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first_imgA new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation into a poultry supplier to Gordon Food Service — the largest private foodservice distributor in North America — has exposed horrific cruelty to animals, including baby birds violently slammed into metal shackles before being painfully shocked with electricity and having their throats cut open while still conscious and able to feel pain.Pamela Anderson has fronted a video exposing the shocking images captured by Mercy For Animals.An undercover investigator with Mercy For Animals documented the heart-wrenching cruelty of the poultry industry, including: • Birds having their fragile wings and legs broken as they were hastily and violently shackled upside down • Severely sick, injured, and dying chickens sent through the slaughter line along with other birds intended for human consumption • Frightened birds dragged through an electrified vat of water, painfully shocked but left fully conscious • Birds having their throats sliced open while still conscious and able to feel painAfter reviewing the undercover footage, Dr. Bernard Rollin of the Animal Sciences Department at Colorado State University stated: “From the moment that the chickens are dumped from trucks to a conveyor belt in large groups, surely terrifying, and then hung upside down by their feet, we can be morally certain that the animals are experiencing significant fear. … Still hanging by their feet, the birds are transported to a stunning electrical bath, which is supposed to render them insensible, before they are cut up by a mechanical knife. It is evident from the video that many animals are still conscious when this occurs.”To read more about the investigation, click here.last_img read more

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN News Comments in support of Canada’s punitive Indian residential school system could hurt Ontario Senator Lynn Beyak in the pocketbook.Beyak’s family owns two car dealerships in Dryden and Fort Frances, Ont., smackdab in the middle of Grand Council Treaty 3 and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) territory.“I’m calling for a boycott,” said Tania Cameron, a First Nation’s activist in Kenora.“I’ll be sending letters to the First Nation leadership and, of course, using social media.”Cameron said tribal councils and First Nations use the winter road season to make major purchases.“This is their time to buy vehicles. They’ll go to Thunder Bay, Dryden, Kenora, Winnipeg even…and I certainly don’t find it fitting that Beyak’s businesses should benefit from First Nation dollars.”The call to boycott Beyak’s family businesses comes the same day area First Nations launched an online petition pressuring the former Conservative senator to resign.The website went live Tuesday.“Senator Beyak’s shameful defence of the Indian residential school system is unbefitting for a member of the Senate,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of NAN.“Her lack of knowledge and empathy for the horrors of the residential school experience is offensive to survivors and all the children who were lost.”Fiddler, Grand Chief Ogichidaa Kavanaugh, who represents 34 First Nations in the Beyak business area, and Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs Organization of Manitoba have all signed the petition.They describe it as a nationwide campaign.Locally, Cameron said a boycott is needed to counter Beyak’s “deplorable” stance on residential schools and letters in support of that stance posted posted on the senator’s website.Cameron said she was further offended by comments made by Beyak’s son, Nick Beyak, a Dryden city councillor, about First Nation’s people and the residential school era in Canada.However, Nick Beyak said the boycott is “an inappropriate response” to the controversy.“I’m quite confident in the way my businesses treat people,” Nick Beyak said, noting he had many Indigenous and non-Indigenous customers.“I really believe the people whom we do business with at both dealerships will continue,” he added.Meanwhile, Lynn Beyak is under fire in Ottawa, too. She was kicked out of the Conservative Party caucus last week, and Tuesday a group of independent senators requested an investigation into whether her posts on the government website breach Senate ethics rules.She declined to be interviewed for this story.The controversy also hit at a meeting of Dryden city council Monday night, noted Coun. Mary Trist.“I reiterated my comments that I disagreed with (the) Beyaks’ comments,” she told APTN News following the meeting.“I talked about how they had no place in 21st-century Canada, that it is troubling when I hear that someone feels they don’t need further education on a topic. Because we represent everyone in our municipality. It’s not just council business, it’s our country’s business.”Trist teaches at a hockey academy in Dryden, where she says learning about residential schools is part of the curriculum.“If we can’t have these conversations as leaders to acknowledge the past and work together to move forward somehow, what the heck are we doing there?” she said in an interview.Trist said she thought Nick Beyak would take the opportunity to apologize. But he didn’t.“I can’t make sense of why he thinks what he said was OK,” she said.Cameron said hockey is big business for Dryden and the community hosts a major First Nations tournament that fills up hotels and restaurants.“They make like hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Cameron said, suggesting a boycott could be expanded.“If Dryden doesn’t come out with a statement it doesn’t look good for them because they want to attract First Nations like that.”kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Rabat – In a stand marked: “Moroccan Heritage”, visitors of Sharjah Heritage Days are getting a glimpse of the richness and cultural diversity of the kingdom, according to The Gulf Today.Paintings and pictures of Moroccan life and heritage are exhibited at the Emarati cultural fair which ends on April 22nd.“We are very diverse in ethnicity and religious beliefs,” says Moroccan painter Loubna Chakhnoun as she proudly points out to paintings that show how rich her country’s culture is. “This is what has rendered Moroccan heritage a crucible in which creative contributions of various cultures gather. This is what is known as the Moroccan heritage”, adds the painter.Loubna explains to visitors the diversity of Moroccan identity shaped by Amazigh “who are indigenous people of Morocco; the Arabs who came from the Arabian Peninsula or the Phoenicians and settled on the coasts and the people of Andalusia who settled in Morocco after their departure from the Iberian Peninsula.”Loubna’s brother, Abderrahim, standing by her side, adds with the same sense of pride that “the atmosphere of tolerance and coexistence that Morocco has known throughout history has facilitated the integration of these heritage patterns to be the culture of this country which Moroccans are proud so much as it fills a large part of their daily lives.” Moroccan nature’s enchanting beauty makes it “a living catalogue of all known seasons and climates on the surface of the earth: the desert with its sand, dunes, and high mountains are covered by the snow”, says Abderrahim praisingly.The diversity in nature is mirrored in culture where “every part of Morocco is distinguished from the rest by its own heritage, in terms of fashion, food, music and folk dances.”This richness is reflected in Loubna Chaknoun’s works. The artist explains how vibrant the national heritage is by saying that “traditional clothing is still widely used and popular music is present in all religious and social events.” read more

Rabat – Moroccan police arrested a Lithuanian man for attempted cocaine trafficking on Monday at Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca. Police found 8.53 kilograms of cocaine concealed inside plastic and steel boxes in the 23-year-old suspect’s luggage, the police said in a statement. Police also discovered hundreds of counterfeit euros in the luggage, the statement added. The suspect is now in custody. An investigation will be carried out under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office.

The recent economic growth in Mongolia due to a boom in its mining sector represents an opportunity to reduce poverty in the country, the United Nations development chief Helen Clark said, encouraging the Government to implement long-term sustainable policies that will increase prosperity for all of its citizens.“I am convinced that natural resources can drive human development if they are managed in transparent, inclusive, and sustainable ways,” Miss Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said at an international conference in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, as part of her three-day visit to the country earlier this week.The conference, which was co-hosted by UNDP and the Government of Mongolia, addressed how countries can best use the wealth generated by the mining industry sector to support human development.“We’ve seen so many cases where extractive industry booms generate a lot of gross domestic product (GDP) growth and wealth, but it doesn’t affect poverty reduction,” she said, and warned that Mongolia should avoid falling prey to the “resource curse,” referring to the theory that countries with an abundance of natural resources, particularly non-renewable ones such as minerals and fuels, tend to experience less economic growth than countries with fewer resources.Mongolia has shown an average growth of nine per cent per year largely due to rising copper prices and gold production, but poverty has persisted with more than 30 per cent of the population living on less than $1.25 a day.Miss Clark said the Government should have a long-term development plan that provides quality public services such as education and health care to ensure sustainable economic growth continues.During her visit, Miss Clark also met with Government officials and civil society organizations, as well as with women leaders to exchange ideas on promoting women’s political empowerment. 21 October 2011The recent economic growth in Mongolia due to a boom in its mining sector represents an opportunity to reduce poverty in the country, the United Nations development chief Helen Clark said, encouraging the Government to implement long-term sustainable policies that will increase prosperity for all of its citizens. read more

A former Flamborough school principal, diagnosed with ALS two years ago, received a touching birthday surprise Tuesday.Hundreds of students showed up at his house to sing him happy birthday.And as Brittany Gogo tells us, staff and students wanted to celebrate with the man who had such a big impact on their school community.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

“We have much to be proud of,” said Michael Steiner, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Pointing to signs of “continuing reconstruction and great personal energy,” he said attributed the achievements to peoples’ initiative as well as to more than $2 billion committed by international donors, mostly the European Union.At the same time, he emphasized that Kosovo no longer lived on donations alone, noting that 93 per cent of its €374 million (euros) budget would come from locally generated revenues, with only 7 per cent contributed by outside donors. Among other positive signs, Mr. Steiner cited statistics showing a dramatic drop in crime – from 245 murders in 2000, to 118 in 2001, to only 30 so far in the first half of this year. “All in all, we have cause to celebrate, but now we must get down to work,” he said. In another important area, he pointed to the fact that there were 420,000 children attending nearly 1,200 schools in Kosovo, as well as some 15,000 students who were pursuing higher education in two universities in the province.Also today, members of the Kosovo Government took the oath of office, an event that Mr. Steiner called “deeply satisfying,” especially as it occurred on the third anniversary of the arrival of the international community in the province.”We are here to mark the completion of the multiethnic government of Kosovo,” he told officials taking part in the swearing-in ceremony. “We are in the process of transferring powers to the government; substantial responsibilities from UNMIK are already in your hands and there are more to come.”During the brief ceremony, the Prime Minister and other government ministers, as well as the Inter-ministerial Coordinator for Returns, pledged to uphold the law, the institutions of Kosovo and the functions of office “in the best interests of all the inhabitants of Kosovo without discrimination on any ground.”Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi said he was pleased that the Government had been fully constituted. “We will be working on behalf of all citizens of Kosovo,” he said.Mr. Steiner voiced confidence that the Prime Minister would strive to build a society based on democracy, multi-ethnicity and the rule of law. “You can also trust me in my pledge that we will fully support you in this endeavour,” the UN envoy said, adding, “Now that the government is fully completed, let’s get down to work.” read more

Canada’s tax agency says it expects to have its online systems up and running again over the weekend.The Canada Revenue Agency says it’s still working on a fix to a major international security concern that forced the shutdown of its electronic filing services.In the meantime, the agency says it is investigating whether the private information of Canadians was compromised.The tax agency temporarily cut off public access to its electronic services today, saying the action was taken as a precaution.The shutdown came after the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre issued a warning to system administrators about a coding flaw known as Heartbleed.Other federal systems are also being assessed for their vulnerability to the threat, although it’s not clear whether more online services will be taken down.The affected services at C-R-A include EFILE, NETFILE, My Account, My Business Account and Represent a Client.But the problem is international in scope, forcing banks, websites and social media sites to assess their vulnerability.Heartbleed was only revealed this week, but computer experts say it’s been in computer systems for the past two years.It is a busy time of year for the tax agency, as people file returns electronically in time for the April 30th deadline.As of the end of March, the Canada Revenue Agency had received 6.7 million returns, with 84 per cent filed electronically. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 9, 2014 9:15 am MDT CRA says online system will be back by the weekend read more

There are already over 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). With the violence worsening inside Syria, the agency expects that more people will continue to seek safety in neighbouring countries. While commending the Governments of neighbouring countries for hosting so many people, UNHCR voiced concern about reports that many Syrians trying to flee might be stuck at the border in extremely dangerous areas. “We are also disturbed by accounts indicating there may be restrictions imposed on those wishing to leave Syria,” UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva. “We call on all parties to protect civilians and allow safe passage for those wishing to flee.”UNHCR fully acknowledged the legitimate concerns of neighbouring countries, but it is essential that civilians fleeing violence have access to safety under all circumstances also in accordance to international law, Ms. Fleming said. “At the same time, it is critical that the international community provides urgent and robust support to refugee hosting countries and humanitarian operations to enable them to continue to receive and address the growing needs of Syrian refugees. These countries should not be left to shoulder the burden alone,” she stated.“We therefore also encourage all countries, not just those bordering Syria, to keep their borders open to offer protection to Syrian refugees.”The spokesperson added that UNHCR and its partners are stepping up efforts and appealing for new funds to support the refugee population with a full range of life-saving and life-sustaining assistance.The refugees are among the 8.3 million people now in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the conflict in Syria, where over 70,000 civilians have lost their lives since the uprising seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad began in March 2011. UN agencies and their partners are continuing to assist the 6.8 million in need inside Syria. In Geneva, agencies voiced their concern about the plight of civilians trying to flee the besieged city of Al-Qusayr.Ms. Fleming said refugees were telling UNHCR that the city was virtually cordoned off and was impossible to flee. Some said the city was empty, while others said all civilians had moved to one neighbourhood of the city and were pretty much trapped.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it assisted 1,000 families displaced from Al-Qusayr this week with food rations for one month, including rice, sugar, vegetable oil and lentils. Those families had reached the town of Hesieh at night on foot with only the clothes on their backs. They were sheltering in two schools, tents or with local families. “These people have been under siege inside Al-Qusayr for months and this is the first time WFP has been able to reach them,” spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told reporters. The agency estimated that around 500 families remained in Hesieh while others had fled to Damascus or sought refuge in Lebanon or Jordan.Working with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WFP is also providing a specialized peanut-based nutrition product known as Plumpy’doz to prevent and combat child malnutrition in Syria. The supplementary feeding programme is expected to reach 50,000 displaced children living in public shelters and will then expand to reach up to 100,000 vulnerable children between the ages of 6 months to 36 months through health centres. Children in shelters in a number of cities around Syria have already received the product.UN aid agencies and their partners, who appealed for $1.5 billion at the start of the year for the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis, are expected to announce a revised funding appeal on 7 June. read more

Anyone found to be breaking a hosepipe ban could be prosecuted in court and fined up to £1,000.A hosepipe ban was announced in Northern Ireland in June, but this new restriction is the first on the British mainland of 2018.A hosepipe typically uses 540 litres an hour, as much as a family-of-four would use in one day, while a sprinkler left running overnight uses as much water as a family-of-four would use in one week, according to United Utilities. Helicopters dropped hundreds of thousands of gallons a day on the fires Martin Padley, United Utilities water services director, said: “Despite some recent rainfall, reservoir levels are still lower than we would expect at this time of year and, with forecasters predicting a return to hot dry weather for the rest of July, we are now at a point where we will need to impose some temporary restrictions on customers.”It is not a decision we have taken lightly.”The ban restricts the use of hosepipes or sprinklers for watering private gardens and washing private cars but customers will still be able to water their gardens with a watering can and wash their vehicles using a bucket and sponge, the firm said, which uses a fraction of the amount of water a hosepipe or sprinkler uses. United Utilities described its contribution to fighting the moor fires as a “very difficult time”Credit:PA Helicopters dropped hundreds of thousands of gallons a day on the firesCredit:PA Dove Stone Reservoir was one used in the firefighting effortCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A hosepipe ban can reduce water usage by five to 10 per cent, according to research by United Kingdom Water Industry Research.The fire on Saddleworth Moor broke out on Sunday June 24 and it was only last Friday that health officials declared air pollution had returned to a low level.Police are investigating if the blaze, which destroyed more than 2,000 acres, was started by arson. It will apply to domestic customers who get their water supply from United Utilities, with the exception of customers in Carlisle and the north Eden Valley, where supplies remain at reasonable levels. Last night a spokesman said providing enough water to tackle the fires had been a “very, very difficult time” but that it had tried to prioritise water not destined for customers.The hosepipe ban, known as a Temporary Use Ban, will come into force on Sunday August 5. Britain’s first hosepipe ban of the summer has been announced in the region where reservoir water was used to battle weeks of moorland fires.Millions of people in the North West will be forbidden from using hoses or sprinklers from August 5 unless there is a sustained period of rain in the next three weeks, however this is not expected.The announcement by United Utilities follows the longrunning blaze on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester, where emergency services relied on hundreds of thousands of gallons a day from nearby mains water sources to protect life and property.The company said the firefighting effort, which involved helicopter water dumps, coincided with a 25 per cent increase in customer demand in what is thought to be the longest heatwave since 1976. Dove Stone Reservoir was one used in the firefighting effort United Utilities described its contribution to fighting the moor fires as a "very difficult time" read more

Every year around 47,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer.The team, which also involved the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in the US, found that around eight per cent of men with advanced disease had evidence of “mismatch repair mutations” in their tumours.These men survived on average just 3.8 years after beginning treatment – around half the 7 year survival of men diagnosed with advanced disease, without such defects. Study leader Professor Johann de Bono, Regius Professor of Cancer Research at The Institute of Cancer Research, London said: “We made an exciting step forward in working out how to treat men with such aggressive, unstable tumours. “We discovered that tumours with mismatch repair mutations have key hallmarks which make them particularly likely to respond to checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy.”.Prof de Bono, consultant oncologist at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said scientists were now developing tests to pick out patients with these mutations, with new clinical trials to test immunotherapy in such cases.The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, looked at 127 tumour biopsies from 124 patients and genomic information from a further 254 patients.Professor Paul Workman, Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said: “This new study is exciting in providing a way to pick out those men with prostate cancer who have the most aggressive, unstable disease and the worst survival – but who conversely might be the best responders to immunotherapy,” he said. Researchers then found that tumours with such mutations were far more likely to have higher levels of a protein, called PD-L1, which can be targeted by immunotherapy.In addition, the cases with the mutations were more likely to have been invaded by T cells from the patient’s immune system – another clue that immunotherapy might succeed, scientists said. We made an exciting step forward in working out how to treat men with aggressive, unstable tumoursProfessor Johann de Bono Scientists have hailed a breakthrough in treating men with the most deadly form of prostate cancer.A study by the Institute of Cancer Research suggests the most aggressive form of the disease could respond best to a new class of drugs.The findings were hailed as an “exciting step forward” in working out how to help those who are resistant to most standard treatments.In recent years, a new type of drugs, called immunotherapy, has shown promise in treatment of a range of cancers. The treatment works best in cancers that have lots of mutations, harnessing the immune system to fight the disease.However, most forms of prostate cancer have few mutations. The new study was able to identify the cases of advanced prostate cancer which were genetically unstable – making them easier for the immune system to recognise. 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. read more

A dense fruit cake has for generations been an integral part of any wedding – whether or not the bride enjoys dried fruit.However, the tide is turning against sugary desserts, and couples are swapping confectionery for piles of cheese truckles, decorated with flowers to look like a tiered cake.Waitrose has reported a huge rise in sales for its cheese wedding “cakes” – a trend also experienced by dairy shops across the country.The supermarket revealed that the cakes, often made of Gouda, Stilton and Brie, have become increasingly popular among newlyweds, with sales of cheese wedding cakes up an average of 49 per cent compared to last year.Andy Swinscoe the owner of The Courtyard Dairy in Settle has been selling cheese wedding cakes there for five years.He said that the cheese “cakes” give a good alternative for people who want to avoid sugar, and for couples wanting their wedding to be unique. Mr Swinscoe explained: “A lot of people like the whole experience – they come to our shop and taste all the cheese and it’s a real experience.”A lot of people want to avoid sugar and also a lot of people do not like fruit cake. One of the cheese cakes on sale at The Courtyard DairyCredit:The Courtyard Dairy One of the cheese cakes on sale at The Courtyard Dairy 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. Couples who want to avoid sugar opt for cheese 'cakes' Couples who want to avoid sugar opt for cheese ‘cakes’Credit:Waitrose “With Waitrose, the bride and groom can opt for a completely British wedding cheese cake, including a Hafod Welsh Organic Cheddar, a Cropwell Bishop Stilton and a Cornish Yarg. The cake is a beautiful balance of flavours and textures, and pairs wonderfully with dry cider or a crisp floral Riesling.”Waitrose magazine news editor Alison Hepworth said that she opted for one as a centrepiece at “my thrifty nuptials. ” She said that as well as being easy to decorate they double up as the evening meal served with bread or biscuits and a few chutneys and pickles.She added: “The news came of little surprise to me: cheese wedding cakes make sense because they are practical and great value but also beautiful.” “People even take cheese home from these weddings as party favours.”It’s something a bit different and a talking point.”We’ve been doing it for five years – popularity has massively increased in recent years.”After a banquet of rich food, revelers often enjoy a slice of cheese with a glass of wine rather than a piece of dense cake, he added.Jo Carman, Waitrose Entertaining Buyer, added: “There’s no doubt that a slice of cheese to celebrate a marriage is gaining in popularity. read more

European champion is out of the Olympic tournament in London! Sweden beat Denmark 24:22 (11:9) and approved  one of the famous “Handball rule” that European champion has never win Olympic gold in the same year.In the decisive moments of the match, Sjostrand was good between the posts, Petersen and Ekberg scored goals for semi-final against Hungary on Friday.Good Swedish defence totally stop Mikkel Hansen, who scored only 4 goals from 11 shoots. DenmarkScandi handballSweden ← Previous Story Accambray sent Spain home – France plays for the Final! Next Story → Croatia beats Tunisia – “Experts” VS “Cowboys” for the FINAL!

first_imgTHE LEADER OF a separatist party won the race to become mayor of Antwerp, Europe’s second biggest port city, and vowed Sunday to use the power base to seek wider autonomy for Belgium’s wealthy Dutch-speaking region of Flanders.Bart De Wever’s NV-A party made sweeping gains throughout northern Flanders and immediately called on French-speaking Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo to give more rights of self-rule to Flanders.De Wever said “we want to give Flemings the government they want at all levels. That is why I call on Elio Di Rupo and the Francophone politicians. Take up your responsibility” and work for more regional autonomy.He says he will work for even bigger gains for separatists at the 2014 national elections.Flanders and WalloniaDe Wever has been at odds with Belgium’s economically ailing French-speaking Wallonia for years, saying he is fighting over the fate of the 6 million Flemings in the kingdom of 11 million.With all but 2 percent of votes counted, De Wever was leading Antwerp’s incumbent Socialist mayor Patrick Janssens 37.7 percent to 28.6 percent.De Wever has made it no secret he is looking for national impact during the municipal elections. He has criticized French-speaking Socialist Di Rupo over tax policies he says tap too much money from Flanders.“Your taxation government without a majority in Flanders is not backed by Flemings. Let us work together on a reform that gives Flemings and francophones the government that they deserve,” De Wever said in his victory speech.Di Rupo immediately dismissed the suggestion, saying there was no reason to change national policy. “These are municipal elections. Each is free to declare what he wants on an election night.”In municipal elections six years ago, the NV-A was a nascent party with few votes across northern Flanders, but by 2010 national elections it had become the biggest party in the region. Sunday’s elections confirmed it.‘Black-and-yellow Sunday’“We not only do as well as our monster score of 2010,” De Wever said. “We do even better, and no one could have expected this. It is incredible. It is a black-yellow Sunday,” he said, referring to the colours of the Flemish flag.Because of the fragmented nature of municipal elections, precise voter percentages were still hard to come by late Sunday, but the sweeping victory of NV-A was beyond doubt. Di Rupo’s socialists also had strong results in several Francophone cities, including his home bastion of Mons.After the 2010 elections, De Wever was the main reason that Belgium had the longest period without a government on record — at 541 days — because he sought extensive concessions for Flemish autonomy.He failed and ended up in opposition against Di Rupo, a staunch defender of the Belgian nation-state.While De Wever’s NV-A surged on Sunday, the extremist anti-foreigner Flemish Interest party crashed. “We saw our voters flee to the NV-A,” Flemish Interest lawmaker Gerolf Annemans said.“Our city was the European base of the radical right wing for two decades. This era ends today,” a triumphant De Wever said.Moves toward separatism in the European Union have been getting a bigger stage during the continent’s economic crisis. Spain’s Catalonia is grousing that it has to pay for others in its crisis-hit country, and Scotland is seeking a referendum on breaking away from the United Kingdom.Read: Belgian premier apologises for WWII deportation of 25,000 Jews>last_img read more

first_imgEVERY YEAR A number of people in Ireland donate their remains to the country’s five medical colleges.It is a remarkable gift to science – to humankind – and those who ended their days with such dedication will be remembered in a special memorial ceremony at Trinity College Dublin next week.Gretta Farrell’s mother Teresa Stanley will be honoured in a particularly special way as the mass comes less than two months after she passed away.“We’re all going in for the Mass on Wednesday,” she told “We’re looking forward to get up there and feeling that bit closer to her.”Teresa died on 4 January this year but had decided long before to donate her remains to the School of Anatomy in Trinity College.“A friend of hers died of breast cancer about 30 years ago and she donated her body to science. It was the first time she had heard of it.“She felt that a lot of different things happened her over the years and she thought they have to be able to learn something from her body. She had breast cancer, gallstones and hip replacements. She thought, ‘It has to do some good for someone’.She used to say, ‘Wouldn’t it be brilliant if someone could find something to help cure these things?’“That was her attitude. She got the forms, asked me to sign them. That was it – she was doing it.”The decision to give remains to science is an extremely personal one. The donation must be made by the person themselves and arrangements put in place before their death.But it can be a tough outcome for a family too.“Not everyone was happy about it,” admitted the Offaly native. “But we just had to say that it was her body, her decision. She felt very strongly about it.”Many feel the need to go to a graveyard after a loved one passes away and the family have arranged for a stone, photograph and some words to be put on the headstone of Paddy, a son who died in 1972.“We also had time to get used to it. The forms were signed years ago.“Of course it was a surprise when she first said it. I had never heard of it either but I thought it was a great thing to do. A brilliant thing to do.”The Farrells’ experience of donating remains to Trinity College was “no harder or easier than taking the body to the church” but Gretta talks about it with a hint of a smile and a large dose of pride in her voice.“It was very dignified. The undertakers gave us time to say goodbye, the men carried out the coffin and the neighbours walked behind the hearse. And people in the town came out as they drove through Clara [county Offaly] to pay their respects.“We also had a lovely funeral service on the Sunday – just as normal with pictures and flowers. People came and sympathised with us there.”There is also an overwhelming love in a daughter’s voice knowing her devoted Mammy is still providing, doing some good.“Her body will be gone for three years but to think of all the good she will do. Physiotherapists and doctors will learn about where things are meant to be and how they are meant to work.As hard as it was to let her go…she’s just brilliant. She was just a fabulous person.What happens after someone dies?Donations of remains are strictly governed by the Anatomy Act 1832. The deceased must be registered with one of Ireland’s medical colleges as having the intention or recording the wish in a will is not sufficient.The use of human bodies for the study of anatomy has been at the centre of medicine for hundreds of years. According to Trinity’s School of Medicine, it allows students to attain a mastery of anatomy which they would not be able to obtain by other means.It allows surgeons in training to practice and evaluate their skills without risk to life. It facilitates research into the detailed anatomy relevant to new surgical procedures designed to improve medical care and treatment.“Much of the teaching and research of our department is utterly dependent on the generosity of spirit of those who donate their bodies.”When a person who has decided to donate their remains to science, a stringent process kicks in.“After they take the body, the only thing you have to worry about is whether it is suitable,” remembers Farrell. “But you get that call within two hours. The school called to thank us all – to thank her sons and daughters and my father for letting her go.“They told me how beautiful she looked. She didn’t look her age – her skin was clear and she looked well minded. They were compassionate and genuine. I felt like they could have been talking about their own mothers. They asked about her life and her children.“I was quite upset at the time but I felt a lot better after talking to them. She was there and she was safe.“They have so much respect for the bodies and the people. To hear things like that was good. They call them the silent teachers.”The memorial, organised by Trinity College Dublin’s Anatomy Department, will be held on Wednesday from 5.15pm. The Act of Remembrance and Thanksgiving honours all those who donated their remains to the medical school. It will take place in the College Chapel at Front Square. All are welcome.last_img read more

first_img Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Debate Room: We need a minimum passing distance law or more cyclists will die on our roads Can we ensure that motorists and cyclists are safely sharing our roads with a 1.5 metre minimum distance law? Mar 1st 2017, 8:30 PM By Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher 158 Comments Share529 Tweet Email center_img Short URL 477 Views Under the proposed new legislation, motorists would be obliged by law to pass cyclists no closer than 1.5 metres on roads with a speed limit of 50km/h or higher. On roads where the speed limit is under 50km/h, the safe passing distance would be set at one metre.France, Belgium, Portugal and Australia, 26 US states and several provinces in Canada have already introduced the 1.5 metre minimum distance law. We asked a cyclist and a motorist to debate whether we should introduce it here.YES. Firstly we need to understand that we have a problem with the dangerous overtaking of bicycle riders in Ireland. We are not unique in that but we are becoming unique in doing very little about it, by not adding this layer of extra protection for a vulnerable road user class.The aim is to create an environment where all road users can utilise a healthier, cleaner and sustainable form of transport without feeling threatened by a badly planned and dangerous overtaking manoeuvre.The creation of a virtual safety zone is not just for middle age men in lycra, this is aimed at all people who ride bicycles, and especially those who are currently too scared to do so.This obligation on motorists is aimed at making that critical interaction on the road a safe one.Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 campaignThe Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 campaign, has made use of social media, various awareness videos, vehicle signage, safety campaigns and press releases to ask motorists to “give space” to bicycle riders.The RSA has been active in this area too by adding a 1.5 metre recommendation to the rules of the road and creating awareness ads.But this has been ongoing with cyclists for some time now and and although has some positive effect, it doesn’t reach the target audience we need to engage, those who might view people on bicycles as road furniture, as an inconvenience, that needs to be overtaken hastily and at the first opportunity, irrespective of the danger.Enforcing the minimum passing distanceIntroducing a law like this would be a significant and progressive step in changing the focus on sharing the road. It is enforceable by Garda eyewitnesses, third party camera footage and the use of an ultrasonic speed gun type of device.It would mean very little to the vast majority of drivers who already heed the advice currently given by the RSA.Queensland, Australia witnessed a 50% drop in cyclist related injuries and a 35% reduction of cyclist fatalities since the introduction of MPDL there. These results are possible to achieve too in an Irish context with MPDL legislation in place and associated awareness campaigns.Now is the time for Ireland to step up. Failure to do so will certainly lead to unnecessary and wholly preventable deaths of bicycle riders and a lifetime of heartache not just for their family, friends and communities, but also for the uninformed motorist.Phil Skelton of Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 has spearheaded the MPDL Bill. Cyclists gathered outside Leinster House to protest for more of the transport budget be allocated to cycling infrastructure in Dublin recently. Source: Leah FarrellNO. There is definitely a problem here. There is a minority of motorists who are obnoxious to the point of being dangerous when they pass cyclists. The AA has no problem with those individuals being fined and given penalty points.The best way to do that though is to use existing laws. It is already an offence to drive a car “without reasonable consideration” and you get two penalty points on the spot or four if you go to court.Absolute rules cause absolute problemsThere is a big difference between a good idea and a practical change to the law. When you put absolute rules onto the statute books, it very often causes more problems than it solves and leads to legal challenges.Imagine a congested narrow street where there is a cyclist with his foot on the kerb, looking at his phone. Each car inching past at 3kmh would theoretically incur penalty points.You have to draft so many caveats and stipulations into the regulations that it becomes unworkable.You can’t write everything into lawThere are so many silly, rude and dangerous things a driver could do: shaving, applying make-up, holding a coffee cup between the knees, frightening an old lady trying to cross the road, passing too close to a baby’s buggy.You could not possibly write them all into law and you don’t need to. You enforce the provision that is already there which effectively means that if you behave like a pig on the road then you get penalty points and a fine.10% of AA members are regular cyclists and the number is growing. Everyone wants to encourage that and to keep people safe. What is really needed is more Gardaí, not new laws.The Government should concentrate on providing the resources, not making simplistic and unnecessary changes to primary legislation.Conor Faughnan is AA Director of Consumer Affairs.What do you think? Would an MPDL law work here and do we need it to keep cyclists safe? Let us know in the comments below.Opinion: ‘Ireland has become a pollution haven due to neo-liberal model of light-touch regulation’>The youth vote: ‘My classmates are more interested in Netflix and Instagram than in politics’> Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgCyberlink : avec PowerDVD 12, les Blu-ray 2D se convertissent en 3DCyberlink vient de lancer la version 12 de son lecteur PowerDVD. Une nouvelle mouture qui permet notamment de convertir des Blu-ray 2D en 3D. Elle offre également la possibilité de synchroniser des contenus avec des terminaux Android, et de nouvelles fonctionnalités sociales.Cyberlink lance ce mardi 31 janvier la nouvelle version de son lecteur de médias PowerDVD. L’éditeur taïwanais se targue d’offrir avec cette mouture plus de trente nouveautés et améliorations.Parmi elles, la possibilité de convertir des films Blu-ray 2D en 3D, la synchronisation du contenu multimédia avec des périphériques Android, ou encore la prise en charge du DTS-HD 7.1 et Dolby TrueHD 7.1, avec un nouveau support pour le format audio sans perte des fichiers OGG et FLAC. Téléchargeable gratuitement pour un essai de trente jours, PowerDVD 12 apporte également son lot de nouveautés pour les applications mobiles Android et iOS de Cyberlink, PowerDVD Mobile et PowerDVD Remote. La première permet d’envoyer des vidéos, photos ou de la musique depuis un PC vers un périphérique, et de lire le contenu d’un terminal mobile sur un ordinateur équipé de PowerDVD, grâce aux modes DLNA DMR (Digital Media Renderer) et DLNA DMC (Digital Media Controller) intégrés à la nouvelle version du lecteur.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’application PowerDVD Remote, qui transforme les iPhone et smartphones Android en télécommandes permettant de contrôler PowerDVD à distance, se voit quant à elle offrir un clavier virtuel.Le lecteur de Cyberlink s’enrichit également de nouvelles fonctionnalités sociales. PowerDVD 12 prend notamment en charge les albums photo Facebook et Flickr, comme les vidéos YouTube. Disponible sur le site Internet de CyberLink, la nouvelle version du lecteur est proposée en plusieurs éditions. La version Standard est fixée à 34,99 euros, mais la plupart des nouveautés apportées à PowerDVD lui font défaut. Quant à la version Ultra, qui inclut les applications Mobile et Remote, elle est vendue 99,99 euros.Le 1 février 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgGet the Street Fighter 2 Arcade 1up Cabinet (includes Street Fighter ll Champion Edition, Street Fighter ll The New Challengers, Street Fighter ll Turbo) for $299 Get the Centipede Arcade 1up Cabinet (includes Centipede, Millipede, Missile Command, Crystal Castles) for $299Arcade1UP Riser for $39.84The arcades above are 3/4 scale (about 4ft tall). That makes them perfect for a sit-down arcade experience. If you want an authentic standing experience, raise your cabinet by an additional foot with this riser.Get it at Walmart for $39.84SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SDXC Card (Switch Compatible) for $34.99This is a full $10 cheaper than the previous lowest price, which happened on Amazon Prime Day. Many people would be happy paying $34.99 for a 128GB SD card, but getting a 200GB one at this price is unheard of! It’s perfect for Switch gamers who want a digital library but don’t want to tote around a whole bunch of memory cards.Get it on Amazon for $34.99You can also get the 256GB model for $51.99You can also get the 400GB model for $99.99 Get the Asteroids Arcade 1up Cabinet (includes Asteroids, Major Havoc, Lunar Lander and Tempest) for $299—————————– —————————– —————————–center_img Get the Galaga Arcade 1up Cabinet (Galaga and Galaxian) for $299—————————– $100 off Arcade1Up Arcade Machine Cabinets + Free 2-Day ShippingThese are finally back in stock after weeks of not being available. Walmart is selling these AWESOME arcade cabinets for $100 less than retail price and offering free 2-day shipping. They’ll ship out on very soon on October 16. Get the Rampage Arcade 1up Cabinet (includes Rampage, Gauntlet, Joust, Defender) for $299last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Archaeologists have unearthed remnants of a large church from the Byzantine period in the shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, and they say the ancient structure is the Church of the Apostles, a site said to have been built over the house of Jesus’ disciples Peter and Andrew.So far, the archaeological team from Kinneret College in Israel and Nyack College’s Center for the Study of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins has excavated the southern rooms of the church, which belonged to a monastery complex, according to a press release.Mosaic floors of the church were uncovered. (Photo Credit: Center for the Study of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins)The church was found to have ornate mosaic floors, some of which are well-preserved.Archaeologists also found a fragment of a marble chancel screen, decorated with a wreath, and a glass tesserae gilded in gold that belonged to a wall mosaic. All these decorative elements testify to a large and magnificent church, researchers said.The major discovery was made at the site of el-Araj, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, and believed to be the site of the ancient Jewish fishing village of Bethsaida, which later became the Roman city of Julias.Fragments of a stone cross from the newly discovered church. (Photo Credit: Center for the Study of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins)The newly-discovered church fit the description made by Willibald, the Bavarian bishop of Eichstaett who visited the area around 725 AD and reported that a church at Bethsaida had been built on the site of Peter and Andrew’s home, the archaeologists said.Experts say the discovery is particularly significant for two reasons.“First, until its recent discovery, many scholars questioned its existence. Although it is mentioned in Byzantine pilgrimage itineraries, many thought these reports mistaken,” Prof. Steven Notley of Nyack College told Fox News. “Of equal importance, the church indicates that there existed a living memory in the Christian community about the location of Bethsaida, home of Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44).”An area of the church uncovered. (Photo Credit: Center for the Study of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins)The archaeological mission’s has been conducting excavations at the site annually and has uncovered evidence of the church’s existence during previous digs. They have previously uncovered pieces of marble from the church’s chancel screen and small gilded glass blocks called tesserae that were used in ornate church wall mosaics.“These discoveries already informed us that the church was waiting to be found somewhere nearby,” Notley told Fox News.The remains of a private house from the Roman period were also excavated 328 feet from the main excavation area. The house, which dated back to first to the third centuries CE included pottery, coins, fishing net weights, and a cooking oven.Archaeologists conducted a geophysical study of the vicinity using electromagnetic sensors operated on the ground and from a drone, and found indicate that there are many houses buried under the erosion of the delta of the Jordan River.More on’s 15th-Century Cannonballs Unearthed in BulgariaWorld’s Longest Salt Cave Discovered in IsraelDestroyed Temple, Treasures Found in Sunken Ancient Egyptian City Amazing Hoard of 1,000-Year-Old Coins Discovered by Metal Detectorists7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France last_img read more

first_img New study refutes claims of early humans in India prior to Mount Toba eruption A team of archeological researchers, led by Sonia Harmand of Stony Brook University, has announced that they believe they have found tools used by human ancestors approximately 800,000 years before the current record holder. Harmand made the announcement at this year’s Paleoanthropology Society meeting held in San Francisco. Explore further 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. Currently, the consensus in the archeology community, is that tools found at a site called Gona in Ethiopia, dated back to 2.6 million years ago, are the oldest—that timeline conforms neatly with theories that suggest modern humans first appeared on the scene approximately 2.8 million years ago, which would make us the first users of tools. But now, Harmand and her team are challenging that idea by declaring that they have found tools that have been dated as far back as 3.3 million years ago, which would make the first tool users one of our ancestors, not us—likely Australopithecus, or Kenyanthropus.The recently discovered tool samples were found at a site known as Lomekwi 3 in Kenya. They found some of the stone tool samples actually lying on the ground, which of course led to an excavation. The tools the team found included cores (stones with flakes chipped off), flakes (chipped off material) and anvils (stones used to knock chips off another stone). The team claims the tools were clearly “knapped”—a term used to describe stone that has been intentionally chipped to achieve a desired effect, rather than being chipped by other incidental means—an analysis of the tools showed, for example, that some had clearly been rotated during the chipping process. The team used a dating technique that involves noting changes in the Earth’s magnetic field, as seen in soil samples, to date the tools. The dated age of the tools is significant also because back in 2010 another team of researchers found bone samples dated to 3.4 million years ago, that had what looked like markings made by someone using a tool of some sort. That claim was met with criticism, however, as there was no way to verify what had caused the marks—but now, it has taken on added significance, as the date is so close to the recently found tools—future research will no doubt focus on attempting to discover if the marks on the bones match closely with the tools. Citation: Archeologists believe they have found the oldest example of tool use (2015, April 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more