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  • Province To Begin Public Library Consultations

    first_imgWhat do you want from a public library in the twenty-first century? Nova Scotia’s provincial librarian, Jennifer Evans, will host a series of town hall meetings between Wednesday, April 12 and early June to answer that question. “Libraries fill a critical need in our communities and it has been some time since we asked people for their opinions,” said Ms. Evans. “We are hoping for a lot of interest and a lot of good ideas from people right across the province.” Ms. Evans is also hoping to hear from people who do not visit libraries. The consultations will focus on the benefits of public libraries, what the perfect public library would be like, and how the participants would promote the public library to others. An online version of the survey will be available at the Provincial Library website at . The feedback will be reviewed and developed into a report, in time for the Provincial Library’s strategic planning sessions which are scheduled for late June. The report will be available on the website and through public libraries. “Libraries and the communities they serve are changing and we need to keep up,” said Ms. Evans. She cited the recent availability of free online versions of the World Book encyclopaedia and Chilton automotive manuals as examples of how library collections in Nova Scotia are evolving. The scheduled dates and locations of the town hall meetings are as follows: Wednesday, April 12 — Westville Library, 2020 Queen St.,6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.Wednesday, April 19 — NSCC Bridgewater, Room C112, 75 High St., 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 3 — Windsor Library, 195 Albert St., 7:30 p.m.- 8:p.m.Thursday, May 4 — Yarmouth Library, 405 Main St., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.Monday, May 8 — Truro Library, 754 Prince St., 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 10 — Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 24 Philpott St., 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Thursday, May 11 — McConnell Library, 50 Falmouth St., Sydney 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.Tuesday, May 16 — Four Fathers Library, 21 Acadia St., Amherst 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.Tuesday, June 6 — Alderney Gate Library, 60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. There are 77 regional libraries and seven mobile libraries in Nova Scotia, managed by nine regional library boards. Libraries also operate in universities, colleges, schools and other institutions but they are not part of the public library system or this consultation process. The province contributed $10.7 million to the operation of regional libraries across Nova Scotia in 2005-06. The government added another $1 million to library funding in an April 4 announcement.last_img read more

  • Open Data Contest Forum for Rapid Innovation

    first_imgThe province and Dalhousie University are inviting youth and entrepreneurs to participate in the second annual open data contest. Participants will use data from Nova Scotia’s open data portal to create unique products or solutions, like a mobile app, predictive model or visualization, in one weekend. Participants will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges and the best innovations will earn prizes. “We invite curious minds to come together and explore new uses for public data that will benefit everyone,” said Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab. “The open data movement will help inspire an innovative and creative future for Nova Scotia.” The contest takes place Saturday, March 3, which is International Open Data Day, and Sunday, March 4 at Dalhousie University in Halifax. “Open data gives everyone the power to search, discover and link data in new ways – to better support our communities, and create innovative new products and services,” said Sandra Toze, director of Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management. “We use Nova Scotia’s open data portal to teach students how to search, manipulate and visualize data to solve problems and enhance decision-making. We are happy to partner with the province on this competition and demonstrate the importance and value of open data.” Nova Scotia’s portal contains more than 670 data collections and views including high-resolution 3D maps and some information previously only available for a fee. It has been continuously updated since it was launched in 2016. For registration information visit, .last_img read more

  • One held for extorting gold from bizman

    first_imgNEW DELHI: One impersonator-cum-extortionist, who posed as police and Custom officials, has been arrested. With his arrest, 400 gram gold extorted from a businessman has been recovered. Extortion case has been worked out within a short span of time by GRP (Delhi Police).The Railway Police (GRP) of Hazarat Nizamuddin Station, Delhi arrested the impersonator cum extortionist Jarnail Singh (40), resident of district Karnal (Haryana) and recovered 400 gram gold which was extorted from a businessman. He posed as police and Custom official to extort gold. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarOn 24 May, the complainant Afnan, resident of Chitli Qabar, Delhi reported that he runs a cloth business and he along with his two friends arrived at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station from Surat, Gujrat by August Kranti Rajdhani Train. He got melted his family gold jewellery at Surat, Gujrat and converted into 200-200 Gram , three bars (total 600 grams) and kept in his trolley bag. After de-boarding from said train, while they were going to hire a TSR, two persons impersonating themselves as police and Custom officials asked for their ticket and started checking their bags. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceOn discovering gold rods in his trolley bag they threatened him to implicate in a criminal case, took the bag on the pretext of examination and disappeared. On reaching their home, they reported the matter to the police. “The police laid a trap and apprehended Jarnail Singh, and on his instance recovered 2 gold bars (400 grams). He confessed his involvement & stated that 1 extorted gold rod has been given to his associate Rajvant Singh, who is absconding,” said Dinesh Kumar Gupta, DCP Railways.last_img read more

  • Man held for creating fake profile of Kolkata mayor

    first_imgKolkata:One person has been arrested from Nadia district of West Bengal for allegedly opening a fake account in the name of Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on social media and posting objectionable comments, police said on Sunday. Tarun Kumar Ghosh (40), a resident of Buichara Para in Nabadwip was apprehended on Saturday night from his residence for creating a fake profile of Hakim and spreading false information, a senior police officer said. When produced at a city court on Sunday, Ghosh was sent to police custody till June 22, he added.last_img

  • Modi govt committed to timely completion of Kartarpur corridor Amit Shah

    first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the Modi government is committed to completing the Kartarpur Sahib corridor within the stipulated time. The assurance of the home minister came a day after India and Pakistan held a meeting of the technical committee at the Zero Point in Gurdaspur in Punjab on the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, amid fresh tensions between the two countries after Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was scrapped. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Extending greetings, to “especially my sisters and brothers of Sikh community” on the auspicious occasion of ‘Parkash Purab of Guru Granth Sahib ji’, Shah hoped that the light of holy Guru Granth Sahib would continue to guide everyone and provide the strength to serve the nation better. “I also reiterate the commitment of Modi govt to complete the work on Kartarpur Sahib Corridor within the time frame,” he tweeted. The home minister said the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib enshrine the message of universal brotherhood, peace and righteous way of life. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev. Pakistan and India are still discussing the modalities regarding opening of the corridor at Narowal, some 125-km from Lahore, on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November. Over the past few months many rounds of meetings have been held on the Kartarpur corridor during which the experts from the two sides have discussed its alignment, coordinates and other engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points. In July, delegations of the two countries had held a meeting on the Pakistani side of the Attari-Wagah border to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor. The corridor will also be the first visa-free corridor between the two neighbours since their independence in 1947. Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak up to the border will be constructed by India.last_img read more

  • Past sexual partner of Nova Scotia officer testifies at Garnier murder trial

    first_imgHALIFAX – A man who briefly dated Nova Scotia police officer Catherine Campbell was called to testify Friday about her prior sexual activity, as the defence closed its case at Christopher Garnier’s high-profile murder trial.The Crown alleges Garnier punched and strangled the 36-year-old Truro, N.S., constable inside an apartment after they met for the first time at a Halifax bar. The Crown also alleges Garnier used a compost bin to dispose of her body near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge, where it was found five days later.In his opening statement earlier this week, defence lawyer Joel Pink told the 14-member jury that Campbell died accidentally during “rough sex” that she initiated in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015.Garnier, 30, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.Earlier this week, Garnier took the stand in his own defence, telling the jury that during sex play, Campbell encouraged him to choke and slap her.Before the witness took the stand Friday, Justice Joshua Arnold instructed jury members that they may decide to use the witness’s evidence to determine whether Campbell had an interest in rough sex.The man, who’s name is protected by a publication ban, told the jury he had sex with Campbell on two occasions, and at one point, he put his hand on her throat.When he was asked by Pink to describe for the jury how he did that, he opened his hand and placed it around the front of his own neck.Under cross-examination by Crown attorney Christine Driscoll, the man conceded that he did not put pressure on Campbell’s neck, and he agreed when Driscoll said his hand was on her throat in a “caressing fashion.”He agreed that she never asked to be choked.“She did not ask for domination? She did not ask for erotic asphyxiation? She did not ask for anything that you would think of as rough sex?” Driscoll asked.“No,” the man replied.The witness testified that Campbell wanted to practice wrestling with him following their second sexual encounter, and that they were partially clothed at the time.Pink pointed to a statement the man gave police after Campbell’s disappearance, in which he told them he had bruises after having sex with Campbell.But on the stand, the witness clarified his statement, saying he was bruised during the wrestling after they had sex.“It wasn’t during the sexual act,” said the man, the defence’s final witness.The man said he knew Campbell before their sexual encounters, and he said both were sober at the time. He said the last time he saw Campbell in person was roughly two weeks before her death.The man said they exchanged text messages and Campbell invited him over to her place on the evening of Sept. 10, 2015, hours before she met Garnier at the Halifax Alehouse. The witness said he did not meet Campbell that night.Arnold had earlier explained to the jury that the circumstances in which evidence of a person’s prior sexual conduct is admissible at a criminal trial is restricted to reduce the danger of prejudice and to protect their constitutional rights.“That’s because past experience has taught us that to this day, some still believe that a woman who has engaged in sexual activity with others is more likely to consent to sexual activity and is less worthy of belief. These assumptions are wrong and unfair,” said Arnold.“The evidence of (the witness) will be admitted for limited purpose. Depending on the testimony of (the witness), you may be permitted to use this evidence in determining whether you believe Ms. Campbell had an interest in rough sex.”Arnold told the jury they should not let the evidence of the witness influence their decision on any other issues in the trial.“In fact, I must warn you that you are prohibited by law from considering this evidence for any other purpose other than the one I have explained,” he said. “This is because this evidence may be very prejudicial if it is used for purposes other than those that I have described.”The Crown said it would not submit rebuttal evidence, which means the jury has heard all the evidence in the case.The trial resumes Monday, when the Crown and defence are expected to make closing arguments.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

  • Girl hanged herself Manitoba judge wants more secure places for atrisk youth

    first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba judge is suggesting services for high-risk youth be reviewed following the death of an Indigenous teenage girl who hanged herself after spending most of her life in government care.Provincial court Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta said in an inquest report released Wednesday that federal law forbids incarceration for child-welfare purposes, but there must be ways to prevent high-risk children in care from continually running away and facing grave danger.“It is difficult to make a detailed recommendation but equally tough to ignore the opportunity this inquest offers to draw attention to the need for adequate safe and secure foster placement options for high-risk youth in crisis,” Hewitt-Michta wrote in her 72-page report.Hewitt-Michta examined the 2013 death of a 16-year-old chronic runaway, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban. The girl was seized from her family at birth, ran away from foster homes and group homes and was exploited by gangs to work in the sex trade.The judge’s report said that a year before her suicide, the girl had been placed in a Winnipeg facility that specializes in treating sexually exploited youth, but she continued to end up on the streets. A child and family services agency placed her in a private rural facility well away from Winnipeg, hoping the distant location would dissuade her from running away.The girl’s situation improved for a few months, but she fought with other girls at the facility and disappeared while visiting family members. She was found again being exploited in the sex trade and was sent to another home run by the same private company — Specialized Foster Homes — in Brandon.After being arrested for theft from a drug store, she was placed in the youth section of the Brandon jail and hanged herself with a bed sheet.“She died in a correctional facility, but the evidence suggests she was more likely to have died on the streets while on the lam from (the facility),” Hewitt-Michta wrote.The question of how to keep children in care from running away was also highlighted following the 2014 death of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old Indigenous girl whose body was found in a Winnipeg river.The trial of her accused killer, Raymond Cormier, heard that Tina would frequently leave hotels and a youth shelter where she had been placed by child-welfare officials. She walked away a final time from a hotel room after rejecting pleas from a social worker to stay.Cormier was found not guilty of second-degree murder.Manitoba Families Minister Scott Fielding was not available for an interview Wednesday. His office issued a statement which did not address the issue of runaways.“Our government is in the midst of a child-welfare reform that centres around support for prevention and early intervention, greater integration of services at a regional level and modernized legislation,” the statement read.“We believe better assessments and earlier planning will result in less children in care and shorter duration in care.”The inquest report made a number of other findings in the 16-year-old’s suicide.It said the private company that last took care of her lacked expertise in helping girls who had been exploited and was not able to prevent the teen from using drugs and alcohol while in its care.The report also said the girl was at the Brandon jail for eight days, but a worker from the child services agency in charge of her didn’t visit or provide information to the jail about her mental-health challenges.last_img read more

  • CRA vows action on Canadian tax evaders exposed in Paradise Papers

    first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada Revenue Agency says it won’t hesitate to investigate new evidence of offshore tax evasion in the wake of a second massive leak of tax haven financial records.The leak of some 13.4 million records, dubbed the Paradise Papers, lifts another veil on the often murky ways in which the wealthy — including more than 3,000 Canadian individuals and entities — stash their money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.Among the names that pop up in the records with some connection to offshore accounts are former Canadian prime ministers Brian Mulroney, Paul Martin and Jean Chretien, the Queen, U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, and the past and current chief fundraisers for the federal Liberal party.Neither the CRA nor any court has determined the Canadians did anything wrong.Offshore accounts are used by wealthy individuals and corporations around the world as a perfectly legal way to reduce their tax burden, although the anonymity provided to account holders has also led to associations with tax evasion, money laundering and organized crime.The Paradise Papers were obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, including CBC/Radio Canada and the Toronto Star which published details on Sunday.The media outlets did not disclose how they acquired the documents, which consist primarily of client records of offshore law firm Appleby, as well as some records from offshore corporate services firms Estera and Asiaciti Trust.In an apparent attempt to pre-empt the news reports, the CRA issued a statement last Friday, detailing the agency’s efforts to crack down on tax evasion and tax avoidance, which intensified following the first huge leak of tax-haven records, known as the Panama Papers, in April 2016.The agency said it’s invested $1 billion to tackle the problem and currently has more than 990 audits and more than 42 criminal investigations underway related to offshore tax havens.As a result of audits over the last two years, the CRA said it identified some $25 billion in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties. And last year, it levied more than $44 million in penalties on tax advisers who facilitated non-compliance with Canadian tax laws.The agency said it’s also working closely with 36 other countries in the Joint International Taskforce on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration on more effective ways to detect and deal with tax evasion and avoidance.Evidently anticipating Sunday’s release of the Paradise Papers, the CRA promised to do more should new details of questionable practices emerge.“In the event that further details come to light, CRA will not hesitate to investigate and take further action as warranted,” the agency said.“The government of Canada will continue to work with the provinces and territories, as well as other tax administrations and all other partners, to ensure a tax system that works for Canadians. In addition, the CRA will continue to build on its capacity to detect and crack down on tax cheats and ensure that those who choose to break the law face the consequences and are held accountable for their actions.”A spokesman for National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, said on Sunday that “the CRA is reviewing links to Canadian entities and will take appropriate action in regards to the Paradise Papers.”Tax avoidance measures involving offshore trusts are legal, provided that the trust is genuinely managed offshore and that Canadian taxes are paid on any Canadian contributions.According to the Toronto Star and CBC/Radio Canada, the records suggest that Stephen Bronfman and his family’s Montreal-based investment company, Claridge Inc., were linked to an offshore trust in the Cayman Islands that may have used questionable means to avoid paying millions in taxes.Bronfman is a close friend of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who tapped him in 2013 to fill the role of revenue chair — effectively, the chief fundraiser — for the federal Liberal party.The offshore trust also involved former chief Liberal fundraiser and senator Leo Kolber and his son, Jonathan Kolber.William Brock, a lawyer for Bronfman and Jonathan Kolber, denied any impropriety, telling the CBC that his clients “have always acted properly and ethically, including fully complying with all applicable laws.” Any suggestion of “false documentation, fraud, ‘disguised’ conduct, tax evasion or similar conduct is false,” Brock added.The Prime Minister’s Office referred questions about Bronfman to the Liberal party.Party spokesman Braeden Caley said Bronfman’s role is strictly a volunteer position devoted to fundraising, “not policy decisions.” The revenue chair is a “non-voting position” on the party’s national board, Caley added.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer issued a statement on Sunday accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of failing to crack down on “tax avoidance schemes used by his wealthy friends.”“Justin Trudeau’s well-connected Liberal friends get away with paying less, and you pay more. There is nothing fair about that,” the statement said.last_img read more

  • Algerian Billionaire to Save Bouteflikas Oujda Home Create Museum

    Rabat – Algerian billionaire Rachid Nakkaz wants to save Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s childhood home by transforming it into a museum.After Oujda, a border city on the Moroccan side, decided to demolish the president’s abandoned house, Algerian politician Nekkaz went to Oujda to visit the house. “I came here to put an end to this humiliation. It is unacceptable to leave the old house of our president in this sorry state,” Nekkaz said in a video posted on his Facebook page. “It is shameful that Algeria, a country rich in gas, cannot afford to renovate the house where its president was born. I cannot allow it to be demolished by the Moroccan authorities. I will buy this house, renovate it, and make it a museum,” he added. Last week, Oujda Mayor Omar Hajira summoned an Algerian representative in Morocco, to communicate the decision to tear down the house, which is in danger of collapsing on nearby homes.Hajira stated that the region had collectively considered abolishing the house in 2017  but could not proceed due to the absence of the house’s original owners, reported Moroccan news outlet Barlamane.Bouteflika, along with his mother and siblings, lived in the house in the 1930s before they moved to another house in the area. The house sits in the populated neighborhood of Cheqfan in Oujda’s old medina (walled city). read more

  • CEOs get 800000 pay raise leaving workers further behind

    NEW YORK — Pay for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies climbed 7% last year, widening the gap between chief executives and their workers, whose pay did not rise as quickly.Chief executives at S&P 500 companies earned a median of $12 million last year, roughly $800,000 more than the same group of CEOs made the year before. That’s according to data analyzed by Equilar for The Associated Press.The median raise for the typical worker at these companies was 3% last year, less than half the bump for their bosses.The analysis showed that it would take more than 150 years for the typical worker at most big companies to make what their CEO did last year.Stan Choe, The Associated Press

  • Wife charged in body found case

    The wife of a man found badly decomposed in his family’s home has been charged. Kaling Wald, 50, faces charges for neglect of duty regarding a dead body, and indignity to a body.Peter Wald, 51, was found by an employee of a repossession company in September. Neighbours said he has been missing since last January.

  • French trial accusing Orange of moral harassment to wrap

    PARIS — A trial in which French mobile phone company Orange, its former CEO Didier Lombard and others have been accused of moral harassment linked to a spate of suicides between 2006 and 2009, is ending Thursday.The company, formerly France Telecom, has been accused of using methods to “destabilize” workers to get rid of 22,000 staff, after it was largely privatized. One method mentioned involved transferring people to a new workplace location.Subsequently, there were 19 suicides and 12 suicide attempts at the company.It’s the first time a 2002 moral harassment law has been used against a major company.The prosecution wants the maximum penalty — one year in prison for Lombard, and the others, who all deny the allegations.The verdicts are expected later this year.The Associated Press read more

  • UN refugee agency suspends repatriation operations in south Sudan after attacks

    “We are sending three people on mission today from Geneva to assess the security situation in the repatriation areas of South Sudan, and to evaluate the measures needed to ensure the security and safety of our staff,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.The agency, which last week suspended repatriation from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the Yei region after gunmen attacked its compound there, killing a local guard and critically wounding an international staff member and another guard, expanded the suspension to the Yambio, Kajo Keji and Tambura areas.“Our international staff working in these locations in Central and Western Equatoria have been relocated or are in the process of being relocated to other areas in south Sudan for two weeks,” Ms. Pagonis said.The suspension, which also extended to returnees from the Central African Republic (CAR) and Uganda, was ordered after heavy fighting in Yambio on Saturday night near the compound of a non-governmental organization (NGO). The Sudanese People Liberation Army (SPLA) intervened and scattered the armed groups.Even though UNHCR staff were not directly targeted the decision was taken “in view of the extremely volatile situation.” Other humanitarian agencies have also relocated from Yambio.There are 350,000 refugees from South Sudan in neighbouring countries and some 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) as a result of the 21-year civil war between the Government and southern rebels which ended with a peace accord 14 months ago. Since then UNHCR, along with other UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, has been working to prepare for both the returnees and IDPs. It has built or rebuilt schools, hospitals, vocational training centres and water points to help entire communities, not just the returnees themselves.In another refugee crisis in neighbouring Chad, which already shelters 200,000 Sudanese from a separate conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region, UNHCR has begun screening and registering some 2,600 recent arrivals who have fled fighting in northern CAR. Since the beginning of the year, 7,000 refugees from have fled unrest in CAR to south Chad, bringing the total number to 46,000. read more

  • Southern Africa UN Mozambique host firstever forum to fight trafficking of people

    A two-day regional forum on preventing and combating human trafficking and protecting people with albinism in Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania is currently underway in Pemba, northern Mozambique. The first-of-its-kind workshop was organized by the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the General Prosecutor of the Republic of Mozambique and the Prosecutor of Cabo Delgado province. “UNICEF is supporting the Government to enhance civil registration by investing in the establishment and expansion of a digitalized system of birth registration to ensure the basic rights of every child to name, identity and nationality,” said the UNICEF Representative in Mozambique, Marcoluigi Corsi.Participants include representatives of Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania’s counter-trafficking coordination bodies, prosecutors, criminal investigation police, national human rights institutions, NGOs concerned with the protection of people with albinism and traditional healers. “This will in turn prevent and address disappearance of children, abandonment or assist in investigations when children with albinism are affected. Following new instances of kidnapping and killing of children and people with albinism in Mozambique, UNICEF launched in August 2015 a social media campaign called #TodosIguais to create awareness on this issue. The ongoing campaign has so far reached over five million people,” Mr. Corsi added. UN-backed forum hopes to agree cross-border action planMalawi, Mozambique and Tanzania share common borders and are either countries of origin or destination for the trafficking of people with albinism and their body parts. The forum will result in a plan of action on cross-border cooperation for the prevention and prosecution of human trafficking-related crimes and the protection of the rights of people with albinism, eventually resulting in more effective investigation and prosecution, as well as victim protection. “A regional approach like this that complements national efforts in Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania is the only way we will improve cross-border coordination and investigation to protect people with albinism,” said Katharina Schnoering, IOM Chief of Mission in Mozambique. “This regional approach to investigation, research and cooperation was recommended in a recent report by the UN independent expert who visited Mozambique in 2016,” she added. IOM is working in partnership with the Governments to assist trafficking victims and provide strengthened national counter-trafficking responses in the three African countries. UNICEF backs the strengthening of child-friendly justice systems through capacity-building support to the police, judiciary and public prosecution to enhance accountability for violence and crimes against children. The agency also endorses the strengthening of multi-sectoral case management systems to enable adequate channelling of cases of violence, harmful practices, including ritualistic killings or trafficking, child abandonment or any other risks that children face. UNICEF’s health and education programmes help increase access to health and education services, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalized children. read more

  • Prince Charles documentary I wont be a meddling King

    “But I think it’s vital to remember there’s only room for one sovereign at a time, not two. So you can’t be the same as the Sovereign if you’re the Prince of Wales or the heir.“The idea somehow that I’m going to go on exactly the same way, if I have to succeed is complete nonsense because the two situations are completely different.” Emphasing his non-political campaigning, he nevertheless told how he had been encouraged to take an interest in the workings of government by former Prime Ministers Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan.The Duchess of Cornwall, also interviewed. is asked whether she thinks her husband’s future as king weighs heavily on his shoulders.“No I don’t,” she replies. “I think his destiny will come, he’s always known it’s going to come and I don’t think it does weigh on his shoulders at all. It’s just something that’s going to happen.”Sign up for Your Royal Appointment – our weekly newsletter with everything you need to know about the Royal family. The Prince of Wales will today vow publicly that he will not be a ‘meddling’ King The interview, part of “Prince, Son & Heir – Charles at 70” and to be broadcast tonight, is designed to take stock of the Prince’s life so far, and contains warm tributes from his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, and sons the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, seen in the documentary In a deeply personal insight into the life of the Royal family, it sees the Dukes praise the “phenomenal” role their father has managed to carve out as Prince of Wales after decades of “making the most” of his time as heir which, in theory, required little more than to “sit quietly and wait”. In particular, it is understood that the Prince and his advisers believed his 70th birthday was the right time to make clear his own views of his future, after decades of speculation and accusations he would be unable to keep his well-known opinions to himself.It is expected to be the final and only word from the Prince himself about his coming reign.Told by an interviewer that “some people have accused you of meddling”, the documentary shows the Prince laughing before replying drily: “Really? You don’t say!“I always wonder what meddling is,” he continues. “I mean I always thought it was motivating, but I’ve always been intrigued: if its meddling to worry about the inner-cities as I did 40 years ago and what was happening or not happening there, the conditions in which people were living…If that’s meddling I’m very proud of it.”Of his role so far, he adds: “I’ve tried to make sure whatever I’ve done has been non-party political. His comments come ahead of his 70th birthday, as part of a documentary giving insight into his future The Prince of Wales will today vow publicly that he will not be a 'meddling' King The Prince of Wales will today vow publicly that he will not be a “meddling” King, as he outlines for the first time his plans for his future as sovereign.The Prince, who has been heir to the throne since the age of four, will pledge that he will not continue his campaigning role when he becomes King, as he moves to reassure the public he fully understands the limitations he will face.Speaking ahead of his 70th birthday, as part of a documentary giving insight into his future, the Prince will spell out for the first time his firm resolve to follow in the footsteps of his mother the Queen to “operate within the constitutional parameters” of life as monarch.The Prince, who has long faced accusations of “meddling “in public life on issues from architecture to the environment, will say his life’s work as the Prince of Wales is “completely different” to the role he will one day accede to.Pressed on whether his public campaigning will continue, he will insist: “No, it won’t. I’m not that stupid.“I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So of course I understand entirely how that should operate.” Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, seen in the documentary Invoking the tales of Shakespeare, in which the wayward Prince Harry transforms into the heroic Henry V, the Prince says: “You only have to look at Shakespeare plays, Henry the V or Henry the V part I and II, to see the change that can take place because if you become the sovereign, then you play the role in the way that it is expected.“Clearly I won’t be able to do the same things I’ve done you know as heir, so of course you operate within the constitutional parameters. But it’s a different function.“I think people have forgotten that the two are very different.”Asked whether he could continue to use his “convening power”, which sees him gather experts together to make progress on his chosen issues, the Prince adds: “Well you never know but you could only do it with the agreement of ministers. That’s how it works.” His comments come ahead of his 70th birthday, as part of a documentary giving insight into his future read more

  • allmineral booms in iron ore contracts still rolling in from Australia

    first_imgallmineral has been awarded three independent contracts to supply its mineral processing products and equipment to the Rio Tinto Low Grade Iron Ore Pilot Plant. The pilot plant, which will be located at the Brockman 4 mine site in Western Australia,60km north west of Tom Price, will play a strategic part in the optimisation of beneficiation options for future Pilbara lower grade deposits.Through MSP Engineering – the contractor that successfully secured the complete jig package with Onyx Projects – allmineral will be providing an alljig® with a design capacity of up to 80 t/h feed material. The alljig separates high density iron ore from gangue material using the processes of stratification and separation. The jig is fitted with flexible design features that allow it to treat fines and lump material up to 32 mm as well as treating wide ranging particle size ratios of up to 1:8.allmineral also secured an order for its unique three product allflux® classifier, the model AFX 100 classifier. This unit is designed to treat up to 2 mm iron ore particles in two classification stages that upgrade the valuable mineral by size and density, and also do thickening and desliming in one step. The third allmineral product specifically developed for the beneficiation of hematite ores that will be supplied to this Pilot Plant is the model G 1000 gaustec® wet high intensity magnetic separator (WHIMS). The WHIMS separates iron ores, including paramagnetic and feebly magnetic minerals, up to a particle size of 3 mm if required but typically around 1mm. High gradient magnetic fields are used, which can be independently adjusted for each rotor, allowing scavenger and cleaner process steps to occur in one single machine.“The equipment being supplied comprises of our proven technologies in hematite beneficiation and we consider ourselves fortunate to be associated with the next generation large capacity downstream operations planned for the Pilbara,” said Dr Heribert Breuer. He  went on to say: “We are confident that the upgrading processes for low grade iron ore have the potential to significantly add value to Rio Tinto’s existing and planned operations.”Onyx Projects is the engineering company that will provide the complete Pilot Plant facility to Rio Tinto, with start-up scheduled for late Quarter 4, 2011.last_img read more

  • Kibali ends challenging year with strong finish

    first_imgThe Kibali gold mine in the DRC has continued its performance improvement in the second half of the year after a tough first half. Speaking at a briefing for local media, Mark Bristow, CEO of operator and part-owner Randgold Resources, said metallurgical process enhancements had improved the recovery rate, the new Kombokolo and Rhino satellite pits had added flexibility and throughput for the year was above nameplate. Grade would remain a challenge until the underground mine was fully commissioned later in 2017, as previously guided.“At the same time the team has kept all Kibali’s capital projects on track. The Ambarau hydropower station is being commissioned and will start generating power within a matter of weeks while work has begun on Azambi, the mine’s third power plant, which is being built entirely by Congolese contractors.  Construction of the underground mine is also on schedule and the commissioning of its shaft system in the third quarter of this year will complete the development of the Kibali complex,” Bristow said.  He noted that Kibali was funding its own capital expenditure and had started paying back shareholder loans.“Kibali still has to contend with some critical issues, however, notably the delayed payment of the TVA refunds owed to it. While government has agreed to the refunds, and has made some payments, the recent political difficulties in the country have distracted the administration from the settlement of these issues and the amount outstanding had increased at the end of 2016.  The situation is exacerbated by the foreign exchange risk posed by the continuing depreciation of the Congolese franc, and we trust it will be resolved now that the political transition has been settled.  Notwithstanding the challenges we have faced, the mine and the provincial government have made good progress in developing a ‘grand plan’ for economic development of the region.”On the community front, Kibali’s palm oil project initiative has been revised and is ready to proceed on a phased basis. It is envisaged that the project, for which Kibali will supply seed capital, support and sponsorship, will eventually employ as many as 15 000 people.  Another substantial agribusiness venture, the maize project, is also progressing and its pilot farm has demonstrated that it is possible to harvest twice in a single year.In 2016 Kibali invested more than $2 million in local development projects, with a strong focus on education. A school ownership campaign, designed to engage parents in the education of their children, was successfully initiated at schools in the Kokiza, Durba and Watsa villages.  Likewise, a number of proud Kokiza homeowners were recognised in the annual pride of ownership competition.Randgold also progressed its interests outside the Kibali joint venture with the completion of a regional geophysical survey of the Ngayu belt and the start of follow-up fieldwork at the Moku project adjacent to Kibali. With the regional mapping and stream sediment survey now complete, a number of targets with strong mineralisation in bedrock have been identified and the focus is now on evaluating and prioritising the various targets ahead of any drilling campaign.last_img read more

  • Intel AMD and others to phase out VGA by 2015

    first_imgThe technology we have come to know and love eventually gets dumped for newer, better alternatives. We’ve see it happen countless times before with cassette tapes, VHS video, serial ports, and floppy discs. Now another well-known piece of tech included on your PC is set to disappear: the VGA port.A number of big players in the PC market, including AMD, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Samsung, and LG, have decided that the VGA port, and LVDS, have to go. It is already a secondary option over the preferred and growing popularity of HDMI and DisplayPort connections. So it was on the ropes, and now has a departure date.Don’t expect to see a VGA port on a new product after 2015, as these manufacturers are set on removing it from PCs and displays completely by then. Intel and AMD will remove LVDS support by 2013, and start to remove VGA output then too. Intel sights DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 as the inputs we will come to rely on with good reason:DisplayPort and HDMI allow for slimmer laptop designs, and support higher resolutions with deeper color than VGA – a technology which is more than 20 years old. Additionally, as laptops get smaller and their embedded flat panel resolutions increase for more immersive experiences, the power advantages, bi-directional communications and design efficiency benefits of DisplayPort make it a superior choice over LVDS, the previous standard for LCD panel inputs. Read more at the Intel press release, via ElectronistaMatthew’s OpinionIt’s still 2 years until the phase out really starts, but I still think I’ll have hardware that uses VGA/DVI and that still works at that time. You can guarantee some peripheral manufacturers will pick up on this fact and start selling adaptors more readily to support using new hardware with older device conenctions.The move to HDMI and DisplayPort is inevitable and worth it. Higher resolution, lower power use, and much nicer/thinner cables are all positives in adopting them. But VGA did a great job while it lasted, and I’ve had countless PCs that have relied on a VGA cable to output to the screen.last_img read more

  • Climat le mois davril a été le plus chaud jamais enregistré sur

    first_imgClimat : le mois d’avril a été le plus chaud jamais enregistré sur la planèteMonde – L’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM) a annoncé avoir enregistré cette année les températures les plus chaudes jamais observées pour un mois d’avril, depuis les premières statistiques remontant à 1880.Selon une compilation de données réalisée par l’un l’Administration nationale américaine pour les océans et l’atmosphère (NOAA), membre de l’OMM : “La température moyenne combinée de la surface terrestre et des océans en avril a été la plus chaude (pour un mois d’avril), avec un record de 14,5°C”.À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?Une température qui dépasselargement les 13,7°C de moyenne enregistrés pour le mois d’avril au cours du 20e siècle. Selon la NOAA, c’est au phénomène El Nino, qui se caractérise par des températures supérieures à la normale des eaux de surface dans la partie est de l’océan Pacifique sud, qu’il faut attribuer ce record de chaleur. Le phénomène d’oscillation australe a en effet faibli au cours du mois dernier, et “cet affaiblissement a contribué de façon significative au réchauffement observé dans la ceinture tropicale et au réchauffement de la température globale en avril”.En France, les températures ont dépassé de 1,7°C la normale mensuelle en avril 2010, le mois dernier se plaçant ainsi, d’après Météo France, au 7e rang des mois d’avril les plus chauds. Mais ce sont le Canada, l’Alaska, l’est des États-Unis, l’Australie, l’Asie du Sud, l’Afrique du Nord et le nord de la Russie qui ont été les plus touchés par ce réchauffement printanier mondial.Le 22 mai 2010 à 17:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more