Amendments Enhance Environmental Protection

first_img “During consultations, we heard that more discussion and more information about administrative penalties are needed before they are considered, so we won’t be moving forward with them at this time,” Mr. Belliveau said. “Nova Scotians spoke and we listened.” More than 60 groups and people provided feedback on the proposed changes. The responses are summarized in What We Heard, which is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/envact.review . The public and interested parties will have an opportunity to comment on any changes that come forward. changes to allow rules and enforce standards, which allow flexibility to protect the environment clarifying the definition of “adverse effect” to ensure department staff do not respond to issues without impact on the environment or human health, or where they do not have authority. moving the mandatory review of the act to every 10 years from five, to save resources and provide a more reasonable time frame. enhancing the duty to report spills or releases to include professionals who become aware of spills during their work. Currently only people responsible for the spill or property owners must report. The province is amending the Environment Act to better protect the environment and public health. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau introduced the changes today, Nov. 30, after a legislated review that included consultation. “Nova Scotians have told us that the Environment Act is working well, but we know there is always opportunity to improve,” said Mr. Belliveau. “These changes will help focus our people and our resources where they’re needed most.” Amendments include:last_img read more

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Greenpeace blocks coal unloading at Polish port

first_imgWarsaw: Greenpeace said its activists climbed cranes at the Polish port of Gdansk Wednesday to block the unloading of coal from Mozambique, and called on the government to move to renewable energy. “At dawn, 29 Greenpeace activists climbed two cranes at a coal terminal of the Gdansk port,” Greenpeace Polska spokeswoman Katarzyna Guzek told AFP. The activists hung banners on the cranes reading “Poland without coal 2030″, she added. Local police told AFP they were aware of the Greenpeace action and were monitoring the situation along with port officials. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”First we blocked the vessel from docking, now we’re preventing it from unloading the shipment,” said Guzek. The group tried on Monday to prevent the cargo vessel Indian Goodwill from docking, blocking it with its own vessel, Rainbow Warrior. Armed border guards intervened, hauling the Greenpeace boat out of the port and detaining the captain and another activist early on Tuesday. They released another 16 activists on board after identity checks, and the vessel anchored outside the port. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsProsecutors said they would decide Wednesday whether to charge the two activists — the Spanish captain and an Austrian national — detained for navigation security violations. Greenpeace wants Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) government to abandon burning coal by 2030 — the European Union’s target date for phasing out coal use. “We have little time left to prevent an unfolding climate disaster and the Polish government’s reliance on coal puts at risk our hopes for a safe and sustainable future,” Greenpeace Poland programme director Pawel Szypulski said in a statement. This is why activists are compelled to take action. Polish citizens are calling for a transition from coal towards renewable energy.last_img read more

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Stream where teens body was found was searched day earlier lawyer

first_imgHALIFAX – Another twist has been added to the heart-breaking story of a Nova Scotia teen who died 27 years ago.This time it’s a revelation from lawyers trying to help the family of Clayton Miller find out what really happened in the days before his body was found near New Waterford.Miller was wearing a bright red sweater when he was found face down in an ankle-deep stream on May 6, 1990, roughly 36 hours after police raided a nearby bush party in an area known locally as “The Nest.”At a news conference on Monday, Halifax lawyer Ray Wagner played a video recording of an interview he conducted a few months ago with Bryan McDonald, who co-ordinated the search for Miller the day after the party.In the video, McDonald said his team had searched the area where Miller’s body was later discovered — but their initial search turned up nothing.He said if there was a body in the brook, his team would have found it.“There was no way we could miss anything,” said McDonald, who Wagner said was unable to attend the news conference because of poor health. “There was nothing there.”Wagner said McDonald wanted to reach out to the Miller family to ensure his story was on the record.Miller’s family has raised questions over the years about the circumstances surrounding the teen’s death, saying they believe key information was withheld from the public.Maureen Miller, the teen’s mother, said the fact searchers did not see the body backs up the family’s theory that his body was placed in the brook.“We knew of other people that were down there looking for money or liquor or whatever, and there was no body, and nobody wants to do anything about it. They want to cover it up,” she said after the news conference.“How did he get in the brook? He can’t do it on his own. Someone put him there.”Lawyer Kate Boyle also read several statements from New Waterford residents who all said they were in the area the day after the bush party and did not see Miller’s body.Two separate investigations, conducted by Nova Scotia’s chief medical examiner and the province’s independent police watchdog, concluded in 2015 that the 17-year-old was drunk when he fell into the stream while trying to run from police.The reports echoed a series of earlier investigations, all of which concluded Miller’s death was an accident. The New Waterford police department was cleared of any wrongdoing.On Monday, the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team said at the time of their investigation, there was no information that any organized search of the area was conducted.He said the unit was not informed about the new information collected by Wagner’s firm prior to the news conference. The team said it would examine the information to determine what, if any, impact it would have on prior conclusions.But the unit said the new information, “does not challenge the conclusions reached that Clayton Miller did not suffer any injuries that caused his death.”Wagner said Monday’s news conference was the first of three planned events designed to draw attention to the case.He encouraged anyone with information to come forward, particularly those who may have been involved in the search for Clayton Miller’s body.The Miller family is calling for an independent investigation to be headed by someone with no ties to the province.last_img read more

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Americans borrowed more in November amid solid holiday sales

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. consumers in November ran up nearly $28 billion in new debt on their credit cards and in the form of new auto and student loans, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.The Federal Reserve says that consumer borrowing grew 8.8 per cent, the most in more than two years, to $3.83 trillion. The Fed’s monthly consumer credit report does not cover home mortgages or any other loans secured by real estate such as home equity loans.Americans are increasingly confident in the economy and are willing to borrow more to fund their consumption. Surveys show that Americans’ confidence in the economy reached a 17-year high in November, though it declined a bit last month. And retailers say early reports from holiday shopping have been mostly positive.last_img read more

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Reinvented the actor in me in New York Anupam

first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is back in the country after almost three months, says it has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing the actor in him there. Anupam was busy shooting for the second season of the medical drama series “New Amsterdam” in the US. He took to Twitter to announce his return to India after 100 days. “I am finally India bound after almost 100 days. It has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing my life and the actor in me,” Anupam wrote. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He also said he felt emotional on his return to India. “I am joyous and emotional going back to my country after a long gap. Looking forward to a familiar experience,” he added. Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the US, “New Amsterdam” follows the brilliant and charming doctor Max Goodwin played by actor Ryan Eggold, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. On the Bollywood front, the 63-year-old actor was last seen on screen in “The Accidental Prime Minister”. He played former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the film.last_img read more

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Labor reform passes Mexican congress draws Ivanka praise

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s lower house of Congress has approved a labour law reform aimed at ensuring workers can freely vote for their union representation and contracts.The changes are needed to win approval of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which was negotiated to replace the old NAFTA accord.Mexico’s labour movement has long been stymied, and wages kept low, by pro-government unions that sign contracts and organize plants behind workers’ backs.The bill approved late Thursday now goes to the Senate. It requires secret-ballot union votes and proof of workers’ consent for contracts.President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka tweeted Friday: “Mexican lawmakers passed a landmark labour reform bill clearing the way for the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace the job killing NAFTA.”The Associated Press read more

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Alliance of Civilizations can be major soft power tool in global diplomacy

“The Alliance can become a major soft power tool to diffuse tensions and conflicts, especially those which are ethnically or identity based,” the High-Representative for the Alliance, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, told journalists in New York.“Under my leadership and from the Alliance office here in New York, I will reach out to religious leaders, community leaders, grassroots organizations and youth groups, these are the real change-makers,” he said, underscoring that he will work with peacemakers “wherever we may find them.” In addition to youth, who according to the UN International Labour Organization make up roughly half of the world population, Mr. Al-Nasser said he wants to build on previous achievements in the areas of intercultural education, integration and support for immigrants, and the media, which has the capacity to promote cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and acceptance of ethnic, cultural, religious and gender differences in communities.He said the Alliance is “more relevant than ever, particularly in these times of historical changes and unprecedented political, economic, social and cultural challenges.” The Alliance is an initiative supported by the UN Secretary-General. The idea was first proposed at the 59th UN General Assembly in 2005, co-sponsored by the Governments of Spain and Turkey. The initiative seeks to galvanize international action against extremism through the forging of international, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and cooperationThe Alliance places a particular emphasis on defusing tensions between Western and Islamic worlds, according to its website. Its goals for the year, along with its agenda and activities for the year, were compiled into the ‘Vienna Declaration’ and adopted by consensus at the Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, held from 27 to 28 February in the Austrian capital. The document is currently under circulation to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as UN agencies, Member States and partners. Mr. Al-Nasser said the Vienna Declaration “is the first of its kind” consensus document to pave the way forward. It is expected to be made public next week. read more

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Nigeria Ban strongly condemns Boko Haram attacks targeting Muslims and Christians

“The Secretary-General takes note of [Nigerian] President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to root out this menace, and commends the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin for their steadfast efforts in the fight against Boko Haram,” according to a statement issued this evening by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. News agencies report that extremist violence against both Muslims and Christians left dozens of people dead in Nigeria’s northern town of Zaria earlier today. This follows nearly a week of deadly Boko Haram-led attacks in the region, including over the weekend, described in the media as bombings and indiscriminate shooting into crowds of civilians. In his statement, Mr. Ban extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. “The Secretary-General renews his calls to support the operationalization of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) through the provision of the requisite political, logistical, and financial resources and necessary expertise, consistent with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law,” the statement concluded. Earlier in the afternoon, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), briefed the Security Council on the situation in the region, including on the activities of Boko Haram. Since May, he said, Boko Haram had stepped up its attacks in the Lake Chad Basin area – not only in Nigeria, but also in Niger and Chad – mainly against civilian targets, although the structure and capacity of the group for conventional warfare had been largely destroyed through regional action supported by international partners, which he called commendable. He said that further vigilance and coordinated regional action against Boko Haram was needed, however, and more support from all partners remained crucial. Addressing the root causes of the insurgency was a requirement for lasting stability. In addition, a coordinated post-conflict strategy was required to help restore living conditions and allow the return of displaced persons. read more

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Ukraine UN humanitarian agencies step up aid deliveries as bitter winter takes

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today delivered food to areas of Luhansk for the first time since the suspension of humanitarian activities four months ago, with a 12-truck convoy carrying enough supplies to feed more than 7,000 people for one month. More convoys bringing food to Luhansk are planned, with the next one scheduled to arrive later this week. “As another harsh winter begins, WFP is concerned about the growing needs of the most vulnerable conflict-affected people; especially those who had to flee their homes,” the agency said in a news release.WFP is seeking to provide food to more than 100,000 people affected by the conflict in non-government controlled areas in both the Luhansk and Donetsk regions by the end of 2015. Today’s deliveries came two weeks after the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) brought in supplies to Luhansk, including plastic sheeting, construction material and thousands of blankets.“Still, humanitarian organizations face major challenges in gaining access to the most vulnerable among an estimated 5 million people affected by the conflict that started in the region in April 2014,” WFP said.“The conflict has displaced hundreds of people in Luhansk; they fled their homes, left their jobs and have no means of support other than external assistance that they had been deprived of for four months,” WFP Head of Office in Ukraine Giancarlo Stopponi said today. In Luhansk, the food will be distributed through WFP’s partner, the international non-government organization (NGO) Mercy Corps, while in Donetsk, the international NGO People In Need, will carry out distributions. WFP is targeting the most vulnerable, including elderly and disabled people as well as single-parent households.In government-controlled areas of both Donetsk and Luhansk, including areas near the front-line and in buffer-zone villages, WFP has continued to provide assistance over the past four months. WFP delivered food for over 20,000 people last month in non-Government controlled areas in Donetsk, after humanitarian access to the area resumed. . read more

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UN experts suggest ways to avoid human rights violations during public protests

The report is the first presented jointly by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai.“The proper management of assemblies can in many cases serve to prevent an escalation of the situation and the eventual outbreak of violence,” the UN experts said in a press release based on their presentation in Geneva.During the briefing, they discussed a wide range of rights impacted, and emphasized the State’s obligation not only to protect, but also facilitate, the exercise of these rights.Their recommendations include State obligation to facilitate assemblies, notification procedures and permission limitations of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, the use of force and surveillance in policing of assemblies, access to information and accountability. “Assemblies can play a vital role in the protection and fulfilment of human rights,” the experts recalled. “They should not be viewed or treated as a threat, but rather as a means of dialogue in which the State should engage.”Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Stress management workshop to be held for employees

Headaches. Low energy. Upset stomach. Chest pain. Tense muscles.These are just a few symptoms of stress. Occasionally feeling stressed is your body’s natural way of responding to an unfavourable, demanding or even positive circumstance. Long-term stress, however, may lead to more serious physical ailments such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes as well as mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety.  Coinciding with Bell Let’s Talk Day and Thrive mental health week, Brock’s Office of Human Resources is hosting a complimentary workshop on stress relaxation techniques Wednesday, Jan. 31 from noon to 1 p.m. in Plaza 410. Facilitated by Brock’s Employee Assistance Program provider, Morneau Shepell, the seminar will help employees better understand stress response, teach them how to manage stress and will provide an opportunity to practise both proactive and reactive stress-reducing exercises.  “We all deal with stress,” says Kathryn Walker, Manager, Health Management and Wellness. “Everyone can benefit from attending this workshop. Participants will leave with practical tools and examples that will assist them in relaxing and coping with inevitable stress.” Brock employees are invited to register for Stress Relaxation Technique on Focus on Learning. The seminar is limited to 30 participants. read more

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Champions Tour president taking 3 new roles at PGA Tour

Greg McLaughlin is moving from president of the PGA Tour Champions to leading three noncompetitive operations at the PGA Tour, including oversight of the World Golf Hall of Fame.The appointment announced Wednesday gives McLaughlin a sprawling role previously held by three people.“I’m not sure we could have asked for a more qualified, passionate leader, considering his deep level of experience and executive leadership success within the golf world and beyond,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.McLaughlin just completed his fourth year running the PGA Tour Champions, which included a Charles Schwab Cup playoff system similar to the PGA Tour. Before joining the tour, McLaughlin had spent 14 years as chief executive of the Tiger Woods Foundation.McLaughlin will be chief executive of the World Golf Foundation, which represents all the major golf organizations in supporting various programs geared around growth and providing access to the game worldwide.He replaces Steve Mona, who will help McLaughlin with the transition before retiring next year.McLaughlin also becomes president of The First Tee, a program launched in 1996 that introduces golf’s core value to young people. Keith Dawkins had been the chief executive until leaving in October after one year.“This restructure represents an exciting evolution for the World Golf Foundation, and Greg is the perfect person to take the mantle,” Monahan said.Most vague about the changes was McLaughlin’s involvement in the World Golf Hall of Fame.The tour said Jack Peter, president of the Hall of Fame, would retire at the end of the year. It said McLaughlin would “strategically direct” the Hall of Fame, which has struggled to attract visitors in its 20 years in St. Augustine, Florida.It also has moved its induction ceremony, now every two years, to the same week as major championships to attract more attention and more players. It was in St. Andrews in 2015 during the British Open, New York in 2017 during the Presidents Cup and next summer at Pebble Beach as part of U.S. Open week.Brodie Waters, the vice-president of business affairs at the Hall of Fame, will lead the structure, funding and operations with McLaughlin’s oversight.McLaughlin previously served as tournament director at the Los Angeles Open and offered Woods his first sponsor exemption on the PGA Tour. He also was tournament director at the Honda Classic and the Western Open before joining the Tiger Woods Foundation.Miller Brady, a 19-year employee of the tour, succeeds McLaughlin as president of the PGA Tour. He worked under McLaughlin as chief of operations for that tour.Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press read more

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You cant paint that twotimer Picasso as hero Dame Mary Beard tells

The blockbuster Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern has been criticised by Dame Mary Beard after she said it presented the artist as “heroic” for managing to have a wife and a mistress.Speaking at the Sheldonian Theatre at the University of Oxford yesterday, Dame Mary, 64, complained about the gallery for its portrayal of the Spanish artist’s personal relationships.”There was an extremely good exhibition last year of Picasso in the Tate,” said the classicist, who last year published her book Women and Power: A Manifesto.”I got home and read the catalogue … and it said ‘Picasso at this point is brilliantly managing both his wife and his mistress’.”I don’t mind the guy having a wife and a mistress, but somehow when talking about the great male artist, this could be sort of heroism. Goodness me.” Dame Mary Beard She said: “What we are likely to see is a whole load of prosecutions that fail in the next two or three years and they partly fail because some people throw a hell of a lot of money at it to make sure they do fail. Why can’t we have a truth and reconciliation committee and just say ‘fess up boys’.”Let’s think ahead and let’s not have loads of women drawn into the witness box and be interrogated.”Tate Modern declined to comment. Dame Mary BeardCredit:Clara Molden  Picasso had an affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter 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. Picasso in Paris in around 1930 Credit:AFP Picasso in Paris in around 1930  Picasso had an affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter “We’ve got to learn to rethink it – it needs rethinking hundreds of years – the assumptions of what women do.”Dame Mary continued to argue for a rethink over the punishment for sexual harassment.She said the MeToo movement was destined to fail due to the court system. Instead, she called for alleged abusers to face truth and reconciliation committees. Picasso’s erotic painting of Walter, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, which became the third most expensive painting when sold at auction for $106.5 million in 2010 (£68 million at the time), helped bring in 521,080 visitors between March and September last year, putting the Tate Modern at the top of the UK’s most visited attractions list.Dame Mary, a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, said she consulted the exhibition’s reviews after being shocked by what she read.Speaking at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, she added: “When I was looking at the reviews … I didn’t see anybody say ‘there’s a bit of a heroism here, it’s terribly difficult having a wife and a mistress and painting on a daily basis’ .” The five-star rated exhibition, Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, documented the artist’s life from the age of 50, when he was engaged in a passionate affair with a young Marie-Thérèse Walter, without the knowledge of his wife, a time during which Picasso produced some of his greatest works.Tipped as a “once-in-a-lifetime” show, it exhibited portraits of Walter in its first room, and her striking features – notably her prominent nose – were littered throughout in painting and sculpture. However, she admitted that the problem was cultural and that in order to work towards gender equality, people must relearn history. “The problem is the culture that we have inherited and learned, and we don’t actually want to give that up,” she added.”If you go to the Ashmolean, you see images of women who don’t speak, or if they do, they are firmly put back in their box. “We don’t want to give up the whole of Renaissance Art and it’s not a question of saying ‘can you put that away?’. read more

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Xstrata buys Billitons Tintaya

first_imgMany showed interest, including Rio Tinto, Southern Copper, Phelps Dodge and even Milpo. However, it is Xstrata that has acquired the Tintaya mine and associated satellite deposits in Peru from BHP Billiton. The acquisition price of $750 million comprises an initial cash consideration of $634 million and the assumption of $116 million of debt. An agreed price participation arrangement may result in further deferred cash payments to BHP Billiton and will be based on prevailing copper prices upon completion of the transaction. At current prices these payments would total approximately $60 million.Two further conditional deferred payments of US$25 million each in cash may also be payable to BHP Billiton. The first such amount will be payable in July 2009 if the LME copper price exceeds certain levels from July 2008 to June 2009. The second amount will be payable if either of the Antapaccay or Coroccohuayco satellite deposits are developed prior to 2020. The aggregate consideration payable by Xstrata is subject to a cap.The acquisition will expand Xstrata Copper’s current production portfolio with an additional 120,000 t/y of copper in cathode and concentrate. The company also says “Tintaya will also provide [it] with a unique opportunity to strengthen the [its] strategic position in southern Peru.” Together with Xstrata Copper’s existing copper business in Argentina (Minera Alumbrera which is managed and 50% owned by Xstrata), Tintaya will consolidate Xstrata’s position as a significant Latin American copper producer. Xstrata is also working on Las Bambas, a deposit lying at an elevation of 4,000-4,650 m in an isolated spot in southern Peru’s Apurimac department, one of the country’s poorest areas. Here it expects to “substantially” increase the initial resource above a recently published indicated and inferred resource of 300 Mt grading 1.1% Cu, plus molybdenum and gold values. Xstrata is engaged in the completion of a feasibility study of the project within a six year period, and has budgeted $24 million for Las Bambas in 2006. Xstrata Copper Chief Executive Charlie Sartain said the Tintaya acquisition was an important step in the execution of the business unit’s growth strategy. “One of our strategic objectives is to become a recognised leader in the copper industry. Profitable growth through acquisitions such as this will continue our rapid progress towards that objective,” he said. “Latin America will be a key part of this growth. Our current focus is on developing a significant operating division in southern Peru and continuing to extend our operations in Argentina based around the Alumbrera copper-gold mine.”Mr Sartain also emphasised Xstrata Copper’s commitment to the agreements that BHP Billiton has in place with the communities surrounding Tintaya. “We have a strong track record in working in partnership with local communities for mutual benefit in the remote locations where we operate. In relation to Tintaya we will continue to honour the commitments previously made to local communities and look forward to working together with local stakeholders through the formal dialogue processes that have been established.”It is expected that the Tintaya transaction will be completed within the next two months.last_img read more

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Ireland ceased funding for Iran antidrug programme over death penalty concerns

first_imgCONCERNS OVER AN increase in use of the death penalty in Iran led the Government to cut off aid to an anti-drug programme in the Middle Eastern country, it has emerged this morning.Ireland began donating money to the scheme — overseen by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime — in 2005, and gave approximately €600,000 over the next seven years. Some of the funds were used to assist anti-drugs police and the customs serviceA decision was made to end the country’s involvement due to concerns that drug dealers arrested were being put to death in large numbers.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Minister of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs Joe Costello said Ireland had been one of a number of countries, alongside the UK, Belgium, Denmark and others who decided to contribute to the scheme through the UN.He confirmed a decision was made to end donations following reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch detailing a “very steep increase” in death penalty use.According to the Minister: “It was being used almost exclusively for drug traffickers. Over 80 per cent of death penalties were for drug traffickers.”Asked why the Government hadn’t pulled out earlier, he said that death penalty had not been used to target those committing drug offences in the early years of the programme, and that the human rights charities’ reports had only shown “a sharp rise” in the practise “in the latter years”.Costello said the state had registered its “deep concern” over the issue with the UNODC, and said Iran’s position on the death penalty wasn’t “compatible with Ireland’s commitment to human rights”.Read: Garda operations in Dublin lead to seizures of drugs, a handgun and ammunitionRead: Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Am I an addict? No.’ – Toronto Mayorlast_img read more

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FactCheck Did the DUP really never commit to an Irish Language Act

first_img Short URL Share Tweet Email1 24,560 Views FactCheck: Did the DUP really never commit to an Irish Language Act? Edwin Poots raised some eyebrows when he refused to accept his party had agreed to an Irish Language Act at St Andrews. So is he right? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 8:15 PM LAST WEEK, A DUP member claimed that his party had never agreed to establish an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland.This caused a bit of a stir among Northern Ireland political circles as the former two power-sharing parties – the DUP and Sinn Féin – argued about whether it had been agreed as part of the peace process.Edwin Poots, a former Northern Ireland culture minister and health minister in the now dissolved Stormont Assembly, was being interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Nolan Show when he made the remark that sparked the confusion.“The DUP at no point has ever agreed to establish an Irish Language Act with the UK government, with the Irish government, with Sinn Féin or anybody else.”You can listen to the exchange yourself here (9.25).On the other side of the debate is Sinn Féin’s take. Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy, a former Minister for Regional Development in the Assembly said that the DUP committed to an Irish Language Act as part of St Andrews Agreement.Other Sinn Féin politicians have also suggested this, including Irish language spokesperson Barry McElduff, who said in response to Poots’ radio interview:“It is utterly ludicrous for Edwin Poots to suggest that the DUP did not sign up to an Irish Language Act and that it is not a matter for them. Respect is a matter for everyone.“It was part of the terms of the St Andrews Agreement. They signed up to that agreement and they have failed to implement it.”(Remember, if you see or hear a claim being made that you’re not sure about, email it in to factcheck@thejournal.ie or tweet @TJ_FactCheck).In response to FactCheck, the DUP reiterated Poots’ claims, stating that “At no point during the St Andrews talks was the issue of an Irish Language Act ever discussed with the DUP and we never made any commitment to it.”So who’s right?St Andrews Agreement The first meeting of the Northern Ireland Executive,at Stormont Castle, with First Minister Ian Paisley and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness pictured at the front (from right to left.) Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe St Andrews Agreement, signed in 2006, involved the two major parties in the North – the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), led by Dr Ian Paisley and Sinn Féin, led by Martin McGuinness in the North – agreeing to terms that would introduce a power-sharing executive (or government) to the province, which had been under direct rule since 2002.A section of that agreement states:“The Government will introduce an Irish Language Act reflecting on the experience of Wales and Ireland and work with the incoming Executive to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language.”In this context, ‘the government’ means the British government, which means that the pledge made isn’t by the DUP, but by the British government at the time.But what the British government actually legislated for after St Andrews Agreement differs from what was agreed to at St Andrews. The UK government legislated for a language strategy, which would ensure the “enhancement and protection of Irish and Ulster Scots language” – with no mention of an Irish Language Act.Although a language strategy could include an Irish Language Act, it doesn’t have to, as provisions for protecting a minority language could mean increasing funding for Gaelscoileanna, or hiring Irish language officials, and so on.So although the DUP signed the St Andrews Agreement, they never agreed themselves to implementing an Irish Language Act as part of the deal.So is there a commitment by the DUP to an Irish Language Act anywhere else?EVIDENCEWe contacted the UK House of Commons Library for them to expand on a research paper about the St Andrews Agreement, and they offered some insight into how agreement was reached.They said that during negotiations at St Andrews Agreement, the Northern Ireland parties were supposed to confirm their acceptance of the Agreement by 10 November 2006.The DUP issued a four-page consultation to its members on 18 October 2006 called “Your verdict – what is it to be?” which included contents of the Agreement and also what it saw as still under negotiation – including their stance on the Irish language.The DUP issued a statement on 9 November 2006, detailing a resolution of its Party Officers, Assembly Group, and Party Executive. This did not mention the language issue.According to the House of Commons Library spokesperson: “I have not found a further statement by the DUP before the 10 November deadline.”OppositionWe have not been able to find any mention of a commitment by the DUP in Assembly debates (there may have been claims about it, but there was no actual commitment by the DUP), in Westminster debates, or in media reports at the time of St Andrews or ever since.We also asked Sinn Féin if any of their members had received an assurance from a DUP member that an Irish Language Act would be established, but Sinn Féin did not respond to that request.WHAT WE DID FINDOutside of the St Andrews Agreement, the DUP’s stance on an Irish Language Act (ILA) has been consistent, both in parliamentary debates and in their public statements, and it has been one of consistent opposition. Here are some examples of what we found:Assembly debatesIn this Assembly debate from 2007, Edwin Poots outlines why the DUP is opposed to an ILA, saying that it could potentially cost over €291 million in the next ten years, and that it wouldn’t necessarily help the language:“…The Irish-speaking community appears to be growing in Northern Ireland, where we do not have an Irish Language Act, and declining in the Republic of Ireland, where there is legislation… An Irish Language Act would not necessarily help the language.”DUP literatureOn page 25 of the 2007 DUP Manifesto, which was published prior to the restoration of devolution, it listed “an Irish Language Act will place Irish on par with English” as an ‘opposition lie’ and claimed that this was the truth:“Parliament confirmed this would be an issue for the Assembly which will have a unionist majority. The DUP will not support an Irish Language Act.”Media reportsAnother strong statement on the Irish language came in an Irish Times article from August 2007 by DUP leader Dr Ian Paisley, entitled ‘Paisley to block Irish Language Act’.“The DUP will not support the creation of any such legislation. This was a proposal made by the two Governments (British and Irish at the St Andrews talks) and was never agreed to or even discussed with us.“As a result of the changes we secured on the decision-making process in the Assembly, the Irish language legislation would require unionist support in the Executive.”A more recent example of DUP member Gregory Campbell in 2014 is even stronger: “The DUP politician who mocked the Irish language earlier this month has said he would treat a proposed Irish Language Act ‘as no more than toilet paper’”.VERDICTThe DUP’s claim that they never agreed to establish an Irish Language Act as part of St Andrews Agreement is true, as the legislation refers to the British government’s commitment to an Irish Language Act, not the DUP’s.Although they signed up to the St Andrews Agreement, this includes a commitment by the UK government, and not the DUP. After devolution, responsibility for a language policy was transferred to the Northern Ireland Executive, but this did not include a commitment to establish an Irish Language Act.What was legislated for was a language strategy, which could include, but is not the same as, an Irish Language Act.Apart from the St Andrews Agreement, there’s no evidence that they’ve ever agreed to establish an Irish Language Act.Claim: “The DUP at no point has ever agreed to establish an Irish Language Act with the UK government, with the Irish government, with Sinn Féin or anybody else.”Verdict: TRUEThis is the first time we have fact-checked a claim by Edwin Poots. You can read his FactCheck file here.Send your FactCheck requests to factcheck@thejournal.ieTheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. FactCheck: Is Regina Doherty right to say she didn’t support the use of civil disobedience?FactCheck: You asked, we answered – ‘real unemployment’ By Gráinne Ní Aodha 43 Comments Jan 28th 2017, 8:15 PM http://jrnl.ie/3209218 last_img read more

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Chimie les chercheurs du CNRS à la rencontre des lycéens

first_imgChimie : les chercheurs du CNRS à la rencontre des lycéensL’année 2011 ayant été décrétée comme celle de la Chimie, l’Unesco et le CNRS lanceront à la fin du mois de janvier en partenariat avec l’Inspection Générale de l’Education Nationale, la campagne Des chimistes s’invitent au lycée. Pendant une semaine, des scientifiques du CNRS donneront des conférences dans de nombreux établissements scolaires.Afin d’initier les lycéens aux défis et enjeux de la chimie, et qui sait, créer des vocations, chercheurs, ingénieurs et techniciens s’inviteront dans les établissements proches de leurs laboratoires. Ils donneront des conférences, et dialogueront avec les élèves, leur offrant une approche globale et vulgarisée des recherches sur lesquelles ils travaillent.À lire aussiPourquoi le champagne fait-il des bulles ? Découvrez les secrets du breuvageLors de la semaine du 31 janvier au 5 février, ce sont 250 et 300 classes, soit près de 10.000 élèves, qui pourront ainsi découvrir les métiers de la chimie, et la diversité de ses applications, dans les domaines de l’énergie, du développement durable, du patrimoine historique, de l’astrochimie, de la santé, ou encore des parfums et du vin.A noter que cette initiative n’existe pas seulement en France. Grâce à un partenariat entre l’Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger et un laboratoire de Grenoble, les lycéens d’une vingtaine d’établissements européens et africains auront eux aussi l’occasion de découvrir la chimie. Les lycées qui n’auront pas la chance d’accueillir des chercheurs se verront proposer des visioconférences.Le 18 janvier 2011 à 20:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Updated card for WWE Royal Rumble PPV in Philadelphia

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Facebook Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Google+ Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Evercenter_img Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Following the airing of Smackdown this past Thursday, here is the updated card for the WWE Royal Rumble PPV on 1/25 live from Philadelphia on the WWE Network.30 Man Royal Rumble MatchConfirmed names as of this weekend:* Roman Reigns* Daniel Bryan* WWE U.S. Champion Rusev* Bray Wyatt* WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett* Goldust* Stardust* Big Show* Kane* Dean AmbroseWWE World Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat MatchBrock Lesnar (c) vs. John Cena vs. Seth RollinsWWE Tag Team Championships MatchThe Usos (c’s) vs. The Miz & Damien MizdowRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Seth Rollins WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Ronda Rousey Wrestleview Post-RAW #49: King of the Ring tournament discussion, RAW review Live Podcast: Review of AEW’s second PPV Fyter Fest from Daytona Beach, Florida Live Podcast: WWE Fastlane Reactions to The Shield, Becky going to WrestleManialast_img read more

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Fatal 4Way set – Winner faces Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title

first_img Twitter Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Pinterest A Fatal 4-Way match has been announced for tonight’s RAW main event, where the winner faces Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble in two weeks.Who’s in the Fatal 4-Way?John Cena vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. Finn BalorJinder Mahal wasn’t too happy with the decision and voiced his opinion to Vince McMahon backstage. Vince told Jinder to pick any of the four participants and if Jinder beats that wrestler, then he takes his spot.Jinder picks Finn Balor. Therefore, Jinder Mahal will be facing Finn Balor, where the winner competes in the Fatal 4-Way match against Cena, McIntyre and Corbin.As reported earlier, Vince McMahon stripped Braun Strowman from his Universal Championship opportunity for damaging his limousine. It is believed that Braun Strowman is still not medically cleared from his elbow injury.How did the Fatal 4-Way happen?Mr. McMahon makes his way to the ring. McMahon goes to speak, but John Cena’s music hits. Cena makes his way down to the ring to a good reception. Cena says McMahon just lost a Universal Championship on the biggest event on the Road to WrestleMania. McMahon is out here to tell someone to step up. Cena will save him the time and trouble. Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Brock Lesnar (who went to go play football) all walked off. McMahon turned to his crew of rejects and told someone to step up. Cena looked him in the eye and said he wouldn’t let him down. McMahon gave him a chance, and Cena didn’t let him down. Then McMahon gave him more chances. Cena missed birthdays, weddings, and funerals for this. Cena isn’t saying this for McMahon’s sympathy. Stepping up is missing your life and loving every second of it. Cena tells McMahon to give him a chance. He won’t let McMahon down. The Royal Rumble will be unforgettable. Cena will beat Lesnar and become a 17-time WWE Champion. How does he know? Cena has something no other WWE superstar has: ruthless aggression. Mike Tedesco’s LIVE RAW Report. Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW center_img Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sundaylast_img read more

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