TORONTO – The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, who stepped down from his position late last month amid allegations of sexual misconduct, said Sunday he can disprove the accusations.In a lengthy Facebook post, Patrick Brown wrote that he has been investigating the allegations reported by CTV News. He said specific details of the accusations from two unnamed women, which date back to when he was a federal MP, contain discrepancies that prove the accounts are false. Brown also alleged that both his accusers know CTV reporters socially, and the broadcaster left out a contradicting account from a witness.“I will clear my name,” Brown wrote in a post that had been shared more than 2,000 times as of Sunday afternoon. “THIS STORY IS FALSE.”The post echoed an interview Brown gave last week to the Postmedia news agency, which was published in the Toronto Sun and several other outlets, in which he proclaimed his innocence and said he was considering legal action.Following Brown’s social media statement, CTV defended its reporting.“CTV is aware of the claims made in Patrick Brown’s Facebook post (Sunday) and those reportedly made in his interview with the Toronto Sun. CTV News stands by its story,” Matthew Garrow, communications director for the broadcaster, wrote in a statement.Brown, whose resignation came just months before a spring election, wrote on Facebook that he will continue to fight for his family and his constituents, as well as his name and reputation.“The #metoo movement is important. I support it. I embrace it. My drive to public service includes creating a safer and more respectful world for women. The #metoo movement is too important to allow outrageous allegations like these to derail it,” he wrote.The allegations reported by CTV have not been verified by The Canadian Press.The broadcaster reported on Jan. 24 that one of the women, who is now 29, said she was still in high school when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on him.CTV reported the alleged incident happened in Brown’s bedroom with the door closed, but Brown said in his Facebook post that at the time of the alleged incident, he lived in an open concept apartment and the bedroom didn’t have a door.CTV also reported the second accuser was a university student working in Brown’s constituency office when he allegedly sexually assaulted her at his home after an event she helped organize.Brown alleged in his post that the accuser actually tried to kiss him that night, while the woman he was seeing romantically was in another room.“I stopped her immediately and offered to drive her home, which I did,” he wrote. “There are at least three witnesses, one of whom even spoke to CTV, that refute the details of her allegations.”He said CTV left that witness’s account out of their report.Brown stepped down in late January, just hours after an emotional late-night news conference in which he vowed to fight the allegations.A few days later, he was asked to take a leave of absence from the PC caucus, and interim leader Vic Fedeli said he would not sign Brown’s nomination papers if the allegations still stood at campaign time.A spokesman for the PCs did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Brown’s Facebook post Sunday afternoon.Brown’s resignation caused the PCs to launch a hastily planned leadership contest ahead of the June election.Votes will be placed online in early March, with the results announced on March 10.So far, three high-profile candidates — former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, former Ontario lawmaker Christine Elliott and Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney — have entered the race.Elliott has said that if Brown can clear his name, he should be allowed to run for the party in the coming election.
The Canadian PressOTTAWA _ The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board says Canada’s GDP would get an annual boost of $27.7 billion if barriers were removed to ensure Indigenous people can participate in the economy.The group’s latest report, to be released Tuesday, says equal economic opportunity for Indigenous peoples would help Canada address ongoing economic challenges caused by low productivity and demographic pressure from an aging population.It also notes the productivity of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples would match that of their non-Indigenous counterparts if they received the same level of education and training.The report says an additional $8.5 billion in income could be earned every year by the Indigenous workforce if education and training gaps are closed.For example, it suggests B.C. could stand to benefit to the tune of $1.4 billion a year in additional income earned by more than 125,000 workers, while Ontario could bring in an additional $2 billion through more than 169,000 workers.The board says the Indigenous labour force is underutilized, despite the fact the Indigenous population is young and growing fast.Dawn Madahbee Leach, the board’s interim chair, says economic development can also assist in reconciliation efforts.“I can tell you first-hand, when somebody is provided with a job, they are able to provide for their families with regards to basic needs like shelter and food and then they become a role model for their children,” she said.“This report deals … with helping our people to help themselves through employment, through education and training.”firstname.lastname@example.org
21 July 2009The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today called for strengthening the country’s justice system, which he stressed is fundamental for ensuring the rule of law and respect for human rights. “The lack of proper access to justice leads to daily violations of human rights and to an atmosphere of impunity,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said at a human rights conference held in the capital, Kabul. “Laws are of critical importance. However, they will only be effective in protecting the individual if the mechanisms for enforcement exist, including a well functioning justice system,” he added.Mr. Eide, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), noted that the price for failing to improve the justice system – as well as strengthening the police – include lack of respect for rule of law, human rights violations, corruption and lack of economic development.Addressing the atmosphere of impunity also means tackling the crimes of the past, he said. “If we fail to address past violations of human rights, then we will not be able to ensure future respect for human rights.”The Special Representative said that while the country has made “significant” achievements in recent years and enabled millions to live a better life, much more remains to be done. The ongoing conflict and poverty are two factors which hamper the development of human rights in Afghanistan.“Both hold the development of human rights back. But both also make a broadly based fight for human rights all the more critical,” said Mr. Eide. Another issue that hampers development is the violence against women and their marginalization in society, he said. “No society has successfully developed and put poverty and misery behind without engaging the entire population – male and female.”While applauding the recent signing by the President of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against women, Mr. Eide said the challenge now will be to secure approval by Parliament and then ensure its enforcement. Also vital is for men to stand up more firmly against violence and discrimination, and for the mobilization of women, as well as political, religious and community leaders. On women’s participation, he noted that there are more female candidates standing for next month’s provincial council elections than during previous polls, and said he hoped there would be more than one female member of the new government to be formed later this year. “The problem is not a lack of competence. The problem is a lack of access,” he stated. “The fact that the Afghan Parliament has one quarter female members is a significant achievement. And it will gradually also have an impact on other government institutions. “However, the participation of women should not depend on Constitutional provisions only, but reflect an understanding of the need to bring women more fully into public life.”Mr. Eide added that the 20 August presidential and provincial council elections must be “credible, inclusive and fair. We need elections, where all Afghans can cast their ballots. And we need elections, where each candidate can campaign in an atmosphere of fairness.”In this regard, he voiced support for the conclusions of the Media Commission which today expressed concern about violations in the electoral process, particularly the interference of Government officials in favour of one candidate or another. “In the heat of the campaign nobody must forget that these elections are about more than who will win. They are about the legitimacy and the credibility of the governing institutions.”Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative has called for safe passage for humanitarian aid, as the worsening security situation continues to shrink the area of operations available to relief agencies. “Humanitarian actors have come under attack, have died, and supplies have been prevented from reaching urgently needed beneficiaries,” Robert Watkins told a news conference in Kabul today. “We appeal to those parties to allow humanitarian access into those areas so that all in the country can benefit from this international aid.”Last month alone saw at least four security incident targeting humanitarian workers in the country, according to the UN which, along with its partners, is trying to assist millions around the country made vulnerable by natural disasters, lack of access to basic social services, increasing food insecurity and the ongoing conflict. “Because of the security problems in the country, we are not able to access all the people that require assistance – so the issue of accessibility is at the top of our agenda,” said Mr. Watkins, who leads the Mission’s relief, recovery and reconstruction pillar.
“The issue of giving equal rights to Tamils was discussed with Sri Lankan minister for health Rajitha Senaratne and minister for resettlement D M Swaminathan,” said the BJP national executive member.Ganesan said the ministers had conveyed their government’s commitment to rehabilitate around 80,000 war widows through professional training and skill development programmes. Ganesan visited Sri Lanka on an invitation from Ilangai Jayaraj, popular orator and expert in Kamban Ramayana, to address a conference in Colombo on the 12 century Tamil epic. During their five-day visit, a delegation of Tamils from Jaffna called on the BJP leaders. The delegation invited them to the northern provinces. Indian origin Tamil settlers in tea estates had also met them.Chakravarthy said both Sinhalese and Tamils “are slowly getting out of the LTTE phobia and looking towards the future”.Speaking about conference, Ganesan said: “Jayaraj has been organising annual conferences on Asian epics and related literature for the past 25 years. This time he invited me to deliver the keynote address.” Ganesan combined his cultural visit with a Track II diplomatic mission with state BJP vice president M Chakravarthy to meet Tamils and interact with Sri Lankan ministers, as a follow up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state to the island nation in March. The conference was inaugurated by Malaysian deputy minister for sports M Sarvananan on May 1. The BJP leaders also joined the Buddha Purnima celebrations in Colombo. “I have not seen something like this for a long time. Every street was crowded in the Lankan capital with people and vehicles. People lined up patiently to receive food specially prepared for the occasion and distributed in various parts of the city,” he recalled. A BJP team from Tamil Nadu on a Track II diplomatic mission has urged the Sri Lankan government to expedite democratic reforms under the 13th amendment to ensure devolution of powers to Tamil provinces and grant of equal rights to Tamils, the Times of India reported.“The issue of the 13th amendment was discussed with Lankan minister for health Rajitha Senaratne and minister for resettlement D M Swaminathan,” BJP national executive member L Ganesan said on his return to India from Colombo.
“The scale of the crisis for children is growing all the time, which is why there are now such fears that Syria is losing a whole generation of its youth,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Peter Salama, whose agency is coordinating the ‘No Lost Generation Initiative’. “As a result of all the work being done by partners and donors, education and protection for children are now being prioritized. But what we must see in London is the step-change necessary to bring all children back to learning; to protect those who are at risk of dropping out; expand safe and inclusive learning environments; recruit and train more teachers; improve the quality of education, and support the development of technical, vocational and life skills opportunities for youth.” The London conference is being co-hosted by Britain, Germany, Kuwait and Norway, and leaders from more than 30 countries are expected to attend, with the aim of raising new funding to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of those affected by the crisis. Nearly five years into the Syrian war, some four million Syrian and host community children and youth aged 5-17 years are in need of education assistance, including 2.1 million out-of-school children inside Syria and 700,000 Syrian children in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. Last year, the combined efforts of Governments and international partners helped more than one million children and youth inside Syria benefit from formal or non-formal learning opportunities. But with no political solution in sight to one of the most brutal conflicts the world has seen in decades, the number of children missing out on an education continues to climb. Governments at the London meeting will also be urged to put more pressure on parties to the Syria conflict and those who support them to end attacks on schools and other places of learning, in accordance with international humanitarian law. According to UNICEF, the killing, abduction and arrest of students and teachers has become commonplace, as have arbitrary attacks on schools. About one in four schools cannot be used because they have been damaged, destroyed or are being used as shelters for the internally displaced or for military purposes. The No Lost Generation Initiative was set up in 2013. By the end of 2015 1.2 million children and youth inside Syria benefitted from improved formal and non-formal learning opportunities and more than 650,788 in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey received school supplies or support through cash grants.
A statement issued by his spokesperson confirmed that Mr. Ban discussed the issue in his meeting in Brussels today with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, while the Deputy Secretary-General called the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea.“They urged both Governments to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any act or statement that could exacerbate the situation,” said the statement, which added that they also called on both Governments to resolve their differences through peaceful means, including by ensuring the full implementation of the peace agreement they signed in 2000.The United Nations, according to the statement, remains available to assist the two countries in this endeavour.
We owe it to his memory to preserve its beauty for future generations to enjoyChristopher Wordsworth The line of 47m high pylons will also run right across the top of the Duddon Estuary, interrupting stunning views into and out of the high fells of the Lake District.The National Grid is planning to link the proposed new nuclear plant at Moorside near Sellafield, Cumbria, to the UK power network at the Heysham power station in Morecambe, Lancashire.Mr Wordsworth said: “William Wordsworth was enthralled by the unique beauty of the Duddon – it inspired his famous series of sonnets.”As much as the works of my ancestor are an important part of our literary heritage, his ‘long-loved Duddon’ is an important part of our natural heritage. We owe it to his memory to preserve its beauty for future generations to enjoy.”Other campaigners stress this would irreversibly scar the national park’s iconic landscape, which is steeped in history.Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District and campaign group Power Without Pylons have teamed up to fight the pylon plan.They want National Grid to adopt an alternative solution, which would remove the need to take the power cables up the valley and around the estuary.Friends of the Lake District is urging local people to take part in a consultation, which ends on January 6. Dr Kate Willshaw, policy officer at Friends of the Lake District, said: “We need as many people as possible to tell National Grid that putting pylons just metres outside of the National Park’s south-western boundary will cause unacceptable damage.”It will destroy the special qualities of the National Park and interrupting people’s enjoyment of our beautiful landscape renowned throughout the world.”Graham Barron, secretary of Power Without Pylons, said: “Protecting this important area is not just a local issue but a national issue.”Over 40 million people visit Cumbria each year to enjoy these special landscapes: they don’t want them scarred by lumps of metal and unsightly overhead wires.”Earlier this year, a wave of protests helped stop the North West Coast Connections project, which intended to install pylons through the Lake District.National Grid confirmed that it would now put 23km of cables underground, running through the Western side of the National Park. Where his ancestor wandered lonely as a cloud, Christopher Wordsworth may soon be wandering through giant electrical pylons.William Wordsworth’s great-great-great-great grandson is fighting a £2.8 billion plan to “fence in” the scenic Lake District, where the poet wrote his most famous sonnets.Mr Wordsworth has protested against National Grid plans to build a 3.5km line of pylons in Whicham Valley, each one standing just 10 metres outside the Lake District’s boundary. He said officials “owe it to the memory” of his famous ancestor to block the plans. 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.
b) Should the conditions precedent for proceeding to the Stage 2 Full Scale Plant be met CTRH will fund the capital expenditure for the Stage 2 Full Scale Operation subject to the total funding provided by CTRH for both the Stage 1 Pilot Plant and the Stage 2 Full Scale Operation not exceeding $25 million.c) CTRH will receive a 2% equity interest in MIPP for each $1 million in funding contributed by CTRH, provided that CTRH’s total equity interest in MIPP is capped at 49%.d) CTRH will be solely responsible for funding the operating costs of the Stage 1 Pilot Plant and the related bulk sampling program during the operation of the Stage 1 Pilot Plant.e) Although it is considered extremely unlikely, to the extent that additional funding above $25 million is required for the construction of the Stage 2 Full Scale Project, MRL shall provide loans toMIPP with those loans being repaid, on a priority basis, from the cash flows generated by MIPP from the operation of the Stage 2 Full Scale Plant.This agreement has been successfully concluded following a number of years of discussions, site visits (PNG and China) and detailed due diligence by both parties. Paul Mulder Managing Director of Mayur Resources said “CTRH bring core operational capability in mining these types of projects, and in addition to providing development capital funding CTRH will also take on working capital and operational risk through the Orokolo Bay pilot plant phase while agreeing to take on funding responsibility up to $25 million and build the Stage 2 Full Scale Plant. This is a positive outcome for Mayur Shareholders where an external funding pathway has been secured whilst Mayur retains a 51% stake in the potential future economics of the $106 million NPV of the Orokolo Bay project as documented in the Pre‐Feasibility Study that was included in the Mayur Prospectus. MRL still also retains a 51% interest in the mineral sands exploration license portfolio that MIPP holds across the Gulf of Papua that offers the potential for further expansion projects. Having the operational expertise of CTRH, with their proven capability in low cost mining and quarrying, will assist Mayur in putting PNG on a fast track process to becoming a mineral sands exporter.”He adds: “Bilateral ties will increase with Australia, Japan and China with multiple products coming from the mineral sands operation. Our focus is to bring employment, spin off business opportunities for the people of Orokolo Bay and work with the people to ensure there will be clarity in detail around what such an operation will mean. Now having secured an operating and funding partner we will progress the project alongside CTRH whilst progressing our National Building and Import displacement strategy for PNG.”The legally binding term sheet is expected to be converted into definitive transaction documents before the end of January 2019. The Orokolo Bay project is extremely simple with no requirementfor chemical processing, grinding or tailings dams. The process involves simple near surface ripping and then sand extraction that is separated by gravity spirals and low intensity magnets (LIMS), with the vast majority of the sand being placed back from where it was taken, enabling rehabilitation to occur almost immediately after mining, leaving a minimal foot print.CTRH ‘s Director Mr Chen Hui said: “As a strategic partner we are excited to develop the Papua New Guinea Industrial Mineral Sands operation together with Mayur, a team with great entrepreneurship and professionalism. We are confident that we will deliver Vanadium Titano Magnetite (VTM) and Construction Sands fit for the market demand at a low cost. We are also visioning for future downstream integrated steel production and expecting to bring long term value for our shareholders and the people of PNG. Having been to the site numerous times and having spent time in PNG to understand its provisions we are confident in the Provincial and State governments commitment to encouraging investment and diversifying the PNG economy. Very importantly we must see benefit go to the communities that we work in and as such will adopt a very inclusive management style. The intention of the Stage 1 pilot plant operations is to demonstrate to the international community that PNG can be taken seriously as a reliable, quality supplier of minerals that range from products for steelmaking, tiles, ceramics, concrete/cement, golf clubs, medical prothesis and smart phone screens.” Mayur Resources Ltd announces that its 100% owned subsidiary MR Iron PNG Pte Ltd (MIPP) has signed a legally binding term sheet with China Titanium Resources Holdings Ltd (CTRH) relating to the development of Mayur’s Orokolo Bay Industrial Mineral Sands project in PNG’s Gulf Province with pilot scale bulk sampling planned to commence in Q3 of the 2019 calendar year.The Orokolo Bay Project is proposed to be developed in two stages. Stage 1 is the Pilot Plant comprising the construction, commissioning and operation of a pilot scale bulk sample that is already environmentally permitted to produce up to 100,000 t of iron ore sands per annum (over a 2‐year period) principally for the purpose of providing test scale shipments of product to potential off takers, with the endeavour they will then sign legally binding long‐term offtake agreements for the Full‐Scale Plant.Stage 2 is the Full Scale Plant. Subject to the outcomes of the Pilot Plant Bulk Samples including customer acceptance of product, obtaining the required permits and landowner consents for the Full‐Scale Operations, as well as the Definitive Feasibility Study, it is proposed to expand the capacity of the Pilot Plant to achieve total production capacity of 800 t/h run of mine (ROM) feed rate. In addition, a processing circuit is to be installed to separately produce construction sands and crude zircon concentrates (in separated form).Pursuant to the Legally Binding Term Sheet, CTRH has agreed to provide up to $25 million in funding for the construction of the Pilot Plant and Full‐Scale Plant on the following terms:a) CTRH to fund 50% of the Maximum Budget for the Stage 1 Pilot Plant that is to be agreed between the parties. MRL will provide the remaining 50% of the Maximum Budget for the Stage 1 Pilot Plant but may at its sole option defer payment of half (50%) of its funding obligation for the Stage 1 Pilot Plant, in which case CTRH will fund 75% of the Maximum Budget for the Stage 1 Pilot Plant. CTRH will be solely responsible for funding any expenditure in excess of the Maximum Budget that is required to construct the Stage 1 Pilot Plant. He adds: “Upon Stage 1 testing successfully gaining customer acceptance and Stage 2 Permits and Landowner consents being received, we have already committed to fund the development of Stage 2 full scale operation. The Governor of Gulf Province has been very supportive to provide new employment and job opportunities for the people of Orokolo Bay, and we are committed to localisation of human resources and will bring and transfer expertise and skills together with Mayur. CTRH and Mayur have already started ordering equipment for the Stage 1 trial plant and will further refine the definitive feasibility study (DFS) from the pilot plant findings that will inform the final Stage 2 Full Scale Plant. We will also second resources into MIPP to finalise the DFS while executing the Stage 1 pilot plant.”Mulder concluded “We hope this success is just the first in a pipeline of other similar type mineral sands projects slated for the Gulf of Papua region, and moreover the replication time should be drastically reduced once this plant is up and running at Orokolo Bay.”
Etats-Unis : le séisme provoque l’arrêt d’une centrale nucléaireLa secousse de magnitude 5,8 survenue mardi après-midi sur la côte Est des Etats-Unis a entrainé l’arrêt des deux réacteurs d’une centrale nucléaire de Virginie, située à quelques kilomètres de l’épicentre. Aucun dégât apparent n’a été constaté, selon l’exploitant.La catastrophe de Fukushima survenue en mars dernier au Japon a mis en évidence le risque considérable que pouvaient représenter les séismes pour les centrales nucléaires. Suite à la secousse ressentie hier après-midi sur la côte Est des Etats-Unis, l’autorité nucléaire américaine (NRC) s’est donc logiquement inquiétée de l’état des centrales situées dans le périmètre touché. C’est ainsi que la société Dominion Nuclear qui exploite la centrale de North Anna localisée en Virginie, a indiqué que le séisme avait provoqué une coupure de courant et l’arrêt de deux réacteurs. À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plage”Les réacteurs se sont arrêtés automatiquement en raison d’une coupure d’électricité liée au séisme, et ce malgré la mise en route automatique des générateurs diesel de secours”, a expliqué à CNN, David Heacock président de la société exploitante. La centrale de North Anna est en effet située à quelques kilomètres de l’épicentre localisé par l’institut de géophysique américain. Toutefois, aucun dégât apparent n’a été constaté, selon le responsable qui a également précisé que les 250.000 foyers alimentés par la centrale n’avaient pas été affectés par l’arrêt des réacteurs. Suite à la secousse, la société Dominion Nuclear a pu activer un système de redistribution électrique grâce à d’autres centrales.De son côté, le NRC a indiqué que des alertes mineures avaient été signalées dans une dizaine d’autres centrales de la côte Est. Elle a ainsi souligné qu’elle allait continuer à surveiller la situation à la centrale de North Anna comme dans les autres installations, rapporte l’AFP. Le 24 août 2011 à 09:28 • Maxime Lambert
The English Football Association (FA) have decided to not take action against Mohamed Salah for the way he won a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-0 winThe Egyptian forward seemingly fell down too easily when Newcastle’s Paul Dummett tugged his arm at Anfield with Liverpool already 1-0 up.Referee Graham Scott awarded the hosts a spot-kick with Salah stepping up to score their second of the game.Magpies boss Rafael Benitez, who earlier this week labelled Salah one of the world’s best players, called the penalty call a “soft” one.He told Sky Sports: “The soft penalty in the game made the difference, we were in the game 1-0 at half-time, but when we conceded the second goal it was more difficult for us to react against a very good team.But now the FA confirmed on Sky Sports that Salah will not be investigated as the second-half incident didn’t reach the threshold for “attempting to deceive the referee”.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.This means Salah will face no match bans and can start in Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday.Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and substitute Fabinho were the other scorers for Liverpool in a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday.🙄 Mohamed Salah will not face action from the FA for the incident which led to a penalty against Newcastle.*Pretends to be shocked* pic.twitter.com/JJBLy46xhc— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) December 27, 2018
Goa is the most popular choice for a monsoon getaway among Indian travellers, while they stick to Bali for an international short-haul trip, according to a survey.The survey, conducted by online accommodation booking website Hotels.com, analysed data on hotel searches made by users. The searches were conducted for stays during the period of June to September 2017, which became the foundation to develop the India ‘Monsoon Travel Hotlist’ for this year, read a statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe data reveals Goa to be the most popular destination this monsoon, with four of its towns – Candolim (which was the most popular), Calangute, Arpora and Baga making it to the top 10. The village of Arpora in Goa registered a massive 91 per cent increase in hotel searches in comparison to 2016. Mumbai found second spot in the list with 49 per cent increase in searches as compared to 2016. It was followed by Delhi at 50 per cent increase in searches. Other places mentioned in the list include Udaipur, Bengaluru and Jaipur. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJessica Chuang, Hotels.com Director, Regional Marketing Greater China, South East Asia and India, said: “The 2017 Monsoon Travel Hotlist reveals significant insights about Indian travellers’ especially, their preference for quick, mini-vacations and a renewed interest in exploring their home country which is visible through the increased searches for domestic destinations in comparison to international ones.”The preference for quick getaways was also reflected in international destinations with most searched destinations for short-haul trips to Bali, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Dubai catching the traveller’s fancy.
Mozilla’s upcoming mobile browser Firefox Fenix changes tabbed-browsing fundamentally by Martin Brinkmann on March 11, 2019 in Firefox, Google Android – 35 commentsMozilla is working on a new mobile web browser for Android called Firefox Fenix currently; that is the main reason why development for Firefox for Android slowed down in recent months.Fenix is based on Android Components and GeckoView, and in active development at the time of writing. While it is likely that Firefox Fenix will replace Firefox for Android eventually, nothing appears to have been set in stone yet.Note: The following information is based on mockups and development versions of Firefox Fenix. Functionality may change during development.Firefox Fenix’s tabbed browsing functionalityA core difference between Firefox Fenix and other mobile browsers such as Google Chrome or Firefox for Android, is that Fenix changes tabbed-browsing significantly.All major mobile browsers supported tabbed-browsing. The functionality is more or less identical to how desktop browsers handle tabs. Users may open multiple tabs and open tabs are retained across browsing sessions.SessionsFenix supports browser tabs just like any other browser but changes tab management across sessions significantly.Firefox Fenix stores open tabs in individual sessions; this happens automatically when the user exits the browser and does not reopen it shortly after exiting the application.Means: the browser starts without open tabs from the last browsing session when the user opens the mobile browser at a later point in time. Firefox Fenix users may save sessions manually at any time next to that.Sessions work differently from browsing sessions of desktop browsers. Fenix handles these sessions individually and gives users access to these tab sessions so that they may reopen sites they visited in the past.The browser’s homepage lists the current session and recent sessions opened in the browser. Fenix users may access these at any time from there to reopen sites that were open previously.Fenix users may delete sessions, e.g. when they don’t require access to them anymore. Sessions may also be archived for safekeeping.Mozilla plans to integrate session share functionality in Fenix next to that; this open may be used to send information about the current session using Android’s Share functionality or linked devices or Firefox Sync.Closing WordsMozilla’s idea to change tab management in Firefox Fenix is certainly an interesting one. One benefit that comes out of it is that the browser won’t use as much RAM as other browsers on mobile devices since tabs are only kept open during sessions but not across sessions.Will there be an option to restore the classic behavior? We don’t know the answer to that. It is certainly possible that some users will dislike the new method. Those who prefer to keep tabs open in the browser may find the new approach less useful as they’d have to reopen tabs frequently. One way around this would be to allow users to lock tabs so that they remain open across sessions.Now you: What is your take on this approach to tabbed browsing on mobile devices? (via Sören)SummaryArticle NameMozilla’s upcoming mobile browser Firefox Fenix changes tabbed-browsing fundamentallyDescriptionA look at Firefox Fenix, a new browser by Mozilla for Android. The browser changes tabbed browsing significantly on Android devices.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing.A federal rule to be proposed Thursday would create temporary pesticide-free zones when certain plants are in bloom around bees that are trucked from farm to farm by professional beekeepers, which are the majority of honeybees in the U.S. The pesticide halt would only happen during the time the flower is in bloom and the bees are there, and only on the property where the bees are working, not neighboring land. The rule applies to virtually all insecticides, more than 1,000 products involving 76 different chemical compounds, said Jim Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. It involves nearly all pesticides, including the much-debated class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, he said.The idea is “to create greater space between chemicals that are toxic to bees and the bees,” Jones told The Associated Press.This is part of a new multi-part push by the Obama administration to try to reverse dramatic declines in bee populations. A new federal survey found beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their colonies last year, although they later recovered by dividing surviving hives.Scientists blame many factors for bee declines: pesticides, parasites, pathogens and poor bee nutrition because of a lack of wild plants that bees use as food. The new rule only deals with the pesticide part; last week, the federal government came up with a plan to create more and varied food for bees on federal land.The new rule “doesn’t eliminate (pesticide) exposure to honeybees, but it should reduce it,” said University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum. “It may not be ideal, but it’s the best news in about 120 years. In concept, in principle, this is a big policy change.” Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The EPA proposal doesn’t apply to residential pesticide use, nor home beekeeping. This is just for areas where professional beekeepers haul in their hives. These trucked-around hives now account for about 90 percent of honeybees in the U.S., according to the University of Maryland’s Dennis van Englesdorp.This method of managed hives is the insect equivalent of handling livestock and is “a fairly intensive process,” said Pennsylvania State University professor Diana Cox-Foster. “I think it’s much more work than raising cows.”Jones estimates that at least 2 or 2.5 million acres of cropland will be affected by the new rule. It only applies to spraying pesticides on leaves, not seed or ground applications.“The acreage may not be large, but the impact is,” Jones said. “It’s really a function of where the bees are.” So when bees are pollinating almonds in February and March, the temporary bans would be near almond trees. They would apply near apple trees in April and May and melons in late spring, he said.The rule is focused on the time when scientists can document the highest risk for bees, Jones said.The proposal needs public comment, then will be finalized. If all goes according to plan, new rules and new pesticide labels will be ready for spring 2016, Jones said. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology ___The EPA’s pollinator plans: http://1.usa.gov/1LJnJKOThe White House bee strategy: http://1.usa.gov/1Ad2DUE___Seth Borenstein can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbearsCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Defense Department says its troops were instructed to have “unrestricted” respect for human rights a year ago when soldiers allegedly killed at least 12 suspected drug gang members after they had surrendered.The statement issued late Friday was the army’s first response to the documents released by the Miguel Agustin Pro Human Rights center showing that high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to “kill criminals.” Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Sponsored Stories Orders signed June 11 by Lt. Col. Sandro Diaz Rodriguez, on behalf of the command of the 102 Infantry Battalion, said “soldiers should operate on a mass scale at night and reduce daytime activities, with the aim of killing criminals at night.”Friday’s statement never addressed the exact quote, but said the standing orders included “38 indications protecting human life, security of the troops and a focus on protecting human rights.”The human rights group said the government’s response was inadequate.The killings took place on June 30, 2014, in the municipality of Tlatlaya in Mexico State.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona FILE – This July 3, 2014 file photo shows bullet holes and splattered blood on the wall of an an unfinished warehouse, where bodies of suspected criminals were found after an alleged gun battle with soldiers, on the outskirts of San Pedro Limon in Mexico state, Mexico. A Mexican human rights group released documents Thursday, July 2, 2015, that show high-ranking officers had given soldiers standing orders to “kill criminals” ahead of last year’s army slaying of the suspected criminals. The army opened a criminal investigation the same day of the incident, yet issued a press release saying the suspected criminals had died in a gun battle. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
In 2016, more than 93,000 Australian passport holders visited Macao, an increase on the previous year’s figure. A majority arrived from Hong Kong via the high-speed ferry transfer.Now Macao and Xiamen Airlines have come together to launch a new campaign aimed at Aussie travellers, that offers an alternative route to the traditional Hong Kong flight path, with travellers having the chance to visit and explore the beautiful Chinese coastal city of Xiamen en route to Macao.It’s the first time the Chinese airline has teamed with the Macao Government Tourism Office (Australia) to offer a dedicated fare, with the offer including a complimentary night’s stay in Xiamen (6-24hrs) along with a free coach tour of the city, popular for its beaches and colonial past.In another plus for travellers, a China visa is not required if spending up to 72 hours in Xiamen, and Macao is visa-free for Australian passport holders staying no more than 30 days.One Fare-Two Cities return air fares to Macao are priced from $768* per person from Sydney or Melbourne.“This is a very exciting venture between airline and destination which should build on our numbers of Australian holidaymakers to Macao,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Australia. “Merge the low air fare with some attractive accommodation offers and we have the makings of an affordable Macao experience.”Mr Yang Hua Chen, general manager of Xiamen Airlines (Australia), also welcomed the new link with Xiamen and Macao and said it was yet another example of Mainland China’s “One Belt, One Road” economic and strategic initiative. In further emphasising the importance of the Australian route to Xiamen Airlines, Mr Chen said his airline was the only Chinese-based carrier to service Australia with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.Both MGTO and Xiamen Airlines will host a series of travel industry workshops in Sydney over the next two months to coincide with giant shopping centre exhibitions for consumers. Those expos will be highlighted by the exclusive 360-degree (virtual reality) showings of Macao and the airline, beginning with a four-day event at Parramatta Westfield on July 6-9, 2017.Further shopping centre events will be staged at Castle Towers, Castle Hill from July 20-23, Chatswood Chase from August 3-6 and Eastgardens Westfield from August 17-20. Travel industry workshops will also take place in Melbourne.*The Xiamen Airlines $768 fare to Macao applies to tickets booked before October 30, 2017IMAGE: Sydney lunch on 3 July 2017 L-R – Jason Jiang, sales executive Xiamen Airlines, Mike Smith, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Helen Wong, general manager MGTO Australia, Yang Hua Chen, general manager Xiamen Airlines Australia, and Alex Ding, sales manager Xiamen Airlines. China Xiamen AirlinesMacaoMacao Government Tourism OfficeXiamen
Akel MP Irini Charalambidou charged on Wednesday that the government had hired the very same international law firm that the late Greek financier Andreas Vgenopoulos had also engaged five years ago to sue Cyprus.Charalambidou said the government had hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to advise on the Co-op bank-Hellenic deal without inviting bids.The company in question had represented Marfin Investment Group belonging to Andreas Vgenopoulos who sued Cyprus for €1.05bn.Vgenopoulos, who is widely considered responsible for the demise of the Cyprus Popular Bank, blamed the government for the collapse. He died in November 2016.Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said the firm had been chosen because of work it did for Cyprus previously, during the tenure of former finance minister Vasos Sharly to advise on guarantees extended to Cyprus Airways.The bank association also used the firm.But Charalambidou took the issue up with the attorney-general, who replied that in similar cases his office used various firms it thought suitable and asked for proposals and declarations of possible conflict of interest.The AG said the fact that Freshfields had taken up the case against Cyprus was deemed by the Legal Service as a reason not to be hired for other jobs.However, according to the AG, the Vgenopoulos’ case against the Republic was later assumed by another firm, The Three Crowns, set up by three Freshfields senior members who had left.The procedure before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes finished a few months ago and the decision has been reserved. You May LikeHome Pets Online StoreCat Archives | Pets Online StoreHome Pets Online StoreUndoWoodworking Toolkit10 Best Router Tables – Reviews & Buying GuideWoodworking ToolkitUndoRich Houses’I’m Going Home’- Shelter Dogs Finally AdoptedRich HousesUndo Licences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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