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Political fate of Singh NDP on the line in federal byelections

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh’s political fate — and the fortunes of the New Democratic Party as a whole — are in the hands of voters today in a British Columbia riding.The NDP leader is running for a seat in the House of Commons in Burnaby South, one of three federal ridings holding byelections today.Many New Democrats believe it’s a do-or-die contest — that Singh cannot lead his party in this fall’s general election if he can’t get himself a seat in Parliament.Singh is hoping a victory tonight will give him much-needed visibility in the Commons in the run-up to the national vote in October, and put to rest grumbling within the NDP about his underwhelming performance since being chosen leader almost 18 months ago.But Singh’s problems go well beyond his lack of visibility on the main stage of federal politics. The former Ontario provincial politician has faced criticism about his seeming unfamiliarity with federal issues and his handling of internal caucus matters — particularly his decision to kick Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir out of caucus for alleged misconduct, which has infuriated many NDP stalwarts in the province seen as the cradle of the party.Under his leadership, the NDP has plunged to its lowest standings in public opinion polls since 2000, when it won just 13 seats. The party is mired in debt and its fundraising is sluggish. At least 11 of the 44 MPs who won seats for the party in 2015 have announced they won’t seek re-election this fall.While many NDP eyes will be glued to Burnaby South tonight, an arguably better gauge of the party’s election-year viability will be going on in Outremont — the Montreal riding vacated last summer by Singh’s predecessor, Tom Mulcair.The riding had been a Liberal stronghold until Mulcair scored an upset in a 2007 byelection. His victory turned Outremont into a beachhead for the NDP, which helped to launch the so-called orange wave that swept the province in 2011 and boosted the party to official Opposition status for the first time in its history. While the party held onto just 16 Quebec seats in 2015, Quebec MPs still make up more than a third of the NDP caucus.The betting among political insiders is that the Liberals will retake Outremont, which would be a welcome boost for the governing party’s morale in the midst of the SNC-Lavalin controversy — and a particularly bitter loss for the NDP. The symbolism of losing their erstwhile beachhead would only reinforce polls suggesting New Democrats are in danger of being wiped out altogether in Quebec this fall.But the blow would be softened, at least, if Singh is able to capture Burnaby South.It’s no sure thing. The B.C. riding is not a natural home for Singh, who formerly represented Brampton in the Ontario legislature. Nor is it a safe NDP riding: New Democrat Kennedy Stewart, who resigned to become mayor of Vancouver, took the riding in 2015 with just over 600 votes more than his Liberal opponent, with the Conservative candidate not far behind.While the byelection is thought to be a three-way race, being a party leader should give Singh an edge. The fact that the Green party has chosen not to run a candidate should also help.Moreover, the Liberals did themselves no favours by dumping their original candidate amid controversy over her suggestion that Singh being of “Indian descent” could help her win. The current Liberal contender, Richard T. Lee, could face headwinds of a different kind, created by the ongoing furor over allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould — who represents a nearby Vancouver riding — to halt a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.The third byelection is being held in the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe, left vacant by the retirement of Peter Van Loan, who had held the seat for the Conservatives since 2004. He won with a healthy 50 per cent of the votes in 2015, and the Tories are expected to easily hang on tonight.All three contests will give the Conservatives a glimpse of what, if any damage, they might sustain from the advent of the breakaway People’s Party of Canada, formed by one-time Tory leadership contender Maxime Bernier. The byelections mark the first time Bernier’s fledgling party will actually be put to an electoral test.last_img read more

US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show that many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming.The opening Friday of the U.S. Climate Action Center alongside pavilions from Britain, Poland and New Zealand contrasts with the low-key presence of the official U.S. government delegation.The administration of President Donald Trump, who has announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, is holed up in a cubicle away from the main concourse. It currently has one public event planned Monday promoting U.S. technological innovations.The Climate Action Center is backed by a grouping called We Are Still In that wants to maintain the 2015 Paris agreement aim of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit).The Associated Presslast_img read more

US consumer prices flat in January

WASHINGTON — Consumer prices were unchanged in January, as lower gasoline prices offset the rising costs of housing, clothing and medical care.The Labor Department said the consumer price index rose only 1.6 per cent last month from a year earlier.Inflation has been tempered by a 10.1 per cent plunge over the past 12 months in prices at the gas pump. But housing expenses — the dominant part of the index — have risen 3.2 per cent.Excluding the volatile energy and food categories, core prices increased 0.2 per cent for the fifth month in a row. For the third straight month, core prices were up 2.2 per cent from a year ago.On a monthly basis, clothing costs jumped 1.1 per cent, the largest gain in 11 months. Medical care services rose 0.3 per cent on a monthly basis, as did housing costs.The relatively modest level of inflation suggests that recent wage gains have not spurred higher inflation. The Federal Reserve has been cautious on plans to increase interest rates, after four hikes to a key short-term rate in 2018 after deficit-financed tax cuts caused economic growth to accelerate. But amid signs of slowing growth despite robust hiring and a 4 per cent unemployment rate, the relatively low level of inflation has reduced pressure for the Fed to continue increasing rates.The Fed targets inflation at 2 per cent.Josh Boak, The Associated Press read more

Barnier says chaotic Brexit becomes ever more likely

BRUSSELS — EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier says that Britain’s exit from the European Union without a deal “becomes day after day more likely” after the U.K. parliament again rejected alternatives to the government’s unpopular divorce deal.Despite the downbeat assessment, Barnier did say that “we can still hope to avoid it” through intensive work in London ahead of an April 10 summit. A no-deal Brexit could come as soon two days after that.Despite the difficulties of a chaotic exit, “the EU will be able to manage,” Barnier said, although he warned that “not everything will be smooth.”Exit without a deal would affect trade and travel overnight, with new checks on borders and new regulations on dealings between Britain and the 27 remaining EU nations.The Associated Press read more

Southwest Airlines plans 100M maintenance hangar in Denver

DENVER — Southwest Airlines says it will build a $100 million maintenance hangar at the Denver International Airport.The Denver Post reports the Dallas-based airline announced plans Wednesday for the 130,000-square-foot (12,100-square-meter) hangar that can fit three Boeing 737 aircraft.Southwest aims to complete construction before the end of 2020.The hangar will be the seventh in airline’s maintenance network. It currently has facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Orlando, Florida.Southwest employs about 4,200 people in the Denver area, including 75 maintenance workers.Southwest CEO Gary Kelly says the airline expects to have 224 daily departures from Denver by August, with more routes planned.He says the hangar is evidence of the airline investment into the community.___Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.comThe Associated Press read more

Liberia UN hands over control of diamond certification office to Government

At a ceremony in Tubmanburg, about 50 kilometres west of the capital Monrovia, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) chief Alan Doss transferred control of the regional office to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In Monrovia, the Government Diamond Office at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy was also dedicated today.“These events mark another major milestone in Liberia’s turn away from violence and conflict and its return to the community of law-abiding States,” Mr. Doss said, adding that he hoped the handover in Tubmanburg would help to revitalize the country’s legal diamond industry.On Friday the Council lifted its six-year-old embargo on the export of diamonds from Liberia that was introduced to stop proceeds from the sale of these so-called “blood diamonds” from fuelling wars across West Africa.Council members agreed that Liberia has made enough progress towards establishing the necessary internal controls to satisfy the minimum requirements of the Kimberley Process to justify ending the embargo. But the 15-member body also agreed to review its decision to lift the embargo within 90 days. 2 May 2007Less than a week after the Security Council lifted its sanctions on the export of “blood diamonds” from Liberia, the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the West African country today handed over a regional diamond certification office to the Government. read more

UN reviews efforts to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorists hands

29 September 2009A three-day comprehensive review of United Nations efforts to prevent nuclear, biological, chemical and other weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) from falling into the hands of terrorists and other so-called non-State actors opens in New York tomorrow. At least 35 nations and 19 organizations will participate in the meetings convened by the Security Council’s 1540 Committee, named after the 2004 resolution which calls on all States to take every necessary domestic, legal and other step to prevent the diversion of WMDs or materials that could facilitate their development and means of delivery.“The review in general is a process to assess the evolution of risks and threats, to address specific critical issues and to identify possible new approaches for the implementation of the resolution,” Committee Chairman and Ambassador of Costa Rica Jorge Urbina told a news briefing today.Nations and organizations will share their experiences and express their views and a final document on the issues is scheduled to be issued by 31 January, although Mr. Urbina said he hoped to have it ready before the end of this year.The Committee does not act as an international policing body to go after those who buy or sell WMDs or their materials, but rather deals with the legal framework such as legislation and export and customs controls that member countries can use to help stop WMD proliferation to non-State actors.Among the challenges it faces are the lack of capacity in many countries and the building of cooperative relationships with regional organizations. read more

Myanmar Ban calls for regional support in seeking democratic transition

24 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today assured South-East Asian nations of his commitment to seeking a successful transition to civilian and democratic rule in Myanmar. “I also count on your support in encouraging Myanmar’s engagement with my good offices,” he told annual gathering at UN Headquarters of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).“The UN and ASEAN share the aim of stability and development in Myanmar. We agree on the critical need for a democratic transition and national reconciliation, and for ensuring free, fair and inclusive elections. “Failure to meet these expectations could undermine the credibility of the process – which, in turn, could reflect on ASEAN’s collective values and principles. At the same time, we must also help Myanmar, so that they can address these humanitarian and development challenges.”Last week Mr. Ban voiced concern at the decision by Myanmar’s Election Commission to dissolve 10 political parties, including the National League for Democracy (NLD) and called on the authorities to ensure that November’s elections are fully inclusive. In August he called on the authorities to release all remaining political prisoners so that they could fully participate in Myanmar’s political life in the polls – the country’s first in 20 years – which are due to be held on 7 November.Apart from Myanmar, Mr. Ban addressed four other issues with the ministers, beginning with the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), noting that ASEAN members have been among the most successful in meeting the targets on poverty, child health and education, but that there are wide disparities between and within countries, with progress on child mortality being particularly slow.Secondly, he commended ASEAN for establishing commissions on human rights and the promotion of the rights of women and children, adding that the UN stands ready to assist the association in strengthening its regional human rights mechanisms. Thirdly, he called for more effective cooperation on peace and security by working together in concrete areas such as conflict prevention and peacekeeping. Finally he lauded the Secretariat-to-Secretariat cooperation and partnership between the two organizations, citing the joint work on humanitarian relief after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar in 2008 as “a great success and an excellent example.”ASEAN holds the meeting each year in conjunction with the opening of the General Assembly’s main session. read more

Security Council refers Palestinian application to UN membership committee

28 September 2011The President of the Security Council today referred Palestine’s application to become a United Nations Member State to the committee that deals with the admission of new members. The Council’s decision to refer the application comes almost a week after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted the application to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who then forwarded it to the 15-member body. The Council’s Committee on the Admission of New Members is slated to consider the application on Friday. Any application for UN membership is considered by the Council, which decides whether or not to recommend admission to the 193-member General Assembly, which then has to adopt a resolution for the admission of a Member State. Palestine, which currently has observer status at the UN, submitted the application for full membership “based on the Palestinian people’s natural, legal and historic rights” and based on resolution 181 adopted by the General Assembly in November 1947, Mr. Abbas wrote in his submission to the Secretary-General.In resolution 181, the Assembly decided on the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab States.Mr. Abbas added that the submission comes “after decades of displacement, dispossession and the foreign military occupation of my people” and with the successful culmination of the Palestinian State-building programme. read more

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa admitted to hospital

Former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who was arrested yesterday, was admitted to the Colombo National hospital today.Rajapaksa was arrested yesterday over the alleged misappropriation of funds. He was arrested after appearing before the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).The former Minister was questioned over the misappropriation of Divineguma funds when he was a Minister. He was later arrested and produced before court and remanded till August 1st. (Colombo Gazette)

Sri Lanka seeks investments from Qatar for power sector

“While apprising the Qatar Minister of the areas where Sri Lanka is looking for foreign investments, we gave him a picture of the current economic position of our country and also the sectors where investments could fetch good returns,” Senaratne explained. “We have made this proposal to the local authorities in Qatar, citing the advantages Sri Lanka had from the free trade agreement (FTA) with India. The investors are expected to gain significantly from the investments in pharmaceutical and drugs in such conditions,” he said. The Minister said their studies have found the market is guaranteed for the medicines manufactured as part of the FTA with India.Senaratne also said his country is working to bolster its E-Health programme and already 40 hospitals across Sri Lanka have been brought under the mission.“Now, we are exploring the possibility to attract foreign investments, including those from Qatar, to bring 150 more hospitals under the E-Health programme. “Currently only 1.8% of the GDP is earmarked for health but efforts are on to make it a minimum of 3%.” Sri Lanka, he said, is also looking forward to foreign capital for building more state-of-the-art hospitals after memorandums were signed with Germany and Austria to develop advanced centres for nephrology and heart transplantation. The Sri Lankan Minister said he also spoke to the Qatar Minister on the prospects of attracting investments to his country’s power sector. “We have some ambitious plans as well to capitalise on our favourable weather conditions to develop solar and wind energy projects to meet the growing power requirements.” The Minister said Sri Lanka hopes there is a scope for developing tourism and other projects in one of its islands, where adequate land is available for investors. “Unlike what it used to be, in Sri Lanka, we are processing the papers for investments fast these days,” he said.“With an eye on tapping foreign investments, we have waived off tax imposed by the previous government on investors so that they could enjoy more benefits from their investments made in Sri Lanka,” the Minister said, adding their Government is also keen on developing the physical infrastructure of its drugs and pharmaceutical sectors. Sri Lanka is exploring the possibility of attracting investments from Qatari entrepreneurs and government agencies in its health sector, Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne said in Doha.According to the Gulf Times, the Minister, who was on a two-day visit to Qatar, said he had held discussions on investment prospects in his country with Qatar Minister for Finance HE Ali Sherif al-Emadi. The Minister said efforts are underway in Sri Lanka to develop further treatment methods such as ayurveda, chinese and homeopathy with an eye on attracting more visitors from across the world. “We require foreign participation for their further development.”Similar foreign investments are also sought to develop a photo-dynamic therapy centre of international standards to treat such illnesses as cancer, he said.The Minister also explored the possibility of seeking Qatar Red Crescent assistance, including mobile dialysis machines, to providing treatment for those suffering from renal diseases in some parts of his country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Quick hits Midweek news notes from OSU football

Ohio State football (3-1) is just days away from opening Big Ten play against the Michigan State Spartans (3-1). First-year head coach Luke Fickell discussed freshman quarterback Braxton Miller’s Saturday performance against Colorado at a Tuesday press conference. Fickell might have also issued a veiled challenge to OSU students to ratchet up the noise level for the Buckeyes’ remaining games. No more “or” The latest OSU depth chart, released to the media on Tuesday, now shows only freshman Braxton Miller’s name in bold print. Every previous depth chart had both Miller and redshirt senior Joe Bauserman’s names in bold and read: “Joe Bauserman or Braxton Miller.” Miller helped lead the Buckeyes to a 37-17 win against Colorado Saturday. “(Miller) did a good job,” Fickell said. “The number one thing he did was hold onto the football… threw some good balls later in the game.” Showing the students some love For the second time since the conclusion of the Buckeyes’ 37-17 Saturday win against Colorado, first-year coach Luke Fickell spoke of the OSU student body. “I think the one thing our guys enjoyed as much as I did is having students back on campus,” Fickell said. “Obviously, the way we played is a boost, but it’s nice to have that behind you. Really want to thank them. Hopefully they continue to do the same things and get better each and every week.” Injury update The status of senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams and sophomore defensive back Corey Brown for the Buckeyes’ next game remains uncertain. “Maybe we’ll have a little better idea (of their status) maybe by Wednesday,” Fickell said. Captaincy carousel Junior running back Jordan Hall, defensive back and special teams player Nate Ebner and defensive back and linebacker Nate Oliver will act as captains for this week’s game against Michigan State. Hall, along with defensive back Travis Howard and defensive back Corey Brown, was suspended for the first two games of the season for accepting $200 in a white envelope from a former university booster at a Cleveland area charity event. In his two games since returning from suspension, Hall has amassed 354 all-purpose yards while also scoring a touchdown. Saturday’s game against the Spartans is set for a 3:30 p.m kickoff in Ohio Stadium. The game will be televised regionally by ABC. read more

Nedbank comment argues for caution and careful selection in commodities

first_imgMark Tyler, a Senior Investment Banker at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking recently wrote a market review piece for mining investors outlining long and short term commodity trends. During the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, mining markets were characterised by correlated and generally high commodity prices, mainly driven by exuberance about Chinese consumption levels. The result was a steady flow of investment money, much of which found its way into developing projects.“This secular bull market came to an end, and the four years since 2011 have not been a particularly pleasant time for those involved in the mining space. The downturn was not entirely unexpected, as gold, oil and metals would inevitably return to their historical inverse correlation, and the market’s response to high Chinese consumption levels had largely failed to take into account basic supply dynamics. The downturn has hit the sector relatively hard, with many veterans of the industry suggesting that it is the worst they have seen in the past 40 years – made worse by the apparent lack of upside potential evident in today’s markets. Despite this, there are still pockets of opportunity in the sector, and it’s a worthwhile exercise to take a closer look at a few commodities that still offer fairly good prospects.”The wholesale sell-off in commodity stocks in 2011/12 was precipitated by complaints that gold miners, particularly gold juniors, were not returning cash to shareholders, electing rather to spend it on expansions and acquisitions. This lack of interest eventually spread across commodity stocks. However, recent concerns about global growth have caused gold to show signs of upward movement in 2016. “The $50/oz increase in the gold price caused a rise of over 5% in gold share prices in US and Canadian markets, and Australian gold stocks have also performed well due to a combination of reduced input costs and the devaluation of the Australian dollar.”Tyler argues that South African gold stocks reveal a similar picture, with rand gold prices at historical highs, which can be attributed to the devaluation of the local currency. While input costs in the country have risen modestly, these are mostly rand denominated, so the increase in price has offset this. “Investors are once again showing interest in gold shares, particularly given the generally lower mining input costs due to the falling oil price, coupled with rising concerns about a possible absence of yield from other assets due to slower global economic growth.”Looking at other metals, Tyler argues that while there is the potential for zinc and copper production shortfalls, large stocks of these are currently held by producers, consumers, and the London Metal Exchange (LME). In the case of zinc, it is likely that these stockpiles will run out within 12 to 18 months resulting in a rapid increase in price. It is also projected that there will be a deficit in copper supply in the next year. “However, the current amount of copper held in stock is uncertain, as there is speculation that some of the carry trade between Western and Chinese interest rates is collateralised by copper stocks. That said, it may only be a short time before there is a genuine supply shortfall and, if that happens, copper prices will increase in the same way as zinc.”“Given the generally positive gold scenario painted earlier, investors would do well to hold on to SA gold producers, particularly those with lower cost operations or those that have the potential to pay down debt. A number of West African gold projects also offer promise, as many are very leveraged to fuel prices.” On the debt front, the willingness of banks to consider mining projects in Africa has dwindled. While the French banks are still open for business to most of Africa, as is Nedbank, the other banks, in South Africa and worldwide, are not. This means that raising debt has become far more difficult.Public funds also remain hard to attract, and merger & acquisition activity is at historical lows. However, the number of private equity funds active in the resources market remains high, but these are selective about the deals they do and demand real evidence of quality before parting with their funds. “All in all, financing new projects in Africa is going to prove more complex than it was in the boom years and developers will need to work smarter than in the past to ensure they put in place optimum financing structures.”He concludes: “On the whole, there is some reason for optimism for gold miners in the relatively short term and some base metals in the medium term. However, caution is advised as the long-term outlook for commodities overall remains poor. The reality is that the days of easy money from steadily increasing commodity prices are over and caution and a highly selective approach are set to become the new normal.”last_img read more

Sinn Féin says it has been sent previously unreleased Anglo Tapes

first_imgSINN FÉIN HAS claimed that it has been anonymously sent a copy of more recordings involving senior officials at Anglo Irish Bank, many of which are not currently in the public domain.The party says that the tapes cover the period between February and September 2008.The tapes will not be released at this time and the party says that they have been made available to the gardaí and to the Governor of the Central Bank.Copies of the tapes have also been retained with a solicitor for the party with a view to releasing them at a future date.“On the advice of senior counsel we have taken the decision not to release the tapes at this time,” the party’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said in the Dáil this morning.He said that he hand-delivered the tapes to Garda headquarters and to the Central Bank governor this morning.Doherty also said hat the government must “move speedily” to establish a banking inquiry as there is a “public demand for the truth”.“People want to know what was going within the banks and the contact between senior bankers and the Fianna Fáil government in the run up to the guarantee,” he said.He also claimed that the previous Fianna Fáil government “had more information in relation to the bank prior to the guarantee than they have previously disclosed”.Read: Central Bank will share Anglo Tapes analysis with gardaí‘Don’t be such an idiot’: Heated exchanges over Central Bank response to Anglo TapesAnglo Tapes: “No smoking gun” says Central Bank bosslast_img read more

Météo France alerte orange en Bretagne

first_imgMétéo France : alerte orange en BretagneFrance – Météo France a placé quatre départements de la Bretagne ainsi que la Loire-Atlantique en alerte orange (niveau trois sur quatre) en raison de vents violents.L’alerte, lancée hier soir, est pour l’instant maintenue jusqu’à demain matin 6 heures. Les départements concernés sont le Finistère, les Côtes d’Armor, le Morbihan, l’Ille-et-Vilaine et la Loire Atlantique. Météo France précise qu’une “profonde dépression s’est déjà creusée à 1.000 km à l’ouest des côtes du Finistère”. Celle-ci va se déplacer vers l’est pour arriver à l’entrée de la Manche en milieu de journée ce mercredi. Des vents violents perturberont les départements près des côtes ouest.À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseLes vents souffleront de 100 à 120 km/h dans le Finistère et de 100 à 110 km/h sur les côtes du Morbihan et de la Loire-Atlantique. En dehors du littoral, les vents pourront atteindre plus de 100 km/h. Des orages pourront se manifester, ainsi que des vagues allant jusqu’à six mètres de haut. Météo France déconseille les sorties en mer et préconise une limitation des déplacements dès que possible. Les régions concernées devraient voir leur situation revenir au calme dans la nuit du mercredi 24 au jeudi 25 février. Cependant, une autre tempête devrait toucher tout le nord-ouest de la France ce week-end. La confirmation de Météo France est attendue.Le 24 février 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rio20 un nouveau projet qui manque dambition selon lUE

first_imgRio+20 : un nouveau projet qui “manque d’ambition” selon l’UEA deux jours du début du Sommet mondial Rio+20 sur le développement durable, l’Union européenne a dénoncé le nouveau projet de texte final qui, selon elle, “manque d’ambition”. Ce document final, notamment, ne retient pas l’idée d’une agence pleine et entière des Nations unies consacrée à l’environnement, comme le demandaient les Européens.Depuis samedi dernier, les délégués réunis à Rio discutent d’un projet à proposer au Sommet mondial Rio+20 sur le développement durable qui débutera mercredi. Le document présenté hier par la délégation brésilienne est ainsi une version réduite du texte initial sur lequel les délégués n’étaient pas parvenus à s’accorder au bout de cinq mois de négociations. Mais “bien qu’il y ait de bonnes choses dans ce texte, il y manque l’ambition nécessaire pour le développement durable et pour une économie verte globale [ … ]Nous travaillons fort pour que la conférence réponde vraiment aux défis entremêlés que connaît l’Humanité, et qu’elle s’accorde sur des façons concrètes d’y répondre”, a souligné Monica Westeren, porte-parole du commissaire à l’environnement Janez Potocnik.Citée par l’AFP, elle a également ajouté que “l’économie verte est une occasion de transformer ces défis en occasions de créer des emplois, de sortir les gens de la pauvreté, de nourrir nos enfants tout en réduisant la pression sur l’environnement et sur les ressources”. D’où l’importance que les Etats parviennent à se mettre d’accord. “Il est encore temps d’améliorer les chances d’un résultat positif si la volonté existe de toutes parts”, a encore précisé la porte-parole. Ce faisant, Mme Westeren insiste sur l’exigence européenne de définir des “objectifs avec des calendriers concrets et des mécanismes de contrôle pour mesurer les progrès”.Un texte final qui sera prêt ce soir À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette idée était celle qu’avait essayé d’imposer les Européens à Durban, en Afrique du Sud en demandant la création d’une agence pleine et entière des Nations unies consacrée à l’environnement. Or, le texte final qui vient d’être présenté n’inclut pas cette idée. Le chef de la délégation brésilienne, Luiz-Alberto Figueiredo, a confirmé aussi que le projet de texte final devrait être prêt ce soir, affirmant que sur 50 paragraphes passés en revue, des difficultés subsistent “dans pas plus de cinq”.Toutefois, hier soir, plusieurs dizaines de jeunes ont manifesté devant une salle où se réunissait un groupe de travail pour protester contre le retrait d’un paragraphe prévoyant la nomination d’un “haut commissaire pour les générations futures”. “C’était une demande essentielle de la société civile”, a indiqué une des manifestantes, Maja Göpel, du Conseil pour l’avenir de la planète.Le 18 juin 2012 à 10:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Retired teacher fills vacancy on Battle Ground school board

first_imgBattle Ground Public Schools has a full school board with the appointment of retired teacher Mark Watrin to the vacant District 4 director position.Watrin, who spent 40 years in education, replaces Mavis Nickels. Nickels announced her resignation last month after eight years on the school board. Watrin will be sworn in Monday, according to a district news release.He retired last year from the 13,000-student school district, where he was both a science teacher, as well as a teacher on special assignment, leading professional development for other science teachers. He helped launch the Battle Ground school district’s Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education, a half-day high school program for district students.Watrin also worked in the Vancouver and Camas school districts, as well as at Educational Service District 112 and Washington State University. He volunteers at the school district and with the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and sits on the Washington Science Teachers Association.Watrin’s two grown children attended Battle Ground schools, and his wife, Donna, is also a retired teacher from the district.“We have a chemistry teacher saying, ‘If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.’ I want to be part of the solution,” Watrin said of his desire to serve on the board in a district news release.The school district earlier this month chose Rob Henrikson to fill the District 2 director position left vacant after Ken Root’s resignation in February. Root also sat on the school board for eight years.Both new members will sit on the board through November. The position will be up for election for a full four-year term at that time.last_img read more

FHP Davie station hosts tribute to fallen troopers

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Loved ones came together for a touching tribute to Florida Highway Patrol troopers who lost their lives in the line of duty.The Southern Region Florida Highway Patrol Memorial Ceremony was held at the Davie District Station, Friday.The event brought family members of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as FHP troopers, to honor those fallen members from South Florida and across the state.This is the fourth year FHP has hosted the touching tribute.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Ethiopia to send black boxes of crashed plane to Europe

first_imgPeople stand near collected debris at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 11 March, 2019. Photo: AFPEthiopia said Wednesday it would send the black boxes from last weekend’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash to Europe for analysis as urgency mounted for answers amid safety concerns for the Boeing 737 MAX 8.The second deadly crash involving the plane type in less than six months prompted governments worldwide to ban the American aerospace giant’s bestselling jet from their airspace.The move has heaped pressure on Boeing to provide proof the workhorse is safe.In Ethiopia, families of victims were taken to the remote site Wednesday where the plane smashed into a field with 157 passengers and crew from 35 countries, leaving a deep black crater and tiny scraps of debris.Ethiopian Airlines spokesman Asrat Begashaw told AFP the company would decide by Thursday which country would examine the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder recovered from ill-fated Flight ET 302.”We are going to send it to Europe, but the country is not specified yet,” said Asrat.Another airline spokesman, Biniyam Demssie, said Ethiopia did not have the equipment to read the black box data, which it is hoped will provide crucial information about what happened.The Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 was less than four months old when it went down six minutes into a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on Sunday, disintegrating on impact.Asrat said families of the victims from Kenya, China, America, and Canada, as well as diplomatic staff from embassies, were at the crash site.”Many of them, families and friends, they arrived, and they are on site.”Experts have pointed out similarities to the crash of an Indonesian Lion Air jet last October, killing 189 passengers and crew.- ‘Significant similarities’ -Both planes reportedly experienced erratic steep climbs and descents as well as fluctuating airspeeds before crashing shortly after takeoff.Questions have honed in on an automated anti-stalling system introduced on the 737 MAX 8, designed to automatically point the nose of the plane downward if it is in danger of stalling.According to the flight data recorder, the pilots of Lion Air Flight 610 struggled to control the aircraft as the automated MCAS system repeatedly pushed the plane’s nose down following takeoff.The pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines plane reported similar difficulties before their aircraft plunged into the ground.Boeing came in for criticism after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the anti-stalling system.Demssie told AFP the pilots of the doomed flight had been trained.For “every new technology, we provide training at Ethiopian Airlines,” he said.On Sunday, the company’s CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said captain Yared Mulugeta Gatechew, 29, was an experienced aviator with more than 8,000 flight hours.Tewolde told CNN Wednesday there were “significant similarities” between the Lion Air and ET 302 crashes. “There are a lot of questions to be answered on the airplane.”In a separate interview with BBC, he called for all Boeing 737 MAX models to be grounded.- Banned from the skies -A dozen airlines have grounded the plane, while Lebanon, Egypt, Serbia, Vietnam, New Zealand and Hong Kong became the latest countries to ban it from their airspaces Wednesday.All European Union countries, as well as major hubs such as the United Arab Emirates and Australia have already done so.”At this early stage of the related investigation, it cannot be excluded that similar causes may have contributed to both events,” the EU aviation agency said.Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has said it will demand financial compensation from Boeing, as the implications of the mass grounding for the airline industry remained unclear.The United States, however, is resisting calls to ground the MAX series, which is Boeing’s fastest-selling model, with more than 5,000 orders placed to date from about 100 customers.”Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft,” Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Daniel Elwell said in a statement on Tuesday.There are about 350 MAX 8s in service around the world.Thomas Anthony, head of the Aviation Safety and Security Program at the University of Southern California, said increasing automation of planes means crews have less experience flying manually.”So it’s not just a mechanical, it is not just a software problem, but it is a problem of communication and trust,” he said.last_img read more

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