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Keysight and China Mobile continue collaboration to accelerate 5G technologies

first_imgKeysight Technologies announced its continuing collaboration with China Mobile Communications Group (CMCC) to develop 5G technologies that enable the world’s largest mobile operator to perform 5G Radio Frequency modelling and simulation.Keysight’s SystemVue enables the mobile operator to create realistic modelling and simulation of 5G RF systems to determine relevant performance metrics to apply to its network. CMCC is a leading mobile operator driving 5G commercialization in China and is actively contributing to the 5G standardization process in the 3GPP standards body. CMCC uses SystemVue to build end-to-end system level simulation that involve 5G Baseband, RF, Antenna, as well as Wireless Channel modeling. These simulations have helped CMCC achieve desired results in standardization contributions, 5G specification, and application development.    SystemVue offers engineers the blocks necessary to build and optimize a signal source, baseband transceiver, RF transceiver, phased array antenna, and perform signal analysis, thereby accelerating development within a single software platform.Keysight’s 5G NR software solutions, which include SystemVue, enables device and network equipment manufacturers to simulate, prototype and validate physical layer implementations with greater insight and confidence. 5G NR software solutions cover the full product design cycle with simulation, signal creation and analysis, with uplink and downlink directions, providing transmitter and receiver simulation and test.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Kontron: COM Express Type 6 module with 8th Gen Intel Core/ Xeon E processorsNext Particle: production-ready LTE cellular solution for future proofing IoTlast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

a month ago​FA hit Birmingham with fine after Aston Villa skipper Grealish attacked

first_imgTagsEnglish ChampionshipPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​FA hit Birmingham with fine after Aston Villa skipper Grealish attackedby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirmingham City have been fined £42,500 after a Blues fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An independent regulatory commission has also warned Blues about its future conduct, having been found to fail to ensure the supporter conducted himself in an orderly fashion. last_img read more


October 28, 2019 0

PM Suggests Disaster Relief Fund

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says that Jamaica may have to consider setting up its own disaster relief fund. “Perhaps we have to look at how we can come up with our own insurance so that in case we have a challenge like Hurricane Sandy we will be able to act,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said on Tuesday October 30 in the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister made the comment, as she informed that Jamaica would not be able to access funds from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) to offset the over $5 billion repair bill left by the hurricane. Earlier, Opposition Spokesperson on Finance, Audley Shaw, had suggested that the government should look to put a disaster insurance fund in place. “The severity of the storm wasn’t strong enough. Payout usually comes at above category four based on the premium paid by Jamaica. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility estimated initially that the damage to Jamaica was about US$26 million or approximately $2.4 billion,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. The CCRIF is a risk pooling facility, owned, operated and registered in the Caribbean for Caribbean governments. It is designed to limit the financial impact of catastrophic hurricanes and earthquakes to Caribbean governments by quickly providing short term liquidity when a policy is triggered. It is the world’s first and, to date, only regional fund utilising parametric insurance, giving Caribbean governments the unique opportunity to purchase earthquake and hurricane catastrophe coverage with lowest-possible pricing. The facility was developed through funding from the Japanese Government, and was capitalised through contributions to a multi-donor Trust Fund by the Government of Canada, the European Union, the World Bank, the governments of the United Kingdom and France, the Caribbean Development Bank and the governments of Ireland and Bermuda, as well as through membership fees paid by participating governments. Sixteen governments are currently members of CCRIF: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.last_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

Health Researchers to Present Findings at National Conference in November

first_img Director of the Epidemiological Research and Data Analysis Unit (ERDAU) at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Andriene Grant, tells JIS News that focus is being placed on research in four main areas – oral health; intentional and unintentional injuries; non-communicable diseases (NCDs), featuring cancers; and family planning. Research in critical areas of health, which have the potential to inform Government policy, will be showcased at the 2018 National Health Research Conference from November 22 to 23. The two-day event will take place at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. Research in critical areas of health, which have the potential to inform Government policy, will be showcased at the 2018 National Health Research Conference from November 22 to 23.The two-day event will take place at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.Director of the Epidemiological Research and Data Analysis Unit (ERDAU) at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Andriene Grant, tells JIS News that focus is being placed on research in four main areas – oral health; intentional and unintentional injuries; non-communicable diseases (NCDs), featuring cancers; and family planning.She notes that other high-quality research findings outside of the focus areas will be considered.Dr. Grant says that the four areas of emphasis seek to address the leading causes of sickness and death in Jamaica.The objective is to provide important information about disease trends and risk factors, outcomes of treatment or public-health interventions, patterns of care, and the use and cost of healthcare.“We are trying to emphasise that these areas place a great burden on the health system in terms of morbidity and mortality, and with individuals understanding their role in prevention, there can be less drain on the health system,” Dr. Davis argues.She notes that in the case of NCDs, for example, heightening awareness of risk can help to reduce and prevent illnesses.“If we look at our risk factors… some of these conditions could be prevented,” she adds.Researchers have until September 14 to submit their abstracts or theses. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee at the Ministry and selected for oral or poster presentation based on a grading scheme.The abstract should be no more than 250 words and must be of relevance to the Jamaican health sector.Emphasis will be placed on the ability of the research to impact programmes and influence policy in the Health Ministry.The scientific soundness of the research will also be evaluated, which includes objectives that are clearly stated, and a methodology that is adequate to answer the stated intents.Dr. Grant tells JIS News that prizes will be awarded for the best oral, poster and student presentations, with a special award for the research most likely to impact policy.Abstracts will only be accepted via email at mohepiresearch@gmail.com. Receipt will be acknowledged within three days of submission, after which enquiries can be made through email or telephone (876) 633-8157.Cover letters are to accompany all abstracts to indicate that the authors have agreed to the submissions, and give their permission for the work to be published in the National Health Research Conference booklet.Further information can be obtained from the Ministry at www.moh.gov.jm.The Director notes that registration for the conference is free of cost, and participants have the opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for several categories of health professionals.Since its inception nine years ago, the conference has been attracting research work from educational institutions and private researchers.Last year, more than 430 persons attended the two-day event, and Dr. Grant says it has been growing in strength.“It has generated interest, particularly among public-sector workers,” she tells JIS News.Dr. Grant stresses the need for more researchers to document their work in order to support the development of sound policies and practices to improve public health in Jamaica.She says that the Ministry’s Policy Division will be giving greater attention to high-quality research and providing exposure to such work through various media.In a move geared at deepening the research agenda, the Ministry, in 2017, provided three grants of up to $1.5 million each for postgraduate students at Northern Caribbean University; University of Technology; and the University of the West Indies, Mona, to undertake studies related to the top-10 health priority areas of the Government.These are universal access to health and universal health coverage; cancers, including cervical, breast, colon, prostate and their general outcomes and epidemiology; successful interventions for the treatment of cardiovascular conditions, including hypertension; factors affecting and the impact of violence and injuries (including intentional and unintentional injuries); and neglected tropical diseases and emerging and re-emerging diseases such as Zika, chikungunya and Ebola; financial sustainability for health; estimates of disease burden; the cost of disease burden; diabetes mellitus, including its effect on pregnancy; and the social determinants of infant, child and adolescent health (including mortality). 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October 24, 2019 0

Talks Under Way to Develop Communications Framework for Tourism Resilience Centre

first_img Mr. Bartlett was speaking at a recent media briefing at the Ministry’s offices in New Kingston. He said an effective communications framework is pivotal to the Centre’s operations, which include assessing, forecasting, mitigating and managing risks related to tourism resilience and crisis management within the Caribbean and globally. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Ministry is in discussions with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) and a United Kingdom (UK)-based entity for the development of a communications framework for the operations of the proposed Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management. Story Highlights Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Ministry is in discussions with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) and a United Kingdom (UK)-based entity for the development of a communications framework for the operations of the proposed Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management.Mr. Bartlett was speaking at a recent media briefing at the Ministry’s offices in New Kingston.He said an effective communications framework is pivotal to the Centre’s operations, which include assessing, forecasting, mitigating and managing risks related to tourism resilience and crisis management within the Caribbean and globally.Noting that effective communication remains a major challenge among tourism stakeholders worldwide, Mr. Bartlett noted, for example, that there is a level of “geographical ignorance” regarding the Caribbean, and many persons outside of the region are unfamiliar with its composition.This, the Minister said, was apparent following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 when, “I was getting calls… from persons all over [the world] commiserating with me because they thought Jamaica [had been devastated by] Irma [as] in their minds, the Caribbean was Jamaica”.Additionally, he said persons had difficulty distinguishing Barbados and Bermuda from the island of Barbuda, which was impacted by Irma.“So, when the hurricane hit Barbuda [and Antigua, the Government and people] of Barbados and Bermuda were at pains to clarify that they were not affected,” Mr. Bartlett said.Similarly, he noted that some persons were unable to make the distinction between hurricane-hit Dominica and the Dominican Republic.Against this background, Mr. Bartlett, contended that the Centre will have a significant role to play in providing timely, on-point information, particularly where there is need for quick recovery in the aftermath of disasters, which will be pivotal to creating stability.“So communication… is going to be a big item for crisis management. It’s not just [about being] able to disseminate information, but to do it in a certain way… that is relevant to and appropriate for the region from which the information is coming… so that we all can get maximum benefits from our efforts. So, the potential of this centre will be enormous,” the Minister added.The Centre and a virtual Observatory, development of which is being spearheaded by Mr. Bartlett, were among several key recommendations emerging from last November’s United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Global Conference in Montego Bay.They are intended to effectively address issues that currently or could potentially impact tourism globally, including climate change, epidemics and pandemics, cybercrime, political instability and terrorism. This will be achieved through research and development, advocacy and communication, programme/project design and management, and training and capacity-building.The Observatory, to be housed in the Centre, aims to support policymakers and businesses in developing better strategies for a more competitive global tourism sector.Board appointments are being finalised for the Centre, which is slated to be launched in January 2019.The facility will be housed at the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus.last_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

Its a tragic situation Police searching for mother after body of baby

first_imgCALGARY – A deceased baby girl may have been alive when she was abandoned in a northwest Calgary parking lot on Christmas Eve, police said.“Early findings show the baby may have been alive when she was left first at the scene. The cause of death is undetermined but no trauma was detected,” said Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police homicide unit at a news conference Tuesday.“There is serious concern for the well-being of the child’s mother as evidence at the scene suggests that she may be in medical distress.”Calgary police received a call at 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve from a member of the public in the northwest community of Bowness. The individual found the body of the newborn in a parking lot behind a grocery store.Schiavetta said investigators believe the body could have been placed at the scene between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. They are going door-to-door canvassing area residents looking for information and attempting to obtain surveillance footage from local businesses. He said police have not received a single tip from the public.“That’s why we’re here on Boxing Day. It is very unusual that we have not had a tip and, to be honest, it’s almost 48 hours to the hour that this child may have been left in the parking lot,” Schiavetta said.Schiavetta said an autopsy was conducted Tuesday, but further medical tests are being done on the little girl who he described as having a light complexion with dark hair.The death of an infant is difficult he said especially at Christmas, he added.“I think it’s tragic for everyone involved. … The gravity of the situation certainly has a toll on the people investigating as well as the person who discovered the baby,” Schiavetta said.At this point, he said, police don’t know whether the death is suspicious.Schiavetta said he is hoping that someone comes forward to help solve the mystery.“Also we have to be open to the idea that the mother is not from Calgary as well.”Police want to check on the well-being of the mother and to find out the circumstances of the death. Schiavetta wouldn’t speculate on what charges, if any, could be laid against her.“Investigators need to speak to her immediately to ensure that her well-being is being looked after.”Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Robert De Niro To Be Honored With Brass Ring Award at 2018

first_imgEvent chair and host Barbara Davis announced today that Academy award-winning actor, producer and director Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Brass Ring Award” at The 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball on Saturday, October 6.The biennial event is dedicated to increasing awareness for diabetes, and raising funds for clinical care and diabetes research at the Barbara Davis Center For Diabetes. Longtime supporter, Robert De Niro, will receive the award at this year’s ball for his humanitarian efforts and continued support of the cause. The “Brass Ring Award” was named after the elusive brass ring that carousel riders would try to catch when the ride first became popular. Now universally recognized as a symbol of achievement, the brass ring represents the ultimate goal of finding a cure for diabetes. “Brass Ring Award” recipients exemplify the dedication and strength that brings the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center one step closer to finding a cure. Past “Brass Ring Award” recipients include Frank Sinatra, Hillary Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, George Clooney, Jane Fonda, Sir Sidney Poitier, David Foster, Halle Berry, Sherry Lansing and more.Speaking on the award, Chairman and Host of The Carousel of Hope Ball Barbara Davis, said, “We are so delighted to announce that the multi-talented, two-time Oscar-winning actor, director and producer, Robert De Niro will receive the Brass Ring Award at the 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball. He is one of the kindest, most caring human beings I have ever known. He goes above and beyond to help others and has supported the Carousel of Hope from the very start.”De Niro has been recognized around the world for his outstanding work in film. In 2009, De Niro received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor, and President Obama presented De Niro with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, recognizing him for his outstanding contributions to the U.S. He served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, and in 2009, received the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. AARP The Magazine gave De Niro the 2010 Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award, and the following year, he was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He was honored by AFI with their Life Achievement Award in 2003, and two years prior, received the Bravo Lifetime Achievement Award at the Independent Feature Projects’ Gotham Awards. De Niro and the cast of “The Good Shepherd” were awarded the Silver Berlin Bear at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. He is the recipient of two National Board of Review Awards, four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and GLAAD’s 2016 Excellent in Media Award.Robert De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma’s “The Wedding Party” in 1969. By 1974 he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performance in “Bang the Drum Slowly” and from the National Society of Film Critic for Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets.” In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather, Part II.” In 1980 he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.” De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in five additional films: as Travis Bickle in Scorsese’s acclaimed “Taxi Driver;” as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter,” as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings,” in 1992 as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese’s remake of the 1962 classic “Cape Fear” and as a father to a bi-polar son in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.”He was most recently seen in Tribeca Productions’ and HBO’s “Wizard of Lies” starring as Bernie Madoff, for which he received both an Emmy Award nomination for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. His next project will be Netflix’s “The Irishman”, in which he stars and is producing with Martin Scorsese, for their ninth collaboration.De Niro takes pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Center, which he co-founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988, and in the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival, which just completed its 17th run, was conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture; the festival’s mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audiences. Through Tribeca Productions, De Niro develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor.This year marks the 32nd Carousel Ball, where guests will enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, exciting entertainment, and musical performances. Since its inception in 1978, the iconic event has been a Hollywood favorite, uniting entertainment, sports, and business industry leaders from all areas for a night dedicated to raising awareness and, ultimately, finding a cure for diabetes. Diabetes, which afflicts over 30 million people in the United States alone, is rapidly on the rise. It is estimated that one in three babies born today will have diabetes in their lifetime and each year, approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Of those, 25,000 are children. The Carousel of Hope Balls have raised more than $100 million to date, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC). Funds are raised through sponsorships, dinner tickets, a live and silent auction, and contributions. Rated #1 Benefit in Southern California by Bizbash for multiple years, this star-studded evening is not to be missed.The 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball is generously sponsored by American Airlines, Tina & Rick Caruso, Marlyn and Robert Day, and Dexcom.Mrs. Davis will co-host a kickoff cocktail party with Bruce Bozzi, Jr. at The Palm on May 21.More info can be found here.last_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

The brave 15yearold Eagle Huntress who overturned tradition

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Aisholpan Nurgaiv is a soft-spoken, 15-year-old Kazakh girl with a bright, shy smile, a competitive streak and a rare skill: she hunts from horseback with the aid of her 10-kilogram golden eagle. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment As profiled in Otto Bell’s stunning Mongolia-set documentary The Eagle Huntress, screening in the TIFF Kids program, Aisholpan pushes past 1,000 years of male tradition to become the first female champion eagle hunter.Early on in the film, narrated by Daisy Ridley, then-13-year-old Aisholpan goes with her father Nurgaiv Rys to perform a key ritual for an eagle hunter: the capture of an eaglet to train as a hunting partner.That done, coached by her father — one of 12 generations of eagle hunters in their family — Aisholpan is brave, skilled in handling the huge bird and has unwavering determination to excel. She is focused on besting the older men in the region who doubt her, sure she can win first place at an annual competition.Later, she participates in a gruelling winter hunt, the first girl in her family to do so. Twitterlast_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

Stage shows cop shop is tops says officer

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Its initial premise is that an elderly man (John Koensgen) is left at a police station with a butcher’s hook around his neck and the business card of a lawyer, Hamilton (Andrew Musselman), who doesn’t seem to know him. An interpreter (Miranda Calderon) is called in to help because the man can’t speak English. And then things go into full thriller mode.center_img Advertisement The play is set in a Toronto police station and one of its central characters, played by Tony Nappo, is a detective so I invited Boddy, who’s currently based at the 11th Division on Davenport, to the theatre for his specialist perspective.But for a good portion of the 90-minute show, I’m worried I may have made a big boo-boo. I saw Weyni Mengesha’s production in its initial run at the Theatre Centre, but had forgotten — or perhaps repressed — just how harrowing it becomes. Facebook Inspector Chris Boddy has been with the Toronto Police Service for 26 years. Asked when he last went to the theatre, he’s momentarily stumped, but remembers seeing the Blue Man Group at the Panasonic Theatre on “the night of the flood” in the summer of 2005.It’s been a while, then.On the weekend, Boddy was back at the Panasonic to see Butcher, Nicolas Billon’s celebrated 2014 play back for an encore run in the Off-Mirvish season.last_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

Police Arrest SwordWielding Suspect in Central Morocco by Firing Warning Shots

Rabat – A police officer in the city of Benguerir in the Marrakech-Safi region used his service revolver on Tuesday in order to arrest a suspect, who was charged with drug trafficking and endangering the lives of authorities.The police were chasing after a suspect carrying a large sword, with which he was threatened police officers before the armed intervention. One officer used his gun after the suspect refused to comply with the authorities’ orders.According to press release issued by the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), one of the police officers fired a warning shot and then a second bullet, which gazed the suspect’s left foot. The suspect was transferred to the hospital to get the necessary care while the sword used in the assault against police officers was seized. Police say he will soon be placed in custody for further investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office. read more


October 12, 2019 0

US says no credible probe by Sri Lanka

Responding to a question posed at the daily State Department press briefing, Ventrell said that the US government is also reviewing the report on Sri Lanka released by Human Rights Watch. “So we’re reviewing this lengthy and extensive report. I understand we just got it a day or so ago. But we do note our strong concern about human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka. And to date, the Government of Sri Lanka has not initiated a full, credible, or independent investigation into longstanding allegations of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, including sexual assault. So we’re reviewing this particular report, but you know where we’ve been in terms of human rights in Sri Lanka and our really deep concerns,” the State Department Acting Deputy Spokesperson said. The United States says the Government of Sri Lanka has not initiated a full, credible, or independent investigation into longstanding allegations of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, including sexual assaultPatrick Ventrell, Acting Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department said that the US has strong concerns about human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka The government has however rejected the report. (Colombo Gazette) The report by Human Rights Watch, released this week, provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 in both official and secret detention centers throughout Sri Lanka.In the cases documented by Human Rights Watch, men and women reported being raped on multiple days, often by several people, with the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups frequently participating. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Annan meets with US UK ambassadors ahead of talks with Iraqi officials

Video of Ambassador Negroponte’s remarks Prior to the meeting, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General wanted to listen to whatever ideas Ambassador John D. Negroponte of the United States and Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom would present.”I don’t think we want to comment on how things should be done in Iraq,” Fred Eckhard said in response to questions at a press briefing. The Secretary-General, he added, is “more in a listening mode today.”The spokesman recalled that Mr. Annan, in comments last month to the Security Council and in his year-end press conference, expressed the view “that there was clearly not enough time to organize fair and credible elections in Iraq given the situation on the ground.””The situation on the ground remains insecure. So the scope for a UN role is very much limited by the security factor. That’s a fact of life,” Mr. Eckhard said. “But I think everyone wants to see a successful transition to sovereignty in Iraq and everyone has their thinking caps on as to the best way to do that.”Following the meeting, US Ambassador Negroponte confirmed that Washington would participate in the planned dialogue. “I can tell you that the United States will be represented and will be appropriately represented,” he told reporters, adding, “I cannot at this moment identify who that representation will be.” The US Ambassador also said the talks on 19 January should cover issues of mutual concern, especially security. “We want the UN to play a vital role and we welcome the UN back into Iraq as soon as it could possibly do so.” Specific details remained to be discussed among the coalition, the Governing Council and the UN. read more


October 6, 2019 0

Duchess of fashion diplomacy dazzles in emotional politicallycharged ceremony

first_imgDuchess of Cambridge, leaves at the conclusion of a ceremony at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, CanadaCredit:Chris Wattie/REUTERS Chiefs from the Heiltsuk First Nations community in Bella Bella, Victoria Chiefs from the Heiltsuk First Nations community in Bella Bella, VictoriaCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Duchess of Cambridge, leaves at the conclusion of a ceremony at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Before the reception, they joined around 25 people, including First Nations representatives, in the drawing room for a special ceremony designed to heal the wounds of conflict between indigenous people and the government.Assisted by two Indian chiefs, the Duke carefully added a ring of reconciliation to the Black Rod, a ceremonial staff of British Columbia’s Legislature modelled on the one used in Parliament in London.Created in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it was previously adorned with three rings, representing the province, Canada, and the link to the UK.  Grand Chief Edward John spoke of what he called the “cultural genocide” of First Nations but paid tribute to the role of the Crown in healing divisions. He told the Duke: “Today we honour you. You honour us by bringing your young family to this great country.”The Duke and Duchess have met First Nations representatives on their tour but have avoided publicly discussing some social problems, including the high level of suicides among indigenous people. They attended a reception for political and civic leaders from across British Columbia at Government House in Victoria, described by a local newspaper as an “emotional, historic and politically charged ceremony”.At least one First Nations leader had refused to attend, calling it a “charade” in the face of the reality faced by his communities.The ceremony saw the Duke and Duchess mingle with 200 guests in the ballroom of the grand house, the monarch’s official residence in the province of British Columbia. center_img The Duchess has, however, raised it in private. Kluane Adamek, a young member of the Kluane First Nation, met her at a reception on Sunday and disclosed they had spoken about the serious issues.”Some of the questions they had, in particular the Duchess , were in relation to suicide, and why is that [happening] in our Northern communities,” Adamek told CBC.”So we actually got to have a conversation about that, and talking about the importance of identity and culture and young people knowing who they are and where they come from.”Last night, all eyes were on the Duchess at the event, with photographs of her being broadcast across the world.She wore a gown by Preen, the brand set up by husband and wife Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi which counts Samantha Cameron among their customers.  Kensington Palace officials declined to comment on the controversy.In a speech at the start of the ceremony,  Steven Point, a former lieutenant governor of British Columbia and a member of the Stolo Nation, hailed the Black Rod as a symbol of reconciliation. “Today we begin again,” he said. The Duke added a fourth ring, engraved with eagle feathers and a canoe, to symbolise First Nations in the province.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, leader of 115 First Nation tribes in British Columbia known as the Union of BC Chiefs, said he was boycotting the ceremony because it was a charade.”With the deepening poverty of our communities, remembering the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and the ongoing negligence of indigenous child welfare policies across this country, in good conscience, I cannot participate in the Black Rod Ceremony,” Grand Chief Phillip said in a statement. The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in a glamorous ball gown last night as she helped navigate one of the most controversial political issues in modern-day Canada.The Duchess wore a red gown and symbolic maple leaf brooch, borrowed from the Queen, in honour of her Canadian hosts.She and her husband, the Duke, attended a historic reconciliation ceremony, which saw them praised for helping to heal divisions between the indigenous First Nations communities, government and crown. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

What caused the Grenfell Tower fire all the theories

first_imgLack of sprinkler systems?Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick – chairman of the all-party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group – said the Government has resisted calls to install sprinkler systems in high-rise blocks in the wake of the Lakanal House tragedy.Mr Fitzpatrick, who was a firefighter for 20 years, told LBC: “We’ve been pressing for fire sprinkler systems in buildings where we think it’s appropriate – certainly over a height level and in places where there is vulnerability, care homes and in schools – and Government has been resisting that for some time.” Fire safety expert Graham Fieldhouse told BBC London the spread of the fire, which witnesses said took only 15 minutes to engulf the building, may have been exacerbated by the wrong materials being used and it had echoes of the 2009 Lakanal House tower block fire in Camberwell that killed six people. “This is very different from normal fires we see within blocks flats because normally we deal with what’s internal,” he said.”But the external spread of fire, which seems to be the case that happened here, is nothing new though because Lakanal was partly an external spread.” After the fire, the group posted: “All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time.”The group claimed access to the building was “severely restricted” for emergency services and other vehicles and that residents were advised to stay in their flats in case of fire. Mr Fieldhouse said reports that the Lakanal fire was made worse by cladding being put up on the outside of the building may be the case at Grenfell Tower.Fire, he said, may have got behind the cladding and spread up the side of the building.”The materials that sit behind the claddings should be of non-combustible material. I wonder if someone has taken advice from the experts, someone with qualifications.” Flames and smoke coming from the 24-storey block of flats “It’s shocking that this issue, this situation should come up again so soon after Lakanal,” he added. Cladding on the outside?Grenfell Tower was fitted with zinc rainscreen cladding and glazed curtain walling after a £10 million refurbishment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “He was just beside himself. He was just as surprised at how quickly the fire spread as anybody else.”I could hear him saying that he contacted the emergency services immediately and they reassured him everything would be under control within a short period of time, and obviously it wasn’t.”She said she thought the fire started on the second floor. In a blog post on November 20 the group said: “The Grenfell Action Group believe that the KCTMO narrowly averted a major fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in 2013 when residents experienced a period of terrifying power surges that were subsequently found to have been caused by faulty wiring.” A gas explosion?Residents said refurbishment work had recently been carried out with work on the gas supply to the flats.Nicky Paramasivan, who was in his seventh floor flat with his partner and child, said that after they fled the explosions from the flats included blue flames, suggesting gas. Those missing from the Grenfell Tower blaze A faulty fridge?Witnesses described hearing one distressed resident apparently telling neighbours his faulty fridge caused the blaze.Samira Lamrani, 38, who lives on nearby Hurstway Walk, told the Press Association: “When I arrived on the scene he (the resident) was amongst the people that were standing there. But the MP for Poplar and Limehouse added: “There’s obviously a huge number of questions going to have to be asked about what happened to Latimer Road but it’s very early in the situation.”It’s a bit early to start pointing fingers, I would have thought.” Firefighters wait to start their shift after a massive fire raged in a 27-floor high-rise apartment building in London Those missing from the Grenfell Tower blaze Lack of entries and exits?A blog post from Grenfell Action Group in November said “only a catastrophic event” would expose safety concerns it highlighted.The group said there was only one entry and exit to the tower during improvement works at the block in Latimer Road and it had issues with evacuation procedures. “It’s just horrendous. I’m just hoping there’s not too many dead.”It went right through. There weren’t no stopping it.” Firefighters wait to start their shift after a massive fire raged in a 27-floor high-rise apartment building in LondonCredit:Matt Dunham/AP Sliding windows were replaced with double glazing in the 120 flats to prevent people falling.Plans submitted in 2012 to local authority Kensington and Chelsea described how zinc was “not sufficiently robust” to be fitted to the lower floors. Faulty wiring?The Grenfell Action Group have long claimed that the building is unsafe, and said in November that they believed “only a catastrophic event will expose the problems”.One of the safety issues they highlighted was faulty wiring and said a disaster cause by the problem was narrowly averted four years ago. The cause of the horrific blaze at Grenfell Tower in west London has yet to be established – but several theories have begun to emerge over what may have caused it.On Friday morning, the official death toll stood at 17 – but this is likely to rise as recovery teams continue their search of the tower’s smouldering wreckage.As the names of those missing in the inferno begin to emerge, so too are the questions over how it could have ever happened in the first place.Residents who escaped the towering inferno claimed fire alarms did not sound and they were told to “stay put” in their flats.It has also emerged an action group claimed their warnings of a “catastrophe” fell on “deaf ears” after highlighting safety concerns three years ago.Here are the theories on possible causes and contributing factors in the disaster: Flames and smoke coming from the 24-storey block of flatsCredit:NATALIE OXFORD /AFPlast_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #POINTS: The PAC will hear from a serving garda sergeant today on alleged malpractice in the penalty points system. The committee decided to push ahead with today’s session, in spite of the Justice Minister’s referral of the issue to the force watchdog, the Garda Ombudsman.2. #LETTERS: Michael Noonan can’t confirm the exact number of personnel who would have had access to two letters relating to the period around the Bank Guarantee, which have gone missing from the Department of Finance. However, the Minister said the search for the documents was continuing.3. #PUT OUT: The massive blaze at Ballymount has been extinguished, five days after it broke out. The fire at the recycling plant sent a huge plume of smoke over west Dublin for days. At its height, 75 firefighters were battling it.4. #GILLIGAN: John Gilligan has been ordered to pay costs in relation to a failed Supreme Court challenge, the Irish Daily Star reports this morning.  The drug criminal had challenged a law under which consecutive sentences were imposed on him for having a mobile in prison.5. #PANTI ROW: Journalist Breda O’Brien has said she accepts the apology made by RTÉ over comments made on The Saturday Night Show. The state broadcaster apologised and paid a financial settlement to O’Brien and others following the comments made on the chat-show by performer and gay rights advocate Rory O’Neill (aka Panti).6. #REHAB: Ten senior managers at Rehab shared almost a million euro in pay last year. The Irish Times reports that the managers received €908,498 between them in 2013. The figures were given to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee by the HSE.7. #CHILDREN: Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today launch the new Child and Family Agency, which will bring child services into one centralised regime. The agency will take over child protection from the HSE.8. #ROUGH RIDE: “I felt he was being unreasonable and he felt I was being unreasonable so we decided to go our separate ways”: Paul Kimmage has revealed the reason he pulled out of ghost-writing Brian O’Driscoll’s book.9. #FRIENDS IN COLD PLACES: Hundreds of Garth Brooks fans have been queuing overnight at Ticketmaster locations all over the country. Tickets go on sale this morning at 9am. The country superstar plays two comeback shows at Croke Park next July.last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Le gouvernement interdit des produits naturels et peu polluants pour la culture

first_imgLe gouvernement interdit des produits naturels et peu polluants pour la culture des légumesLe gouvernement souhaite faire interdire l’usage de produits naturels par les cultivateurs de légumes. Ces produits sont pourtant bien moins polluants que les substances chimiques autorisées dans l’agriculture.Nombre d’agriculteurs sont furieux contre le gouvernement. Le ministère de l’Agriculture souhaite faire interdire l’utilisation de produits bien plus respectueux de l’environnement que les substances phytosanitaires chimiques, puisque naturels. Denis Digel, un producteur de salades alsacien, s’insurge ainsi auprès de l’AFP contre la volonté du gouvernement, lui qui traite depuis deux ans ses centaines de milliers de salades avec du Sémafort, un engrais réalisé à base d’algues, d’extraits végétaux et de phosphites. Ce produit fabriqué en Allemagne est utilisé pour renforcer les défenses naturelles des légumes contre le mildiou, une maladie qui affecte de nombreuses espèces de plantes. “C’est trois fois moins cher à l’hectare, et nettement plus efficace. Les rendements sont supérieurs. Et en plus, cela permet de réduire l’impact négatif sur la nature” explique Denis Digel, qui ne comprend pas pourquoi le gouvernement veut faire interdire le produit. Car comme il le rappelle, le Grenelle de l’environnement demande aux agriculteurs de se tourner vers des solutions alternatives et plus écologiques pour parvenir à diviser par deux leur consommation de produits phytosanitaires, et ce d’ici à 2018.Des engrais “phytopharmaceutiques” ?Voilà donc trois ans qu’un projet expérimental réunissant 460 producteurs teste des produits naturels, et notamment le Sémafort, avec succès. Baptisée Planète légumes, cette expérimentation est soutenue par la Chambre d’agriculture d’Alsace. Mais en juin dernier, le ministère de l’Agriculture a fait savoir à ces agriculteurs que les produits contenant des phosphites ne pouvaient pas être commercialisés dans un autre but que phytopharmaceutique. Les produits utilisés en tant qu’engrais doivent être “retirés du marché sans délai”, affirmait alors le gouvernement. Un expert du ministère a expliqué la raison de cette interdiction à l’AFP. “Nous n’avons aucune opposition de fond à l’usage des phosphites, qui sont d’ailleurs autorisées au niveau européen. Simplement, tout produit à base de phosphite ne peut être commercialisé que s’il a obtenu une autorisation de mise sur le marché” souligne-t-il. Mais obtenir cette autorisation s’avère long et coûteux. Elle devient alors inaccessible à bon nombre de producteurs de ces produits. “Pour le Sémafort, cela coûterait quatre millions d’euros, c’est hors de portée de son fabricant” explique Fabien Digel, le frère de Denis Digel, et le directeur de Planète légumes.Le député UMP du Bas-Rhin François Loos a affirmé son soutien aux agriculteurs, demandant pour eux un entretien avec le ministre Bruno Le Maire. “Je pense qu’il y a une campagne en France pour empêcher l’arrivée de ces produits sur le marché. Je ne sais pas si c’est un lobby, mais en tout cas je demande au ministre d’avancer” déclare-t-il à l’AFP.Le 8 août 2011 à 15:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Star Trek Discovery Casts Walking Dead Actress As its Lead

first_img Star Trek: Discovery stayed true to its promise of casting a female lead and including more actors of color in the announcement of its star.Sonequa Martin-Green, currently on The Walking Dead, will be moving into more upbeat pastures as the lead of the new Star Trek series.Martin-Green will be playing Lt. Cmdr. Rainsford on the spaceship Discovery and will be the first African-American woman to lead a cast.So yes, the lead of a Star Trek series, for once, isn’t the captain or commander of a ship. This was intentional, as to give the audience a different perspective on a Starfleet ship.“We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view,” Fuller told Entertainment Weekly. “To see a character from a [new] perspective on the starship — one who has different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context.”Fuller stepped down as showrunner back in October but had said he wanted to promote diversity in race, gender, and sexual orientations on his new crew. He also stressed the importance of casting a nonwhite woman in the lead role.Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, who were executive producers, were given show-running responsibilities, and Fuller said he’d stay on in some context.“We wanted to paint a picture of Starlet that’s indicative of encountering people who are much more different than we are,” he said.Fuller had fulfilled other promises before leaving. Anthony Rapp, for example, was cast as Lt. Stamets, who is openly gay.As for Martin-Green, for now, she’s staying on as a Walking Dead regular, but considering the show’s love of killing off characters, she might not be for long.Martin-Green will be joining Klingons played by Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, and Mary Chieffo. Rapp, Doug Jones, and Michelle Yeoh will also be starring. Star Trek: Discovery will be premiering in May 2017 on CBS and will be available to stream on CBS All Access. Stay on target ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Ep 13 Recap: Tearful Preparations last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Klopp reveals Moreno will play against Wolves

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed Alberto Moreno will start the club’s third round FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.The former Sevilla left-back is set to be named in the Reds’ starting XI at the Molineux to play his fifth game of the season, with Simon Mignolet also in line to begin the clash.Klopp revealed his decision during his pre-game press conference with journalists at Liverpool’s training ground.Asked if Moreno is going to play, the timer Borussia Dortmund manager said, according to the club’s official website:Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“100 per cent, 100 per cent.”“Alberto is another example for being an unbelievable professional person and a really important part of the dressing room.”“He is from the positive side of the planet I would say. He is very often in very, very good shape, he loves training, loves playing and loves all these things and he is really good with all the boys. I can say Alberto will play as well, there is no doubt about that. He has to play, that’s clear.”last_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

Rick Scott sworn in as Florida senator in Washington

first_imgWASHINGTON (WSVN) — Former Florida Gov. Rick Scott has officially taken on his new role as a member of the U.S. Senate.Vice President Mike Pence, president of the Senate, administered the oath to Scott on the Senate floor in Washington, Tuesday afternoon.Scott was escorted by former Republican senators, including Mel Martínez and Connie Mack, among others.Sen. Marco Rubio also walked Scott to the Senate floor for the official ceremony.Scott was sworn in days after his colleagues, as he had asked Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell to delay his ceremony so he could serve out his term as governor.The new senator’s term as Florida governor officially came to an end after Ron DeSantis took on the role, Tuesday.Scott and his wife were present for DeSantis’ inaugural ceremony in Tallahassee but later headed to Washington for his own swearing-in. A second ceremonial swearing-in process took place Tuesday at the Old Senate Chamber, where Scott was accompanied by his family for photos.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


September 15, 2019 0