First ministers meeting could be most contentious political summit for Trudeau so

first_imgMONTREAL (NEWS 1130) – Political tensions have been running high in Montreal, as the prime minister and the premiers sit down for the First ministers meeting.It is a testy day of talks. Premiers have a long list of contentious issues to address with the prime minister. Rumours are flying that Ontario’s Doug Ford may even walk out of the session, which is focused on his key topic.“The job-killing carbon tax, that’s an important issue,” Ford said.”Everything’s going alright” says Premier @fordnation during a break in the first Ministers Meeting. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 7, 2018In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the plan and even took a veiled shot at Ford by praising Quebec’s cap and trade system, which Ford abolished in Ontario.“Right here in Quebec, the cap and trade system has proven to be a successful market-based approach to reducing pollution.”Opening remarks by Justin Trudeau. He praises Quebec for cap and trade. Sore point for Ford and other Premiers who are challenging the feds in court— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) December 7, 2018The meeting was supposed to be focused on inter-provincial trade, but has been more about the carbon tax, oil crisis, and pipelines.Meanwhile, Alberta is demanding federal action over critically low oil prices. “[It is] huge contributor to our GDP — hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country.”Trudeau vows to support those affected, “whether they are oil and gas workers in Alberta, hit hard by the price differential or GM workers in Oshawa.”Manitoba’s premier is concerned too many topics have been added to the agenda, and fears not much will be accomplished.last_img read more

Iakwahwatsiratatie Language Nest in Kahnawàke hopes to spread language lessons after infusion

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsAlex Tekonwahkwen:ni Cross always wanted to learn her Mohawk language but never really had the opportunity.Now that she’s the mother of a five-month old, she enjoys her time in the Language Nest – where every word is in Kanienke’Ha.“Everyone here is supporting each other and they are helping each other and right down to your child,” she said.“I am sitting there and trying to learn someone might come in and hold your baby for you while you are learning and give it back to you so it is very supportive here.”The Language Nest launched four years ago to address the loss of Mohawk as a first language.“It is a natural environment right, a home environment but there is also some structures implemented throughout the day to help the parents as second language learners,” said Tatum Leronhienhewi McComber.“So it is very important to have the natural environment for the children to learn the language as their first language because the parents are learning as a second language they get the grammatical structures.”The program just got a big financial boost from the federal government.The Department of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism is providing $275,558 over two years to “preserve and promote the Mohawk language.”Marc Miller, the parliamentary secretary to Crown-Indigenous Relations, and a Mohawk speakers, said this is a step toward a path for promoting Indigenous languages.“With great respect for the efforts that people have made to preserve the language to struggle and hopefully the struggle will be lessen the next few years as we engage in a path which a lot of people is quite difficult but very important but a path of mutual respect that includes promotion of indigenous languages,” he said.Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton said it is not the responsibility of the Canadian government to preserve the language – but they have to support it.‘’It is not their responsibility it is ours but it is the responsibility of the government of Canada as well as other institutions to ensure that they support these activities.“It is the oppression it is all of the things that were done to us historically to take away that language now we are bringing it back and it is time for the government to support what we are doing that is the way I look at it’’For Cross, the dream of having her daughter speak Mohawk as a first language is coming true.“Sometimes when you leave here I am thinking in Mohawk but I do not know what these words mean,” she said.“But I know that it is starting to sink in and it is starting to work you know.”The federal government announced $89.9 million over three years on Indigenous languages and culture across the country.It also promised to introduce legislation to protect languages in law.20 consultation sessions were held to hear from people across the country.According to Canadian Heritage, the legislation is scheduled to be tabled in the House of Commons by the end of the read more

EUs new support To Morocco new sign if Its commitment towards

first_imgBrussels  –   The new 176.9 million Euro extended to Morocco by the European Union reflects anew the EU commitment for Morocco and its social development, said the European commission.These funds come to support the new government which will need to apply a series of reforms, the release says, pointing out that it is part of the 2013 work program meant to back Morocco’s gradual anchoring to the EU and support the Moroccan education strategy launched in 2008.A part of these funds, worth 87 million Euros, will go to the “succeeding the advanced status” program meant to support the Kingdom’s efforts to adapt its legislation to the EU’s for gradual integration with the European market. The 89.9 million Euro-worth backing to the education strategy seeks to secure fair access to basic education nationwide in order to improve the quality and governance of education.last_img read more

Slovenias new asylum law could jeopardize refugees – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) today said new legislation in Slovenia could jeopardize people in need of international protection.“We are disappointed over the Slovene Parliament’s vote on Monday in favour of amendments to the country’s asylum law,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.The agency has warned that there was a “real danger” that they could lead to persons in need of international protection being deported to countries where their life or freedom is threatened, which is contrary to international law.Slovenia is the latest country to downgrade its standards in the asylum law along the lines of the minimum standards in the European Union qualification directive, according to UNHCR. “When this directive was issued, UNHCR warned about the danger that EU countries would interpret it as setting the maximum standards whereas, in fact, it only sets minimum norms which member states are free to exceed,” Mr. Redmond said, urging all 25 EU countries to instead raise those standards as they adjust national laws to meet regional standards. read more

Half of Central African Republics people need aid Security Council discusses peace

Addressing the Security Council alongside CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous lauded the efforts of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in helping to pave the way for the gradual stabilization and restoration of State authority.“As MINUSCA illustrates, when peacekeeping has the right leadership and capabilities, it can play an irreplaceable role in supporting national efforts, and with international partners, promote and support reforms that are essential to the sustainable resolution of a country’s conflict.”Mr. Ladsous noted the security and operational efforts in the city of Bambari have loosened the armed groups’ grip, and led all of the main 14 armed groups to join a national committee on disarmament.The move is important for a nationwide disarmament programme, without which, Mr. Ladsous noted, MINUSCA peacekeepers will be unable to provide security by force in a territory the size of France. To further such progress, the World Bank has said that it would provide $30 million for social reintegration of fighters in a national programme on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation. Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Central African Republic (CAR), Michel Yao. Photo: OCHA A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “Let us not leave Central African Republic to become a forgotten or neglected crisis by the international community”, said the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Michel Yao, alongside the Minister of Humanitarian, Social Affairs and National Reconciliation, Virginie Baikoua, at a briefing session for donors yesterday in Yaoundé, Cameroon.The UN and its humanitarian partners had appealed for $399.5 million to aid CAR as part of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan. To date, only five per cent of that amount – roughly $19 million – has been raised. Mr. Yao warned that without adequate funding, the country risks plunging into an acute humanitarian crisis.The situation is particularly concerning because aid workers deliver much of the basic social services. For example, more than half of the health infrastructure is managed by the humanitarian community. Among other issues he raised, Mr. Ladsous called on the international community to follow through on $2.2 billion worth of pledges made at the Brussels conference hosted by the European Union in November. Supporting development to build peaceIn addition to peacekeeping efforts, the Council was briefed today on the peace building programs, including the work being coordinated by the UN, the European Union and the World Bank. These three organizations are working to, respectively, support peace, review the social contract between the population and the Government, and promote economic recovery. In his address, Omar Hilale, the Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, who briefed in his capacity as the Chair of the CAR Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, announced that he would visit CAR “soon” to discuss the main challenges and ways to optimize the international community’s support.The Peacebuilding Commission works between the Security Council, the General Assembly, whose membership includes all 193 Member States, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which works with the 14 specialized UN agencies, to address root causes of conflict in a country and try to stabilize it before conflict breaks out or help it restabilize after fighting.Half of the country in dire need of aidCAR also faces an immediate humanitarian crisis. The upsurge in violence since last September has left roughly 2.2 million people – half of the population – in dire need of aid, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today announced. In addition, the fighting since the upsurge in fighting last September, one in five Central Africans are either displaced or a refugee in a neighbouring country. read more

Kevin Love Is Only Following The Same Rubric As Six Decades Of

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love made news Monday when he endorsed Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA MVP race. Now, normally that wouldn’t be much of a story — we’ve made the case for Westbrook ourselves — except for one not-so-tiny detail: Love picked Westbrook over his own teammate, LeBron James.Asked to choose between Westbrook (Love’s old college teammate at UCLA) and James by Dan Patrick on his eponymous radio show, Love said:They’re both having an MVP-type season, but I’m going to go with Russell Westbrook because … every single night you’re looking at his stat sheet, they’re fighting for a playoff spot, with Serge Ibaka going down now, Kevin Durant potentially being out the rest of the year and him still going out there and fighting for his team, and winning, and fighting for that seventh or eighth spot in the playoffs. … I think Russ is arguably having the better season.The supposed slight between teammates was later downplayed by James (“Kevin has his own opinion of who he believes is the MVP. No one should fault him for that.”). But to some, it added to the speculation about a growing rift between the two superstars — and what it could mean for Love’s future in Cleveland. If he chooses to, Love can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.Then again, maybe Love was just following the same rubric that MVP voters have adhered to for over a half-century. Several years ago, Justin Kubatko (then of analyzed historical patterns in NBA MVP voting, attempting to create an algorithm that would predict the front-runners for the award in-season. After going through a variety of statistical combinations, he found that four categories had by far the most influence on MVP results: team wins, points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.That research forms the basis for’s MVP tracker tool, which currently gives Westbrook about twice as good a shot at the award as James. While James’ team has been better, winning 64 percent of its games — compared with 58 percent for Oklahoma City — Westbrook’s edges over James in points, rebounds and assists per game are traditionally more than enough to offset the difference in team records. The Thunder’s winning percentage would have to drop to 48 percent for Westbrook and James to have the same MVP probability per the model.(For what it’s worth, the metric also lists Houston’s James Harden and — especially — Golden State’s Stephen Curry as overwhelming MVP favorites, with Curry garnering a 41 percent probability of taking home the hardware. So it’s still unlikely that Westbrook or James will win the award.)In other words, Love isn’t necessarily going out of his way to disrespect James here. Perhaps the homer pick — publicly backing one’s teammate despite evidence to the contrary — is still a customary gesture of solidarity among colleagues. But by picking Westbrook instead, Love was at least highly consistent with the way media members have voted for players since the first MVP was handed out. read more

Igloo ice cream parlour opens at Stabroek

A customer enjoying an Igloo ice cream cone from the new location.Local ice-cream pioneer, Sterling Products Ltd. (SPL) has opened a new outlet to make its premium Igloo Ice Cream available to customers near Stabroek Market Square in the heart of Georgetown.The new outlet was launched on March 1, 2019 and is strategically located on the upper-story of the KFC fast-food restaurant adjacent to Stabroek Market.It provides a cool, clean and comfortable getaway where customers can enjoy delicious, refreshing Igloo ice-cream above the hustle and bustle of the market square.CEO of SPL, Mr. Ramsay Ali said the new outlet is part of the company’s ongoing expansion in order to meet customers’  demand for Igloo ice cream. He added that the new branch will serve an extended range of top-quality ice creams, including exciting new flavours and variants to delight both adults and children.He noted that the array of ice cream flavours available at the Stabroek parlour is intended to deliver the best quality value to a broad spectrum of customers, catering for those who are inclined to stick to old favourites, as well as those who are tempted to try out tantalizing new varieties.While the Stabroek outlet will be fully stocked with standard ice cream flavours, it will also offer newly-created varieties including pistachio, strawberry-cheesecake, cherry-vanilla, mint-chocolate, midnight-cookies-and-cream, maple-almond, marshmallow, fudge brownie and piecrust.He added that the company is constantly seeking to add value for customers by creating new flavours and enhancing the taste, all under the strictest hygienic conditions. He disclosed that SPL invested about US$1M in the last half of 2018 to enhance quality and expand production.Additionally, Sterling Products Ltd. continues to conduct customer service training to its employees to ensure that visitors to Igloo outlets are pleased with all aspects of the service offered. Employees are paid competitive salaries and enjoy comfortable working conditions, so that they are happy to work with the company, Ali asserted.Sterling Products Limited was established in Guyana some 62 years back (1954) under IS0 9001 quality management.The Igloo ice cream continues to move from strength to strength in the Guyanese market by producing a high-quality product that is unmatched for sheer accessibility and ease of purchase, like the newest outlet above KFC near Stabroek Market square overlooking the Demerara River.Prior to the launch of the Stabroek Market branch, SPL launched a branch at Enmore branch in 2018. [Extracted and Modified from Sterling Products Press Statement] Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSterling Products Limited takes Ice-cream magic to EnmoreNovember 7, 2018In “Business”Igloo Ice Cream donates footwear to Wakapoa studentsSeptember 7, 2014In “Local News”Huge profit losses due to Essequibo power outagesDecember 12, 2013In “Local News” read more

Backpack Emergency Medical Grab Bag saves lives underground and in remote mining

first_imgA unique backpack emergency medical kit, which holds all the key components needed to monitor and stabilise a patient’s condition in an emergency, has been developed by Wales-based OMI. The ‘OMI Remote Emergency Medical Grab Bag’ has been designed by the company’s MD Dr David Irons, and is based on his great experience of practising medicine and dealing with emergencies in remote locations all around the world – from Argentina to Borneo. He distilled this experience into the unique design of the Grab Bag whilst reviewing the medical services of one of the largest multinational mining companies in the world. The highly durable bag is an ideal piece of equipment for every mining site – giving on-site personnel the opportunity to provide life-saving treatment whether being guided by telemedical services on a satellite phone or being used by paramedics or doctors; it works on every level of expertise. Over the last few years, his range of medical emergency packs have become the first choice in medical support on hundreds of ocean-going vessels. Now all that experience has been concentrated into a single, all-purpose piece of kit that can be used in a wide range of land-based locations – including deep and open-pit mines.The OMI Remote Emergency Medical Grab Bag weighs in at 19kg (41.8lb) and can be carried as a backpack or in three separate sections – which also makes it easier to stow away when space is restricted. Waist and chest support straps distribute the weight evenly and the broad, padded straps make it surprisingly comfortable to carry.It quickly zips open into three easy stages to give you almost every essential piece of medical kit you could need to monitor, resuscitate and stabilise a patient – including drugs, sutures, bandages, oxygen, even a defibrillator. The most important items are available immediately to hand, and everything is in logical order.  Every aspect of the contents has been thoroughly thought through – from a head torch to work in the dark to easy-to-follow ‘panic instructions’ in simple words and diagrams.Moreover, clients can subscribe to a 24-hour remote backup from anywhere in the world, giving access to experienced medical staff should they be needed to talk through handling a medical emergency.The OMI Remote Emergency Medical Grab Bag has been extensively tested in the harshest wet weather and humidity conditions, it is fire retardant and anti-fungus/bacterial, and also very heavily padded to take knocks. Notify RMI each time a piece of equipment or consumable is used and a replacement can be shipped.For major clients there are customised training sessions and videos. And while standard OMI Remote Emergency Medical Grab Bags have instructions in English, these can be supplied in any language.The standard OMI Remote Emergency Medical Grab Bag is in a conspicuous, bright blue colour, but OMI will discuss specific requirements with clients – including branded and ‘high vis’ materials. It can also customise the contents.last_img read more

CSIRO and Gekkos OLGA receiving good reception at Queensland gold mine

first_imgField trials for the CSIRO-developed Online Gold Analyser (OLGA) are showing such positive results at a Queensland gold mine that the technology is expected to be ready for market this year, the research organisation reported recently.OLGA is an X-ray fluorescence-based technology capable of detecting gold in slurry with around 1,000-times better accuracy than conventional methods – and in real time, according to CSIRO.#The analyser, which will be available through technology and services company Gekko Systems, detects gold (and other elements) contained in a continuous process stream.OLGA can detect gold in slurries at 10 parts per billion using a pair of X-ray lenses that greatly magnify the slurry’s fluorescent gold signal as it passes through a tank.“Normally you take samples from a stream and send that sample to a laboratory,” CSIRO Research Group Leader, Yves Van Haarlem, said. “If you’re lucky the lab is onsite, but even then the turnaround time for analysis can be 10 to 12 hours. That’s probably too late to do something about it. With OLGA you can act on what you’re seeing almost immediately.”Conventional X-ray Fluorescence is already a well-known tool in the base metals industry for the monitoring and control of concentration plants, but they tend to have less accurate detection limits – usually in the tens to hundreds of parts-per-million (ppm) range, precluding their use in precious metal concentrators, according to CSIRO.Richard Goldberg, Gekko’s Head of Innovation and Collaboration, said that other means of detecting gold have been lacking in accuracy and/or the timely availability of results. “We’ve never had the ability to directly monitor gold flows through a plant in real time before,” Dr Goldberg said. “We know that gold grade can vary over relatively short periods and that it will do so between the samples taken as part of traditional process control regimes. As the results from those samples are also delayed, they are unlikely to accurately reflect the changes occurring in the process stream.”Dr Goldberg said OLGA’s value stems from its ability to provide important information in near real time. In effect, the operators of a plant will no longer be blind to changes in its performance, according to CSIRO.Andrew Dixon, Gekko’s Performance Consultant Manager, said the new system is proving its triple bottom line credentials. Economically OLGA allows the processing plant to be controlled to allow maximum efficiency of gold recovery, he said.“This has environmental benefits as well. It will allow you to optimise reagent additions and to reduce any emissions from the plant that may have to be detoxified or treated to be made safe,” he said.This means a plant will end up with less reagent chemicals in the tailings.“It’s also more sustainable – the efficiency improvements will have an effect on the stability of the operation,” Dixon said. “A more stable gold processing operation is always going to be more efficient.”Dr Goldberg said the reaction from gold mining companies that have seen OLGA work in laboratory conditions has been extremely positive and have seen considerable interest in the technology.“We’re currently conducting field trials to ensure it’s a solid product before we fully release it to the market. To date, the trials have been extremely positive,” he said.Dr Van Haarlem said Gekko has been the ideal partner for CSIRO on this technology. “Gekko engineered the whole structure around the analyser so that the slurry can be easily analysed, validation samples can easily be taken, and to provide the robustness required for plant installation,” he said.OLGA is not just about detecting gold concentration. It’s about providing information, according to CSIRO.“You could, for instance, put OLGA on the feed stream and one on the tailings,” Dr Van Haarlem said. “You could then look at what went in and what went out. If there’s too much gold in the tailings compared to the feed then the plant knows immediately that it’s losing gold. All this can then be acted upon.”Dr Goldberg said there has been interest from potential buyers from as far away as Africa, Europe and South America. A fully supported product should be available for these regions later this year, CSIRO said.Dr Van Haarlem said the X-ray optic system is now being tested on platinum and can be used for other metals. Its application could be much more widespread, such as for detecting toxic elements in food and water.Yet, he believes OLGA’s future rests in its potential to revolutionise gold processing plant strategies and to refine logistics.“It will provide a lot of data on real time gold and slurry density, which can then be correlated with other plant parameters,” he said. “It might turn out that if you don’t mill the ore sufficiently, gold recovery suffers. It’s going to show us correlations we didn’t even know were happening. This information can help us to optimise the entire production circuit.”last_img read more

I was taken by the fact that hes such an outsider Adrian

first_imgIN THE UPCOMING documentary, Rough Rider, about Irish journalist and whistleblower Paul Kimmage set to be screened on RTÉ One on 28 July, there are two Paul Kimmages that emerge.On the one hand, there is the cerebral, uncompromising and unapologetically blunt individual eager to expose the cynics and doping apologists who have heavily contributed to the sport’s inextricable links with corruption for so long.Conversely, we also see the softer side of Kimmage. The family man who still feels “like a little kid” when watching the Tour de France.Kimmage loves and loathes the world of pro cycling in equal measure — a point that is very much hammered home in the new work directed by Irish filmmaker Adrian McCarthy. “I knew a little bit about Paul and I was very interested to know about his journey to date as such an outsider, a whistleblower,” McCarthy tells “As somebody who had cycled himself as a pro, he knew what he was talking about.“It was interesting to see how he treated cycling very differently to a lot of the other sports he wrote about because he was very passionate about it. Just from meeting him and doing a bit of homework, I was taken by the fact that he was such an outsider.”The first part of the documentary takes a look at Kimmage’s background — how he fell in love with cycling and cultivated a bittersweet career in the sport, before establishing a reputation as a controversial journalist intent on exposing all its ills.Following this concise snapshot of his rise to fame (or perhaps infamy), the film then takes us to last year’s Tour de France, following Kimmage as he observes proceedings through a journalist’s gaze and asks difficult questions about the state of cycling following USADA’s game-changing revelations. Source: ©INPHO(Paul Kimmage pictured in 1986 after a mountain stage in the Tour de France)One of the most challenging aspects of this somewhat improvisational style of filmmaking, McCarthy says, is of course that both Kimmage and his crew had little idea what obstacles lay ahead of them.“We didn’t know that there was going to be legal issues with him and the UCI. We didn’t know that was going to happen. And a good chunk of those things happened before we had any funding in place at all.“[The producer] Tony Whelan and I were out in Paul’s house. I was doing the filming myself. That was, by coincidence, the week that the UCI had taken action against him. We had no idea that would be happening, so as things evolved, we just had to go with it, we had to keep going.”Moreover, the issue of funding the film was similarly precarious.“Initially, we got some development funding from the Irish Film Board, which was great. It wasn’t a lot of money, but it allowed us to start filming some bits and pieces, and we also got funding from RTÉ. But one of the problems with this job is that we have never had enough funding to make this documentary. Therefore, through it, we’ve always had to pull in a lot of favours from people and ask the crew to either work for nothing, or close to nothing, or half their rates.“It’s a labour of love and a lot of people haven’t got paid a penny to do this. In a way, it’s a ridiculous thing to do, but that’s just the way that it fell.”However, while cash was not exactly free-flowing, McCarthy and his colleagues compensated for these issues through a sheer passion for and belief in the project.“All documentaries are different, but with this one, there was a lot of pressure. You go the extra mile when you’re a director and producer because it’s your baby. Sometimes you can’t expect the rest of the crew to do the same thing, because it’s not their baby, even though they will take some ownership over it. So that became quite difficult, but the majority of people bought into it.” Source: Wildfire Films/VimeoAnd notwithstanding the film being primarily about Kimmage and his fight against the liars and the dopers that have tarnished the image of professional cycling over the years, it is by no means a glowing tribute to him.Although McCarthy says Kimmage was happy with the finished product because “he feels it captures him,” the 52-year-old journalist had no say in the creative direction of the film.Furthermore, while Kimmage’s wife, father and brother all feature at various points in the documentary, unanimously issuing their support for the work he’s undertaken in the process, people who he’s on less friendlier terms with also give their side of the story, including former Irish pro cyclist and Tour de France winner Stephen Roche. The pair famously fell out after a controversial Late Late Show interview, in which Kimmage was reluctant to answer questions about the venerated cyclist, who he had grown up alongside and at one point effectively idolised.Yet despite his strained relationship with Kimmage, Roche was more than happy to contribute to the documentary.“When I did track him down, I explained what I was doing, and we spoke about the fact that their friendship isn’t great, they don’t really talk. Perhaps it would have been easier for him to say ‘thanks but no thanks,’ but he agreed to do it and we filmed him one of the days at the Tour. I admire and respect him for doing that, because he didn’t have to as he knew what the documentary is about.“Because of the subject matter and the sport we’re talking about, it’s fair to say some people ducked and dived [to avoid taking about it], but Stephen didn’t.” Source: Cyclefilm – Cycling Media Production/YouTubeYet one person who isn’t as prominent as some people might expect is Lance Armstrong — the disgraced American cyclist who was exposed partially thanks to journalism undertaken by Kimmage among others.“At the start, we thought that perhaps the Lance story would be a bigger part of it,” McCarthy explains. “The Lance part of the story is important, but the more we got into trying to tell it, the more we realised that it’s a much bigger story than just Lance. He’s the name though, and the amount of people who say ‘oh you’re making the Lance Armstrong documentary’… But when I’m in the cutting room with my editor Mick Mahon, I make those decisions and that’s the way it worked out.”Yet while Armstrong was the most famous person to invoke Kimmage’s wrath, he was by no means the first or the last. As McCarthy concisely puts it, there’s a “bit of that marmite thing to him”.“Sometimes Paul is black and white in his view, but cycling is full of grey. He’s the first one to admit it, he can’t help himself, it just means too much to him.”This list of enemies includes other journalists, some of whom, as McCarthy bluntly puts it, “don’t like him,” owing to his willingness to criticise them publicly and their supposed failure to live up to the high standards he expects of both himself and others.In addition, even McCarthy and his film crew at times bore the brunt of Kimmage’s frustration.“We had our moments, which is not unusual, just because of the pressure we were all under. I was doubling up as a director and a sound man. We had Tony Whelan, who was the producer and also the driver, and did other stuff. And Ronan Fox who doubled up as cameraman and driver. Every night when you finish work, you’ve got hours more work to do because you’re copying across all the footage, getting it ready for tomorrow. And at six o’clock in the morning, you’re on the road again driving for another two hours.“But one of the reasons I find Paul very interesting is that he shoots from the hip. That’s not going to suit a lot of people, a lot of the time. One thing you get from the story is that friendships have been lost between former colleagues.“He speaks his mind and that’s what makes it interesting. He calls it as he sees it. One of the things, more and more so in today’s world, is that people hold back… He’s very passionate.“Paul was an interesting character to spend time with because he has all those edges to him.” Source: Brian Patrick/YouTubeYet there are instances in the film where, behind this ostensibly intimidating persona, there is a determined humanist obsessed with retaining the purity of cycling and ensuring there are no more tragedies.There is thus one particularly pertinent moment, where Kimmage visits Mont Ventoux — the site of the death of British cyclist Tom Simpson during the 1967 Tour de France.“He’s talking about the Simpson memorial and all those young guys who have died from what was rumoured to be EPO. I thought it was a very powerful moment because it gave an insight into what was going on — the bigger picture. A lot of the younger guys had lost their lives to the sport.“A lot has happened in the sport and most people knew it had been going on for years. Nobody shouted stop. If enough people who were respected in the world of cycling were brave enough to stand up and acknowledge what was happening… If enough people had done that, maybe it wouldn’t have happened. But like so many areas in life, the majority do nothing. The majority keep their heads down.”You can watch ‘Rough Rider’ in full on RTÉ One on 28 JulyConor McGregor is going to write a book about his life ‘in and out of the Octagon’>How MMA fighter Ronda Rousey gets down to her fighting weight>last_img read more

Relive These Wacky Miitomo Creations Before Nintendo Shuts It Down

first_img Putting your Miitomo on your lunch is popular. Image: @shabu2oishii<><> It seems like only yesterday that Nintendo shocked the world by finally announcing its plans for smartphone game development in partnership with DeNA. The first “game” out of the gate was the bizarre social networking app/meme creator Miitomo. But despite a wonderfully weird first few weeks, the app ultimately failed to catch fire, and Nintendo pivoted to developing mobile games starring their beloved characters like Mario, Animal Crossing villagers, and Fire Emblem anime wives.Now, about two years after its launch, Nintendo has announced that Miitomo is soon shutting down. Some functionality has already ceased, like in-app purchases, and on May 9 all features in the app will stop, so salvage all the Miis you can. We’re still in mourning for Nintendo’s other strange, dead, Mii-based social network Miiverse, so we’re not taking the news of Miitomo’s demise very well. That’s why we’re looking back on these wacky Miitomo memes from launch week and remembering a time when we thought this app might last forever.Nintendo’s foray into iPhone apps with Miitomo is fascinating for several reasons. First, the company publishing software on a machine they didn’t make is unprecedented. Second, deciding to avoid any of their iconic characters was a ballsy move. Third and weirdest of all: it’s not a game. If you haven’t played it yet, Miitomo is sort of like a social network, where you link up with friends and share answers to questions, all presented by the cartoonish Mii characters first seen on the Wii.It’s tough to say how much of a lifespan Miitomo will have, but with three million downloads so far, it’s certainly the thing of the moment. People are using the Miifoto feature — which lets you take shots of your Mii and others in a panoply of poses, overlay text, and so on — for some pretty ridiculous portraits. Here’s a gallery of some of the funniest things that went down over Miitomo‘s first weekend. Somehow we doubt that Nintendo predicted many of the Miitomo shenanigans we saw there. As the program grows, new clothes get added, and new features rolled out, we’re sure that the wacky pics will flow like spice. There are more insane Miitomo creations all over the web, from appearances by the Goatse guy right to the insane things we’ve made here at Geek headquarters. Get browsing, and we’ll keep collecting.Ah, these were the days.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Trade Development Biotechnology on the Table at Annual Legislative Forum

first_img(From Left to Right) ASA CEO Steve Censky, ASA First Vice President Richard Wilkins, Collin Peterson, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member from Minnesota, ASA President Wade Cowan and ASA Chairman Ray Gaesser visit during the annual July board meeting in Washington, DC. This week in Washington, the American Soybean Association (ASA) held its annual Legislative Forum, exploring several issues key to soybean producers. The program featured in-depth examinations of international agricultural development, current trade issues, tax reform and tax policy, biotechnology and the potential impact of unmanned aerial systems and precision agriculture on soybean farms.The forum kicked off with an update on tax and agricultural policy issues from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and Agriculture Committee member Chuck Grassley, who also updated attendees on the ongoing Washington fight over the Renewable Fuel Standard. Following Sen. Grassley, attendees to the opening lunch were treated to World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Robb Fraley, who provided a look at the challenge facing farmers, who will need to feed nine billion people by 2050. Other features of the forum included a discussion of consumer and industry messaging on biotechnology, the growing agricultural market for unmanned aerial systems, and the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and panel on expanding U.S. agriculture’s role in foreign aid and agricultural development.Following the forum on Wednesday, ASA members and forum attendees split into state and regional visit teams and held meetings with more than 125 lawmakers in the House and Senate to advance soybean farmer priorities.last_img read more

India confirms 5 nationals killed in NZ shootings

first_imgMohsin Vora, the brother of Asif, told AFP that they were initially told his brother and nephew were injured in the attack, before a family member identified their bodies when they flew to New Zealand. “I and (the) parents of Ramiz’s wife have been granted visas. We will be leaving for New Zealand soon,” Vora said. Three of the dead from the mass shooting at Al Noor mosque were from Gujarat state. They were father and son victims Asif and Ramiz Vora, and 65-year-old retiree Mahboob Khokhar, who was visiting his son in Christchurch. Desperate families in India have been trying to confirm the safety of their relatives after 28-year-old Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant allegedly launched his murderous rampage. An Indian foreign ministry official in New Delhi told AFP that they are “in process of ascertaining information about all Indians affected by the terror attack”. The fifth victim, Ozair Kadir, was an aspiring commercial pilot from Hyderabad city. Five Indian nationals were among the 50 worshippers killed in the Christchurch mosque attacks, with at least two others reported to be injured, officials said Sunday. The official denied Indian media reports that claimed seven people were killed in the attack. Ansi Karippakulam Alibava — a 23-year-old from Kerala, who had lived with her husband in Christchurch since last year as she studied for a masters — was also confirmed dead. India’s embassy in New Zealand confirmed the deaths in a tweet, following the devastating shootings at twin mosques in the normally peaceful city. Vora said his 56-year-old brother had gone to meet his new grandchild a month ago.last_img read more

The Nintendo 3DS has arrived so we unboxed it

first_imgWe’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrive of the Nintendo 3DS and one just landed on our doorstep. The handheld gaming device has been out in Japan since February, but this is a US retail model, the same one that will be released on March 27th. The same one some many of us will gladly hand over $250 for.In the video above I unbox the 3DS, talk a little bit about the features, and, yes, I actually turn the device on. Aside from getting a good look at the packaging and what ships with the 3DS, I go over a lot of things that we already knew about it. This is stuff also covered back in my first impressions post and at the US launch event.AdChoices广告In addition to the 3Ds, the box includes lots of instructions in all sorts of languages, a charger, and a charging cradle. Packed within the 3DS are a stylus and a 2GB SD card.No game cartridges are included with the 3DS but we’ll be testing with Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, Steel Diver, and Madden Football. Sadly Pilotwings didn’t come with our 3DS welcome kit.Please keep an eye out, more coverage will be up shortly.IMG_0887IMG_0887IMG_0886IMG_0884last_img read more

A Game of Thrones marathon is coming uncensored to network television

first_imgYou probably watched the Game of Thrones season six finale, at least if you like Game of Thrones and have access to HBO. The season finale was the highest rated episode ever, pulling a record 8.89 million viewers, and scored a 4.4 rating among adults 18-49. If you don’t have HBO or one of HBO’s streaming services (HBOGo and HBONow), you’re probably getting your Game of Thrones by stealing it off the internet or waiting for season-set DVDs to come out. That’s about to change for one North American country, as the first season of Game of Thrones is set to air on Canadian network television completely unedited!Sure, if you were going to own the 2011 first season of the show, you probably already do, but an adult-themed show going from pay cable broadcast television without any edits is something to keep an eye on. Starting on Monday, August 8, Canada’s biggest television network, CTV, will begin broadcasting one episode of the first season each weeknight, concluding with episode 10 “Fire and Blood” on Friday August 19th. That means “Baelor,” the ninth episode airs on Thursday the 18 (sure to be a sad day for Canada and therefore the world).Also, these are going to be appearing as they first aired… which is a ballsy move for a broadcast television channel. In a press release announcing the deal, Mike Cosentino, the network’s Senior Vice President of Programming said, “A Season 1 marathon is not just timely, but the perfect summer alternative in 2016 and we are excited to offer all 10 episodes in this unaltered format.” If you wanted to see Daenerys get assaulted by Khal Drogo and a line-up of excessive female nudity all over again, you’re in luck, eh. The press release mentions a “reduced commercial time” but all the quotes keep pimping the “unaltered” angle.“Bringing our biggest show ever to CTV’s massive audience is also a fantastic opportunity to showcase both the series and HBO Canada,” said Tracey Pearce in the statement, CTV Senior Vice-President, reminding us all that this is still a sales tactic in the end. “We’re excited to engage Canadians who will discover the series for the first time and to let them know that all episodes and seasons of current HBO programming is available to subscribers on-demand, 24/7, via TMN GO.”Holy crap, this happened.Basically, CTV in Canada is going to try out the tried-and-true drug dealer method of offering the first hit for free, then forcing you to buy into the rest. That’s probably okay, though. Like we said, you’re probably watching Game of Thrones anyway. But this is notable for being the first Game of Thrones broadcast marathon that hasn’t been on HBO, thereby exposing young Canadian minds to a season of a show that is a long incest mystery intertwined with tits and dragons. Finally, winter is coming to Canada.last_img read more

Connected Agriculture Market New Innovation Including Key Players Like Trimble navigation

first_imgConnected agriculture technology is the advanced version of information and mobile communication technology. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market. Connected Agriculture Report by Material, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).This Connected Agriculture market study offers a comprehensive analysis of the business models, key strategies, and respective market shares of some of the most prominent players in this landscape. Along with an in-depth commentary on the key influencing factors, market statistics in terms of revenues, segment-wise data, region-wise data, and country-wise data are offered in the full study. This study is one of the most comprehensive documentation that captures all the facets of the evolving Connected Agriculture market.Download Sample Copy @ Market Players: Trimble navigation, Link labs, Vodafone, Accenture, IBM Corporation, SAP, PTCThe report also offers reliable and veracious market forecasts derived after deeply analyzing historical and current occurrences in the market. The report considers market trends, dynamics, growth drivers, influential factors, revenue, market size, and share and offers forecast up to 2024. The study helps to unveil present and upcoming market opportunities, challenges and improve the chances of Connected Agriculture business growth. It also aids in reducing the intensity of uncertainties and risks that could affect market growth.The global Connected Agriculture market has been segmented into vital divisions such as types, applications, regions, technology, and end-users. The report discusses each market segment at a minute level considering their market acceptance, attractiveness, revenue outcome, growth prospects, market trends, and volatile consumption tendencies. The analysis provides a market astute to market players that allow them to determine remunerative segments and the actual target size for their Connected Agriculture business.The report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain. The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators and governing factors along with market attractiveness as per segments. The report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographiesFor the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end.Inquire for Discount @ of ContentsChapter 1. Connected Agriculture Industry OverviewChapter 2. Connected Agriculture Up and Down Stream Industry AnalysisChapter 3. Asia Connected Agriculture Market AnalysisChapter 4. 2014-2019 Asia Connected Agriculture Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter 5. Asia Connected Agriculture Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter 6. Asia Connected Agriculture Industry Development TrendChapter 7. North American Connected Agriculture Market AnalysisChapter 8. 2014-2019 North American Connected Agriculture Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter 9. North American Connected Agriculture Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter 10. North American Connected Agriculture Industry Development TrendChapter 11. Europe Connected Agriculture Market AnalysisChapter 12. 2014-2019 Europe Connected Agriculture Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter 13. Europe Connected Agriculture Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter 14. Europe Connected Agriculture Industry Development TrendChapter 15. Connected Agriculture Marketing Channels Development Proposals AnalysisChapter 16. Development Environmental AnalysisChapter 17. Connected Agriculture New Project Investment Feasibility AnalysisChapter 18. 2014-2019 Global Connected Agriculture Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter 19. Global Connected Agriculture Industry Development TrendChapter 20. Global Connected Agriculture Industry Research ConclusionsAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

UK marines accused of murder granted anonymity

first_imgLONDON (AP) – Five Royal Marines accused of a murder in Afghanistan have the right to remain anonymous during their trial because they could face attack if identified, a British military judge said Wednesday.The five men, identified only as Marines A, B, C, D and E, were charged last month with the murder of an unidentified captured Afghan national on or about Sept. 15, 2011.UK military officials have said the incident involved an “engagement with an insurgent” in Helmand province, where the majority of Britain’s 9,500 troops in Afghanistan are deployed. They say no civilians were involved. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Quick workouts for men Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   British news organizations, including the Press Association agency and the Guardian newspaper, challenged an order that the men _ who have been released from custody and allowed to return to their units _ could not be publicly identified until the end of court martial proceedings.But Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett ruled that “there may be a real and immediate risk to the defendants’ lives” from terrorists or “lone wolf” attackers if they were named.The judge said that risk “will increase significantly when all of the prosecution evidence is disclosed as the trial unfolds.” He said, “I am not prepared to take a chance with these men’s lives.”The defendants are the first British troops to be charged with murder in Afghanistan since deployments began there in 2001.Blackett said he would reconsider the anonymity order if any of the men was convicted.Their next court hearing is set for Dec. 10.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

One bag per passenger Not anymore hopes EU

first_imgLong a rule frowned upon by frugal air travellers, Ryanair’s strictly enforced one passenger, one piece of hand luggage policy may soon be a thing of the past.With European parliamentarians eying standardised rules for air travel across the continent, Ryanair may soon be forced to allow passengers with more than one piece of carry-on baggage, specifically those with duty-free purchases, on board without a penalty.Ryanair passengers are currently allowed one item of hand luggage, which must weigh no more than 10 kilograms. Travellers whose carry-on bags require a place in the hold can be slapped with an extra €50 at the gate.According to the Irish Independent, the chair of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee, British Labour MEP Brian Simpson, said that while he was aware that cabin baggage rules had to reflect different aircraft types, his concern was that “certain airlines” looked to charge for “everything”.The European Commission will introduce reforms for air passenger rights later in the year, the paper reported.Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said the push to introduce standardised hand baggage rules was being backed by airport retail lobby groups, who according to MEPs had experienced a “marked decrease” in sales. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Ryanair’s ‘one bag’ policy may soon be no longer, if MEPs have their way. Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Mortgage Rates Remain Near Record Lows as Europe Wavers

first_img May 22, 2012 472 Views Mortgage Rates Remain Near Record Lows as Europe Wavers in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Debt Crisis Euro European Union Existing-Home Sales First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers Zillow 2012-05-22 Ryan Schuettecenter_img Share The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hovered at 3.63 percent this week, up from record lows last week, with debt crises in Europe continuing to scare investors and drag down prospects for a steady economic recovery.[IMAGE]Real estate Web site “”Zillow””: found the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage down to 3.63 percent, up from 3.59 percent last week. The 15-year home loan averaged 2.93 percent, while rates for 5-year and 1-year adjustable-rate mortgages reached 2.54 percent.Rates for 30-year loans waxed and waned across much of the rest of the country, gaining the most by 14 basis points in Florida.””Mortgage rates remained historically low during the past week as continuing concerns about eurozone economic stability offset the positive tone G8 leaders set with a united commitment to support [COLUMN_BREAK]growth in that area,”” “”Erin Lantz””:, director of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, said in a statement.She added that the company expects rates to remain “”fairly flat”” as Memorial Day nears.While fleeing investors keep mortgage rates historically low, analysts say that Europe overwhelmingly remains a sore spot for the slowly recovering U.S. economy. Even with the “”National Association of Realtors””: reporting Tuesday that median prices for existing homes climbed 10.1 percent year-over-year in April, the Paris-based “”Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development””:,2987,en_2649_201185_1_1_1_1_1,00.html (OCED) released an outlook that found the euro zone crisis could hamper progress across the global economy.””With slow growth, high unemployment and limited room for [maneuver] regarding macroeconomic policy space, structural reforms are the short-run remedy to spur growth and boost confidence,”” OECD Secretary-General “”Angel Gurr├âãÆ├é┬¡a””:,3746,en_2649_201185_35768574_1_1_1_1,00.html said in a statement.The outlook found that business and household confidence remains tepid across much of Europe, with more adversity on the horizon for tight financial markets and near-term growth for the continent.The OECD recommended that European Union leaders enact comprehensive structural reforms to increase growth and competitiveness, put together a firewall to seal off debt contagion, and make better use of European Central Bank balance sheets.last_img read more

Skyscanner reveals five fatherfriendly destinatio

first_imgSkyscanner reveals five father-friendly destinations around the globeTreat dad this Father’s Day by letting him chose the destination for the next family holiday. Cheap flights comparison site Skyscanner reveals “daddy cool” destinations to bring joy to dads of the world.Big Game Fishing, Nassau, The BahamasDads love a bit of fishing, though most are probably more used to staring at a float for hours in the local reservoir. Instead, dads can get the trip of a lifetime in the Bahamas where, just four miles off shore, they can be fishing for marlin in 6,000 feet of turquoise water under a tropical sun.Adrenaline Activities, Queenstown, New ZealandDads looking to inject some excitement into life can be booked on a flight to New Zealand and sent to Queenstown for bungee jumping, jet-boating, white-water rafting, sky-diving or perhaps even some southern hemisphere skiing if they are mountain men.Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, SpainFor dads who are more culture vulture than adrenaline junky, flights to Spain should be secured and fathers taken to the beautiful city of Madrid to experience one of the biggest and best art galleries in Europe. At this prestigious museum dads can enjoy works from major artists spanning eight centuries including household names like Dali, Degas, Gaugin, Carravagio and Constable.Track Day, Silverstone, UKFathers who boast about their driving skills should be forced to put their money where their mouth is. Silverstone, home of British motorsport, offers tuition and then solo laps in a single-seater racing car with 140bhp and a 0-60mph time of under five seconds. All this takes place around their Stowe Circuit – a track used for testing by top F1 teams.Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Star City, RussiaFathers who have dreamed of becoming astronauts should be taken to the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Russia where they can experience weightlessness, spacewalk mission simulations and survival training. If money is no object then it’s even possible to organise a flight to the edge of space in a MiG-25. Status as ‘World’s Best Son or Daughter’ is guaranteed after setting this up!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related15 embarrassing things your dad does on holiday that are guaranteed to make you cringeDads are great. They’ll always have your back, but is there some universal law that they need to be totally cringe-worthy when on a family holiday? Wearing sandals with socks is still a thing, so we’re thinking yes. In honour of Father’s Day, here are 15 embarrassing things your dad…Mega tours: plan a globe-spanning trip of the world’s greatest sights with Air New ZealandPlan some truly epic globe-spanning tours of amazing beaches, world-famous wine regions and iconic movie locations with Air New Zealand.Secret summer destinations revealed by SkyscannerSecret summer destinations revealed by Skyscannerlast_img read more