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Female MPs unsure what MeToo movement means for Parliament Hill survey

first_imgOTTAWA – The social media movement known as #MeToo prompted people around the world to share their stories of sexual assault and harassment, but elected women on Parliament Hill appear unsure about where things are headed.In a recent Canadian Press survey of female MPs about their experiences with sexual misconduct, 55 per cent of respondents said they believe the global conversation that grew out of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein marks a key turning point.However, about a quarter of the respondents said they believe the movement could prove fleeting.“I fear that this is only temporary because the apologists will soon come forward and say the stories are exaggerated and driven by ambitious or scorned women,” said one of the 38 out of 89 female MPs who took part in the voluntary, anonymous survey.“The balance of power and control in the world still rests with men.”Another MP expressed concern that the pendulum could swing too far.“I believe it is a good thing that people are being exposed for past behaviour, however I am concerned that some are possibly being swept up in the fray, fired, etc., like a nationwide lynching without research into accusations.”More than half of respondents to the survey — 58 per cent — reported having personally experienced one or more forms of sexual misconduct during their time in office, including inappropriate or unwanted remarks, gestures or text messages of a sexual nature.The survey also asked about the process for handling complaints regarding harassment, set up in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct levelled in 2014 against two Liberal MPs who were subsequently booted from caucus and barred from running again for the party.The process made headlines again late last year when Liberal MP Sherry Romanado expressed her dissatisfaction with the outcome after she filed a complaint against Conservative MP James Bezan regarding inappropriate remarks he made while they were posing for a photo with a veteran in Ottawa.One-third of the survey respondents said the process is difficult to evaluate, while MPs called it a first step, but insufficient on its own. Only five MPs called it both necessary and effective.Some MPs shared their thoughts on the process; one called it “punishing to the victim,” adding that it “takes way too long and becomes public.”Another MP said: “This needs to be in place, but (it’s) frustrating that it’s used as a political tool to discredit in some instances.”The House of Commons is working to bring in-person training on workplace harassment to MPs, with about 20 two-hour sessions expected to be offered beginning next month. That’s in addition to the 620 people — including 560 MPs or their staffers — who have viewed an online harassment prevention course launched in December 2016.Liberal MP Alexandra Mendes said she found it a useful exercise, but was also struck by how much comes down to basic good manners.“If you learn to be courteous and respectful of others, a lot of these things wouldn’t happen,” Mendes said in an interview last month.The MPs who participated in the survey said there are many things the federal government should be doing to prevent sexual misconduct and to better respond to victims in general, both on and off Parliament Hill.The most popular response was mandatory sexual education in schools, including on issues surrounding consent — an idea supported by 66 per cent of respondents. Nearly as many called for more awareness campaigns.Simplifying the complaint process, training for police officers and judges and better enforcement of existing laws were also popular answers.Only six MPs, however, recommended introducing tougher laws.A couple of respondents highlighted the need to involve men — both as perpetrators and bystanders — in solving the problem, including by offering help to men who want to change their ways after years of working in a culture that tolerated what is now deemed to be unacceptable behaviour.Another MP said it is important to focus on prevention.“I believe that most people are good people and very few mean to be awful to people and treat people badly,” she wrote.“Let’s work as hard on prevention — helping people how to be in a workplace — as much as we work on helping victims.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Nova Scotias education reform bill to be introduced Thursday premier

first_imgHALIFAX – After two meetings and a phone call with the head of Nova Scotia’s teachers union, Premier Stephen McNeil says his government is ready to introduce its education reform bill on Thursday.The move comes three days after McNeil emerged from a one-on-one meeting with union chief Liette Doucet saying he felt there was room for compromise over Liberal government’s reform plans, which include the removal of 1,000 principals, vice-principals and supervisors from the union.McNeil said Wednesday he told Doucet about the legislation in a phone call, and sent a copy to the union.Neither he nor Doucet would discuss the bill’s contents, and the premier was coy on whether it included changes based on concerns raised by the union.“I’ve considered them and I’ve sent the bill to her and all of you will see the bill tomorrow,” McNeil told reporters.In a statement late Wednesday, Doucet confirmed the union has seen “an embargoed copy” of the bill and said: “The NSTU provincial executive will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the contents of this bill, and to determine an appropriate response.”McNeil said he wants to get the legislation passed before the March break.In a vote last week, more than 80 per cent of public school teachers voted for strike action to protest the province’s decision to largely endorse reforms contained in a recent report from education consultant Avis Glaze.Glaze said principals and vice-principals should be moved into a new professional association to eliminate any potential conflict of interest when both management and employees are in the same union.Her report also recommends eliminating the province’s seven English-language school boards and creating a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the teaching profession.McNeil was asked whether teachers would be happy with the legislation.“I hope they are,” he said. “The reality of it is I’ve yet to make a decision here that’s made everybody happy. My goal is to do what is in the best interest of all of us and I’m doing what I believe is in the best interests of kids.”McNeil said his conversation with Doucet was cordial and said they didn’t discuss whether the bill would prompt some kind of job action by the union.Any strike would be illegal — and teachers could face fines of up to $1,000 a day.Doucet also met with Education Minister Zach Churchill last Friday.The extensive reforms come a year after teachers walked off the job for a day and staged a protest outside the provincial legislature. The Liberal government eventually passed legislation ending a 16-month contract dispute with teachers, which also ended a work-to-rule job action.last_img read more

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Fort McMurray evacuees still on the move

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe movement of evacuees continued Friday as firefighters continued to battle a growing wildfire that penetrated Fort McMurray earlier this week. About 88,000 people were evacuated from the city this week and many are still on the move.last_img

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French businessman Yazid Sabeg joins roster of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

French businessman Yazid Sabeg has become the latest addition to the roster of celebrity advocates who use their talent and fame to raise awareness of the work and ideals of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Director-General Irina Bokova designated Mr. Sabeg as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony earlier this week at the agency’s Paris headquarters in recognition of his efforts to promote equality, young people and cultural diversity, and his support of the digitization of knowledge, according to a news release.Born in 1950, Mr. Sabeg was an advisor in charge of industrial restructuring in the cabinet of French Prime Minister Raymond Barre.In 1990, he became head of the Compagnie des signaux, later renamed Communications et systèmes (CS), which employs nearly 4,000 people and specializes in the integration of information and communication systems for the telecommunications, transportation and defence sectors. He has published several works focused on the fight against discrimination based on ethnic origin, and is also the author of Manifeste pour l’égalité réelle (“Manifesto for genuine equality”).UNESCO’s roster of Goodwill Ambassadors also include such luminaries as the Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala and the Italian actress Claudia Cardinale. 19 February 2010French businessman Yazid Sabeg has become the latest addition to the roster of celebrity advocates who use their talent and fame to raise awareness of the work and ideals of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

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ILO studies find worsening labour conditions in Ukraine

The United Nations agency’s sampling of more than 1,800 factories found that many workers are put on “administrative leave” for many months, or are uncompensated despite showing up for work. And although Ukraine is one of the most populous countries in Europe, with 50 million people, the population has shrunk by nearly two million due largely to the drop in life expectancy among men.The survey also discovered a unique feature to Ukraine’s economy in that women account for a majority of all those who are employed, even as employment has shrunk by one-third since 1991.Meanwhile, a survey of 8,200 adults has found that more than 80 per cent of Ukrainians lack access to adequate health services, one in every seven works in “very unsafe” conditions and that more than 40 per cent of workers have not been paid over the previous three months. On average, adults thought that real unemployment in the country was about 40 per cent, more than three times the official rate, and a majority expected it to rise.The ILO warns that mass unemployment has arrived in Ukraine and that much more is to come, a worrying development because most jobless workers do not receive unemployment benefits while those who do, get an extremely small amount. The agency says it is essential for the welfare of workers and their families that these benefits are raised and be made available to more unemployed people. “The labour market situation in Ukraine is desperate, contributing to the reduced life expectancy in the country and the flow of people into central and western Europe,” ILO says. “Many millions of workers are suffering acutely. Their plight deserves more attention than it has received.” read more

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FEATURE The UN General Assemblys Fourth Committee – special political and decolonization

The Assembly makes a big splash every year in late September when world leaders come to UN Headquarters in New York City to present their views about pressing world issues over a number of days, in what is known as the General Debate.However, the issues and themes under discussion by the General Assembly lend themselves to more effective discussion in smaller settings covering different topics. So, once the Debate is over, the General Assembly’s six Main Committees select their officers and get down to dealing with the items on the Assembly’s agenda – in 2012, the Assembly had nearly 170 items on it, most of which were carried over from previous years.All Member States take part in each of the Committees’ discussions and the agenda is divided up thematically. The issues are debated, corresponding resolutions are voted on and then forwarded to all UN Member States – in the so-called General Assembly Plenary – for a final decision.Here, in the fourth of a series providing a snapshot of the Main Committees, the UN News Centre takes a look at the Fourth Committee.*****The UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Susana Malcorra, briefs the Fourth Committee on the work of her Department. (October 2011) UN Photo/Mark GartenThe past, present and future pepper debate in the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee, which deals with special political and decolonization issues over a timeline that arguably makes it the most versatile of the six Main Committees of the UN General Assembly.Yet the Committee’s thematic name – Special Political and Decolonization – offers just a hint of its many responsibilities.Initially mandated to address decolonization in the post-World War II era, the Fourth Committee has taken on ‘Special Political’ duties in 1990 after the independence of most colonies and all UN trust territories. However, the Committee continues to address a mix of political issues and the contentious issues of decolonization which still raises tempers and inspires heated debate. If the ‘decolonization’ tag clearly indicates the Committee’s commitment to seeing the world’s remaining colonial territories liberated, the ‘special political’ designation is distinctly more wide-ranging.Alongside actor Javier Bardem, film director Alvaro Longoria addresses the Fourth Committee on the issue of Western Sahara, a disputed territory on the north-west coast of Africa. (October 2011) UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeUnder the latter can be massed a group of issues related to Palestinian refugees and human rights, peacekeeping, mine action, outer space, public information, atomic radiation and the so-called University for Peace. But it is precisely this eclectic spectrum that has led to the committee’s temporal elasticity.The modern colonial era stretches at least back to the 1500s, when European powers began establishing empires made up of colonies in the Americas, Africa and Asia. While most of the former European possessions are now independent UN Member States, 16 territories remain classified by the UN as ‘Non-Self-Governing Territories.’The list is not universally endorsed, making for lively exchanges in the Fourth Committee, where states with claims to the territories, sometimes with the backing of their allies, spar with one another over the merits of their respective arguments.Nasser Al-Kidwa, Palestine’s representative to the United Nations, addresses the Fourth Committee, which approved resolutions to do with the UN agency providing humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees. (November 2003) UN Photo/Evan SchneiderAt the other end of the temporal spectrum is the Committee’s eye to the future in its consideration of how to use outer space. UN interest in things celestial began in 1958 when the General Assembly, acting a little more than a year after the Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite in the form of Sputnik 1, resolved to create a Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.Today, the UN’s architecture for dealing with celestial governance includes the Vienna-based UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, which supports the intergovernmental discussions of both the Fourth Committee, as well as the 71-member Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.The annual space debate in the Fourth Committee has taken on increasing significance as emerging space exploring nations join the space-faring pioneers, thereby rendering the space environment more congested, but also creating opportunities for technology cooperation and transfer.Various committee members regularly raise questions about how to handle the mounting space ‘junk’ that has been accumulating above Earth since space flights began, while some argue for a comprehensive legal framework governing oversight of humankind’s ‘final frontier.’ In addition, the committee annually discusses the activities of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA). Created by the General Assembly in 1949, the agency is the main provider of education, health, social and other basic services to the five million registered Palestine refugees, who trace their roots to those displaced amid the fighting that followed the division of the former British mandate for Palestine.The Fourth Committee’s Chairman, Ambassador Jonathan C. Peters of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, takes part in discussions on Morocco-Polisario negotiations for cease-fire and self-determination referendum for Western Sahara. (October 1988) UN Photo/Yutaka NagataThe Fourth Committee’s focus on peacekeeping has regularly produced debate over many of the great questions surrounding the evolution of UN peacekeeping operations. Those questions include looking for ways to deploy peacekeepers more rapidly; enhance the protection of civilians; and develop police, judicial and other institutions in war-torn countries to advance peacebuilding capacity.The atomic radiation consequences of Japan’s 2011 earthquake- and tsunami-related accident at its Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, and the contributions of the UN’s University for Peace to helping bring about a peaceful world are just two of the additional recent considerations that make the Committee’s debating schedule a full one. read more

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Amid dramatic increase in refugees UN urges Greece and wider Europe to

“The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece is accelerating dramatically and has now reached the 160,000 mark,” William Spindle, spokesperson of for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said at a press briefing in Geneva. The latest data from the UN agency shows that as of 14 August, 158,456 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea while 1,716 entered by land through turkey.“The pace of arrivals has been steadily increasing in recent weeks,” said Mr. Spindle, adding that more refugees and migrants arrived in Greece during the month of July (50,242) than during the whole of last year (43,500).During the week 8 to 14 August, 20,843 people arrived in Greece by sea, almost equal to half of those arrived in 2014, with the majority coming from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. According to UNHCR, the up-to-date figures from Greece bring the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean this year to some 264,500, including 158,456 to Greece, approximately 104,000 to Italy, 1,953 to Spain and 94 to Malta.However, there is a lack of reception infrastructure and registration procedures both on the islands and on the mainland, which need to be strengthened urgently.As UNHCR is working to support Greece, “we are recommending Greek authorities to designate a single body to coordinate an emergency response and set up an adequate humanitarian assistance mechanism,” stated Mr. Spindle.He also urged the Government to build up the conditions in the whole country, and said there was a need for neighbouring countries, such as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to do the same. read more

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Former Team GB Olympic cyclist hit girlfriend after brain injury made him

A former Team GB Olympic cyclist attacked his girlfriend after suffering a brain injury which made him aggressive when drinking, a court heard.Jonathan Bellis, 30, who represented the team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, admitted hitting his girlfriend at their home on March 8 after the couple had been out for drinks.  He left his “distraught” victim with injuries to her face, arm and ear and pain “all over her face and head”, after telling her “I’m going to explode”, the court heard.Bellis, who retired from professional cycling in 2015, could not remember carrying out the assault, Cheltenham Magistrate Court heard.The cyclist, from Cheltenham, returned to the sport after suffering a brain injury in 2009, which left him in a three week coma. He crashed a scooter into a wall in Tuscany.The court heard the injury triggered aggression in him when he drank alcohol.Prosecutors said the couple went to the Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham for drinks with friends, before returning to the flat.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jonathan Bellis, at the front, during the men's team pursuit qualifications at the UCI World Track Cycling Championships in 2009 The victim was aware of Bellis’ mood darkening and asked him not to drink any more alcohol. He agreed to her request – but told her: “I’m going to explode.” Jonathan Bellis, at the front, during the men’s team pursuit qualifications at the UCI World Track Cycling Championships in 2009Credit:Peter Andrews/Reuters Fearing for her safety, she rang 999 before Bellis took the phone out of her hand. He then blocked her exit as she went towards the front door of the home they shared, before hitting his girlfriend on the side of the face.The court was shown photographs of the victim’s cut lip and bruised arm and ear, and heard Bellis had drunk two-and-a-half pints of ale and two-and-a-half glasses of wine before the assault.Nicky Shaw, mitigating, said a pre-sentence report prepared for the court was supportive of Bellis and there was a low risk of him offending again in the future.She added: “The brain injury and alcohol is what’s caused this. It isn’t a negative attitude towards women or relationships. It does appear this is very much linked to a brain injury.”District Judge Bopa Jai, fined Bellis £635 and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the victim after finding him guilty of assault.She also imposed a five-year restraining order on him and said he must make no contact with the victim.Bellis declined to comment as he left the court after the case. British Cycling also declined to comment. read more

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Penny Lancaster Bullies rammed a bicycle into the back of my legs

Penny Lancaster, the model and wife Sir Rod Stewart, has revealed she was assaulted by school bullies until she bled. In the most vicious attack, two girls followed her home from school with a boy who they spurred to ram his bike up the back of her legs until they bled. “I ran home to my mum crying. I thought I was strong enough to deal with the bullies,” she says.  She is one of more than 25 personalities and celebrities who have re-lived their childhood torment at the hands of bullies on video to encourage today’s… The TV presenter breaks down in tears as she recalls the bullying at her secondary school which culminated in her being pelted with eggs and flour by a gang of girls on her last day. read more

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It doesnt need to be said what is expected when you wear

first_img‘It doesn’t need to be said what is expected when you wear a 13 jersey with Ireland’ Chris Farrell delivered a magnificent performance on his first Six Nations outing. By Sean Farrell Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 46 Comments Share67 Tweet Email4 Updated at 22:00Sean Farrell reports from Aviva StadiumTHE AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES dipped to shivering lows for Six Nations day on Lansdowne Road, but Chris Farrell was never in danger going off the boil.On the day of his third cap, the Munster centre delivered a man-of-the-match performance to help Ireland secure a bonus point 37 – 27 win over Wales.Right from the opening kicks of the game, the 24-year-old placed himself at the heart of Irish efforts, haring after a high, hanging Jacob Stockdale clearance kick to deliver a perfectly-timed thunderous tackle on Leigh Halfpenny.That was him on the front foot, and he hardly rocked back.“When you get into the game early, like I did, I had a few involvements within the first maybe 30 seconds, that sort of gives you a bit of confidence when you go well and it gives you a platform to build on.“You get a feel for what’s in front of you and what way the defence is going.”More often than not the Welsh defence was bunched in front of him, and Farrell was continually put to work in breaking it down, using some excellent footwork to make full use of his imposing frame and putting Ireland over the gainline time after time.“I suppose I did feel like I was making yards everytime I got on the ball and that’s probably partly to do with Johnny (Sexton) and the way he controls defences and shows out the back and helps you along.”Though his performance included the odd missed tackle – always a difficult metric for a 13 in an Andy Farrell defence – there were flashes of his soft hands and even a restart take to ensure positive side of the ledger massively out-weighed the negative.Stepping in to replace a Lions tourist in the shape of Robbie Henshaw is an inescapable part of the story, yet Farrell seemed like the only man not walking out of Lansdowne Road shocked by the high standards he hit today.“I wasn’t necessarily surprised. I expected to fit in like that. If I’m in a Six Nations squad, and if Joe is going to select me, I expect to fit in in the same way as anyone else would.“That’s the expectation that Joe has whether you are second, third or fourth choice, whatever it might be. If you get a chance to be called up you need to fit in the same way anyone else has.”He added: “I don’t think it needs to be said what is expected when you wear a 13 jersey with Ireland, because of who has been there before and what they’ve done.“Between Garry (Ringrose), Robbie (Henshaw) and Brian O’Driscoll before me, they’ve all been unbelievable and so there’s a certain expectation. And I know it, because I’ve watched them for the last 10 years or whatever it’s been, and they’ve all done amazing things there.“So there is a pressure, without a doubt, but for me it was almost like going back to the Fiji game I played in November, and just trying to fit in. Then whatever else goes with that is a bonus again.” Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOAs Schmidt mentioned earlier this week, Farrell’s road to performing at this level on the international stage began much further back than November. The Kiwi made sure to keep tabs on the Ulster native while he was an Exile plying his trade with Grenoble.It’s often easy to consider anything happening outside the provinces as a blind spot for Irish caaches, but that is only the case in terms of selection. A move to the Alps won’t keep you out of range of Schmidt’s work-on bullet points.“I would have been talking to Joe a good bit the three years in France, I would have had a few phone calls from home and a few messages with clips from matches.He’d be saying: ‘you could do this better, you could do that better, defensively you could have done this’.“He was just giving me advice on how to play the game and a few things that he had seen. The very small details are what he prides himself on and he prides his team on, and those kind of things are what have benefitted me.“I had spoken to (Schmidt) before I had even played a game in France, so I was just thinking he obviously just wants Irish players back in Ireland. I hadn’t played a game so I hadn’t impressed him in any way. Source:“Then I got to play some games and played well.Then year two: I was playing better and he was still chatting to me, driving me on, gave me goals and then all I wanted to do was, pretty much, come back and play rugby in Ireland.“It’s been fantastic. Even just to come back and play in Munster, what it is and the history they have, it was such an honour to me.“And what has come on the back of it is such a bonus.”‘I apologise to Joe if I upset him’: Schmidt and Gatland trade frosty complimentsRussell’s redemption as sensational Scotland end 10-year wait for England win Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 10:30 PM Feb 24th 2018, 8:57 PM Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO 43,255 Views Image: Bryan Keane/INPHOlast_img read more

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Funding for migrants to return home

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Citizens’ Protection Ministry announced a new program aimed at returning 7,000 undocumented immigrants to their homelands as part of a voluntary repatriation scheme being financed with 7.5 million euros from the European Union and 2.5 million euros in state cash.The program forms part of a “broader national plan aimed at managing immigration flows”, according to the ministry, which has also stepped up deportations of undocumented immigrants in recent weeks.The new program is the latest in a series of voluntary repatriation schemes that have been coordinated by the Greek office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which cites a 50 percent increase in applications by migrants. But according to the director of the IOM’s Athens office, Daniel Esdras, bureaucracy has delayed implementation.A total of 2,258 migrants have been voluntarily returned to their homelands since March 2010. This is less than half the number of those who have lodged applications. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Alerte aux particules fines dans plusieurs départements

first_imgAlerte aux particules fines dans plusieurs départementsLe seuil d’alerte aux particules fines PM10 a été dépassé hier en Alsace et ce matin à Angers dans le Maine-et-Loire et à La Roche-sur-Yon en Vendée à cause d’une masse d’air chaud et la baisse de la vitesse des vents.Situé à 80 microgrammes par mètre cube d’air sur 24 heures, le seuil d’alerte aux particules fines a été dépassé hier en Alsace, d’après l’Association pour la surveillance de la pollution atmosphérique en Alsace (ASPA). Une augmentation dont une masse d’air chaud et la baisse de la vitesse des vents seraient responsables. Mais la région alsacienne n’est pas la seule à monterr une telle pollution. Le seuil d’alerte a également été dépassé vendredi matin à Angers (Maine-et-Loire) et à La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée), d’après, le réseau de surveillance de la qualité de l’air dans la région (Air Pays de la Loire). Mulhouse et Strasbourg se trouve à la limite. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastique”L’arrivée d’une masse d’air chaud en altitude, et la baisse de la vitesse du vent ont conduit à un moindre brassage de l’air, verticalement et horizontalement. La stabilisation des basses couches de l’atmosphère conduit à une accumulation des particules fines”, a expliqué Julien Bernard, ingénieur à l’ASPA cité par l’AFP. En conséquence, les préfectures du Bas-Rhin et du Haut-Rhin ont conseillé une limitation des transports routiers de transit et des véhicules diesel non équipés de filtres à particules. Les autorités recommandent également d’éviter le chauffage par le bois et le charbon. Les émetteurs industriels doivent également réduire leurs émissions de particules et d’oxydes d’azote. Les particules fines PM10 sont des micropoussières contenues dans l’air. Elles apparaissent avec la combustion industrielle mais sont aussi émises par les moteurs automobiles, et le chauffage urbain. D’après les spécialistes, inhaler une trop importante quantité de particules fines pourraient endommager les poumons. Les activités sportives en plein air comme l’endurance sont donc déconseillées. Néanmoins, l’alerte devrait être levée dans la journée.Le 10 février 2012 à 10:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Les squelettes fossilisés dun antique poisson découvert dans un gros rocher au

first_imgLes squelettes fossilisés d’un antique poisson découvert dans un gros rocher au CanadaLe fossile d’une espèce inconnue de poisson, vieille de 60 millions d’années, a été découvert à la fin du mois de février, près d’Okotoks, dans la province d’Alberta, au Canada. Ron James n’en est pas à son premier fossile. L’homme âgé de 69 ans a déjà découvert une ammolite, pierre ornementale d’origine biogénique, ainsi que le fossile d’un homard préhistorique. Mais cette fois-ci, il a mis la main sur un objet de taille : un rocher de deux mètres à la forme étrange. C’est alors qu’il se baladait sur un chemin près d’Okotoks qu’il  fait sa découverte.En creusant un peu, Ron James s’est aperçu que le rocher était incrusté de 17 squelettes complets et exceptionnellement conservés, d’une espèce de poisson, vieille de 60 millions d’années. Elle serait notamment parente du brochet alligator (Atractosteus spatula), une espèce primitive de poisson mais avec des écailles épaisses et des dents capables de mâcher d’autres poissons, les écrevisses et les oiseaux. Les squelettes mesurent entre 25 cm pour le plus petit et 75 cm pour le plus long, et ont été dénichés dans la formation géologique de Paskapoo et datent de l’ère Paléocène.Des fossiles à l’origine mystérieuseLe musée Tyrrell a récupéré le rocher qui semble avoir été la scène d’un mystérieux “meurtre massif”. En effet, selon les responsables, ces17 poissons seraient morts simultanément avant d’être enfouis dans le sable, à l’ère du Paleocène. “C’est l’un des défis que présente le rocher. Quel genre d’événement peut causer la mort de ces poissons, au même moment”, explique Don Brinkman, directeur du département préservation et recherche du Musée Tyrrell, au Calgary Herald.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’origine de ce bloc de rocher de 2.744 kilogrammes, épais de 50 centimètres, reste encore floue. Ron James a supposé qu’il avait dû être extrait d’une carrière de pierres puis abandonné. “Les gens ont dû passer à côté depuis au moins trois ou quatre ans sans jamais y faire attention. Il est impossible de distinguer ce rocher d’un autre, à moins de vraiment le regarder de près”, remarque-t-il.  Le bloc a été extrait du sol grâce à une grue puis transporté au musée à l’aide d’un camion. “Chaque année environ, nous recevons des fossiles de personnes qui ne sont pas des chercheurs. Ils ne sont pas tous aussi importants, mais ces découvertes ont souvent bien fait avancer la recherche”, précise M. Brinkman.(Crédits photo : Royal Tyrrell Museum) Le 1 avril 2013 à 17:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Clinton will reflect on 2016 race in new book

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton has a lot of plans for 2017, including some reflections on her stunning loss to Donald Trump.The former secretary of state, senator and first lady is working on a collection of personal essays that will touch on the 2016 presidential campaign, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The book, currently untitled, is scheduled for this fall and will be inspired by favorite quotations she has drawn upon. Clinton also will reissue her best-selling “It Takes a Village” in an illustrated edition for young people.She will also resume her relationship with the Harry Walker Agency, the speakers bureau through which she made the paid talks that were criticized by Sen. Bernie Sanders and others during the election race.last_img read more

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ArsenalSpurs issue warning to fans ahead of crunch tie

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham have appealed to fans to be on their best behaviour in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie. after a racist abuse marred the last encounter.Arsenal ran away 4-2 winners in the last encounter earlier this month but it made headlines for the wrong reasons when a Spurs fan threw a banana onto the pitch as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring a goal.A Tottenham supporter has been fined and handed a four-year football banning order after pleading guilty to throwing a missile and both sides are keen to avoid a repeat of any such unsavoury incidents for the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.“Local derby matches are always passionate affairs and it is important that supporters play their part on these occasions by getting behind the team in a positive way and making them memorable for the right reasons,” Tottenham said on their official website.A message to all supporters attending tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 19, 2018Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We have enjoyed some unforgettable north London derby encounters over the years and the vast majority of fans have generated incredible atmospheres on these occasions.“However, there were incidents in our most recent Premier League fixture against Arsenal earlier this month where a small number of supporters of both sides behaved unacceptably.“Ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie, we wish to remind supporters travelling to Emirates Stadium that any kind of racist, discriminatory or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by the club.“As a club that has suffered from abuse in the past from opposition supporters, we wish to make clear that there is absolutely no place for this kind of behaviour in or outside of football.”last_img read more

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Crystal Palace 01 Chelsea Kante goal secures Blues victory

first_imgN’Golo Kante scored his third goal of the season to help Chelsea grab all three points against Crystal Palace at Selhurst ParkDespite getting a brace in their Boxing Day win at Watford, Eden Hazard was moved back to his usual position in the wing for Chelsea with Olivier Giroud coming on for his sixth Premier League start of the season.The Blues struggled to translate their early dominance of the ball possession into goals and were nearly punished when Wilfried Zaha fell in the area from Antonio Rudiger’s challenge.Despite the hosts’ protests though, the former Manchester United winger was denied a spot-kick – much to the Blues’ relief.Kante and Rudiger later wasted chances to put Sarri’s side in front before Giroud latched onto Jorginho’s pass and shot a half-volley into the Palace goal.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea reacts to having his goal dissallowed during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)The French striker thought he had given Chelsea the lead only for the effort to be ruled out for offside as Chelsea continued to struggle in front of goal.Following a foul on Hazard, Willian later hit the outside of the post in a free-kick before forcing a fine save from Palace keeper Vicente Guaita with Ross Barkley clipping the post at the end of the first half.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.However, things quickly changed after the break with David Luiz’s fine pass finding Kante who controlled the ball and fired it past Guaita.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: N’golo Kante of Chelsea scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)Palace immediately attempted to respond but were unable to pose much of a threat to the Chelsea defence.Guaita, who was making his third successive start for Palace, later denied Willian again before Palace coach Roy Hodgson replaced Jeffrey Schlupp for Connor Wickham.Giroud was later denied another goal again through offside and was soon withdrawn for Alvaro Morata after sustaining an ankle problem.Ex-Schalke 04 midfielder Max Meyer later came on for Palace but couldn’t make an impact with Emerson and Mateo Kovacic making late cameos for Chelsea.In the end, Chelsea held on for a narrow 1-0 win to extend their lead over Arsenal to five points in the race for a top-four spot in the Premier League.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Defoe says he missed football

first_imgThe West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur footballer believe he didn’t have a great time with AFC Bournemouth, where he only appeared in 28 matches.Jermain Defoe was once one of those names in the English Premier League you would listen constantly being named.The English striker played for West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, and others.But since 2017 he was playing with AFC Bournemouth, where he says, he missed football.“I think it has been tougher because at this stage in my career I am have been one of the more senior players at the club at Bournemouth and there are certain ways you have to conduct yourself,” he told the Rangers official website, his new club in the Scottish Premier League.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“You are part of the leadership group and you have got to help the younger players when at times it was difficult.”“You came into training and you would be upset because you hadn’t played but you have to try and focus on the team probably more than yourself when all you want to do is play football,” he added.“I am used to playing football so it was tough not playing and not even getting minutes, it was probably the first time in my career when there were times when I wouldn’t even come on.”“In the past, I have always felt even if I haven’t started games I thought I could come on, change the game and make an impact. That wasn’t happening anymore at Bournemouth which is why I decided to leave,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Jewellery store boss surprises staff with Boxing Day holiday gift

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Although the festive season may mean a more relaxed working environment for many employees, some retail staff may struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance when longer Christmas shopping hours, high consumer demand and working over the holidays is thrown into the mix. However, Peter Wong, managing director at Wongs Jewellers, has shown support for his employees’ wellbeing by giving all staff Boxing Day off work.Jewellery shop Wongs Jewellers, based in Liverpool, will be closed on Boxing Day, in addition to Christmas Day, despite usually opening on 26 December to begin preparations for the new year sales.Peter Wong made the announcement this week, posting a video on Twitter in which he explains that he wants to make sure his employees have the extra day off to spend with their families over the Christmas holidays.He said: “The hot topic of debate at the moment and one very close to my heart is whether businesses should or should not open on Boxing Day. In previous years, my decision to open was due to the mounting pressure placed upon retailers to open for almost 365 days a year. However, as a family man, I understand the value of spending time with those you love at this most precious time of the year.“Therefore, I have decided to keep the store closed this Boxing Day, and by doing so make it clear on which side of the debate I stand, and allow my fantastic, hardworking team the time they thoroughly deserve with their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, parents and grandparents.”Here at Employee Benefits, we applaud the idea of staff getting to put their feet up on Boxing Day with a mince pie and surrounded by friends and family. After all, that’s exactly what we plan on doing!last_img read more

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Stranger Things to return The music behind Netflix hit

first_imgNews Email Facebook One undeniable component of the nostalgic headspace the show induces is the music. Austin, Texas, synth duo Survive, comprised of Kyle Dixon and Michel Stein, created a dreamy throwback score that gives “Stranger Things” its signature spooky hook. The group was nominated twice in the same category for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for volumes one and two of the first season’s soundtracks at the 59th GRAMMY Awards, proving the crucial role music can play in shaping even some of pop culture’s biggest phenomena.For those “Stranger” fans in the Los Angeles area, Survive will make a special appearance at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live on July 19 for The Music Behind “Stranger Things” — a discussion of the creative process behind the show’s unmistakable, unforgettable soundtrack.Wanna get strange? Buy tickets for the GRAMMY Museum’s The Music Behind “Stranger Things” The spooky story and soundtrack, courtesy of Survive, are back as the air date for “Stranger Things” season two is announcedGRAMMYs Jul 12, 2017 – 10:00 am GRAMMY.comSomething is lurking in the shadows of Hawkins, Ind. …… It’s season two of the smash hit Netflix show, “Stranger Things.”Just last year, the ’80s cult-classic-style series took hold of the streaming world, assuming the top position of water cooler topics everywhere. The combination of likeable young characters, twisted plots and eerie music made the sophomore season of “Stranger Things” one of the most anticipated entertainment events last fall.This week, the show announced the air date for season two, Oct. 27. This season premiere lands appropriately close to Halloween, considering the teaser video (debuted as a Super Bowl commercial in February) promises viewers a scary return trip to 1984. Twitter “Stranger Things” season 2 air date revealed stranger-things-return-music-behind-netflix-hit “Stranger Things” to return: The music behind Netflix’ hit last_img read more

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Indian businessman charged in US with drug smuggling money

first_imgWASHINGTON: An Indian businessman has been charged in the US with conspiring to smuggle drugs into the country and commit money laundering, an American attorney has said. Jeetendra Harish Belani, aka Jeetu, from Mumbai who has been charged with an eight-count indictment and faces a maximum sentence of not more than twenty years in prison, a fine of not more than USD 1 million or both. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Belani, 36, is charged with conspiracy to import Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled substances, conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the United States, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and various substantive counts of drug importation, smuggling, and money laundering, US Attorney Scott W Brady said. According to the Indictment, Belani operated a drug-distribution entity based in India called LeeHPL Ventures. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Between 2015 and 2019, Belani and his co-conspirators, through LeeHPL Ventures, allegedly imported and smuggled into the United States various drugs available only by prescription in the United States, including Tapentadol, a Schedule II controlled substance, as well as Tramadol, Carisoprodol, and Modafinil, all Schedule IV controlled substances. Advertise With Us The Indictment also alleges that between 2015 and mid-2017, Belani conspired with William Kulakevich and Julia Fees to unlawfully smuggle a drug known as Etizolam into the United States for re-sale by Kulakevich and Fees via a website they operated- Etizolam is part of a class of drugs similar to benzodiazepines, which are often used to treat insomnia and anxiety and carry a potential for abuse and overdose. To evade detection by the US Customs and Border Protection officials, Belani and his co-conspirators also allegedly used false customs declarations that mischaracterized and undervalued the contents of packages sent to the United States by LeeHPL Ventures. In addition, according to the Indictment, Belani caused drug shipments to be broken into smaller quantities and shipped to multiple addresses to help ensure delivery and avoid interception by United States customs authorities. Belani also caused co-conspirators to initiate payments totalling tens of thousands of dollars from accounts in the United States to accounts controlled by Belani in India or other locations outside the United States, all as a means to promote Belani’s continued efforts to smuggle drugs into the United States, the Department of Justice said.last_img read more

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