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Man convicted of sex attack seeks legal records in bid to discredit

first_imgEDMONTON – A man convicted of sexually assaulting an indigenous woman whom the Crown had jailed and shackled to ensure her testimony has applied for legal records to try to discredit her as he seeks a mistrial.Lance David Blanchard was found guilty in December of aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement, possession of a weapon and making a death threat in the 2014 attack.The victim, a 28-year-old homeless woman, died in 2015 in an unrelated shooting.Tom Engel, Blanchard’s lawyer, has applied for the release of legal records that he contends contain new evidence that she was heavily addicted to drugs and was involved in criminal activity.“The theory of the defence was and is that the complainant created a false story, accusing the applicant (Blanchard) of the allegations which form the subject matter of the charges in order to exact revenge against the applicant and to cover up her own conduct,” reads the application.“The sought-after records contain information that is likely relevant to issues in the trial, in particular, a mistrial application.”A judge is to hear arguments on the records request next Monday and on the mistrial application on July 26. In January, Blanchard is scheduled for a dangerous offender hearing that could lead to him being jailed indefinitely.Earlier this month, an Edmonton judge ruled against Blanchard’s attempt to have his convictions stayed over his treatment in custody.The plight of his victim made headlines when it became public that a judge granted a request by the Crown to keep the woman in the Edmonton Remand Centre during a 2015 preliminary hearing for Blanchard to ensure that she would be available to testify.The woman, who was originally from Maskwacis, Alta., and can’t be identified under a publication ban, was shackled during her testimony. On at least two occasions, she had to ride in the same prisoner van as her attacker.Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has called the woman’s treatment disturbing and has ordered two investigations into how she was treated.The victim’s mother was upset at the latest legal development when she heard about it Monday.“I am very mad. I am just speechless,” she said. “That is not right.”last_img read more

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Canadian retail sales up 04 per cent in July first increase in

first_imgOTTAWA — Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 0.4 per cent in July to $51.5 billion, the first increase in three months.Economists had expected an increase of 0.6 per cent, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Statistics Canada says sales were up in six of the 11 subsectors it tracks representing 71 per cent of retail trade.Motor vehicle and parts dealers reported sales climbed 1.5 per cent in July, boosted by higher sales at new car dealers.The miscellaneous store retailer category rose 1.7 per cent. boosted by a 14.3 per cent increase at cannabis stores as sales at cannabis stores topped $100 million for the first time.Building materials and garden equipment and supplies dealers saw sales fall 3.2 per cent. The Canadian Presslast_img

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IN CONVERSATION ALEX TREBEK THE JEOPARDY ICON ON RETIREMENT HIS LEGACY AND

first_img Facebook Alex Trebek, dressed in a chambray shirt and blue jeans, walks into the plushly carpeted, book-lined study of his rambling Los Angeles home and plops down in an easy chair, draping a leg over an armrest. “People ask me,” he says, “Who would you like to replace you?” He shrugs. “The decision will be out of my hands.” After 35 years as the host of Jeopardy! it’s hard to imagine that the 78-year-old Trebek, who caused fans’ hearts to skip a beat earlier this year when he suggested he might retire in 2020, won’t have a say in who eventually takes his place behind the lectern. It’s even harder to imagine Jeopardy! without him — for us anyway. “It’s a good show,” says Trebek. “It should, and will, go on after I’m done.”There are people watching  Jeopardy! who assume that you already know all the facts being presented — even though the show actually doesn’t provide evidence for that. Does knowing what qualities viewers project onto you give you any insight into the public’s relationship with television?Whoa. Okay, let’s start there. I’ve learned that people draw conclusions that satisfy their prejudices, and those conclusions don’t always coincide with reality. People think because I’m the host of a fairly serious, intelligence-based quiz show that I must know all the answers. I do — because they’re written on a sheet of paper in front of me. And audiences are always surprised when they discover that I like to fix things around the house, that I’m not a nerdy person who spends all his time researching information that might come in handy on Jeopardy!. But I don’t mind surprising people in that way.At least it’s a relatively benign surprise.Yeah. You know, when the #MeToo movement started, I had discussions with the staff during production meetings. I said, “My gosh, this has got to be a scary time for men.” I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a position of power where I might be able to lord it over somebody sexually. I said, “But there are guys out there — young guys are stupid in their teens.” There’s nothing stupider than a teenage boy. They’re operating on testosterone. Advertisement Twitter I don’t think youth is always an acceptable excuse. And young men are not the only ones who are a problem.That’s true. This is making me think of a great scene in a movie with Michael Douglas and Demi Moore — I can’t remember the title.Disclosure. Disclosure?What is Disclosure?Disclosure! Michael Douglas’s character is explaining to his wife about the situation between himself and Demi Moore’s character, who had been his lover a long time ago. He says, “This was not about sex. This was about power. She was my boss. She had the power.” That’s a very important scene.This conversation has taken a turn.You took a turn.You were single in Hollywood in the ’80s. Do you remember the gender dynamics as being markedly different back then?I was not a player. I dated not that often. I was a shy, small-town Canadian kid. A friend of mine, Alan Hamel, who is married to Suzanne Somers, had come to California before I did, and I always thought, He fits right into this society. I never felt like I belonged.  (A naturalized American citizen since 1998, Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, to George Trebek and Lucille Lagacé. Aside from being Trebek’s hometown, Sudbury is well-known, in Canada anyway, for being a nickel-mining center.)When did you start to fit in?When I had someone older guiding me. There was a man named Richard Gully, who had been a publicist for Jack Warner. We met, and because he threw a lot of dinner parties at the Bistro, an “in” restaurant in Beverly Hills at the time, he often needed single guys to fill out the table. So Richard would invite me, and his being there to introduce me to people made me comfortable. And Burt Sugarman, who produced the very first show that I hosted here, The Wizard of Odds,This game show, which ran from 1973 to 1974 on NBC, was Trebek’s first American hosting gig. He later hosted High Rollers (1974 to 1976, and again from 1978 to 1980), and Classic Concentration (1987 to 1991, concurrently with Jeopardy!). Before that Trebek had a successful career as a host for the CBC in his native Canada. introduced me to the backgammon-playing community. I met people that way; I didn’t have to go out on my own. And once I’d achieved a certain degree of popularity, I would play in celebrity golf tournaments and meet stars. Frank Sinatra told me he was a fan of the show. Jimmy Stewart, too. I thought, Oh my gosh. These major stars watch me on occasion. I felt good about that.What about fitting into the role of Jeopardy! host? Is there an art to that?Yes. You have to set your ego aside. The stars of the show are the contestants and the game itself. That’s why I’ve always insisted that I be introduced as the host and not the star. And if you want to be a good host, you have to figure a way to get the contestants to — as in the old television commercial about the military — “be all you can be.” Because if they do well, the show does well. And if the show does well, by association I do well. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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California governor wants to end tax on tampons diapers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to end the sales tax on tampons and diapers and use revenue from legal marijuana sales toward enhancing child care programs.Those items are part of a “parents’ agenda” Newsom will announce Tuesday in a preview of the revised state budget he’ll present later this week.“As anyone who takes care of kids can tell you, these costs add up,” Newsom will say, according to excerpts of his remarks released by his office. “From diapers to child care, raising kids is expensive wherever you live. But when you factor in the cost of living here in California, it is close to impossible.”Cutting the diaper and tampon tax would eliminate about $55 million in revenue from the budget, according to legislative estimates. His child care proposals, meanwhile, would cost about $130 million, with about $80 million coming from taxes on legalized marijuana. Newsom also wants to give families with children under 6 a tax credit of $1,000, but his office did not say how much that would cost.Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who has proposed a bill to eliminate the tampon tax several times, praised Newsom for including it in his budget. She said her proposal is about creating “menstrual equity,” meaning that women don’t face taxes for products their biology requires them to buy.The proposal is about “having a tax code that’s gender neutral (and) a tax code that represents our values,” she said.Several other states including New York have already eliminated the tax on tampons. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown rebuffed eliminating the tax on menstrual products and diapers in 2016. He vetoed the proposals alongside five other tax-related bills, suggesting that such issues should be considered as part of the budget. But he included neither proposal in any of his future budgets.“Tax breaks are the same as new spending – they both cost the General Fund money,” he wrote in his veto message. “This is even more important when the state’s budget remains precariously balanced. Therefore, I cannot sign these measures.”Newsom has said he plans to maintain Brown’s reserved approach to budgeting by limiting new ongoing spending in favour of using extra money to pay down debts and bank away for the next recession. On Thursday, he’ll offer an updated budget that will show whether he’s maintaining that approach. He and lawmakers must agree on a one-year spending plan by June 30.In January, he proposed a $209 billion budget with a $21.5 billion surplus, the state’s largest in at least 20 years. His plan increased spending by about 4% but pledged more than $13 billion to build the state’s reserves and pay down debt. He proposed several billion dollars’ worth of new spending on child care, education and housing, and also called for a new tax to pay for improvements to drinking water.On child care, Newsom would spend an additional $54 million on county-run child care programs through CalWORKS, the state’s public assistance program. Newsom also wants to spend $80 million in tax revenue from legalized marijuana to pay for child care programs, though his staff didn’t offer specifics ahead of the press conference.Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Press read more

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UN experts find profound and entrenched racial bias in Dominican Republic

“While there is no official government policy of discrimination, there is nevertheless a profound and entrenched problem of racism and discrimination against such groups as Haitians, Dominicans of Haitian descent, and more generally against blacks within Dominican society,” the experts said in a press release issued today in Geneva. During their week-long visit to the Dominican Republic, the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Doudou Diene, and the UN Independent Expert on minority issues, Gay McDougall, met with government officials, civil society, academics, students, political parties and members of the media. The experts noted that while government representatives rejected even the possibility of racism in Dominican society, members of the community “all spoke emotionally of the reality of racism that they had experienced.” “When people in government refer to ‘Haitians’ it is as if they are a monolithic group, all of whom crossed the border yesterday and illegally,” Ms. McDougall stated. “This is patently not the case.” She and Mr. Diene said they spoke with many individuals who described the problems faced by blacks, both Dominicans and Dominicans of Haitian descent, and witnessed first hand the fact that blacks “typically live in worse conditions, are employed in manual and low paid work and suffer a high degree of prejudice.” “Disturbing references are made to blacks as being ‘pig feed,’ ignorant or unhygienic, and many spoke of their daily experiences of racism, including by administrative officials in registration offices, on public transport and elsewhere,” they stated. In addition, the issue of documentation emerged as a major concern for Haitian migrants and those Dominicans of Haitian descent, many of whom reported that, because of their colour or their Haitian looks or name, it is impossible to obtain documents and they are left vulnerable to deportation or expulsion to Haiti, even as Dominican citizens with no connection whatsoever with that country. The experts, who will present their findings to the UN Human Rights Council, called for a wide and inclusive debate on issues of racism and discrimination within the country. “A cultural and ethical strategy is needed to uproot the very deep structures of discrimination and address the invisibility and silence of minority groups and others facing discrimination,” Mr. Diene noted, highlighting the key role played by education and the media in that regard. “The struggle against racism must be closely linked to building a multi-cultural society based on the principles of democracy, justice, equality and human rights for all,” he added. 30 October 2007Two independent United Nations human rights experts have called on the Dominican Republic to combat what they describe as a “profound and entrenched problem of racism and discrimination” against blacks in general – and Haitians in particular – in the Central American nation. read more

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Nutrien to buy Australian company Ruralco for roughly 442 million

SASKATOON — Nutrien Ltd. has signed deal to buy Australian company Ruralco Holdings Ltd. for roughly US$442 million.Ruralco provides a wide range of services for Australian farmers.Under the deal, Nutrien has agreed to pay $4.40 Australian dollars per Ruralco share for a total of about $469 million Australian dollars. Nutrien outlook falls below expectations as trade dispute weighs on prices The potato-pocalypse: Bad growing season could mean we’re in for a year of stumpy, brown french fries Nutrien to focus on Saskatchewan for potash, writes off east coast facility The Canadian company says Ruralco will add to its Landmark subsidiary in Australia.The deal requires shareholder and regulatory approval from the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board.Nutrien chief executive Chuck Magro says deal is expected to be immediately accretive.“The combination of our Landmark operations with Ruralco in Australia is expected to provide significant benefits for all stakeholders including delivering excellent value for both Ruralco and Nutrien shareholders,” Magro said in a statement. read more

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Investigators looking to speak to good samaritan

Norfolk provincial police  are looking for a male suspect after a woman said she was assaulted on June 28 while walking through Powell Park in Port Dover.Police said Thursday that the man is white, between 30 to 40 years old and five-foot-four. He has dark shoulder-length hair with patchy facial hair. He was wearing a blue jean jacket with a hood and blue jeans.The woman told police the assault happened between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The suspect left the area when a bystander came to the victim’s aid.Police said they want to speak to the Good Samaritan or any other witnesses.Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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UN officials young AIDS activists agree on need for frank talk to

Speaking at a press briefing in New York held in conjunction with the General Assembly special session on children, Dr. Peter Piot, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), said the epidemic was taking a devastating toll on the world’s young. Each day, 2,000 babies were infected through their mothers, while 6,000 children were orphaned by the disease. “The biggest scandal I would say, if not crime, is that we deny young people the information, the right to know, and the support that would make them grow up in a world that is much safer for themselves,” he said. Young people must be at the centre of the response to AIDS, “because that’s what’s going to make for stopping this epidemic.”Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said the agency gave priority to the fight against AIDS because the disease was “virtually reversing the gains for children around the world, and falling terribly dramatically on young people.” A youth AIDS activist from Kenya, Inviolata Mmbwavi, said it was essential to confront sensitive issues in battling the pandemic. “Young people face the most stigma because the society, the people in their communities expect them not to have sex, and HIV is very much related to sex,” she said, appealing to the international community to involve young people in preventing HIV/AIDS. Another young AIDS activist, Anick Supplice from Haiti, described a “youth-for-youth” strategy, which involved using trained young people to communicate about the disease. With UNICEF’s support, young people were involved in helping to “package information in terms of HIV/AIDS prevention in their own words in order to let us know how to pass these messages along.”Supporting this view, Miodraga Stefanovska, a youth activist from The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, hailed the value of “making us spread our message directly, from me to some other kid, then the kid will spread to some other kid, and it’s one of the most important sources we can use to win this battle.” read more

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African delegates gather for Cities Without Slums Programme

“Your strategies may be slightly different, but your goal is the same: providing them with decent and well-serviced houses, but also, in the future, offering the poor alternatives to slums. Access to affordable, correctly serviced and well located land is central to this process,” UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka said in a speech read on her behalf at the meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.The challenge posed by slums was an enormous one, she said, but the agency, in association with development partners, would support programme implementers in their efforts to address the issue.After many months of intense debate, the process had been successful in mobilizing many people, including those directly confronting the hardship of living in poor neighbourhoods lacking basic services and security of tenure – the slum dwellers themselves, Mrs. Tibaijuka said.The Cities Without Slums Programme is currently being carried out in nine cities. They are Kisumu in Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Lilongwe in Malawi, Maputo, Mozambique, Durban, South Africa, Arusha in Tanzania, Kampala, Uganda, Maseru in Lesotho and Ndola in Zambia. read more

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Funding coming to improve Alberta livestock production

by News Staff Posted May 11, 2014 3:13 pm MDT The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency is trying to help increase the productivity and competitiveness of the province’s livestock and meat industry.They’re investing $5 million in genomics research to Genome Alberta.David Bailey, President and CEO of Genome Alberta, said the funding could go to multiple projects.“Food safety, animal production, animal welfare, food quality, these kind of topics would be eligible,” Bailey said.He added the research should help farmers in Alberta compete with other countries. Funding coming to improve Alberta livestock production AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

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Mexican billionaire Carlos Slims Ora TV ends project with Trump over immigrant

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says it will scrap a project it was developing with real estate mogul Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants.Ora TV is the latest company to cut ties with the billionaire after remarks he made in his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the country and are rapists.NBC, Spanish-language network Univision and Mexican media giant Televisa have also said they would no longer be doing business with Trump.Ora TV on Tuesday did give any details about the project it had been developing with Trump. Slim holds a majority interest in Ora TV, which produces shows including “Larry King Now” and “Off the Grid with Jesse Ventura.” by The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s Ora TV ends project with Trump over immigrant comments read more

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Earth Hour 2017 UN joins iconic landmarks going dark to support protecting

In a video message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, said: “Climate change continues to imperil lives and livelihoods around the world. Last year was – again – the hottest on record. The landmark Paris Agreement gives us an unprecedented opportunity to limit global temperature rise, promote clean energy for all and create a sustainable future.” Governments and businesses must step up. So must individuals. Building a sustainable tomorrow depends today on everyone, said the UN chief, asking the world to join him in turning off their lights on today at 8:30 p.m. local time. “From the darkness, we can create a sustainable and inclusive world for all,” he said. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour encourages individuals, companies, organizations and Governments to switch off their lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m., local time worldwide, to focus attention on people-driven solutions to protecting the planet and building a bright, sustainable future.First launched in 2007 in Australia, Earth Hour has become an annual event, mobilizing hundreds of millions of individuals to participate and growing to become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. VIDEO: UN Secretary-General’s video message Earth HourAccording to the WWF, the UN family will join the thousands of homes, offices, skylines and monuments that will go dark on Earth Hour’s tenth anniversary to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet, and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably. Hundreds of landmarks – from New York to Uganda and Sweden to Malaysia – are confirmed and will be turning off on the night of Earth Hour, including iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Taipei 101, the Empire State Building and the Acropolis. To inspire more people to act, this year the Earth Hour movement is also inviting supporters to show their commitment to the cause on their Facebook timelines, in parallel to the lights out rolling across skylines. People around the world can log onto earthhour.org/climateaction to donate five Facebook posts to Earth Hour and encourage their friends to be a part of local climate efforts. They can also use a new Facebook profile picture frame available on www.facebook.com/earthhour to celebrate Earth Hour on their own personal landmark – their Facebook page. read more

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Afghanistan Civilians continue to die in record numbers new UN report shows

Source: UNAMACivilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan, January to September 2009-2018 No military solution to fightingIn the news release, the top UN official in Afghanistan reiterated his call for an immediate and peaceful settlement to the conflict to end the suffering of the Afghan people.“There can be no military solution to the fighting in Afghanistan,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the country and the head of UNAMA.“All parties can and should do their utmost to protect civilians from harm, including by making concrete progress toward peace.”UNAMA also called on all anti-government elements to “immediately cease” the deliberate targeting of civilians, particularly with the use of illegal and indiscriminate IEDs, and underscored the need on all parties to uphold their obligations under international law, at all times, to protect civilians from harm.Authorized by the Security Council, the UN Mission works to lessen the impact of the conflict on civilians and issues regular reports on the situation. Since 2012, the civilian causality reports have been prepared jointly with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The findings are based on strict verification regime including in depth investigation into the incidents. According to the quarterly update on protection of civilians, issued on Wednesday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), 8,050 civilians died or were wounded between January and September, with use of suicide bombings and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by anti-government elements, accounting for almost half the casualties.“Every civilian death leaves a family devastated, grieving and struggling to come to terms with the loss, and each civilian injured or maimed causes untold suffering,” Danielle Bell, the head of UNAMA’s human rights office, said in a news release.Across the country, Nangarhar, Kabul, Helmand, Ghazni and Faryab provinces recorded the highest number civilian casualties, and for the first time, Nangarhar (located on the border with Pakistan) surpassed the capital Kabul in terms of highest number of deaths and injuries.“The worrying rise in civilian casualties in Nangarhar reflects an unacceptable trend that is indicative of how Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of this ongoing conflict,” added Ms. Bell.The report also found that ground engagements were the second leading cause of civilian casualties, after suicide attacks and IEDs. This was followed by targeted and deliberate killings, aerial operations and explosive remnants of war.Of grave concern was the increasing direct targeting of civilians, including ethnic and religious minorities, noted the report.Actions by pro-Government forces resulted in 761 civilian deaths and 992 injures, while 231 civilians perished and 602 were injured in crossfire between opposing fighters. read more

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Africas richest copper producer calls for more investment to deliver resource diversification

first_imgCopper rich Zambia has called on the world’s resource investment powerhouses to drive an expansion of the country’s mineral riches into a far more diversified mineral extraction and processing sector rather than its historic renown as Africa’s largest red metal producer. In an impassioned speech in Perth on the second day of the 2012 Paydirt Africa Downunder conference, Zambia’s Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister, the Hon Yamfwa Mukanga, said mining remained the country’s number one economic driver, accounting for up to 80% of its foreign exchange earnings, underpinned by substantial copper and cobalt output.”We have 16 producing copper mines, three new ones coming on stream in two years, backed up by existing and new smelting and refinery capacity,” Mr Mukanga said, “and known reserves for at least 50 years of future production.“However, we have reshaped our mining investment strategy as we need to intensify exploration for the development of new mines and mineral based exports to deliver a new level of long term benefits from our resources,” he said.“This more intense focus includes required new investment in our oil and gas potential, boosting manufacturing capacity to process a wider spectrum of minerals, and to parallel that growth with new manufacturing capacity for mining industry consumables.”The Minister said direct foreign investment was one of the best ways to achieve the new strategy objectives. These investment opportunities included:New manufacturing for engineering products for copper, iron, steel and cobalt operationsBeneficiation of phosphates and related fertilisers in a new agrochemical sectorBeneficiation of rock material into cementBiofuels, and thermal power plants.“There is a major gap in Zambia’s economy in downstream processing our gemstones industrial minerals and dimensional stone and there are few if any local manufacturers of mining equipment such as drill rods, bits, jack hammers and piping,” Mukanga said.“On that basis, we need both junior and large mining companies and resources investment houses, to install Zambia on their high priority investment agendas.”He appealed to all would be investors to invest in Zambia as it was a fertile environment for investment, since it was politically stable and a rich untapped mineral resource, with the biggest asset being the people themselves.last_img read more

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Military and party vow loyalty to JongUn on anniversary of fathers death

first_imgMASSED RANKS OF military and party leaders pledged complete loyalty to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on the second death anniversary of his father, at a time of growing concern over the regime’s stability.The vows of obedience, at an elaborate gathering in Pyongyang honouring Kim’s father and former supremo Kim Jong-Il, followed the shock execution last week of the young leader’s uncle and one-time political mentor Jang Song-Thaek.Jang’s purge raised questions about factional infighting at the top of the Pyongyang hierarchy and prompted both Seoul and Washington to warn of possible provocative acts by the nuclear-armed North.WarriorsState television showed tens of thousands of military and party officials sitting stony-faced in pin-drop silence for several minutes, before rising to greet Kim with thunderous applause as he took his place on the leadership podium.“We should be warriors to safeguard the party centre with our lives … with the conviction that we know no one but the great comrade Kim Jong-Un,” North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-Nam, said in an opening address.He added that the country had made “great strides” in the two years since Kim took over the reins of power after his father’s death.The mass meeting also heard a keynote address by top military leader Choe Ryong-Hae who some analysts believe had a hand in the ouster and execution of Jan.The military will support “our supreme commander, under any storms and hardships”, said Choe, a close Kim confidant who holds the military rank of vice marshal and is director of the Korean People’s Army’s General Political Department.“We will share the fate with our respected supreme commander by living and dying with him until the very last moment,” he said, while firing off a warning at rival South Korea. If the enemies drop a single drop of fire on our motherland, our soldiers will immediately storm out to wipe out all the invaders and achieve unification.At a meeting of top defence and national security officials on Monday, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye had warned that the recent leadership shake-up in the North could presage some aggressive behaviour from Pyongyang.There was no sign on the leadership podium of Kim Jong-Un’s aunt and Jang’s widow, Kim Kyong-Hui – a major political player in her own right who holds the military rank of four-star general.The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Kim Jong-Un had visited his father’s mausoleum on Monday, in the company of his wife, Ri Sol-Ju.Ri has not been seen since October, prompting speculation that she may also have fallen out of favour.Tuesday’s meeting came the day after a massive military rally in Pyongyang, during which Choe also spoke, urging troops to protect Kim Jong-Un “at the cost of their lives”.MediaNorth Korea’s state news outlets, meanwhile, have erased tens of thousands of articles archived on their websites, according to a watchdog site.About 35,000 articles have disappeared from the website of the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), as well as 65,000 articles in Spanish, English, Chinese and Japanese, said Frank Feinstein, an analyst who tracks the North’s online media for US-based website NK News.It was not clear if the deletion was permanent or related to efforts to eradicate Jang Song-Thaek’s name from the official archive.- © AFP, 2013Read: South Korea leader warns of North’s ‘reckless provocations’ after execution>last_img read more

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Dans larchipel dHawaï Oahu seffrite de lintérieur

first_imgDans l’archipel d’Hawaï, Oahu s’effrite de l’intérieurL’île d’Oahu s’effrite à un rythme que l’érosion par les intempéries ne suffit pas à expliquer. L’étude de ses eaux souterraines a montré que celles-ci avaient un pouvoir dissolvant quatre fois plus important que ses eaux de surface. Du fait de l’action combinée d’un point chaud et de la plaque Pacifique, l’île va gagner de l’altitude pendant encore 1,5 millions d’années, avant de se transformer lentement en un atoll plat.Oahu a beau ne pas être en sucre, elle se dissout lentement. L’île la plus peuplée de l’archipel d’Hawaï, pourtant pourvue des volcans Wai’anae et Ko’olau, finira par n’être qu’un atoll plat selon une équipe de chercheurs de la Brigham Young University à Provo, Utah, États-Unis. On imagine de prime abord que ce serait dû à l’érosion provoquée par les intempéries, mais celle-ci ne suffit pas à expliquer à elle seule le phénomène, car c’est bien de l’intérieur que les montagnes se dissolvent. L’étude a été publiée dans la revue Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous essayons de comprendre à quelle allure l’île disparait ainsi que l’influence du climat sur cette vitesse, explique Steve Nelson, géologue à la Brigham Young University. Davantage de matière se dissout sur ces îles que ce que l’érosion parvient à transporter.” L’équipe a passé deux mois à récupérer des eaux de surface et des eaux souterraines afin de mesurer leur effet dans leur laboratoire de l’université de Provo. Un point chaud qui compense l’altitude”Toutes les îles hawaïennes sont faites d’un seul et même type de roche, ajoute Steve Nelson. Le taux d’érosion reste variable car la quantité de pluie est elle-même variable. C’est un peu comme un grand laboratoire naturel.” D’après leurs résultats combinés à l’étude des saprolites, des roches qui résultent de l’altération de la roche mère, les eaux souterraines ont un pouvoir dissolvant quatre fois plus élevé que pour les eaux de surface.Ironiquement, alors que certaines iles du Pacifique et de l’océan Indien risquent de disparaitre à cause de la montée des eaux, Oahu prend de l’altitude tout en voyant ses montagnes s’effriter. Il faut dire qu’elle est située sur un point chaud qui créé une forte activité volcanique. Le point chaud reste fixe tandis que la plaque Pacifique, qui se trouve au-dessus, continue de se déplacer. L’île migre ainsi vers le nord-ouest et s’élève peu à peu. Selon les chercheurs, cela va durer 1,5 million d’années avant qu’elle ne commence à s’effondrer de l’intérieur.Le 22 décembre 2012 à 16:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Titus ONeil suspended by WWE this week

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE has suspended Titus O’Neil for unprofessional conduct following an incident involving WWE Chairman Vince McMahon on Monday night in Seattle.A report by PWInsider revealed that O’Neil grabbed McMahon in a “playful, physical way” by the arm as WWE talents started heading to the back after joining Daniel Bryan in front of the live audience following his retirement speech after RAW.The incident was briefly caught on camera as McMahon visibly shoved O’Neil back just moments before going off the air on the WWE Network. WWE had since removed the footage and then re-added to edit it out. The length of the suspension was not confirmed.Update (7:25 p.m. ET): Video released on YouTube shows the incident below.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Roman Reigns Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Riz Ahmed Videos Articles WWE issues statement about Ronda Rousey status, Royal Rumble “By The Numbers” Vince Mcmahoncenter_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Charlotte Flair to reportedly take on WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus at SummerSlam Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Facebook Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next John Oliver Takes On The WWE Kalisto tries to redeem infamous promo, Vince McMahon on The Rock making Forbes listlast_img read more

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Japan searching for ship swept away in tsunami

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — A Japanese coast guard official says a search is under way for a ship carrying 80 dock workers that was swept away when a tsunami struck the northeastern coast.The vessel was washed away from a shipbuilding site in Miyagi prefecture (state). That’s the area most affected by a massive offshore earthquake on Friday. The quake triggered the tsunami.last_img

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Ghost Announce North American Tour To Support Prequelle

first_img Ghost Announce North American Tour To Support ‘Prequelle’ Titled A Pale Tour Named Death, catch the GRAMMY-winning metal band in action in a city near you this fallRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 13, 2018 – 12:37 pm In case you missed it, the GRAMMY-winning metal band Ghost are about to embark on A Pale Tour Named Death, and you are most certainly invited.On June 11 the band announced a 37-date trek across North American that will commence Oct. 26 in Tulsa, Okla. Cardinal Copia and A Group of Nameless Ghouls will then pass through cities such as Indianapolis, Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Los Vegas, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, and Boston before wrapping up on Dec. 15 in Brooklyn, N.Y. The tour is in support of the band’s fourth studio album, Prequelle, which was released June 1. The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, the highest-ranking album of the band to date. Fans can expect a mix of both new materials and some of the band’s previous hits during their upcoming show dates.If you want to join the band on their thrashing march around the States, general admission ticket sales open on June 15 via Future Beat.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News Twitter center_img Email Ghost Announce Massive North American Tour ghost-announce-north-american-tour-support-prequelle Facebook last_img read more

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SOFI TUKKER On Crafting Their Ideal Coachella Set Giving Hugs To Maggie

first_img Facebook Twitter SOFI TUKKER On Crafting Their “Ideal” Coachella Set, Giving Hugs To Maggie Rogers & More News Back in Indio for the first time since their 2017 Coachella debut, the jungle-pop duo tell the Recording Academy about their unique relationship to fashion, what they enjoyed the most about their 2019 GRAMMYs performance, and moreAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 14, 2019 – 2:06 pm Whether they’re performing at the 61st GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony or about to do their second-ever Coachella set, Los Angeles (by way of New York City) GRAMMY-nominated electro-pop duo SOFI TUKKER always seem to be having a great time. Along with their 2018 debut LP, Treehouse, their funky, colorful fashion sense and otherworldly music videos only add to their infectious, dance party-ready style. Below, Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern catch up with the Recording Academy from on the ground at Coachella 2019, where they’re preparing to play a Sunday set. How are you feeling about tomorrow’s set? Sophie Hawley-Weld: We’ve been preparing for this for a long, long time. So we’ve been dreaming up our ideal live show, and we’ve finally created it and we’re gonna be debuting it tomorrow. It’s a really big moment for us. Tucker Halpern: I’m so excited. We’ve been really dreaming of this show for three years since we started and this is gonna be the first time. Your first Coachella set was two years ago, in 2017. Looking back, to what extent did you feel it was a pivotal day in your career?Hawley-Weld: I mean, when we were the first time, we literally thought five people were gonna be [watching]. We were playing at 3pm on Sunday. It was hot that day, too. It was one of our first festivals ever. [But] it went incredibly and there were tons of people there early, dancing so hard, and I think for us that was a moment of “Wow.” We really love doing festivals and kind of learnt how to do a festival set, which is different than a club show. So, that was a first. It’s just really exciting to come back to a place so good to us. Are there any other artists that you guys are excited to check out this weekend? Halpern: Well in couple o’ hours we’re going to see our friend Maggie Rogers, which is gonna be really fun. Just give her some hugs. What else?Hawley-Weld: [Her set] last night was incredible, personally it really blew my mind. Halpern: We’re gonna try to see Billie [Eilish] but I think so is the whole world so that might be hard. But yeah, it’s gonna be good, I’m really not gonna go crazy tonight or anything cause I’m so excited for tomorrow. I wanna be extra fresh cause we’re gonna do a lot of hectic running around.Your fashion is always fun and on point; do you collaborate with designers? Hawley-Weld: We like to have fun and play, but yeah, I mean we have some good relationships with a bunch of designers, a lot of really fun designers.Halpern: We like to be colorful.Did you guys dress this way when you lived in New York?Halpern: We definitely didn’t fit in, in the all-black scene. Hawley-Weld: I had no idea how to dress for winter, I suck at winter so much.Halpern: I used to wear all black, right when we moved to New York I was an all-black-wearing DJ. Things have changed. Have you seen any good fashion inspo around the fest?Halpern: I haven’t seen any “no” moments. It’s really like anything’s a “yes” moment here. There’s no way I’m gonna see someone and be like, “Do less.” A lot of exposed butts, like thongs with sheer over them and stuff. I think that’s the look right now, I might do it tomorrow. Hawley-Weld: The livestream is just gonna be Tucker’s butt. Speaking of style and aesthetic, your “Fantasy” video is so fun and playful. Can you elaborate on the vision behind that video?Hawley-Weld: Well, I save Tucker. Halpern: Yeah, she saves me a lot. Bit of a feminist hero situation going on. I drowned a couple times, in real life. It was a real rapids, that I was frolicking in. It was on another planet, similar, like near Pandora, the “Avatar” planet. Not there, but close, in that atmosphere. Hawley-Weld: You’d have to travel a long time to get there. We love it. I mean, we love that song and we’re so excited that we were able to bring our vision to life, because it really like when we were talking about it, it was ‘How can we make the most fantastical, adventure, “Avatar” world. You guys performed at the 61st GRAMMYs premiere ceremony last Feb, and you were nominated for the second time. What was going through your minds that day? Hawley-Weld: Honestly for me it was really special because our families came and they were our dates and our parents haven’t really spent much time together and being able to be with both of our families and have an excuse to celebrate and be together. My family lives really far away, so it was just really, really special for them all to be together and spend time together.What’s next for SOFI TUKKER?Hawley-Weld: What’s up next? So much, I mean we’ve been filming music videos and making music for a while and we’re eager to finally be able to share it. We have a whole story arc that we’re waiting to tell, and it’s gonna be just, coming out slowly but surely over the next couple months. A whole new world, if you will. Bob Moses On Their Return To Coachella: “We Feel Embraced”Read more Email SOFI TUKKER On Crafting The “Ideal” Coachella Set sofi-tukker-crafting-their-ideal-coachella-set-giving-hugs-maggie-rogers-morelast_img read more