OTTAWA — When she was 17 years old, Liz was coerced by a Children’s Aid worker into having an abortion and being sterilized at a northwestern Ontario hospital, she says — an experience she’s carried for 40 years.“It was a matter of me almost (being) cornered, if you will, by my worker at the time saying, ‘You better have an abortion because if you don’t, either way, we are going to take that child from you’,” Liz says.New research shows the forced sterilization of Indigenous women is not just a shameful part of Canadian history. Reports from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the territories suggest it is still happening.Tubal ligations carried out on unwilling Indigenous women is one of the “most heinous” practices in health care happening across Canada, says Yvonne Boyer, a Metis lawyer and former nurse who is now a senator for Ontario.She was first contacted by Liz (who asked not to have her last name published, so she could talk freely about something so personal) in 2017 after a news story detailed research Boyer produced with Metis physician and researcher Dr. Judith Bartlett. Their report detailed how Indigenous women were coerced into tubal ligations — the severing, burning or tying of the Fallopian tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus — after childbirth in the Saskatoon Health Region.Boyer now wants the Senate to study the scope of the issue nationally, making it the focus of her first address to the upper chamber.“If it’s happened in Saskatoon, it has happened in Regina, it’s happened in Winnipeg, it’s happened where there’s a high population of Indigenous women,” Boyer says in an interview. “I’ve had many women contact me from across the country and ask me for help.”Some Indigenous women interviewed for the report also felt pushed into signing consent forms for the procedures while they were in active labour or on operating tables, Boyer says, noting a class-action lawsuit against the Saskatoon Health Region was launched in 2017 by two of the affected women.Each claimed $7 million in damages. Now about 60 women are part of the lawsuit, she adds.“If there are 60 women just in the Saskatoon area, there are many more that haven’t come forward in that area and there are many more that wanted to come forward but were too traumatized to,” Boyer says. “There’s many more that have buried those memories.”Alisa Lombard, an associate with Maurice Law — a firm leading the proposed class action — says women from outside Saskatoon Health Region have also reported being sterilized without proper and informed consent. She says she’s heard from others in Saskatchewan as well as Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta.Records and research show the practice was prevalent in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut as well, she adds.Lombard says her firm will raise the issue of coerced sterilizations of Indigenous women at the UN Committee Against Torture this month.In its submission to the committee, Lombard’s firm calls out provincial and federal authorities for not investigating and punishing those responsible for the practice despite having received “numerous reports of numerous cases of forced sterilization.”It also outlines specific steps to combat the practice, including criminalizing forced sterilization through the Criminal Code and having Health Canada issue guidance to health professionals regarding sterilization procedures.“I think any and all attention brought to such egregious human-rights breaches is not only necessary, but it ought to be expected,” Lombard says. “I think upon any kind of inkling that something this terrible is happening, that it is reported and the fact it is reported by so many women … I think our governments have an obligation to look into it deeply and to fix it, mostly importantly.”Canada must ensure the practice stops, says Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, with policies, education and awareness-raising.“The issue of forced sterilization of vulnerable people, including Indigenous women, is a very serious violation of human rights,” she says, noting it has gone on in Canada for a long time.She also calls what happened to Liz “absolutely appalling and reprehensible.”“The story that you’re telling where not only was apprehension being threatened … that she was forced into not only giving up the baby she was carrying but give up her future unborn children, is frankly a horrifying concept,” Philpott says.Liz remains haunted by what has stolen from her. Sometimes she hears her baby in her sleep.“I’ve had a few dreams … where you could hear a baby crying or you could have a sense of a baby,” she says. “The first time I had it I didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl. And then another time I had it, it was a boy.”She says it took years before she understood that what happened wasn’t her fault.“You say to yourself, ‘I deserve this, this is my sacrifice, this is my cross to bear’.”—Follow @kkirkup on TwitterKristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press
Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld hosted the Baby Buggy Summer Dinner, in partnership with Vanity Fair and supported by Giorgio Armani, at their home in the Hamptons on July 26.Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian and Jessica Seinfeld Attend Baby Buggy Summer DinnerCredit/Copyright: BFAAmong the guests were Alec Baldwin, Rachel Zoe, Roger Berman, Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick, Nacho Figueras, Delfina Blaquier, Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos, Alina Cho, and Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor.Hilaria and Alec BaldwinCredit/Copyright: BFABaby Buggy, founded by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing families in need with essential equipment, products, clothing, and services for their infants and children up to age 12. With an extensive network of community-based organizations across the country, Baby Buggy has donated more than 7.3 million items to thousands of children.Rachel Zoe and Roger BermanCredit/Copyright: BFA
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 52-year-old Dennis Whitcomb.According to RCMP, Whitcomb was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on June 19, 2019.Whitcomb is being described as: Male5’5″ in heightWeighing 195 lbsGrey hairPolice say there is a concern for his well-being.Anyone with information regarding Whitcomb’s whereabouts is being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
NOEL, N.S. — They were first created by the Acadian settlers of the 1700s, one shovel full of clay-rich soil at a time.Over the centuries the dikes protecting the Maritime lowlands have been extended, expanded and, in the 1950s and 60s, built higher and stronger through a massive federal rehabilitation program.But geomorphologists who study the changing shape of the coast say climate change is threatening anew the 241 kilometres of dikes that line the coasts and tidal rivers of Nova Scotia and another 100 kilometres in New Brunswick.A recently completed draft study by a team of geographers at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax indicates 70 per cent of the dikes in Nova Scotia are now vulnerable to even a one-in-50-year storm.In that scenario, a sustained tidal surge that comes up the Bay of Fundy with low atmospheric pressure, with gusts up to 80 kilometres per hour during a high spring tide, could push water over the tops of the structures.At risk: many homes, fertile land and roadways.Danika van Proosdij, a geographer who leads the Saint Mary’s team, says the fixes needed now are far more complex and ambitious than the renovations led by Ottawa in the last century, which rebuilt poorly maintained dikes.“It’s a different battle,” she said in an interview.“It’s not just rebuilding dikes in place and shoring them up. It’s actually changing how we design our dikelands and we protect our dikelands to a changing climate and forces that are greater than we’ve seen in the past.”A 1987 book, “Maritime Dykelands: The 350 Year Struggle,” describes the outpouring of federal support by the Maritime Marsh Rehabilitation Agency in the 1950s as the “decade of salvation.”Engineers raised the structures to levels that put communities and farmers at ease, and installed much tougher aboiteaux — the culverts beneath the dikes with sluice gates that let fresh water out and close to prevent seas from entering during high tides.During a recent walk along the Noel shore, local resident Eleanor Anthony recalled how in 1959 — when she was just 10 years old — she watched the hydraulic machinery build the current barrier against the Minas Basin.Behind the current dike, the faint outline of the much lower Acadian dikes remains visible.A bit further along, neighbour Anne Crowe’s recently restored lowland fields flourish and grow enough hay to feed a quarter of her 100 head of cattle.But the tides are inching higher as the Bay of Fundy rises — almost 40 centimetres in just 70 years, with international climate change scenarios projecting an acceleration in the decade to come.Boulder-sized ice blocks that glisten on the chocolate brown beach appear benign at low tide, but Anthony and Crowe have watched them play their role in erosion when Fundy’s tides rush in.The shining ice rides up to the crest of the dike’s armour rock, fuses into the stone, and drags it piece by piece into the sea.The two women also anxiously point to a massive, five-metre bite being chewed out of a steep, sandy shoreline the dike ties into, with each storm bringing the waters a step closer to their lands.“The field at the end (of the dike) is washing away, so we need some kind of solution for this end of the structure,” said Anthony, standing a few hundred metres from a home she fears would be flooded if the dike’s rearguard gives way.However, van Proosdij says the problem isn’t simply that seas are closer to the top of the dike, but the foreshore — the beach in front of the women — is being eroded by the sea.That means that simply raising a dike like Noel’s isn’t the only answer, as it’s the foreshore that ultimately protects the dike from being battered by the mighty current.“Noel is a high vulnerability (dike), the rate of erosion for that area is quite high,” she says.A team of experts will need to identify portions of the Noel dike that could be moved back or altered, she said, to buy the community more time and “provide a greater ability to save their lands for the future.”However, for Crowe, the possibility of losing land is a worrying option after spending thousands of dollars working the lowlands to create feed for her dairy cattle.“We’re talking about fossil fuels and let’s not burn too much — if I have to bring feed in from Quebec or Ontario, that’s going to take a lot more fuel than me just bringing it in from Ontario,” she said.In the 1970s, Ottawa left the dikes to provincial departments to maintain the structures and fund upgrades.Inspection reports obtained under freedom of information legislation shows ongoing maintenance, with several dikes being raised to 2055 sea level rises predicted five years ago.But it also notes the vulnerabilities.“Area stable, however erosion at graveyard is at risk of washing around the dike,” an inspector says about a dike further down the shore from the Burncoat dike.The notation for the Kennetcook dike says its elevation is low and “on some high tides water over flow the dike.”Kevin Bekkers, the director of land protection in the provincial Agriculture Department, says his department has a growing budget for capital improvements as climate change concerns grow.The capital plan introduced in March projects a $50-million, nine-year plan for dikeland improvements will reduce flood risk, with an expectation about half the money will come from Ottawa, the department says in an email.Bekkers also says he’s busy applying for money from the federal National Disaster Mitigation fund.These improvements would “strengthen the resilience of dikes” in the Annapolis River, the Southern Bight, the Cumberland Basin and along Cobequid Bay, the email says.Whether this kind of provincial response, with federal help, will be enough to produce a freshly reworked dike system capable of dealing with climate change remains to be seen.Van Proosdij says a variety of approaches may be necessary: A retreat of some dikes, the use of less permeable materials, careful tie-ins with higher lands.Whether Crowe and Anthony will ultimately be safe from flooding remains unclear.“It’s a real worry,” says Crowe, gesturing to her family marshland.“We have to reinforce these things and keep them going. If it works in Holland, it should work here.”Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press
4 June 2011Welcoming the progress made during peace talks aimed at resolving the eight-year conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the parties to the fighting to now make the necessary compromises to secure a lasting peace. The All Darfur Stakeholders Conference, held in the Qatari capital, Doha, wrapped up earlier this week with delegates voicing support for a draft document that would form the basis of a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace pact.Delegates said significant progress had been made on several fronts, including power sharing and the administrative status of Darfur, human rights, compensation and the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban welcomed the outcome of the conference, noting it laid the basis “for reaching a permanent ceasefire and inclusive peace settlement, and sustainable peace and stability in Darfur.”An estimated 300,000 people have been killed since the conflict between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen erupted in 2003 and about 2.7 million others have had to flee their homes. Both sides have been accused of numerous human rights abuses.In today’s statement Mr. Ban urged the parties to immediately end hostilities, sign a ceasefire and “make the compromises necessary to reach a sustainable peace.”He also thanked Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and other international partners for the support they have given to the joint African Union-United Nations mediation efforts.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 8:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar lower, Fed minutes raise questions about length of stimulus TORONTO – The Canadian dollar fell to a fresh seven month low against the greenback Thursday amid concerns over how long the U.S. Federal Reserve will continue its current stimulus program of bond purchases.The loonie was down 0.14 of a cent to 98.16 cents US and went as low as 98 cents as traders avoided risk and resource-based currencies such as the loonie.The release of the minutes from the Fed’s last policy meeting showed some policy-makers were worried that the bank’s US$85 billion in monthly bond purchases could eventually unsettle financial markets or cause the central bank to take losses.The purchases, commonly known as quantitative easing, are designed to boost the U.S. economy by increasing liquidity in financial markets.“The take-aways of the minutes are important as they suggest that there is increased concern over QE, particularly with how it might complicate the ultimate withdrawal from asset purchases in the future,” observed Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.The Fed said it would review its asset purchases program at its March meeting.Traders flocked to the perceived safe haven of U.S. Treasuries following the release of the Fed minutes Wednesday, pushing the greenback higher and commodities lower.A higher U.S. dollar pressures commodities because a stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals, which are dollar-denominated.The April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost $2.38 to US$92.84 a barrel on top of a $2 slide Wednesday.Oil prices were also undercut by data showing U.S. oil inventories rose last week by a much more than expected 4.14 million barrels.Copper prices were down sharply for a second day with the March contract on the Nymex off five cents at US$3.55 a pound, adding to a four-cent fall Wednesday.Gold prices surrendered earlier minor gains to move lower for a seventh straight day. The April contract edged closed down 60 cents to US$1,578.60 an ounce after closing at a seven-month low Wednesday.The latest declines in bullion prices were sparked by the Fed minutes because the central bank’s quantitative easing has supported gold. That is because the bond buying program has encouraged worries about rising inflation and gold is seen as a hedge against rising prices.
In a press statement, the 15-member Security Council “underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice” and urged all states to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.According to news reports, a suicide bomber rammed into a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led foot patrol as it moved through a village close to the base, which is 45 kilometres (28 miles) north of Kabul.The Council members also “reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levan (ISIL, or Da’esh) affiliates, illegal and armed groups to the local population, national defense and security forces, and international presence in Afghanistan.”In addition, they “reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community.”The statement “reaffirmed the need and reiterated [Council members’] determination to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.”“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group,” it said.
Even the staunchest of classical music fans might admit a three-hour concert after work on a weekday can sometimes feel a little bit daunting.Anyone who likes an early night can rejoice, then, as the London Symphony Orchestra introduces a special series of one-hour concerts to allow audiences to fit in music and dinner before bed.Sir Simon Rattle, who is to make his much-anticipated return to London this year as the LSO’s music director, will take the lead in the “Half Six Fix” series, aimed at commuters who want to get home in good time and older people who do not like to stay out too late.It will also target new audiences, with organisers hoping a one-hour-long informal session will be less daunting than a full-length concert.The performances were announced as part of a new season for the LSO, which celebrates Sir Simon’s appointment with a ten-day musical celebration in September opening with a concert by all-British composers. It will include a “silent symphony” broadcasting music through headphones in the Barbican sculpture court, plans for all under-18s tickets to cost £5 and a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s masterpiece, Gruppen, in the notoriously difficult acoustics of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.Kathryn McDowell, managing director of LSO, said they had come up with the idea of the Half Six Fix after hearing from audience members who felt the traditional 7.30pm concert start made it difficult for them to get home in time.If an initial run of concerts led by Sir Simon, Gianandrea Noseda and Francois-Xavier Roth prove popular, she said, they would be extended to regular performances next season.Appearing at a press conference, Sir Simon also spoke proposals for a new “world class” London concert hall, previously championed by him but suffering from setbacks including the withdrawal of government funding for an initial feasibility study. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The LSO perform the world premiere of The Hogboon, a children’s opera by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at Barbican Centre in June 2016 His comments come after the City of London pledged up to £2.5 million in funding to complete a detailed business case for the music centre near London Wall, after the Government withdrew funding.Sir Simon suggested that he was glad that the centre, originally projected to cost £278 million, would not be Government-funded.”There are wonderful arguments for this project and wonderful arguments against it as well, but the minute you feel this could be spent by the Government on something else, this is a very difficult area,” he said.”Anybody with half a brain would agree with that, even a conductor. It’s very important that we are now looking at other ways of funding it.”Sir Simon, 61, is returning from Germany where he has been principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. The conductor told an audience that the LSO’s current home of the Barbican was unsuitable for 20 per cent of the classical repertoire, with the stage too small for a choir or enough musicians for certain works.”There are pieces that we do play in the Barbican that we probably shouldn’t for health and safety reasons,” he said.”Obviously the stage was beautifully designed for a certain size of orchestra, but not for a very large orchestra and certainly it was made without a chorus in mind. Anything you want to do which is theatrical is a problem.”Citing health and safety issues, Sir Simon said there is a huge “amount of sound that comes out of a small space with an orchestra crammed too close to each other”.He joked: “It might be fun to listen to the Alpine Symphony in the Barbican. But I don’t think the RSPCA, if they were dealing with the orchestra, would allow it. And sometimes you need some space for sound to expand and develop.” Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO perform Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at Barbican Centre, January 2017 Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, which has hosted artists including Philippe Parreno
Acide urique : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?L’acide urique est un déchet métabolique provenant de la dégradation des cellules mortes, mais aussi du produit de la digestion de certains aliments tels que les abats. L’évaluation du taux d’acide urique est souvent préconisée pour diagnostiquer la goutte et de nombreuses autres pathologies.Qu’est-ce que l’acide urique ?Produit de la dégradation des acides nucléiques (ARN et ADN) et des purines, l’acide urique est naturellement évacué par la voie urinaire. Une certaine quantité d’acide urique provient également de l’alimentation humaine puisque l’on en retrouve, notamment, dans les gibiers, les coquillages, les abats, le fromage à fermentation ou encore l’alcool. Une consommation excessive de ce type d’aliments peut, à terme, accroître le taux d’acide urique contenu dans le sang, pouvant, de fait, occasionner des crises de goutte ou la formation de calculs rénaux.Le dosage de l’acide uriqueLa mesure de l’acide urique est réalisée à partir d’un échantillon de sang prélevé par ponction veineuse dans le pli du coude. L’examen est pratiqué sur un patient à jeun étant donné que le taux d’acide urique varie considérablement après un repas. En règle générale, le médecin prescrit cette analyse sanguine lorsqu’il suspecte un dysfonctionnement rénal ou chez des patients souffrant de douleurs articulaires. Les femmes enceintes font également l’objet d’une surveillance accrue, car elles sont susceptibles, plus que d’autres, de voir leur taux d’uricémie augmenter ou diminuer. Les valeurs normales du taux d’acide urique se situent entre 40 et 60 mg/L chez l’homme, entre 30 et 50 mg/L chez la femme et entre 25 et 40 mg/L chez l’enfant. Il faut cependant noter que les normes indicatives peuvent fluctuer d’un laboratoire à un autre.Acide urique trop bas : qu’est-ce que cela signifie ?Lorsque le taux d’acide urique observé est inférieur à 20 mg/L, on parle d’hypo-uricémie. Celle-ci est plus rarement observée qu’une hausse du taux d’acide urique et reste, la plupart du temps, moins sérieuse. Plusieurs pathologies peuvent être à l’origine d’une baisse de l’uricémie. C’est le cas, entre autres, de l’insuffisance rénale, des pathologies hépatiques sévères, d’un régime pauvre en purines, de la maladie de Wilson ou du syndrome de Fanconi. La grossesse peut également favoriser une baisse de l’acide urique sanguin.Acide urique trop haut : qu’est-ce que cela signifie ?À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Un taux d’acide urique supérieur à 80 mg/l est qualifié d’hyperuricémie. Dans ce cas-là, le médecin pourra, en fonction des signes cliniques présentés, orienter ses investigations vers les pathologies suivantes :- la goutte, – le diabète, – la leucémie, – l’hypoparathyroïdie, – la défaillance rénale aiguë, – le myélome multiple, – les calculs rénaux, – le cancer métastasé… À noter qu’un régime riche en purines peut également engendrer ce type d’augmentation. Dans tous les cas, des examens complémentaires devront être pratiqués afin de spécifier le diagnostic.Le 6 avril 2017 à 16:15 • Maxime Lambert
Opioid overdoses are a major health issue in the U.S., yet a new high-tech wristband might help doctors detect the warning signs of fatal painkiller reactions.A group of Carnegie Mellon University students developed the HopeBand, a wearable wristband that can sound an alarm, flash repeatedly, and issue a text message alert with the wearer’s location if it senses really low blood oxygen levels, IEEE reported. With this high-tech wristband, a health care professional can administer a medication to reverse the overdose before it’s too late.“Imagine having a friend who is always watching for signs of overdose; someone who understands your usage pattern and knows when to contact [someone] for help and make sure you get help,” Rashmi Kalkunte, a software engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University, told IEEE. “That’s what the HopeBand is designed to do.”Unlike other medical devices, the Carnegie Mellon University students’ HopeBand is an inexpensive wearable device to track people’s health on the go. With a sponsorship from Pinney Associates, a pharmaceutical consulting firm, the students moved forward with a watch-style solution that leverages pulse oximetry as an overdose detector.Pulse oximetry sensors track oxygen levels in the blood with a very high-tech process. They shine LED light through the skin and then detect light absorption changes. If oxygen levels are low due to a potential overdose, HopeBand evaluates the warning sign for 10 seconds before sounding an alarm.Even though the HopeBand could be promising for overdoses, the team still has to validate whether the device can detect warning signs on real people. Despite this challenge, the team has used simulated inputs to put HopeBand to the test, and the results have been positive.Following testing, the team plans to distribute free HopeBands to opioid users via local needle exchange programs. If this distribution step is successful, the team could begin selling a commercialized version of the HopeBand between $16 and $20 in the future.More on Geek.com:Instagram Accidentally Released a Horizontal Scrolling FeaturePhony Alexa ‘Setup’ App Is Topping Apple’s App Store ChartsTeen Charged For Selling Sock Disguised as iPhone SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target
Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is relishing the prospect of leading Manchester United out against old rivals Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA CupThe Red Devils booked their spot in the fourth round by defeating Reading 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday through goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku.Solskjaer, who started in United’s semi-final wins over Arsenal in 1999 and 2004 on route to FA Cup glory, believes his players need the challenge of facing top-level opponents.“Fantastic,” Solskjaer told MTV on his reaction to the FA Cup draw.“We need these games. These players need big games to be challenged.”Of course, everyone says we’ve won the last five games but [they have] not been [against] big opposition.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“But you can only beat the teams you play and, for us to get tested and go to the next level, you need those games. And if you want to win the FA Cup, you have to beat everybody.“In the competition, United have claimed seven wins to Arsenal’s six with the other two meetings ending in a draw.Last month, the two sides settled for a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League.#MUFC have been drawn away to Arsenal in the #EmiratesFACup fourth round. The tie will be played between 25-28 January. pic.twitter.com/xnxUvc9qHp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 7, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil plunged again Monday, falling below $50 a barrel for the first time since April 2009 as evidence mounted that the world will be oversupplied with oil this year. Benchmark U.S. oil dipped to $49.77 before closing down $2.65, or 5 percent, to $50.04 a barrel. Brent crude, a global benchmark used to price oil used by many U.S. refineries, sank $3.31, or 5.9 percent, to $53.11. In June of last year, oil traded above $107 a barrel. But rising production outside of OPEC, especially in the U.S., boosted supplies just as weakness in the global economy slowed the growth in oil demand. OPEC’s decision in November to maintain existing production levels accelerated the rout in oil prices. Slower growth in China’s economy, a driver of oil demand in recent years, and a strong dollar, which makes oil more expensive for holders of foreign currencies, have also pressured oil prices.On Monday Citigroup cut its forecast for 2015 global oil prices as a result of high supplies. Citigroup analyst Ed Morse wrote in the report that the first half of this year will bring “a step-up in oversupply, more volatility and turmoil.” Morse reduced his forecast for global crude to an average of $63 a barrel for 2015, down from $80 a barrel.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are investigating the death of a man who was found floating in the Miami River.Miami Police received a call of a body found along the east side of the Miami River near Northwest 22nd Avenue and 14th Street, early Tuesday morning.The body was removed from the river and taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.Officers said they did not notice any injuries to the body.If you have any information on what might have happened, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The State of Alaska must recognize and enforce the Tlingit-Haida Central Council’s child support orders, according to a state Supreme Court decision issued Friday.Download AudioGov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, and Tlingit Haida Central Council President Richard Peterson at last year’s council assembly. (Creative Commons file photo courtesy Alaska Governor’s Office)Central Council President Chalyee Éesh Richard Peterson says that while the court decision is an important milestone, there are still more issues the tribe is working on when it comes to how it serves tribal children, namely how it administers Indian Child Welfare Act cases with other tribes.Earlier this month the Central Council signed an agreement with the state that lets the tribe oversee custody and funding for tribal foster children.Peterson says there are families in Juneau that encounter issues when it comes to their children and foster care — they may live in town but are still under the jurisdiction of their home tribe. Because local tribes also receive federal dollars to oversee child welfare, Peterson said the Central Council must be careful to not overstep its bounds.“That’s a hurdle we’re still trying to get across,” Peterson said. “A lot of our folks want us to step in and solve the problem but we’re really going to have to work with some of the tribes to work out jurisdictional issues and come to agreements. We’re always going to uphold the sovereignty of other tribes and we’re not going to push our weight around.”Peterson says the court decision sets a precedent for other tribes that may want to more actively oversee their own child support programs.Read the entire decision below:Correction: A previous version of this story referred to an agreement signed earlier this month by the tribe and state that concerns tribal children in foster care, but mischaracterized it as being related to tribal child support. We regret the error.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his 99th birthday.The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu placed in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at historic 32 Dhanmondi Road in Dhaka in the morning.After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memory of Sheikh Mujib, reports BSS.Cabinet members, PM’s advisers, parliament members and senior leaders of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) were present here.The birthday of Bangabandhu is also being observed across the country as the National Children’s Day.Later, flanked by the central leaders of Awami League, Sheikh Hasina laid another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu as the party president.Part senior leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Begum Matia Chowdhury, Obaidul Quader, advocate Sahara Khatun, Satish Chandra Roy, LGRD minister engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, shipping minister Shajahan Khan, food minister advocate Quamrul Islam, Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Jatiya Sangsad chief whip ASM Feroze, among others, were present.Later, Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokan, leaders of associate bodies of Awami League and other socio-cultural organisations placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
This combination of pictures created on 8 January shows files photos of FBI Director Robert Mueller (L) on 19 June 2013, in Washington, DC; and US President Donald Trump on 15 December 2017, in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS prosecutors revealed Friday that a Russian offered cooperation to Donald Trump’s campaign as early as 2015, declaring that the president’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen had provided “relevant” and “substantial” help to the Russia investigation.In a separate case, federal prosecutors demanded “substantial” jail time of between 51 to 63 months—four to five years—for Cohen for bank fraud and campaign finance violations to which he plead guilty last August.US Attorney Robert Khuzami accused the 52-year-old, who once vowed to take a bullet for the president, of being motivated by “personal greed” and of “repeatedly” using his power and influence for “deceptive ends.”“Totally clears the President. Thank you!” tweeted the US president cryptically as television networks were consumed by the Cohen documents—which the White House dismissed as revealing “nothing of value.”The campaign finance violations to which Cohen pleaded guilty in August concerned hush payments he made on Trump’s behalf to alleged former lovers of the president, including porn star Stormy Daniels.Robert Mueller, the special counsel heading up the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 vote, followed up with a separate filing saying Cohen had made “substantial and significant efforts to remediate his misconduct, accept responsibility for his actions, and assist” the special investigation, a thorn in Trump’s side.Cohen continued to provide “relevant and truthful information” to assist the probe, holding seven sessions with investigators, “many of them lengthy, and continues to make himself available to investigators,” it said.He had provided information about contacts with Russian interests during the campaign, attempts by Russians to reach the campaign and about contacts with “persons connected to the White House” in 2017-2018, the filing added.Around November 2015, some five months after Trump launched his bid for the presidency and well before previously reported contacts, Cohen spoke to a purported “trusted person” in the Russian Federation who offered the campaign “political synergy” and “synergy on a government level.”Cohen said the person “repeatedly proposed” a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming it could have a “phenomenal” impact “not only in political but in a business dimension as well.”“Cohen, however, did not follow up on this invitation,” the filing added.Trump claims ‘cleared’The former fixer last week pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in connection with a Moscow real estate deal, which was being pursued as late as one month before Trump officially became the Republican nominee for president.Due to his help, Mueller declined to recommend additional jail time for Cohen for lying to Congress.Recent filings in the Mueller probe have suggested the White House knew that Cohen planned to lie to lawmakers about his contacts with Russians.They also suggest Trump and his family were in the loop on discussions with Russians on a Moscow project, even after the real estate tycoon secured the Republican nomination in mid-2016.Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders dismissed the latest filings in Cohen’s case, saying they “tell us nothing of value that wasn’t already known.”“Mr Cohen has repeatedly lied and as the prosecution has pointed out to the court, Mr Cohen is no hero,” she said.But Mueller has been inching ever closer to the White House, and early on Friday Trump fired off a feverish volley of tweets against a probe he dubs a “witch hunt,” accusing Mueller of “big time conflicts of interest” and alleging the prosecutor coerced false testimony from witnesses.The commander-in-chief vowed his lawyers would produce a “major Counter Report” to rebut Mueller’s findings, as and when he delivers them.Attorney general switchShortly afterward, Trump announced his intention to nominate William Barr as his new attorney general—succeeding Jeff Sessions, who he sacked last month.Sessions had angered the president by recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller probe because of his own contacts with Russian officials.Barr—a former attorney general under the late George HW Bush—is considered something of a consensus candidate for the highly sensitive post.He does, however, have a record of endorsing strong executive powers, which could come into play if Mueller sought to compel Trump to testify.Barr has also voiced concerns about a number of Mueller’s team donating to the Democratic Party.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer warned Barr must commit, under oath, that the Russia investigation “will proceed unimpeded” and that the final report will be made available to Congress and the public “immediately.”In Washington, Mueller also detailed multiple “lies” that former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort told investigators, leading to a termination of his cooperation deal, which could lead to a stiffer jail sentence for the 69-year-old.A heavily redacted court filing said that Manafort’s “lies” included untruths about his dealings with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate who US officials suspect is a Russian intelligence operative, and about his contacts with Trump administration officials after striking a plea agreement.The White House similarly dismissed that filing, arguing it “says absolutely nothing about the President.”“Once again the media is trying to create a story where there isn’t one,” said Sanders.
The doomsday scenarioVoter registration databases were being breached. Pundits were loudly questioning the integrity of the election. Americans’ confidence that their votes would be counted fairly and accurately hung in the balance — with widespread chaos looming just on the horizon.Elections officials from more than 35 states huddled in groups; every time they decided to fund a new resource or deploy a new strategy, news of a new vulnerability sprouted. Reporters hounded for answers, as government employees received highly targeted phishing emails designed to coax their passwords. Simultaneously, a virus penetrated government devices by coming through the printers, which were connected to the internet.It was voting problem whack-a-mole. The way the election directors handled the pandemonium would determine the future of American democracy.Luckily, this time, it was only a drill.The 150 or so officials gathered at Harvard University for a worst-case scenario exercise meant to push the officials’ abilities to prepare and react in the case of a broader attack than America saw from Russia leading up to 2016.Arizona director of elections Eric Spencer, an Iraq war veteran, compared the preparations he and his team are making to his training as an infantry officer.“We always trained harder in the United States for combat to make it easier when we got overseas, and I see this as the same thing,” he said. “[Crisis scenarios] were nearly non-existent a few years ago. In 2016, before we got information that elections were subject to foreign interference, it was in the back of our mind but now it’s probably the number one item in our mind.”Most of the focus so far has been on the more than dozen states still using electronic voting machines that don’t provide a paper backup trail; experts say these machines could allow potential hacks or even technological glitches to go undetected.In its most recent spending bill, Congress has allocated $380 million for voting security, but the funding will be allocated across all 50 states by population in a way that won’t necessarily address the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines anytime soon.In fact, it isn’t clear how much of a dent that money might make overall because no one, including the federal government, knows for sure how much American elections cost in the first place.“Figuring out the true cost of election administration in this country is the white whale of the discipline,” said Doug Chapin, an elections researcher at the University of Minnesota. “I don’t think we even have a really good estimate …. which is why it can be difficult when policy makers, say ‘OK, how much do you need?’ Usually the answer is: ‘more.’” Drew Anthony Smith/Getty ImagesA pedestrian walks past Austin City Hall, an early voting center, in March. Texas was the first state to go to the polls to vote in midterm primaries. As America heads toward the 2018 midterms, there’s an elephant in the voting booth.Despite improvements since Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential race, the U.S. elections infrastructure is vulnerable — and will remain so in November.Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier laid out the problem to an overflowing room full of election directors and secretaries of state — people charged with running and securing elections — at a conference at Harvard University this spring.“Computers are basically insecure,” said Schneier. “Voting systems are not magical in any way. They are computers.” The needs are not equal“Some states are much better off when it comes to protecting their elections systems. And remember, the Russians in particular don’t have to attack every state, they’ll go to the weakest link,” said Eric Rosenbach, director of the Belfer Center leading the security exercises, to the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “All they have to do is undermine trust in the system and confidence in the outcome.”But these issues are bigger than the security of the machines that voters use.(Interactive: How secure is your vote?)“The focus regarding the new election security funding seems to be disproportionately focused only on paper ballots and audits. Those are very important, but it will also be nearly impossible to implement these changes prior to 2018,” said David Becker, the executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research.He continued: “Meanwhile, other areas of security – voter registration database security (the one area where we know there was one breach in 2016), staff training (proper login protocols, spear-phishing education, etc.), hiring of skilled technical staff – are all just as important and could be done immediately.”There are questions about whether a subsequent attack might target systems at that level: rather than trying to change individual votes, a cyber-adversary might try to erase or change all the registration documents in a particular place on Election Day, just to cause chaos. House Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, has warned about the danger of this kind of “cyber-bomb”.Election officials in the more than 10,000 voting jurisdictions are tasked with tackling it all, with differing resources at their disposable. Harvard’s Belfer Center released a playbook for actionable, and often cheap, cyber security tips.And March’s exercises were framed as “train the trainer” workshops, with the hope that the election directors present would then go back to their respective states and localities and run similar drills.Experts often talk about the simple human element of cyber security — being able to spot a phishing email, or choosing a strong password. After all, many voting jurisdictions have small IT departments who may also be responsible for running other city and town infrastructure — they aren’t resourced to defend against an attack by a nation-state.“It’s going to be a real culture shift, it’s going to have to be something we repeat over and over again until it becomes ingrained in our every day activity,” said Jennifer Morrell, the Deputy of Elections and Recording for Arapahoe County, Co.“Most of the conversations around this have been your state and local directors and now we’ve got to filter that down – it’s going to take a little while.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Even though most states have moved away from voting equipment that does not produce a paper trail, when experts talk about “voting systems,” that phrase encompasses the entire process of voting: how citizens register to vote, how they find their polling places, how they check in, how they cast their ballots, and ultimately how they find out who won.Much of that process is digital.“This is the problem we always have in computer security — basically nobody has ever built a secure computer. That’s the reality,” Schneier said. “I want to build a robust system that is secure despite the fact that computers have vulnerabilities, rather than pretend that they don’t because no one has found them yet. And people will find them — whether it’s nation states or teenagers on a weekend.”Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the Senate intelligence committee looking into Russia’s attack on the 2016 election, warned elections officials in his state not to be complacent.“I cannot emphasize enough the vulnerability,” Rubio said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “I don’t think [election officials] fully understand the nature of the threat.”Talking in public about these dangers is a tough balancing act. Transparency in elections is a key component to a working democracy — but election officials want citizens to vote, so they have to portray confidence in the system.There remains no evidence, as lawmakers and election heads often point out, that any votes were actually changed in the 2016 election.But the Department of Homeland Security says Russian hackers did break into the registration system in one state, Illinois, and steal the username and password of an election official in another, Arizona — and targeted or probed the voting systems of at least 21 states.So in the span of just two years, officials have gone from arguing their systems are completely secure, to talking openly and clearly about the specific issues that exist and working to fix them.But a lack of time and resources means heading into the 2018 midterms, American voting systems remain vulnerable, and as Rubio noted, there’s no synchronicity among states and jurisdiction about where the country is in terms of security. 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The company also brought Apple Music to Amazon’s Echo speakers late last year, and earlier this year announced partnerships with a number of TV manufacturers to bring iTunes to smart TVs.Ironically, Apple hasn’t been as forthcoming about its own speakers. The Homepod, which first launched a year ago, still doesn’t support any third-party music services. Popular on Variety Apple’s music service is apparently heading to Google Home speakers: Apple Music has appeared as a supported service in Google’s Home app for iPhones, Macrumors was first to report Monday night.The service can’t currently be activated on Google Home speakers, but the appearance of the listing suggests that this could change any day. An Apple spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment; a Google spokesperson sent the following statement via email:“Apple Music is currently only available for Google Assistant users on mobile phones. We have nothing to announce regarding updates to Google Home.”Apple used to be fairly protective of its own services, reserving them for users of its own devices. This changed with Apple Music, which has been available on Android ever since late 2015, a few months after the service launched on iPhones. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Explore further Citation: Intel’s Atom CE 4100 SoC Will Transform Internet TV (w/ Video) (2009, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-intel-atom-ce-soc-internet.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Dell Talking About 80-Core Chip Processor The new Atom processor is part of Intel’s new family of media processors. Formerly codenamed “Sodaville,” the new chip is the first 45nm-based System-on-Chip to be designed on Intel’s architecture.The CE4100 replaces Intel’s former CE 3100 processor which is an older Pentium core processor. Intel’s newest Atom processor core is expected to reach speeds of about 1.2GHz and offer support for a range of industry standards. Intel is also teaming up with Adobe to provide support for the Adobe Flash Player 10 on Intel’s family of CE media processors. The new CE4100 SoC also provides MPEG-4 support, 3D graphics capability, high-end audio and can also capture uncompressed 1080p video. (PhysOrg.com) — At the IDF event, in Santa Clara, California, Intel announced the debut of their newest System-on-Chip (SoC), the Intel Atom processor CE4100. The CE4100 SoC is designed exclusively to facilitate Internet content and other services to digital TVs, Blu-ray players and other entertainment devices. At the IDF event, in Santa Clara, California, Intel’s Eric Kim (Sr. VP of Intel Corporation’s Digital Home Group) commented: “The architecture of Intel media processors provides a powerful and innovative platform to showcase Flash-based applications in a vivid way. Flash Player 10 combined with the performance of the Intel media processor and its support for standards such as OpenGL ES 2.0 offers a compelling environment for Flash-based games, videos and other rich Web content and applications.”The chip also features an integrated NAND controller, along with support for DDR2 and DDR3 memory, which will provide a choice to developers of digital TVs and set-top boxes. It is not certain when the Atom CE4100-based devices will reach the market, however Intel has promised some hardware demos from its partners.© 2009 PhysOrg.com
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s tweet likening himself to ‘chandan’ (sandalwood), which remains unaffected despite snakes wrapping themselves around it, has created a flutter in poll-bound Bihar as it is being seen as directed against his ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.One @SunilVChandak posed a question to Kumar on his programme “Ask Nitish” on Twitter on July 20 – “#AskNitish if you win with Laluji and the numbers are significant, how you will be able to give good development-ordinated government?” Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIIn reply, Kumar had tweeted, “Bihar’s development is my sole agenda. Jo Rahim