Delhi orders check on acid sale 1000 litres acid seized

first_imgNew Delhi: Challans of close to Rs 7 lakh were issued and over thousand litres of acid was seized in the national capital in the last 10 days under a special drive against acid attacks directed by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev. In a statement issued on Monday, the government said that a special meeting was held on August 22 headed by the Chief Secretary to discuss various issues regarding acid attacks in the city. “In the meeting, the Chief Secretary expressed concern over the incidents of acid attacks and directed all departments to work towards checking the sale of acid and rehabilitating acid attack survivors,” it said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The meeting was also attended by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal, secretaries of several departments, and representatives of Delhi Police, among others. In the meeting, Dev directed the Divisional Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Revenue) to immediately constitute a joint team of area sub-divisional magistrate (SDMs), DCW representatives and Delhi Police personnel. “The Chief Secretary issued instructions that these joint teams will conduct daily raids and any place found to be selling or not maintaining proper records shall be booked on the spot both by the SDM and the Delhi Police.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The DCW was asked to collect local intelligence through its network of women and identify the shops that were selling acid which could then be raided, the statement added. “The Chief Secretary had stated that this would be a 10-day special drive of the Delhi government and similar drives will be conducted on a regular basis.” In the past 10 days, the joint teams of SDM, DCW and Delhi Police have conducted over 100 raids and issued challans of over Rs 7 lakh, the statement said. “The teams also seized over 1,000 litres of concentrated acid by posing as decoy customers.” The government said that in one of the visits, the team seized over 240 litres from one small shop in Narela. “The acid was being sold openly and the shopkeeper even prodded the team to buy larger amounts. In another raid, over 250 litres were seized by the team in Najafgarh sub-division area. Here too, the acid was being sold without any deterrence. “In almost all shops, no records of acid stored in the shops were maintained which is in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines and orders of the Delhi government. The raids were conducted all over Delhi in over 24 sub-divisions,” the government said. Dev said he was deeply disturbed with the prevalence of acid attacks in Delhi. “I believe an acid attack is one of the most painful trauma that a human being can go through. We are strictly against the open sale of acid and shall take all measures to stop it. I have directed all SDMs and police officials to practice zero tolerance against the open sale of acid. We will leave no stone unturned for achieving an acid free Delhi,” he said. Maliwal applauded the Chief Secretary for taking this initiative. “Illegal sale of acid and more importantly easy availability of concentrated acid in the open market is a serious issue affecting Delhi. Several acid attacks could have been prevented had there been a stringent check on sale of acid,” she said.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Facebook “We regret to inform you that because of a disagreement with Bell Media, which owns the Crave + Movies + HBO channel, they are depriving our customers of access to the GO platform indefinitely,” reads a number of Videotron24_7 tweets in response to customer confusion.1/2 We regret to inform you that because of a disagreement with Bell Media, which owns the Crave + Movies + HBO channel, they are depriving our customers of access to the GO platform indefinitely. We apologize for the inconvenience.— Videotron24_7 (@Videotron24_7) November 5, 2018A follow up tweet explains that Videotron subscribers looking to access Bell’s new Crave + Movies + HBO content services can navigate to “channel 900 on [their] illico terminal and select “Crave Movies and HBO” in the “On-demand Channels” section, or program your PVR to channels 811 to 815 HD.”Read more at Bell Media launches $100 million trademark infringement suit against Videotron Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Toronto-based media subsidiary Bell Media has launched a court action against Montreal-based telecommunications service provider Videotron over claims of trademark infringement.According to a November 5th, 2018 statement of claim filed through the Federal Court’s Vancouver registry office, Bell Media is demanding at least $100 million CAD in damages from Videotron — $20,000 per each individual episode of the approximately 2,700 television shows and films currently secured by Bell’s copyright — for failing to agree to new content distribution terms by an October 31st, 2018 deadline.The lawsuit has been repeatedly referenced by Videotron24_7 — the service provider’s technical support line on Twitter — as a “disagreement with Bell Media.” Advertisementlast_img read more

New Montreal justice centre aims to fill gaps in system for Indigenous

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsThere are provisions in the Canadian legal system that take into account the harsh realities of many Indigenous offenders.But in Montreal, they’re not always being implemented.Now, a new organization is looking to change that, and more.last_img

Are Indian tariffs really high

first_imgThe Trump-driven trade war does not seem to relent. In the latest development, the US has raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 per cent, up from 10 per cent imposed last year. China, on its part, has threatened to retaliate. India has never been far from the skirmish. In fact, just a few days ago, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross accused India of following restrictive trade policies that create significant market access barriers for foreign companies. The evidence of this claim, according to him, lay in the fact that the US was India’s biggest export market, accounting for a fifth of its total exports, while India was only the 13th largest market for American exports. India has been called out numerous times by the Trump administration before for its tariffs and duties on imports. In October last year, Trump himself dubbed India the ‘tariff king’. In March, he even expressed his intention of ending the favourable treatment that India enjoyed under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), which allows many products from developing countries like India to enter the US duty-free. Although the decision to revoke the GSP has been postponed until after the new government comes into power in India, the trade war is beginning to impact the country more directly. The fact that has particularly irked Trump is the substantial trade deficit that the US has with India to the tune of $24.2 billion in 2018. The question, thus, remains whether there is any truth to the claims of Trump and Ross with respect to India’s tariff structure. There is no second opinion about the fact that India imposes high duties on many items of import – 150 per cent on whiskey and wines; about 75 per cent on automobiles; 50 per cent on mango juice and so on. However, India is not alone in doing so and, in fact, it is also not close to the highest tariffs charged by other countries in the global economy. As per the World Tariff Policies 2018 published by WTO, the highest tariff charged by some of the major economies are 736 per cent by Japan, 807 per cent by South Korea, 350 per cent by the US, 163 per cent by Australia and 150 per cent by India. Merely looking at the highest tariff rate provides only a limited view of the country’s tariff structure. A better representation that takes into account all imported goods can be obtained by assessing the average tariff and trade-weighted tariff of the country. India’s average tariffs at 13.8 per cent turn out to be higher than most major trading economies like China (9.8 per cent) and the US (3.4 per cent). South Korea (13.7 per cent) is one of the few major economies that come close to India’s average tariffs. However, when the tariff rates are weighted by the volume of traded goods for a more accurate representation of imposed tariffs, the trade-weighted average tariffs for India fall to 7.6 per cent. This is much below Brazil’s 10.3 per cent and South Korea’s 9 per cent. Moreover, the trade-weighted average tariffs for industrial goods, which account for over 90 per cent of Indian imports, is merely 5.5 per cent. Finally, the Trump administration also needs to understand that trade imbalances are rarely a result of policy rather than competitive and comparative advantage. The bulk of Indian exports to the US comprise goods like gems and jewellery, textiles and apparel, IT services, generic drugs and refined petroleum products, where India possesses a comparative advantage of labour cost. The US, on the other hand, finds a similar advantage in the export of high-end manufactured goods like aircraft, medical devices, patented drugs and so on as it has a comparative advantage in their production. Tariffs have evidently played little role in defining such a trade portfolio. The US is also an exporter of capital to India in the form of foreign direct and portfolio investment. These provide huge returns to investors back in the US. Thus, running deficits in merchandise trade with the developing world is not a harmful outcome for the US but a reflection of where its competencies lie. Consumers are the only ones who gain with higher and freer trade. That being said, India must also make sure it reduces import duties and tariffs wherever it possible. In the automobile sector, for instance, Indian automakers need not be protected with 60-75 per cent import duties. The US is a major trade partner of India and both economies would be better off by adopting an accommodative stance rather than a combative one. The bilateral trade between the two countries has grown over six-fold in the last two decades from $20 billion in 2000 to $126 billion in 2017. The continued growth of this trade relationship will be a big win-win for the largest economy in the world and the fastest-growing one.(The author is Chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Editorial GMT1 Angers and Confuses More than Benefits Moroccans

Four times a year, Moroccans across the country had to reset their clocks and deal with a disruption of their life schedule. There were some who loudly complained over the changes, but many were fine with it until October 26.Morocco was set to end Daylight Saving Time (DST) and return to standard time on Sunday, October 28.Yet on Thursday, October 25, the government published a statement announcing a government council would meet Friday to discuss cancelling the time change and remaining on DST year-round. On Friday, the government approved the decree, announcing that there would be no time change Sunday. How and why? No one had a clue about the last-minute decision. An hour after the decision, officials said it would be beneficial for the public and allow the country to save energy. But with many complaining, will it really benefit the public?Angry and confused, Moroccans consider social media as the only space where they can lash out about the government’s hasty and unnecessary decisions made without any prior notice or public consultation.In an attempt to cover up for the lack of public consultation, the minister delegate in charge of the reform of administration and public service, Mohamed Benabdelkader, said the decision to stay on DST followed an evaluation study and “many indicators.”He said that “the indicators include health aspects related to time change, energy saving and Morocco’s commercial transactions.”“The study showed that adding 60 minutes to the Kingdom’s time enables us to gain an hour of light. It will enable citizens to spend their time in better conditions and reduce the peak risk of electricity consumption, which sometimes causes damage,” Benabdelkader asserted.Cafeteria lunch, anyone?He also announced that the Ministry of Education would change schools time-tables. A few hours later on Friday, the ministry issued a statement to announce new school schedules to go into effect November 7 when students return from their first school break.The statement says that school children will start at 9 a.m. and leave schools at 1 p.m. Students will have a one hour lunch break, and should go back to school at 2 p.m. Traditionally, the morning session was from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and students used the two-hour lunch break to go home. The time-table change was implemented to ensure students are not going to school before sunrise.The new time-table is a quick fix, which is dangerous and shows extreme laziness from the government. How is it possible for a student who lives 30 minutes away from school go home for lunch and return to school within an hour? What about parents?In the public sector and some private sector jobs, employees start work at 8:30 a.m. and finish at 4:30 p.m. Did the government take into consideration how parents can drop their children off before work? Not everyone can afford to pay a school bus for a private school. If parents are to start at 8:30 a.m., they will have to drop their children off 30 minutes or an hour before school starts.MP Abdellatif Ouahbi told Morocco World News that when the European Union thought about abolishing time change, it conducted a survey to study the impact of the decision. However, the Moroccan government made the decision overnight, without even publishing the results of the alleged study.Since the government seems to sync with its European neighbors—France and Spain—and stay on DST,  they should have at least prepared measures not to affect the public.Rather than leaving their children outside schools early, parents, especially mothers, may not have much choice but to find a personal solution or leave work.The government could have prepared a suitable time-table for school children: The one-hour lunch break is not enough.Parents will be forced to either prepare lunches for their children or pay for them to buy lunches. The government may not have taken this into consideration.The government should bear responsibility for its decision. They should at least think of providing cafeterias in all schools.More transparency, pleaseIt is not the first time the government has stunned the public with last-minute decisions. In August, the government issued a statement saying that it would propose re-introducing mandatory military service again. The government council then approved the draft bill within two days. Parliament has not yet voted on the bill.The last-minute decision left people scratching their heads as it came after very little prior notice in the form of an agenda item added less than two days before the approval.Since the government claimed that it has conducted a study to see whether the DST is beneficial, why did the government not announce it? Where are the study’s findings?When the European Union conducted a consultation on the current EU summertime arrangement in July, the union published an overview on the objective of the study as well as the period of the consultation.“Following a number of requests from citizens, from the European Parliament, and from certain EU Member States, the Commission has decided to investigate the functioning of the current EU summertime arrangements and to assess whether or not they should be changed,” wrote the EU in its briefing on the consultation.Since the decision affects everyone, the government should have consulted the public to hear people’s opinion before making any move.Just because Spain and France are out of whack on GMT+1 does not mean Morocco should follow their lead.Morocco is geographically within the longitudinal lines of the GMT time zone. The government should have moved to standard time (GMT) and remained there, stopping time changes. Moving to GMT +1 puts Morocco in the same time zone as countries like Chad and Poland (far east of Morocco) and yet an hour ahead of the UK and Togo, which are roughly in the same longitudinal position.When countries are in the appropriate time zone, solar noon, the time the sun is highest in the sky, should be close to 12 noon. In Oujda, in far eastern Morocco, solar noon today was at 12:51 p.m. Yet in Dakhla, in Western Sahara, solar noon today was at 1:47, clearly showing that the country is better suited to GMT than GMT+1. read more

UN releases latest edition of its annual Yearbook

31 March 2011The United Nations today released the latest edition of its annual Yearbook, which for the first time is also being made available in digital format for users of e-book readers such as the Kindle, iPad and Nook. The United Nations today released the latest edition of its annual Yearbook, which for the first time is also being made available in digital format for users of e-book readers such as the Kindle, iPad and Nook.The 61st volume of the Yearbook details all the activities of the UN for the year 2007, and includes the full texts of all major resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).It is divided into 33 chapters covering issues ranging from political and security questions to human rights and budgetary questions.Writing in the foreword of the 1,634-page volume, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he hoped the book proved useful to scholars and anyone else with an interest in the work of the world body.“This Yearbook offers a comprehensive account of the United Nations’ efforts to end violence, safeguard human rights, ensure social justice and foster greater prosperity,” he wrote.Mr. Ban took office at the start of 2007 and the Yearbook reflects the many complex issues and decisions that the UN had to face that year, including the Security Council’s authorization of a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn Sudanese region of Darfur. read more

Canadian dollar lower greenback strengthens amid strong US employment report

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Wednesday, hitting fresh multi-year lows as the greenback strengthened in the wake of strong U.S. jobs data and speculation about what the Federal Reserve might do about cutting back on a key stimulus measure.The loonie was off the worst levels of the session but still down 0.27 of a cent to 92.56 cents US, its lowest close since late October 2009, after falling more than a cent Tuesday. It had gone as low as 92.35 cents US in morning trading.Payroll firm ADP reported the U.S. private sector created 238,000 jobs in December. That data came two days before the release of the U.S. government’s employment report for last month. Economists expect that report will show the economy created about 195,000 jobs in total.Meanwhile, minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting in December shed little light on how fast the central bank will accelerate the winding up of stimulus.At that meeting, Fed officials decided to start cutting back on the central bank’s US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases by $10 billion starting this month, with the agenda for further tapering dependent on economic data. But traders had hoped the minutes from that meeting would offer some clues on the pace of further tapering and now the focus has shifted to Friday and the release of the government’s employment report for December.The ADP report was the second positive reading on U.S. employment this week. On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management said its index for the non-manufacturing sector in January showed continuing expansion but at a slower pace. However, it also showed a strong move upward in its employment index.The Canadian dollar weakness Tuesday was partly ascribed to speculation about Fed tapering, but the loonie also faced an increase in the Canadian trade deficit for November. At the same time, other data showed the U.S. trade deficit dropped 12.9 per cent to US$34.3 billion in November to its lowest level in four years as exports rose 0.9 per cent, aided by a 5.6 per cent rise in petroleum exports. Imports, including Canadian crude oil, dropped 1.4 per cent.Meanwhile, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz doesn’t appear in any hurry to raise the Bank of Canada’s trend-setting rate. In an interview on CBC on Tuesday, he denied he was under international pressure to raise rates.Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty suggested in a recent interview that there would be such pressure as a result of Fed tapering.Poloz did say that Fed tapering will inevitably put pressure on Canadian bond yields, likely leading to an increase in long-term fixed mortgage rates even if the Bank of Canada does not increase its benchmark rate.On the commodity markets, the February crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was $1.34 lower to US$92.33 a barrel.The March copper contract declined two cents to US$3.34 a pound while the February gold bullion contract slipped $4.10 to US$1,225.60 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 8, 2014 9:48 am MDT Canadian dollar lower, greenback strengthens amid strong U.S. employment report read more

Liberia is a UN peacekeeping success and country is grateful for support

In his address to the general debate at the Assembly’s 73rd session, President George Manneh Weah of Liberia expressed appreciation for the UN peacekeeping mission in his country, UNMIL, noting that it brought stability and helped rebuild Liberia’s institutions and communities.“We are a peacekeeping success story, and we are grateful for the support given,” he said.President Weah, who succeeded Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the country’s leader in January this year, said that it was the first time in 73 years that Liberians enjoyed a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected Government to another.“The challenges of leadership are enormous, but in each and every one of these challenges, I see opportunities to make things better, and to bring permanent improvements to the lives of all Liberians,” he added.The key policy to that end, explained the Liberian President, is the Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity, the country’s national development plan for the next five years, with a focus on youth, infrastructure and agriculture.“Our Pro-Poor Agenda is designed to give power to the people, promote economic diversification, protect sustainable peace and encourage good governance,” he explained, urging all stakeholders to support his Government’s efforts.Concluding his address, President Weah reaffirmed the West African country’s support to the United Nations and work to reinforce peace and security in the ECOWAS region as well as in the wider African continent.Full statement available here read more

Billy Connolly mocks his own Parkinsons disease by playing Whole Lotta Shakin Goin

first_img#BillyConnolly – the greatest creative swearing craftsman and wordsmith of my lifetime and someone who could make a nun laugh at a funeral— RichardSmith (@dickymiff) April 18, 2017 Fans watching the documentary at home were quick to lavish praise on Connolly, with one writing: “I remember thinking ‘hang on a minute, a month ago you told us it was sinful’. Thank you Billy for introducing me to establishment hypocrisy for the very first time.”Connolly, 74, said: “They had taken me out of the register, I was a non-person, I was purged from the records. That was a school where the first thing you would see was a crucifix with Jesus hanging on it, God’s dead and it’s your fault.” 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. In the programme Billy Connolly And Me: A Celebration, Connolly’s famous fans – including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Elton John, Peter Kay and Sir Andy Murray paid tribute to him.The Thick Of It and Veep creator Armando Iannucci thanked Connolly for introducing him to “establishment hypocrisy” after the Catholic primary school they both went to welcomed Connolly back with open arms once he became famous after initially saying it was “mortal sin” to listen to his comedy albums.Iannucci recalled: “I was there when he came back and the headmistress got all the teachers round and they all loved him. He was very funny. A programme about #BillyConnolly is never going to be long enough. Hilarious stuff. Thank you ITV.— Angela Reynolds (@bubbabobob) April 18, 2017 @Billy_Connolly loved your program on #ITV you’re a beautiful soul, had me and my partner belly laughing 💗— B R A I D I E👑 (@braidiek) April 18, 2017center_img Kay described seeing Connolly perform as his “comedy epiphany” comparable to musicians seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.He said: “We were all sat in the front room and we were just in hysterics laughing and my dad crawling around on his hands and knees laughing. It was a huge moment for me.”I don’t think there isn’t a comedian in the world that hasn’t learned something from him.”Dame Judi, who starred opposite Connolly in Mrs Brown, said his jokes would stop her from getting enough sleep while they were making the movie.She told the show: “I just remember glancing at my watch, thinking ‘I’ve got a call at 5:30/6 in the morning, can I really do this with eight hours sleep? Six hours sleep? Four hours sleep?”Other stars who shared their memories included Eric Idle, David Tennant and Connolly’s wife Pamela Stephenson, while fans from Scotland to Qatar told of how he changed their lives.One fan revealed she delivered her second child to his comedy recordings, while another said he made him proud of his disability and others said his travelogues encouraged them to explore the world.  This feels a bit too much like a eulogy. Still laughing but sad underneath. #BillyandMe— Sibella Holland (@Ascoyne) April 18, 2017 #billyconnolly is built into my life like a family member. Funniest guy. Sad to see how frail he is looking. Total legend #itv #billyandme— Wozzawag (@cherylscally) April 18, 2017 Billy Connolly has said he does not pay much attention to his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease while he is performing – and chooses to mock his symptoms by playing Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On.The Scottish comedian was diagnosed with the degenerative disease three years ago, but said he continues to do his shows in spite of it.In an ITV documentary celebrating his career, he said: “The doctor said to me ‘You realise this isn’t curable?’ and I thought ‘What a rotten thing to say to somebody’.”I always thought he should have said ‘You realise we are yet to find a cure?’, to put a little light at the end of the tunnel. There’s a lot to be said for that.”He added: “When I’m in front of people performing I don’t give it much attention, I perform in spite of it. That’s why I put on Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On, just to do that (swearing) to it.” However, some said the programme felt a little premature, with one viewer saying:last_img read more

English football fan jailed for 10 years for pushing man onto electrified

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article English football fan jailed for 10 years for pushing man onto electrified tube tracks The incident happened at Bond Street station in London. Source: British Transport Police/YouTubeAN ENGLISH MAN has been sentenced to ten years in jail for pushing another man onto the tube tracks seconds before a train arrived.Christopher Cole (32) previously pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted grievous bodily harm at the Old Bailey in November last year.British Transport Police reports that the incident happened on 9 June last year when the 21-year-old victim was on his way home. While on a central line train, the victim was approached by Cole who pushed him for no reason.After grappling with Cole along with another passenger, the victim left the train and proceeded to Bond Street station.Cole approached the victim again there and forcibly pushed him onto the tracks.The victim fell onto the tracks where his body struck the electrified rail.Despite the injury from the fall, he climbed back onto the platform about 30 seconds before a train arrived. The victim was taken to hospital by for treatment.Cole fled the scene but after an investigation by British Transport Police he was identified through CCTV and was arrested about a month later.“There is absolutely no reason why Cole unleashed such an attack against his victim, which could have easily killed him, ” said investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector  Paul Langley.“During interview, Cole admitted that he pushed the victim because he was ‘annoyed with him. This is utterly unacceptable and, as in this case, we will work tirelessly to ensure the toughest sentences are handed to offenders.”As you would imagine, this has been an horrific experience for the victim. His life was in immediate danger when Cole pushed him onto the tracks and he was extremely lucky to have escaped without any permanent physical injury.BBC News reports that the victim is a Polish national and that the trial heard he was targeted because Cole mistook him as Russian and was annoyed by Russian fans’ behaviour during Euro 2016.Counsel for the defendant denied that the attack was racially motivated.Read: Discovery of suspected World War II bomb in London leads to closure of two bridges >Read: Former garda to be extradited to England to face manslaughter charge > 39 Comments Jan 27th 2017, 6:29 PM By Rónán Duffy Friday 27 Jan 2017, 6:29 PM 29,630 Views Share Tweet Email last_img read more

UK Ryanair pilots have planned to strike for a week in September

first_img Image: UK Ryanair pilots have planned to strike for a week in September The pilots are striking over improved work and pay conditions. Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 10:45 PM Ryanair plane. Image: Sep 4th 2019, 10:29 PM Share2 Tweet Email3 20,762 Views center_img By Orla Dwyer Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article UK RYANAIR PILOTS have announced a strike from 18 to 29 September to press for better working conditions and pay, the trade union for UK pilots announced today.The pilots had already refused to work on August 20 and 23, along with this week, but without disrupting the carrier’s operations in a major way, the British Airline Pilots Association acknowledged.“Pilots in Ryanair are seeking the same kind of policies and agreements that exist in other airlines – our demands are not unreasonable,” said a statement issued by the union. Ryanair is facing strike action in several countries, in particular in Spain where a strike has also been called this month to protest the planned closing of some airport bases.The airline said it would shut its Canary Islands bases of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria as well as Girona from January after a review showed “significant overcapacity in the European short-haul market”.The strike by Irish-based pilots was called off after a High Court ruling last month.However, Ryanair lost its High Court bid in London to secure an injunction against pilots beginning industrial action last month in the UK. In late July, the airline said it would cut 900 jobs from its total workforce of 13,000.It blamed delays in delivery of Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft that were grounded following two fatal accidents. 17 Comments Short URL Ryanair plane. last_img read more

Le Mediator aurait été testé comme coupefaim

first_imgLe Mediator aurait été testé comme coupe-faimL’affaire du Mediator se poursuit et des perquisitions réalisées au siège des laboratoires Servier tendraient à prouver que le médicament a été testé sur des êtres humains comme coupe-faim.Le Mediator, utilisé par cinq millions de personnes en France, est à l’origine de graves lésions des valves cardiaques et pourrait être responsable d’au moins 500 à 2.000 décès. Bien qu’indiqué pendant trente ans, d’abord contre l’excès de graisses dans le sang, puis comme traitement adjuvant chez les diabétiques en surpoids ; il a en fait été largement prescrit pour maigrir. Il fut finalement retiré du marché fin 2009. Un premier procès pénal dans cette affaire aura lieu du 14 mai au 6 juillet devant le tribunal correctionnel de Nanterre.Mais selon le Journal du Dimanche (JDD), les laboratoires Servier qui sont à l’origine du Médiator, auraient bien testé le médicament sur des êtres humains comme coupe-faim. Ces informations qui font suite à des perquisitions au siège du laboratoire sont appuyées par des extraits de rapports médicaux réalisés entre 1968 et 1973. Dès 1968, un premier document évoquait “62,5 % d’excellents résultats” dans des “cures d’amaigrissement” réalisées “grâce à cet anorexique”. De plus, “le 780 SE [ou Mediator] peut être considéré comme un anorexique des plus satisfaisants et mérite d’être retenu comme adjuvant des plus précieux dans le traitement de l’obésité”, indique l’un de ces documents, rédigé en septembre 1971 après des essais réalisés sur 64 personnes obèses. Un an et demi après, un autre rapport portant sur 31 sujets indique que “l’introduction de ce produit nous paraît un progrès certain dans la thérapeutique de l’obésité”. “Contrairement à ce que Servier a toujours affirmé jusqu’à présent, il a bel et bien fait tester son médicament par de nombreux spécialistes de l’obésité humaine au cours des années 1970”, résume le JDD. Dans un communiqué transmis à l’AFP, le laboratoire a réagi en contestant cette version des faits. “Contrairement à ce qui est écrit, les laboratoires Servier n’ont jamais caché avoir fait des essais cliniques pour tester l’effet anorexigène du Mediator”, a-t-il affirmé. Selon lui, “c’est justement l’analyse des essais dans leur globalité qui n’ont pas permis de conclure à l’activité anorexigène chez l’homme”.Des essais connus des enquêteurs selon Servier À lire aussiObésité : quels risques pour la santé ?Servier ajoute que ces “essais commentés par le JDD ont été mis à disposition des enquêteurs, comme beaucoup d’autres documents démontrant le contraire et sur lesquels ils ont demandé à être interrogés par les juges d’instruction”. Le groupe poursuit en indiquant que “par définition, un médicament anorexigène doit inhiber la prise alimentaire pour entraîner une perte de 10 % du poids corporel” et que, si l’activité du Mediator chez l’humain a montré des effets métaboliques significatifs, ils étaient accompagnés “d’une perte de poids modeste”, d’1,5 kg en moyenne.Pourtant, “dans les années 1970, si le groupe Servier avait eu entre les mains un coupe-faim d’une telle efficacité, pourquoi ne l’aurait-il pas mis sur le marché ?”, interroge Me Hervé Temime, l’avocat du patron fondateur du laboratoire Jacques Servier, cité dans le JDD. “Ces produits n’étaient frappés d’aucune interdiction à l’époque, bien au contraire”, a-t-il ajouté.Le 2 avril 2012 à 14:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sizzling weekend for Provo

first_img Related Items:Tci weather Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Aug 2015 – Local Accu weather forecast says it will be a sweltering weekend in Provo; tomorrow the real feel forecast at 110°.. temperatures will remain in the lower 90s. Marine Forecast – 02 April 2015last_img

Commodity Classic Registration and Housing Open Nov 18

first_imgCommodity Classic 2016 registration and housing reservations open online at 10 a.m. CST on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Rooms at the first-time venue city of New Orleans are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible.“We’re thrilled to be bringing Commodity Classic to New Orleans for the first time ever – a city famous for great food and Southern hospitality,” said Alabama soybean farmer and American Soybean Association (ASA) Commodity Classic Co-Chair Sam Butler. “It’s going to be a world-class event with a bigger-than-ever trade show, terrific educational and networking opportunities, and lots of exciting new things planned for our growers.”The 21st annual farmer-focused, farmer-led event is scheduled for March 3-5, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Commodity Classic hotels are within easy walking distance or provide complimentary shuttle services to and from the convention center.Full Commodity Classic registration includes:Access to the largest-ever Trade Show, including lunch on Thursday and Friday and a mid-morning snack on SaturdayMain Stage presentations in the Trade ShowA General Session Friday morning that will be enlightening and entertainingA full schedule of educational sessions, including Learning Centers, What’s New Sessions, Mini What’s New Sessions and Early RisersComplimentary access to video recordings of the 2016 Learning Centers, Early Risers and What’s New Sessions (keep your badge for access)ASA Awards Banquet (based on space availability, and not guaranteed)An Evening of Entertainment on Saturday to close out the week, featuring the country music of Sawyer BrownFor growers and their families, as well as media and state or national commodity organization staff, full registration also includes the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening.Visit the event website for information on being a part of the 2016 Commodity Classic, where America’s best farmers come to see what’s new.last_img read more

Staff changes made at resource centers

first_imgVancouver Public Schools announced the following staff changes at its Family-Community Resource Centers.Tamara Shoup, Family-Community Resource Center partnerships coordinator, will become director of family engagement and FCRCs. Alishia Topper, city of Vancouver councilor and former senior development director for Fort Vancouver National Trust, will be director of strategic partnerships.Catherine MacCallum-Ceballos, formerly the FCRC site coordinator at Discovery Middle School, will be the technical assistance coordinator. Chris Olsen, executive director for teaching and learning, will serve as the task force leader. Karla Schlosser will continue to oversee Title I resources allocated to the FCRCs.The centers offer families a range of support services at 13 schools in the district.last_img read more

EPA Failure to report Wainwright munitions dump was oversight

first_imgFort Wainwright has settled alleged violations of its hazardous waste permit for $60,000. The Environmental Protection Agency says the Army failed to report an abandoned ammunition dump.Download AudioFor 25 years Ft. Wainwright has been on the books as a Superfund site. EPA officials say it’s not uncommon for Army posts to have areas where buried munitions and unexploded ordinances create public health problems, many may not even be documented.That was the case in 2013 when a new explosives dump was discovered at the post’s Small Arms Range Complex. The Army is supposed to report that sort of discovery within 15 days, says Suzanna Skadowski with the EPA, but that didn’t happen.“We learned about the discovery of the munitions dump a year later when we received a technical memo from one of the Army’s contractors at the site.”Skadowski says the fines for not reporting could have cost the Army more than $30 million. But EPA sees the incident as an oversight. With roughly a million acres, Ft. Wainwright has a lot of territory where surprises may lurk.  And Skadowski says the Army was cleaning up the site.“A site might be used as a dump, covered up, and then forgotten about or just not followed up on. That’s what happened here.”Skadowski says this year, thousands of pounds of material have been removed from Ft. Wainwright. But more work needs to be done.Official at Ft. Wainwright were not available for comment by press time.last_img read more

Boeing reshuffles top engineers amid 737 MAX crisis

first_imgThe entire 737 Max lineupBoeingBoeing, facing its biggest crisis in years following deadly crashes of its flagship 737 MAX aircraft, has brought in a new vice-president of engineering while dedicating another top executive to the aircraft investigations, a company email showed on Tuesday.The management reshuffle comes as Europe and Canada said they would seek their own guarantees over the safety of Boeing’s 737 MAX, further complicating plans to get the aircraft flying worldwide after they were grounded in the wake of crashes that killed more than 300 people.John Hamilton, formerly both vice president and chief engineer in Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes division, will focus solely on the role of chief engineer, the unit’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin McAllister told employees on Tuesday in an email seen by Reuters.”This will allow him to fully dedicate his attention to the ongoing accident investigations,” McAllister said, adding that the staffing changes were needed as “we prioritise and bring on additional resources for the ongoing accident investigations.”Lynne Hopper – who previously led Test & Evaluation in Boeing’s Engineering, Test & Technology group – has been named the vice president of Engineering, McAllister said. A Boeing 737 MAX sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington December 8, 2015.ReutersA Boeing spokesman declined to comment but confirmed the authenticity of the email.The shakeup showed how the world’s largest planemaker was freeing up engineering resources as it faces scrutiny during crash investigations while also maintaining production of its money-spinning 737 single-aisle aircraftPreviously, Hamilton served as the vice-president of engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes from April 2016 through March 2019, according to a biography on Boeing’s website.From July 2013 through March 2016, Hamilton served as the vice-president of Safety, Security and Compliance and oversaw the Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization – a program that takes on specific safety certification duties on behalf of the US Federal Aviation Administration.Lawmakers and safety experts are questioning how thoroughly regulators vetted the MAX model and how well pilots were trained on new features.For now, global regulators have grounded the existing fleet of more than 300 MAX aircraft, and deliveries of nearly 5,000 more – worth well over $500 billion – are on hold.  IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:01Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img US Grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 And 9 Jets After Fatal Ethiopian Airlines Crashlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday April 5

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:’ll discuss the Republican and Democratic race for the White House, including thoughts on today’s Wisconsin Primaries. Also, we’ll talk to filmmaker and First Edition senior producer Bobby Marvin Holmes about his new documentary, “Free Young Blood: Combating the Mass Incarceration of Black Males.”These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

AIGenerated Nudes Are More Scary Than Scintillating

first_imgStay on target A West Virginian teenager taught artificial intelligence to generate nude portraits. And this is why we can’t have nice things.By feeding thousands of nude portraits into a generative adversarial network (GAN), Robbie Barrat developed some of the most disturbing art I’ve ever seen (and I’ve been to the MoMA).GANS are a class of artificial intelligence algorithms used in unsupervised machine learning; it pits two computer systems—a generator and a discriminator—against each other to achieve a certain goal.Invented in 2014 by Google Brain Team member Ian Goodfellow, the dueling-neural-network approach was employed last year by NVIDIA in an attempt to produce human profiles using famous faces.The project, unsettling as it was, yielded more success than Barrat.“The resulting portraits are not realistic,” the 18-year-old admitted. “The machine failed to learn all of the proper attributes found in nude portraits and instead has fallen into a local minima where it generates surreal blobs of flesh.“Is this how machines see people?” Barrat wondered.As mushy jumbles of beige against darkly distorted walls, with spilled-paint-like splotches for faces atop a compressed-yet-malleable body? Yes, it appears so. Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Here are some AI generated nude portraits I’ve been working onUsually the machine just paints people as blobs of flesh with tendrils and limbs randomly growing out – I think it’s really surreal. I wonder if that’s how machines see us…— Robbie Barrat (@DrBeef_) March 27, 2018Among his other AI adventures, Barrat taught a neural network to rap (and subsequently caught the attention of NVIDIA, where he spent ten months as a deep-learning software intern) and turn Minecraft into a “playable oil painting.”My personal favorite undertaking is his artificial intelligence-generated landscapes: Quite stunning images that look like something worthy of a museum wall (or at least an Etsy shop).“One can tell that whatever painted these has little idea of how the physical world works,” Barrat wrote on his website, describing the “fairly realistic [but] strangely surreal” results as featuring “trees with floating branches, and multiple trees having joined trunks.”According to his LinkedIn profile, Barrat now works as a researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine, assisting in research “at the intersection of artificial intelligence and genomics.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Club Med offers travel agent rates at Columbus Isle resort

first_imgTags: Club Med, Hurricane Joaquin Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Club Med offers travel agent rates at Columbus Isle resort Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Travelweek Group MONTREAL — To thank travel agents for their work and loyalty Club Med is extending special agent rates for getaways for two at Club Med Columbus Isle.The agent rates start at $1,199 per person for agents and $1,299 for their guest.Club Med Columbus Isle was hit hard by Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. Club Med “decided to turn Hurricane Joaquin into an opportunity to reshape its resort” and since summer 2016 has offered new and renovated rooms at Columbus Isle. A new cardio-training space is also being finalized plus a new restaurant, La Pinta Beach Lounge, will soon replace Watling’s.The agent rates are available from Montreal and Toronto for departures Nov. 1, Dec. 6 or Dec. 13. Space is limited. Agents are asked to send their booking form to: read more