New Delhi: Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom and Lovlina Borgohain have been selected for the upcoming women’s world boxing championships based on their recent performances, a decision that has been lambasted by former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen. The 36-year-old Mary Kom, who has already claimed two gold medals this year (India Open and a recent tournament in Indonesia), has been selected in the 51kg category. World and Asian bronze-medallist Borgohain will be competing in the 69kg category. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 23-year-old Zareen, who claimed a silver at a tournament in Thailand recently, was hoping to challenge Mary Kom in the 51kg trials. The Hyderabadi, in a letter to Boxing Federation of India, alleged that she was “stopped from competing” in a scheduled trial bout on Tuesday against Vanlal Duati by chairman of selectors Rajesh Bhandari. Bhandari, on his part, asserted that the decision to select Mary Kom had been taken days earlier in consultation with the BFI top brass. The world championships are scheduled from October 3 to 13 in Russia. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We got a representation from Mary Kom’s coach (Chhotelal Yadav) and after considering it, we felt that Mary Kom had done enough to merit selection without trials. The BFI has been consulted on this matter,” Bhandari told PTI. “She beat Nikhat in the India Open (semifinals) and is consistently better than others in the national camp as well. Nikhat is also a brilliant boxer and she will have her chances in the time to come. But right now, it’s a call based purely on performance and experience,” he said. In her letter, Zareen, who is also a former world youth silver winner and an Asian bronze-medallist, said the turn of events has been nothing short of disappointing and left her stunned. “To my utter surprise and disappointment, I was informed just before the bouts were supposed to start by the Chairman Selection Committee, Mr Rajesh Bhandari that my bout will not happen today & there are some internal discussions happening to ensure I’m protected for future & avoid getting exposed at a young age…,” she wrote. “I’m really surprised by this action as I have already participated in World Championships in 2016 and if I was fine then, so in 2019, I surely cannot be young and this cannot be the reason,” she added. Zareen called on the BFI to hold a trials, which will continue for other weight categories till Thursday. “I only request that a fair trial should happen for all boxers under your leadership. If there is a rule for all of us, it needs to be consistent for all of us irrespective of whatever stature a particular boxer is (sic),” she said. “Unfair practises should not be used for boxers trying to avoid participating in the trials. I look forward to your immediate intervention and restoring the faith of every boxer in India,” she added. Bhandari said the “carefully thought out decision” to pick Mary Kom has been taken keeping India’s medal prospects in mind. Mary Kom is a legend in the event, having claimed six gold medals and a silver in her eight appearances. “We have to give priority to India’s medal chances and it is our unanimous belief that at this point Mary Kom is our strongest bet in this category,” he asserted.
Ted Danson and Oceana have organized a new petition to President Obama to reject the use of seismic testing (to search for oil and gas deposits) off the Atlantic Coast.The petition was launched on April 15th and must reach 100,000 by May 15th to trigger a written response from the Obama Administration.Getting the administration to take up this issue is the first step to ensuring this destructive practice doesn’t happen on the Atlantic Coast and gathering 100,000 signatures will ensure that administration considers the plea.BACKGROUND ON SEISMIC TESTINGSeismic testing is currently being considered to search for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. In this process, seismic airguns shoot intense blasts of sound through the water – 100,000 times louder than a jet engine – in an effort to map mineral deposits below the seafloor. According to the Department of the Interior, seismic airguns in the Atlantic would injure or kill 138,500 dolphins and whales, including some endangered North Atlantic right whales. Hundreds of thousands of fishing and tourism jobs depend on a healthy Atlantic coast. Ted Danson’s petition calls on President Obama to protect East Coast fisheries and ecosystems by rejecting seismic airguns.Watch video about Seismic Testing here.The practice of building support for an issue on The White House website is relatively novel. Introduced by the Obama administration in 2011, it now has a threshold of 100,000 online signers in order to prompt an official response from The White House. As of April 24, Danson’s petition has more than 20,000 signers. It has until May 15 to reach the 100,000 threshold.To support the petition, click here.
The competition this year was hotter than ever, but rapper Waka Flocka Flame and social media influencer Andrea Russett have been crowned the Hottest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2016 by peta2, PETA’s youth division.Vine star Nash Grier and Tonight Alive singer Jenna McDougall nabbed honorable mentions as this year’s runners-up.In a video for VICE’s food series, Munchies, Waka Flocka Flame shows fans how to bake vegan blueberry muffins while discussing why he ditched meat and dairy foods: “I just didn’t want to be fat. I got tired of breathing hard. I got tired of my joints hurting.” The rapper mentions quinoa, kale, and walnuts as some of his favorite protein sources and says that his meals fuel him better than the animal-based foods that his friends eat. “When I eat, I got energy,” he says. “When they eat, they be sleeping.”In addition to promoting vegan meals, Waka Flocka Flame has encouraged kindness to animals through two peta2 campaigns: an “Ink, Not Mink” ad protesting fur and an anti-cruelty ad that reads, “Only Cowards Abuse Animals.”Internet personality Russett went vegan as a New Year’s resolution last year. She enjoys sharing delicious, animal-friendly dishes with her followers, such as avocado toast and cauliflower wings with creamy, dairy-free ranch dipping sauce, both of which nabbed 125,000 likes.Previous winners of peta2’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity contest include Ariana Grande, Zendaya, The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness, Mindless Behavior’s Princeton, and Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley.
TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. has made a proposal to acquire the shares in Acacia Mining that it does not already own.Under the proposal, Barrick, which holds a majority stake in the African gold miner, would swap 0.153 of a Barrick share for each Acacia share.The offer implies a value for Acacia of US$787 million, and the total consideration for Acacia’s minority shareholders at US$285 million.The plan is subject to a number of customary conditions, including receiving the recommendation of the Acacia board.Barrick says it has been working to help settle a tax dispute between Acacia and the government in Tanzania, but the African country is not prepared to enter into a settlement agreement directly with Acacia.Acacia says it has been excluded from the negotiations and urged its shareholders to take no action on the Barrick proposal while its board reviews the situation. Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)The Canadian Press
30 November 2007HIV/AIDS is affecting not only humans but is also dramatically impeding livestock production, which is the main source of income for rural households, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) cautioned today. HIV/AIDS is affecting not only humans but is also dramatically impeding livestock production, which is the main source of income for rural households, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) cautioned today. Livestock contribute greatly to the incomes and nutrition of some 70 per cent of rural households in developing countries. In East and Southern Africa, livestock account for 13 per cent of GNP, but proportionately more in terms of food security for households. As more and more people of working age are now living with the virus – nearly two-thirds of all people between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa – fewer people are available to tend to livestock. In addition to providing income and food, livestock are a source of draught power, manure for fertilizer and fuel. But once family savings are exhausted, animals are sold to cover medical expenses or funeral costs, surveys in sub-Saharan Africa indicate. Selling or slaughtering livestock reduces herd size, leading to fewer products – such as meat, milk, eggs and hides – to eat or sell. “In Zambia, an FAO study showed that in the past it was fare for HIV-affected households to sell a heifer or milking cow, where now it is common place,” said Simon Mack, Senior Officer in the agency’s Livestock Production Group. “The short and long-term effects of this on family incomes and food security can be devastating.” FAO called for more research on how the pandemic is impacting livestock production to develop strategies to mitigate the consequences on vulnerable people as well as on the livestock sector. The agency also pointed out that livestock – especially poultry, sheep and goats, which are easily managed, affordable and have short reproduction cycles – can play a crucial role in mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS in affected communities by providing households with renewable assets, income and a chance to bolster diets.
8 April 2008The redeployment of United Nations peacekeepers to the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where critical steps are being taken to resolve long-standing conflict and instability, risks creating security vacuums and increased tensions in other parts of the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says. In his latest report to the Security Council, Ban Ki-moon warns that the resources of the UN’s mission to the DRC, which is known as MONUC, are “stretched to the limit, creating risks in areas of potential and rising tension, including in Bas-Congo and elsewhere.”“The Mission’s current force levels… do not reflect the critical role MONUC is expected to play under the Goma and Nairobi processes,” Mr. Ban says, referring to the recent agreements reached between the Governments of DRC and Rwanda and the armed groups operating in the volatile far east, especially North Kivu and South Kivu provinces. “I intend to keep the situation under close review and may revert to the Council with recommendations to ensure that the Mission’s military and civilian deployments correspond to its mandated tasks.” The Kivus have long been a source of instability in the DRC, even after the official end of the civil war in 2003, and Mr. Ban reiterates that the region still has the potential to undermine the stability of the rest of the country.“Long-term stability in the Kivus will depend on many interlinked factors,” he writes, citing the need for State authority to be fully extended across the two provinces and for a “substantially strengthened” national army, known as FARDC, which is also professional, well-structured and respectful of international humanitarian and human rights law.But the Secretary-General stresses that improvements in the far east cannot be at the expense of other regions, such as Bas-Congo in the far west, where the Congolese national police have been involved in violent and sometimes deadly clashes with the Bundu Dia Kongo (BDK) politico-religious movement since January.He strongly urges Congolese authorities to “refrain from the disproportionate use of force,” although he adds that he is “very concerned by the provocations of BDK, which led to the escalating tensions.”
The critical role of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in promoting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be highlighted at Expo 2005 at the UN Pavilion in Aichi, Japan this month. “Time and again, volunteers reach far beyond our expectations and help us take major steps forward in development,” said Ad De Raad, Executive Coordinator of UNV. “This is all about the capacity to cooperate—to get things done,” he added.More than 30,000 UN Volunteers have played an important role at the UN since 1971, working to reduce illiteracy and poverty, promote gender equality, and reduce HIV/AIDS. Today, volunteers are helping to achieve the UN’s ambitious MDGs, which seek to halve extreme poverty and hunger, slash maternal and infant mortality, and increase access to health care, education, water and sanitation, all by 2015.In June UN Volunteers travelled to Sri Lanka to assist local communities overcome the post-tsunami devastation of their coastal areas through beach rehabilitation and biodiversity renewal, drinking water replenishment, and income-generation projects.Hundreds of UN Volunteers were also deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in July of this year to assist that country in its preparation for democratic elections following years of civil war.Being held from 4 to 25 September the exhibit will demonstrate the ways that more than 5,000 women and men of nearly 160 nationalities serve each year in developing countries. Recently UN Volunteers have been promoting education and literacy through the introduction of innovative educational tools, and have been working towards greater gender equality through the development of women’s networks and training programmes.Created by the General Assembly in 1970 to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request of Member States, the UNV is administered by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Currently, nearly 70 per cent of the volunteers are citizens of developing states while the remaining 30 per cent come from the industrialized world.The UNV exhibit will be held jointly with the UNDP’s Equator Initiative that is promoting a global movement to reduce poverty and conserve biodiversity. Since the start of Expo 2005 in March of this year, 40 UN agencies and 121 countries have participated.
By doing so, the Council endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is described as the “culmination” of diplomatic efforts by the so-called E3+3 – China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – and Iran, “to reach a comprehensive, long-term and proper solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.”Under that “historic” agreement, concluded in Vienna on 14 July, Iran reaffirmed “that it will under no circumstances ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.” The Council’s adoption of the current resolution triggers the JCPOA coming into effect in 90 days.Immediately after the resolution was adopted, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the measure, which, he said, “will ensure the enforcement of the JCPOA.” He added that it establishes procedures that will facilitate the action plan’s implementation, enabling all States to carry out their obligations contained in the Agreement.”“The resolution provides for the eventual removal of all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran and guarantees that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will continue to verify Iran’s compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA,” Mr. Ban highlighted. Some of the participants at today’s Security Council meeting. UN Photo/Loey Felipe ‹ ›Urging full implementation on the timetable established in the JCPOA, the Security Council indeed called upon all Members States, regional organizations and international organizations to support the implementation of the JCPOA.It also requests the Director General of the IAEA “to undertake the necessary verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments for the full duration of those commitments under the JCPOA.” In that regard, according to the resolution, the Council will consider the termination of sanctions after it receives an IAEA report that verifies Iran has implemented a series of nuclear-related measures.By the resolution, the Security Council also decided that “on the date ten years after the JCPOA Adoption Day,” as defined in the agreement, “all the provisions of this resolution shall be terminated,” and none of the previous resolutions “shall be applied.” The Security Council will have then concluded its consideration of the Iranian nuclear issue, reads the resolution.
CHINA’S NEW PRESIDENT Xi Jinping will fight for a “great renaissance of the Chinese nation”, he said earlier today as the world’s most populous country completed its once-in-a-decade power transition.In his first speech as head of state, Xi called for “the continued realisation of the great renaissance of the Chinese nation and the Chinese dream”, laying out a vision of a stronger military and ever-higher living standards.The 25-minute address closed a parliament meeting which named Xi as head of state and Li Keqiang as premier, four months after the pair took the top two posts in the ruling Communist Party – the real source of their power.Both Xi and Li stuck to the party’s long-held consensus on the need for economic reforms to ensure growth, while increasing military power and avoiding political change that could threaten its grip on power.Analysts said Xi’s concept of a “great renaissance” was a slogan designed to have broad appeal, without any firm commitments to specific reforms.Xi has close ties to China’s expanding military – which put its first aircraft carrier into service last year – and he called for the armed forces to strengthen their ability to “win battles”.Beijing is embroiled in a bitter territorial row with Japan over islands in the East China Sea, and with neighbouring nations over claims to the South China Sea. Tensions with the US have increased over reports of army-organised hacking.Fight corruptionNewly appointed Premier Li Keqiang sought to play down such conflicts in a press conference, saying that Beijing would not “seek hegemony” as it became stronger and denying allegations that China engages in hacking.Li called the accusations “groundless”, days after President Barack Obama weighed in on the issue. He said China’s relationship with Washington was vital and their mutual interests outweighed their differences.“Conflicts between big powers are not inevitable,” Li said.Li, now in charge of the day-to-day running of the government, said that “maintaining sustainable economic growth”, with an annual GDP increase of around 7.5 percent over the coming decade, would be his administration’s top priority.Both leaders reiterated the party’s repeated pledges to fight corruption, with Li saying that the government had an “unshakable resolve” to do so.“Since we have chosen public service we should give up all thought of making money,” the premier said.Speaking in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Xi stressed continuity with previous Chinese leaders and thanked outgoing president Hu Jintao, who stood and bowed as China completed the transition of its top leaders.Neither Xi nor Li mentioned systematic political reform.But Li said China would release a plan for unspecified changes to its controversial “re-education” labour camp system, in which people can be incarcerated for up to four years without trial.- © AFP, 2013Video: Sky News reporter broadcasts arrest live on TVRead: Xi Jinping named as new president of ChinaRead: 330 million abortions carried out in China since 1971
My 3D design friends always look at me like I have three heads when I try to show them some new kind of 3D modeling toy. They look awesome to me, a guy who might be able to make a cube, but to real 3D modelers there’s usually just one game in town.Autodesk may reign supreme in the eyes of the design world, but in the Internet-focused business world of today, there’s a collaborative element that needs to be addressed. The team at Sunglass.io demonstrated their approach to a collaborative 3D design environment earlier this week, with a visually appealing HTML5 website to match.The idea behind Sunglass.io seems fairly straightforward. There needs to be a better way to allow for multiple people to look at the same project in real time, both as a presentation delivery tool and a production-phase comment system. The Sunglass Player allows you to take finished projects and place them in an HTML5 player that works on most any browser without the need to have any software installed. You can give a presentation from anything, even your phone or tablet if you had to.The Sunglass Player defaults to a rotation of the loaded project, as demonstrated on their website, but allows you to click and drag all around the 3D surface as well as zoom in and out. As a presentation tool, Sunglass is visually appealing and very functional. The power of this system, however, lies in the ability to collaborate with anyone in the world.A 3D modeling system where you can create and edit in real-time with colleagues from around the world is a great feature. Realizing that this feature is a key starting point for a platform that allows you to create additional design tools, and even sell them once you have created them, changes the way you look at Sunglass. The open API’s allow 3D engineers to turn Sunglass into their own modeling software, complete with whatever tools they could want to accomplish a task. Since everything is HTML5, there’s no need for plugins or the transfer of large files back and forth. These cloud based apps could then be sold to other Sunglass users, creating a community of 3D developers that could eventually use Sunglass as a turnkey solution in creation.Sunglass.io is a limited beta right now, but if you head to their website you can request access.
Response by Air Corps saying there will be more stringent monitoring of chemical use.The aim of the Air Corps whistleblower is to speed up a thorough investigation into what was allowed to continue at the air base.“There needs to be something done immediately,” the whistleblower added.At least six former members launched legal proceedings against the State for negligence and Junior Defence Minister Paul Kehoe has ordered an independent review of what happened at Baldonnel.A number of whistleblowers have made protected disclosures to the department, as also reported by the Irish Examiner last month.There are similar court cases occurring across the UK and Europe at this moment in time in relation to other forces’ protocols around handling chemicals.The researchAdverse reactions, cited in many scientific studies, detail effects from exposure to hexavalent chromium – one of the chemicals used by the Air Corps – such as perforated eardrums, respiratory irritation, kidney damage, liver damage, pulmonary congestion, upper abdominal pain, nose irritation and damage, respiratory cancer, skin irritation.Irritation of the lungs and skin can happen from once-off exposure to hexavalent chromium, according to experts. However, the development of cancers is linked be to more long-term exposure such as those who work with the chemical on a daily basis. Ardrox safety sheet detailing the presence of dichloromethane.TheJournal.ie spoke to Dr Paul Gueret, an expert in the effects of organic solvents and chemicals on the human body. He founded occupational healthcare firm Medmark.He backed up claims that dichloromethane can exacerbate heart issues but stressed that the available studies show it affects those with already pre-existing conditions.“If you already have an irregular heart, then it can, yes, it can cause cardiac arrest. It essentially acts as an asphyxiate and reduces the level of oxygen in the blood,” he said.With regards to trichloroethylene, Dr Gueret said there is a link between this chemical and the development of autoimmune diseases such as lupus or inflammatory bowel disease. Exposure to trichloroethylene and the link to autoimmune diseases are still being studied but have been found, Gueret said.In relation to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and their links to cancers, he said there has been very strong studies carried out. There are hundreds of VOCs in the world such as benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene and toluene.Benzene, in particular, can cause leukemia, Gueret says, but it’s not as prevalent as it once was. But he stressed that VOCs can have serious and potentially deadly effects on humans. The cancer links between dichlormethane and richloroethylene are also well established.However, while the link between hexavalent chromium and Crohn’s disease might be tenuous, according to Gueret, its cancer-causing side-effects cannot be ignored. The chemical has been proven to cause a number of diseases including skin and lung cancer.“It is now accepted that hexavalent chromium can cause cancers. You would have found it in old petrol pumps which contained benzene. That’s not the case now,” Gueret added. A list of chemicals purchased by the Defence Forces obtained by TheJournal.ieHe agreed that long-term exposure to these chemicals does have the ability to cause serious illnesses if proper precautions are not taken. Asked what his advice would be to people who use chemicals on a frequent basis, he said: “There should be a hierarchy of control in place. For example, if it’s a toxic compound then don’t use it. If you have to use it, then do so sparingly. Using personal protective equipment (PPE) should only be used as a very last resort.”According to the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exposure to dichloromethane can cause “electrocardiographic changes resembling those of carbon monoxide poisoning”.Exposure to trichloroethylene in the workplace may cause scleroderma (a systemic autoimmune disease) in some people. Some men occupationally exposed to trichloroethylene and other chemicals showed decreases in sex drive, sperm quality, and reproductive hormone levels. This is again found in the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.Cancer-causingAnd dichloromethane, according to the US National Library of Medicine, showed associations between occupational exposure to dichloromethane and increased risk for several specific cancers, including brain cancer, liver and biliary tract cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.These are just some examples of proven scientific research into exposure to these chemicals.What now?The general secretary of the representative association for Defence Force members, PDFORRA’s Gerry Rooney, has said that chemicals and their use have been a problem for defence forces worldwide.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, he said that the representative association is working closely with all the whistleblowers and said that attitudes within the force would have to change if better health and safety practices were to be implemented.“There’s a tendency in military organisations to focus on carrying out the operation at all costs.“It’s fairly clear there was a problem with chemicals and their use.”Second controversyThere has also been a separate controversy surrounding the appointment of Christopher O’Toole as the independent assessor of the claims.We revealed last month how the claimants have been left frustrated after finding out that O’Toole is a former senior official at the Office of the Attorney General, one of the bodies which they are taking the case against.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, The Department of Defence has defended Minister Kehoe’s actions.“The independent third-party appointed by Minister Kehoe to investigate the protected disclosures is Christopher O’Toole. Mr O’Toole is a former senior official of the Office of the Attorney General. Therefore, the Minister is satisfied that no conflict of interest arises.“In addition, you may wish to note that as the Minister informed the Dáil on Wednesday, the State Claims Agency is the body managing the 6 claims taken by former and current members of the Air Corps for personal injuries alleging exposure to chemical and toxic substances whilst working in the Air Corps in the period 1991 to 2006.”Read: WikiLeaks releases over 8,000 documents ‘hacked from CIA’ >Read: CAB wants to sell €500k-worth of assets ‘linked to Kinahan cartel’ > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 10th 2017, 12:01 AM Friday 10 Mar 2017, 12:01 AM 26,526 Views AN AIR CORPS whistleblower who claims he was exposed to harmful chemicals whilst in the force believes there could be more than 1,000 people affected by what he has described as “a scandal of the highest order”.In an interview with TheJournal.ie, the man – who we are not naming as he has made a protected disclosure – detailed the trouble he experiences with daily life which he alleges traces back to his exposure to chemicals over a nine-year period at Baldonnel Airfield in west Dublin.A 2016 inspection by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) identified a number of shortcomings at Baldonnel with corrective actions then taken by the Defence Forces in relation to how it handles such chemicals.According to the HSA report seen by TheJournal.ie, the Air Corps was warned it could face prosecution if it did not “comply with advice and relevant legal requirements” about how hazardous substances were managed, among other safety matters.An independent review of what happened at the airfield has been ordered by junior minister with responsibility, Paul Kehoe.Chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety are just some of the conditions the whistleblower has been living with for over a decade.It has been alleged that there was a systematic failure on the part of the Defence Forces which allowed Air Corps personnel be exposed to harmful chemicals during his time at Baldonnel. The Defence Forces, which are facing legal action by some former employees, have said, “Given these matters are subject to litigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”TheJournal.ie has obtained a detailed list of chemicals which were purchased for use by the Air Corps. These include the highly toxic Ardrox 666 and Ardrox 670.Other chemicals which have been used at Baldonnel include:Hexavalent chromiumDichloromethaneTrichloroethyleneDichloromethaneAll these chemicals have been proven to cause serious damage to humans after long-term exposure.This photograph shows a group of Air Corps members on a hillwalk, a number of whom have either passed away or are dealing with serious illnesses.The men, who the whistleblower has known since he was a teenager, have experienced brain inflammations, Crohn’s Disease, cardiac arrest, ulcerative colitis and leukaemia.The whistleblower in this case alleges there was a disregard for the safety of young Air Corps members. According to an online resource created for those who believe they were affected by the chemical exposure, there was:No meaningful chemical risk assessments.No risk specific health surveillanceNo Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) issuedNo chemical health and safety training whatsoeverNo reporting of health and safety incidentsNo follow up of unusual illnesses by medical personnelIgnoring dangerous air quality reportsPersonnel doused in toxic chemicals as pranks (hazing) incidentsHighly toxic chemicals disposed of onsite in an unsafe mannerTheJournal.ie asked the Department of Defence to comment on the latest allegations being made.A statement from the department reads: “The State Claims Agency is currently managing six claims taken by former and current members of the Air Corps against the Minister for Defence for personal injuries alleging exposure to chemical and toxic substances whilst working in the Air Corps in Baldonnel in the period 1991 to 2006. Given these matters are subject to litigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”The former Air Corps member has estimated the number of people who could be affected by taking into account the average recruiting figures (50 per year) since 1989.“There are so many people I’ve spoken with who have serious health problems,” he says.“They’re all from different parts of the country but there’s only one thing they have in common – they served in the Air Corps at Baldonnel.“This has destroyed so many lives. Men, women, their partners, their children. They’ve all been affected and they should never have had to gone through it. There were guidelines in place to protect us. They were there since 1989.” Air Corps, Engine Shop, Non Destructive Testing Workshop at BaldonnelDespite legislation being in place regarding the use of chemicals and safety within the workplace in Ireland, it is claimed that long-term exposure to the substances led to cases of cancers, respiratory illnesses and mental health problems among members of the Defence Forces.As the Irish Examiner reported last month, the HSA conducted inspections of the Baldonnel site last year and identified a number of shortcomings.‘Life-changing conditions’Its report stated immediate attention was needed at Baldonnel and that protective equipment must be made available to staff. The necessary equipment should include protective gear for eyes and hands, as well as respirators to protect against inhalation of toxic fumes.In the documents, which have been seen by TheJournal.ie, the HSA said a number of safety measures must be implemented “with immediate effect” at Baldonnel.The HSA report also advised the Air Corps that work activity involving category 1a or 1b chemicals (Cancer-causing), ” a higher ‘as far as technically possible’ standard applies”.The HSA also advised that risk assessment processes need to be managed to ensure control measures, including “the provision of information and training to relevantThe HSA letter also ordered the Air Corps to respond to their findings and to detail what “corrective actions” it would be taking. In their response, a senior commanding officer says that all “carcinogenic and mutagenic chemicals will be subject to more stringent controls and that these controls will be fully documented”.The senior Air Corps member also assures the HSA that “all existing work practices are re-examined to ensure compliance with best practice”.The whistleblower believes these measure are ‘too little, too late’ for those who have already been diagnosed with “life-changing conditions”.“When there were issues with asbestos in the Navy, this was dealt with in a timely fashion. There was an admittance that there was the presence of asbestos. They were all then medically screened and offered counselling. Compare this to the Air Corps and there’s no comparison. We feel like we’ve been abandoned .” Short URL Share Tweet Email9 The other whistleblowers: Looking at the human cost of the Air Corps chemical scandal More Air Corps members are expected to launch legal action against the State. 56 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3230614 By Garreth MacNamee
Luc Chatel présentera en janvier un plan “sciences à l’école”Suite à la publication d’un classement de l’OCDE qui place le système éducatif français à une position très moyenne, le ministre de l’Education Luc Chatel a annoncé son intention de présenter dans les semaines à venir un plan concernant l’enseignement des sciences à l’école.Classée 27e en matière de culture scientifique, sur 65 pays, dont sont jugés les systèmes éducatifs, la France entend rattraper son retard grâce à un plan qui devrait être présenté en janvier par le ministère de l’Education. Comme l’a souligné Luc Chatel lors d’une conférence de presse, ce plan aura pour but de “faire en sorte que tout au long de leur scolarité, les élèves soient davantage inspirés par les sciences et aient plus de possibilités de s’engager dans ces filières”.À lire aussiRecyclage : attention votre poubelle vous observeInvité à commenter le classement de l’OCDE, qui place la France au 22e rang pour la culture mathématique et 21e pour la compréhension de l’écrit, le ministre estime que ces résultats, “sont stables, ils sont dans la moyenne des pays développés et de l’OCDE. Un prof dirait ‘Peut mieux faire’ et ajouterait ‘Mobilisation générale face à deux fléaux'”. Ces deux fléaux sont selon lui le nombre important d’élèves en difficulté qui est passé à 20% contre 15% en 2000, et “le déterminisme social”.Le ministère promet alors d’élargir l’accès à l’excellence pour offrir aux jeunes issus de tous milieux sociaux, la possibilité d’intégrer une élite jugée trop étroite. “Nous n’avons pas réussi ces dernières années à utiliser au maximum la massification du système éducatif qui doit permettre d’élargir cette élite. Ce phénomène est plus important que dans la moyenne des pays de l’OCDE et il s’est accentué”, a déploré Luc Chatel.Le 8 décembre 2010 à 16:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
Tim Cook touche le jackpotApple a offert 376 millions de dollars (295 millions d’euros) en stock options, à Tim Cook, PDG d’Apple. C’est ce qui est inscrit dans un document transmis par Apple à la Security and Exchange Commission. Un million d’actions Apple de récompense pour avoir rempli les objectifs de l’entreprise pour 2011. C’est la valeur estimée à la fin de la séance du 24 août 2011, date à laquelle il a remplacé Steve Jobs à la tête de la firme de Cupertino. Tim Cook a touché le gros lot, puisque cela représente la plus importante attribution d’actions outre-Atlantique depuis 2000, selon le site le Journal du Net. À l’époque, c’est déjà Steve Jobs qui avait reçu 600 millions de dollars d’actions (470 millions d’euros), soit l’équivalent de 4 millions d’actions. Mais, grande différence, ces trois dernières années, Steve Jobs acceptait de recevoir un salaire symbolique d’un euro par an. Contrairement à Tim Cook qui s’est vu octroyé 900.000 dollars (700.000 euros) en 2011. Et, selon Zdnet.fr, le comité des rémunérations d’Apple devrait faire passer son salaire à 1,4 millions de dollars (1,1 millions d’euros) en 2012. Ce n’est pas la première fois que Tim Cook reçoit un “petit” supplément pour bons et loyaux services. En 2009, en tant que PDG par intérim, durant l’absence de Steve Jobs, il s’était vu accorder un bonus de 5 millions de dollars (3,9 millions d’euros) ainsi que 75.000 actions Apple. Le 11 janvier 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
Comètes ou astéroïdes ? Les centaures de notre système solaire décryptésDes scientifiques de la NASA viennent de lever le mystère sur les “Centaures” aux confins de notre système solaire : ce sont en majorité des comètes.Le système solaire comprend bien plus d’objets que les 8 planètes que nous connaissons tous. Outre la ceinture d’astéroïdes entre Mars et Jupiter, il comprend de nombreux objets en orbite et dans l’entourage de notre étoile. Dans la zone entre Jupiter et Neptune, les astronomes observent un ensemble d’objets qui ont été baptisés “centaures”. En référence à la créature mythologique mi-homme mi-cheval, les centaures sont des objets que les scientifiques classent entre les astéroïdes et les comètes, faute de données suffisantes pour déterminer leur véritable nature. Mais des astronomes de la NASA viennent de donner un début de réponse en affirmant que ces centaures seraient en fait des comètes.Une orbite chaotiqueLe premier centaure a été découvert en 1920, et fut nommé 944 Hidalgo. Des centaines d’autres ont été répertoriés depuis, le plus large d’entre eux, 10199 Chariklo, ayant un diamètre de 260 km. “Tout comme les créatures mythologiques, les centaures semblent avoir une double vie”, déclare l’un des auteurs de l’étude, James Bauer, du Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Leur orbite est en effet chaotique, ils peuvent se faire happer par l’attraction des planètes ou du Soleil, ou au contraire se faire éjecter du système solaire. Mais aucun centaure n’a pu être photographié de près, ce qui rend difficile la distinction entre comète et astéroïde pour les astronomes.Les données proviennent du satellite WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer), un engin lancé en 2009 qui observe l’espace à la lumière infrarouge. Il a permis de découvrir des milliers d’astéroïdes, ainsi qu’une nouvelle classe d’étoile, les étoiles brunes (ou de type Y). L’étude porte sur 52 centaures, dont 15 ont été nouvellement découverts.La couleur de leur surface permet de les analyserConcrètement, le satellite a permis de calculer l’albédo des centaures, c’est-à-dire leur réflectivité à la lumière. Une information qui permet de différencier comètes et astéroïdes : les premières ont une surface très noire (rien à voir avec leur queue très lumineuse, qui se “déclenche” quand celles-ci passent près du soleil), alors que les astéroïdes sont plus brillants, à l’instar de la Lune. Observés à la lumière visible, les centaures ont des couleurs qui varient du bleu au rouge. Or, les données de WISE ont indiqué que les centaures bleus avaient une surface bien plus sombre, caractéristique des comètes. Près de 2/3 des centaures étudiés ont ainsi été associés à des comètes, dont l’origine serait l’extrême limite de notre système solaire. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreMais il n’est pas certain que les autres soient tout à fait des astéroïdes, appelant ainsi à poursuivre les recherches. D’après les auteurs, de nouvelles études des données de WISE pourraient apporter d’autres réponses. Il semblerait donc bien que les centaures n’aient pas fini de révéler tous leurs secrets.(Crédit photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech)Le 28 juillet 2013 à 12:48 • Emmanuel Perrin
Ricardo Rodriguez’s agent has attributed AC Milan’s rise in form to the addition of Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek.Paqueta and Piatek have combined effectively to transform the fortunes of the club with the Milan based club making a late call for a Champions League spot.Their form has led some fans to label them the new Kaka and Andriy Shevchenko at San Siro and the representative of their Rossoneri teammate has been pleasantly surprised by the pair.“We’re all a little surprised by the impact of Paqueta and Piatek,” Gianluca Di Domenico told Football Italia.“They’ve changed Milan. You don’t often see two players change a team so much. Gattuso’s team have always been proactive because the Coach wants the best from his players in every training session.With the exit of Higuain to Chelsea, Milan made a swift move to secure the signing of the Polish striker who has been in superb form.“However, it must be said that these two players have made a difference and no-one could’ve expected it, with all due respect to them and Higuain, who left.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Inspired by the greatest 👏🔴⚫️ @acmilan ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#ACMilan #Piatek #Paqueta #Shevchenko #Kaka pic.twitter.com/kOe2XVDClw— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) February 15, 2019“Milan have become very dangerous: the group now have confidence and the dressing room, which was already united at times of difficulty, now has enthusiasm, which makes the Rossoneri really formidable.“My only regret is that Milan are no longer in the Europa League because they could’ve gone a long way as they are now.”Milan are in the fourth position and would fancy their chances in the Coppa Italia, their only hope for a silverware this season.
Army Reserve departure ceremony Posted: November 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:55 AM KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A bittersweet farewell today for hundreds saying goodbye to members of the Army Reserve.A ceremony took place this morning at the Admiral Baker Park in San Diego to honor the soldiers who are being deployed to Southwest Asia.Major Kevin Faulconer was in attendance to see them off and thank them for their service. November 30, 2018 FacebookTwitter
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are five quick questions with Wilmington writer Erica Marchant.BackgroundMarchant is a member of one of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s writing groups. Marchant contributed to the groups’ brand new anthology, “The Writers Next Door.”A book launch event is taking place on Monday, August 20 at 7pm at the Wilmington Memorial Library. At the launch, the book’s writers will participate in a panel discussion and a book selling/signing. Refreshments will be served. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to Friends of the Library.#1) What is the story you contributed to the anthology called? What is it about? Why did you write it?I contributed poetry to this anthology. I wanted to write a short story, but everything I started ended up running too long and I couldn’t get my act together by the deadline. I started my writing career as a poet. I write it as a way to express myself and my thoughts. Where my fictional stories are mostly fiction, my poetry is a true reflection of how I see the world around me.The poems I included are reflections of my mother. She lost her life to cancer in October 2016 and I wrote these poems to cope with her loss. While they may invoke sadness, my mother was a true champion for my writing and always proud of my accomplishments. I am happy I have something in this anthology that memorializes her.#2) Why did you join the library’s Writing Group? Do you find it beneficial?I’ve always been a writer, but never let it be the center and focus of my life. When my mother was diagnosed it made me realize life is short and you only get one to live. I knew I needed to make writing the main focus and to do so I needed to surround myself with other writers. I found the writing group through our amazing library and knew it was just what I needed. Since joining the group early last year my writing has grown beyond my own belief. It has been extremely beneficial. I am a better writer and a better person because of my writing friends. I gain valuable feedback from others like me and am able to give them valuable feedback not only growing myself as a writer but watching them grow as well. Before this group, it had been almost 4 years since I published anything. Now I’ve established a regular writing routine and am regularly submitting work.#3) Have you written anything else outside the group? Where can my readers find your other works?Yes. I am currently working on my first science fiction novel One Way Ticket, and have others I am ready to move forward with when this one is done. I’ve published poetry and flash fiction, and also had a fiction column in Dirty Water Newspaper in 2013. Besides writing short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, I am a freelance writer. I took a hiatus from writing to care for my mother when she was sick from 2014 through her passing, so it has been a few years since I’ve had any publications.Readers will find updates about my work and publications on my website, which is still a work in progress, at EricaMarchant.com, on Facebook and Twitter. I also run the Confessions of a Career mom blog.#4) What advice would you give to other aspiring Wilmington writers?1.) Just write. I spent my entire life wishing I was a writer and then “trying” to be a writer until I finally said, “I am a writer.” To be a writer all you need to do is write every day and then find some way to share that writing with the world.2.) Join a writing group (like ours) because the support from fellow writers is immeasurable.3.) Forget about the fear. It will always be there. I have read many books and memoirs from other writers and even the most famous, like Stephen King himself, feel fear sometimes. Do it despite the fear.4.) If you want to write, don’t stop. Even if others discourage you, to which there will always be someone willing to discourage you.5.) Do what works for you. Stephen King writes an epic 1000 word novel in 6 months. Other writers take years to write 300 words. If you just keep writing, you will finish something. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. Write 10 words a day or 5,000. Write whenever you have time, but remember to take time for your writing.#5) What are you looking forward to the most regarding the Book Launch Event on August 20?I am looking forward to meeting local residents and sharing our work. We worked hard on putting this book together and self-publishing it. We learned so much along the way it is just amazing to have something presentable! Plus, it’s great for our community to see how much support the library gives to local writers, among all the resources they offer.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. 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Indian PM Narendra Modi meets UK PM Boris JohnsonTwitterIndia’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a unique way of bonding with global leaders. Invited to the G7 meeting as a special guest, Modi has been having bilateral meetings with heads of state like French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the summit.When PM Modi met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he had an especially good news to convey to him. The meeting between the two leaders took place just after Ben Stokes had led the England team, almost single-handedly, from the jaws of defeat to one of their most famous Test wins. The Indian leader didn’t miss this opportunity to break the good news to his British counterpart, according to India Today.We don’t know as yet what the instant reaction of PM Johnson was but he must have been extremely delighted. He was later also congratulated by the Australian PM Scott Morrison when the two leaders met on the sidelines of G7.The victory over Australia was one of the finest ever that England have achieved in their legendary Ashes rivalry. Just the bare facts convey the enormity of the achievement. England were nine-down while still needing 73 more runs to win. Ben Stokes, then, engaged in a 76-run partnership with the no. 11 batsman Jack Leach to take his team home. Boris Johnson with former India cricketer Arun Lal during a visit to IndiaTwitterWhat made this spectacular performance from the English all-rounder special was that in the 76-run partnership he had for the last wicket, all but 2 runs were scored by him. What’s more, these 74 runs were scored in just 45 deliveries by Stokes. Leach faced only 17 balls in the entire partnership and was brilliantly protected by his partner.Ben used the popular formula of taking the strike on the first four or five balls of an over and then leaving just one or two deliveries for his colleague to deal with. Yet, the two batsmen also needed a great deal of luck to get to their target. There was a dropped catch in the deep as well as two missed run-out opportunities that kept England in the game. Lastly, Stokes was given not out by the umpire when he was plumb lbw and the decision wasn’t altered because Australia had wasted their reviews on hopeless appeals.There is another reason for the UK PM to rejoice in his team’s victory. Apparently, he too played cricket in his college days at Oxford apart from rugby. Perhaps, PM Modi knew of this fact and also the importance of Ashes cricket when he decided to give his counterpart the good news.
.A total of 33,09,789 cases are now pending with the higher courts and lower courts across the country according to a statistics placed by law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister Anisul Huq in parliament on Tuesday.Of these, over 2.8 million cases are pending with the lower courts, while more than 400,000 with the High Court Division and 16,565 with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, he said replying to an unstarred question from independent member of parliament Rustum Ali Faraji (Pirojpur-3).In reply to a starred question from another independent MP Abdul Matin (Maulvibazar-2), the law minister said fraud syndicates those furnish fake arrest warrants and fake cases have been curbed to a large extent were largely declined due to different steps taken by the government.Anisul Huq said the government takes action against those who are involved in entrapping people with fake arrest warrants and fake cases following investigation.