first_imgHas the Institut Pasteur been shut down? Mais non! Stories in the press today suggesting that the venerable Parisian institution has been “closed” or ordered to halt its research have been greatly exaggerated, Pasteur Director-General Christian Bréchot tells ScienceInsider. “The institute is fully working,” he says.But Pasteur is struggling with a public relations fiasco after the discovery, made earlier this year, that it can’t account for 2349 vials containing samples from the SARS outbreak in 2003. An independent panel has concluded that the risk for public health is zero, and Pasteur has suspended research in only one of its 18 biosafety level 3 facilities, Bréchot says. But the issue has led to three investigations and has raised questions in the media about the institute’s safety procedures.Today, the website Mediapart published fragments from a leaked letter written by two French Cabinet ministers who listed a series of apparent problems at the lab. “High likelihood of [sample] destruction not ordered by managers and without traceability, two-month delay in reporting the information to responsible authorities, lists of authorized persons not initially available, freezers not secured, absence of video surveillance, archives not available during weekend,” wrote research and education minister Benoît Hamon and Marisol Touraine, minister of social affairs, in a letter that Mediapart says was addressed to two government inspectors charged with investigating the issue.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Pasteur staff discovered that the vials were missing during a regular inventory of dangerous pathogens in January, Bréchot says. The matter was reported to the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM), which inspected the lab between 8 and 12 April. On 12 April, Pasteur first announced the loss of the vials to the public in a short statement. Bréchot also reported the matter to the police, which is conducting its own investigation, and the two ministers have sent in their own inspection team. (The Institut Pasteur is a private foundation but the French government provides almost 30% of its annual budget.)Bréchot says the vials contained patient material collected during the brief worldwide SARS outbreak, including nasal, trachea, and plasma samples. An extensive investigation among staffers and students to find out what happened to the samples was fruitless. Security measures would make it very difficult for someone to take them outside the lab, says Bréchot, who thinks the most likely explanation is that the samples were accidentally destroyed. “But we don’t know how it happened,” Bréchot says, “and that is clearly unacceptable.”Even if the specimens had left the lab, they would be harmless, Bréchot says. In the past, all attempts to isolate the SARS virus from the samples had failed; what’s more, the vials had previously thawed for several days when the freezer in which they were stored broke down, reducing the chances of any virus surviving, he says. A panel of independent experts that examined the risks concluded that the “infectious potential” was “zero,” according to the institute’s statement.Bréchot says the institute is now working with ANSM to completely review and improve the way it handles dangerous agents. “My job as president is to make sure this never happens again,” he says.last_img read more

first_imgEven in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state PLAY LIST 02:37Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Running in the African Savannah is the chance of a lifetime, although the location is as challenging as it is impressive. But with the chance to run with zebras, giraffes, antelopes and even lions, and enjoy a mini holiday after your marathon is done, the training will all be worth it.Takes place June 22, 2019. Registration open now.www.big-five-marathon.com3 Laender MarathonIf you want to take in three countries with just one run, then try the 3 Laender, or 3 Country Marathon. Runners will start on Lindau Island, Germany, pass through Austria and Switzerland before heading back to Austria to finish at Casino Stadium in Bregenz. The route also provides a beautiful backdrop plus a flat ground for those who might be aiming for a personal best.ADVERTISEMENT If you like to train hard as well as play hard, then the Marathon du Medoc might be for you. As well as ticking a marathon off your bucket list you’ll also get to enjoy the 26.2 miles with a glass of wine in hand, thanks to the many points along the circuits handing out glasses of French wine.Takes place Sept. 7, 2019. Registration opens in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starswww.marathondumedoc.comBig Five Marathon, South Africa Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem RELATED STORIES:What to do post-run to maximize your resultsLoneliness of the long distance runners in North KoreaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting INQUIRER.net stock photoWhether you’re a seasoned runner looking for something a little different this year, or trying to find the motivation for your first ever marathon, these five unusual marathons should help get you running in 2019.Marathon du Medoc, FranceADVERTISEMENT Takes place Oct. 6, 2019. Registration open now.www.sparkasse-3-laender-marathon.atGreat Wall Marathon, ChinaThose looking for a real challenge can not only run a marathon, but run it alongside one of the most famous monuments in the world. Be prepared for plenty of uphill climbs and steps, but the payoff is a fantastic view, the chance to run through local villages, and of course to say that you’ve completed the Wall’s 5,164 historic steps.Takes place May 18, 2019. Registration open now.www.great-wall-marathon.comRun Disneyland Paris Weekend, FranceUnleash your inner child by running through the most magical place on Earth, Disneyland. Like its American counterpart, Disneyland Paris organizes a weekend of running events to get the whole family involved, from kids’ races and a 5 kilometers right through to a marathon. The course will take you through the Disneyland parks, with Disney entertainment provided throughout the course to put some extra fun into the run.Takes place Sept. 19 to 22, 2019. Registration open now.www.run.disneylandparis.comJB US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Stats don’t lie: Manny Pacquiao dominates Adrien Broner in punches Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Densitron: innovations for broadcastNext Qorvo certified for Zigbee Green Power v1.1 multi-sensor and generic switch extension IBASE Technology debuts the OFP series open-frame panel PC that provides a flexible solution for seamless integration into kiosks, customized housings and wall mount. Designed for space-critical environments, the platforms are targeted for use in the banking, hospitals, retail, transportation, and other vertical markets.The OFP series features a single-unit solution combining a fully flat touch screen display with embedded computer to enable a slim and compact design for industrial and commercial applications. The IBASE OFP series fanless panel computers are built with easy to mount, open-frame modular design with optional colored frames. The systems come with IP65 front panel protection against dust and water and built with industrial-grade components to ensure stable fanless operation up to 50°C ambient.The IBASE OFP series supports 15-inch and 21-inch touch screen displays with resolutions of 1024 x 768 and 1920 x 1080 respectively plus an additional HDMI and DP interface. To deliver superior performance, the OFP-151-PC and OFP-2100-PC are powered by an Intel® Pentium® QC N4200 processor, while the model OFP-2101-PC is installed with an 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 processor according to customer requirements.The IBASE OFP series host 4GB DDR4 on board with rich set of I/O interface for IoT connectivity and expansions consisting of 2x GbE, 10x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, 1x COM, 1x mini PCI-E for half-size mSATA. The OFP-151-PC and OFP-2100-PC have an extra M.2 B-key socket and 9V~36V power input, but the OFP-2101-PC has a 9V~24V range. Other features include a 2.5” SATA III storage, a remote power button connector and a 3-pin terminal block power connector. Operating system support is provided for 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 10 and Linux Kernel 4+.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

first_imgTopics England fans say police raised batons amid ‘dangerous crushing’ at semi-final Share on Facebook Reuse this content Thank you for your feedback. Share on Pinterest Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media news Hide Transfer window The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Was this helpful? Wales The Wales manager, Ryan Giggs, has told Daniel James to “enjoy the challenge” and just be himself when he joins Manchester United later this summer. The 21-year-old Swansea winger is moving to United for £15m after the clubs agreed the transfer on Friday.Giggs, talking before Wales’s Euro 2020 qualifer in Croatia on Saturday, praised James for the way he has coped with the death of his father, Kevan, last month as well as the upheaval of moving clubs. Manchester Unitedcenter_img Temperatures for Saturday’s game with Croatia, who will be without the injured Ivan Rakitic, will touch 30C and the city’s Gradski Stadium is a dilapidated but intimidating venue with a capacity of just under 19,000.Giggs said: “I was talking to Chris Mepham about my experiences as a player. The first time I went to Galatasaray away we were welcomed at the airport with a sign which said ‘Welcome to hell’. There were 5,000 people there. Of course the home team are going to try and make it as difficult as possible for you. That’s what we try and do.“Croatia have got to the World Cup final and shown they’re a great team, but we’ve got a team that got to the Euro semi-finals and we have really good competition for places. We’re missing a top player in Aaron Ramsey and you have to be wary of the opposition’s strengths. Croatia have good players like Luka Modric, but you can’t just focus on one individual.” Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter “I know the United fans will get behind him and enjoy watching him. It’s fantastic for everyone I think – for Dan, for Manchester United, and it’s a good deal for Swansea as well,” Giggs said. “It’s the biggest club in the world so my message to him is enjoy the challenge, don’t be anyone else, and you’ll be fine.”James had a medical with United on Thursday to become Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first summer signing. James broke off from preparations for Wales’s European qualifier in Osijek to head to United’s Carrington base.Giggs said: “Dan is fine. He’s trained well and he’s a level-headed lad. Obviously after the terrible news with his dad we had to be flexible in everything that was on the table. He went home on Thursday, but he’s in a good place. He’s assured me he’s ready to play.“You don’t want things weighing on players’ minds so if you can get it sorted, it’s better for us and the player as well. United are getting an exciting and fantastic player.”James’s remarkable first full season in English season saw him go from a fringe player at a Championship side to joining United and being a key man for Wales. He scored the only goal in the defeat of Slovakia in Wales’ first Euro 2020 qualifier in March, but meetings with Croatia and Hungary in the space of four days will really test Wales. Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Ryan Giggs Show Joe Allen – winning his 50th cap – will be key if Wales are to keep possession, while Tottenham’s Ben Davies is poised to start after surgery to a hernia problem was delayed.Giggs is likely to deploy Gareth Bale as a lone striker. Bale, whose future at Real Madrid remains uncertain, spent the first part of a training session on Friday working alone but is fit to start.“He’s been excellent in training and he’s ready like he always is to play for his country,” Giggs said. “There has been a lot of speculation around him but when he comes away with us he forgets all that because he’s with his mates.”Modric also believes Giggs will brush off his Madrid misery here. “I know what playing for the national team means to Gareth so I don’t think his Real form will affect him,” he said. “I expect him to be at his best.”Croatia’s manager, Zlatko Dalic, said Uefa had insisted on a 3pm kick-off and expressed anger at having to play in the heat of the day. “Croatia is second in the world and they should have shown us more respect,” he said. Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channelslast_img read more

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location zoom Incat Crowther announced the launch of Super Dream, a 32m Catamaran Passenger Ferry for Ishigaki Dream Tours. Recently launched by Richardson Devine Marine, Super Dream is the second Incat Crowther/RDM vessel for the operator following on from Premium Dream, launched in 2008.Super Dream demonstrates Incat Crowther’s commitment to constant evolution by being a modern interpretation of the previous vessel. Major improvements on Premium Dream include the addition of Incat Crowther’s latest hull form and a sleek, single passenger deck superstructure, resulting in a more efficient vessel.The main passenger cabin seats 197 passengers, design to comply with Japanese “barrier-free” accessibility regulations. Features include dedicated wheelchair storage, boarding ramp and specific seats. A kiosk sits at the aft end of the main deck. Passenger comfort is enhanced by a built-in window washing system that ensures windows can be quickly and easily cleaned prior to each tour.Super Dream has flexible boarding arrangements. In addition to the aft doors, a pair of large doors are fitted at amidships. All three locations feature large double-doors and wheelchair access. The aft deck gates are supplemented by a wheelchair ramp on the starboard side. Additionally, a gate is fitted to the upper deck starboard, allowing for docking at higher wharves.Super Dream is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C32 ACERT main engines. Propulsion is by 5-bladed fixed-pitch propellers. The vessel has a service speed of 30 knots, with a maximum speed of 34 knots.As with Premium Dream, the new vessel is designed and built to JG rules, with structure designed to Class NK. Part of Incat Crowther’s expertise is working closely with government agencies and classification societies to negate any potential non-compliance issues.Incat Crowther has a strong tradition of repeat custom, and Ishigaki Dream Tours is another example of this. Just like Premium Dream, Super Dream will be another successful and profitable addition to the operator’s fleet. Incat Crowther, November 14, 2013last_img read more

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National News The Huron-Wendat Nation is demanding the Ontario government call an urgent investigation into how one of their sacred burial sites in Barrie, Ont. was desecrated following an investigation by APTN National News this week uncovered how the province not only allowed it to happen but were the ones that did it.Grand Chief Konrad Sioui said the investigation needs to be independent as his ancestors have been dug up, disturbed and “entirely desecrated, likely with the knowledge of certain municipal and government authorities” on what’s known as the Allandale Station lands, a nine-acre site in downtown Barrie. “We are outraged to see that this situation seems to have gone on for years, all without our knowledge,” said Sioui in a press release issued Friday. “We deeply lament this immense desecration of our ancestors. The Allandale Station site and the burial grounds that are found there are sacred and must be protected. Huron-Wendat human remains must never be disturbed, under any circumstances.”The Huron-Wendat people were known to inhabit a large portion of southern Ontario including Barrie. The area is commonly called Huronia. After being forced out in the 1600s they later resettle in Quebec, and parts of the United States.APTN reported Wednesday that several laws and regulations that are supposed to protect archaeological and burial sites were ignored by the Ontario government when it started construction to extend GO Transit, the provincially-owned commuter rail line, into the Allandale site in 2010. This photo was taken in 2011 and shows work is underway on the pedestrian under pass.The government had knowledge of the documented burials, known as ossuaries, for years and that all but one of the many archaeological reports done on the land had warned the province not to dig without looking for the burials. The one that didn’t was commissioned by GO Transit in 2004.Philip Woodley was hired to do what is known as a Stage 1 archaeological assessment of five locations in Barrie where Go Transit was looking to build a new station connecting Barrie to downtown Toronto.A Stage 1 is known as a literature review, meaning archaeologists generally look over any historical documents that can help them understand what was once on a property.Woodley said he never looked in the history books because when he visited the site, known as the Allandale Station lands, he believed it was too disturbed to contain any archaeological potential after operating for years as a rail yard.What he didn’t know, and which had been previously documented, is when the railway yard was first built back in 1853 a large amount of fill dirt was used to level the ground capping the natural soil beneath.This could have protected a large ossuary found in 1846 with 200-300 bodies. Two smaller ossuaries were found later that century. It’s not known what happened to them or their exact location on the site, but many believe they were in the area where GO put their tracks and could still be there. Woodley said he should have told GO Transit a more in-depth assessment of the site was required, such as doing test pits to look for evidence of the ossuaries.“It certainly looked disturbed to me at the time, but apparently I was wrong,” said Woodley. “I went out there. I looked around. I saw a train station and a huge gravel pad that was at the same level as the surrounding land.”The Allandale station in 2009. The Huron Wendat community was located between the station and the tracks.Just a few years earlier, the former AFBY Archaeological and Heritage Consultants found a Huron-Wendat village in the natural soil at Allandale with thousands of pieces of ceramics and tools.AFBY didn’t find the burials and recommended to the province that any development on the site, outside of his testing area, needed further assessment, as he only did a small portion of the site. The province agreed in a 2001 letter to AFBY.Woodley never got those AFBY reports, and there was three of them. He said he asked for them, but the province didn’t provide any.“When we did our background research none of (AFBY’s) work came up as part of existing sites in the area,” he recalled. “I’m not trying to justify my conclusions. I’m just saying … there was no registered sites and I just assumed it was disturbed.”The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport signed off on his report three years later in 2007, around the same time GO Transit acquired a portion of the Allandale site from Barrie.The ministry made no revisions to Woodley’s report.In 2010, construction started on the site, including a station with a deep underground pedestrian pass.Adding to the problem is the province knew of AFBY’s reports and had its own knowledge of the area, but still cleared GO to do the work using Woodley’s report.The province wrote to Barrie officials in 1996 when the city was acquiring the site back from the Canadian National Railway, and told them the lands had archaeological potential and there were rules to follow if they redeveloped the land.That letter mentioned a Barrie Examiner newspaper article from 1926 that recounted an interview with a Major Joseph Rogers, the high constable for Simcoe County.“There are few people who stand on the station platform at Allandale and know they are standing right over one of the greatest Indian burial places known in Ontario,” Rogers is quoted as saying. Archaeologists, who have reviewed the situation, said the province should never have cleared the site for development based on what was known.“Further systemic gaps are indicated by the fact that in 2007 the Ministry of Culture issued a concurrence letter for (Woodley’s) report – essentially clearing the candidate GO station site on the Allandale Station lands of any further archaeological concern – in spite of the outstanding recommendations for further work on the property to which they had previously agreed in 2001,” wrote Robert MacDonald, the assistant managing partner at Archaeological Services Inc. in Toronto, in his January 2015 summary report issued to MTCS calling for urgent action.Download (PDF, Unknown)No action has happened, and the province has refused to directly answer any questions brought to them by APTN, other then to say they’re improving the system and reviewing reports. Another archaeologist said even if the province didn’t share AFBY’s report, Woodley’s work shouldn’t have been accepted.“Right away when Phil Woodley’s report came in (the ministry) should have said ‘try again,’” said Mike Henry of AMICK Consultants. “Even if the ministry didn’t recognize they’re at fault for not giving Phil the AFBY report they should have still said to Phil ‘this is unsatisfactory because we know there is a burial ground there. We told the city there is a burial ground there. We know (because) it’s documented. It’s publicly available information … re-write the report. Re-submit it. Make appropriate recommendations.’” Henry was hired by the City of Barrie in late 2009 to do a Stage 1 of the site. When he requested all previous archaeological reports done the site he got AFBY’s and not Woodley’s.Still, he recommended any lands not assessed by AFBY be thoroughly tested for burials.His recommendations could have been shared with GO and the work stopped, but Barrie never gave the report to Metrolinx, the Ontario government agency that operates GO Transit.“It is Barrie’s understanding that Metrolinx conducted its own archaeological investigations for the work it was completing for the Allandale GO Train Station. Barrie does not have a record of those reports. Barrie does not believe that Metrolinx discovered any archaeological artifacts during the course of its works,” said the city in a statement to APTN. Metrolinx has said in documents they don’t believe its contractors found anything, but have also refused to answer questions. But Henry’s report was also filed with the ministry and it’s not believed they did anything to stop the construction of the GO station. “It is a documented cemetery. (While) it may not be officially registered as a cemetery, it is a documented burial ground,” said Henry of the nine-acre site. “It is a cemetery, so you have to be darn sure that area is contained.”While the ossuaries have never been found since their discovery, Henry did find a large amount of fragmented human remains on the site between 2011-2012, including piece of a human jaw with teeth still attached and shovel-shaped incisors – a known characteristic of Indigenous people pre-contact. He found them about 100 metres from where the GO station is today.The old Allandale rail station in Barrie. In the foreground a test square can be seen where archaeologists are searching for human bones. Photo courtesy: Mike HenryHenry believes remains are yet to be found on the property and further testing is needed of all the land there.Robert MacDonald of ASI said the gaps in regulations need to be closed.“(We’re) very concerned that gaps in provincially mandated policies and protocols, such as those which led to the construction of the Allandale Go Station without a Stage 2 archaeological assessment, may result in further impacts to the archaeological deposits and/or human remains on the Allandale Station Lands,” he said in his 2015 report.Woodley said if the province had other reports and recommendations they should have went with them.“You always go with the most recent report,” he said. “I feel bad about my report (but) somebody else should have shared the other reports.”In June 2015, the Huron-Wendat Nation’s band council adopted a resolution to establish a clear position regarding the protection and preservation of its ancestral heritage. “We will continue to fight for the protection of our history and against the destruction of our heritage and ancestors both in Quebec and in Ontario. These are our ancestors and we will take all the necessary measures to restore their dignity so that they may rest in peace,” said Sioui, Friday. “We have been faced with many situations where the remains of our ancestors have been unearthed, examined, studied, unilaterally appropriated or simply disposed of like garbage. As in all such cases, this situation is unacceptable to us.” kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,891.63, up 36.86 points):Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE). Engineering and construction. Up $3.21, or 19.43 per cent, to $19.73 on 13.5 million shares. The Calgary-based company has signed a deal to be acquired for $1.5 billion in cash by CCCC International Holding Ltd. of China, subject to shareholder and government approvals. Aecon will continue to be headquartered in Canada while CCCI’s size and financial strength will help it bid for larger and more complex projects, the companies said.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 95 cents, or 2.25 per cent, to $43.10 on 7.4 million shares. The oilsands developer reported a third-quarter profit of $867 million (52 cents per share), compared with earnings of $346 million (21 cents per share) for the same quarter last year.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.60 per cent, to $1.68 on 6.1 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up 19 cents, or 4.41 per cent, to $4.50 on 5.8 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $1.55, or 7.68 per cent, to $18.64 on 5.6 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Miner. Down $2.47, or 8.44 per cent, to $26.81 on 5.5 million shares. The mining company saw its third-quarter profit more than double compared with a year ago, boosted by its steelmaking coal business. It earned $600 million attributable to shareholders or $1.02 per diluted share, compared with a profit of $234 million or 40 cents per diluted share.Companies reporting major news:ECN Capital Corp. (TSX:ECN). Financial Services. Up 23 cents, or 5.91 per cent, to $4.12 on 5.1 million shares. The company announced on Wednesday that it acquired Triad Financial Services, Inc. for C$125 million in cash.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Down 17 cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $16.09 on 2.1 million shares. The energy company lowered its capital spending guidance by $300 million to $2.2 billion- to $2.3-billion due in part to cost efficiencies. It also reported a third-quarter profit of $136 million (13 cents per share), compared with a profit of $1.39 billion ($1.37 per share) a year ago when the results were boosted by asset sales.Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI). Consumer packaged goods. Up 86 cents, or 2.65 per cent, to $33.29 on 393,856 shares. The processed meat company reported third-quarter earnings of $37.6 million (39 cents per diluted share), up from $31.8 million (23 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Third-quarter sales amounted to $908.4 million, up from $852.1 million a year ago.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Down 29 cents, or 1.15 per cent, to $24.85 on 1.8 million shares. Potash says it earned a third-quarter profit of $53 million (six cents per diluted share), down from $81 million (10 cents per diluted share) a year ago, as it works to close its merger with Agrium Inc. Chief executive Jochen Tilk says the company still expects to close the deal by the end of the year.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Down $2.15, 2.49 per cent, to $84.05 on 748,643 shares. The parent company of Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, reported third-quarter earnings of US$91.4 million (37 cents per diluted share), up from $86.3 million (36 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Third-quarter revenue totalled $1.21 billion, up from $1.08 billion.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: German luxury carmaker BMW Thursday launched 530i M Sport in India, priced at Rs 59.2 lakh (ex-showroom). The model now comes with a petrol engine, is locally produced at Chennai and is BS-VI compliant, BMW said in a statement. The company already sells diesel variant of the model in the country. The 530i M Sport comes with technologies such as display key which allows drivers to keep round the clock contact with car. It also has a gesture-control feature that recognises six pre-defined hand movements for control of a number of functions, it said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The model is also loaded with various safety features including six air bags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, dynamic stability control (DSC), including dynamic traction control (DTC), cornering brake control (CBC), among others. The two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 530i produces an output of 185kW or 252 hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0-100 km/hr in just 6.2 seconds.last_img read more

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Assistant has made for a name for itself in a voice technology market once dominated by Amazon and Apple.Google is expected to announce updates to its voice assistant and smart home products Tuesday at its annual developers conference in Mountain View, California.Google Assistant still comes second behind Amazon in the smart speaker race. But the company launched its product nearly two years after Amazon released Echo and has gained considerable ground on its rival.Google has expanded Assistant to more than 1 billion devices. It released a feature earlier this year that allows Assistant to call and make restaurant reservations for you, a technology that is a first of its kind in the market.Google I/O kicks off Tuesday morning.Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

Ieng Sary, who was foreign minister under the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s, and his wife Ieng Thirith, who served as social affairs minister, met yesterday with the defence support section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to choose their co-lawyers.The meeting follows their arrests earlier yesterday. Mr. Ieng faces charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes while Madame Ieng Thirith is charged with crimes against humanity.Mr. Ieng and Madame Ieng Thirith claim they cannot afford to pay for their lawyers, the ECCC said in a press release issued in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, where the court is based. While the claims are being assessed, the ECCC’s legal assistance scheme will fund their defence.Mr. Ieng has chosen the Cambodian lawyer Ang Udom to represent him and shortlisted two possible foreign co-lawyers as well. The court said a final selection is expected later this week.Madame Ieng Thirith has selected Phat Pouv Seang as her Cambodian lawyer and Diana Ellis QC from the United Kingdom as her foreign co-lawyer.The court also said that the first adversarial hearing in the case will take place tomorrow and will focus on whether the couple should remain in detention before the trial begins.Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979. 13 November 2007A former foreign minister of Cambodia and his wife have been brought before the United Nations-backed tribunal in the South-East Asian country that is trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes during their rule three decades ago. read more

SInvestors are placing a record volume of bearish bets on junk bonds by shorting State Street Corp.’s exchange-traded fund that owns the notes as the debt loses value for the first month since May. The volume of borrowed shares of the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF surged to 22.8 million on Nov. 16, about three times the average during the past year and up from 9.75 million shares a month ago, according to Markit Group Ltd. In a short sale, traders sell borrowed stock in a bet they can profit from price declines. Investors are using ETFs, which typically allow individuals to speculate on securities without directly owning them, to hedge against further declines in junk bonds as the notes lose 0.7 percent this month, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data. Speculative-grade debt funds reported $1.3 billion of redemptions last week, the biggest withdrawal since June, as concern mounts that the U.S. economy won’t grow quickly enough to support the most-indebted corporate balance sheets. Borrowed shares of BlackRock’s junk-bond ETF, the biggest of its kind, rose to 7.4 million on Nov. 16, the most since Aug. 21, Markit data show. Unlike mutual funds, whose shares are priced once daily, ETFs are listed on exchanges and are bought and sold like stocks. The five biggest junk-bond ETFs have lost $2.77 billion of assets since Sept. 20, when the funds’ assets reached a high of $31.98 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Bloomberg.com read more

The Financial Post visits the Pond Technologies lab in Markham, Ont., to get a glimpse into their potentially game-changing algae business. By feeding industrial emissions from Ontario factories to algae, Pond Technologies helps reduce carbon and then uses the algae it grows to create everything from plant-based protein to health supplements. Innovation Energy: Oilsands step up to take on clean tech challenge Innovation Energy: Tidal power is a promising source of electricity, but faces significant waves of challenges read more

“Hungary should seek to maintain high standards of human rights protection,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. “Our view is that this effectively undermines the independence of judges, which is essential for the protection of human rights.”In March, the Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law (constitution) was adopted by the Hungarian Parliament without proper public discussion on issues that may affect the population’s human rights, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Last week, an advisory panel of the Council of Europe issued a critical report on the amendment, saying it “perpetuates problems of the independence of the judiciary, seriously undermines the possibilities of constitutional review in Hungary and endangers the constitutional system of checks and balances.”The panel, known as the Venice Commission, said the Fourth Amendment had provisions that contradicted Hungary’s basic law and European standards. The Commission is the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters.“We welcome the Venice Commission’s opinion which confirms the concerns we expressed when the Fourth Amendment was adopted in March,” Ms. Pillay said. “The Fourth Amendment as a whole represents further retrograde steps in terms of human rights protection. This is an issue of serious concern, not least because Hungary was previously known for a highly advanced system of human rights protection.”Ms. Pillay said she shared the concerns of the Venice Commission on the independence of judges, noting that the position of the politically appointed president of the National Judicial Office had been reinforced by the Fourth Amendment, while the court’s own self-governing body, the National Judicial Council, was not even mentioned in the Constitution. The amendment also upholds the President’s right to reassign cases to a different court – a provision that was previously adopted as a transitional measure and was subsequently struck down as unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court.In its report, the Venice Commission highlighted a “consistent pattern” of rulings by the Constitutional Court being overridden by changing the constitution. “The removal of all Constitutional Court case law up to 2012 is extremely worrying,” Ms. Pillay said. “Many human rights principles have been formed over the years and found their expression in the practice of the Hungarian Constitutional Court, including the Court’s ground-breaking abolition of the death penalty, which was acclaimed worldwide and served as an inspiration for other countries, including South Africa, Ukraine, Albania and Lithuania.” The Hungarian Government is planning a further amendment in the autumn in response to some of the criticism of the Venice Commission and the European Commission. However, Ms. Pillay said “at this point, these concessions appear very minor,” and urged the Government to address seriously all of the issues raised over the last three years by international human rights mechanisms, including the Venice Commission. read more

“Notwithstanding the achievements of the UN, we must not be complacent: indeed, there are still numerous challenges confronting us. As we speak, there are still numerous armed conflicts around the world. The suffering of the Palestinian people is still taking place, while the realization of a two-state solution is still elusive,” he said in his speech at the annual General Debate.He spoke of sectarian conflicts, including the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL], which continues to threaten political stability and cause a multitude of humanitarian crises in the Middle East, especially in Syria, Libya and Yemen.“We are also witnessing the worst year for human displacement and irregular migration since World War II due to political crises, sectarian conflicts and other humanitarian crises globally. In the past weeks, we have seen a flood of refugees fleeing from the violence in Syria, where well over one hundred thousand people have been killed, to seek a safe haven in Europe, despite the dangers and hardships they have to endure on the way,” he stated.The Indonesian Minister also commented on economic disparity, poverty and inequality in a world where nearly 800 million people are suffering from severe undernourishment.“The rich nations, comprising a mere 20 per cent of the world’s population, consume 70 per cent of [its] resources. In many parts of the world, women, children, youths, persons with disabilities, older persons, people living in conflicts and emergency situations remain marginalized and untouched by the progress of development,” he stressed.He also stressed that world leaders have so far been unable to produce a universal agreement on climate change.“We hope that the upcoming climate change conference in Paris can seal the long overdue agreement on climate. “We must ensure the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a timely manner. We must ensure that global development strategies are in line with the national conditions and priorities of involved countries.” “All of these challenges are related to the lack of progress in the UN reform. Therefore, let us join hands in overcoming these challenges,” Mr. Kalla asserted. “We urgently need to realize UN reform […] the UN system has to be even more inclusive and must better reflect current global geopolitical conditions,” he added. Lastly, he asserted that the international community today relies on the UN to create world order and peace and equitable prosperity, to guarantee security for the global community, and to fully implement the principles of human rights as enshrined in the UN Charter. read more

first_imgAgnico Eagle Finland Oy has awarded Pöyry with the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) assignment for the expansion investment of the Kittilä gold mine. The assignment includes services for the gold mine expansion project that will be carried out between 2018 and 2021.The Kittilä mine is the largest gold mine in Europe. Mining company Agnico Eagle Finland has announced an expansion investment of approximately €160 million at its Kittilä gold mine. A 1,044 m deep shaft will be built in the mine and, at the same time, the processing plant’s processing capacity will be raised from the current 1.6 Mt/y to 2 Mt/y per annum. The project will be phased in over four years and is expected to result in a 50,000 to 70,000 oz annual increase in gold production at reduced operating costs beginning in 2021.“The shaft will make it possible to utilize the deeper parts of the gold deposit in an economically sensible way, and it will improve our energy efficiency, as well as decrease our emissions. The efficiency advantage of the shaft combined with the raised production rate will improve the competitiveness of the Kittilä mine. We selected Pöyry as our strategic partner to the largest ever expansion project in Kittilä mine based on our successful long term relationship in various demanding projects at the mine” says Agnico Eagle Finland’s Managing Director, Jani Lösönen.“We are pleased to continue as trusted partner for Agnico Eagle in this remarkable expansion project. During the investment implementation we, together with Agnico Eagle Finland, will pay extra attention to Health & Safety, Environmental, Employees and other Social responsibility related aspects. This assignment further strengthens our position as EPCM service provider in the Mining & Metals sector,” says Kalle Rasinmäki, President of Pöyry’s Industry business in Finland.last_img read more