Goodale says report on terror threats maligned certain communities

October 17, 2019

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first_imgOTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says future reports on terrorist threats to Canada will not refer to Sikh extremism and instead use “extremists who support violent means to establish an independent state within India.”Goodale says the language used in his department’s 2018 terror-threat report “unintentionally maligned” certain communities and is not in keeping with Canadian values.But Goodale isn’t going to change the language in the existing document, which drew ire from Canada’s Sikh community, nor has he provided public evidence backing up the decision to include Sikh extremism in the annual report for the first time.Balpreet Singh Boparai, the lawyer for the World Sikh Organization in Canada, says admitting the language was wrong and fixing it in the next report is a small step forward, but questioned why the existing report wouldn’t be revised.He also said Goodale is missing the wider concern that the government has provided no evidence of extremist threats among any Canadians who want to have an independent Sikh state within India, known as Khalistan.The House of Commons public-safety committee voted this week to summon Goodale to appear sometime before the end of June to discuss the concerns about the report.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


RCMP government skip community meeting on police oversight in Iqaluit

October 14, 2019

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first_imgKent DriscollAPTN National NewsDespite months of notice, members of the RCMP and the territorial government skipped a community meeting in Iqaluit to discuss police oversight in Nunavut.About 40 members of the community gathered in Iqaluit’s soup kitchen for a meeting organized by local journalist Thomas Rohner, and featured Senator Kim Pate, a long time prisoners advocate, and Tamara Fairchild from the Legal Services Board of Nunavut.The role of Nunavut’s RCMP has been under fire in recent months, as the number of police shootings has increased.Members of Nunavut’s RCMP have shot and killed three people in the last six months.The latest shooting occurred May when police shot and killed Jeremy Nivviaq in Hall Beach, NU.Ottawa Police have been called in the investigate the shooting.The results of the investigation will not be released to the public.To date, no Mountie has been charged or disciplined for any of the shootings.The other men shot and killed in Nunavut in recent months are Charles Qirngnirq, 21 who was killed in Gjoa Haven Dec. 19, 2016. And a 20-year-old man in Pond Inlet who died in March, 2017. Police are not releasing the man’s name or whether officers shot him or he killed himself.In February, an Iqaluit drunk driver received a lesser sentence because he was assaulted by RCMP.Two recent cases of men being beaten by RCMP in their cells on video were dismissed by the Ottawa Police Service, the outside police brought in when Nunavut RCMP need to be investigated.Former Premier Paul Okalik has called for a different agency to investigate RCMP, and the Justice Department is currently studying their options, with no clear goal or timeline established. Nunavut’s Justice Department is the contractor for Nunavut’s RCMP, and the outside force chosen is their decision.Nunavut’s RCMP cited a scheduling conflict as the reason they were not in attendance – and the Government of Nunavut Justice Department responded in writing.“We will not be attending this meeting given the need to first complete the work the Department of Justice is currently undertaking on this issue… we are intending to commence community engagement and public discussion of this matter in due course.”Even without the Justice Department, the meeting was almost entirely comprised of community engagement and public discussion. Rohner acted as host, and explained a recent study from the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.The study explains different methods for police oversight, ranging from completely internal to completely done by civilians.This work is new, and Rohner sees an opportunity for Nunavut to lead.“There’s a huge lack of data, a lack of information. That means policy makers are operating in a black box. They’re at a point now where it is trial and error. Because of that, Nunavut has the opportunity to forge its own path, instead of justcopying what they find in other jurisdictions,” said Rohner.Fairchild explained to the crowd how the Legal Services Board of Nunavut helps those charged with a crime, reminding the audience of some of their rights when dealing with police.“You have the right to call a lawyer. I’m a lawyer and if I was arrested, I would call a lawyer. If you’re detained, the question you should have for police is ‘are you free to go’? If you’re not free to go, you’re being detained, and have the right to speak with a lawyer,” said Fairchild.Senator Pate is the former executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, a group that helps women transition from prison to life outside. She called for more local involvement in correctional choices.“When I was at the jails today, I asked how many non-Inuit were jailed. I was told, most times, there’s nobody but Inuit in the jails here,” said Pate. “It seems to me that the overlay of the system means that those who have come to develop those systems, develop them in what appears to be an equal fashion. But in fact, it’sa completely unequal application, because not everybody is starting on the same foot.”Once the formal part of the presentation was over, the floor was opened for discussion, and two translators tried to translate their culture as well as their words. Mary Wilman and Elisapi Aningmiuq were in attendance, and volunteered to translate after seeing some unilingual elders in the back of the room.After translating, both were urged to speak, providing a long view of Inuit history and of the City of Iqaluit.Aningmiuq told the crowd about the Inuit experience in Iqaluit, where the system can seem overwhelming.“For us, for Inuit, it’s very intimidating to go to the correctional facility, it’s even intimidating to even go to an office sometimes,” said Aningmiuq. “It’s even intimidating to make a phone call. If they say ‘there’s no one here to answer your call at the moment, if it is an unilingual Inuk, they may have no idea what you’re talking about.”Wilman is a former Iqaluit mayor and a longtime Iqaluit resident.Frustration with repeated processes, and disregarding the previous ones, is always a relevant topic at Iqaluit community meetings.“It’s been 40 or 50 years we’ve been talking about these topics. It’s like a broken record, to me. 20 years ago, I was a facilator, and there were wonderful suggestions made at that time,” said Wilman. Kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more


Israel to respond strongly against those who attempt to harm Netanyahu

October 12, 2019

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first_imgJERUSALEM – Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu says the Israeli government will respond strongly against those who attempt to harm Israel, in response to an attack on Gaza on Sunday morning.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “Hamas should take into account that Israel would respond strongly against those who attempt to harm the country.”In response to a Gaza attack on Sunday morning, Netanyahu said the Israeli government is committed to “protecting tranquility in the south” and that they will continue their policy of pre-emptive action. Israeli air forces attacked a Palestinian, allegedly held responsible for launching five rockets towards southern Israel last week.UN Science, Education and Culture Organization (UNESCO) cancelled a planned exhibition this weekend in France titled “Ties Between Jews and the Land of Israel” because it could harm peace talks between Palestine and Israel.Netanyahu strongly criticized the cancellation of the exhibition, which he said would not harm negotiations.‘’Negotiations are based on facts,’’ Netanyahu said. ‘’Truth does not hurt.’’Netanyahu, who will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos between January 22 and 25, is scheduled to meet Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and respective managers at Google and Yahoo.last_img read more


Closing Bell TSX falls Wall Street rises as Fed signals its in

October 8, 2019

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TORONTO — North American markets were mixed Wednesday as the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled it still plans on keeping its key interest rate at a record low for a considerable time.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,458.88-51.66 -0.33%S&P 500 —  2,001.57 +2.59 0.13%Dow — 17,156.85 +24.88 0.15%Nasdaq — 4,562.19 +9.43 0.21%The S&P/TSX composite index fell 51.66 points to 15,458.88, weighed down by gold and energy stocks. The Canadian dollar dipped 0.28 of a cent to 90.88 cents US.The U.S. central bank says it will keep its benchmark rate near zero as long as inflation remains under control and until it sees consistent growth in wages, long-term unemployment and other gauges in the job market. It says it will also make another $10-billion cut in the pace of its monthly bond purchases, which have fuelled stock markets and kept long-term borrowing rates low. The program is still slated to end in October.Most economists have said they think the Fed will raise rates starting around mid-2015. But as the U.S. economy has strengthened, speculation had intensified about whether it might do so sooner, perhaps by March.There was little reaction to the Fed’s decision to not move on interest rates. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials was ahead 24.88 points to close at a record high of 17,156.85. The Nasdaq was up 9.43 points at 4,562.19, and the S&P 500 index advanced 2.59 points to 2,001.57.“With (quantitative easing) ending next month, inflation cooling a bit, and the economic data muddled (the Q2 rebound from Q1 making it hard to discern underlying trends), the Fed opted to hold its ground,” Michael Gregory, managing director and deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets said in a note.Ian Nakamoto, a director of research at 3Macs, said much of the Fed’s decision is “data dependent” and signs are still pretty mixed on when the U.S. economy will be able to withstand a hike in short-term interest rates.“In the back of my mind, they’re going to err on the side of being cautious,” said Nakamoto. “(Yellen) is still very cautious of the stability of the U.S. economy.”Before the policy announcement, the U.S. government reported that consumer prices fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.2% in August, the first monthly drop in prices in 16 months.Meanwhile, the other major event that is adding some volatility to markets is Thursday’s Scottish referendum on independence. Polls show the Yes and No camps are neck and neck, with undecided voters expected to be the difference. Secession would have complications for Scotland, from currency to its membership in the European Union and NATO.In corporate news, U.S. Steel Canada has filed for court-supervised protection to give it a chance to restructure to better compete in the North American steel industry. The former Stelco Inc, which U.S. Steel bought in 2007, has recorded operating losses in the last five years for about $2.4 billion, the company and its parent, U.S. Steel, said in statements after markets closed on Tuesday.In commodities, the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped 46 cents to US$94.42 a barrel. December gold bullion fell 80 cents to US$1,235.90 an ounce, while December copper dipped two cents to US$3.14 a pound.TOP STORIESFed to end bond buying next month, renews pledge to keep rates low for ‘considerable time’U.S. Steel stock soars after Canadian unit files for creditor protectionTwo new iPads? The release of OS X Yosemite? Apple is planning another event on Oct. 21, report saysToronto and Vancouver’s red-hot housing markets aren’t as ‘insane’ as they look, says CIBC’s top economistThe reviews are out and everyone is saying the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone you can buyApple released iOS 8 today, but whatever you do, don’t put it on your iPhone 4SWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m. International securities transactions (July)UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 305,000 new claims, down from last week Housing starts, building permits (Aug): Economists expect 5.2% decline in starts, 1.6% decline in permits 10 a.m.Philadelphia Fed Index (Sept): Economists expect reading of 23, down from last month 12 p.m.Flow of funds CORPORATE NEWSCANADAGluskin Sheff + Associates Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.10 a share UNITED STATESConAgra Foods Inc  Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 35¢ a share Oracle Corp   Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 64¢ a share Red Hat Inc   Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 38¢ a share read more


UNbacked treaty on hazardous chemicals to come into force in February

October 6, 2019

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Armenia’s action triggered the 90-day countdown for the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade to become effective on 24 February. “Thanks to the Rotterdam Convention, we now have an effective system in place for avoiding many of the deadly mistakes made in past decades when people were less aware of the dangers of toxic chemicals,” the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Töpfer, said in a statement. Jointly supported by UNEP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Rotterdam Convention enables importing countries to decide which potentially hazardous chemicals they want to receive and to exclude those they cannot manage safely. “This new regime offers its member governments, particularly in developing countries, the tools they need to protect their citizens, clean up obsolete stockpiles of pesticides and strengthen their chemicals management. Governments need to become members as quickly as possible so that they can reap these benefits and participate in shaping key decisions that must be taken next year”, Mr. Töpfer said. “Inappropriate pesticides and their misuse still threaten health and environment in developing countries,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf added in a statement. “We recognize that, in meeting the increased demand for food production, pesticides will continue to be used. The Rotterdam Convention provides countries with a major tool to reduce the risks associated with pesticide use.” Most of the Parties of the Rotterdam Convention, so far, are developing countries. Many pesticides that have been banned or whose use has been severely restricted in industrialized countries are still marketed and used in developing countries. Now, when trade is permitted, requirements for labelling and providing information on potential health and environmental effects will promote safer use. The Convention starts with 27 chemicals but five more pesticides have already been flagged for inclusion, and many more substances are likely to be added in the future. Some pesticides covered by the Convention, such as monocrotophos and parathion, are extremely hazardous and can present a severe threat to the health of farmers in developing countries. The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention will take place in Geneva in late 2004. read more


Chinese nuclear power plant says it plans IPO suggesting construction boom resuming

October 6, 2019

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 6, 2012 8:29 am MDT Chinese nuclear power plant says it plans IPO, suggesting construction boom resuming BEIJING, China – China’s main developer of nuclear power plants says it plans to raise money with an initial public offering, suggesting an industry building boom is resuming after being suspended following Japan’s nuclear disaster last year.The IPO will help to pay for a 173.5 billion yuan ($27 billion) program to build or expand five nuclear power plants, China National Nuclear Power Corp. said in a statement on the Environment Ministry website.The statement, dated Tuesday, said the share sale will take place in China but gave no timetable or a fundraising target. There was no indication whether the share sale has been approved by securities regulators.China has ambitious plans to have more than 100 reactors operating by 2020 to help curb surging demand for coal and imported oil and gas. But development was suspended after Japan’s March 2011 tsunami crippled the Fukushima power plant, causing the worst nuclear disaster since Chornobyl in 1986.Authorities launched an inspection of China’s 13 operating reactors following the Fukushima disaster and said they found no problems. They said they were reviewing work on the 28 reactors under construction.China is the world’s biggest energy consumer. Increasing use of nuclear power is a key part of Beijing’s plans to curb demand for fossil fuels, though coal is forecast to remain the country’s main energy source for decades.A separate Environment Ministry statement said China National Nuclear Power Corp. had passed an environmental inspection required before an IPO can be approved by securities regulators.IPO proceeds will help pay for work on nuclear power plants in Fujian, Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces in the southeast, Jiangsu province north of Shanghai and on the southern island of Hainan, the company said.It said those projects already have been approved by the Cabinet’s planning agency.In another indication industry development is about to resume, the Cabinet said last week it approved a five-year plan for nuclear security and handling of radioactive contaminants and set goals through 2020 on the issue.The nuclear power company was created in December 2011 as part of a restructuring of its parent, the state-owned China National Nuclear Corp. read more


UN agencies shocked and saddened by vaccination deaths in Syria

October 2, 2019

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“How this could have physically happened is unclear. It is not the first time, but is, nonetheless, the biggest tragic incident of that kind,” Christian Lindmeier, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), told journalists in Geneva today. Mr. Lindmeier explained that manufacturers produced freeze dried vaccine powder and diluent. They were then shipped together to a hub, where the diluent had been kept in a refrigerator with a muscle relaxant – Atracurium – which was normally used for anaesthesia. On the day of immunization, however, it appears that the vaccines were shipped further to health facilities, where they were first mixed and then administered. The muscle relaxant, which had contaminated the vaccines, was working according to the weight. Therefore, all children who died were under the age of two, while the older ones survived with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting. The tragedy, as Mr. Lindmeier stated, all hinted to a very bad human error, which seemed to be twofold: during both packing and unpacking the vaccines. He went on to say that the Measles Task Force on the ground, the non-governmental organization running the campaign, had immediately suspended the vaccinations. A joint statement by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and WHO issued Wednesday stressed that “establishing the precise cause of the children’s deaths is vital.” The statement further announced that WHO has deployed a team of three experts to assist those carrying out the investigation in Idlib and will report back immediately. Moreover, WHO is also providing advice and protocols for the investigation of adverse events following immunization. “The biggest challenge now is to continue the investigation,” said Mr. Lindmeier, underscoring that it is as vital to fully establish the cause as to continue the measles immunization campaign as soon as possible and rebuild the trust. “Measles is a particular threat to children who have been displaced from their homes and communities, and who are living in camps or other insanitary conditions,” said the joint statement. In 2006, more than 99 per cent of infants had been immunized against measles. read more


SMMT Update – 22 November 2013

October 2, 2019

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SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from SMMT’s Chief Executive.CLICK HERE: SMMT Update 295 online.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)


Fashion designer to Duchess of Cambridge I dressed royalty but investors treated

September 25, 2019

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first_img 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. She continued to try to raise funds soon after. “About three weeks after I had my baby, I remember going out to meet some investors, looking down and seeing I had baby sick on my top. It [the meeting] didn’t go very well.“I always say to my friends who have businesses and who are having babies – get fundraising done before. But you can never time these things.” Just nine per cent of funding for UK start-ups goes to women-run businesses in the UK each year, according to the Entrepreneurs Network. Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan, her business partner, have had to rely more on crowdfunding and raising money from family and friends to get their business off the ground. More recently, they received venture capital backing from a fund that invested in other female entrepreneurs as well.Beulah was founded eight years ago with a mission to help human trafficking victims in India.It donates 10 per cent of its profits and also employs hundreds of women affected by trafficking there. Her clothes have been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge Her clothes have been worn by the Duchess of Cambridgecenter_img Two months ago, the two entrepreneurs were invited to Downing Street to discuss the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking.Rufus Isaacs is the latest of a number of high-profile women who support the Women Mean Business campaign, including Samantha Cameron, Mary Portas and Baroness Brady.It was launched to highlight the difficulties women face in securing funding for their businesses. Rufus Isaacs, married to Rupert Finch, a lawyer, with two children, Georgia, three, and Sienna, 10 months, is a childhood friend of the Duke of Cambridge.Even though her clothes had already gathered many A-list fans by that point, Rufus Isaacs said her business was “not taken seriously – maybe it was seen as more of a hobby”.The investors she met were “mostly men”, and her attempts to win their backing were unsuccessful. “I remember I heard that an investment fell through on the day I gave birth,” she said. “It was just too much.” Men are 86 per cent more likely to be funded by venture capital and 56 per cent more likely to secure angel investment than women. A fashion designer whose clothes have been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge says she struggled to raise money for her business while pregnant because male investors treated her work as “a hobby”.Natasha Rufus Isaacs, who runs Beulah, a fashion label that also counts Kate Moss and Jessica Alba among its fans, revealed how tough she found raising venture capital, even five years after it had been established.The entrepreneur has backed The Daily Telegraph’s Women Mean Business campaign, which aims to tackle the disparities in start-up funding between men and women.“I was eight months’ pregnant while raising our third funding round,” Rufus Isaacs said. “I remember coming into meetings and feeling like it was the elephant in the room.“I was asked a couple of times by men, ‘Do you think you’ll come back?’”last_img read more


Tobago taxi businessman chopped to death

September 25, 2019

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(Trinidad Express) A taxi cab company owner is Tobago’s first murder victim for the year.Businessman James Wise was found dead this morning in the yard of his home at Crompston Trace, Crown Point.The body bore chop wounds.Wise was found unresponsive at around 6 a.m.He was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide investigators and officers of the Crown Point CID are currently at the scene of the crime. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: Bandit shot dead by Businessman during daring robberyJuly 14, 2014In “Crime”Berserk Businessman kills four before turning gun on himself in three hour standoffNovember 12, 2013In “Crime”Taxi Drivers charged with murder of Multiplex Mall ownerJuly 20, 2015In “Crime” read more


Camera attached to an eagle creates amazing flight video

September 21, 2019

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first_imgHigh definition wearable cameras have produced some fantastic videos when attached to a human. For example, the skydivers who wear wingsuits and buzz the ground, downhill mountain bikers, the inside a fighter jet during take off and flying, or the many parkour and skateboard first-person perspective videos that have appeared. But what about if you managed to attach such a camera to a bird and captured it flying?That’s what YouTube user Srachi managed to do by attaching what is thought to be a GoPro camera to the back of an eagle. The video below shows that eagle in flight above the Mar De Glace area in Charmonix.There’s a question mark over whether this is actually a GoPro camera being used, but that hasn’t stopped GoPro requesting more details via the YouTube comments and wanting to get more footage of the eagle flight on the official GoPro site. Little is known about the video in general, but you can see what looks to be the eagle’s handler sitting on the ground below at one point in the footage.The type of camera being used isn’t important, it’s the footage that we’re interested in. It demonstrates just how smooth the flight of a bird can be, even if they are carrying extra weight on their backs. This also confirms nothing can beat a bird’s eye view of such beautiful scenery, and shows us why flying drones carrying HD cameras are only going to get more popular, both with the general public and for surveillance purposes.last_img read more


More deaths in the Aegean

September 21, 2019

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepared to discuss the refugee crisis in Istanbul on Sunday, at least five more migrants died in the Aegean.A boy was pronounced dead after arriving on the island of Farmakonisi with another 109 migrants aboard a smuggling vessel. According to an account by the boy’s parents, who were also on the boat, the child fell off the boat close to shore. He was pulled back aboard but remained unconscious and was pronounced dead by a local doctor.In another incident, off Kastellorizo, a sailing boat reported the discovery of a dead baby on Sunday morning. A Coast Guard vessel was subsequently dispatched and discovered the bodies of two women and a small boy.According to the accounts of the 11 survivors, a man remained unaccounted for. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more


Lt Governor Mallot and Sen Sullivan talk transboundary mining with Canadian officials

September 9, 2019

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first_imgLt. Governor Byron Mallot and Sen. Dan Sullivan met with Canadian officials last Sunday and Monday to press for more U.S. input on transboundary mines.Listen nowSullivan says he wants Alaska and the U.S. to be more involved in the permitting process for mines located in Canadian watersheds that drain into Southeast Alaska. He also wants Canada to require mine operators compensate impacted Alaskans in case of environmental disasters.“To protect essentially our economy, whether it’s fisheries or tourism in Southeast Alaska,” Sullivan said. “If, god forbid, we had a Mount Polley type disaster that went into our waters.”In 2014, the Mount Polley Mine tailings dam collapsed, releasing millions of gallons of waste into nearby lakes and the Cariboo River. The disaster has raised fears that similar accidents in the future could hurt the region’s salmon runs.Mallott and Sullivan also asked Canada to join water quality testing in Southeast waters. And the Alaskan officials requested the immediate reclamation of the Tulsequah Chief mine. It is an abandoned mine in British Columbia that continues to leak toxic water into a tributary of the Taku River near Juneau.“What we’ve been able to do is A) emphasize that it’s important to the federal government and B) that it’s really important to us as Alaskans,” Sullivan said. “And we put forward some specific requests. And we’re going to press on those. And I think they are legitimate requests… we certainly hope our Canadian friends will follow up with us to work on it.”The U.S. State Department sent a letter to Sullivan saying it and the EPA are also talking to the Canadian government about these issues.last_img read more


OK Kanmani After Komban Masss Baahubali Studio Green Acquires Theatrical Rights of

September 5, 2019

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first_img“OK Kanmani”Facebook/ OK KanmaniStudio Green is now making sure that it has the right films in its hands for distribution. The latest we hear is that the company had bagged Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of the upcoming Mani Ratnam romantic flick “OK Kanmani”.Reports indicate that Gnanavelraja’s Studio Green has acquired the theatrical rights of the movie for a decent amount and planning to release the flick in April 2015.Meanwhile, Studio Green is now getting ready to release some of the big movies of the season. It has scheduled the release of “Komban” starring Karthi; bilingual biggie “Baahubali” starring Prabhas and Suriya’s much-awaited flick “Masss”.The team of “OK Kanmani” has already created waves among audiences as well as in the industry with teaser and trailer of the movie. The trailer of the movie, which features lead actors Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen in the lead, crossed 1 million views within a day of its release.The trailer in fact took the audience back to Mani Ratnam’s hit romantic flick “Alaiypayuthey” starring Madhavan and Shalini. Cinematography by PC Sreeram and music by AR Rahman are seen as major highlights of the trailer. The romantic chemistry between the lead pair has raised expectations from the film.”OK Kanmani” is touted as an urban love story; while Dulquer Salmaan plays the character of Aadi, Nithya plays Tara. The character Aadi is seen as someone who stays away from commitments in relationship and Tara is one who enjoys the idea of “live the moment to the fullest.”Vairamuthu has penned the lyrics for AR Rahman’s music in the film, which is being produced by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies.last_img read more


Find My iPhone App Helps Catch HitandRun Suspect

September 1, 2019

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first_img A 32-year-old man who went on a hit-and-run spree on Thanksgiving night in Outagamie County, Wisconsin has been identified, and police say a phone app played a crucial role in his arrest.Jonathan Harper was arrested after police said he caused a number of crashes, and stole at least two vehicles, one of which had a 14-year-old girl and a rifle inside, according to Fox 11 News.The teenager  managed to jump out of the truck while he started driving away, leaving her phone inside. She remembered she had installed the “Find My iPhone” just a day earlier, and ended up aiding investigators.AdChoices广告“We had a location; a general area of where he fled but, beyond that, we didn’t know,” Staff Sgt. Ryan Carpenter of the Outagamie Co. Sheriff’s Office told Fox 11 News.Find My iPhone app (Photo Credit: Apple Inc. App Store)“They didn’t know where he was, but my phone was with him, so they could trace him with that, so I was like telling everybody, ‘You have to like, give me a phone!’” the teen, who Fox 11 did not name to protect her identity, said.Using a friend’s phone, she was able to sign into the “Find My iPhone” app, and locate where the device was at, which eventually led to police finding and locating the suspect, as well as the vehicle.According to Carpenter, the suspect was found about eight miles away from his last known location, so it “would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.”“She literally tracked [the phone] the whole entire time, so the law enforcement kind of surrounded her, and she showed them where it was,” the teenagers’s mother — and a witness herself —said. “It was incredible.”Harper could face a slew of charges, including multiple counts of vehicle theft and kidnapping, and was scheduled to appear in Outagamie County Court on Tuesday afternoon.More on Geek.com:Suspect Remotely Wipes iPhone X While It Sits in Police EvidenceGuy’s $650 World Series Ticket Stolen By Scammer Through Instagram PhotoThis App Tells You How (Legally) Stoned You Are Woman Tries to Buy an Audi With Bills Printed on Inkjet PrinterChild Finds $40,000 Worth of Meth Inside Lego Box Stay on targetlast_img read more


Mitochondria and the art of DNA maintenance

August 31, 2019

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first_img , Nature Communications One might then ask: Do mitochondria contain linear DNA? The correct answer to this second, and somewhat sneaky question is, again, affirmative. Nucleoids in mitochondria do need to be circular in order for the machinery that copies their DNA to work. Transcription in mitochondria is directly coupled to replication, and also requires circularized nucleoids. However, linear nucleoids exist in a healthy state of equilibrium with circular nucleoids within the mitochondria network. This provides a way for the cell or tissue to control the abundance of mtDNA directly, and by implication, the state and abundance of mitochondria.What is the fate of linear mtDNA? Double-strand breaks (DSBs) are continually generated as a byproduct of replication stalling, or from failed DNA repair of damaged and incorrectly replicated nucleotides. Although nucleoids can normally replicate themselves in about 90 minutes, DNA polymerases are hung out to dry when nucleotide stores are insufficient or become improperly balanced. When that happens, things break down; essential factors begin to leave the replication-transcription complex, and proper proofreading becomes a frequent casualty.Complete double-strand breaks are generally considered to be the worst of the worst when it comes to DNA damage. Loose ends are basically live wires that can readily recombine in dangerous ways to wreak transgenerational havoc. Linear chromosomes in the nucleus use telomeres to guard their loose ends from degradation by ubiquitous nucleases. Replication of these special protective features requires a different process from replicating the rest of the chromosome. While mitochondria are shown to be capable of repairing some DSBs using homologous recombination and DNA ligases, the more common way of dealing with DSBs is to chomp up with exonucleases.Until recently, it was not understood how linear mtDNA was degraded. Authors of a new paper in Nature have now shown that the same exact machinery responsible for replicating mtDNA also polices it for breaks. The three main proteins involved, the helicase TWNK, the polymerase POLG, and the exonuclease MGME1, were found to bind together into a functional unit. TWNK first acts to unwind the DNA so that the individual strands can be accessed. MGME1, which has a strong bias for operation in the 5′ to 3′ direction of single-stranded DNA then begins to digest one strand. Mitochondria showing nucleoid content. Credit: ScienceStruck This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Mitochondria with nucleoids Credit: msu.edu Explore further Citation: Mitochondria and the art of DNA maintenance (2018, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-mitochondria-art-dna-maintenance.html Humans have 46 chromosomes, and each one is capped at either end by repetitive sequences called telomeres. If you ask a biologist if humans have circular DNA, they are likely to say ‘no.’ That is because eukaryotic cell nuclei have linear chromosomes, while prokaryotes have circular nucleoids and plasmids. However, biologists also know that most of our cells have mitochondria that do, in fact, retain the circular DNA, the chromosome ‘M,’ which they inherited from their prokaryotic ancestors.center_img More information: Viktoriya Peeva et al. Linear mitochondrial DNA is rapidly degraded by components of the replication machinery, Nature Communications (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04131-w © 2018 Phys.org Since the subunits of POLG are encoded in the nucleus (within the mitonuclear genome) it may be possible to correct buggy versions of POLG using CRISPR gene editing techniques. Mutations within the mtDNA itself frequently result in other kinds of mitochondrial disorders. Sometimes, specific combinations of normally benign mtDNA variants can even create disease states. Unfortunately, CRISPR doesn’t make much sense for editing the minimal, compact genomes of mitochondria. There are very few candidate sites where CRISPR would even be physically possible in mtDNA. For these kinds of issues, new designer nucleases like TALENs (Transcription Activator-like Effector Nucleases) and ZFNs (Zinc Finger Nucleases) that can cut DNA at specific locations have recently become available. The beauty of the so-called disposable genome of mitochondria, is that full-blown gene editing isn’t necessary to fix disease. All one need do is crack open any offending nucleoids, and then let the endogenous degradation systems do their thing. The main difficulty, here, is figuring out where the bad nucleoids are predominantly located, and how to exclusively target them. It is widely appreciated that different tissues can be preferentially depleted of healthy mitochondria, or selectively accumulate damaged mtDNA. For example, fibroblasts and skeletal muscle are associated with specific bodily pathologies, while the retina and cerebellum with specific insults to nerve function.Assuming one can replenish mtDNA via direct injection at key access points in the body, it would be possible to improve stocks across the board by alternate cycles of mitochondrial binging and purging. In other words, good mitochondria, in suitably encapsulated from, could be periodically transplanted into blood, CSF, or muscle. Then, after some delay, nuclease therapy could alternately introduce DSBs and a period of subsequent degradation. This would have the effect of diluting away the bad mitochondria to any arbitrarily small concentration, at least in theory. Such a strategy would not even require the nucleases to be perfectly selective in targeting the mutated portions of mtDNA.Another approach, which we might call “mitochondria immunotherapies,” could also be a way to apply more power to the problem of clonally expanding mutant mtDNA. This would operate similarly to the now very successful cancer immunotherapies. In certain disease conditions, such as primary biliary cirrhosis, the immune system mistakenly interprets native mitochondrially localized antigens as foreign enemies. In this case, it is the E2 subunit of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex found in the mitochondrial matrix that is the culprit. The immune system can also recognize particular de-novo mutated mitochondrial products, as well as prokaryotic features of bare mtDNA. For example, hypomethylated CpG sites or oxidative damaged mtDNA can be highly immunogenic if presented by white blood cells in blood or tissue.Some additional insights (and warnings) into how double-strand breaks might occur and resolve have been provided by researchers Doug Turnbill and Robert Taylor from the Wellcome Center for Mitochondrial Research. In one particular paper, they proposed that mtDNA deletions are most commonly generated during repair of DNA damage as opposed to replication errors. More specifically, they offer that characteristic deletions are initiated by single-stranded segments of mtDNA that were, in turn, generated by exonucleases attacking double-strand breaks. The free single strands would be able to anneal with microhomology or repeat sequences on other single-stranded mtDNA, and undergo repair to an intact but partially deleted state.In a later paper, these researchers reported that patients with mitochondrial disease who showed considerable neuronal loss in the substantia nigra all had POLG mutations. Considering the fact that in completely normal and healthy people, about half of all the mtDNA found in neurons of their substantia nigra harbors at least one deletion, developing treatments to fix these predictable insults should be a critical focus of the rapidly developing field of mitochondrial medicine. Journal information: Nature The key insight the authors made is that the other strand is simultaneously processed by the native 3′ to 5′ exonuclease activity built into the primary subunit of the POLG polymerase. Introducing specific mutations to eliminate the exonuclease action resulted in a compromised ability to degrade linear mtDNA. POLG mutations are a frequent cause of mitochondrial disease, especially in mtDNA depletion and deletion disorders. Sizeable databases now exist just to keep track of newly reported POLG variants and all their known effects. Scientists discover novel mechanism that protects mitochondrial DNAlast_img read more


Roger Goodell cant stop abusing his power

August 30, 2019

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first_imgNick Wright in for ColinNick says:Jim  Harbaugh makes more than the Governor of Michigan. Answer some questions.In a GQ intereview, Cam Newton said he left the Super Bowl press conference to cry his eyes out. Are you happy now?Diving across the finish line to win a gold medal is totally acceptable.Guests:Dana White – UFC President looks ahead to McGregor/Diaz, whther this fight will be a bigger UFC event than UFC 200, how he avoids overreaching with his power,John Lynch – Former Bucs and Broncos Pro Bowler and Fox NFL Analyst talks about his baseball career, how Bill  Walsh convinced him not to quit football, the upcoming NFL season, and whether he thinks he’s a hall of famer.Michael McCann – Sports Illustrated legal analyst provides legal insight on the four NFL players threatened with suspension by Roger Goodell over the Al-Jazeera report, whether they should just meet with Goodell to avoid the suspension, and if Roger Goodell has too much power.last_img read more


New York lesbian professor accused of sexually harassing gay student

August 29, 2019

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first_img‘These communications were repeatedly invited, responded to and encouraged by him over a period of three years.’A group of scholars sent a letter to NYU defending Ronell.‘Although we have no access to the confidential dossier, we have all worked for many years in close proximity to Professor Ronell,’ it reads.They also added some of them know Reitman.‘We deplore the damage that this legal proceeding causes her, and seek to register in clear terms our objection to any judgment against her.  We hold that the allegations against her do not constitute actual evidence, but rather support the view that malicious intention has animated and sustained this legal nightmare.’Unfortunate and regretfulJohn Beckman, NYU spokesman, released a statement to GSN about the situation.‘When Nimrod Reitman first came to NYU’s Title IX office — two years after he graduated — the staff there took his reports of sexual misconduct very seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that concluded that he was, in fact, the victim of sexual misconduct.’He further confirmed that Ronell has been suspended from the university, and ‘any meetings she has with students at some future time must be supervised’.The school is also looking into the other claims, like retaliation.‘The University takes the issue of sexual misconduct seriously — indeed, training on sexual misconduct is universally required — and regrets the troubling behavior to which Mr. Reitman was subjected,’ he continued.‘Nevertheless, we think the lawsuit filed today is unfortunate. We have been trying to come to a fair settlement with Mr. Reitman, but his demands remain unreasonably high — many millions of dollars. We shall continue to try to come to terms with him and work to help him put this unfortunate chapter behind him.’More from Gay Star NewsOklahoma school district shuts down after parents threaten trans studentLindsay Lohan says the Me Too movement makes women ‘look weak’‘Surprised and saddened’: Robin Wright breaks silence on Kevin SpaceyGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) An 11-month Title IX investigation recently found New York University Professor Avital Ronell resonsible for sexually harassing her gay student, Nimrod Reitman. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Uber driver who kicked out lesbian couple for kissing regains licenseDemocratic senators ‘disappointed and alarmed’ by anti-LGBTI Betsy DeVosDonald Trump mocks the ‘Me Too’ movement at rallyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/new-york-lesbian-professor-sexually-harassing-gay-student/center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Professor Avital Ronell | Photo: Facebook/Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft The New York Times first reported the story.Ronell, a lesbian, teaches German and Comparative Literature at the school. One colleague described her as ‘one of the very few philosopher-stars of this world’.Title IX is a statute that’s part of the Education Amendment of 1972.It states: ‘No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.’Reitman accused Ronell of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and retaliation. NYU concluded the investigation in May and found Ronell responsible for sexual harassment, and cleared her of the remaining charges. The Title IX report said there was not enough evidence to support the rest.Reitman is now preparing a lawsuit against NYU and Ronell.What did the investigation find?Ultimately, the investigation found Ronell responsible for three years of harassment, both physical and verbal.NYT obtained excerpts from the final report, in which Reitman alleged several examples of such harassment. In emails to him, Ronell reportedly referred to him as ‘my most adored one’, ‘sweet cuddly baby’, ‘cock-er spaniel’, and ‘my astounding and beautiful Nimrod’.Reitman, who is now 34 and married, said Ronell kissed and touched him numerous times, slept in his bed with him and required him to lie in her bed, held his hand, texted, emailed and called him constantly. He also said she would refuse to work with him unless he reciprocated.He said it all began in 2012, before he started school.Ronell allegedly invited him to stay with her in Paris for a few days.‘She put my hands onto her breasts, and was pressing herself — her buttocks — onto my crotch,’ he said. ‘She was kissing me, kissing my hands, kissing my torso.’He reportedly told her what happened ‘was not OK’.NYU flag | Photo: Flickr/jpellgenDenying itIn a statement, Ronell denied the claims.‘Our communications — which Reitman now claims constituted sexual harassment — were between two adults, a gay man and a queer woman, who share an Israeli heritage, as well as a penchant for florid and campy communications arising from our common academic backgrounds and sensibilities,’ she said.last_img read more


Lawsuit over Trumps 1st attempt to ban travel is settled

August 19, 2019

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first_imgTags: America, Donald Trump NEW YORK — Foreigners who were barred from entering the U.S. during President Donald Trump’s first attempt to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority nations will get government help reapplying for visas under a lawsuit settlement reached Thursday.Civil rights lawyers and the Trump administration announced the deal during a conference call in federal court in Brooklyn, one scene of the legal battle over the treatment of hundreds of travellers who were processed at U.S. airports over a chaotic weekend in January.Under the terms of the settlement, the government agreed to notify an unspecified number of people overseas who were banned that they can reapply for visas with the help of a Department of Justice liaison for a three-month period. In return, the plaintiffs said they would drop all their claims.“We are pleased with the settlement and that this chapter in the fight is done,” said American Civil Liberties Union Attorney Lee Gerlent.Gerlent said it’s unclear how many people will benefit from the settlement because the government has refused to disclose the total.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckA DOJ statement read, “Although this case has been moot since March, when the president rescinded the original executive order and issued a new one that does not restrict the entry of Iraqi nationals, the U.S. government has elected to settle this case on favourable terms.”The ACLU, along with the National Immigration Law Center and the International Refugee Assistance Project, sued on behalf of two Iraqui nationals after the Trump administration implemented a policy Jan. 27 that barred entry of visa-holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. One of the plaintiffs was Hameed Khalid Darweesh, a translator who has done work for the U.S. military, who was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport.A federal judge blocked the ban eight days later in a ruling upheld by a circuit court. Rather than pursue an appeal, the administration said it would revise the policy.In June, the Supreme Court found that the narrower order could be enforced if those visitors lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Friday, September 1, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Lawsuit over Trump’s 1st attempt to ban travel is settledlast_img read more


Taylor Capital to Expand Mortgage Lending Operations

August 15, 2019

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first_imgTaylor Capital to Expand Mortgage Lending Operations in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Taylor Capital Group, Inc.””:http://www.taylorcapitalgroup.com/, is initiating a major expansion of its mortgage division. The group recently announced plans to double the number of branches for “”Cole Taylor Mortgage (CTM)””:http://www.coletaylormortgage.com/, which serves as the company’s lending unit through Taylor Capital subsidiary, “”Cole Taylor Bank (CTB)””:http://www.coletaylor.com/.[IMAGE]To facilitate CTM’s growth, the organization is hiring more than 60 additional retail mortgage professionals, most of whom will [COLUMN_BREAK]join the company from “”Amera Mortgage’s””:www.ameramortgage.com/ locations in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The new staffers will represent a 20 percent increase in personnel for CTM.Mark A. Hoppe, president and CEO of CTB, stated of the expansion plans, “”Since its inception in late 2009, Cole Taylor Mortgage has proven to be an important source of revenue and income diversification for the Bank.├âÔÇÜ├é┬á This expansion will provide CTM with a significant increase in its retail operations and greatly enhance the organization’s mortgage banking capabilities.””Contributing his thoughts on the company’s decision to bolster its mortgage lending efforts, Willie Newman, president of CTM, noted, “”Retail lending is a key component of our strategy to grow and diversify our sources of production and revenue.””As part of our efforts to expand our retail channel and provide us the ability to maximize opportunities in the markets we serve, we are pleased to welcome Mark Janssen, the CEO of Amera Mortgage, and his outstanding team to Cole Taylor Mortgage,”” added Newman. Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-22 Abby Gregory June 22, 2012 439 Views last_img read more