First Nations win Federal Court battle over transparency law

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsThe Chief of the Onion Lake Cree Nation, Sask., who was at the forefront of a legal battle against Ottawa over the First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA) says he was expecting a win before the courts.“I was quite confident that we would win right from the get go,” said Chief Wallace Fox.The decision released Friday by Federal Court of Canada Justice Robert Barnes ordered the federal government to stop pursuing legal action against several First Nations who have yet to submit their public financial disclosure to the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.“It means a very positive change, a turnaround for First Nations that this is a precedent setting, high profile case. And that all First Nations don’t have to do what Indian Affairs tell us to do in terms of their legislation,” said Fox.Five First Nations in Saskatchewan and Alberta protested the legislation and took the case to court. The ruling is also a win for Sawridge First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Thunderchild First Nation and Ochapowace Indian Band who were part of a wider court challenge.Hearings wrapped up last August amidst wide-spread media coverage over the matter.Fox said First Nations were not consulted on the passing of the FNFTA and he argues that requiring First Nations to post their financial information is a violation of Aboriginal and treaty rights.Also, Fox believes that racism played a key role in creating the legislation.“It’s always about this discrimination and sorry to say, for me it’s racism,” said Fox. “It’s a Constitutional right under Canadian law that under the Privacy Act everyone is protected in the Charter—except for Indian people. It’s discriminatory legislation because no other race is subject to this legislation in Canada except Indian people.”The band’s money is not tax-payer or public money and shouldn’t be subject to public disclosure, Fox said.“This is Indian money, there’s another part of this, it’s a whole bigger picture,” he said.He said the deputy minister representing the Crown in court stated in his affidavit that the funds are in fact Indian monies.“The affidavit was examined by our lawyers and it stated that Canada specifically denies that these funds are public tax monies, but are Indian monies. They even acknowledged that and that was one of the biggest pluses for us,” he said.The broadcasting of individual bands’ financial information would have a negative impact on business ventures by allowing competitors to outbid work opportunities, said Fox.Onion Lake is already fiscally accountable to its members, said Fox. Every year the band holds a budget planning meeting that outlines all programs, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) funding as well as band source revenue that’s shared with members, he said.Fox said he explained this to former Aboriginal affairs minister Bernard Valcourt two years ago.“I said to him (Valcourt) ‘Is Onion Lake transparent, or are you?’” said Fox. “He got upset and said, (in regards to FNFTA) ‘Well, if you don’t like what we’re doing there’s always a legal process, take us to court.”This court case was something Fox said Onion Lake had been preparing for ahead of time by creating its own revenue stream to cover costs. Onion Lake is the largest oil and gas producing First Nation in Canada.He said Onion Lake didn’t back down when threats were made by Aboriginal Affairs to cut off funding should they not comply with the FNFTA.“They threatened us last December. And we said, ‘go ahead, cut off the funding, see where it leads you.’ We stood our ground,” he said.The government did withhold more than $1 million for programs and services from Onion Lake. Judge Barnes ruled that Onion Lake could seek remedies either in good faith with AANDC or go back to court.Now that a stay has been granted against the FNFTA legislation Fox is hoping the newly elected Liberal government will not seek to appeal the court decision.“We’re very optimistic that things will be changing for the better for all First Nations people,” he read more

NEB hearings on Trans Mountain pipeline start with Indigenous smudging ceremony

first_imgCALGARY — A rooftop smudging ceremony where herbs were burned and prayers said served as a proxy for swearing in as the oral traditional evidence gathering part of a National Energy Board reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project began Tuesday.Lyne Mercier, vice-chair of the NEB and chairwoman of the three-member panel hearing evidence, welcomed Indigenous presenters from the Louis Bull Tribe about 80 kilometres south of Edmonton as the first to speak as three weeks of hearings started in Calgary.She said the NEB appreciates that the Louis Bull Tribe has a tradition of sharing knowledge from one generation to another through spoken word, noting that two hours had been set aside for presentations but video evidence could also be submitted if time runs short.Presenters including elder Ivy Raine and band administrator and member Allison Adams-Bull described their family ties to other Indigenous communities along the pipeline route to the West Coast and their concern that their traditional hunting, fishing and gathering of medicinal plants could be affected by a pipeline spill.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its NEB approval, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on marine environment.The NEB’s rehearing is designed to address the latter issue. The oral traditional evidence gathering continues this week in Calgary before heading to Victoria from Nov. 26-29 and concluding in Nanaimo, B.C. from Dec. 3-6. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Crude oil futures rise 023 pc as investors widen position

first_imgNew Delhi: Crude oil prices edged up 0.23 per cent to Rs 4,426 per barrel in futures trade Monday as speculators widened their bets in tandem with a firm trend overseas. On the Multi Commodity Exchange, crude for delivery in May contracts was up by Rs 10, or 0.23 per cent, to Rs 4,426 per barrel in a business turnover of 13,904 lots. Analysts said the rise in crude oil futures was largely due to raising of bets by participants in the domestic markets. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Globally, the oil prices were upbeat as members of Saudi Arabia-led Opec in a meeting on Sunday in Jeddah signalled an output cut by the end of the year allaying fears of supply glut, according to reports. Meanwhile, West Texas Intermediate crude prices were trading up 1.31 per cent to USD 63.58, while Brent, used to price international oils, was up 1.40 per cent at USD 73.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.last_img read more

UN announces special probe into attacks on peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo

According to a UN spokesperson, Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday announced the appointment of veteran UN peacekeeping official Dmitry Titov of Russia to lead a Special Investigation into recent attacks on peacekeepers and bases in the Beni territory of North Kivu Province, in the DRC. The probe will include a focus on the 7 December attack on a base of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) in Semuliki that killed 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers and wounded 43 others. One blue helmet remains missing. The UN said the special probe will examine the circumstances surrounding these attacks, evaluate MONUSCO’s overall preparedness and response to the events and provide recommendations on how to prevent such attacks from occurring in the future or when they do occur, from having such lethal consequences. RELATED: In Tanzania, UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to ‘blue helmets’ killed in DR CongoThe investigation team will head to the DRC early in January and will also visit relevant countries in Africa’s Great Lakes region. Alongside officials of the United Nations, the team will also include two military officers from Tanzania.Having joined the United Nations in 1991, Mr. Titov served as Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) from 2007 – 2017. He also served as Africa Director in DPKO’s Office of Operations. read more

New online home for Brocks Financial Services

Brock University’s Financial Services are migrating to a new platform.The new format for public and internal websites will be rolled out Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 a.m.Student Financial Services and Procurement Services information for vendors have been moved to WordPress, while the University’s budget and financial information has been transferred to the About Brock section accessible through the main homepage.Policies and all other financial information pertaining to faculty and staff have been moved to OneBrock, the University’s SharePoint intranet.The old Financial Services URLs will redirect users to the new platform and all links will remain accessible through the former page.

Unless you use Firefox HTML5 LocalStorage can completely fill your hard drive

first_imgIf you’re running Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, or Internet Explorer, take note: there’s a glitch in the way those browsers have implemented HTML5 LocalStorage that can allow a website to fill up your hard drive, SSD, or NAND storage with data. According to numerous reports from users who have bravely visited the proof-of-concept website, the shenanigans seems to work just fine on mobile versions of the vulnerable browsers as well.Only Firefox appears immune, thanks to Mozilla’s decision to implement a cap on the amount of LocalStorage a web app can utilize. Chrome, Safari, Opera, and IE all let developer Ferross Aboukhadijeh’s HTML5 Hard Drive Filler run wild. Curiously, the W3C spec for LocalStorage goes so far as to caution implementers that they should set a limit for the total amount of space that can be utilized on a device.Aboukhadijeh notes that a possible workaround for that proposed limitation could be to simply use stores for multiple subdomains within a site — like,, and so on. However, the W3C has that covered too, saying that browsers should guard against that specific scenario. In total, the W3C says that 5MB is a good arbitrary limit to impose. So if it’s right there in the spec, why is it that only Mozilla is compliant?Maybe the others think that 5MB isn’t enough space to allow for truly rich, modern web apps to store critical data locally — say, for offline use. That’s fair, but why not then bump the limit up to 10, 50, or even 100MB just so there’s some kind of cap to prevent precisely this kind of foolishness?It’s impressively scary just how fast the Filler can bung up a drive… but please, just watch the video. Don’t feel like you have to abuse your own browser.last_img read more

Sydney Greek fest gets cash boost

first_imgThe NSW State Government has donated $50,000 to the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW to assist in staging the annual 2013 Greek Festival of Sydney. Harry Danalis, President and Nia Karteris Vice-President, of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW were formally presented with the cheque at the office of The Hon Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities. “The dedication to social cohesion and harmony acknowledged through this financial contribution to the Greek Community reinforces the huge stamp of approval for multiculturalism by the NSW state government” said Nia Karteris, Vice President and Festival Chair. “This $50,000 goes a long way in assisting to produce an event that costs the Greek Community of NSW in excess of a quarter of a million dollars. We couldn’t be more grateful for the state government’s support” added president, Harry Danalis. Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello said the Greek Festival of Sydney is a wonderful example of the benefits of multiculturalism in NSW.“Multiculturalism is one our state’s greatest assets and has strengthened our social fabric and enhanced peoples’ ability to quickly participate in Australian society,” Mr Dominello said. Celebrating the Greek identity and its influence on Australian culture, the Greek Festival of Sydney is one of New South Wales’ most dynamic cultural festivals. Launching on the 16-17 March 2013 at Darling Harbour, this two day festival is followed by 6 weeks of theatrical performances, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, folkloric activities, music and cross cultural activities taking place at various locations throughout Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des accents dans les noms de domaine français dès le 3 mai

first_imgDes accents dans les noms de domaine français dès le 3 maiDès le 3 mai, les éditeurs de site internet pourront désormais se procurer des noms de domaines comprenant des accents et caractères spéciaux, tel que “spécialité.re” ou encore lapê disponibles pour la première fois.Si la tradition voulait que l’on bannisse tout “é” ou “à” en tapant l’adresse d’un site internet, ceci est aujourd’hui révolu. C’est ce qu’a annoncé le 3 février l’Afnic, l’association en charge de la gestion des noms de domaine français. A partir du 3 mai prochain, toutes les lettres accentuées (é,è,à,ù,etc.) et d’autres caractères spéciaux (æ, ç, œ…) seront acceptés dans les noms de domaines français. Cela inclut les domaines en .fr, en .re (Réunion), en .tf (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises), en .wf (Wallis et Futuna), en .pm (Saint-Pierre et Miquelon) ainsi qu’en .yt (Mayotte). Jusqu’à maintenant, seuls les chiffres et les lettres non accentuées étaient pris en compte dans les adresses mais ce sont bientôt trente nouveaux caractères qui feront leur entrée. Pour acheter un de ces nouveaux noms de domaines, la démarche se fera en deux temps. Tout d’abord, du 3 mai au 3 juillet 2012, les ventes ne seront ouvertes qu’aux sites qui souhaitent acheter une version accentuée d’un nom de domaine qu’ils possèdent déjà. Le propriétaire de “” sera ainsi par exemple le seul habilité à racheter “société.fr”. Mais à partir du 3 juillet, la possibilité d’achat sera élargie à tous les intéressés. Ce sera alors la loi du plus rapide, autrement dit le premier à demander un nom de domaine l’obtiendra. Si ce changement apparait comme un détail pour les internautes, du côté des éditeurs la situation est bien différente. En effet comme le souligne le site spécialisé Numerama (lien non disponible), les grands sites sont en général obligés d’acheter plusieurs noms de domaines proches. Le risque est qu’en se trompant d’une lettre dans l’adresse, l’internaute soit redirigé vers un site sans aucun rapport, au contenu offensant ou contenant des arnaques commerciales. Existe également un risque de “cybersquatting”, pratique qui consiste à acheter un nom de domaine dans le seul but de le revendre à un prix exorbitant, note Le Or, ces risques sont démultipliés par l’introduction des accents et des caractères spéciaux, obligeant les éditeurs à acheter toujours plus de noms de domaines. Par exemple, le site devra sans doute réserver pè, mais aussi pê, pêché.fr ou pêché.fr. Autant de cotisations annuelles qui seront à verser l’Afnic et qui auront de quoi relancer la guerre d’achat des noms de domaine. Le 9 février 2012 à 09:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Whats the Best ECommerce Option for You

first_imgAt Rapidbuyr, EVP of product development and co-founder Kevin Wells brings years of publishing experience to the e-commerce game. Before launching Rapidbuyr, Wells worked at tech enthusiast publisher Ziff Davis for six years; there, he acted on the print side with PC Source, PC Computing and other titles as creative director before joining ZDNet as one of its first directors. Other members of the management team have put in time at Reed Elsevier, Dow Jones and CNET. Wells sees e-commerce as a large revenue booster for publishers, especially the b-to-b sector, “Currently, most publishers are controlled circulation: the BPA world as opposed to ABC world. You can’t make any more money from your subscribers besides advertising; everyone’s gone to e-newsletters, white papers, etc., in terms of trying to provide connective tissue between your advertising and your audience.”Being a former member of the publishing world, Wells says his company offers a neutral third party specifically removed from the oft-sticky church vs. state relationship of editorial and advertising objectives. “We’re not beholding to any sort of manufacturer to put their offers in front of anyone else, so to speak,” says Wells.When a publisher partners with Rapidbuyr, the company provides and hosts a co-branded area on the publishing site, and is integrated into the publishers’ navigation bar. Advertisers may provide the deals available through the deal option, and Rapidbuyr also has a sizeable list of suppliers and products to supply to publishers for deal opportunities.To glean a list of users interested in a deal option from publications, editors and publishers will send out an email blast to opted-in users from their databases. Promotions are often offered to inspire users to opt in to the deal sector, including coupons and/or a credit towards the first purchase. Then, user demographics are sent to Rapidbuyr, where they use user analytics to hone in on appropriate products for deal offerings. In the near future, Rapidbuyr plans to utilize surveys and other customer-reaching channels to find out what users are interested in purchasing.After the merchant is paid for the product, Wells says net revenue is split between Rapidbuyr and the publisher. Rapidbuyr’s slice of the net rev is variable, ranging from 20 to 40 percent of the remaining amount.Current RapidBuyr clients include American City Business Journals, TechTarget and CNET. For publishers not ready to fully operate their own e-commerce business, there are several companies now offering assistance in development. Here, FOLIO: speaks with two service providers, both with different business models, but a shared goal: increased revenue through online sales. Third Party Convenience As the e-commerce push continues in the publishing world, companies may be overwhelmed by the ways in which to roll out their efforts. Some companies are utilizing large group buying platforms for their e-commerce purposes (recent partnerships include Hearst and Pixazza, and IT consulting firm’s Ajilitee’s alliance with Groupon) while other publishers, such as F+W Media, are hosting e-commerce storefronts. Licensed Software for Publisher ControlFor publishers who want to launch e-commerce efforts with more in-house control, (but don’t have the bandwidth or resources to develop the technology) companies like Tippr offer an e-commerce platform available for publisher branding. CEO Martin Tobias worked with Microsoft and various other software companies before starting Tippr in 2008. As Tobias points out, by licensing a software service instead of outsourcing deal creation to companies like Groupon or Living Social, publishers can brand the deals as their own; lending a level of editorial credibility to discount curating the audience can see. In addition to brand extension, by licensing software, publishers maintain their client base. Tippr launched as its deal website in February 2009, “to prove the scalability of the platform,” says Tobias. The company began officially working with publishers about a year later.Today, Tippr launches its affiliate program, with 1,200 affiliate sites available to publishers who partner with Tippr. Affiliates, culled by Tippr staff, are offered compensation for creating content and reposting discounts. Tippr takes the small amount of revenue gained from discount sale; the source (be it the publisher or deal aggregator like Cool Savings or Yahoo) who sold the deal gets a larger cut. The affiliate will then get 20 to 40 percent of the cut.Of 1,200 affiliates involved in Tippr’s network, Tobias says 1,000 of them are hyper local blogs or very mall regional and/or vertical publishers. For each of the 1,200 affiliates, “Each of those had to get a unique ID and custom feed,” says Tobias. If a user purchases a coupon outside of the publisher’s website, they are automatically made a subscriber to the site. Typically, it costs $10-15 per subscriber through outbound CPM campaigns, according to Tobias.Basic set up fees run from $5-10,000, depending on amount of services needed from the e-commerce company. Fees run higher if the publisher would like Tippr to take on customer service options, discount gathering, etc.last_img read more

Here are all the changes coming to GMC for the 2020 model

first_img 6 Photos 55 Photos Car Industry Trucks SUVs Enlarge ImageOne big, happy family. GMC Even though some vehicles may have been redesigned within the past year, every new model year tends to bring along some feature or another, however slight of a change it may be. For the 2020 model year, most of GMC’s vehicles are getting some new tech, and one’s been given a pretty thorough rework. We’ll start with the smallest and work our way up.2020 GMC TerrainThe smallest GMC on offer has one pretty big update that covers all its trim levels. GMC announced that every 2020 Terrain would receive the GMC Pro Safety suite of active and passive driver aids. This includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams and a following-distance indicator.If that’s not enough, there’s still an optional package that adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors and a haptic-feedback driver seat. Denali models get front parking sensors, too.Speaking of the luxe Denali trim, that specific vehicle gets a few extra updates. The new Premium Package combines safety and comfort packages to offer things like adaptive cruise control alongside ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. There’s also a new suspension that offers a better ride and reduced road noise. 2020 GMC YukonGMC did not make mention of any updates to the 2020 Yukon, likely because it’s due for replacement very soon. We’ll see a new GMC Yukon and Yukon XL alongside new versions of the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade, but we’re not quite sure when GM plans to debut these vehicles.2020 GMC CanyonGMC’s midsize pickup truck keeps its updates light. Considering it and its sibling, the Chevy Colorado, have been kicking for several years now, perhaps a refresh is coming down the pipeline for the 2021 model year, but that’s just my guess.The most notable update is the addition of a standard Tire Fill Alert, which provides audio and visual indications when a tire has reached its optimal pressure when being filled. There’s a bit more safety in here, too, thanks to a new Driver Alert Package that adds forward collision warning and lane-departure warning. A new Carbon Black Metallic paint color is available, too, but that’s it for changes. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel More about 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 30 Photos Check out the 2020 GMC Acadia’s new look 2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro edition brings us the bed of the future Review • 2019 GMC Sierra AT4: A plush truck for mild off-roading 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech 2020 GMC Sierra HD revealed with new camera tech, off-road AT4 model 5:17 Comment Now playing: Watch this:center_img Tags 22 Photos 2020 GMC Sierra HDLike the Acadia, the GMC Sierra HD is brand spankin’ new for the 2020 model year. It picks up a design that’s basically the same as the 2019-2020 GMC Sierra 1500, with some exaggerated features on all sides to take advantage of its larger physical footprint. Equipped correctly, the Sierra HD will tow more than 30,000 pounds, which is pretty wild. That capability comes from a beefier frame, a new 10-speed automatic transmission and GMC’s tried-and-true 6.6-liter Duramax diesel, which now puts out 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. There’s a good amount of tech in here, too. It can be optioned with a camera that can show a feed from the backup camera — in fact, there are up to 15 selectable camera views on offer. Combined with an accessory remote camera, the new “Transparent Trailer” mode can show the driver what’s behind the trailer in a stitched-together view that lets you see right “through” the trailer. A new AT4 off-road trim is available, and as always, a Denali trim is available for those who like to be fancy. Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problems More From Roadshow 2015 GMC Canyon SLE All-terrain (pictures) 2018 GMC Terrain offers good looks, great tech 2020 GMC AcadiaThis is GMC’s most thorough SUV update for the 2020 model year. Hitting dealerships later this summer, the Acadia features new designs front and rear, borrowing at least part of its look from the also-redesigned GMC Sierra and Sierra HD pickup trucks. LED headlights are standard, and the whole thing looks just a bit more rugged than it did before. If you really want to look ready for rocks, opt for the new AT4 trim.The Acadia gets a new engine, too — a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 making 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which will slot between the base 2.5-liter I4 and the more powerful 3.6-liter V6. A new nine-speed automatic transmission is now standard, too, and I hope you like using buttons to select gears, because the traditional shift lever is gone.The 2020 Acadia also includes the latest iteration of GMC’s infotainment system, akin to Chevrolet Infotainment 3 and Cadillac’s new CUE. Off-roading with the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 GMC 36 Photos Share your voice 1 2020 GMC SierraThe Sierra got a massive redesign for the 2019 model year, so not much is new here style-wise. That said, there’s still new stuff in store for the 2020 model year, including a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6. It’s also the first model year to feature full availability of the CarbonPro Edition’s carbon fiber truck bed, which is offered on AT4 and Denali trims.The 2020 Sierra 1500 will also get available adaptive cruise control and a clever new system that uses cameras to see “through” a trailer.There some other small updates, too. GM’s 10-speed automatic is now available with the 5.3-liter V8 on SLT, AT4 and Denali trims with 4WD. Trailer towing mirrors are available as a standalone option, and the Elevation trim can now be had in a crew-cab configuration. Cadillac Chevroletlast_img read more

Chinese regulators begin probe into Samsung Elec SK Hynix

first_imgSamsung ElectroncisReutersChina has launched an investigation into South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and SK Hynix Inc as well as U.S. Micron Technology Inc .A source with knowledge of the matter said China was probing price-fixing allegations as DRAM prices had risen sharply, the first such investigation by China.”The investigation has kicked off in earnest,” the source said, requesting anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.All three companies confirmed that officials from China’s State Administration for Market Regulation had visited their offices.A Samsung spokesman said the company was cooperating with the Chinese authorities, but did not provide more details on the visit. A SK Hynix spokesman also declined to give further details.The three companies are the biggest suppliers of DRAM chips used in smartphones and personal computers to store data.”China (is) trying to protect their PC and smartphone market from rising DRAM costs. Typically, China PC and smart phones sell at lower costs/margins than those in other countries,” Stifel Nicolaus analyst Kevin Cassidy said.The investigation also comes at a time when China is looking to promote its own chip industry to cut its heavy reliance on imports.Chinese firms have also had a number of overseas deals to buy foreign chip companies blocked by U.S. regulators in recent years, including a bid by Tsinghua Unigroup to acquire U.S. chip group Micron Technology Inc.last_img read more

Throatslit body of female staffer found at Natore hospital

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationPolice recovered throat-slit body of a female staffer of a private hospital in Chakrampur in Natore town on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased is Mita Khatun, a counter manager of General Hospital.The colleagues of Mita spotted her body on the fourth floor of the hospital and informed the matter to police, said Natore police station officer-in-charge Khandaker Jalal Uddin.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue for an autopsy.last_img

Lifestyle Dietary Links to Glaucoma Cataracts in Black Women

first_imgThe Glaucoma Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association suggest a number of tips to help safeguard and improve the eye sight of those concerned with developing glaucoma and cataracts.  Among them:*Get regular eye checkups because eye diseases don’t always have symptoms. African Americans over age 35 should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years. If you have diabetes, you need an eye exam at least once a year. Ask your doctor how often you should have your eyes checked;*Protect your eyes from the sun with sunglasses and a hat;*Don’t smoke. If you smoke, try to quit;*Control your blood pressure; and*Eat healthy foods, including lots of fruits and green leafy vegetables.Following the call for holistic eating practices to combat eye conditions, JoAnn A. Giaconi, a physician with the American Glaucoma Society also advocates a diet of foods that appear sight-protective including fresh oranges, peaches, spinach and collard greens and kale.Of the 584 Black women participating in Giaconi’s recent study of osteoporotic fractures, she found that glaucoma was diagnosed in at least one eye in 77 participants.  Correlations between food intake and glaucoma were evaluated and she found that eating three or more servings of fruit or fruit juices daily decreased the odds of Black women developing glaucoma by 79 percent. More than two servings per week of fresh oranges and peaches also significantly decreased the chance of developing glaucoma.Additionally, eating one serving of collard greens or kale decreased the odds of glaucoma by 57 percent.“The antioxidants in the fruits and vegetables that we eat can potentially block oxidation stress that can lead to cell damage in glaucoma,” Giaconi said.The Glaucoma Research Foundation found evidence that regular exercise can reduce eye pressure on its own, and can also have a positive impact on other glaucoma risk factors including diabetes and high blood pressure.  In a recent study, people with glaucoma who exercised regularly for three months reduced their IOPs an average of 20 percent; those riding stationary bikes 4 times per week for 40 minutes saw measurable improvements in eye pressure and physical conditioning; and glaucoma patients who walked briskly 4 times per week for 40 minutes were able to lower their IOP enough to eliminate the need for beta blockers.last_img read more

Environmental agency to decide fate of Costa Ricas Moín Port expansion

first_imgNo related posts. MOÍN, Limón – Costa Rica’s largest infrastructure project, the $992 million Moín Port expansion on the northern Caribbean coast, is still stuck on the starting blocks awaiting approval of an environmental impact assessment.The National Technical Secretariat of the Environment Ministry (SETENA) has reviewed the entire 3,000-page report issued by port authorities and is now in the last stage of collecting additional information from experts. But the lengthy process has already delayed construction, originally slated to begin in September.“This is the largest project SETENA, in its entire 10 years, has ever reviewed,” Uriel Juárez, SETENA’s secretary general, told The Tico Times. “We have a great responsibility to make sure that the answer we give is the right one, and that takes time.”Although executives with the port’s builder and management company, APM Terminals, are optimistic the project will move forward, environmental activists have issued reports of their own, urging SETENA to reject the environmental permit.If those efforts fail, construction would begin in February with SETENA’s approval. The project would expand and update Costa Rica’s main Caribbean port, enabling it to receive the giant post-Panamax ships that can hold up to 12,000 containers at a time.Environmental approval is the last potential stumbling block for the 33-year concession to APM Terminals. The Dutch company has already swatted away lawsuits from the unions, with the courts rejecting two cases in August of last year. Though the unions have appealed, the more imminent threat now comes from a coalition of three environmentalists.“This is an extremely complicated project environmentally,” Mauricio Álvarez, an opponent of port expansion, told The Tico Times. “The report presented does not consider other scenarios in other surrounding areas.”Álvarez, president of Costa Rica’s Ecologist Federation (FECON), along with Álvaro Sagot, a well-known environmental lawyer, and Allan Astorga, an environmental consultant, presented a petition to SETENA in September highlighting 27 points of the port’s environmental evaluation that they say violate regulations.According to the environmentalists, APM Terminal’s environmental impact report has shortcomings that violate Costa Rican laws. For Sagot, the most glaring threats include the potential contamination of a nearby aqueduct, damage to wetlands from the construction of an access road and prolonged or permanent pollution.Paul Gallie, managing director of APM Terminals Moín, told The Tico Times he is confident the expansion complies with Costa Rica’s environmental standards.“We have no intention of damaging the environment. We always uphold local standards,” he said. “All projects affect the environment, but with the inefficiency in the current port – trucks waiting, ships waiting, ships with inefficient engines – at the end of the day [our] project improves the environment.”If SETENA approves APM Terminal’s original report, Sagot says his group will take legal action through the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV).Though it has met challenges from unions and environmentalists, the port’s expansion is widely supported by both politicians and development groups eager to solve the economic woes of Limón, the country’s poorest province.The port’s construction will create 400-700 direct jobs, and another 400 people will be needed to operate the port in its initial stages. Some 300 additional jobs will be added over time. APM Terminals also estimates that at least 5,000 indirect jobs will be created.“More important than the direct jobs is that a modern, deep port provides huge confidence for foreign and local investment,” Gallie said. “If Costa Rica does not remain competitive in the international market, people will go elsewhere.”Failure to update its infrastructure has left Costa Rica struggling in terms of development in the region. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2012-2013 report, Costa Rica ranks 140th of 144 countries in port infrastructure, putting it behind several landlocked countries. Unreliable shipping could play a role in whether or not companies choose to invest here.Still, in a province with both the highest unemployment and murder rates in the country, community leaders warn that the port is not a catchall solution.“What we really need is investment. It’s not enough to just build a port,” Pablo Castillo, president of Limón’s Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry, told The Tico Times. “We need all sorts of development, but the port is a start.”And it’s a start that Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla is eager to see get started. The president has been not-so-subtly hurrying SETENA along, calling the organization “an enormous bottleneck in many of the country’s development projects,” during a visit to Limón in August.The political pressure is alarming to Sagot and other environmentalists who believe that it could affect SETENA’s decision.“The government is hurrying it along when it is none of their concern,” Sagot said, of the port project. “SETENA is a technical entity. This is technical decision, not a political one.”But the final step in SETENA’s process will be neither technical nor political. Once the entire environmental report is finished and analyzed, the potential environmental risks will be presented to the community in a public hearing, which Juárez is expecting to happen in November. Though it is unlikely that the hearing could sway SETENA’s final decision, it could lead to additional environmental restrictions and delay the process further.“We need development but we are going to protect our values,” Castillo said. “We are Costa Rica, we are an environmental country, that is who we are.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Excuse Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer a bit

first_img Excuse Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer a bit.No, he wasn’t exactly on, and his two interceptions thrown to the Minnesota Vikings’ Xavier Rhodes were evidence of that. One, for what it’s worth, might not be completely on the Arizona signal-caller.Whatever the case may be, Palmer completing 20-of-38 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and those picks came along with a quarterback rating of 63.3. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Carson Palmer is hit as he throws in the Arizona Cardinals’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (Associated Press) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling That’s not good, not next to the Vikings’ Sam Bradford’s 98.7 rating thanks to a more efficient, quite conservative stat line of 20-of-28 passing for 169 yards and a touchdown.Certainly, Palmer could’ve been better, but his offensive line didn’t exactly give him much opportunity to get comfy in the pocket.According to Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson, the Vikings put Palmer under pressure on 27 percent of 42 dropbacks.That 62.8 percent of plays under pressure is the most any quarterback has dealt with over the entire NFL season to this point. In Monson’s more subjective opinion, it’s a “ludicrous” figure.FOX’s telecast’s counted Palmer taking 23 hits and hitting the turf 17 times. And by the box score, he was sacked four times for 43 yards, all in the second half.The Cardinals’ offense actually got off to a promising start by scoring 17 first-half points, rolling up 263 yards and earning 19 first downs. As Minnesota’s pressure increased in the second half, Arizona would only net 27 more yards from scrimmage and five first downs.Of course, the Cardinals offensive line will take much of the blame. Injuries to Evan Mathis and Jared Veldheer put John Wetzel and Earl Watford in the first unit, but on Sunday, left guard Mike Iupati suffered a left leg injury and briefly exited for Taylor Boggs, who had seven games of experience under his belt heading into the Vikings game. Iupati eventually returned, but Boggs also earned time at right guard in place of Watford as the Cardinals searched for answers. – / 22last_img read more

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first_imgIn celebration of its brand-new renovation, the outdoor Terrasse restaurant at Zurich’s renowned hotel Baur au Lac is introducing a special end-of-summer cocktail: the Swisstini.SwisstiniAlbeit most delightful while sipped outdoors at the Terrasse overlooking Lake Zurich, a Swisstini on a rooftop in New York or at a pool party in Los Angeles will do as well (just swap the cross for your favorite accent).To make: Combine 1 1/3 ounces vodka, 1/2 ounce crème de framboise, 3/4 ounce raspberry purée, 1/5 ounce lime juice and a dash of simple syrup. Shake and pour into chilled martini glasses. For the white cross, use two thin pieces of white chocolate. Hint: the layer of foam on top keeps the white chocolate afloat.About the Baur au Lac Fresh off a $41 million renovation, the 120-room Baur au Lac is a short walk from Zürich’s world-famous Bahnhofstrasse, the central Paradeplatz and the city’s bustling financial district. It is also home to newly renovated Pavillion and Terrasse restaurants, as well as Rive Gauche restaurant, a place to see and be seen in Zurich, and is steps from the sparkling waters and boat cruises of Lake Zurich. The Baur au Lac is one of the oldest members of The Leading Hotels of the read more

Supreme Court full bench to judge civil servants pay appeal in Sept

first_imgThe supreme court will sit for the state’s appeals against the administrative court’s decisions on civil service salaries on September 30, it emerged on Tuesday.The appeals against the administrative court’s decisions reversing pay and pension cuts imposed on civil servants in 2012, is being heard by the supreme court’s full bench of 13 judges.The procedure was interrupted earlier in the month after the state filed a request for the recusal of several members of the supreme court bench, including the president, due to their having an interest in the outcome of the appeal.Justifying the state’s request, Attorney-general Costas Clerides said six of the judges had appealed personally against the pay cuts while others are married to civil servants who stand to gain from the outcome of the proceedings.On July 16, the supreme court cited the rule of necessity to refuse the state’s motions, arguing that based on all the recusal requests, the court would not only be unable to put together a seven-member plenum, but not even a three-member appellate court.“Under the circumstances we judge that our judicial duty comes first and requires that the exceptionally important and critical cases are judged by the full bench of the supreme court, in its 13-member lineup,” the court said.In the March 29 decisions, the administrative court ruled that a freeze on incremental pay rises, a 3 per cent contribution to pensions, and a reduction in civil servants’ pay were in violation of article 23 of the constitution regarding the protection of the right to property.The judgment applied to civil servants as well as persons employed in the broader public sector, such as semi-governmental organisations.As such, the pay reductions were deemed null and void and the applicants entitled to compensation, effective immediately.Various estimates have been floated on how much the decisions might cost the state should the administrative court’s ruling be upheld and the affected civil servants compensated.The most conservative scenario sees a few million euros as immediate backpay, compensating only those civil servants who sued, plus €200m annually from restoring full salaries to all civil servants.The decisions came at a time when the government had started to gradually reinstate the austerity-driven cuts.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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