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Ottawa ushers in vaping era with new rules regulations for ecigarettes

first_imgOTTAWA – Adults in Canada will soon have easier access to e-cigarettes and vaping supplies — and be exposed to more ads promoting them — now that the federal Liberal government has passed legislation formally legalizing and regulating the practice.Once the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act receives royal assent in the coming days, it will prohibit the sale of vape products to minors, ban flavours aimed at young people and prohibit marketing that features testimonials, health claims or “lifestyle” themes.It also allows the legal manufacture, import and sale of vaping products both with and without nicotine, Health Canada said Wednesday. Other provisions will come into force 180 days after the bill becomes law to give manufacturers and importers time to comply.Manufacturers that want to market their products with therapeutic claims, such as for smoking cessation, will still require the agency’s blessing before their products can be imported, advertised or sold in Canada.Some experts cheered the vaping regulations, saying they give legitimacy to something that could prove a boon for smokers who are trying to quit. Others fear the restrictions could keep those very same people from exploring its potential as a less-harmful alternative to cigarettes.Where they agree, however, is that Canada continues to lack sufficient research into vaping and its potential effects.The law essentially treats vaping like smoking, with similar regulations, said David Sweanor, an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.It prevents companies that make so-called “non-combustion” products from informing smokers about significantly less hazardous options, Sweanor said, and fails to adequately distinguish between the relative risks of cigarettes, and e-cigarettes and other alternatives.Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Laurent Marcoux welcomed the legislation for its restrictions on promoting and advertising vape products., but warned its still too soon to embrace it as a potential stop-smoking aid.“We’re very pleased. We’ve been working on this issue for so many years and it’s a public health issue and we are very glad to see it will not attract young people,” said Marcoux.“We know some people use it to quit smoking, but it’s not proved yet how it works. We need more research before we recommend it as a good thing. I think we should wait and be more cautious.”Lesley James, manager of health policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, said Canada needed a regulatory framework for e-cigarettes because “it’s been the wild west in Canada.”“We haven’t had any safety standards, and e-cigarettes with nicotine have been illegal, but they have been accessible,” she said, adding that the new legislation allows Canadians to try e-cigarettes as a “quit aid.”On the other hand, the marketing restrictions are “hugely important” and worth keeping an eye on, since other countries have stricter rules than Canada — and for good reason, James said.“These products are highly appealing to youth and we want to make sure that Canadian youth aren’t experimenting and taking up e-cigarettes any more than they are right now.”Big Tobacco, meanwhile, came out staunchly opposed to the legislation’s additional crackdown on cigarette packaging, since it prohibits outright any sort of promotional information and branding, including logos.Cigarette makers have the right to brand their products, said Eric Gagnon, the director of government relations at Imperial Tobacco Canada.And while the company supports the vaping regulations, manufacturers and retailers should be able to market directly to their customers, he added.“One of the challenges we’re facing is that most of the provinces are regulating vaping right now as tobacco … products are hidden from view,” Gagnon said.“With that mindset it becomes difficult to inform consumers of the benefits of using vaping products.”last_img read more

Two more women file sexassault complaints against Gilbert Rozon

first_imgMONTREAL – Two more Quebec women have filed official complaints of sexual assault against Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon.They are TV personality Penelope McQuade, 46, and actress Patricia Tulasne, 58.They are two of the 10 women who accused Rozon last week of sexual harassment or sexual assault.News of the police complaints comes a day after TV star Julie Snyder filed a similar complaint with authorities.McQuade’s agent, Julie Bergeron, said today there will be no other immediate comment because of the ongoing legal process. McQuade, 46, has previously said Rozon allegedly attacked her in 1997 when she was covering the Just For Laughs comedy festival.Rozon founded Just For Laughs in 1983 and was serving as president when he resigned last week as news of the allegations surfaced.He also stepped down as vice-president of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce and as head of the committee behind Montreal’s 375th-anniversary celebrations.last_img read more

In the news today Dec 4

first_imgSix stories in the news for Monday, Dec. 4———TRUDEAU CONTINUES BUSY STATE VISIT TO CHINAJustin Trudeau began his four day state visit to China by telling a panel discussion in Beijing that global warming has been a boon to Canada’s wine industry. The prime minister visited the headquarters of China’s most popular social media company, Sina Weibo where he promoted Canada as a terrific tourist destination. Meanwhile, trade was expected to be the hot topic today at a meeting between Trudeau and China’s premier and also at a later meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.———FEDS WILLING TO REDUCE SHARE OF POT REVENUEOttawa appears willing to give the provinces and territories a bigger cut of the money it will collect from a federal tax on cannabis. The feds have proposed handing over half of the estimated $1-billion annual excise tax take once recreational pot is legalized next July. But The Canadian Press has learned that federal finance officials signalled a conditional willingness to increase that share during talks with their provincial and territorial counterparts. The condition is that the extra money be used to help municipalities cope with the impact of legalizing marijuana.———CANNABIS BLACK MARKET LIKELY TO LINGERFrom texting a local dealer to dropping into a neighbourhood dispensary or ordering online, Canada’s black market for recreational pot has seen significant changes in recent years and, no doubt, will see more as the country hurtles toward a new world of legalization next summer. What does seem clear, however, is that the illegal market is unlikely to disappear in a puff of smoke come legalization day.———HIV-POSITIVE PEOPLE SAY ONTARIO GOVERNMENT RULING ONLY FIRST STEPThe Ontario government has announced that HIV-positive people with low viral loads who have little chance of transmitting the disease can no longer be charged with a crime for not disclosing their medical status to a sexual partner. The move has generally been hailed as a positive step, but some advocates fear decriminalizing only people with low viral loads will divide the community into those who are fortunate enough to get the treatments they need, and those who aren’t.———TORONTO CONSIDERS NEW SHORT-TERM RENTAL RULESToronto politicians will be reviewing proposed rules for short-term rentals this week that could mean big changes for those who offer secondary residences for rent on home-sharing platforms like Airbnb. Among the regulations going before city council is one that would ban short-term rentals of homes that aren’t the landlord’s primary dwelling. Some tenants say the rule change is needed in a city grappling with high rents and low vacancy rates, while those who rent out secondary residences argue the new rules would mainly help hotel owners.———THE GROWING LEGEND OF VINCE COLEMANExactly one century after he died, mustachioed train dispatcher Vince Coleman’s status as the ultimate Halifax Explosion hero will be cemented Wednesday. Calgary lawyer Jim Coleman — Vince’s grandson — will deliver brief remarks during the city’s commemorative ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the blast that killed or wounded 11,000 people. The recognition of Vince Coleman is the culmination of his growing legend for his selfless act of saving a trainload of passengers at the cost of his own life.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne leads a trade mission in Vietnam with stops in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi— Ottawa press conference marking the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines— The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls holds community hearings in Thunder Bay— The Canadian Tax Payers Federation launches a campaign opposing the federal government’s automatic tax hikes on alcohol— The National Energy Board hears oral submissions in Calgary on a motion from Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC regarding its expansion project— Halifax trial of Christopher Calvin Garnier, charged with murder in the death of off-duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbelllast_img read more

Federal leaders debate Indigenous rights divided on UNDRIP

first_imgGreen Party leader Elizabeth May, Conservative elder Andrew Scheer and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh debated Indigenous rights and related issues for 20 minutes Thursday during Maclean’s Magazine’s leaders’ debate. Photo: Maclean’s / YouTube.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsIndigenous issues featured prominently in Thursday evening’s leaders’ debate hosted by Maclean’s Magazine.Three of the four major party leaders discussed child welfare, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the drinking water crisis, the duty to consult and the principle of free, prior and informed consent.Justin Trudeau, who has maintained throughout his first mandate that there’s no relationship more important to his government than the one with Indigenous peoples, did not attend the debate, which featured a 20-minute question-and-answer period for party leaders.Thursday’s debate saw a sharp divide between the Green Party and NDP on one side, and the Conservatives on the other, on key issues around Indigenous rights.Given two opportunities, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer did not answer a question from moderator and Maclean’s writer Paul Wells on whether a Conservative government would accept the recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling that Canada compensate First Nations children who were made wards of the state under the on-reserve child welfare system.Skirting the question, Scheer said a Conservative government “will be focused on practical things that can alleviate the types of challenges that are facing Indigenous Canadians,” before quickly moving on to long term boil water advisories and then jobs in the natural resources sector.Green Party leader Elizabeth May called the Tribunal’s Sept. 6 ruling “a huge victory for the work that’s been done to protect Indigenous children, with the government fighting them tooth and nail.”Asked a second time, Scheer said “it’s essential that the outcome of these type of decisions actually gets the resources to the people that need it the most,” but did not commit to accepting the ruling.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said he was “not surprised, but appalled” by Scheer’s response.Singh said an NDP government “would accept the ruling,” and that “at a minimum we shouldn’t be taking Indigenous kids to court.“They deserve respect and dignity. That’s what reconciliation’s all about.”Trudeau has not yet indicated whether his government will appeal the tribunal’s decision.May said Trudeau “must immediately accept that this is long overdue,” calling the matter a “crisis”.Wells then asked: “Don’t rulings like this demonstrate how much expectations and frustration have increased even in only the last four years?”He then turned to the Conservative leader: “Mr. Scheer, doesn’t that make it a much greater governing challenge than it was even the last time a Conservative government was in power four years ago?”Scheer agreed, saying “if there’s one area where Justin Trudeau raised expectations to levels that he has been a complete disappointment on, it is Indigenous files.” He cited Trudeau’s dismissal of a woman from Grassy Narrows who interrupted a high-end Liberal fundraising event last spring. In response, Trudeau said, “Thank you very much for your donation,” as the woman was escorted out of the room, prompting widespread condemnation and allegations of racism.The debate then moved to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which Canada has ratified at an international level but has not codified into law domestically.Last year the House of Commons passed Romeo Saganash’s private member’s Bill C-262, legislation that would have compelled the federal government to review its laws and attempt to align them with the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples.But Conservative Senators stalled and ultimately killed the bill in June before parliament adjourned for the summer.Scheer was criticized from all corners over his purported support for the bill in the lower chamber, and his silence around the behaviour of his caucus members in the upper chamber.On Thursday the Conservative leader reiterated the Senators’ primary concern with the bill — that recognizing Indigenous peoples’ right to free, prior and informed consent would hurt the economy, including Indigenous peoples’ access to jobs in the resource sector.Scheer said C-262 has “many laudable goals” that a Conservative government would support, but that “we cannot create a system in this country where one group of individuals, one Indigenous community, can hold hostage large projects that employ so many Indigenous Canadians.”Scheer said “there are many Indigenous Canadians who will benefit from [the] Trans Mountain [pipeline],” adding, “yes, there are people who are opposed to it, but we do not live in a country where any one group of people have a veto.”Singh called Scheer’s language around Indigenous rights and the right to consent “disrespectful,” while May referred to Scheer’s response as “inappropriate.”“The language you are using is so inappropriate when talking about Indigenous Canadians,” May responded.Elizabeth May was arrested while protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, B.C. last year. File photo.“You are missing the fact that Section 35 of the constitution is already interpreted by the courts, [and] goes almost all the way to what the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” she said.“Consulting is not, ‘I will consult with you until you agree what we’ve already decided.’ That’s not consultation. It’s what Trudeau thinks is consultation, it’s what you think is consultation. But it has to be free, prior and informed consent.”Singh said Scheer was “talking as if he doesn’t understand the reality” of Indigenous rights.“You’re going to have to work with communities,” he said. “If you don’t have communities buying in, projects won’t go ahead.”Singh said the government “should move forward with respect and dignity.”“It’s better for business if we ensure that we have a process we know is going to work. We’re going to work with communities and make sure that they feel engaged, involved. And yes, that means they can say no. And yes that means they can say yes. These things work together and partnership is the only way forward.”Scheer then doubled down on his point: “What happens if one Indigenous community says no?”May reminded Scheer that he’s talking about Indigenous nations, not just communities.“The language you are using shows no respect,” she said.The Conservatives’ concern that recognizing Indigenous peoples’ right to give or withhold consent to resource projects on their lands that could adversely impact them was addressed multiple times by Senator Murray Sinclair, a former judge, last spring.Sinclair pointed out that a First Nation or other Indigenous peoples’ decision to withhold consent around a pipeline did not amount to what Conservatives have repeatedly called a ‘veto’.Senator Murray Sinclair said earlier this year that recognizing Indigenous peoples’ right to free, prior and informed consent does not amount to having a ‘veto’ on resource development projects. APTN file photo. The UNDRIP principle of free, prior and informed consent “is a very simple concept,” Sinclair said in May. “And that is, before you affect my land, you need to talk to me, and you need to have my permission.“That doesn’t mean that we’re vetoing it. It doesn’t mean that First Nations people, or Indigenous people outside of Indian reserves, are vetoing anything,” he continued. “Just because they say you can’t run a pipeline across my land doesn’t mean you can’t run it somewhere else.”Scheer supported his argument against the right of free, prior and informed consent by saying Indigenous peoples also have a right to say yes to resource development projects.Instead of pointing out the contradiction in Scheer’s statement that Indigenous peoples’ rights may have to be violated in order to be respected, Wells asked: “Does the Conservative leader not have a point? Is there not division among Native Nations over some of these projects?”Scheer also wasn’t challenged on his argument that a single Indigenous nation or community was standing in the way of a pipeline or other project.A number of First Nations are involved in the most recent legal challenge to the now publicly-owned pipeline.May compared Trudeau’s failure to adequately consult with Indigenous peoples on Trans Mountain to the Harper Conservatives’ failure on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline.“We have governments that think that consultation is to keep talking at Indigenous Nations and groups until they agree,” she said.“Now in the context of territorial recognition, you can’t treat Indigenous Canadians as though they were an interest group or a lobby. The rights they have in the constitution, and which we as federal leaders have a fiduciary responsibility to protect—even under Section 35, much less under UNDRP—require a rootedness in territory.”At the Liberals’ press conference in June when they announced the government’s reapproval of Trans Mountain, Trudeau defined free, prior and informed consent as “engaging, looking with [Indigenous communities], listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible.”Days before the 2015 election he told APTN that, “[u]ltimately, even though governments grant permits, only communities grant permission.”Implementing UNDRIP was a key promise of Trudeau’s first election campaign as Liberal leader.Asked why the Liberals’ didn’t adopt Saganash’s legislation as a government bill to ensure its passage into law, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told APTN in June the party would introduce similar legislation if re-elected.The NDP and Greens have both promised to fully implement UNDRIP.Jagmeet Singh and the NDP have also promised to develop a ‘National Action Plan for Reconciliation’ that would, among other things, include a plan to implement UNDRIP. APTN file photo.In Thursday’s debate Singh referred to Bill C-262 as a “transformative piece of legislation.” He has signalled that the NDP would introduce a similar bill if elected.“What it essentially says is that we should treat Indigenous peoples with respect, as equal partners,” he said of UNDRIP.May said Thursday a Green government would implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ calls for justice.“And that’s just the beginning of working for real justice, which means allowing First Nations, Indigenous, Metis and Inuit societies that self-identify — they decide who’s a member of their community,” she said, adding the Greens would do away with the Indian Act, which she said serves to enforce “structural violence.”The Conservatives have not released a platform. Last December Scheer was booed while addressing leaders at an Assembly of First Nations event in Ottawa. He told the chiefs and delegates that a platform on Indigenous issues would be forthcoming.In addition to skipping the first leaders’ debate with substantial questions around Indigenous rights and issues, Trudeau also neglected to mention Indigenous peoples in his opening campaign speech when he called the election on Wednesday.He appealed to middle class Canadians, single parents and families, workers, recent graduates, seniors and pensioners and new Canadians in his speech, but did not mention Indigenous peoples.“I’m for moving forward for everyone,” the prime minister said, concluding his speech.Trudeau has agreed to participate in three of six leaders’ debates. He will join in two French language debates Oct. 2 and 10, and one English language debate on Oct. read more

Taxpayers can compare tax liability declared in final summary GST return forms

first_imgNew Delhi: The GST Network Tuesday said businesses registered under GST can now compare the tax liability declared as well as input tax credit claimed in their final and summary sales returns forms. The GSTN, which handles the technology backbone for the new indirect tax, has provided a facility to the taxpayers to view and download a report on tax liability as declared in their form GSTR- 1 (final sales return) and as declared and paid in their return filed in form GSTR-3B (summary sales return). Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepWhile GSTR-1 for a month is filed by the 11th day of the succeeding month, GSTR-3B is filed and taxes paid by the 20th day of the succeeding month. GSTN, in a statement said, since GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B are filed independent of each other, a need was felt to provide facility to view liability declared in both the forms at one place. The new facility enables the taxpayers to view these two liabilities in one table for each return period at one place, which can be compared. This will enable taxpayers to make good of any differences between the two forms filed by them on GST portal, GSTN said. Further, the GSTN has also provided taxpayers information regarding data of Input tax credit (ITC) as claimed in their form GSTR 3B and as accrued in form GSTR 2A, based on the return uploaded by the supplier. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThis functionality has been provided in Returns dashboard on the GST Portal to taxpayers under the headings “Comparison of liability declared and ITC claimed”. “This facility will help taxpayers in reconciling their liability and ITC details quickly. They can view the monthly comparison as well as cumulative comparison upto the month, on the GST Portal in the tables provided. This will help them in taking corrective steps,” GSTN CEO Prakash Kumar said.last_img read more

As Haiti swears in President UN calls for new political social and

Michel Martelly was sworn in yesterday as President of Haiti in a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince, attended by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan.Mr. Martelly – who in March won the second, run-off round in the presidential election – succeeds René Préval as President.In a press statement issued late yesterday, the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) congratulated Mr. Martelly on his inauguration and the people of Haiti for a “lesson in civic maturity” during the lengthy election process.“The day of 14 May 2011 is historic and carries with it all the hopes of change for the people of Haiti: hopes for reconstruction, progress, stability, social peace, rule of law [and] development,” the statement noted.The mission called on Mr. Martelly, his Government, Haiti’s politicians, civil society groups and wider citizenry to “make this historic moment their rallying point for sealing a new political, economic and social pact to rebuild together a new Haiti.”The new Haiti, the statement added, would be a country that “fully respects democratic values and human rights [and] which is proud of its entire human and cultural richness.” 15 May 2011Welcoming Haiti’s first ever transfer of power from one democratically elected president to one from the opposition, the United Nations has urged the country’s new leader, his Government and the people to harness the political goodwill to “rebuild together a new Haiti.” read more

Bank of Canada holds rate at 05 warning uncertainty still clouds economys

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is sticking with its trendsetting interest rate of 0.5 per cent, saying uncertainties continue to overshadow the economy’s stronger-than-expected start to the year.In explaining its decision Wednesday to hold the rate, the central bank once again highlighted weak wage growth and the softening rate for underlying inflation as examples the economy still has room for improvement.The bank’s scheduled rate announcement comes after it raised its 2017 growth projection last month following a surprisingly healthy start to the year in areas such as employment, consumer spending and the housing markets. In Wednesday’s statement, the bank added better business investment numbers to the list. “Recent economic data have been encouraging,” the bank said.Now read the official statementIf things are so rosy in Canada, why is the Bank of Canada being so cautiousPressure builds on Bank of Canada to tackle house prices by raising interest ratesBlame Canada! The Great White Short could send the loonie to 71 cents or below soon“Consumer spending and the housing sector continue to be robust on the back of an improving labour market, and these are becoming more broadly based across regions.”The bank’s statement, however, also predicted that the “very strong growth” over the first three months of the year will be followed by some moderation in the second quarter, even though at the same time it expects the U.S. economy to rebound.Analysts had widely predicted governor Stephen Poloz to keep the rate locked at its very low level of 0.5 per cent, as significant unknowns underlined by the bank in the past continue to swirl around the U.S. agenda on trade and taxation.“The uncertainties outlined in the April (monetary policy report) continue to cloud the global and Canadian outlooks,” said the bank, without making any specific mentions this time about the potential policy path of Canada’s largest trading partner.With no monetary policy report released Wednesday, observers will scrutinize the commentary in the bank’s one-page statement for clues about its thinking on the trajectory of the economy.The bank’s statement also said while recent government policy measures on real estate have contributed to more sustainable outlooks for household debt, the rules have yet to have a substantial cooling effect on hot housing markets.On core inflation, the bank noted that recent readings for its three measures, which reduce the influence of some more volatile consumer items like gasoline, have stayed below its ideal target of two per cent. That signals the entire economy has yet to catch up to the recent momentum. read more

Latin America and Caribbean show some economic improvement UN reports

Recovery in the United States and Japan as well as growth in China led to the improvement in economic performance in the region, ECLAC says in its report, Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2003.”For the first time since 1997, there are no projections of negative growth for any Latin American economy next year,” ECLAC says, but it adds that per capita output is 1.5 per cent lower than it was in 1997.The growth figures for 2003 and 2004 compare with a drop of 0.4 per cent in 2002.After six years of negative per capita growth and sluggish labour markets, 44.4 per cent of the population, or 227 million people, live under the poverty line. Improved economic activity drove a slight rise in the employment rate, but unemployment remains high at 10.7 per cent.Reporting on the major economies, the report says Argentina posted a marked recovery of 7.3 per cent this year, after plunging 10.8 per cent in 2002. Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru posted growth rates of over 3 per cent, although Brazil managed barely positive growth of 0.1 per cent and Mexico grew by just 1.2 per cent.In oil-exporting Venezuela growth fell 9.5 per cent, after a similar plunge in 2002, while the region’s other economies posted weak performances, hovering around 2 per cent, it says.A significant development, according to ECLAC, is the stronger domestic performance achieved by the countries after three years of turbulence. Most are emerging with well-controlled monetary and fiscal policies, along with more competitive exchange rates.The Commission forecast that economies that were dealing with profound crises, such as Argentina and Brazil, are well on their way to recovery. read more

125 million children beyond reach of aid in Sudans Darfur region UN

Every day more than 3 million children are affected by the ongoing conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, threatened by malnutrition, illness and violence, with 1.25 million of them beyond the reach of help because of insecurity, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today in a new report.“Relief efforts have significantly improved the overall situation in Darfur since 2004, but persistent instability and political stalemate means that children have little hope for any meaningful future,” UNICEF country representative Ted Chaiban said of the three-year conflict between Government, paramilitary and rebel forces which has killed tens of thousands and forced 2 million to flee their homes.The report, Child Alert Darfur, shows that an estimated 1.75 million children in displaced persons camps and surrounding towns in Sudan’s western Darfur, an area the size of France, now have basic social services, largely as a result of humanitarian aid, despite continuing insecurity that plagues their daily lives.In these camps, mortality rates have fallen below the emergency threshold at 0.79 deaths per 10,000 children per day and malnutrition rates have dropped from 21.8 per cent to 11.9 per cent. But an estimated 1.25 million children remain who cannot be reached because of insecurity and their situation remains largely unknown. “Darfur’s children deserve the same dividends of peace which children affected by Sudan’s North-South conflict are beginning to see,” Mr. Chaiban said, referring to the peace accord that ended a separate two-decade-long war in the south of Africa’s largest country.“Success in Abuja is the cornerstone for achieving these dividends,” he added of the Darfur peace talks currently going on in the Nigerian capital.Key findings of the report include:The economy of Darfur is in steep decline, creating and reinforcing a reliance on humanitarian aid. As a result, conditions are worsening for children who live in areas outside the camps, in communities hitherto not directly affected by the fighting.Low-level violence continues unabated almost daily, creating a climate of fear and further crippling core economic activities.Darfur has become “ghettoed,” with groups from all tribes afraid to move beyond their immediate environments“The parties involved in the 7th round of Peace Talks in Abuja have to find real political solutions to this conflict,” UNICEF said. “The time is now otherwise the current stalemate will persist in Darfur.” The report is the first of a series on children in countries-in-crisis, where it is traditionally difficult to raise attention. The aim is to convey the core problems facing children in these countries at a particular point of time. The Child Alert seeks to serve as a landmark, examining the potent and persistent mix of ongoing fighting, insecurity, drought, crop failure and economic collapse that threatens the youngsters. read more

Updated with pictures Quintuplets born in Czech Republic

first_imgWE TOLD YOU about the 23-year-old Czech woman about to give birth to QUINTUPLETS yesterday and Alexandra Kinova is now the proud mum of four boys and a girl.Officials at Prague’s Institute for the Care of Mother and Child say Deniel, Michael, Alex, Martin and Terezka – were born by Caesarean section on Sunday.Zbynek Stranak, chief doctor at the neonatal section of the institute says the birth took place “without any complications”.Stranak says that Alexandra Kinova and her five babies have been placed at an intensive care unit. He says the babies who were naturally conceived have a 95 per cent chance to grow up healthy.The father was present at the birth.Kinova who is from Milovice, a town located northeast of Prague, already had a son. She defied odds of around one in 60 million by becoming pregnant with five babies without the use of IVF treatment.last_img read more

Nintendo admits Wii U footage was from PS3360 games

first_imgYesterday Nintendo unveiled the Wii U, a rather unexpected tablet/peripheral/gaming device that not even they have managed to explain properly yet. Behind it sat what we believe is the Wii 2 console that hasn’t been talked about much, but forms the core of the gaming horsepower the Wii U controller interfaces with.All eyes were focused on the display behind whoever was speaking during the Nintendo presentation, though, and it did show off some impressive graphics on a par with the Xbox 360 and PS3 as part of a sizzle reel. There was a good reason for that, however, as Reggie admitted in an interview following the show.Nintendo actually used footage from PS3 and Xbox 360 games. And to be perfectly honest, what choice did they have? They are showing off a new machine that isn’t ready for public viewing, but will compete with the best that Sony and Microsoft has to offer. The footage from those other consoles was all they could present without spending time paying someone to create what a Wii U game would look like.Today Nintendo is expected to go into detail about connectivity and online, so all talk of hardware and games may have to wait now until closer to the launch. We are sure to see a few more 3rd party teasers before the week is over, though.Read more at GamesIndustry.bizMatthew’s OpinionI have to admit the Wii U has me a bit concerned and caught me by surprise yesterday. I was expecting a return to a more traditional system with the Wii 2. Instead we get another “innovative” controller that is unproven but could sell millions of units again.My one concern is that this system doesn’t come close to the 360 and PS3 in terms of horsepower. All Reggie would admit when asked how it did perform compared to those systems is that Wii U was a 1080p device and it’s up to developers to get the best out of it. We covered some of the specs of the machine yesterday, and it is certainly a much more powerful device than the Wii, but how much more?For me, the jury is still out on whether Wii U is a misstep for Nintendo. I hope it isn’t, and I’m glad we are losing the motion-controller as a primary means of input.last_img read more

What is the thing that will wipe us out The Dublin Science

first_img By Sean Murray Share12 Tweet Email1 Friday 2 Dec 2016, 6:08 AM ‘What is the thing that will wipe us out?’ The Dublin Science Gallery is addressing some big questions Science Gallery Dublin launched its programme for 2017 at an event at its Trinity site yesterday. 6,714 Views 9 Comments Source: Sean Murray/Twitter “WHAT IT DOES is take simple materials,” says Trinity Professor Chris Morash, “and use them create a narrative that brings out the excitement of what is happening around us in the world of science and technology.”With over 400,000 visitors last year and less than 10 years old, the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin looked to continue its momentum as it launched its programme for 2017 yesterday.Attendees at the launch included Trinity scientists and secondary school students involved in some of the Gallery projects.The head of the gallery, Lynn Scarff, told that the gallery continues to build on its success due to its links with the wider community.“What we’re doing,” she said, “is taking some of the cutting edge research that happens in the university and bringing it into conversation with the community.” Short URL Make Noise – the exhibition will look at how music and technology interacts together, and how new music and new sounds are being created. This will open in June 2017. In 2017, the free-to-enter Dublin gallery will feature three exhibitions, which Scarff describes as “pertinent to the times we live in”. They are:Humans Need Not Apply – this looks at the movement of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing into the world of work, whether you’re a doctor, a solicitor or a taxi driver. It begins in January 2017. “Allowing science to enable dialogue and conversation” @SciGalleryDub— Sean Murray (@SeanMJourno) December 1, 2016 Senator, and former president of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane also attended the launch, and was full of praise for the work of the Science Gallery.She told “My relationship with the Science Gallery started about two years ago. It’s absolutely amazing to get kids thinking about STEM subjects.“Their approach is so diverse, and they’s shown how science can get involved in activism. Their influence has been far-reaching both nationally and internationally.” Senator Lynn Ruan with transition year students at the launch Source: Mark StedmanAlso at the launch was vice provost and chief academic officer of Trinity College Dublin Professor Chris Morash.A Professor of English, Morash said the Science Gallery has been incredible effective at telling the story of science in a way that is accessible for all people, young and old alike.He told “What they do here is really smart. There’s these really exciting things happening in science at the moment, but they can seem very abstract.Science is transforming our world, and our world is changing because of technology. This is one of the places where we are mapping this rapid change, and making it accessible.He added that even for people who may not go on to study science, or don’t work in scientific fields, the Science Gallery allows people to become “much more active citizens” when it comes to the way science is changing our lives.Read: Homemade guns, a bomb and a home suicide machine are all on view in DublinRead: Fancy having your portrait drawn by three robots called Paul in Dublin? The Make Noise exhibition, as seen by secondary school students Source: Sean Murray/TheJournal.ieCollapse – the final exhibition of the year, this looks at the idea of a post-apocalyptic future and looks at the biggest challenges we’re facing. It asks: “what is the thing that will wipe us out?” Dec 2nd 2016, 6:08 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La Nasa et General Motors présentent R2 un robot humanoïde à découvrir

first_imgLa Nasa et General Motors présentent R2, un robot humanoïde à découvrir en images États-Unis – Presque 40 ans après leur première collaboration lors de la mission Apollo 15, la Nasa et General Motors ont dévoilé, le 4 février dernier, leur nouvelle création : un robot humanoïde baptisé Robonaut 2, alias R2.Buste blanc et visage de bronze, cet humanoïde démuni de hanches et de jambes doit pourtant permettre à General Motors et à la Nasa d’améliorer leurs sciences respectives. Le Robonaut 2 est doté de deux caméras stéréoscopiques, de capteurs sensoriels, et peut travailler en interaction avec l’homme ou prendre des décisions seul. Ses doigts, ses poignets ainsi que ses coudes ont une capacité de rotation de 360° et ses mains sont capables de soulever des poids de 10 kg.Il aura fallu dix ans de recherche pour aboutir à sa conception. General Motors espère ainsi concevoir des matériaux plus sûrs pour ses véhicules. La Nasa souhaite pour sa part faciliter l’exploration de l’espace en assistant l’homme lors de ses missions sur la Lune. Elle envisage également d’utiliser R2 pour inspecter, dans les prochaines années, les plaines de la planète Mars. Découvrir R2 en images : 8 février 2010 à 16:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Best Dabbing in Video Games

first_imgStay on target Can You Shoot 30-50 Feral Hogs in This Browser Game?Memes Brought Back ‘SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom’ The dance move known as “dabbing,” where practitioners bow their heads while stretching one arm out and bending the other, has been a Big Deal since 2015. But that’s an eternity in fashionable dance/internet meme time. Vine videos celebrating dabbing (the dance, not the marijuana variant) feel like hilarious but ancient history. However, because video games can take so long to make, there’s a delay between a hot trend and it showing up in your favorite digital entertainment. That’s why now, in 2017, we can finally and definitively rank the best examples of dabbing in video games (at least until Arms comes out).Luigi in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom BattleIn case you thought this Nintendo/Ubisoft mashup couldn’t get any more bootleg, here’s Luigi dabbing in a strategy game.Donkey Kong in Mario Kart 8I’m a little suspicious as to why Donkey Kong of all characters dabs in Mario Kart 8, but this gaming ape spectacle does make an already gorgeous game even more stunning.Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s EndUncharted achieves its impressive visually fidelity by closely recording its actors’ performances. So Nolan North probably got paid to dab.Miis in MiitomoThe best part of Miitomo, Nintendo’s intriguing attempt at a social network, was its customizable photo feature. This was about as close as you could get to having your Mii dab.Soldiers in Call of Duty Black Ops IIIWith Call of Duty returning to World War II this year, does this mean that modern warfare tactics like dabbing will be left behind?Guardians in DestinyGraceful sneeze is an incredible euphemism for dabbing. This is better than Destiny the game itself.The Dancer in Just DanceUbisoft pumps out a new Just Dance every year, so of course, it has to keep up with current dance trends to stay relevant.Mario in Some Kind of Mario and Sonic OlympicsNo this isn’t an intentional dab, but it’s beautiful nonetheless.The Yeti King in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2The sequel to the shooter spin-off of the wonderful strategy franchise adds welcome new features like a single player, a zombie-filled future, and dabbing.These Kids at a Spelling BeeSpelling bees are sort of like video games, and these kids are sort of dabbing.Squidward in the Real WorldVideo game or not, Squidward dabbing on camera deserves to be internet canon.Shadow the HedgehogSonic the Hedgehog has got to go fast. Shadow the Hedgehog has got to go dab. I have got to go end my life.last_img read more

VIDEO Introduction for new Sting – Into The Light DVD

first_img The Tech Behind the First FDA-Approved Birth Control App Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Twitter Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next has released video of the introduction to the new WWE DVD and Blu-ray release “Sting – Into The Light” that will be released this week. The video shows Steve “Sting” Borden traveling to WWE Headquarters in Stamford for the first time. Stars of “Fighting With My Family” learn what it takes to be a WWE Superstar Trade hopes lift Wall Street Now Playing Up Next Google+ Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipApple TV+ To Be Offered For $4.99 Per MonthVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Apple TV+ To Be Offered For $4.99 Per Month How Carcinogens Got Into the Generic U.S. Drug Supply WWE United States Championship match added to Money in the Bank on May 19 NXT TakeOver XXV set to take place in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday, June 1 Disney CEO Bob Iger Leaves Apple’s Board Of Directors Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Police searching for Vancouver bank robbery suspect

first_imgVancouver police are asking the public to help them identify a suspect in Wednesday’s bank robbery.Surveillance footage at US Bank at 8700 E. Mill Plain Blvd. captured a man standing in line for a few minutes and then telling a teller that she’s being robbed, the Vancouver Police Department said. He said to remain calm “and no one gets hurt.” The man, who was wearing dark clothing, a beanie cap and appeared to have bleach blonde hair, left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, the agency said.The robbery was reported at 3:28 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses did not see a weapon or a getaway vehicle. Police and police dogs searched the area, but couldn’t find the robber. They say he’s a white man, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 220 pounds with a scruffy beard. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Vancouver police Detective W. Stefan at 360-487-7425.last_img read more

IT Placements to Slump Despite Boost in Jobs

first_imgCampus placements have been on an all-time low for IT job seekers, but experts claim that the industry will generate at least 1.20 lakh jobs within a year. However, they also said that campus hiring will be reduced by 30 percent in 2013 as compared to last year.”Last year, the campus hiring numbers had dipped from the normal and this year, it is not going to be any different. We estimate that there will be around 1, 20,000 jobs created this year,” Rajeev Menon, Innovation and Product Development Head in MeritTrac, a talent assessment company, told PTI.The IT-ITES industry has witnessed a decline in the number of jobs ever since the economic recession gripped the West. But this year, the sector is optimistic and will hire a large number of suitable candidates from India.Nasscom estimates that the IT sector to grow by 12-14 percent this year. Ministry of Labour and Unemployement’s bi-annual survey conducted last year showed that the IT/BPO industry posted the highest record in generating jobs at 0.64 lakh in December 2012 over June 2012.IT companies have been dependent on campus placements to fill in their large-scale recruitment. But the campus hiring graph, though still on the positive side, has been on a decline since 2008 due to the global financial crunch.About 1.8 lakh IT graduates were placed last year, but the number is expected to fall by 30 percent this year.”Expectations from the campuses also have gone down as experienced resources are easily available at the similar price. So, the companies are preferring to hire from the market than going to campuses with larger reasons to drop in campus hiring,” GlobalHunt MD Sunil Goel said on the IT trend.The inconsistencies in business demand are not the only concern. There is still a rising number of Indian candidates searching for IT jobs. For instance, there were 365,000 graduates in the IT sector during 2005. In comparison, 1.3 million prospective candidates graduated last year.Certain service domains within the ambit of IT like social media, mobile banking and e-commerce have been showing consistent growth.Moreover, the IT industry was among the eight key sectors which increased employment generation by over nine percent last year in December over July 2012. IT giants like Microsoft (first) and IBM (fourth) still emerge as India’s most attractive employers, according to a survey by Randstad, an HR service firm.last_img read more

Mitsubishi to Launch Pajero Sport Automatic Variant in India Soon Five New

first_imgJapan’s Mitsubishi Motors is all set to introduce a new variant of its off-roader Pajero in India, called Pajero Sport.The new variant of Mitsubishi’s popular SUV will come with automatic transmission and will be available in India through the company’s country partner Hindustan Motors. The vehicle will be manufactured at Hindustan’s state-of-the-art plant at Tiruvallur near Chennai. But the company did not reveal the availability details of the SUV in the domestic market.However, rumours are rife that the new automatic Pajero Sport will hit the Indian roads by mid-2014. The current India-specific Pajero model comes with 2.5 litre, four pot, diesel engine, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.Announcing the new variant for India, Uttam Bose, Managing Director of Hindustan Motors said: “Mitsubishi brands, especially Pajero, evoke a sentimental response from Indian citizens. Pajero Sport’s unmatched ability to offer a rare blend of comfort and adventure has won the heart of customers. The customer’s needs occupy paramount position in Hindustan Motor’s customer-centric business ethos. HM and Mitsubishi have executed several measures over the years to boost our service levels and meet customer expectations and aspirations. I foresee brighter days ahead for our time-tested alliance,” as quoted by Rushlane.Besides the Pajero Sport automatic variant, Mitsubishi is also understood to have five other new vehicles lined up for India, including two SUVs by 2016. Talking to Autocar Professional, Mitsubishi’s executive officer and corporate general manager Asia and ASEAN office – Ken Horinouchi – revealed the company’s plans for India. Though the exact details and launch dates are yet to be known, the auto market is likely to see the arrival of vehicles like Mirage hatchback and the Attrage sedan.The Mirage would take on the likes of the new Maruti Celerio and Hyundai i10 in India. The car, which is currently on sales in other markets, is powered by a 77bhp, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine.last_img read more