Quebec felt heavy public pressure to table strict marijuana law stakeholders

first_imgMONTREAL – Public pressure on the Quebec government was so strong it had little choice but to table a strict bill on marijuana legalization that will give the province full control over the industry, stakeholders and business officials said Thursday.Bill 157 aims to push out the private sector and create a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of all drugs.“This is an important change to our society,” Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois told reporters. “The experts recommended we be prudent to start and then to see if we need to adjust. They asked us to be rigorous and to see how citizens evolve.”Under the bill, all cannabis cultivated in Quebec must be sold by the government, through a subsidiary of the provincially run liquor board, although the legislation gives the province flexibility to make exceptions.It will also be illegal to cultivate cannabis for personal or commercial use, unless authorized by the government.People of legal age will be allowed to possess up to 150 grams of cannabis in their home, and 30 grams on their person.Yves-Thomas Dorval, president of Quebec’s main employers’ association, said he has no doubt the private sector would be able to sell marijuana effectively and responsibly if it were given the opportunity.“That said, I also understand the state just couldn’t go there at the moment,” he said in an interview. “Given the enormous public pressure on this question.”A public opinion poll last May of 2,536 Canadians, including 1,017 Quebecers, indicated Quebec stood alone on the issue.While 54 per cent of respondents in Canada as a whole favoured legalization, 54 per cent of Quebec respondents were against it, with one-third of those saying they were extremely opposed.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised Canadians marijuana will be legal by next July 1, and has left it to the provinces to create their own legal framework on how to enforce the law on their territory.Quebec was originally reticent to go along with the marijuana plan, citing concerns from citizens that legalizing pot would encourage young people to pick up the habit and would foment social problems.The province has also asked Ottawa several times to delay legalization by a year, but to no avail.Ontario was the first province to announce its detailed marijuana plan, which includes the sale of the drug in up to 150 stores by 2020 run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.Pierre Killeen, spokesman for Hydropothecary, one of only two Quebec producers licensed by Health Canada to produce medical marijuana, said citizens will need time to be comfortable with legal pot.Under the bill, his company will no longer be allowed to sell directly to Quebec citizens, and instead will have to go through the provincial cannabis corporation.“We understand this is new and there was considerable public pressure on the government to make sure they get this done right,” he said. “Our expectation is that as people become familiar with recreational cannabis we’ll see an opening of retail distribution in the province of Quebec.”The bill gives the Quebec government authorization to enter into agreements with First Nations communities to “adapt to their realities.”Chief Gina Deer of Kahnawake, a Mohawk territory south of Montreal, said her council has already put together draft legislation to assuage some of the fears in her community.“As First Nations, we are all intergenerational trauma sufferers,” she said. “Residential schools are one of the biggest things, and we have become a vulnerable population and addiction is a big concern for us.”Deer said her community is considering its own marijuana stores in order to control the cultivation and distribution on its territory.“Anything that we do in our jurisdiction is going to be done under our authority,” she said. “We don’t want outside legislation superseding ours.”Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Quebec will open 15 marijuana stores across the province by July 1 and will control sales online.“We need to be flexible,” he said, referring to the possibility of opening more stores. “We will see how the market evolves.“What’s clear is that there will be no cannabis sold in regular liquor stores.”The bill forbids anyone under 18 years old from possessing cannabis and prohibits anyone from consuming it where smoking tobacco is also illegal.Bill 157 also introduces “a new principle of zero tolerance” regarding drivers caught under the influence of marijuana or any other drug.“It prohibits anyone from driving a vehicle … or having control of a vehicle if there is any detectable presence of cannabis or any other drug in their saliva,” Charlebois said.Those rules, however, will only come into force when the technology for roadside saliva tests is approved by the federal government, she added.In the meantime, patrol officers are being trained for signs of impaired driving and have the right to arrest anyone suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana.Alberta also announced on Thursday how it will deal with legalized marijuana. The province will control the online sale of pot to ensure minors can’t buy it off the internet but the government will trust private operators to handle over-the-counter sales. As in Quebec, smoking cannabis will be prohibited in Alberta wherever tobacco use is banned.last_img read more

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ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Tuesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close MonNov. 490.20 493.90 489.60 493.10 491.50Jan. ’18 497.50 500.30 496.90 499.40 498.20March 503.70 505.90 503.70 505.00 503.30May 506.90 508.40 506.40 507.50 505.70July 507.50 509.40 507.50 508.20 506.40Nov. 487.20 487.20 483.70 485.10 487.20Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 486.80 488.90March 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.50 491.60May 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.50 491.60July 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.50 491.60Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.50 491.60Barley (Western): Open High Low Close MonOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $503.10 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $518.10 (November 2017) read more

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Record number of youths to be delegates at upcoming UN session on

“It may seem like common sense to invite young people to a conference completely dedicated to their well-being, but this is a radical change for such high-level meetings,” said Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which acts as the Secretariat for the three-day special session on children that opens on 19 September. “Children will literally be rubbing shoulders with presidents and prime ministers. They will have a chance to voice their concerns and influence the debate.” The children’s attendance, along with the expected participation of more than 1,000 representatives from child-focused non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world, promises to broaden the meeting at UN Headquarters in New York far beyond the traditional core of official government representatives. To date, 113 individuals under age 18 have registered to take part in the special session, 34 of them as members of government delegations and 79 as members of NGO delegations. Many more are expected to sign up in the coming weeks, forming an intriguing and youthful counterpoint to the more than 76 Heads of State or Government who have so far committed to attending. Several child delegates have already been selected by governments to formally address the General Assembly during the session, a truly historic breakthrough.”Eleven years ago [at the 1990 World Summit for Children], children were given token treatment. But this summer in New York, we got to talk directly to top government representatives,” said Vadim-Alexandru Pungulescu, a 17-year old from Romania, referring to his participation, along with 140 youth delegates, in a June preparatory meeting that laid the groundwork for the upcoming special session. “I still think children are not the priority they should be. In 10 years time, I won’t be a child anymore, but I hope the world will be a better place in which adults will take decisions with children instead of for them.”The special session will be the first time the UN General Assembly has met to specifically address issues relating to children. It will explore the long-standing obstacles to children’s well-being as well as newly emerging challenges. A key part of this process is a review of progress made since the World Summit for Children, where governments committed to specific and time-bound goals on child survival, protection and development. read more

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UN oversight office to follow up on findings of Volcker report on

The United Nations Department of Management has asked the UN oversight office to see if any action needs to be taken in the area of procurement, after the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) into the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme found both misadministration and evidence of corruption, a UN spokesman announced today.The request for follow-up from the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) comes two days after the release of the latest of the series of Volcker reports, in the wake of which the Secretary-General Kofi Annan took quick action toward reform, according to the spokesman, who yesterday listed some of the measures already being implemented.Among those measures, he said that staff will have the ability to seek protection from a newly established Ethics Office when managers or other staff try to penalize them for reporting misconduct. There will be a very clear and thorough set of provisions, outlining what kinds of complaints will be protected, and what kinds of actions could be considered reprisals.The UN has also adopted a new, proactive approach to tightening controls over large donor-funded humanitarian programmes, the spokesman said, citing the example of the tsunami response, which is being administered by the office of the UN relief coordinator with help from PricewaterhouseCoopers.To promote transparency in procurement, all vendors are listed on the UN website and full information is provided on each contract throughout its life and a two-tiered bidding process is in use, separating the financial bid from the technical part. Thus the requisitioning office has no information on cost. Only after the technical bid is completed is the sealed financial bid opened to evaluate which is the lowest qualified bidder. read more

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Hatmaker Alex Tilley says it would be foolish to make his hats

Hatmaker Alex Tilley says it would be ‘foolish’ to make his hats outside Canada by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 19, 2015 2:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alex Tilley poses in this undated handout photo. Tilley, the man who created one of Canada’s most-prized outdoor wear companies, says it would be foolish to take the manufacturing of Tilley hats outside Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Tilley Endurables TORONTO – Alex Tilley, the man who created one of Canada’s most-prized outdoor wear companies, says it would be foolish to take the manufacturing of Tilley hats outside Canada.But it’s a decision that is ultimately out of his hands once he sells his company, which built its reputation partly on being homegrown.“I cannot say ‘Stay in Canada,’” the 77-year-old founder of Tilley Endurables said in a recent interview.“But it would be foolish, in my opinion, to take the hat manufacturing outside of Canada.”Tilley planted a “For Sale” sign last week on the company he created over 30 years ago, sparking questions about whether a new buyer would alter the image of the brand, which helped shape the look of the modern adventurer.Worn by Gulf War soldiers, British royalty, and even digested by an elephant, Tilley hats have endured through changes in fashion tastes and a shift by other companies to manufacture outside Canada.Unlike other players in the garment industry, Tilley hasn’t caved to pressures to ship production overseas. He built his company on the streets of Toronto, and the waters surrounding the city, and that’s where he’s chosen to keep its main operations over the years.All of its Tilley-branded products are made in Canada, with production mainly in the Toronto area, and contractors based in Nova Scotia, Quebec and British Columbia. Only its socks are manufactured in the United States, said chief executive Mary-Coleen Shanahan.The idea for the Tilley hat was born from Alex Tilley’s failed search for a sailing hat that wouldn’t blow off his head and wouldn’t sink if it fell overboard.In the early 1980s, he worked four days a week as a Toronto art dealer, renting and selling pieces to local businesses, a job that gave him heaps of time to spend on his sailboat.He also spent hours searching for the perfect sailing hat, but always came up empty handed.Instead of settling, Tilley put himself to work on a solution, which he quickly realized was something his friends in the sailing community also wanted to buy.“I had a big advantage — I didn’t know anything about making a hat, but I had the time to do it,” he remembers.Within months an early concept for the Tilley hat was created and the ball was rolling on his business. The hat debuted on the North American boat show circuit selling for $15.50 a pop, which meant he hardly turned a profit at first, he said.“Finally, after a long time, I made enough money through the hat business to support myself to some degree,” he said.As the business gained popularity, retailers began to demand the Tilley brand for their shelves too.By the late-1980s, the Tilley hat was a phenomenon in the outdoors industry, helped by its lifetime guarantee and the face of its founder, who appeared on posters for its clothing lines.Alex grew into a celebrity with his customers, who would sometimes ask him to autograph their hats.Throughout the years, Tilley has graced the heads of Prince Phillip, famed explorer Sir Edmund Hillary and Canadian soldiers during the Gulf War, who sometimes dyed the light coloured hat with coffee to make it more camouflaged.One advertisement boasted how the material was tough enough to be eaten by an elephant three times and survive its digestive tract only to be worn once again.Looking back at how the brand came to fruition, the company’s founder says it’s unlikely that he’d be able to build its reputation the same way in the current market.“The competition is very stiff with China, so one would probably have to go offshore,” he said.Tilley said the reason he’s selling the company comes down to one point: “It’s time.”“I used to make clothing for people like myself,” he said. “It’s time to step aside and make sure the clothing it suitable for the younger people — the 40 year olds.”Asked how he’d like Tilley Endurables to be remembered after he sells it, his answer is simple.“I’d like them to remember it was the best in the world at what we made, and that it was made in Canada,” he said.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. read more

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UN official welcomes Turkish programme to register Syrian refugees in cities

During his three-day visit to Turkey, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said his office (UNHCR) will contribute technical assistance to the Government by identifying the most vulnerable refugees and those with special needs.“Registration is essential for refugee protection,” he said, calling the new registration system “innovative and an example of best practices.”Previously, official Turkish figures only included the 186,000 refugees hosted in 17 Government-run camps. But with growing numbers of Syrians seeking assistance in towns and cities, the Government recently decided to include urban refugees.Under the new policy, some 40,000 refugees in urban areas have been registered to date, with a further 30,000 waiting for appointments to register.Mr. Guterres signed a cooperation agreement with the Turkish disaster relief agency to fund 10 more registration centres as well as an accord with the Turkish Red Crescent on cooperation in logistics, emergency and contingency support to UNHCR’s operations around the world. In addition, UNHCR is funding the production of an additional 18,500 tents through the Red Crescent.At a press conference in Ankara, Mr. Guterres called on the international community to “establish a much stronger bilateral cooperation with Turkey, supporting this remarkable effort, not only helping refugees but contributing to the stability of the region.”He also warned that there could be up to 3 million refugees by the end of the year if the conflict continues. Syria has been wracked by violence since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. Up to 70,000 people have died, more than 1 million have fled to neighbouring countries, and 2 million have been internally displaced.“Our key objective is to make sure that, whatever the dimension of the tragedy, borders and protection space remain open,” Mr. Guterres said, while praising Turkey’s response to the crisis by welcoming all Syrians regardless of ethnic or religious background into the country.During his visit, Mr. Guterres also met some of the Syrians living in camps when he toured Nizip Camp, home to almost 9,000 refugees in the province of Gaziantep. read more

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Seeing the same GP really is a matter of life and death

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The new study is the… Seeing the same family doctor year after year reduces the chance of dying prematurely, a new study has found. The major review concluded that patients are more likely to complete courses of treatment, live healthily between consultations and be candid about symptoms when treated by GPs they know. However, the researchers said that the fast pace of technological innovation risks blinding health chiefs to the benefits this brings. Published in the BMJ Open, the study comes the month after a survey across the NHS found that found seeing the same GP is now harder than ever, despite a Government pledge five years ago to restore the “personal link” between patients and doctors. read more

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Transplants up

first_imgA threefold increase in heart and lung transplants carried out at Athens’s Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center has been attributed to the gesture of Australian national Oliver Zammit to donate the organs of his 20-year-old son Doujon, who was beaten to death on Myconos last summer. The director of the Onassis’s board, Ioannis Papadimitriou, yesterday praised the courage and integrity of Oliver Zammit, who visited the centre. Papadimitriou remarked that Zammit’s gesture had dual significance – it saved a human life and it also served to raise public awareness of and sensitivity toward the need for organ donations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Parliament approves debt swamp

first_imgOn Thursday, Parliament took the first step towards endorsing a new debt deal with the country’s foreign creditors, approving a bond swap with private bondholders which underpins the whole agreement and would relieve the country of more than 100 billion euros of debt burden. The official public offer to bondholders is to be made today with the aim of completing the procedure by March 12. With the two parties in the ruling coalition, Socialist PASOK and conservative New Democracy, enjoying a comfortable majority, and as no request was made for a vote by roll call, the law passed automatically. Meanwhile Parliament’s social affairs committee approved a second bill detailing the implementation of austerity measures and reforms that have already been approved, and imposes another 3.2 billion euros in extra measures including cuts to pensions. That bill is to be voted on next Wednesday.Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said the approval of the debt swap deal – known as PSI (for private sector involvement) – “will allow us to start emerging from the maelstrom. But to succeed, we need to be united, serious, trustworthy, persistent and to work, work, work,” he said. Foreign officials went further. Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank – one of Greece’s three official foreign creditors, along with the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund – said in comments published in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Greece’s compliance with the terms of a new debt deal must be “flawless” to avoid worse trouble. Government spokesman Pantelis Kapsis insisted that authorities are “determined to take all the measures necessary for the agreement to proceed as planned.” In comments to state television channel NET, he added that additional measures for 2013 and 2014 would be discussed in June, when a new government is expected to be in place following elections set for April. The two main parties are gearing up for snap polls. Kathimerini understands that Venizelos, the key challenger for the PASOK leadership, is to inform party cadres of his intention to run for the post. It is thought that Venizelos will not quit as minister until the PSI process is complete. He and Prime Minister Lucas Papademos are expected to discuss the matter soon. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Australian of Cypriot descent George Savvides is the new Deputy Chair of

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mr George Savvides, whose parents migrated to Australia from Cyprus, is the new Deputy Chair of the SBS Board.In an announcement by SBS it is noted that Mr Savvides has significant management and board experience working in government-owned enterprises and not-for-profit organisations, notably as the former Managing Director of Medibank Private. In thzt role he presented Marcos Baghdatis his trophy at the 2010 Sydney International Tennis tournament when the Cypriot tennis player won. Medibank Private was the main sponsor.Mr Savvides currently also serves as Chairman of World Vision Australia.SBS announced that Emeritus Professor Sally Walker AM has been appointed as a non-executive director. The appointment of Ms Walker and Mr Savvides was announced by Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield and it is for a period of five years.The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SBS is Michael Ebeid and the Chairperson of the Board is Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO. The other non-executive members of the board are: Daryl Karp, Bill Lenehan, Dot West and Peeyush Gupta.SBS Chairman Dr Dellal said: “On behalf of the board and the SBS team, I’d like to congratulate George Savvides and Professor Sally Walker AM on their appointments and welcome them to the SBS board. “As SBS continues to evolve and respond to the needs of contemporary multicultural Australia, our new deputy chair and board member will bring valuable insights and professional expertise from different sectors to the board.“We look forward to their contributions in steering SBS at a time when the media landscape continues to experience change at a rapid pace, and when SBS’s role in promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the diversity of Australian society has never been so important,” Dr Dellal added.last_img read more

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Registration requirement cut from signaturegathering bill

first_imgScore one for anti-tax initiative king Tim Eyman, who had key provisions of a bill struck before it passed out of a Senate committee.Signature-gatherers circulating petitions to put initiatives and referenda on the ballot would not have to register with the Secretary of State’s office under a bill passed Friday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Paid signature-gatherers would still have to fill out their names and addresses on the front of each signature sheet, however, and sign an oath swearing that those who signed the petition did so knowingly and without any compensation. Volunteer signature-gatherers would simply check a box affirming the oath. Eyman said Monday that he is still strongly opposed to even this version of the bill, however.“Would you rather be shot and maimed or shot and killed?” he asked. “You’re still publicly exposing these people. It’s a big step from putting your name down to putting down your address.”Eyman, who makes his living sponsoring voter initiatives, accused Democrats and their union supporters of pushing the bill as a way to silence citizens who use the initiative process to curb state spending.last_img read more

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Report Exhibition Industry Losses Not as Bad as Last Year

first_imgThe exhibition industry continued to decline through the first quarter of 2010 but the losses slowed considerably compared to the fourth quarter last year. Through the first three months, the overall industry declined 4 percent versus to the same period in 2009, according to the latest report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. That’s compared to the 11.6 percent decline the industry experienced during the fourth quarter last year.Revenues, meanwhile, declined 8.4 percent across the exhibitions industry—an improvement over the 19.7 percent revenue falloff during the same period in 2009. “It is anticipated that slow growth will continue through 2010,” American Business Media reports.Declines in attendance also slowed, decreasing .2 percent during the first quarter, the report says. In 2009, attendance fell 4.1 percent. Total event space sold, measured in net square feet, slid 6.2 percent during the period. Still, it represents an improvement over the 14.8 percent decline at the same time in 2009.last_img read more

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A dozen TDP MLAs plan to join BJP more such defections on

first_imgAfter engineering the defection of four Rajya Sabha members of Telugu Desam Party, the BJP is now in touch with more than two-thirds of TDP MLAs in Andhra Pradesh who may join the BJP soon.The state in-charge of Andhra Pradesh and National Secretary of BJP, Sunil Deodhar, said TDP supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu and his immediate family are facing serious charges of corruption and the party’s citadel seems to be crashing down. He said several TDP MLAs are in touch with BJP, but he refused to share their number.Speaking to IANS, Deodhar said the TDP was now a party with “no future as Naidu’s misdeeds and acts of corruption” had been exposed.”From cash-for-vote scandal to various controversial government contracts awarded by his (TDP) government, Naidu seems neck-deep in corruption. That is the reason why most of the MLAs, even his close aides, are deserting the party. Four MPs in Rajya Sabha have already joined us and now several other leaders are approaching us,” said Deodhar, who was the main architect of BJP’s historic win in the Assembly elections of Tripura.Though Deodhar did not comment on how many MLAs of TDP were in touch with him, sources in the party revealed that around 16-17 MLAs of TDP have approached BJP and could abandon Naidu.At present, the TDP has only 23 MLAs in the 175-member Assembly in Andhra Pradesh. The number of TDP MLAs in touch with BJP are well over the two-thirds the strength of the Telugu Desam legislature party, required under anti-defection laws, to switch loyalty.Earlier last week, the defection by TDP’s four Rajya Sabha members came as a shock to Naidu, who suffered an embarrassing defeat in the recent general election. Sources said Naidu, President of the TDP, was on a foreign tour with his family when the defections of Rajya Sabha members took place.On corruption charges levelled against Naidu, the BJP National Secretary said that he is awaiting orders of the present Chief Minister, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy who has assured him that cases relating to serious fraud and corruption involving the TDP leadership would be recommended for a CBI probe.”Let’s see what is the outcome (of Jagan’s assurance). If there is any dilly-dallying by Jagan on recommending a CBI probe, then we will raise the issues relating to corruption involving Naidu and his family. We know that a lot of financial irregularities were committed while building the new capital, Amravati. Cash-for-vote scandal, in which an audio of Naidu was recorded, is yet another glaring incident. There are several such cases against him (Naidu),” said Deodhar, who is also the state in-charge of Tripura, ruled by BJP.He added: “Let me make it clear, the party is over for Naidu.”Sunil Deodhar, a full-time RSS pracharak, was handpicked by party President Amit Shah and made in-charge of Andhra Pradesh a few months back. The decision to hand over Andhra Pradesh to Deodhar was taken by the BJP leadership after he, as in-charge of Tripura, launched an aggressive campaign against the Left and toppled four-term Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s government in Agartala.last_img read more

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Having Changed America The League Of POWMIA Families Fades

first_img Share Ann Mills-Griffiths has spent almost 40 years leading the National League of POW/MIA Families. Her brother is a missing naval aviator. Jay Price/North Carolina Public Radio – WUNCIn the late 1960s, the families of American aviators who had been shot down during the Vietnam War became alarmed at reports that U.S. prisoners of war were being mistreated. The way those families reacted changed the way Americans think about missing troops and the government’s responsibility for them.The POW/MIA movement isn’t the cultural and political force that it once was, but it’s still hard to ignore. The black and white POW/MIA flag with its slogan, “You are not forgotten,” is seemingly everywhere.Ted S. Warren/APThe POW/MIA flag. Ted S. Warren/APThe flag flies at least once a year — and in some places every day — over state capitols. It’s also regularly flown at the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, military bases, town squares, schools and homes. In Massachusetts, there’s a decal of it on every state vehicle.A group called “Rolling Thunder” holds motorcycle rallies and other events to try to keep POW/MIA issues in the public eye.“I know if I died in a foreign land, I would like to know that my country would try to bring me back home so my family would have closure,” said David Lynch, the president of a local chapter of the group in Jacksonville, N.C.Lynch was at an elaborately staged ceremony his chapter holds yearly at a military memorial garden on POW/MIA Recognition Day. About 200 people attended.“We had a lot of personnel over in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam — not just Vietnam — who died in foreign lands, and the government made no attempt to bring them back,” Lynch said.Jay Price/North Carolina Public Radio – WUNCMembers of the Jacksonville, N.C., Rolling Thunder chapter pass a flame during a ceremony honoring prisoners of war and troops missing in action. Jay Price/North Carolina Public Radio – WUNCHe was referring to the situation half a century ago, before the POW-MIA movement began.The pressure the movement created eventually made the government do more to find and identify missing troops, said Michael Allen, a Northwestern University history professor and author of Until the Last Man Comes Home: POWs, MIAs, and the Unending Vietnam War.Allen said that prior to the Vietnam War, the effort to recover troops’ remains was largely handled by the Army’s Graves Registration Service.“After a period of years — historically speaking, it was usually two or three or maybe five years, depending on the conflict — that work was done, and everyone who was still missing was just left missing,” he said.Attitudes change, and missing troops become a priorityMemorials to “the unknown soldier” were once the nation’s response, Allen said, to the thousands of troops missing in America’s wars.With Vietnam, that changed. In the late 1960s, families of missing flyers began to organize. Then, in 1970, they created the National League of POW/MIA Families, which grew and eventually pushed the issue onto the nation’s front burner.It hasn’t been easy or simple, said Ann Mills-Griffiths, the CEO and chairman of its board: “It’s a constant battle.”Mills-Griffiths is the sister of a missing naval aviator. For almost 40 years, she has been the driving force behind the league.In the early years, the league struggled for visibility, resorting to things like picketing the White House and United Nations.Allen makes the case in his book that President Richard Nixon worked to keep the activists supportive of the war, believing that if they demanded an end to the conflict to speed the return of their loved ones, it would turn public opinion even further against the war.After Nixon, other presidential administrations offered varying degrees of support, but the peak of the league’s political influence came after the 1980 election.“Reagan came along, then gave it the priority and it built from there,” Mills-Griffiths said. “Talk about a knight in shining armor.”As governor of California, Reagan had supported POW/MIA activists. As president, he made their issues a national priority.Mills-Griffiths was the only nongovernmental member of a task force that helped shape national policy on POW/MIA issues, and she traveled to Southeast Asia repeatedly for negotiations. She even held a top-secret clearance.Her role, Allen said, was unprecedented.Participants in a “Rolling Thunder” POW/MIA ceremony are reflected in a Vietnam War memorial at Lejeune Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville, N.C. Jay Price/North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC“Every official meeting between U.S. and Vietnamese officials that occurs throughout the Reagan administration involves Mills-Griffiths directly, and this is an extraordinary thing,” Allen said.Mills-Griffiths built relationships with officials in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia that she still relies on. She became a famously skilled political operator in Washington. And she fought for resources to recover and identify lost troops. The Pentagon now spends more than $110 million a year on the effort.As support for recovering the missing from the Vietnam War rose, families and veterans from earlier wars started asking for greater efforts to account for their missing.“This results in renewed efforts to recover the missing from earlier conflicts, and that effort has over time become institutionalized, so that it’s ongoing,” said Allen, the Northwestern historian. “It’s just part of the military bureaucracy.”In fact, most of the 150 or so identifications made each year nowadays are from the Korean War and World War II. Far more service members are missing from those conflicts than from Southeast Asia.Mills-Griffiths said some cases from the earlier wars are important to resolve, but that Vietnam families are running out of time.“We are losing the witnesses, and in Southeast Asia the soil is such that it’s acidic, and it just eats remains,” she said. “And literally the remains are disappearing, so sure, there’s a greater urgency.”With passage of time, league’s influence wanesAs a political force, the league seems to be fading, albeit slowly.It’s now housed in a small office park in a suburb of Washington, D.C., that’s home to discount dentists and immigration attorneys.Once, Mills-Griffiths had a staff of six. She now has just one, and Mills-Griffiths herself has been retired since 2011, though she still shows up for work every day. She’s talking about writing a book about it all.But the league’s once impossible-seeming goal — the fullest possible accounting of missing service members from the Vietnam War, with an emphasis on “possible” — is now plausible.“If I walked away today, I’m very proud of the legacy that the league will have left for the country,” she said. “And the people that we were able to get back so far — 1,042 since the end of the war. That’s quite a few.”“We have about 1,000 to go,” she said.Or, maybe just 999. A few years ago, Vietnamese fishermen snagged something.It was the wreckage of a jet, the one in which Mills-Griffiths’ brother, Lt. Cmdr. James B. Mills, disappeared.His case was one that not even she listed among the “possible.” His plane vanished on a night mission with no clues where it might be.“It was a real disappearing act, a complete unknown,” she said. “It was the actual true definition of missing in action.”Now some of that Pentagon machinery she helped put in place is sifting evidence recovered from the site, trying to erase the question mark beside one more name.last_img read more

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Coming soon to a jailbroken iPad near you sidebyside app multitasking

first_imgAn aspiring iOS jailbreak enthusiast named Aaron Dot has hacked up a proof of concept that allows his iPad to run two iPhone-sized apps at the same time, on the same screen. Ridiculous you say? Probably, but there could definitely be more use to this than just playing two different games of Angry Birds side-by-side.The dev notes at his blog that he actually managed to get three apps running, but lost stability and crashed the whole thing when he tried for a fourth. There’s also an issue with getting audio and the accelerometer to work, but he hopes that fellow jailbreakers will be able to help iron those out in the coming weeks.Running two apps on the same screen could be pretty awesome if you think about it — you could go through email while browsing the web, or chat while watching Hulu. You could even be productive and unproductive at the same time by pairing work stuff with a your favorite iPhone game. Sending work emails while sitting at Starbucks is one thing, but doing it while playing Final Fantasy at the same time? That’s just golden.We really want to see this hack in action, and we may get to in a couple of weeks. Aaron is attending the New York Jailbreak Meetup and has promised to let a few people play around with the dual-app iPad. Surely some of them will have their phones ready to capture some video and stick it up on YouTube.Read more at Aaron Dot MS, via MacStorieslast_img read more

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Light programmable guidance of direct current fields in Laplacian metadevices

first_img , Physical Review Letters © 2018 Phys.org The new material science paradigm was called “metamaterials,” from the Greek word metamorphosis to denote a change of condition. Metamaterial researchers seek to construct new materials from artificial objects with properties beyond the conventional. Decades later, the work continues to attract new interest due to advancements in the field of metamaterials, which include metadevices that are logical extensions of the concept of exploiting functionalities inherent to the metamaterial framework. The field has strikingly progressed in recent years from transformation optics to manipulating electromagnetic properties and inducing transparency to create invisibility cloaks, generating tremendous attention, while moving toward tunable, switchable, nonlinear and sensing functionalities. In practice, the photonic devices have broad implications with potential to meet increasing demands for faster information transfer by removing the bottleneck of fibre-based optical telecommunication networks, and even enabling military camouflage. The tasks can be accomplished with strong, fast nonlinearities for switching light with light, and improved control of the electromagnetic properties of metamaterials with external stimuli such as electric signals. Now writing in Scientific Reports, Cheng-Wei Qiu and co-workers have developed an experimental method to incorporate multiple functions into one passive Laplacian direct current (DC) metadevice using light illumination without physical contact. To demonstrate the proof of concept, the team of scientists fabricated a network in which the measurement data agreed exceptionally well with the theoretical predictions and simulation results. The experiment was enabled by an analogy between electrically conducting materials and resistor networks. The researchers sought to design, fabricate and test a metadevice using the circuit theory. The ability to manipulate steady currents by controlling anisotropic conductivities has many potential applications; the focus in the study was to devise light programmable cloaking, full illusion and partial illusion to enable camouflage. The proposed scheme may open new avenues toward non-contact multiphysical control of functions for all kinds of Laplacian fields, including DC magnetic fields and thermal fields. Similar results were observed for the performance of the proposed light controlled metadevice, showing excellent agreement between the experiment and the simulation. By design, the metadevice was expected to act as an illusion device in bright field light (transform an actual perception into an arbitrarily pre-controlled perception) and become invisible in dark field (experimentally achieved using an opaque material to cover the device). The metadevice was able to switch between cloaking and illusion, within a response time of 0.2 seconds, based on light illumination. In addition, the authors were able to demonstrate partial illusion when part of the metadevice was exposed to bright field, in which the numerical simulations and measurement data were again in excellent agreement, to demonstrate the controllable and flexible property of the proposed scheme. In the study, the simulations were based on the finite element method (FEM). All resistors were commercial metal film resistors with an accuracy of 1 percent with light sensitive resistors in parallel to realize the proposed light controlled metadevice by the circuit theory. The idea can be extended to other fields governed by Laplace’s equation including magnetic and thermal fields. As a simple demonstration of the proposed theoretical concept, the scientists experimentally realized a metadevice using a resistor network composed of eight resistors, tunable through light illumination, for remote-control without contact. During the experimental verification Han et al., used commercial metal film resistors in parallel to light-dependent resistors to achieve the optically-controlled performance. As a reference they also fabricated a DC cloak, without built-in photoresistors. The experimental setup used a DC power supply with 5 V magnitude as the source and the voltage was measured using a 4.5-digit Multimeter. When the voltage distribution was simulated for the reference DC cloak, the potential distributions outside the cloak restored exactly to those in the homogenous space, to render the central component of the device invisible to the outside observer. Similarly, the measured result for the fabricated reference DC cloak demonstrated excellent cloaking performance in good agreement with its simulation. , Nature Metamaterials to manipulate light: a) the naturally occurring camouflage of a cephalopod that can change skin color and texture in response to an external stimulus and match the external environment, b) an example of a previous Laplacian metadevice connected and controlled by a complex field programmable gate array (FPGA), c) schematic demonstration of a simpler light-programmable illusion metadevice proposed in the study, d) a schematic example showing an illusion created by manipulating the coordinates of light. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-30612-5 Metamaterial device allows chameleon-like behavior in the infrared To enable negative refraction and related optical illusions, metamaterials are artificially engineered with unique properties that result from their internal physical structures, rather than their chemical composition. The concept is credited to an experiment conducted by the Soviet scientist Victor Veselago in 1968 to show that negatively refracting materials (as opposed to the typically observed positive refractive index) to create a negative index ‘superlens’ could be achieved when both electric permittivity (ε) and magnetic permeability (µ) of a material were negative. Thirty-three years after the conceptual proposal, the pioneering work of physicist John Pendry enabled the development of metamaterials as Veselago imagined—a composite material with negative refractive index providing greatly improved resolution. Journal information: Scientific Reports Explore further Proof-of-concept: a) a photograph of the fabricated light-programmable metadevice combining electrically conducting materials with a resistor network (light-sensitive resistors are seen inset), a reference DC cloak is seen below – fabricated without photoresistors b) schematic illustration of the experimental setup, green lines indicate light-dependent resistors (RL) in parallel to the commercial resistors (R) in the light programmable metadevice, c) the simulated voltage distribution for the reference DC cloak, d) the measured voltage corresponding to (c). Equipotential lines are represented with white color in the panel. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-30612-5 Citation: Light programmable guidance of direct current fields in Laplacian metadevices (2018, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-programmable-guidance-current-fields-laplacian.html More information: Tiancheng Han et al. Light-programmable manipulation of DC field in Laplacian Meta-devices, Scientific Reports (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-30612-5Pioneers in metamaterials: John Pendry and Victor Veselago, iopscience.iop.org/article/10. … 978/13/2/020401/meta Allan Boardman, Community Perspective, 2011, J. 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2 criminals flee from Kanthi court 1 nabbed

first_imgKolkata: Two dreaded criminals tried to flee police custody by hurling bombs and firing several rounds of bullet just before being produced in the court. Though one of the accused took off, the other one was nabbed immediately.According to locals, two criminals identified as Shaikh Munna and Karna Bera were being taken to Kanthi fast track court under judicial custody.Around 12:30 pm, the prisoner van of the Purba Medinipur Police arrived at the court premises with six under-trial prisoner including Bera and Munna. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs soon as a police personnel opened the door of the van, one person waiting close to the van hurled a bomb. Another person tried to snatch Bera and Munna from the van.Police sources informed that two persons were waiting with two motorcycles for the prisoner van to arrive at the court premises. When one of them was hurling bombs, the other one passed a firearm to Karna and Munna. All of them tried flee but failed as one of the motorcycles broke down. Sensing danger, one of the accused tried to take some else’s motorcycle but failed to do so as the owner ran away with the keys. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHaving no other way, all four of them tried leave on the one motorcycle they were left with. While on the motorcycle, Bera and Munna hurled bombs and fired at least eight rounds of bullet.Six persons including five police personnel and a staff from the court were injured by the bullets and the bombs.But their plan was partly foiled as Bera fell down on road as soon as the motorcycle started moving. However, his accomplishes fled and he tried to get to a safe place by running aimlessly. In Kanthi bazar area, he hid in a house but was traced by police personnel as he was being followed. A large number of police personnel surrounded the house and Bera could not escape. He was arrested from there.Bera has several cases of murder, robbery, dacoity on his head. He is also accused of murdering a police constable identified as Nabakumar Maity at Mahisadal a few years ago. He tried to flee jail several times but failed.last_img read more

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Sonia asked Chidambaram to shield hawala case Jaya Jaitly

first_imgAccusing the Congress of having a hand in the Tehelka sting ‘Operation West End’ – which led to George Fernandes’s resignation as Defence Minister – former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitly claims that Congress President Sonia Gandhi had written to then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to ensure that the alleged financiers of Tehelka are not treated in an “unfair” or “unjust” manner. She has made these claims in her upcoming autobiography Life among the ‘Scorpions: Memoirs of a Woman in Indian Politics’, which came out on November 7. She has presented a copy of the letter in the book. It also has a copy of a two-page letter from First Global, the alleged financiers of Tehelka, petitioning Sonia Gandhi, the then Chairperson of National Advisory Council. Jaitly also recalls that when George Fernandes insisted on resigning, L.K. Advani and Jaswant Singh advised against it. Soon after, Jaswant Singh brought the Prime Minister’s message to the Defence Minister, accepting his resignation. George Fernandes was only too eager to oblige, she says. However, Jaitly was miffed that she had also been asked to resign by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, while she had made her stand clear in her own party that she had done nothing wrong and would not resign. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShe also claims that the Congress, which was then in opposition, was the ultimate beneficiary of the sting by Tehelka, which allegedly received hawala funds. Jaitly also recounts her appalling experiences during the investigations under the Commission of Inquiry, instituted after the Tehelka sting. When the matter was suddenly and arbitrarily sent to a court, she says she feared that the judge, who convicted former BJP president Bangaru Laxman of bribery and was hearing her case too, would eventually convict her irrespective of her arguments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the memoirs, Jaya Jaitly also recollects her meeting with alleged arms middleman Christian Michel, of how he bragged about helping prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao to spy on Sonia Gandhi and then went on to offer her an opportunity to make a ‘huge pile of money’ for the Samata Party of which she was president at the time. In the context of her revelations on how defence deals are done in India, Jaitly recalls a meeting with a senior Congressman where he informed her that people were willing to pay ‘twenty lakh rupees to have a cup of tea’ with her. When Jaitly asked him why he explained that ‘it cuts the competition’. This was when the first NDA Government was in power with the Samata Party as its key ally, with George Fernandes as the Union Defence Minister. With regard to the BJP, she says that L.K. Advani ensured that the BJP under him dispelled the notion of being a Hindu-only party which led to a smooth functioning of the alliance and the NDA government. She, however, regrets the fact that BJP’s ‘arrogance’ cost the NDA the 2004 elections as it failed to get allies which, in contrast, the Congress, managed quite well. Jaitly also reminisces about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots calling them one of the most horrific instances of gruesome violence unleashed in an organized manner against a community. Further, she recalls her experiences of working extensively for the relief of the Sikh victims at the time. She refuses to make any comparisons between the 1984 riots and the 2002 Gujarat riots and claims that during the Gujarat Riots, the then state Chief Minister Narendra Modi was ‘in constant touch with George Fernandes’ [the then Defence Minister] to quell the violence. Attacking her former colleague in the Samata Party, Nitish Kumar, for not being supportive of her initiatives as party president or even as a handicrafts activist, Jaitly reveals that Kumar ditched her for a Rajya Sabha seat which he had promised to George Fernandes. She also gives instances in her memoirs where Kumar put his self-interest above the party’s. She criticizes Lalu Yadav for projecting himself to be secular by stopping Advani’s rath yatra while having taken no action against the real perpetrators of the Bhagalpur riots after coming to power. However, Jaitly appreciates the fact that Samata Party’s fight against Lalu Yadav in Bihar ensured that he was not in a position to claim the high chair of prime ministership and instead, the Janata Dal leader from the south, H.D. Deve Gowda became the prime minister in United Front government. Lastly, Jaitly in her memoirs also reveals details of the allegations of match-fixing against former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja, who is also her son-in-law. Jaitly narrates how IT officials had landed at her home, thinking it to be Ajay’s, but gone back empty-handed.last_img read more

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Obesity may cause depression

first_imgOverweight and obese people may be at increased risk of depression, even in the absence of other health problems, warns new research. The research, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, showed that the psychological impact of being overweight causes depression, rather than associated illnesses such as diabetes. “Our research shows that being overweight doesn’t just increase the risks of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease; it can also lead to depression,” said study co-author Elina Hypponen, Professor at the University of South Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the researchers looked at UK Biobank data from more than 48,000 people with depression, comparing them with a control group of more than 290,000 people born between 1938 and 1971, who provided medical and genetic information. Hospital data and self-reporting were used to determine whether people had depression. The team used a genetic research approach to explore the causal link between the two conditions. They separated out the psychological component of obesity from the impact of obesity related health problems, using genes associated with higher BMI but lower risk of diseases like diabetes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”These genes were just as strongly associated with depression as those genes associated with higher BMI and diabetes. This suggests that being overweight causes depression both with and without related health issues – particularly in women,” Hypponen said. “Our robust genetic analysis concludes that the psychological impact of being obese is likely to cause depression. This is important to help target efforts to reduce depression, which makes it much harder for people to adopt healthy habits.”last_img read more

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