Hundreds hit Montreal streets backing Innu Nation in battle with Quebec

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore than 200 Montreal residents took to the streets of the city in solidarity with the Innu Nation.They denounced the attitude of the Quebec government, Hydro-Quebec and the Surete du Quebec concerning the Innu’s territorial claims and the protection of the environment.APTN Natioal News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

Metis taking Manitoba government to court in hydro spat after talks break

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe Manitoba Metis Federation says it is taking the province to court in a dispute over planned hydro projects.Metis federation president David Chartrand  Tuesday with Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen and Manitoba Hydro to discuss a deal between the federation and the Crown utility.In March, Premier Brian Pallister quashed a $67-million deal that had been negotiated between the federation and Manitoba Hydro to help support a transmission line to Minnesota. The premier called it “persuasion money.”The federation said at the time it would file for a judicial review to overturn the decision because, it argued, the agreement was legally binding.“We were hoping that the province would have come forward with a position of an olive branch, given that we believe strongly that the agreement was negotiated between ourselves and Hydro,” said Chartrand.“They are not willing to sit down and they are going to overrule Hydro, which we believe they don’t have the legal right to do.”He said the federation has given its lawyers the green light to go ahead with court action, probably within the next week.Cullen said the two sides have agreed to disagree on the matter.“They feel it was an agreement,” he said. “Our understanding is that it’s really a proposal.”Cullen said the ball is in the Metis federation’s court.“It’s really up to them on how they want to proceed,” he said. “We’ll wait and see what their undertaking is.”Despite the disagreement on the transmission line, Cullen said the government is committed to consulting with the Metis federation.Nine of 10 Hydro board members resigned in March over what they said was Pallister’s refusal to meet with them to discuss important issues, including Indigenous rights.last_img read more

UNDP partners with TimorLeste university to advance human development

22 April 2009The United Nations agency tasked with providing countries with the knowledge, experience and resources that aid growth has announced the opening of a think-tank in Timor-Leste linking academics and policy makers to better promote development in the fledgling nation. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) teamed up yesterday with the leading public university in the South-East Asian nation, Universidade Nacional Timor-Loro Sa’e (UNTL), to launch the Human Development Centre (HDC).The Centre will organize training sessions on human development concepts and measurements, enabling young Timorese, especially university students and faculty to develop their knowledge and skills in the area of human development. Relations between UNDP and UNTL were cemented in 2007 following the signing of an historic internship agreement that facilitated UNTL students to serve with UNDP, gaining practical experience through direct exposure to the work of the agency in promoting international sustainable development. The event was witnessed by Minister of Economy and Development, João Gonçalves and the Minister of Education, Joao Cancio Freitas, as well as UNDP Country Director Akbar Usmani. read more

2002 financially good year for UN says top management official

Summing up the UN’s financial state at a press conference this afternoon, Catherine Bertini, Under-Secretary-General for Management, said the Organization’s aggregate cash balance at the end of 2002 was the highest ever, the level of unpaid contributions had dramatically decreased and significant progress had been made in reducing debt to Member States. Joining Ms. Bertina was Jean-Pierre Halbwachs, Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts and UN Controller. Two unfortunate trends were emerging, however, she cautioned. Cash levels for the International Tribunals were slipping a little more each year, leading to cross-borrowing from closed peacekeeping missions; and fewer Member States (117) had paid their dues in full by the end of the year –- a serious setback in the progress achieved between 1994 and 2000. Ms Bertini said that cash on hand at the end of 2002 — some $1.4 billion — was largely the result of a higher than projected level of payments. Unpaid assessments, although still substantial, were also significantly lower at year’s-end, amounting to $1.68 billion, compared to $2.11 billion in 2001. That figure was the lowest in seven years, as were amounts due to Member States, which had been reduced to $701 million, compared to $748 million at the end of 2001, she added. She said the amount of actual regular budget cash of $35 million, however, had been achieved despite smaller payments than forecast from the United States, Brazil and Argentina and fewer numbers of Member States paying their yearly assessment in full. It was due to lower net disbursements than initially projected that instead of ending the year with no cash, the Organization had been able to end it with a small amount of regular budget cash. “In 2002, only 117 Member States paid their regular budget contributions in full,” Ms. Bertini said. That presented a serious setback in the progress achieved between 1994 — when only 75 Member States paid in full — and 2000, when 141 Member States had paid in full. She urged all Member States to meet their obligation to pay in full and on time. Of those owing some $305 million in regular budget assessments at the end of 2002, the United States owed $190 million or 62 per cent; Brazil owed $37 million, or 12 per cent; and Argentina owed $30 million or 10 per cent, with 69 other Member States having total outstanding amounts of $48 million, or 16 per cent. Turning to the financial situation in 2003 in the context of the challenges and reform expectations to be met, Ms. Bertini said much needed to be accomplished this year, but to make further progress, Member States must provide the means. The Organization’s scorecard over the first four months of 2003 showed cash collections for the regular budget that were somewhat better than last year: this year, 76 Member States had paid in full so far this year, compared with 70 at the end of April in 2002. The amount of payments received in the first four months of the year had also increased, totalling $635 million, $218 million ahead the results at the same time last year. The combined picture at the end of 2003 for peacekeeping, regular budget, tribunals and — for the first time — the capital master plan cash showed a significant reduction from a high of some $1.4 billion to $990 million. The year-end cash balance projected for the capital master plan was forecast to be $14 million. The Organization intended to make significant payments to Member States in 2003, keeping up the momentum achieved in 2002 and, in fact, going beyond what had been accomplished last year. It expected to be able to pay some $939 million in certified troop and contingent-owned equipment claims. With projected additional claims of $731 million, the end result, at 31 December 2003, should be a significant lowering of debt to $495 million — $129 million for troops and only $366 million for COE. She said her “wish list” for the financial stability of the Organization envisioned 191 Member States paying on time; accelerated payments when Member States paid late in the year; and full payment by year-end in all cases. Overall, though the financial situation was continuing the progress made over the last several years, it was important not to let the present course change. It was up to Member States to reverse some of the negative trends mentioned today. read more

ICC Prosecutor says determination to bring justice to people of Sudan remains

“The question we need to ask of ourselves today is whether the people of Darfur, who continue to endure the suffering widely recognized by, amongst others, the African Union (AU), will ever receive the justice they deserve? Will their plight be finally answered through independent and impartial justice, or will their cries continue to face silent inaction?”Ms. Bensouda’s comments led off her briefing to the Security Council and come amid a worsening security climate and dire humanitarian crisis in the western Sudanese region, with ramped-up hostilities between Government forces and armed movements, deadly inter-communal conflicts and a precipitous rise in criminality and banditry.This morning, the Security Council decided to extend the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation (UNAMID) mandate for an additional year.Dismissing “those who have chosen to deliberately distort facts by alleging that the ICC imposed itself on Sudan,” Ms. Bensouda said that efforts of “detractors and naysayers” only serve to strengthen her Office’s resolve. “Omar Bashir’s rapid departure from South Africa proves that the warrants of arrest against him are as valid as they were when issued; that they remain in full force and effect, and that my Office is committed to ensure they are executed”, she went on to say.While the Sudanese President may have escaped the law in South Africa through an unanticipated and premature departure from the 24th AU Summit, “the swift judicial action by South African courts we have witnessed is a shining precedent that must be emulated in other States,” the Prosecutor continued.“More generally, the High Court’s ruling in South Africa has also underlined a growing recognition by domestic courts of states’ obligations to uphold their commitments under international law – in this case, the ICC’s Rome Statute.”It is “past time” for the Security Council and UN Member States to join forces with the Court and civil society in devising concrete and effective strategies for the arrest of accused persons wanted by the Court, and to give the ICC the full support it requires, Ms. Bensouda stressed.“I encourage States Parties to plan – ahead – for the arrest of each individual wanted by the Court in a targeted and efficient manner.”Reminding the Council of the “frequency” and “brutality” of the targeting of civilians, women in particular, the Prosecutor claimed that the people alleged to be most responsible for these ongoing atrocities are “the same people against who warrants of arrest have already been issued.”She repeated to the Council what she said during her last briefing about the situation in Darfur in December 2014 : that her Office has finite resources and a heavy caseload, and is therefore struggling to commit to full, active investigations of the on-going crimes in Darfur.“This however, should not in any-way be misconstrued or interpreted to mean that investigations have been closed or that we have abandoned the victims of mass atrocities in Darfur. Far from it”, she insisted.The ICC Prosecutor called “once again” on the Council to ensure Sudan’s compliance with its resolution 1593 , as well as on States Parties to the Rome Statute to promote cooperation and affect the arrest of individuals wanted by the Court in the Darfur situation.“If there is no follow-up action on the part of the Security Council, any referral by the Council to the ICC…would never achieve its ultimate goal, namely, to put an end to impunity. Accordingly, any such referral would become futile.”“There is more that we can and must all do to achieve peace and justice in Darfur. It must be stressed that this Council also has a vital role to play and must do its part.” read more

Yemen faces dire health crisis with major funding gap and 152 million

“The intensification of conflict in Yemen since March 2015 has pushed Yemen’s already weakened health system to the brink of collapse,” the UN World Health Organization (WHO) says in its latest update, appealing to the international community to step up its donations and warning that the crisis has not yet peaked.“Insecurity, power shortages and a lack of fuel (for generators and ambulances) have led to the closure of almost one in four health facilities. Not only are health workers among the 2.3 million people displaced, but the procurement and distribution of medicines and medical supplies has been disrupted. “In addition, economic factors are taking a toll on the Ministry of Health’s ability to fund the continued operation of health facilities and individuals’ ability to pay to access them. As a result, 15.2 million people currently lack access to health care and the conflict looks unlikely to abate any time soon.”The WHO needs $83 million to address Yemen’s health care crisis but has so far received only $37 million.Since the outbreak of violence in 2014, the UN has been working with the Yemeni parties, regional countries and Member States in efforts to achieve a ceasefire and a resumption of a political transition towards a peaceful, stable and democratic country – so far in vain.“Health services in Yemen are at their breaking point. Unless the health system receives sufficient support, immediately, it could collapse completely,” WHO warns, calling on Member States to provide additional funding, deploy medical teams and advocate for the protection of health workers and facilities and for the unrestricted delivery of medical supplies.“The crisis has not reached its peak,” it stresses. “There is no political solution to the current conflict in sight. And, with 20 million people lacking access to safe water and sanitation, conditions are ripe for a major disease outbreak.”The agency is working to support Yemen’s Health Ministry in coordinating the efforts of 22 partner agencies to meet the needs of people affected by the ongoing conflict, aiming to reach 10.3 million of the country’s most vulnerable people.Treatment for conflict-related injuries is an immediate concern, but other health needs are mounting, including increasing difficulties in accessing care for chronic non-communicable conditions such as cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. While some of these conditions are easily treatable under normal circumstances, if left untreated, the consequences can be deadly. Non-communicable diseases account for 39 per cent of all deaths in Yemen.Women and children are particularly vulnerable, with over 500,000 children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition and becoming increasingly susceptible to communicable diseases like measles and polio. For the past 10 months, WHO has been almost the only provider of medicines and medical supplies, distributing 300 tonnes of life-saving goods to the Ministry of Health, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).It has conducted fumigation campaigns to protect 250,000 people from dengue fever, provided intravenous (IV) fluids to treat 300 000 people, supported 71 health facilities with medicines, medical supplies and equipment, and delivered 119,000 litres of fuel to maintain uninterrupted services in hospitals and health facilities and support ambulance services.WHO has also procured nutritional supplements and paediatric medicines for therapeutic feeding centres and supported improvements to water and sanitation infrastructure at health facilities, including the delivery of more than 300,000 water purification tablets between August and October. read more

We urgently need healthy soils to ensure essential services they provide Ban

In his message on the Day, Mr. Ban encouraged the international community to optimize the use of soil now and preserve and protect it in the long-term, because the sustainable soil management can also contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change. The theme of the 2016 edition of World Soil Day is Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life. Pulses, such as dry beans, peas and lentils, can boost soil health while supporting healthier and nutritious diets, and can also fix atmospheric nitrogen in their roots. In addition, pulses combine with soil in a unique symbiosis that protects the environment, enhances productivity, contributes to adapting to climate change and provides fundamental nutrients to the soil and subsequent crops. Finally, pulses also reduce the need to apply external fertilizer. The Secretary-General also highlighted recommendations on ways to protect and sustainably manage soils in the recently endorsed Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management developed by the Global Soil Partnership. The guidelines will contribute to improving the health of the soil and increasing its potential to support mitigation and adaptation actions in a changing climate. “On World Soil Day, I call for greater attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health,” concluded Mr. Ban, urging global efforts to build on the International Year of Soils (2015) and this year’s International Year of Pulses, and all the activities supporting sustainable soil management to generate more hectares of healthy soils everywhere. read more

Brock student fundraising to support physical education in Kenya

Knowing firsthand the impact physical education can have, Adrian Grew was taken aback when he learned there are children around the world going without that critical aspect of learning.The fourth-year Concurrent Education student has since committed himself to making a difference, aiming to introduce physical education in the Siaya district of Kenya, where his family has ties. “I’ve always wanted to make a positive change in some way when I finish at Brock,” said Grew, who has been working throughout the term to fundraise for his cause.“At the Ramula Mixed Secondary School, there is no formal physical education program and all of the sports are male-oriented. I want to create opportunities for these boys and girls to participate in and develop a love for sport.”Fourth-year Concurrent Education student Adrian Grew is selling beaded jewelry to support creation of a sports program for children at a school in Kenya.As a lifelong basketball fan, Grew, a Kingston, Ont., native, learned the positive benefit of sport and became determined to share that impact with others.In the spring of 2018, Grew will travel to the Kenyan secondary school, where he will spend three weeks volunteering and introducing a sports program to students.To raise funds to buy sports equipment for the overseas initiative, he has been selling beaded jewelry on campus throughout the term. “People have likely seen me in the hallway every Thursday afternoon outside of the Computer Commons, selling beaded necklaces and bracelets made by Ugandan women,” Grew said.The beads, brought back from Africa by Grew’s mother, are created by women in the community as a means to support their families.Each colourful bead is a long triangular piece of paper, rolled up and sealed with a resin to maintain its shape.“By making a purchase, you are supporting two communities — the Ugandan women who make the jewelry and the children at the Ramula school who will benefit from the equipment purchased for them,” Grew said.His travel to Africa and accommodations are being paid for from his personal savings, earned by refereeing basketball for intramural teams and working at a summer sports camp for the City of Kingston.“I have been planning on volunteering in this way for some time now. All of the proceeds go into a GoFundMe account dedicated to giving back to this community,” he said.Grew first visited Kenya more than 10 years ago, while travelling with his family. He credits his mother, an elementary school teacher and volunteer of CanAssist, a Canadian charity dedicated to infrastructure development in East Africa, for inspiring him to help others.Even though Grew is not scheduled to depart for a year, the Kenyan community has already expressed enthusiasm in anticipation of his arrival.  “On behalf of Ramula Secondary School, Nyanza province Kenya and the St. Catherine early childhood community school, we are looking forward to Adrian Grew’s visit to this community,” said CanAssistAfrican Relief Trust Kenyan field representative Daniel Oduor Otieno.“It is our hope that students will be able to learn and work with him in the areas of his interest, which are basketball, physical education and mathematics.”It’s not just the students Grew hopes will share in his understanding of the importance of physical education and the opportunities and lessons learned through sport.“As a future educator, I believe it’s important to develop programming that is sustainable,” he said. “To do this, I need to get the teachers and community leaders engaged to ensure the program we develop continues after I leave.”Beaded necklaces and bracelets can be purchased April 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. outside of the Computer Commons.Donations can be made online on Grew’s GoFundMe page. read more

Womens hockey Kassidy Sauves recordbreaking year defined through resilience

Ohio State redshirt sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve stares down a rolling puck against St. Cloud State on Feb. 4 at the OSU Ice Rink. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterOhio State women’s hockey redshirt sophomore starting goaltender Kassidy Sauve was given figure skates by her parents when she was just 4 years old, but she turned them down. She didn’t want the “girl skates.” All she wanted was to play hockey, even if it meant being the only girl on the team.So, Sauve started playing hockey with her brother and played goalie.Now, Suave is the 2016-17 NCAA saves leader and broke OSU’s school record for most saves in a single-season on Saturday.“I fell in love with (hockey) early on,” Sauve said. “When I was little I was on the ice all the time. Other than when I was doing school work I was on the ice or playing road hockey.”There was no girls team near the small town outside of Montreal where Sauve grew up, so she got her start playing on all-boys teams. Even when her family moved to Toronto, she begged her parents to let her try out for the boys team.“I think it made me very intense,” Sauve said. “I think a lot of my teammates would say I’m an intense person and I hate losing. I’m very passionate and I think that had a lot to do with me playing boys hockey.”One of Sauve’s favorite hockey memories came when she was chosen to represent Canada on the under-18 women’s national team.“When I got the call that I was selected for the under-18 women’s national team I was very excited,” Sauve said. “It was something I dreamed of when I was little. We played in Budapest, Hungary, and we actually won gold, which was really cool. I’m really hoping to experience that again someday.”Sauve had no plans to attend a big school due to her small-town upbringing. But­­­­­­­, when she visited Ohio State, she fell in love with the campus, the people and the rink.“I noticed right off the bat that for a big school it has a small school feel,” Sauve said. “I just fell in love with the school and I know a lot of people don’t love our rink, but I fell in love with our rink because it reminds me of childhood rinks.”It wasn’t too long after Sauve stepped foot in Columbus that she faced one of the toughest challenges of her life.In a game at Wisconsin, an opposing player made a back-door pass which caused Sauve to slip. Immediately something felt off.“I thought I just pulled my hip flexor or something,” Sauve said. “I got an X-ray and an MRI and it showed that my labrum was torn. What was causing it was that I had extra bone mass on my femur … And I had it on both sides. Thank my genetics for that.”Sauve underwent bilateral surgery to clean up the extra bone mass on her femurs. Recovering from a major surgery is difficult, but she said the real challenge was being away from the sport she loves so much.“It was tough when they were on the ice or in practice and you’re sitting in the stands or on the bench watching, but I would try to stay close to (my teammates) all times possible,” she said.Aside from her teammates, Sauve leaned on her family who was hundreds of miles away in Canada.“My family was a huge support system for me, they helped me through that process,” she said. “They were always there for me and always a phone call away. They still made trips down even though I wasn’t playing.”Sauve has experienced countless memorable moments on the ice, but one that sticks out beyond the rest is the first time she stepped back on the ice after her surgeries. She was in just a tracksuit and skates but it was a moment she will never forget.“I got chills,” Sauve said. “I got very emotional. It was really exciting to not be in pain when I was skating. It brought tears to my eyes.”After being out of the game for 581 days, Sauve is dominating in her comeback season. Following Saturday’s game, she has racked up 1,086 saves so far in her redshirt sophomore season, the most in the NCAA. She is more than 100 saves ahead of the second-place competitor.“I definitely have a solid defensive team in front of me,” Sauve said. “The number of shots I have doesn’t do them justice.”OSU coach Nadine Muzerall said Sauve is the “backbone” and the “quarterback” of the team.“She faces a lot of shots and she always does what we need of her,” Muzerall said.Playing in the WCHA, Suave faced some of the toughest offenses in the country on a weekly basis. In league play, the Buckeyes took on the current No. 1, 2 and 4 teams in the country.“The matter of fact is, I don’t know why we give up a lot of shots but I like it,” she said. “So it’s not a big deal to me. I’d rather have 900-and-something shots versus 150 throughout the season.” read more

Looking for the best senior

first_imgThe search for stand out senior Victorians has begun with nominations now open for the 2012 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards. Minister for Ageing David Davis has invited people to nominate seniors who make a real difference to their local communities. “Established more than 20 years ago, the Senior of the Year Awards promote the achievements of senior Victorians and demonstrate the benefits of positive ageing,” Mr Davis said. There are five awards categories: Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year for an outstanding contribution to their local community and Victoria; Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria Senior Achiever Awards for significant contributions to their local communities and Victoria; Promotion of Multiculturalism Award for a significant contribution to promoting cultural diversity; Healthy and Active Living Award for helping create active and healthy communities; and, Veteran Community Award for an exceptional contribution to the veteran community. The 2012 awards will be presented at a reception at Government House on October 5. The awards will be part of Victoria’s celebrations for the United Nations International Day of Older Persons on October 1. To nominate someone for an Award visit Seniors Online at or call Seniors Information Victoria on 1300 135 090 to request a nomination form. Nominees must be residents of Victoria aged 60 years or over. Nominations close on 20 July 2012. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

David De Geas terrible recent run continues

first_imgDavid De Gea is on a rough patch right now after conceding 10 goals from 14 shotsThe Spanish goalkeeper endured a miserable campaign at the 2018 World Cup and conceded three goals in the national side’s opening game against Portugal.De Gea made a terrible mistake by allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to slip through his grasp in the game before later being unable to prevent the Portugal captain from scoring a sensational late free-kick to seal a 3-3 draw.Another three goals were conceded as Spain went crashing out at the last-16 stage to tournament hosts Russia.And it appears that De Gea’s nightmare has followed him back to the Premier League after conceding four times in United’s first two league matches, which included three against Brighton on Sunday.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The 27-year-old will now have to contend with the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen in United’s next league game against Tottenham on Monday.10 – In competitive games since the start of the 2018 World Cup, David de Gea has conceded 10 goals from his last 14 shots on target faced for Manchester United and Spain combined. Glum.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 19, 2018last_img read more

Second Issue of Mine Doesnt Feel Like It

first_imgGreat idea, but Time Inc.’s Mine kinda sucks.There, I said it.When I first heard about Time Inc.’s experiment in publishing a customized magazine,I was impressed—particularly that a big publishing conglomerate wouldattempt such an innovative idea—and hopeful that the concept, at least,would be successful, even if the business model was not.After two issues, however, it’s clear to me that the execution of this cool idea is failing from a consumer perspective. Why? Because nothing about Mine feels like it.Fromthe customized belly band Lexus ad with the mismatched shades ofgrey—for a car I have no interest nor means to buy (the all-new 2010 RXwas inspired by me? I don’t think so)—to the dated content (JamesPoniewozik’s essay on the future of mobile television peppered withreferences to Thanksgiving and the Super Bowl) that is neithercustomized to me nor matches my interests (I like Sports Illustrated,don’t like football—so why, in May, would I want to read a story about an ex-Green Bay Packer’s drug use?).My hope probablyshould’ve been dashed much earlier. That Time Inc. only solicitedanswers to three questions—designed mainly to fill in the blanks on theLexus ads—before cobbling together my “custom” magazine was not a goodomen.I’m not the only one in this office that thinks Mine feels like someone else’s. My colleague, Bill Mickey, made that call after his first issue arrived.Still,there is at least one jaded media type who is ready to call Mine asuccess. Slate’s Farhad Manjoo says his skepticism was “misguided”:I’vereceived two issues of Mine, and I love it. Unlike a lot of thepublications that slip into my mailbox each month, Mine is full ofstories that I actually feel like reading. As promised, many of thearticles look as if they were picked just for me.…Mineisn’t an echo chamber that merely reflects my narrow views. Instead,reading it is a bit listening to Pandora, the online service thatserves up songs based on my musical preferences. Like Pandora—and likethe best magazine editors—Mine exposed me to stuff that I liked butprobably wouldn’t have sought out on my own.To each his own.last_img read more

HSBC keeps headquarters in London rejects move to Hong Kong

first_imgHSBC Holdings decided on Sunday to keep its headquarters in Britain, rejecting the option of shifting its centre of gravity back to its main profit-generating centre Hong Kong after a 10 month review.The unanimous decision by HSBC’s board gives a boost to London’s status as a global financial centre, which since the financial crisis of 2008-09 has faced challenges from tougher regulation and rising costs.For Hong Kong, the chance of luring Europe’s biggest bank back to its birthplace has been lost for now.”London is one of the world’s leading international financial centres and home to a large pool of highly skilled, international talent,” HSBC said in a statement following a board meeting in London.”It remains therefore ideally positioned to be the home base for a global financial institution such as HSBC”.London, however, could face soon a potentially disruptive challenge if Britain were to vote to leave the European Union in an upcoming referendum.Hong Kong, where HSBC was founded about 150 years ago, was considered the strongest candidate for a possible move from London given it accounts for nearly 50 percent of HSBC’s pre-tax profit.But gyrations in Chinese markets coupled with concerns about China’s increasing influence over Hong Kong meant it was seen as increasingly likely in recent months that the bank would stick to London, where it was able to win some tax concessions.HSBC stressed that while it was keeping its UK base, it remained committed to its Asia “Pivot” strategy under which it plans to invest more into China’s Pearl River Delta region.”Having our headquarters in the UK and our significant business in Asia Pacific delivers the best of both worlds to our stakeholders,” CEO Stuart Gulliver said in the statement.The Hong Kong Monetary Authority, which had earlier said it would welcome an HSBC move to Hong Kong, said in a statement on Monday it respected the board’s decision to maintain the status quo.TUMULTUOUS TIMESThe decision comes at the end of a tumultuous week for European banks, whose shares have tumbled on fears of a global economic slowdown and the impact on earnings from a prolonged period of low or negative interest rates.HSBC shares have fallen around 18 percent since the start of the year and are down more than 30 percent from last April when the group began the review of where to base its headquarters, hit by China’s flagging economic growth and its ongoing market turmoil.Investors in HSBC had encouraged the bank to consider leaving Britain, partly because of a tax on banks’ global balance sheets brought in after the financial crisis.But in July, Britain scaled back the tax as part of efforts by finance minister George Osborne to help to keep Britain a “highly attractive” place for banks.A Reuters analysis showed that moving to Hong Kong might have actually increased the bank’s tax burden.”HSBC’s thorough review and consideration of other international financial centres emphasises the need for the UK to continuously stay competitive on regulation, tax and talent,” Britain’s industrial lobby group CBI said on Monday.HSBC, which moved from Hong Kong to London in 1993 when it bought Midland Bank and ahead of the former colony’s handover to China, considered several possible cities to re-base to, including Toronto and Paris. In the later stages of the review, HSBC said it was looking purely at Britain and Hong Kong, where CEO Gulliver is a permanent resident.Analysts estimated the cost of moving would be between $1.5 billion and $2.5 billion.HSBC said it will end its policy of reviewing where its headquarters should be every three years, and will only do so if there is “a material change in circumstances.”last_img read more

SpiderMan Far From Home postcredit scene to show Thor with Guardians

first_imgTom Holland on the poster of Avengers: EndgameInstagramTom Holland’s Spider-Man: Far From Home is going to have a worldwide premiere on July 2. Ahead of its grand premiere, fans are desperately waiting to learn more about the upcoming MCU movie. There were several speculations that Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man will come back in Spider-Man movie but now it looks like we may get to see Chris Hemsworth’s Thor along with the remaining Guardians in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home movie.The upcoming Spider-Man movie is going to feature Peter Parker facing life without Tony Stark. The world is still recovering after the events shown in the Avengers: Endgame. As we have seen in the recently released trailer, Peter has to come out of his brooding phase to get on with his life. Peter then goes on a school trip to Europe with his friends where he meets Nick Fury and Quentin Beck aka Mysterio. Upon enquiring about other Avengers, he learns that no one is going to come and help him this time.Even though there are no Avengers who would come to help Peter Parker in the movie, there are chances that we might get to see Thor in the post-credit scene. Photos from Avengers: Infinity WarMarvel/FacebookIn Avengers: Endgame movie, we saw how Thor decides to go on with the Guardians into space. There are rumours that Thor will have a major role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 movie. Since Spider-Man: Far From Home movie will feature characters from different dimensions, there are chances that by the end, we might get to see Thor coming on the planet Earth along with the remaining Guardians — from there, they will go in search of Gamora.If Chris Hemsworth makes a cameo in Tom Holland’s movie then it would be amazing to see how these two co-stars are going to take the movie forward. Other than Thor, there are chances that we might get to see Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and Drax in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home movie.As of now, these are nothing but speculations from Marvel Cinematic Universe fans. More information about Thor’s cameo in Spider-Man: Far From Home movie will be unveiled when Tom Holland’s next superhero movie will release in the theatres.last_img read more

PM sees no virtual progress in Rohingya repatriation

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said although Bangladesh and Myanmar have been making various efforts, including signing of a deal, to repatriate over a million Rohingyas, there has been no virtual progress in this regard so far.”We’ve been making various efforts, we have signed a deal, their (Myanmar’s) ministers visited Bangladesh and saw the sufferings of displaced Rohingyas, but there has been no virtual progress,” she said.The premier said this while secretary general of Amnesty International Salil Shetty met her at her official residence Ganobahaban.The prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.To identify them quickly and effectively, Sheikh Hasina mentioned, Bangladesh has done the biometric registration of over one million Rohingyas who entered the country amid persecution by Myanmar military.”Bangladesh government is very much careful about the safety and security of the Myanmar Rohingya refugees,” she mentioned.Sheikh Hasina said her government is arranging temporary shelters for the Rohingyas in Bhashan Char.She said the Amnesty International is working in Bangladesh for the Rohingyas and hoped that they will continue their works.Salil Shetty clearly said the centre of the Rohingya crisis is not in Bangladesh, but in Myanmar.He said he has visited Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps and talked to Rohingyas. “It’s a crime against Rohingyas,” he said adding that the Rohingya women are still traumatised.Shetty mentioned that he saw the satellite pictures and video evidence of the atrocities carried out on the Rohingya people in Myanmar.”There should be a public campaign and pressure in favour of Rohingya people,” he said.The AI secretary general mentioned that Rohingya refugees must return to their homeland. “But their safety and security must be ensured.He said the situation will be more challenging to manage the one million Rohingyas during monsoon.Shetty recalled that when Suu Kyi was interned, the AI was engaged in a strong campaign to have her freed.Read more : Fear, isolation for Myanmar’s remaining RohingyasGovt to start Rohingya relocation to island in Junelast_img read more

Michael Cohen Spills The Beans

first_img 00:00 /28:55 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, testified before the House Oversight Committee and described the President as a con man, as well as a racist and disloyal person. His explosive testimony came in the aftermath of Cohen’s own plea deal for lying before Congress.Will Cohen’s testimony matter in the ongoing investigation of the President? Should his testimony even be considered, in light of his own conviction? What are the political implications for Democrats and Republicans? Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus break down the testimony and look at the impact it might have for Trump.NATIONAL TOPICS-2020 Presidential roundup! Who’s in and who’s out-North Carolina 9th Congressional District gets a redo-Joaquin Castro’s resolution passes the U.S. House and rebukes the border wall-Trump and Kim Jong Un’s summit ends with little progress-The President invites Americans to set aside Fourth of July for a celebrationTEXAS TOPICS-Governor Greg Abbott sets record on fundraising-Senator John Cornyn quotes Benito Mussolini – U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacts-The Texas Legislature discusses billion dollar figures for funding of public schools-A federal judge orders Texas to end effort to purge voter rollsYou can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email Politics is produced by Don Geraci, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editor is Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APMichael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Listenlast_img read more

Weaknesses in EmotionExpression Research Outlined in New Report

first_img For more information about this study, please contact: Lisa Feldman Barrett at or 617-794-4409, Ralph Adolphs at, Stacy Marsella at, Aleix Martinez at, or Seth Pollak at or 608-698-2523. Read coverage of this report in The Washington Post, Forbes, The Verge, and the ACLU’s Free Future blog “It is not possible to confidently infer happiness from a smile, anger from a scowl or sadness from a frown, as much of current technology tries to do when applying what are mistakenly believed to be the scientific facts,” a group of leading experts in psychological science, neuroscience and computer science write in their comprehensive research review. “People scowl when angry, on average, approximately 25% of the time, but they move their faces in other meaningful ways when angry,” Barrett explains. “They might cry, or smile, or widen their eyes and gasp. And they also scowl when not angry, such as when they are concentrating or when they have a stomach ache. Similarly, most smiles don’t imply that a person is happy, and most of the time people who are happy do something other than smile.” The authors note that the general public and some scientists believe that there are unique facial expressions that reliably indicate six emotion categories: anger, sadness, happiness, disgust, fear, and surprise. But in reviewing more than 1,000 published findings about facial movements and emotions, they found that typical study designs don’t capture the real-life differences in the way people convey and interpret emotions on faces. A scowl or a smile can express more than one emotion depending on the situation, the individual, or the culture, they say. In a separate article in the journal, Alan Cowen and Dacher Keltner of the University of California, Berkeley; Disa Sauter of the University of Amsterdam; and Jessica L. Tracy of the University of British Columbia note that most scientists agree that facial expressions are meaningful, even if they don’t follow a one-to-one match with six basic emotion categories. They propose a new model for studying emotion-related responses in all their complexity and variations. This approach would measure not only facial cues, but also body movements, voice fluctuations, head movements and other indicators to capture such nuanced responses as smiles of embarrassment or sympathetic vocalizations, they say.center_img “We thought this was an especially important issue to address because of the way so-called ‘facial expressions’ are being used in industry, educational and medical settings, and in national security,” say Barrett and her co-authors. The full text of the report and commentary are available to the public online. Software that purports to read emotions in faces is being deployed or tested for a variety of purposes, including surveillance, hiring, clinical diagnosis, and market research. But a new scientific report finds that facial movements are an inexact gauge of a person’s feelings, behaviors, and intentions. The report appears in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and is authored by APS President Lisa Feldman Barrett of Northeastern University, Ralph Adolphs of the California Institute of Technology, Stacy Marsella of Northeastern University and the University of Glasgow, Aleix M. Martinez of The Ohio State University and Seth D. Pollak of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. last_img read more

Air Astana adds Vietnam to Asia network

first_imgAsian network has been a “high priority” for the carrier. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, Air Astana has expanded its reach across Asia, with the launch of services from Almaty to Ho Chi Minh City.Taking off this week, the carrier will fly to Ho Chi Minh via Bangkok for a total flight time of nine hours and return to Almaty non-stop in only seven hours. Flights will initially be operated on Wednesdays and Fridays using a Boeing 757 configured in a 16 business class / 150 economy class layout. Air Astana president Peter Foster said increasing the airline’s Asian network has been a “high priority” and expects Ho Chi Minh to serve as a “popular” destination for tourists from Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries. The carrier currently operates flights to 50 international and domestic services, including seven Asian destinations; Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Ho Chi Minh City.last_img read more

Singapore – Reported by Elite Traveler the Privat

first_imgSingapore – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAs the chequered flag returns to the little red dot, Fairmont Singapore shifts to maximum overdrive to bring the finest night race experiences for fans here and abroad. “As the fastest race on Earth heads back to the Lion City, we have lined up an outstanding list of lifestyle, epicurean and pampering offerings both motor race aficionados and novices will surely enjoy,” said Mr Ian Wilson, General Manager, Fairmont Singapore and Regional Vice President, Asia, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “This is a “fast-paced” period where we turn moments into memories for our guests and we are very excited to welcome them back this season,” he added.Inagiku’s Need For Speed Special 24, 25, 26 September 2010 Epicurean high-rollers will find Inagiku’s night race offering as an opulent gastronomic treat! This very exclusive food and wine pairing extravaganza will feature the most premium Japanese delicacies, wines and exquisite saké.Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm F1 speed menu at 170++ per person Three (3) shots of Golden Sake at 100++Inagiku’s Blazing Speed Menu $270++ per person (inclusive of 3 types of Golden Award Sake)Prego’s Pit Stop Extravaganza 26 to 29 September 2010Prego is the perfect place for families to come together and savour scrumptious Italian delicacies surrounded by our service staff draped in racing inspired jersey whilst experiencing the thrilling excitement of the much-awaited night race. Celebrate the arrival of the fastest show on earth by feasting over Chef Domenico Piras luscious creations and glorious spread of Tuscan and Neapolitan cuisine.Szechuan Court “The Fast And The Sizzling” Treat 1 for 1 Tiger Beer Promotion * Live Screening on Giant ScreensSingaporeans are renowned for their unadulterated love for good food, fine wine even motor sports. In line with the spirit of racing, Chef Sebastian will be whipping up the most luscious Cantonese and sizzling hot Szechuan dishes to complement the highly-charged ambience, thunderous sounds of the cars and euphoria of the crowd. These factors all add up for a tantalising Epicurean treat and perfect race night moments at Szechuan Court where you can hear the thunderous racing action. Plaza Market Café’s “Race Circuit Traffic Treasure Hunt” 24 to 26 September 2010In celebration of the night race weekend, the culinary destination for lovers of traditional Asian cuisine, Plaza Market Café will offer kids a unique treasure hunt experience where they will be challenged to navigate a “pit stop map” duplicating the street race circuit where wonderful surprises and “treasures” await to be collected. While mom and dad tuck into their authentically local favourites and the restaurant’s resplendent buffet spread and ‘live’ hawker style stations showcasing regional cuisine, the young ones will be surely fired up for memorable racing moments on their own.Alligator Pear’s “Exclusive Vip Seats” Race Night Package By The Poolside 24 to 26 September 2010Listen to magnificent engines as they roar and scorch the city streets whilst enjoying the company of friends and colleagues in the cosy comfort of Alligator Pear’s Exclusive VIP sections by the Poolside. Complemented by an enticing VIP package which includes a Free-flow of champagne and a luscious selection of canapés, guests may celebrate and soak in the action-packed ambience of the night races above the frenzy and the crowd.VIP Package Free Flow Champagne and Canapés at $125++ per person from 6pm to 8pmParty of Four Beer in Bucket Special (Four (4) Budweiser beers at $40 or $55 with Nachos) 1 Live Race Screening on Outdoor Giant ScreenRace Schedule Friday, 24 September 2010 Practice1 – 6pm to 7:30pm Practice 2 – 9:30pm to 11pmSaturday, 25 September 2010 Practice 3 – 7pm to 8pm Qualifying – 10pmSunday, 26 September 2010 Finals – 8pmInk Club Bar “The Night Race Rendezvous Spot” 26 to 29 September 2010Celebrate the night race season with friends whilst enjoying an adrenaline pumping evening at Singapore’s most intimate jazz bar. INK Club Bar is the perfect enclave for the hip and relaxed crowd. As the sun sets, INK comes alive with “live” Jazz music from resident Jazz pianist and musical maestro Jeremy Monteiro and friends. Drop by and enjoy INK’s sophisticated music and soothing ambience amid the racing frenzy, complemented by an engaging service of friendly staff in racing inspired uniforms.Pampering Pleasures At Willow Stream Spa 1 to 30 September 2010As the night race season sizzles back to Singapore, racing fans and lovers of luxurious pampering are invited to treat both body and mind with a rejuvenating spa fiesta experience within the ethereal sanctuary of Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Singapore. We have two remarkable pre and post race indulgence treats this September:Spa BurstThis personalised mini facial experience includes a professional skin analysis, gentle exfoliation and masque to refresh the skin. Tag along those delicate, precious feet with the vibrant colours of nail glaze and stimulating foot massage. This re-energising 90mins treatment is available at $159+Angelic Breath Space Dimension – Indulge with this full back massage using therapeutic oils that induce a state of relaxation and lightness. Combined with a customised facial and a de-stressing hair treatment, provides a feeling of utmost relaxation. This 120mins re-energising special is available at $259+ (U.P. $349+)Moments to Memories Racing Experience Package Available for stays from 23 to 28 September 2010As Singapore gears up to provide local racing fans and fans from all across the globe the best days and nights of thunder this September. With this year’s night race promising bigger thrills and more spectacular actions, Fairmont Singapore’s fabulous room rates will help bring you much closer to the 300kph action like never before. Book now!www.fairmont.comlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 10 2017 1

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2017 1:34 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jane Fonda raises $1.3 million at 80th birthday fundraiser ATLANTA – Jane Fonda used her 80th birthday celebration to raise $1.3 million for her foundation.The two-time Oscar-winner held the “Eight Decades of Jane” fundraiser at an upscale hotel Saturday night. The event recognized Fonda’s life achievements along with her foundation, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, which she created in 1995.The Atlanta-based non-profit focuses on teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent health.Fonda’s foundation hosted the event with 228 guests in attendance including CNN founder and ex-husband Ted Turner, her son Troy Garity and producer Paula Weinstein. James Taylor and Carole King performed several songs including “So Far Away” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”Dolly Parton, Kerry Washington, Ludacris and Oprah Winfrey shared a toast through a video message.___Online: read more