Senior continues fight to recover license after she couldnt do breathalyzer test

first_imgVICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – The battle isn’t over for a Victoria senior who lost her license after she couldn’t do a breathalyzer test. Norma McLeod is still without a driver license, but one Victoria lawyer is taking up the fight, noting McLeod wasn’t able to take the test due to her oral cancer treatment and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).“This is excessive,” says Jerry Steele. “This is case in point that it is catching people now who are outside the scope of the people they are intending to catch.”He says this is a perfect example of how the law gives too much power to the police, noting it also showcases how current roadside prohibition laws remove the need for police to have cause.RELATED: Senior fined for failing to comply, says medical issues prevented her blowing breath testMinister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth tells NEWS 1130 in a statement that the decision to change the Criminal Code to allow random testing was federal.“That said, my ministry is looking at whether there are limitations to the equipment used at the roadside – and the broader issue of fairness to those with legitimate medical conditions, much earlier in the process,” the statement says.Steele would like to see a judicial review on the case, as well as the law overall to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again, “We’re going after both.’“I am not a fan of impaired driving but I am of due process and there isn’t any in this,” he adds. “You are absolutely presumed guilty – your guilty until proven innocent in this system.”Steele says this isn’t a small, nor quick battle, but is one he’s willing to take to the Supreme Court.last_img read more

CBSA has removed fewer than 900 of 450000 irregular asylum seekers since

first_imgOTTAWA — New federal figures shows the Canada Border Services Agency has removed fewer than 900 asylum seekers who have crossed into Canada by exploiting a loophole in asylum laws.Since early 2017, more than 45,000 migrants have arrived in Canada “irregularly” by entering the country through a forest path between New York State and Quebec — avoiding official border checkpoints where they would be turned away and told to file a refugee claim in the United States.So far, only 866 have been removed from Canada after their refugee claims were rejected.The Immigration Department says a big reason the number is so low is because removal orders can only be enforced once an asylum seeker has exhausted all legal avenues to try to remain in the country.The avenues can include appeals of rejected claims, or undergoing a pre-removal risk assessments to determine whether sending a migrant back to their home country might put them in danger.CBSA says these processes take time to complete and limit the ability to remove irregular migrants more quickly.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Latest: Merkel sets out German position on Brexit delay

BRUSSELS — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9:30 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says European Union leaders could approve a short delay to Brexit in principle so long as Britain’s Parliament passes a twice-rejected withdrawal deal next week. She says that if that doesn’t happen, another EU summit might be needed.British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking EU approval for delaying Brexit from March 29 to June 30 at a summit starting Thursday. That request is complicated by European Parliament elections May 23-26 that Britain doesn’t want to participate in.Merkel told German lawmakers that “we can comply in principle with this request if we were to have a positive vote next week on the withdrawal documents in the British Parliament,” but the EU must take care that the legitimacy of the European elections is ensured. She added that, if the withdrawal deal isn’t passed next week, “we will keep open whether there has to be another meeting of the European Council before the withdrawal date.”___8:05 a.m.Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to persuade European Union leaders to delay Brexit by up to three months, just eight days before Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc.May will meet the 27 national other EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday, a day after she requested an extension until June 30.European Council chief Donald Tusk says a short delay may be possible, but only if Britain’s Parliament approves May’s divorce deal with the bloc before the scheduled March 29 departure date.U.K. lawmakers have already rejected the deal twice. May says they face a “final choice” between her deal, a no-deal departure that could hammer the economy, and cancelling Brexit.But May angered many legislators with a televised speech Wednesday blaming Parliament for the Brexit impasse.The Associated Press read more

TSX signs deal with Colombian stock market operator to share information

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:X) and TSX Venture Exchange have signed a deal with Colombian stock market operator Bolsa de Valores de Colombia to share information and make it easier for the dual listing of companies.The exchanges said Thursday they will also help each other understand the process and rules for listing and trading securities in each other’s jurisdiction and explore and develop joint marketing opportunities.As of April 30, there are five dual listings between Toronto Stock Exchange and Bolsa de Valores de Colombia.There are 19 companies listed on Toronto Stock Exchange and 43 companies listed on TSX Venture Exchange with operations in Colombia.A Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement was signed in 2010 and came into force last August.The Canadian Press

Alimentation CoucheTard looks to Norway for guidance to adapt to electric cars

MONTREAL — Alimentation Couche-Tard, one of the largest gas retailers in Canada, is looking to Norway for guidance on how to adapt to growing electric car sales, a trend that some investors fear could threaten its current raison d’etre.The Quebec-based convenience store company, which established a foothold in the Scandinavian country five years ago with its purchase of Statoil ASA’s fuel and retail operations, says it wants to ensure it will still appeal to customers if they no longer need to fill up on gas.“We’ll look at Norway as a laboratory to the future,” CEO Brian Hannasch said during an earnings conference call earlier this month.“We’re very much engaged to see how we can win there.”When it comes to embracing electric vehicles, Norwegians are in a class of their own. In a country of about five million people, there are about 120,000 full-electric or plug-in hybrid automobiles on the road — a per capita ownership ratio 23 times larger than in Canada.About 43 per cent of all auto sales in Norway last month were for electric vehicles. In Canada, that figure was less than one per cent.Still, if Canadians ever do take up electric vehicles in large numbers, that could spell doom for service station operators if their business models don’t evolve.Couche-Tard relied on fuel to deliver 40 per cent of its gross profits and 69 per cent of its revenues in its last fiscal year.It did not return repeated requests for information on whether it has any charging stations in Canada. But according to Flo, which runs a network of charging stations, Couche-Tard has at least 15 of them.While it takes just a few minutes to fill up on gas, it can take anywhere from half an hour to several hours to fully charge an electric vehicle, which raises a question: will Canadians want to charge their cars the same way they buy gas and what does that mean for Couche-Tard and other similar businesses?Hannasch said convenience retailers that sell gas have overcome other obstacles to customer traffic. Increased automobile fuel efficiency is the latest challenge, but they have also had to contend with falling cigarette sales and the convenience of paying at the pump that has allowed customers to avoid entering stores altogether.In a bid to address the potential threat from electric vehicles, Couche-Tard is testing new food offerings at some of its 300-plus locations in Norway in the hopes that customers will stop to spend time and money at their stations.The head of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association said she is increasingly getting calls from companies around the world seeking advice on how to prepare.“Big companies are waking up,” secretary-general Christina Bu said from Oslo.Restaurants, grocers, malls and large retailers like Ikea are installing chargers to attract customers.“If the gas station chains don’t adapt quickly enough, there will be other players that sort of take this market,” Bu said.Other gas station banners including Petro-Canada, Irving Oil and Harnois Groupe Petrolier are either testing the use of charging stations or have rolled them out at some of their locations.“Restaurants are on these sites,” said Claudine Harnois, vice-president of Harnois Groupe Petrolier. “Electric vehicle drivers stop for a little more than 10 minutes to grab a bite to eat or shop at the convenience store.”Industry analysts say they’ve heard from nervous Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) investors who fear that rising demand for electric cars will choke gasoline sales.“Investor concern regarding the impact of electric vehicles has picked up recently, but we believe this remains in the distance,” analyst Mark Petrie of CIBC World Markets wrote in a report to analysts.In another report, Keith Howlett of Desjardins Capital Markets added: “Investor anxiety over the timing of the impact of electric and hybrid vehicles has escalated.”Several big oil companies have left the gas station business, including Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO), which sold nearly 500 Esso stations. More than half of those stations went to Couche-Tard.In a report released this week, the U.S. Fuels Institute said sales of vehicles powered by fuels other than gas or diesel are expected to grow by 28 per cent annually in North America over the next eight years. But it added that the internal combustion engine will continue to dominate the light-duty vehicle market.There were more than 4,500 electric vehicle chargers across the country as of Dec. 31, according to Plug’n Drive, a Canadian non-profit organization that is working to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. read more

Millions of Afghan women and children in dire need of assistance UN

In a statement issued in Islamabad, the UN Office said there were almost 6 million vulnerable people inside Afghanistan – or approximately 25 per cent of the total population. The current caseload of internally displaced persons is estimated at 900,000 and is expected to reach one million before the end of the year. Due to concerns about possible retaliation against Afghanistan after the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States, the UN evacuated all of its 75 international staff from the country as a security precaution. Several hundred staff of non-governmental organizations have also left Afghanistan.The UN plans to continue to provide as much life-saving assistance to the civilian population as possible, the UN Coordinator said. Of particular importance will be caring for extremely vulnerable families in their places of origin and internally displaced persons – who are almost totally dependent on aid to survive. The greatest need is to try to continue food, shelter and clothing assistance so that people can survive the advancing winter.Despite the Afghan people’s overwhelming need for help, some important humanitarian assistance programmes will not be able to continue if volatility inside the country increases, the statement said. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is currently helping feed 3 million people in Afghanistan’s rural areas alone. “If this support cannot be continued, massive displacement cannot be ruled out,” the statement said. “At least half may be forced to leave their homes to avert starvation, seeking survival either within or outside Afghanistan’s borders.”The office of the UN Coordinator said that in the absence of international personnel, hundreds of dedicated Afghan staff would undertake their activities insofar as the situation permitted. It warned, however, that “national staff have never been called upon to carry out their duties in a crisis of this magnitude. It must also be recognized that, while they will receive as much support from Islamabad as possible, as individuals, they will also be faced with making decisions about the best interest of their own families.” read more

Ford to add another turbine at its UK engine plant

Ford will add a third wind turbine at Dagenham, which will supply the extra power needed for the increased capacity of its diesel engine manufacturing site where it produces engines Fiesta and Focus models. The two established on-site Ecotricty wind turbines have already saved 6,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually since 2004. This third unit will be able to produce 1.8 megawatts of electricity – the equivalent power needed for 1,000 domestic homes. Dagenham output is on track to exceed one million engines this year and the extra turbine will enable Ford to remain 100 per cent wind powered at the Essex facility – meaning Ford’s lowest CO2 engines are produced using a sustainable power source. Elsewhere in Essex, Ford’s technical centre at Dunton has also signed up for green energy. The product development HQ will cut the CO2 it produces by 65% – or 36,100 tonnes – by moving to electricity from renewable sources. For more www.ford.com Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Follow your passion alumna tells high school girls

Chujun Wang of Laura Secord Secondary School in St. Catharines helps senior lab demonstrator Sergio Paone make “extreme ice cream.”Plans may change. Career paths may veer. But the main thing is to follow your passion.That was the message Kirsty Salmon delivered to Grade 11 girls last week when she gave the keynote speech at Scientifically Yours.Kirsty SalmonSalmon is a microbial physiologist and molecular biologist who researches biofuels. But when she started at Brock as an undergraduate student, she had no idea what her career path would be.“You can’t know in Grade 11 what you want to do,” Salmon said after her talk. “I don’t think most people even know what they want to do when they enter university. But if you close yourself off, you miss opportunities.”Salmon was involved in Scientifically Yours as a student in the early 1990s. She was a demonstrator, and there were only about 20 girls at the conference, she said. This year, there were 56.Salmon credits Brock for helping with her career, where she was free to take the courses she needed without the space restrictions of larger universities. She received her BSc and MSc from Brock and a PhD from McGill University.Salmon’s advice to the girls was simple — “Be happy.”“I have fun every day, and I learn something every day,” she said. “What more can you ask for?”Salmon works as director of scientific projects at Verdezyne Inc., a California synthetic biology company. Her current research is focused on the production of biofuels, ultimately from non-food crops. As a Brock student, Salmon was also a competitive swimmer and was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.Scientifically Yours is a two-day annual event in its 20th year. It ended May 6 with a dinner where female high school students mingled with scientific mentors.Links:• Grade 11 girls experiment with science careers – St. Catharines Standard• Biology alumna and hall-of-fame athlete headlines Scientifically Yours | The Brock NewsBaoling Bork, left, Scientifically Yours committee chair, distributes ice cream to Grade 11 girls after a demonstration in Decew Residence. read more

Overcome uncertainty grads told

Anthony Hearn, who was presented with an honorary degree, addresses ConvocationIt’s an uncertain world, but education gives new graduates an advantage, Chancellor Ned Goodman told more than 780 new graduates this weekend.Goodman spoke during two Fall Convocation ceremonies on Oct. 16. He told students about using one’s education can overcome uncertainty.“The speed, breadth and depth of change in our globalized and politically complicated world is greater than anything this generation has previously experienced,” Goodman said. “Believe it or not, this gives you an advantage — to be there with a fresh face and the capability to not be stuck with old and outmoded ideas and processes.“You should accept the fact that you or I or almost anybody cannot properly predict the future. The truth is, no matter your intellect or knowledge, the future has a way of humbling us all.”Rudi Kroeker, Chair of the Board of Trustees presented Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock Medals to undergraduate student Audra Sewell Maloney and graduate student Colin Perrier at the afternoon ceremony. The medals recognize students who exemplify the qualities that best embody the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock — leadership, courage, innovation, inspiration and community involvement.At Saturday’s 10 a.m. ceremony, pioneering math software developer Anthony C. Hearn received an honorary degree for his outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of computer algebra.Brent Faught receives the Brock University Award for Distinguished Teaching.In his convocation address, Hearn spoke about his career, and the incredible growth of the Internet and evolution of computer technology over the last 60 years.He encouraged students to use their intellect to keep up with the speed of innovation.“The message I want to leave you with is that this revolution is not yet over,” Hearn said. “Computer elements, processors, memory and so on, continue to grow in power, and shrink in size and price to the point that they are can be thought of as throw-away items.“Just when we think that we have reached a limit, a new technology appears. The pace of change makes it almost impossible to predict what the next breakthrough will be.”At the morning ceremony, Brent Faught, associate professor of epidemiology, Community Health Sciences, was presented with the Brock University Award for Distinguished Teaching. This was the second major teaching award he has received from Brock this year, having received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at Spring Convocation.The morning also saw two Governor General’s Silver Medals, which are awarded to the students who achieve the highest academic standing at the undergraduate level, presented to Bailey Gresham and Norman Johnston.At the 2 p.m. ceremony, Dorothy Griffiths, associate dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, and professor, Child and Youth Studies, was presented with the Brock University Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. She also delivered the afternoon’s Convocation address.Jubilant family members celebrate a graduate. read more

Shoppers eat an extra 17000 calories a year because of supersize tactics

first_imgThe extra calories could mean a potential weight gain of five pounds, the report said.Young people aged 18 to 24 are the most likely to experience up-selling, with the study finding that they consume an extra 750 calories a week as a result, which could mean an annual gain of up to 11 pounds.The  charity urged businesses to pledge to only up-sell healthy food and drink, and said shops should stop paying staff commission for hitting “up-selling” targets.The research found that those who were persuaded to supersize on average spent 17 per cent more for 55 per cent more calories, with special offers reserved for the least healthy fare. RSPH chief executive Shirley Cramer said: “Obesity is the public health challenge of our generation and if not addressed urgently could tip over the point of no return.”Almost everyone can relate to the feeling of being pressured into buying extra calories through up-selling.”The charity and diet company are urging consumers to use the hashtag #JustThisThanks to fight back against the trend, which the head of the NHS has previously described as “a form of health pollution”. On average, consumers will face 106 attempts at upselling a year, the study found Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Fat person eating Supersize tactics by retailers mean the average person is consuming an extra 17,000 calories a year – which could mean five pounds weight gain – health experts have warned.The Royal Society of Public Health said consumers are facing more than 100 attempts each year by shops and fast-food chains to “up-sell” unhealthy foods and drinks each year.The charity said soaring obesity levels were being fuelled by pushy sales assistants, trained to ask customers if they wanted to “go large,” upgrade to a meal deal, or add cut-price chocolate to their purchase.It urged retailers to stop linking staff pay to the success of efforts to pressure customers into buying more junk food.The report carried out with Slimming World, found that over the course of a week, “verbal pushes” meant 34 per cent of customers ended up buying a larger coffee than requested, with 33 per cent upgrading to meal deals, and 36 per cent adding chocolate to their shop.The report, from a survey of more than 2,000 UK adults, found that consumers face an average of 106 verbal pushes annually, which led to an extra 330 calories a week, or 17,000 calories a year.center_img Healthy food is rarely pushed on customers Credit:Nick Ansell /PA Fruit 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

Man on drugs spree who murdered girlfriend then jumped from secondstorey window

Dripping in blood, he tried to steal the car before hitting and kicking a number of vehicles, punching and biting a passer-by and attempting to get into another car, the court heard.When police were called, they noticed blood on the window of the flat and went inside, where they discovered Miss Richardson face down on the floor of the kitchen and living room area. Danielle RichardsonCredit:GMP/PA The moment Michael Barler hits a car after jumping from a window following the stabbing A man who stabbed his girlfriend to death before jumping out of a window and attacking passers-by has been jailed for a minimum of 21 years.Michael Marler, 37, was sentenced to life on Friday for the murder of Danielle Richardson, 24, following a trial at Manchester Crown Court, Greater Manchester Police said.Marler, of Brideoak Street, Oldham, had admitted stabbing Miss Richardson in the face, neck and back in an apartment in Manchester city centre after a “drugs spree” but denied that he intended to kill her.The couple had been out to watch a film on the evening of February 12 before returning to the apartment in Ancoats, where they both smoked cannabis and used a crack pipe to take cocaine, the court heard.The following morning, at about 7.30am, CCTV footage showed Marler landing on a car parked outside the flat after jumping 25ft (7.6m) from a second-storey window. Danielle Richardson Police photo of Michael MarlerCredit:GMP/PA The moment Michael Barler hits a car after jumping from a window following the stabbingCredit:Manchester Police “Despite this terrifying and vicious attack, we know Danielle bravely tried to defend herself and fight for her life.”The pain her family have had to endure since this day is truly heart-breaking and no family should ever be put through agony like this.”In a statement, Miss Richardson’s family said: “We can try to repair our heartache although no matter how long the sentence is, it will not bring Dannii back or make our loss any easier. Police photo of Michael Marler Senior investigating officer Bob Tonge said: “Danielle was subjected to the most brutal attack at the hands of Marler. He showed nothing but rage as he relentlessly stabbed her body multiple times, leaving her with no chance of survival. “We need to attempt to move on and hopefully today will now provide closure for our pain over the last few months; however, we will never forget Dannii or the many memories she has given us.”The case was referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) due to contact Greater Manchester Police had with Miss Richardson over the two-year period before she died.A spokesman for the IOPC said the investigation was continuing. 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. read more

Rent allowance banned in Ballymun to attain a good social mix

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Social Protection says that a ban on landlords accepting rent supplement in Ballymun will lead to “a greater social mix”.The Department of Social Protection has put a block on the payment being allowed in Ballymun, because of the town’s status as a regeneration zone.The Irish Times today reported a case of a landlord who was not permitted to rent a house to a Dublin couple – because they are in receipt of the supplement.The ban does not affect people who are already in homes and receiving the payment or people who are living in Ballymun and may have to make use of it in the future.The ban on accepting rent supplement was lobbied for by locals as part of the area’s regeneration, the Department said in a statement.The restriction on rent supplement in the Ballymun area was lobbied for by the people of the area and was introduced with their agreement. This provision is aimed at supporting Government investment in regeneration and attaining a good social mix between private, social, affordable and voluntary housing. Rent supplement provides short-term income support to eligible people living in private rented accommodation, whose means are insufficient to meet their accommodation costs and who do not have accommodation available to them from any other source. The available rental accommodation in and around Ballymun.The Department statement added that it is not a blanket ban on the supplement being accepted in all regeneration areas, nor was it permanent.“The designation of Ballymun as an area of regeneration is a matter for the Minister of Environment, Community and Local Government and any changes to the position in relation to payment of Rent Supplement in Ballymun would be made following consultation with and on the advice of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.”While the initially affected couple were worried about homelessness, the Department says that it is not.“There is no evidence to suggest that this restriction has any impact on homelessness, or is in any way connected to homelessness. There is no surfeit of housing in Ballymun area. Based on a leading website there are only 12 properties in total available to rent, with only one 3-bed property currently advertised.“Ballymun’s levels of available housing stock available to rent is in line with housing supply levels throughout Dublin City.”Read: The average rent in Dublin is now €1,289 – in Waterford it’s €601last_img read more

Bankrupt businessmen given lifeline

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The troubles of Greek business owners have long been documented, in light of the crisis. Especially those who are obliged to go bankrupt have been trapped in a state of constant tax and fiscal limbo for many years. Now, the European Commission has allowed them to breath a sigh of relief. According to a directive proposed on Tuesday by the European Commission provides entrepreneurs who go bankrupt will be completely relieved of their debts after a maximum period of three years. Apart from giving them a second chance, the directive proposal also aims to accelerate bankruptcy and restructuring procedures, as Greece ranks 23rd among the European Union’s 28 member-states in the efficiency of bankruptcy procedures. The average time of completion is three-and-a-half years in Greece, against an EU average of two years.last_img read more

SidaVIH une campagne nationale pour promouvoir le dépistage

first_imgSida/VIH : une campagne nationale pour promouvoir le dépistageAlors que la Journée mondiale de lutte contre le Sida aura lieu demain, mercredi 1er décembre, l’Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la Santé (Inpes) ainsi que le ministère de la Santé ont annoncé le lancement d’une campagne nationale visant à promouvoir le dépistage du VIH.En France, à l’heure actuelle, de nombreuses personnes apprennent toujours être infectées par le Sida de façon tardive. Relaxnews explique que si 150.000 personnes sont touchées par le VIH en 2010 dans l’Hexagone, un tiers de ces individus ne se savent pas infectés. Pour tenter de réduire de façon conséquente ces chiffres, l’Inpes, en partenariat avec le ministère de la Santé, a annoncé le lancement d’une campagne nationale pour la sensibilisation au dépistage. Cette campagne à destination du grand public, mais également des professionnels de santé, à pour but de faire réaliser à tous qu’une infection détectée tôt conduit à une meilleure prise en charge et une meilleure efficacité des traitements mis au point aujourd’hui.Cette campagne est lancée à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de lutte contre le Sida qui aura lieu demain. Il s’agit d’un film de 30 secondes qui dévoilera les progrès scientifiques en matière de traitement du VIH ces dernières années, tandis qu’un spot un peu plus long sera proposé au cinéma. De plus, les professionnels de santé se verront proposer des affiches à mettre dans leur cabinet ainsi qu’un guide explicatif concernant les étapes d’un test de dépistage. Il y aura également de nombreux spots dans les journaux et magazines. Des actions de sensibilisation seront également effectuées auprès des homosexuels et notamment auprès des établissement partenaires du Syndicat national des entreprises gaies.Le 30 novembre 2010 à 15:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Réchauffement climatique le manque daction inquiète les Nations Unies

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : le manque d’action inquiète les Nations UniesA quelques jours de la grande conférence climat de l’ONU à Doha, un nouveau rapport inquiète. Les efforts de la communauté internationale sont encore plus loin du compte qu’on ne le pensait pour contenir le réchauffement à 2°C et éviter un scénario catastrophe.Selon le Pnue (Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement), si aucune mesure d’urgence n’est prise pour contenir le réchauffement climatique, la hausse de la température moyenne de la planète au cours du siècle sera de 3 à 5°C. On est donc bien loin de l’objectif des 2°C annoncés, seuil au-delà duquel, selon les scientifiques, le système climatique risquerait de s’emballer avec des effets qui accélèreraient encore fortement le réchauffement. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Concrètement, il faudrait n’émettre plus que 44 gigatonnes (Gt) équivalent CO2 en 2020 dans l’atmosphère, contre environ 50 Gt par an aujourd’hui, pour espérer parvenir à cet objectif, indique le rapport. Ainsi, même si les promesses sont tenues par les différents Etats, il y aura toujours 8 Gt de trop, soit deux Gt de plus qu’estimé dans le précédent rapport du Pnue en 2011. “C’est un message de grande inquiétude que nous lançons”, a déclaré le secrétaire exécutif du Pnue, Achim Steiner, en présentant le rapport 2012. La commissaire européenne chargée du climat, Connie Hedegaard a aussitôt réagi en soulignant qu’”il est simplement incroyable de voir les risques que trop de gens sont prêts à faire peser sur les futures générations”. Si on arrive à de nouveaux résultats, c’est en raison des pays qui “ont apporté des clarifications sur leurs promesses, comment elles doivent être interprétées en pratique”. Cela suffit à faire changer la donne, a expliqué à l’AFP Joeri Rogelj, l’un des auteurs du rapport. De plus, cette fois, le Pnue a pris en compte le problème de la “double comptabilité” des réductions de GES (quand deux pays incluent dans leur calcul une seule et même réduction d’émissions). Le Pnue a néanmoins tenu à souligner que l’objectif de 2°C restait “atteignable”, à condition de prendre des mesures rapides. “Alors que les gouvernements débutent des négociations devant déboucher sur un nouvel accord international entrant en vigueur en 2020, ils doivent urgemment appuyer sur la pédale d’accélérateur”, a estimé M. Steiner.Le 22 novembre 2012 à 17:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Health officials report 4 new measles cases in Washington

first_imgSEATTLE — Four new measles cases have been diagnosed in western Washington involving people who spent time at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, authorities said.The Washington State Department of Health said Wednesday that two of the cases were in King County, which is home to Seattle, with one each in Pierce and Snohomish counties.In a statement the health department said the exact exposure information wasn’t known but all of those infected spent time in the airport.The new cases come after a Pierce County man was diagnosed with measles over the weekend.Public health officials in late April declared a Pacific Northwest measles outbreak that sickened more than 70 people was over after six weeks passed without a new infection in southwest Washington state, said Dr. Alan Melnick, head of the Clark County public health department.That outbreak began in January when measles was confirmed in a child who had traveled from the Ukraine to the U.S. Authorities could not determine, however, that the child was the source of the outbreak.It spread quickly among unvaccinated children: 93% of the cases were in people under 18 and 86% of patients were unvaccinated, while 14% had had just one dose of a two-dose series of shots or didn’t know their vaccination status. One person was hospitalized.last_img read more

Tall Pines MP predicts resounding win for PLP

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – The PLP predicts it will win 23 seats in the upcoming General Election; the Opposition parties will get the remaining 16 says Leslie Miller, the incumbent for Tall Pines.During the family fun day held by the Progressive Liberal Party at Clifford Park yesterday, Miller made the call even as the Parliamentary Registration Department revealed that 174,070 people have registered to vote.   Tall Pines falls within the top 10 constituencies with the most registered voters.#MagneticMediaNews#MillerpredictswinforTallPines Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MillerpredictswinforTallPineslast_img

USDA Discusses Trade Economy in St Louis

first_imgUSDA FAS Administrator Karsting tours Bunge’s Fairmont City, Ill. River Terminal. Credit: FASUSDA Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) Administrator Phil Karsting hosted a round table discussion on the importance of trade to the state and regional economy at Bunge Headquarters in St. Louis last week.The American Soybean Association (ASA) worked with FAS and Bunge to arrange the roundtable, where priorities included Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and new, emerging opportunities for agriculture export markets.Karsting reviewed the importance of TPA, along with TPP and TTIP. Representing soy were ASA Executive Director Bill Schuermann, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter and Missouri Soybean Association Board member Warren Stemme.Participants also visited Bunge’s Fairmont City, Ill. River Terminal, where they toured the grounds and got a look at the grain elevator and weigh stations.last_img read more