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Unexplained symptoms in Cuba sparks recall of diplomatic family members

first_imgOTTAWA – The families of Canadian diplomats serving in Cuba are being recalled as a response to mysterious incidents which have plagued some staff and dependents.The move comes after 10 Canadians continue to show unexplained brain symptoms, officials say.That number includes an unknown number of children and non-diplomat family members, but government officials are giving no further breakdown, citing privacy concerns.Government officials, who briefed journalists on the condition of anonymity, say the ongoing problems are raising concerns about a new type of acquired brain injury, the cause of which remains a mystery. Officials say the cause could be human-made.Spouses, children, or even parents of Canadian diplomats currently accompanying them in Havana will begin leaving the Cuban capital immediately.Havana has now been declared an “unaccompanied post” in the Canadian foreign service — a designation Cuba now shares with Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and South Sudan.Cuba is a favourite tourist destination for Canadians, with more than one million visiting the Caribbean island annually, but Global Affairs Canada says there is no evidence of any related ailments among Canadian travellers.Canada is working with the United States — many of whose personnel in Havana also took ill — and Cuban authorities to try to solve the mystery.Cuba says it is not responsible for the unexplained incidents, but the fallout has led the U.S. to recall many of its diplomats and expel Cuban representatives from Washington.Global Affairs Canada said the new status of the Havana mission is the result of an environmental assessment of its staff housing completed in March that failed to turn up a cause. The decision is also being taken after the troubling findings of a University of Pennsylvania study of U.S. diplomatic staff.“According to these specialists, medical information raised concerns for a new type of acquired brain injury. Additional research is needed to better understand this,” said a statement Monday from Global Affairs Canada.“The cause remains unknown, but could be human-made.”Government officials declined to give further details of the new medical findings and referred reporters to the study itself, which was published in February by the Journal of the American Medical Association.Canada and Cuba continue to have “a positive and constructive relationship” and have been co-operating to find a cause since problems first surfaced about a year ago, the statement said.But officials said Monday it remains a mystery that has no apparent precedent in diplomatic affairs.About 27 people from 10 diplomatic families underwent testing when some complained of dizziness, headaches and difficulty in concentrating.The symptoms developed amid concern about possible acoustic attacks in 2016 and 2017, but officials said Monday the theory of an acoustic or sonic attack has been ruled out.Canadian diplomats in Havana were told Monday of the changes, and officials said they would be given time to evaluate any future career decisions, given the effect on their families.Many of the embassy staff were due to rotate out and be replaced this coming August, but now all those involved will be given time to re-evaluate their next moves, officials said.The Cuban embassy in Ottawa did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.last_img read more


SiriusXM and the CCMA launch Top of the Country music competition in

first_imgTORONTO, Feb. 13, 2018 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced the launch of SiriusXM’s Top of the Country in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), offering a national platform exclusively for emerging Canadian country artists. The cross-Canada search will give participating acts a chance to play at Canada’s biggest country music festivals, industry mentorship programs, a SOCAN songwriting camp in Nashville, TN and more, plus the grand prize of $25,000 and a SOCAN songwriting camp in Pender Island, BC.Once participants representing Western, Central and Eastern Canada have been selected, the competition will not only offer emerging artists some of the biggest prizes in the country, but showcase them on a national stage through a public online vote open to all Canadians to choose their favourites.“Fostering and promoting new Canadian talent has always been incredibly important to SiriusXM and to our partner, the CCMA,” said Jeff Leake, Director of Music Programming. “So as Canada’s premier music provider, we wanted to shine a light on the burgeoning community of up and coming country artists to give them the exposure they deserve and need to help take their music careers to the next level.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment SiriusXM and the CCMA launch Top of the Country music competition in search of Canada’s next big country star (CNW Group/Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc.) Facebook “As a champion of Canadian country music, the CCMA prides itself on finding new ways to elevate the genre and the artists that are navigating their way through it,” said Tracy Martin, Interim President of the CCMA. “We were focused on expanding our Discovery Program and our new artist development efforts, and we have done just that with our partner, SiriusXM. We are very excited to launch Top of the Country.”SiriusXM invites Canadian country solo artists and groups to register starting at 10 am ET today at siriusxm.ca/topcountryuntil midnight ET on March 2. Following the registration phase, three artists from each of Western, Central and Eastern Canada will be chosen by a jury of industry experts to record in-studio videos for the Canada-wide online vote, taking place later this Spring.Once voting is complete, three will emerge as the Top Country Finalists, receiving a stage spot at Big Valley Jamboree(Camrose, AB), Cavendish Beach Music Festival (Cavendish, PEI) or a SiriusXM-sponsored major festival in Ontario. Finalists will also receive a SOCAN songwriting camp in Nashville, TN and an exclusive mentoring session with Canadian artists and industry professionals in Toronto, hosted by SiriusXM and the CCMA.The grand prize winner of Top of the Country will be chosen during the CCMA’s Country Music Week in Hamilton, ONthis September. Finalists will battle it out on stage before a headlining artist at the SiriusXM CCMA Top of the Country Finale, airing live on SiriusXM, with music industry professionals and audience votes deciding the winner of $25,000, plus a SOCAN songwriting camp in Pender Island, BC.SiriusXM’s Top of the Country in partnership with CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing tradition of promoting and elevating the best emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 35 million subscribers.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies eight years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2018 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker Fund, Government of Ontario, City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton and the Hamilton, Halton and Brant Regional Tourism Organization. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more


Yellowknives Dene relinquish land to expand NWT capital

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsThe City of Yellowknife and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation are united behind a proposal that would alter their municipal boundaries.The boundary change is part of the larger Akaitcho land claim process, involving the Dene, Lutselk’e and Deninu Kue First Nations in Northwest Territories.The city of Yellowknife will likely give formal approval at the next council meeting later this month.At that time, it will be up to the territorial government to make a recommendation to the minister of lands.cmorritt-jacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img


Moroccan Scientist Develops New Cancer Treatment

Rabat – Moroccan scientist Amin Hajitou and his team at the Imperial College of London have developed a new cancer treatment based on “virotherapy.”The treatment involves using bacterial viruses that have been genetically modified to attack and destroy cancerous cells. These viruses are hypothesized to be able to attack all types of tumors, including brain tumors that are extremely aggressive and often considered incurable for a majority of patients a year after diagnosis.Currently, cancer is mainly treated through chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormone therapy. Also called oncolytic virotherapy, this type of treatment has been researched by scientists across the world for decades, targeting many different types of cancers, including melanoma and mesothelioma. However, the treatments are inefficient because only 5% to 10% of the treatment injected into the patient actually attacks the tumors. The treatments also cause severe side-effects. Hajitou and his team have been focusing on treating cancerous brain tumors, which are of the most aggressive and deadly cancers.Read also: Morocco Opens Large Cancer Treatment Center in Oujda“The death rate for this type of cancer is extremely high,” Hajitou told the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP). He added that 50% of patients diagnosed with a “glioma” or a “glioblastoma” pass away within 14 months of the diagnosis, and 99% pass away within five years.The problem with existing treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy is that they don’t specifically target the cancerous brain cells, but they also attack healthy tissue, Hajitou explained.Adding to this, brain tumors are known to be extremely resistant to these types of treatments, he noted.Bacterial viruses used in virotherapy are not dangerous to humans. They live in bacteria and protect us from them, he added.The treatment has been tested on mice and dogs with brain tumors. The animals showed clear signs of improvement and in some cases complete remission. Hajitou’s treatment is due to be clinically trialed at the end of 2019. read more


Food climate and financial crises threaten sustainable development goals – UN official

23 February 2009A range of challenges from food and financial crises to climate change are threatening global efforts to achieve development that is sustainable, or that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, a top United Nations official said today. “These multi-dimensional challenges do not have purely economic solutions, nor purely social or environmental ones. They require integrated solutions that combine economic, social and environmental elements,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang told a UN meeting on sustainable development that began today in New York.He noted that food prices remain high, following on from last year’s crisis, and the global financial and economic slowdown has exacerbated the situation. “Forecasts suggest that this year could produce the worst economic record since the end of the Second World War,” Mr. Sha said, noting that growth rates are falling everywhere, unemployment is rising, poverty is deepening, and hunger and malnutrition are on the increase. In addition, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the set of globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline – is in “jeopardy.”On top of these challenges, the international community faces the threat of climate change, which if left unaddressed will, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated, only increase poverty and hardship, he noted.“Now is the time for the champions of sustainable development to step forward,” he exhorted the gathering, which is meeting in preparation for the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which is slated to hold its annual session in May. All of the present crises put “a new responsibility on the Commission to provide the leadership and guidance that the world needs today,” he added.The themes on the Commission’s agenda this year are agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification, and Africa.“Each provides an entry point for addressing the food crisis. Each is central to the pursuit of the MDGs. Each is affected adversely by climate change as well as the global recession,” he stated. “And the policy response in each of these agenda areas can contribute to the solutions of these global challenges.” read more


Postconflict countries need more help to reap peace dividends Ban says

“If peace is to be sustainable, the international community must make the most of these make-or-break moments and provide the right support at the right time,” Mr. Ban told the UN Peacebuilding Commission, as he presented his latest report on peacebuilding in the immediate aftermath of conflict.The report focuses on the challenges that post-conflict countries and the international community face in the immediate aftermath of conflict – defined as the first two years after the main conflict in a country has ended.This period, Mr. Ban wrote, offers “a window of opportunity” to provide basic security, deliver peace dividends, shore up and build confidence in the political process, and strengthen core national capacity to lead peacebuilding efforts, thereby beginning to lay the foundations for sustainable development. “If countries develop a vision and strategy that succeeds in addressing these objectives early on, it substantially increases the chances for sustainable peace – and reduces the risk of relapse into conflict,” he said.In his remarks to the Commission, he noted that “when guns still, hope stirs. People and institutions are ready for change and a new way of resolving problems. They anxiously, and perhaps naturally, expect a peace dividend.“Yet too often, the dividend is dashed. The window is missed,” he said. The Secretary-General stressed the importance of building on successful reforms already underway – such as humanitarian reform, “Delivering as One,” and integrated peace operations – rather than creating new mechanisms. To meet the urgent needs facing countries emerging from conflict, he highlighted the need for peacebuilding to be anchored at the country level and to receive inputs from all parts of the UN system in a coordinated manner. Mr. Ban also underscored the need to have a common strategic vision with realistic priorities, against which national and international actors can allocate scarce resources.His report also called for the creation of a senior-level mechanism that will ensure that the right leadership and support teams are in place as early as possible to support countries.“For over a decade we have been grappling with how to bring peacebuilding upstream and mount a more rapid and effective response in the immediate aftermath of conflict,” he wrote. “However, at this time of global resource constraints, when the most vulnerable bear the brunt of economic downturn, there is a new urgency to redouble our efforts and ensure that resources are used more efficiently by promoting a more coherent, effective and focused response.”The Peacebuilding Commission, which helps post-conflict countries determine the priority areas for rebuilding out of the vast array of challenges they face, was established in 2005. Countries can also avail themselves of financial assistance from the Peacebuilding Fund to jump-start projects. 13 July 2009The immediate post-conflict period offers a window of opportunity to deliver peace dividends that is too often missed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for greater efforts to help countries as they emerge from war and seek to rebuild. read more


UN increasingly using social media to publicize its work senior official says

27 April 2011The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) is increasingly harnessing social media and the Internet to disseminate key messages about the work of the world body, the department’s head told a UN committee today. Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, told the opening of the latest session of the Committee on Information that the recent popular uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East illustrated the power and reach of social media tools.“The logic and pace of communication in our times makes it essential that we increasingly use the Internet and social media to implement UN communications campaigns on a range of issues, including the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals], climate change and violence against women,” Mr. Akasaka said.“We are using these tools to inform and update journalists about key events at the UN, and to build better informed and more inclusive online communities and coalitions for change.”He cited the UN’s presence on YouTube, where the Organization’s videos have been viewed more than 2.5 million times, and the Flickr website, where UN photographs have been viewed at least a million times in the past two years.UN e-books and other publications are also increasingly available on mobile distribution services such as the Kindle, the Apple iPad and Sony’s e-book Reader, he said.In his address the Under-Secretary-General outlined DPI’s efforts explain the multi-faceted work of the UN and its many subsidiary bodies.He noted that the department is using new technologies, such as social media and the Internet, to promote multilingualism at the UN.UN Information Centres (UNICs) around the world have produced information material on the work of the world body in more than 150 languages, and maintain websites in 29 languages.But Mr. Akasaka warned that many of the UNICs are facing budgetary pressures, and he called on countries that host such centres to consider providing them with either rent-free premises or subsidized rent.He added that other forms of support would also be useful, such as providing DPI field offices with access to facilities to translate and print UN publications in national and regional languages at no cost.“For our part, we are examining ways to reduce set expenditures by changing the ways UNICs operate, and by reducing the size of our premises in some cases. We will continue to look for creative ways to ensure the effectiveness of our field offices.”The committee, which was originally established in 1978 and is now comprised of 113 Member States, is tasked with examining UN public information policies and activities and promoting the creation of a more just and more effective global information and communications order. read more


Wigneswaran slams Government at event attended by PM

Wigneswaran also accused the Government of interfering in the work of the Northern Provincial Council.The Chief Minister also raised his concerns over letters being sent to him from State institutions written in Sinhalese. He slammed the presence of a large number of soldiers in the North, the failure to free more land held by the military and the failure to abolish the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran today slammed the Government at event attended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Speaking at the National Thaipongal festival in Jaffna also attended by UK State Minister Hugo Swire, the Northern Chief Minister said that while the Tamils in the North recognize the change following the elections last year, they still live in fear and suspicion. The Chief Minister claimed that over 150,000 soldiers still operate in the North and that this lays the foundation for violence. “Here in Sri Lanka we are still to solve out basic problems which have dogged us for over 67 years,” he said.He noted that he was elected to the post of Chief Minister during the Northern Provincial Council elections based on a mandate he sought and now he must act according to that mandate.Wigneswaran noted that while the Government has given a commitment to the UN to address accountability over the war, there is suspicion if the issue will be addressed properly. (Colombo Gazette) Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/VIGNESWARAN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more


Loonie moves lower as markets await further talks to resolve US budget

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 11:51 am MDT Loonie moves lower as markets await further talks to resolve US budget concerns TORONTO – The Canadian dollar inched lower Wednesday as concern about the so-called “fiscal cliff” continued to loom over the U.S. economy.The loonie was down 0.09 of a cent to 101.36 cents US near midday.While traders appear confident that President Barack Obama and Republican leaders will agree on a plan to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a deal has yet to be reached.The uncertainty appears to be slowly wearing on some of the stock market confidence that has characterized recent sessions.Meanwhile, the U.S. Commerce Department said builders broke ground on fewer houses in November, likely in part due to superstorm Sandy in the Northeast.The report said builders began construction of homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 861,000. That was three per cent lower than October’s annual rate of 888,000, although observers noted that the October figure was the highest since July 2008.And the Teranet-National Bank index of Canadian housing prices fell in November compared with October’s reading — only the fourth time in 13 years of data collection that there has been a decline between the two months.The composite index covering 11 major urban centres stood at 154.02 last month, down 0.4 per cent from October. Ten of 11 local markets tracked showed declines.In commodities, the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.54 to US$89.47 a barrel.March copper declined about four cents to US$3.61 a pound while February gold bullion moved ahead $3 to US$1,673.70 an ounce. read more


UN chief urges more global support to resolve Libya crisis as he

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives for his meeting with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd rigth) meets with Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni (left),in Rome. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “As my Special Representative Bernardino Léon works to promote dialogue between the Libyan parties, the support of the international community, particularly Italy, is essential,” Mr. Ban told a press conference with Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.Libya was among the issues Mr. Ban discussed in his meetings with the Italian leadership, including President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.“We discussed the situation in Libya, where further armed conflict will only worsen the situation and provide space for extremist groups. I am very concerned about the increasing presence of the so-called Islamic State, or Daesh, in Libya,” said the UN chief.Referring to the ongoing discussions between the various parties in Libya, Mr. Ban said he hoped they will work together to form a unity government and “stop this senseless violence,” adding that “time is of the essence” to bringing peace and stability to the country. The violence continued on the ground with an attack on Zintan airport, which was strongly condemned by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). “Coming against the backdrop of repeated United Nations and international community calls for all parties to take no action that would risk escalating tensions at a time when Libya’s leaders are engaged in a dialogue process, the Mission regards this attack as wholly unjustified and reckless,” it stated in a news release.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNSMIL, Bernardino Léon, said such attacks on key facilities represented “a deliberate attempt to undermine efforts to find a political solution to the Libyan conflict through dialogue,” and the Mission questioned the motives of those intent on military escalation, which it said could only serve to undermine efforts to reach a peaceful resolution of the conflict.On Syria, the Secretary-General voiced deep appreciation at the press conference for the work of his Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, to bring peace and stability to that country. “Global, regional and national divisions and rivalries have gotten in the way of helping the Syrian people. I urge the international community, and in particular the Security Council, to unite to end this barbarity,” he said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, in Rome. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives for his meeting with President Sergio Mattarella. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ ›Mr. Ban also noted the “strong partnership” between Italy and the UN, calling it “a cornerstone of regional and international peace and security.” He went on to highlight Italy’s important contributions to the UN, including in peacekeeping operations, as well as its support for the UN presence in Rome, Brindisi and Turin.In particular, he noted that Italy is the largest Western troop- and police-contributing country to UN operations, and that its personnel are playing a crucial stabilizing role in Lebanon.The issue of irregular migration was also highlighted, with Mr. Ban saying he was “horrified” by the unscrupulous actions of smugglers who subject vulnerable migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees to abuse, and often abandon them to die at sea.He commended rescue efforts made in particular by the Italian Navy and Coast Guard, while urging the European Union and other countries to do far more to address the challenge of irregular migration. read more


Track and Field Ohio States Karrington Winters sets NCAA record at Kentucky

Women’s TeamJunior Karrington Winters set the NCAA season-high 400-meter dash time of 53.41, highlighting the Ohio State women’s track and field team’s success at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Kentucky.Both Ohio State relay teams in the 4×400-meter relay placed in the top three. Junior Karrington Winters, freshman Syaira Richardson, sophomore Halimah Barlow and senior Maggie Barrie combined to run a first-place time of 3:34.92.Ohio State’s third-place team consisted of sophomore Tamani Wilson, senior Beatrice Hannan, freshman Aziza Ayoub and freshman Mary Figler. The group combined for a time of 3:46.27. Richardson placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.67.The women’s throwing efforts were led by junior Sade Olatoye, who placed second in the weight throw with a throw of 20.65 meters. She also finished second in shot put with a throw of 16.30 meters. Sophomore Lyne’a Diller finished fourth with a throw of 15.24 metersOhio State had three sprinters finish in the top 10 of the 200-meter dash. Sophomore Taylor DeLoach finished fourth with a time of 23.93 seconds, Barrie finished sixth at 23.95 seconds and Barlow finished seventh at  23.96 seconds.Junior Mikaela Seibert placed second in the triple jump reaching 12.07 meters.Junior Jessica Passwater led Ohio State’s distance effort, finishing third in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:47. In that same event, junior Brittany Atkinson finished seventh with a time of 9:51. The women distance medley finished third with a time of 11:59. That unit was made up of sophomore Vanessa Robinson, senior Courtney Cloudy, freshman Kalee Soehnlen and Ayoub.The team will head up to Ann Arbor for the Michigan Invitational Saturday.Men’s TeamThe Ohio State 4×400-meter relay ended the Kentucky Invitational with a first-place finish at 3:12.88. The ‘A’ team consisted of freshman Joseph Cooper, junior Nick Gray, freshman Drelan Bramwell and freshman Tavonte Mott.Four Buckeyes placed in the 200-meter dash with freshman Eric Harrison Jr. finishing second with a time of 21.21 seconds. Mott finished third with a time of 21.64 seconds, Bramwell finished fourth at 21.68 and senior Zack Bazile finished sixth with a time of 21.77. Junior DaJuan Seward finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.01 seconds.  Senior Nick Demaline, who placed first in the shot put with a throw of 18.73 meters. Senior Aaron Zedalla placed second in the weight throw with a 20.58-meter throw and fifth in shot put at 17.35 meters. Senior Max Seipel placed sixth in weight throw (18.5 meters) and seventh in shot put (17.19 meters).The men’s pole vault unit had two athletes place, with junior Coty Cobb finishing third with a jump of 5.25 meters and senior Cole Gorscki finishing sixth (5.13 meters). Ohio State’s track field team will prepare for the Michigan invitational next Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan. read more


Hochschild makes early purchase of Los Manantiales gold project

first_imgCardero Resource’s exploration partner, Hochschild Mining has requested Cardero to exercise its option from the underlying vendor (Stenfield Minera) and complete the purchase of Los Manantiales property (formerly “Mina Angela”) on behalf of the partnership 12 months ahead of schedule. Some impressive polymetallic finds have been made there. Hochschild Mining elected to make both the $150,000 payment due April 25, 2007 and the final payment of $150,000 due April 25, 2008 to complete the purchase of the property.  The applicable concessions are in the process of being transferred to Cardero Argentina, which will, in turn, contribute them to a new Argentinean joint venture company jointly owned with Hochschild Mining.  As project operator, Hochschild Mining will commence an exploration program in third quarter 2007.Mineralization at Los Manantiales consists of epithermal vein systems hosted by a Jurassic volcanic sequence. Production took place on selected veins between 1978 and 1992. Mineralization remains open at depth. In 1997 and 1998, Lonrho Mining discovered a previously unknown vein system, El Sahuel.  Based on very limited testing, the best drill intersection obtained was 1.36 m grading 40.65 g/t Au, 1,773 g/t Ag, 1.79% Pb, 0.23% Cu and 10.06% Zn at a vertical depth of 65 m below surface.  Another hole drilled on the system intersected a second vein approximately 65 m to the west which returned 2 m averaging 6.69 g/t Au, 240 g/t Ag, 0.52% Pb, 0.04% Cu and 2.19% Zn.  Geophysics indicates that the vein system has a potential strike length of 1.6 km.  The system is presently poorly delineated and remains open along strike and at depth.  The foregoing information pre-dates the implementation of NI 43-101 and should therefore not be considered to be 43-101 compliant.“The fact that our valued partner elected to complete the purchase of the project on an accelerated basis following completion of their internal due diligence is a huge vote of confidence for this exciting potentially near-term producer” stated Henk Van Alphen, Cardero President and CEO.  “As previously stated, this is a superb opportunity that allows us to leverage our aggressive exploration strategy while having the opportunity for significant participation in a cashflow project operated by an established producer”.Hochschild Mining currently operates four underground epithermal vein mines, three located in southern Peru and one in southern Argentina. It also has two advanced stage development projects, one in each of Mexico and Peru and one early stage development project in Mexico. In addition, Hochschild has over 20 long-term prospects throughout Latin America and has over 40 years experience in the mining of precious metal epithermal vein deposits.  Cardero is well financed and positioned to continue to explore its projects in Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. The company is actively evaluating new gold, copper and iron projects, and continues to maintain an active pipeline of prospects.last_img read more


Mixed marriages on the up

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than half the marriages conducted in Greek Orthodox churches in Victoria were mixed, says the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. In 2012, of the 580 weddings conducted by the Archdiocese, 322 of those were mixed.The figures also showed a significant drop in marriages conducted in Greek Orthodox churches in Melbourne. 935 marriages were registered in Greek Orthodox churches in Victoria in 2002, showing nearly a 50 per cent drop in church weddings. This could be due to inter-communal but also to wider societal and demographic changes that result in marriages being conducted in civil services and ceremonies. 455 of these marriages in 2002 were mixed. Greek Australians could be steering towards services and ceremonies due to mixed cultural marriages, but also a break away from religious services.Australians of Italian descent are the biggest ethnic group that Greek Australians are looking for when choosing their life partner, followed by Anglo-Saxons, then smaller ethnic groups, said the Archdiocese. Divorce rates amongst members of our community have also increased. In 2011, 600 marriages were conducted in churches in Melbourne and of those, 96 ended in divorce. However, the church says this rate may be higher, taking into account the Archdiocese only issues divorce certificates for Greek Australians wishing to remarry in the church.last_img read more


Updated WWE King of the Ring brackets for Tuesday night

first_img Videos Articles Seth Rollins Stocks Make Marginal Gains Around The Globe Pinterest WhatsApp WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build) Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Sugar Ray Leonard Giving Back By Thriving As Motivational Speaker Erick Rowan Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Google+center_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Tom Cruises ankle gave Rebecca Ferguson baby-making time John Cena Italy’s Salvini is trying to divide his M5S government colleagues ahead of no-confidence motion vote Facebook Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Videos Articles Bad News Barrett, R-Truth, Sheamus and Neville have all advanced in the 2015 King of the Ring tournament following RAW on Monday night in Green Bay. Barrett will take on R-Truth and Sheamus will take on Neville in the semifinals tomorrow night live on the WWE Network beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT).The show will also feature the finals and the conclusion of the tournament.Join us on Tuesday night for live coverage.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:57 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more


Local WWII Korean War veterans fly to DC visit monuments

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Dozens of war veterans in South Florida went on a special flight to the nation’s capital, Saturday.Miami International Airport, in partnership with Honor Flight South Florida and Miami Air, gave more than 70 local World War II and Korean War vets a look back in time. The group flew from MIA to check out military sites in Washington, D.C.Participants were accompanied by guardians, some of whom are relatives. “They took us to all the sites that mean anything to this country,” said veteran Jerome Gehman. “They were just tremendous all the way through.”“Everybody treated us just like royalty. I didn’t know what to expect at all, and they just overwhelmed me with generosity and kindness,” said veteran Nancy Georges. “It was really a marvelous experience.”Fellow vet Donald Bradley marveled at the logistics behind these flights. “It’s unbelievable. The number of people involved and the activities is just – it’s overwhelming,” he said.For participants like Georges, this was the first time they made the emotional trip. “It was just one surprise after another,” she said. “I knew what D.C. was like and all the monuments, but I’d never been to see them with other veterans, and it just had a lot more significance for me. It was a very tender moment.”When the group returned, they were greeted by law enforcement officers, airport employees and other members of the community. 7News cameras captured bagpipe players performing “America the Beautiful” as they marched down the terminal. “No other country does for their veterans what the USA does,” said veteran Jerome Gehman. “It was a beautiful day. They gave us salutes when we left … and they gave us salutes when we came back, with about a hundred flashing lights.”Participants also received personalized letters filled with well wishes from people thanking them for their service.The trip is part of Honor Flight South Florida, a program dedicated to transporting veterans to D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.The vets said this is one moment they will cherish for the rest of their lives. “Overwhelming. It’s hard to put it into words,” said Bradley.This is the 15th Honor Flight held locally, and the fourth hosted by MIA.If you want more information on donating to Honor Flight South Florida, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Senate confirms Democrat to FCC

first_imgThe FCC will once again have five commissioners.  FCC The Senate voted late Wednesday to confirm a new commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission. Geoffrey Starks, a Democrat nominated this past summer, was confirmed in a unanimous voice vote. The Senate also reconfirmed Republican Brendan Carr. Both will serve five-year terms as commissioners. The agency, which is supposed to consist of five members, has been operating since June with three Republicans and only one Democrat, Jessica Rosenworcel. Starks is filling a seat left vacant by Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a strong net neutrality supporter. Clyburn left the agency in June after nearly nine years at the FCC. Starks has worked as assistant chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, which is responsible for levying fines against companies that violate the commission’s regulations. Before that, he worked at the US Department of Justice. Carr, who’d been previously confirmed for a partial term on the commission in August of 2017, had been an advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai, when Pai served as an FCC commissioner under President Barack Obama. Pai, a Republican, was appointed chairman by President Donald Trump in early 2017.Carr’s nomination had been held up by two senators who wanted commitments from the FCC over funding for rural broadband and rural health care. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, lifted his hold after the agency agreed to prioritize funding for wireless broadband in rural areas of his state. Sen. Dan Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska, lifted his hold on the nomination after the FCC agreed to get its Rural Health Care program “back on track in Alaska,” Sullivan said in a statement.The FCC has made expanding broadband to rural areas of the country a key focus under Pai. It’s also focused much attention on policies to speed the deployment of 5G, the next generation of wireless technology, which promises to dramatically increase speeds and help usher in new technologies, such as self-driving cars and streaming augmented reality. The agency is currently holding its first wireless-spectrum auction for 5G and will hold additional 5G auctions this year. “The agreement to pair and confirm these nominees finally gives us a full FCC to decide important questions about spectrum management, the deployment of broadband to underserved communities, and building next generation wireless networks,” Sen. John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota and chairman of the Commerce Committee, said in a statement.Most work at the FCC is on hold as the agency waits out the partial government shutdown. The FCC officially ceased operations Thursday after its funding ran out. It’ll reopen once Trump and Democrats in Congress agree on a deal to fund the government.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution. Tags Share your voice Post a comment 0 Mobile FCClast_img read more


SBI ICICI Bank Maruti Suzuki lead Sensex rally on BSE HPCL IOC

first_imgAfter a weak opening, Indian stock markets rallied sharply during the afternoon session in response to a slew of positive news. Bank stocks were gaining, led by State Bank of India (up 2.86 percent at Rs. 229.85), ICICI Bank (up 2.37 percent at Rs. 269.80) and Maruti Suzuki (up 1.86 percent at Rs. 4,495.70).Oil stocks such as Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and ONGC jumped on news that the government is considering a merger of oil companies. HPCL was up 4.17 percent at Rs. 1,217.85, BPCL was up 1.89 percent at Rs. 594, IOC trading 3.29 percent higher at Rs. 538.60 and ONGC at Rs. 225.45, a gain of 1.35 percent. Indian stock markets commenced the last trading week for July on a subdued note on Monday, even as the Narendra Modi government is all set to place the crucial Goods and Services (GST) Tax Bill in the Rajya Sabha this week. Besides, the F&O expiry for July contracts and June 2016 quarter results of Punjab National Bank on July 28 would influence market sentiments this week.At around 10.17 a.m., the Sensex was down 14 points at 27,789. Dr Reddy’s Labs, Axis Bank, Bharti Airtel and Tata Motors were the top index losers. The NSE Nifty 50 was trading 3 points lower at 8,538.50.Axis Bank was trading at Rs. 527.95, down 1.79 percent after the private sector lender reported weak first quarter results last week. The bank’s net profit fell 21.37 percent to Rs. 1,553 crore (from Rs. 1,978 crore) though total income grew 13.22 percent to Rs. 13,852 crore on a year-on-year basis. Interest income was up at Rs. 11,113 crore from Rs. 9,936 crore in the year-ago period.The biggest trigger for markets this week would be the tabling of the GST Bill in the Rajya Sabha.”The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Rajya Sabha has been listed for further consideration and passage, The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Second Amendment) Bill, 2014, as passed by Lok Sabha and as reported by the select committee of the Rajya Sabha,” the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said last week.A forward movement is expected after Arvind Subramanian, the Chief Economic Advisor to the NDA government, makes a presentation to the empowered committee of state finance ministers on revenue neutral rate (RNR) this Tuesday.The meeting of the committee is crucial in the context of a possibility of differences narrowing on the RNR. While the government has proposed RNR in the range of about 15 percent, a report submitted by the New Delhi-based think tank National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) has pegged it around 27 percent. The Congress wants the RNR to be capped at 18 percent.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to withdraw the contentious 1 percent “manufacturing tax” that was meant for compensating revenues of manufacturing states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu as and when the GST regime kicks in. This has been one of the three demands of the Congress to ensure smooth passage of the Bill in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA does not have a majority. The Congress has also been insisting on a dispute redressal mechanism.The F&O series for July contracts expires this Thursday.Updated at 1.55 p.m. with additional details.last_img read more


Khaleda for forging a greater alliance

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoJailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is in favour of forging a greater national alliance by cementing the unity of the BNP and its 20-party alliance as well as making fresh alignment with other parties, according to party insiders.They said the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief conveyed her position and advice when party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir met her in jail on Saturday afternoon, the party sources said.Fakhrul initially denied having any political discussion with Khaleda Zia but, the party sources said, he apprised the party standing committee members of the topics of discussion with the party chairperson during the meeting at the abandoned jail house in Old Dhaka.Fakhrul’s meeting with standing committee members was held at the BNP chief’s Gulshan office on Saturday evening. A number of lawyers including Khaleda’s lawyers and party leaders Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Zainul Abdin and AJ Mohammad Ali were present.Party insiders said Khaleda Zia emphasised maintaining party unity and the unity of the BNP-led 20-party alliance.At the same time, some laders said, Khaleda suggested forging a greater alliance ahead of the next general elections scheduled to be held in December.Khaleda has asked the party leaders and activists to take preparations for both elections and street agitation, the leaders said.Mirza Fakhrul is learned to have placed a proposal of announcing new programmes on the eve of the party’s 39th founding anniversary on 1 September. Khaleda Zia has given consent to it, the party leaders added.Dwelling on the matters, standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told Prothom Alo, ‘We sat to discuss the founding anniversary programmes of the party.’“Fakhrul briefed us about madam’s (Khaleda Zia’s) physical condition. We are informed that she is unwell,” said Mosharraf.Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir entered the jail around 4:00pm and stayed there for about an hour.Coming out of the jail, he told newsmen that he did not discuss any political or party matters with Khaleda Zia.“Khaleda Zia urged the countrymen to remain alert and continue the ongoing movement to restore democracy,” Fakhrul quoted Khaleda Zia as saying.He said Khaleda Zia is unwell, but she maintains a high level of morale.After two days of Eid-ul-Azha, Fakhrul was allowed to meet Khaleda Zia on Saturday. The BNP sought the home ministry’s permission on 13 August seeking meeting of 13 leaders with Khlaleda Zia on the Eid day, Wednesday. However, they were not allowed to meet her on the Eid day.On Saturday noon, the jail authorities informed the BNP that Fakhrul was given a permission to meet Khaleda Zia.BNP leaders said, the party secretary general conveyed the message to the BNP’s acting chairperson Tarique Rahman in London and also the standing committee members.Fakhrul alone met Khaleda Zia, the first of its kind since his 6 April meeting with Khaleda in the jaill.“I became emotional seeing her after so many days and she is unwell. I never thought of seeing Khaleda Zia in such a condition,” Fakhrul said.He also said Khaleda Zia waited for homemade food on the Eid day and did not take anything for long. Later, she took food at the request of IG (prisons), Fakhrul added.On 8 February, Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in prison by a special court in Zia Orphanage Trust case.last_img read more


Sheriff 2 Bodies Recovered From Texas Plane Crash Site

first_img Share Chambers County Sheriff’s OfficeA southeast Texas sheriff said Sunday that two bodies have been recovered at the site where a Boeing 767 cargo plane crashed into a coastal bay. All three people aboard the Flight 3591 died, according to the plane’s owner.Crews continued to search for the third body at Trinity Bay, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of Houston, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said at a Sunday afternoon news conference with officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and the FBI.The plane’s owner, Atlas Air, confirmed the deaths in a statement on Sunday, and said its “primary focus is working to provide the families of those affected with care and support.” Atlas was operating the flight for Amazon when it crashed Saturday afternoon near the small town of Anahuac.Mesa Airlines said in a statement late Sunday that one of its employees, Sean Archuleta, was one the plane. Archuleta had been a pilot for Mesa since 2013.“This is a sad day for the entire Mesa Family as we mourn the loss of Captain Sean Archuleta,” airline Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said. “This is a loss for all of aviation.”The other two people have not yet been identified.NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said security video from a jail about a mile away from the crash site showed the plane heading toward the ground nose first. Sumwalt added that air traffic controllers reported rain in the area, and that the plane did not send out a distress call before the wreck.Civilian volunteers in small boats helped search part of the bay, but Hawthorne told The Associated Press before the news conference that the volunteers will no longer be used.Jason Campbell was among the civilian boaters who checked the debris on Saturday. What the boaters found was grim.“Pieces of bodies, nothing bigger than … you know,” Campbell told KHOU-TV . “It’s obvious it’s human pieces but nothing bigger than you can hold in your hands.”Sumwalt said that finding the flight recorders remains a high priority for searchers.The jumbo jet had departed from Miami and was likely moments from landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston when it crashed. FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye Turner asked that anyone with debris on their property contact authorities.Dave Clark, senior vice president of Worldwide Operations at Amazon, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the flight crew, their families and friends along with the entire team at Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy. We appreciate the first responders who worked urgently to provide support.”last_img read more


A Huge Fleet of Ghost Ships in American Waters is Creeping Towards

first_imgMallows Bay is a fairly unassuming shelter on the Maryland side the Potomac River, where the current twists and curves east. Stand on the bank and study the shallow water closely and your eye will drift over the partially-submerged hulls of ships, the eerie rotting wood and steel cadavers of the largest fleet of shipwrecks in the Western hemisphere. Some 230 vessels have been intentionally sunk in this drab spot only 30 miles down the river for Washington, D.C. They were hastily constructed steamships commissioned by the Emergency Fleet Corporation (later renamed the United States Shipping Board Merchant Fleet Corporation) to meet the demand of keeping supply lines open between the U.S. and Europe during the First World War.Mallows Bay. Photo by Amazur CC BY-SA 3.0On its formation in 1917 with the U.S. entry into the conflict, the Emergency Fleet Corporation seized control of existing ships. But there still weren’t enough for the incredible strain being put on the wartime supply lines, as more ships were being sunk by marauding U-boats than could be launched.In the first two weeks of America’s involvement, 122 ships were sunk by German submarines. The EFC was tasked with the impossible: building 1,000 steamships over 300-feet long in 18 months.The EFC was forced to requisition all merchant vessels over a certain tonnage currently under construction in the nation’s shipyards and rush them to completion as timber-only ships in an era of steel plate hulls.Aerial photograph, 1936. Mallows Bay on Potomac River below Quantico and between Sandy Point and Liverpool Point.In total half a million workers and 40 shipyards were pressed into service for the war effort, much to the irritation of the companies that owned them and the clients they were building them for — including Great Britain which had its own pressing need for more merchant vessels. Captured enemy ships were also put to use to keep the Doughboys fed and fueled for the fight against Imperial Germany.They didn’t launch 1,000 ships in the end, only 264 by 1919 and of these just 76 had been put to use before the hostilities ended in November 1918.Almost submerged shipwrecks, February 2017. Photo by F Delventhal from Outside Washington, D.C., US CC BY 2.0In 1925 the fleet was deemed surplus to requirements. Steamships had become obsolete with the move towards diesel engines, and many of the rush jobs were of such poor construction that they couldn’t be used.Left with so many ships and so little use, the corporation had them burned and scuttled — meaning deliberately sunk — in James River, and then towed to Mallows Bay for salvage.In total 106 of the existing wrecks are First World War era merchantmen and if you zoom in on Google Earth you can see the skeletal outlines of vessels beneath the green rippled surface of the water.Mallows Bay. Photo by F Delventhal from Outside Washington, D.C., US CC BY 2.0Among the ships in the bay is the SS Aberdeen which was built in an amazing 17 days for the First World War, and the car ferry SS Accomac which only left service in 1964, but older vessels were dumped there too — including a Revolutionary War longboat and schooners from the 18th century.The shallow water proved an asset, first during the Great Depression when locals made a living plundering the wrecks for scrap metal, then World War II when the steel needed to be salvaged for the war effort, and then in peace when the partially submerged wrecks were transformed into a habitat for fish and birds, including bald eagles.Mallows Bay Park. Photo by F Delventhal from Outside Washington, D.C., US CC BY 2.0Plants grow in sheltered nooks and crannies, and beavers undertake salvage of their own by gnawing at the rotting decks for wood. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, Mallows Bay is undertaking the process to be recognized as a National Marine Sanctuary.Read another story from us: Lost Final Resting Place of Celebrated Explorer Finally Found Beneath London StationAccording to LiveScience though, this ghost fleet is on the move. Findings presented to the American Geophysical Union in December 2018 by a group of fifth-grade students from JC Parks Elementary School in Maryland revealed how many of the ships have changed location, by comparing their charted positions over time.Most of the ships, it turns out, have been moving eastward downriver — some by as many as 20 miles — creepily slowly and surely towards the ocean and an even deeper watery grave.last_img read more