Presenters including elder Ivy Raine and band administrator and member Allison Adams-Bull described their family ties to other Indigenous communities along the pipeline route to the West Coast and their concern that their traditional hunting, fishing and gathering of medicinal plants could be affected by a pipeline spill.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its NEB approval, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on the marine environment.The NEB’s rehearing is designed to address the latter issue. The oral traditional evidence gathering continues this week in Calgary before heading to Victoria from Nov. 26-29 and concluding in Nanaimo, B.C. from Dec. 3-6. CALGARY, A.B. – A rooftop smudging ceremony where herbs were burned and prayers said served as a proxy for swearing in as the oral traditional evidence gathering part of a National Energy Board reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project began Tuesday.Lyne Mercier, the vice-chair of the NEB and chairwoman of the three-member panel hearing evidence, welcomed Indigenous presenters from the Louis Bull Tribe about 80 kilometres south of Edmonton as the first to speak as three weeks of hearings started in Calgary.She said the NEB appreciates that the Louis Bull Tribe has a tradition of sharing knowledge from one generation to another through spoken word, noting that two hours had been set aside for presentations but video evidence could also be submitted if time runs short.
BrockUResearch: Consider This is a monthly podcast series launched Sept. 25 by the Office of Research Services and co-produced with Brock University’s radio station, CFBU.Each month, our researchers tackle an issue of interest to the community. They draw upon their findings, insights and experiences to broaden and deepen understanding in a particular area.Hosted by Mike Saunders, the podcast departs from the traditional question-and-answer approach. Our researchers – typically from different departments and disciplines – sit at the table and discuss and debate the issue with one another, each adding their unique piece of the puzzle.November’s podcast is: Bullying – from classroom to workplace.Many of us grew up in an era where children beating each other up in the schoolyard or calling each other names was chalked up to, well, just being a kid.Likewise, water cooler gossip by colleagues and disparaging words from a volatile boss were put up with because, well, it’s a job, he’s the boss and I need the money.In most cases, victims of bullying were advised to “suck it up” or learn how to “fight back.”Zopito Marini, professor in Child and Youth Studies, and Lisa Barrow, assistant professor in the Goodman School of Business who specializes in workplace bullying, discuss how our awareness and understanding of bullying has changed, along with how to deal with it.The podcast is being aired in the same month as a public forum is scheduled to be held at Brock.
The Secretary-General’s remarks came at a meeting with the former Presidents of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico and Uruguay on the future of democracy in the region, as the UN Development Programme (UNDP) released a new study on the needs and vulnerabilities of Latin American democracies.According to UNDP, the region faces serious institutional problems affecting governance and the rule of law, as well as the independence of the three branches of government, the functioning of the electoral systems, and the organization of political parties and political practice.The Secretary-General noted in his remarks that all of the 17 countries in continental Latin America have elected governments, but at the same time, many of those countries are home to the most unequal income distribution in the world. According to UNDP, more than 40 per cent of Latin Americans lives below the poverty line.”The hope that political and economic freedom would provide a formula for meeting the region’s massive social demands has in some instances given way to questions about the strength of democracy,” Mr. Annan said. “Democratic development in Latin America seems to have reached a critical moment – a moment when it is important to consider its strengths and weaknesses, and to identify the needs and risks for the future.”UNDP’s project is an attempt to meet this need, the Secretary-General noted, by seeking to promote dialogue and debate among political, academic and civil society actors. It also hopes to help democracy in the region grow and improve.”Democracy can only function when it adequately reflects the aspirations of all groups in society,” Mr. Annan stressed. “No State could be truly labelled democratic if it does not offer its people a way out from poverty. And no country can truly develop if it excludes its own people from power.”
With the impact of ozone-depleting substances already reduced to 2 per cent of their effect during peak years, representatives of the world’s governments are meeting in Dakar, Senegal to plan the complete elimination of chemicals that destroy the protective layer of the earth’s atmosphere, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) reported today.From 12 to 16 December, parties to the UNEP-developed Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer will mark its 20th anniversary and plan its next phase, along with that of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the successful annex that assists developing countries to rid themselves of ozone-depleting chemicals. The Protocol’s Technology and Economic Assessment Panel is recommending that developed countries provide approximately $439 million over the next three years to support the phase-out by replenishing the multilateral fund that has assisted the transfer of ozone-friendly technologies and know-how to virtually every developing country in the world. The process has enabled these countries to surpass their phase-out goals and reduce their consumption of ozone-depleting substances by over 60 per cent, UNEP said. “The Montreal Protocol clearly demonstrates that, once they have access to technical and financial resources, developing countries are ready, willing and able to take aggressive action to protect the global environment,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer. “The multilateral fund has proven itself highly effective in supporting national phase-out programmes, and it deserves the strongest possible support for enabling developing countries to achieve the Protocol’s ambitious goals for the years ahead,” he said. Since the adoption of the Vienna Convention in 1985, followed by the Montreal Protocol in 1987, the international ozone regime has expanded to address almost 100 ozone-depleting chemicals for refrigeration, electronics, foam-making and other industries, some of which also contribute to global warming. While developed countries have already phased out virtually all uses of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), historically the greatest cause of ozone destruction, a number of them have been unable to meet the agreed 2005 phase-out target for methyl bromide, an agricultural fumigant they claim is hard to replace, UNEP said. Developing countries have until 2015 to phase out this chemical.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2013 5:06 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,443.65 down 150.32 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD). Plane and train maker. Down two cents, or 0.41 per cent, at $4.86 on 17.8 million shares.BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Media and telecommunications. Down 60 cents, or 1.30 per cent, at $45.57 on 11.12 million shares. The telecommunications sector is on the spotlight this week as Ottawa reiterated Tuesday that it would limit competition in the Canadian wireless market. On Monday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission allowed customers to cancel phone contracts without penalty after two years.Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT). Oil and gas. Down 45 cents, or 4.13 per cent, at $10.45 on 10.62 million shares. Calgary-based Penn West will reduce staffing levels by 10 per cent, install a new president and chief executive officer and slash its quarterly dividend by half while it undergoes a strategic review.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up 17 cents, or 8.25 per cent, at $2.23 on 8.30 million shares.Eastern Platinum Ltd. (TSX:ELR). Miner. Up half a cent, or 6.25 per cent, at 8.5 cents on 5.66 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (974.44 down 11.46 points):Americas Petrogas Inc. (TSXV:BOE). Oil and gas exploration. Down 16 cents, or 11.03 per cent, at $1.29 on 3.93 million shares.Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 64 cents on 3.83 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Groupe TVA (TSX:TVA.B). Media. Unchanged at $9.50 on 700 shares. The television company will cut 90 jobs or 4.5 per cent of its workforce citing difficult advertising conditions for the media industry.HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM). Miner. Down three cents, or 0.36 per cent, at $8.31 on 776,129 shares. The miner was downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service to a corporate family rating of B3 from B2. The ratings agency says it believes HudBay will likely require additional capital to develop its various growth projects and will at least partially fund that requirement with debt.Laurentian Bank (TSX:LB). Bank. Up 15 cents, or 0.34 per cent, at $44.20 on 65,929 shares. The Quebec-based bank boosted its quarterly dividend by a penny to 50 cents after reporting higher earnings and revenue for the second quarter. Laurentian said the acquisition of AGF Trust helped improve its sales. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Ohio State redshirt senior wrestler Bo Jordan battles Arizona State sophomore Zahid Valencia during a dual meet on Nov. 12. The Buckeyes won 31-12, but Jordan lost the match. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorComing off victories against Maryland and Rutgers, No. 2 Ohio State (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) faces off against No. 14 Minnesota (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Friday at the Schottenstein Center.Minnesota defeated Michigan State Sunday, and has seven wrestlers on InterMat’s top 20 individual class rankings. One potential matchup that would highlight the night involves No. 4 Ethan Lizak of Minnesota, who will likely wrestle against Ohio State’s No. 1 Nathan Tomasello at 125 pounds. “That’s probably the premier matchup of the night,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said.Tomasello made his season debut against Maryland, winning 18-2 by technical fall, but sat out the Buckeyes’ next meet against Rutgers. He missed the first couple months of the season with a right knee injury.Ohio State junior Te’Shan Campbell and Minnesota senior Nick Wanzek will square off at 165 pounds. They come in ranked 13th and 9th, respectively. Campbell lost to Rutgers’ No. 12 Richie Lewis by decision 5-2 in his last matchup.Redshirt sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes also lost by decision against Rutgers, when No. 12 Eleazar DeLuca got the best of him in a 12-7 decision. Hayes is No. 6 in the 149-pound division, and will likely face redshirt junior Steve Bleise Friday. At 174 pounds, redshirt senior Bo Jordan looks to build off of his 3-0 win vs. Rutgers’ Joseph Grello. Friday’s meet marks the first of two meets at the Schottenstein Center. Usually the team’s home matches are at St. John Arena. “I haven’t wrestled in the Schott a whole lot since I’ve been in college, but a few times, and did a lot in high school, so it’s good to get back in that venue,” Jordan said.His brother, No. 6 Micah Jordan, will take on Minnesota’s No. 18 Jake Short at 157 pounds. “[Short’s] like a veteran, he’s been in the sport a while, so I’ll be pumped up for that match,” Micah Jordan said. Ohio State junior Joey McKenna will compete against Minnesota junior Tommy Thorn at 141 pounds. McKenna is coming off a win by major decision against Rutgers, and is a perfect 6-0 on the season. Both McKenna and Thorn are inside the top 11. “Every single week I’ve seen his progression, and Joey McKenna with energy? Watch out,” Ryan said.Ohio State sophomore Luke Pletcher will likely wrestle Minnesota sophomore Mitchell McKee at 133 pounds. The matchup between the two second-year wrestlers will be a chance for a pair of young up-and-comers to showcase their talents. Pletcher is already up to No. 2 and has yet to lose this season. “They’ve seen each other before in high school. I don’t believe they’ve wrestled yet in college, but that will be a real big one for us at 133,” Ryan said.Ohio State completes its lineup with junior Myles Martin at 184 pounds, redshirt sophomore Kollin Moore at 197 pounds and senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder.Ohio State men’s wrestling team will finally be at full health, and is getting into the meat of its schedule, with dual meets coming up against No. 7 Iowa on Jan. 21 and No. 22 Purdue on Jan. 28 at the Jordan brothers’ former high school, St. Paris Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio.
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann is 114-85 as a head coach, including four consecutive 20-win seasons. Credit: Courtesy of TNSChris Holtmann, who spent the last three years as Butler’s coach, has agreed to an eight-year deal to be Ohio State men’s basketball’s next head coach following Thad Matta’s firing Monday. The deal is worth around $3 million annually, according to the press release.In just four seasons, Holtmann has gone from head coach at Gardner-Webb in the Big South to Butler in the Big East and now OSU in the Big Ten. Holtmann, 45, is the 14th head coach in program history and has a pedigree of helping programs achieve postseason success in a short amount of time while keeping his foot on the gas on the recruiting trail.Coaching successHoltmann’s coaching career began at his alma mater, Taylor University, in Upland, Indiana — a town of 3,845 people, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. He served one season as a graduate assistant, went to Geneva College as an assistant coach for one season, then returned to Taylor as an assistant coach for four seasons.The Trojans were 50-16 and won two conference championships in Holtmann’s final two years before he left for his first Division I coaching job at Gardner-Webb. He spent five years as an assistant coach and associate head coach before his teammate at Taylor, John Groce, gave him a call to join his staff in 2008 at Ohio University.In his second year, Holtmann assisted Groce in leading the Bobcats to their first Mid-American Conference tournament title in five seasons and a first-round upset of Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 14 seed in 2010. “Chris was a huge part of that (tournament run). It was just a great hire,” Groce, current Akron head coach, told The Lantern in a phone interview Friday. “I already knew who he was as a person and that certainly played into my decision to hire him when I was at Ohio. I knew that he was going to be loyal, humble, hard-working and anything you would want from a character perspective.”That ended up being Holtmann’s final season on Groce’s staff as he left for the Gardner-Webb head coaching position following that tournament appearance. From that point forward, Holtmann has had unprecedented success leading up to his hire on Friday.Despite a below-.500 record in three years as head coach at Gardner Webb (44-54), the Runnin’ Bulldogs won 21 games and made their first Division-I postseason tournament in the 2012-13 season — Holtmann’s final year before darting to Butler.Holtmann was an assistant for Brandon Miller’s 2013-14 Butler squad that went 14-17. The next season, Holtmann took over as interim head coach when Miller took a medical leave of absence. The interim tag was removed in January 2015 and he led the Bulldogs to a surprising 23-11 record and a second-place finish in the Big East. The next two seasons, Holtmann was 47-20 with a berth in the Sweet 16 in 2017.Groce said the rise in Holtmann’s career isn’t surprising given Holtmann’s character.“As we worked together for two years, it became very obvious to me how good he was professionally … whether it was coaching, developing players, recruiting, how organized he was, work ethic, et cetera,” Groce said.“I wanted (my assistant coaches) to grow. I wanted them to get better and improve and move forward in the profession. That’s a big reason why I’m so excited for what Chris has done. What he did at Butler, what he did at Gardner-Webb as a head coach, I think through all that he’s maintained who he is as a person.”RecruitingOSU Athletics Director Gene Smith made it clear during Monday’s press conference where he fired coach Thad Matta that the next head coach at OSU would have to be an excellent recruiter in the Midwest.It appears he found that.“He’s connected, there’s no question,” Groce said. “He has experience in (Ohio and Indiana) which will be beneficial to what they need to get done from a recruiting perspective, but Chris has an ability to develop relationships regardless of location. I think one of his strengths is that he’s well-rounded and one of those areas that’s a strong suit for him is the recruiting piece.”In his first season as head coach at Butler, he recruited Tyler Lewis, Kelan Martin and Tyler Wideman who all started for Butler’s Sweet 16 team this past season. He also has taken three players from the state of Ohio, including 2017 OSU target Kyle Young from Massillon Jackson.In OSU’s press release, Smith explicitly said Holtmann had great Midwestern recruiting ties, as evidenced by nine players who have committed to Butler from Kentucky, Indiana or Ohio since the 2014 class.What makes his ties more important is the deep 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes in Ohio. Dane Goodwin is the lone commitment since Matta’s Monday exit, but the other five top-six recruits in Ohio for 2018 could turn the entire OSU program around. Pete Nance, Dwayne Cohill, Darius Bazley, Jerome Hunter and Justin Ahrens all hold offers OSU. Ahrens and Bazley were once committed to the program.In 2019, local products Jordan Mitchell and Jeremiah Francis are the top two players in the state, according to 247Sports, and already hold OSU offers.Giant KillerBlue-blood programs such as North Carolina, Kentucky, Arizona and Villanova largely define college basketball. Holtmann has defeated all four of those schools. He defeated defending national champion Villanova twice in 2016-17.Holtmann was an assistant at Gardner-Webb when it defeated Kentucky in 2007.The past three seasons, OSU has won a single game against an Associated Press Top-25 team outside of Columbus. OSU was 3-13 against Top 25 teams in the past two seasons and has lost by double-digits in nine of its last 18 road conference games.Holtmann was 13-10 in games against Top 25 opponents in three seasons at Butler.Jacob Myers: email@example.com and Twitter @Jacob_Myers_25
“This was in fact written by a 31-year-old female, who like many others initially noticed their beaming smiles and pretty faces.”But as an officer myself, I know the job they do well and would encourage any of you men, women, ‘pretty’ or ‘ugly’ to step up and see if you have what it takes!” The force insisting no offence had been caused and attempted to defend the post on the basis it was written by a woman.Under the caption “these ladies are more than just pretty faces”, the post read: “From SPC [Special Police Constable] to Superintendent, there are opportunities for everyone in the police. Don’t sit and wonder what it would be like, come and join us – we are recruiting!” 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. Social media users said the wording of the post would not attract women to join the force, claiming it was sexist. What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Police Scotland have been accused of “going back to the 1970s” after posting a picture of female officers with the caption: “More than just pretty faces.”The selfie of the three women in uniform was posted on the Facebook page of Edinburgh Police Division on Tuesday as part of a recruitment drive that promised “opportunities for everyone”.But the post sparked a sexism row as social media users claimed the force was using outdated language. Some branded the caption “outrageous”, “medieval” and “condescending”. Others Facebook users described Police Scotland as being outdated. On Wednesday morning, the force responded with another message – but managed to provoke more uproar.Edinburgh Police Division wrote on Facebook: “No offence caused folks. I was merely making reference to the fact these women (and men) work very hard and we are appreciative of all they do in their respective jobs – whether that’s as a volunteer for police scotland or one of the commanders for the division. However, other Facebook users responded that offence was caused:
The Environmental Permit for Peak Resources Ltd’s planned rare earth separation plant in the UK has been granted by the Environment Agency. The permission is a significant milestone in the development of the Ngualla rare earth project and the primary regulatory hurdle required to allow the operation of the plant in Teesside.Following the receipt of the planning permission in May this year the environmental permit is a major milestone for the project, it is the final regulatory hurdle required for the construction and the operation of the Teesside refinery in the UK. As with the planning permission the environmental permit application met with no objections through the process and the permit has been granted with expected conditions that will be discharged during the normal operation of the plant. The granting of the permit further reinforces the company’s decision to construct the refinery in the UK with its stable and mature operating environment.Peak says “the Teesside plant is a key differentiator between Peak and other rare earth development companies” as it is the only current developer who will be able to produce saleable rare earth oxide products in-house. “This will allow the company to sell its products directly to end users and manufacturers. The Teesside plant adds significant value to the project as the separated rare earths will command a higher price than a less refined concentrate or a mixed carbonate.”The company also advises that the issuing of Mining Licences has re-commenced in Tanzania with the newly appointed Mining Commission issuing a number of new licences and extensions to existing licences over the past three weeks. In August Peak executives met with the Commission’s Chairman, Prof Idris Kikula and its CEO, Prof Shukrani Manya, as well as the head of the Local Content Committee Dr Athanas Macheyeki to discuss the Ngualla project and the company’s pending SML application. The Chairman confirmed the Committee’s role in restoring investor confidence in Tanzania and that the Committee will work closely with mining companies and in particular Peak and the other SML applicants to achieve this. Manya added that the Commission was working as quickly as possible to clear the backlog of licence applications and that they were working to an aggressive target date set by the Minister for Minerals for the Commission to present their recommendations on the SML applications. This was also confirmed by the Minister at a subsequent meeting with the Peak executives.Peak’s CEO Rocky Smith stated “The diligent preparation of the application and design of the Teesside plant was evident in the smooth process to acquire the environmental permit In the UK, I’m very proud of our team. The next step is the Special Mining License and we are encouraged to see the recent granting of multiple Mining Licenses in Tanzania over the past few weeks. It is evident that Tanzania is working hard to kick start the next generation of mining operations.”
← Previous Story Sven-Soren Christophersen in Berlin until 2015! Next Story → Smajlagic back to Bosna BH Gas! After failing to show any special in the past few years, he Hungarian Women national team has decided to radically change things, and now for the first time in history a foreigner has been appointed coach, the Norwegian Karl Erik Bohn. He is also known as the boyfriend of Heidi Loke, but even more as the successful coach of Larvik, the team he managed until January this season, when they parted ways…photo: MTI
THE FINE GAEL posters for the Seanad referendum promise the people that a Yes vote will result in “fewer politicians”. Does anything speak more to the abject failure of the Irish political class than that they are reduced to appealing to the public to fire some of their hapless colleagues in a transient bid for popularity?Cynicism and loathing directed at individual politicians is nothing new – so long as people have chosen their own rulers, they have chosen in time to despise them. What makes this different, and troublesome, is that in Ireland our politicians have fermented such discontent that the public can – they believe – be induced not simply to take out a Government or an individual, but to dismantle some of the institutions of democracy itself.This argument – “fewer politicians” – is not an argument for reasoned, effective, meaningful reform. It is an argument instead for a rage-fuelled kick at the institutions of state, and it is fundamentally mistaken and dangerous.“A long-term act of folly”Abolishing the Seanad may satisfy us as voters in the moment, but it would be a long-term act of folly. Concentrating yet more power in an already-overpowered Government with a weak and ineffective Dáil would fail every principle of republican governance and leave let less scrutiny over our over-centralised and under-resisted Government.For all that, the argument for saving the Seanad in its current form is admittedly not very strong – but it should first be remembered that it has become what it is primarily because of the same people who now want to abolish it.The constitution did not make it a retirement home for failed politicians and a crèche for aspiring ones – the political class did. The constitution did not deprive it of influence or the ability to be used effectively – the political class did. Blaming and scapegoating the architecture of democracy for your own decades of craven venality is a very “politician” thing to do – but it is not the right thing to do.As Thomas Madison said in Federalist 51: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”“Reform requires more than taking a sledgehammer to the constitution”We already fail to oblige our Government to control itself – and giving it yet more power without scrutiny is reason enough in itself to vote No.Reform of our political system is an absolutely essential task that requires more than taking a sledgehammer to the constitution, and it will not be accomplished by simply centralising more power when that centralisation is the primary problem in the first place.We have a system where major decisions of local importance are exercised by departmental mandarins and incompetent ministers in Dublin, and where major decisions of national importance are exported to Brussels for a stamp of approval or rejection before being sent back to Enda Kenny for a the charade of Governmental approval. Meanwhile, local politicians are reduced to careers spent “calling” for action without ever having to deliver anything. Don’t believe me? Read a local paper this week – count the number of councillors “calling on” somebody to do something.“Place power in the hands of the people at local level”Real reform would address this. It would give people a real say. It would take the local issues out of the hands of the Dáil and place them in the hands of local people. It would remove power over your community or county from a Minister and place it in the hands of the people at local level.Is your hospital in need of extra staff or services? Then instead of calling for action, why shouldn’t councillors be able to propose a local, dedicated levy to fund it? Wouldn’t you be happier to pay a €50 annual charge to provide a needed service in your local hospital or build new classrooms in a local school than pay a property tax into a general fund for politicians to waste?Think about how this works outside of politics. Think about GAA clubs, or church halls, or other community groups. When they need new developments or funding, they fundraise locally, and sometimes levy extra monies from their membership, which people by and large are happy to pay. Now compare the respect for GAA clubs with the respect for the political system.If politicians want people to trust them, then politicians need to start trusting people. At present we have a political system – both in Ireland and in Europe – that cannot solve the economic crisis, but can tell you if you may cut turf, or how you can serve olive oil in a restaurant. That is exactly backwards.Recipe for real reformReal reform in Ireland would have elected county mayors instead of unelected county managers. It would have local government that is able to tax and fund local services. It would have a Seanad made up of nominees from local councils who meet to discuss service provision nationally and exchange ideas about what works and what does not. It would have a Dáil focused on national policy and economic and social affairs and welfare. It would empower people to improve their communities and allow them to channel a portion of their taxes directly into their own neighbourhoods, allowing them to see and feel the benefits of the political system directly.Our Seanad could become a voice not merely for local concerns, but for all of the global Irish family. Our political class has driven hundreds of thousands from our shores in the last decade and flung Irish people to the four corners of the earth. Why not give our emigrants a voice? Why not have the voice of Irish Australia, and Irish Canada, and Irish America in our Parliament, reminding us daily that while Ireland stops at the water’s edge, our Irish nation includes countless people beyond our shores – people with a distinct and valuable voice, and experiences, and ideas.Instead, we are to suffer through a debate on abolishing a body that is alleged to be useless, conducted by those who have worked to make it useless, in order that we never focus on any reform that might be useful. We live in a Republic.A government of the people, by the people, and for the people. The Senate is supposed to be a place where ideas are exchanged, assumptions are challenged, intellects are forged, and the vision for the future of our country evolves away from the pressures of day-to-day budgets and administrative pressures.We are not being asked to just abolish the Senate. We are being asked to go along with a political class and a Government that substitute’s petty destructive action for vision or reform.We’re being asked not to endorse a vision, but a void.A yes vote to abolishing the Seanad is not a vote for action, but for the appearance of action where none exists. It won’t change our politics, it will just make our politics that bit smaller, and shabbier. We deserve better.Richard Bruton: Scrap the political creche and convalescent home that is the Seanad>
Google and China have a long history of conflict stemming from the work of Chinese hackers to gain access to the inboxes of thousands of Gmail-using political dissidents… a conflict which finally resulted in Google pulling itself from the country.Now the search giant is accusing the Chinese government of hacking Gmail and disrupting service to the popular webmail provider because of fears of a “jasmine revolution,” or an uprising of the oppressed similar to that which has happened over the course of the last month in Middle Eastern countries like Libya, Egypt, etc.China’s interference with Google makes it appear as if Google’s services are having technical problems, even when they’re not. Users and advertisers within China have complained about numerous technical issues plaguing Gmail within the country, including difficulty sending messages, marking messages as read, and so on.Google says there is no problem with the service on their end. In fact, they explicitly say it’s because China is blocking Gmail, but trying to make it look like they’re not involved.“Relating to Google there is no issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail,” said a Google spokesperson.China is probably being paranoid about a “jasmine revolution.” It is unlikely that the pro-democracy revolutions happening in the Middle East will inspire the Chinese in the same way as it has inspired the Arabic world. The cultures are too different.That said, this is just another in a long line of moves on the part of the Chinese government to suppress the Internet’s ability to coordinate political dissident. Consequently, China has been doing everything possible to lock Western companies like Google out of the country, even having gone so far as to launch their own search engine, Panguso, through the state run China Mobila telecom.Read more at New York Times
Despite falling prices, choosing an ebook reader has been surprisingly difficult. That’s because the hardware is only one small part of the purchase–what you are really buying into is a platform. After all, the hardware will only be a fraction of the price of the investment you make in non-transferable ebooks, so the decision you make on the platform could affect how you read for some time into the future.You’ll be able to avoid that whole situation altogether if you go with an Nook and you take the time to root it. Because the Nook is Android-powered, and by rooting it you can load your own apps, all you need to do to solve your ebook platform problems is install the Kindle app.So, say you like Barnes and Noble’s slick Nook readers, but you already have a few dozen Kindle books. Now you’ll be able to go with a Nook without losing access to your Kindle books, or relegating them to use on your computer. And Kindle users won’t have to feel permantly tied to Amazon’s readers for monochrome e-ink reading! It’s a win-win situation.In the video below you can see the Nook Simple Touch (the second generation electronic ink Nook) running the Android Kindle app. The reader has been rooted, making this possible, but past that everything looks quite standard. The touch-sensitive screen makes using the app much like it would be on any other tablet… just a good deal slower and the same color spectrum as the average canine. And of course animation effects (like moving from one page to the next) don’t look great, but once the words are on the page it seems to be a good-enough reading experience. After all, this is bit of a hack, so the fact that your Amazon library is available along with your B&N one should be big enough for you to overlook these minor issues.Perfect? No. But you do get a cross-platform electronic ink reader, which is just the thing that so many people want.Mike Cane via liliputing
https://jrnl.ie/4633132 By Tom Tuite Boy (16) had semi-automatic weapon ‘fully loaded and ready for use’ under his bed, court hears The boy was accused of unlawful possession of the gun and ammunition in December 2018. Share2 Tweet Email 28,744 Views May 13th 2019, 6:49 PM Short URL Image: Rollingnews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Monday 13 May 2019, 6:49 PM A 16-YEAR-OLD schoolboy will face Circuit Court trial after a semi-automatic handgun that was “fully loaded and ready for use” was found under his bed.The boy, who was 15 at the time and cannot be named because he is a minor, appeared at Dublin Children’s Court today for the conclusion of a preliminary hearing to decide his trial venue.He faces two charges under the Firearms Act.The boy was accused of unlawful possession of a Walther PPQ 9mm semi-automatic pistol and 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition at his north Dublin on 3 December, 2018.The case resumes in May when a ruling on his trial venue will be made.Refusing jurisdiction, Judge Brendan Toale held the case was too serious and should be sent forward to the Circuit Court which has tougher sentencing powers.The boy, who was accompanied to court by his parents and his barrister, was ordered to appear again in six weeks to be served with a book of evidence.In an outline of the prosecution evidence, Garda Desmond McNally said a warrant was obtained to search the boy’s home on suspicion of drug dealing.The boy was there with other siblings.Garda McNally said the weapon was found under the teen’s bed.He agreed with prosecution solicitor Michael Durkan that there was ammunition was in the gun. “Yes, the firearm was fully loaded and ready for use,” he said.He said the Walther PPQ was a semi-automatic pistol, and that “when you press the trigger once in this gun, it keeps firing”.Garda McNally said the teen was arrested and detained at Clontarf Garda station where he made full admissions.No optionsDefence counsel Beatrice Vance (instructed by solicitor Michael French) put it to the garda that when the boy’s home was entered, the teen very quickly said he had something to show him.She said the boy directed gardaí to where he had put the gun: under his bed.Garda McNally said that was correct and the teen did not resist. The garda also told the court that he believed the boy was fully aware of the danger involved.He agreed with the barrister that the boy told gardaí that he had been put under pressure to take the gun and “did not feel like he had any options”.The teen was also afraid to disclose who gave him the gun. He indicated he was relieved when gardaí came.The Director of Public Prosecutions also recommended the boy should be tried in the Circuit Court.The Children’s Court, however, has the power to accept jurisdiction for serious cases by taking into consideration the age and level of maturity of the accused as well as any other relevant information.This is provided for under Section 75 of the Children Act.Pleading for the the case to be kept in the Children’s Court, counsel asked that it would be noted the boy was aged 15 at the time, and to take account of his reaction when gardai arrived at his home.Counsel said that the boy was in a vulnerable position and was under pressure.He was still going to school, involved in sports and had no other matters before the court.As a condition of bail the boy be must reside at his home address and obey a 10pm-6am curfew.Comments have been closed for legal reasons. Image: Rollingnews.ie
La varicelle en forte progression dans plusieurs régionsSelon le réseau Sentinelles, la varicelle est en recrudescence en France. La maladie montre aujourd’hui une forte activité dans neuf régions. Elle s’était montrée discrète depuis le début de l’automne, elle est désormais en pleine progression : la varicelle fait son grand retour en France. C’est ce qu’a annoncé dans son dernier bulletin le réseau Sentinelles qui fait état d’une forte activité dans neuf régions. Au total, pas moins de quatorze foyers d’activité régionale ont été repérés.Ils se trouvent dans le Nord-Pas-de-Calais où l’incidence a été estimée à 128 cas pour 100.000 habitants, en Haute-Normandie (108 cas), en Bretagne (103), dans le Limousin (69), le Poitou-Charentes (68), en Alsace (51), en Ile-de-France (48), en Lorraine (44) et en Corse (44). D’autres foyers d’activité cette fois-ci modérée, ont été identifiés en Champagne-Ardenne (29), dans le Centre (27), en Franche-Comté (23), en Auvergne (22) et dans le Languedoc-Roussillon (20).La vigilance est donc de mise pour ne pas être contaminé. Pour en savoir plus, consultez le dossier que Maxisciences a concocté pour tout savoir sur la maladie. Une épidémie de gastro active sur tout le territoire À lire aussiVariole : des cas présumés en OugandaOutre la varicelle, le réseau Sentinelles surveille également d’autres épidémies notamment de diarrhées aiguës (gastro-entérite) et de syndromes grippaux (grippe). Il a ainsi indiqué que la gastro continuait de montrer une activité modérée à forte à travers tout l’Hexagone. Les cas sont notamment en hausse dans le sud-ouest.Côté grippe, la maladie est toujours discrète et ne progresse que lentement. Les cas de grippe vus en consultation de médecine générale ont ainsi été estimés à 107 cas pour 100.000 habitants, en dessous du seuil épidémique (169 cas pour 100.000 habitants), selon le réseau Sentinelles. Une tendance confirmée par un autre réseau de surveillance, le GROG. “Les détections de virus grippaux dans les prélèvements augmentent peu à peu, mais restent sporadiques ou à l’origine de petits foyers familiaux et proviennent de 13 régions différentes de la France métropolitaine”, note ainsi le réseau des Groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe. Le 20 décembre 2012 à 10:57 • Maxime Lambert
Le goût pour la cuisine épicée, une affaire de personnalité ?Présentée lors de la réunion annuelle de l’Institute of Food Technologists, une étude expérimentale américaine montre la corrélation entre notre personnalité (hardie ou plus timide) et le fait d’apprécier la nourriture épicée.Nadia Byrnes, doctorante à l’Université de Pennsylvanie, a cherché à déterminer s’il y avait une corrélation entre les types de personnalité et la préférence pour l’alimentation épicée. Elle a pour cela procédé à une expérience faisant appel à 184 participants (dont 63% de femmes) non-fumeurs, âgés de 18 à 45 ans et sans problème physique pouvant altérer leurs capacités gustatives.Dans un premier temps, la chercheuse leur a fait passer un test appelé Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS), permettant d’évaluer si une personne est plutôt avide de risque, de stimulations nouvelles et de sensations fortes ou si au contraire elle est plus mesurée. Trois groupes ont ainsi été distingués parmi les volontaires : au-dessus du score moyen (les “hardis”), au-dessous du score moyen (les “timides”) et enfin les “moyens”. Ensuite, les sujets ont reçu 25 micromètres de capsaïcine (le composant actif du piment) puis ont été invités à déguster un repas épicé. L’effet de la capsaïcine se faisant de plus en plus sentir, la nourriture paraissait de plus en plus épicée. Chaque participant devait alors donner son appréciation sur le repas servi. Il s’est avéré que les “timides” du test AISS ont rapidement détesté le repas, que les “moyens” ont tenu plus longtemps, et que les “hardis” continuaient de l’apprécier malgré la “brûlure” du piment.Des plats appréciés malgré la “brûlure” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Théoriquement, nous savons que l’intensité de la “brûlure” et goût sont liés de façon |inversement] linéaire. Plus un aliment est irritant, moins les gens devraient l’aimer. Mais ce n’est pas toujours le cas”, conclut Nadia Byrnes. Par ailleurs, cette étude succède à une autre récemment dévoilée qui suggère que le goût pour les plats épicés seraient inscrits dans nos gènes.Pour la petite histoire, Shane McDonald, chercheur en chimie des saveurs chez Kalsec, un fabricant d’arômes naturels pour l’alimentation, a profité de la précédente expérience pour tester le Ma La, une cuisine chinoise traditionnelle, qu’il espère adapter au goût des consommateurs américains.Le 20 juillet 2013 à 13:00 • Maxime Lambert
For some gamers, the peripherals they use to indulge in their favorite hobby are every bit as important as the games they play. This includes gaming headsets, which are now more popular than ever thanks to the advent of live streaming. One of the companies who has long been at the forefront of gaming headsets is Plantronics. The company recently released the RIG 500 Pro series of gaming headsets. These devices are perfect for gamers looking for top-quality headsets at an affordable price.The RIG 500 Pro series comes in four different configurations. The HX for Xbox One ($79.99), HC for consoles ($79.99), the RIG 500 Pro for PC ($99.99) and the Esports Edition ($149.99) for both consoles and PC. For this review, I checked out the HX and Esport Edition.Aesthetically, both headsets are virtually identical, albeit with minor differences. The headband on the HX is plastic while the one on the Esports Edition is die-cast aluminum. Underneath both headbands is an elastic cushion that stretches around the top of your head. This not only protects your nogging from the headband, but also helps to keep the headset firmly in place. Going with this type of design was a wise decision considering how everyone’s head is different. The elastic cushion also just feels great, which is a big plus.Both headset have removable ear cups. There are three slots on either side of the headband where you can place each ear cup. Those with smaller heads will want to place the ear cups on the higher slots, while those with larger domes will want to place them lower. You can even place the right ear cup in the second slot and the left ear cup in the third if you so desire. The headsets provide users with a good amount of customization options no matter how big or small their heads are.Each ear cup has snap-in ear cushions. The HX headset only comes with one set of dual-material memory foam ear cushions while the Esport Edition comes with two. One set of cushions is covered in leather on the outside and has fabric on the inside. The other ear cups are entirely made out of fabric. The ear cups surrounded by leather do a better job of cancelling ambient noise while the full fabric ones have more breathability. Since both ear cups have fabric on the inside, your ears won’t notice much of a difference in terms of how they feel.Detaching the ear cups is a bit tricky. The included instructions suggest you place your index finger inside of the ear cups and pull outward. However, when I did this it felt like I was actually ripping the fabric from the metal casing around the ear cup. The best way I found to remove the ear cups is to slide your nail along the outside of the ear cup and pull. This isn’t an elegant alternative, but it’s better than the alternative. Thankfully, snapping each ear cup into place isn’t as cumbersome (or hazardous).The headsets come with a detachable microphone and an audio cable with adjustable volume control. Thanks to the volume control on the cable, it’s easy to adjust the loudness of the game volume on the fly. You can easily snap both the mic and audio cable in place on the left hand side of the device. Users can mute the microphone by simply lifting it upward away from their mouth. The Esports Edition comes with two separate cables: one for PC and another for a console controller. The HX only comes with a cable that plugs into a controller. The main difference between the two audio cables is that the PC cable volume control is a slide, while the controller volume control is a dial. Both are intuitive to work with, so you’re good to go whether you’re playing on PC or on a current-gen system.The headsets not only look and feel good, they sound fantastic. This is thanks to their 50 mm performance drivers which provide wide-range frequency response. To test out the sound quality of the headsets, I played Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Origins on PS4. On PC, I tried out the Sega Genesis Collection, Doom, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance. For Xbox One, I played Virtua Fighter 2 and Cuphead. All of the old-school 16-bit music and sound effects from games like Mega Man 7 and Sonic the Hedgehog come through perfectly. The sounds are easy to distinguish from one another and don’t become jumbled. In some cases, it was easier to hear sounds that would otherwise get drowned out by louder sound effects.Modern games fare as well, if not better. Open world titles like Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Kingdom Come: Deliverance have a lot going on sonically. This isn’t a problem for the RIG 500 Pro series. Ambient sounds like wind or distant animals came through as clearly as the din heard within a packed city. The sounds of combat pack a particular punch. Sword slashes and melee attacks feel very impactful. In Doom, the bombastic sounds of monsters growling and guns tearing them to pieces sound especially brutal.No matter if you’re playing an old or new game, the headsets do an respectable job of putting you in the middle of the action. The only slight drawback I noticed is that the headsets come up lacking in the bass department. Though everything is perfectly audible, the weak bass leaves something to be desired. The headset sounds are decidedly mid-range. High-range sounds come through just fine, but bass isn’t what it’s supposed to be.The microphone serves its purpose both on console and PC. I recorded a few words on my PC and found that my voice sounded thin. That being the case, I came through loudly and clearly. A friend who I invited to chat with me on PlayStation 4 said I sounded fine, if somewhat thin. The headset has no way of letting users adjust their mic volume. If they want to do that, they’ll have to do so through the volume settings on console or PC.If you want to listen to music with the RIG 500 Pro, you can, though I would not recommend it. Like I said before, the headsets don’t have much bass. This makes whatever music you’re listening to sound thin and lifeless. But no one is buying these headsets to listen to music so this should not be an issue.The Esport and HX headsets come with a free voucher for Dolby Atmos for Windows 10 and Xbox One. With this program installed, you’ll get to experience sounds beyond stereo. This app is no doubt the reason why sounds came through clearly no matter how loud and crazy things got. With that said, Dolby Atmos didn’t have a huge impact on sounds overall. The PS4 doesn’t have this app yet sounds came through as intended. But if you plan on using the headset for PC and Xbox One, it’s a nice addition.Plantronics’ RIG 500 Pro series of gaming headsets live up to the company’s excellent standards. Despite being “budget” headsets, they’re surprisingly high-quality. Not only do games sound great on the headsets, the devices are extremely comfortable to wear for hours on end. There are certainly higher-end headsets on the market, but for the price, it’s hard to top this series. No matter which current-gen system you own, you should definitely check them out if you’re looking for a reliable gaming headset. Overall, I am more than impressed by this latest addition to their RIG 500 lineup. Plantronics Announces New 500 Pro Series Gaming Headsets Stay on target
You can build anything out of LEGO—from a working difference engine to a full-scale giraffe to a diversified investment portfolio.It turns out that LEGO Hogwarts Castle kit could one day put your kids through college.The plastic construction sets demonstrated stronger returns than large stocks, bonds, and gold over the three decades ending in 2015, according to a study by Victoria Dobrynskaya and Julia Kishilova, of Russia’s Higher School of Economics.It seems absurd that a 7,541-piece Millennium Falcon model could yield enough money for the downpayment on a house.But, thanks to supply and demand in the collector’s market, a new (re: unopened) LEGO set that sold for $500 in 2007 can earn close to $4,000 a decade later.Not all construction kits are created equal, though: Average profits range from -50 percent to 600 percent per annum.Small and large sets are more profitable than the medium-sized ones, while seasonal, architectural, and movie-based themes tend to deliver higher returns.“The popularity of LEGO investments is partially driven by the fact that this alternative asset does not belong to the luxury segment and is therefore affordable to any retail investor,” the study noted.Compared to typical high-net-worth items like artwork, antiques, jewelry, fine wines, or rare automobiles, LEGO sets are downright cheap.Collectible toys are a great investment—as long as you can resist the urge to rip open their packaging and make He-Man and American Girl Molly play house on a LEGO Millennium Falcon.Folks are still paying their rent with original Beanie Babies—stockpiled by many through the 1990s and noughties as a financial investment.Invented by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen in the early 1930s, LEGO bricks were one of the original 1998 inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, N.Y.In 2015, LEGO replaced Ferrari as the “world’s most powerful brand.”In December, Tiffany & Co. announced a set of “Sterling Silver Building Blocks,” available in packs of 10 for a reasonable $1,650. (But just think of the future returns!)More on Geek.com:Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is a Supreme Minifig in ‘The Lego Movie 2’Watch: Chevy’s Life-Size Lego Truck is Built to PerfectionThis Is How Long It Takes to Poop Out a Lego Minifig Head Stay on target The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Kolb lost his job, then helped the Arizona Cardinals win their season opener.Kolb replaced injured John Skelton and led Arizona on the deciding touchdown drive, throwing 6 yards to Andre Roberts for a score with 4:59 to play, and the Cardinals held on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 20-16 on Sunday.Aided by two pass interference penalties, Seattle drove to the Arizona 4-yard line in the final seconds. But rookie Russell Wilson threw three straight incompletions and the Cardinals held on.Adding to the confusion, Seattle called a timeout with 30 seconds to go when it appeared it had none remaining. Two plays earlier, the Seahawks had a player hurt and should have lost their final timeout in the process.But referee Bob Hermansen announced to the crowd that because the clock had stopped on that play, no timeout was taken from Seattle. Therefore, the Seahawks still had one to call when Carroll called it.After the game, Hermansen issued a statement saying he had made a mistake.“It was my error,” he said. “We gave them (the Seahawks) the additional timeout because of the incomplete pass stopping the clock before the injury occurred when, in effect, the clock has no bearing on the play at all, whether it’s stopped or running. We should not have given them the additional timeout.”