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Kim Cattralls brother Christopher found dead on Alberta property

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LACOMBE, ALTA.—Christopher Cattrall, the brother of Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, has been found dead on his property in rural southern Alberta, according to police.The actress tweeted Sunday afternoon that she and her family were announcing Christopher’s “unexpected passing” — less than 24 hours after she took to Instagram to ask for help in searching for her brother.“At this time we ask for privacy,” Cattrall said in the post. “We want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time.”It is with great sadness that myself and my family announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall. At this time we ask for privacy. We want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time. pic.twitter.com/n4dQAMrTvS— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) February 4, 2018 Police said in a news release Sunday afternoon that Cattrall’s body was found on that property.“The investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death will continue by the RCMP, but preliminary information indicates that his death is not being considered suspicious,” RCMP said in the release.Police said they would not be commenting further on the case out of respect for the family. Kim Cattrall, who was born in the U.K. but spent much of her childhood in Canada, had said in an earlier Instagram post that her brother’s keys, cellphone and wallet were left on a table in the house, and his front door was unlocked and his seven dogs were left alone.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment RCMP had said the 55-year-old was last heard from on Tuesday, and was believed to have been at his home on a rural property in Lacombe, Alta., at the time. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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UN chief continually monitoring situation between India and Pak

first_imgUnited Nations: UN chief Antonio Guterres is “continually” monitoring the situation between India and Pakistan and his office is available to both parties, his spokesperson has said. Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric was asked if the UN chief had spoken with the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. “The Secretary General and members of his staff are in touch have been in touch with the parties at various levels. We continually monitor the situation and [are] available to the parties,” Dujarric told reporters here Thursday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingEarlier this week, Dujarric had said that the Secretary General had not spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan over the situation between the two nations but had expressed his concern to officials on both sides on the need to de-escalate tensions. “We’re fully aware of the situation. The Secretary General has had no calls with those two Heads of Government as far as I’m aware, but he’s had contacts with both sides to express, I think, his concern and the need to do as much as anyone can to de-escalate the tensions,” Dujarric had said at the daily press briefing Tuesday. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangWhen asked if the Secretary General is planning to get involved to try and mediate a de-escalation, Dujarric had said last week that “as always”, the Secretary General’s good offices are always “available should both parties or all parties, depending on the situation, agree to do that”. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in February 14.last_img read more

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Facebook autogenerates videos celebrating extremist images

WASHINGTON — The animated video begins with a photo of the black flags of jihad. Seconds later, it flashes highlights of a year of social media posts: plaques of anti-Semitic verses, talk of retribution and a photo of two men carrying more jihadi flags while they burn the stars and stripes.It wasn’t produced by extremists; it was created by Facebook. In a clever bit of self-promotion, the social media giant takes a year of a user’s content and auto-generates a celebratory video. In this case, the user called himself “Abdel-Rahim Moussa, the Caliphate.”“Thanks for being here, from Facebook,” the video concludes in a cartoon bubble before flashing the company’s famous “thumbs up.”Facebook likes to give the impression that it’s staying ahead of extremists by taking down their posts, often before users even see them. But a confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by The Associated Press alleges the social media company has exaggerated its success. Even worse, it shows that the company is inadvertently making use of propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking by extremists.According to the complaint, over a five-month period last year, researchers monitored pages by users who affiliated themselves with groups the U.S. State Department has designated as terrorist organizations. In that period, 38% of the posts with prominent symbols of extremist groups were removed. In its own review, the AP found that as of this month, much of the banned content cited in the study — an execution video, images of severed heads, propaganda honouring martyred militants — slipped through the algorithmic web and remained easy to find on Facebook.The complaint is landing as Facebook tries to stay ahead of a growing array of criticism over its privacy practices and its ability to keep hate speech, live-streamed murders and suicides off its service. In the face of criticism, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spoken of his pride in the company’s ability to weed out violent posts automatically through artificial intelligence. During an earnings call last month, for instance, he repeated a carefully worded formulation that Facebook has been employing.“In areas like terrorism, for al-Qaida and ISIS-related content, now 99 per cent of the content that we take down in the category our systems flag proactively before anyone sees it,” he said. Then he added: “That’s what really good looks like.”Zuckerberg did not offer an estimate of how much of total prohibited material is being removed.The research behind the SEC complaint is aimed at spotlighting glaring flaws in the company’s approach. Last year, researchers began monitoring users who explicitly identified themselves as members of extremist groups. It wasn’t hard to document. Some of these people even list the extremist groups as their employers. One profile heralded by the black flag of an al-Qaida affiliated group listed his employer, perhaps facetiously, as Facebook. The profile that included the auto-generated video with the flag burning also had a video of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urging jihadi groups not to fight among themselves.While the study is far from comprehensive — in part because Facebook rarely makes much of its data publicly available — researchers involved in the project say the ease of identifying these profiles using a basic keyword search and the fact that so few of them have been removed suggest that Facebook’s claims that its systems catch most extremist content are not accurate.“I mean, that’s just stretching the imagination to beyond incredulity,” says Amr Al Azm, one of the researchers involved in the project. “If a small group of researchers can find hundreds of pages of content by simple searches, why can’t a giant company with all its resources do it?”Al Azm, a professor of history and anthropology at Shawnee State University in Ohio, has also directed a group in Syria documenting the looting and smuggling of antiquities.Facebook concedes that its systems are not perfect, but says it’s making improvements.“After making heavy investments, we are detecting and removing terrorism content at a far higher success rate than even two years ago,” the company said in a statement. “We don’t claim to find everything and we remain vigilant in our efforts against terrorist groups around the world.”But as a stark indication of how easily users can evade Facebook, one page from a user called “Nawan al-Farancsa” has a header whose white lettering against a black background says in English “The Islamic State.” The banner is punctuated with a photo of an explosive mushroom cloud rising from a city.The profile should have caught the attention of Facebook — as well as counter-intelligence agencies. It was created in June 2018, lists the user as coming from Chechnya, once a militant hotspot. It says he lived in Heidelberg, Germany, and studied at a university in Indonesia. Some of the user’s friends also posted militant content.The page, still up in recent days, apparently escaped Facebook’s systems, because of an obvious and long-running evasion of moderation that Facebook should be adept at recognizing: The letters were not searchable text but embedded in a graphic block. But the company says its technology scans audio, video and text — including when it is embedded — for images that reflect violence, weapons or logos of prohibited groups.The social networking giant has endured a rough two years beginning in 2016, when Russia’s use of social media to meddle with the U.S. presidential elections came into focus. Zuckerberg initially downplayed the role Facebook played in the influence operation by Russian intelligence, but the company later apologized.Facebook says it now employs 30,000 people who work on its safety and security practices, reviewing potentially harmful material and anything else that might not belong on the site. Still, the company is putting a lot of its faith in artificial intelligence and its systems’ ability to eventually weed out bad stuff without the help of humans. The new research suggests that goal is a long way away and some critics allege that the company is not making a sincere effort.When the material isn’t removed, it’s treated the same as anything else posted by Facebook’s 2.4 billion users — celebrated in animated videos, linked and categorized and recommended by algorithms.But it’s not just the algorithms that are to blame. The researchers found that some extremists are using Facebook’s “Frame Studio” to post militant propaganda. The tool lets people decorate their profile photos within graphic frames — to support causes or celebrate birthdays, for instance. Facebook says that those framed images must be approved by the company before they are posted.Hany Farid, a digital forensics expert at the University of California, Berkeley, who advises the Counter-Extremism Project, a New York and London-based group focused on combatting extremist messaging, says that Facebook’s artificial intelligence system is failing. He says the company is not motivated to tackle the problem because it would be expensive.“The whole infrastructure is fundamentally flawed,” he said. “And there’s very little appetite to fix it because what Facebook and the other social media companies know is that once they start being responsible for material on their platforms it opens up a whole can of worms.”Another Facebook auto-generation function gone awry scrapes employment information from user’s pages to create business pages. The function is supposed to produce pages meant to help companies network, but in many cases they are serving as a branded landing space for extremist groups. The function allows Facebook users to like pages for extremist organizations, including al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and the Somali-based al-Shabab, effectively providing a list of sympathizers for recruiters.At the top of an auto-generated page for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the AP found a photo of the damaged hull of the USS Cole, which was bombed by al-Qaida in a 2000 attack off the coast of Yemen that killed 17 U.S. Navy sailors. It’s the defining image in AQAP’s own propaganda. The page includes the Wikipedia entry for the group and had been liked by 277 people when last viewed this week.As part of the investigation for the complaint, Al Azm’s researchers in Syria looked closely at the profiles of 63 accounts that liked the auto-generated page for Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, a group that merged from militant groups in Syria, including the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front. The researchers were able to confirm that 31 of the profiles matched real people in Syria. Some of them turned out to be the same individuals Al Azm’s team was monitoring in a separate project to document the financing of militant groups through antiquities smuggling.Facebook also faces a challenge with U.S. hate groups. In March, the company announced that it was expanding its prohibited content to also include white nationalist and white separatist content— previously it only took action with white supremacist content. It says that it has banned more than 200 white supremacist groups. But it’s still easy to find symbols of supremacy and racial hatred.The researchers in the SEC complaint identified over 30 auto-generated pages for white supremacist groups, whose content Facebook prohibits. They include “The American Nazi Party” and the “New Aryan Empire.” A page created for the “Aryan Brotherhood Headquarters” marks the office on a map and asks whether users recommend it. One endorser posted a question: “How can a brother get in the house.”Even supremacists flagged by law enforcement are slipping through the net. Following a sweep of arrests beginning in October, federal prosecutors in Arkansas indicted dozens of members of a drug trafficking ring linked to the New Aryan Empire. A legal document from February paints a brutal picture of the group, alleging murder, kidnapping and intimidation of witnesses that in one instance involved using a searing-hot knife to scar someone’s face. It also alleges the group used Facebook to discuss New Aryan Empire business.But many of the individuals named in the indictment have Facebook pages that were still up in recent days. They leave no doubt of the users’ white supremacist affiliation, posting images of Hitler, swastikas and a numerical symbol of the New Aryan Empire slogan, “To The Dirt” — the members’ pledge to remain loyal to the end. One of the group’s indicted leaders, Jeffrey Knox, listed his job as “stomp down Honky.” Facebook then auto-generated a “stomp down Honky” business page.Social media companies have broad protection in U.S. law from liability stemming from the content that users post on their sites. But Facebook’s role in generating videos and pages from extremist content raises questions about exposure. Legal analysts contacted by the AP differed on whether the discovery could open the company up to lawsuits.At a minimum, the research behind the SEC complaint illustrates the company’s limited approach to combatting online extremism. The U.S. State Department lists dozens of groups as “designated foreign terrorist organizations” but Facebook in its public statements says it focuses its efforts on two, the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. But even with those two targets, Facebook’s algorithms often miss the names of affiliated groups. Al Azm says Facebook’s method seems to be less effective with Arabic script.For instance, a search in Arabic for “Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula” turns up not only posts, but an auto-generated business page. One user listed his occupation as “Former Sniper” at “Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula” written in Arabic. Another user evaded Facebook’s cull by reversing the order of the countries in the Arabic for ISIS or “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”John Kostyack, a lawyer with the National Whistleblower Center in Washington who represents the anonymous plaintiff behind the complaint, said the goal is to make Facebook take a more robust approach to counteracting extremist propaganda.“Right now we’re hearing stories of what happened in New Zealand and Sri Lanka — just heartbreaking massacres where the groups that came forward were clearly openly recruiting and networking on Facebook and other social media,” he said. “That’s not going to stop unless we develop a public policy to deal with it, unless we create some kind of sense of corporate social responsibility.”Farid, the digital forensics expert, says that Facebook built its infrastructure without thinking through the dangers stemming from content and is now trying to retrofit solutions.“The policy of this platform has been: ‘Move fast and break things.’ I actually think that for once their motto was actually accurate,” he says. “The strategy was grow, grow, grow, profit, profit, profit and then go back and try to deal with whatever problems there are.”___Barbara Ortutay reported from San Francisco. Associated Press writer Maggie Michael contributed to this report.___Follow the authors on Twitter at https://twitter.com/desmondbutler and https://twitter.com/BarbaraOrtutay__Have a tip? Contact the authors securely at https://www.ap.org/tipsDesmond Butler And Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press read more

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UN health agency calls for trans fatfree Americas

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a regional arm of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), called today for the elimination of industrial trans fats from food supplies throughout the Americas in order to prevent heart attacks. Citing “conclusive evidence” that consuming trans fats increases the risk of heart disease and possibly the risk of sudden cardiac death and diabetes, nutrition and public health experts convened by PAHO said reducing such consumption by just 2 per cent to 4 per cent of total calories would prevent an estimated 30,000 to 225,000 heart attacks in Latin America and the Caribbean.The negative effects of trans fats “are completely avoidable through good education and information,” said Dr. Ricardo Uauy, President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and chairman of a task force on the issue.Trans fats are found primarily in foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils, whose texture and longer shelf-life make them attractive to food processors, but which have harmful effects on human health, according to the experts. Research has shown that trans fats contribute to heart disease by raising levels of “bad cholesterol,” lowering levels of “good cholesterol,” and damaging the cells in the linings of blood vessels, contributing to inflammation and blockage and leading to heart attacks.The PAHO task force suggested several measures to speed up the process of eliminating trans fats from food in the Americas, including eliminating industrial trans fat from food supplies and promoting unsaturated fats as an alternative. It also recommended that governments consider mandatory labelling of trans fat content in foods, and that public health advocates work with industry to speed the phasing out of trans fats and to promote healthier oils and fats in foods.The experts noted that several countries have begun to take action to reduce or eliminate industrially produced trans fats. Canada and the United States both require labelling of trans fat in processed foods and recommend that consumers reduce trans fat consumption to as little as possible. Meanwhile, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Uruguay are all considering proposals to reduce trans fat consumption by their populations. 7 June 2007The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a regional arm of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), called today for the elimination of industrial trans fats from food supplies throughout the Americas in order to prevent heart attacks. read more

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Financials and energy sectors boost TSX Wall St down on rate hike

Toronto’s main stock index continued to push higher Thursday as Wall Street veered lower on heightened interest rate expectations from the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 65.32 points to 15,454.92, with rising energy and financials shares among the key gainers.Following Wednesday’s announcement that the Fed remains on course to raise rates one more time this year and three times in 2018, interest-sensitive names on the TSX have benefited, said portfolio manager Kash Pashootan.“Banks stocks are having a good couple of days here given that higher interest rates help their net interest margins,” said Pashootan, who works at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company.“So although the announcement came from the U.S. it had a spillover effect in Canada.”South of the border, banks and industrials were among the few bright spots on U.S. stock indexes as modest gains from a day earlier were wiped out.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 53.36 points to 22,359.23. The S&P 500 index lost 7.64 points to 2,500.60 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 33.35 points to 6,422.69.“You’re seeing a hangover effect from yesterday’s Federal Reserve meeting and comments,” said Pashootan. “Really, the take away of course is that if there were any doubts that rates were going to continue to rise, that’s been removed off the table.”As a result, he said, that’s having a bullish effect on the U.S. dollar and putting downward pressure on the loonie.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.04 cents US, down 0.44 of a cent.Pashootan said the fact that the market has been fairly boring and inactive in the United States “is a good thing because it’s taking the time needed to digest the news.”“If you think about monetary policy in Canada compared to the U.S., it’s been quite different in the sense that the U.S. has done a better job at speaking ahead and preparing the markets for higher rates,” he said.“The Bank of Canada didn’t prepare the markets as well in advance and you’ve seen the result of that in the Canadian dollar being up double digits in the last six months.”In commodities news, the November crude contract shed 14 cents to US$50.55 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 15 cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU.The December gold contract dropped $21.60 to US$1,294.80 an ounce and the December copper contract declined three cents to US$2.93 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter read more

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Another Canadian MP raises concerns on Lanka

“The Prime Minister and I take every opportunity to raise Canada’s concerns with respect to the need for progress on reconciliation, accountability and respect for human rights in Sri Lanka”, Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird said last month. “Canada calls on the Sri Lankan government to finally put the people of that country first”.MP Seeback extended his thoughts and prayers towards all those that have been affected by the latest events in Sri Lanka and encourage the international community to call on the Sri Lankan government to implement measures to ensure the protection of human rights, statement from the MP’s office said. Another Canadian MP has raised concerns over the situation in Sri Lanka, particularly in Jaffna.Kyle Seeback, Member of Parliament for Brampton West, expresses serious concern over the continued detention of the Jaffna University students in Sri Lanka. “Continuing arrest, harassment and intimidation of university students is unjustifiable. I urge the Sri Lankan authorities to exercise restraint, respect peaceful demonstrations and release the students from Jaffna University”. “Freedom of speech, association, and independent judiciary are pillars of any democracy. The recent threat to these pillars of democracy in Sri Lanka is a serious concern to me and my constituents from Sri Lanka,” said MP Seeback. Recently Patrick Brown, the Member of Parliament for Barrie in Canada, had expresses serious concerns over the recent threats to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in Sri Lanka.“On November 28, the beating of a reporter in Jaffna, harassment by Government of Sri Lanka officials towards independent media outlets and searches of journalists without warrants all serve to stifle the freedom of the media,” he said in a statement. read more

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Lanka rejects impunity charge

He said it is important to have an objective approach and extend equal treatment to all countries when fulfilling the assigned mandate. With regard to High Commissioner Pillay’s reference to the last days of the armed conflict, Prof. Peiris stated that the Sri Lanka military was involved in the largest hostage rescue operation in contemporary history.  It is factually known that the LTTE ruthlessly annihilated people trying to escape from their clutches.  While noting that Ms. Pillay too had called on Sri Lanka to end military operations, the Minister stated that if Sri Lanka had acceded to that call the present ground realities would have been different as a responsible government steps had to be undertaken to safeguard the Sri Lankan people not heeding to calls of some external elements.The Minister also referred to the High Commissioner’s concern over the inclusion of the police under the newly created Ministry of Law and Order, instead of the Ministry of Justice.  He indicated that her stated position is fundamentally unacceptable and does not move in accordance with the established procedures of Sri Lanka.  The Minister pointed out that the Police Department has consistently been under the Ministry of Defence and only briefly, 2002-2004, under an Interior Ministry.  It has to be noted that most countries too have Police under Ministries other than Justice, and   further, he indicated that the creation of the new Ministry of Law and Order under which the Police Department is now placed is in line with a LLRC recommendation. (Colombo Gazette) On the aspect of accountability, the Minister highlighted the action taken by the law enforcement authorities and cited the instances of some members of the Special Task Force having been indicted in relation to the killing of five students in Trincomalee and status of  investigations with regard to  the Muttur incident involving the ACF workers.  He further explained the difficulties encountered in identifying the perpetrators due to the conditions prevailing at the time of incidence, with regard to the ACF case. The Minister informed however that mobile phone evidence is being pursued in this regard, and therefore the case remains open. He drew a parallel with the case of the assassination of the former Foreign Minister late Lakshman Kadirgamar, where conviction has not been possible due to the lack of evidence.Addressing allegations of disappearances, Prof Peiris explained that the Ministry of Justice has formulated a draft amendment to the Penal Code to criminalize enforced disappearances, also formulated amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Act in order to give effect to recommendations in the National Human Rights Action Plan.  He outlined the difficulties in identifying the missing due to instances involving persons having migrated to other countries holding multiple identities, and those host governments not divulging their details.  This fact aggravates the difficulty in compiling correct statistics. It was indicated that the repeated use of baseless and arbitrary figures in respect of disappearances, eventually acquire authenticity in the face of the massive propaganda that is being carried out against the Government of Sri Lanka. The government says there is no culture of impunity in the country and in instances where evidence is available action to conduct legal proceedings have been instituted  irrespective of the status of those accused, which include politicians, public officials and officers of the law enforcement agencies.External Affairs Minister, Prof. G.L. Peiris said this when he met visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay at the Ministry of External Affairs today. Minister Peiris reiterated to High Commissioner Pillay Sri Lanka’s firm resolve to work with the United Nations system. However he said that there is a perception in the country about the lack of objectivity and fairness in the treatment meted out to Sri Lanka. The Minister added that Sri Lanka accepts constructive and justified criticism but resents vicious and baseless positions which are incessantly repeated. read more

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Backing envoys plan Security Council extends UN mission in Western Sahara

With the unanimous adoption a of new resolution, which extends the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) through 31 October, the Council expressed its continued strong support for the efforts of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his Personal Envoy, James Baker III, and similarly for their peace plan for self-determination of the people of the territory as an “optimum political solution” on the basis of agreement between the two parties. Later Thursday, a spokesman for the Secretary-General said Mr. Annan “is gratified that the Security Council has adopted a resolution expressing its clear and strong support” for his efforts and those of Mr. Baker, and for the peace plan.“Given the unanimous nature of this resolution, he invites the parties to act constructively and to work with each other and with him and his Personal Envoy towards acceptance and implementation of the peace plan,” the statement said.In a report to the Council in late May, Mr. Annan recommended that the 15-nation body endorse the proposed peace plan – which combines elements of the draft framework agreement and agreed elements of the settlement plan. The report was issued on the heels of Mr. Baker’s tour of Western Sahara, during which he presented the plan to representatives of all the parties, including Morocco, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (POLISARIO Front), Algeria and Mauritania. Representing something of a compromise, “[the plan] provides each side some, but not all, of what it wants,” Mr. Annan wrote in the report. It envisages a period of transition during which there would be a division of responsibilities between the parties before the holding of a referendum for self-determination within four to five years. And unlike the settlement plan, the new peace plan does not require the consent of both parties at each and every step of its implementation. Concerned that a lack of progress in settlement of the dispute remained a source of potential instability in Western Sahara and obstructed the economic development of the Maghreb region, the Council today called on all the parties and the States of the region to cooperate fully with the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy. Under a related provision of the resolution, the Council reaffirmed its call on the POLISARIO Front to immediately release all remaining prisoners of war in compliance with international humanitarian law. The Council also reaffirmed its call on Morocco and the POLISARIO Front to continue to cooperate with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to resolve the fate of the persons who are unaccounted for since the beginning of the conflict. It reiterated its call on the parties to work with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the implementation of confidence-building measures and continued to urge the international community to provide generous support to UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP), in order to help them overcome the deteriorating food situation among the refugees. Video of the Security Council meeting read more

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In Côte dIvoire UN peacekeepers teach how to avoid unexploded munitions

In the rebel stronghold of Bouaké, a team of specialists from the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) and the UN-authorized French Licorne forces began a series of presentations yesterday in institutions and organizations dealing with children on how to recognize munitions in the zones where combat has taken place.The two-hour information sessions were illustrated by posters titled “Danger! Do not touch!” They included visual presentations and concrete examples for sensitizing children to the risks of touching unexploded munitionsTwo children died in such an accident on 10 July at Diegalfla, a village in the central district of Gohitafla, 150 kilometres north-east of the town of Daloa.

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Dotting the i Mike Weber solidifying role in the offense

OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber checks out his opponent before the Buckeyes game against Oklahoma on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber came to Columbus after the Buckeyes won the 2014 national championship. Former OSU running back, and current member of the Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott emerged as a star, and it was clear that the four-star recruit, Weber, was going to have to wait to become the featured back in coach Urban Meyer’s offense.Just one year later, Weber is quietly showing his potential as OSU’s next great running back.Originally committed to Michigan, then nearly decommitting from Meyer and OSU after former running backs coach Stan Drayton left for the Chicago Bears days after National Signing Day, Weber elected to hang tough and try to win the job in 2016.Weber progressed over the spring and summer. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett talked at length at Big Ten Media Days in July about Weber’s maturity compared with a year ago. The two often worked out with Weber over the summer and noticed a new determination in the redshirt freshman.“(A year) makes a big difference. I lost a lot of weight and I got a lot stronger, faster and smarter,” Weber said after his first game as a starter against Bowling Green. “(Elliott) made sure he looked out for me. He saw potential in me and hopefully I make a lot of good plays for the team this year.”Last Saturday against Oklahoma, in Weber’s first true road game, he displayed the maturity and the strength coaches and players were raving about.Weber had his largest load of work against the Sooners, carrying the ball 18 times for 123 yards — good for an average of 6.8 yards-per-carry. Through three games now, Weber has 351 rushing yards and one touchdown. He ranks 13th in the NCAA in rushing yards and first in the Big Ten.Weber said after the Oklahoma game that he feels comfortable and confident on the field. “I actually learned a lot today … It was kind of fast. It was faster than what I expected,” he said. “It was faster than Bowling Green, faster than Tulsa. I’m pretty used to it. It’s just football at the end of the day.”Redshirting in 2015 after suffering a torn meniscus before the season began, Weber stood on the sidelines taking in the reality of his situation. But he decided to make the most of it and learn from Elliott every chance he could.When Elliott was on the sidelines, Weber was right there learning from the would-be No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Elliott played in a substantial amount of road and neutral-site games in his career at OSU — Michigan State, Michigan, Alabama and Oregon, just to name a few. So when it was Weber’s turn to produce in a hostile, boisterous environment like Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium, Weber used a few mental notes he took from Elliott.“Just sitting on the bench next to Zeke and him going back to the sideline saying this and that, I kind of learned that and kept it in my back pocket for when I started playing,” Weber said. “And now it’s working for me.”By comparison, Elliott didn’t rush for 100 yards in a game until his fourth career start. The former Buckeye ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns in his first three starts.Weber still has much to accomplish to be featured in conversation with the likes of Elliott, Eddie George, Archie Griffin and Carlos Hyde, but the redshirt freshman is making his statement early when he has the opportunity. With H-back Curtis Samuel as another player getting double-digit carries per game, Weber is bolstering OSU’s offense heading into Big Ten play. read more

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Managing water in coalbed methane wells

first_imgBig Cat Energy’s patented ARIDTM underground water management system, which allows coalbed methane (CBM) operators to re-inject the water byproduct at a fraction of the cost of current technology, will be marketed in the US by Universal Well Site Solutions, a CBM industry leader. ARID, the Aquifer Recharge Injection Device, uses the existing well bore to move water from the target coal seam to a shallower aquifer of similar water quality. With the ARID tool and process in use, the production well will not require the discharge of any produced water or the use of a separate re-injection well for any of the produced water. “Universal Well Site Solutions has the marketing power, industry relationships, stellar reputation and dedicated sales and marketing team we believe will help our ARID technology become the process of choice for CBM operators seeking to cut costs and optimise production,” said Tim Barritt, President, CEO and Director of Big Cat Energy Corp.Cathy Conner, CEO and Chairman of Universal Well Site Solutions called the ARID an industry breakthrough that should be welcomed by CBM producers as a primary tool in their down-hole water management solutions. “This is a green solution that we know will be received well by ranchers, farmers, environmentalists and regulators who are concerned-as everyone is-about underground water quality, availability and recharge,” said Conner. “Leaving the water underground where nature intended it to be is a major step forward for the environment, in addition to the dollar savings for gas producers looking for every financial advantage they can find in this market. Because of its many benefits to end-users and the environment, we look forward to marketing the ARID in the US and later in key CBM markets globally.”“One of the primary benefits of our ARID system is that the water never leaves the well bore,” said Barritt. “It is redirected into different aquifer zones, which are easily identified from the geophysical logs the company runs to confirm the coal zones when the well is first drilled.”Details of the ARID technology, specifications and applications can be viewed at www.bigcatenergy.com/bigcat/s/ARID.htm or at www.universalwellsite.com.last_img read more

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AngloGold Ashanti appoints Kelvin Dushnisky as CEO and executive director

first_imgAngloGold Ashanti has appointed Kelvin Dushnisky as CEO and an executive director of the Board of Directors of AngloGold Ashanti, effective September 1, 2018. He joins from Barrick Gold Corpo, where he holds the role of President and Executive Director.“Following an extremely competitive global search, we’re pleased to name someone of Kelvin’s calibre and experience to lead this organisation,” AngloGold Ashanti Chairman Sipho Pityana, said. “Kelvin brings to us an impeccable set of values, a deep understanding of operating a large, complex global portfolio of mining assets and projects, and a keen familiarity of an evolving geopolitical landscape. He will head a strong, cohesive team committed to executing AngloGold Ashanti’s strategy of sustainably improving returns, through disciplined capital allocation.”Dushnisky, who will relocate to Johannesburg, where AngloGold Ashanti is based, replaces outgoing CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat), who departs at the end of August 2018 for a role at London-based Vedanta Resources. Venkat will cease to be a member of the Board with effect from 31 August 2018.“AngloGold Ashanti has a strong portfolio of assets and an exciting pipeline of organic growth opportunities,” said Dushnisky. “I’m honoured to be selected for this role, and look forward to working alongside a worldclass team in building on the excellent work already done, as we unlock the enormous potential that exists in the company.”Since his appointment as President of Barrick in 2015, Dushnisky held direct responsibility for Barrick’s overall business and the execution of its operating plans and strategic priorities. This role included oversight of Barrick’s activities across Australia, Africa, the Middle East, North America and South America. He also held responsibility for Barrick’s relationships with host governments, local communities and other external stakeholders.Prior to this, he held a range of progressively senior positions in Barrick since joining in 2002. He holds a B.Sc. (Hon.) degree from the University of Manitoba and M.Sc. and J.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, the Business Council of Canada, the Institute of the Americas, the Canadian Council for the Americas (Vice‐Chair) and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.Whilst at Barrick, Dushnisky represented the company at the World Gold Council and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Shanghai Gold Exchange and the Accenture Global Mining Executive Council. He is a Trustee and a member of the Board of Directors of the University Health Network.last_img read more

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New Hope for dual fuel hybrid trucks following Australia coal mine trial

first_imgMajor players in the mining sector are clambering over each other to get a part of the new dual-fuel hybrid truck that has been doing circuits for the past two years at New Hope Group’s New Acland coal mine in Queensland, Australia, according to the mining company.The mine was the place of choice to conduct the trial of the latest innovative technology in dual fuel trucks by project partners Mine Energy Solutions (MES) and Hastings Deering.General Manager of New Acland mine, David Vink says the project was a great example of industry collaboration.“We provided the trial site and wherewithal, MES the technology and Hastings Deering the hardware – so to speak (truck and engines),” he said.He explains the revolutionary technology enables the conversion of high horse powered diesel engines from 100% diesel to dual fuel operation, using natural gas as the dominant fuel through sequential gas injection. The trial was on a Cat 789C haul truck (pictured).“When MES first looked for project partners in Queensland, there was no one interested,” Vink said.“But we could see the potential for this technology from the outset.“Now, after nearly 24 months operating on site, clocking more than 6,200 hours, we’ve piqued the interest of the big boys and the sceptics.“We’ve taken the technology from an R&D project to ready for commercial application. Actually beyond that – it has already been taken up commercially which has signalled the end of the trial.”Vink said the trial was originally planned to run for just six months in 2016 but, off the back of data collected as the trial progressed, the technology itself evolved even further.“The trial is complete, MES’s technology has been proven and we are pleased to be part of this exciting project that is now going global,” Vink said.last_img read more

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Irishman in serious condition following bicycle accident in Tenerife

first_imgIrishman in “serious” condition following bicycle accident in Tenerife The 58-year-old was airlifted to hospital following yesterday’s incident. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 5:14 PM Image: Google Maps Jan 17th 2017, 5:14 PM http://jrnl.ie/3191409 Image: Google Maps By Gerard Couzens Share15 Tweet Email7 AN IRISHMAN HAS been airlifted to hospital after a cycling accident during a holiday in Spain.The 58-year-old, who has not been named, is said to be “serious” after suffering head and chest injuries when he collided with a van as he biked down a hill in the south of Tenerife.He was with a group of cyclists when the incident occurred at around 2pm on Monday.Firefighters had to free him after he became trapped under the Renault Trafic he hit before he was rushed to a hospital in the island capital Santa Cruz – the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria.Local reports said he had gone on to the wrong side of the road during his descent.The incident occurred on a road linking San Miguel de Abona and Vilaflor which passes through the small village of El Fronton.The injured tourist was staying in a hotel in the holiday resort of Adeje which has not been named.A spokesman for a local emergency response service said: “The male cyclist suffered serious head and chest injuries and was transferred by air ambulance to hospital after being stabilised.“Firefighters, local police, Civil Guard and paramedics attended the scene after we were alerted that he was trapped under a van following a road traffic accident.”Civil Guard officers are now probing the incident and will prepare a report for an investigating judge who will decide what if any further action to take.No-one from the hospital or the Civil Guard was available for comment this afternoon.Read: Gardaí arrest man in relation to 2013 attempted gym murder by balaclava-clad gunman >Read: Ibrahim Halawa trial delayed for 18th time 11 Comments 33,859 Views last_img read more

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42 years without missing a day of school Three Wicklow brothers break

first_img’42 years without missing a day of school’: Three Wicklow brothers break record The brothers attributed their achievement to the support of their family. http://jrnl.ie/4070890 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share874 Tweet Email2 Jun 17th 2018, 12:00 PM 72 Comments Brothers Patrick, Ben and Liam Kinsella. Image: Michael Kelly Image: Michael Kellycenter_img 68,806 Views Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM LAST WEEK MARKED the completion of 14 long years of schooling for many students around the country, but for three Wicklow siblings, it marked the culmination of a family legacy.With 18-year old Ben Kinsella finishing out his last few days of secondary school in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, he now joins his brothers Liam (20) and Patrick (22) as youngsters who can proudly say they’ve never missed a day of school.From their time as junior infants, all the way to their final year of secondary school, each of the boys has had perfect attendance throughout — they have accumulated an outstanding combined total of 42 years unbroken attendance between them.At an Evening of Excellence celebration in Avondale Community College (where the three of them attended) the trio were joined by their family, friends, parents and teachers along with Education Welfare Officer Brendan Devereux to acknowledge their amazing feat.The brothers attributed their achievement to the support of their family and their schools; middle child Liam said it wouldn’t have been possible without their mother’s constant encouragement.The end result of their commitment was a place in Agricultural Science in University College Dublin for Patrick, followed by a place in Engineering in Dublin Institute of Technology for Liam. Ben — who is doing his Leaving Cert this week — hopes to achieve a third-level place in Dublin City University or University of Limerick to study PE and Mathematics. Brothers Patrick, Ben and Liam Kinsella. Short URL By Dave Stapletonlast_img read more

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Greek Australian raises close to 40000 for Royal Childrens Hospital

first_imgIt’s that time of year again when Greek Australian Ellen Koutsodimitropoulos together with her family set out to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.For the past seven years they have held fundraisers at the Greek Community of Broadmeadows and Districts hall two weeks before Easter raising much needed funds.“I want to congratulate my local Roxburgh Park resident Ellen Koutsodimitropoulos who has raised nearly $40,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, ‘Every Kid Counts’ through her fundraising efforts,” said Representative for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP. So far, the Koutsodimitropoulos have raised $31,000 for the hospital, and already this year have surpassed $7,000.Ellen, who volunteers at the children’s hospital said she gets to see first-hand the difference these funds make.If you would like to donate, visit https://2017goodfridayappeal.everydayhero.com/au/every-kid-counts Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Danny Buoys closed down until environmental health problem fixed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 3, 2016 – The recently passed Food and Drug legislation has given the Environmental Health Department more teeth and for a popular eatery and lounge in Grace Bay, this meant a fix for a long standing problem which posed serious health hazards or face being shut down until it is rectified.Magnetic Media was informed by another Grace Bay business owner that Danny Buoys was not being a very good neighbor due to a situation where sewerage from its tank was somehow seeping into the Salt Mills Plaza property next door.Health Officials had reportedly long been on the matter, but could do little to enforce correction of the unhygienic predicament.  Director of EHD, Kenrick Neely yesterday explained that changes to the regulations this year in the ordinance governing food premises allows Environmental Health to now deal with outstanding issues like this one.When we dropped by Danny Buoys, there was a notice sign posted on the door saying that the restaurant and hang out was closed due to plumbing problems and there was work ongoing at the rear of the property to remedy the situation. Related Items:#dannybuoysclosedlast_img read more

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Father John Mistys New Album Title Release Date Leaked

first_img Father John Misty’s New Album Title, Release Date Leaked Email The title and release date for the ‘Pure Comedy’ GRAMMY nominee have reportedly been leakedBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 16, 2018 – 11:42 am This past summer, just a few short months after dropping his GRAMMY-nominated album Pure Comedy, indie-folk iconoclast Father John Misty was already telling folks that his next project was almost finished.But the Father — real name Josh Tillman — has remained largely silent in the months since telling NME that his next record was “pretty much done,” apart from dropping the new album’s lead single “Mr. Tillman” near the end of February.The drought of information, however, seems to have ended in rather unorthodox fashion, as some clever (or obsessive, take your pick) Redditors on the “IndieHeads” subreddit noted this past weekend that Amazon France has a new entry in the singer’s name, set for sale on June 1.The new album, ostensibly titled God’s Favorite Customer, currently has no cover artwork displayed and contains an apparent typo in the listed title, so it’s possible this is a slip-up on Amazon’s part, rather than some sort of roundabout viral marketing plan.”Most of this next album was written in a six-week period where I was kind of on the straits,” Tillman told Uncut in November. “I was living in a hotel for two months. It’s kind of about… yeah… misadventure. The words were just pouring out of me. …I think the music essentially serves the purpose of making the painful and the isolating less painful and less isolating. But in short, it’s a heartache album.”  He also reveled several potential song titles, including “Mr. Tillman, Please Exit The Lobby,” and “Well We’re Only People And There’s Nothing Much We Can Do About It.”Further details, including a confirmation of the album title and exact release date, remain forthcoming.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News Twitter Father John Misty’s New Album Title, Release Date father-john-mistys-new-album-title-release-date-leaked Facebook last_img read more