Federal government immigration poll suggests hardening attitudes

first_imgOTTAWA – When he announced the federal strategy of ramping up the number of immigrants to Canada over the next three years, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen described it as what Canadians wanted and needed — especially with governments around the world closing their doors to immigrants and refugees.It was a subtle jab at the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has cracked down on immigration in the name of the “America First” sentiment that got him elected a year ago Tuesday.But over the course of those 12 months, Canadian views on immigration appear to have shifted in that same direction, according to the survey the federal government carries out each year as part of its immigration planning process.Partial results of the internal survey were posted online in connection with last week’s release of the plan, which calls for 310,000 people admitted to be admitted in 2018, up from 300,000 this year.By 2020, the level of new admissions will rise to 340,000.About 27 per cent of the survey’s 2,503 respondents said they felt that number is too high — an increase of four percentage points over the responses to the same question in the 2016 survey, which had only about 1,600 respondents.While the survey is done annually, the questions aren’t always the same, and the sample size also varies.The 2017 survey was conducted between July 31 and Aug. 30, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.96 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The 2016 survey — used by the department as a point of comparison in their analysis — surveyed 1,598 people with a margin of error of 2.45 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.The timing of the 2017 study coincided with a spike in asylum seekers crossing illegally into Canada.The influx generated heated debate about the integrity of Canada’s asylum system. The Opposition Conservatives have repeatedly accused the government of placing Canada’s historically high support for immigration at risk as a result.In 2005-06, 1,598 Canadians were asked about the positive impact of immigration on a national and local level. Seventy-two per cent agreed there was one for Canada, while 58 per cent saw a personal benefit. When the question was repeated this year, only 70 per cent saw a positive national effect, while 56 per cent believed there was a positive impact on them personally.Though the surge of asylum seekers in the summer drew attention, more people have been seeking asylum in Canada since Trump won.The divisive U.S. president campaigned on promise to curb immigration in general and refugees in particular. His first actions upon taking office in January included an executive order, a move that prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to say publicly that Canada would continue to welcome those fleeing persecution.The poll suggests attitudes towards refugee resettlement in Canada have also dampened in the last year.When asked in August which of the three main immigration categories should grow, 25 per cent of respondents singled out the refugee category, down from 29 per cent in 2016, when a similar question was asked.Thirty-two per cent also told pollsters in 2017 that too many refugees were coming to Canada, up from 30 per cent in 2016.The 2017 poll also asked respondents about their comfort levels around people of different races and religions, a question that was also asked in 2005-06.This year, 89 per cent said they were comfortable around people of a different race, down from 94 per cent in 2005-2006.When asked if they felt comfortable in social situations with people from a different religion, 82 per cent said yes, down from 88 per cent the last time the question was asked.last_img read more

Pippa Middleton Attends StarStudded Roll Out The Red Ball

first_imgLast week, celebrities graced the red carpet to attend the British Heart Foundation’s Roll out the Red fundraising ball at The Savoy, London, which raised over £160,000 for life saving research.The star-studded evening included a welcome speech from BHF Ambassador Pippa Middleton and was hosted by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.They were joined by celebrity supporters including actor Hugh Grant, singer Sinitta, Made in Chelsea star Ollie Proudlock, model Emma Louise Connolly and The Only Way is Essex Star Jessica Wright.Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon got everyone on their feet and guests also enjoyed performances from vocal group BLAKE and a classical performance from DUO. The night ended with a set by International DJ Judge Jules.Lord Jeffrey Archer conducted an exclusive live auction which raised a phenomenal £55,500 alone. The star prize for the evening was a limited edition experimental moving portrait of legendary musician David Bowie, the last of only 15 which sold for £12,000.There was also the chance to bid on lots in the online auction including a Valentine’s weekend away at Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle and a date with Made in Chelsea’s, Ollie Locke.Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the BHF, said: “It was an incredible evening raising vital funds for our fight against heart disease. Thank you to everyone for making Roll out the Red a night to remember.”last_img read more

Waiting for Netflix and security risks The cost of slow internet in

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsNunavut has some of the slowest download speeds in the entire country.That is a problem if you want to update a game. It is a much bigger problem when you want to update your internet security.Our Kent Driscoll explains the cost of slow internet to Nunavut.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

Nigeria experiencing worst cholera outbreak in years UN reports

The number of cases so far in 2010 is nearly three times the total for all of last year and 7 times that of 2008, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Red Cross estimates that women and children account for 80 per cent of this year’s cases.Although the spread of cholera seems to have been largely contained, new cases are still being reported from already-affected states, especially in Nigeria’s northeast.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection picked up through contaminated food or water. It can result in diarrhoea that can lead to severe dehydration and even death without prompt treatment.The fatality rate from the disease is 4.5 per cent overall in Nigeria, but the proportion of affected people dying of cholera is above 10 per cent in states that are either severely flooded or are home to large numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The rate has reached 20 per cent in Plateau, 17 per cent in Sokoto and 11 per cent in Gombe.UNICEF is supporting efforts to promote hygiene and is supplying camps and flood-affected communities with supplies to treat cholera.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) attributed the unusually high cholera incidence to seasonal factors, combined with poor hygiene conditions and population movements in the area, which is regularly affected by small outbreaks.Together with health partners, the agency is providing technical support to Nigeria’s Ministry of Health. 22 October 2010Nigeria is in the midst of its worst cholera outbreak in recent years, with nearly 40,000 cases and more than 1,500 deaths reported since the start of the year, the United Nations reported today. read more

TSX little changed traders look ahead to Fed announcement on more stimulus

TSX little changed, traders look ahead to Fed announcement on more stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2012 4:42 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Wednesday as investor attention refocused on the U.S. Federal Reserve and whether the central bank will decide to launch another round of economic stimulus to aid a struggling economy.The S&P/TSX composite index was down from session highs but still ahead 12.17 points to 12,232.62. Markets had earlier reacted enthusiastically after Germany’s high court rejected calls to block the European Union’s permanent rescue fund.Opponents had challenged Germany’s ratification of the European Stability Mechanism, which is a new, permanent €500 billion bailout fund for the 17 countries that use the euro. They had argued that it violated Germany’s constitution and sought an injunction preventing the country’s president from signing the legislation into law.Germany’s ratification of the ESM is vital, because the fund cannot work without the participation of the EU powerhouse.The TSX Venture Exchange rose 8.05 points to 1,282.65.The Canadian dollar was off 0.35 of a cent to 102.4 cents US. The currency ran up about 1.8 cents since last Wednesday as traders anticipate that last week’s disappointing U.S. jobs data for August have convinced the Federal Reserve that the economy needs another round of economic stimulus.Such measures could include a third round of quantitative easing, which would see the Fed print more money to buy up bonds in order to keep interest rates low and encourage borrowing.U.S. markets were lacklustre with buyers cautious ahead of an announcement by the Fed on Thursday at the conclusion of their two-day meeting on interest rates.The Dow Jones industrials edged up 9.99 points to 13,333.35, the Nasdaq was up 9.78 points to 3,114.31 while the S&P 500 index gained three points to 1,436.56.Markets could be in for a severe disappointment Thursday. Some analysts believe that the Fed will do nothing more than reassert that it’s willing to do more, especially as a number of its policymakers may be reluctant to do something dramatic in the middle of the U.S. presidential campaign.“The election coming up in November, it’s going to make them think twice about the political implications of announcing a massive bond-buying program or asset purchase program,” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc., adding that December would be a better time to launch a massive program of stimulus.“So I think it’s certainly open, I think they will certainly hint about keeping rates low for an extended period of time, maybe even extend that beyond the 2014 window if that’s possible.”The base metals sector led TSX gainers, up 0.74 per cent while a rally in copper prices stalled after three sessions with the December contract off about half a cent at US$3.6925 a pound. The metal, viewed as an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications, has run up 18 cents over the last three sessions.First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) climbed 48 cents to $22.08 while Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) improved by 11 cents to $3.33.The gold sector was up about 0.6 per cent as the December bullion contract shed $1.20 to US$1,733.70 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was 89 cents higher at $42.01.Industrials also provided lift as transport giant Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) gained 13 cents or 3.64 per cent to $3.70.The telecom sector was also positive as the power struggle between the board of Telus Corp. (TSX:T) and New York hedge fund Mason Capital Management LLC appears headed for an appeal court. Mason says it will appeal a B.C. court decision that blocks it from holding a shareholders meeting for investors with Telus voting stock, a move that rivals the company’s own plans for a meeting of all voting and non-voting shareholders.Telus and Mason are in a bitter public battle over a plan to eliminate the Canadian telecom company’s dual-class share structure. Mason opposes a Telus plan that would swap non-voting stock for common stock on a one-to-one basis, arguing that doesn’t recognize the greater market value of the voting shares.Telus voting shares advanced 96 cents to $62.57 while its non-voting A shares gained 99 cents to $62.04.The energy sector was flat while the price of oil fell after the government said U.S. supplies of oil rose last week. The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 16 cents to US$97.01 a barrel.Analysts had expected that the U.S. Energy Department would report that U.S. crude stockpiles fell by 3.3 million barrels.Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was down 22 cents to $31.96.The consumer staples sector led decliners with shares in convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) down $1.29 to US$47.59.In other corporate news, Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL) had a net profit of $49.8 million in its second quarter, up 32 per cent from the comparable period last year. Dollarama’s revenue was up 13.8 per cent, rising to $441 million from $387.5 million for the corresponding period last year. The profit amounted to 66 cents per diluted share, two cents higher than analyst forecasts but its shares fell 33 cents to $58.97.Facebook shares surged $1.50 or 7.73 per cent to US$20.93 after CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a conference Tuesday that the social network site cares about making money as well as pursuing his mission to make the world a “more open and connected place.”Facebook stock has lost nearly half its value since its IPO in May. More than $50 billion has been lopped off Facebook’s market value as the company’s shares have fallen from its IPO price of $38.Apple Inc. shares were up $9.20 or 1.4 per cent to US$669.79 after the tech giant unveiled the iPhone 5. It says it’s thinner and lighter than the previous model, even though it has a bigger screen. read more

At UN Economic and Social Council ministers commit to peoplecentred post2015 development

“We, the Ministers, are committed to establishing a strong, universal, ambitious, inclusive and people-centred post-2015 development agenda that will build on the foundations laid and experiences gained by the Millennium Development Goals, complete the unfinished business and respond to new challenges,” reads the declaration which was adopted by ECOSOC at the opening of its Annual Ministerial Review. Since Monday, the Council has been holding the Ministerial portion of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, under the auspices of ECOSOC. Speaking on the behalf of the ECOSOC President, Martin Sajdik, Vice President Mohamed Khaled Khiari reminded delegations that a smooth transition from the MDGs to a transformative post-2015 development agenda will be “critical” for the future of global development. But what does that mean for citizens around the world? What is their connection to the MDGs, or will be their relationship to this new agenda? Mr. Khiari asked. “The answer is simple: they mean change – tangible and real change that must improve people’s wellbeing and that of our planet.” It is those conditions, the Council Vice-President continued, that Member States cannot lose sight of the importance of putting in place the enabling environment for people to thrive, with sound policies, strong institutions and a respect for the rule of law. “Good leadership and resilient populations create conditions that enable change, transforming the lives of individuals and their communities across the globe.” The emerging post-2015 development agenda, including a proposed set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) that are to be adopted at a summit at UN Headquarters in September, strive to reflect lessons learned from the largely anti-poverty based MDGs, build on the successes and put all countries, together, firmly on track towards a more prosperous, sustainable and equitable world. The next two days of the Annual Ministerial Review will be marked by an intense discussion on how to successfully transition from the MDG to the SDG era, Mr. Khiari explained. For him, ECOSOC is well placed to provide policy guidance on how global challenges can be addressed and how sound policies can be translated into “real life results.” The High-level segment of ECOSOC is a key venue for the global dialogue on sustainable development, he stressed, adding that he is encouraged that this year’s Review will include four National Voluntary Presentations, by the Governments of Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the Philippines and Zambia. It will also include a “mandated review” of implementation of the Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020. There will be a special session dedicated to this review, and the opportunities and challenges of those countries face in the transition will also be addressed in several other sessions, Mr. Khiari stressed. “Let us unite to identify the most innovative paths forward for managing the transition from the MDGs to the post-2015 development agenda, keeping in mind who we have committed to: the people of this world, each and every one of them, and planet Earth itself. This period of transition is a vital part of what is to come. You may say: The future is now.” read more

UN spotlights wellbeing of seafarers on International Day

In his annual message for the Day of the Seafarer, IOM Secretary-General Kitack Lim noted that many factors can affect the quality of life at sea, including shore leaves, prompt and sufficient wages and even “simple things” like the Internet or provision of exercise on board ships.“All of these come, and more, come together, under the banner of ‘seafarers’ wellbeing’,” he said.“Day of the Seafarer 2018 provides a platform to advocate for higher standards of welfare and enable shipping companies and others within the industry to show how they provide a good working environment for seafarers and thereby make a positive contribution to their wellbeing,” added Mr. Lim.The theme for 2018 continues the focus IMO announced last year on the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of those at sea.According to the UN agency, by addressing the issue of seafarers’ wellbeing and particularly mental health, the campaign can inform specific strategies to tackle stress and other issues affecting seafarers’ mental conditions – and make the tools available more widely known.The campaign will also showcase best practices, as well as spotlight areas of concern and examples of shortcomings.A major part of the campaign is an online survey where seafarers themselves are being encouraged to share their own views and experiences. The results of the survey will be analysed and presented to the IMO Council.Alongside the survey, the campaign also has a strong social media focus and includes a photo competition where seafarers are being called to show the world “what a good day at the sea looks like.”The Day of the Seafarer, marked annually on 25 June, was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila, the capital of Philippines, to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole. read more

99 Pantech Breakout is an impressive LTE Android smartphone

first_imgAndroid is no stranger to the concept of the budget smartphone. Not the best hardware, but more than enough to handle day to day operations, and the cost is usually way down. When Verizon Wireless deployed their LTE network, they did so with high end devices capable of wooing the early adopter. Aside from the lightning fast network, the LTE devices on Verizon have some of the best screens, processors, and features on the market.Now that Verizon’s LTE network is starting to cover the US map a little more, it’s time to attract an audience other than the early adopter. With that in mind, Verizon and Pantech have teemed up to release the first budget oriented LTE device, the Breakout.SpecsWithout a doubt, the techies of the world will scoff at a single core 1GHz processor, 512mb of RAM, and 8GB of onboard storage. I mean, how six months ago can you get anyhow? Compared to Verizon’s existing LTE lineup, the Breakout holds its own when it comes to specs. Packing a 5MP camera, front facing camera, and a 4″ screen, if these are the specs of a “low end” phone, we live in pretty amazing times.The Breakout is just a bit thinner than the HTC Thunderbolt, but feels much lighter in the hand. The textured back of the device makes it very easy to hold, while the physical button across the front and sides of the device are sturdy enough that you aren’t likely to push them accidentally. No soft buttons on the device, and a camera button on the right hand side of the phone next to the little rubber stopper that hides the microUSB port are all throwbacks to the previous generation designs of Android devices. Despite this, these features in no way feel out of place, but add to the solid feel of the phone.This flavor of AndroidPantech opted for a heavily themed version of Android 2.3.3 for the Breakout, altering much of the OS with their visual changes. The Lockscreen, app drawer, even the settings menus are all just a little different. This makes keeping up with the latest version of Android a little harder for Pantech, and considering the device is already not running the latest version of Android, it’s possible you’ll be a little behind on new features (Google+ Hangouts, for example, only work on 2.3.4 and higher versions).These optimizations don’t really help with the performance of the device either. Fresh out of the box the lockscreen was sluggish at best. This is not helped by the 48 apps that come pre-installed on the phone, each offering just a little more to slow the handset down. Once you have passed the lockscreen, the Breakout didn’t seem to slow down at any point. In fact, Pantech offers their own version of the visually stimulating SPB Shell 3D launcher when you tap on the dots at the top of the homescreen. This isn’t quite as smooth or as pretty as SPB, but a nice addition to the launcher overall.PerformanceThe Breakout was able to handle any app thrown at it with ease. Games like Cut The Rope and Angry Birds were as smooth on it as any other Android phone. Videos, Music, everything ran very smoothly. Since this is an LTE device, it is barely worth mentioning that surfing the web, downloading apps, or streaming music and movies was an extremely satisfying experience due to the speed of the network.The natural downside to any LTE radio right now is poor battery life, however, the Breakout is able to surpass both the HTC Thunderbolt and the Revolution in battery life, tying with the Samsung Droid Charge at about 6 hours of constant use and 10 hours of moderate use (or use on a Wi-Fi network). As of right now, the Breakout is the only LTE device that doesn’t have an optional accessory of an Qi inductive charger, but the device is otherwise just as capable.Final ThoughtsI was more than surprised by the quality of the Breakout. All in all, the $99 Pantech Breakout is an impressive device for its price. This is not a “top of the line” phone, but it can certainly play nice with the other LTE phones and looks pretty good while doing it. Provided that Pantech is able to keep the Breakout updated with the latest versions of Android, as outlined by Google’s new policy, the Breakout will be more than capable as a nice LTE device for quite awhile.Wondering what LTE is? ExtremeTech explains LTE here.last_img read more

Anastasiades speaks of TurkishCypriot EEZ spurs controversy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As contenders for the Cypriot presidency get ready for what looks like a heated election campaign, Nicos Anastasiades found himself in the epicentre of political controversy, entertaining the idea of a Turkish-Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).“If they [Turkey] choose to defend the rights of the Turkish-Cypriots to a separate, independent entity, then they must limit themselves to whatever the proportion is that belongs to the said illegal entity. Consequently, they have no reason to dispute the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus,” President Anastasiades said, commenting on Turkey’s mounting pressure over Cyprus’ hydrocarbons programme.For years Turkey has challenged Cyprus’ right to explore for hydrocarbons in its Exclusive Economic Zone, and by all indications it is preparing to conduct its own drilling within that zone in the near future.The Cypriot president’s statement caused immediate backlash. “With these statements, Mr Anastasiades is essentially dividing Cyprus’ EEZ and handing half of it over to the pseudo-state [Turkish occupation regime],” said presidential contender Nikolas Papadopoulos, son of the late president Tassos Papadopoulos, who rejected the Annan Plan to reunify the island in two communities in 2004. Echoing his characterisation of the Anastasiades statement as ‘dangerous and wrong’, the left wing opposition party AKEL dismissed any doubt that Cyprus has only one indivisible EEZ, and that all that remains to be done is to delineate with that of the Republic of Turkey. After that, government spokesman Nikos Christodoulidis issued a statement trying to appease critics: “To restore the truth, we note that President Anastasiades in his statements yesterday repeated what everyone knows, that Turkey diachronically invokes the alleged interests of the Turkish Cypriots to justify its illegal and provocative actions against the Republic of Cyprus.”last_img read more

Les Agences régionales de santé sont entrées en fonction

first_imgLes Agences régionales de santé sont entrées en fonctionFrance – Depuis hier, vingt-six agences régionales de santé (ARS) ont ouvert leurs portes en France pour répondre au mieux aux attentes de chaque région. Elles permettront de coordonner les établissements de santé en jouant le rôle d’intermédiaire entre les hôpitaux et la médecine de ville.Inscrites au programme de la loi “Hôpital, patients, santé et territoires”, les ARS visent d’abord à restructurer le système de santé. Elles vont notamment regrouper dix institutions de l’État qui opéraient jusqu’alors au niveau local et régional, et remplaceront les Agences régionales de l’hospitalisation (ARH). Les directeurs des ARS, nommés au conseil des ministres, devront assurer une meilleure maîtrise des dépenses dans les régions et auront pour mission de coordonner les établissements de santé afin de garantir l’accès aux soins pour tous. La mise en place des ARS fait suite à l’impératif de Nicolas Sarkozy qui exigeait, d’ici à 2012, un retour à l’équilibre financier des hôpitaux publics. Ce contrôle de l’État de plus en plus présent inquiète les membres de la CGT et certains médecins libéraux qui craignent une prise de pouvoir trop importante, notamment au niveau de la maîtrise des dépenses de santé.Le 2 avril 2010 à 16:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

San Diego residents play in snow before next storm

first_img February 19, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last weekend’s snowstorm brought over four inches of snow to San Diego.Residents took advantage of today’s sunshine to have some fun in the snow, before another storm is expected to hit this week. Dan Plante Posted: February 19, 2019 Dan Plante, San Diego residents play in snow before next storm Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Reports of the Cadillac CT6s demise were greatly exaggerated

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe CT6 gets to keep on being handsome despite earlier rumors of its demise. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Fans of domestically produced luxury sedans rejoice! Reports of the Cadillac CT6 sedan’s demise appear to have been somewhat exaggerated. Newly minted GM president Mark Reuss and Cadillac boss Steve Carlisle told Automotive News on Monday that CT6 production is going to continue, despite it no longer being built at GM’s Hamtramck plant.Reports from November of last year named the CT6 among a pile of sedans from the General that were slated to get the ax. This decision didn’t immediately make sense given the hubbub surrounding Cadillac’s bespoke twin-turbo V8 Blackwing engine.With production at Hamtramck set to end in July, GM still needs to figure out where the heck it’s going to build the CT6. It’s possible that Cadillac could move production to another US factory or take the production of the standard car to the factory in China where it builds the CT6 Hybrid.”From the very beginning, we never said that CT6 was going away, because we’re very keen on launching Blackwing and Super Cruise and all those sorts of things,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac, in an interview with Automotive News.Unfortunately, the five other vehicles included in GM’s November announcement are still getting the chop. These include the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Cruze, Impala and Volt. Post a comment Tags More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2019 Cadillac CT6: Caddy’s flagship sedan bows out in style 0 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img Cadillac 70 Photos Car Industry Luxury cars Sedans Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Cadillac Chevroletlast_img read more

Genetically modified salmon approved for human consumption by FDA

first_imgClose The US has given the green light for the production of genetically modified salmon, making it the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adjudged that the GM salmon, which is modified with genes from two other fish to make it grow faster, is as safe to eat as any non-genetically engineered Atlantic salmon, and also as nutritious.The altered salmon will be bred and raised in secure land-based facilities in Canada and Panama. This is to prevent the GM fish from escaping and establishing itself in the wild.The FDA said retailers will not be required by law to label the fish as a GM product, but released guidelines for retailers who do want to label the salmon.AquaBounty, the biotech company behind the fish, said the decision is a game changer that brings healthy and nutritious food to consumers in an environmentally responsible manner without damaging the ocean and other marine habitats.The US dietary guidelines advisory committee encourages Americans to eat a wide variety of seafood – including wild caught and farmed – as part of a healthy diet rich in healthy fatty acids, said Jack Bobo, senior vice president at Intrexon – the parent company behind AquaBounty.However, this must occur in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. [The] FDAs approval of the AquAdvantage Salmon is an important step in this direction.But critics say the fish could harm the environment and the wild salmon industry.Flawed decisionThe GM salmon is infused with genetic material from two other fish – the Chinook salmon and ocean pout – which allows it to grow almost twice as fast as regular salmon, that too with less feed. The GM salmon is not expected to hit store shelves for another two years, but it is unclear if retailers will want to sell the salmon and if the public will want to buy it.While todays decision marks the first approval of a [GM] food animal, its impact on American consumers will be neglible, said Gregory Jaffe, biotechnology director at Center for Science in the Public Interest.It will take months for AquaBounty to produce and export [GM] salmon for consumers to purchase. When they are at full capacity, the volume of imported [GM] will be merely a drop in the bucket of salmon purchased on a yearly basis.Lisa Archer, food and technology programme director at environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth criticised the FDAs decision as flawed and irresponsible.Theres no place on our dinner plates for genetically engineered fish, she was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency. We will continue to work to ensure the market, from grocery retailers to restaurants, continues to listen to the majority of consumers that dont want to eat this poorly studied, unlabelled genetically engineered fish.Professor Helen Sang of the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh told the BBC that the fish is the first genetically engineered animal for food thats been approved anywhere in the world.Theres been a feeling that many companies have been waiting to see if the US will approve GM salmon before going ahead themselves, she stated.last_img read more

Argentina Uruguay in darkness after huge power outage

first_imgA woman prepares milk bottles using candles at her home in Montevideo on 16 June 2019 during a power cut. A massive outage blacked out Argentina and Uruguay Sunday, leaving both South American countries without electricity, power companies said. Photo: AFPA massive outage blacked out Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday, leaving both South American countries without electricity, power companies said.By mid-morning, streets were largely empty in a rainy Buenos Aires although some stores were open, operating with generators, while Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital, was almost entirely without power with only some traffic lights working.Uruguay’s system went down at 7:06 am (1006 GMT), according to the Uruguayan power company UTE, which attributed the outage to “a fault in the Argentine network.””The causes are being investigated and have not yet been determined,” Argentina’s secretariat of energy said on its Twitter account, adding it would take “some hours” to restore power completely.Argentina, with 44 million people, and Uruguay, with 3.4 million, have a common power grid centered on the bi-national Salto Grande dam, 450 kilometers (280 miles) north of Buenos Aires.Two Argentine power companies confirmed that the failure knocked out electricity throughout Argentina, without specifying the cause.”A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all Argentina and Uruguay without power,” Edesur Argentina said on Twitter.Edenor, Argentina’s largest electricity distributor, attributed the outage to a “general failure in the interconnection system.”UTE said the failure left Uruguay’s “entire national territory without service, as well as several provinces of the neighbor country.”More than an hour after the blackout, UTE said its system was being brought back “from zero.””Some coastal cities already have service and work continues toward general restoration (of power),” it said.last_img read more

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first_img Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes Moss Men in Spain, Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan, and more.Demonstrators hold placards condemning a recent mob lynching of Muslim youth Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand state as they listen to a speaker during a protest in New Delhi, India, on June 26, 2019. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the helm of the Indian government, Hindu mobs have lynched dozens of people, mainly Muslims and lower-caste Dalits. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)Indian Sikh pilgrims look from a railway compartment as they arrive in Lahore, Pakistan, to attend the 180th anniversary of the death of their spiritual leader Maharaja Ranjit Singh, on June 27, 2019. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)Members of the Wild Boars soccer team, who were rescued from a flooded cave a year ago this week, offer foods to Buddhist monks near the Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, Thailand on June 24, 2019. The 12 boys and their coach attended a Buddhist ceremony at cave to commemorate the anniversary of their ordeal that saw them trapped for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)Moss men take part during a Corpus Christi procession in the village of Bejar, Spain, on June 23, 2019. Four men and two women covered from head to toe in moss paraded through the streets of Bejar, in western Spain, to commemorate a daring raid that local legend says helped liberate their town from Muslim occupation some eight centuries ago. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Hindu brides perform rituals after their wedding ceremony, on the banks of the river Ganges in Mirzapur, India, on June 22, 2019. The River Ganges is considered sacred by Hindus, who believe bathing in its waters will rid them of their sins. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)The spire of a church rises over the village of Hadat, near Beirut, Lebanon, in this June 24, 2019, photo. The town has imposed a ban under which Muslims can only rent or buy property already occupied or owned by a Muslim. Imposed years ago, the ban has recently sparked a national outcry. The case reflects Lebanon’s rapidly changing demographic make-up against the backdrop of deep-rooted sectarian divisions that once erupted into a 15-year civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)Archbishop Elpidophoros, center left, and Metropolitan Augoustinos of Germany, center right, walk toward the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity for Elpidophoros’ enthronement ceremony as the new archbishop for America as young girls throw flower petals on June 22, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julius Motal)Monsignor Alberto Ricardo Lorenzelli lies prostrate as Pope Francis celebrates his Episcopal Ordination, in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, on June 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Members of the Qadiriyya Sufi order perform outside the tomb of Sheikh Hamed Al Nil, a 19th century Sufi leader. Adherents attend weekly gatherings to dance and chant religious hymns until the sunset, at Omdurman district, in Khartoum, Sudan, on June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Kit Doyle By: Kit Doyle By: Kit Doyle As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Catholicism By: Kit Doyle News Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Kit Doyle,Load Comments,Hindu pilgrimage begins amid high security in Indian Kashmir Civil rights advocates, victims’ families urge support for new hate crime report … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This!last_img read more

Australian PM Scott Morrison thinks gay conversion therapy is not an issue

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Scott Morrison says he loves all Australians, including gay people. But he gets a bit cranky when @3AWNeilMitchell asks his view on gay conversion therapy.‘It’s just not an issue for me’ #auspol— Bevan Shields (@BevanShields) September 2, 2018 Australia’s new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has continued his terrible streak on LGBTI issues. This time stating that he will not ‘get involved’ in outlawing gay conversion therapy. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Scott Morrison just shared some pretty cooked comments on conversion therapy. He also couldn’t see how supporting the postal survey and voting ‘no’ was at odds with loving LGBTIQ Australians. https://t.co/NyqtedDQtx— sam langford (@_slangers) September 3, 2018Private schoolsIn another radio interview Morrison admitted it was ‘skin-curling’ that schools taught children about LGBTI topics. The empathy building program is designed to reduce bullying.Radio host, Alan Jones asked if it made Morrison’s skin curl that the program discusses bisexuality and requires students to role play a lesbian character.The devout Christian agreed that it did make his skin curl and that’s why he sends his daughters to private schools.‘I don’t want the values of others being imposed on my children in my school and I don’t think that should be happening in a public school or a private schools,’ he said.‘That’s why I want to protect the independent schools to ensure they can continue on providing at least that choice. When it comes to public schools … how about we just have state schools that focus on things like learning maths [and] learning science.‘It’s not happening in the school I send my kids to, and that’s one of the reasons I send them there.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Radio host Neil Mitchell asked him his thoughts on the harmful practice after LGBTI Christians renewed their calls to the government to ban it. Gay cure survivors started a petition to have the practice outlawed. 43,000 people signed the petition which they delivered to Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.He told Mitchell, ‘people should make their own choices about their lives’.‘I respect people of all sexualities, I respect people of all religions, all faiths. I love all Australians,’ Morrison said.‘I’ve never been involved in anything like that, I’ve never supported anything like that, it’s just not an issue for me and I’m not planning to get engaged in the issue,” Mr Morrison said.Gay conversion or gay cure therapy attempts to turn LGB people straight, through prayer, ‘therapy’, torture or violence. Almost every mainstream health and psychiatry organization in the world has condemned the practice.End conversion therapyThe Australian Greens party said the PM ‘must come out and commit to stamping out harmful conversion therapy’.‘Conversion therapies and sexual orientation change efforts are harmful and can have fatal consequences,’ said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.‘The basic premise of conversion therapy and sexual orientation change efforts is that LGBTIQ people can and must be changed, rather than being perfect and accepted for who they are.’‘All LGBTIQ people should be able  to practice faith without pressure to change or suppress their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.‘The Prime Minister must come out and work with survivors, the community and the Greens to ban these practices in Australia.’If you’re the pm, saying “well its legal so its fine” is such a cop out. You’re the pm. You have the chance to direct changes to the law through the nation’s parliament. Piss weak @ScottMorrisonMPConversion therapy hurts kids. Get a spine.— Bill Cruickshank (@Jestingrabbit) September 3, 2018center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay ‘conversion’ therapy has been described by the UN as torture and condemned by leading medical groups as child abuse, but our new PM says “It’s just not an issue for me” https://t.co/arvjnQppDH— Jason Ball (@jasonballau) September 3, 2018 Scott Morrison is Australia’s new Prime Minister. | Photo: Scott Morrison MP – ScoMo / Facebook LGBTI activists in Australia call on Prime Minister to meet transgender peopleTrans teen confronts Aussie PM over anti-trans tweet, live on national TVAustralia’s senate passes motion to tackle conversion therapyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/australian-pm-scott-morrison-thinks-gay-conversion-therapy-is-not-an-issue-for-him/last_img read more

AFTA Symposium Training fundamental to industry viability

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Phil Hoffmann managing director Phil Hoffman Travel Jayson Westbury chief executive AFTA and Rick Myatt Director AFTA Education and Training Industry leaders from across Australia united their efforts to highlight the importance of effective training and education for travel agents to ensure they remain as an indispensible sector of service.AFTA Education and Training Symposium 2011, held this week in Sydney, provide travel industry leaders and education providers an opportunity to connect over two day sessions.Spencer Travel general manager Tina Killeen said a strong focus on training and education is essential for their overall agency profitability and offering staff incentives makes for happy staff.  Ms Killeen stressed more agencies should focus on staff training to achieve better outcomes for their clients and their business.Ms Killeen also strongly disagrees that the travel industry is a “dying breed”, stating that travel agents offer invaluable product knowledge and security. “During recent events such as the ash cloud, earthquakes and tsunamis no Spencer Travel client was left stuck at an airport or without accommodation,” Ms Killeen said.Representing the cruise sector, Managing Director Phil Hoffman cited the key to any travel business is having good trained staff and emphasised on the future boom of cruising sector.Mr Hoffman said the Cruise Industry is a young and rapidly growing sector from 1980 to 2010 over 191 million passengers have taken a cruise, 67 percent of that in the last ten years and 39 percent in the last five.He stated Australian cruise passenger numbers in 2010 increased by 27 percent and over the last five years has remained at an average of 22 percent.“Only 2.1 percent of the Australian population has taken a cruise holiday, just think of the future potential of growth in this sector.”Mr Hoffman said good cruise staff are hard to find and providing better training and education is vital.AFTA Education and Training director Rick Myatt said the sessions were designed to generate understanding for both the industry and the educators, to further align training to the workforce development requirements. “This event will fulfill the urgent need to improve the currency of industry knowledge of our educators nationally,” Mr Myatt said. Tina Killeen general manager Spencer Travellast_img read more

Spirit of Tasmania wins two awards for tourism

first_imgSource = Spirit of Tasmania Spirit of Tasmania has been presented with the Major Tour / and or Transport Operator category award at the 2011 Tasmanian Tourism Awards announced in Hobart on Friday 11 November.About 450 industry representatives attended the gala dinner to celebrate the awards, which are designed to promote and reward business excellence in the Tasmanian industry.TT-Line Company Pty Ltd Chief Executive Charles Griplas said Spirit of Tasmania staff, crew and management took “great pride in winning this award”.“The company is focused on assisting Tasmania’s tourist sector and the broader state economy,” he said.“We are a significant investor in destinational marketing interstate and want to keep Tasmania top of mind among potential visitors.  This award recognises the important work we have done and continue to do in this area.”All category winners will go to the national awards being held in north Queensland next year. The Tasmanian Tourism Award follows the presentation of another prestigious award for Spirit of Tasmania’s 2010 travel guide; ‘Tasmania – Choose your own trip to remember, announced on 1 November 2011 in New York City.The travel guide won a gold Eddie Award for Editorial Excellence and a gold Ozzie Award for Design Excellence. Hosted by Folio Magazine, the awards recognise excellence in magazine, digital editorial and design.The Tasmania – Choose your own trip to remember travel guide, launched on 6 August 2010 and was designed to both retain and attract new customers.  The guide was mailed to 17,000 members of Spirit of Tasmania’s Travel Club and distributed to more than 570,000 targeted households on the mainland.Mr Griplas also highlighted recent online tourism achievements for the company;“Our marketing team has launched a new travel tool on our website to assist visitors to plan their next trip to Tasmania,” he said.“Potential travellers can explore recommended travel itineraries using a Google map which is loaded with things to do, attractions and places to visit in Tasmania.“In addition, our website now has an improved booking engine, giving potential travellers greater flexibility and the ability to make changes to their bookings up until the day before they travelSpirit of Tasmania is an Accredited Tourism Australian Business.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories (AP Photo/Ryan Kang) 4 Comments   Share   Todd Graham may not be the head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils anymore, but he’s still up at 9 p.m. watching film.That is what the former coach told Doug and Wolf on 98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station on Thursday morning.“I want to be a head football coach. I want to run a program,” Graham said.Graham, who was fired by ASU in December following a 7-6 season, said he has had opportunities as a coordinator and as an analyst on TV. LISTEN: Todd Graham, Former ASU Football Head Coach Your browser does not support the audio element. Ballage is ranked as a top-100 prospect by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I’ve been very selective. I’ll only get involved with people who have the same philosophical belief that I have. I’m chomping at the bit to be back on the sideline and impacting young people,” Graham said.Graham said that part of his time off was spent at the NFL Combine with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Through his time at the combine and coaching against several of NFL Draft prospects in the Pac-12, the coach has developed some opinions on the projected picks, especially at the quarterback position.“Hands down the most talented player is Josh Rosen,” Graham said.But that doesn’t mean he would pick Rosen if he had the choice.“If I was a team and I was drafting, out of all the quarterbacks, I would choose between (Sam) Darnold and (Baker) Mayfield. I think Mayfield has a lot of Drew Brees in him,” the coach said.Related LinksESPN’s Kiper ranks ASU’s Ballage inside top-100 of NFL DraftThe former head coach also had some high praise for running back Kalen Ballage, who Graham coached from 2013-2017 at ASU.“He is a very, very uniquely talent young man. His ability as a receiver, he is probably as natural of a route runner as any back,” Graham said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more