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first_img(Photo: Former Liberal candidate Andre Forbes called Aboriginal people “featherheads”)APTN National NewsOTTAWA-Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has booted a Quebec candidate who founded a white supremacy group and called Aboriginal people “featherheads.”Ignatieff issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Andre Forbes would no longer be the candidate in Manicougan.“As soon as I was apprised of past comments made by the Liberal candidate in Manicouagan…I immediately asked my staff to inquire about their validity,” said Ignatieff, in a statement. “As a result, Mr. Forbes has been informed he is no longer a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada. Mr. Forbes’ comments have no place within the Liberal Party of Canada.”The NDP released a list of his quotes on Wednesday morning.Forbes questioned the work ethic of the Innu in an interview with Le Soleil in 2002.“We all know that Aboriginals will not keep their job,” he said.He also used a racist term to describe Aboriginal people.“Do you know how much a featherhead costs?” Forbes told L’actuality in 2004. “For you it’s 25 grand; for a prisoner 50 grand; for an Indian 100 grand.”Forbes also called the issue of Aboriginal rights “heinous politics.”Ignatieff was hit with the issue Wednesday morning and he told reporters during a campaign stop in Quebec that he would take “decisive action” on the matter.“The reported remarks of this candidate are utterly unacceptable…they do not reflect Liberal values,” said Ignatieff.Forbes was the founder and president of the Association for the Rights of Whites in Sept-Iles.This is the second time in recent days that a Quebec candidate’s disparaging remarks about Aboriginal people have landed their party leaders in controversy.Incumbent Bloc Quebecois candidate Yvon Levesque was forced to apologize after he told a Quebec news website that his NDP opponents Cree heritage would be a liability with voters in the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou.NDP candidate Romeo Saganash said Levesque should apologize to all Quebeckers for implying they were racist.Forbes is reportedly an active member of the group Metis Cote-Nord.last_img read more

first_imgBanda (UP): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Wednesday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “Pradhan Prachar Mantri” and accused the BJP of “wasting drinking water” to clean roads in Banda, an arid town in Uttar Pradesh’s Budelkhand region. Priyanka Gandhi’s comments drew a sharp reaction from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who said her statements show that the fear of defeat has gripped the Congress. The Congress’s attack on Modi and the BJP came a day ahead of the prime minister’s visit here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Water from tankers were being used to clean roads to “welcome our Pradhan Prachar Mantri (chief publicity minister)”, she claimed. This is happening at a time when “the entire Bundelkhand, the men and women living there, school going children, crops, birds and animals are facing the spectre of drought,” the Congress general secretary said. In a tweet, Priyanka Gandhi said, “Is he a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) or a ‘shahnshah’ (emperor) coming from Delhi.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The prime minister is schedule to address an election rally here on Thursday. Rebutting allegations, Adityanath said, “The fear of defeat has gripped the Congress so much that it can be proved from the fact that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has termed an 11 seconds of washing of keechad (mud), as the washing of an entire road.” In a tweet, he said, “The Congress is a factory of lies. Even after tendering an apology in the Supreme Court, these Congressmen are not mending their ways.’ His reference was to Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressing regret in the Supreme Court on Monday over his remark “chowkidar (watchman) Narendra Modi chor hain” in connection with the Rafale judgment.last_img read more

Rabat – Belgian law enforcement arrested a suspect identified as Faycal C. on Thursday on a warrant for participating in the terrorist group responsible for the Brussels attacks, committing terrorist murders, and attempting to commit terrorist murders.Authorities are still in the process of confirming whether the suspect is the third man – wearing a dark hart and a white coat – caught in the surveillance photograph taken at the Zaventem airport before the attacks, according to comments by Eric Van der Sijpt, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, on Saturday.The attacks – claimed by ISIS – occured on Tuesday as an official response to Belgium’s support of the international coalition fighting against terrorist forces in Iraq and Syria. The man, who Belgian prosecutors say was “deeply involved in the Brussels plot,” has been identified in Belgian media as Fayçal Cheffou, an independent journalist.No weapons or explosives were found in Cheffou home during a recent police search.In July 2014, Cheffou made a video in which he stands in front of a detention center for refugees and asylum seekers in Steenokkerzeel, a neighborhood near the attacked airport. The video shows Cheffou criticizing the Belgian government for serving Muslim refugees meals before the end of the daily fast during the month of Ramadan.The judge in charge of Cheffou’s case issued the arrest warrant on Friday in accordance with a Belgian law that requires a hearing to be held before a judge and a warrant to be issued within 24 hours or arrest to keep a suspect in detention. read more

Rabat – Six Moroccan women have been named to Forbes Middle East’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen.Not surprisingly, Gulf women top the list for 2016 headed by Saudi, Lubna S. Olayan, Chief Executive Officer of Olayan Financing, which is one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest family-owned conglomerates. Olayan is followed by Egyptian Deputy and Governor of Central Bank of Egypt, Lobna Helal, and Raja Easa Al Gurg, Managing Director of Al Gurg Group. Morocco can, however, be extremely proud of the six highly successful businesswomen who have taken honoured places on the Forbes list.Nezha Hayat Ranked 9th among the 100 most powerful Arab businesswomen, head of the Moroccan Capital Market Authority, Nezha Hayat, topped the list of Moroccan businesswomen.Hayat earned her MBA from France’s ESSEC Business School in 1984 and has been an executive at the Casablanca Stock Exchange since 1996. Hayat is also the founder and deputy chair of the Association des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises du Maroc, (Association of Women Business Managers in Morocco) and was appointed as the first woman member of the Executive Board in 2007 to Societe Generale Morocco.  Hayat is dedicated to seeing more women take their rightful places on boards of directors in the future.Rita Maria ZniberHead of Diana Holding, Rita Maria Zniber, ranked as the 35th most powerful Arab businesswoman.Founded by her late husband, Brahim Zniber, Diana Holding was the first winemaker in Morocco. It achieves a turnover of MAD 3 billion each year and generates over 6,500 direct jobs.Under the leadership of Maria Rita Zniber, the group joined the capital of French spirits group, Belvédère, with 13.14%, becoming the majority shareholder. Zniber plans to make Diana Holding a global player in the production of wines and spirits.Sadia LamraniSadia Ramani ranks 36th on the list. She runs Casablanca-based Safari Group, which operates BMW and Land Rover dealerships in the country, as well as interests in Credit du Maroc and textile manufacturing.Lamarani is the daughter of famous Moroccan politician Mohammed Karim Lamrani, who was a three-time prime minister of Morocco.Miriam Bensalah ChaqrounProminent figure, Miriam Bensalah Chaqroun was ranked  the 52nd most powerful businesswoman in the Middle East.Chaqroun is an MBA graduate in International Management and Finance from the University of Dallas, Texas, USA. She was elected President of the CGEM in 2012. Before this she directed mineral water companies Sidi Ali, Oulmes, and Bahia for 23 years.Salwa Idrissi AkhannouchProminent Moroccan, Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch occupies the 68th place on most powerful businesswoman in the Arab world list. Akhannouch is Head of Akwa Group, a distributor of petroleum products. She is also head of franchise group, Aksal, founded in 2004. Her project, Morocco Mall, is the largest shopping center in Africa and the Middle East and ranks in the world’s top five.  She is the wife of current President of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), Aziz Akhannouch, and the daughter famous Berber businessman, Ahmed Haj Belfiqih, who made his fortune in the tea trade. Laila MamouMoroccan Chief Executive Officer of the Management Board of Wafasalaf, Laila Mamou ranked 59th. Mamou’s leadership, Wafasalaf has become a leading consumer credit company.Edited by Constance Guindon read more

Since late last week, several UN bodies have stepped up their activities dealing with the effects of the crisis on the people of Côte d’Ivoire. Parallel to the agencies’ activities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues to follow events on the ground extremely closely. Côte d’Ivoire plunged into a tense political crisis after the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to concede electoral defeat to his challenger, Alassane Ouattara, following a presidential run-off poll held on 28 November. The international community has recognized Mr. Ouattara as the country’s president.Earlier Tuesday, the Secretary-General took part in a video conference call with the senior leadership of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, along with senior officials and advisers at UN Headquarters in New York. At a press briefing, also on Tuesday, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said he is disappointed that the latest visit by a joint delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) did not produce the desired result, but he continues to believe that ECOWAS and AU are playing an important role. Media reports later cited a communiqué from both organizations, which said that while Mr. Gbagbo refused to step down, he had “agreed to negotiate a peaceful end to the crisis without any preconditions.”Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added that the Secretary-General will speak with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, later on Tuesday, to discuss their assessment on the way forward on Côte d’Ivoire. Meanwhile, on the humanitarian front, the UN Children’s Fund, also known by the acronym UNICEF, will provide supplies of supplementary and therapeutic foods for the treatment of an estimated 14,000 children suffering form moderate acute malnutrition and 6,700 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.The UN refugee agency – the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – is working on the establishment of a special camp in Liberia’s Nimba County to shelter the thousands of Ivorian refugees seeking safetyin the neighbouring country.A camp planner and a health expert arrived in the town of Saclepea, in Nimba County, late last week and work on the camp was due to have started this week. As of 31 December, UNHCR had registered 18,091 Ivorian refugees in Saclepea, with more than half of those arriving women and close to two-thirds of them under 18 years of age.According to UNHCR, local communities have so far hosted the refugees – but with an average of 400-500 arriving daily, it has become increasingly difficult for host communities to cope. The refugee agency will also deploy additional personnel to reinforce its team in Liberia, where its staff continue to distribute emergency aid in villages where refugees are sheltered. UNHCR has pre-positioned aid in the region to assist 30,000 Ivorian refugees and has spent some $3 million to provide relief items from its emergency reserves. It has said that it will need donor support to continue its aid efforts in Liberia.The World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted five metric tons of high energy biscuits to assist the growing number of people crossing into Liberia’s Nimba County – the first consignment in a wave of food assistance that WFP is mobilizing to meet the immediate nutritional needs of the refugees.Working with the Government of Liberia, the World Health Organization and partners, UNICEF has been providing health kits, essential drugs and equipment to seven health facilities in areas which have a high refugee presence in Liberia. On 31 December, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Regional Office for West and Central Africa hosted a meeting on a regional emergency humanitarian action plan for Côte d’Ivoire and its five neighbouring countries. The plan is expected to be finalized on 7 January.Cote 4 January 2011Amidst efforts to solve Côte d’Ivoire’s political gridlock, UN humanitarian agencies are gearing up to deal with the humanitarian repercussions of the country’s ongoing crisis. read more

The stars realigned last year with the election of a more conciliatory Sri Lankan government and the arrival of Canada’s Liberals. It raised hopes among many Canadians of Sri Lankan descent, including the large Tamil bloc mainly centered in Toronto.Canada’s Tamils don’t mind the Liberals talking to the Sri Lankan government again, but only if it continues to push for minority rights. Mahesh Abeyewardene, 30, a Sri Lankan-born Canadian journalist with Toronto’s monthly newspaper, the Sri Lankan Reporter, said, “There’s a lot of lessons that can be learned from Canada in Sri Lanka, in terms of bilingualism, intergovernmental affairs.”The language funding Dion announced could have a big impact on closing a gap in government services that has left Tamils at a disadvantage, he said.Abeyewardene called it a good sign that the new Sri Lankan Government has agreed to a UN Human Rights Council resolution to investigate war crimes allegations.“We’re seeing a lot of change but some say the change hasn’t come fast enough,” said Abeyewardene, who is Sinhalese, and whose family includes Catholics, Buddhists as well as Tamils.“Canada’s strength here is the people. A lot of people are doing work in Sri Lanka, building houses, linguistic, cultural ties, and family ties.”At his joint press conference with Dion, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said his government wants help from Canada’s Sri Lankan community to help the reconciliation efforts.Samaraweera said they were invited “to visit the country that they left” or were “compelled to leave, long ago.”Canada’s re-engagement with Sri Lanka is part of a broader pattern that includes diplomatic engagement with Russia and Iran.The Conservatives have been scathing in their criticism of the Liberals for deciding to talk to Moscow and Tehran. But not with Sri Lanka.Deepak Obhrai is the Conservatives former parliamentary secretary on foreign affairs, and represented Canada at the Sri Lanka-hosted Commonwealth summit that Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted in 2013.“(With) this new direction that the Sri Lankan Government is following, it is appropriate for Canada to re-engage in Sri Lanka as we have done in the past,” Obhrai said.“It’s very important for Sri Lanka to come to terms with the brutal war that took place and bring accountability. We are going to be putting pressure on the Sri Lankan government to do that.” (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil diaspora in Canada are backing Canada’s moves to push for reconciliation in Sri Lanka, Metro News Canada reported.The ultimate success of Canada’s re-engagement with Sri Lanka, which was formalized last month when Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion visited the south Asian country, will have domestic political implications for the Liberals Government in the years ahead. In the aftermath, the previous Conservative Government downgraded relations with Sri Lanka’s government as the Tamils continued to face persecution. At the same time, the Colombo Government resisted international pressure for an independent investigation of war crimes committed by its military and the Tamil rebels in 2009. During his visit, Dion urged the Sri Lankan Government to seize the moment and push for real reconciliation, along with strengthening government institutions and the economy. He announced a five-year, $11.2-million contribution to help the Sri Lankan government deliver government services in the Sinhalese and Tamil languages.“It is clear that delays in the implementation of these critical reforms are not in the public interest,” Dion said.Dion also encouraged the Sri Lankans to embrace “peaceful pluralism,” reiterating the core message Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently delivered to international audiences: “Canada is strong not despite but because of its diversity, which is a source of openness, acceptance, progress and prosperity. Why should it not become true for Sri Lanka?” That’s because Canada is home to hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tamils, the Sri Lankan minority group that fought a 26-year civil war against the mainly Sinhalese central government that ended in a final wave of bloodshed in May 2009. “It’s a good step in the right direction. But we want more to be done,” said David Poopalapillai of the Canadian Tamil Congress.“Having the largest Tamil diaspora in this country, Canada is in a unique position.”Canada is seeking a seat on the UN Security Council, Poopalapillai noted, and now has the opportunity to show it can help forge a permanent peace in Sri Lanka. “Mr. Dion can be Lester Pearson in the months and years to come,” he added, as long as he can “make sure things move quickly and move fast.” read more

“People are more connected – but this does not mean there is more understanding. Societies are ever more diverse – but intolerance is growing in many places,” said Mr. Ban in his message to mark the International Day for Tolerance, marked each year on 16 November.The UN chief said that sectarian tensions can be found at the heart of many conflicts, with the rise of violent extremism, massive human rights violations, and cultural cleansing. Moreover, the biggest crisis of forced displacement since the Second World War has spawned hatred and xenophobia against refugees and others.Emphasizing that tolerance requires investment by States in people, and in the fulfilment of their full potential through education, inclusion and opportunities, Mr. Ban called for building societies founded on respect for human rights, “where fear, distrust and marginalization are supplanted by pluralism, participation and respect for differences.”“This is the message of the International Day of Tolerance – reflected in the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, adopted in 1995, the Secretary-General said, adding that the same idea animates the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), which is being led forward by UNESCO across the world.He also emphasized that the call “to practice tolerance” was written into the identity of the UN 70 years ago. “Today, in a world buffeted by turbulence and change, the Charter’s summons remains a vital touchstone for our work,” declared Mr. Ban. Echoing many of those sentiments, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stressed: “Tolerance is a new idea, one which we need now more than ever. It leads us to respect cultural diversity, ways of life and expressions of our own humanity. It is a necessary condition for peace and progress for all people in a diversified and ever-more connected world.”UNESCO was founded 70 years ago on this very day on the basis that wars could be avoided if people learned to get to know each other better and understood that, “in the fertile diversity of their cultures, that which unites them is stronger than that which divides them,” emphasized Ms. Bokova. She said that tolerance is a means of constructing peace; it accelerates innovation and creation, opening peoples’ minds to other ways to view the world.“When violent extremism spreads messages of hate and intolerance, both on the ground and on social media; when human beings suffer persecution, exclusion or discrimination on the basis of their religion or background; when economic crises accentuate social divides and stand in the way of acceptance of others, such as minorities, foreigners or refugees; we must offer up a different discourse, an open message which calls for tolerance,” Ms. Bokova declared, adding that lessons of the past must be more visible and people must be reminded of the extreme situations which can result from rejection of others, racism and anti-Semitism. “Diversity is a reality, calling us to adapt our policies and act appropriately, for which tolerance is key,” she said, stressing that today’s world presents considerable opportunities to better understand each other, share stories, create a public space on a global scale. read more

Transport News Brief CV Show preview Monday 7 April 2008 Transport News Brief goes daily Because of the huge amount of news about the CV Show, the team has decided to produce a special daily CV Show preview edition for this week and a daily CV Show news edition next week. “With well over 500 exhibitors all keen to tell the world what they’ll have at the show, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to tell our readers the good news,” said editor Robin Dickeson. And this issue is going free to 54,134 subscribers, so it gives those exhibitors a good way to publicise their plans too. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk £10bn shop window opens for business The UK’s annual CV Show opens at the NEC next week, as a shop window on industries worth over £10bn a year. It is strictly a business-to-business event and probably the biggest show of its type in Europe. This year, 524 exhibitors will compete for the attention of nearly 30,000 visitors, over three very busy days. There will be some 200 vans and well over 100 trucks, trailers and lots of bodywork on display. “But those are the tip of an iceberg,” says Tony Young, CV Show manager. “There is a truly huge range of supporting products and services to see. The CV Show’s website www.cvshow.com and the printed Show Guide list some 117 product categories, with those 524 exhibitors spread through 11 halls.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Free fuel-saving kit at CV Show With fuel prices hitting all-time highs of £1.09 a litre, Tiss Security Systems says it expects lots of visitors on its stand 6-121 at the CV Show. “Our award winning ‘Impregnable’ anti-siphon is the only one available that completely stops siphoning, driver skimming and diesel spills,” said Matthew Rose. “So with diesel prices this high, there is even more reason for people to come and see how we can help cut their fuel bills.” The firm will also give away 10 free ‘Impregnables’ for each of the three days of the Show to visitors who enter its prize draw. “Just in case those fuel prices aren’t incentive enough!” said Rose. More from Matthew Rose on +44 (0)1 253 400 401 or matthew.rose@tissltd.com Have you ordered your free pass yetThe CV Show organisers say that if you go The CV Show’s website www.cvshow.com and register for a free FastTrack entry pass and a free 220 page Show Guide they’ll send you both in advance of the Show, but only if you register before 11 April. The pass will help you beat the visitor registration queues; the Show Guide will help you plan your visit and that pass will get you a £2.00 EarlyBird discount on breakfast at the exhibition. Over 25,000 people have registered so far. Have youMore from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk SMMT Automotive Supplier Finder at CV Show This is an online tool designed to match buyers to suppliers. The service is based on the SMMT’s database which details thousands of companies and over 3,000 product and service classifications. “It is the most comprehensive directory and single-source matching service for the motor industry,” said Yung Tran, SMMT e-business manager. “Buyers can browse the directory; ask for quotations and information, free of charge, whilst suppliers will get a free online entry in our renowned Motor Industry Directory. They’ll become part of supplier communities and get quotation requests from buyers. The ASF team will be on the SMMT stand 8-270 at the CV Show to demonstrate the system, register firms and answer any questions. “If you’d like to book a demo or get more information, please let us know.” More from Nikki Huggett on 0207 344 1611 or nikki@autosupplierfinder.com Vans and trucks deliver another month of strong registrations The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders just released CV registrations data for March. These show CV registrations up 4.8% in the month to 395,220 for the rolling year. Within that total trucks were up a whopping 32.5% for the month, to 55,259 for the rolling year and vans took a 2.0% hike for the month to 339,961 for the rolling year. “Strong van and particularly truck registrations in March reflect the underlying strength of the economy,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Good order books suggest that the trend will continue through much of the year.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Four from Heil Europe at CV Show Heil Europe will show four UK-made dustcarts on its stand 20-560 at the CV Show. These include a Powerlink 19M on a Mercedes 8×4 chassis for South Cambridgeshire District Council and a Heil Europe Powertrak 17N on a low entry chassis. Also on show is a Big Bite 27M on a Mercedes 8×4 chassis for The Hills Group and, finally, a front end loader that has been supplied to Grundon Waste Management. More from Jane Oliff on +44 (0)1 326 560 402 or jane@m1marketing.co.uk One stop shop from Roadlink Roadlink International says its one-stop shop policy for all CV braking parts will get new momentum with the launch of Pex brake wear sensors on its stand 20-160 at the CV Show next week. The new range includes over 40 product items covering most popular UK truck applications. All are detailed in the new edition of Roadlink’s brake calliper and disc pad catalogue, available in May. The firm, the exclusive distributor for Koni in the UK and Ireland, will also launch a new range of spring dampers for cab suspension systems. This has an integral Goodyear air spring to cut vibration and better control cab movement, meaning less driver fatigue. The firm will also show a wide range of other CV braking, suspension and related products. More from Rob Reynolds on +44 (0)1 902 636 206 or r.reynolds@roadlink-international.co.uk Portable electronic job sheets Trace Systems says it will use its stand 18-328 to launch a hand-held, GPRS equipped unit to handle electronic van, truck, bus and trailer job and inspection sheets ‘in the field’ anywhere across the UK, outside or inside the workshop. The firm says the unit works with Trace System’s widely-used Vosa-compliant kit and will be a welcome addition. More from Bill Davies, on (0)2 476 220 226 or info@tracesystems.co.uk Motor racing comes to the CV Show Leading hobby firm Hornby will sponsor a prize for the Heritage Display at this year’s CV Show. The winner gets a three-car digital Scalextric racing set worth £220. “This is a top of the range digital car racing set with full lane changing capabilities for the ultimate in slot racing fun,” says Alan Earnshaw, Heritage Display organiser. The set will make up a layout measuring 280cm x 140cm with an overall track length of 676 cm. “You can drive and overtake up to four cars on two lanes and the set includes an Aston Martin DBR, a Dodge Viper and a Porsche 911 GT3R.” All you have to do to win this ultimate ‘toy’ is to leave your business card at the Vintage Roadscene Display on Stand 17-060 in Hall 17. “And you come along and try it for yourself.” Some industry observers hope the exercise may prompt Scalextric to look at racing trucks again. “That way we could even get truck racing at the CV Show,” said one, who declined to be identified. More from Alan Earnshaw on +44 (0)1 768 353 268 or alan@transpenninepublishing.co.uk New boss at Clean Air Power Jon Berry, formerly UK operations manager for Clean Air Power is now its group operations manager. He is now responsible for the firm’s global product quality and support, component production in the USA and vehicle construction in the UK and Australia. Clean Air Power develops and provides of dual-fuel combustion technology for heavy duty diesel engines. It says it cuts costs and carbon emissions without cutting the engine’s efficiency or reliability. More from Andrew Andersz on +44 (0)1 865 343 100 or andrew.andersz@thejjgroup.com Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgEUROPE’S TOP CRUISE operator has come under pressure during pre-trial hearings into the Costa Concordia disaster – as former captain Francesco Schettino faced survivors for the first time.Dozens of lawyers, experts and survivors attended the closed-door hearings in Grosseto in central Italy – the nearest city to the scene of the January 13 capsize of the luxury liner on Giglio island which claimed 32 lives.‘We want to look him in the eye’“We came to see Schettino. We want to look him in the eye and see how he reacts to the accusations,” Michael Lissem, a 50-year-old from Germany who was a passenger on the luxury liner along with his wife Angelika, told AFP.The giant ship – more than twice as heavy as the Titanic – had 4,229 people on board when it struck an offshore reef near Giglio, tearing a massive gash in its hull, just as many passengers were settling down for dinner.The vessel took on water and keeled over, sparking a panicked evacuation.“Schettino may have been in command but the responsibilities lie elsewhere,” said Ernesto Carusotti, an Italian survivor.“He’ll have to answer for the error he made, that’s sure. But there are other things that have come out from the black box,” he said.Luciano Castro, another passenger, said he shook Schettino’s hand.“I told him I hoped the whole truth will come out and he said he was sure it would. He was very tense and quite defensive,” he said.Dozens of survivors are suing ship owner Costa Crociere and its US parent company Carnival Corporation for hundreds of millions of dollars.The court hearings in Grosseto could last several days. No date has yet been set for the trial, which is likely to be held only next year.‘An illicit initiative’ “We don’t hold Schettino responsible, we feel it is the corporation’s fault. They had plenty of time to evacuate,” said Peter Ronai, a lawyer representing nine Hungarian survivors and the family of a violinist who died.“They are trying to make Schettino a scapegoat,” he added.Costa Crociere has defended itself, with its lawyer Marco De Luca denying reports that equipment on board had malfunctioned.The lawyer also said the “salute” manoeuvre the ship was performing near the shore was “an illicit initiative taken by the captain”.Costa Crociere earlier said that Schettino’s communications with the coast guard and the company were “not timely, partial and confused”.Schettino, who has been dubbed “Captain Coward” and “Italy’s most hated man” in the press, is also accused of abandoning ship before its evacuation was complete. He claims he fell onto a lifeboat when the ship keeled over.The captain has not been formally charged but is accused of manslaughter.A total of 10 people are under investigation, including Schettino himself and six other crew members.Roberto Ferrarini, head of Costa Crociere’s crisis unit, is also being investigated along with two other managers.Class action lawsuit Italian consumer group Codacons, which has launched a class action lawsuit, said its own research showed key equipment had malfunctioned, including the black box, sealed doors in the engine room and a sonar to measure depth.It said the emergency generator, which would have supplied energy after the impact to the rudder, the sealed doors and the lifts where it said several people were found dead, failed to work.“The failings are what caused the deaths of the 32 victims, not Schettino, whose accident was minor,” Codacons lawyer Giuliano Leuzzi said.Codacons released recordings from the bridge that revealed chaos and misunderstandings between the captain and his crew.Italian lawyer Pier Mario Moro, who represents several passengers, said the evidence examined in court “pointed to Schettino as being responsible for a series of alarms given late. Every action he took was delayed”.But Captain Fedrik Wijnen, general secretary of the Confederation of European Shipmasters’ Associations, said Schettino was “a very capable seafarer”.“The biggest problem is not his seamanship but his personality. He comes across as a playboy, but he’s not,” he said outside the Tuscan court.“He didn’t desert the ship, he went ashore and organised the lifeboats. Being a captain doesn’t mean you have to commit suicide,” he said, adding that blame also lay with other officers who had failed to realise the danger.The ghostly wreck of the 114,500-ton liner is still beached on its side just a few dozen metres from the shore of Giglio. Salvage crews are working to stabilise and refloat the hulk, which should be removed by spring 2013.- © AFP, 2012Read: Costa Concordia captain ‘sorry’ over disaster>last_img read more

first_imgLOOK UP A female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you’re looking for. Many don’t have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, of whom stastically the vast majority are men.It’s a symptom of a larger problem for women in so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — where men far outnumber women. Even women who have done pioneering work in these fields don’t always get recognition. Since 2009, no woman has won a Nobel Prize in science.A Brown University biology professor and an alumna hope to help chip away at the problem with a Wikipedia “edit-a-thon,” one of many that’s been held in recent years to help increase the representation of women on Wikipedia.They gathered dozens of students and some faculty members this week at Brown to train them on how to add and edit pages. They also provided lists of suggestions for women to add, entries to clean up or those who needed more detail, along with links to source material.Ingeborg Hochmair accepting her Lasker award this year. Image: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer/PA Images.Among those listed was Ingeborg Hochmair, who does not have a page even though last month she won the prestigious Lasker Award for medical research for her work developing the modern cochlear implant. By contrast, her husband, Erwin Hochmair, an accomplished engineer who helped develop the device but did not win a Lasker prize, has his own page.Another is Anny Cazenave, who last year won the William Bowie Medal for outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics. She’s on Wikipedia in French, but not English.Maia Weinstock, a Brown graduate, organised the Tuesday event with Anne Fausto-Sterling, a professor of biology and gender studies. They held the training to coincide with Ada Lovelace Day, an annual observance started in Great Britain in 2009 to highlight women in technology and named for the English mathematician who died in 1852. Lovelace is often described as the world’s first computer programmer. Image: AP Photo/Steven SenneWeinstock, who has run other edit-a-thons for different fields, said she’s targeting Wikipedia because it’s so influential and is one of the most popular encyclopedias in the world. It’s the first place many people go to find out about a subject.“You’re helping change what everybody else gets to see on a particular topic,” she told trainees.She said she also hopes to increase the number of women who contribute to Wikipedia. Fewer than 20 percent of Wikipedia editors are women.Sara Hartse and Jacqueline Gu, both Brown freshmen and computer science students, said they first became aware of gender inequity on Wikipedia during an uproar in the spring when someone began systematically moving female novelists including Harper Lee and Ann Rice off the “American Novelists” page and onto the “American Women Novelists” subcategory. Maia Weinstock, left, works with Anne Fausto-Sterling during this week’s Wikipedia “edit-a-thon”. Image: AP Photo/Steven Senne.They’ve both seen big gender imbalances in science and technology classes and activities and heard their female computer science professor bemoan the fact that talented women often leave the field. Neither had edited a Wikipedia page before this week, but spent the evening cleaning up and adding details to pages for botanist Katherine Esau and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.“I like this because it’s about empowering women to contribute to this,” Hartse said. “It’s a good feedback loop.”- Michelle R Smith and Erika NiedowskiScientists meet to discuss ending the world’s AIDS pandemic>Irish Young Scientist winners scoop first prize at EU contest>Life on Mars? Not looking likely>last_img read more

first_imgAfter years of denials and outright condemnation of smaller touchscreen tablets, it looks like Apple is preparing to release a smaller version of the iPad. An early engineering sample of the iPad Mini appears to have leaked, giving us at least some idea what it’s going to look like.The nearly featureless slab has the new smaller 19-pin mini dock connector expected to grace the new iPhone this fall. There is also a speaker grille next to the connector. Moving the speakers to the bottom of the device would be a better location than the easy-to-cover spot used on the existing iPad. Otherwise, this mockup only gives us a look at the overall dimensions. It is roughly 2/3 the size of the current iPad, and is noticeably thinner.GottaBeMobile estimates the iPad Mini (obviously not a confirmed name) to be 213mm tall and 143mm wide. That makes it just a little wider and taller than the Google Nexus 7 tablet. This fits with recent rumors that the iPad Mini would feature a 7.85-inch screen made by Sharp. At that size, Retina Display resolution is possible, but this would be yet another screen for developers to support in apps.Widescreen 10-inch tablets tend to be ungainly in portrait orientation, but it feels much more natural with a 7-inch slate. Apple will probably stick with the square ratio from the full-size iPad for app scaling, if nothing else. If these shots are real, it would be the most significant change in Apple’s tablet design since the first iPad was announced in 2010.via GottaBeMobilelast_img read more

first_imgOh My God, What A Complete Aisling to be made into film Just a small-town girl living in a notions world. By Órla Ryan Monday 26 Feb 2018, 1:02 PM Source: Element PicturesTHE BESTSELLING BOOK Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling is set to be made into a film.Element Pictures today announced they have acquired film rights to the book, which was written by Emer McLysaght, former editor of DailyEdge.ie, and fellow journalist Sarah Breen.The debut novel was published in Ireland last September and became the number-one bestselling adult fiction title in the country for 2017.McLysaght and Breen are on board to write the screenplay. In a joint statement, they said they’re “delighted” about the news.We’ve known this character for 10 years so to be given the opportunity to take her from the pages of our beloved book and transform her into a walking, talking, caring (and judging, let’s be honest) girl in front of a camera is beyond our wildest dreams.Element Pictures producer Rory Gilmartin added: “The huge success of this debut book is a testament to the strength of their writing – so funny and yet so full of heart.”The book sees Aisling break up with her long-term boyfriend John after a holiday in Tenerife doesn’t end in an engagement.The characters of Aisling and her friends and family have been beloved by members of a Facebook group for many years.Read: Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling authors sign two-book deal with possibility of film dealRead: How the Facebook page Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling became a publishing phenomenon 17 Comments Share72 Tweet Email5 Short URL 22,174 Views http://jrnl.ie/3872956 Feb 26th 2018, 1:02 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img A MAN WHO has confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls in Cyprus is being investigated on additional charges of raping a foreign woman he had photographed as a modelThe comments in court by Criminal Investigation Department Chief Neophytos Shailos were the latest development in a case that has shocked the eastern Mediterranean island nation, cost both the justice minister and the police chief their jobs that led to strong criticism of negligence.Police have been accused of failing to properly investigate initial missing persons reports that could have saved the lives of later victims.Shailos told a court in Nicosia today that the suspect had raped the woman in his car on the outskirts of the capital in early 2017 when he picked her up to supposedly give her the photographs.He said the 35-year-old army captain had videoed the alleged rape on his phone.The woman, a 19-year-old foreign citizen, had called the suspect’s wife at the time and told her what had happened, he said. He did not elaborate on what the suspect’s wife did with that information. The two, who have two children, are now divorced.Shailos said investigators are trying to secure additional testimony from a female friend of the alleged victim, who has since left the island. He did not state her nationality.The court extended the suspect’s detention for another eight days. He has not been named because he has not yet been charged in what authorities are calling the most horrifying multiple-slayings case that Cyprus has seen.The suspect, who represented himself in court today and wore a bullet-proof vest, said he had no objections to the detention renewal.Investigators have been speaking with everyone the suspect had contacted online since 2016, when the alleged first victims, Romanian Livia Florentina Bunea and her eight-year-old daughter Elena Natalia, vanished.The suspect has admitted to killing both and placing their bodies in suitcases, which he said the dumped in a toxic lake west of the capital.Last week, authorities pulled a suitcase containing the decomposed remains of an adult woman from the lake. Search crews are now using sophisticated sonar equipment to scan the bottom of the lake for two more suitcases.The suspect said he also disposed of the body of Maricar Valtez Arquiola, 31, from the Philippines, into the lake.Only two of the victims have so far been positively identified; 38-year-old Mary Rose Tiburcio and Arian Palanas Lozano, 28, both from the Philippines. Their bodies were discovered in an abandoned mineshaft last month six days apart.Authorities are also looking for the body of Tiburcio’s six year-old daughter Sierra in another reservoir.Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, who on Saturday called the suspect a “serial killer,” last week apologized to diplomats of the countries of the victims and vowed to bolster protections for foreign workers in Cyprus.Critics claim the police in Cyprus did not put much energy into the missing persons reports because the victims were low-paid foreign workers. By Associated Press Serial killer who admits to killing seven foreign women and girls shocks Cyprus Police have been accused of failing to properly investigate initial missing persons reports. May 5th 2019, 12:05 PM People lie on the street during a protest outside of the presidential palace in Nicosia. Image: Petros Karadjias/PA Images 61,653 Views Sunday 5 May 2019, 12:05 PM Image: Petros Karadjias/PA Imagescenter_img https://jrnl.ie/4620764 People lie on the street during a protest outside of the presidential palace in Nicosia. 7 Comments Short URL Share14 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Share71 Tweet Email 6,989 Views Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 6:30 PM Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeCITY ASSEMBLY HOUSE on Dublin’s South William Street has served many uses over the years since it was built in 1766 – now, the building has been restored to its former glory, allowing it to serve its original purpose once again.A large exhibition space in the centre of the building was one of the first public art galleries in Europe, founded by the Society of Artists.A specially curated exhibition will bring many of the original paintings first hung here in the 1760s and 1770s back to the walls of City Assembly House.After the building’s extensive renovation, with many period features restored and more modern facilities – such as an extra fire exit and a lift – installed, it reopens to the public today.Watch the video above for our full report. Find more details of the exhibition here. No Comments City Assembly House has been restored – and is recreating an 18th-century art exhibition The ambitious exhibition will see works not seen in decades go on display to the public. By Nicky Ryan Jun 16th 2018, 6:31 PM https://jrnl.ie/4073174 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgA team of researchers from the Cedars Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles has proven that heart muscles that die due to lack of blood flow, may not necessarily be gone forever. In a study that could change how heart attacks are treated, Eduardo Marban and his team used stem cells to re-grow damaged heart muscle. In the 17 patients who received the therapy, Mr Marban measured an average 50 per cent reduction in the size of the scar tissue. “Patients that were treated, not only experienced shrinkage of their scars, but also new growth of their heart muscle, which is very exciting.” The stem cells were not derived from embryos, but instead were developed from the patients’ own hearts. Mr Marban’s team inserted a catheter into the diseased hearts and took a small biopsy of muscle. In the laboratory, the tissue was manipulated into producing stem cells to re-inject into the patients’ hearts, which later took root in cardiac tissue. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgPanne d’Orange: Rétablissement prévu dans la nuitC’est bientôt la fin de l’immense panne qui a touché près de 26 millions d’abonnés Orange. Fleur Pellerin a annoncé que le service serait peu à peu rétabli dans la nuit.Tous les abonnés mobile d’Orange touchés par la gigantesque panne depuis le milieu d’après-midi du vendredi 6 juillet vont être rassurés. Fleur Pellerin, la ministre déléguée auprès du ministre du Redressement productif, chargée de l’Économie numérique a rendu visite à la cellule de crise qui travaillait sur cette panne. A sa sortie, elle a déclaré aux journalistes qu’il fallait “espérer une réparation dans la nuit”. “Ce soir, il y a des signes plutôt positifs qui sont en train d’arriver” a précisé la ministre. En effet depuis 23h15, de nombreux abonnés témoignent d’un retour à la normale progressif. Il aura donc fallu pas moins de 8 heures aux services d’Orange pour solutionner cette gigantesque panne. Le 6 juillet 2012 à 23:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgLearn more at Share.Share, a leading local agency that cares for the hungry and homeless, received a couple of big corporate gifts this month.In both cases, the gifts were driven by the workers themselves, who dug into their own pockets for donations or volunteered their time to leverage the money, which will bolster Share’s efforts to feed hungry children and families over the summer and throughout the year.Telecommunications giant CenturyLink held a “Feed the Children Backpack Buddies Food Drive” in early June at hundreds of company locations across the nation. Employees raised both money and food, and the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation then employed “a complicated formula” to calculate its match, said Share spokeswoman Jessica Lightheart. (A call to spokesman Martin Flynn of CenturyLink seeking an explanation of the complexity went unreturned Friday.)The bottom line is, the CenturyLink Foundation allocated $1 million to hunger relief programs around the nation, and the largest single chunk of that money — $183,976 — went to Share in the form of a matching grant. That lifted the total for Share’s annual spring Hunger Appeal drive to $271,334.CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States.And, $20,000 came from Kaiser Permanente’s “KP Gives” Volunteer Grant program. That’s an internal Kaiser program that rewards employees for the time they spend volunteering. “If they volunteer 25 hours in a 12-month period” for a nonprofit agency that provides basic needs or operates self-sufficiency programs, that nonprofit can be eligible for a grant, said grants and donations coordinator Diane Gill.Share’s annual spring Hunger Appeal drive bolsters the agency’s Hunger Response efforts, which include hot meals at Share House, weekend food sent home with schoolchildren, free summer lunches at park programs, and more. Overall, Share’s Hunger Response provides more than 152,500 free meals to hungry men, women and children each year.According to its most recent financial statement, just under 4 percent of Share’s 2012 income, or $243,964, came from foundation grants. Total income for 2012 was $6.43 million.last_img read more

first_imgPrivate equity firm Arlington Capital Partners has acquired Virgo Publishing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but media observers put the deal close to $100 million.Media investment firm DeSilva + Phillips brokered the deal.Phoenix-based Virgo publishes 17 magazines and produces 10 events. Virgo, with approximately $50 million in revenue, was acquired by Seaport Capital in December 2004. The company was founded in 1986 and serves niche business sectors, with magazines including Billing & OSS World, Corporate Logo, Professional Door Dealer and New Telephony.“Virgo has had good financial performance over the last few years,” one industry observer tells FOLIO:. “Investing in b-to-b is still attractive to private equity players. I think this deal is testimony to the strengths of b-to-b media.” Arlington Capital Partners is a Washington, D.C.-based middle market private equity firm that invests primarily in U.S.-based companies with values between $50 and $100 million.last_img read more

first_img Share your voice 3 Preview • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro Comments More From Roadshow 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro has extreme looks to match its performance Performance Cars Tags Enlarge ImageEven the Mercedes-AMG GT won’t be immune to this trend. Mercedes-Benz Once upon a time, a vast majority of Mercedes-Benz’s hopped-up AMG cars were powered through the rear wheels exclusively. But as time as gone on, they’ve moved more and more toward an all-AWD lineup. And, as it turns out, the endgame is to ditch rear-wheel drive altogether.The next generation of Mercedes-AMG vehicles will pack all-wheel drive, Autocar reports, citing an interview with Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG. His answer is pretty straightforward: “Customers have given us the answer, and most want four-wheel drive,” Moers told Autocar. This includes the Mercedes-AMG GT, which is currently only available in rear-wheel drive.There’s no nefarious reason behind this decision. Instead, it’s all due to one word: Demand. Moers mentioned to Autocar that, when the E63 was offered in both RWD and AWD forms simultaneously, an overwhelming majority chose AWD. And those on the other side of the fence aren’t seeing much greener grass, either: “When I ask customers about the GT, they ask me about all-wheel drive,” Moers told Autocar. “Regarding our competition, this is the downside of the AMG in terms of usability. People in Munich, for example, always, always ask for four-wheel drive — I think it’s for safety and stability.”Thankfully, there’s at least one sneaky way to bypass this shift. If you pick up the all-wheel-drive Mercedes-AMG E63, it packs a special drift mode that is capable of sending 100 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels, essentially giving the car part-time RWD. You could also hack apart the drivetrain with a reciprocating saw, I guess, but that would invalidate your warranty and probably mess up a whole host of vehicle systems in the process. Don’t do that.Autocar’s interview with the AMG head honcho also reaffirmed a few things we already knew. Mercedes-AMG’s V12 offers are still dead and gone, with the S65 Final Edition marking the big boy’s departure. Moers told another outlet in 2018 that the next-generation C63 would be a hybrid, but now, it appears that the next generation of AMG’s V8 engine — the 4.0-liter found in everything with a 63 badge, as well as the GT — will be electrified across the lineup. Let’s hope it’s the 805-horsepower version that Moers has promised will see the light of day. Mercedes-Benz 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan review: A breath of fresh(er) air 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable 43 Photoslast_img read more

first_imgAfter wanting to cap cash transactions to Rs. 3 lakh and individual cash holding limit to Rs. 15 lakh, the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) on black money has now cast its net on dubious exporters.Nearly 800 exporters are suspected to have hoarded their export proceeds abroad without bringing it back to India within the stipulated 1 year limit.If the export proceeds are more than a year old, the SIT noted, it would amount to black money and bringing them back to India would mean attempt to launder it clean, said the investigators.Nearly Rs. 100 crore in export earnings has been hoarded abroad by each of these exporters. In a few cases, money has been brought back to the country to be invested in Indian equity markets.The Mint noted that such export proceeds stashed abroad were used to invest in the country through avenues like participatory notes, which form a part of foreign institutional investors (FIIs) investment into Indian equity market.The act of bringing in this money and laundering it clean, investigators say is a violation of India’s Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). It therefore invites India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) to keep a tab on this economic crime.Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which looks into country’s macro data such as export-import, has been asked to create a warning system that could identify such cases to ED and the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) soon after the expiry within a year.DRI is expected to scrutinize the accounts of these defaulters, who not only hold back export earnings overseas, but also claim refund on taxes paid on inputs to the exported goods under India’s duty drawback schemes. This amounts to cheating India’s rightful gains twice.Ajai Sahai, the CEO of Federation of Indian Exports Organization (FIEO), told Mint that not all default was illicit. Liquidity shortage in some international markets could prompt “Indian exporters holding back their exports against an advance or a letter of credit,” without realizing their payments, he added.last_img read more