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first_imgGujarat is witnessing temperatures ranging from 41°C to 44 in most of places except for Surat where mercury hovered around 34°C.On Monday, Surendranagar was the hottest with 44.8°C while State capital Gandhinagar recorded 44.5°C and Ahmedabad 43.3°CThe State will continue to remain under the heat wave conditions for next five days dry weather conditions will prevail in most of North Gujarat and Saurashtra region. An average of 550 heat related emergency cases are reported across the state. An orange alert has been issued in the State asking citizens to take minimise outings between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The main cases are related to stomach pain, vomiting, dehydration, heat stroke, nose bleeding and flotation in blood pressure.In Ahmedabad city alone, around 100 cases are registered in government hospitals. “We are seeing surge in heat stroke cases for last two to three days. People of all age-groups are affected but senior citizens and children are more vulnerable to heat strokes,” said Dr. Pravin Garg, a senior medical professional in the city.He added that heart and diabetic patients are also vulnerable and they should not venture out of their homes during the day.last_img read more

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first_imgTapping into the global “me too” movement, UC Santa Cruz Professor Gopal Balakrishnan has been accused of various instances of sexual harassment, but the Indian American professor told India-West that in contrast to this wider movement, “Not a single person has stepped forward under their own name – it’s all anonymous accusers.”More than 130 students and faculty members have signed a widely-circulated public statement that details instances of the professor’s alleged harassment of women. When the allegations first surfaced last fall, UC administrators determined there was not enough evidence to merit an investigation. But, following an aggressive campaign by accusers, the university is taking another look, according to media reports.Balakrishnan vehemently denied the accusations. “I have never done anything like what is described in that account,” he asserted to India-West in an e-mail.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img read more

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first_imgThere are clear signs that banks went against their own guidelines while sanctioning some loans to Vijay Mallya, UK judge Emma Arbuthnot said while presiding over the extradition hearing of the liquor baron at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on March 16.The judge added that she would seek more clarification from India regarding some documents, and added that it is “blindingly obvious” that banks did not follow their own guidelines while sanctioning loans to the Kingfisher Airlines’ owner, the Hindu reported.“There are clear signs that the banks seem to have gone against their own guidelines (in sanctioning some of the loans),” said Arbuthnot.  She described the case as a “jigsaw puzzle” comprising different pieces of “massive evidence” to be put together to paint a picture, which she said she could now see “more clearly” than a few months ago, according to PTI.Arbuthnot invited the Indian authorities to give more explanation regarding the case against some of the bank officials involved since that is linked to the “conspiracy” point against Mallya.The judge also made the court aware of an “unsolicited” email correspondence in Hindi received from India, adding that it is a language she “unfortunately” does not understand. Responding to that, the defense team said that all sides in the case had been getting such unsolicited correspondence.Mentioning that Mallya had “chosen not to give evidence” in the case, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) counsel Mark Summers rejected the claims of the defense on the evidence as “nonsense.” “The government of India has established by other copious evidence a prima facie case of fraud,” said Summers.The CPS, that represents the Indian government, presented arguments against the defense that raised its doubts regarding some of the evidence submitted by the Indian authorities.Mallya’s counsel Clare Montgomery argued that the evidence that was claimed as a “blueprint of dishonesty” by the CPS was a privileged conversation between Mallya and his lawyer regarding “legal advice in clear contemplation of litigation” and should be inadmissible. The judge said she was still uncertain about admitting that correspondence.Mallya’s defense team questioned the trustworthiness of investigating officers in the case, on a different category of evidence that the Indian government has presented, pointing to over 150 pages of “near identical material” claiming to be a statement of witnesses taken under Section 161 of the Indian CrPC.“They do not appear to be in any way an account of things that witnesses would have said but rather seem to be somebody else’s analysis put into the mouths of the witnesses, down to the spelling mistakes,” said Montgomery. She added that the documents were identically reproduced with not just identical words, but also the same typing errors, the PTI report said.The judge, however, was not convinced by this argument. She noted that she had found only two-three instances of mistakes and that she did not see a “problem” in the statements’ preparation.The CPS said that the defense is trying to tarnish the reputation of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate, that are “premier national agencies,” and the evidence provided by them.During the last hearing in January, Montgomery had objected to the admissibility of documents or evidence and also questioned the witness statements recorded under section 161 Code of Criminal Procedure (before the investigators), since it is not admissible in a court of law in India, the Times of India had reported earlier.Meanwhile, on March 6, a luxury superyacht worth $93 million owned by Mallya was seized by authorities in Malta over his failure to pay more than $1 million in wages to the crew. Mallya had reportedly abandoned the 95-meter vessel after his arrest in the United Kingdom on an extradition warrant. Mallya fled to the United Kingdom in 2016, and his extradition is now being sought by the Indian government. Related ItemsUKVijay Mallyalast_img read more

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first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UP“This is our challenge now because when you go up against the stronger and more experienced programs, you should have great fortitude within you,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “You can’t just play based on the energy you got coming off a big win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You should be disciplined, you should focus on the details. We should acquire those skills if we ever want to develop. We have to beat the stronger programs to get to the top four.”UP never replicated any of its offensive strength it displayed against La Salle when it tied the UAAP record of 16 three-pointers. Sarr still groping for form despite posting another double-double Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Fighting Maroons mustered just four triples against the Tamaraws and were limited to their lowest-scoring game this season.“I think FEU did a really good job on making good schemes on our scorers,” said Perasol.Paul Desiderio, who finished with a career-high 30 points against the Green Archers, finished with just nine points while Jun Manzo, who fired 17 points against La Salle, had four.Center Ibrahim Ouattara and Juan Gomez de Liaño held much of the scoring responsibilities with 17 and 16 points, respectively.“Juan and Ibra stepped up for us but at the same time, we need to find production from others.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight UP head coach Bo Perasol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines was on its highest of highs when it blasted defending champion La Salle last week.But it didn’t take long for the Fighting Maroons to crash back down after getting whipped by the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 78-59, on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgMirpur,Feb 28 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Asia Cup T20 Mirpur,Feb 28 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Asia Cup T20 cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Sher-e- Bangla National Stadium, here today.Bangladesh: Mohammad Mithun lbw b Mathews 0 Soumya Sarkar c Mathews b Kulasekara 0 Sabbir Rahman c Jayasuriya b Chameera 80Mushfiqur Rahim run out 4Shakib Al Hasan c Chandimal b Chameera 32 Mahmudullah not out 23Nurul Hasan c Mathews b Chameera 2Mashrafe Mortaza run out 2 Extras (B-1, WD-2, NB-1) 4Total (For 7 wickets in 20 overs) 147 Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-2, 3-26, 4-108, 5-123, 6-140, 7- 147.Bowling: A Mathews3-0-8-1, N Kulasekara 4-0-44-1, T Perera1-0-14-0, S Jayasuriya3-0-21-0, R Herath4-0-24-0, T Dilshan1-0-5-0, D Chameera 4-0-30-3. More PTI AT ATlast_img read more

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first_imgMiddle-order batsman Dawid Malan has backed Joe Root to convert fifties into hundreds after the England captain once again fell short of scoring a Test century on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.Root, who in spite of a poor conversion rate averages 52.45 in the Test format, once again looked set to score his 14th century but fell for 83 just before the close of play on Thursday.Root scored the last of his 13 hundreds against West Indies in August 2017 and has hit six half-centuries in 11 innings since then.The England captain has been in a good form and has hit four fifties in the ongoing Ashes series whereas his counterpart Steve Smith has already slammed three centuries, including a double hundred.Root has often been grouped with Smith, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson as the best batsmen of the current generation but the 27-year-old’s inability to build on good starts has become almost an asterisk over his inclusion.On the opening day of the fifth Ashes Test Thursday, he again crossed the 50 mark only to fall for 83, caught at square leg by Mitchell Marsh off Mitchell Starc, a couple of overs before the end of the day.”Joe’s disappointed when he gets out whether he scores 150 or he scores 50. No matter who you are you want to be scoring 100s,” said Malan.”In his own mind he’s probably a bit disappointed he doesn’t convert more, but he’s still contributing for the team and putting the team in really good positions.advertisement”He still averages (52) in Test cricket and the day will come when he will probably start converting as well as Steve Smith does or the other greats have done.”And when that happens, it will be scary to see how good he can be and how high his average can jump to.”Root is already certain of losing his first Ashes series as captain after England lost the first three Tests of the series but were determined to secure a consolation victory in Sydney after having the better of the fourth Test draw.On Thursday, Malan shared a 133-run partnership with Root that looked to have secured the honours of the day for England before two late wickets with the second new ball left them wobbling on 233 for five.”I think the position we were in tonight before those last two wickets, I think we would have been aiming for 400 to 450 at least,” said Malan, who finished unbeaten on 55.”Losing these two wickets has put us back a bit, but there’s still no reason why, if we can get through that new ball tomorrow, we can’t get another 150 runs.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Football Federation has appointed a Spanish referee for Saturday’s Greek Cup final between champions AEK Athens and PAOK, following a season repeatedly marred by violence.David Borbalan was named for the game at Athens’ Olympic Stadium along with two Spanish assistants. Much of the violence at recent matches has come after disputed referee decisions.More than 2,000 police officers will be on duty for the final following two nights of clashes between fans and riot police. Two officers received light injuries early Saturday after AEK fans clashed with police in central Athens.Greece still faces a threat of suspension — or “soccer Grexit” — from FIFA unless the federation, clubs, and the government’s sport ministry fulfill a list of promised reforms.Photo by EUROKINISSI.Photo by EUROKINISSI.Photo by EUROKINISSI.TweetPinShare33 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgVadaTech announces the VT931, a rugged MicroTCA chassis that provides 12 AMC slots and can accept any AMC.1, AMC.2, AMC.3 and/or AMC.4 modules. The chassis has perforated bottom and top covers for airflow from the upper fan tray. The VT931 is a 4U version of the VadaTech VT930 with an additional integrated removable upper cooling unit.The chassis is designed to MicroTCA.1 specification for rugged applications. It has a Dual Star backplane configuration with 40GbE or PCIe Gen3 capability. The VT931 has dual redundant FRU information and Carrier Locators, and the Carrier Locator is assigned by easily accessible mechanical dip switches. As the switches are removable, the backplane can remain passive. The MCH reads the Locator via its private I2C bus.The VT931 backplane supports up to 40GbE or PCIe based on a VadaTech design optimized for signal integrity. In regards to cooling, it provides a compact cooling configuration with a single intelligent Cooling Unit to optimize space usage for electronics. The cooling airflow is from bottom to top. There are multiple temperature sensors in the chassis that monitor the intake and the outtake air temperature throughout the chassis. The sensors can be monitored by a Management Controller over redundant IPMI bus. The Cooling Unit is located at the top of the AMC slots in a pull configuration. The fan tray is removable, allowing easy maintenance of the system over time.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Microchip: NOR Flash devices with pre-programmed MAC addressesNext SEGGER supports Hilscher multiprotocol SoC “netX90” to J-Trace and J-Linklast_img read more

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first_imgRyan Boatright injured during scuffle with Memphis.YouTubeThings got very chippy midway through the first half between Memphis and UConn, and a brief shoving match led to Huskies star Ryan Boatright leaving the game for a chunk of the game. Boatright and a few UConn teammates got into it with a group of Tigers near the Memphis bench, and the Huskies’ star guard caught a blow to the face during the brief scuffle. Boatright has reentered the game, but was held to three points in the first half. UConn has battled back to cut Memphis’ once-big lead to 39-33 at the half. Daniel Hamilton is leading the way for the Huskies with 10 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the first half.last_img read more

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first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When applying for a job nowadays, you’re often just happy to get a response – even if aren’t going to wind up getting the gig. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh apparently goes the extra mile though. Check out the hand-written response he sent to a man named Thom Dartt, who presumably applied to work as part of Harbaugh’s recruiting staff. Even if Harbaugh didn’t pen the whole thing himself, it’s still under his direction, which is pretty cool.Best rejection letter I have ever received! #GoBlue @CoachJim4UM pic.twitter.com/q694q706MT— Thom Dartt (@ThomDartt) June 18, 2015 We’re assuming that Dartt was already a Wolverines fan, but if not, he certainly is now. Props to Harbaugh for treating people like humans.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has said, “Denbigh High School in Clarendon in a splendid display made it a “Double Double” in high school netball when they too won both the Junior and Senior Titles.”Minister Grange, in congratulating Denbigh High after they beat Holmwood Technical High School in both finals said, “It was hardly expected that the same school would win both senior and junior titles in the urban and rural areas as happened. This is historic and should long be treasured.“Denbigh can also feel pleased that the win in both categories guarantees that they will be one of the two high schools from Jamaica to play in the next regional AFNA Champion of Champions High School Netball Tournament.”The Sport Minister also congratulated Holmwood Technical for reaching the finals at both levels of the Competition.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) vessel Aurora Australis is continuing to make its way to the Russian vessel beset by ice approximately 1500 nautical miles south of Hobart.The Aurora Australis, which was tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) to assist the MV Akademic Shokalskiy, is currently located about 11 nautical miles from the Russian vessel in the ice field.The area is currently experiencing snow showers, resulting in poor visibility. The Aurora Australis is travelling slowly due to the conditions to ensure the safety of all on board.It is unknown at this time if or when the Aurora Australis will arrive near the Akademik Shokalskiy due to weather and ice conditions.RCC Australia is continuing to monitor the situation. RCC Australia is in regular contact with the Akademik Shokalskiy and the 74 people on board are reported to remain safe and well with supplies for several weeks.If the Aurora Australis is unable to reach the Akademik Shokalskiy, it is likely the helicopter on board the Chinese flagged vessel that remains in the area will be tasked to evacuate the passengers.The search and rescue operation commenced on Christmas morning AEDT after the Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in the United Kingdom received a distress message via satellite from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. The distress message and subsequent coordination of the incident was passed to RCC Australia, who is the responsible search and rescue authority for this area.AMSA, Decembar 30, 2013; Image: Wikimedialast_img read more

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first_imgzoom Teekay LNG Partners has secured a USD 327 million long-term debt facility to finance a Floating Storage Unit (FSU), the company said.The FSU in question is intended to be chartered on a 20-year charter contract to the Bahrain regasification project commencing in the third quarter of 2018.In addition, the financing will be used to fun a MEGI LNG carrier newbuilding to be chartered on a 13-year charter contract with BP starting in early-2019.“On the financing side, we continue to execute on financing our newbuilding projects and have recently completed USD 327 million in new debt financings relating to a floating storage unit for the Bahrain regasification project and one MEGI LNG carrier newbuilding. In addition, we have once again demonstrated access to capital markets and further strengthened our balance sheet through our recent USD 70 million preferred equity offering completed in October 2017,” Mark Kremin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Gas Group said.As at September 30, 2017, the partnership had total liquidity of approximately USD 415 million after giving pro forma effect to the USD 170 million preferred equity issuance completed in October 2017.The company reported GAAP net loss of USD 18.9 million in the third quarter of 2017, against USD 50 million worth income reported last year amid lower revenues from six liquefied petroleum gas carriers chartered to I.M. Skaugen SE (Skaugen) from uncollected hire. The sale of the Asian Spirit conventional tanker in the first quarter of 2017; and lower spot rates earned for certain of the vessels pushed the earnings down.last_img read more

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first_imgEDMONTON, A.B – A student from the University of Alberta is conducting research to gather information about views of the oil and gas industry in western Canada.This study is a research project for a thesis being conducted by Jordan Phillips, a master’s student of geophysics at the University of Alberta. The results of the study will be used in support of a graduate students thesis and a report. Which means the report may be viewed by researchers, policy makers, and industry members, and may be the basis of a peer-reviewed publication.Phillips has created this voluntary survey which asks for your opinions and knowledge about the oil and gas industry in western Canada and a series of questions about local oil and gas development and how acceptable it would be to you under different conditions. The survey takes between 15-20 minutes to complete and there are no personal identifiers collected as part of the data requested in the survey.To participate in the survey, CLICK HERElast_img read more

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António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Pakalitha Mosisili also discussed the agency’s operations across Southern Africa and the growing role of regional bodies in dealing with migration issues during their talks, held in Geneva yesterday.Mr. Guterres said last month’s attacks in South Africa, which sparked a chorus of concern from senior UN officials and support from UNHCR for the newly homeless, were the result of extreme poverty.“In such situations scapegoats are often foreigners, including refugees and asylum-seekers,” he said. “But xenophobia is not specific to South Africa – it is a global problem and we see it also in some developed countries.”Mr. Guterres added that his office in the South African city of Pretoria is continuing to work closely with the South African Government to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of the victims of the violence. 11 June 2008The United Nations refugee chief has held talks with the Prime Minister of Lesotho on the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in neighbouring South Africa that have left some 60 people dead and tens of thousands of foreigners homeless. read more

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Canadian retailer targets the Oscars by News Staff Posted Feb 23, 2013 7:57 am MDT One of the country’s newest retailers makes its Canadian television debut this weekend.Target plans to launch its first advertising campaign during Sunday night’s Oscars ceremonies.The U.S. company will be airing 60 second commercials during the first hour of the Academy Awards, portraying the retailer as a friendly neighbour while using the theme from Mr. Rogers Neighbourhood.According to the Calgary Herald, print and online advertisements will start appearing in the next month.The first of the 124 Target stores across the country will open next month in Ontario, followed by the openings of stores in Western Canada over the remainder of 2013.The company bought the old Zeller’s franchise and is spending, on average, about $10 million renovating each location. read more

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by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2015 2:00 am MDT Medical marijuana industry competes for scarce investment dollars VANCOUVER – The free-for-all era of Canada’s commercial medical marijuana industry is over as a new crop of growers try to woo scarce investment dollars in an increasingly competitive business, observers say.Boris Ziger, CEO of Matica Enterprises Inc., said the short-lived days of unbridled growth ended soon after last year’s change in federal regulations that shifted medical-marijuana production to commercial enterprises from patients growing their own pot.He said the stock market went “absolutely crazy” in the spring of 2014 as various companies began branding themselves as pot producers in hopes of cashing in on what was really “irrational exuberance you hear about in business school.”“It’s become much less Wild West-y,” said Ziger, of the Toronto-based investment firm that has sunk millions of dollars into aspiring medical marijuana producer THC Dispensaries Canada Ltd., in Nova Scotia.All the exuberance at the beginning of the rush had Canada’s security regulators warning investors about buying into medical marijuana companies over lack of disclosure and the general frenzy in the market.“It was a very hyped-up market, people were very speculative, a lot of loosey-goosey talk,” said Nick Brusatore, who owns a controlling share of vertical-farm innovator and marijuana-producing hopeful Affinor Growers.“People have had enough of the hype,” he said. “The market’s wise to it now.”But new businesses trying to get into medical marijuana production are having a tough time financing their ventures.“Even we’re finding it a little difficult to raise some cash,” Ziger said, adding the newest players have to work a lot harder for what could be a big payoff.“There hasn’t been a new industry opening up like this since the prohibition of alcohol was lifted. That’s really the only comparison you can make.”Ziger said Matica is in the final stages of obtaining a licence from Health Canada and plans are in the works for a $10-million expansion of a 14-hectare lot in Nova Scotia for THC to eventually produce 11,000 kilograms of medical marijuana annually.Despite the stiff competition for investors’ cash, companies continue to apply to Health Canada for licences to produce medical marijuana.As of Jan. 26, Health Canada had received more than 1,200 applications for Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations licences.The agency said that about half of them were returned as incomplete, while 223 were refused and 35 were withdrawn.Health Canada said 23 licences have been issued — 15 for fully authorized production of medical marijuana and eight for probationary, cultivation-only permits.The agency is currently processing 320 applications.An estimated 40,000 patients use medical marijuana in Canada.The exact number of people whose doctors prescribe marijuana is unknown because of a court injunction that allows producers under a now-dismantled licensing system to continue growing in the leadup to a constitutional court challenge.In the early days of the new-generation industry, a disproportionate number of beleaguered mining companies was among the ranks of medical marijuana newcomers lured by the prospect of satisfying disgruntled shareholders.An already established network of deep-pocketed investors was especially useful in a fledgling industry.OrganiGram Holdings Inc. was once known as Inform Exploration Corp., and is now a fully licensed medical marijuana producer.Other established mining companies also making the transition to diversity into the marijuana industry are Bayhorse Silver Inc., Satori Resources and Vodis Pharmaceuticals Ltd., formerly Southbridge Resources.Many of the companies angling to get in on the medical marijuana game are eagerly eyeing the prospect of outright legalization in Canada and are positioning themselves to take advantage of any legislative change.But some dissenters believe legalization would spell the end of the medical marijuana industry in Canada.Brusatore said legalization would see pot sourcing shift outside of Canada to places like Argentina and Uruguay, where growing costs are a fraction of what they are domestically.“The marijuana markets are not going to be what people think. They’re going to get crushed. Period.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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“The United Nations also intends to intensify its support to reduce, and ultimately end, the transmission of cholera, improve access to care and treatment and address the longer-term issues of water, sanitation and health systems in Haiti,” the spokesperson added in a statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York.Following the statement, the UN News Centre spoke with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative for Haiti, Marc Vincent, for an update on the situation on the ground.UN News Centre: What progress has there been in the fight against cholera in Haiti?Marc Vincent: In terms of progress, I think we have come a long way and there is still a long way to go. For UNICEF, we are active in about 120 communities and some 20,000 people in the country benefit now from living in an open defecation-free environment. In regard to the rapid response to cholera here, I think the mechanisms put in place have been very successful in controlling the disease and bringing it down from a peak of 350,000 suspected cases in 2011 to 36,000 last year. Also, for example, when you visit three of the 16 priority communities in the country’s southeast and see how proud they are of having their own toilets, building them themselves, how proud people are of protecting their families and children – when you see that pride it gives you hope; at the personal level, this is the most rewarding experience. But what we would like to do is totally eliminate cholera. That means we need to continue working on the rapid response mechanisms and we need to ensure that the long-term access to sanitation and water eventually covers all the country. But the National Sanitation is a development program, and it will take time to change behaviour and to ensure universal access. So, in the meantime, we really need to maintain the rapid response mechanisms in place. UN News Centre: What approaches has the UN taken to respond to the disease? Marc Vincent: We have approaches based on the short-term, the medium-term and the long-term. The short-term approach is largely an emergency response, supporting a system of rapid response and community based alert. When a cholera case is identified, there is an alert sent out and an emergency rapid response team goes to the particular household affected and sets up a ‘cordon sanitaire’ to decontaminate the surroundings, chlorinate water and advise the family on what preventive steps are needed, as well as to distribute chlorination tablets and rehydration salts. This is linked to other elements of the rapid response, such as coordination among partners in each department and epidemiological analysis, in order to make sure that we are tracking the disease. Close The long-term response is to improve access to water and sanitation for all Haitians. At this point, 28 per cent of the population has access to proper sanitation facilities and 58 per cent has access to clean drinking water. What we are trying to do is to increase access to clean water, and to change behaviour in terms of open defecation, which is one of the main sources of contamination in the water system – what happens is that the cholera Vibrio gets spread through water. So, if everyone has a toilet and we can eliminate open defecation, we will go a long way to reducing cholera transmission in the country. Finally, the mid-term response is a combination of efforts to both improve chlorination within urban and rural areas and to improve access to water. In addition, we are in the process of planning a vaccination campaign at a larger level to boost the population´s immunity to the cholera Vibrio. UN News Centre: What are the so-called WASH interventions and why are they important?Marc Vincent: WASH stands for water, sanitation and hygiene. But, first of all, we have to look at cholera as one amongst many water-borne diseases. Water-borne diseases, particularly diarrhea, are the second major cause of mortality for children in Haiti. WASH actions are a combination to improve access to clean water and access to sanitation facilities, as well as behaviour change. It takes time to increase people’s awareness of the risks of open defecation. UN News Centre: The Total Sanitation Campaign was launched some time ago – how is it faring?Marc Vincent: The campaign was launched by the Prime Minister and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2014. It targets initially 16 priority communities, identified according to the persistence of cholera. The campaign addresses access to water, rehabilitating water systems and ensuring chlorination to address contamination. At the same time, we are also supporting communities to build toilets and to reduce the contamination of water through open defecation. As part of joint efforts between the United Nations and the Government of Haiti to fight cholera, water filter systems are being distributed in Cité Soleil, Port au Prince. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi Here, local residents fetch drinking water at a river near Grand Bois. “The last part of our visit is the sensitization. Our aim is to show people how they can protect themselves from cholera with simple measures such as handwashing, water purification, etc.,” said Ms. Honore. “We also provide them with a one-month supply of chlorine, soap and a bucket.” @media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -590px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 5em; line-height: 1.1em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 80px; xmargin-left:8em; text-shadow: 10px 10px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:56%;}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.7em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;} A group of Haitian children learn how to properly wash their hands in an effort to raise awareness about cholera prevention. UN Photo/ Logan Abassi With the aim of identifying the cause of a recent outbreak as soon as possible, Brigitte Honore, a 34-year-old Haitian serving with a mobile response team run by the NGO Oxfam, meets with a resident of Grand Bois, in north-eastern Haiti. Topics they cover include household hygiene practices and sources for local water consumption, among others. Shown here, Ms. Honore discusses techniques to make water safe to use as part of the package that is given to every household in the so-called “sanitary cordon.” What we found is that it is really important that they build them themselves, because then they are more likely to continue using them and they understand their significance. We are also working with schools to improve access to water and sanitation facilities. Children in Haiti are the change agents. When we talk to children in schools and explain to them the challenges of cholera, they go back home and explain it to their parents. Therefore, you create greater awareness. In addition, we are using communication to change behaviour and to make sure that people understand why they need to have toilets, why it is important for their children and how they will save lives. UN News Centre: What are the links between the rapid response and the longer-term response? Marc Vincent: We all have to work together to resolve the cholera situation, but also to bring clean water to all children in Haiti. We have excellent partnerships with DINEPA and the Ministry of Health, and we have very good relationships with donors such as the World Bank, the Spanish Agency of Cooperation and the Inter-American Development Bank. Now it is important that we all agree on the priorities and we all target first these 16 priority communities and really ensure good coverage. One case of cholera in Haiti is one too many – one child that dies of cholera is one too many. We really need to eliminate this disease. It is preventable with adequate financing and with a good plan in place we really have a strong case of doing that. UN News Centre: You mention “adequate financing” – just how important is it for the long-term? Marc Vincent: One of the challenges that we have is funding the rapid response mechanisms. We need predictable funding. Since humanitarian funding is of a short duration, it is so difficult to know from one year to the next how much money you will be able to plan for. We are hoping to put the rapid response on a longer-term development footing, and then many of these mechanisms can be used, as I said, to prevent water-borne diseases, as well other contagious diseases. Therefore, one of the challenges we have is mobilizing development funds to keep these mechanisms in place and build up the capacity of the Ministry of Health. ‹ › UN News Centre: From UNICEF’s perspective, investing in water and sanitation to prevent cholera and other water-borne diseases can have knock-on effects in other areas beyond health?Marc Vincent: Access to water and sanitation affects so many other areas of life – in a child’s life and for Haitian communities in general. If you have clean water then you will reduce the number of water-borne diseases, you will promote good sanitation practices, and you will reduce the school absentee rate. Since 2010 more than 700 children have died of cholera and more than a 100,000 thousand have been affected. If you take four days of school away for every suspected case, we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of lost school days in Haiti. So it has an impact on education, it has an impact on nutrition. There are a large variety of benefits of improving access to clean water and sanitation – basically, it’s crucial for development. 10 facts on cholera A woman along with her son, residents of the Las Palmas district in Haiti, fills containers at a water distribution point. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi Here, Ms. Honore interviews one of the neighbours of a registered cholera patient in Grand Bois. A couple of days after the initial visit, mobile response teams return to the homes located within the “sanitary cordon” for follow-up monitoring. This involves testing the household’s drinking water to confirm that it has been treated with chlorine, among other steps. read more

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Brock International Services’ Holiday Party is coming up Friday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Welcome Desk on the 2nd Floor of the International Centre. All students, staff and faculty are invited to the end-of-term and festive celebration, which will include dinner and dancing. The event will be held at Club Roma on Vansickle Road Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

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first_img 24 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4605701 Wednesday 24 Apr 2019, 7:21 PM Short URL 7,856 Views Share Tweet Email Police watch Extinction Rebellion protesters at their final destination of Parliament Square. Source: Kirsty O’Connor/PA ImagesTWENTY THREE MORE people have been arrested in connection with the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests in London.London’s Metropolitan Police said that as of 4pm this afternoon 1,088 arrests had been made on connection with the protests which have taken place over the last week, and that 69 people had now been charged. Of those arrested today, 12 are women and 11 are men. They are aged between 19 and 70. They all remain in police custody at this time.Protests have been ongoing since last Monday, with demonstrators blocking bridges and roads in London. Police have said that Waterloo Bridge in the city was reopened and sites at Oxford Street and Parliament Square which had been closed were also reopened. On Sunday, Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg – who has become the face of the anti-climate change movement – addressed the demonstrators, telling them: “Humanity is standing at a crossroads.”Organisers said they were willing to switch tactics from disruption to dialogue next week – if the government enters talks with them.Extinction Rebellion was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental movements.Campaigners want governments to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and be led by new “citizens’ assemblies on climate and ecological justice.Dublin also saw people take to the streets as part of the Extinction Rebellion movement on Friday and Saturday.Protesters staged a sit down protest on O’Connell Bridge for about five hours in the afternoon and evening. Police in London have now imposed restrictions on the area of protest at the Marble Arch area, limiting the space in which protesters can demonstrate. With reporting from © AFP 2019   Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cónal Thomas 23 more people arrested during Extinction Rebellion protests in London Over 1,000 people have now been arrested during the climate change protests. Apr 24th 2019, 7:21 PM last_img read more

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