the continuous functioning of Parliament in January 2015,” she said. Ms. Honoré said it is now of critical importance that the provisions of the Accord, including the amendment of the Electoral Law, be implemented in a timely manner by the Haitian authorities. “To this end, MINUSTAH along with members of the international community represented in Haiti, are engaging Haiti’s key political actors,” she added. She went on to note that the overall security situation has remained relatively stable, including in the five departments vacated by MINUSTAH’s military component. She cautioned that when the capacity of the national police was put to severe test, operational support by MINUSTAH peacekeepers was necessary, and stressed that “the further strengthening of the Haitian national police remains critical.”As for the economic situation, Ms. Honoré said there is reason for “cautious optimism and renewed hope” because of Haiti’s economic growth rate last year of 4.3 per cent, which will provide the Government with an important building block for more sustainable and equitable development. While citing gains in post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation, she said the Government had a humanitarian imperative to close the remaining temporary camps and find durable housing solutions for those that had been displaced.“While the number of suspected cholera cases has been reduced significantly every year from 352,033 cases in 2011 to 58,608 cases in 2013, more needs to be done since Haiti still has the highest number of cholera cases in the world,” she continued, adding that delivering and sustaining better health requires an urgent, scaled up effort to combat the disease and address decades of under-investment in basic systems for safe water, hygiene, sanitation and healthcare. Ms. Honoré said that the UN system in Haiti has developed a two-year, $68 million initiative in support of the Government’ s 10-year National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera. In addition, the UN and the Haitian Government are finalizing the creation of a high-level committee that will oversee the coordinated implementation of the cholera response measures as contained in the National Plan. Finally, she emphasized that the gains made in the stabilization of Haiti should be preserved. She also underlined the importance for the Government of Haiti, with the support of MINUSTAH, to continue to make progress in the areas of police development, electoral capacity building, rule of law and human rights, and on key governance issues. read more

Growing number of horses bolting after being spooked by low flying drones

first_imgRiders have told how their horses have been spooked by drones, throwing them off or bolting and only being brought under control after a struggle.Joanna Jeans said she was lucky to avoid a serious accident when a drone came within yards of of the horses she and her husband Simon were untacking after a ride in the Mendip Hills last November.She told Horse & Hound: “Both horses went into full flight mode. Simon’s mare is very spooky, but luckily he managed to hang on to her.”Ms Jeans said the drone operator appeared to be indifferent. “He could have caused a serious accident, as well as killing one of our horses,” she said. “But he was completely deadpan. I don’t think he had any understanding of what he’d done.”The Government is currently drafting a new bill to allow police to order drone owners to ground their machines and force the owners to register their drones before being able to fly them.The BHS said it had lobbied for tougher legislation on the use of drones, with heavy penalties for owners who fly their machines near riders, above fields where horses are tethered and above stables.A BHS spokesman said: “Our members are increasingly concerned about the use of drones where they ride. FLying drones near horses can have consequences. Users should avoid flying over horses – in fields or ridden.”The CLA, which represents rural land and business owners, has joined the call for tougher rules.“An increase in recreational drones with cameras is a worry to farmers and landowners over privacy, potential for damage to property and the safety of people with livestock.“We will continue to push for change to the Civil Aviation Act, so users would need landowners permission to fly over their land.”Baroness Sugg, the aviation minister, said the new legislation would “strike a balance”, allowing the majority of users to carry on flying responsibly while still allowing drone technology to be used by businesses and public services.She added however: “If we are to realise the full potential of this incredibly exciting technology, we have to take steps to stop illegal use of these devices and address safety and privacy concerns.” Increasing numbers of riders are being thrown from their horses and suffering injuries after their steeds have been spooked by low flying dronesAround a dozen incidents of drone horse scares have been reported over the past year, but the actual figure is feared to be far higher – with many riders not reporting their experiences.The British Horse Society has now called for the law to be strengthened to allow police to clamp down on drone owners who fly them close to horses.The society has said the 11 incidents of drone scares reported to it between 2016 and 2017 is “just the tip of the iceberg” and that it has received numerous from members worried about the increased use of drones.Alex Hiscox, the BHS’ director of Safety, told The Telegraph: “We’ve received dozens of calls from concerned members, who are worried about the increase in drones.“Many drone users may not realise that they can frighten horses, causing them to quickly move away from what they perceive as a threat. This can cause them to run and injure themselves, or if they are being ridden, could result in serious injury of the horse and rider.“We are asking drone users to be mindful and not set off drones around horses. Avoid flying a drone near stables or bridleways. We have met with the Department of Transport to discuss this issue and will continue to raise awareness.” A drone being flown safely above Goodwood Motor Circuit in Sussex 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. A drone being flown safely above Goodwood Motor Circuit in SussexCredit:Christopher Pledger/The Telegraphlast_img read more

BBC antiques expert claims hes received death threats over support for UK

A BBC antiques expert claims he has received death threats for supporting a near-total ban on ivory sales in the UK.James Lewis, who has featured on Flog it, Bargain Hunt, and Cash in the Attic, helped politicians draw up new laws regarding ivory sales after he gave evidence advocating the move.The 45-year-old auctioneer claims his involvement has resulted in death threats from figures within the antique industry who fear toughened legislation could harm their careers.He said: “I got a couple of phone calls saying, ‘I don’t know why you’re worried about the elephants being shot, the way you’re going you’ll be next’. Then emails written in red. Nasty things.“I know a lot of antiques dealers don’t like it, but it (the ban) is needed.”Current rules state ivory cannot be sold if it less than 70 years old, but ‘worked’ or carved items before 1947 can be traded legally.The bill has its final reading in the House of Lords this month and could represent some of the tightest restrictions on ivory sales in the world. 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. Mr Lewis said: “When the new ivory ban was being drawn up here at Westminster, I showed politicians this little piece of ivory. It was offered to me at an antiques fair in London, and it was described as Japanese, about 1880. “I had it tested and it wasn’t that period at all. It was taken from an elephant killed much later than that. It could even be as late as 2005. “This proves that modern, poached ivory is for sale at our antiques fairs here in the UK.”Although Mr Lewis feels threatened by the menacing emails and calls, he said he had not reported any communications to police.He said: “There was no point. I didn’t see it as an immediate threat to my life.” read more

23 arrested one garda injured at Calvin Harris concert in Dublins O2

first_imgONE GARDA AND two O2 security staff were injured during a Calvin Harris concert at Dublin’s O2 venue last night.Gardaí said this morning that 23 concert-goers had been arrested at the event. Eighteen arrests were for public order offences, while three were for section 15 offences, which are related to the sale and supply of drugs. Two other arrests were for drug possession.One garda was injured and brought to hospital for treatment. Two security staff from the O2 were also injured during the event.Fianna Fáil’s local election candidate for the North Inner City, Brian Mohan, said that residents in the area had expressed concerns to him “about the concert going ahead and those concerns were ignored”.He said the incidents follow “a worrying new trend of anti-social behaviour after concerts in the areas surrounding the O2″.Mohan said that the O2 provides employment for the area and is “a positive force”, but the organisers and promoters of these events “are going to have to step up to the plate to address the security concerns for the local residents”.There were no arrests at the Andre Rieu concert at the O2 the night before last, gardaí said.Read: Phoenix Park: Shatter promises ‘developments’ in event security licensing>last_img read more

Teachers to be balloted for strike action next month

first_imgTeachers to be balloted for strike action next month The TUI says that big pay differences still occur between teachers hired before and after 2011. Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 1:07 PM https://jrnl.ie/4785476 Short URL We are not looking for preferential treatment for these teachers – we are simply looking for all teachers to be treated equally.“Needless to say, they are fully supported by longer-serving colleagues in this campaign for justice and equity, which remains TUI’s key priority.”The union is now calling for the elimination of the remaining differences in the early points of scale, payment of the HDip and Professional Master of Education allowance for those who started teaching since 2012 and commencement of recognition of the six-year unpaid training period. Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com POST PRIMARY TEACHERS will be balloted on whether to take industrial action as part of a “pay discrimination” campaign next month.The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) will ballot its 18,000 members from mid-September to early October on whether to renew its industrial action mandate.TUI members first voted to give the union a mandate for strike action in September 2017.The union’s president Seamus Lahart said progress has been made in its campaign to end pay discrimination but the process has yet to be completed.Lahart said that big pay differences still occur, in the early years of employment, between those hired before and after 2011.New secondary school teachers earn 10% less in the first 10 years of their career than they would have before the recession-era cutbacks were implemented.“This two-tier pay regime is a cynical, damaging, discrimination, resulting in situations where colleagues are paid at different rates for carrying out the same work,” he said. 99 Comments center_img 13,150 Views By Ceimin Burke Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com Aug 28th 2019, 1:07 PM Share10 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Nurturing Hellenic heritage

first_imgHellenism was felt at the Parliament of New South Wales last week at the opening of the Exhibition and Symposium Nurturing Hellenic Heritage The Australian Way. Presented by the 31st Greek Festival of Sydney and the Hellenic Lyceum, the exhibition Hellenic Heritage, from the collection of the Hellenic Lyceum, was attended by Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras, who joined the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, Kostas Tsiaras, and other Federal and State MPs who attended the event. The Hellenic Lyceum’s extensive collection of authentic costumes and jewellery was showcased, reflecting Hellenic heritage following the Greek War of Independence in 1821. A selection of costumes, jewellery and decorative art, with a large part of the collection over 100 years old, was exhibited along with a documentary about the history of the Hellenic Lyceum. From 7 to 25 March, the NSW Parliament also hosts the exhibition of artwork from 15 artists, who were invited to interpret and visually showcase the duality of Greek Australians, across different mediums, using their perspective as Australian born Greeks or Australians married to Greeks. Minister Nicholas Kotsiras invited the organisers to bring the exhibition to Melbourne. The exhibition Nurturing Hellenic Heritage The Australian Way held at the NSW Parliament House, will last till Monday 25 March. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.helleniclyceum.com.au. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

CONTROVERSY Senior Indian cricketer flouted family clause during World Cup under BCCI

first_imgThere seems to be no end to the controversy around Indian cricket, especially after their ouster from the World Cup following the semi-final loss to New Zealand. After reports of bickering in the side, reports suggesting that a senior member of the Indian team violated BCCI’s ‘family clause’ rules during the World Cup have now surfaced.The player in question had specifically requested for his wife to stay with him for more than the permissible period of 15 days but it was shot down by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which had laid down the rules. However, quite shockingly, it has now come to light that the player’s wife stayed with him for the entire seven-week duration of the tournament and that there was no communication with either the captain or the coach for her extended stay. Indian teamGetty ImagesThe Item 6 sub-clause G of the minutes of the CoA meeting which has been accessed by PTI says:Request from a player1. The COA discussed that one of the players from the Men’s Senior Team had made a request for permission for his wife to accompany him to the World Cup tour earlier than is otherwise permissible.2. The CoA was informed that the matter is being discussed with the concerned player and that it may not be advisable to grant the request.3. After some discussion, the CoA decided that it will not accede to the above request from the concerned player.A BCCI source privy to the development confirmed to PTI that such a violation had indeed taken place.  Virat KohliICC”Yes, the same player in question, who was categorically denied permission during May 3 meeting, violated the 15-day rule during the World Cup. The question that arises here is whether the player in question had sought permission about the extra duration of stay of his wife from the competent authorities — in this case the coach and the captain. The answer is a ‘No’,” the official said.This infringement has not yet been reported to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) but there are serious questions being raised about the role of administrative manager Sunil Subramaniam as this was his domain and brief and he did nothing to veto the arrangement. “What was Sunil Subramaniam doing? His job is not to monitor team’s training sessions. The coach, captain and other support staff are there to oversee the arrangement. Hopefully, the CoA will take cognisance of the matter and seek a report from the manager,” another senior BCCI official said.last_img read more

Mozammel granted bail

first_imgMozammel Haque ChowdhuryA Dhaka court on Tuesday granted bail to Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury in a case filed on charges of extortion, reports UNB.Metropolitan magistrate Md Mazharul Haque passed the order after hearing a bail petition filed by Mozammel’s lawyer Jotirmoy Barua.However, the Jatri Kalyan Samity leader cannot be released from jail as he is facing another case filed with Kafrul police station under the Explosive Substances Act.The investigation officer of the case earlier appealed to the court to show him arrested in the case while the court set 13 September to hear the matter.Earlier on 6 September, police arrested Mozammel from his Sanarpar house in Narayanganj in the extortion case filed with Mirpur model police station.Later in the day, a court placed him on a one-day remand after he was produced before it seeking a seven-day remand.last_img read more

A Hallowed Baltimore Prepares for Census

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROThe US Census Bureau released troubling population estimates for Baltimore City, Thursday.Figures gathered through July 1, 2018 reveal that Baltimore’s population now hovers just above 600,000 citizens. It is a low not seen since before the first Great Migration.Baltimore City, once a prosperous port and industry powerhouse, saw its population peak in the 1950s at nearly a million residents.Since then, White flight, followed by Black flight, have winnowed away the city’s body as crime and poverty increased and wealth vanished.A Baltimore population migrating to neighboring counties, limits what Baltimore can demand in terms of state and federal resources.“The government uses the Census to decide how to allocate over $400 billion in state and federal funds,” The Mayor’s Office said via press release before Catherine E. Pugh took a leave of absence. “For every person not counted in the 2020 Census, Baltimore will lose $1,800 per person per year. In FY16 alone, over $16 billion was budgeted throughout 53 Large Census-guided Programs across the state, with the majority of those funds going to Baltimore.”The final count is so critical, the city appealed the last census gaining just over hundred citizens.The official census begins April 2020. Before vacating her post, the mayor hoped for a 73 percent participation rate.““Essential to the success of Baltimore City is ensuring we receive all of the Federal resources we are due,” Then Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, said in the release. “The only way for us to achieve this goal is by having each and every Baltimorean participate in the 2020 Census and be counted. These Federal resources are critical to essential programs and initiatives, in Baltimore, that serve all citizens.”Efforts to staunch the flow of citizens out of the city have met with mixed results.Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake welcoming positioning to international immigration allowed for gains in new residents, but the city’s population remains in uninterrupted decline since 2015 according to the same census estimates.While the broader picture is grim, the city aims to make the most of the census upcoming with a plan that “outlines how and where Census outreach will be delivered, with a focus on our hard-to-count communities such as: children under the age of 5, low-English proficiency residents, homeless citizens, senior citizens, and Black males between the ages of 18 and 29 years-old,” the Mayor’s Office said.The Baltimore Complete Count Committee Action Plan, described as a “living document,” will be available for public comment through the end of April.last_img read more

Tech Workers Vow to Never Help Trump Build Muslim Registry

first_imgDecember 15, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read As tech company executives prepare to meet with President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday in New York City, many of their employees are pledging to resist something Trump has backed: a database of all Muslims in the US.Hundreds of software engineers, chief technology officers, web developers and others from Google, Apple, Microsoft and other companies signed a petition posted to the website neveragain.tech, in which they refused to lend their expertise to such a project.”We are choosing to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration’s proposed data collection policies,” the petition reads. “We refuse to build a database of people based on their Constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. We refuse to facilitate mass deportations of people the government believes to be undesirable.”In November 2015, Trump was asked if “we might need to register Muslims in some type of database, or note their religion on their ID.” He responded that “We’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely.”Shortly thereafter, Trump was asked on a rope line in Iowa whether he supported a database for Muslims. “I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump told NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard. “There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases.” When asked later for clarification, and how that plan differed from what the Germans did to the Jews during World War II, Trump largely ignored Hillyard’s question, saying only “you tell me.” Trump: “Would certainly implement” Muslim databases. And “you tell me” diff from Jews/Germa: https://t.co/2FM6wReY6e pic.twitter.com/l3UgsMvjlE— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) November 20, 2015 A month later, Trump called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” When asked about that during the second debate in October, Trump said “The Muslim ban is something that in some form has morphed into a extreme vetting from certain areas of the world,” but the Muslim ban press release remains on his campaign website.The signers of the petition, meanwhile, describe themselves as employees “whose jobs include managing or processing data about people,” and suggested a comparison between Trump’s plan to register Muslims and the Holocaust, Japanese internment and genocide in Rwanda and Turkey. Many tech companies were complicit in those atrocities, according to the petition, which cited IBM’s role in the Holocaust.Signers of the Never Again petition wrote that they would resign their jobs rather than be forced to work on a database. If “our organizations force us to engage in such misuse, we will resign from our positions rather than comply,” they wrote.Tech companies themselves have mostly remained silent on the issue of building a Muslim registry. Only Twitter has explicitly said it will not help, according to The Intercept.Despite Trump’s prolific use of Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey was not in attendance at today’s summit (maybe over emoji…).Today, however, the Trump transition team announced that Uber’s Travis Kalanick and Elon Musk have joined the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum. The 16-member group — which also includes IBM CEO Ginni Rommety and GM CEO Mary Barra — “will be called upon to meet with the President frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the President implements his economic agenda,” the Trump team said.  Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Technology | September 16, 2014 CivaTech Oncology Receives FDA Approval for CivaSheet Brachytherapy Device News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more September 16, 2014 — CivaTech Oncology announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance on its bioabsorbable planar radiation device. The implantable CivaSheet low-dose-rate (LDR) Palladium source is the only membrane-like brachytherapy device that is truly customizable to a specific patient’s condition and offers a unidirectional option to shield healthy tissue. The product was designed for use either during surgery or with standard, less invasive, implant devices.Brian J. Moran, M.D., medical director of Chicago Prostate Center, believes the CivaSheet “potential could be huge. It may offer advantages due to its size and directional radiation emissions.” The ability to customize directionality in a planar configuration will help radiation oncologists treat a variety of cancers such as soft tissue sarcoma, early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer, head and neck cancer, colorectal cancer, ocular melanoma and skin cancer.“We are very excited about the beneficial impact this can have for all of the patients whom are candidates for this new treatment option,” said CivaTech Oncology executive chairman and CEO Suzanne Babcock. “For the first time, radiation oncologists will have a configurable planar LDR array that is truly customizable to a specific patient’s condition, allowing clinicians to specify a tailor-made dose distribution that can be unidirectional or bidirectional.CivaSheet will be the first commercially available polymer encapsulated bioabsorbable brachytherapy device that has integrated radiation shielding, allowing broader applications where previously risk of harming healthy tissue was problematic. CivaSheet development was partially supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the North Carolina Biotech Center.For more information: www.civatechoncology.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more last_img read more

Costa Ricas Chinchilla welcomes Liberias Johnson Sirleaf in historic visit

first_imgCosta Rican President Laura Chinchilla and Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf met at the Costa Rican Art Museum in the La Sabana neighborhood of western San José on Monday to discuss future relations between the two countries, as well as international work on women’s rights, the environment and peace.Johnson Sirleaf talked about her visit with Liberian students at Costa Rica’s University for Peace, and then moved to praise for her host nation.“I’ve been impressed by the country, by what you’ve been able to do with the environment, by the high level of education, and by the peace,” Johnson said at a press conference on Monday, referring to Costa Rica.Chinchilla returned the praise, stating, “We have here a woman [Johnson] who has dedicated her life to public service, to many important things in her country and her continent.” The visit marked the first time heads of state from the two countries had met since the presidency of José Figueres Ferrer (1970-1974), according to Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry. The presidents said they hoped to establish a formal relationship between the two countries.The University for Peace, southwest of San José, also unveiled a bust of the Liberian president during her visit.In 2005, Johnson became the first elected woman head of state of Liberia and of any African country. In 2011, the Nobel Prize committee awarded her the Peace Prize with two other women.“Since her inauguration in 2006, she has contributed to securing peace in Liberia, to promoting economic and social development, and to strengthening the position of women,” the Nobel committee said in a statement.While Figueres disbanded the military in Costa Rica, the Liberian military overthrew the government of then-president William Tolbert in 1980 – killing Tolbert and the majority of his Cabinet. Johnson had worked as finance minister for Tolbert, according to her official biography. She eventually fled Liberia, working in Kenya, the Ivory Coast, and the United States. While in exile, Johnson ran for president in 1997 and came in second, losing to Charles Taylor. During that time, Liberia experienced two civil wars, with hundreds of thousands of casualties.Johnson returned to Liberia during the exile of Taylor in 2003, chairing the Governance Reform Commission, which aimed to clean up corruption in Liberia. She won the presidency in 2005 and was re-elected in 2011.Liberia, an English-speaking country, was founded by freed slaves from the U.S., who began returning to the region in the 1820s. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Slothy Sunday

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:The fastest sloth wins Another culinary trip around the world Gardeners of the forest: The tapir in Costa Rica A fun night at Bebedero: liquor, sex talk and more Goldie takes 2018 Sloth Ironman title, but all the animals at Toucan Rescue Ranch wincenter_img There is nothing better than a lazy – or should I say slothy – Sunday, enjoying some food in between naps.Check out our story about the 2018 Sloth Ironman Games:last_img

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first_imgNo, at 27 — the pick the Cardinals had after trading down from No. 20 — he has the Cardinals going with an offensive lineman who was actually taken 11th overall by the Tennessee Titans.27. ARIZONA CARDINALSPick:Deone Bucannon, Washington State, SDo-over:Taylor Lewan, Michigan, OTComment: Lewan has had some struggles in protection, but the Cardinals really needed a tackle before the 2014 season and Lewan has the potential to develop into a more consistent starter at either tackle spot in the future.At the time, Lewan was viewed as one of the best offensive linemen in the draft and the Cardinals certainly had a need at the position. Furthermore, if he had actually been available when they were originally on the clock at 20, it’s likely they would have made him the pick.Still, it seems odd that Bucannon was not even listed as a first-round pick, even when you consider how many non-first-round selections moved into the first 32 picks, thereby forcing some actual first-rounders into the second.However, regardless of how things go, chances are the Cardinals would be just fine picking Bucannon again if given the opportunity. It took less than two full NFL seasons for Deone Bucannon to emerge as one of the most versatile and important members of the Arizona Cardinals’ defense.A safety who plays linebacker, too, he leads the team in total tackles with 76 — 63 of which are solo — and also has two sacks.The Cardinals are certainly happy with the player, whom they chose 27th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Washington State. Yet, according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, if every team got a do-over for that year’s draft, Bucannon wouldn’t even be a first round pick. San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) is tackled in the end zone for a safety by Arizona Cardinals strong safety Deone Bucannon (20) and Kevin Minter, bottom, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more