Politicians more than half of Canadian Press newsmakers through the years

first_imgThe Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team has been chosen as the 2018 Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year. Here is a list of past  newsmakers as chosen in an annual poll of newsrooms across the country:2017: Gord Downie, musician2016: Gord Downie, musician2015: Justin Trudeau, politician2014: Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, slain soldiers2013: Rob Ford, politician2012: Luka Rocco Magnotta, killer2011: Jack Layton, politician2010: Russell Williams, sex killer2009: Stephen Harper, politician2008: Stephen Harper, politician2007: The Mounties2006: The Canadian Soldier2005: John Gomery, Quebec judge2004: Paul Martin, politician2003: Paul Martin, politician2002: Jean Chretien, politician2001: Stockwell Day, politician2000: Pierre Trudeau, politician1999: Pierre Trudeau, politician (named Canadian Newsmaker of the 20th Century)1998: Jean Chretien, politician1997: Sheldon Kennedy, hockey player1996: Donovan Bailey, sprinter1995: Lucien Bouchard, politician1994: Jacques Parizeau, politician1993: Kim Campbell, politician1992: The Constitution1991: Brian Mulroney, politician1990: Elijah Harper, politician1989: Michael Wilson, politician1988: Ben Johnson, sprinter1987: Rick Hansen, cross-country wheelchair athlete1986: Rick Hansen, cross-country wheelchair athlete1985: Steve Fonyo, cross-country runner1984: Brian Mulroney, politician1983: Brian Mulroney, politician1982: Wayne Gretzky, hockey player1981: Terry Fox, cross-country runner1980: Terry Fox, cross-country runner1979: Joe Clark, politician1978: Pierre Trudeau, politician1977: Rene Levesque, politician1976: Rene Levesque, politician1975: Pierre Trudeau, politician1974: Pierre Trudeau, politician1973: Pierre Trudeau, politician1972: Pierre Trudeau, politician1971: Pierre Trudeau, politician1970: Pierre Trudeau, politician1969: Pierre Trudeau, politician1968: Pierre Trudeau, politician1967: Lester Pearson, politician1966: John Diefenbaker, politician1965: Lucien Rivard, drug smuggler1964: Lester Pearson, politician1963: Lester Pearson, politician1962: Real Caouette, politician1961: James Coyne, Bank of Canada governor1960: John Diefenbaker, politician1959: John Diefenbaker, Joey Smallwood; politicians1958: John Diefenbaker, politician1957: John Diefenbaker, politician1956: Lester Pearson, diplomat1955: Lester Pearson, diplomat1954: Marilyn Bell, marathon swimmer1953: Lester Pearson, diplomat1952: Lester Pearson, diplomat1951: Lester Pearson, diplomat1950: Lester Pearson, diplomat1949: Louis St. Laurent, politician1948: Mackenzie King, politician1947: Barbara Ann Scott, figure skater1946: Igor Gouzenko, Soviet embassy cipher clerkThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Bob Barker Applauds Bear Rescue

first_imgAnimal Defenders International (ADI) has rescued two endangered bears after a dawn raid on a remote, illegal Peruvian zoo, which saw all of the animals removed.The two spectacled bears, Lucho and Sabina, were confiscated along with condors, a fox, and a kinkajou after Peru’s SERFOR wildlife officials, and a team from ADI and Taricaya Reserva Ecologica moved in at 3am.A two-day journey over the Andes, through cloud forest at 5,000 metres above sea level, ended with a boat ride along the Madre de Dios River to the bears’ new home at Taricaya, in the Tambopata Amazon National Reserve.The rescue was part of ADI’s 18-month Operation Spirit of Freedom mission in Peru to help enforce the ban on wild animals in circuses and assist on illegal trafficking, which has seen the rescue of over 100 animals. There had previously been several unsuccessful attempts to remove the bears, due to local opposition.11-year old Lucho had been removed from a circus, while 4-year old Sabina is a victim of the illegal wildlife trade. Both were intended to be rescued but had ended up in the illegal zoo and kept in tiny cages, never receiving veterinary care.The bears’ first day in their new forest home was also the 92nd birthday of the legendary, award-winning TV host Bob Barker. Barker has been a major backer of Operation Spirit of Freedom in Peru, and previously enabled ADI to empty every circus of animals in Bolivia.Bob Barker said: “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to have Lucho and Sabina moved to an appropriate wildlife sanctuary. ADI continues to be a God-send for circus animals everywhere. I’m confident that ADI will continue the good fight until circus animals are declared illegal around the world.”ADI President Jan Creamer said “It is appropriate that the lives of these bears were transformed on Bob Barker’s birthday, a philanthropist extraordinaire, who has given so much to protect animals. It felt right to dedicate the new lives of Lucho and Sabina to Mr Barker. They can now enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest, and will be neighbours to another Paddington Bear, Cholita, already rescued and living next door.”The bear facility at Taricaya came about after ADI rescued Cholita, a 25-year old spectacled bear who had lost almost all her fur due to stress. In the circus, her fingers had been brutally cut off to remove her claws and her teeth broken, leaving her completely defenceless. She won the hearts of people around the world and became known as the “real-life-Paddington-bear” as ADI searched for a home for her.Finally a space was found close to her native cloud forest at the Taricaya Reserva Ecologica, where ADI funded construction of a forest habitat and moved Cholita there in September. Her new neighbours, Lucho and Sabina, are the first of her own kind she has seen in over 20 years.Jan Creamer: “Early this year Cholita was in deteriorating health in a concrete cell, now she is enjoying her very own piece of pristine forest. Her rescue has also provided a real legacy, a sanctuary for other spectacled bears. We know there are more bears to help, so I hope people will continue to support this important project as they see the progress we are making.”$15,000 / £10,000 was raised for the operation to rescue Sabina and Lucho and for phase one of their habitats after British actress Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), launched an emergency appeal asking people to “give these bears the storybook ending they deserve”. ADI is now asking for donations for the lifetime care of the bears and expansion of their forest habitats.Please donate now at www.ad-international.org/helpthebears or 323 935 2234.last_img read more

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Abhishek urges youths to vote in favour of Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Saturday released a new song titled Prothom Vote targeted towards first-time voters, on all its social media platforms. The song comes on the heels of the phenomenal response to the party’s first theme song Maa Mati Manush that was released a few days ago for the Lok Sabha elections.The catchline of the new song Tomar Prothom Vote Banglar Pokkhe Na Bipokkhe, Decision Nao (Take a decision whether your first vote will Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujabe in favour of Bengal or not) has been penned by Trina-mool Youth Congress president and party MP Abhishek Banerjee. The rest of the lyrics has been written by Bengali rock singer Rupam Islam, who has also composed the music. Interestingly, the video follows the international lyric format, in which animated words appear on screen. The song carries the message that the Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be a significant event in the history of India. It reiterates that when the entire country is in turmoil because of hate and violence, an atmosphere of peace and harmony thrives in Bengal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs depicted through the song, development and not divisive politics gets an upper hand in the state. It states that 60 lakh girls have been empowered by Kanyashree. The scheme, along with Utkarsh Bangla and Sabuj Sathi, has received international recognition. It presents a picture of contrast regarding the employment scenario in Bengal and the country. While unemployment is on the rise across the country, in Bengal youths are being empowered to become self-dependent through schemes likes Gatidhara. The Silicon Valley Hub which is coming up at Rajarhat, is also set to open new avenues of employment generation. “We have urged the first-time voters to ‘take a decision’. Will their vote be in favour of or against Bengal? It is entirely their own discretion. This song makes it easier for them by putting things in perspective. Let their first-vote (prothom vote) be in favour of peace and progress. Let it be in Bengal and India’s favour,” a Trinamool youth leader said. The song assumes special significance as Bengal, with over 20 lakh voters, has the highest number of electors in the 18-19 age group in terms of names registered in the 2019 electoral rolls of the Election Commission of India before the Lok Sabha polls. Murshidabad, with more than 2 lakh names, records the highest registration of teen voters in the state, followed by South and North 24-Parganas and Nadia. The young voters are expected to play a pivotal role in the electoral process. TMC is confident that the song will be able to strike a chord with the young voters, who will cast their first vote (prothom vote). Abhishek Banerjee has appealed to the young generation to popularise the song over the course of the next month, through dance, videos, flash mobs, or any other way they want.last_img read more

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Polisario Splinter Movement Calls on Moroccos King to Implement Saharas Autonomy

New York – A Polisario splinter movement called on to King Mohammed VI to implement Morocco’s autonomy plan for the Western Sahara in order to “save” the Sahrawi living in dire conditions in Tindouf camps.Khat Achahid, a movement against the Polisario leadership, denounced the closed “election” process of the Polisario’s 14th congress and called it “illegitimate”, according to Yabiladi news website.Polisario officials at “Dakhla camp” elected once again their current leader Mohamed Abdelaziz for the 12th consecutive time.Members of Khat Achahid, composed by former founders of the Polisario, condemned the elections’ results and decided to “boycott definitively” the “old-new” leadership in the Rabouni camp, the same source noted. According to a statement by Khat Achahid, Polisario’s 14th congress “is worthy of a theatrical production of single parties during the Cold War.”  “The only purpose of the congress was to extend, for another four years, the life of a corrupt leadership,” the statement added.The anti-Polisario movement also called on “all the faithful citizens” to denounce the elections’ results. Mahjoub Salek, head of Khat Achahid, stressed that the [Polisario leadership] “has no right to negotiate on behalf of the Saharawi people with the Moroccan government to decide our destiny and our future”.The group called on King Mohammed VI to “implement the Sahara autonomy plan” proposed by Morocco in 2007 to the United Nations Security Council as a mutually-agreeable political solution to the territorial dispute.The implementation of Morocco’s plan for the Western Sahara will “save our people from the clutches of this corrupt leadership that has made their suffering a profitable business,” Khat Achahid said.According to the same source, Khat Achahid urged the UN to send “international observers to the [Tindouf] camps to witness the deplorable” living conditions of the Saharwis there.Mahjoub Salek and members of Khat Achahid, called on the UN Secretary General and his Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara to consider them as voice that represents an important of part of the Saharawis.We call on the UN to “consult with us as political stakeholder who represent an important part of the public opinion in the Sahrawi camps and abroad,” Khat Achahid demanded. read more

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Can Moroccan Diplomacy Warm up Frosty Washington Relations

Washington D.C. – The New Yorker magazine’s unflattering article “Is One of Africa’s Oldest Conflicts Finally Nearing Its End?,” John Bolton’s speech at the Heritage Foundation, and the House bill excluding the Western Sahara from US economic assistance to Morocco gave the jitters to weary Moroccan officials.Many question how, as the most dependable American ally in the region, Morocco has found itself in this predicament.For years, Moroccan officials in Washington, and in some Anglo-Saxon capitals, have shunned journalists, academics, and NGO activists who may hold pro-Algeria secessionist views on Western Sahara. Avoiding unfriendly journalists working for major media organizations or denying entry to researchers from known organizations is a misguided policy that cost Morocco a load of bad press and unnecessary diplomatic headaches.Read also: Facts about the Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowIn denying access to journalists like the New Yorker’s Nicolas Niarchos, Rabat weakens its arguments. In keeping silent about Bolton’s comments on Western Sahara, Morocco allows its opponents to define and control the message in Washington.Morocco needs Moroccan foreign policy professionals familiar with the American political system, media, and academia who can engage American professionals to explain, defend, and advocate for Moroccan issues.It is time for Moroccan officials to realize that their strategy of cajoling former US government officials into writing friendly news articles is not a substitute for a long-term plan to influence foreign policy community members through sustained and well-organized visits to Western Sahara.Despite heavily investing in lobbying and public relations efforts in Washington, the kingdom has fallen short of garnering solid and consistent political and diplomatic support among leading think tanks, academic institutions, major news outfits, and independent political analysts who greatly influence the media and government officials.The kingdom should do a better job in sending competent and informed academics who can plead their nation’s case in front of journalists, lawmakers, and human rights advocates in the United States. Moroccan officials rarely engage influential intellectuals and historians who can inform and educate the American public and the decision makers of Rabat’s rightful positions in Western Sahara.Because of a lack of trained and well-informed Moroccan public relations professionals, most of the high value events of recent years supporting Rabat’s agenda have gone unnoticed in the American media. Furthermore, Moroccan politicians and diplomats rarely follow up or nurture on-going relations with leading American intellectuals who guide the Washington establishment.Even when American think tanks issue pro-Morocco papers, Rabat fails to capitalize on the results and fumbles in disseminating such useful literature.Morocco’s struggles to thrust its agenda into the spotlight in Washington are not new. Notwithstanding articles written by pro-Morocco authors and circulated in conservative publications with limited reach, Rabat could not find high profile voices in the United States despite its extended presence and financial power.Moroccan media portrays the United States as a dedicated and strong ally, yet Washington never recognized the Sahara as Moroccan. In a few instances, the US State Department issued statements supporting Morocco’s local autonomy plan as a viable solution, but never pushed for a census of Sahrawi refugees in Algeria or called for an investigation into reported cases of Polisario guerrilla leadership’s embezzlement of international aid.Washington’s position in Western Sahara has been a balance between keeping Rabat happy and not angering Algiers. A cautious position, which continues today under Trump, is a statement to the limits and shortcomings of Morocco’s over-reliance on lobbyists to do all the diplomatic work.Rabat’s persistent refusal to review its public relations approach in Washington stems from officials’ failure to engage in a conscientious and candid self-examination of the limited long-term successes of Morocco’s expensive lobbying efforts in the United States.With a Democratic House, powerful US senators pushing the Algerian agenda, John Bolton as national security adviser to President Trump, and a new US ambassador to the UN, Washington is growing into a frosty city for Moroccans. It is now up to Rabat to redraw a fresh PR strategy and adopt a new diplomatic culture to adjust to this new reality.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial views.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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Sri Lanka UN agency funds irrigation improvement projects

The line of credit from the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will benefit an estimated 7,000 small-scale farming households in Kilinochchi district in Northern province by improving downstream irrigation infrastructure from the Iranamadu reservoir.The reservoir, which has not been maintained adequately for many years, will be rehabilitated to increase its water-holding capacity.The loan agreement was signed yesterday at the IFAD headquarters in Rome by Kanayo F. Nwanze, the IFAD President, and Ambassador Asitha Perera of Sri Lanka.The funding will also be used to train farmers on water saving management methods, including climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, such as rainwater harvesting. Women’s groups will also be formed and trained on growing vegetable crops.The latest financing brings to 16 programmes and projects funded by IFAD in Sri Lanka since 1978 at a total investment of about $400 million, benefiting more than 500,000 households. 31 January 2012The United Nations fund tasked with promoting rural development will provide a $22-million loan to Sri Lanka to finance the improvement of the South Asian country’s irrigation infrastructure and crop diversification, as well as projects to expand market opportunities for smallholder farmers. read more

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TV writers union says agents are violating antitrust law

LOS ANGELES — The Writers Guild of America has filed claims in federal court alleging the entertainment industry’s biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws.The claims filed Monday represent the latest move in a heated battle between the writers of television scripts and the agents who represent them.The writers say agencies are violating antitrust law with the use of so-called packaging fees, where agents combine elements of a television series — including writers, scripts or actors — and sell them to studios as a unit.Monday’s filings are a response to agency lawsuits alleging the Writers Guild has itself violated antitrust law with organized actions in the dispute, including the mass firing of agents by thousands of writers.Emails to attorneys for the agencies were not immediately returned.Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press read more

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Di Bacco de Groot named Brock Athletes of the Year

Brock University Athletics celebrated another year of athletic accomplishments Wednesday night at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre. “We are very proud of all our student-athletes for their dedication and commitment to Brock University Athletics,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Neil Lumsden. “We have not only been successful in competition but have excelled in the classroom. Our student-athletes are true ambassadors of the University and we are very proud of them.”The 2015-16 Brock University Male and Female Athletes of the Year are men’s rower David de Groot of St. Catharines and women’s wrestler Olivia Di Bacco of Orillia.David de Groot had an outstanding final season for the Brock men’s rowing team, leading the Badgers to silver medals at both the OUA and CURC Championships.At the OUA Championships, de Groot captured gold in both the men’s eight and men’s pair and was named the OUA Male Rower of the Year. At the CURC Nationals, de Groot captured double gold placing first in the men’s eight and men’s pair. For his performance, he was named an OUA first team All-Star and CURC first team All-Canadian.Internationally, de Groot captured bronze in the men’s four at the U23 World Championships. He also captured bronze in the men’s eight at the World University Rowing Championships and was a double medal winner at the Commonwealth Regatta taking home a silver medal in the men’s four and bronze in the men’s pair.Olivia Di Bacco had an outstanding final season for the Brock women’s wrestling program. She helped lead the Badgers to their 15th OUA Championship over the past 17 years and their fifth-straight CIS National Championship.Di Bacco finished the 2015-16 season with five golds, which included winning the Senior Provincials, Brock Open, Western Open, OUA Championships and CIS Championships. She also captured a silver medal at the 2016 Senior Nationals and a bronze at the Olympic Trials.At the 2015 OUA and CIS Championships, she went a perfect 8-0 at 67kg. At the CIS Nationals, Di Bacco became the first women’s wrestler to lead her team to five-straight National titles. For her performance, she was named an OUA first team All-Star and first team CIS All-Canadian. In the classroom, Di Bacco has been a five-time Academic CIS All-Canadian and OUA All-Academic holding an 88% average.In the community, she had been highly active in Athletes in Action, SeniorFit and Brock Junior Badgers Wrestling. She has also been a guest speaker at many sporting conferences talking about her experiences as an athlete.Other major award winners included men’s wrestler Sam Jagas (Kitchener, ON) who received the R.M. Davis Surgite Award and Di Bacco, who was a double award winner, taking home the Dr. David Atkinson Surgite Award. Both these student-athletes have excelled in the classroom throughout their university careers. Jagas has been a two-time CIS Academic All-Canadian while Di Bacco ends her career as a five-time academic award recipient.The Dallas Beaton Award winners were curlers Jonah Mondloch (St. Catharines, ON) and Joanna Francolini (London, ON). This award is named after former Brock men’s hockey captain Dallas Beaton because of the dedication he showed towards academics, athletics and the community during his time as a Brock student-athlete. The Wally Barrow Memorial Brock Coach of the Year award was awarded to Brock men’s basketball head coach Charles Kissi. He led his team to 27-11 overall record, including victories over nationally ranked McMaster, Windsor and Ryerson. Kissi had three OUA All-Star selections and one CIS All-Canadian.The inaugural Marilou Iusi Awards were presented to former coaches Bill Millar and Todd Erskine for their dedication and commitment to Brock University and the athletics program. This award is named after Marilou Iusi, who worked for the department of Athletics and Recreation for 39 Years. Marilou was a tireless worker who cared deeply for the athletes and the people she worked with and Brock University.The inaugural David S. Howes Spirit of Brock Athletics Awards were presented to men’s rower Jacob Thomas (St. Catharines, ON) and women’s fencer Hannah Pass (Mississauga, ON). The Spirit of Brock Award is named after David S. Howes, who was committed to Brock University and the community. It is presented to students who best embody the spirit of Sir Isaac Brock – leadership, courage, innovation, inspiration and community service. The Tom Kearney Athletic Therapy Award was presented to student therapists Omer Suhrawardy and Holly Maher.The 2015-16 Brock Women’s Team of the Year was the Brock women’s wrestling team which captured its sixth CIS National title and 15th OUA title in school history.The Brock women dominated both the OUA and CIS Championships. They qualified all eight weight classes at the OUA Championships, highlighted by six gold medal performances. At the CIS National Championships, they had six All-Canadian selections.Marty Calder was named both the OUA and CIS Women’s Coach of the Year.The 2015-16 Brock Men’s Team of the Year was the Brock men’s wrestling team, which captured its 16th CIS National title and 18th OUA title in school history.The Brock men were also dominant this season winning both the OUA and CIS Championships. They qualified 10 of 11 weight classes at the OUA Championships, highlighted by six gold medal performances. At the CIS National Championships, they had eight All-Canadian selections.Marty Calder was named both the OUA and CIS Men’s Coach of the Year. read more

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Wallace the mules bid for dressage stardom dashed amid outrage from horse

Christie Mclean volunteered Wallace as a substitute competitorCredit:SWNS.com  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mule Wallace the Great (right) with his rider Christie Mclean and horse Coleman. Since their plight became known, hundreds of people have backed Christie and Wallace’s bid to register with British Dressage. One supporter is Anne-Marie Underwood from Hampshire, who rides her Shire horse, Lady, in dressage competitions. She said: “As someone who would often get funny looks taking a Shire into the dressage arena (but usually nothing but admiration and surprise when they saw her move) I say, ‘Shame on you British Dressage’.”I would love to see the mule beat a nice expensive dressage horse,” she added. “Let the mule compete.”Christie said that the fear of being beaten by a mule may lie at the heart of her rebuffal by British Dressage. “Nobody wants to be beaten by a mule,” she said. “I am really disappointed. I don’t want to be a threat to anybody. I just want him to have a chance that any other equine would have.” Wallace was abandoned in Ireland, where he was fed daily by local people in a bus shelter.  Then rescued by the Donkey Sanctuary, he came to England where he started his dressage career. Christie is part of a dressage competition team, and because some horses in the team had gone lame, she volunteered Wallace as a substitute competitor. With three competitions left to go in the season, her team were hoping that Wallace’s contribution could help them to qualify for a championship. “It didn’t cross my mind that we wouldn’t be able to take part,” said Christie. But it was not to be, as British Dressage – the national body that oversees dancing horses – turned Wallace down because he’s a mule.”I think it’s time for the rules to be changed,” said Christie. “I don’t think that British Dressage would be bombarded by requests for mules to do British Dressage. I only know of a couple more around the country who’ve been turned down. “British Dressage pride themselves on saying that this is a social sport that anyone can join in,” she added. “But we can’t. We are not asking for zebras to compete – it would just be one or two mules across the UK.” I would love to see the mule beat a nice expensive dressage horse. Let the mule competeAnne-Marie Underwood Christie Mclean volunteered Wallace as a substitute competitor Mule Wallace the Great (right) with his rider Christie Mclean and horse ColemanCredit:SWNS.com  The Donkey Sanctuary, who own Wallace said: “The common misconception that mules are stubborn isn’t true. They are intelligent and very trainable. They can do anything that a horse or donkey can do, and in some cases do them better.”Mules can be used for riding events such as dressage, show jumping, endurance and Western riding.”Mules may be known for their stubbornness, but currently British Dressage that is refusing to budge. A British Dressage spokesman said: “We don’t have anything against mules or donkeys, but our rule book is quite specific. It refers to horses and ponies. “It could be time to change the rules. Wallace may be the one to do just that. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility. But currently, sorry Wallace, beautiful and lovely as you are, it’s a no.” A talented mule has been blocked from competing in high level British dressage competitions, amid outrage from horse riders.Christie Mclean, 30, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, had hoped to ride Wallace The Great, an 11-year-old rescue mule, in competitions with her dressage team. But he has been barred by British Dressage because high level competitions are only open to horses and ponies – a rule branded “equine racism” by Christie.  Wallace, who only took up dressage at a low level last month, has been doing well in local competitions, placing third in his last attempt.  –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Like horses and ponies he has to perform circles, loops, semi-circles and straight lines in both walk and trot.  “He enjoys his dressage,” said Christie, “He’s a happy little chap.” read more

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Women told mammogram was a false positive are twice as likely as

Women who experience a “false positive” result after a mammogram are twice as likely to end up developing cancer as those who get a negative result, research suggests.Every  year, thousands of women are given the “all-clear” after being told that apparent abnormalities are not malignant.But research on more than 1 million women suggests that such cases – normally defined as “false positives” – could actually be a clue to later disease.The study, led by Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute in Barcelona, tracked cases who underwent screening in Denmark, Norway and Spain, between 1991 and 2010.During the time 1.15 million women underwent 3.5 million mammograms, resulting in 10,600 cancers being detected. A further 5,700 cancers were detected in between screening. The research found that women with a “false positive” result – abnormalities, which were then found not to be malignant – had twice the chance of those with negative results to end up developing breast cancer.Such women remained at a higher risk for 12 years after receiving a false positive result, the study found.Scientists said the findings, published in the British Journal of Cancer, suggest that patients should be given “personalised” screening strategies based on their individual risk – with more frequent mammograms for those who experienced a “false positive”.In cases where women had two false positives, the risk was four times that of those with a negative result.Experts said other studies suggest that as many as three in four women told their result was a false positive were wrongly classified in the first place, and should not have been given the all-clear.In other cases, mammographic abnormalities could be a risk marker indicating a higher chance of later disease, scientists said.Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: “These could be really important findings. Further investigation is needed, but this study suggests that a ‘false positive’ result may be able to act as a marker for women who could benefit from more frequent screening.“Crucially, we’d urge women who have received a false positive not to worry unnecessarily about their risk of developingbreast cancer – but simply to attend screening when invited, check their breasts regularly and report any unusual changes to their GP.”She said it was important to note that the link did not show that false positives caused a higher risk of breast cancer, but could signal other factors which increase the chance of disease.“There could be a number of factors involved – for example, screening abnormalities could come as a result of women having a higher breast density, which is known to increase breast cancer risk,” she said .“Our risk of breast cancer can depend on a combination of our genes, family history, lifestyle, reproductive history andbreast density. While there is much more research to be done, we are hopeful that tailoring screening to a woman’s individual risk could one day help detect more cases earlier, while enabling those at particularly low risk to avoid unnecessary screening,” she added.Georgina Hill, from Cancer Research UK, said: “While this large study showed that women given a false positive breast screening result were more likely to go on to develop breast cancer, the reasons behind this are unclear. It may be that women are more likely to notice breast changes after a false positive result, or there is something about these women’s breasts that makes their mammograms harder to read and puts them at an increased risk. But it’s important to remember that most women who are given a false positive result do not go on to develop breast cancer.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Filip and Kubes – new coaches of Czech Republic

← Previous Story “DAY OF HANDBALL”: 25.000 tickets already sold! Next Story → Win JACK&JONES vouchers during EHF CL TOP 8 matches! Two famous names with international career, Jan Filip and Daniel Kubes will overtake the bench of Czech Republic national team from the next July! They will Vladimir Haber and Jaroslav Hudeček after Qualification Play-Off for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar in which Jicha and Co will face Serbia, the fourth time since 2006.Filip is well known as the TOP scorer of Czech team ever, while Kubes won the EHF CL as a member of THW Kiel in 2012. Both are at the beginning of coaching careers. They signed contracts until the end of June 2017.PHOTO: CHF.cz Czech Republicdaniel kubes and jan filiphandball read more

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Minecraft will enter beta starting December 20th

first_imgThe incredible voxel-based world-building game Minecraft has come a long, long way since it took the gaming world by surprise six months ago. Since I started playing alone, Minecraft has gained monsters, biomes, multiplayer and an entirely new dimension… and it’s still only in alpha.Well, mark your calendars. According to Minecraft creator Notch, December 20th is the day that Minecraft grows up and finally enters beta.What does beta mean for Minecraft? Notch will spend less time adding new features and more about polishing content. As Notch explains:With Beta comes a larger focus on polish and content, and we’ll start early on with adding proper modding support with a stable API, and we’d love all input we can get on this from the modders out there. We’ll also add some kind of non-intrusive narrative to the game to help drive the game experience early on, and to provide some kind of late game goal. There will be a bigger focus on testing and stability as well, with more time between updates. Unintrusive story mode narrative and an end boss/goal? Sold! Those aren’t the only changes, though. When you signed up for your Minecraft account when it was in alpha, you supposedly got the game at half the price for €9.95, with all future updates free. Well, it looks like when the game enters beta, the price will go up to €14.95, and you’ll no longer be guaranteed to get all future updates for free. Que sera, sera. You can’t say he didn’t warn us.Read more at The World of Notchlast_img read more

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Chromebook sales are terrible even compared to Windows RT

first_imgIt’s taking longer than Google would like for Chromebook sales to shift into second gear. How slow have sales been? After two years on the market, Chromebooks still don’t represent a big enough percentage of the computer market to warrant a spot on NetMarketShare’s global stats report.According to early data shared with ZDNet’s Ed Bott, Chrome OS devices represent a paltry 0.023% of the global browsing population. For comparison’s sake, that’s around one fifth of Windows RT’s slice of the pie, which currently sits at 0.12%.The big difference, of course, is that Windows RT devices have only been on sale for a couple of months. Chromebooks first hit the streets in June of 2011. At 0.12%, Windows RT is an abject failure. Chrome OS, on the other hand, is going to kill Windows (at least according to some). Those predictions may yet come true, but it’s going to be a very long, drawn-out battle if the present pace continues.Then again, perhaps the fantastically pricey Chromebook Pixel will help kickstart sales. Leading by example seems to have worked out OK so far for Windows RT, after all, with the Surface helping Microsoft’s touch OS leapfrogging Chrome on the charts in just four months.Make no mistake — Google didn’t think that success would come overnight. Still, after two years surely the company would like to have notched at least a full percent.Being a bigger disappointment than Windows RT has got to sting. But with the power of the world’s most popular web browser, search engine, and video site behind the brand, don’t feel too bad for Chrome OS. It’s obviously still going through basic training before the real assault begins.last_img read more

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Religious identities or any identity should never be reduced to a violent

first_img Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 8:45 AM https://jrnl.ie/3305275 102 Views By Jacob J Erickson Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 92 Comments THEOLOGY ISN’T going anywhere any time soon. Theological and religious imaginations inform our daily personal and communal lives together.And those imaginations matter for the materiality of our bodies, our politics, our arts, our understanding of a meaningful life, and how we live in the world.Whether you’re religious, nonreligious, spiritual, atheist or agnostic, stories of religious worldviews have an unruly way of getting loose in the world and reconfiguring our common terrains, politics, and practices.Religion allows us interrogate our livesReligion haunts us in diverse and conflicting locales: in violent histories, stories of civil rights, in grief, in wonder, in histories of oppression, in histories of liberation from oppression, and in ways both beautiful and terrible in our human conditions.Religion matters for the ethical interrogation of our lives for the visions and interpretations of our histories and futures, whether we like that influence or not.As a theologian, it’s often my job to slow down and ask what those stories look like. What theological language is being used in the public sphere, and for what ends? What understandings of religion are shaping our political discourse in the present moment?What stories, known or unknown, do politicians or others tell of faith and what importance do they hold for us today?Earlier this week, a number of humanities scholars affiliated with the Trinity Long Room Hub spoke on a “Behind the Headlines”-style panel on “Trump’s America: 60 Days In.”We discussed the histories of political populist movements, of legal challenges and constitutional questions, education and immigration, and stories of everyday people trying to make a way through the muddy quagmire of contemporary global politics.Trump’s first 60 daysThe Trump Administration’s first sixty days in office tell stories of religion, too. And one can be particularly concerned over the way the administration tells them.Early statements in the campaign whipped up a fury of Islamophobic rhetoric, fear of Muslims. Islamophobic hate groups grew radically in the United States in 2016, a number of organisations reported, including the Southern Poverty Law Center.The President and his advisors constantly refer to “Radical Islamic Terrorism”, and have, on occasion, refused to state that Islam is a legitimate world religion. The President and his advisors began construction on what they referred to as a “Muslim Ban”, to discourage refugees and immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries from coming to the United States.Both executive orders trying to accomplish this “ban” targeted Muslim-majority countries. And the courts halted both orders precisely because of the religious animus they contained.Distorting Islam as a perceived enemyAll of these statements and activities caricature a religion of over 1.5 billion people worldwide.When the first form of the executive order became public, the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion issued an executive statement, arguing that the “ban poisons the public’s understanding of Islam in particular and religion in general.”Not only do the politics of the Trump Administration distort Islam to construct a perceived enemy, but these religious politics also fail to help our public understanding of religion in general.Religious experience is complex, diverse, contradictory, and varied from context to context. Religious worldviews can hinder or encourage human flourishing, and so to interrogate our context with thoughtfulness, respect, and hospitality matters.Identities should never be reduced to caricatureI write these observations as a lay Christian theologian, convicted and convinced that religious identities, or any identity for that matter, should never be warped out of fear or reduced to a violent caricature.I do so because, on the face of it, my own tradition calls me to “love my neighbour as myself” and to love and seek justice.I believe that command extends the poetry of its language into loving my neighbours of different religious and nonreligious traditions as well. That command demands religious literacy and interreligious dialogue.It demands solidarities, patience, and attention across lines of difference. And it demands working with others to celebrate religious and nonreligious pluralism.Our societies are at their best when the diversity of our worldviews are ethically celebrated for the sake of the common good.Jacob J Erickson is Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in the Loyola Institute, School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology, at Trinity College Dublin. Earlier this week, he was a panellist on the Trinity Long Room Hub’s “Behind the Headlines” series on “Trump’s America: 60 Days In.”Opinion: ‘A political solution to the Syrian war is very unlikely now’>Alan Kelly: ‘Craft beer is booming but licensing regulations are harming business’>center_img Share96 Tweet Email Jacob J Erickson ‘Religious identities, or any identity, should never be reduced to a violent caricature’ Our societies are at their best when the diversity of our worldviews are ethically celebrated, writes Jacob J Erickson. Short URL Mar 26th 2017, 8:45 AM last_img read more

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Cayman records earthquake on Sunday no harm done

first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for you #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Related Items:#Caymanrecordsearthquake, magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#CaymanIslands, January 22, 2018 – The US Geological Survey reports that a 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Cayman Islands on Sunday morning and thankfully there is no report of damage or or injuries.The earthquake, around 10:22am is said to have hit offshore, 45 miles southeast of East End, at a depth of 4.3 miles.  The earthquake in Cayman waters was the second scare for the country in under two weeks, as a much stronger quake in Honduras led to a tsunami warning for regional countries.#MagneticMedia#Caymanrecordsearthquake TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more

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Politico Takes Paywall Baby Steps with SixState Experiment

first_imgPolitical journalism site Politico announced today that it’s starting a limited, metered paywall experiment. Tests will begin this week in six states and internationally to see if readers will pay for the site’s general content. Iowa, North Dakota, Vermont, Mississippi, New Mexico and Wyoming were chosen  because they represent a “tiny sliver” of readers, says a note to staff.The test is a fairly long one, lasting six months, but simple. “What we will look for with this experiment is whether or not we can bring in more revenue through paying subscribers than we lose as a result of any decline in traffic,” says the note.That’s the crux of every paywall calculation, and the memo adds that the experiment represents a shift in strategic thinking, thanks largely to the growing number of content sites with established paywalls. Here’s the full release, via Dylan Byers.The site already has a paid content service through its Politico Pro offering, which broke the 1,000 subscriber mark in March. But the staff memo indicates that this experiment is simply an effort to keep the brand’s options open in case there in fact turns out to be an opportunity to sell content to the general readership.last_img read more

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WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON The Latest News From Moulton Markey  Warren

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:NoneSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:After Former Employee Blows the Whistle on Short-Staffing at Columbia Gas, Senators Markey and Warren Demand AnswersSenator Markey Leads Colleagues in Renewed Defense of Strong Children’s Educational Television Programming RulesSenators Markey and Whitehouse: Trump Administration is the Most Anti-Climate, Anti-Environment in American HistorySenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Senator Warren Calls on CFPB Inspector General to Investigate Wasteful, Harmful Decision to Change Agency’s NameSenator Warren Calls on Department of Homeland Security Inspector General to Conduct a Rigorous Investigation into the Death of a 7-Year-Old Girl in the Custody of U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionWarren, Schakowsky Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Radically Reduce Drug Prices Through Public Manufacturing of Prescription DrugsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

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Westward Plant Workers Face Air Pollution Charges

first_imgThe Westward Seafoods plant is tucked away on Captains Bay Road. But the factory — and two of its former employees — are drawing heat from federal regulators for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act.Listen now:Westward makes its own electricity on-site using three generators. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis says the company has air permits that lay out what pollutants it can emit — and under what conditions.“It was required to have pollution prevention equipment to reduce the nitrogen dioxide being emitted from the powerhouse,” Feldis says.Nitrogen dioxide is a rusty-looking gas that can cause respiratory problems in humans. It also contributes to the formation of smog.Feldis says the system designed to cut down on nitrogen dioxide emissions at the Westward plant was rarely used during a two-year period — from 2009 to 2011. The plant kept sending required reports to state and federal agencies during that time, but Feldis says the data was inaccurate.Now, the former powerhouse supervisor is being charged with falsifying those emissions reports. Raul Morales faces up to two years in jail, on top of fines.The former powerhouse operator is also facing federal charges. Bryan Beigh was on the job in July 2011, when he allegedly tampered with the meters on a water injection system. That’s a key component of the pollution control equipment.“It’s alleged that he in fact used a magnet and a drill to physically change the readings on these flow meters,” Feldis says.Feldis says the two former employees are planning to plead guilty in federal court. But the investigation isn’t complete.According to Westward Seafoods vice president Mark Johahnson, at least one other worker was involved in the alleged violations.“This was the actions of three individuals,” Johahnson says. “I don’t think it should color the other thousand or so that work up there for us. We have company values and policies to prevent this sort of thing from happening. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t detect it before we did.”Johahnson says the company fired the employees who were allegedly responsible. And they also reported the violations to regulators as soon as they came to light in September 2011.But that wasn’t the first time that the Westward plant landed in hot water over pollution.About a decade ago, the Environmental Protection Agency accused Westward of burning fuel with excess sulfur. Westward didn’t cooperate with investigators in that instance — allegedly violating disclosure laws in the process. The company eventually paid $570,000 to settle the case.Johahnson says Westward is trying to make improvements.“We have redoubled our compliance efforts to ensure that it won’t happen again,” Johahnson says. “But outside of that, I can’t really say anything due to the ongoing investigation.”Meanwhile, Westward’s sister company may be getting out of the power generation business in Unalaska.Alyeska Seafoods — which is also owned by Maruha Nichiro of Japan — recently agreed to tie in to the municipal electric grid in Unalaska. The factory could be buying its power from the city of Unalaska by next summer.last_img read more

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