CameroonNigeria border commission to examine proposals UN says

At the meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, the UN-sponsored Mixed Commission’s Joint Technical Team (JTT) will also plan a revised timetable for its work and a field assessment to begin next month, UNOWA said.The Commission has said that the issues before it include the mutually agreed demarcation of the 1,600-kilometre border, which passes through oil-rich land and sea, and the fate of local populations. As the waters of Lake Chad have receded, due to desertification, local populations deriving their livelihoods from the lake have followed the water line, further blurring the boundary.After Nigeria deployed militarily in Bakassi Peninsula, Cameroon brought the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 1994 and in 2002 the Court based its irrevocable judgement on a border drawn up by the former colonial powers, the United Kingdom and Germany.The Commission has a sub-commission responsible for demarcation of the land boundary between the two countries and another working on protecting the rights of affected populations, along with a working group on the maritime boundary and on withdrawals and transfers of authority in both the land boundary and the Bakassi Peninsula.The withdrawal and transfer of authority took place in villages along the Lake Chad area in December 2003 and along the land boundary in July 2004. read more

SP downgrades Puerto Rico debt says it would have been worse without

by Danica Coto, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2014 2:21 pm MDT S&P downgrades Puerto Rico debt, says it would have been worse without government reforms SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded Puerto Rico’s debt to junk status Tuesday, a decision that frustrated island officials who said they had taken at times painful steps to reduce government spending and boost revenue amid an eight-year recession.Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said it was not a surprise that S&P cut the rating one notch to “BB+,” one level below investment grade, but he called the move unfair and unnecessary.“Every time we did something they requested, they moved the line further back,” he said. “We have addressed every issue they have brought up.”The announcement comes as the U.S. territory prepares to return to the bond market this month, and S&P said the downgrade would have been more severe without recent reductions in the Puerto Rican government’s budget deficit and its overhaul of strained public pension systems.Eduardo Bhatia, president of Puerto Rico’s senate, expressed anger at S&P and questioned how a credit agency that he said supported a move by the previous Puerto Rico administration to borrow $16 billion now decided to downgrade the island’s debt.“Today, it turns around and stabs us in the back,” he said. “For the past year, we’ve met their demands and our people have made great sacrifices to improve the fiscal situation and honour all that debt they endorsed.”Economists say years of deficits under previous Puerto Rican administrations led to the majority of the government’s outstanding $70 billion debt.S&P’s announcement worried many in Puerto Rico, which has entered its eighth year in recession while struggling with $70 billion in public debt and a 15.4 per cent unemployment rate, higher than any U.S. state.Garcia and other top officials sought to assure Puerto Ricans and bondholders that they would continue to whittle down the debt and present a deficit-free budget next fiscal year.“Decades of fiscal irresponsibility cannot be turned around in 12 months,” Garcia said. “But the truth is, we did everything we could to turn it around in 12 months. My administration is not to blame for this downgrade, but I will take responsibility to pull the island out of it.”He assured Puerto Ricans that the government will be operating as usual and that he will submit legislation on Wednesday to further reduce the deficit this year.Puerto Rico’s bonds are popular with U.S. investors because they are exempt from federal, state and local taxes, and investors have become increasingly concerned about its ability to repay its debt.Treasury Secretary Melba Acosta said the government is disappointed in S&P’s decision, but she stressed that the island has all the liquidity on hand necessary to deal with the fallout.“This did not catch us by surprise,” she said. “We were prepared.”David Chafey, chairman of Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank, said the government has adequate resources to pay $575 million in debt payments due in 90 days and an additional $375 million in six months.The downgrade had been expected by many in the investment community since the three major credit agencies put Puerto Rico’s debt on watch for a possible downgrade. As a result, bond trading levels already reflected a lower-rating than even the new BB+ grade from Standard & Poor’s, said Alan Schankel, managing director of Janney Capital Markets in Philadelphia.“With three rating agencies having the rating on watch for downgrade, I don’t think anybody will be terribly surprised by the downgrade,” Schankel said. “I’m sure there will be some negative price reaction in the near future, and specifically tomorrow, but I don’t think it will be precipitous.”David Tawil, co-founder and portfolio manager of New York-based Maglan Capital, said it was unclear whether a big sell-off in Puerto Rico bonds might occur Wednesday as a result of the downgrade.“This is a pretty big mountain of debt that could come into the market,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll know the ramifications until we’re given a couple of days of trading activity. Tomorrow will be an interesting day to see how the market reacts.”___Associated Press writer Ben Fox in Miami contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban expresses deep condolences to Cambodia following death of former monarch

“The Secretary-General acknowledges King Sihanouk’s long dedication to his country and his legacy as a unifying national leader who is revered by Cambodians and respected internationally,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added in a statement.According to media reports, King Sihanouk, 89, died after having a heart attack in Beijing, China, where he had been residing for the past eight years. The former monarch came to the throne in 1941 and remained a prominent figure for more than 60 years until his abdication in 2004, when he passed the throne to his son, King Norodom Sihamoni.King Sihanouk saw Cambodia go from French rule to independence in 1953, experienced house arrest during the Khmer Rouge regime during which nearly two million people died between 1975 and 1979, and faced 13 years of exile during the country’s civil war that followed the regime’s toppling. He later returned to his country amidst its efforts with reconciliation and the restoration of political stability.“The Secretary-General also hopes that the legacy of the former King will allow Cambodia to advance the national healing process, including through continued commitment to justice,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said. read more

The AntiAusterity Alliance is changing its name

first_img By Paul Hosford Friday 10 Mar 2017, 2:54 PM TDs Paul Murphy, Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry. Image: Leah Farrell/ Share Tweet Email2 194 Comments 24,598 Views center_img The Anti-Austerity Alliance is changing its name A spokesperson told that the move was brought about to expand the focus of the party. TDs Paul Murphy, Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry. Image: Leah Farrell/ Updated 2.44 pmTHE ANTI-AUSTERITY Alliance will be no more as of today.The party formerly known as the Socialist Party will rebrand as Solidarity, it has announced.The party says that the AAA moniker, which started life in 2014, was too narrowly focused and didn’t give a real sense of the scope of the party activity.The AAA side of the alliance with People Before Profit currently has six TDs but it is not envisaged that this agreement will change. Instead, the alliance will become Solidarity-PBP.A spokesperson told that the move was brought about to expand the focus of the party.“The AAA was a very economically-focused name but we do a lot in terms of legislation and campaigning. During the marriage equality referendum people said they didn’t know we had positions on these things.“The new name carries a sentiment that’s in society at the minute with strikes and movements across the board.“It’s more about becoming an activist base.”TD Paul Murphy told that now was the time to broaden the party’s outlook.“You have to look at it as a process. The AAA was specifically set up to protest against the LPT and Property tax.“Then it was about broadening the profile nationally, so it’s a logical step as part of building a broad left party in this country. It’s going to fight for the key economic issues and for the issues that affect regular people.“But also it will fight against oppression.”Murphy said the name “encapsulates the method of struggle needed to fight for better conditions”.“It also offers a vision for the future. It’s a word that connects with a lot of people.”The Solidarity-PBP grouping will be registered in the Dail, Murphy says, and he is in favour of a stronger coalition between the two going forward. However, he doesn’t agree that the fact that the two haven’t joined forces is an indictment of the left.“If you’re going to build a clear left alternative, it has to be broader.“Solidarity is open to all those who share an anti-capitalist, anti-oppression platform. The AAA-PBP project has been very successful so there’s a really positive example taking place of the left coming together.”At a press conference this afternoon, Solidarity members also stressed that the new name comes at the time when the party is focusing on a range of other issues including climate change, abortion and migrant rights.The party says name change is currently being processed by the Dail registrar and will shortly come into effect.Read: Is this the left-wing party you’ve been waiting for? Short URL Mar 10th 2017, 2:54 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le criquet va nous aider à éviter les accidents de la route

first_imgLe criquet va nous aider à éviter les accidents de la routeUne équipe internationale de chercheurs travaillent actuellement sur un système anti-collision pour les véhicules, basées sur les caractéristiques de la vision du criquet.Et si le criquet permettait d’empêcher les accidents de voiture et par là même de sauver des milliers de vie chaque année ? Si l’idée peut étonner, c’est précisément ce qu’affirment des chercheurs de l’université anglaise de Lincoln, en collaboration avec celle d’Hambourg, en Allemagne et de Tsinghua à Pékin, en Chine. En effet, ceux-ci se sont inspirés de l’appareil visuel de l’insecte, pour mettre au point une technologie anti-collision pour voitures. Comme beaucoup d’insectes, le criquet est doté d’un système d’alerte anticipé qui lui permet d’éviter les heurts lors de voyages à grande vitesse au cœur d’un essaim. Les scientifiques ont ainsi cherché à mettre en évidence les caractéristiques de cette fonction d’alarme afin de mettre en place un modèle de capteurs. Au final, l’équipe est parvenue à identifier un ensemble de signaux électriques et chimiques transmis au cerveau et à les retranscrire dans un système informatique. Le dispositif innovateur, n’a rien en commun avec les radars ou détecteurs infrarouges actuels. Récemment installé sur un robot, il permet d’explorer différents chemins et d’interagir avec les objets rencontrés en les identifiant préalablement et en les évitant. “La vision joue un rôle essentiel dans l’interaction pour la plupart des espèces animales et possède de remarquables capacités de traitement de l’image” explique au Dailymail Shigang Yue de l’Université de Lincoln. Contrer les erreurs humaines À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il poursuit : “Par exemple, les insectes peuvent répondre à l’approche de prédateurs à une vitesse remarquable”. Cette recherche représente un véritable pas en avant dans la modélisation informatique de systèmes biologiques tels que la vision et d’autres fonctions sensorielles. Les chercheurs espèrent que le dispositif pourra être sous peu utilisé dans l’industrie automobile. “Il pourrait permettre aux véhicules de comprendre ce qui se passe sur la route et prendre des mesures plus rapides”, indique encore le chercheur. “Ces travaux offrent des indications importantes sur la façon dont nous pouvons développer un système pour la voiture, ce qui pourrait améliorer les performances à un niveau tel que l’on pourrait contrer l’erreur humaine”.
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VIDEO Debut episode of WWE Breaking Ground series

first_img Kickoff Show match set for No Mercy, Look back at Sting vs. Seth Rollins Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Kanye West Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The Rock is the highest paid actor in the world, HBK at NXT tapings, NXT TakeOver behind the scenes video Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup WWE has posted the first episode of “Breaking Ground” for free on YouTube this weekend. The rest of the series will continue to air as an exclusive on the WWE Network. Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Joan Lunden to receive the Warrior Award at 2016 WWE HOF

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Insight Editions announces “WWE: The Official Cookbook” set for release on March 19 SPOILERS: 3/22 and 3/23 Impact TV taping results from Windsor, Ontario, Canada Facebookcenter_img Twitter Pinterest Longtime WWE employee Sue Aitchison to receive the 2019 Warrior Award this April Courtesy of Lunden to receive 2016 Warrior Award at 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyJoan Lunden, an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and breast cancer survivor, has been named the recipient of the second annual Warrior Award, which will be presented at the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 2 from American Airlines Center in Dallas, live on WWE Network at 8 ET/5 PT. The announcement was made by WWE Superstar John Cena on NBC’s “TODAY.”The Warrior Award is given to someone who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior. The award will be presented to Lunden by The Ultimate Warrior’s widow, Dana Warrior. In June 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Lunden made the decision to take her battle public and has since shared her journey through cancer treatment, becoming a prominent voice in the breast cancer community.“It is truly humbling to be honored by WWE and receive this year’s Warrior Award at the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” Lunden said. “After being diagnosed with cancer, my first thought was to survive, but soon after, I changed my focus from my cancer to the fight against cancer and my life took on a whole new purpose. WWE has welcomed me into their family, offering me warmth and support, as have so many of the WWE fans from around the world. It is a privilege to receive this honor.”Acclaimed journalist and TV host Joan Lunden speaks on behalf of the women and men who are battling breast cancer every day.“On behalf of my family, we are proud to present this year’s Warrior Award to Joan Lunden,” said Dana Warrior. “Joan embodies all that this award was meant to capture. She is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the quintessential Warrior woman. It will be an honor to recognize her at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.”“Joan Lunden has been an incredible role model to so many people and it is an honor to recognize her as the second annual Warrior Award recipient,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “The will and perseverance she gracefully displayed in her fight against breast cancer is an inspiration to millions of women around the world.”An eternal optimist, Lunden decided to turn her diagnosis into an opportunity to inspire others in the breast cancer community. Through her website,, and her social media channels, Lunden has created an online community dedicated to people living with and surviving from breast cancer. From her consistent journaling throughout her breast cancer treatment, Lunden wrote her most recent book, “Had I Known: A Memoir of Survival,” which documents her battle with cancer and provides a reflective look back at her life and career. Lunden continues to be an advocate for those diagnosed with the disease, making trips to Capitol Hill, and as a special correspondent for “TODAY’s” Pink Power series.Last year, the Warrior Award was presented for the first time ever to Connor Michalek, a Pittsburgh native and passionate WWE fan who passed away from cancer. In his honor, Connor’s Cure was created as a fund within Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation to support pediatric brain and spinal cord cancer research. To date, Connor’s Cure has raised $1 million and assisted more than 100 families around the world.The 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs live on the eve of WrestleMania, Saturday, April 2, at 8 ET/5 PT, only on WWE Network.last_img read more

Siewert says Huddersfield cannot compete with Chelsea

first_imgHuddersfield Town is in the last place of the English Premier League table and couldn’t even compete with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Huddersfield Town is dead-last in the English Premier League table with only 11 points after 25 matches.The team has only won twice, drawing five times and losing in 18 games.They are candidates to get demoted into the English Championship at the end of the 2018-2019 season.And after they were defeated 5-0 by giants Chelsea today, Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert says his team cannot compete.“We tried everything to beat them but they showed they are also very hungry because of their defeat against Bournemouth,” he told Sky Sports after today’s 5-0 defeat.“We missed several moments when we could have shot.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s possible to threaten but you have to shoot. Sometimes the ball goes for a corner or goes to goal, which is the important thing,” he commented.“It was a very bad moment for us. We had some chances before and then maybe we could have equalized before half-time and I’m not sure if it was a penalty.”“We have to work as intensely as possible and for my game, you need the right shape for that,” Siewert added.“To be intense and defend at the front is the most important thing. We have to work hard and continue.”“It’s definitely a test of character. Our fans were fantastic and we have to show that we are willing to win games,” the manager concluded.The team doesn’t have it easy.The next Saturday they will host Arsenal, only to visit Newcastle United and then receive the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers.last_img read more

More than 1700 Hondurans headed for the Mexico border new caravan of

first_img AP AP, More than 1,700 Hondurans headed for the Mexico border, new caravan of migrants AGUA CALIENTE, Guatemala (AP) — More than 1,700 Hondurans were walking and hitchhiking through Guatemala on Wednesday, heading toward the Mexico border as part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States.Over 1,700 migrants passed through the Agua Caliente border crossing under the watchful eyes of about 200 police and soldiers. Some migrants told The Associated Press that they crossed informally elsewhere.Guatemala’s National Immigration Institute said there were 325 children or youths under 18 in the caravan. There were also just over 100 people from El Salvador.Miria Zelaya, who left the Honduran city of Colon and was traveling with 12 relatives, said she did not know what sort of work she hopes to find in the United States but was not dismayed by tougher immigration policies under President Donald Trump.“That does not discourage me,” Zelaya said. “The need is greater.”Migrants leaving Central America’s Northern Triangle nations of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala routinely cite widespread poverty, lack of opportunity and rampant gang violence as their motivation.Many in the group registered for 90-day visas in Guatemala, saying they felt it would offer peace of mind on the 300-mile (540-kilometer) trek to Mexico’s southern border.Hector Alvarado, a 25-year-old announcer, said he had been shut out of job opportunities for belonging to the political opposition and felt forced to leave to find work. He learned about the caravan on Facebook, said goodbye to relatives and hit the road.“My loved ones have already cried over of my leaving,” Alvarado said. “Now I have to press on.”The latest trek north comes as U.S. President Donald Trump has been working to convince the American public that there is a crisis at the southern border to justify construction of his long-promised border wall. Trump’s demand for billions of dollars to that end has resulted in a standoff with Congress that has forced a partial government shutdown.The fate that awaits the migrants at the Mexico-U.S. border is uncertain. Previous caravans that were seized upon last year by Trump in the run-up to the 2018 midterm election have quietly dwindled, with many having gone home to Central America or put down roots in Mexico. Many others — nearly half, according to U.S. Border Patrol arrest records — have sought to enter the U.S. illegally.About 6,000 Central Americans reached Tijuana in November amid conflict on both sides of the border over their presence in the Mexican city across from San Diego. As of earlier this week, fewer than 700 remained at a former outdoor concert venue in Tijuana that the Mexican government set up as a shelter to house them.Mexico has issued humanitarian visas to about 2,900 migrants from last fall’s caravan, many of whom are now working legally there with visas.Also Wednesday about 100 migrants set out as a group from the capital of El Salvador, hoping to join the larger group from Honduras. Their numbers represent less than a third of the estimated 350 migrants who leave El Salvador each day.“I can’t stay. I’m leaving because the gangs have threatened me — either I join them, or they’ll kill me,” said Adonay Hernandez, 22, who was carrying just $20 in his pocket but was confident he will make it to relatives in North Carolina. “God is my shield.”Others hoped to find a better life in Mexico, where they have options for applying for refuge and work permits.“I know that in Mexico they are helping us,” said Franklin Martinez, a 34-year-old traveling with his partner and their 2½-year-old daughter. “We are going to ask for refuge and we are going to stay and work. After we have saved enough, perhaps we will go to the United States, but our goal is to make it to Mexico.”Liduvina Margarin, vice minister for Salvadorans abroad, met with the migrants before they left a downtown plaza to warn them about the dangers of the northward route. She told them that more than half the Salvadorans who left in caravans have returned to the country.“Our duty is to say to you that you are never going to be better off than in your homeland, in your communities of origin,” Margarin said.Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday that Mexico has been monitoring the latest caravan closely.He said the best option is for Central American governments to persuade their citizens to stay. Those who don’t will be allowed to enter Mexico in an orderly fashion and presented with options, and their human rights will be respected, Lopez Obrador added. January 16, 2019center_img Posted: January 16, 2019 Updated: 6:09 PM Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Cryonic freezing What is the process that could bring us back from

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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 … A 14-year-old schoolgirl from London has won a landmark case to have her body cryogenically frozen in a bid to live again should a cure for the cancer that killed her be found. She will be the first British child to have her body frozen.The girls divorced parents disagreed over her wish to be frozen, so the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, asked the High Court to step in and give her a chance to have a life even if it meant it could take place centuries later.I dont want to die but I know I am going to … I want to live longer and I think that in the future they may find a cure for my cancer and wake me up. I want to have this chance, she wrote in a moving letter to the court.I think being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up, even in hundreds of years time. I dont want to be buried underground, she continued.The girl, known as JS in court papers, had asked the court to allow her mother, who she lived with in London, and who supported her wish to be cryogenically preserved, to be the only person to be allowed to decide on the disposal of her body.JS was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2015 and by August 2016 was told that her illness was terminal and active treatment stopped. After researching cryonic preservation online, she decided that she wanted to be frozen after her death.Due to her age, she was unable to make a legally recognised will and had to get the permission of both her parents to sign up for the process which involves the freezing of a dead body in the hope that resuscitation and a cure may one day take place.Her father, whom she had not seen for eight years and himself has cancer, was against the move when she contacted him with her decision, reports The Mirror. Even if the treatment is successful and she is brought back to life in, lets say, 200 years, she may not find any relative and she might not remember things. She may be left in a desperate situation — given that she is still only 14 years old — and will be in the United States of America, he argued.The Telegraph noted that the father was also concerned about the moral and ethical implications of the process and whether he could be pursued for payments at some point in the future despite living on benefits.He eventually changed his mind and told the court that he respected her decision. This is the last and only thing she has asked from me.Justice Peter Jackson, who visited the girl in hospital as she was too ill to attend court, granted her last request on 6 October, noting that the prospect of her wishes being followed will reduce her agitation and distress about her impending death.JS lost her battle with cancer on 17 October. In his ruling, Justice Jackson publication of the case for a month until after her death and that the identities of both JS, her parents and other specific details of the case be withheld.He added that he was not making a decision on the rights and wrongs of cryogenic science but on the disagreement between the parents.Justice Jackson also noted that although the hospital trust was willing to help, it was not endorsing cryonics. On the contrary, all the professionals feel deep unease about it.The Telegraph said that the £37,000 cost for the cryogenic process was paid for by JSs maternal grandparents as her parents were unable to raise the necessary funds. The cost covers freezing the body and taking it to a storage facility in the US, which is only one of two countries — Russia being the other — that has the facility to store frozen bodies.center_img Cryonic freezing: What is the process that could bring us back from the dead?last_img read more

US Secret Service director stepping down

first_imgUS President Donald Trump speaks as US Vice President Mike Pence and Director of the Secret Service Joseph Clancy listen during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, US. Photo: ReutersUS Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy plans to step down next month, the agency said on Tuesday, two years after he took charge of the agency following high-profile security lapses by the service responsible for protecting the president.“Congratulations Dir Clancy on your retirement! The men & women of the @SecretService are grateful for your 29 years of service & leadership,” the Secret Service said on Twitter.Clancy will leave on March 4, an agency spokesman said.Clancy’s departure means that President Donald Trump will be able to select his own security chief. The Secret Service has almost 7,000 employees and is charged with protecting the president and his family as well as combating counterfeiting.Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, named Clancy head of the Secret Service in February 2015 after he had served as acting director for four months.He took over from Director Julia Pierson, who stepped down after an embarrassing breach in which a man carrying a knife jumped the White House fence and ran into the executive mansion.Obama picked Clancy despite the recommendation of an independent review panel that the next director be from outside the agency, which it said had become too insular.Clancy headed the Secret Service as it tackled a heavy workload despite having the lowest number of employees in a decade. He was also in charge during last year’s bitter presidential election without any major security incidents.The service’s credibility was also damaged in 2012 when it was revealed that members had hired prostitutes while in Colombia in advance of an Obama trip. A man hit the White House with automatic rifle fire in 2011, although the damage was not discovered until four days later.last_img read more

Rep Canfield invites residents to an identity theft presentation

first_img State Rep. Edward Canfield, D.O., will host a town hall meeting with the Michigan Attorney General’s office on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.The meeting focuses on the dangers of identity theft and Susan Peters from the Attorney General’s office will give a presentation offering advice on how to best protect yourself and your family from this increasing threat to our privacy.“As technology continues to advance, the opportunity for our information to become compromised increases,” said Rep. Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “We, as consumers must remain vigilant in how we use our information, where we put it and how we dispose of important documents that we no longer need. I encourage all residents to attend this very informational event.”The free event will take place at the Huron County Expo Center, 170 W. Soper Road in Bad Axe. Tags: #SB Categories: Canfield Newscenter_img 20Sep Rep. Canfield invites residents to an identity theft presentationlast_img read more

Rep Lucido welcomes Romeo HS government students to Capitol

first_img Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, welcomed 63 guests to the Capitol today as he hosted Romeo High School’s Advanced Placement Government program.Lucido gave a brief history lesson and explained his day-to-day responsibilities on the House floor prior to today’s session, ‘talking shop’ with teacher Lori Ferrington and the entire class.“It’s always great to see high school students actively engaged in their government and I hope they get the chance to be our leaders tomorrow,” Lucido said. “Today was a blast! Go Romeo Bulldogs!”Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township, is joined by Romeo High School AP Government students today in the state House of Representatives chamber during a tour of the state Capitol. Categories: Lucido News,News 01Feb Rep. Lucido welcomes Romeo HS government students to Capitollast_img read more

Rep Griffin to host senior and veterans expo

first_img02May Rep. Griffin to host senior and veterans expo Rep. Beth Griffin will host a senior and veterans expo with Senators Margaret O’Brien and Tonya Schuitmaker on Monday, May 7.“Connecting seniors and veterans to valuable services and information right here in Southwest Michigan is just one way to show our gratitude towards them,” Griffin said. “I look forward to this yearly event for the opportunity to provide access to important resources, and to learn from their experiences, as well as gain their insight and opinions on state government.”The event takes place at the Antwerp Township Activity Center, 24821 Front St. in Mattawan from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is free to all seniors and veterans.Complimentary health and wellness screenings will be available, including blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass, and blood pressure screenings by medical professionals.  Vision and hearing tests will also be available.  For more information, contact Sen. Schuitmaker at 517-373-0793. Categories: Griffin News,Griffin Photos,News,Photoslast_img read more

Rep Greg VanWoerkom Michigan House approve plan to help farmers devastated by

first_img21Jun Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, Michigan House approve plan to help farmers devastated by record rain Categories: VanWoerkom News The Michigan House and Rep. Greg VanWoerkom today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain.The plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state.“Record rainfall has left many Michigan farmers unable to complete planned planting or even plant at all, which could have a devastating impact on our state’s agricultural economy,” said VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores. “This plan provides the support necessary to help hard-working farmers make it through this tough year and offers stability amid a turbulent growing season.”Michigan has had very few days suitable for field work this spring. As a result, only about 63 percent of corn seeds and 43 percent of soybean seeds have been planted, which means yields will be low. Many farmers will be facing financial trouble as this crop season continues.House Bill 4234 provides $15 million to help private lenders run the loan program and keep interest rates low for farmers. The state does not provide the loans, so there is no financial risk or liability to the state with this program.Similar low-interest loan programs were approved for Michigan farmers in 2002 and 2012.VanWoerkom also recently joined a coalition of 63 House lawmakers urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase flexibility under the Federal Crop Insurance rules. Increased flexibility would allow farmers to plan on land normally prohibited by federal crop insurance rules, allowing for more crops to get to market and be raised for feed for a farmer’s livestock.Full text of the letter and its signatories can be found here.last_img read more

Starvation Sieges Are Assad Regimes Preferred Tactic in Syria

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 28, 2014; TIMEHere’s Bashar al-Assad’s unusual opening gambit at the peace talks in Geneva: the promise of more dead bodies. As of last week, the peace negotiators couldn’t even agree on how to get humanitarian aid to the largely rebel-held city of Homs, let alone figuring how to bring peace to this sorry, ravaged country.Assad then doubled down on the peace negotiations by having his air force drop so-called “barrel bombs” on rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo, killing 90 people, including perhaps a dozen children. Barrel bombs are loaded with explosives and shrapnel, designed to do incredible damage.Humanitarian aid doesn’t seem to concern this murderous regime. After the last discussions, the Syrian government refused to commit to a continuation of the next phase of peace talks. President Obama’s years of confident assertions that world realities would bring Assad to peace negotiations and Syria to regime change simply haven’t been realized.The reality is that the Syrian government is using humanitarian aid—or the deprivation of it—as a weapon against its own people. According to TIME, the Syrian government has been making the delivery of humanitarian aid as difficult as possible, “calling the delivery of aid to rebel areas from Turkey a breach of sovereignty, and threatening to expel any Damascus-based organizations that continue with their assistance programs in the north.”The concept of “humanitarian disaster” is tossed around freely often without definition. In Syria, some statistics are telling and powerful. In addition to the well over 100,000 who have been killed, more than 575,000 Syrians have been wounded, many suffering amputations and more. Some sources say that 60 percent of hospitals and nearly 80 percent of ambulances have been damaged or destroyed. In Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, only 50 out of 5,000 doctors have not fled.For the people of Homs, just as the current phase of peace talks concluded, the Syrian government prevented a United Nations truck convoy carrying food for some 2,500 people reach the Old City district. The Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, described this as part of the regime’s “starvation strategy” against areas under attack by the Syrian government.“The blocking of humanitarian aid and deliberate starvation of a civilian population is grotesque,” the U.K.’s Foreign Minister, William Hague, said in a statement. It is more than grotesque. Depriving besieged cities of access to food and water is a tactic that dates back to the Roman Empire and its medieval successors, though it was perfected in the Nazi sieges of Leningrad and Stalingrad. Add Assad to the list of rulers willing to use starvation sieges to bring enemies to capitulation. In Assad’s case, it’s his own people.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Nativism Surges while Presidents Executive Action on Immigration Stalls

first_imgShare24TweetShare24Email48 SharesOctober 19, 2015; Los Angeles TimesProtesters completed a nine-day fast this weekend outside the 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans where, they claim, judges are intentionally stalling on Barack Obama’s two executive immigration actions: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents (DACA and DAPA). The two measures were announced in November 2014 and when put in place will affect more than 4 million children and parents of children without documentation who have lived in the U.S. since 2010.The deferrals allow individuals to remain in the country for three years if they meet specific criteria. Under both actions, decisions are to be made on a case-by-case basis, approval can be revoked at any time, and the measures do not guarantee a path to permanent U.S. residency or citizenship. And while individuals can get a Social Security number and a green light for employment, they are not eligible for government benefits or subsidies.Last December, 26 states filed a lawsuit in the Southern District Court of Texas seeking to block both of the executive actions, and early this year District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction blocking them from going into effect. As Holly Hennessy-Fiske reports in the Los Angeles Times, lawyers for the coalition of states made their case to the 5th Circuit Court in July, but the panel has delayed ruling nearly a month beyond its own 60-day deadline. While many assume the panel will rule in the states’ favor, any ruling can be appealed to the Supreme Court. What worries immigration advocates is that it is unlikely now that the case will be settled in time for the Obama administration to begin implementing the programs.Attorney Jennifer G. Parser writes in the National Law Review that this case “serves to show the contentious posture of the government versus the judiciary, not boding well for any swift resolution for the implementation of expanded DACA and DAPA, and keeping millions of employable individuals either not working or continuing to work illegally,” with prospective or actual employers unable to hire or retain them.DAPA and DACA are far from the only immigration issues being played out on the national stage. The Senate blocked legislation last week that would have taken away funding from local municipalities that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities when they detain undocumented individuals. Before the vote, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid made headlines when he called the legislation “The Donald Trump Act,” calling it a bill that paints all immigrants as criminals. The bill failed in a 54-45 procedural vote.Back in July, the House passed a similar bill, which the White House threatened to veto, saying that it undermines administration efforts to remove the most dangerous criminals and doesn’t do anything to advance comprehensive immigration reform.“Sanctuary cities,” a term used to describe the jurisdictions in question, are those that, either through specific ordinances or don’t-ask-don’t-tell policies, limit the role of local law enforcement in the enforcement of immigration laws. They have been on the radar of legislators for years and were an issue in Mitt Romney’s primary campaign against Rudolph Giuliani in 2008 when he accused the former mayor of having run New York City like one.What makes both the sanctuary cities issue and the President’s executive actions particularly thorny at the moment is the climate in the country right now on matters surrounding immigration and asylum. As Rick Cohen pointed out in a piece on this site two months ago, there is a “new and scary level of the anti-immigrant movement that should spur reasonable, normal, democratically-focused nonprofits to think deeply about how they respond among their own constituencies, whose anger with national politics and economic torpor might lead them in nativist directions.”Indeed, a new book by Marissa Abrajano and Zoltan Hajnal (White Backlash: Immigration, Race and American Politics) analyzes the changing racial demographics in the U.S. and to what extent this is impacting voter allegiances and national politics. In an article in Issues in Governance Studies, published by the Brookings Institution, Abrajano writes that there is an “ongoing and oft repeated threat narrative that links America’s immigrant and Latino populations to a host of pernicious fiscal, social and cultural consequences.“Moreover, although many inside and outside of the political arena dispute the threat narrative, it appears that the narrative has been absorbed by a significant segment of the white population. Across the white population attitudes on Latinos and immigration are diverse, but there is little doubt that many white Americans express real concerns about immigration and hold negative attitudes toward Latinos. Recent polls suggest that well over half of white Americans feel that immigrants are a burden on the nation.”The threat narrative that objectifies and vilifies immigrants, and emphasizes their disproportionate use of public services, involvement in crime, and role in taking jobs away from American citizens, has been a long time in the making. It is what linguist Joshua Fishman once described as the displacement of middle-class fears and anxieties from macro causes to “simplistic and stereotyped scapegoats.” Rhetoric and hate speech feed into these anxieties, hijacking authentic opportunities for reasoned debate and problem solving.According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, hundreds of vigilante groups have been proliferating since the late 1990s, when anti-immigration sentiments began to rise to levels not seen in the U.S. since the 1920s. As SPLC has been warning for years, even those that operate under a veneer of legitimacy can harbor links to far more virulent groups or, over time, begin to reveal their own sympathies with controversial fringe ideologies.The best-known example of this is perhaps John Tanton, who founded the Federation for American Immigration Reform, Numbers USA, and U.S. English. While Tanton set out to make his work centrist and “balanced,” numerous quotes attributed to him over the years expose his feelings about race and eugenics and, as he wrote once to a white donor, “the decline of folks who look like you and me.”As far back as 1988, Tanton was promoting his own brand of anti-immigration hate, declaring that Latino fertility rates would result in “those with their pants up [getting] caught by those with their pants down.” He then asked, “As whites see that power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?”Compared to the unchecked discourse we are witnessing at present, Tanton’s words seem oddly anachronistic. As the views voiced by mainstream politicians, television pundits and radio hosts become more incendiary and in too many cases become conflated with Second Amendment issues, those who work in immigrant communities today are keeping a wary eye on the narrative around immigration (and its sister anxiety, bilingualism).We are not alone in this. Economic and geopolitical crises are causing systemic disruptions and raising tensions on a global scale and we are witnessing mass migrations of those fleeing war, gang violence, genocide, and the attendant breakdowns of governments, economic systems, and civil institutions. These issues are not going away, and the fact that after three years it is unclear what will happen to the status of those affected by the DAPA and DACA Executive Actions perfectly illustrates the inadequacy of the country’s efforts to put in place any meaningful immigration policies. With plans for reform in the U.S. stalled and disputes about policy exacerbated by intolerance, we are moving farther away from any conceivably achievable solutions to fix an undeniably broken system.Nonprofit organizations working with immigrants, whatever their legal status, must work strategically to ensure that their voices are not drowned out by those appealing to base emotions, anxieties and fears. Small businesses and others who hire immigrants and benefit from their labor need to step up as well and demand that lawmakers start doing their jobs. For those who have been turning a blind eye to their workers’ legal status for years, and who have come to know these men, women and their families, taking a stand against the vilification of undocumented workers would be especially meaningful coming from your quarter.There is no reason beyond cynicism, political brinksmanship and sheer obstinacy that elected officials at both the federal and local levels have not developed balanced policies taking into account the need for national security and community safety with solutions that are humane and just. Advocates, teachers, students and citizens of all stripes will continue to make it clear that they will not bullied into submission by those shouting the loudest.—Patricia SchaeferShare24TweetShare24Email48 Shareslast_img read more

The new French government has raised the possibili

first_imgThe new French government has raised the possibility of reviving advertising after 20:00 on public broadcaster France Télévisions’ channels to finance the service.France’s budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac raised the issue in interviews on RMC and BFMTV on the condition that the European Court of Justice, as expected, rules against the tax on telecom operators levied by France’s last government to make up the shortfall in the public broadcaster’s finances after the ending of advertising in primetime on its channels.The European Commission has already ruled against the tax, a ruling that was ignored by the French government, leading to the case going before the court.A revival of advertising on the public channels would meet with strong opposition from the country’s commercial broadcasters, already facing additional competition from new digital-terrestrial channels later this year.last_img read more

The deployment of the delayed version 14 of CI i

first_imgThe deployment of the delayed version 1.4 of CI+ is not now expected until early 2015, according to Neotion – one of the six founding firms behind the CI+ standard.Speaking to DTVE, Neotion’s VP of technology and security Sébastien Dussutour said the delays were down to a number of technical and commercial reasons.“The initial target was 2014 for the commercial deployment and now it will probably be the year after,” he said, citing, among other things the need for new TV chipsets dedicated to the new features of CI+ 1.4.The first devices compliant with the CI+ 1.3 revision came out in summer 2012, with specifications for version 1.4 initially expected by the end of 2012 with deployments to follow by mid-2014.The new specifications are now only expected to be finalised internally by DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting Project) members in the coming months and published by around September, said Dussutour.Commenting on the delay, Peter Siebert, executive director of DVB told DTVE that the CI+ v1.4 specification is scheduled to be approved at the June meeting of the DVB Technical Module. However, he didn’t give a date for its commercial deployment.He said that the hold up was due to “intensive technical discussions on various features.”In 2011, CI Plus LLP – the organisation that was previously in charge of the standard and consisted of Sony, SmarDTV, Samsung, Philips, Panasonic, Neotion and SMiT –handed over responsibility for the CI+ specification to DVB to develop it beyond version 1.3.DVB is an industry-led consortium of over 200 broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers, regulatory bodies and others in more than 35 countries –which promises to open up CI+ to a much wider target market.Version 1.4 is set to be a major overhaul of the system, with new features to include dual tuner and IP-delivered content support for the first time. It will also include improved app support, browser extensions and relaxed constraints on transcoding and watermarking.Neotion product manager Nicolas Stefanelli said the 2011 DVB takeover of the standard was good news for the technology as it “opens the new standard to more opportunities for any service provider to support CI+.”“CI+ in the future will probably continue to expand and to deploy in the market, not only for broadcast operators, but also for IPTV operators, because CI+ is now moving to be not only for broadcast services, but also for IPTV or OTT services.”last_img read more

Hungary is due to start its initial phase of digit

first_imgHungary is due to start its initial phase of digital switchover this week, with analogue terrestrial TV transmissions to cease in central parts of the country on July 31. Transmission services provider Antenna Hungária said that it will launch six digital broadcasting repeater sites on August 1, offering 31 TV channels to the affected regions – which include Central Transdanubia, Budapest and Pest County and the Southern Great Plain.The second phase of Hungary’s two-part digital switchover is scheduled to take place on October 31.last_img read more