Cancer Care Nova Scotia is looking for volunteers to serve as public advisors on a committee to develop programs to help cancer patients quit smoking. Advisors may be former or current smokers, who have experienced the cancer system as a patient, family member, friend or caregiver. The committee will also include clinical experts, administrators and community partners. “People may believe that once a person is diagnosed with cancer the damage is done, and there is no value in quitting smoking or other forms of tobacco use,” said Dr. Stephanie Snow, medical oncologist, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre. “The good news is this is not true. It is never too late to experience the benefits from quitting, and there are many benefits to quitting smoking at the time that a person is diagnosed with cancer.” Patients and families offer unique insights and are key partners any time Cancer Care Nova Scotia develops programs or processes to improve the cancer system. “In this instance, understanding the challenges of being a patient who smokes or who is trying to quit smoking once diagnosed with cancer, is critical to the project’s success,” said Leslie Hill, patient engagement coordinator, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. Anyone interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity should visit www.cancercare.ns.ca/volunteers or call 1-866-599-2267. This project is funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Partners include the Department of Health and Wellness, through Cancer Care Nova Scotia and Public Health, and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (Cape Breton Cancer Centre).
Fatehpur (Uttar Pradesh): Three people were killed and four others injured in a road accident in Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Khaga police station in-charge Ganga Prasad Yadav said, a mini truck carrying iron pipes which was going from Kanpur towards Prayagraj overturned into a gorge near Katoghan after its tyre burst. Mumtaz, Sajid and Nisar, who were sitting in the vehicle died on the spot, while driver Sonelal and three others were severely injured. Police pulled the victims out of the vehicle and rushed them to a hospital.
A school board west of Toronto has additional supports in place today for students who lost one of their own in a shooting over the weekend.A spokeswoman for the Peel District School Board says a 17-year-old boy shot and killed outside an apartment building in Mississauga, Ont., on Saturday evening was a Grade 12 student at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School.Five others were wounded in the attack, including a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and two other 17-year-old boys.Carla Pereira says members of the board’s Critical Incident Response Team will be at Lincoln M. Alexander today to support both staff and students.She says they’ll stay there as long as they’re needed and that supports will also be available for staff and students at neighbouring schools.Pereira says the board understands that violent incidents such as this one can affect those who live and work nearby.Peel regional police are still looking for at least seven suspects in the case.Investigators say the suspects descended on the area surrounding an apartment complex, firing semi-automatic handguns indiscriminately.Police have described the boy who died as a bystander. The Canadian Press
Rabat – A Scottish woman named Alice Morrison who lives in Imlil, 200 meters away from where the murder of Louisa and Maren took place, has delivered a heartfelt speech about Morocco and Moroccans. Morrison spoke through a microphone in front of many tourists and locals on Saturday, December 22, both in Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and English.“As a foreigner and as a guest among you, I found kind, loyal, and generous people. I found love. I am thankful to be with you, thank you so much,” Morrison started in Darija, before she continued in English. “As everybody else in this community, I was horrified to hear of the death of the two young women, and I am disgusted by the people who perpetrated it,” she stated. “I would like to say as somebody who lives here and who’s met with such kindness and such beauty in this wonderful country, this does not represent in anyway, Morocco or Moroccans.”Read Also: Not in My Name: Moroccan Campaign Condemns ExtremismMorrison described Moroccans as “wonderful people,” saying: They’re peaceful, they’re kind, they’re honorable, and they are so hospitable…. I would like to reiterate that with the Moroccans I am so proud to live here and to find such a wonderful community to be part of.”Morrison shares the same view as many who condemned the heinous murder and said that the criminals do not represent Morocco or Moroccans: “The people who did these kind of crimes have done them also in my country in Britain, in France and in Brussels. It’s the same thing.”Expressing condolences on behalf of all Moroccans, she said: “When this crime happens it happens to the whole community. Our thoughts are with the families of those women and with the women themselves.”Morrison concluded warmly: “On behalf of all those who don’t speak English to those who do, I am so sorry for what’s happened to these girls and to their families. And I hope that in the future we could all live together in peace and in harmony.” The sit-in in Imlil is one of the many forms of solidarity by Moroccans who condemned the murder.Read Also: Imlil Murders: Danish Ambassador Grateful for Morocco’s SupportOn the same day, crowds of Moroccans, men and women, gathered in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat, carrying banners with messages of solidarity. The banners read “No to terrorism,” and “We are all Danish and Norwegian.”Moroccans placed flowers and lit candles in front of the two Scandinavian embassies.Both Norwegian and Danish ambassadors thanked Moroccans for their support.Ever since the news of the murder emerged on Monday, December 17, Moroccans have displayed various gestures of sympathy with the victims and their families. Many signed a petition calling for the death penalty for the first four arrested suspects.Moroccan security services found the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, by their tent in an isolated area near Imlil.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) arrested 13 suspects involved in the murder. The first four arrested suspects had pledged their allegiance to ISIS.
Rabat – Only a few days after Netflix released one of their newest series, “The Spy,” Moroccans noticed some editing mistakes made by the famous production company. “The Spy” is a series set during Syria in the 1960s, however some scenes showed some Moroccan money transfer agencies, including “Wafacash,” which was not founded until 1991.“In this scene from the new series “The Spy” produced by Netflix, we can see that the Syrian capital, Damascus, had Wafacash, MoneyGram, and Western Union agencies since the 1960s,” said a Moroccan Facebook user sarcastically.The series was filmed in Morocco, mainly in Casablanca. Editors, however, were not able to completely metamorphose the decor from that of a Moroccan city to a 1960s Damascus. This small detail was not the only thing that Moroccans noticed. In one of the scenes, extras were shouting “we are in Morocco” in Moroccan dialect. Producers did not notice until the series were already online.Je viens de finir The Spy, si on met de côté le côté propagande “les israéliens c’est les plus intelligents, les syriens étaient débiles”:les +: Sasha Baron Cohen excellent dans un rôle sérieuxles – : les détails dans les décors et les figurants qui crient qu’on est au Maroc— Jean Paul (1-0) ساخط (@NumeroLmou9ana3) September 15, 2019“I just finished ‘The Spy.’ If we don’t take into consideration propaganda ‘Israelis are smart and Syrians are stupid,’ on the plus side, Sacha Baron Cohen is excellent in serious roles, on the minus side, the details in decor and extras screaming that we’re in Morocco,” posted a Twitter user.Other internet users, from different countries, also found many inconsistencies in the decor used in the series, including the use of the wrong Syrian flag, the use of incorrect maps, or the use of Malaysian coins.So I am watching the spy on Netflix and guess what I see as the “Syrian flag”? FSA flag is shown as the official Syrian flag back in Al-Hafez’s time. Am in tripping…?@Partisangirl @ejmalrai@Ali_Kourani @Brasco_Aad @Syriasonline @MaxBlumenthal @MoonofA pic.twitter.com/ywzp9tFbQQ— Wahabeasts (@wahabeasts) September 8, 2019There is a map of #Kurdistan in the 4th episode of The Spy, the @netflix series based on the story of the late Israeli intelligence operative Eli Cohen. This is supposedly a military base in the Golan. Epic mistake. (The Israeli map of 1961 in the opening credits is wrong too) pic.twitter.com/8X3O8lpQvt— Ceng Sagnic (@cngsgnc) September 9, 2019Was watching The Spy on Netflix when I noticed this supposed syrian coin looking familiar pic.twitter.com/OmER8kcFcD— poppy (@rushdijaafar) September 14, 2019“The Spy” tells the story of Israeli spy Eli Cohen, who lived in Syria during the 1960s for a long-term mission. The series stars the English actor Sacha Baron Cohen. The series received mixed reactions from viewers. While some people expressed their enjoyment of the series and how brilliant they found the acting, others believed it is full of propaganda.I watched The Spy on Netflix. An Israeli spy in Syria was was found out and killed. Sasha Baron Cohen plays Eli Cohen. Excellent.— cece (@krittercrews) September 10, 2019The propaganda is strong Netflix’s The Spy. Would love to hear the story from the other side.— Wamathai (@Wamathai) September 10, 2019
5 March 2007Lacking “the necessary level of transparency and cooperation,” the United Nations atomic watchdog agency reiterated yet again today that it could not provide assurances that Iran’s nuclear programme is solely for the peaceful purpose of generating energy and not for producing nuclear bombs. “The current situation remains somewhat of a stalemate,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told the agency’s Board of Governors in presenting his latest report on Iran’s nuclear programme, noting that the case was in a class of its own because of Tehran’s two decades of undeclared activities in breach of its obligations under Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). “The Agency has been able to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran. However, we continue to be unable to reconstruct fully the history of Iran’s nuclear programme and some of its components, because we have not been provided with the necessary level of transparency and cooperation on the part of Iran,” he said. “We have not seen concrete proof of the diversion of nuclear material, nor the industrial capacity to produce weapon-usable nuclear material, which is an important consideration in assessing the risk. However, quite a few uncertainties still remain about experiments, procurements and other activities relevant to our understanding of the scope and nature of Iran’s programme. This renders the Agency unable to provide the required assurance about the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme,” he added. He termed Iran’s insistence on linking its readiness to resolve IAEA concerns to actions by the Security Council, which has already imposed sanctions and is considering further measures “difficult to understand,” and called for the resumption of negotiations between Tehran and all relevant parties. “I remain convinced that only through negotiation can a comprehensive and durable solution be attained to the Iranian nuclear question and other issues related to it,” he said. Iran insists its programme is purely for energy production but many other countries maintain it is for making weapons, and in December the Council imposed limited sanctions and called on Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment. In the IAEA report, Mr. ElBaradei noted that despite this Iran had continued enrichment, which can produce fuel for generating electricity or, at a much higher level, making nuclear bombs. It was the discovery in 2003 of Iran’s hidden activities that gave rise to the current crisis, as Mr. ElBaradei stressed today. “The IAEA’s confidence about the nature of Iran’s programme has been shaken because of two decades of undeclared activities,” he said. “This confidence will only be restored when Iran takes the long overdue decision to explain and answer all the Agency’s questions and concerns about its past nuclear activities in an open and transparent manner. Until that time, the Agency will have no option but to reserve its judgment about Iran’s nuclear programme, and as a result the international community will continue to express concern.” Mr. ElBaradei painted a more positive picture on another area of major IAEA concern, the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), noting the DPRK’s agreement at diplomatic talks in Beijing last month to shut down and eventually abandon its Yongbyon nuclear facility. The agreement envisions the return of IAEA personnel to conduct necessary monitoring and verification after they were ordered out four years ago when the DPRK withdrew from the NPT. The DPRK also invited Mr. ElBaradei to visit. “I welcome the Beijing agreement, and the invitation to visit the DPRK, as positive steps towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and towards the normalization of the DPRK’s relationship with the Agency,” he said.
23 March 2010For the first time since it adopted the 1951 Refugee Convention almost two decades ago, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has granted a recognized refugee citizenship, in a move hailed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today. For the first time since it adopted the 1951 Refugee Convention almost two decades ago, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has granted a recognized refugee citizenship, in a move hailed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today.The new citizen is a 38-year-old Ethiopian man who fled persecution in his home country and arrived in the ROK in 2001.“This is a highly significant milestone in Asia, where few countries have signed the 1951 Refugee Convention, and even fewer have extended citizenship to refugees,” said UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming.“We are grateful to the Republic of Korea for its leadership in local integration, one of the three durable solutions available to refugees, and one that is rarely used in Asia,” she added.Citizenship, Ms. Fleming pointed out, is the most comprehensive form of local integration, voicing hope that other Asian countries will follow suit.The ROK recognized its first refugee in 2001. Since its Government began receiving refugee claims in 1994, it has recognized 175 refugees and given humanitarian status to an additional 93 people who were found not to be refugees but still requiring international protection.Between 1994 and the end of 2009, the country has received nearly 2,500 applications and 321 are still pending.
Canadian pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group Inc reported a fall in third-quarter revenue, hurt by regulations that have capped the prices of generic drugs.The company, which has stores in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario, said the growth in the number of generic drugs’ prescriptions with lower selling prices than branded drugs also hurt sales — a trend that it expects will continue.However, Jean Coutu reported a better-then-expected 11% rise in profit, helped by a fall in expenses and a lower tax bill.The company and its rival Shopper’s Drug Mart Corp have been hurt by the province of Ontario’s ban on drugstores’ sales of their own private-label generic prescription drugs. In November, the Supreme Court of Canada’s upheld the ban.While the ruling only applies directly to Ontario, the biggest market in Canada, it could inspire similar bans in other provinces, which have already followed Ontario’s lead in cutting prices for generic drugs.Longueuil, Quebec-based Jean Coutu sells its own Pro Doc generic drugs in Quebec, but the chain has relatively fewer outlets in Ontario.The company said on Thursday revenue fell 0.6% to $712.5 million in the quarter ended Nov. 30.Total same-store sales fell 1.3%, while same-store pharmacy sales fell 1.6%.Net profit rose to $62.5 million, or 30 Canadian cents per share, from $56.2 million, or 26 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 28 Canadian cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.The company’s tax bill fell 9.6% in the quarter, while cost of sales fell about 2%.Shares of Jean Coutu, which have risen about 32% in the last one year, closed at $18.63 on Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The grants were provided as part of the Australian government’s annual small grant funding program, the Direct Aid Program. These grants are available on a not-for-profit basis to local community groups to provide immediate relief for marginalised communities. The Australian High Commission has granted Rs 31 million to support 11 community-based development projects across Sri Lanka.Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie handed over cheques to several community organisations which will implement these projects in a number of provinces around the country. Grants were awarded to, among others, projects for improving livelihood facilities and enhancing employment opportunities, vocational training for plantation sector women, raising awareness on human rights and prevent child abuses, post-war recovery activities, and establishing a community centre and a multipurpose learning centre. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking after the ceremony, High Commissioner Mudie said: “The High Commission has long taken pride in the Direct Aid Program (DAP) as it allows us to provide direct benefits to community groups doing great work at the grass roots level. Through DAP we are able to assist a number of disadvantaged groups, including women, children and those with a disability. We are proud to support the many terrific community groups which are working in Sri Lanka to help their communities overcome challenges. We hope that by working with these groups we are helping to lay the basis for a more prosperous future for all communities in Sri Lanka in the long term.”