first_imgNEW YORK— David Wright singled home the winning run on a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Saturday.Eric Campbell, subbing at first base for the injured Lucas Duda, opened the ninth with a single before Michael Blazek (1-1) walked Kevin Plawecki. Rookie pinch-hitter Matt Reynolds fouled off two bunt tries before finally getting his sacrifice down, and Curtis Granderson was intentionally walked to bring up a slumping Wright.With the crowd of 39,688 standing and chanting “Let’s go Mets!” in a steady drizzle that was getting heavier, New York’s captain took three balls and then surprisingly swung away. He sent a liner to right-center and was swarmed by happy teammates at first base.It was Wright’s first game-ending hit since July 5, 2012.Jeurys Familia (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.Granderson hit his latest leadoff homer for the Mets, and Yoenis Cespedes tied the score in the sixth with a two-run shot that chased rookie starter Zach Davies.That got Jacob deGrom off the hook after the right-hander left trailing 4-1. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, winless in four starts since winning his first three, struck out seven and walked three while throwing 100 pitches in five innings.Ramon Flores hit his first major league homer and knocked in three runs for Milwaukee, but Davies was unable to hold the three-run lead. Leadoff man Jonathan Villar had three hits, including an RBI single off deGrom with two outs in the fourth.Villar also doubled off the top of the left-center fence with one out in the ninth, but was thrown out aggressively trying for third on Scooter Gennett’s sharp grounder to shortstop.Granderson hit Davies’ second pitch off the facing of the second deck in right field for his fourth leadoff homer this season and second in five days. Cespedes was out in front on a 2-2 changeup but lofted it into the left-field corner for his 14th home run, which tied Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the major league lead.Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Cespedes with a two-out single in the fourth to make it 4-2.YOU’RE OUTTA HEREMets hitting coach Kevin Long was ejected from the dugout by plate umpire Adrian Johnson after Wright was called out on strikes in the sixth.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: LF Ryan Braun missed his fourth consecutive game with a stiff back but was feeling better, according to manager Craig Counsell. “Definitely took a step in the right direction,” he said. Counsell reiterated it was still possible Braun could play Sunday. The slugger had back surgery in the offseason. … LHP Will Smith (sprained right knee) threw live batting practice at Citi Field and could be primed for a minor league rehab assignment soon. Without a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list by the first week of June, Counsell said. “He’s doing great. All signs are very positive. He’s ready for the next step,” the manager said. … Sidelined all season, RHP Matt Garza (strained right lat muscle) is scheduled to simulate an inning when he throws another bullpen Sunday. He threw his first one Thursday. … RHP Corey Knebel (left oblique strain) will throw another bullpen Sunday, too.Mets: Duda sat out again with a bad back that has manager Terry Collins concerned. Duda was examined by a doctor and had an MRI. He will have another test this weekend and miss Sunday’s game as well. Asked whether Duda could be sidelined longer than that, Collins said it was too early to tell. Pressed for specifics, he acknowledged Duda could have a disk problem. … Reserve infielder Wilmer Flores (strained left hamstring) is supposed to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday, Collins said. Flores is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. … Wright (spinal stenosis) returned to the lineup after a scheduled night off.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-5, 5.32 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday. Anderson took a no-hit bid into the eighth Tuesday in a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs and came within one out of his first career complete game.Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 2.19) earned his first major league victory against Milwaukee in May 2015 at Citi Field. Syndergaard struck out 10 and walked none over seven innings Tuesday in a 2-0 win over Washington.MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgFor millennia, cultures around the world have recognized the end of October into early November as a time to memorialize, honor, pay tribute to, and generally get freaky about the dead. From the Celts to the Aztecs to the pagans, it’s a tradition that seems to cross all boundaries. For contemporary Halloweeners, it usually culminates in lots of drinking, lewd behavior, and outlandish costumes. Here are three destinations that boast the world’s best Halloween festivals.The Village, New York CityImage courtesy of New York City Halloween Parade/Facebook New York City Halloween Parade/FacebookNowhere in New York City knows how to party like the Village, so it’s no surprise the neighborhood is purportedly home to the largest Halloween celebration on the planet. The annual event sees more than 2 million attendees descend on the area in and around Sixth Avenue. The people-watching is second to none with revelers and performers decked out in all manner of shock-inducing costumes (or next to nothing at all). Every year brings a new and creative theme to the parade. For 2017, it’s “Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie,” which is inspired by cryptozoology, hybrid beasts of mythology, and P.T. Barnum-esque curiosities. If you fancy joining the parade, be sure to line up by 6 pm and remember that a costume is mandatory — the weirder the better.New Orleans, LouisianaImage courtesy of Krewe of Boo/Facebook Krewe of Boo/FacebookFrom the city that combines a love of voodoo — a culturally ingrained fixation on the dead (it’s popularly called “the most haunted city in America”) — and the out-of-this-world debauchery of Mardi Gras, it’s no surprise New Orleans knows how to party. The city’s multi-day Halloween spectacular begins on the days leading up to October 31 with nonstop parades, live music, street parties, and ungodly amounts of drinking. It’s like a sideways version of Mardi Gras, but with a darker, “black magic-esque” slant. The celebrations cling to some semblance of “family-friendly” during the day. But, once the sun goes down, every night is a boozy, bead-laden bacchanal where almost anything goes. If you need a do-good reason to go, it’s worth noting that 100 percent of the proceeds from Halloween New Orleans go to supporting Project Lazarus, a grassroots initiative that helps provide housing to people living with HIV/AIDS.Oaxaca, MexicoImage courtesy of VisitMexico/Facebook VisitMexico/FacebookMexico’s world-famous Diá de los Muertos celebrations take place throughout the country every November 1-2 (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day respectively). The cultural capital of Oaxaca is ground zero for Day of the Dead, especially for foreigners seeking the most authentic version of the holiday. The city comes alive with brilliant markets, street parties, musical parades, and macabre costumes. On the surface, the Aztec-inspired holiday may seem grim, but there’s an ever-present optimism as families gather to commiserate and honor deceased friends and family. Head to a panadería (bakery) for traditional Day of the Dead treats like pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and sugar-spun coffins.Feature image courtesy of Krewe of Boo/Facebook. Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team Editors’ Recommendations Is This Modern-Day Lumberjack Competition the Coolest Sport in the World? The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S.last_img read more


first_imgDazzling performances were on display in London yesterday as the best of competitive sports was played out. England took on New Zealand in the Men’s ICC World Cup 2019 final while world number one Novak Djokovic locked horns with Swiss Maestro Roger Federer in the Men’s Wimbledon Championship match. Both Lords and Centre court of Wimbledon saw nail-biting competitiveness flow down the hour as the sun neared the horizon. For the world, two major sporting events witnessed a grand final as the weekend culminated in a roller coaster of entertainment. But London, the host to both events, had a lasting taste of exquisiteness as curtains fell on the exhaustive month-and-a-half long World Cup campaign. Great Britain had finally conquered the cup that has eluded them since its inception 44 years ago at the very ground where it was born. One can imagine the level of ecstasy as the most dramatic world cup match was witnessed by the world with the odds shifting on either side like a pendulum, throwing prefixed bets in disarray and trumping predictions in short periods almost incessantly. Cricket encapsulated a highly-unexpected championship finish yesterday as the showdown between Federer and Djokovic also found its place in one of the memorable Wimbledon, or rather Grand Slam, finals. To say that the game could have been finished in straight sets would be disrespectful of either player. In essence, both finals had one glaring thing in common which amidst the excitement might not have been the most conspicuous fact. Both finals were played till the penultimate extent as no scope was left beyond the point of distinction to regulate the games any further. Wimbledon marathon as many perceived, Djokovic and Federer pulled the game till the tiebreaker of the final set while England and New Zealand played 102 overs of cricket. In essence, the two tennis players and the two cricket teams were inseparable and that is what the world must have realised on Sunday. However, these finals demanded a winner nevertheless and hence, Novak Djokovic and England Cricket Team had the last laugh as London went into a frenzy. Also Read – A compounding difficultySince rain was not as much a threat looming over the final match, considering the sizeable impact it already had over the prestigious ICC tournament, all eyes were glued to the toss. England wickets had a slightly favourable outcome when batting first, as the result analysis of matches showed, but it still was as much competitive. New Zealand had the better start, winning the toss and setting up a modest total of 241-8 in 50 overs. It was a day when the batsmen could not produce outstanding cricket but team effort drifted to build a total of 241. Nicholls’s 55 of 77 was the highest individual score from Black Caps as Woakes and Plunkett registered high-demanding performances with good figures of 3/37 and 3/42. New Zealand managed 17 boundaries which was a relevant fact only for post-match analysis. Little did anyone knew it would become perhaps the most decisive factor. England came out to bat and even they experienced the occasional swing being offered by the wicket as hitters Roy, Bairstow, Root and Morgan fell in front of Kiwi pacers. The scenario was not as alarming as it was for India who were 24/4 after 10 overs but not very optimistic at 86/4 after 20 overs. And similar to India’s final batting partnership that took the pitch to carry a fractured Indian dream all the way, the Three Lions found Stokes and Buttler as their final hope of the dream world cup chase. 24 overs and 110 runs of partnership saw England reach almost the periphery of their target yet the job remained undone and Buttler succumbed. But Stokes didn’t. He carried England till the final over, where a dramatic deviation of fielder’s throw inadvertently by Stokes bat gave England four runs on top of their two. The match went down to the last ball and England ended up losing its final wicket in the run-out with scores reaching a dramatic tie. Super Over proceedings went underway but a crucial fact from England’s innings lingered–England had hit 26 boundaries in their pursuit of the target of 242. Even the Super Over couldn’t separate the sides and the winner had to be decided by ICC rules which awarded the Cup to England on grounds of scoring more boundaries than New Zealand. England’s day was made as New Zealand’s heart shattered but it was the moment when one of the greatest debate over who won would spark off–England or both? By rules, England but a grand consensus believes that the Cup should have been shared. Both teams were desperate for their maiden World Cup, having eliminated heavyweights like India and Australia, and both demonstrated highly-competitive and indistinguishable performances. For a host of ex-players, commentators as well as fans, it should have gone to both but for rules that favoured the Three Lions. Also Read – An askew democracyAt the same time, in the south-west part of the city, at the Centre Court of Wimbledon, Djokovic and Federer offered a scintillating match for the viewers. Djokovic won the first set which went to a tiebreaker courtesy of nail-biting competition from Federer. But Serbian managed to pull off the tiebreaker 7-5. Second Set was all Federer show with 6-1 in his favour. In the third set, Djokovic was yet again pushed by Federer to a tiebreaker which Federer lost again 7-4. But Federer capitalised on the fourth set winning 6-4 to bring the match into the final set. The final set, as the match had proceeded, was pegged to be toe-to-toe and it indeed was. At 6 games each, the final set was inconclusive, so the match continued. Federer by his magic wrist turns procured a breakpoint in the 8th game leading Djokovic by 8-7. Though Federer ended up losing the championship point twice as Djokovic caught up, amassing 5 straight points to equalise and lead the next game. Beyond four hours, the match went on till the tiebreaker as per modern tennis rules at the end of 12 games each. What many feared as a pattern on Federer’s side when it came to tiebreakers came true. Djokovic thrashed Federer in the tiebreaker 7-3 to lift his fifth Wimbledon title while a tired and distraught Federer saw his ninth title fly past him. All of Federer’s aces, significantly more than those of Djokovic, could not help the Swiss Maestro edge past Djokovic as the Siberian registered a hard-earned finish past the Wimbledon Champion. Sunday was the third time that Novak defeated Federer in a Wimbledon final. The first-ever fifth set tiebreaker at Wimbledon saw Djokovic prove why he is a threat in tiebreakers as he moved to 16 Grand Slam titles nearing Nadal (18) and Federer (20). Both events drew the audience to the edge of their seats as anticipation filled the venues. But even that was second to the level of unprecedented matches we got to witness which made headlines in dailies worldwide. Several hearts sunk as many more revelled upon the culmination of perhaps one of a kind July Sunday. Morally, people feel that both Federer and Djokovic deserved the trophy which is the same for England and New Zealand. For their performance, resilience, passion, sportsmanship and undying spirit, they already made it to the hearts of billions and what remains are written down results for records. In a sense, the Wimbledon and the World Cup got to taste one of the most memorable finals ever to be played and London had every right to celebrate as the host to them, and also as the winner of their maiden Cricket World Cup!last_img read more


first_imgThe United Nations has launched the #WildforLife campaign against illegal trade in wildlife, warning that such trade is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks.UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen taking part in the #Wildforlife campaign“Each year, thousands of wild animals are illegally killed, often by organized criminal networks motivated by profit and greed,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a press release. “I call on all Governments and people everywhere to support the new United Nations campaign, Wild for Life, which aims to mobilize the world to end this destructive trade. Preserving wildlife is crucial for the well-being of people and planet alike,” he added.The campaign, which was launched today at the second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, aims to mobilize millions of people to make commitments and take action to end the illegal trade in wildlife.The campaign is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).The initiative is being backed by celebrities from across the globe, including UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors. These include Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, who is fighting for sea turtles; four-time African Footballer of the Year Yaya Touré (Manchester City, Côte d’Ivoire), who is backing elephants; and actor Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries, Lost), who is rooting for pangolins.They are being joined by major celebrities from China, India, Indonesia, Lebanon and Viet Nam battling to conserve species such as orangutans, tigers, rhinos and helmeted hornbills, and calling for citizen support to end the demand that is driving the illegal trade, the agencies said.“It saddens me that in the 21st century, with all our knowledge and power, we are still hearing stories of wildlife facing the possibility of extinction at the hands of man,” said Ms. Bündchen.“Knowledge is power and now is the time to set our minds to ending all illegal wildlife trade before the choice is no longer in our hands. Today, I am giving my name to change the game for sea turtles,” she added.Between 2010 and 2012, 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in Africa. Three rhinos are killed every day, and the western black rhino has already become extinct. Pangolins – scaly anteaters – are the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. Great apes are already locally extinct in several African nations, the agencies stressed.The campaign asks participants to find their kindred species and use their own spheres of influence to end the illegal trade, however it touches or impacts them.Profits from the illegal wildlife trade sometimes go into the pockets of international criminal networks, threatening peace and security, and damaging the livelihoods of local communities who depend on tourism.Stopping this trade is also crucial to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as it threatens countries’ biodiversity and people’s livelihoods, and disturbs peace. (SDG 15) in particular calls for the protection of wild fauna and flora, as well as the ecosystems that they depend on – including targets on combatting and addressing the supply and demand of illegal wildlife products, the agencies said.Politicians, celebrities and business leaders will be making pledges during UNEA-2 and in the run-up to World Environment Day, which is observed on 5 June and whose theme this year is “Go Wild For Life” to tie in with the campaign. Angola, the global host of this year’s Day, will be making significant pledges to tackle the illegal ivory trade at the event.John Kay, the lead singer of Steppenwolf, a Canadian-American rock group, donated the use of the group’s iconic 1968 hit song Born to Be Wild to the campaign.To find out more, click here.last_img read more


first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Tsuu T’ina Nation says a First Nations water bill proposed by the Harper government would leave its people parched in the midst of a major water shortage crunch.Alberta has been termed as a “bellweather” region in the global crisis over water scarcity and the Tsuu T’ina Nation reserve, which borders the southwest city limits of Calgary, finds itself fighting with the industrial, agricultural sectors along with neighbouring municipalities over an increasingly dwindling resource.During a presentation before the Aboriginal affairs committee Tuesday, a Tsuu T’ina Nation band councillor said the Harper government’s proposed bill S-8, an Act respecting the safety of drinking water on First Nations land, would sever Ottawa’s treaty responsibility to the First Nation and put it at the mercy of Alberta’s water regime that doesn’t recognize its rights over water.“The issue here is what if there is a conflict between the drinking water needs of a First Nation and a water allocation for irrigation or industrial purposes,” said Coun. Regena Crowchild. “The proposed act makes it very clear that water allocations by the provinces will be paramount over the drinking water needs of First Nations.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, who appeared before Crowchild, told the committee the bill is necessary to improve the water situation for First Nations across the country by creating water-related regulations on-reserve.“Until regulations are in place, we know that achieving long-term sustainable progress will be challenging,” said Valcourt. “Modern equipment and good intentions are great, but they need regulations to support them. That is why all municipalities and communities off reserve across Canada have regulations in place.Valcourt said Ottawa is not trying to give any province jurisdiction over First Nations territory, but is simply creating a framework that would allow for regulations comparable to what exists off reserve.According to Crowchild, however, First Nations don’t need Ottawa’s help on this front and Tsuu T’ina is already developing its own water regulations.“All indications are that the proposed Act will simply adopt provincial laws and regulations regarding safe drinking water and waste water systems,” said Crowchild. “But the reality is that a large amount of water pollution on reserve lands is caused by weak provincial water standards…or by lack of enforcement of the law and regulations by the province.”The Tsuu T’ina, which signed Treaty 7 in 1877, chose the location of its 69,000 acre reserve between two rivers, the Bow and the Elbow, in hopes of securing water sources in perpetuity.“All of these sources of water have been largely polluted by industrial, agricultural and residential development,” said Crowchild, during her presentation to the committee which is studying the bill. “That is why we are very concerned about water pollution and safe drinking water.”For over a century, Alberta has relied on a water allocation regime based on water licenses which relies on a “first in time, first in right” principle, which essentially gives priority to those who have held licenses the longest.The Tsuu T’ina took Alberta to court over the issue. The matter is before the Alberta Court of Appeals. As it stands, however, the nation holds no water licenses, but maintains Treaty 7 is the only license the nation needs.The Tsuu T’ina Nation currently purchases its water from Calgary, brings in trucked water and also relies partially on underground water sources that are heavy with iron content.Drained by agricultural and oil and gas demands, Alberta’s rivers have faced 20 to 80 per cent declines in water levels over the past 100 years. Tsuu T’ina Coun. Gilbert Crowchild said southern Alberta would be bone dry within 50 years.Crowchild said Ottawa has a treaty responsibility to the Tsuu T’ina to help offset the expected spike in costs for keeping the taps flowing on the reserve.Under the proposed legislation, Crowchild said Ottawa is “washing its hands” of its responsibility.“Why is it we have to buy something we have never paid for in our life?” said Gilbert Crowchild.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more


first_imgEvents are free except for the Paint Night to cover fees for the supplies.“This is a celebration and everybody is welcome to attend and enjoy themselves,” said Trudeau TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C.- Is home to the week-long celebration of winter, there are planned daily events that offer something for everybody to do.The Winter Carnival is an initiative by Council that was created after the 2010 Olympics, since that time this event is greatly appreciated and welcomed by the community. With Tumbler Ridge being a Northern community and surrounded by recreation, Council wanted to continue the event every year shared Roxanne Trudeau, Coordinator of Programming District of Tumbler Ridge.The week-long event starts on January 21st, 2019 and runs through until January 26th, 2019, by involving local non-profit groups and other groups from the community to help run the events. last_img read more


Bert Koenders, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), issued a statement in Abidjan in which he said “that all the conditions necessary for the holding of open, free, fair, just and transparent elections were met” in 193 of the 204 parliamentary constituencies where polls were held.The results of the other 11 constituencies were annulled by the Constitutional Council after complaints were lodged over irregularities, and by-elections will be held for those seats.Mr. Koenders, who is tasked by the Security Council with the responsibility for certification, said the elections met five key criteria: the electoral process was largely peaceful; it was inclusive for both voters and candidates; State media, after a “timid” start, were impartial and gave equal access to all candidates and political parties; authorities confirmed the electoral list of voters that was widely agreed upon; and the results were “generally free, fair and transparent.”Mr. Koenders added that important institutions such as the Independent Electoral Commission and the Constitutional Council improved their functioning as well.“I welcome the fact that, after last year’s crisis, the Ivorian people, in their majority, were able to exercise their right to vote in calm and in a peaceful environment.”Months of deadly fighting ensued when the incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after losing a run-off election to Alassane Ouattara in late 2010. Mr. Gbagbo was eventually captured last year and is now facing trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).In his statement Mr. Koenders said that nevertheless “much remains to be done,” adding that it was vital for political parties and candidates to behave responsibly during by-elections slated for 26 February and for the media to make extra efforts to avoid “any potential sources of dispute” from being fanned.“In the next few days I shall contact the governmental authorities as well as the institutions concerned so as to draw the appropriate lessons from the just-ended exercise in order to better manage the upcoming by-elections.”Today, UNOCI said it had completed the transport of equipment such as voting booths and ballot boxes to those constituencies where the by-elections will be held later this month.Cote 17 February 2012The senior United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire announced today the partial certification of legislative elections, saying the polls “constitute an important step in the entrenchment of democracy” in the West African country. read more


Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu of South Africa and the former United Nations Force Commander in Rwanda are among the seven diverse experts appointed today by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to provide support to his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and to contribute to the broader efforts of the UN to prevent such massive crimes against humanity.The Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention, composed of senior personalities with backgrounds ranging from conflict prevention to human rights, peacekeeping, diplomacy and mediation, will be chaired by David Hamburg, President Emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and meet at least twice during this year, with its first meeting scheduled for 19-20 June.Mr. Annan named Juan Méndez the first Special Adviser on genocide prevention in July 2004, with a mandate to collect existing information on massive and serious violations of human rights that could lead to genocide and to bring potential genocidal situations to the attention of the UN Security Council.Among his activities, Mr. Méndez has made repeated visits to Darfur, resulting in varied recommendations to the Secretary-General and to the Security Council about what needs to be done in the strife-torn region.On the 12-year commemoration of the Rwanda genocide, Mr. Mendez wrote an Op-Ed published by several European and Asian newspapers in which he stressed that despite international obligations – such as the 1948 Genocide Convention – the global response against genocide continues to fall short of what is required.“We cannot claim to have learned the lessons of the 1994 Rwandan genocide if our action in the face of genocidal violence remains half-hearted. Action is particularly needed in Darfur, where the threat of genocide continues to loom large,” he wrote.Other members of the Advisory Committee include: Monica Anderson, of the Department for International, Human Rights and Treaty Law of Sweden’s Foreign MinisteryZackari Ibrahim, former Foreign Minister of NigeriaRomeo Dallaire of Canada, former UN Force Commander in RwandaGareth Evans, President of the International Crisis Group and former Foreign Minister of AustraliaRoberto Garreton of Chile, former representative for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Latin America and Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic Republic of CongoSadako Ogata of Japan, former High Commissioner of Refugees, currently co-chair of the Commission on Human Security. read more


Two deaths, Canadian probe cause huge Toyota SUV recall DETROIT – An investigation by Canadian safety regulators into a crash that killed two people touched off a global recall of nearly 2.9 million Toyota SUVs, according to U.S. government documents posted on Thursday.Last week Toyota announced the huge recall because the rear seat belts can be cut in a severe crash. If that happens, the belts won’t restrain passengers.Canadian investigators found the problem in crash tests done after two rear-seat passengers died in a May, 2011, collision in Eastern Canada between a Toyota RAV4 and a Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The front-seat occupants survived.The unusual crash drew interest from Canadian regulators, who did crash tests in October and found that the belts could come in contact with a metal seat cushion frame in a severe crash. Transport Canada, the Canadian auto safety regulator, presented its findings to Toyota, which did its own investigation and confirmed the problem, according to a Transport Canada statement.“As a result of the department’s investigation into this safety issue, lives will be saved in Canada and around the world,” Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said in a statement. The Canadian government said that Toyota Canada co-operated in the probe and was not aware of the safety issue until Transport Canada’s investigation.Included in the recall are 1.25 million RAV4s in the U.S. and Canada from the 2006 through 2012 model years and the RAV4 electric vehicle from 2012 through 2014. Also included is the Vanguard sold in Japan from 2005 to 2016, the Japanese automaker said last week. Vehicles in Europe and China also are affected.Toyota says dealers will add plastic covers to the frame at no cost to customers. by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Feb 25, 2016 8:18 am MDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


by The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2016 10:10 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, women pass an Aeropostale clothing store in New York’s Times Square. Aeropostale, once the vibrant epicenter of the U.S. mall scene, announced Wednesday, May 4, 2016, it is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Aeropostale to close 41 stores and exit Canada, deep discounts begin May 9 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Clothing retailer Aeropostale is shuttering all its stores in Canada, as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.The New York-based company said Wednesday that it is closing all 41 locations across Canada and 113 locations in the U.S. The closures represent 20 per cent of the retailer’s presence in North America. It will continue to operate 626 stores in the U.S.Going-out-of-business sales will begin on May 9 at the Canadian locations, while sales at the U.S. stores will kick off this weekend. The company did not provide any details on how deep the discounts will be, or when the Canadian stores will ultimately close. It would not say how many jobs will be affected by its exit.Retail consultant Maureen Atkinson said Aeropostale had faced stiff competition in Canada, vying for the same customers as other apparel retailers like H&M, Forever 21 and Old Navy.“They’ve always been at the low end of the price segment,” said Atkinson, who is with J.C. Williams Group.“They really weren’t great stores and they weren’t really compelling. They didn’t have a personality.”Aeropostale, which targeted the teen fashionista, has suffered along with their competitors, under a vastly altered consumer landscape that took root during the recession.“Fast fashion” outfits, with more inexpensive clothes, have emerged in recent years to take a growing market share from Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle Outfitters, stores that not so long ago dominated the retail sector.Several long standing retailers have announced they’re closing down or reducing their footprint in Canada in the past few years, including Le Chateau, Danier Leather, Mexx, Smart Set and Jacob.Aeropostale expects to emerge from bankruptcy protection within six months as a smaller company after renegotiating contracts and resolving an ongoing dispute with the investment firm Sycamore Partners, a major shareholder that pushed through changes in company leadership.In the filing, CEO Julian Geiger lashed out at Sycamore, which he accused of hampering the company’s turnaround plans.“The ripple effects of an ongoing dispute with our second-largest supplier put substantial strain on our liquidity while also preventing us from realizing the full benefits of our turnaround plans,” he said in a company release. “As a result, we have chosen to take more decisive and aggressive action to create a leaner, more efficient business that is well-positioned to compete and succeed in today’s retail environment.”Once worth almost $2.6 billion, Aeropostale’s market capitalization has fallen to about $2 million.The company’s shares traded for more than $30 six years ago, when annual sales exceeded $2 billion. Two weeks ago, it was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange with shares having failed to break the $1 barrier since last year. Shares on Wednesday were trading over the counter for less than 3 cents.The company early this year said that it would cut expenses by $35 million to $40 million annually and trimmed its corporate staff by 13 per cent, about 100 jobs.Aeropostale has secured a commitment for $160 million in debtor-in-possession financing from Crystal Financial LLC, which will allow it to continue operations. It also filed a series of motions that would allow it to pay employees, as well as honour customer gift cards and pay suppliers, if approved by the court.— With files from The Canadian Press read more


“[These] are practical steps that would promote prudent use of antimicrobials in the region,” explained Ms. Kadiresan. To tackle these problems, WHO, FAO and OIE are leveraging their expertise and working together in a ‘One Health’ approach to promote best practices to reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes in both humans and animals. “The overuse of antimicrobials blunts their effectiveness, and we must reduce their misuse in food systems,” said José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO. “Antimicrobial veterinary medicines are a crucial tool for animal health and welfare and safe food production, but they are by no means the only tool.” “Like in human health, veterinary medicine has tremendously progressed thanks to antibiotics. Preserving their efficacy and availability through their responsible use associated with good husbandry and prevention practices, is therefore essential to preserve animal health and welfare,” highlighted Dr. Monique Eloit, Director-General of OIE. Preventing antibiotic resistance As World Antibiotic Awareness Week began on Monday, the United Nations, through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), called for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance.“Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that we cannot ignore,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “If we don’t tackle this threat with strong, coordinated action, antimicrobial resistance will take us back to a time when people feared common infections and risked their lives from minor surgery.” Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. Infections affecting people – including pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhoea – and animals alike are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective. “FAO advocates for the implementation of good practices in terrestrial and aquatic production and health systems,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, the UN agency’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, as she formally opened the Week’s celebrations in the region. This year’s theme is to seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics. For food and agriculture, this means that one of the best ways to tackle AMR is to diminish the need of antimicrobials at farm settings through the promotion of good practices in livestock production, aquaculture farming and crop production. read more


In their plan to make “Dream Team”, who will lead European handball in next few years, after Andrea Lekić, Hungarian Gyor wants to be stronger on all of the positions. That is why they made a deal with one of the best right wings in this moment at the EHF Champions League, Jovanka Radičević (25).  Starter in Montenegrin national team has a huge experience of playing at the TOP international level. She became part of Budućnost squad in 2004 and last seven years played for the team with highest ambition.Radičević also play for Montenegro NT, which won sixth place at the EHF EURO 2010, their first competition as an independent country.Sounds interesting, Budućnost and Gyor will probably meet in the semifinal of this EHF CL edition… ← Previous Story Germans interested in Petar Djordjić? Next Story → Anna Loerper signs two years deal with Team Tvis Holstebro Jovanka Radičević read more


first_imgIT’S THAT TIME of year again.While it’s pretty much universally agreed that January can be the grimmest month (credit card bills waft in your letterbox, rain reigns, no one’s any craic, your nose is running, etcetera, etcetera), it’s also the time that people start thinking about booking their holidays.It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. A little something to look forward to during the daily grind. HOLIDAY! CELEBRATE!1. “I really shouldn’t”You haven’t even got the Christmas excesses paid off yet. It’s not time to be thinking about the summer holidays. “Cop on to yourselves,” you mutter as you pass a billboard advertising Gran Canaria. Source: Shutterstock2. “Ah, sure, I’m only looking”Ah, what harm in there in looking, though? Just a little look. No one has to know. Idle curiosity, is all it is. Just a little, tiny, squinchy look at what’s out there. Source: LastMinute.com3. “Well… Maybe I could afford that”Idle curiosity has turned to definite daydreaming. You’ve checked what weeks might work, if the hotel is available, if your partner has enough leave. You’re browsing with intent, pal. Source: Flickr/Jason Kuffer4. “I could afford that! (If I didn’t eat lunch for three months)”OK, so if I bring a packed lunch to work every day, cycle instead of the bus, and sell two of the more annoying kids, I can definitely afford this. Source: Tax Credits5. “This is too goddamn hard”If you’re booking a holiday with friends, the organisation part can be pure hell. If you’re in charge of booking it, it can feel like herding a gang full of dead-eyed cows into a field with a fence that won’t quite shut. If you’re part of that herd, then you’re probably raging with how bossy the organising friend is being. IT’S LOSE/LOSE.You’re ready to call the whole thing off and go to the Aran Islands by yourself instead.Persevere. It’s all in the name of good times.6. “Feck it, I deserve it, don’t I?”All the daydreaming has solidified in your head. The organisation and stress is over. You have to go on this holiday. Throwing caution to the wind, you book it!YOU’VE BOOKED IT! Source: Tumblr7. “I’m so excited!”Pure joy stage. The email lands in your inbox, confirming your booking. It’s the most beautiful email you’ve ever read. You’re consumed with sweet, sweet happiness. Source: ShutterstockBe careful, though. Not everyone can join in with your happiness. Beware the fact that to a lot of people, your excitement about your impending holiday might actually come off a bit like gloating. No one wants to veer into Rebecca Black levels of excitement. Rein it in, buddy.8. “ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS THIS HOLIDAY”Farewell to getting any work done. This is the stage during which you talk about nothing but your holiday. No one enjoys this stage but you. But don’t let that stop you, you’re going on HOLIDAY, who cares about the little people you leave behind. Source: Flickr/@Doug888888Are you booking your holibobs soon? Make us jealous in the comments. Read: How to completely wreck your summer holidays>Read: How to tell if you are an Irish person on holiday>last_img read more


first_imgRESEARCHERS AT NUI Galway have been working to develop a Vitamin A-rich crop to help combat malnutrition in Africa and they have found a way to do it.In conjunction with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the NUI Galway Plant and AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC) has been researching the development of more nutritious and higher yielding crops for smallholder farmers in Africa since 2009.Vitamin A deficiency in the diets of the poor is currently a global health problem affecting millions of people in Africa and other regions of the world. This deficiency retards growth, increases risk of disease, and can cause reproductive disorders.Researchers have been working to develop and disseminate new varieties of staple crops like maize, sweet potato and beans, that contain higher levels of essential micro nutrients.Up to 500,000 children in developing countries go blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency, with over half of these children dying within a year of becoming blind. In Malawi alone, 73 per cent of children currently do not have enough Vitamin A in their diets.The high prevalence of Vitamin A deficiency amongst mothers and children (particularly during the first 1000 days of life) perpetuates cycles of poverty.Developing orange high vitA maize: IITA maize lines with differing levels of provitamin A (NUI Galway).Working within IITA’s maize breeding program, Girum Azmach, a PhD student and maize breeder, has identified combinations of naturally-occurring genes in maize lines that result in major increases of the level of Vitamin A in the types of maize varieties that are grown by farmers and consumed by poorer households in Sub-Saharan Africa.This means that breeding programs in Africa can grow crops that will reduce the levels of Vitamin A deficiency amongst the poor in Sub Saharan Africa.IITA, in collaboration with national partners in Nigeria, has released the first generation of two pro-vitamin A rich hybrids and two open-pollinated varieties. An open-pollinated variety with intermediate level of pro-vitamin A was also released in Ghana in 2012. Seeds of the released pro-vitamin A rich open-pollinated maize varieties have been sent to Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone for testing, multiplication and deployment.This research was published today in international scientific journal BMC Plant Biology.Read: Irish charity tackling African hunger – with potatoes>Read: Threat of ‘deadly outbreak of disease’ in camps for children fleeing CAR violence>last_img read more


first_imgA US DOCTOR accused of killing four babies born alive at his abortion clinic has been found guilty of three counts of murder.Kermit Gosnell was also found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of a patient who died at the clinic in 2009. He was acquitted in the death of a fourth baby.The 72-year-old had been accused of carrying out illegal abortion procedures at the unsanitary Phildelphia clinic on pregnant women who were far beyond the US state’s 24-week limit.Gosnell faced more than 250 counts in total, including four counts of first-degree murder against the babies allegedly born alive and then killed by Gosnell and his staff. The 72-year-old had been accused of snipping the spinal cord of babies born alive after abortions.He also faced a charge of involuntary manslaughter over the death of a patient in 2009 who was allegedly given too much of a painkiller by the untrained staff in the clinic.Gosnell also faced 227 counts of not adhering to the 24-hour waiting period before a woman is permitted to have an abortion at a clinic in the US state.The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Gosnell did not testify during his trial and did not present a single witness.Earlier today the jury had said it was hung on two of the charges but it was not clear what the charges in question were.Gosnell operated the Women’s Medical Society clinic in Philadelphia from 1979 until 2010 when it was closed after a raid by federal officials who were investigating whether illegal prescription drug activities were taking place at the clinic. Instead, according to information given to a grand jury, the agents found six heavily pregnant women waiting for Gosnell to perform abortions in the filthy clinic, the remains of aborted foetuses, dirty medical instruments and bloodstained furniture.The jury is due to reconvene on 21 May to hear evidence on whether Gosnell should get the death penalty.The Women’s Medical Society, the facility run by Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)- Additional reporting by Associated PressPreviously: US doctor charged with killing seven babies > Read: Obama won’t take position on Kermit Gosnell trial while it’s ongoing >last_img read more


first_imgX-ray report left in Penneys, patient’s mental health data faxed to a bank – 113 HSE data breach calamities revealed The HSE says that it takes its responsibility under data protection legislation “very seriously”. By Darragh McDonagh Monday 20 Feb 2017, 7:18 AM http://jrnl.ie/3248502 Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieAN X-RAY REPORT found in Penneys, a cancer patient’s chart left on the roof of a car before driving away, and a child’s mental-health records accidentally faxed to Bank of Ireland.These were among 113 calamitous data-protection breaches involving sensitive personal information held by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in 2015, according to internal documents.In April, a patient’s x-ray report with a sticker from another patient was discovered by staff in Penneys, Mullingar. The clothing store posted the report to one of the patients, who contacted the Citizens Information Centre for advice.They subsequently sent the records back to Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, and an investigation was instigated to establish how the x-ray report came to be found in the fashion-chain outlet.Following the investigation, the relevant staff were ‘reminded of their responsibilities under data protection legislation’, a HSE spokesperson said.Later that month, an incident report containing an allegation of abuse concerning an adult with an intellectual disability was “inadvertently posted” to a financial services company in Dublin, according to the HSE documents.A spokesperson said that the incident was reported to the Data Protection Commissioner and a meeting was held with the affected client. Staff were again reminded of their responsibilities.Chart on car roofIn June, a healthcare assistant from St Luke’s Hospital was accompanying a patient on a transfer to another hospital when he left their chart on the roof of the car before setting off.He realised the mistake only when he arrived at their destination. The chart was later retrieved from a member of the public who had picked it up.The HSE responded by notifying the patient of the incident and reported the matter to the Data Commissioner. The staff member was reminded of their responsibilities under data-protection legislation.In August, a HSE employee attempted to send a fax to Temple Street Hospital containing sensitive information relating to a minor in the care of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at Dara Linn Cherry Orchard Hospital.They entered the wrong number, however, and the details were instead faxed to Bank of Ireland.In a similar case in October, a staff member at Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore tried to call a palliative care nurse and left a voicemail that included sensitive clinical information about a patient.They subsequently received a call back from a third party, asking why they had been left this information – it had been the wrong number.Data protection within the health service has become the subject of focus following the recent revelation that an ‘administrative error’ had resulted in false allegations of child abuse being kept on file in respect of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.In March 2015, a diary containing sensitive information about clients was misplaced by a community services worker in Sligo but was later found on the roof of her car. However, a sealed envelope containing an assessment report that had been placed in the diary was not recovered.In April, a nursing report book from Dublin North Mental Health Services was found by a gardener on the grounds of a hospital. Similarly, last November, nine doctor’s letters were found scattered on the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan.Healthcare records relating to 102 children were lost from the Public Health Nursing section of Cherry Orchard Hospital last year, which required all affected individuals to be re-screened.A spokesperson for the HSE said that it takes its responsibility under data protection legislation very seriously. She added that the outcomes in certain individual breaches reported were not found to constitute a data-protection breach following investigation.Read: Ming Flanagan: ‘Our Minister for Health is like the God of the Old Testament – mean’Read: Gardaí launch ‘Operation Enable’ to catch drivers using fake disabled parking permits 27 Comments Feb 20th 2017, 7:18 AM Share539 Tweet Email2 29,043 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img File photo Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieThe 1.25pm and 3.35pm trains from Heuston Station in Dublin to Galway are operating with delays of up to 120 minutes.Earlier, Irish Rail said it was experiencing a 30-minute delay on the line but the timeline has since been extended. 15 Comments 13,535 Views Mar 9th 2017, 4:52 PM Short URL Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 4:52 PM https://jrnl.ie/3279384 IARNRÓD ÉIREANN HAS said there are “significant delays” on the Galway train line due to a signal fault. By Órla Ryan Share2 Tweet Email Significant delays to Galway line services due to a signal fault. Staff are on site & working in rectify this asap. Update to follow— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) March 9, 2017 Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter Two-hour delay on Dublin to Galway train line Irish Rail said staff are on site and working to rectify the issue as soon as possible. The company said staff are on site and working to rectify the issue as soon as possible.Read: ‘The rescue effort was enormous’: Irishman rescued after yacht capsized off Australian coast Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


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first_imgAll 5 children reported missing from Linda Vista special-needs home located Updated: 11:18 AM Ed Lenderman, KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settingscenter_img Ed Lenderman, KUSI Newsroom February 6, 2018 Posted: February 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 9:00 p.m. — All five children reported missing from the Linda Vista group home were located, according to the San Diego Police Department.4:50 p.m. — Two of the five children reported missing Tuesday afternoon were found several miles away from the group home.The youngsters — two boys and three girls, ages 10 to 12 — were reported missing from the San Diego Center for Children in the 3000 block of Armstrong Street shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.Officers searched neighborhoods and open areas around the facility — which serves children with mental, emotional and behavioral challenges — by ground, aided by service dogs, and aboard a patrol helicopter.About 3:45 p.m., police located a pair of the youngsters in Old Town, several miles to the south of the group home, Officer John Buttle said. They were believed to be unharmed.It was unclear how the two children had gotten to the spot where they were found, Buttle said.The search for the other three youngsters was ongoing as of late afternoon.3:37 p.m. — Five children receiving treatment at a Linda Vista group home for special-needs youths disappeared from the facility Tuesday morning, prompting an intensive search by law enforcement personnel that was still underway as of mid-afternoon.The youngsters, boys and girls ages 10 to 12, were reported missing from the San Diego Center for Children in the 3000 block of Armstrong Street shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.Officers were searching neighborhoods and open areas around the facility — which serves children with mental, emotional and behavioral challenges — by ground, aided by service dogs, and aboard a patrol helicopter, Officer Joshua Hodge said. last_img read more