Beaverlodge RCMP seek public assistance in locating missing male

first_imgUPDATE – Augustt “Sean” Rowe has been located safe. Beaverlodge RCMP would like to thank the media and public for their assistance.BEAVERLODGE, A.B. – The Beaverlodge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Augustt “Sean” Rowe.According to RCMP, Rowe was last seen at his home in Hythe on the night of July 4 at 10:00 p.m. He is believed to be driving a white 2010 Ford Ranger with an Alberta license plate number ZZM 794.Rowe is described as:Metis6’2″, 180 lbBrown hair, grey/blue eyesWearing jeans, likely a black hoodie and short black leather bootsIf you have any information about Rowe’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2485 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Worlds first malaria vaccine launched in Africa

first_imgGeneva: The world’s first malaria vaccine has been launched in Malawi after concerted efforts of over 30 years to protect children from the deadly disease that claims over 435,000 lives globally every year. The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed the Government of Malawi’s landmark pilot programme. The launch of the first and only malaria vaccine, known as RTS,S, makes Malawi the first of three countries in Africa where it will be made available to children up to 2 years of age. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USGhana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks, WHO said in a statement. Malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers, claiming the life of one child every two minutes. Most of these deaths are in Africa, where more than 250,000 children die from the disease every year. WHO estimates that India accounts for 89 per cent malaria cases in South-East Asia. According to National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), 1,090,724 cases and 331 deaths due to malaria were reported during 2016 in the country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChildren under five are at greatest risk of its life-threatening complications. Worldwide, malaria kills 435 000 people a year, most of them children. “We have seen tremendous gains from bed nets and other measures to control malaria in the last 15 years, but progress has stalled and even reversed in some areas,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We need new solutions to get the malaria response back on track, and this vaccine gives us a promising tool to get there. The malaria vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of children’s lives,” Ghebreyesus said in a statement. Thirty years in the making, RTS,S is the first, and to date the only, vaccine that has demonstrated it can significantly reduce malaria in children. In clinical trials, the vaccine was found to prevent approximately four in 10 malaria cases, including three in 10 cases of life-threatening severe malaria. “Malaria is a constant threat in the African communities where this vaccine will be given. The poorest children suffer the most and are at highest risk of death,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “We know the power of vaccines to prevent killer diseases and reach children, including those who may not have immediate access to the doctors, nurses and health facilities they need to save them when severe illness comes,” Moeti said. “This is a day to celebrate as we begin to learn more about what this tool can do to change the trajectory of malaria through childhood vaccination,” she added. The pilot programme is designed to generate evidence and experience to inform WHO policy recommendations on the broader use of the RTS,S malaria vaccine. It will look at reductions in child deaths; vaccine uptake, including whether parents bring their children on time for the four required doses; and vaccine safety in the context of routine use. The vaccine is a complementary malaria control tool — to be added to the core package of WHO-recommended measures for malaria prevention, including the routine use of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying with insecticides, and the timely use of malaria testing and treatment. The WHO-coordinated pilot programme is a collaborative effort with ministries of health in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi and a range of in-country and international partners, including PATH, a non-profit organization, and GSK, the vaccine developer and manufacturer, which is donating up to 10 million vaccine doses for this pilot. “We look forward to the start of vaccination in Ghana, and then Kenya later this year. A vaccine for malaria is among many innovations needed to bring an end to this disease, and we proudly stand with all countries and our many partners in progressing towards a malaria-free world,” said Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH. The malaria vaccine pilot aims to reach about 360,000 children per year across the three countries. Ministries of health will determine where the vaccine will be given.last_img read more

Best time to develop country says President

President Maithripala Sirisena says this is the best time to develop the country when all the countries in the world and international organizations do not have any animosity against Sri Lanka.The President expressed these views at the inauguration ceremony of the National Program for Local Food Production, held in Iranamadu today. The program which was inaugurated in Kilinochchi district yesterday, will be implemented around the country in the future and the aim of the program is to grow agricultural products that can be grown in our county. The President said it is a shame to import food from foreign countries for consumption when there is an ability to produce every food within the country.President Sirisena said every state owned lands which have not been cultivated will be used for food production in the future. He said he would take explanations from the responsible officials about the lands which will not be cultivated. “When this happens the farmers can never get rid of the debt burden”, he said. The President symbolically distributed title deeds of 613 acres of land in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, used by the military, to their original owners and to the relevant institutions.Marking the inaugural ceremony of the National Food Production program the President went to the paddy field and switched on the paddy planting machine. In parallel to this program the inauguration of the growing of agricultural products including corn, fruit and coconut was commenced today. In addition to that goats, dairy cows and coconut sapling were also distributed among the people and organic fertilizers were introduced for farming. President Sirisena also declared open the Aquaculture Development Centre at Iranamadu.President Sirisena also made an observation tour of the Vocational Training Centre being built in the Iranamadu area under the financial assistance from Germany. (Colombo Gazette) The President pointed out that over 80 per cent of the requirement of chilies, soya, cowpea and green gram is imported. He recalled over Rs.6 billions spent on the importation of food in 2014. “The empty lands which have not been utilized for food production and owned by private sector will also be taken on temporary basis for food production. Every inch which can be cultivated should be cultivated”, the President stated.He said the home garden cultivation is a key feature of this national program which is carried out not only by the Department of Agriculture and Presidential Secretariat but also by every institute of state and private sector. He pointed out that the people can cultivate vegetables and fruits at their plots of land in the house yard for their day to day consumption.President Maithripala Sirisena requested the people, who enjoy the freedom and democracy under this new government, to unite irrespective of race, religion and caste differences to eliminate poverty in our country. read more

Deforestation slows but we need to do better on sustainable forest use

Some 129 million hectares of forest – an area almost equivalent in size to South Africa ¬– have been lost since 1990, according to FAO’s most comprehensive forest review to date, The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015. It covers 234 countries and territories and was presented at this week’s World Forestry Congress, which kicked off today in Durban, South Africa.The FAO study noted however, that an increasing amount of forest areas have come under protection while more countries are improving forest management. This is often done through legislation and includes the measuring and monitoring of forest resources and a greater involvement of local communities in planning and in developing policies.”Forests play a fundamental role in combating rural poverty, ensuring food security and providing people with livelihoods. And they deliver vital environmental services such as clean air and water, the conservation of biodiversity and combating climate change,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, launching the report in Durban.He noted an “encouraging tendency towards a reduction in rates of deforestation and carbon emissions from forests,” as well as improved information that can inform good policy, noting that presently national forest inventories cover 81 per cent of global forest area, a substantial increase over the past 10 years.”The direction of change is positive, but we need to do better,” the FAO Director-General cautioned. “We will not succeed in reducing the impact of climate change and promoting sustainable development if we do not preserve our forests and sustainably use the many resources they offer us,” he added.FAO’s report stresses the critical importance of forests to people, the environment, and the global economy. The forest sector contributes about $600 billion annually to global gross domestic product (GDP) and provides employment to over 50 million people.The report also noted that Africa and South America had the highest net annual loss of forests in 2010-2015, with 2.8 and 2 million hectares respectively, but the report notes how the rate of loss has “substantially decreased” from the previous five year period.Globally, natural forest area is decreasing and planted forest area is increasing and while most forests remain publicly owned, ownership by individuals and communities has increased. In all cases FAO stresses the importance of sustainable forest management practices.”The management of forests has improved dramatically over the last 25 years. This includes planning, knowledge sharing, legislation, policies – a whole range of important steps that countries have implemented or are implementing,” said Kenneth MacDicken, leader of FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment Team.He underscored how since 1990 the designation of additional forest land for conservation increased by some 150 million ha and that forest in protected areas has increased by over 200 million hectares.Currently, forest area primarily designated for biodiversity conservation accounts for 13 percent of the world’s forest, or 524 million hectares, with the largest areas reported in Brazil and the United States. Over the last five year period Africa reported the highest annual increase in the area of forest for conservation while Europe, North and Central American and North America reported the lowest compared to previous reporting periods, while the increase reported by Asia for 2010-2015 was lower than that reported for 2000-1010 but higher than the increase reported in the 1990s.Deforestation and forest degradation increase the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, but forest and tree growth absorbs carbon dioxide which is the main greenhouse gas. FAO notes how a more sustainable management of forests will result in a reduction in carbon emissions from forests and has a vital role to play in addressing the impacts of climate change.FAO has estimated that total carbon emissions from forests decreased by more than 25 per cent between 2001 and 2015, mainly due to a slowdown in global deforestation rates. read more

Will UConns Dominance Of Womens Basketball End Anytime Soon

Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Dec. 15, 2015), we look at whether the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team will sweep every team before it in this year’s NCAA season. With FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, we explore the rise of Kristaps Porzingis and whether we can compare him to Dirk Nowitzki. Plus, we try and understand a metric that’s earning college football coaches hundreds of thousands of dollars. And a Significant Digit on Odell Beckham Jr.’s almost-record-breaking number of touchdown receptions.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Benjamin Morris on why last season’s Huskies were so good.Nick Martin on the metric earning college football coaches millions.Odell Beckham Jr.’s magic touchdown caught on pylon camera. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

President not attending UN General Assembly due to hectic schedule preparations

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl GreenidgeMinister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge and a team will be attending the 73rd United Nations General Assembly- UNGA 73 later this month in New York.However, he noted that President David Granger will not be attending this year’s General Assembly due to a hectic schedule including preparations for the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) slated for November 12.Addressing the local media corps Monday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Greenidge said apart from the usual issues and presentations by the respective Heads of States, several bilateral meetings will be held on the sidelines of UNGA 73.These meetings will involve discussions with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other international organisations. In preparation for the renewal of the Cotonou Accord, the negotiators representing the 79-member countries of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states will be hosting a meeting.The meeting with the ACP states, Minister Greenidge pointed out, is critical given the importance of the Cotonou Agreement, since it is the main source of concessionary funding for the Caribbean countries.Importantly, the Foreign Affairs Minister said, the UNGA 73 will provide Guyana with the opportunity to engage the Secretary-General on developments relating to the Guyana/Venezuela controversy, following his decision to refer the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on January 30.Following the hosting of the UNGA 73, the minister said several other meetings are scheduled to address issues such as trade, Blue Oceans and to facilitate further discussions pertaining to the ACP states.The minister and the team will be attending from September 24, when the UNGA will hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honour of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit.The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opens on September 18. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, September 25 is scheduled to last for nine working days.The theme of the general debate is ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana wants bilateral not border talks with Venezuela – Greenidge clarifiesAugust 9, 2015In “Politics”Greenidge attends unveiling of Nelson Mandela statue at UN HQSeptember 24, 2018In “Politics”Commonwealth set to ratify declaration in support of Guyana in controversy with VenezuelaNovember 17, 2015In “Politics” read more

Leinster confirm Lote Tuqiri signing

first_img“A consummate professional, Lote has an enormous wealth of experience in the game and we believe that he will play an important role in the squad over the coming weeks.” LEINSTER HAVE OFFICIALLY confirmed the signing of Australian wing Lote Tuqiri.The 33-year-old joins the province on a short-term contract, having been released by rugby league’s West Tigers earlier this month.Leinster’s head coach Matt O’Connor said, ”We are delighted to welcome a player of Lote’s calibre and his enthusiasm to make a positive impression at Leinster is exciting for both his new team-mates and supporters alike. An international in both union and league, Tuqiri renews a relationship with O’Connor that began during his stint with the Leicester Tigers in 2009/10.The 6ft 3ins winger won 67 Wallaby caps from 2003 to 2008, including two World Cups in ’03 and ’07. In that time, Tuqiri amassed 30 international tries and was a key attacking element in the Australian set-up.Tuqiri’s professional rugby career began with league side Brisbane Broncos in 1999, before he joined the Waratahs in Super Rugby in 2003. He scored 29 tries over the following seven seasons.After the spell with Leicester, the powerful wing returned to league, once again representing Australia on the international stage. Injuries have reduced his impact in recent years, with arm breaks befalling him in 2011 and 2012.Tuqiri has now been drafted in by Leinster to cover a perceived lack of depth in the back three, particularly with fellow new signing Zane Kirchner away on Rugby Championship duty with South Africa.Even as he approaches his 34th birthday next week, Tuqiri remains a fine physical specimen. His work ethic and easygoing nature made him a popular figure during his time at Leicester, and O’Connor will be hoping for more of the same.The tall winger is also a hefty unit at well over 100kg, and he offers Leinster an aerial threat they haven’t had on the wing since Shane Horgan retired. Expect Jimmy Gopperth and Ian Madigan to search him out with cross-field kicks.A short-term contract for three months means there is little risk for Leinster in the deal, even if it might prevent some of the younger members of the set-up from getting valuable exposure.Whether Tuqiri can make as big an impact as Brad Thorn did in his spell with Leinster remains to be seen.YouTube credit: Doggiesofwarlast_img read more

Column 8 Financial Rules of Thumb

first_imgI AM OFTEN asked a financial question that starts with the line: “As a rule of thumb what should I…” And I think the reason people start off with this statement is because they either want a shortcut to the answer they are looking for, or they want to know what others are doing.For financial advice, giving rules of thumb, in my opinion is not the best way to operate as they are very basic and no two people are the same, so what is right for me may not be for you. Of course, they can serve a purpose and can give you a good steer but they should not be relied upon for making important financial decisions. So be warned!Rule of thumb number 1: How much of my income should go towards my monthly mortgage or rent repayment?My rule of thumb is the rule of 25/36.Your mortgage repayment including insurances, should not exceed 25% of your gross monthly income or if you have other debts then when they are combined along with your mortgage repayment, should not exceed 36% of your gross monthly income.Rule of thumb number 2: How much of an emergency fund should I have?My rule of thumb here will vary depending on whether you are single or married, and I will tell you what I think they should be shortly, but the amount you should have in place is a multiple of your 7 biggest monthly expenses, saved in an account that can be called upon if you are made redundant or cannot work due to an accident or illness. So you should have;3 months of your 7 biggest monthly expenses for a two income household where both are in what they perceive to be stable, secure jobs.6 months of your 7 biggest monthly expenses for a single income household where the income earner is in stable, secure employment9 months of your 7 biggest monthly expenses for a two income household where both are in what are considered unstable jobs or the industry they work in is prone to volatility/redundancies12 months of your 7 biggest expenses if you are self employedRule of thumb number 3: How much money should I be saving each month for my retirement?This is very important to know because I read recently that a survey was conducted where 70% of the respondents who contribute to a pension, relied on guesswork as to what their income will be when they retire. They contribute each month but have no idea whether it is enough or not!The amount you should be saving will be dependent on a number of factors but if you want a rule of thumb try saving about half of your age as a percentage of your income. So, if you are 25 save 12.5% of your salary or if you don’t start until you are 30, save 15% of your income.Rule of thumb number 4: How much insurance should I have?The level of life cover you need is calculated by allowing your family to continue their current lifestyle in the event of your death, and working out exactly how much they need will depend on the number of dependents you have, their ages, your net monthly income, value of your debt outstanding, family expenses, death in service benefit etc.Rule of thumb is 10 times your annual salary if you are in your 30s with young children. If you’re in your 40s when children might be a little older, makes it 7 times your annual salary, and, finally, 5 times your annual salary if in your 50s.Rule of thumb number 5: How much should I borrow to buy a car?I like the 20-4-10 rule of thumb which is 20% deposit, a loan that doesn’t last longer than 4 years and a monthly repayment that is not greater than 10% of your monthly income.Rule of thumb number 6: How long will it take before my savings will double?Apply the rule of 72 to this one. If you divide the interest rate you are receiving on your savings/investment into 72, then this will give you the number of years it will take for your money to double in value.For example if your interest rate is 6%, then it will take you 12 years before your money will double in value (72/6 = 12) Rule of thumb number 7: How long will it take before my money is halved in value?This is obviously the reverse of doubling your money and has got to do with the effect inflation has on your savings, something I wrote about last year, where I stressed how important it was that you take notice of it and the impact it has on your savings.Rule 70 will tell you exactly how long it will take before your money will be halved in value. You just need to divide 70 by the rate of inflation to find out. So, if inflation was 4% for example, it would take just over 17 years before your tenner is worth a fiver (70/5 = 17.5) Rule of thumb number 8: How much of my pension contribution each month should be invested in shares?The universal rule of thumb here is that the amount you should invest in shares as part of your pension portfolio should be equal to 100 minus your current age. So, if you are 40 years old, the % of your pension fund invested in shares should be 60%.Liam Croke, the founder of MyMoney (, an online portal to help employees access financial information and tools to manage their finances. He is a qualified financial advisor (QFA) with over 24 years in the financial services sector. He advises organisations and people on personal finance issues of the day. He has written 5 books in the area of personal finance and has written articles for most newspapers in Ireland over the past 10 years.Column: Having a home is a basic need that’s slipping beyond people’s reachSurvey: Just 58% of teenagers expect to find work in Ireland after collegelast_img read more

280 iphone launches in Brazil and it runs Android

first_imgWant an iPhone, but wish it was powered by Android instead of iOS and that it didn’t cost $600 to buy outright? Head down to Brazil, where the brand-new iphone is now on sale for around $280. Not only is this iphone much cheaper, but it’s also running Android and features dual SIM card support. And as you can see from the press shots, the phone looks more like it was inspired by an HTC design rather than one of Apple’s.It’s the latest member of Gradiente’s mobile family, part of the Smartphone G line-up. Fortunately for Gradiente, they’ve owned a trademark on the iphone name since the year 2000, roughly 7 years before Apple started selling its first iPhone in Brazil. Now that Gradiente has decided to market a device using its trademark, Apple may have to resort to a big payout to secure the right to use the iPhone name on Gradiente’s home turf. That’s what ultimately happened in the battle between Apple and Proview — the Chinese company ended up receiving a $60 million payout.The trademark conflict surrounding this phone is much more interesting than the phone itself. It’s a low-end affair, with a 700MHz processor, just 2GB of internal storage (expandable via micro SD), and a 3.7-inch 320 x 480 display. There’s a serviceable 5MP camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front. It’s also running Android 2.3.4, which is well over a year old.Phone like this are all over sites like PandaWill, and they generally sell for around $80. None of them, however, come bearing the iphone name. That’s got to be worth an extra $200 to Gradiente’s Brazilian consumers, right?More at CNET and Gradientelast_img read more

The Explainer Islamic State has been defeated in Syria What happens if

first_img Source: The Explainer/SoundCloud By Michelle Hennessy Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 10:00 PM Image: ITV/YPG Short URL Irish citizens Lisa Smith and Alexandr Bekmirzaev. Share18 Tweet Email2 The Explainer: Islamic State has been defeated in Syria. What happens if members return to Ireland? Experts have said there needs to be a focus on ensuring more people in Ireland do not become radicalised. Irish citizens Lisa Smith and Alexandr Bekmirzaev. Image: ITV/YPG Whether it is possible to secure prosecutions in Iraq and Syria, by local means or by an international mechanism, is open to question. Whether it is feasible to secure prosecutions in the home states of foreign fighters is also open to question given the difficulty of securing evidence.The department said if fighters do return and there is evidence they committed terrorist offences, they will be fully investigated with a view to prosecution. Legislation in IrelandThe Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 provides that the Offences Against the State Acts can apply to any terrorist group as if it were an unlawful group. This would allow for a conviction if the authorities here could prove a person was an active member of the Islamic State group while they were living in Ireland – and it carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Gardaí have in recent times also arrested a number of people suspected of terrorist financing. Specialist garda units are working with Irish banks to stop money being laundered and filtered through Irish institutions.In cases where a person has joined Islamic State after they left, it is less clear. There is an EU directive on combating terrorism that makes it an offence to travel to a third country to conduct terrorist acts there, but we have not fully adopted its provisions yet.The main difficulty for the gardaí in all of these cases will be obtaining the evidence needed to secure a prosecution.The Irish casesAround 50 people are believed to have left Ireland to fight in the Syrian civil war – at least 30 of those on the side of Islamic State. Gardaí have said they believe the majority of Islamic extremists who left Ireland to fight in Syria or Iraq are either dead or missing.The authorities here are aware of a small number who have already returned under the radar – these are not people who were being held by Kurdish forces like the recent examples we have heard of. The figures are believed to be in the low double digits and they are being monitored.The most recent high-profile case involving an Irish person has been that of Lisa Smith. She has been captured by Kurdish forces in the north-east of Syria. She left Ireland in late 2013 and went to Tunisia where she met and married a Muslim man from Britain. It is reported that she became more radicalised there and by 2015 had travelled to Syria.An ITV news crew recently spoke Smith, now in her late 30s, in a camp in northern Syria where she is currently living with her two-year-old child. Her husband was reportedly killed a number of months ago. She said she had gone to Syria after seeing Islamic State propaganda videos.“You want Islam, you want to come, you want to live in a Muslim country…no music, no smoking, no drinking, no prostitution, anything like this. You want a clean life like this,” she said. Before the news about Smith broke, there was another Irish citizen in Syria under the spotlight – Alexandr Bekmirzaev. He is 45, originally from Belarus and he came to Ireland in the early 2000s. He married a woman here, they had a child together and he obtained Irish citizenship in 2010.It is believed he was radicalised by a Jordanian man while he was living in Ireland. He was put on a watch list and monitored by members of the garda Special Detective Unit. In 2013 he left for Syria with his family. He is currently being held by the Syrian Democratic Forces.There is also an Irish citizen in prison in the United States for terror offences who wants to be able to return here after he served his sentence – that is Ali Charaf Damache. He married an Irish woman in 2003 and now holds both Irish and Algerian citizenship. While he was living in Waterford he was wanted in the US, accused of being the ringleader of a jihadist cell that was plotting attacks in Europe and southern Asia. There was an attempt by the US authorities to have him extradited from Ireland but he fought that successfully.In 2015 he was arrested when he travelled to the Spanish city of Barcelona. Police there said he was plotting with a number of other individuals to kill Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who had drawn caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.He was reportedly in the same terror call as US citizen Colleen LaRose, also known as Jihad Jane – Damache himself was known by the pseudonym ‘The black flag’.He was handed over to the US authorities in 2017 and is currently serving a 15-year sentence in a maximum security prison in the US. Once his sentence has been served, he will either be extradited to Algeria, or to Ireland.Revoking citizenshipIn the case of British teenager Shamima Begum, the UK took a hardline approach. She had left England at the age of 15 to join the terrorist group.When she came to public attention, she was pregnant and living in a Syrian refugee camp. She said she had already lost two children and wanted to have this baby in England.  After a heated debate in the UK, the Home Office decided to revoke her British citizenship. In Lisa Smith’s case, this would not be an option because she only has Irish citizenship. The government here has signed up to a United Nations treaty which states the right to a nationality is a fundamental human right, so we have committed to never leaving a person stateless. But in December, Charlie Flanagan decided to strip Ali Charaf Damache, the man who is currently in prison in the US, of his Irish citizenship on the basis that he broke the oath he took to declare fidelity to the Irish nation and loyalty to the State. Related Readscenter_img Mar 24th 2019, 10:01 PM 27,335 Views THE GOVERNMENT HAS acknowledged that the return of Irish people who joined foreign terrorist groups in areas of conflict is a difficult, complex and unprecedented situation.The issue is in sharp focus since the discovery in a Syrian camp of Lisa Smith, a Dundalk woman, and the capture of Alexandr Bekmirzev, a man who holds Irish citizenship. Now that the Islamic State group has been defeated in north-east Syria, the return of Irish citizens from the war zone is not just a discussion, it is becoming a reality the State will have to deal with. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by the United States, have now driven Islamic State fighters out of their last enclave at the village of Baghouz.During a two-week humanitarian window to allow civilians out of the area before the Kurds move in, more than 10,000 people left Baghouz and went into SDF territory. This included the wives and children of jihadists who are now in camps in this northeastern region. explored the topic in its most recent episode of The Explainer, where along with experts in deradicalisation, the podcast team examined what is possible in an Irish context. With the fall of the Islamic State in Syria, the entire world is having to make decisions, not least Ireland. The approach to any return of citizens who may have been fighting or non-combatant members of the Islamic State group will involve many arms of the State.So far the government here has said Irish citizens in Syria have the right to return home. When speaking about Lisa Smith’s case, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it will not be “as simple as coming here, and everything proceeding as if nothing had happened”.However he said the government does not believe that removing citizenship from a person and leaving them Stateless is the “compassionate thing to do”. The Department of Justice told that the return of persons suspected of having been active in Iraq or Syria “presents complex challenges, including questions of public protection, the prosecution of offences, the protection of citizens’ rights and deradicalisation”.And it said none of these lend themselves to easy resolution.“The question of how accountability can best be achieved for the people of Iraq and Syria who have suffered at the hands of ISIS is a complex one, facing not just Ireland, but also EU counterparts and other international partners,” it said.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13.03.18 Why does a person become radicalised? That’s the million dollar question This is the first time the State has moved to remove citizenship from a naturalised resident. He is challenging that in the courts, arguing that if he is sent to Algeria after his sentence is served he may be tortured or killed.Reviews of decisions on the revocation of at least another 30 people are pending.DeradicalisationDundalk Imam Nooh Buye told that there was anger in the local Muslim community when this news broke that a woman from the local area had been exposed as an Islamic State member. They resent the way Islamic extremists portray their religion.However, when asked whether Lisa Smith would be welcomed back to the local mosque if the wanted to worship there, he said: “My personal belief is that community centres and places of worship are for everybody. So if she is cleared by the government, why not?”In Islam, if someone has done wrong, a person also has to be helped to see the right path and so they can think again and change their character. Maybe if she had sought guidance from leaders in the community maybe it would not have gone this way. It can be a lesson to others not to fall into the same problem.Dr Ajmal Hussain of the School of Social Sciences in the University of Manchester said a sensitive approach is required if deradicalisation of Islamic extremists is to work.One thing I have found from speaking to people who have either been imprisoned under anti-terror laws or who have returned from being abroad is that they don’t want to be known in public. He referenced the “huge backlash” after Shamima Begum appeared on television and reports of people using a picture of her face in a shooting range. “Returnees or people who have been convicted and now released they want to play a low-key role,” he said. There are groups and there are individuals who are actively engaged in deradicalisation work. One, by supporting materially the needs of these people in terms of coming back into society and just needing a place to stay and having supportive structures, being able to eat, drink and socialise as a normal person.“But then [there are] also individuals who are active in sort of helping to reform the ideas that might have pushed these individuals to think it was an Islamic cause that took them there. So there are people out there correcting the Islamic opinions that people are holding, but these are by no means easy jobs to do.”Preventative measuresThe fall of the Islamic State group in Syria will not put an end to radicalisation and extremist views. Experts in this area have said governments need to focus now on preventing more people from being radicalised if they want to protect their citizens from attacks in their own countries. The Department of Justice acknowledged that monitoring and prosecuting those who commit terrorist offences is not enough to prevent radicalisation in the future. “The vital work carried out by our policing and security authorities must be complemented by strong, long-term measures to avoid an environment conducive to the social exclusion and polarisation that might lead to radicalisation and violent extremism,” a spokesperson told “It is widely acknowledged that poorly integrated groups who experience social exclusion and lack a positive sense of belonging within wider society can be at particular risk of radicalisation.”Ireland’s National Migrant Integration Strategy 2017-2020 acknowledges radicalisation as one of the risks associated with poor or failed integration.The department said the actions that public authorities have committed to carry out under the integration strategy are intended to support the full participation of migrants and their children in Irish society.“These actions include cooperation with communities at risk of stigmatisation and/or radicalisation.” 17.03.18 ‘We’re not talking about this enough’: Ireland warned to take action against radicalisation 15.03.18 ‘I want to join ISIS’: How big a problem is radicalisation in Ireland? 82 Comments last_img read more

Toyota recalls nearly 2000 cars due to potential airbag fault

first_img Image: Dominic Lipinski/AP 25,418 Views Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 5:53 PM TOYOTA IRELAND HAS issued a voluntary recall of nearly 2,000 cars.The recall affects 1,893 Corolla and Auris models made between October 2006 to 2012.The company is recalling the vehicles due to an issue with the front passenger airbag. The Takata-designed SPI-2 is part of a Takata inflator recall.A notice says:“There is a possibility that some vehicles received a recall remedy in which the replacement inflator was installed in an incorrect orientation. This could result in insufficient sealing of the inflator to the air bag assembly; during deployment, generated gases could leak. If this occurs, the front passenger air bag may not inflate as designed during deployment, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.”The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission says that “Toyota Ireland will be writing directly to those customers involved in this recall to arrange to have the airbag inspected and replaced”. “The letter will also advise consumers affected by this voluntary recall to contact their nearest Toyota Dealer/Authorised Repairer who will arrange to do the repair free of charge. Toyota Ireland can be contacted on: 01 419 0222.”Takata’s name had become synonymous with the deadly airbag scandal which affected almost every major global automaker, including Toyota and General Motors, and triggered the auto industry’s biggest-ever safety recall.The brand disappeared in April as it was taken over in a €1.5 billion deal with Joyson Safety Systems. 34 Comments Short URL Jun 13th 2018, 5:53 PM Share40 Tweet Email6 Toyota recalls nearly 2,000 cars due to potential airbag fault The recall affects Corolla and Auris models. Image: Dominic Lipinski/AP By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Des chiens de berger pour protéger les guépards en Namibie

first_imgDes chiens de berger pour protéger les guépards en NamibieDepuis dix-neuf ans, l’association Cheetah Conservation Fundpropose aux paysans de Namibie une nouvelle alternative pour protéger leur troupeau : un chien de berger. De cette façon, les éleveurs n’ont plus besoin de tuer les guépards qui menaçaient leur bétail.Elever des chiens de bergers à protéger les troupeaux contre les guépards et éviter le recours au fusil… La solution paraît plutôt simpliste mais a fait preuve d’une incroyable efficacité chez les éleveurs de Namibie. A la base d’une telle initiative : l’association Cheetah Conservation Fund (Fonds de protection des guépards, CCF). Depuis dix-neuf ans, l’organisation propose aux paysans de changer leurs habitudes. Désormais, c’est un chien de berger qui se charge de la sécurité du bétail face aux guépards. Plus besoin donc de tirer sur les félins déjà menacés de disparaître. “Les chiens protègent le troupeau, de sorte que les agriculteurs n’ont pas à tuer les prédateurs”, explique dans un communiqué Laurie Marker, directrice du CCF. Elle ajoute : “C’est une méthode de contrôle des prédateurs non létale. Elle est écologique, tout le monde est content, c’est gagnant-gagnant”.Les chiens sont des bergers d’Anatolie, une espèce originaire de Turquie, réputés pour leur vigueur et leur résistance aux températures extrêmes. Afin d’en faire de bons gardiens de troupeau, les petits sont mis au contact du bétail alors qu’ils n’ont que quelques semaines. Dès lors, ils veilleront toute leur vie sur les bêtes et éloigneront les prédateurs la nuit. Deux ans de liste d’attente pour un chien Depuis le début de leur activité, le CCF a formé près de 3.000 agriculteurs et placé environ 450 chiens. Une lourde tâche, qui s’est vue récompenser par de très bons résultats comme le souligne Laurie Marker : “Nous avons une diminution de la perte de bétail de 80 à 100%, quel que soit le prédateur, quand les agriculteurs ont les chiens”. La méthode est d’ailleurs tellement efficace que l’association doit faire face à de trop nombreuses demandes. Désormais deux ans de liste d’attente sont nécessaires pour obtenir un chien et le programme a été étendu vers d’autres pays d’Afrique. Bien que les chiens soient élevés à la base pour lutter contre les guépards et indirectement les protéger, des études indiquent que les félins ne représentent qu’un faible pourcentage des prédateurs de bétail. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, seuls 5% d’entre eux s’attaquent aux troupeaux. Actuellement, près de 4.000 spécimens de guépards vivent à l’état sauvage en Namibie. Le pays recense une des plus grandes concentrations de cette population dans le monde.(Crédits photo : Le 31 août 2013 à 09:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Banks stable bad loans troublesome

first_img Related Items:financial, hiroko oura, IMF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Apr 2015 – Bad pay on loans are troubling banks in Turks and Caicos according to the IMF team which recently gave a report and recommendations after being invited to evaluate the financial services sector. The court docket is loaded with evidence of the fall-out from the 2008 financial crisis; many islanders were hard pressed to maintain businesses, keep homes and other personal purchases with the extreme slow-down in the economy. Hiroko Oura was responding to media questions on how healthy local banks are; especially with regional reports of downsizing and international reports of Caribbean branches of Canadian banks struggling with the high rate of non-performing loans. Oura assured that the banks in the TCI are well capitalized. Recommended for you Another Successful review for Grenada from IMF Government surplus $60M, slammed by PDM Party Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL REPORT 2015/2016last_img read more

UN adopts resolution on Myanmar human rights situation

first_imgRohingya refugees walk along the road in the evening at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 16 November 2018. Photo: ReutersThe third committee of the UN General Assembly in New York has adopted a resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, reports UNB.A total of 142 countries voted in favour of the resolution and 10 countries stood against it while 26 countries refrained from casting votes on the resolution brought jointly by the European Union and OIC on Friday.Bangladesh and Austria placed the resolution on behalf of the OIC and EU respectively.A total of 103 countries, including the USA, Canada, Austria and Mexico co-sponsored the resolution.The international community hopes that the resolution will play a significant role in ensuring sustainable rehabilitation of Rohingyas, said the press wing of Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations on Saturday.Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN ambassador Masud Bin Momen said the resolution makes several references to Bangladesh as the host country for the forcibly displaced Rohingya.In its capacity as the chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, Bangladesh submitted the draft resolution on behalf of the group and co-sponsored it.The resolution is yet another affirmation of the international community’s solidarity with the Rohingya, said ambassador Momen.Last year, he said, the world had failed yet again to prevent the gravest crimes under international law committed against the Rohingya.Momen said the resolution reaffirms that the Rohingyas must be allowed, on their own accord, to return to their homes or any place of choice in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.Since August last year, Bangladesh has urged the international community to stand by it as the country engaged in renewed efforts to resolve the crisis through dialogue with Myanmar.With assurance from Myanmar, Bangladesh had agreed on 15 November to commence voluntary repatriation of individuals and families verified by Myanmar as Rakhine State residents.It, however, appeared that the Rohingya themselves were not sufficiently convinced by the words of assurance as not a single one of them came forward to avail of the option to return.They have instead made their voices heard seeking guarantees for a pathway to citizenship, entitlement to lands and compensation, protection from violence and reprisal, and dispensation of justice in Myanmar.The UN agencies concerned must be allowed access to ascertain the right environment for return, said ambassador Momen.last_img read more

20 GOP House Members Urge Speaker Ryan To Act On Immigration

first_img Share AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinHouse Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, center, arrives for a meeting with House Republicans, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.Nearly two dozen House Republicans on Thursday pressed Speaker Paul Ryan to act quickly on legislation that would protect some 800,000 young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.The lawmakers said efforts to grant such deportation protection would easily pass the House, with dozens in the GOP set to join Democrats in backing any bill.These immigrants are facing an uncertain future after President Donald Trump’s decision to end Obama-era temporary protections. Trump has given Congress until March to come up with a fix.Democrats, the minority party in the House, repeatedly have pressed for a legislative solution. Now, this show of support from Republicans, including some from competitive House districts, reflects a political shift.Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said at the Capitol Hill news conference that their remarks were meant to encourage Ryan and “maybe put a little pressure on him as well to come forward with that solution that a majority of Republicans can support.”Ryan, responding minutes later, said “active discussions are underway with members” about the issue, but he saw no need to act before Trump’s deadline. “I don’t think we should put artificial deadlines inside the one we already have,” Ryan said.Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated on Thursday that her intention is to have legislation this year.“We’re not kicking the can down to March,” she said.Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, predicted widespread backing in the 435-member House.“When the bill comes to the floor, whatever bill it is, I predict it will have a huge vote. Well over 300 votes to send this bill to the Senate,” Barton said.Newhouse said that including the deportation protection in a year-end spending bill to keep the government open is not their first option. But, he added, that “if in order to be successful in this issue that is an option that is open to us, I think a lot of people would probably be open to that.”House conservatives warned Ryan, R-Wis., last month against doing that. Ryan said Thursday he favors considering the issue “separately, on its own merits.”Trump and Republican senators agreed last week not to deal with a needed fix for young immigrants in the year-end spending legislation, according to some GOP lawmakers who visited the White House. Instead, they said, a solution probably would wait until next year.While Ryan held his weekly press conference, hundreds of immigrants walked out from nine schools in the Washington area and then rallied in front of Congress demanding quick legislation.“It is a slap on the face that Ryan says there is no urgency,” Bruna Bouhid said. “How are we supposed to celebrate the holidays being afraid of being deported?”Democrats have indicated they want to use that spending bill to force action on behalf of the young immigrants, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” based on proposals called the DREAM Act that would have provided similar protections.Democratic votes will likely be needed to pass spending legislation to keep the government running, so the stance by Trump and the GOP may not end up prevailing.“No immigration bill on the omnibus or any other must-pass piece of legislation in 2017,” said GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas after last week’s meeting with Trump. “He agreed to that, as does the Senate leadership, and I think the vast majority of Republican senators.”Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said using the spending bill to resolve the immigrants’ status was “the pipe dream of some Democrats.”“It’s more likely than not to be part of a January-February time frame,” Cornyn said.Immigrant advocates have been pushing for action. In September, Democratic leaders said they had a deal with Trump to enshrine protections for the immigrants in exchange for border security measures short of a border wall. But the supposed deal immediately came into dispute and now appears to have totally unraveled if it existed at all.last_img read more

WestJet enlists Boys and Girls Club kids to help pull off Christmas

first_img Share Tags: Video, WestJet WestJet enlists Boys and Girls Club kids to help pull off Christmas miracles CALGARY — WestJet’s annual Christmas Miracle video is here, and this year the airline has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to make Christmas dreams come true.The video, a compilation of 12 flights broadcast to Facebook Live, features ‘Blue Santa’, Mrs. Claus and a host of celebrity guests participating in 12 consecutive days of ‘miracles’ at the end of November. The miracles, as it has now been revealed, were inspired by children’s ideas and brought to life at various airports across the country.From cuddling with 40 puppies (and one cat) at the Calgary International Airport, to a world made of gingerbread at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, to the Nutcracker performed at the arrivals area in the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, to a life-sized snow globe at Toronto Pearson International Airport, 12 events were held on 12 consecutive days in 10 cities and one in-air flight.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“WestJet creates holiday magic for Canadians every year. This year, we asked for help from youth from St. Alban’sBoys and Girls Club,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “Christmas, through the eyes of a child, is magical and the children gave us wonderful inspiration for surprising our guests. The best part was that the children got to be present to witness their own miracle come to life.”For their help with WestJet’s 12 Flights of Christmas, the airline donated $10,000 to the St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club in Toronto. The partnership between WestJet and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada recently celebrated a huge milestone – the 10th anniversary of WestJet Cares for Kids.“Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and WestJet Cares for Kids share the same goal: making the impossible possible,” said Mathieu Chantelois, VP of Marketing & Development, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. “For the last ten years, WestJetters have gone above and beyond to support our Clubs and our communities and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate. We are proud to be a part of their 12 Flights of Christmas video and we look forward to the future of our partnership.” Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, December 11, 2017 last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Click the cover to view

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterClick the cover to view the online brochureAward-winning tailor-made specialist, Adventure World Travel, has launched its 2019 India, Sri Lanka and Nepal collection, with a focus on wildlife and heritage properties in the region.India was the first destination Adventure World Travel explored with guests 40 years ago, and this new collection further cements the brand’s commitment to the destination.Adventure World Travel has expanded its wildlife collection, with the addition of a wildlife-focused section in the new brochure. The new four-day ‘Kaziranga Land of the Rhinoceros’ boasts some of India’s best wildlife, plus the brochure offers more opportunities to spot tigers, snow leopards and Asiatic lions in the country’s world-renowned national parks. The brand has become distinguished for crafting its trips to suit travellers’ needs, with ample opportunities to experience the wonders of nature, responsibly.Also new for 2019, the five-day Andaman Islands Discovery offers travellers the chance to experience the incredible beauty of this remote and mostly uninhabited part of the world, staying on Radhanagar Beach, a slice of tropical paradise located on Havelock Island.In Sri Lanka, Adventure World has added a 13-day Sri Lanka Tea, Sea and Safari trip for 2019, allowing guests to experience the country’s best cities with stays in unique heritage properties. A highlight of the trip is a hot air balloon ride over spectacular landscapes and historic sites.Neil Rodgers, Adventure World Travel Managing Director commented: “From a market analysis we noticed there was a void in the provision of in-depth India & Sri Lanka tailor-made portfolios.“By returning a dedicated brochure, it has allowed us to further highlight our complete collection with an emphasis on wildlife experiences and heritage properties. With the removal of India Tourism from the local market earlier this year we thought it even more important to showcase the range and support marketing of the destination.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

November 30 2003 In the DINKY LINKS III tournamen

first_imgNovember 30, 2003In the DINKY LINKS III tournament at Arcosanti, Dr. Sparks leads the game in a golf tournament on the rugged desert terrain that surrounds Arcosanti. Sparks makes the point that anyone can hit a ball on a lawn. This is a much more difficult course. Visiting alumna, Liz Schiffler, chips to the turtle rock hole. [Photo: Dr. Sparks & Text: Ayano Atsumi] Visiting alumna, Gwen Burke, uses every advantage. [Photo: Dr. Sparks & Text: Ayano Atsumi] Everyone is a Winner! The DINKY LINKS award ceremony takes place at the Colly Soleri Minds Garden. [Photo: Dr. Sparks & Text: Ayano Atsumi]last_img read more