Alleged Canadian Yahoo hacker pleads not guilty in US court lawyer says

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A lawyer of a Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails says his client has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him in a San Francisco courtroom on Wednesday.Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ont., in March under the Extradition Act after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.Baratov’s U.S.-based lawyer, Andrew Mancilla, says his next court appearance will be Tuesday.Last week, the 22-year-old decided to forgo his extradition hearing and face the charges in the United States in what his Canadian lawyer has called an effort to speed up the legal process.The Hamilton man signed documents agreeing to waive the hearing before an Ontario judge on Friday, after weighing the decision for months.Baratov has been held without bail since his arrest because an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that he was too much of a flight risk to be released prior to an extradition hearing.The judge also found that Baratov’s parents would not make appropriate sureties since they had not been suspicious of their son’s alleged activities while he lived under their roof.American authorities alleged in court documents that Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan, posed an “extremely high flight risk” in part due to his alleged ties to Russian intelligence agents and his financial resources.He appealed the ruling that denied him bail but it was upheld in June.Yahoo said last September that information from at least 500 million user accounts had been stolen in a cyberattack two years earlier. Baratov is accused of hacking 80 Yahoo accounts and faces 20 years in prison in the U.S. if convicted.last_img read more

Tim Curry other Rocky Horror cast members expected to attend Fan Expo

first_imgAdvertisement They’ll be doing the “Time Warp” at Fan Expo Canada on Labour Day weekend with news that cast members from The Rocky Horror Picture Show will attend the event in Toronto.Tim Curry (Dr. Frank-N-Furter), Meat Loaf (Eddie), Barry Bostwick (Brad), Patricia Quinn (Magenta) and Nell Campbell (Columbia) are all scheduled to attend in their first Canadian convention appearance together. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Feds remove regulatory barriers to trade hope provinces will follow suit

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is taking immediate steps to remove some regulatory barriers to trade across the country, hoping to persuade provinces to follow its example.For starters, it is making the national building code free, making it easier for the construction industry to access a single set of rules and hoping the provinces pick them up. Even downloading the code has cost $350.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is preparing to hold a first ministers’ meeting next week, at which eliminating interprovincial trade barriers is high on the agenda.Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the federal government is focusing on areas where it can act quickly to remove regulatory hurdles that impede trade between provinces and territories and add unnecessary costs to businesses.Besides making the building code free, the government is amending federal energy-efficiency regulations for household appliances, clarifying food labelling rules and modernizing meat inspection regulations.And it is expanding the federal definition of what constitutes vodka to include vodka made from something other than potatoes or grain. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CHP may have used Tesla Autopilot to stop speeding car

first_imgREDWOOD CITY, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol says it may have used the Autopilot system of a Tesla to stop the car after its driver fell asleep.The CHP says officers attempted to stop the Tesla Model S, which was doing about 70 mph (113 kph) on a highway early Friday in the San Francisco suburb of Redwood City. After the driver didn’t respond to lights or sirens, the officers say they pulled alongside and realized he was asleep.They pulled in front and began slowing to a stop, hoping the Tesla’s driver-assist program was on and would do the same. Authorities say the tactic worked.Alexander Samek of Los Altos was awakened and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.Tesla hasn’t confirmed whether the car was using Autopilot.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Chetwynd Fire Department respond to collision and trailer fire

first_imgLater that evening at about 7:30 pm, a fifth wheel parked near the former China Wok restaurant was destroyed by fire as the tenant of the trailer was changing propane bottles.Firefighters quickly extinguished the fully engulfed trailer fire. There were no injuries, and the fire was contained to its site. CHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department had a busy Saturday responding to a fire and collision.The Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department responded to a semi-truck striking a B.C. Hydro pole on the South Access Road near Tim Horton’s at 2:30 pm on Saturday, September 22.The power line was snagged on the truck and was dragged for about 30 meters alongside the road. The fire department kept the scene safe from motorists and pedestrians. BC Hydro attended promptly to repair the downed wires. RCMP are investigating and interviewing the driver.last_img read more

BSNL to approach NCLT this week against RCom to recover Rs 700

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned telecom firm BSNL will approach National Company Law Tribunal this week to recover dues of about Rs 700 crore from Reliance Communications, according to official sources. Earlier, debt-ridden RCom in its plea before the NCLAT said that it wants to voluntarily go back into the insolvency process, as it will help selling its assets in a time bound manner. It had moved the appellate tribunal, seeking directions to the 37 lenders led by SBI to release Rs 260 crore directly to Ericsson. However, lenders of RCom have opposed the plea, saying that it will lead to outgo of public money for settling payment of a private party. “BSNL has aready invoked bank guarantee of around Rs 100 crore submitted by RCom for default on payments. Decision was taken on January 4 by BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava to start legal proceedings against RCom for recovery of dues of around Rs 700 crore,” the sources said. BSNL has roped Singh and Kohli law firm for the suit. The case filing got delayed due to collection of invoices from all circle offices. RCom has been struggling to pay Rs 453 crore out of Rs 550 crore to Ericsson under a settlement reached between the two firms before NCLAT. The Supreme Court has given time till March 19 to RCom Group to make payment to Ericsson, failing which its chairman Anil Ambani will have to serve three month jail term. RCom has already paid Rs 118 crore to Ericsson. It approached the NCLAT to direct SBI to release Rs 260 crore which the company has received as income tax refund in trust and retentionship account held at the public sector bank as it will help company in making payment to Ericsson and purge contempt of court. The NCLAT on Friday declined to issue any direction to SBI and has asked for update on development with regard to payment of Ericsson due on March 19. The tribunal will hear the case of April 8.last_img read more

Ban inaugurates modern UN communications hub in Valencia Spain

6 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today inaugurated a new United Nations information and telecommunications facility in the Spanish city of Valencia, saying the centre will enhance the world body’s capacity to respond in an agile and efficient manner to crises around the world. “Valencia will strengthen the ability for all our personnel to stay connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Mr. Ban said. “By providing that certainty in communications links, the Valencia base will significantly enhance safety and security for people on the ground.”He said the base, to be known as UNSB-V, was an integral part of the UN Global Field Support Strategy and the organization’s overall information and telecommunications plan. It will work in conjunction with the existing UN Logistics Base in Brindisi, Italy (UNLB).The two bases will ensure the safety of data in the event of a catastrophic incident and provide information and communications technology support to more than 100,000 field personnel deployed around the world.The Valencia hub is crucial in an age when information is ever more vulnerable to extreme weather, natural disasters, political crises and other disruptive events, the Secretary-General added.“And as is plain for any visitor, this is more than just functional space. The state-of-the-art design is both visually striking and environmentally friendly. There are 700 solar panels, with more on the way. The design reduces the need for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.“In every sense, this is a 21st century facility which will help the United Nations deliver to the most vulnerable places on Earth,” said Mr. Ban.He thanked the Government, the city of Valencia and people of Spain for their contribution towards the construction of the facility, saying it was a demonstration of their commitment to advancing the goals of the UN.“You are pivotal supporters of our global mission – from tackling climate change to combating chronic poverty from promoting cross-cultural understanding to contributing troops to peacekeeping operations around the world.”Mr. Ban had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, during which they discussed the Middle East peace process. They also exchanged views on Syria and Libya, where calls for political reform have violent.Mr. Ban and Mr. Zapatero also discussed the need to support democratic transitions in North Africa and the Middle East, including Egypt and Tunisia. Their discussions also touched on Western Sahara and Afghanistan. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global sustainability and food security also come up for discussions.At a separate meeting Mr. Ban and Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez discussed the situation in the Middle East, Libya, Cyprus and Western Sahara. read more

WatchMark Zuckerberg loses final authority over Facebook privacy decisions in record 5

The deal is also unlikely to mollify critics in Congress and among privacy advocates who have called for accountability for Zuckerberg, fines that represent a greater share of the company’s revenue and the unwinding of Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp.The FTC probe stems from the March 2018 disclosure that Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm hired by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, improperly obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users from a researcher who collected personal data through a third-party quiz app. The app not only collected its users’ data, but also information on their friends, affecting millions of consumers.The Cambridge Analytica scandal dealt a blow to Facebook’s reputation at a time when the company was already under fire for allowing Russian agents to exploit its platform to try to influence the 2016 election. The company’s battered reputation caught up with it earlier this month, when lawmakers railed against Facebook’s plan to introduce a digital currency. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, called the company “dangerous.”The FTC also announced separate settlements with the now-defunct political consulting firm, its former CEO Alexander Nix, and an app developer who worked with the company, Aleksandr Kogan.The agency’s investigation went far beyond issues around Cambridge Analytica. The FTC alleged violations going back to 2012, the same year that Facebook finalized an earlier consent order over privacy lapses. Four months after that accord, the FTC said, Facebook removed a disclosure that information users shared with friends could get sucked up by the apps those friends used — while allowing the practice to continue.Facebook also announced in 2014 that it would stop letting outside app developers collect data of users’ friends, according to the FTC. However, the company told developers they could continue the practice for a year if their apps were already on the platform — and failed to stop the sharing until mid-2018 or later. The company also often limited enforcement of its policies against third-party developers if they were making Facebook money, the FTC alleged.Under the settlement, Facebook will have to report data compromises to the FTC if more than 500 users are affected, terminate apps that fail to certify their compliance with company policies and provide greater notice of its use of facial recognition. Facebook had misled users to think they could opt in to a facial recognition feature, even though it was turned on by default, the FTC said.Compliance with the order will be managed by an independent committee on Facebook’s board of directors, which Zuckerberg will not appoint. Zuckerberg, and a designated compliance officer approved by the independent committee, must certify compliance both with the privacy program and the larger order. False certification will “subject them to individual civil and criminal penalties,” the FTC said.Facebook spent months negotiating the settlement with the FTC, and any future potential violations would likely require similar deliberation and delay. That makes it a weaker burden on Facebook than Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, which for small violations penalizes companies 10 million euros, or 2 per cent of the violator’s worldwide annual revenue, whichever is higher.While the new agreement removes a major burden weighing on the Menlo Park, California-based company, it is still grappling with investigations by other authorities in the U.S. and the European Union. European officials are pursuing multiple data-protection investigations, while the city of Washington, D.C., is suing the company over Cambridge Analytica, and the New York State attorney general, Letitia James, has announced that her office is looking into the company’s harvesting of some users’ email contacts.In addition, a federal judge in California in May declined to dismiss lawsuits brought on behalf of tens of millions of users who blame the company for allowing their private information to be shared in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.The FTC itself is also poised to continue scrutiny of Facebook. As part of a broad agreement with the Justice Department dividing oversight of four of the biggest tech companies, the agency will take responsibility for a potential antitrust investigation into the company. One area of focus is likely to be its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp.And the Justice Department’s antitrust division disclosed plans Tuesday to scrutinize tech platforms following mounting criticism across Washington that the companies have become too big and powerful. The department didn’t specify which firms it would look at but strongly suggested Facebook, Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Inc. were in the “The magnitude of the US$5 billion penalty and sweeping conduct relief are unprecedented in the history of the FTC,” Chairman Joseph Simons said in a statement. “The relief is designed not only to punish future violations but, more importantly, to change Facebook’s entire privacy culture to decrease the likelihood of continued violations.”While the fine is the largest ever imposed by the FTC for a privacy violation, it didn’t satisfy the agency’s two Democratic commissioners, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and Rohit Chopra, who voted against it.“When companies can violate the law, pay big penalties, and still turn a profit while keeping their business model intact, enforcement agencies cannot claim victory,” Chopra said in a statement. He said the settlement did little to empower the board to represent users rather than shareholders on privacy while releasing the company and executives from accountability for a broad array of potential misdeeds.Slaughter said that given Facebook’s repeated violations, the FTC would have been more likely to change the company’s behaviour by suing it and its CEO.When companies can violate the law, pay big penalties, and still turn a profit while keeping their business model intact, enforcement agencies cannot claim victoryRohit Chopra Facebook Inc. agreed to pay a record US$5 billion to resolve a U.S. investigation into years of privacy violations, a settlement that increases the board of directors’ responsibility for protecting users’ data while changing little about the company’s lucrative advertising business.The agreement, announced Wednesday by the Federal Trade Commission, will for the first time end Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s final authority over privacy decisions, creating an independent privacy committee of directors on the company’s board, according to an FTC statement.The accord will also require Facebook to keep a tighter leash on third-party apps, perform regular sweeps for unencrypted passwords and refrain from using telephone numbers obtained for security purposes for advertising. It also calls for the company to conduct privacy reviews of new offerings and submit to new privacy certifications and assessments. Facebook is getting roasted over its Libra cryptocurrency — and the naysayers have a point Facebook uncovers emails that appear to show Mark Zuckerberg knew about privacy issues, WSJ reports ‘Mark’s power is unprecedented and un-American’: Facebook co-founder says it’s time to break up the company The agreement, which was approved by the FTC’s Republican majority by a vote of 3-2, does little to alter Facebook’s structural data collection practices, which are at the heart of its business model. While the fine is steep, it’s far from devastating for Facebook, which reported sales of almost US$56 billion in 2018. It had set aside US$3 billion in anticipation of the fine.Facebook shares slid 1.5 per cent to US$199.30 in New York. read more

Parliaments can be pillars of democracy and defenders of human rights says

In a message marking the first commemoration of the International Day of Parliamentarism, Mr. Guterres, a former member of parliament himself, expressed his support for parliamentarians worldwide.“Parliaments can be pillars of democracy, important defenders of human rights and can link local and global issues,” he said.“Through laws and spending decisions, they can contribute significantly to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – our blueprint for peaceful, resilient societies on a healthy planet.”Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16), in particular underscores the importance of parliaments given their role in ensuring effective and accountable institutions at all levels. In addition, through their legislative or oversight mandates, parliaments are also key enablers for a number of sustainable development targets.However, across the world, parliaments remain “largely dominated by men” said Mr. Guterres, calling for greater participation of women in these assemblies.According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), women’s average share of parliamentary membership globally, stands at just over 23 per cent (2017 figures). Though this figure is an increase from just 17 per cent in 2007, the rate of growth has slowed down considerably.“If current rates continue, it will take at least 250 years before we reach gender parity in parliaments,” said IPU, noting that initiatives such as women’s parliamentary caucuses can prove to be useful mechanisms to consult women and channel their needs into the work of parliaments.In May this year, the UN General Assembly designated 30 June as the International Day of Parliamentarism, recognizing the role of parliaments in national plans and strategies and in ensuring greater transparency and accountability at the national and global level. read more

UK engine turnover set for £25bn surge in two years

The revenue generated by engine manufacturing in the UK is expected to increase by up to £2.5 billion in two years, increasing turnover by nearly a third (31%). Over £1 billion has been invested in UK engine production since 2011 and forecasts suggest that the value of engine manufacturing will increase to £10.5 billion by 2016.The industry has seen a spate of new investments come to fruition this year alone. Jaguar Land Rover’s £500 million Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, which officially opens today, as well as Ford’s £475 million low carbon engine development in Dagenham are helping ensure the UK is at the cutting edge of powertrain development and production. Development programmes like these will help total UK engine output surpass three million units per year, increasing volumes by more than a fifth over current levels.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said, “Recent events, such as the opening of Jaguar Land Rover’s new engine facility and Ford’s new engine range are clear evidence of the UK automotive industry’s intention to become a leading force in the design, development and manufacture of engines.“The recent success is testament to the expertise of UK engineers, a flexible workforce and the competitive and supportive business environment. It will create more jobs, bolster the supply chain and help attract overseas suppliers back to UK shores.”In 2013, the UK produced 2,553,316 engines, of which 60% were exported to overseas markets. Overall, UK automotive manufacturing generated £64 billion turnover last year, adding £12.4 billion to the economy. More than 770,000 UK jobs are dependent on the sector, which has seen nearly £13 billion investment announced since 2011. In the coming years, UK car manufacturing is expected to surpass the current record production level of 1.9 million units in a year, which was set in 1972.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK engine manufacturing turnover expected to increase by £2.5 billion to £10.5 billion by 2016.Annual engine output set to surpass three million units.£1 billion invested in UK engine production since 2011. read more

Can The Packers Keep Winning Without Jordy Nelson

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers ended the New York Giants’ season with a 38-13 blowout on Sunday. As long as one looks no deeper than the final score, one might be tempted to consider the Packers the new NFC favorites.But the wiseguys in Las Vegas aren’t fooled: They watched the game more closely, and made the Packers four-point underdogs at Dallas next weekend. What did they see that the box score didn’t?For one, they saw Packers receiver Jordy Nelson carted off the field with a rib injury: “That’d be a huge loss for us,” Rodgers admitted in his postgame press conference, when asked about Nelson’s potential absence at Dallas. Nelson’s ability to get open and draw coverage sparked a midseason explosion in the Packers’ offensive effectiveness. Without a fully healthy Nelson, the Packers’ second game against the Cowboys this season might go the way their first did, in Week 6 — when according to Football Outsiders, the Packers’ offense posted their second-worst single-game offensive DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average) of the season (-25.1 percent).But the concerns run even deeper than the Packers’ receiver depth: For much of the game, Rodgers and company struggled mightily to score. Before a short punt let them start a drive on the Giants’ 38-yard line with less than four minutes left in the first half, the Packers had been shut out entirely.Rodgers registered the fifth-longest average time to throw of any quarterback in the NFL, per this season, and while he was also pressured on 29 percent of his dropbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Information, he adapted in the pocket and got his throws off. For the season, he had a QBR of 71.8 when pressured — the league average for such plays is 31.5 — with 10 touchdowns and 1 interception.The hard-to-contain combination of top-notch pass protection and elite pocket movement was on display against the Giants, as Rodgers extended plays as long as he needed to to make offense happen: But the mother of invention is necessity, and it quickly became clear Rodgers would have to wait ages for his receivers to get open against the Giants’ excellent secondary — too long, in fact, as Rodgers was sacked five times and forced into an intentional grounding penalty over the course of the game.But after the field-position gift that turned into the Davante Adams touchdown above, and a Hail Mary pass somehow found its way to Packers wideout Randall Cobb 132 seconds later, putting the Packers up 14-6. Before those two drives, the Giants had outgained the Packers 194-7. After halftime, Eli Manning and the Giants were the first to score. With less than 18 minutes left in the game, the Packers led by only one point.Of course, 20 minutes and nine seconds later, the Packers had outgained the Giants 406-365, and outscored them 38-13. Part of that production came from Cobb, who caught five passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns, including that Hail Mary. It was Cobb’s return from two missed games with an ankle injury, it was Cobb’s best statistical game of 2016, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.But the reality of the Packers’ path to the Super Bowl is inescapable: They have to go from Lambeau Field, where the Cowboys already beat them 30-16, to the toasty indoor track of AT&T Stadium. Should they win there, they’ll either have to win a shootout with the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome, or a slugfest with the Seattle Seahawks in CenturyLink Field.Without Nelson it’s hard to see how the Packers win one, let alone both, of their subsequent contests. Rodgers will need open options against the Cowboys defense — whose fifth-ranked scoring defense allowed just 1.38 more points per game in 2016 than the Giants’ second-ranked scoring defense.Of course, the Packers won’t roll over and forfeit if Nelson isn’t fit to play. But the impression a casual fan might get from the box score is that the Packers are ready to roll over the rest of the NFL — and unless Nelson is healthy enough for defenses to respect, that’s just not true. read more

Boart Longyear receives BHP Billiton Olympic Dam Vendor of the Year Award

first_imgBoart Longyear has been recognised as the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Olympic Dam Vendor of the Year award for 2009. In commenting on the award, a BHP spokesperson indicated, “Boart Longyear has been operating at Olympic Dam for approximately 10 years and in the 2009 financial year displayed admirable performance in key evaluation criteria including safety, community, customer responsiveness and operational performance with their underground drilling services.” Diane Bettess, Asia Pacific Drilling Services General Manager of Boart Longyear, said, “We are pleased to have received this prestigious award from BHP Billiton in recognition of our industry-leading safety programs and superior client service. This award is the result of the hard work and dedication of all our employees at Olympic Dam and our continued focus on meeting the needs of the major mining companies. We look forward to continuing to perform critical drilling services for BHP Billiton at Olympic Dam in South Australia as well as other locations throughout the world.”Boart Longyear is a leading provider of drilling services and drilling products for the global mining industry, and also has a substantial presence in drilling for other purposes, including water exploration, environmental and oil sands exploration. With 2008 sales of $1.8 billion and nearly 7,000 employees worldwide, the company conducts contract drilling services in more than 40 countries, and provides mining products to customers in over 100 countries.last_img read more

In Berties old stomping ground claims of cute hoorism and shafting denied

first_imgUpdated 4.30pm Source: Irish Election LiteratureA FIANNA FÁIL local election candidate has denied that he is trying to shaft party colleagues running for Dublin City Council in the Cabra-Finglas ward by claiming the endorsement of the party’s European candidate Mary Fitzpatrick.David Costello has issued a leaflet in the last 24 hours with an “important notice” in which Fitzpatrick is said to be “seeking” voters’ number one for him in the local election this Friday.The leaflet has caused anger among his party colleagues in the Cabra Finglas ward with another Fianna Fáil hopeful, Paul Anthony Ward, claiming that “this is the sort of ‘cute hoor’ politics that gave Fianna Fáil a bad name”.In a further twist, Ward claimed that Fitzpatrick’s campaign had assured him the leaflet was “nothing to do with her”.However, Costello told that the endorsement on the leaflet “went out with Mary Fitzpatrick’s backing and permission”.Fitzpatrick declined to answer questions about whether she sanctioned the leaflet, saying: “Obviously the people of Navan Road, Cabra, Finglas and Phibsborough will make their own judgement on who will replace me on Dublin City Council.”The ward is part of the same Dublin Central constituency where Fitzpatrick once claimed she had been “shafted” by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2007.In that general election, Ahern’s campaign carried out a late leaflet drop urging some 30,000 voters to give Cyprian Brady their number two (after Ahern) resulting in Brady being elected off a huge transfer despite getting fewer first preferences than Fitzpatrick. Source: Paul Anthony WardWard alluded to the past in a statement today, saying: “This is the sort of ‘cute hoor’ politics that gave Fianna Fáil a bad name, that me & my team decided we wanted no part of. We’ve learned from past mistakes and it’s a pity that others haven’t. I mean, this sort of thing went on in the past in this constituency.” He added: “I’ve known Mary Fitzpatrick a long time and her team have assured me it had nothing to do with her.” But Costello told this website that if he was trying to shaft anyone he would have done the leaflet drop the night before the election.He insisted that Fitzpatrick had endorsed the leaflet and said it went out “with Mary Fitzpatrick’s backing and permission”. When told of this today, Ward said he was “pretty stunned by that” and restated he had been assured it was nothing to do with the Fitzpatrick campaign.The other Fianna Fáil candidate in the area, Darren Lehane, said that candidates can put out whatever leaflets they want, but expressed disappointment if Fitzpatrick had issued the endorsement.“If it is true that she has endorsed him it would be very disappointing because of the history of the stuff,” he said.“I am running on my own record, on what I have done. I haven’t had celebrities out canvassing with me.”Fitzpatrick said in a statement: “The people of Cabra/Finglas have three excellent Fianna Fáil candidates in David Costello, Darren Lehane and Paul Anthony Ward. I have been delighted to support each of them and all our local candidates in Dublin.”Read: Local election candidate subjected to ‘vile abuse’ for being pregnantOn the canvass: ‘Ah yeah, I probably will’: Fianna Fáil looks for votes at Dublin’s most competitive Luas stopAll our Election 2014 coverage is right here >last_img read more

GrandeBretagne un patient sur dix victime dune erreur de dossier médical

first_imgGrande-Bretagne : un patient sur dix victime d’une erreur de dossier médicalRoyaume-Uni – Un programme expérimental permettant aux médecins d’échanger des diagnostics et des prescriptions comprendrait 10% d’erreurs.Les médecins du pays entier alimentent la base de données du National Health Service (NHS) pour que leurs confrères puissent disposer de leurs observations en cas d’urgence. Or, les managers du projet ont révélé le week-end du 17 juillet que pour diverses raisons, les données relatives à 10% des patients n’avaient pas pu être mises à jour. C’est le cas notamment pour les réactions allergiques. Cette anomalie concerne un très grand nombre de patients qui pourraient, à l’avenir, se voir prescrire ou administrer des traitements dangereux. Cette nouvelle information pousse à se poser une nouvelle fois la question des bénéfices d’un tel système. S’il peut sauver de nombreuses vies, il pourrait également en prendre tant les problèmes d’allergie peuvent avoir de graves conséquences. Alors que certains réaffirment la nécessité de cette base de données, d’autres regrettent déjà l’argent dépensé et appellent à retirer le logiciel pilote.   Le 24 juillet 2010 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La France poursuivie en justice pour sa pollution aux nitrates

first_imgLa France poursuivie en justice pour sa pollution aux nitratesBruxelles a décidé de poursuivre la France en justice pour son manquement aux règles européennes de lutte contre la pollution des eaux par le nitrate, présent dans les engrais agricoles. Celles-ci imposent aux membres de l’UE de contrôler leurs eaux et de recenser les zones touchées par une telle pollution.La Commission européenne à Bruxelles a décidé de poursuivre la France en justice pour ses manquements en matière de pollution des eaux par le nitrate. C’est ce qu’a annoncé hier l’exécutif européen dans un communiqué qui précisait : “la Commission européenne traduit la France devant la Cour de justice de l’UE pour n’avoir pas pris les mesures efficaces contre la pollution des eaux par les nitrates”. En effet, depuis 1991, une législation européenne impose aux Etats membres de surveiller leurs eaux et de définir les eaux atteintes, ou susceptibles de l’être, par la pollution par les nitrates à partir de sources agricoles.À lire aussiTote bag, G20 et paternité, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 18 juinOr, d’après la Commission européenne, la France ne se conformerait toujours pas à la législation et aucun recensement ni mesure n’aurait été mis en oeuvre pour lutter contre cette pollution. “Les données relatives à la qualité de l’eau montrent que certaines zones de France sont dans les faits vulnérables à la pollution par les nitrates, mais ne sont pas, à l’heure actuelle, désignées comme telles. La Commission demande donc instamment à la France de prendre des mesures en désignant davantage de zones et en élaborant des plans appropriés pour faire face au problème”, a ajouté le communiqué. La Bretagne représente 7% de la surface agricole française mais rassemble 50% des élevages de porcs, 50% des élevages de volailles et 30% des bovins. Ces dernières années, elle s’est toutefois spécialisée dans la production légumière, utilisant beaucoup d’engrais azotés. La région serait ainsi la plus touchée par la pollution aux nitrates en raison de cette explosion de l’élevage et de la culture sur ses terres. Si cette décision n’a donc pas surpris certaines associations notamment Eau et Rivières de Bretagne, le ministère de l’Ecologie estime de son côté que de nouvelles dispositions adoptées à l’automne ont permis de durcir la réglementation “pour aller dans le sens des demandes de la commission”. Mais la gestion de cette pollution des eaux et des nappes phréatiques “manquent de précision et présentent de nombreuses lacunes : les périodes d’interdiction sont inappropriées et les restrictions concernant l’épandage des effluents d’élevage et des fertilisants sont insuffisantes”, souligne la Commission qui avait déjà adressé une mise en garde à la France. Si rien n’est fait dans les prochains mois, l’Hexagone pourrait donc se voir infliger une lourde amende pour son manque de rigueur.Le 28 février 2012 à 14:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Preview for tonights 16th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops on the

first_img Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE will present the 16th annual Tribute to the Troops special tonight on the USA Network beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 CT.Scheduled for tonight’s special:* WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and WWE Intercontinentla Champion Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles and Seth Rollins* RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and Natalya vs. Nia Jax and Tamina* Becky Lynch and Charlotte vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville Pinterest Twitter Facebookcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

Three year old from Blue Hills drowns on Saturday no official report

first_img Recommended for you PNP supporter ‘no-show’ at Wheeland Claims & Objections Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills man Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 May 2015 – Family and friends still reeling over the reality that their three year old little boy is gone; drowned at a pool party on Saturday. The child, while the son of expat workers to the country, had become very much a part of the local community and family friends say it is earth shattering for them all at this time. A resident of Wheeland and member of the Community Fellowship Center church family, the energetic little boy was said to have been thrilled by the pool, long after playtime in that pool was over. Police are not yet commenting, at least not up to news production time on this tragic death in Provo. Related Items:3 year old, blue hills, Community fellowship center, drowns, wheeland Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Ministerlast_img read more

ASA Urges Adoption of Royalty System for Brazilian Exports Containing Pirated Soy

first_imgTo promote a more equitable playing field for U.S. soybean producers, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging international grain and oilseed traders to adopt a new royalty collection system for exports of Brazilian soybeans and soybean meal derived from illegally obtained Roundup Ready® Soybean (RRSB) seed. Brazilian farmers presently have an unfair competitive advantage over U.S. farmers in the global soybean market because they are receiving all of the cost-saving and yield-enhancing benefits of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybeans without paying for the right to use the technology.”ASA has long been concerned about the theft of Roundup Ready soybean technology in Brazil because of the competitive advantage this illegal use gives Brazilian growers over U.S. growers who are paying to use the technology,” said Dwain Ford, a soybean farmer from Kinmundy, Ill. “Since the Brazilian government has been unable or unwilling to stop the piracy of Roundup Ready soybean seed, ASA has repeatedly urged Monsanto to do something to correct this inequity.”Despite Monsanto’s efforts to obtain approval to commercialize RRSB seed in Brazil each of the last five years, it remains illegal under Brazilian law for growers to plant RRSB seed. Although the Brazilian government has threatened to destroy illegally planted Roundup Ready soybeans, Brazil hasn’t done so, and is finalizing Provisional Measure 113, which allows Roundup Ready soybeans in the current Brazilian harvest to be legally sold for consumption in Brazil or exported overseas.”According to our calculations, U.S. growers are paying a premium of $9.30 to $15.50 per acre for Roundup Ready Soybean seed, while Brazilian growers are paying nothing for the technology on seed smuggled into Brazil,” Ford said. “This gives Brazilian growers an ill-gotten $9.30 to $15.50 per acre competitive advantage over U.S. growers just from the failure to pay for patented seed technology. Using national average yields, this translates into a 24 to 41 cent per bushel unfair competitive advantage over U.S. growers and U.S. soy exporters.”Following numerous discussions with Monsanto over the past year, ASA leaders recently learned from company officials about Monsanto’s plans to implement a royalty collection system based upon the enforceability of intellectual property rights in the European Union, Japan, and other countries where Monsanto has patent protection. Approximately 70 to 75 percent of Brazil’s total soybean production is exported as whole soybeans or soymeal, and of that amount, approximately 70 to 73 percent is shipped to the European Union and Japan.”It is ASA’s position that the program outlined is a giant step forward toward leveling the playing field for U.S. soybean producers,” Ford said. “Although it is not a perfect solution, the program does present a viable option given the lack of planting authorization in Brazil, which currently prevents Monsanto from collecting royalties on its patented seed.”ASA is supporting the royalty collection system announced by Monsanto because it begins to address the problem by offering a workable solution, and sets an important precedent for the crop biotechnology industry. ASA supports the protection of intellectual property rights and a company’s right to enforce its patents for seed technology. Given the present lack of planting approval and patent enforceability within Brazil, this external collection system provides a “next best” approach to fairness.”It is essential that Monsanto and the grain traders work together to reach a successful agreement,” Ford said. “ASA encourage grain traders to engage in negotiations and to work in partnership with Monsanto for prompt implementation of this system to allow for royalty collection on Brazilian exports of Roundup Ready soybeans and soybean meal processed from Roundup Ready soybeans.”Under this system, Monsanto will not be able to collect royalties on soybeans grown in Brazil for domestic consumption, which represent about 25 to 30 percent of total Brazilian production, until RRSB is legalized for planting by the Government of Brazil, nor on soybeans destined for export to countries like China that do not currently enforce patent protection for seed technology.Implementation of the program is set for July 1, 2003, to give the Government of Brazil, Brazilian farmers, and Brazilian soy processors and traders advance notice prior to planting and pre-planting commercialization contracts between growers and traders for the ‘03/’04 Brazilian crop. The source of the funds paid to Monsanto, ultimately, will be generated from the discounted prices paid to Brazilian producers who deliver soybeans grown from RRSB seed.”Not cooperating in the implementation of the royalty collection system perpetuates the competitive disadvantage U.S. growers and the entire U.S. soy industry face because of the ongoing theft of Roundup Ready technology by some Brazilian farmers,” Ford said. “In addition, traders and processors who do not cooperate will be assisting in the continued piracy of a patented product, and confronted with inspection and testing for the presence of RRSB in Brazilian shipments arriving in the European Union, Japan, and other countries where Monsanto has patent protection and can utilize its legal patent status.”last_img read more

Quincy Jones To Receive Special Achievement Honor From The AfricanAmerican Film Critics

first_img Email Facebook Quincy Jones To Receive Special Achievement Honor From The African-American Film Critics Association Music’s beloved Renaissance man and film producer Jason Blum are the latest additions to the AAFCA’s 2019 honorees Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 14, 2019 – 12:24 pm GRAMMY-winning music legend Quincy Jones will receive a Special Achievement honor from the African-American Film Critics Association, the largest group of black film critics.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jones and film producer Jason Blum are the latest additions to the AAFCA’s 2019 honorees and will be honored on Feb. 6 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.”Quincy Jones is a cultural icon,” AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards said in a statement. “For nearly 70 years, he has helped shape pop culture as a music composer and producer as well as a film/TV composer and producer. His creative influence is unparalleled. He has molded the arts, film and music with a force that we may never witness again in our lifetime and given back all along the way.”The two will be celebrated along with the AAFCA’s best picture winner Black Panther.Netflix executive Tengo Nagenda, early jazz cornetist Buddy Bolden, searching director Aneesh Chaganty and HBO’s Kelly Edwards are among other recipients who will have their own ceremony on Feb. 2.Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Angela Aguilar On Her Culture And Family Legacy Quincy Jones Honored By The AAFCA quincy-jones-receive-special-achievement-honor-african-american-film-critics News Twitter last_img read more

Spotify Strikes Deal With Indias TSeries

first_imgAs widely speculated, Spotify and T-Series, India’s leading music and film company, have agreed to a global content deal, the companies announced today. The deal will see Spotify’s worldwide audience gain access to T-Series’ entire Indian song catalog, including Bollywood and regional movie soundtracks, as well as non-film albums and emerging artist content.The deal moves forward Spotify’s plans to launch in India, which Variety reported in November is expected to come early this year.Founded in the early 1980s as a cassette label, T-Series now boast more than 160,000 songs in its catalog, among them some of the most popular Indian songs recorded over the past 30 years. It also has the world’s most-viewed YouTube channel, with videos that have been viewed more than 58 billion times and more than 80 million subscribers since it launched in 2006. “One of the ways Spotify has helped revolutionize music discovery is through its ability to connect millions of fans with the best music and artists from all over the world in a way that just wasn’t possible before streaming,” says Paul Smith, Director, Head of International Licensing at Spotify. “Today’s deal with T-Series significantly strengthens our Indian music catalogue, bringing Bollywood to more than 200 million Spotify users worldwide. Having T-Series on Spotify is hugely significant and shows our commitment towards providing the very best music for our users.”Chairman and Managing Director, T-Series, Bhushan Kumar adds: “We are bullish about India’s most popular music company tying up with the world’s most popular music streaming service. We are confident that together we will be able to reach new markets and spread the love for Indian music far and wide.”Neeraj Kalyan, T-Series President and Digital Head continues: “Indian music lovers globally will be in for a musical treat with over 160,000 songs in several languages from the T-Series catalogue. I am sure Spotify’s expertise earned in mature markets will be helpful for the Indian streaming industry and will pave the way for a paid ecosystem in the streaming business in India.”The deal comes after last June’s roll out of Spotify’s Global Cultures Initiative, which included the launch of Indian music hub Desi, now with over 930,000 followers and featuring popular playlists such as Desi Hits. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more