Irans Hassan Rouhani orders lifting of all nuclear RD limits

first_imgTehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday ordered all limits on nuclear research and development to be lifted, the country’s third step in scaling down its commitments to a 2015 deal with world powers. His announcement came shortly after the US hit the Islamic Republic with further sanctions, the latest in a series of punitive measures including an embargo on Iranian oil exports. Iran and three European countries — Britain, France and Germany — have been engaged in talks to reduce tensions and save the nuclear deal that has been unravelling since US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in May last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut late Wednesday, Rouhani made good on a declared intention to take another step away from the multilateral deal signed with the permanent five United Nations Security Council powers and Germany (P5+1). “I, as of now, announce the third step,” he said on state television. “The atomic energy organisation (of Iran) is ordered to immediately start whatever is needed in the field of research and development, and abandon all the commitments that were in place regarding research and development,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe referred to “expansions in the field of research and development, centrifuges, different types of new centrifuges, and whatever we need for enrichment”. Iran in July abandoned two other nuclear commitments: to keep its stockpile of enriched uranium below 300-kilogrammes, and a 3.67-percent cap on the purity of its uranium stocks. Rouhani had earlier on Wednesday told a cabinet meeting: “I don’t think that… we will reach a deal”. But the Iranian president had also said Tehran and the European powers had been getting closer to an agreement on a way to resolve burning issues. “If we had 20 issues of disagreement with the Europeans in the past, today there are three issues,” he said. French President Emmanuel Macron, meeting Trump last month in France, encouraged him to offer economic incentives for Tehran and dangled the possibility of a summit between the US and Iranian presidents. Trump made clear Wednesday that he was still interested in meeting Rouhani when the Iranian leader visits New York for the annual UN General Assembly. “Sure, anything is possible,” Trump told reporters. But Rouhani has already ruled out a summit without sanctions relief, and on Wednesday the Trump administration issued its third set of sanctions on Iran in less than a week. In the latest salvo, the Treasury Department put on its blacklist a shipping network of 16 entities, 10 people and 11 vessels that it said was selling oil on behalf of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards’ Qods Force. The network sold more than USD 500 million worth of oil this spring, mostly to Syria, benefitting both President Bashar al-Assad and militant Lebanese allies Hezbollah, the Treasury Department said. A US official said that the move showed Washington’s position on relaxing sanctions — and warned that more would come. “We can’t make it any more clear that we are committed to this campaign of maximum pressure and we are not looking to grant any exceptions or waivers,” Brian Hook, the State Department coordinator on Iran, told reporters. Iran has said it will resume full compliance with the nuclear deal if it reaches a deal with France on a USD 15-billion credit line, which Tehran would repay once it resumes oil exports. The US is currently trying to block such shipments with unilateral sanctions. Hook stopped short of criticising the credit line itself, saying there was no “concrete” proposal. Speaking days after a trip to France, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi ruled out renegotiation of the 2015 accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “Returning to full implementation of the JCPOA is subject to receiving USD 15 billion over a period of four months, otherwise the process of Iran reducing its commitments will continue,” said Araghchi, quoted by the state news agency IRNA. Hawks in the Trump administration adamantly oppose any easing of pressure, saying their goal is not only to contain Iran’s nuclear programme but to curb the clerical state’s influence across the Middle East. Iran had long threatened to carry out a third set of nuclear countermeasures by Friday unless other parties to the deal offset the effect of US sanctions in return for its continued compliance. Tensions rose significantly in July since Iran took the first two steps away from the nuclear deal and seized a British-flagged tanker — the Stena Impero — in the Strait of Hormuz for “failing to respect international maritime rules”. But some members of the crew of this Swedish-owned tanker have been released, Stockholm said late Wednesday. “A part of the crew of the Stena Impero… has been released,” Sweden’s foreign ministry said in a message to AFP, without giving details of how many of the crew had been freed.last_img read more

Ontario premier calls Trumps withdrawal from climate change agreement appalling

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s premier is joining a growing number of politicians condemning Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement.Kathleen Wynne says the U.S. president’s rejection of the 190-country agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is appalling and shows he is abandoning his responsibility to fight the biggest threat currently confronting the world.Wynne’s criticism on Friday comes after the federal environment minister called Trump’s decision disappointing and suggested the president was costing the U.S. a key opportunity to profit from the inevitable growth of clean-tech initiatives around the globe.Wynne says co-operation between sub-national governments has become even more important after Trump’s announcement, and she pledged to continue to work with other leaders, particularly U.S. governors, to combat climate change.“It’s really appalling to me that the president of the United States would abdicate his responsibility in the face of the greatest threat confronting humanity,” Wynne said Friday, at an event in Barrie, Ont. “The reality is the whole world needs to be involved in fighting climate change.”A group of mayors from communities in the Great Lakes region issued similar criticism Friday.“The decision is short sighted, ill advised, and not in the best interests of the people of the United States, Canada, or the world,” said the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a coalition representing 130 Canadian and United States mayors and their communities of over 17 million people.Ontario’s Liberal government launched a cap-and-trade program this year, which puts caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit and allows polluters to buy allowances at auction or from other companies that come in under their limits.Ontario is expected to join the Quebec-California carbon market next year.Ontario’s four-year climate change action plan is funded by cap-and-trade revenues of between $5.9 billion and $8.3 billion, which will go to green initiatives such as social housing retrofits, an electric vehicle incentive program and public transit.Since Jan. 1, cap and trade has added 4.3 cents per litre to the price of gasoline and about $80 a year to natural gas home heating costs, in addition to indirect costs that will be passed onto consumers.The Liberals have been criticized in recent months for high electricity rates in the province, something the Progressive Conservatives seized upon during a byelection campaign in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., that resulted in a Tory win Thursday night.Wynne said Friday that she knew the race was going to be a tough one for her party and wished the winner — Progressive Conservative Ross Romano — well.The Liberals had held the seat from 2003 until December, when former Liberal cabinet minister David Orazietti stepped down.Romano won with about 40 per cent of the vote, followed by NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich with 33 per cent and Amaroso trailed behind, with 23 per cent.last_img read more

BJP has continuously worked for development of Dalits Tiwari

first_imgNew Delhi: In an attempt to attract Dalit voters in the Capital, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Sunday addressed a Dalit Yuva Sammelan organised by the state unit of the saffron party, urging them to take an oath to vote BJP back into power in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Comparing Narendra Modi with the former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Tiwari said that their party is the only one that has continuously worked for the development of Dalit societies in India. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPlacing the Congress at a polar opposite, the MP from North East Delhi claimed that the INC has only used Dalits as a vote-bank and “played politics” in their name, without ever actually working for their development. Tiwari also attacked the Congress for apparently not allowing BR Ambedkar’s last rites to be performed in the Capital. He said, “Congress has brought shame to the Dalit community.” Citing examples of the BJP government developing monuments to honour Dalit pride, like the ‘panchteerth”, where five monuments were made to commemorate the achievements and life of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, Tiwari added that his party was that one that truly cares for the community. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe further went on to say that by setting up the Dr Ambedkar International Centre, Modi has made information about Dalit history and achievements all the more accessible by informing people of the life of Ambedkar. Tiwari also claimed that Modi is working in all areas of society and that his re-election as Prime Minister will “shape the future of the country”. In addition to this, Tiwari also mentioned that under BJP, the central government has come up with schemes that support Dalits to set up their own businesses. He claimed that the central government under Modi’s leadership has approved loans for Dalits up to Rs 1 crore at interest rates as little as 4 per cent.last_img read more

Abdullah highlights Srinagars infrastructure issues blames Centre previous JK govt

first_imgSrinagar: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the urban life of Srinagar city was blight with various problems, adding that neither the Centre nor the Jammu and Kashmir government invested in the augmentation of urban infrastructure of the state capital in the last five years. “The people of Srinagar stand dejected at the paucity of amenities and the appalling condition of roads. The people of Srinagar city were forsaken by the former PDP-BJP government and the present governor’s administration proved no different. The work on the various vital projects of the city initiated by our government was unfortunately stalled by the former PDP-BJP regime,” Abdullah said, addressing a party function where 11 corporators of the SMC joined the NC. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Abdullah said the NC, despite being subjected to political shenanigans and conspiracies of various agencies, never left any stone unturned to work for the benefit of the people of the state. “Once in power, we will carry forward the mission of development and work towards ensuring peace in the state with active participation of people. The urban life of Srinagar is fraught with different issues. The party, once in power, will hold the authorities accountable. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “For the last few years, no headway was seen towards upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure of the city. The need of the hour, therefore, is proper planning to rise up to the demands of the growing population of Srinagar city,” he said. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the absence of a popular elected government in the state was taking its toll on the development scenario of the state. “The onus for the miseries that are plaguing the state in the absence of an elected government lies on (PDP chief) Mehbooba Mufti. Had she asked the governor to dissolve the Assembly in June last year, after being shown the door by its former ally, things would have been much different. “Today we would have had an elected government looking after the basic needs of people. However, she chose not to do that and what followed is known to all. It is she who is blameworthy for putting the state into a chasm,” Abdullah said.last_img read more

Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

DETROIT — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency.Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Chris Hart will lead the group, which also will have experts from the FAA and NASA. They’ll look at the plane’s automated system including the way it interacts with pilots. The group will meet Tuesday and is expected to finish in 90 days.The Boeing jetliner has been grounded around the world since mid-March after two crashes killed 346 people. Investigators are focusing on anti-stall software that pushed the planes’ noses down based on erroneous sensor readings.The Associated Press read more

Peace process fragile in Sudan cautions UN envoy

“Each points up the fragility of the peace process. Each serves as a cautionary reminder of the potential consequences for Sudan and its people should the peace process unravel or derail,” Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, told reporters in the capital, Khartoum, today.After violence in May, tens of thousands of residents fled from Abyei, which lies in an oil-rich area close to the boundary between northern and southern Sudan. Also in May, members of the Darfur rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), launched an attack on Omdurman, near Khartoum.Mr. Qazi, who also heads the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), said there were also reasons for optimism, noting that the implementation of a recent agreement to settle the conflict over Abyei provided a strong indication of the parties’ commitment to peace. “I hope that the appointment of a Chief and Deputy Administrator will soon be followed by the full establishment of the interim administration and move us all closer to the day when those displaced by May’s fighting can return in safety and dignity to resume their lives in a secure environment,” he said.The UN envoy added that the results of the national census, which was carried out earlier this year, would provide a vital planning tool for development and public services and assist with delineation of electoral constituencies. He also noted that Sudan had passed an electoral law and work was under way to set up a National Electoral Commission.Mr. Qazi is to due to brief the Security Council on the work of UNMIS next week. 14 August 2008The top United Nations envoy to Sudan says that recent violent clashes in the town of Abyei as well as the attack by a rebel group on the city of Omdurman have put the country’s 2005 peace agreement to the test and created challenges over the past months. read more

More patience needed in assessing UN human rights body its President says

The Council was set up in 2006 to replace the Commission on Human Rights, which had been dogged by accusations of bias and politicization, as part of ongoing UN reform.“All too often, and most times without any real justification, the Human Rights Council has been criticized in the manner and outcome of its work. Let me appeal for greater circumspection, objectivity and patience in assessing the work of the Council,” President Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria said.“Two years is hardly enough time to be overly critical of an institution which we strongly believe holds great promise as a universal human rights body.”The Assembly decision to establish the Council showed nations’ commitment to boosting the UN’s role in ensuring the enjoyment of human rights for all, said Mr. Uhomoibhi, who was elected for a one-year term in June.One of the reforms differentiating the Council from the Commission on Human Rights is the Universal Periodic Review, a mechanism to examine the record of every Member State.“In a very particular sense, the decision to empower the Council to consider human rights situations in all countries, through the mechanism of the Universal Periodic Review, not only emphasized the principle of equality among all states, but also underscored the universality of all human rights,” the President said.He highlighted some of the Council’s activities to the 192-member body, including the adoption in June of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).The Council has also taken steps to address serious rights issues, with three special sessions being held during the reporting period on the situation in Myanmar, violations in the occupied Palestinian territory and the food crisis.“Given that we live in a globalizing world where an event in one part has the potential of affecting life in other parts, the Council found it necessary to remain vigilant and seized with all situations namely of growing inequality, continuing armed conflicts or other menaces such as climate change and food crisis,” Mr. Uhomoibhi noted. 4 November 2008Nearly three years since its creation, more patience is needed in judging the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is still in an “evolutionary” stage, the body’s President told the General Assembly today. read more

IFJ seeks support for Sri Lankan journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliates the Free Media Movement (FMM) and the Sri Lankan Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) have called for more dialogue and discussion on improving working conditions for journalists in Sri Lanka if the country is to rebuild a strong, robust and professional media industry in the country.The IFJ joined the International Media Assessment Mission to Sri Lanka from May 8 to 14 to follow-up on its recent assessments of media freedom situation since the January 8 presidential election. During discussions with government officials, the Right to Information Act (RTI) was also vigorously discussed. The IFJ said: “There is an urgent and present need to build the capacity of journalists and their right to advocate as an industry on working conditions as well as on press freedom issues in the North and East provinces. Importantly, efforts need to be made to bring journalists and their employers together to discuss and engage on the future of the industry.” Increased training opportunities to support professional and ethical journalism and improved understanding and dialogue with media employers on journalists’ right to form were two of the key strategies highlighted by FMM and SLWJA as well as the long-awaited RTI Act.The government overwhelmingly supported the RTI Act and provided the draft law to the mission. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Act would be presented following the general elections, which legally must be held in Sri Lanka before April 2016. The IFJ said: “We join the International Media Assessment Mission in welcoming the changes made by the government to ensure that media freedom has opened up across Sri Lanka. But throughout this latest mission we again heard of challenges for journalists including poor working conditions and pay scales and barriers being put in front of journalists when it comes to advocating on their rights.”“The IFJ joins FMM and SLWJA in highlighting these issues and finding solutions for a stronger, more vibrant media industry in the country as the government takes on its media reform agenda.”Last week’s mission follows an earlier International Media Solidarity Delegation to the country in March organised by FMM in cooperation with the IFJ, the International Press Institute and IFEX. · A broad, multi-stakeholder consultation should be held to identify needs in the area of professionalization of journalists and media workers, and this should be followed up by a series of concrete actions to deliver on those needs. While both FMM and SLWJA said the government has made a number of important positive steps in its media reform agenda; further work was still urgently needed to ensure the media industry in Sri Lanka is to grow and thrive. The IFJ affiliates particularly highlighted some of the obstacles preventing journalists from joining and being active in unions and said further support was needed for journalists in exile trying to return. The IFJ endorsed the issues raised by its affiliates and in its meetings with government. In the mission statement, a number of recommendations were presented, including:· An independent Commission of Inquiry should be created with a mandate and adequate powers to investigate past killings of, threats to, disappearances of and other attacks on journalists, media workers and media outlets, with a view to ensuring that those responsible are prosecuted and that appropriate compensation is paid to the victims and their families.· Media owners should recognise and support journalists’ and media workers’ right to form unions to negotiate and advocate on behalf of their members. read more

Sixteen Colonels promoted to the rank of Brigadier

President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, promoted sixteen Senior Colonels of the Army to the rank of temporary Brigadier.Those promoted are Colonel A.S.P Podiralahamie, Colonel I.P Kandanaarachchi, Colonel M.I.P Nanayakkarawasam, Colonel T.M Abeyratne, Colonel L.D.S.S Liyanage, Colonel M.K Jayawardena, Colonel M.G.T.D Rathnasekara, Colonel K.H.K Kottawattha, Colonel W.R.M.M Rathnayake, Colonel U.U.K.L.S Perera, Colonel J.M.C Jayaweera, Colonel S.R.K Hettiarachchi, Colonel H.M.L.D Herath, Colonel P.S.K Sanjeewa, Colonel P.S Thilakaratna and Colonel W.G.R.P Peiris.

Reforms needed for further economic progress in Russia Brazil China and India

Mr. Annan’s remarks were delivered at the 10th St. Petersburg International Forum by Marek Belka, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), to an audience of high-level policy makers, industrialists, bankers and representatives from various international organizations and financial institutions gathered in the Russian city.Ministers of Economic Affairs of Brazil, India, China and Russia – countries that in recent years have been the world leaders in economic growth rate – are also attending the three-day event.“The remarkable economic growth of Brazil, China, India and Russia has brought prosperity to many, and lifted millions more out of extreme poverty. Yet tremendous challenges remain. Economic gains have been unevenly distributed, and the ranks of the poor are still large.”“Our challenge is to sustain the progress that has been achieved while addressing the remaining backlog of need. For this, further reforms – economic, political, legal, judicial and regulatory – are essential. We must clarify and institutionalize the rules underpinning investment and development, while increasing investments in health, education, training and research.”Mr. Annan said that such an “ambitious agenda” demands the active participation of both the public and the private sectors, working together to achieve shared goals, but he added that the trend in this regard was promising.“Cooperation between civil society and governments is on the rise, environmentally sustainable practices are gaining ground, corporate social responsibility enjoys wider acceptance, and public-private partnerships are increasingly being employed to investment in critical sectors such as education and infrastructure.”The Secretary-General said that such developments are important not only to sustain economic growth, but also for the broader objective of defeating poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of socio-economic ills by 2015.“Developing countries should not be condemned, by the weight of tradition or their own poverty, to do what their predecessors have done. We cannot deny their need to industrialize, but this can be done in cleaner ways. And the developed countries have a responsibility to help by, for instance, building capacity and transferring technology and know-how.”Mr. Annan said that the Forum can not only contribute to dialogue on these issues but can also provide a basis for discussion by leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialised countries at next month’s summit that will also be held in St. Petersburg. read more

AB InBev repurchasing South Koreas Oriental Breweries for US58 billion

AB InBev repurchasing South Korea’s Oriental Breweries for US$5.8 billion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 20, 2014 4:59 am MDT In this March 2, 2011 photo, Budweiser cans run through a filling machine at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Los Angeles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Reed Saxon AMSTERDAM – Belgium’s AB InBev, the maker of Budweiser and Labatt beers, says it has agreed to repurchase South Korea’s Oriental Breweries from private equity firms for US$5.8 billion.Oriental Breweries — known for the Cass brand, South Korea’s biggest seller — was sold in 2009 to KKR and Affinity Equity Partners after the combination of InBev with U.S.-based Anheuser-Busch.In the meantime, AB InBev and Oriental Breweries continued to work together on a commercial level. OB had the South Korean distribution rights for brands such as Budweiser, Corona and Hoegaarden.“We are excited to invest in South Korea and to be working with the Oriental Brewery team again. OB will strengthen our position in the fast-growing Asia Pacific region and will become a significant contributor to our Asia Pacific Zone,” AB InBev chief executive Carlos Brito said in a statement released from Brussels and Hong Kong.Oriental Brewing will continue to be led by chief executive officer In-soo Chang, and remain headquartered in South Korea under its current name.It will also become a part of AB InBev’s Asia Pacific zone, which is led by Michel Doukeris.AB InBev has grown into a global brewing company through a series of acquisitions, including the 1995 purchase of one of Canada’s two largest beer makers, Labatt Breweries.It never really wanted to part with the leading South Korean brewer, but sold it in 2009 as part of a strategy to reduce debt during the financial crisis. read more

Pfizer spends 14B on Medivation in cancer fight

Pfizer spends $14B on Medivation in cancer fight FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, file photo, a man enters Pfizer’s world headquarters, in New York. Pfizer is buying biopharmaceutical company Medivation in a deal valued at about $14 billion. Medivation Inc.’s stock soared more than 19 percent in Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 premarket trading. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Pfizer will pay about $14 billion to buy cancer drug developer Medivation in a cash deal aimed at fortifying its hold in one of the hottest and most lucrative areas of medicine.The New York drugmaker said Monday that the acquisition will stock its product portfolio with leading treatments for the most common cancers in men and women by adding Medivation’s pricey prostate cancer treatment Xtandi to a lineup that already includes the breast cancer drug Ibrance.Pfizer CEO Ian Read called the acquisition a “rare opportunity” to add an established treatment and a pipeline of drugs under development.Medivation presents an attractive target as a specialty drugmaker focused on developing medicines for cancer and serious diseases with few treatment options. Earlier this year, it rejected a $9.3 billion offer from the French drugmaker Sanofi.Pfizer, best known for mass-market drugs such as impotence pill Viagra and cholesterol fighter Lipitor, began pursuing cancer drugs well after most industry leaders. It has been furiously playing catch up, mainly through partnerships with university researchers and other drugmakers.Last year, Medivation brought in $943 million in revenue, mainly through Xtandi, which it sells in partnership with the Japanese drugmaker Astellas Pharma.Xtandi has drawn attention from the public interest group Knowledge Economy International, which has protested the $129,000-a year list price for the treatment. The U.S. government covers much of the cost for Xtandi prescriptions filled under federal health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration.Aside from Xtandi, Pfizer Inc. said Medivation also has a promising pipeline of cancer drugs in late-stage clinical development. That includes the potential breast cancer treatment talazoparib and a potential lymphoma drug. Researchers also are studying Xtandi as a possible treatment for earlier-stage prostate cancers.Pfizer said Monday that it will pay $81.50 per Medivation share. That’s a 21 per cent premium to the San Francisco biotech’s Friday closing price of $67.19.The boards of both companies have approved the deal, which is targeted to close in the third or fourth quarter.The Pfizer-Medivation deal is much smaller than Pfizer’s proposed, $160-billion combination with Ireland’s Allergan, a plan the drugmakers scrapped after the Treasury Department issued new rules this spring aimed specially at blocking that deal. It was structured as a tax inversion, which means Pfizer’s headquarters would move, on paper only, from New York to reduce the drugmaker’s U.S. tax bill.There has been a push from Wall Street for the drugmaker to break itself up into smaller companies so that it can grow faster. While hesitant, Pfizer has promised to decide the issue by the end of this year.In the meantime, the company has focused on a series of partnerships and deals showing the company can grow as a whole. And company shares have begun to climb after years in the doldrums.Shares are up 8 per cent this year, outpacing all major U.S. trading indexes.BernsteinResearch analyst Dr. Tim Anderson, who has pushed repeatedly for a breakup, wrote that paying more than $80 per share “for a stock that was trading in the $30s just a few months ago feels pricey” at first glance.Shares of Medivation Inc. soared nearly 20 per cent, or $13.33, to $80.49 early Monday, while Pfizer climbed 22 cents to $35.20.___Murphy reported from Indianapolis, and Johnson contributed from Trenton, New Jersey. by Tom Murphy And Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 22, 2016 5:42 am MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN chief urges world to implement Paris climate accord with greater ambition

“We know that the world has the tools, the technologies and the wealth to address climate change, but we must show more determination in moving towards a green, clean, sustainable energy future,” Mr. Guterres said at a press encounter at the UN Headquarters, in New York. “Today and every day, I am determined to ensure that the United Nations works to protect our common future and to seize the opportunities of climate action,” he affirmed. He said: “Today I am announcing that I will travel on Saturday to Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica to survey the damage and to assess what more the United Nations can do to help people recover, visiting of course also the operations that are taking place there.” The islands were recently hit by back-to-back category 5 hurricanes. Since the disasters struck, the UN and partners have delivered relief by both air and the sea, reaching thousands across the region with food, water purification tablets, water storage tanks, tents, school kits, mosquito nets and cash assistance. The Organization also launched a $113.9 million appeal to cover humanitarian needs for the immediate period ahead. I will travel on Saturday to Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica to survey the damage and to assess what more UN can do to help people recover, visiting of course also the operations that are taking place thereWithin a span of few weeks, the Caribbean region was struck by major hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Jose that left terrible destruction in their wake. Noting that over the past 30 years, the number of annual weather-related disasters nearly tripled, and economic losses increased five-fold, Mr. Guterres said that with climate change warming the seas – resulting in more water vapor in the atmosphere – intensity of hurricanes has worsened considerably. “Instead of dissipating, they pick up fuel as they move across the ocean,” he warned, cautioning also that the melting of glaciers and the thermal expansion of the seas would result in bigger storm surges and with more people living along coastlines and causing more damage. Concluding his remarks, the UN chief underlined the Organization’s commitment to help all countries, in particular small island States to adapt to climate change and strengthen resilience, and called for innovative financing mechanisms to enable countries cope with external shocks. read more

UN human rights chief hopeful Venezuelan authorities are ready to address violations

The report, published by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), was mandated by the Human Rights Council, in response to longstanding concerns by Member States. In her statement, Ms. Bachelet said that her team had conducted a “technical visit” to Venezuela in March; and made nine visits to interview Venezuelan refugees and migrants based in several South American countries, as well as Spain. She recounted her ground-breaking mission to the country two weeks ago, to meet senior officials and politicians, including President Nicolás Maduro, and President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim President in January, sparking the latest unresolved political crisis to beset the oil-rich Latin American nation. She also met members of civil society and heard testimony from victims of grave human rights violations.Previous OHCHR reports have highlighted killings, the use of excessive force against demonstrators, arbitrary detentions, ill-treatment and torture. The latest publication warns that “if the situation does not improve, the unprecedented outflow of Venezuelan migrants and refugees will continue, and the living conditions of those who remain will worsen”.In June, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said that some four million people are now believed to have left the country in the last four years, amid reportedly dire shortages of food and basic services.“During my visit to Venezuela, I was able to hear first-hand the accounts of victims of State violence and their demands for justice,” Ms. Bachelet said. “I have faithfully conveyed their voices, and those of civil society, as well as the human rights violations documented in this report, to the relevant authorities.”The OHCHR report’s findings are based on more than 550 interviews with victims and witnesses of abuses and the deteriorating economic situation in Venezuela and eight other countries.As well as detailing how State institutions have been “steadily militarized” over the past decade, it states that civil and military forces have been allegedly responsible for “arbitrary detentions, ill-treatment and torture” of critics of the Government; sexual and gender-based violence in detention and “excessive use of force during demonstrations”.Pro-Government armed civilian groups in spotlightCiting 66 deaths during protests between January and May 2019, of which 52 were attributable to Government security forces, or pro-Government armed civilian groups known as “colectivos”, OHCHR maintains that, as of 31 May 2019, 793 people remained in arbitrary detention, including 58 women.“They contributed to the deteriorating situation by exercising social control and helping repress demonstrations,” the OHCHR report says of the paramilitary groups.Allegations of extrajudicial killings by security forces have been “shockingly high”, the report continues, citing the involvement of Government so-called Special Action Forces (FAES). In 2018, the Government registered 5,287 killings, purportedly for “resistance to authority” during operations, the report continues, adding that between 1 January and 19 May this year, another 1,569 people were killed, according to Government figures. Turning to the country’s political crisis, the report notes that, so far this year, 22 deputies of the National Assembly have been stripped of their parliamentary immunity, as well as to the forum’s leader, Mr. Guaido.People ‘have to queue 10 hours per day for food’On the plight of ordinary Venezuelans, OHCHR insists that “large sections of the population have no access to food distribution.”Women are particularly hard-hit, it continues, amid a “progressive scarcity and unaffordability of food” and reports that some are “spending an average of 10 hours per day queuing for food”.Health provision is also described as “dire, with hospitals lacking staff, supplies, medicines and electricity to keep vital machinery running”. Between November 2018 and February 2019, 1,557 people died because of lack of supplies in hospitals, the report notes, citing a national hospital survey.Minorities lost land to military, armed groupsIndigenous peoples are also shown to have been disproportionately impacted, amid a loss of control of their land to military forces, organised criminal gangs and armed groups. “Mining, particularly in Amazonas and Bolivar…has resulted in violations of various collective rights, including rights to maintain customs, traditional ways of life, and a spiritual relationship with their land,” the report adds.Despite the many violations detailed within her report, the UN human rights chief declared that she was “hopeful”, that the access she had been granted during her trip, as well as the willingness of the Venezuelan authorities to accept the presence of two human rights officers on the ground, marked the beginning of “positive engagement” on the country’s many human rights issues. The situation is complex, she said, but “the report contains clear, concrete recommendations for the way forward. I sincerely hope the authorities will take these recommendations in the constructive spirit in which they are made.”in response to the High Commissioner’s comments, the Venezuelan representative to the Human Rights council dismissed her Office’s report, calling its contents “incomprehensible”, lacking in “scientific rigour” and omitting to mention the “immoral blockade” facing the country. read more

Archers appoints Radio 4 veteran as new editor after string of TV

first_imgOne editor was accused of turning it into Eastenders in a field. Another scarpered to the world of television soaps barely a year after he started.The BBC appears to have learnt its lesson when it comes to appointing the new editor of The Archers, as it announces a Radio 4 veteran from the world of radio drama.Jeremy Howe has worked as Radio drama and fiction commissioning editor for 12 years, responsible for more than 300 titles a year.Calling the Archers editor post “another of the best jobs in the world”, Howe said it was an “honour and a privilege” to pick up the reins of the Ambridge soap.His appointment, from a role which saw him oversee The Archers, is likely to reassure listeners, who have been subjected to a string of short-lived editors in recent years. Howe said it was an “honour and a privilege” to pick up the reins of the Ambridge soapCredit:David Jones/PA Tim Bentinck, who plays David Archer, has previously warned that editors were being lured away by higher salaries elsewhere, suggesting the role could be at risk of being seen as a training ground for a best editorial roles in television.Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he said editors leaving for television jobs were becoming “the nature of the beast”, despite the Archers cast hoping they had reached a settled period last year.After his appointment was announced, Howe said: “Being in charge of Radio 4’s drama and fiction has been one of the best jobs in the world.”I am thrilled to be asked to do another of the best jobs in the world, to take up the reins of The Archers and to carry on the work of my illustrious predecessors Huw Kennair-Jones, Sean O’Connor and Vanessa Whitburn.”It is an honour and privilege to be moving to Ambridge. I just hope that my favourite country walk along the Am hasn’t been ruined by Brian’s chemical misdemeanours.”In his current role, Howe is responsible for commissioning over 300 titles a year including Book At Bedtime and all the drama on Radio 4. Howe’s predecessor Huw Kennair-Jones quit the radio soap after just over a year to work on ITV soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale.Sean O’Connor, editor before that, spent two-and-a-half years in the role, regularly accused of making Borsetshire rather too eventful in the manner of a television soap.After an acclaimed storyline about domestic abuse starring characters Helen and Rob, O’Connor left in 2016 to join the EastEnders team, later moving into film. He will take up his post with The Archers later this year. It is an honour and privilege to be moving to Ambridge. I just hope that my favourite country walk along the Am hasn’t been ruined by Brian’s chemical misdemeanoursJeremy Howe Howe said it was an “honour and a privilege” to pick up the reins of the Ambridge soap Gwyneth Williams, Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra controller, said: “Jeremy has made an outstanding contribution over many years as Radio 4’s drama commissioning editor.”He has brought drama into the heart of Radio 4 and commissioned countless memorable and agenda-setting programmes, in addition to overseeing our considerable portfolio of series, serials and individual dramas, including The Archers.”During Jeremy’s time we’ve had record audiences and each week over six million people listen to Radio 4 drama. Jeremy’s contribution ranges more broadly than drama and includes repositioning our fiction though short stories and Book At Bedtime.”She added: “I am delighted that he has accepted the post of editor of The Archers and I know that he will bring his wit, flair and storytelling genius to the role. Archers fans will be in for a treat – Jeremy is the best.”Howe has previously called the Archers “extraordinary”, hailing Radio 4 as having “one hell of a smart audience.”His golden rules for drama writing include “never ambush your audience”, and he has advised would-be writers to protect themselves against criticism by making storylines “brilliant.“Excellence is your best defence,” he said.Howe has also written a memoir about the death of his wife, who was murdered in 1992 when his daughters were aged six and four. Commissions have included an all-day dramatisation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and War And Peace.last_img read more

Bomb disposal experts at prison in Peterborough amid ongoing incident

first_imgAn RAF bomb disposal van could be seen at the jailCredit: Joe Giddens/PA  Bomb disposal experts and police are dealing with an incident at Peterborough prison.An RAF bomb disposal van could be seen at the jail on Friday night and personnel in military clothing were also spotted, as a police cordon surrounded the area.A man in a full bomb disposal suit and helmet was seen looking at a silver Volkswagen Golf parked at the prison which is operated by Sodexo Justice Services.Cambridgeshire Police said officers were dealing with an “ongoing” incident, providing no further detail. HMP Peterborough is a local category B prison which is situated on the former site of the Baker Perkins engineering works.Opening in March 2005, it is the country’s only dual purpose-built prison for men and women, who are kept separate at all times.The prison also has a 12-place Mother and Baby Unit. A man in a full bomb disposal suit and helmet was seen looking at a silver Volkswagen Gol An RAF bomb disposal van could be seen at the jail A man in a full bomb disposal suit and helmet was seen looking at a silver Volkswagen GolCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Craftsman remanded for smuggling ganja into prison

A sixty-one-year-old craftsman of Leopold Street, Georgetown found himself arraigned before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday morning after he allegedly attempted to smuggle 20 grams of marijuana into the Camp Street Penitentiary on August 31, 2017, reportedly concealed in the sole of a pair of boots.Ishwar Persaud pleaded not guilty to the offence of trafficking in narcotics when the charge was read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman, explaining that the shoes were given to him by his neighbour to take to a prisoner on remand, named Ralph Franklin, at the local penitentiary.Police facts alleged that on the day of the incident the elderly man visited the prison and searches conducted on his person by security personnel at the facility revealed the narcotics hidden in the said footwear.Following this revelation, the subject was escorted to the Alberttown Police Station (Georgetown) where the suspected leaves, seeds and stems were weighed in his presence. He was subsequently charged with the present offence.Bail was refused and Persaud will remain incarcerated until September 18, 2017, when the matter will be called again at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for a preemptory hearing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMurder accused gets 3 years, fined $30, 000 for trafficking marijuana into penitentiary  July 12, 2019In “Court”Man busted with narcotics outside of Camp St prison remandedAugust 31, 2018In “Court”Guyhoc teen remanded on drug chargeJuly 2, 2016In “Court” read more

Technology world first for Chinese alumina producer

first_imgJust ahead of the Automated Mineralogy conference in Australia and IM‘s July issue special on the subject, China’s Chalco has become the world’s first alumina producer to adopt leading-edge automated mineralogy for research and development. With the installation of a QEMSCAN in the Zhengzhou Research Institute of Chalco (ZZRI), in Henan Province, Chalco is also the first Chinese organisation to use this technology. It will use the unit in company research and development programs focusing on bauxite and other base metals.The QEMSCAN® automated, quantitative particle analysis and identification solution is the flagship product of innovative technology developer Intellection. Chalco is the largest producer of alumina in China and the second largest producer of alumina in the world.ZZRI Director Dr Wangxing Li said, “Accurate and fast mineralogy research is more and more important to modern minerals processing, and QEMSCAN makes this possible. Chalco, as an international, multi-metal mining company, has already put a strong emphasis on this and intends to use QEMSCAN fully to improve our research and production.”Calvin Treacey, Intellection CEO: “This is the beginning of a partnership that will see Intellection and Chalco work closely on collaborative projects which will open up new research in alumina exploration and production. It will also showcase QEMSCAN to the rest of the Chinese mining sector, where we expect to achieve strong growth.”The QEMSCAN installation will be carried out jointly by Intellection and Carl Zeiss China. Intellection has a number of strategic agreements in place with Carl Zeiss world-wide.Intellection’s commitment to developing business relationships in China was recognised recently with a place in Australia’s Telstra-Austrade Win Business Gold in China program. Awarded for innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic planning, the program involves advice on Chinese business protocols, a trip to Beijing during the Olympics, networking and local contacts, and cultural and sporting events.QEMSCAN solutions and services can significantly improve productivity, accuracy and the quality of key information resulting from the automated analysis of geological and process samples fundamental to decision making by companies, interest groups and government bodies involved in the mining, utilities, and oil and gas industries.Chalco is the largest producer of alumina in the China and the second largest producer of alumina in the world. It is also the largest producer of primary aluminium in China, mainly producing metallurgical alumina, alumina chemicals, primary aluminium, aluminium alloy, high-purity aluminium and gallium, etc.last_img read more

Une société privée américaine va commercialiser des voyages vers la Lune

first_imgUne société privée américaine va commercialiser des voyages vers la LuneD’anciens hauts responsables de la NASA sont en train de créer une société privée qui va, pour la première fois, proposer des vols à destination de la Lune.Aller sur la Lune ça vous dit ? Eh bien ceci pourrait bientôt devenir possible ! C’est du moins ce qu’ont annoncé les fondateurs d’une société baptisée Golden Spike Company qui vient tout juste de voir le jour. Celle-ci “est la première entreprise qui prévoit d’offrir de façon régulière des expéditions d’exploration sur la surface de la Lune et ce d’ici la fin de la décennie”. Néanmoins, sans surprise, il faudra mettre la main à la poche pour partir explorer notre satellite naturel. Un vol aller-retour pour deux passagers avec une promenade sur la Lune coûtera la modique somme de 1,5 milliard de dollars, ont précisé les fondateurs. Des prix du même ordre que les budgets déjà alloués par certains pays pour des missions robotiques scientifiques lunaires, ont-ils souligné. Les entrepreneurs expliquent qu’ils misent sur l’apparition de lanceurs et de vaisseaux spatiaux de transport de personnes dans le secteur privé qui réduiront considérablement les coûts des vols commerciaux d’exploration lunaire. “L’objectif de Golden Spike est d’optimiser les lanceurs existants et de vendre son système à des pays, des individus ou des sociétés dont les objectifs et les ambitions sont l’exploration lunaire”, précise le communiqué. Il faut dire que les créateurs ne sont pas des amateurs puisqu’il s’agit d’anciens hauts responsables de la NASA. Le PDG de la société est ainsi Alan Stern, ex-directeur adjoint de la NASA pour la science et le président du conseil d’administration est Gerry Griffin, qui fut directeur des vols durant le programme Apollo et patron du centre spatial Johnson à Houston. 15 à 20 lancements dès 2020  À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreD’après Alain Stern, le premier voyage pourrait avoir lieu avant la fin de la décennie et 15 à 20 lancements pourraient ensuite être programmés. Récemment, le président Barack Obama a annulé tous les programmes de la NASA visant à renvoyer des hommes vers la Lune, précisant que les Etats-Unis y étaient déjà allés. Comme il l’a expliqué, le PDG de Golden Spike Company se serait donc tourné vers d’autres pays tels que l’Afrique du Sud, la Corée du Sud et le Japon. “Ce n’est pas une question d’être premier. C’est une question de rejoindre le club. Nous sommes comme qui dirait, en train de remettre de l’ordre dans ce que la NASA fait dans les années 1960. Nous sommes sur le point d’en faire une activité pour les années 2020”, a expliqué Alain Stern. Le 7 décembre 2012 à 17:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lèpre définition contagion traitement ce quil faut savoir sur cette maladie

first_imgLèpre : définition, contagion, traitement, ce qu’il faut savoir sur cette maladieLes lépreux et les lépreuses sont nombreux dans le monde. L’Inde, et certains pays d’Afrique sont les plus touchés par la maladie. Quels sont les symptômes de la lèpre ? Un vaccin existe-t-il ? Maxisciences vous explique. La lèpre, qu’est-ce que c’est ? La lèpre est une maladie tropicale d’origine bactérienne. L’agent infectieux responsable de la lèpre est la bactérie Mycobacterium leprae. Elle touche surtout l’Inde, l’Afrique et l’Asie. Six pays regroupent près de 83% de la prévalence mondiale. Selon l’OMS : 2,8 millions de personnes sont touchés par la lèpre dans le monde.Comment ça se transmet ? La transmission de la lèpre se fait par des contacts répétés avec des personnes infectées et contagieuses par des gouttelettes présentes dans le nez.  Quels sont les symptômes ?Le bacille de la lèpre se développe très lentement. Les symptômes peuvent mettre jusqu’à 20 ans à apparaître, bien que le malade soit toujours contagieux s’il n’est pas traité. C’est d’ailleurs un véritable problème puisque cela rend l’élimination de la maladie difficile. Les symptômes de la maladie sont des lésions cutanées et nerveuses qui peuvent devenir permanentes si le malade ne reçoit aucun traitement. Les lésions touchent les nerfs, les bras et les jambes ainsi que les yeux.  Il existe deux types de lèpres : –  paucibacillaire : d’une à cinq lésions cutanées insensibles- multibacillaire  : plus de cinq lésions cutanées insensiblesQuel est le traitement ?À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En 1981, un groupe d’étude de l’OMS affirme que l’usage de polychimiothérapie (PCT) est le traitement qui devrait être utilisé pour soigner la lèpre. Ce traitement comprend 3 médicaments : – Le rifampicine-  La dapsone- La clofazimine pour les malades atteint de la lèpre multibacillaireCe mélange est assez efficace pour guérir les malades. Selon l’OMS, 16 millions de patients ont reçu ce traitement durant les vingt dernières années.  Le 15 janvier 2018 à 12:13 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more