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Hungary to withdraw Budapest’s 2024 Olympic bid

first_imgHungary’s government announced on Wednesday it would withdraw Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, citing a lack of political and national unity behind the application that it blamed on the opposition.Bidding alongside powerhouses Los Angeles and Paris, Budapest had been considered a long-shot candidate, pinning its hopes on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Agenda 2020 initiative. (Also read: Olympics 2024: Green Paris bid pledges to slash carbon emissions)Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos had suggested the city might quit the race after local opponents of the bid last week submitted a quarter of a million signatures in a petition demanding a local referendum in Budapest on the issue.”For Budapest and Hungary the Olympics is a national issue,” the government said in a resolution published on national news agency MTI.”In recent months, the earlier unity has broken down and the issue of the Olympics has turned from a national issue into a party issue. Opposition parties are responsible for this, those who backtracked on their earlier decision (to back the bid).” (Also read: Italy withdraws bid to stage 2024 Olympics in Rome)Wednesday’s decision was made at a meeting between Tarlos, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the chairman of the Hungarian Olympic committee.The IOC said it would await official notification from the national Olympic committee of the country, the only authority which can officially withdraw a bid.The Hungarian government’s decision, however, is a further blow to the Olympic bid process with Boston, Hamburg and Rome having pulled out of a race that has now been left with just two cities.advertisementThe IOC voted in a string of reforms, named Agenda 2020, two years ago in the hope of making the Games more affordable and attractive for potential host cities.Earlier on Wednesday, Tarlos, who only began to support the bid after Agenda 2020 promised to make hosting the Olympics more affordable, had urged a fast resolution of the issue.”I never insisted on the Olympics,” he told the city council. “There is no point dragging out this process like strudel dough.”The United States’ Olympic Committee and the Olympic organisers in Los Angeles were not immediately available to comment on the Hungarian decision.SENTIMENT HAS TURNEDAccording to a survey published on Wednesday by pollsterMedian, half of Hungarians wanted Budapest to withdraw its bid, with only a third supporting it nationally. In Budapest, 56 percent of voters were against the bid.Sentiment changed as a group of young professionals and students collected more than a quarter of a million signatures in a month to press for a referendum on the Olympic bid.Their Momentum movement has burst on to Hungary’s political scene to challenge Orban’s government and opposition parties a year before elections in 2018.No opposition group has had such an impact on a major issue since Orban rose to power in 2010. In targeting the Olympics, Momentum has challenged an event seen as being of symbolic importance to the prime minister.Momentum spokesman Gergo Papp told local website Index.hu that the government had backtracked on the bid “in a cowardly manner”, saying they had taken away a chance for the people to vote on the project.last_img read more

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To destroy a country, kill culture, says Mahesh Sharma

first_imgIf you want to destroy a country, kill its culture. If you want to preserve this country, safeguard its culture!” declared Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister for Culture and senior BJP leader at the 4th Mail Today Tourism Summit on Tuesday.He was addressing an august gathering at the Lalit Hotel, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, where he also elaborated on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for tourism in India. “He is a visionary. He knows that our long coastline, forests, deserts, food, festivals are all national assets. If we are able to conserve them, generations will thank us for it,” he said.READ | Govt will use AI to pick future sports stars, says Rajyavardhan RathoreThe former tourism minister detailed the achievements of his government since 2014. “We have increased foreign tourist inflow by 16.8 per cent. Foreign exchange earning has gone up by 15.8 per cent in rupees and 30 per cent in dollars. Last year, the figure was Rs 1.82 crore.””We have emphasised on three mantras to popularise our monuments: safety, cleanliness and connectivity. The number of flights going to Varanasi, one of our holiest pilgrimage spots, has been increased by four times. We have begun the Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Besides, at least a dozen tourism circuits have been approved around Buddhism, Ramayana, Mahabharta, etc. other than our Prasad scheme.”The minister pointed out that 67 projects worth Rs 5800 crore have been sanctioned in the last few months, and 30 will be inaugurated by the end of this year.advertisement”160 countries came together on one call from PM Modi on recognising Yoga. Now, we will leverage the spiritual power of the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. Importantly, out of 40 antiquities that had been taken away from India before and during Independence, 27 have been brought back just in the last four years during our government,” he underlined.Dr Sharma also spoke on the alleged defacement of Taj Mahal due to dirty Yamuna and air pollution. It had been submitted in the Supreme Court that a certain class of insects called Geoldichironomous depositing on the Mughal monument of love was making it turn green.”Taj Mahal is precious, no damage has been done to it by insects. We are identifying Taj Mahal’s base colour to restore it to the original. We have also restricted visitor hours from eight to three to reduce negative impact,” he said.last_img read more

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Global Civil Society Network looks to the Middle East

first_imgThe Access Initiative (TAI) approach to evaluating access to justice, access to information, and access to participation in environmental decisionmaking in countries around the world has met with great success. Both the civil society coalitions that have performed the assessments in their own countries and the governments which have been assessed appreciate the objectivity that the  internationally-recognized and continually refined tool brings to their dialogue. Many regions have moved quickly to engage with the TAI process. Unfortunately, the Middle East has lagged.In the audio clip below, Lalanath DeSilva of the TAI Secretariat describes the approach TAI is taking to work with the Center for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE), based in Cairo, Egypt.TAI’s collaboration with CEDARE (1:55)last_img read more

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Minister Henry Welcomes Loan Agreement for Upgrading of Sangster Airport

first_img Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, has hailed the signing of a J$5 billion (US$40 million) loan agreement between MBJ Airports and Scotiabank Jamaica for the upgrading of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Story Highlights “Jamaica can boast that we have been named one of the most improved areas in safety having reached 83 per cent by international aviation standards. As we embark on transforming the airport into a world-class facility, we will also ensure the airport’s continued compliance with local and international standards for safety and aviation security,” he added. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, has hailed the signing of a J$5 billion (US$40 million) loan agreement between MBJ Airports and Scotiabank Jamaica for the upgrading of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.He said that in addition to providing world-class travel facilities, the improvements to be undertaken will ensure the airport’s continued compliance with international aviation standards.“Jamaica can boast that we have been named one of the most improved areas in safety having reached 83 per cent by international aviation standards. As we embark on transforming the airport into a world-class facility, we will also ensure the airport’s continued compliance with local and international standards for safety and aviation security,” he added.Minister Henry was speaking at the official signing ceremony held on Tuesday (January 9) at the airport. He commended Scotiabank for its support in financing the loan.“I am comforted that we have [a] strong partner in this initiative. The partnership provides a refreshing view of the positive impact that Scotiabank has made on the Jamaican economy but more importantly, as a partner with MBJ and with all of those who are going to be involved in the aerospace industry,” he pointed out.For his part, Chief Executive Officer for MBJ Airports Limited, Dr. Rafael Echevarne, informed that the airport has seen significant growth, with an 8.4 per cent increase in passenger traffic last year. “We never imagined we would achieve that figure,” he said.He noted that the upgrading work aims to put the necessary infrastructure in place to accommodate the expected continued growth.The seven-year loan will be used to resurface the taxiways and aprons; complete renovation of the ticketing area to include new air conditioning system; renovation of the restrooms in the ticketing and departure areas; implementation of new security systems; among other projects.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, in welcoming the development, said the loan agreement will go a far way in improving access to destination Jamaica.“Without access, there can be no movement and movement requires seamlessness, and to improve on the physical facilities is to enable seamlessness. Destinations are recognised today not because they exist but because they are accessible and [because of] their processes,” he pointed out.The Sangster International Airport is the third largest airport in the region, facilitating 74 per cent of traffic to Jamaica. Arrivals in 2017 surpassed 4 million passengers, the highest number ever recorded on the island for any one year. For his part, Chief Executive Officer for MBJ Airports Limited, Dr. Rafael Echevarne, informed that the airport has seen significant growth, with an 8.4 per cent increase in passenger traffic last year. “We never imagined we would achieve that figure,” he said.last_img read more

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Clearing Substandard Ships from Marketplace

first_imgPress Release; August 26, 2014 zoom Port State Control (PSC) inspections have proved to be a highly effective tool for eliminating substandard ships that may be in operation, ensuring maritime safety as well as reducing maritime pollution, according to ship classification society ClassNK.In recent years, a large number of port states have signed and accepted a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU in addition to establishing a centralized database and harmonized approach towards surveys to improve the transparency of information and further strengthen PSC related activities.The implementation of the ISM code for all ships means that PSC inspections oversee not only the physical structures and components of a ship, but now also examine operations such as the maintenance of the ship and ensuring that personnel have an adequate understanding of how to operate ship equipment.According to ClassNK’s latest PSC Report, the recent string of revisions to international regulations taking place over the years indicate that the scope of PSC inspections will most likely continue to expand in accordance with these regulation changes, incorporating the diversification and increase in the number of rules being applied to ships.The report aims to provide the maritime industry with information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from all port states around the world in 2013.The information provided in the report can be used to further increase awareness about PSC and their activities, and improve ship maintenance, surveys and safety management systems.In light of this, ClassNK is also working to increase the transparency of information related to PSC issues and make it even more difficult for substandard ships to survive in the marketplace.ClassNK’s annual report on Port State Control can be found here.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is reduced to one lane until Friday, Jan. 29, to allow for repairs. Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to get to Highway 125 during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Fairview Overpass is reduced to three lanes, to rebuild the southern section. Construction is expected to take about six months. Traffic will flow outbound on the two outer lanes, and inbound on the inner lane. Drivers should expect delays, or use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-424-1750 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Traffic on Joseph Howe Drive under the Fairview Overpass will have periodic lane closures from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. Traffic control people will be onsite, but delays should be expected. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 VICTORIA COUNTY: Little Narrows Ferry Due to a broken cable, the Little Narrows Ferry is out of service for repairs. When the ferry is back in operation an advisory will be issued. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge, on Route 201, has a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be available until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771center_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 One of four lanes on Highway 102 to Northwest Arm Drive overpass will be closed until Sunday, Jan. 31. The lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Local Area Office: 902-832-4317 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Larry Uteck Interchange Detour ramps are open for traffic on Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) at the Larry Uteck Interchange. The detour provides two lanes in each direction to carry traffic around the construction site. Speed limit on the detour is 80 km/h. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, will be closed until further notice. A marked detour route is available on New Road, Route 221 and Morden Road. Local Area Office: 902-680-5914 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Bridge Rainsforth Bridge on Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877last_img read more

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Prithvi Shaw fails dope test banned for 8 months

first_imgNew Delhi: Talented India opener Prithvi Shaw was on Tuesday banned from all forms of cricket for a period of eight months after failing a dope test, the BCCI said. A BCCI release said Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups”. Shaw’s suspension is retrospective in nature, starting from March 16 and ending on November 15 which rules him out for India’s home series against South Africa and Bangladesh. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I accept my fate with all sincerity. While I am still nursing an injury which I suffered during my last tournament, this news has really shaken me,” Shaw issued a statement on twitter. “”Cricket is my life and there is no bigger pride for me than playing for India and Mumbai and I will come out of this faster and stronger,” he further stated. Apart from Shaw, two other cricketers — Akshay Dullarwar and Divya Gajraj — were also suspended for the same offence. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterShaw had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing programme during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on February 22, 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain terbutaline. “Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In and Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances,” the BCCI release stated. “Prithvi Shaw registered with Mumbai Cricket Association, has been suspended for doping violation,” the BCCI said. Terbutaline is generally used to treat problems related to breathing and can be consumed if the athlete in question avails a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate in advance, which Shaw didn’t avail. Terbutaline comes under Beta-2 Agonists of banned substances that finds it mention in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list. Shaw admitted that youngsters need to be more cautious while consuming over the counter medicines. “I have to take this in my stride and hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity that we as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter and we need to always follow the protocol,” he said. The 19-year-old, who has played two Test matches for India scoring 237 runs with a hundred and a half-century, had earlier pulled out of India A’s one day and Test series against West Indies A reportedly due to a hip injury. The 19-year-old junior World Cup winning skipper had made a mark last year, hitting a hundred on Test debut against the West Indies, but was sent back from the tour of Australia after twisting his ankle during a practice game. Shaw is currently at the National Cricket Academy undergoing rehabilitation for a reported hip injury, but the BCCI statement is an indicator that he had already failed the dope test when he was playing the tournament. The BCCI said that Shaw was charged with violating BCCI’s Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) article 2.1. “On 16th July 2019, Shaw was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge. “Shaw responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV but asserting that it was inadvertent, being caused by his ingestion of the over the counter cough syrup he had taken for his cough,” the release stated. Shaw explained that he had taken terbutaline inadvertently to treat a respiratory tract infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug. “Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Shaw’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of eight months should apply, together with disqualification of certain results,” the BCCI ruled. The BCCI then explained why the suspension was back-dated. “Under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.3, Shaw is entitled to full credit against that period of ineligibility for the provisional suspension that he has been serving since 16th July 2019. “In addition, because Shaw promptly admitted his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start of the period of Ineligibility to the date of sample collection (22nd February 2019). However, the BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 also requires Shaw to actually serve one half of the period of ineligibility,” BCCI said. “Therefore, further to BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2, the eight-month period of Ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 16th March 2019, so that it will end at midnight on 15th November 2019.” However, the BCCI’s rules would allow Shaw to start training from September 15.last_img read more

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Quebec bar files motion calling on province to change lawdrafting process

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s law society is heading to court to challenge the way the provincial government goes about drafting and passing laws.The Quebec Bar Association, along with the Montreal bar, said the current process is flawed and doesn’t respect the Canadian Constitution, making the province’s laws and decrees null and void.In a motion filed last Friday and that names national assembly Speaker Jacques Chagnon and Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee, the bars state the problem is the laws are drafted in French and then translated into English only after the fact instead of simultaneously.The bars argue legislators therefore never get to see the English version before a bill is passed.According to an interpretation of Art. 133 of the 1867 British North America Act, while either language may be used in debates and pleadings, laws must be adopted in both English and French.The bars say the resulting legislation deprives all Quebec litigants of the right to the same version of the law in accordance with constitutional norms.In response, Valle told reporters at an event in her riding Monday the province intends to contest the bars’ challenge and their opinions on tardy translations.“I think it’s important for citizens to know that laws are tabled, adopted and sanctioned in both official languages,” Vallee said. “The Quebec government respects its constitutional obligations and, obviously, we do not at all share the opinions of the Quebec bar.”The bars gave the example of the adoption of a revision of Quebec’s Civil Code, which was sanctioned in February 2014. The English version wasn’t available until a month later.“The English version … is not the work of the legislator, but rather the result of the interpretation made by the translators of the national assembly,” the bars wrote in their brief.“It does not express the will of the legislator, because the legislator has never studied the English version.”As a result, the bars noted there were three subsequent revisions in May 2014, December 2015 and December 2016 to correct mistakes.The bars said they have tried over the years to find an out-of-court resolution that ensures Quebec respects constitutional guarantees.That included a meeting last month, but the filing noted there was no solution.In a motion seeking a declaratory judgment, the bars are asking the court to recommend the province be granted 18 months to set up a new translation arrangement.As the matter is before the courts, the bars declined further comment.last_img read more

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Aphria urges shareholders to wait as Green Growth officially launches offer

LEAMINGTON, Ont. — Aphria Inc. urged its shareholders to take no action after Green Growth Brands Inc. officially launched its unsolicited offer for the company.The marijuana producer said an independent committee of directors will review the bid.Aphria said its shareholders should wait until its board of directors has made a formal recommendation.The official offer comes after GGB said late last year that it planned to make an all-stock offer of 1.5714 GGB shares for each Aphria share.At that time, Aphria’s board said the unsolicited proposal “significantly undervalued” the company.Aphria shares closed at $9.43 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday, while GGB shares closed at $5.98 on the Canadian Securities Exchange. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:APHA) read more

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Finishing tour top UN military adviser sees rising confidence in peacekeeping

31 May 2007The Military Adviser to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), who is retiring today, said that coping with burgeoning new mandates in recent years has boosted the success of UN operations overall. “Managing the surge, managing to sustain and increase the interests of peacekeeping, managing to maintain a strong relationship and understanding with a number of multinational and regional organizations,” has resulted in “a greater sense of confidence in the legitimacy of peacekeeping,” said Lieutenant-General Randhir Kumar Mehta of India told the UN News Service.Since he began providing strategic advice to DPKO in early 2005, peacekeeping staff has grown from 60,000 to 100,000 with contributing countries increasing from 103 to 115, and new operations in Darfur, Chad and the Central African Republic in various stages of planning.General Mehta said managing these complex tasks has required a rise in operational flexibility and innovative relationships with regional organizations and individual Member States.Examples of these new arrangements include the multinational force led by Australia in Timor-Leste, the French force supporting UN operations in Côte d’Ivoire and the move toward a hybrid mission with the African Union in Darfur. “Adaptability, creativity and flexibility – I’m very proud of it,” he said. The arrangements with other entities, he added, will only grow in importance, because experience has shown that long-term commitment to countries is needed to keep them from lapsing back into conflict.On the military side that means training for security sector, as well as DDR – Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of former combatants – which can take decades, he said.Among other observations as he prepared to retire, General Mehta emphasized that gaps of communication in the UN system – between the Security Council and General Assembly Committees and various Secretariat departments – must be bridged.In addition, he stressed that Council mandates must be more quickly translated to operational tactics – checkpoints, protection of convoys, patrolling, dominating areas of ground – within the political considerations that are always paramount. He said learned much about working within UN limitations under high tension when he was assigned to his first UN position as a sector commander in Sierra Leone in May 2000, when 250 peacekeepers were being held under siege by rebels.Making sure that the right resources were in place – including a pioneering use of attack helicopters with night time capability – he launched an operation in early July that year that rescued the peacekeepers with minimal loss of life, and “broke the back” of the insurgency.The use of better enabling equipment, such as attack helicopters, and more robust mandates have helped bolster the effectiveness in UN operations in recent years, but the general principles have remained the same, he said: “We never forget that force must be applied only as a last resort.”In addition to his command in Sierra Leone, General Mehta said he was able to draw on the prodigious experience of the Indian military in peacekeeping operations, which dates from Korea in 1953 and includes seminal peacekeepers such as the advisor to former Secretary-Generals Dag Hammarskjöld and U Thant, Indar Jit Rikhye, who passed away earlier this month.He said the top troop contributing countries – Pakistan, Bangladesh and India – have had extremely good coordination under the UN flag, despite their complex relations as neighbours.He noted that soon after his arrival as military advisor, blue helmets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were ambushed and Bangladeshi and Pakistani battalions were seamlessly supported by Indian helicopters.General Mehta, who is retiring from the Indian Military after 41 years on the same day as he relinquishes his UN duties, is particularly proud of his country’s recent deployment of the first-ever UN female police contingent, which he says are operationally proven and not just tokens. “You know, in our legends, the male deities are occasionally defeated, but the female deities never are,” he said. read more

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Norfolk named Bicycle Friendly Community

Norfolk County has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.The county was awarded a bronze level community award at the Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto on Monday.Communities that apply for this award are judged in five categories and must show achievements in each one. The categories are engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation and planning.“Each one of our new 2019 Bicycle Friendly Communities has applied to the program in the past and received an honourable mention,” Jamie Stuckless, executive director of Share the Road, said in a media release. “Those communities took the feedback provided by our expert panel of judges, took action on key areas and have now joined the ranks of BFCs in Ontario. Their success is illustrative of the value of the program.”Norfolk has shown achievements through improved area trails, encouraging new businesses to install bike racks for patrons and staff, welcoming bikes on board Ride Norfolk buses, and including “share the road” signage in all planned capital projects.The popular Tour de Norfolk event in the Delhi area draws cyclists from far and wide to the county each year.For more information – including a look at the county’s trail system – visit norfolktourism.ca/cycling. read more

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Shkreli wants to berate Congress but will take the Fifth

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2016 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shkreli wants to ‘berate’ Congress, but will take the Fifth Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is interviewed by host Maria Bartiromo during her “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo” program on the Fox Business Network, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli says he’d like to “berate” and “insult” Congress — but instead will take the Fifth Amendment during questioning on Thursday.The former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO, who’s reviled for hiking the price of a lifesaving drug, spoke Tuesday on Fox Business.Shkreli said that instead of invoking his right against self-incrimination, as planned, he would “love to talk to Congress.” He says he would “berate them” and “insult them.”Meanwhile, his new lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, issued a statement expressing confidence that Shkreli will be exonerated in his federal court case. He’ll have a routine court appearance Wednesday in New York.In December, the former hedge fund manager was charged with securities fraud and conspiracy related to another pharmaceutical company he previously ran, Retrophin. read more

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce Prince Louis to the world

The newborn Prince signalled his arrival with three tiny fingers as he made his public debut, fast asleep in the arms of his mother. The baby Prince, a younger brother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, emerged at 11.01am on Monday, weighing 8lbs 7oz and capturing… And while his newborn son was oblivious to the excitement he had caused, the Duke embarked on his new life with three children with no illusions, joking his enlarged brood would give him “thrice worry now”. The Duke of Cambridge was bursting with pride, the Duchess clearly besotted. And the third Cambridge baby? Fast asleep, but seemingly secure of his new place in the world. Prince Louis of Cambridge: Everything we know so far read more

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Les premiers chiens domestiques étaientils des loups européens

first_imgLes premiers chiens domestiques étaient-ils des loups européens ? Le meilleur ami de l’Homme aurait-il gagné son titre en Europe ? Selon une nouvelle étude, la domestication du chien aurait eu lieu sur le Vieux continent il y 18.800 à 32.100 ans. Cela remontrait donc bien avant l’agriculture, suggérant l’apprivoisement de loups. Et si les premiers chiens domestiques étaient en réalité des loups européens ? Des chercheurs ont établi que l’origine du chien domestique remontait à plusieurs dizaines de milliers d’années, avant même l’arrivée de l’agriculture. Selon eux, cela suggérerait que les chasseurs-cueilleurs ont réussi à apprivoiser les loups. D’autres études génétiques précédentes estimaient que les chiens provenaient du Moyen-Orient ou d’Asie. Toutefois, cette étude est la première à se focaliser sur les gènes des anciens chiens, plutôt que les chiens modernes. “Tous les chiens modernes analysés pour notre étude étaient liés soit aux anciens chiens et loups d’Europe, soit aux loups modernes”, détaille Olaf Thalmann, scientifique à l’Université de Turku, en Finlande.Un micmac caninLes chiens sont l’unique espèce de grands carnivores qui a été complètement domestiquée par l’Homme. Toutefois, savoir quand et comment de féroces loups se sont transformés en d’adorables chiots était plus dur à déterminer. En effet, le code génétique des chiens est assez complexe. Ils ont été déplacés dans le monde entier, pendant des siècles, mélangeant leur génome. Même au début de leur évolution, ils se reproduisaient déjà avec leur alter-ego sauvage, le loup. À cela il faut ajouter la période intensive de croisements entre espèces, qui a débuté au début des années 1880, donnant la large variété de chiens actuelle. Selon les archéologues, les premières formes de domestication canine prennent la forme de chiens et maîtres enterrés ensemble, il y a au moins 14.000 ans. Des crânes d’animaux ressemblant à des chiens, découverts en Belgique et Sibérie suggèrent qu’elle remonte même à 33.000 ans. Néanmoins, toutes ces études comparaient les chiens modernes aux loups modernes. L’analyse était donc brouillée par l’histoire reproductive un peu confuse du chien. Au contraire, dans une nouvelle étude, les chercheurs ont analysé l’ADN provenant de chiens préhistoriques fossilisés découverts en Europe et en Amérique.Du loup au chien ?Les chercheurs ont séquencé l’ADN mitochondrial des chiens fossilisés. En le comparant à l’ADN mitochondrial, transmis par la lignée maternelle, des chiens et des loups modernes, ils ont établi un lien avec l’Europe. “Il semblerait que les chiens aient été domestiqués ou bien soient l’évolution d’une ancienne lignée de loups d’Europe. Cette ancienne population de loups est aujourd’hui éteinte”, explique Robert Wayne, professeur de biologie révolutionnaire à l’Université de Californie. Il admet que “des erreurs ont été faites lors des études précédentes, car nous pensions que les loups modernes était des descendants directs des loups anciens”. En revanche, les résultats suggèrent que les loups ont commencé à côtoyer les humains lorsque ces derniers chassait des animaux beaucoup plus grands comme les mammouths. Les carcasses de la mégafaune retrouvées représentaient un repas sûr pour les canidés. Les loups plus sociaux auraient alors commencé à interagir avec les chasseurs. En complément, en étudiant d’autres fossiles, les chercheurs ont établi que les crânes belges et sibériens n’étaient pas des ancêtres directs des chiens. Ils proviendraient d’une espèce inconnue de chien-loup ou pourraient être “un essai avorté de domestication”, rapporte LiveScience.Des chiens européensUtiliser la génétique pour déterminer l’émergence des chiens est un procédé très complexe, avance Clive Wynne, chercheur à l’Université d’état d’Arizona. La domestication des chiens serait arrivée bien plus rapidement que prévue. Et quelques centaines d’années peuvent faire la différence entre savoir si les chiens étaient à l’origine les animaux de compagnie de chasseurs-cueilleurs ou de fermiers plus sédentaires. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, la plupart des recherches s’accordent sur un point : les chiens sont apparus avant l’arrivée de l’agriculture. Mais, cette nouvelle information reliant les chiens à l’Europe préhistorique, “est un grand pas dans la bonne direction”, s’enthousiasme Greger Larson, archéologue et généticien à l’Université de Durham. “Ce qui absolument certain, c’est qu’il y a eu des canidés en Europe dont l’ADN était commun à celui des chiens communs”, ajoute-il. Désormais, l’objectif est d’étudier l’ADN nucléaire des chiens préhistoriques. En effet, l’ADN du noyau des cellules provient des deux parents et contient des informations que l’ADN mitochondrial ne possède pas. “Ce sera un changement radical”, estime ainsi Greger Larson. Le 16 novembre 2013 à 12:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Verizon Says It Isnt To Blame For How Much Pokémon Go Fest

first_imgStay on target Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Pokemon Go happened over the weekend, but it wasn’t exactly the “fest” any fan wanted to hang out at. Not only did people have to pay exorbitant prices from scalpers to get last-minute tickets but they also just ended up hanging out in an open field where they couldn’t even play the game. And to top it off there were network issues, long lines, and plenty of other frustrating issues that not even the most hardcore of Pokemon Go fans wanted to wade through. Now, Verizon is blaming Pokemon Go developer for the problems plaguing the fans at the event.Niantic had previously accepted responsibility for the event, which was a letdown for many, offering up free coins and refunds for tickets because of the frustrations caused during the festival. But a video from a Niantic-sponsored Pokemon Go YouTube channel seemed to point the finger at cell phone providers who weren’t offering enough bandwidth to keep things going. One of the said providers is Verizon Wireless, who isn’t exactly happy about being thrown under the bus.When speaking to Business Insider, a spokesperson for Verizon Wireless claimed that they were not to be blamed for the problems. They stated the company went ahead and “boosted” capacity for the event and even pointed out that anyone at the event could get on social media sites and other internet-based destinations, which they state demonstrates that the issues were out of their control and might have even been caused by the game’s servers.It’s not known for sure of course what happened with the poor reception, errors and terrible coverage players experienced from the fest. But one thing is for certain, the next time you’re asked to pay for admission to an outside event where you’re just going to sit on your phone or look at screens to catch imaginary things, you might just want to wait outside the vicinity of said event and see what happens first. It was super hot that day anyway, wasn’t it?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Robot DJ Commands Crowds at Prague Dance Club

first_imgStay on target There ain’t no party like a robot DJ party, cause a robot DJ party don’t stop—until the cyborg runs out of power.Prague’s Karlovy Lazne dance club recently introduced a new spinner to its regular lineup.The themed discoteque last month hired a former automotive industry robot—described by Reuters as “a giant arm capped with a pincer”—to put the tech in techno.Adapted for use as a sound mixer, the artificial intelligence-based bot shares deck duties with its human programmer, each performing in hourly rotations.The bionic disc jockey, mounted on a stage above the dance floor, is driven by special software that helps choose songs. To make a selection, the mechanical arm rotates to nearby racks, grips its selected records, and drops the discs onto one of three turntables in front of it.“It can scratch records and also dances,” Reuters reported.“People are excited [about the robot], because they haven’t seen anything like this around Europe, and I am not sure if there is something similar in the world,” club manager Adam Lipsansky told the news outlet.As is often the case with the greatest innovations of all time, the automated DJ was created when some Karlovy Lazne execs challenged a robotics firm to complete the task.Details are scant: There is no word on who its programmer is, which company made the device, how much it cost, or even if it has a name (I suggest DJ Droid).Some clubbers claim to enjoy the computerized jams; after all, how different is a cyborg arm spinning discs from the algorithms that power streaming radio services like Pandora and Spotify?Others, however, are unconvinced.“I don’t like the robot,” 24-year-old Marcia Lopes, a tourist from Mexico, told Reuters. “It can’t feel what the people want to dance to. There is no emotion behind the music. When there is a real person, they know, what fun is like.”Karlovy Lazne did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain last_img read more

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SpiceJet Rolls Out Mobile App for Android iOS Customers

first_imgBudget airline SpiceJet on Wednesday launched a mobile application, through which customers can easily book and manage their travel. The app can be downloaded on Android and Apple iOS smartphones.Apart from booking and managing tickets, passengers can also check their flight status, and receive exclusive offers on their handsets.”The interface is so simple that even the origin of journey helpfully gets auto-filled thanks to in-built geo-tagging. To make the payment procedure more convenient, customer information ones filled is stored for future bookings,” SpiceJet said.The mobile app enables the customers to pay ticket fares through Quick pay, credit card, debit card and Internet banking. The Quick pay option ensures instant booking with just a single click, SpiceJet added.Customers can also book or include SpiceJet add-on products such as seats, meals, SpiceMAX, and Spice Assurance by using the app.The airline’s SpiceMax service allows the customers to book comfortable seats by paying an additional charge.The app also allows pre-booking of excess baggage at discounted rates besides handling flight changes, cancellations, and refunds.The low-cost airline currently operates 18 Boeing 737s and 14 Bombardier Q400 turbo prop planes. Starting in May 2005, the company has completed 10 years of existence in the airline industry.Debt-ridden budget carrier SpiceJet has turned profitable for the first time in seven quarters, posting a profit of ₹22.5 crore in the March quarter.The struggling carrier was on the verge of collapse before an ownership change in January this year. The company’s board decided to transfer control of SpiceJet from the Marans to founder-promoter Ajay Singh, after which Singh acquired the entire 58.4 percent stake held by the Maran family.last_img read more

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Meghan Markle made a Charity worker cry the Duchess of Sussexs Shocking

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle may be the Duchess of Sussex, but she still knows how to make the occasional phone call. But being the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan might be surprised by the effect her simple gesture may have on people.Reportedly Meghan Markle made New York-based charity worker Jennifer Grove and her parents “break down in tears” after she phoned her as part of her baby shower planning, Ms. Grove herself revealed. Meghan Markle had to face a lot of criticism over the baby shower, as it was deemed too lavish.”Speaking to CBS News to discuss details about the baby shower, New York charity worker Jennifer Grove admitted Meghan reduced her to tears after she phoned her organisation “Repeat Roses” to donate flower bouquets the former actress planned her guests to produce.A phone call from a Royal would be a shocking event for anyone, but it is all the more special when the phone call is part of a very sweet gesture. Speaking to broadcaster Gayle King, who also attended the event at New York’s lush The Mark Hotel, Ms. Grove remembered the conversation and said: “‘Hi, Jennifer, this is Meghan Markle.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesWe have to say, Meghan would not need further introduction and it looks like Ms. Grove agreed, “I recognised her voice because I was a fan of Suits. So I just knew that voice and it took me a few seconds but then I was like, ‘this is the Duchess of Sussex’.”She continued: “I thought, ‘here’s somebody who has all the access in the world and she has taken the time to pick up the phone and personally call me.'”I called my parents and we all broke down in tears. “Meghan Markle was not born a Royal, so these little gestures may be commonplace for her even after joining the Royal Family, and it looks like Meghan Markle is not letting Royalty change her. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

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Govt joins hands with states oldest nursery to boost flower sale

first_imgKolkata: In a unique initiative, the State Food Processing and Horticulture Development Corporation has joined hands with Globe Nursery – the oldest nursery in the state for sale of variety of roses and other flowers such as lilium, carnation, gladiolus on Valentine’s Day. The flowers will be sold in mobile vans in five strategic locations in the city at a price that will be much lower than the market price.”Our main aim is to ensure that farmers associated with the cultivation of rose get their value for their hard work. The demand for flowers particularly roses picks up on the occasion of Valentines Day. We want to ensure that farmers associated with flower cultivation have enough reasons to smile, ” a senior official of the state Horticulture department said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe five locations that have been selected for the sale of the flowers are Salt Lake City Centre I and II, College Street, South City Mall and Mayukh Bhavan in Saltlake. The initiative will be officially flagged-off by state Food Processing Industries and Horticulture minister Abdur Ra zzak Molla from Mayukh Bhavan. The mobile vans will also move in and around their locations for selling of flowers. The mobile vans will be in action from 11 am till 8 pm. The local variety of rose has been procured from of East Midnapore and North 24-Parganas where roses grow in abundance. “The mobile outlets will also have a good collection of Dutch Rose in five colours —pink, yellow, white, orange and red. These roses imported from Bangalore will be priced slightly higher than the native variety,” the official said. The flowers will also be sold in flower pots, hanging baskets and in various other decorative ways. It is learnt that the department has already taken the nod of Kolkata Police as all the locations in the city where the mobile vans will be placed are busy locations.last_img read more

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Firefox Fingerprinting using intermediate CA caching

first_imgFirefox Fingerprinting using intermediate CA caching by Martin Brinkmann on February 22, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: February 21, 2017 – 31 commentsNew browser capabilities and features are designed to improve the user experience or compatibility with technologies.Sometimes, these features may also be used for shady activities such as user tracking.One of the latest of these activities can be used to fingerprint Firefox users using intermediate CA caching.To break it down into a single paragraph: Firefox caches intermediate CAs to speed up the loading of sites. These cache entries can be retrieved by sites, and it may also reveal information about the connecting user. Lastly, sites may use the caching to have Firefox users visit a unique set of intermediate CAs for tracking purposes.Firefox Fingerprinting using intermediate CA cachingAlexander Klink, who notified Mozilla about the issue, created a proof of concept site that tests the browser’s intermediate CA cache against 326 different intermediate CAs.You can run the test by visiting this site. Basically, what it does is try to load images from servers that are misconfigured. If the image loads, Firefox cached the intermediate CA. If it does not load, no caching occurred.The technique lists the intermedia CAs the user visited in the past. While the information is not linked to a specific site all the time, there are situations where this is the case.Klink notes for instance that a cached Deutsche Bundestag CA (German Parliament CA) indicates strongly that the user is probably located in Germany, or at least in a German speaking country, and interested or involved in politics.While the information that an attacker may gather from checking intermediate CA caching is limited, it may be used in conjunction with other fingerprinting techniques.Also, as mentioned earlier, it may be possible to plant a set of cached intermediate CAs in the Firefox cache for identification purposes. Firefox uses the same cache for regular and private browsing sessions.Mozilla is aware of the issue but has not made a decision yet as to what to do about it. The organization plans to gather telemetry data on intermediate CA caching, especially how often it is useful to users.Our Firefox privacy and security preferences listing offers a way out, but it may impact your browsing experience. Check out entry 1220 on the page. Basically, what you need to do is create the Boolean preference security.nocertdb and set it to true.Type about:config in the Firefox address bar and hit the Enter-key.Confirm that you will be careful if a warning prompt appears.Right-click in the main area, and select New > Boolean.Name the Boolean security.nocertdb.Set it to true.Note that you need to restart the Firefox web browser after adding the preference. You will notice that the test will no longer identify the majority of intermediate CAs. The count dropped from more than 50 to 2 after I made the change on a test system.You can undo the change at any time by setting the preference to false (double-click it), or by right-clicking on the preference and selecting reset.Additional details are provided by Alexander Klink at the Shift or Die blog.SummaryArticle NameFirefox Fingerprinting using intermediate CA cachingDescriptionA new technique to fingerprint or track Firefox users using the web browser’s intermediate CA caching was revealed recently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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