Nova Scotia report calls for reckoning on history of systemic racism

first_imgHALIFAX – A culture of silence and shame allowed the abuse of orphans to persist for decades at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, according to a new report that calls for a province-wide reckoning with the historic legacy of systemic racism.The second report by the public inquiry into abuses at the Halifax-area orphanage said former residents felt abandoned by the systems designed to protect them, allowing the abuse to go unchecked and unreported.“Many residents felt the stigma of being ‘Home children’ followed them at school and in the broader community,” the 17-page report released Friday said. “They believe that teachers and educators who noticed their health or behaviour issues, and police who regularly returned runaways to the Home, also knew to some degree that things were not right at the Home.”Former residents described the trauma of entering care, with police and social workers telling them they were “just going for a drive” or “going to the store” before dropping them off without explanation at the orphanage, the report said.They also said they felt a sense of helplessness at the orphanage, which opened in 1921.Some staff members pitted residents against each other and forced children to fight their friends, damaging bonds and increasing feelings of isolation, the inquiry found.Check-ins from social workers were rare, and almost never conducted without the presence of an orphanage worker, residents told the inquiry.“Residents felt they had no safe outlet to tell anyone what they were experiencing without fear of further harm,” the report said. They felt like the adults in their lives “turned a blind eye toward their suffering.”The report by the restorative inquiry, made up of former residents, community members and the government, was released by inquiry co-chairpersons Tony Smith and Pamela Williams, chief judge of the provincial and family courts.Launched in late 2015, the inquiry has a mandate to examine the experience of former residents of the Halifax orphanage, and systemic discrimination and racism throughout the province.The restorative approach of the inquiry has garnered significant national and international attention, said Jennifer Llewellyn, a professor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law.“This is a novel approach to a commission of inquiry,” she said, noting it was the first restorative approach to a public inquiry.Rather than subpoena witnesses to testify before a judge, for example, the inquiry invites people to tell their stories using “sharing circles.”“This is a process that is very different,” explained Williams, noting that a traditional public inquiry is more formal and can leave participants feeling uncomfortable and targeted.The restorative approach, however, aims to set participants at ease, she said.“People share the responsibility, come together, talk about the issues, and problem-solve,” Williams said. “That kind of atmosphere invites people to be honest and to be accountable.”The approach does appear to require more time, however. The inquiry has made a request to the province to extend its original mandate from this spring to March 2019, noting that it will require additional time to prepare a comprehensive “plan for action.” Its budget is expected to remain at $5 million.In 2014, Premier Stephen McNeil formally apologized to former residents of the orphanage who say they were subjected to physical, psychological and sexual abuse over several decades up until the 1980s. Class-action lawsuits launched by former residents against the home and the provincial government ended in settlements totalling $34 million.Smith, a former resident of the home, began telling his story nearly two decades ago.“There was pain, suffering and anxiety, but slowly people started to find their voice,” he said. “No longer do they live in shame or in guilt.“There was a lot of singing, a lot of praying and a lot of crying. We all felt this shame, this guilt, about what we were subjected to, and now we’re releasing it. We are not victims, we are survivors.”The inquiry’s next report is expected to focus on planning and action, including examining the province’s current care system and how issues identified by former residents persist today.“Understanding and addressing historic and ongoing impacts of systemic racism on African Nova Scotians, while necessarily rooted in both past and present experiences, is a critical lens necessary to create meaningful change for the future,” the report said.Indeed, the inquiry found that racism in Nova Scotia continues to breed mistrust and sometimes even fear of public agencies.George Gray, a community representative with the inquiry, said confronting racism in Nova Scotia has been a “long time coming.”“This is a long process. It’s a journey that we have to go through,” he said. “Racism has been here for a long time and we as a race of people have been marginalized, and it’s not going to improve overnight.”last_img read more

US stock indexes inch higher after days of huge losses

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks are modestly higher Friday morning and indexes overseas are slightly lower as a steep plunge in global stock markets comes to at least a temporary halt.Investors bought utilities, household goods makers and other stocks they see as relatively safe, and Nike surged after a strong quarterly report.Markets have suffered wide losses over the last week. The major U.S. indexes have fallen 10 per cent this month, and without a substantial gain over the final days of trading, they are headed for their single worst month since February 2009. That’s before the current bull market began.Investors around the world have grown increasingly pessimistic about the global economy over the next few years. It’s widely expected to slow down, but traders are concerned the cooling might be worse than they previously believed and that the U.S. could eventually tip into a recession.The Federal Reserve is projecting that the U.S. economy will grow 3 per cent this year, the fastest since 2005, and about 2.3 per cent next year, and forecasts two years of further increases after that. But as interest rates rise and regions the U.S. does a lot of business with, like Europe and China, also slow down, those estimates might be harder to reach.Trade tensions between the U.S. and China, the largest and next-largest economies in the world, are not the only reason for the expected slowdown in economic growth and corporate profits, but they are adding even more uncertainty to a picture that already looks cloudy.The S&P 500 index picked up 32 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,500 at 10:19 a.m. Eastern time. The index, which is widely used by funds that track the U.S. market, has fallen about 16 per cent from its high in September.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 360 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 23,214. The Nasdaq added 50 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 6,581. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks edged up 8 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,333.Athletic gear maker Nike jumped 8 per cent to $72.91 after a better-than-expected third-quarter report. That helped shoe retailer Foot Locker, which gained 4.8 per cent to $50.20.Household goods companies climbed. Pepsi rose 2.7 per cent to $113.15 and Procter & Gamble added 1.5 per cent to $92.36. Also rising were utilities and health care companies. Utility company Dominion Energy jumped 2 per cent to $76.34 and drugmaker AbbVie rose 2.2 per cent to 87.27.As of Friday morning, utilities and health care companies were the only two sectors in the S&P 500 that are higher than they were on Jan. 1. The S&P 500 itself is down about 7 per cent in 2018. After accounting for dividends, it’s on track for its first annual loss since 2008, the year the global financial crisis roiled markets.Defence contractors fell after President Donald Trump said he’s withdrawing U.S. soldiers from Syria in an unexpected move. Media reports say the administration might also pull large numbers of soldiers out of Afghanistan. Northrop Grumman fell 2.7 per cent to $236.97 and Lockheed Martin fell 2.7 per cent to $258.13.The market’s big losses this month are an outlier because December is generally the strongest time of the year for U.S. stocks. Traders often talk about a “Santa rally” that adds to the year’s gains as positions are closed out and people adjust their portfolios in anticipation of the year to come. Barring huge gains, this will be the worst December for the U.S. market since the 1930s.Germany’s DAX slipped 0.2 per cent while France’s CAC 40 fell 0.5 per cent. The FTSE 100 in Britain dipped 0.7 per cent. All three have suffered steep losses this year. The DAX is down 22 per cent from its record high in January, while the CAC 40 has fallen 17 per cent from its peak in May and the FTSE 100 has lost about 15 per cent over that time.Chinese markets have been in the front line of worries this year amid trade tensions with the U.S. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong rose 0.5 per cent Friday, but is down 22 per cent since late January. The Japanese Nikkei declined 1.1 per cent and it’s down almost 17 per cent since early October. South Korea’s Kospi inched up 0.1 per cent.Stocks are not the only financial assets recording momentous changes this month. Oil prices have declined 40 per cent from recent highs amid concerns over a glut in the market. Worries over the outlook for oil demand, given the expected slowdown in the global economy, have made things worse.Benchmark U.S. crude dipped 0.2 per cent to $45.77 a barrel in New York. The international standard, Brent crude, declined 2 per cent, to $53.25 a barrel in London.Bond prices edged higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.78 per cent from 2.79 per cent.The U.S. dollar also ticked higher after two days of sharp losses brought on by fears about the economy and slower increases in interest rates. The dollar fell to 111.02 yen from 111.11 yen. The euro fell back to $1.1406 from $1.1469 and the British pound slipped to $1.2646 from $1.2671.____Pan Pylas contributed to this story from London.Marley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

NYAY scheme will not be a strain on middle class pocket: Rahul

first_imgSamastipur (Bihar): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday called the NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty and asserted that the proposed minimum income guarantee programme was not populist but based on sound economics.Gandhi also sought to allay apprehensions of the middle class saying he guaranteed that the salaried people will have to pay not a single paisa from their pockets to fund the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme. Addressing a rally in this north Bihar town where he shared the stage, for the first time after general elections were announced, with RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav, Gandhi also deplored the insulting treatment meted out to Lalu Prasad, the jailed supremo of his alliance partner and warned the BJP-led coalition of a backlash in the polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Former state minister Ashok Ram of Congress is pitted against Ramchandra Paswan, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother, at Samastipur (sc,reserved seat). Commencing his nearly 25-minute-long speech with an apology for turning up late because of a snag in his aircraft, Gandhi greeted the crowds with Ki haal chaal chhe (how are you) in the local Maithili dialect and went on to add with a smirk has not Modi looted you a lot. Lakhs of crores have been gifted to thieves like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya by the chowkidar (watchman an epithet the Prime Minister uses for himself). Public money to the tune of 5.55 lakh crore has been siphoned off by 15 persons close to Modi, Gandhi alleged. Bihar was promised a special package, besides there were promises of two crore jobs, Rs 15 lakh into the accounts of all poor, Gandhi recalled, adding kuchh nahin sab jhootha hai, Narendra Modi ne loota hai”, (all promises are proven false. Narendra Modi has robbed people of whatever they had). Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCalling the NYAY programme proposed in his partys manifesto a surgical strike on poverty, Gandhi declared the scheme will be entirely funded with the money that thieves like Anil Ambani plunder with Narendra Modis help. This is sound economics too as the money thus given to the poor would boost the demand for consumer goods and thereby give an impetus to commerce and industries, Gandhi claimed. The Congress president also mocked the prime pinister for making military operations carried out after terror attacks in Uri and Pulwama a poll plank and quipped wherever he goes he gives discourses on the surgical strikes since he is left with nothing else. He carries teleprompter wherever he goes to deliver his speeches, he said and turned towards the young RJD leader for a moment saying Tejashwi ji, you too would have noticed the teleprompter. He delivers his speeches from the text on the teleprompter and in the meantime keeps getting orders from above don’t talk about rozgar (employment)…remit into accounts of every poor Indian.last_img read more

Justice sought for five youth killed in Trinco 12 years ago

The case – known as the ‘Trinco 5′ – remains one of the highest profile killings in Sri Lanka to receive international attention, listed in 2014 by the then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on Sri Lanka as one of four ‘emblematic cases’ of the Government’s failure to ensure accountability.The five slain students, who were all 20-years-old when killed, are Manoharan Ragihar, Yogarajah Hemachchandra, Logitharajah Rohan, Thangathurai Sivanantha and Shanmugarajah Gajendran. (Colombo Gazette) Justice has been sought for five Tamil youth killed in Trincomalee 12 years ago.Amnesty International said in a twitter post that it was pushing for justice for the victims. The human rights group said that the security forces had been accused of being involved in the killing and the killers have not yet been prosecuted. The five Tamil students were allegedly summarily executed by the Special Task Force, whilst they spent an afternoon on the beach in Trincomalee on 2nd January 2006. read more

Israeli delegation views Middle East videotape at UN Headquarters

“I would like to stress the good spirits and cooperation of the United Nations officials this morning,” Ambassador Yehuda Lancry, who led the Israeli delegation, told reporters after the viewing. Ambassador Lancry, who was accompanied by Gen. Dani Arditi, added that his delegation was convinced the videos “might shed some light on the condition of our soldiers.”According to a UN spokesman, the modalities for the showing of the videotapes filmed on 7 and 8 October 2000 had been finalized ad referendum yesterday and the Israeli delegation confirmed its agreement this morning.It was also agreed that another viewing at a later date would be arranged at a UN office in Europe, where other Israeli officials and family members of the three detained soldiers could also view the tapes and the items. read more

Ohio State baseballs Trace Dempsey a different guy on and off the

Then-freshman pitcher Trace Dempsey (50) throws the ball during a game against Nebraska April 15, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 5-4.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBaseball coaches often talk about pitchers having the “mentality of a closer.” It takes a lot of nerve to step on the mound with the game on the line day in and day out and not every player is cut out for it.Ohio State junior pitcher Trace Dempsey, however, has the mentality of a closer. When Dempsey is off the mound, he is laid-back and calm, as his Twitter profile says: “good vibes only.”While that attitude helps Dempsey have a short memory after a poor performance, OSU coach Greg Beals said Dempsey also has a great ability to turn up his intensity at a moment’s notice, which is vital to Dempsey being an effective closer.“Trace is pretty calm, pretty cool normally, but when it’s competition and game time, it fires up,” Beals said. “I look at closers as a guy that has something special, that if you don’t get to see it very often, if you only get to see it a few times, they’re going to be really tough.”Junior starting pitcher Ryan Riga has similar opinions of Dempsey.“He’s not an intense guy until he’s on the mound,” Riga said. “He’s chill, he does his own thing and once it’s down to the bullpen, it’s time to go.”Last year, Dempsey’s 3-0 record, 1.02 ERA and 17 saves earned him National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings third-team All-American, ABCA/Rawlings first-team All-Mideast Region and unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selections.Heading into this season, Dempsey was named an NCBWA preseason second team All-American and third-team All-American by Louisville Slugger.Although he is honored and appreciative of the preseason acknowledgements he received this year, Dempsey said his only concern right now is helping lead OSU to its first NCAA Baseball Tournament appearance since 2009.“Obviously, it was nice to get that recognition preseason, but postseason is really what matters and I’m more focused on the team at this point,” Dempsey said.Redshirt-junior first baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse said Dempsey capably filled the closer role right away.“As a teammate, I feel whenever he’s in the game we’re going to win, and I think that’s the confidence we have in Trace and that’s the confidence everyone in our team has in Trace,” Dezse said.Riga said having Dempsey in the bullpen is a key component of OSU’s success.“Last year, I started out in the bullpen. For that role, it was get your three outs and get it to him (Dempsey) and, pretty much, game’s done. It shortens the game for us definitely,” Riga said. “When Trace is on, nobody is better.”Having a job where every single pitch has the game riding on it also means everything can fall apart in a matter of minutes, something Dempsey said he learned firsthand Feb. 16 against Indiana State when he took his first loss of the season. Indiana State’s four earned runs in the ninth inning of that game equaled the number Dempsey allowed all of last year in 35.1 innings of work.“The Indiana State game, we had a two-run lead and I blew the save and as a closer, obviously that’s tough,” Dempsey said. “I didn’t pitch to my strengths and it came back to bite me. You’ve got to stay with what you know.”Beals said the loss has brought out the best in Dempsey, who was eager to review the game tape and get back on the mound.“He took it as an opportunity and it showed maturity,” Beals said. “We got into some videotape from the Indiana State game and looked at videotape from last year during his scoreless streak just to see where he was and notice some littler differences.”Since that game Dempsey has gotten his pitching back on track. In four appearances he has pitched 4.1 scoreless innings with three saves. His record is now 0-1 on the year with a 4.91 to go along with four saves.“I’ve had better outings since the first weekend and the arm feels really good, but I’m just trying to mix everything (pitches) and keep it all balanced,” Dempsey said.Despite leading the Big Ten with those four saves, Dempsey’s many preseason accolades made for heady expectations that could make his current stat line seem disappointing. But he said none of that has affected him mentally.“As a reliever, you have to have a short-term memory, you can’t dwell on things,” Dempsey said. “Just learn from it and get over it, I was over it after I got out of the shower after that game (against Indiana State). You know I’ve got to move on to the next day.”The Buckeyes (7-3) are set to travel to Eugene, Ore., to take on the Oregon Ducks in a three-game series that begins Friday. First pitch is set for 9:05 p.m. read more

XT Xstrata Technology opens new office in Moscow

first_imgXT has recently had the official opening of its Moscow office. The opening was held at the office in Lesnaya Plaza, central Moscow, on the 28th of November, and attended by leading mining companies and design institutes, like MBC Resources, Russian Platinum, Norilsk Nickel, RIVS-project, TOMS, Polymetal Engineering, KGCM and other companies. The opening speech was given by the Australian Ambassador, Paul Myler, who highlighted the vast potential for innovative Australian mining technologies such as XT’s  on the CIS market. He emphasised the importance of process experience sharing to increase the efficiency of operations and implement cost-effective solutions.Lindsay Clark, GM – Mineral Processing at XT, said XT recognised the importance of Russia and the CIS regions in the production of the world’s minerals and metals, as well as  the exciting future projects and expansions that were occuring in these regions. “We have been working in the region for some time, from our very first IsaMill™ in Kyrgyzstan Republic, to other recent IsaMill and Jameson Cell projects in Russia and Kazakhstan. We have also been involved with the Saint-Petersburgh Mining Institute (SPMI), as well as installing small scale IsaMill testing equipment at TOMS in Irkutsk and Jameson Cell testing equipment at  SibNIIugleobogaschenie, coal institute in Siberia. These units will enable our clients to do testwork closer to their project rather than sending samples overseas which can be time consuming. We believe many of these projects could benefit from improved efficiency and process gains that XT’s technology delivers to projects worldwide”.The Moscow office is supported by Anna Petrova – Regional Manager Russia and CIS, and Rakan Rahbani – European Manager for XT’s mineral processing division, with further support carried out through XT’s offices in Australia and Vancouver.   Joe Pease, CEO at XT, said the opening of the office in Moscow was the continuation of XT’s aim of establishing expertise in mining regions worldwide. “We have created offices in countries with strong mining expertise such as in Canada, Chile and South Africa over the years, to be more accessable to our clients. This has worked well, and we expect being closer to our clients in Russia and the CIS  will benefit them as well as XT in the future”.XT has been involved in the development and marketing of the mineral and metal processing for over 25 years, including the energy efficient IsaMill technology and Jameson Cells. The picture shows a recently commissioned M5000 (1.5 MW) IsaMill. There are currently over 200 MW of installed IsaMill power in a wide range of duties, with the most recent projects being copper regrind and molybdenum circuits at Kazakmys’ Bozshakol and Aktogay projects in Kazakhstan, and a M10,000 IsaMill being installed at the Miheevsky copper operation in Russia (RCC). Jameson Cells also have a reputation for being efficient and compact, used in the base metal and coal industry, with over 320 having been installed, the most recent being for coal cleaning at the Vostochnaya operation in Russia.last_img read more

Monday morning blues as Trap tries to figure out injury crisis

first_imgIN HIS FOUR years as Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has certainly had easier starts to an international break.A nightmare weekend of Premier League injuries saw the Italian arrive in Malahide on Monday morning for the first day of training armed with a growing list of knocks, niggles and doubts.By the afternoon it had become clear that James McClean would remain in Sunderland for treatment on a hip flexor strain which rules him out of Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against Germany, while Trapattoni indicated that hamstring victims Sean St Ledger and Glenn Whelan will need a minor miracle if they are to be ready for the trip to the Faroe Islands four days later.Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark was called up to the squad this afternoon to alleviate the defensive shortage and captain Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady should arrive in time for Tuesday’s session.With Richard Dunne, Kevin Doyle and Darron Gibson already ruled out, there was a sense that the depleted numbers might force Trapattoni to think on his feet and experiment against the Germans.While he proved himself open to the the suggestion, trying out a three-man central midfield of Keith Andrews, James McCarthy and Keith Fahey behind a lone striker in training, he said that there won’t necessarily be a need for a change in his tried and trusted methods.“We can replace like for like,” Trapattoni said.Maybe against Germany we need no change, only [in the] situation. Germany is a strong team. We know their quality, we know their potential. They are first in the table.He added:  ”I know Germany, I know this team. Three days a week, two weeks — DVD, DVD, DVD, DVD. I know every player of the opponent. Then we need to have the opportunity.”Asked about the significance of his 4-5-1 training exercise, Trapattoni explained: “Maybe in three days I have to think again. It’s one option.”While everything else remained shrouded in uncertainty, one thing was for sure. The Italian sees the wins against Kazakhstan and Oman last month as an opportunity to draw a line under the disappointment of Euro 2012 and start afresh.“I believe that the beginning of the new qualification campaign with the match against Kazakhstan and the friendly against Oman proved that we have overcome the disappointment of the Euros.“I never wish to have again disappointment, disappointment, disappointment. Disappointment is finished now.”Ciaran Clark drafted into Ireland squad as St Ledger set to miss World Cup qualifiersJogi Loew prepares for Dublin trip by calling Westermann in for Hummelslast_img read more

One in custody and one released in €1m cash investigation

first_imgUpdated 4.21pmONE MAN REMAINS in custody and another has been released without charge as gardaí investigate the seizure of  a large amount of cash in Co Limerick.Yesterday, gardaí arrested two men after they seized in excess of €1m cash at Portcrusha, Co Limerick, on 14 December.This morning, they said that a male aged in his 50s remains in garda custody at Henry St Garda Station following the seizure.He is detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.A second male, who is in his 40s, has been released without charge.The find at a property at Portcrusha near Castleconnell on Saturday afternoon was part of an ongoing investigation into organised crime in the county.First published 8.10amRead: Two arrested after gardaí seize €1 million in cash in Limerick sting>last_img read more

CO2 les Français les plus riches sont les plus pollueurs

first_imgCO2 : les Français les plus riches sont les plus pollueursFrance – D’après une récente étude de l’Insee, concernant les ressources des ménages et leurs émissions de CO2, les ménages les plus aisés émettent deux fois et demi plus de gaz à effet de serre que les plus modestes.La France produit quelque 410 millions de tonnes de CO2, soit une moyenne de 6,7 tonnes par an et par habitant. Et comme le note l’Insee, le chauffage et les déplacements des ménages engendrent un tiers des émissions de CO2 émises sur le sol français. Les émissions d’un ménage français moyen sont en effet liées pour 34% au logement, et essentiellement au chauffage, tandis que 31% sont induites par les transports. Des postes qui ne représentent pourtant que 25% et 14% de leur budget. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueA ces deux postes doivent s’ajouter les émissions induites par les achats des ménages pour refléter au mieux leur responsabilité. L’institut de statistiques note ainsi que via leurs achats, les 20% des ménages les plus aisés induisent 29% des émissions de CO2, tandis que les 20% les plus modestes en induisent 11%.Plus étonnant, l’étude révèle que les célibataires émettent bien plus de GES que les personnes vivant en couple et les familles nombreuses. “En France, un habitant induit par sa consommation une émission de 6,4 tonnes de CO2 par an en moyenne, mais ce chiffre atteint 8,6 tonnes pour les personnes vivant seules et ne s’élève qu’à 4,1 tonnes pour les personnes vivant au sein d’une famille nombreuse”, indique l’Insee.Le 21 juin 2010 à 12:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La FAO prône une parité entre hommes et femmes dans lagriculture

first_imgLa FAO prône une parité entre hommes et femmes dans l’agricultureA l’occasion de la Journée de la femme célébrée ce mardi 8 mars, l’organisation de l’Onu pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) appelle à une plus grande parité entre hommes et femmes dans le secteur de l’agriculture. Une parité qui permettrait une augmentation de la production agricole, et donc une diminution du nombre de personnes affamées à travers le monde.Dans son dernier rapport publié à la veille de la Journée de la femme, la FAO déplore la très faible présence de femmes dans le milieu de l’agriculture. Or si les femmes n’étaient pas victimes d’une discrimination les empêchant d’accéder aux mêmes formations, aux terres, aux technologies et aux marchés, mais aussi aux services financiers, ce sont 100 à 150 millions de personnes qui pourraient sortir de la famine. Une réelle parité entre hommes et femmes pourrait en effet engendrer une augmentation de la production agricole de 2,5 à 4%, quand près d’un milliard de personnes étaient mal nourries en 2010 à travers le monde, dans les pays en voie de développement principalement.À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?”Ce rapport est une puissante plaidoirie en faveur de la parité hommes-femmes dans l’agriculture”, souligne Jacques Diouf, Directeur général de la FAO cité par le site de GoodPlanet. “La parité hommes-femmes n’est pas seulement un noble idéal, elle est également cruciale pour le développement agricole et la sécurité alimentaire. Nous devons promouvoir l’égalité des sexes et l’habilitation des femmes dans l’agriculture afin de remporter de manière durable la lutte contre la faim et la pauvreté extrême”, insiste-t-il.A ce jour, les femmes ne représentent dans les pays développés que 3% à 20% des propriétaires terriens, et 20% à 50% de la main d’œuvre. Comme le souligne la FAO dans son rapport, les agricultrices sont handicapées par un accès réduit aux ressources agricoles, qu’il s’agisse des terres, de l’instruction, des crédits, ou des outils les plus performants. “Les agricultrices obtiennent moins de rendements que les agriculteurs, non pas parce qu’elles sont moins douées, mais parce qu’elles gèrent des exploitations plus petites et utilisent moins d’intrants, comme les engrais, les semences améliorées et les outils performants”, déplore Terri Raney, principal auteur du rapport de la FAO.Le 8 mars 2011 à 16:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hécatombe mystérieuse de poissons dans le Doubs

first_imgHécatombe mystérieuse de poissons dans le DoubsDans la région de Montbéliard dans le Doubs, les habitants sont confrontés à une mort massive de poissons atteints d’un mystérieux mal. Une épidémie qui avait déjà frappé les environs au printemps 2010 et en janvier dernier.”C’est une catastrophe écologique” a déclaré Vincent Roy, président de l’association de pêche de la ville de Valantigney. Depuis plusieurs semaines, les habitants de la région du Doubs sont en effet confrontés à une mort massive et mystérieuse de poissons. Une hécatombe qui s’était déjà produite au printemps 2010 et en janvier dernier mais qui semble cette fois-ci être beaucoup plus importante. “Tous les jours, des pêcheurs, à Valentigney, à Mathay, à Audincourt, à Voujeaucourt, nous signalent des dizaines de poissons morts ou malades. Et le phénomène s’accentue de jour en jour” a indiqué à l’Est Républicain Vincent Roy. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Aujourd’hui, l’épidémie se serait même propagée à la région de Montbéliard. Car c’est bien une maladie qui semble être responsable de l’hécatombe. Connue sous le nom de saprolégniose, celle-ci est causée par des champignons qui parasitent les poissons. Les symptômes sont alors toujours les mêmes : des plaques blanches apparaissent sur la peau et provoquent rapidement la mort des poissons. Si l’épidémie touchait au départ principalement les salmonidés, celle-ci atteint désormais d’autres espèces de poissons blancs et carnassiers. Impuissant face à l’épidémie, les pêcheurs de la région tentent de trouver une explication à une telle contamination. Ils ont ainsi émis plusieurs hypothèses. “Nous avons constaté que la surmortalité était apparue après le largage de sédiments depuis le barrage du Châtelot. On peut imaginer que ces sédiments, où s’accumulent tous les résidus, aient contaminé les poissons” a expliqué Christian Triboulet, président d’une association agréée de pêche dans la région. Si la chaleur et le manque d’eau pourrait être également responsables, les habitants ont remarqué que davantage de poissons mourraient aux alentours de la station d’eau potable de Mathay. Ils continuent donc de surveiller le phénomène en attendant d’en savoir plus.Le 13 avril 2011 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Murkowski To Represent Alaskas Interests On 1002 Area Tax Reform

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), was selected to serve on the Conference Committee for H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The conference committee will reconcile House and Senate legislation to work to reform the tax code and open a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee reported the title on a bipartisan basis on November 15. The House passed its motion to go to conference on H.R. 1 and appointed conferees on Monday, December 4. Sen. Murkowski, wrote Title II of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which establishes an environmentally protective oil and gas development program in a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 Area.center_img U.S. Representative Don Young was named to the House’s negotiating team earlier in the week. Sen. Murkowski: “I’m very confident that we will quickly reach agreement to provide tax relief to families and job creators while strengthening the long-term energy security of our nation. With Congressman Young representing the House of Representatives on our energy provisions, Alaskans will have a very strong voice at the table to ensure this bill crosses the finish line.”last_img read more

Entrylevel Mac laptop Now youll have to pay more for one

first_img See It Apple cuts new MacBook Air price, but kills off $999… Apple Walmart Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier See it Share your voice Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop See It • Apple says the $999 MacBook Air will still be available via its Education Institution store. Though the iPhone continues to generate the vast majority of Apple’s revenue, the Mac in its various guises has grown to be the company’s No. 2 hardware line, having surpassed flagging sales of the iPad. First released in 2015, the now “classic” 13-inch MacBook Air was the default low-cost option and a favorite of college students and young professionals. The thin laptop received annual updates until 2017, with improvements to its Intel processor, while Apple maintained the sub-$1000 price tag. But the MacBook Air received few design changes over the years even as PC makers raced to build thinner, sleeker laptops. The computer still lacked a Retina Display as other PCs rocked high-definition and 4K screens. The new MacBook Air, like the refreshed MacBook Pro line, hasn’t been without its controversies. Its new keyboard, with its more shallow “butterfly switches” were more prone to damage and didn’t offer the same tactile experience as previous iterations. Apple said new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro units would come with a new third-generation keyboard that will supposedly address those issues. Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, meanwhile, also made its debut in 2015 and received updates for the following two years. The laptop served as a tweener, smaller and less powerful than the Pro line but more expensive than the Air lineup. It controversially was the first to incorporate just a single USB-C port, forcing most people to use a dongle if they wanted to connect multiple peripherals. The more powerful 2018 MacBook Air effectively rendered the MacBook irrelevant. Google searches for either MacBook still show the laptops available on Apple’s site. However, clicking on the search results for the discontinued notebooks redirects you to the company’s Mac landing page. Originally published July 9, 6:23 a.m.Updates, 7:38 a.m.: Adds MacBook Air info; 7:53 a.m.: Includes background details; 8:16 a.m.: Adds more details. Computers Laptops $1,199 2:41 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Apple Apple MacBook Air $1,099 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it reading • Apple kills $999 MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook The 12-inch MacBook is no more.  Sarah Tew/CNET Apple upgraded its newest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops on Tuesday, but it looks like two notebooks have vanished from the company’s site. The smallest of the MacBooks and the cheapest MacBook Air are now gone.The $999 MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook are no longer available on Apple’s website as of Tuesday. It appears the company’s $1,099 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro are the new entry-level notebooks. That effectively raises the entry cost of buying a Mac by $100, part of a broader trend by Apple to hike up prices throughout its product lines, from the iPad to the iPhone. The removal of the two laptops also streamlines the Mac lineup, offering a simpler, albeit more expensive, set of options for consumers.  See All Comments 36 Apple Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) $899 News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Prolast_img read more

ACC files leave to appeal against Khaleda bail

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to jail. File PhotoAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday filed a leave to appeal petition before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail, which  was handed down by the High Court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan filed the petition before the apex court on Thursday.Khurshid Alam said in the petition ACC sought continuation of the stay order on a High Court bail order until the leave to appeal is disposed of.Earlier on Wednesday, the Supreme Court stayed until Sunday a High Court order granting a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The apex court also asked the petitioners to file regular leave to appeal petition by Sunday.Earlier on Tuesday, Appellate Division chamber judge justice Hasan Foez Siddique sent the two petitions to the full bench of the division without passing any order.Advocate Sufia Khatun filed a petition on behalf of the state while lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan lodged another one on behalf of the ACC.On Monday, the High Court granted the interim bail to Khaleda Zia.On 22 February last, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. On the day, the HC asked the lower court to submit all the relevant documents within 15 days.On 25 February, Khaleda Zia failed to secure bail in the case as the High Court said it would pass an order on her bail petition upon receiving all the documents relating to the judgment from the lower court.On 8 February last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.last_img read more

Baltimore City Others File Federal Lawsuit Against Trump Over ACA

first_imgBy The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore and several other cities are suing President Donald Trump’s administration in federal court for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on behalf of Baltimore; Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chicago. Residents of Charlottesville, Virginia, also are part of the lawsuit.The American Bar Association’s John Marshall Awardee and former judge, Andre Davis. (Courtesy Photo/ABA Leana Wen, Baltimore’s health commissioner, says efforts to sabotage the ACA are directly increasing the number of uninsured and underinsured Baltimore residents. She says it will increase demand for services without additional resources.Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis says the city brought the lawsuit “to safeguard the fundamental rights of Baltimore residents to health care by stopping the Trump administration’s unlawful efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.”___This version corrects that residents from Charlottesville, Virginia, are part of the lawsuit, not the city of Charlottesville.last_img read more

Battlefield 1 unveiled with World War I setting

first_imgEA and DICE have just announced the next installment in the Battlefield series: Battlefield 1. This game will be a departure from the modern setting recent entries in the series have used and instead transports players back to the very first World War.Since Battlefield 1 is set during the mid-to-late 1910’s, expect different gameplay mechanics to be introduced to the series. As you can see from the trailer below, the game will have cavalry charges, tanks, bi-planes, zeppelins, and brutal up-close and personal combat. The trailer also shows a variety of different environments such as the European Western Front, the Arabian desert, and more. All of these settings are meant to demonstrate the global nature of the conflict.For the past decade, the vast majority of military first person shooters have been set in the modern era. Placing Battlefield 1 during World War I can be seen as a bold and potentially risky move by DICE. However, with so many games set during the present day, this Battlefield title will certainly stand out among the crowd–even more so if you consider how the next Call of Duty game will be set in the distant future.The question is: will gamers embrace a game that doesn’t have many of the weapons and features that they’ve become accustomed to?To celebrate the official reveal of Battlefield 1, EA will be giving away DLC packages for Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Hardline. From now until May 10, players can download Battlefield 4‘s “Dragon’s Teeth” and Hardline‘s “Robbery” for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One for free.Battlefield 1 will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Origin) on October 21. Those who purchase the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition for $79.99 will be able to play three days early on October 18. This edition will have extra vehicles, weapons, emblems, and more.There’s also an Amazon-exclusive Collector’s Edition of the game for $219.99, which includes the following:Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition Base GameCollector’s Edition Statue (14″ Tall)Exclusive Steel bookExclusive cloth posterDeck of playing cardsMessenger pigeon tube with exclusive** DLC contentExclusive patchPremium packaginglast_img read more

Bartolo Colons workout video is just as incredible as you would imagine

first_imgThey don’t call him “Big Sexy” for nothing. Bartolo Colon is heading into his 20th season in Major League Baseball this year, and he’s not messing around.The portly starter has always had a plus fastball, but Big Bart’s physique has been a, uh, work in progress. He’s roughly built like a bag of pizza dough.Yesterday, a video was posted online of Colon actually working out in the Dominican Republic for the upcoming season, and opposing batters should be very afraid. It shows him doing some kind of resistance training outside of a corner store.It’s not exactly the training scene from Rocky IV, but everybody loves Colon, and we now have visual evidence that he does actually work out.Bartolo Colon is getting after it in the Dominican Republic. He’s chasing Marichal for the most wins by a pitcher from the DR. #Braves— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) December 15, 2016 Just because it should be posted whenever possible, here is video of Colon hitting his first career home run in a game against the Padres last year. Bart rakes, too.Gary Cohen and Ron Darling’s call of Bartolo Colon’s home run was 1 of 3 finalists for the 2016 MLB award for ‘Best Call, TV/Radio’. #Mets— In Mets We Trust (@InMetsWeTrust) November 18, 2016last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has been suspended by the NFL for the 2014 season due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Washington missed four games last season due to the same issue.Friday afternoon, he released a statement through his agent:Daryl Washington Statement on suspension:— Jordan Woy (@JordanWoy) May 30, 2014last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2019 8:52 am PDT Review: Gervais crafts intelligent and thoughtful thrillercenter_img “Hunt Them Down” (Thomas and Mercer), by Simon GervaisPierce Hunt has returned from a six-month forced leave after a reporter is injured during a bust even though it’s not Hunt’s fault.On his first day back, he’s assigned to assist the transfer of a high-profile drug cartel target named Vicente Garcia. It’s personal for Hunt since he’s responsible for bringing Garcia to justice at the cost of his marriage. He also fell in love with Garcia’s daughter. When the convoy is ambushed, Hunt barely survives. Then he learns that the people responsible are not only attempting to take over the lucrative drug business, they have also kidnapped Garcia’s granddaughter and a friend of hers who happens to be Hunt’s daughter.The new head of the cartel could not be more ruthless, and if it means killing the girls to have her demands met, so be it. Hunt has to not only work with Garcia’s daughter, the woman he tried to forget and who loathes him after his betrayal, he also has to work against the very principles he swore to uphold.In “Hunt Them Down,” Gervais has crafted an intelligent and thoughtful thriller that mixes family dynamics with explosive action. Heroes who fight impossible odds while being likable characters are always welcome in the world of genre fiction. The possibilities are endless in this new series, and this will easily find an enthusiastic audience craving Hunt’s next adventures.Jeff Ayers, The Associated Presslast_img read more